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Wednesday, February 29, 2012



All India RMS & MMS Employees for their magnificent participation in the 28th February, 2012 Nation wide One Day Strike.







Wednesday, February 22, 2012



R-III/52/40                                               dated    22nd ,  FEBRUARY, 2012

            It is hereby notified that the XXIX All India Conference of All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Gr.`C` will be held from 3rd May to 5th May, 2012 at Bal Bhawan Phul Bagh Chauraha Kanpur (U.P.) All delegates should reach the venue before 10.A.M. on 3rd May, 2012 positively.

            The Conference will be preceded and succeeded by Central Working Committee Meeting to be held on 2nd and 6th May, 2012 at the Conference venue for which no separate notice will be issued. The agenda of the Central Working Committee will comprise the agenda of the All India Conference as notified.
             Accommodation for the delegates has been arranged in Dharamshalas near to the Conference venue. Food will be supplied at  the Conference Venue.

            The provisions of the articles 16 (a), 24,92 and 93 of the constitution shall be strictly followed while electing delegates for all India conference. The number of delegates should be restricted according to the constitutional provisions. The list of the delegates including the lady delegates should be forwarded to the Reception Committee well in advance with copy to CHQ.

            All conferences at Branch, divisional and circle level, if due should be completed in accordance with article 81 (a), 61 (1) and 44 (a) of the constitution respectively and also as per CCS (RSA) Rules 1993.

            Subject to modifications, as may be done by the CWC and AIC the Agenda of the Conference will be as follows:

1.            Adoption of the Biennial report from April, 2010 to April 2012.
2.            Adoption of the Audited Statement of Accounts for the year 2009-2010,       2010-2011 and presentation of Accounts from April 2011 to March 2012      ( Subject to Audit)
3.            Adoption of Budget Estimates. For the year 2011-12, 2012-2013.

4.            (A) C.G. Problems:

1.      Amend Sections 5, 6 and 8 of the CCS (RSA) Rules,1993 in order to ensure the freedom of association rights of Civil Servants.
2.      C.C.S. Conduct Rules 1964 , Section 3, 5 & 7 to be scrapped.
3.      Scrapping  of New Pension Scheme.
4.      Privatization, Downsizing, Outsourcing of Government functions.
5.      Withdrawal of CGHS / Health Insurance Scheme.
6.      GPF Interest Rates.
7.      Non implementation of Arbitration awards.

8.       Withdrawal of ceiling on Bonus.
9.       Lifting ban on recruitment.
10.  Anomalies arising  on implementation of 6th CPC recommendations
11.  Removal of cap on compassionate appointments
12.  Wage Revision and D.A. merger w.e.f. 1.1.2011

                        (B) Postal Problems:-
        1.       Privatization and outsourcing of Postal functions.
                            2.     Downsizing of offices and abolition of posts
        3.       India Post Office Act 1898 and amendment thereof.
        4.       Demands of GDS for Status and Pension
        5.       Exempt Department of Posts from purview of reduction of staff        strength.
        6.       Fill up of all vacant posts in all cadres.
        7.       Review of MACPS
        8.       Implementation of agreement on Strike Charter of Demands.
        9.       Compassionate appointments.
      10.       Regularization RTP services.
      11.       Regularization of Casual Labourers.
      12.       Vindictive action and victimizations.
      13        Drop franchise Postal outlets.
      14.       Encashment of all pending OTA/TA/Medical Bills.
      15.        Administrative attack on Trade Unions.

( C ) RMS Problems;-

1.                  Merger of SROs/ HROs with HPOs/POs
2.                  Technology development, Modernization and Mail Net Work Optimization programme.
3.                  Abolition of RMS Offices, Sections Divisions, ROs, Transit Sections, Night sets and to set up one Mail Office  in a Revenue District and creation of NSPCS Hubs, L-1, L-2 First Class Mail Hubs
                        4.         Proper assessment of workload and sanction of justified staff.
      5.         Processing of mails and other premium products in RMS
      6.         Diversion of all preliminary sorting work from Post Office to RMS.
         7.         Proper and justified accommodation in Transit Sections.
      8.         Improvement of working conditions and environment in RMS offices.
      9.         CRC functioning and norms.
    10.          New System of Bag Numbering
    11.         Computerization in HROs/DOs and TMOs.
    12.         Functioning of AMPC.
    13.         Filling up of all vacant posts of group `C`, `D`, LSG, HSG-II and HSG- I, PSS group `B` from General  Line including residual vacancies.
    14.          Cadre Review.
    15.          Full-strength in Project Arrow Offices
16.             Revision of OTA and OSA Rates

(D) MMS Problems:

1.                     Privatization of MMS
2.                     Supply of New Vehicles.
3.                     Replacement of condemned Vehicles.
4.                     Curtailment of Schedules.
5.                      Supply of Spare Parts, Tools, equipments.

6.      Filling up of all vacant Posts in all Cadres.
7.      Provision of mail Peons/Guards to the Drivers.
8.      Cadre Review in MMS.
9.      Pay Scale and promotion of Workshop Staff at par with the Drivers.
10.  Holding examination for IMM Posts.
11.  Promotion of Artisan Staff on par with MMS Drivers.
12.  Merger of Charge Hand with Technical supervisor and Despatch Rider with Drivers.
13.  Insurance of Mail Motor Vehicles.

4.      Assessment and Review:

1.      United Movements.
2.      Confederation.
3.      Review and settlement of deferred Indefinite Strike from 13th July, 2010, 5th July, 2011, 17th January, 2012 called by Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) and One Day General Strike 7th September, 2010, 28th February, 2012, 23rd February, 2011 and 25th November, 2011 March to Parliament.

4.       Postal JCA programmes, Nation wide Demonstration on 4th June, 20110, Post card campaign  8th  to 15th  June, 2010, Black Badge wearing , Demands highlight  day on 29th June, 2010, Strike Rally on 12th July, 2010, Mass Demonstration on 20-4-2011, 25th May, 2011 & 15-12-2011 in front of Dak Bhawan / Circle/Regional/Divisional offices and  Hunger Fast at Dak Bhawan on 26-12-2011
5.      NFPE
6.      JCM functions.
7.      Organizational position at all levels.
8.      Re-verification of Membership.
6.   Adoption of Resolution – resolution to be typed neatly, item wise and to the point.
7.   Amendment to the constitution if any should reach CHQ by  30th  March, 2012.
8.   Policy and Programme.
9.   Election of (a) Office Bearers (b) Federal Councilors and Councilors in JCM (Department Council)
10. Venue of the Next AIC
11. Concluding remarks.
12. Vote of thanks

(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary
Copy to :-

1.      All Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries
2.      All Divisional /Branch Secretaries
3.      Secretary General, NFPE,1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.
4.      The Secretary Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi- 110 116
5.      All Chief Postmasters General. They are requested to grant special casual leave to delegates from their Circle.

            Pension fund regulator PFRDA has invited bids from financial institutions to manage funds of Central Government Employees under the New Pension Scheme (NPS) for the next three years beginning April 1, 2012.
            The fund managers will be required to manage the pension assets of Central government employees, according to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
            The three pension fund managers will have to submit bids by March 15, PFRDA said. At present, pension funds of government employees are managed by three pension fund managers (PFMs) — LIC Pension Fund, SBI Pension Fund, and UTI Retirement Solutions. The total corpus of the government employees as on December 2011 was Rs 12,769 crore.
            These three fund managers are also eligible for participating in the bidding process, the regulator said. The total average monthly subscriptions of government employees is around Rs 500 crore.
            National Pension System (NPS) was introduced on January 1, 2004, and is mandatory for central government employees (except armed forces personnel) appointed on or after January 2004. The scheme was made available to all citizens on a voluntary basis from May 1, 2009.
            Even though NPS is an immensely beneficial financial product for unorganised sector employees, especially those who do not manage a steady source of income after retirement, it has received lukewarm response till now.
            To popularise the scheme, PFRDA, in September 2010, introduced the Swavalamban scheme. Under this scheme, the government contributed Rs 1,000 per year to each NPS account opened in the year 2010-11 and for the next three years, i.E., 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. To be eligible, a person has to make a minimum contribution of Rs 1,000 and maximum contribution of Rs 12,000 per annum.
Source: Times of India


          Secretary General FNPE
CHQ suggests the following changes in the minutes of Departmental Council held on 10-2-2012.

No. 1-Long distance schedules of MMS :-Report from the HOC may be called for
No. 2-Diversion of MMS Vehicles:-Report from HOC regarding :-
                                                            No of allotted vehicles at R/O and C/O level
                                                            No of utilization of at R/O and C/O level
5.         Filling up the 4 posts of Superintendent Sorting in RMS:- These posts may be filled up from General Line HSG-I officials on regular basis within three months.
No.12-Payment of OSA and other benefits to MMS Staff:- Orders on Payment of OSA and other benefits to MMS Staff On par with RMS staff may be issued within three months. 
12.To fill the Time Scale posts of Drivers in MMS:- Process may be started immediately and completed within three months.
13.Revival of Bandel and Barasat RMS in West Bengal Circle:- Closure of these offices was against the agreement. These offices may be revived as L-1 offices.
 16.Scanner may also be supplied to RMS offices.
(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


A K Padmanabhan
            THE working people of our country have by now in full gear to go on a one-day historic general strike on February 28. All sections of Indian workers, in every corner of the country, have been preparing for this united action for the last three months.
            The decision to go on a day's strike, as is well known, was taken in a national convention of central trade unions and industrial federations in New Delhi on September 7, 2011. On that day, all the central trade unions recognised by the government of India came to a joint platform for the first time in the history of independent India, to announce a day's general strike. This was to press for an agreed charter of demands which covered policy issues as well as immediate demands of workers, both in the organised and unorganised sectors.
             This call was fully endorsed by independent federations of those working in various sectors, like state and central government employees and teachers, bank and insurance employees, defence production, telecommunication, petroleum and natural gas, electricity employees etc.
            All these organisations began vigorous preparations during December 2011. Joint meetings and campaigns began by the end of that month.
             Central leaders of all trade union organisations went to various state centres and also attended sectorial meetings at the national level in order to prepare for the strike.
             A meeting at Mumbai on December 30 saw the national and also state level leaders of central trade unions planning joint initiatives. When approached, leaders of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena also participated. Various sections of employees and workers joined the meeting.
            The series of state level conventions began with a successful and massive convention in Hyderabad on January 5, with more than 2500 representatives from all over the state attending it.
            Dr Sanjeeva Reddy (president, INTUC), B N Rai (general secretary, BMS), Gurudas Dasgupta (general secretary, AITUC), Tapan Sen (general secretary, CITU) and other central leaders along with state leaders addressed the convention. Leaders of the Telugunadu Trade Union Council (TNTUC) also attended.
            January 9 saw an open air massive convention of all sections of workers in Kolkata, calling upon the workers of West Bengal to make the proposed strike a big success. National and state leaders of all central trade unions attended the convention.
             In Kerala, a massive convention was organised on January 17, in which 18 organisations, central trade unions and various state level organisations, were represented. Addressing the convention, state leaders of these organisations approved a detailed programme of campaigns all over the state, and also sectoral programmes. These included district conventions, dharnas, vehicle jathas etc.
             A mass meeting at Kochi on February 1 was addressed by central leaders including Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC), Saji Narayan (BMS), A K Padmanabhan (CITU), Chandrasekhar (INTUC) and others.
            State level conventions were also held in Haryana, Maharashtra, Orissa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Tamilnadu. All these conventions were well attended, with national and state level trade union leaders addressing them.
            Reports received from various states showed that district and regional or local level conventions were also being organised in every part of the country, and that workers from various unions are participating therein with much enthusiasm.
            One important development is that huge preparations had been going on at sectoral level.The central trade unions organised a convention of central public sector unions at Bangalore on January 13, and it evoked response from unions all over the country. This was the first time that such a convention was organised by all central trade unions. Among those who addressed were Dr Sanjeeva Reddy, B N Rai, Gurudas Dasgupta, Tapan Sen, R A Mittal (HMS) and M Shanmugan (LPF), apart from leaders of the Joint Action Forum of Bangalore PSUs and Coordination Committee of Hyderabad PSUs.
            The convention adopted a declaration, calling for massive participation of PSU workers in the strike. It was circulated among PSU workers in large numbers.
            This successful initiative prompted various unions in PSUs, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, NTPC, powergrid, telecom, etc, to come together and issue joint appeals. These were signed by national leaders of industrial federations or representatives in the national level negotiating bodies.
            A national convention of workers of oil and natural gas PSUs was held in Delhi on February 4. It was organised by All India Petroleum Workers Federation, National Federation of Petroleum Workers, and Petroleum and Gas Workers Federation of India. These unions served a joint strike notice on the managements of all oil and gas PSUs. Countrywide campaigns were planned.
             All the five federations in the port and dock sector, including those led by the HMS, CITU, INTUC and AITUC, issued a joint statement. Joint preparations for the success of the February 28 strike followed.
            Leaders of national federations in public as well as private road transport sectors met at New Delhi and issued a joint statement. Regional and zonal level preparations are also made.In the defence production sector, AIDEF, INTUC and BMS affiliated federations were jointly organising campaigns all over the country for the success of the strike.
             In the telecom sector, all the workers' and employees' unions including the BSNLEU, NFTE and FNTO came together to plan countrywide campaigns to make the strike complete Sectoral conventions and meetings were also held in various states. In Kerala, a massive convention of unions in central and state PSUs was held at Kochi on February 2, where state level campaigns were planned. Similar campaigns were planned in other states also.
            As has been the practice, all unions in the banking and insurance sector will participate in the strike en masse. Countrywide campaign meetings were held in these sectors.Held at Hissar in December, the national conference of the All India State Government Employees' Federation, the largest organisation of state government employees in the country, unanimously decided to participate in the strike. Its leadership at all levels has been making all necessary preparations for a successful strike.
            The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, representing all sections of central government employees including postal employees, has also called for turning the strike into a massive action of protest. The confederation leadership chalked out a countrywide tour programme for the campaign to ensure that the message and demands of the strike were taken down to the central government employees at all levels.
            The recent united struggle of postal employees against the threat of closure of RMS and post offices in the country achieved success when the government was forced to give a written assurance not to close any office for the next three years at least, due to which the proposed indefinite strike was withdrawn. Now the postal employees' unions are fully involved in preparations for the success of the February 28 all-India general strike. Leaderships of the NFPE, FNPO and GDS unions jointly went on a countrywide campaign among the postal employees to ensure complete strike in the postal department.
            A meeting of unions in the Southern Railway, including the DREU (CITU), SRES (INTUC), DRKS (BMS), AISMA, AILRSA, SRLU, SREF and others, conducted a campaign in the divisional headquarters in the zone and also among the passengers to explain the demands. Demonstrations will be held in all the divisional centres on February 28, and all workers will wear badges on the day.
            Apart from posters, millions of handbills have already been circulated and more are being brought out. Wall writings are going on in various parts of the country..
            Thus, with reports still pouring in from different states about the massive ongoing preparations for the strike, one may be pretty sure that the strike on February 28 will see an unprecedented participation, that men and women workers in the country will make it a historic one in all aspects. Firmly united, the working class is on the move and will be out in the streets to challenge the policies of the ruling classes.
                                                           Date- 6-02-2012
            The system of engaging casual laborers is in existence in the Dept. of post even from undivided    P&T Dept. In the year 1980 order was issued by the Dept.  dividing them into different categories. They are....
1-         Those who has not completed  720 days of service in a period of 3 years @ 240 days    per year as on 1-4-1980
2-         Those who are working from 1-4-77 or earlier and have completed 720 days as on 1-     4-80.
3-         Those who are working from 1-4-75 or earlier and completed 1200 days service as         on 1-4-80.
The wages were fixed as follows
            First category they will be paid approved local rates.
            Second category they will be paid 75% of the 1/30 of minimum of group D + DA.
            Third category will be paid daily wage equal to 1/30 of minimum of group D + DA.2
            Against this  discrimination in payment of wages  which is against fundamental rights NFPTE filed writ petition No302 of 1986  on 5-2-86 in the manner of MANDAMUS to the Union of India to  direct it to pay to the petitioners same salary and allowances and  other benefits as are  being paid to the regular and permanent  employees in the  corresponding cadre and to direct the Union of  India to  regularizes the service of casual  labor who had been  continuous service more than 6 months.
            The Apex Court delivered the Judgment on 27-7-1987 which directed the Government as follows:-
            Direction (1). The petitioners are entitled for the wages rates equal to the minimum pay in the pay scale of the regular employees and workers in the corresponding  cadre including DA &  ADA if any and other benefits which are being enjoying on the date  of the Judgment.
            Direction (2). Directed the department to prepare scheme on a rational basis for  absorbing as far as possible those who have  been  continuously working for more than one year within eight  months of the date of Judgment.
            Basing on these Judgments some orders were issued by the department.
They are-
           (1) DOP no 14/8/88-PAP dated 15-6-1987.
            This order allowed paid w/off if a casual labor performed duties for 6 days
2-         DOP no 2-10/88-PE dated 19-2-88 directing the authorities to create posts wherever       feasible and complete the process of absorption by 31-5-1988
3-         DOP No 17-141/88-EDC & trg.  Dated 6-6-88 in these orders  instruction  were  issued for  considering casual  labors against  group D/ EDA posts.  In spite of all these orders same are  not 3 being implemented at lower level and number of quires were raised
such as Who should be treated as casual  labor? These were clarified by the department vide its order No 55-24/88 –SPB1 dated 17-3-89. This order clarified that all the  casual workers working with different names in all the offices  should be treated as casual  labor only with two different names i.e. part time casual labor and full time casual labor.
            Further clarification was issued on 16-9-92 vide lr.  No.45- 14/92 –SPB 1-directing the authorities to consider the PTCLs part  time casual labors] working for five hours and more should be made  FTCL[full time casual labors] by re-adjusting on combination of  duties wherever possible. In the same order it was clearly mentioned that in future no fresh CL should be engaged
            Dept. of post issued orders called as grant of temporary  status and regularization scheme w.e.f. 29-11-89 according to  which CL[both ptcl&ftcl] on the roles of the Dept as on 29-11-89  and continued to  be  employed for 240 days in a year would be  conferred by the  temporary status.    This was further extended up to 1-9-93.
            In spite of various orders mentioned above lower level authorities did not concentrate on this issue and casual labor system was continued as it is and engagement of new CL and contingent was also continued without following the rules and orders.
            Again in the years 2006 orders were issued by DOPT vide its memo no. 49019/1/2006-EStt.dated 11 Dec.2006 for regularization of casual labors who were  recruited in irregular  manner also basing  on the Supreme Court Judgment in Civil Appeal No 3595, 3612/1999 dated 10-4-2006. But the same was neither circulated nor  implemented by the dept. of posts.
            Even CAT HYD. in OA no 388 of 1998 directed the Dept. to grant the temp.  Status to PTCL also but the same was not implemented and opposed by the Dept. and filed WP No 17048 of 2000 in AP High Court.  Hon'ble High Court dismissed the petition 4confirming the orders of the CAT on 7-9-2010. Again dept. approached Hon'ble Supreme Court by filing SLP which was dismissed by the Apex Court. After this much of long struggle for 15 years the Hon'ble CAT judgment was  implemented for only those who approached the CAT that too  particularly prospectively but not retrospectively.
            This is the situation prevailing in the dept of post in respect of casual labors. Even today Number of casual laborsworking from 1980 is still waiting for their absorption.
After implementation of 6thC.P.C. to the regular  employees they have been denied of revised wages  till today on one plea or other. The benefits which have been enjoyed by the down trodden section which are given because of the Judgment given by Apex Court on 27-7-1987 were withdrawn one by one. They are
1. Paid w/o was withdrawn on the plea of Audit objection
2. They have been denied temporary status
3. They have been denied identity cards which are essential to them for performing duties.
4. They have been denied arrears of revised wages / DA from 1-1-2006
5. Wages were not revised on par with regular employees w. e.f. 1-1-2006
6. They are not being paid DA for the last three years.
7. Up to implementation of fifth C.P.C.  recommendation payment of HRA & CCA  was drawn with arrears but  subsequently this was withdrawn against which Hon'ble  CAT Chennai delivered Judgment to pay HRA&CCA, the same  was ratified by Hon'ble High court also but by amending  the rules dept. did not implement the Judgment and  HRA&CCA  was permanently withdrawn by issuing clarificatory order in December 2010.
Keeping in view all the above, your good self  is requested to  examine the situation
prevailing in respect of casual labor in the Dept. and ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS TO ISSUE ORDERS AND SETTLE THE ISSUES MENTIONED BELOW.
i. Immediate payment of revised wages from 1-1-2006 along with  arrears irrespective of date of entry in the dept. which was  quashed  by the Apex Court in 1987
ii. All the CL either full time or part time may be granted paid W/OFF, POH including national holidays.
iii. All the part time contingent posts may be converted as GDS posts and the present incumbents working in that posts may be upgraded as GDS.
iv. All other PTCL may be regularized by issuing appointment orders so that they will get job security
v. All the PTCL may be absorbed against MTS/GDS vacancies by implementing AP High Court Judgment in W.P. no 17048 of 2000 dated 7-9-2010
vi. The following modifications may be made in the latest MTS recruitment rules
            1. Against 25% out side quota priority may be given to eligible casual labors.
            2. The condition of prior to 1993 in respect of PTCL may be removed keeping in view     AP High Court  Judgment in WP NO.17048 mentioned above.
vii. PTCL may be considered against GDS vacancies by reiterating  the DG posts order no 17-141/88-EDC&TRG dated 6thJune 88.
viii. It may be recommended to issue identity cards to all CL irrespective of their working hours.
ix. All the CL may be included in provident fund, gratuity and pensioner benefits as granted to unorganized sector workers.
x. All the welfare measures granted to regular employees may be extended to casual labor also.
             We hope that you will examine these issues with open mind keeping in view the natural justice and fundamental rights provided in the constitution to all the citizens of this country.
Thanking you Madam.
                   Yours faithfully,
   (M. Krishnan)                      (D. Theagarajan)
Secretary General              Secretary General
      (NFPE)                                       FNPO