மே 23, 2015

லக்னோவில் அஞ்சல் மூன்று சங்கத்தின் முப்பதாவது அகில இந்திய மாநாடு


             அஞ்சல் மூன்று சங்கத்தின் முப்பதாவது அகில இந்திய மாநாடு உத்திரப்பிரதேச மாநிலத் தலைநகர் லக்னோவில்  வருகிற ஜூன் மாதம்  4,5,6, 7  தேதிகளில் நடைபெறுகிறது அது குறித்த செய்தி கீழே தரப்பட்டுள்ளது 

30th AIC AT LUCKNOW

Ø   Delegate/Visitor fee is Rs. 1200/-

Ø   Delegate session – 4, 5, 6, 7th June 2015

Ø   CWC on 03.06.2015

Ø   Brochure released by Reception Committee containing all visitable places and other details is sent by Post to all Divisional/Branch &Circle Secretaries.

Ø   Poster and Invitation are also dispatched by Post to all

Ø   Clickhere to view Posters & Invitation

Ø   Clickhere to view Brochure

Ø   Lucknow will be hot during these days.

Ø   Inaugural session, Open session and seminar are to be graced with learned dignitaries.


Remuneration for the year 2015-2016 for Agency function

 Remuneration for the year 2015-2016 for Agency function

                          India Post is doing Savings bank and savings Certificate work on behalf of the Ministry of Finance. For this agency function, the DOP is getting remuneration. This remuneration is revised every financial year based on the fiscal conditions prevailing at that time .The Central Government has announced remuneration payable to DoP for Savings Bank and Savings Certificates work for the Year 2015-16.


POSB Rates for the Year 2015-16
Sl.No.
Item/Category
Rate per unit
1
Savings Deposits
205.59
2
Savings Certifcates (NSC,KVP)
70.25
3
Indira Vikas Patra
18.60
4
Silent Accounts
31.17

Post Bank of India: All You Need To Know

Post Bank of India: All You Need To Know


Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said the proposed Post Bank of India will be a "game changer". It will take financial inclusion to a new level, he said while addressing the heads of circles of the postal department.

Here's all you need to know about the Post Bank of India:

1) "Post offices must gear up for this," Mr Prasad said on Thursday. His comments hint at the fact the India Post could be close to earning a banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

2) Last year when the RBI invited licences for opening banks, India Post was one of the applicants. However, it was not given a banking licence in the first round where only IDFC and Bandhan finance were granted licences in April 2014.

3) Once the Post Bank is set up, the government plans to take it public or gradually increase public participation to raise funds after converting the vast post office network into a commercial bank.

4) India Post has 1.4 lakh rural branches, while all other banks put together have about 35,000 rural banks most of which are not in rural panchayat towns.

5) Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set up a task force in 2014 to leverage the postal network in India and to enhance the role of India Post in financial inclusion, among other services like delivery of goods for e-commerce firms.

6) The task force's report suggested that the government should set up a holding company under the Department of Posts for immediate roll out of banking, insurance and e-commerce services by the 1.55 lakh strong postal network.

7) The panel suggested establishing Post Bank of India as a separate entity with a branch in each district in the first three years with initial capital of Rs 500 crore to be funded by the government.

8) Post Bank of India and the Jan Dhan financial inclusion scheme can complement each other, former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, who headed the task force, had said.

9) The idea of Post Bank of India was first mooted in 2006, when it was announced that India Post would open a bank to erase its Rs 1,000 crore deficit during the 11th Five Year Plan.

10) Of India Post's 1.55 lakh post offices, more than 1.39 lakh are in rural areas. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.21 sq. km and a population of 7,175 people.

(With inputs from PTI )
Courtesy : NDTV

Be aware of fake websites on Post Bank of India . Imposers on the prowl


Post Bank of India may be dream as yet, but “imposters” wouldn’t wait



by Dinesh Unnikrishnan  May 21, 2015 10:42 IST

The proposed Post Bank of India (PBI), the long cherished dream of the India Post, is still a work in progress for the department since the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is yet to give its nod for the plan, but “imposters” are already active on internet to project the proposed bank.
A website/blog with URL, www.postbankofindia.org, is one such. Though the creator/s of the website carries a disclaimer denying any direct linkages with the government of India or the postal department, the URL and the content appears focused on everything concerned Post Bank, including the latest progress of the project.
A screen grab of the website
A screen grab of the website
The author profile of the blog carries tag lines such as “building future bank” and “Know the strength of India Post”. The blog also gives an option to register with “Post Bank”, to get the latest news and developments of PBI and the department’s preparations to ramp up its network to offer banking services.
When contacted, a senior official of the postal department too denied any connection with the website/blog. “These are imposters. We have asked them to change the name,” the official said. Firstpost couldn’t contact the creators of the blog immediately.
India Post is one among the applicants to set up a payments bank. The RBI is currently in the process of finalising the list of payments banks from a list of 41 contenders. These include industrial houses such as Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd, Airtel, Sun pharma founder Dilip Shanghvi, Tech Mahindra among others. Payments can offer basic banking services but cannot venture into credit operations.
In December last year, a task force set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the operations of India's postal department has mooted the creation of a full-fledged postal bank. The panel is headed by former cabinet secretary, TSR Subramanian and comprising of experts that includes former Infosys board member TV Mohandas Pai.
The recommendations will be submitted to the government soon, according to a government official in the know of the development. In fact, the task force has recommended to launch the proposed Post Bank through an Act of the Parliament and not by approaching the RBI.
But since any legislation to this effect is a time taking process, the department went ahead with its application to set up a payments bank given the limited time-frame offered by the central bank to apply. The department wants to convert its operations to a full fledged bank at a later stage.
Even though the postal department has been trying to begin banking operations for long, the finance ministry had opposed the plan all along saying the department lacks the expertise to handle complex banking business, mainly credit operations.
Courtesy : Firstpost

India Post being revamped for Digital India

Indian Postal System Being Revamped for Digital India: Telecom Minister

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Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the postal system was being revamped on the lines of Digital India but assured that not a single employee would lose his job as a consequence.
"Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision, the postal system is being developed on the lines of 'Digital India'," Prasad said in Patna at a function to inaugurate the first postal ATM in Bihar.
He said that it was a matter of pride that electronic transactions had now begun in post offices.
"I can assure that the postal department will take care of postal officials and they would not lose their jobs," Prasad added.
He said postmen and post office officials have to adapt to the latest technology.
"Post-men working in rural areas would be provided modern handheld devices and post offices would be computerised," the minister said. The handheld devices are aimed at ensuring last-mile connectivity for banking transactions of India Post across its over 1.5 lakh branches.
India Post has over 155,000 post offices, of which more than 139,000 are in rural areas.
Expanding utilities of Post offices, the Centre is planning to open 1,000 ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) all over the country to provide facility of cash withdrawal round the clock, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravishankar Prasad said today.
Inaugurating the fist postal ATM in Bihar at the GPO (General Post Office) in Patna, Prasad said the facility was part of efforts to increase the point of presence for customers, particularly in the rural areas.
Bihar Finance Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and senior state BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav were present at the function.
Addressing the function, Chief Post Master General Abhay Shankar Prasad said Bihar has 9,000 post offices, out of which 1,048 were fully computerised.
In Bihar, installation of ATM rooms have been done at 38 locations out of which three in Patna were ready for transactions, he added
Courtesy: NDTV

மே 20, 2015

Speed post services more reliable and faster- CAG

Speed post services more reliable and faster than private couriers, says CAG

TNN | May 17, 2015, 09.24AM IST

NEW DELHI: In a rare observation coming from the official auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General has appreciated the functioning of the postal department. The reason: deliveries of speed post letters which are more reliable and faster than private courier services.

Delivery of letters by speed post ranged from 1-9 days in major cities with 99% chances of letters reaching addressees. In comparison, the private courier services turned out to be less reliable with 92% test check letters reaching destination, and time taken ranged from 1-10 days.

A CAG report, tabled in Parliament recently, has said that the performance of speed post has been better than the private couriers in major cities, at the tehsil level and at village level.

In order to compare the performance and quality of speed post service with private courier agencies for delivery of mails, a test check was conducted by CAG in eight postal circles -- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Checks were conducted by posting hundreds of letters.

As far as delivery performance was concerned, it was found that 98% letters were delivered by speed post in local areas as compared to 93% by private couriers. In major cities, the delivery performance by speed post was 99% as compared to 92% of private couriers. At the tehsil level only speed post could reach 100% addressees that too within 1-7days. Private couriers could only deliver 83% letters and time ranged from 1-23 days.

"Based on the results, it could be concluded that the speed post service of the department of posts (DoP) was better than the services provided by the private courier services," the auditor said.

Speed post service was introduced in 1986 to provide a fast and time-bound delivery service in major cities. However, due to late delivery of mails people had stopped relying on the department for timely-delivery of documents. Still, speed post services account for more than 10% of the total revenue of DoP.

In the test check, the auditor had posted 284 letters by speed post and 287 by different private courier services. The performance was judged based on the number of letters sent, letters actually delivered, and time taken for delivery of test letters by speed post as well as private couriers.


மே 16, 2015

India Post plans to open 500 ATMs in Tamil Nadu during the Financial Year 2015-2016

India Post to open 500 ATMs


Chief Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle, M.S. Ramanujam, (right) and Postmaster General - Western Region, Manju P. Pillai (second right) at the inauguration of Post Office Savings Bank ATM in Coimbatore. —Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
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Chief Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle, M.S. Ramanujam, (right) and Postmaster General - Western Region, Manju P. Pillai (second right) at the inauguration of Post Office Savings Bank ATM in Coimbatore. —Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
India Post plans to open 500 ATMs this financial year in the State for Post Office Savings Bank customers, M.S. Ramanujan, Chief Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle, told presspersons here on Wednesday.
Inaugurating an ATM at Coimbatore Head Post Office, he said that six ATMs were operational in the State already. Over 600 post offices in the State are covered under core banking services and the remaining would also be brought under core banking by the end of March next year.
Almost 60 per cent of postal savings bank customers are in rural areas. All the head post offices in the district head quarters in the State would have an ATM.
For now, customers can withdraw maximum of Rs. 25,000 a day and Rs. 10,000 per transaction.
Manju P. Pillai, Postmaster General, Western Region, said that of the 600 post offices in the western region, 130 have been covered under core banking so far. ATMs will be opened soon in Erode head post office and Bhavani head post office.
The region had 69 lakh live savings bank accounts and 12 lakh of these were opened in 2014-2015.
According to a press release from the department, customers who have minimum balance of Rs. 5,000 and have an account at the respective head office can apply for an ATM card and they will get the card in a month. The ATM will work from Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ms. Pillai said that within a month the ATMs will be operational 24 hours on all days.
Mr. Ramanujan said that under the Sukanya Samriddhi scheme, 6.12 lakh accounts were opened in Tamil Nadu in a month. The department has also launched special service for delivery of products within two days to customers who place orders on e-commerce portal. Initially, it has tied up with Amazon for this, he said.

Courtesy : The Hindu 

' Post info ' an android App launched by INDIA POST

India Post Launches It’s First Android App ‘Post Info’ With Focus on Ecommerce Niche

Post Info Android App

 Post and Telecom Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad has officially launched India Post’s first Android app: Post Info, which is now ready for download. Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT) has designed and developed this app.
As of now, there exist 5 basic functionalities in this application:
  • Tracking of Goods
  • Post Office Search
  • Postage Calculator
  • Insurance Premium Calculator
  • Interest Rates
Besides this new app, India Post also launched a new delivery hub in Safdarjang area of New Delhiwhich will exclusively cater to the ecommerce portals. This state of the art delivery center is equipped to handle 30,000 packages per day.
Highlighting the importance of the Internet based Digital Economy; Minister Prasad made it clear that India Post needs to become a major force in this domain.
He said, “I want that in e-commerce, India Post should become the largest player and you have to do it… if you take 4 steps, I will take 10 steps with you because I am seeing that in India, e-commerce has got a very good future.”
Tracking feature of this app is being talked about a lot, considering that it will ease the process and transparency will be ensured. The user just needs to enter the ‘Article Number’, and after that, the application will provide information such as: The booking timing, timing of dispatch, goods’ current location and expected delivery time.
Post Info Tracking
Postage calculator is also very handful, as it can save time for India Post customers. Earlier, the only option was to visit the concerned post office and enquire about the rates based on weight. But with the new app, all you need to enter is: Weight in grams; Insured amount and COD amount. Based on the inputs, the app will inform about the exact rates applicable.
Post office search is another excellent feature of the app.

India Post & Ecommerce in India

With it’s vast network of 1.5 lakh post offices and 4.6 lakh employees, India Post can become a major catalyst of ecommerce growth in India. Considering that 4 out of 10 orders on Internet are originating from rural areas, and India Post has 80% of its presence in Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns, both ecommerce and India Post can complement each other and solve some major shipping and delivery issues.
Major ecommerce portals such as Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Shopclues and others have already started using India Post’s delivery services, and the growth is pretty encouraging. Between December 2013 to December 2014, India Post delivered COD products worth Rs 280 crore for these ecommerce companies. And this year, it is expected to increase substantially.

India Post’s Own Ecommerce Portal

Besides helping other ecommerce players, India Post is also planning to launch their own portal, which can actually make some serious dents in the market. We had earlier analyzed that once India Post’s own ecommerce portal is launched, it can becomeIndia’s largest online marketplace and shared three reasons for the same.
Govt. has allocated Rs 5000 crore to modernize and upgrade India Post, as per latest technologies and protocols. Another Rs 2000 crore would be spent on purchasing new, faster vehicles for speedy delivery as well.
With a new delivery center, and a clean sharp Android app, India Post is well on its way to claim it’s share in the Indian Ecommerce market.
You can download the India Post application  from the link given below 
Courtesy: Track.in 

மே 14, 2015

30th All India Conference of AIPEU P3


Cadre Restructuring Proposal for Group -C

Cadre Restructuring Proposal  for Group -C Cleared by MOC & IT 


The Cadre Restructuring for Group -C Employees has been signed by the Ministry and forwarded to DOPT for Final Approval on 13.05.2015.

It is expected that the proposal would be approved by DOPT after various formality checks and clearance from Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance.


The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :

1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %

2. Number of HSG II posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %

3. Number of HSG I posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %

4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)

5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio

6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.

1. The Post of SPM in Single and Double Handed Post offices will be placed under 2800/- Grade Pay ie All LSG and I MACP officials would man the offices.

2. The Post of SPM in Triple Handed and LSG Post offices will be placed under 4200/- Grade Pay ie All present HSG II / MACP II officials would man the offices and Posts.

3. The Post of HSG I and HSG II would be merged and placed under Grade Pay of 4600/- and be granted 4800/- on non functional basis after 4 Years.

4. The Post of Existing Postmaster Cadre officials will be modified in light of the same on approval of the Cadre Restructuring...

The Present Postmaster Grade -I Offices are likely to be placed under the Grade Pay of 4200/- 

The Grade I Posts are likely to get ungraded to Grade II , creating wide opportunity for the Postmaster Cadre Official to get promoted to Grade II and Placed within the same division.

The Present Grade II offices are likely to be placed under 4600/- Grade Pay creating more number of offices for HSG I and II officials.


The Norms of the Postmaster Grade III Offices would be modified so as to identify 1/3rd of the merged HSG I and II for Postmaster Grade III.

Copy of the earlier agreement signed with Union


மே 11, 2015

மணியார்டர் முறைகேடு; 300 பேர் மீது நடவடிக்கை: மக்களவையில் தகவல்

மணியார்டர் முறைகேடு; 300 பேர் மீது நடவடிக்கை: மக்களவையில் தகவல்


இதுதொடர்பாக மத்திய தொலைத்தொடர்புத் துறை அமைச்சர் ரவிசங்கர் பிரசாத் மக்களவை கேள்வி நேரத்தின்போது கூறியதாவது:

2013-2014-ம் நிதியாண்டில் அஞ்சலகங்கள் மூலம் மணியார்டர் வழியாக ரூ.12,241 கோடி அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளன. இதில், ரூ.10.9 கோடி பட்டுவாடா செய்யப்படவில்லை என 80,000 புகார்கள் பெறப்பட்டுள்ளன. இது மொத்த தொகையில் 0.7 சதவீதம்தான். இதுதொடர்பாக நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட்டு, 300 பேர் குற்றவாளிகள் எனக் கண்டறியப்பட்டு அவர்கள் மீது நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

பணம் தாமதமாக பட்டுவாடா செய்யப்படுவது, பட்டுவாடா செய்யப்படாமல் இருப்பது ஆகியவை தொடர்பான காரணங்கள் ஆராயப்படுகின்றன. பணம் பெறுபவர் இல்லாமல் இருப்பது, அவர் இறந்திருப்பது, தவறான அல்லது முழுமையற்ற முகவரி, தவறான அஞ்சல் குறியீட்டு எண் உள்ளிட்டவை காரணமாக பெரும்பாலும் தாமதமாக பணம் பட்டுவாடா செய்யப்படுகிறது.

ஏதேனும் ஓர் அலுவலர் தாமதமான அல்லது பட்டுவாடா செய்யப்படாததற்கு காரணம் என அறியப்பட்டால், அவர் மீது நிர்வாக ரீதியான அல்லது ஒழுங்கு நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும்.

சேவைக் குறைபாடு காரணமாக பணம் பட்டுவாடா செய்வதில் தாமதம் ஏற்பட்டால், பதிலி மணியார்டர் வழங்கப்படும். வேகமாக பணம் பரிமாற்றம் செய்வதற்காக அஞ்சல் துறை இ-மணியார்டர் திட்டத்தை அறிமுகம் செய்துள்ளது.

உடனடி மணியார்டர் சேவை கடந்த 2006-ம் ஆண்டு அறிமுகம் செய்யப்பட்டது. இத்திட்டம் 16,785 அஞ்சலகங்களில் நடைமுறையில் உள்ளது. இத்திட்டம் உடனடி பட்டுவாடா, சவுகரியம், நம்பகத்தன்மை, குறைந்த கட்டணம் ஆகிய அம்சங்களைக் கொண்டது.
இவ்வாறு அவர் தெரிவித்தார்.


மே 10, 2015

ஈடி ஊழியர் கோரிக்கைப் பட்டியலை டில்லி முதல்வர் உயர் அதிகாரிக்கு அனுப்பிய கடிதத்தின் நகல்

ஈடிச் சங்க பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் எஸ்.எஸ். மகாதேவ்வையா  அவர்களது கோரிக்கைப் பட்டியலை டில்லி முதல்வர்  உயர் அதிகாரிக்கு  அனுப்பிய  கடிதத்தின் நகல் கீழே தரப்பட்டுள்ளது .

மே 09, 2015

India Post launches e-commerce centre in New Delhi on 11th May 2015

India Posts to start E-Commerce Centre from Monday in Delhi
By PTI | 8 May, 2015, 11.03PM IST

India Post will also launch a mobile
 application for android phones 
that will help people in real
 time tracking of accountable
 articles, post office search. 


NEW DELHI: To cash in on growing online shopping trend, India Post Delhi circle will start its e-commerce centre from Monday 

"Considering the rapid growth of e-commerce business in the country in the recent past, the Department of Posts, through Delhi Postal Circle has taken up a project to establish the e-commerce Centre at Safdarjang, New Delhi," an official statement said today. 

This processing centre will handle exclusively all the e-commerce business. 

"The e-commerce Centre at Safdarjang, New Delhi is to be dedicated to the Nation by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology on 11th May 2015," the statement said. 

The centre is capable of handling 30000 parcels or articles per day and parcels collected from the e-commerce customers, processed and dispatched within 24 hours to respective destination through quickest available flight or train, as the case may be. 

"The leading e-commerce customers, Amazon, Paytm, Yepme, Snapdeal, etc are already availing the benefits of fast, reliable and safe processing of their e-commerce parcels at the newly established e-commerce Centre at Safdarjang in New Delhi," the statement said. 

India Post will also launch a mobile application for android phones that will help people in real time tracking of accountable articles, post office search, postage calculator, etc through Mobile Phone. 


Courtesy: The Economic Times



மே 05, 2015

Details of meeting held at Sanchar Bhawan on 05.05.2015 at 1300 hrs with Hon’Minister of Communications by Secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO on behalf of Postal Joint Council of Action.


In continuation of the meeting by PJCA leaders consisting all General Secretaries and Secretary Generals of both Federations ( NFPE &FNPO) held with Chairman Postal Services Board , Member(HRD),  Member (O), Member(Tech) & other higher officers of Postal Directorate on 30.04.2015 at 1100 hrs on all the 26 Charter of demands, the PJCA had decided to insist a further meeting with Hon’ Minister of Communications in respect of the following three Major sectional demands pertaining to the Postal fraternity.
1. Corporatisation and  Privatisation of Postal Department as recommended by the TASK FORCE committee.
2. Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the terms of reference of 7th Central Pay Commission. Grant of Civil servant status to GDS and grant of all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis without any discrimination.
3. Implementation of Cadre Restructuring in Postal, RMS, MMS and Postal Accounts as per the proposal signed with the JCM (DC) staff side.
The ground was under active preparation for indefinite strike w.e.f .06.05.2015.
  Secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO on behalf of Postal Joint Council of Action were invited for meeting with Hon’Minister of Communications.
On 05.05.2015.at 1300 hrs both Secretary Generals met the Hon’ MoC and submitted a memorandum on GDS issues primarily for inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission. As the Department of Posts assured the PJCA on 30.04.2015 that the proposal will be strongly recommended and referred to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration, the Hon’ MoC was requested to offer his good offices.
Hon’Minister of Communications has assured that the GDS issues would be looked into with an open mind and he would try to his best.
The  Cadre Restructuring Proposal file is awaiting for the approval of Hon’ MoC and now even though he had some reservations, he agreed to pass it with positive recommendations. The Cadre Restructuring Proposal will shortly be forwarded to DoPT.
In respect of Task Force Committee recommendations, Hon’ MoC  has not given any assurance about future course of action. But he asserted that NO PRIVATISATION at present and there will be no reduction or structural change in the department.
The meeting with Hon’ MoC is hopeful.

Considering the reply given in the minutes by the Postal Directorate and assurance given by Hon’ MoC , the PJCA has decided to defer the proposed INDEFINITE STRIKE from 06.05.2015 .

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD WITH PJCA REPRESENTATIVES ON 30/04/2015 IN DAK BHAVAN, NEW DELHI

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD WITH PJCA REPRESENTATIVES
ON 30/04/2015 IN DAK BHAVAN, NEW DELHI

No. 08/07/2014-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(SR Division)
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi, dated 5th May, 2015
Subject:-  Minutes of the meeting held with PJCA representatives on 30/04/2015 in Dak Bhavan, New Delhi
Dear Sir,
            Kindly find enclosed the minutes of the above meeting for information and necessary action at your end.
            With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Arun Malik)
Director (SR & Legal)
Shri R.N. Parashar
Secretary General
NFPE

Shri D. Theagarajan
Secretary General
FNPO

Minutes of the meeting held with the representatives of Postal Joint Council of Action            (PJCA) on 30/04/2015.

The meeting was held with the representatives of PJCA on 30/04/2015 at 1100 hrs. in G.P. Roy Committee Room, Dak Bhavan under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts).  A list of participants is annexed. 

At the outset Secretary (Posts) welcomed the participants and mentioned that we are meeting in connection with the strike call given by the PJCA.  She appealed to the PJCA not to go on strike as this will help only our competitors. 

Secretary General, NFPE also welcomed the participants and thanked Secretary (Posts) for convening this meeting.  He requested that their grievances are settled so that they do not have to go on strike.

            With the permission of the Chair the agenda items were taken up for discussion.  After detailed deliberations on each point, following decisions were taken:-

Sl. No.
Charter of Demands
Decision taken
1.
Discussions on the recommendations of the Task Force.
Secretary (Posts) assured the staff side that there is no contemplation of corporatization or privatization at this juncture.   Further, before any structural changes are contemplated in the organization, the staff side will be consulted.   
2.
Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the terms of reference of 7th Central Pay Commission. 
Grant of civil servant status to GDS and grant of all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis without any discrimination.
It was decided that the proposal will be strongly recommended and referred to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration. 

DDG (Estt)
3.
Revision of wages of Casual, Part time, Contingent employees w.e.f 01.01.2006 consequent on revision of wages of regular employees by 6th Pay Commission and regularization of services.
The services of Casual Labourers get regularized as per the Recruitment Rules (RRs) of Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS).  The eligibility cut-off date i.e. 01/09/1993 cannot be removed from the RRs as Causal Labourers engaged upto this date are only to be regularized and there was total ban on engagement of Casual Labourer after 01/09/1993.  Further, Department has also issued Policy on regularization of Casual Labourer in pursuance of Supreme Court judgement in Uma Devi case of 2006 and if any Casual Labourer is covered by this policy, he will be regularized.

Item closed
4.
Grant of merger of 100% DA with pay w.e.f 01.01.2014 for all purposes, including GDS.
The item does not relate to Department of Posts alone and a decision on the same has to be taken by D/o Expenditure , Ministry of Finance for all Central Government employees.
DDG(Estt)
5.
Grant of 25% pay as Interim Relief (IR) w.e.f 01.01.2014 to all employees including GDS.
The item does not relate to Department of Posts alone and a decision on the same has to be taken by D/o Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for all Central Government employees.
DDG(Estt)
6.
Scrap the New Pension Scheme (NPS) and include all employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004 under the old statutory pension scheme.
The item does not relate to Department of Posts alone and a decision on the same has to be taken by D/o Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for all Central Government employees.
DDG(Estt)
7.
Remove 5% condition for compassionate appointment and grant appointment in all deserving cases as in the case of railways. Remove the minimum 50 points condition for GDS compassionate appointment.
Regular Employees:-

It is emphasized that this Department follows the rules/instructions issued by the Nodal Department i.e., DOP&T.  Condition of  5% of direct recruitment quota for Compassionate Appointment has been fixed by the DOP&T.  Department is not  concerned with the rules / instructions of Railways or any other Department.

Gramin Dak Sevaks:-

The Department has constituted a Committee for revisiting the 50 Point Criteria for compassionate appointment of GDS.  Report of the Committee is awaited.  Staff side has suggested that the point system be discontinued, and this can be referred to the Committee.
DDG(P)
DDG(Estt)
8.
Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres including MMS & GDS.
(a) By direct recruitment.
(b) By holding DPC and granting promotions.
(c) By conducting departmental promotional examination.
(d) Replace all condemned vehicles in MMS.
Recruitment Rules of Manager / Sr. Manager have been notified recently and further action is being taken to fill up all such DR / promotion quota vacancy.

Recruitment Rules of Dy. Manager and Asstt. Manager in MMS will be submitted to DOP&T next week for their approval.

RRs of Diver Spl. Grade have been approved by the DOP&T and now, these are being sent to UPSC for their approval.  As regards RRs of Driver Gr. I, II & III, file is being resubmitted to M/o Law after doing the needful as required by them.

RRs of Artisan are being prepared

On notification of these RRs, further action will be taken to fill up the vacancies in these cadres.

DDG(P)
9.
Implement cadre restructuring in postal, RMS, MMS and Postal Accounts as per the proposal signed with the JCM (DC) staff side.
The proposal for cadre restructuring of Gr. ‘C’ employees, will be sent to DOP&T next week.  The proposal for MMS and DAP will be sent to DOP&T within a period of two months.

DDG (Estt) / DDG(PAF)
10.
Settle issues relating to Postmaster Cadre officials.
(a) Allow to write IP and PS Group ‘B’ examinations.
(b) Relaxation in service conditions for promotion from one grade to another, at par with general line promotions to identical posts.













(c) Filling up of all PS Group ‘B’, PM Grade III and Grade II posts by eligible officials and till that time adhoc- promotion may be granted.











(d) Other related issues such as filling up of 100% senior Postmaster/Chief Postmaster posts earmarked for PM cadre by PM cadre officials alone and maintenance of circle gradation list etc.


(a)This will be examined.

(b)  The proposal for relaxing the RRs of Postmaster Grade II & III was sent to DOP&T, which has returned the proposal seeking certain information / clarification.  Accordingly, information called for from Circles and examined.  After analysis, it is observed that Circles have not done DPCs for HSG-II & HSG-I, which may be taken adversely by the DOP&T for instant relaxation proposal.  Therefore, Circles have been asked to conduct HSG-II & HSG-I DPCs on priority so that proposal could be resubmitted to DOP&T with better facts.

(c)    As above.  As regards PS Group B, DPC for 2014-15 was conducted recently and order issued.  Letter has already been issued to Circles for PS Group B DPC for 2015 -16 for keeping the required documents ready.  Ad hoc appointment can only be made from eligible officers, whose regular promotion has been delayed.  For relaxing any condition of RRs, even for ad hoc promotion, DOP&T approval is required.  A proposal is already moving for relaxation as indicated above.

(d)Due to an OA filed before Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh Bench, the matter has become sub-judice and as such action to fill up posts in Sr. Postmaster cadre cannot be taken till the OA is disposed off.
DDG(P)
11.
Reimburse full mileage allowance to system Administrators and fix duty hours and responsibilities of SAs. Create separate cadre for system administrators.
Instructions regarding provision of Conveyance Allowance issued by PAP Division letter No.1-02/2011-PAP dated 17/01/2012 already exist.  The rates for Conveyance Allowance (within 16 kms) are already provided under the FRSR.  Regarding reimbursement of full mileage, the Circle Heads are empowered to sanction reimbursement of Travel Allowance as per rules. 

The issue of creation of separate cadre for System Administrators has been examined and not found feasible.

Item closed.
12.
Grant of cash handling allowance to Treasures in Post Offices at par with cashiers in RMS & Administrative offices.
The matter was taken up with DOE, Ministry of Finance earlier also.  It was not agreed to by DOE.  On the request of Union, the matter is being reexamined.  Comments from the Circles have been called for.

DDG(Estt)
13.
Counting of Special Allowance granted to PO & RMS Accountants for pay fixation on promotions as the promotional post involves higher responsibilities.
Post Offices and RMS Accountants are not granted any special pay which can be included for their pay fixation / promotion.  They are only granted a special allowance which cannot be included as pay for their promotion.

DDG(Estt)
14.
Settle all issues related to IT Modernization Project- computerization, Core Banking Solution, Core Insurance Solution etc.
(a)   Replace out dated computers and peripherals with new ones.
(b) Increase network capabilities and Bandwidth.
(c)  Set right the users credentials problems in leave arrangements etc.
(d) Stop hasty “Go Live” of CBS, CIS till cleansing of data pucca.
(e) Provide all assistance and stop harassment in the implementation of CBS & CIS.
(f) Grant enhanced financial powers to Head Postmasters.





(a) The proposal for an outlay of Rs.493.88 crores for supply of computer hardware and peripherals has been sent to D/o Expenditure, M/o Finance for principle approval.

(b) Bandwidth of 1032 locations has been increased.  Circlewise details of the locations where bandwidth has been increased is given under:-

No. of locations where Bandwidth increased
Andhra Pradesh
120
Assam
25
Bihar
34
Chhatisgarh
15
Delhi
16
Gujarat
49
Haryana
20
H P
22
J&K
11
Jharkhand
16
Karnataka
92
Kerala
61
M.P.
63
Maharashtra
73
North East
15
Orissa
37
Punjab
29
Rajasthan
53
Tamil Nadu
108
U.P.
94
Uttarakhand
18
West Bengal
61
Total
1032

DDG (Tech)
(c)Necessary process for creation of users is already in place and is attended by CEPT team.  However, this will be reviewed.
(d) The CBS rollout is planned in a phased manner and post office are migrated to CBS platform only after completion of all pre-migration activities including Data Cleansing.
(e) The implementation of CBS is being carried out in planned manner at Directorate level as per Project Governance Structure.  Some of the issues like EOD, CPC workflow etc., have been reviewed and suitable modifications in the processes have been made to ease the functioning.  There is no harassment in implementation of CBS. 

The staff side had informed that there is some difficulty in single handed offices.  It was decided that this will be discussed separately by the staff side with DDG (FS).
DDG(FS)

(f)     The proposal for giving financial powers to Postmaster of all categories is under examination and comments from all Circles have been called for.

DDG(P)
15.
Prompt and regular holding of JCM, Departmental Council Meeting, Periodical meeting with Secretary Department of Posts, Sports Board meeting and Welfare Board meeting. Ensure representation of  recognized Federations in Sports Board and Welfare Board by calling for nominations.
Action has been taken regarding holding JCM / Periodical meetings regularly.

Postal Sports Board meeting was held on 11/02/2015.  Postal Staff Services Welfare Board meeting is going to be held shortly.

Members of Federations are nominated members in the Postal Services Staff Welfare Board.  As regards the Postal Sports Board, the present constitution does not include any Federation / Unions as members.  However, nominees of federations may be co-opted by Chairman, Postal Service Board.
DDG (Trg).
16.
Ensure full protection of existing allowance (TRCA) of GDS employees and introduce Medical Reimbursement scheme to GDS.  Existing monthly emoluments (TRCA) drawn by GDS should not be reduced under any circumstances.  Revision of cash handling norms.
Provisions already exist for protection of TRCA as personal pay in respect of all categories of GDS to the extent of maximum of the lower TRCA slab (in case workload is found reduced to a lower slab in the Establishment Review as compared to the previous Establishment Review).

The suggestion of the staff side was to protect the TRCA on permanent basis.  DDG(Estt)
17.
(a) All Circle offices/ Regional offices/DPLI office, Kolkata must be allowed to function as Circle Processing Centres (CPCs) while implementing Core Insurance Solutions (CIS) through McCamish for steady growth of PLI/RPLI Business.
(b) Stop diversion of 615 posts (576 posts of Pas from C.O.s and 39 posts of Pas from APS PLI CELL) ordered vide Department of Posts, Establishment Division No. 43-47/2013-PE-II dated the 9th June, 2014.
(c) Stop harassment and victimization of staff of Circle Administrative offices in the name of decentralization of PLI/RPLI.
The proposal will be examined after the roll out of the project is completed.






No such order has been issued.  The nitty-gritty of issue of manning CPCs is still under examination.





Specific concerns will be examined.
CGM (PLI)

18.
Allot sufficient funds to circles for carrying out constructions, repairs and maintenance of Departmental buildings/Postal Staff Quarters and RMS Rest Houses.
Sufficient funds are allotted to the Circles for carrying out constructions/ repairs.  The instructions will be issued to all CPMsG to utilize the allotted funds as far as possible. 

DDG (Estates & MM)
19.
Make substitute arrangement in all vacant Postmen and MTS Posts. Wherever GDS are not available, outsiders should be allowed to work as substitutes.
The Establishment Division has issued instruction to the Circles to fill up all vacancies of GDS BPM & justified posts of all other approved categories.  Guidelines regulating substitute arrangements to be made in place of regular GDS already stand issued vide letter No.17-115/2001-GDS dated 21/10/2002, in case it is not possible to manage the work with combination of duties.
Substitute arrangements against vacant Postman and MTS posts are made at the local level as and when required.
 Powers have been delegated to Heads of Circles for outsourcing of work.
DDG(P)
20.
Modify the orders dated 22/5/1979 regarding existing time factor given for delivery of articles taking into account the actual time required for door to door delivery.
The proposal has been referred to the Work Study Division for further necessary action. Staff side was suggested to meet DDG(WS) in this regard.

DDG (WS) /
Staff side.
21.
Open more L1 offices as recommended by CPMsG. Eg.- Guntakal RMS in A.P. Circle.
 The proposal for upgradation of Guntakul RMS as L-1 Mail Office was not found justified. 

Item closed.
22.
Powers for writing APARs of SBCO staff may be delegated to AO (SBCO) instead of Divisional heads and stop imposing the work of SB Branch on SBCO.
  After roll out of CBS, the role and responsibility of SBCO is to be re-designed and fixed.  The issue will be examined in detail thereafter.

DDG(FS)
23.
Prompt supply of good quality uniform and kit items and change of old specification.
Instructions are regularly issued to Heads of Circles for prompt supply of good quality uniforms.  The Directorate has also called for suggestions from all Circles for improvement in the specifications of different items of uniform for further taking up with BIS in the matter.  Staff side was also requested to send their suggestions with regard to improvement of specifications. 

DDG (Estates & MM)/
Staff side.
24.
Stop vindictive actions of GM (Finance) Postal Accounts Chennai. More than hundred Postal Accounts employees are charge sheeted. GM (Finance) even refused to heed the instructions of DDG (PAF).
 The Member (Finance), Telecom Commission has been apprised of the whole situation and CPMG, Tamil Nadu Circle has also been requested to resolve the matter.  The staff side informed that no action has been taken at the ground level.  

The case is subjudice and in respect of the officials charge sheeted, 72 Senior/ Junior Accountants have already filed a case in the Hon’ble CAT Madras Bench.  Madras Bench OA No.310/01062/2014.  As per the current position, the case is listed for 03/06/2015. 
DDG (PAF)
25.
Review of marks of JAO (P) Part-II examination held in December 2012 in r/o SC/ST candidates. As the exam was conducted on the basis of old recruitment Rules i.e. JAO and the said posts are Group ‘B’ (Non- Gazetted) review may be held.
Opinion of the Law Ministry will be obtained.

DDG (PAF)
26.
Revise Postmen / Mail Guard / MTS Recruitment Rules.  Stop open market recruitment.  Restore seniority quota promotion:-
This item was earlier discussed in the JCM (DC) and it is assured by Secretary (Posts) that the Recruitment Rules will be reviewed after one or two Recruitment / Promotional exam are over, as DOP&T may not approve immediate revision of Recruitment Rules already approved by it.  Now more than two Postmen/MG/ MTS recruitment / examination is over and hence it is requested to take action to revise the Recruitment Rules and stop open quota recruitment.  Entire vacancies may be earmarked for GDS and Casual Labourers as existed in the pre-revised Recruitment Rules.
As decided in earlier JCM, the said RRs are to be relooked after seeing the outcome of one or two exams. The process is still going on. Most of the Circles have completed one round of recruitment process for direct recruitment quota, and others on their way to completing the same. Subsequently, pre-appointment formalities, trainings etc. would require to be completed in case of newly recruited officials. Therefore, Circles need time to judge the capabilities and skills of these officials and furnish proper and accurate feedback thereto to this Directorate for further consideration in the matter. Hence, time is not ripe to revisit the said RRs.

As regards RRs of Postman, open market quota of 25% has already been given to GDS.  Now, as per the existing RRs, only the unfilled vacancies, which could not be filled by the MTS/GDS, go to open market for filling up. 
DDG(P)