HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Department of Posts issued orders to keep in abeyance the orders on abolition of posts for the years 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008.
The All India Unions of AIPEU Postman & MSE/Gr.D, AIPEU GDS (NFPE) & NUPE P-IV filed a case in Principle CAT, Delhi (during May 2012) praying not to abolish the vacant posts (DR) of Postman & Gr.D (MTS) of the years 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008. The Pr. CAT issued stay orders (in OA No.1736/2013) on the issue and now the Department of Posts issued orders to all Chief Postmasters General to keep the orders in abeyance on abolition of posts in the circles.
Copy of order of Department of Posts:
Monday, December 30, 2013
New Year, New Hopes.
We are on the struggle path
By the time this issue of “Postal Crusader” reaches your hand, an eventful year 2013 will be over and a new year 2014 is born. From our experience in the past, especially during the last year, we can definitely say that the year 2014 shall be an year of struggle for betterment of the living conditions of the common people of our country and the toiling masses including the Central Government Employees & Postal employees.
General election to the Parliament is scheduled to be held in the year 2014. The ruling class and also the corporate media have started their campaign, well in advance, in support of those who are ready to carry forward the rigorous implementation of neo-liberal globalisation policies. We have witnessed that when it comes to policy of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, both UPA and NDA Government are two sides of the same coin. Concerted efforts are being made by the corporate media to relegate the issues raised by the working class in February 20,21 All India Joint Strike and 2013 December 12th massive Parliament March to the background. We should identify our friends and foes from our own experience and shall frontload the working class issues and conduct intensive campaign against those who are in favour of neo-liberal policies and also in support of those who are opposing the anti-people, anti-labour policies of the ruling class. Remember, in democracy ballot is more powerful than bullet. Let us use this weapon prudently and discreetly and move forward in our struggle by further strengthening those forces who are continuously fighting against this neo-liberal policies and for the cause of working class.
Eventhough the Government has announced constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), the terms of reference and appointment of chairperson etc. are yet to be finalised. The unanimous proposal on terms of reference submitted by the staff side includes date of effect from 01-01-2014, DA merger, Interim relief, inclusion of GDS, statutory pension to those employed after 01-01-2004, minimum wage as per 15th ILC formula, settlement of anomalies and cashless, hassle free medical facilities. Now the ball is in the court of Government. In case the Government deliberately delay the appointment of CPC or reject the terms of reference submitted by the staff side, confrontation shall become inevitable.
Postal employees have put up stiffest resistance to the Government’s policy, to privatise the Postal sesrvices by amending Indian Postoffice Act 1898 for granting licence to private couriers, to close down 9797 departmental post offices, to merge about 300 RMS sorting offices and also to continue the ban on recruitment. Postal department is the only department where mass-scale recruitment and promotion through departmental examinations has taken place. The united struggle under the banner of JCA has prevented the Government to a great extent from implementing the neo-liberal policies in the Postal Sector.
Regarding 7th CPC, Postal employees have every right to get a better deal from Pay Commission and Government. The pay scales of each category of Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks should be upgraded taking into consideration the fact that the cadre of PA, SA, Postmen, Mail guard, MTS exchanging mails and clearing letter boxes, Gramin Dak Sevaks are all unique to the Postal Department. Further IT modernisation project will be rolled out in full swing in 2014 and the skill of the postal employees including GDS in dealing with high technology will be further enhanced. Due to non-creation of additional posts in commensurate with the increase in workload due to introduction of new schemes and procedures and also due to abnormal delay in filling up of vacant posts, the workload of the Postal and RMS employees have increased manifold and this factor of extra-productivity should be taken into account while deciding the pay scales of postal and RMS employees including GDS.
Three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Part-time, Contingent employees are the worst sufferers of the Postal department. NFPE & FNPO has already decided to go for indefinite strike, if the Government rejects our demand for inclusion of GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC and revision of wages and regularisation of casual labourers.
NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) had filed a writ petition in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India praying for implementation of the 1977 Supreme Court judgement declaring GDS as civil servants and grant of all benefits of departmental employees to GDS. The Hon’ble Supreme Court has ordered the Delhi High Court to consider and decide the case and the writ petition is accordingly transferred to Delhi High Court. Thus the final legal battle for departmentalisation of GDS has begun and 2014 will be a turning point in the history of GDS
In short, 2014 is going to be an year of struggle and advancement of the working class of India and also the Central Government employees including Postal, RMS & GDS employees. Let us welcome the new year with a pledge to continue our fight for a better tomorrow.
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION -
POSTMAN & MSE / GROUP 'D'
HOLDS ITS 25th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE
AT CUTTACK [ODISHA]
1st DAY OF CONFERENCE - 29.12.2013
|Rally from Cuttack GPO to Comrade Adinarayana Nagar before Open Session|
|Women Comrades marching in the rally|
|Press interviewing General Secretary P4 at the end of procession|
|Rally entering the gates of cambridge school maidan - venue of Open Session|
|Folk songs at the commencement of open session|
|Reception Committee General Secretary D.B.Mohanty inviting leaders on the dais|
|Chairman Reception Committee Adv.Sj.Jaganath Pattnaik delivering welcome address|
|Com.Basudev Acharya M.P inaugurating the open session & delivering special address|
|A view of Delegates and Visitors in the open session|
|Chief PMG Odisha SJ.Tilak De garlanded by Com.R.N.Dhal AGS R3|
|Momento presented to Guests|
|Chairman Reception Committee garlanding Com.Basudev Acharya|
|CITU Vice President Janardan Pati garlanded by Com.R.C.Mishra CHQ VP P3|
|PMG Berhampur SJ.P.K.Bisoi garlanded by Reception Committee GS|
|Chairman Reception Committee garlanded|
|S.K.Humayun CHQ President addressing open session|
|A view of leaders on the dais|
|Chief Speaker Secretary General NFPE Com.M.Krishnan addressing open session|
|R.N.Mallik Convenor OSKEM|
|Com.Pranab Bhattacharjee General Secretary Admn Union addressing open session|
Saturday 28 December 2013
Handbook on adoption of governance enhancing and non-legislative elements of the draft Indian Financial Code
CLICK HERE to view MOF realease
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Declaration - of Revised/ recast Result of the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postal Service Group 'B' 2012 held on 3rd June 2012
Direct Recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants for the year 2011 and 2012 result against unfilled LGOs Vacancies (Haryana circle)
Monday, December 23, 2013
NEW DELHI, December 19, 2013
The central government is likely to constitute the 7th Pay Commission for revising the salaries of its over 50 lakh employees before the start of process of next general elections due in May, 2014.
“The Finance Ministry is working out a Cabinet proposal for constitution of the 7th Pay Commission which could be taken up for consideration in the next couple of weeks,” a source said.
According to information available, the government’s intention to constitute 7th Pay Commission before going for polls is clear as it has made provision of Rs. 3.5 crore in the second supplementary demands for grants in this regard which was approved by Parliament in the just concluded Winter Session.
Earlier in September this year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had announced that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved setting up of the 7th Pay Commission.
According to the announcement, the Commission will be mandated to submit its report in two years time and its recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016.
However, after that announcement, no formal proposal was put up before the Union Cabinet for constitution of the Commission.
As per the practice, the Commission is headed by a former Supreme Court Judge and its other members would include experts and officials.
Meanwhile, the government is also believed to have approved fixing minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) run by retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
The government is also understood to have cleared maximum basic wage ceiling of Rs. 15,000 per month for deduction of Provident Fund from existing Rs. 6,500 per month for private sector workers, in general, covered under schemes run by EPFO.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GDS (NFPE)
FLASH! FLASH!! FLASH!!!
FIRST MILESTONE ON legal fight for GDS DEPARTMENTALISATION
Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has ordered the Delhi High Court to decide the prayer of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) in writ petition No. 1003 of 2013 to treat the three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants for all purposes at par with other regular employees as per 1977 SC Judgment & to quash the GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules 2011.
This is a TURNING POINT IN THE HISTORY OF GDS
NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) DID IT
FINAL LEGAL BATTLE HAS BEGUN
We shall fight for GDS both legally and organizationally
Join AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and strengthen further the fight for the cause of GDS. Nobody can break the unity among NFPE & GDS. Isolate and expose those renegades who betrayed GDS and joined anti-NFPE camp and tried to break the unity between GDS & NFPE. Participation of more than 10000 GDS in the GDS (NFPE) Parliament March proved that we are already recognised by the GDS Employees all over India.
Donate Liberally to NFPE Legal Expense Fund
The National Federation of Postal Employees and the All India Postal Employees Union (Gramin Dak Sevaks) had approached Hon'ble Supreme Court of India by way of filing Writ Petition (C) No.1003 of 2013. There were two basic prayers apart from the consequential prayers in the Writ Petition. These prayers are:-
“(i) that a direction be issued to the Respondent to treat the Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants for all purposes at par with the other regular members of the civil services and regular employees in relation to all service matters including the pension and all retiral benefits, and
(ii) the Department of Posts, Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 be declared invalid and unconstitutional.”
The matter was heard at some length on 13.12.2013 in Court No.2 as Item No.8 before a Bench comprising of Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha & Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh. The Federation and the Union were represented before the Hon'ble Supreme Court by Shri M.R. Calla, Senior Advocate [Former Judge of Rajasthan High Court & Gujarat High Court] along with Shri Uday Gupta, Advocate. Their Lordships were of the view that the issues raised in the Writ Petition are of importance and keeping in mind the fact that about 3 lakhs persons are serving as Extra Departmental Agents (Gramin Dak Sevaks) and are posted at various places in the Country, the issues raised can be considered by Hon'ble Delhi High Court and this would also avoid multiplicity of legal proceedings.
Hon'ble Supreme Court vide its Order dated 13.12.2013 directed as under :-
(i) That Writ Petition (C) No.1003/2013 be transferred to Hon'ble Delhi High Court for consideration;
(ii) That Registry of Hon'ble Supreme Court to transmit the entire record and proceedings to Hon'ble Delhi High Court;
(iii) That Registry of Hon'ble Delhi High Court to register the Writ Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India and proceed with the matter.
See Order below:
ITEM NO.8 COURT NO.2 SECTION X
S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO(s). 1003 OF 2013
NATIONAL FED. OF POSTAL EMP. & ANR Petitioner(s)
UNION OF INDIA Respondent(s)
(With office report )
[FOR PREL. HEARING]
Date: 13/12/2013 This Petition was called on for hearing today.
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE R.M. LODHA
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SHIVA KIRTI SINGH
For Petitioner(s) Mr. M.R. Calla, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Uday Gupta, Adv.
Ms. Shivani M. Lal, Adv.
Mr. M.K. Tripathi, Adv.
Ms. Pratiksha Sharma, Adv.
Mr. Ankit Achariya, Adv.
Mr. Mohan Pandey,Adv.
UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R
Writ Petition is disposed of in terms of the signed order.
(Rajesh Dham) (Sneh Lata Sharma)
Court Master Court Master
(signed order is placed on the file)
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 1003 OF 2013
NATIONAL FED. OF POSTAL EMP. & ANR. Petitioner(s)
UNION OF INDIA Respondent(s)
O R D E R
This is a Writ Petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India by the National Federation of Postal Employees and All India Postal Employees Union GDS (NEPE). The principal prayers in the Writ Petition are, (one) that a direction be issued to the respondent to treat the Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants for all purposes at par with the other regular members of the civil services and regular employees in relation to all service matters including the pension and all retiral benefits, and (two) the Department of Posts, Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 be declared invalid and unconstitutional.
2. Having regard to the controversy raised in the matter, we are satisfied that the grievance of the petitioners can be adequately considered by the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.
3. Since about three lakh persons serving as Extra Departmental Agents (Dak Sevaks) are concerned about the subject matter and they are spread all over the country, we are satisfied that to avoid multiplicity of proceedings in different High Courts, it would be appropriate that the matter is considered by one High Court.
4. We, accordingly, transfer this Writ Petition to the Delhi High Court for consideration.
5. The Registry shall transmit the record and proceedings of the Writ Petition to the Delhi High Court.
6. Upon receipt of the record and proceedings of the Writ Petition, the Registry of the Delhi High Court shall register the Writ Petition and proceed with the matter accordingly.
7. So far as this Court is concerned, Writ Petition stands disposed of.
( R.M. LODHA )
( SHIVA KIRTI SINGH )
DECEMBER 13, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
CHQ CIRCULAR - 8
No. R-III/Circular-8/2013 Dated 12-12-2013
All Circle Secretaries, CWC Members, Divisional Secretaries and Branch Secretaries.
AIRMS & MMS E.U. Group `C` CHQ congratulates to Circle Secretaries, CWC members , divisional Secretaries , Branch Secretaries and all office bearers and members for participating and making a grand success 11th Dec and 12th Dec. 2013 Parliament March called by GDS (NFPE) and All Central Trade Unions respectively and requested to make the 19th Dec. 2013 day long Dharna , 5 days Relay Dharna from 30th Dec. 2013 to 3rd January, 2014 and other programmes a grand success.
Ensure the massive participation of RMS & MMS employees and get ready for indefinite strike.
Report of CWC Meeting held at Puri from 8th to 9th December, 2013.
Central Working Committee Meeting of All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` was held at Puri from 8th to 9th December, 2013 under the Presidentship of Com. S.K. Bardhan President R-III CHQ.
NFPE Flag was hoisted by Com. Giri Raj Singh President NFPE & General Secretary R-III and AIRMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` Flag was hoisted by Com. B.D. Mohanty Ex Vice President & Circle Secretary R-III on 8th December, 2013 at 10.15 A.M. Homage was paid to the martyrs.
After the flag hoisting Open Session was started at 10.30 A.M. under the Presidetnship of Com. B.D. Mohanty and Com. S.K. Bardhan President R-III CHQ on 8th December, 2013.
Com Bishu Mohanty General Secretary CITU Orissa & Vice President All India CITU inaugurated the Open Session and elaborately spoke on LPG, Price Rise, Outsourcing,, Privatisation, 7 CPC, Attack on working Class, GDS issues, New Postal Policy 2012, NPS and other issues.
Shri P.K. Bisoi PMG Berhampur Region attended as Chief Guest and addressed the Open Session.
Com. Giri Raj Singh President NFPE & General Secretary R-III addressed the Open Session as Chief Speaker. Coms. P.Suresh G/S R-IV, D.B. Mohanty offg. G/S P-IV, Nirmal Singh Working President AIPEU GDS (NFPE) , D.K. Rahate Ex President NFPE, B.M. Sunda Ex C/S R-III, Y. Nagabhushnan Ex V/P, B. Samar ACS P-III, M.M. Shamal President COC Odisha, S. Rehman Ex C/S Assam, Kishore Biswal Postal Printing Press leader, Admn Union, Nand Kumar Das C/S Postal Accounts Association, R.C. Mishra C/S P-III and other leaders addressed the Open Session.
Coms S.K. Behra, M.P. Naik and Nanda Members of Reception Committee also addressed the meeting.
Com. R.N. Dhal General Secretary Reception Committee , AGS & C/S R-III gave vote of thanks.
Com. S. Rehman Ex Circle Secretary Assam inaugurated the Subject Committee on 9th December, 2013. Com. S.K. Bardhan President R-III delivered Presidential speech. Com. Giri Raj Singh General Secretary R-III presented the Draft Report in the house. Com. D.K. Rahate Ex President NFPE, Com. B.M. Sunda Ex C/S R-III Rajasthan addressed the Meeting . A cultural programme was organized on 8th December, 2013 at 8 PM. CWC adopted the following resolutions.
1. The CWC Meeting resolved to request the Postal Administration to provide required facilities like good quality computers, Scanners, Printers and UPS in the CRC, Speed Post Hubs and Parcel Hubs so as to improve efficiency and to minimize the difficulties of the employees.
2. The CWC meeting strongly protest against the unscientific Norms introduced in the CRCs/SPCC and also request to stop the harassment in the name of new norms against the officials working in CRCs.
3. CWC meeting resolved to request to provide work material in RMS offices by replacing outdated wax seals, plastic bags and jutes and also demands timely repair and maintenance of RMS buildings.
4. Railway authorities at Guwahati have erected a building just on the maingate of the RMS building, there is hindrance in the movements of mails. This CWC demands to construct a new building for Guwahati RMS.
5. Construction of new buildings at MMS Bangalore premises having more than 45000 Sq.Ft. of land in the heart of the city. Railway authorities at Bangalore occupied space given to RMS for parking area and causing unnecessary for movements of mails.
5.(b) Construction of Buildings at Gate Way Mumbai and Sorting Office Bhiwani (Haryana).
6. This CWC demands that all SPCC Hubs throughout the country should be under the control of SSRMs/SRMs as SPCC is the part of RMS.
7. This CWC demands that all L-2 offices should be made as Intra –Circle Hubs to avoid back routing of SPCC articles.
8. P.O. & RMS Accountants are not allowed LSG/HSG-II Accts posts as per the Dte. Letter No. 137-4/2006-SPB II dated 30.5.2006 for the reasons of no specific instructions or amendments made in the recruitment rules for LSG & HSG-II posts. Specific amendments may be made in the Recruitment Rules for LSG/HSG-II Accts in HRO Accts branch in RMS Wing as done in Postal Wing.
9. All L-2 Offices should be identified as Intra Circle Hubs.
10. The CWC Meeting of All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` held at Puri from 8th to 9th December, 2013 unanimously resolved to endorse the agitational programme chalked out by the Confederation to make the programmme a grand success by participating RMS & MMS Employees at Branch/ Division/Circles levels.
OTHER RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED IN CWC ARE AS UNDER:-
(a) Stop the move to dismantle MMS and outsourcing MMS Drivers, Fill up all vacant Posts of Drivers, Artisans Cleaners, AMM, Manager and Dy. Managers, Supply of Uniforms and sanction justified posts of Drivers and Artisans and replacement of condemned vehicles.
(b) RMS/MMS officials may be allowed to appear for in PSS Group `B` Examination.
(c) Early release of HSG-I recruitment Rules and absorb all the HSG-II officials in the existing HSG-I posts and extend the Adhoc arrangements.
(d) 6th CPC had upgraded the scale of HSG-I and placed in the pay scale of Rs. 7450 but the benefit of the same denied to holders of the Posts and arrived their pay for fixation by multiplying of Rs. 6500/- by 1.86
(e) Specific orders to grant Special Allowance to the Sorting Compilers working in R.O/ Circle Offices.
(f) Bring all BPCs Speed Posts centers, Logistic posts Centers etc. under RMS Division and to post LSG, HSG-II and HSG-I as incharge.
(g) Stepping up the pay of Seniors at par with juniors in MACP.
(h) LSG, HSG-II posts may be merged and placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-
(i) Fill up the 4 posts of Superintendent Sorting among HSG-I officials.
(j) Revision of Over Time Rate and pay ceiling fixed for performance of OTA Duty to be ordered at the earliest. Over Time Rates were revised during 1990. Implement the Arbitration Award in this regard. We have no alternative to stop perform Over Time Duty if the rates are not revised immediately with retrospective date.
(k) Revise the wages of Part-Time / Contingent employees and DRM and stop outsourcing the work done by Part Time/Contingent/DRM.
The above Resolutions have been submitted to Secretary Posts vide letter No. R- III/52/45/2013 Dated 12--12-2013.
The CWC also resolved to request the Confederation to conduct Strike action in the government hesitate to the demands including D.A. merger, Interim Relief, Pension and GDS issues also the CWC decided to endorse the decisions and all agitational programmes of Postal JCA.
All the guests & leaders were welcomed with momento & file by Com. R.N. Dhal General Secretary Reception Committee and his team. All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` CHQ thanks and congratulate Com. R.N. Dhal General Secretary Reception Committee and his team for making the nice arrangements of food and accommodation. All Circles except H.P., Gujarat and Punjab attended the CWC. Com. R.N. Dhal General Secretary Reception Committee & Circle Secretary R-III gave vote of thanks.
ON 5TH FEBRUARY DAY LONG HUNGER FAST:- Day long hunger fast will be held on 5th February, 2014 in front of Dak Bhawan by Secretary Generals of NFPE & NFPO for demanding immediate revision of wages with D.A. and regularization of Casual labour, Par Time , Contingent employees of Postal Department.
GDS COURT CASE FILED:- NFPE has filed G.D.S. court case . Important Supreme court orders and details are on website.
DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING (JCM) :- Departmental Council Meeting (JM) was held on 27-11-2013. More than 83 items were discussed. Minutes have been issued and are available on website.
BONUS DONATIONTO NFPE:- the response of Bonus donation to NFPE is very poor. We request the Circle Secretaries and CWC members to direct the Divisional /Branch Secretaries to approach and collect the Bonus donation for NFPE from the remaining members and remit to CHQ immediately.
CHATTISGARH CIRCLE CONFERENCE:- Circle conference of AIRMS & MMS E. U. Group `C` of Chhatisgarh Circle will be held on 24 & 25th January, 2014 at Bilaspur.
JOINT R-III & R-IV CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF WEST BENGAL CIRCLE:- The joint R-III & R-IV Circle Conference of West Bengal Circle will be held from 6th to 9th February, 2014 at Kolkata.
With best wishes.
(Giri Raj Singh)