Monday, October 31, 2011

Group B DPC held on 28-10-2011

FLASH NEWS


It is learnt that PS Group " B" DPC was held on 28.10.2011 for around 150 vacancies. Further details in this regard is awaited.

STAFF SIDE CONVEYS WARM WISHES ON RETIREMENT

Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy Secretaty (Posts) is retiring Today


Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy Secretary (Posts) and Chairman Postal Services Board is retiring on 31-10-2011 on superannuation. Department has gone through so many radical changes during period of Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy as Secretary (Posts). She had been CPMG Gujarat circle for a considerable period. AIPEU Group.C Gujarat circle wishes her a happy and peaceful retired life.

Shri.J.M.Joshi APMG BD is retiring today.

Shri. J.M.Joshi one of the most beloved officers of Gujarat Circle, retires today on superannuation. He has always been friendly and co operative to staff. It has always been great moment to have a dialoge with him or to hear him in public ceremonies. He invested his sweet memories in the hearts of postal employees of Gujarat Circle. AIPEU Gujarat Circle conveys him warm wishes for a happy and peaceful retired life.

Shri.G.K.Waghela Divisional Secretary NAPE Ahmedabad GPO
is retiring today

Shri.G.K.Waghela, a bold and straight forward personality has been a fighting face of our union for many years in past. We have many memorable moments in trade union activities with him. We hope, he will extend his help and guidance to postal employees in future having more time in post-retirement period. AIPEU Gujarat Circle conveys him warm wishes for a happy and peaceful retired life.

Special cl-ass Railway Apprentices’ Exam to be held on January 29 -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission will hold the Special cl-ass Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2012 on 29th January, 2012 for recruitment to the Special cl-ass Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways. The examination will be held at various centers across the country.

Candidates are required to apply only through online mode. No other mode for submission of application is allowed. For details regarding eligibility conditions, the syllabus and scheme of the examination, centres of examination, guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants must consult the Detailed Notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated 22nd October, 2011 or the UPSC website :http://www.upsc.gov.in.

Source:pib

BSNL plans to trim landline operations, cut jobs

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) plans to sharply scale down the manpower strength of its beleaguered landline business, which accounts for nearly 65% of its 2.77 lakh-strong workforce, in one of the boldest moves to transform the loss-making telco into a nimble, profit-making organisation.


"Poor revenues coupled with a steep reduction in the number of landline connections over the past three years from some 34 million to under 25 million has made a sizeable number of positions and functions in the consumer fixed access (CFA) division redundant. A review of the manpower requirement is underway, but we are yet to take a call on which positions to retain and which to abolish," a top company executive with direct knowledge of the development told ET.

At present, BSNL is doing an internal assessment of whether its loss-making landline business justifies the existence of innumerable phone mechanics, telecom technical assistants, regular mazdoors and junior telecom officers who collectively number more than a whopping 1.5 lakh on its rolls.

The number of staff functions in the CFA business is directly linked to the number of active landlines. But the growing instances of people surrendering their landlines has induced BSNL's senior management to consider outsourcing a host of activities, including operations & maintenance.

Courtesy:ET

HOLY LAUNCH OF WORK IN THE NEW YEAR AT POSTAL STORE DEPOT AHMEDABAD


On Monday 31st October, 2011 it was auspicious commencement of the day for the staff of Postal Store Depot Ahmedabad. All staff members greeted each other and conveyed heartiest wishes for a happy new year. A prayer was made to almighty and pooja was done by hands of beloved Superintendent PSD Shri.M.R.Desai in presence of all staff members and office work in the the new year have been commenced in the holy atmosphere.

Manager, PSD also distributed sweet to the staff members with a sweet smile and we hope that God will always fill our lives with sweet relations and sweet memories.

Three Circle Secretaries are working in PSD Ahmedabad. Staff is hard working and disciplined. We hope that under pragmatic and efficient administration of Shri. M.R.Desai we all will make difference.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mail Network Optimization Project

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SENIOR POSTMASTER EXAMINATION ON 31.12.11


The Postal Directorate vide its notification No. A-34012/6/2011-DE dated 03.10.2011 announced about the conduct of the Senior Postmaster examination on 31.12.2011. The following is the schedule for conducting the LDCE for promotion of Sr. Postmasters 2011.


ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

Receipt of Application on plain paper from willing candidates with service details to decide his eligibility to DO /RO/CO/ Controlling unit
Latest by 15.10.2011
receipt of Application Form Kits by Nodal Officer DPS(HQ) from CMC
Latest by 21.10.2011

Receipt of Application Form Kits by DO /RO/ CO /
Controlling unit from Nodal Officer of Circle for making
available to the eligible candidates.
Latest by 25.10.2011
Last date for receipt of Application Form Kits at
DO /RO/ CO / Controlling unit.
Latest by 02.11.2011
Receipt of duly filled in application forms by Nodal officers of the Circle sent by DO /RO/ CO / Controlling unit.
Latest by 05.11.2011


Despatch of duly filled in application forms by
Nodal officer of the Circle to CMC.
Latest by 08.11.2011
Issue of Hall Permits by CMC to eligible candidates .
Latest by 05.12.2011
Date of Sr. Postmaster Examination 31.12.2011

GRANT OF DEARNESS RELIEF TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS - REVISED RATE EFFECTIVE FROM 1.7.2011

F. No.42/15/2011-P&PW(G)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003

Date; 5th October, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2011.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/15/2011-P&PW(G) dated 29th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% w.e.f. 1st July, 2011.
2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (V) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. In terms of this Department's OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department's OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption In a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3 commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department's OM No.4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 58% w.e.f. 1.7.2011 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. in this connection, Instructions contained in this Department's OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated, 12.7.2000 refer.
4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.
5. Other provisions governing grant of DR In respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained In this Department's OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department's OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension , will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.
7. t will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (II) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.
9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders Issue after consultation with the C&AG.
10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 5th October, 2011.
11. Hindi version will follow.
Sd/-

(S. P. Kakkar)

Under Secretary to

the Government of India

SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION FROM THE STAFF SIDE IN THE MEETING OF DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL JCM





NEXT MEETING OF CADRE RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE FOR GROUP 'C'


GRANT OF SPECIAL ALLOWANCEFOR CHILD CARE FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITY

No. 12011/04/2008-Estt.(AL)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi: Dated 26th September, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Grant of Special Allowance for child care for women with disability.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No.12011/04/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 11th September, 2008 on the above subject and to state that this Department has been receiving references from various Departments seeking further clarifications. The doubts raised are clarified as under:
(i) Whether the women employees with disabilities shall be entitled for allowance at double the rates for multiple births at the time of first child birth?
No. In case of multiple births at the time of first child birth, the woman employee shall not be entitled to this allowance at double the rate for multiple births.
(ii) Whether the allowance would be admissible for the 3rd child in case first two children i.e. if the first child (or for that matter the 2nd child) expires before the attaining the age of two years.
It is clarified that the grant of Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities is admissible for two years from the birth of the child so long as the woman employee does not have more than two surviving children.

Hindi version will follow
Sd/-

(Vibha G. Mishra)

Director

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO LOOK INTO ISSUES RELATING TO MAIL NETWORK OPTIMIZATION PROJECT

In accordance with the instructions issued vide Directorate memo No.08/9/2011-SR dated 12.7.11, the Committee constituted to look into issues relating to Mail Network Optimization Project met on 27.09.11. The meeting was attended by the following:
(i) Ms. Manjula Prasher, Member (Operations)

(ii) Ms. Shanthi S. Nair, CPMG, TN Circle

(iii) Shri Rishikesh, Director (Mail Management)

(iv) Shri M. Krishnan, Secretary General (NFPE)

(v) Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General (FNPO)

2. The terms of reference of the Committee were as follows:-

"The Committee will review the mail arrangement made as sequel to creation of Speed Post Hubs which, as represented by Staff Side, are causing delay as compared to the position prevailing earlier. The committee will also review the formation of L-1 and L-II in regard to First Class Mail".
3. Member (Operations) apprised the representatives of the staff side on the initiatives taken as part of Mail Network Optimization Project to improve the quality of Speed Post operations. She also stated that improvement in quality of mail related services was the key objective of the project, and hence, the staff side should fully cooperate with the administration in this endeavour. She further informed that cases relating to delay and back-routing of mail in certain areas have been reviewed and necessary action is being taken. For this purpose, mail arrangements have already been revised in case of HP, Haryana, Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand and AP Circles. Cases relating to other Circles are also being examined.
4. It was informed that instances of delay and back-routing of mail relating to Speed Post operations brought to the notice by the staff side are being looked into and necessary action is being taken for revision in existing mail arrangements wherever necessary. The staff side was also requested to give concrete suggestions on any particular area where improvement is needed. These suggestions would be sent by the staff side within a week. The staff side also agreed with the concept of new sorting hubs for Speed Post operations and opined that at best, a few more intra-Circle Speed Post hubs might be required to strengthen the operational network. 5. The features of performance monitoring tool, such as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) website and analysis of performance of the Circles through video conference were explained in detail to the staff side. The staff side appreciated the efforts made in this area.
6. Member (Operations) informed that implementation of the network redesign concept for First and Second Class mail was equally crucial. The proposed network redesign seeks to minimize fragmentation in the processing of mail across the existing network, streamline processes followed in the mail offices, provide new tools and equipments for use in mail offices and put in place a technology-enabled environment for mail operations.
7. The staff side demanded copies of the reports submitted by the Consultants on restructuring of Speed Post and First Class mail network. It was agreed that relevant sections of the reports pertaining to operational restructuring would be provided to the staff side.
8. The staff side agreed and appreciated the concept for network redesign for First Class mail. However, they expressed their apprehensions about transfers of the staff concerned in near future. They requested that an assurance may be given that the staff concerned will not be transferred for a specific period.
9. It was decided that the Committee would again meet on 10.10.11 to discuss issues relating to improvement in Speed Post operations based on the suggestions received from the staff side and the Heads of Circles, if any, and implementation of the network redesign concept for First and Second class mail.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

GUIDELINES REGARDING GRANT OF 'VIGILANCE CLEARANCE'


TO MEMBERS OF CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES / POSTS.
No.11012/11/2007-Estt.A
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi dated 27th September, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Guidelines regarding grant of 'Vigilance Clearance' to members of Central Civil Services / Posts.
The undersigned is directed to say that it has been decided by the Government that officers who have not submitted the Annual Immovable Property Returns by the prescribed time would be denied vigilance clearance and Will not be considered for empanelment for senior level posts in Government of India.
2. Accordingly, in this Department's OM No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 14.12.2007, laying down guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of Central Civil Services / Posts, in para 2 a new sub-para (f) will be inserted as under:
(f) Vigilance clearance shall be denied to an officer if he fails to submit his annual immovable property return of the previous year by 31st January of the following year, as required under Government of India decisions under Rule 18 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rule, 1964.
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(U.S.Chattopadhyay)

Under Secretary to the

Government of India

LGO SELECTED CANDIDATES NEED NOT WAIT FOR INDUCTION TRAINING!

Sub: Induction Training to PA LGO Candidate.

D.G. Posts No. 1-19/2010-Trg dated 28.09.2011

It has been ordered vide Postal Directorate vide letter No. 60/11/2011-SPB-I dated 16.-9.2011 that the PA/SA LGO candidates selected through departmental examination will be imparted a brief in-house training of two week, pending regular Institutional Induction Training at Postal Training Centres. It has been further stated that the two week's training shall be finalized by the Heads of the Circles in consultation with the Training Division.

2. In respect of direct recruit PAs/SAs, para (5) of Postal Directorate letter No. 60-9/2010-SPB-I dated 10.11.2010 had stated that" pending their training by chalking out the course as far as posting orders and commence their in-house training by chalking out the course as far as possible based on the PTC syllabus depending on the resources available with them". Accordingly, direct recruit PAs/SAs were imparted in-house training at Circle level before they were deputed to PTCs. It, is therefore, requested that the PA/SA LGO candidates selected through departmental examination may also be imparted in-house training of two weeks similar to the one done in respect of direct recruit PAs/SAs.

Sub: Appointment of officials qualified for Promotion in the LGO Examination in Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant cadre against the vacancies of the years 2009-2010.

D.G. Post No. 60/11/2011-SPB-I dated 16th September,2011.

I am directed to refer to the Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle's D.O. letter No. STA/28-4(1)/11-121 dated 09.08.2011and Chief Postmaster General UP Circle's D.O. No. Rectt./M-12/Trg./2010/6 dated 30.05.2011wherein they have suggested that the candidates who are to be promoted on the basis of LGO examination may be allowed to be promoted pending their training.

2. The matter has been examined in the Directorate .In view of the acute shortage of PSs/SAs and likely hood of delay in imparting training to officials to be promoted on the basis of LGO examination, it has been decided by the competent authority that a brief training of two weeks shall be imparted by the Circles to the said officials. The two week's training shall be finalized by the Heads of the Circles in consultation with Deputy Director General (Training). Pending their training, Circles are advised to issue their promotion and posting orders and commence their in-house training by chalking out the course as far as possible based on the PTC syllabus depending on the resources available with the respective Circles. All such officials may be deputed for training as soon as the seats become available in the PTCs. The in house training to be imparted to the candidates by the Circles in no way may be treated as substitute for the formal training to be imparted by PTCs unless it is so vouched by Training Wings/PCTs. Till they are trained by PTCs, they may not be detailed on sensitive seats nor deputed to man the counters. For instance, the Circles may utilize their services in back office under effective supervision and in turn the already trained PAs/SAs may be deputed on the counters.

3. The receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.

REMOVAL OF CEILING OF MAXIMUM BALANCE TO BE RETAINED IN A POST OFFICE SAVINGS ACCOUNT- AMENDMENT TO RULE-4 OF THE POST OFFICE SAVINGS ACCOUNT RULES 19

No. F.No.113-23/2005-SB

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001,

Dated: 27.09.2011

To

All Heads of Circles/Regions

Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.
Sub: Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a post office savings account- amendment to Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 regarding. {SB ORDER NO. 20/2011}

Sir / Madam,

The undersigned is directed to say that issue of removal of ceiling of Rs.1 lac in single savings account and Rs.2 Lac in Joint Savings Account fixed in the year 2000 was under consideration in the Min. of Finance (DEA). This issue was linked to the benefit of exemption in Income Tax on the interest earned in Post Office Savings Account under Section10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 by the CBDT and Min. of Finance (DEA). After sustained efforts on the part of this Directorate, Min. of Finance (DEA) has now amended Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 vide G.S.R.681(E) F.No.2/5/2006-NS-II dated 15.9.2011 (copy enclosed). Some major benefits of this amendment are given below:

(i) From 1.10.2011, there will be no limit for retaining balance in single as well as joint savings account.
(ii) A depositor or depositor(s) can deposit any amount into single as well as joint savings account.
(iii) Maturity value of any savings instrument can be credited into savings account of the depositor standing in the same post office irrespective of the balance in the account.
(i) Any cheque either issued by Postmaster or any other authority irrespective of any amount can be credited into post office savings account irrespective of the balance in the account.
(ii) From the Financial year 2011-12, Interest income of Rs.3500/- in the case of single account and Rs.7000/- in case of Joint account will be exempted from Income Tax. (Section 10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 amended vide Notification No. 32/2010 {F.No. 173/13/2011-IT A.I}/S.O.1296(E) dated 03.06.2011)
(iii) It is the duty of the depositor(s) to show the interest income earned from Post Office Savings Account(s) beyond the limit prescribed above in the Income Tax return and pay due Income Tax.
1. It is requested that all field units may be directed to give wide publicity to these changes in the shape of Public Notice and printing of leaflets.
2. This issues with the approval of DDG (FS).

Yours faithfully,

(Kawal Jit Singh)

Assistant Director (SB)

LICENCE FEE RECOVERABLE FROM PRIVATE PERSONS, NON-GOVERNMENT OR ORGANISATIONS AND INELIGIBLE /COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENTS IN RESPECT OF GENERAL POOL

No.18015/1/2010 Pol.III

Government of India

Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan. New Delhi

Dated 29th August, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Licence Fee recoverable from private persons, non-government or organisations and ineligible /commercial departments in respect of General Pool Office Accommodation.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Directorate's OM No.18015/1/2007- Pol-II dated 19th June, 2009 on the subject noted above and to say that it has been decided to revise the rates of licence fee to be recovered from service departments / entities like banks/post offices which are operating from General Pool accommodation allotted by the Directorate of Estates, as under :

Name of Organisation Revised rates of licence fee per sq. mt per month (from 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2014)

Post Offices Rs. 167.00
Banks Rs. 455.00

Others Market rate of licence lee as prescribed by Government from time to time.

These rates are effective from 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2014.

This issue with the concurrence of Finance Division to the M/o Urban Development vide their Dy. No.346/DFA/FD/2O11 dated 03.08.2011.

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(R.N.Yadav)

Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

DEPARTMENT ISSUED ORDER ON DECLINING PROMOTION TO POSTMASTER GRADE-I


► Declining promotion to Postmaster Grade-I by the officials declared successful in Postmaster Grade-I Departmental Competitive Examination held on 12.06.2011.

D.G. Posts No. 4-24/2011-SPB-II dated 26 Sep, 2011.

I am directed to refer to Directorate's letter of even number dated 9.8.2011 on the above subject and to say that in the aforesaid letter the Circles were advised that declination of appointment by the candidate to the post of Postmaster Grade-I after passing the Departmental examination, but before his appointment ,may be accepted.

2. References are being received seeking clarification with regard to acceptance of declination of appointment by the candidate to the post of Postmaster Grade-I after issue of order of appointment but before joining by the candidate to the post of Postmaster Grade-I.

3. The Directorate's letter of even number dated 9.8.2011 is very clear. Declination of appointment by the officials can be accepted by the Circles only if the same is received before issue of order of appointment. No deviation is permissible in the matter.

OBSERVATION OF HONOURABLE SUPREME COURT ON RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 IN CIVIL APPEAL NO.6454 OF 2011, ARISING OUT OF SLP (C) NO.7526/2009 IN THE

FAMILY PLANNING ALLOWANCE TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – FAQ

Family Planning Allowance, it is one of the severe steps taken by the Central Government to check growing population. At that time incentives were announced to Government employees, those having three children. In the following days it was reduced to two children.

The sterilization operation which is performed for this is known as tubectomy(for women) and vasectomy(for men). This is a permanent method of family planning, which means once you opt this and undergo this procedure the reversal of the condition is not possible.

Before 5th CPC the Family Planning Allowance was noted as Personal Pay and 6th CPC has recommended that the rates of Family Planning allowances has been doubled. According to the provisions contained in Finance Ministry's O.M.No. 7(39)/E dated 4th December 1979, O.M.No.6(39)/98-IC.II dated 6th July 1999 and O.M.No.F.No.7(20)/2008-E.III(A) dated 24th September 2008, Central Government employees who undergone sterilization were entitled to a Special Increment. One would get incentive according to the pay scale-grade, not to be absorbed in future increases in pay. The rate of increment was equal to the amount of the next increment due at the time of grant of the incentive and it remain fixed during the entire service.

We are here try to several informations through simple questions and answers…If there is any differences of opinion please write to us.

Is there any age limit..?

Yes, Employees must be within the reproductive age group. If male employee should not be over 50 years and his wife should be between 20 to 45 yrs, Female employee should not be over 45 years and her husband must not be over 50 yrs.
Upto how many children is permissible for this allowance..?

The employees should have not more than two surviving children (upto three children prior to 21.07.1999). If twins are born after first surviving child and the number of surviving children crosses the ceiling of two children in second /subsequent delivery (ies) shall also be admissible.
Submission of hospital certificate made compulsory or not..?

Family Planning allowance would be granted only on production of sterilisation certificate issued by an authorised competent authority of Government hospital or Government aided hospital.
If the operation was prior to employment is eligible..?


The allowance is not admissible if the operation was prior to joining the Central Government services.

How do know the increment amount..?

The rate of increment (prescribed in the O.M.) applicable to the post held by you at the time of sterilization.
If spouses died after operation..?

If the employee is drawing allowance and if his spouse dies, allowance cannot be stopped.
Is there any special leave for Family Planning..?

Male Employee:-

(i) Maximum of 6 working days for vasectomy operation and for second time similar operation another 6 working days.
(ii) Maximum of 21 working days for recanalization operation.
(iii) Maximum of 7 working days to follow the date of operation, if his wife undergoes tubectomy, laproscopy or salpingetomy operation
Female Employee :-
(i) Maximum of 14 working days if she undergoes tubectomy/laproscopy and another 14 days for second occasion.
(ii) Maximum of 14 working days for salpingectomy operation after Medical Termination of Pregnancy.
(iii) One day's Special CL on the day of IUCD/IUD insertion/re-insertion.
(iv) Maximum of 21 working days for recanalization operation. Special CL for one day for her husband's vasectomy operation.
The DA crossed 50%, the allowance also enhanced by 25% or not..?

No. The allowance not to be absorbed in future increase in pay.
Any time limit for this claim..?

No. However, claims submitted after 6 months of operation would be treated as delayed claim. For such cases, employee is required to submit the reasons for delayed claim.

The new rate of this allowance with effect from 1st January 2008 as indicated in the table below…





Pre-revised Pay Scale
Grade Pay
Rate of Allowance

Upto 4000-100-6000
Upto 2400
210

4500-125-7000
2800
250

Upto 6500-200-10500
Upto 4200
400

7450-225-11500
4600
450

7450-250-12000
4800
500

Upto 9000-275-9550
Upto 5400
550

Upto 10650-325-15850
Upto 6600
650

Upto 12000-375-18000
Upto 7600
750

Upto 15100-400-18300
Upto 8700
800

Upto 16400-450-20900
Upto 8900
900

Upto 18400-500-22400
Upto 10000
1000





AMENDED RECRUITMENT RULES FOR SPORTS COACHES AND SPORTS INSPECTORS – DEPARTMENT OF POST (NOTIFICATION)

DOPT ISSUED ORDERS FOR 25% INCREASE OF FESTIVAL ADVANCE, BY-CYCLE ADVANCE, NATURAL CALAMITY ADVANCE AND WARM CLOTHING ADVANCE. NO FURTHER ORDERS ARE N

CCS (LTC) RULES, 1988-RELAXATION FOR TRAVEL BY AIR TO VISIT J&K

http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_2_2003-Estt-A.pdf

REVISION OF SPECIAL ALLOWANCE AND CASH HANDLING ALLOWANCE AS A RESULT OF ENHANCEMENT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE W.E.F. 1.1.2011

F. No. 4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
Dated 13th Sep, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2011
This Department has been receiving references regarding revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance subsequent to increase in the rate of DA @ 51% w.e.f. 1.1.2011.
2. This Department's O.M.No.4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay II) dated 1st October,2008 states that the rates of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance will be automatically increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
3. All Ministries /Deptts. are, therefore, advised to take necessary action accordingly.
Sd/-

{Mukesh Chaturvedi}

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO EXAMINE VARIOUS ALLOWANCE

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Strike Demands Current Position

1)Cadre Review Committee: - The first sitting of cadre review committee will be held on 29.9.2011 at Directorate. We are updating our proposal and suggestions if any can be sent before 29.09.2011
2) Filling up of vacancies for 2011: - When the Directorate called for vacancy position, it is alarmingly felt that still there are many vacancies for the earlier years left unfilled up. The Directorate sought for information from all circles to furnish all the current & previous unfilled vacancies in all cadres and also to mention the oldest vacancy still unfilled up - On receipt of particulars, process similar to last recruitment will be conducted at Directorate before December 2011 to fill up all the remaining vacancies.

All our Branch/Divisional Secretaries are requested to verify the establishment sanction actual staff strength available and calculate the actual vacancies of their divisions and to intimate the same to circle union immediately so that the circle union can pursue at circle level ensuring that no post is left unfilled up.Unless Branch/Divisional Secretaries act vigilantly, nothing is probable to come out from the issue of shortage of staff.

3) HSG I Recruitment Rules: - UPSC has not approved yet the HSG-I Recruitment Rules. It raised objections that the number of Posts in feeder cadre HSG-II and HSG-I is similar and to reduce the number of HSG I posts to the ratio of at least 2:1. The Department replied about the justification and functional requirements. It is expected that the recruitment rules will be released from UPSC within a fortnight or maximum a month.

In the revised HSG-I Recruitment Rules, all HSG-I posts including the posts which are now reserved for IPO line are being brought under general line. DOPT informed that after the approval of the Recruitment Rules for HSG-I, the conditions of minimum service in HSG II( 5 years) will be relaxed as before considering the requirements of the department.

4) Filling up of Postmaster Grade III Posts: - According to the scheme, Postmaster Grade-III posts will be carved out only when the posts are filled up. As such, technically there is no Postmaster Grade III post in existence. After the finalization of HSG I Recruitment Rules and offered regular promotion to the present adhoc HSG I official and others, option will be called for among them whether they will opt for Postmaster Grade III. The posts will be filled up at first with the HSG-I officials opted for the cadre and the remaining Postmaster Grade III posts will be declared for promotion under the channel of Postmaster's cadre. After the creation of Grade III, the Department assured to consider the one time relaxation to fill up all the unfilled up Grade II & Grade III posts by relaxing the minimum service conditions required.

5) Filling up of Postmaster Grade I unfilled up posts: - We placed a demand to consider the remaining candidates in the selection list of Postmaster Grade I exam for filling up the vacancies caused due to declination by some candidates after declaring the results. This was agreed. All circles will be addressed soon to ascertain the number of officials declined. We are expecting orders shortly.

6) Gradation List: - This is one of the major problems prevailing in all circles. All circles have been addressed to compile Gradation list of all cadres at once. All divisional Secretaries should follow up the same since this is most important document now to determine the promotional aspects of the employees.

7) Tenure posting in Single handed offices: - Despite strong objection from vigilance section of the Directorate, as assured during discussions on the strike charters, the Department is issuing orders for reposting officials to sub offices if the officials have not come out with any cases in preceding 10 years. Orders are expected to be released shortly.

8) Allowing P. H. candidates to IPO Exam: -The Department has formalized the reservation for promotion in I.P cadre for P. H. candidates and forwarded the file to Ministry of social Welfare for formal approval. This will definitely become a boost to the physically challenged Postal Assistants.

9) Doubling the Treasury Allowance: - A specific clarification about Treasury Allowance to Treasurer is under issue.

10) Problems of Casual Labourers: - An internal committee headed by the Chief PMG, Assam has been constituted to study the problems of casual labourers like regularization, alternate method of appointments for subsequent requirements, Pay related issues as per the Sixth CPC etc. The first preliminary sitting is expected to be held at Kolkata on 19.09.2011. DDG (P) & DDG (Establishment) are the other members. DDG (PCC) will be the member (Secretary). In respect of application of Sixth CPC wages to casual labourers, it is being delayed due to non receipt of information from five circles. They have been reminded by the Directorate.

11) Internal Committee to review Allowances: - Another committee has been constituted to review the allowances available in the Department under the chairmanship of Sri. Santosh Gauriar, Chief PMG, M. P. Circle, Sri. V. P. Singh, DDG Establishment, Sri. B. Selvakumar PMG Agra, Sri. D. Manoj, G.M. Finance Maharashtra Circle will be the members. Sri. S. V. Rao ADG (Establishment) will functions as ADG (Member Secretary)

1) The allowances, which are to be examined by the Committee, are as under:

(a) Grant of Special Allowance to all Group 'A' & Group 'B' officers working in Circle offices and Regional offices irrespective of their designation.
(b) Grant of Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowance to Mail overseers instead of Nigh Halt Allowance.
(c) Revival of Cash Handling Allowance to Postmen.
(d) Removal of distance criteria for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance (CMA) to Postmen.
(e) Revision of Cash Allowance to SPMs in the absence of Treasurers.
(f) Upward revision of Conveyance Allowance to PRIs (P)
(g) Grant of Road Mileage Allowance to staff entrusted with the work of clearance of cheques.
(h) Grant of Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Marketing Executives.
(i) Enhancement of Split Duty Allowance.
(j) Grant of Special Allowance to unqualified accounts irrespective of financial up gradation granted under TBOP/BCR/MACP
(k) Special Allowance to PO & RMS accountants on grant of financial up gradation under MACPs.
(l) Grant of Treasury Allowance to those officials who are given financial up gradation under MACP
2) The terms of reference of the Committee will be to examine and give specific recommendation on each allowance indicated above with a view that:

i) Any upward revision is required in the current scenario in the allowances.
ii) Whether the already discontinued allowances or allowances not being paid to specific cadre are needed to be restored or allowed.
3) The Committee will submit its Report within Three months.

Our CHQ is sending a proposals to the said committee on all issues and also to restore charge allowance to Postmasters as existed prior to introduction of TBOP and also to restore MPCM allowance to counter Assistants. Our letter will be published in the Bhartiya Post.

12) Departmental Council (JCM): - it was intimated to hold the Departmental Council (JCM) in the month of October 2011. The last date for submission of subjects has been fixed as 28.09.2011. If any specific issue is to be taken up, the Divisional/Branch/Circle secretaries are at liberty to e-mail the issues before 25.09.2011 to CHQ.

13) Dropping of Confirmation exam: - It is under process. Orders will be expedited.

14) Revised Recruitment rules for Postal Assistants: - As per the RR 2002, there are 49 categories eligible to appear the LGO exam and most of the categories are not in existence. Hence the process of eliminating such categories is under progress. Thereafter it will be finalized by including the agreed demands of thrown open the unfilled vacancies of LGO to GDS without any mark condition. The deletion of confirmation examination is included in the revised R. R.

15) Permission to opt for General line from Accounts line: - We demanded that the options obtained at the time of TBOP become obsolete and the option exercised only at the time of regular promotion to LSG accounts shall be taken into account. This has been accepted by the Department and orders issued.

16) Training Allowance to WCTU instructors: - Proposals for creation of regular trainers will be taken up. Revision of training allowance to instructors is training centre & introduction of training allowance to regular trainers appointed in WCTU is under consideration.

17) Revision of honorarium for Departmental Exam: - The file is under process. The allowance, as it is told, will be doubled.

18) Counting of past services to RTP: - The CHQ has written one more letter department to implement the decision of Mumbai CAT decision to all the similarly situated persons. This will be discussed further with the Secretary in the ensuing Department Council Meeting.

19) Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation - Case of PO & RMS Accountants: - We are demanding for implementation of Karnataka High court judgment and not to file SLP. This is being pursued.

20) Irregular attachment of unoccupied staff quarters as post attached quarters: - Today the relevant rulings of 1929 & others were towed handed. It is assured to cause necessary orders at the earliest.

21) Training to Postmaster Grade I: - All Training Centres have been instructed to finalise the Grade I training before 15.1.2012. The Training Centre have accordingly allotted seats to the circles.

CCS (LEAVE) (FOURTH AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011

CCS (LEAVE) (THIRD AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011.

GRANT OF FAMILY PENSION TO THE ELIGIBLE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OF PENSIONER-REGARDING

F. No. 1/17/2011-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 14th Sep, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Grant of family pension to the eligible members of the family of a pensioner-regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's earlier office memoranda No. 1/17/86-P&PW(E), dated 29th August , 1986, 25th January, 1991 and 18th February, 1993 and 1/28/04-P&PW(E) dated 31st March, 2009 and 2nd July,2010 regarding grant of family pension to the eligible members of the family of an employee/pensioner reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known.

2. As per this Department's O.M. Dt. 29.8.1986 , subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, the family pension can be granted to the family of an employee reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known after a period of one year reckoned from the date of filling the FIR with the police authorities. Subsequently, it was clarified vide this Department's O.M. dated 25th January 1991,that the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare's O.M. dated 29th August, 1986, would be applicable in the case of missing pensioners mutatis mutandis. It was further clarified vide this Department's O.M. No.1/17/86-P&PW(E) , dated 28.02.1993 that family pension to the eligible family member of an employee reported missing, would accrue from the date of lodging the FIR of expiry of leave in the case of and employee who had disappeared , whichever is later.

3. While providing that the family pension to the family of the missing employee/pensioner may be sanctioned after a period of six months from the date of registration of an FIR with the police vide this Department's O.M. dated 2nd July, 2010, it was also made clear that the earlier instructions did not make any distinction between the government servant and the pensioners and cover both of them for the purpose of grant of family pension. However, doubts have been raised by some quarters to the effect as to whether family pension will accrue from the date of lodging the FIR in the case of missing pensioners as well.

4. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. It is hereby clarified that as the previous instructions did not make any distinction between the Government servant and the pensioner the family pension of the family of a missing pensioner would accrue with effect from the date of lodging the FIR or from the date immediately succeeding the day till pension had been last paid to the pensioner, whichever is later. Accordingly, arrears in past cases would also be admissible.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. No. 263/EV/2011, dated 12.09.2011.
Sd/-

{K.K.Mittal}

Director

Tel:No. 24624752

SB ORDER NO. 18/2011 - PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED DURING VOUCHER CHECKING BY SBCO STAFF - A CLARIFICATION REGARDING.

SB ORDER NO. 18/2011

No.116-01/2011-SB(AO)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001, Dated: 13.09.2011



To



All Heads of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.
Subject:- Procedure to be followed during voucher checking by SBCO staff-a clarification regarding.

Sir / Madam,
The undersigned is directed to say that procedure of checking of vouchers of deposits / new accounts opened / withdrawals /closures of accounts etc. under various schemes have been laid down in the Postal Manual of Savings Bank Control, Pairing and Internal Check Organization. The work of SBCO is to ensure that all relevant Rules / procedure and orders issued from time to time are followed by the operative staff in the post offices.
2. It has been brought to the notice of this office that some of the officials working in the SBCO are of the view that Rule and Procedures laid down in various POSB Manuals are not meant for SBCO. It is clarified that though it is duty of the operative staff in post offices to follow the laid down rules and procedures in various POSB Manuals and SB Orders issued from time to time, SBCO staff is also equally responsible to ensure that operative staff is following the rules/procedure and orders issued from time to time scrupulously and in case of any violation found during voucher checking, an objection has to be raised as per laid down procedure in the Manual of SB Control, Pairing and Internal Check Organization.
3. It is requested that necessary action may be taken immediately to circulate this clarification to the field units particularly SBCO staff.
4. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).





ADMISSIBILITY OF COMMISSION TO SAS AGENTS.



SB ORDER NO. 17/2011
No.116-01/2007-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001, Dated: 09.09.2011
To
All Heads of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.
Subject: - Admissibility of commission to SAS Agents.
Sir / Madam,
The undersigned is directed to say that there are lot of audit paras raised by teams of DG P&T Audit in many circles regarding irregular commission paid to SAS agents where the investment was made exceeding the limit of Rs.50,000/- by cash at a time. One Draft Audit Para relating to Delhi and NE Circles has become CAG Para.
2. As per agency rules, prior to issue of SB Order No.3/2011 dated 11.3.2011, limit for acceptance of cash at a time from SAS agents was Rs.50,000/- which has now been reduced to Rs.10,000/-. In 2004, Regional Director, National Savings Institute, New Delhi vide letter no. Misc/2004 dated 3.11.2001 had intimated the Delhi Circle that agents are not entitled for commission on cash deposits of more than Rs., 50,000/- at a time. CAG Para was also referred to Min. of Finance (DEA) which opined that commission if paid in such cases is irregular and recovery of commission paid cannot be waived.
3. It is therefore requested that where any SAS agent deposited cash more than Rs.50,000/- at a time in any post office and commission was paid to him, the commission paid has to be recovered from the concerned agent if his agency is active and action should be taken against the officials responsible for accepting cash deposits exceeding the prescribed limit. Where the agent is inactive but his agency is not lapsed, his appointing authority may be asked to recover the amount from his security deposit. In case the agency of agent is expired and not further renewed or agent has already expired, such cases may be referred to this office.
4. In future, it may be ensured that no cash more than the prescribed limit of Rs.10,000/- at a time should be accepted from the SAS agents as no commission is payable on such irregular deposits.
5. It is requested that necessary action may be taken immediately to circulate this letter to field units and any violation of these orders by postal staff should be viewed seriously.

6. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).
Yours faithfully,
(Kawal Jit Singh)

PROBATION IN VARIOUS CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES

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CRIMINAL COMPLAINT CAN'T HOLD UP PENSION BENEFITS

Mere registration of an FIR or filing of a charge sheet under the Prevention of Corruption Act is not enough to withhold the release of pension benefits due to a government servant. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that final pension, gratuity, leave encashment or other such benefits due to a government servant on retirement cannot be held back in the event of a criminal complaint against him/her.

The ruling came from a bench of CAT chairman VK Bali and member Ramesh Chandra Panda, which ordered the ministry of finance and the Central Board of Direct Taxes to restore forthwith the full pension of VB Bansal, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, and make payment of all arrears due within six weeks. Invoking rule 69 of the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, the government had withheld Bansal's final pension, gratuity, leave encashment and some other post-retirement benefits on the ground that a case of disproportionate assets registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation on February 2005 was still pending.
Bansal had contended that after investigation, the CBI sent a report to the court for cancellation of the FIR in 2007, and he could not be made to suffer if the court had not taken any decision even after four years. The government argued that if no decision had been taken by the Magistrate concerned, on the cancellation report sent by CBI, it shall be deemed that judicial proceedings were pending.
But the CAT rejected the government's arguments, saying: "It is only after the Magistrate may not accept the cancellation report and may order further investigation in the matter, and on such investigation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) collects sufficient evidence, which may sustain conviction and the Magistrate may take cognisance, that judicial proceedings can be said to be pending against the applicant (Bansal)."While ordering payment of full pension and post-retirement benefits to Bansal, the bench did not agree to payment of interest on the amount due."However, if the arrears as mentioned above and the withheld post-retiral dues are not released to the applicant within the time mentioned above, the applicant will be entitled to interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum from that date till the date of actual payment," it added.

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT – A TOOL FOR PREVENTING AND FIGHTING CORRUPTION

CHANGE OF DATE FOR MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

STEERING COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ORGANISATIONSONS ON PFRDA BILL
11th September 2011
Dear Comrades
PARLIAMENT MARCH ON 25TH NOVEMBER 2011
Please refer to Circular Dt 29th August 2011.
It was conveyed there-in that the March to Parliament would be held on 29th November 2011.
It has now been decided to pre-pone the March to Parliament to 25thNovember 2011.
All the participant organisations are requested to note the change and guide/direct their field formations accordingly.

With greetings

Sd/-

(SK Vyas)

Convener

GRANT OF FAMILY PENSION TO THE DEPENDENT PARENTS - A CLARIFICATION {CLICK HERE FOR THE ORDER}

AMENDMENT IN ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT, 1988

The property of corrupt public servant is confiscated under the provisions of Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 1944 and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. However, to make the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 self contained and comprehensive the Government is considering incorporating the provisions for confiscation/forfeiture of property of corrupt public servants in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

On 8th June, 2011, the media had reported that the Hon'ble Supreme Court has sought amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. These observations were reportedly made by the Supreme Court while dismissing an appeal filed by an Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise, against his conviction. However, the formal order passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 8.6.2011 in the case, i.e. Criminal Appeal No. 945 of 2006 (Sat Paul vs. State of West Bengal & Anr.) does not contain any such observations.
A Committee headed by the Chairman, CBDT has been constituted to examine ways to strengthen laws to curb generation of black money in India, its illegal transfer abroad and its recovery. The Committee shall examine the existing legal and administrative framework to deal with the menace of generation of black money through illegal means including inter-alia (i) declaring wealth generated illegally as national asset; (ii) enacting/amending laws to confiscate and recover such assets; and (iii) providing for exemplary punishment against its perpetrators. The Committee is required to consult all stakeholders and submit its report within a period of six months.
As per information provided by the CBI, it has not unearthed any case wherein benami properties of more than Rs.100 Crore have been unearthed against any officer in any case.
This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the Prime Minister's Office, Shri V. Naraynasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source : PIB Release, September 7, 2011

MARCH TO PARLIAMENT – AGAINST PFRDA BILL.

No. PF-01(e)/2011(III) Dated: 08th September, 2011
To
All General Secretaries
CHQ Office Bearers/Circle Secretaries,
All affiliated Unions/Associations.
Sub: March to Parliament – against PFRDA Bill.
Dear Comrades,
It has been decided by the Steering Committee of Central and State Government Employees & Teachers Organizations on PFRDA Bill to organize March to Parliament on 29th Nov-2011 against the PFRDA Bill.
The Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and workers has allotted quota to NFPE to participate in the March to Parliament as 7500 delegates.
The quota allotted to the affiliated unions is given below:
P-III = 3000
P-IV = 3000
R-III = 700
R-IV = 300
Admn. = 200
Postal Accounts = 200
SBCO = 50
Civil Wing = 50

All General Secretaries are requested to allot Circle wise quota to each circle and instruct the concerned circle union to ensure participation as per quota without fail. Delhi Circle and nearby circles may be allotted more quota.
All Circle Secretaries may be instructed to book the up and down tickets of the participants immediately. It should not be delayed.
Regarding accommodation at Delhi for delegates coming far of circle NFPE Federal Secretariat will discuss and finalize it later.
Please treat it as Most Urgent and Important.
Copies of the circulars issued by the General Secretaries fixing quota each circle may be endorsed to Federation also.

REVISION OF STITCHING CHARGES OF UNIFORM


D.G. Posts No. 32-1/2011-UPE dated 29.08.2011.
I am directed to forward herewith a copy of O.M. No. 14/1/2010-JCA2 Dated the 18" April, 2011 issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) regarding revision of stitching charges of Uniforms, supplied to common categories of employees for your information and necessary action
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-

(R.B.Chawla)

Director(MM/VP)

Copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) O.M. No. 14/1/2010-JCA2 Dated the 18" April, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of Stitching Charges.

The undersigned is directed to say that based on a demand raised by the Staff Side, in National Council (JCM), the question of revising the Stitching Charges of Uniforms, supplied to Common Categories of employees (Multi-Tasking Staff - erstwhile Group 'D' posts of Peon, Daftry, Jamadar, Junior Gestetner Operator, Frash, Chowkidar, Safaiwala, Mali etc. and Staff Car Drivers, Dispatch Riders etc.) in the Central Secretariat and its Attached and Subordinate Offices, has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance. Consequently, it has been decided to enhance the rates of stitching charges, with effect from 1st April, 2011 thereby modifying the earlier instructions issued vide this Ministry's O.M. No. 14/3/2006-JCA dated 28" September, 2006.

2. The revised rates of stitching charges, with effect from lst April, 2011, will be as under:-

Winter
(1) Buttoned-up-coat and pant -Rs. 750
(2) Over Coat for Staff Car Drivers - Rs. 600
(3) Ladies half-coat -Rs. 600
Summer
(4) Pant (Terricot) - Rs. 135
(5) Bush Shirt (Polyvastra) -Rs. 60
(6) Blouse -Rs. 45
(7) Petticoat -Rs. 30
(8) Salwar Kameez - Rs. 90

Protective clothing [for Malis/ Bhistiesl

(9) Pyjama -Rs. 24
(10) Short (Half-Pant) -Rs .60
(11) Shirt (Cotton) -Rs. 45

3. It may please be noted that the reimbursement of Stitching Charges at the-prescribed rates should be done only after the stitched uniforms are produced and are duly stamped, with indelible ink, at an appropriate place on the wrong side of the stitched dress, for identification. A proper record and procedure should be evolved to ensure that the employees produce the stitched uniforms within a reasonable period (say one month) after the cloth is supplied to them.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 5(1)/E.I1 (A)/2009 dated 08.04.201 1.

Hindi version will follow.

Sd/

(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 01.07.2011WITH THE STAFF SIDE TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO POSTMAN

Thursday 1 September 2011
Sub: Meeting of the Committee held on 01.07.2011 to consider issues relating to the Postmen- Circulation of minutes;

D.G. Posts No. 1/2/2010-SR dated 25th August, August, 2011.
Please find enclosed a copy of Minutes of the meeting of committee constituted under Chairpersonship of CGM (MB) to discuss issues relating to Postmen, which was held on 01.07.2011, for information and necessary action.
2. Action Taken Report on the decisions taken may be furnished at the earliest.
Minutes of the Meeting held on 01.07.2011with the staff side to discuss issues relating to Postman.
A meeting was held on 01.07.2011 in the office of CGM (MB) in Dak Bhawan, New Delhi to discuss various issues relating to postmen. The following officers/Union representatives were present:
i)Ms.Kalpana Tiwari, CGM (MB)
ii)Shri V.K.Tiwari, DDG (Establishment)
iii)Shri Rishikesh, Director (MailManagement)
iv)Shri Surender Kumar, ADG (GDS)
v)Sh.M.Krishnan, Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees
viSh. D. Theagarajan, Secretyary General (FNPO)
vii)Sh.K.V. Sridharan, General Secretary,
AIPE Union, Class III
viii)Sh. I.S. Dabas, General Secretary,
AIPE Union Postmen & Group D/MTS
(ix) Sh. T.N. Rahate, General Secretary,
NUPE Postmen & Gr. D /MTS
2. During the discussion, the following issues were discussed.
a) It was agreed that the designation of sorting postmen, which was done away with the recent orders issued by the Establishment Division of the Directorate, may be resorted. The post of the sorting postmen, which might have been diverted, redeployed or abolished by the Circles in the wake of the said orders, may also be restored. It was also agreed that based on the quantum of mail, the need to complete beats sorting activity at least an hour before departure of the postmen for their respective beats and existing norms, concerned Divisional Head/Postmaster may decide the number of sorting postmen/postmen required for the purpose of beat sorting. Further, all postmen may be involved in beat sorting by rotation. Establishment Division may issue necessary clarifications in this regard.
b) Regarding extraction of data entry work from postmen, it was agreed to assess the work currently being taken from postmen by calling a report from Circles and considering a study for this purpose. Establishment Division may call for the requisite report from the Circles.
c) Regarding irregular computation of working hours for postmen in the field units, the staff side was informed that the work study report will be once again studied by Establishment Division and Mails Division to assess if all areas of work were covered and if deviations were in the recommendations by Work Study unit and orders of revised norms issued by Establishment Division. Any further action will be taken after going through the work study report and orders of Establishment Division.
d) On removal of minimum cycleable distance for grant of cycle maintenance allowance to postmen, it was informed that the matter has been taken up with Ministry of Finance.
e) Regarding payment of incentive to postmen for delivery of Speed Post, it was agreed that the work load may be assessed in order to further understand the issue.
f) It was agreed to assess the average beat length of postmen for the purpose of deciding the maximum beat length after calling for the details of existing beat length as the staff side informed that in some Circles the beat length stretched up to 40 KMs or more. It was also agreed by the staff side that postmen will carry all articles in each beat(first class, second class, Speed Post, registered post, money orders etc.) After receipt of information from the Circles, the need for a revised work study can be assessed. Establishment Division may take necessary action in this regard.
g) The staff side also raised the issue of combination of beat/double duty In case postmen staff goes on leave. It was assured that the issue will be looked into.

ALL INDIA POSTAL SBCO EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION:RECOGNITION RESTORED

MP NO. 1/2011 IN WA NO. 1262/2011 FILED IN MADRAS HIGH COURT BY ALL INDIA POSTAL SBCO EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION V/s UOI AND OTHERS AGAINST WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION OF THE PETITIONER UNION.

D.G. Posts No. 16/75/2010-SR dated 26th August, 2011.

I am directed to refer to the Department's letter of even No. dated 29.6.2011 vide which the recognition granted to All India SBCO Employees Association was withdrawn, in compliance with the order of the Hon`ble High Court at Calcutta passed on 14.3.2011 in the W.P.No. 3769(W) of 2011.

2. The High Court of Madras passed an order dated 26.7.2011 in WA No. 1262/2011 filed by All India Postal SBCO Employees Association, granted interim stay of operation of the instructions contained in Department's letter No. 16/75/2011-SR dated 29.6.2011.

3. In the light of the above, the instructions contained in the Department's letter dated 29.06.2011 ibid may be held in abeyance.

STEERING COMMITTEE TAKES DECISIONS ON ACTION PLAN AGAINST PFRDA

Dear Comrades,
THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF ORGANIZATIONS OF CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND TEACHERS ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST PFRDA BILL HAS MET AND TAKEN SEVERAL DECISIONS TO INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF THE SAID BILL FROM PARLIAMENT. THE MINUTES OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE IS PLACED HEREUNDER WITH THE DIRECTION TO ALL STATE COMMITTEES AND ALL AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS TO INTENSIFY THE PROGRAMMES:
Minutes of the meeting of the Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA Bill held at AIRF Head Quarters (4, State Entry Road, New Delhi)

he Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA bill met today ie 29th August 2011 at 14 hours I n the AIRF Head Quarters (4, State Entry Road, New Delhi).
The following were present
1. Com Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF)
2. "SK Vyas, President,
Confederation of Central Govt Employees
& Workers & Convener, NCCPA
3. " SN Pathak, President,
All India Defence Employees Federation

(AIDEF)

4. " C. Sreekumar, General Secretary, AIDEF
5. " Sukomal Sen, Sr Vice President,
ll India State Govt Employees
Federation (AISGEF)
6. " R. Muthusundaram,
Secretary General, AISGEF
7. " M. S. Raja, Secretary,
Confederation of Central Govt
Employees & Workers
8. Shyam Sundar, Secretary General,
Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation
9. " K. Rajendran, General Secretary,
School Teachers Federation of India
(STFI)
10. " Kartik Mandal, President, STFI
11. " N. Narayana, Vice President, STFI
After a detailed review of developments following the National Convention, the Steering Committee took the following decisions:

1. There should be a joint committee in all stations consisting of the field formations of the participating organisations in the Steering Committee.

2. It was decided to obtain mass signature on the petition to the PM. This mass signature campaign has not picked up. It was therefore decided that all organisations should be asked to get this petition printed in each station so that it could be distributed amongst all the members of all Federations/Confederation. They have to be requested not only to put their own signature but also to obtain the signature from their family members, neighbours etc. (Copy of the draft petition for signature campaign attached)
Local joint committees of the participating organisations should ensure visits to Railway Stations, Hospitals and other public locations to obtain signature from people at large.
The entire campaign conducted jointly by all local leaders may continue upto 31st October 2011.
3. It has been decided that March to Raj Bhawan in the each state capital should organised jointly by the affiliates of participating organisations - ie AISGEF, Confederation of Central Govt employees and Workers, AIRF, STFI, AIDEF, NFIR, BSNLEU, AIFUCTO,BCPC & NCCPA – ON 6TH September 2011 to submit copy of petition to Prime Minister to the Governor for onward transmission to Prime Minister.
After implementing this programme a detailed report may be sent to the Head Quarter of Steering Committee as also to the respective Head Quarter of their Federation/confederation.
4. As per another decision taken in the Convention on 22nd July 2011, joint convention was to be held in every state capital. As per reports, such conventions have been held only at some state capitals. Wherever such joint convention has not been held steps may taken by forging a joint committee to convene the conventions at the earliest – latest by 30th September 2011.
Formation of joint committee may be intimated and date of the convention to be held may be intimated to Steering Committee Head Quarter as well as Federation head quarter. This will enable Steering Committee/Federation/Confederation to depute their representative to parliament in the Convention. A detailed report on the Convention held or to be held giving the names of organisations with number of participants may be sent to the Steering Committee Head Quarter as well as to the respective Federation/Confederation Head quarters.
5. The Steering Committee has decided that the March to Parliament to submit the petition to Prime Minister shall be held on 29th November 2011.
Joint Committees constituted in each station may kindly intimate number of the persons who will be joining the March latest by 15th November 2011.
6. The Steering Committee has also decided that the date on which the PFRDA bill is taken up for consideration all government employees should organise 2-hour long demonstrations in their office premises.
All participating organisations are requested to convey these decisions to their units, copy of the circular issued by the participating organisations may be forwarded to Head Quarter of Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee will meet again at 11.30 hours on 15th October 2011 in the AIRF Head Quarter at 4, State Entry Road, New Delhi.



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We shall fight till we succeed!
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CCS (LEAVE) (SECOND AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011

NOTE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTORATE ON SPEED POST HUBS & L-1,L-2 MAIL HUBS


Sub: Secretary (P)'s meeting with Postal JCA on 27.06.2011,29.06.2011, 30.06.2011 & 01.07.2011 –item no. 1 dealing with Mail Network Optimization Project- Constitution of Committee.
Ref: Directorate letter No. 28-4/2011-D dated -8-2011 and 16 .08.2011.

No.JCA/AGTN/2011 Dated: 29th August, 2011
With reference to your above cited letters the following note is submitted.
The following is the note submitted by our Federation regarding the issues related to MNOP to be discussed in the Committee constituted by the Directorate as a fall out of the negotiations held on June-July, 2011:

1.The Department has not supplied the original recommendations of the consultancy agency McKinsey on the issue of changes warranted from the existing system of sorting and mail conveyance done by RMS and the rationale behind the changes.
2.This Federation having access to some RTI materials on related issues is of the opinion that the Postal Board, which is the top policy making body of administration, has not debated in any Board meeting about the recommendations of McKinsey and not reached any consensus decision on their implementation. We learn that such a serious issue involving structural changes of RMS was directly placed in a meeting of Circle Heads where some of the Board Members were also present. The Board Members would not have the opportunity to open their minds on many issues in such a meeting because of the presence of many other officers due to protocol etc. Even all the Chief PMsG was not apparently participated in that meeting. A meeting of Postal Board would have been the place for the Postal Board Members to discuss their views. We therefore apprehend that the decision taken about implementation of McKinsey recommendations on MNOP was autocratic without backed by the Postal Board decisions to that effect. If our above contention is wrong then this Federation may kindly be supplied with the materials substantiating the claim of the Department.
3. This Federation also further learns that the MNOP project may lead to a further erosion of traffic including speed post articles in the long run, if not with immediate effect for the reason that the new system is not scientifically analysed for its success. The Staff Side is not supplied with any material by the Department about the results obtained by the Department through any Pilot Project undertaken on the lines of MNOP. With our field level observations, we can cite the under-mentioned discrepancies or draw backs in MNOP:
[a] Areas involving Metro and Non-Metro areas: Transmission of speed post articles from Metro to Non-Metro areas as well as Non-Metro areas to Metro Cities suffer additional delay because of unwarranted additional handling by the Hubs. For example, a Speed Post Article posted in New Delhi GPO and meant for delivery at Dindigul HPO [Tamilnadu] was earlier sent to Palam APTMO and then to Chennai APTMO. Chennai APTMO closed the bag directly to Dindigul HPO. Similarly a speed post letter posted at Dindigul HPO and intended for delivery at New Delhi HPO was sent to Dindigul RMS, which closed it to Chennai AP TMO. Chennai APTMO closed it to Palem APTMO, which sent it to New Delhi GPO. In the whole process it was normally expected to be delivered on D+2 basis. Now with the introduction of Hub System, the same article is expected to pass through the Hubs causing the process to be D+3 and some times D+4. We find that Metro to Non-Metro and Non-Metro to Metro are facing additional delay. This will slowly but surely lead to loss of customers, even though the fall in traffic is not immediate. (Details of Circle wise cases will be submitted separately)
[b] Areas involving Intra-circle areas: The study by us has led to the conclusion that the MNOP's weak link is the intra-circle operations. The conditions preventing L2 Offices close bags directly to different Offices except to those other L2 Offices under the same L1 jurisdiction; as well as the condition that the L1 Hubs will close letters only to other L1 Hubs and not to any L2 Offices other than those L2 offices under its own jurisdiction is causing unnecessary back routing. This has increased the time of transmission and causing one day additional delay in delivery at the least, if not more. The Department knows very well that more than 75% letters are meant for other districts and the closing of bags only through L1 Hub will only cause delay in transmission and delivery.

[c] Our experience at Hyderabad and Bangalore Cities, where certain experimentations were made by the Department despite our stiff resistance, clearly show that the MNOP was a failure. In fact no one can say as to how much volume of mails is in deposit and from which date the bags are lying unopened. The Administration was forced to open temporary sorting offices to clear the accumulated mails. In addition to that move, thousands of bags are being dumped to major DSOs like Vijayawada etc by engaging private transportation incurring huge and wasteful expenditure as freight charges because there are no spaces available in the Sections in Hyderabad. We find no accountability at all.

[d] The Department is aware that in the past also certain measures of centralization of mails was undertaken but after experimenting failures reverted back to DSO system. Now once again going back to Regional Hubs in the name of MNOP is not going to improve the efficiency at all levels. May be Metro to Metro area may witness some improvement but even there some problems are witnessed.(List will be submitted separately)

[e] The existing system permits closing of direct bags by any DSO at times of bulk booking to some addressees like Recruitment of Jobs or Application for Medical or Engineering College admission etc. Recruitment Boards will get thousands and thousands of registered or speed post articles. The new system under MNOP involves unnecessary extra handling involving delay in delivery. This is totally unscientific. The motto has to be quicker and efficient delivery at the earliest and not following some rigid routes prescribed by MNOP.

[f] Areas involving delivery within the same Metro City also not above board. For example hundreds of speed Post articles posted in various Post Offices of Metro Cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune etc is not being delivered to addresses in the same Metro Cities within the same day. If Speed Post Articles booked in Business Post Centres in Metro Cities can be delivered on the same day and speed post articles booked at Post Offices cannot be delivered like that, then there is only one reason for that. The BPCs are closing direct bags and Post Offices are routing through Hubs. This is to show that closing direct bag system is more efficient than routing through blindly to Hubs.

[g] Even selection of L1 offices are inadequate and unscientifically kept very limited in number in many circles. More number of revenue districts is brought under a single L1 Hub that causes delay inevitably due to unnecessary back routings through Hubs.

[h] There is a tendency seen at the time of discussions in June-July that the department should care more for metro to metro mails only since that constitutes more than 70%. This is a disturbing trend. Unlike profit motive Couriers, India Post is wedded to Universal Service Obligations that insists transmission of letter mail communication at affordable cost to poor people living everywhere. The recent approach of the Administration shows a bias in favour of metro customers and ignores or sidelines the customers in non-metro areas. This type of discrimination cannot be shown by the DoP and it can be seen that MNOP encourages this type of discrimination between the urban and rural customers.

4. The staff side was told during June-July negotiations that the existing Bulk Mail Centres [BMCs] and Business Post Centres [BPCs] will be fully brought under RMS. This Federation further wants to elicit as to how this fusion is being planned? Whether the mails handled by these BMCs and BPCs will go directly to L1 or will go to L2 according to the places? Moreover we want to know as to how the pre-mailing work being carried out in BPCs will be looked after? At present the contractorised workers are being used to do all such work in BPCs and BMCs and what will happen to the pre-mailing work in particular in future? If pre-mailing is given up it may result in loss of customers and steep reduction of traffic.

5. The Staff Side was already assured during the June-July discussions that all the Speed Post Hubs will function only under the control of RMS and any existing speed post Hub under the control of the SSPOs will be transferred to RMS Control. However, we find that no action in this direction to bring all Speed Post Hubs under the RMS control has been initiated.

6. This Federation is also apprehensive that consequent on introduction of MNOP, the Department will slowly violate the understanding given out during June-July discussions to the staff side as in the past. There was an assurance that no L2 Office will be closed but all existing RMS Sorting Offices either L1 or L2 will be in existence. But there is a wide spread apprehension that once the L1 and L2 system is entrenched, then slowly the L2 offices will be closed down one by one by resorting to dubious methodology of diverting the mails to L1 instead of L2 offices. Such method was used in some places to bring down the traffic below 10,000 deliberately to facilitate closing of those offices in the past to circumvent the agreement reached by the Department with the Staff Side.

7. This Federation is aware of the modus operandi of McKinsey through our international experience. In many industries McKinsey recommendations resulted in large scale outsourcing etc. Similarly the MNOP for RMS and similar such proposal for Delivery Hubs etc in the Postal Side will result in destruction of RMS offices in particular. Large scale closure or merger of offices may result in large scale surplus of RMS staff causing hardships to them. This Federation therefore wants to know the reaction of the Department as to whether it is considering our earlier understanding of keeping 10,000 volume of mails offices in-tact is revisited with a revised target of 5000 mail volume and that only those offices where the reduction will be below 5000, the men and materials will be merged with the nearest RMS office and under no condition the men and material of RMS will be shifted to Post Offices. The approach of the Department to this question will show light on the nature of actual recommendations of McKinsey, which is not made available to the staff side so far.

8. This Federation therefore suggests that the staff side may be taken into confidence before going ahead with the disastrous M.N.O.P. experiment and till such time the whole sale operationalization of Hub System be kept in abeyance.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,


(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General

COUNTING OF SPECIAL PAY FOR FIXATION OF PAY OF PO & RMS ACCOUNTANTS

Sub: Settlement of deceased claim case in respect of Sr. Citizen's Savings Scheme account –a clarification regarding.(S.B. Order No. 15/2011


D.G. Posts No. 79-01/2011-SB dated 18.08.2011.

The undersigned is directed to say that a RTI query regarding settlement of deceased claim when deposit is payable two or more nominees and either of them is dead was referred to Min. of Finance (DEA) for clarification as there is no such provision in SCSS Rules 2004.

2. The Ministry of Finance (DEA) vide its O.M.No. 15/1/2009/NS-II dated 02.08.2011 has clarified that in such case, the deposit shall be paid to the surviving nominee.

3. It is requested that this may be circulated to all post offices for information and necessary guidance to deal with such claim cases.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS)

GRANT OF SAVINGS BANK ALLOWANCE TO POSTAL ASSISTANTS WORKING IN SAVINGS BANK/CERTIFICATE BRANCHES-HOLDING OF SB APTITUDE TEST REGARDING

























RECOMMENDATIONS OF EXPERT COMMITTEE ON EXPEDITION THE PROCESS INVOLVED IN DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE PROCEEDINGS


The Government is considering a set of proposals to cut the time taken to penalise delinquent Government officials including sacking of officials found to be involved in corruption.

The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings. The Committee has made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing time taken in conducting and concluding disciplinary proceedings against government servants. In its Report, the Committee has recommended :

· Creation of panels of Inquiry Officers from amongst both serving and retired government servants and enhancement of remuneration for conducting inquiries;
·Prescribing a time limit of two months for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·Dispensing with second stage consultation with CVC;
·Dispensing with consultation with UPSC in minor penalty disciplinary cases;
· Setting up of Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in the States;
·Introduction of Plea-Bargaining in major penalty disciplinary inquiries;
·Major penalty of compulsory retirement to include cut in pension/gratuity;
·Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after beginning of trial in a competent court;
The Report of Committee is under examination.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri. V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

MODERNISATION OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

Government has approved the 'IT MODERNIZATION PROJECT' of Department of Posts for computerization of Post Offices, Mail Offices, Administrative Offices and other field offices. This will involve establishment of required IT infrastructure, development of required software applications with an outlay of Rs.1877.2 crore. The project has the following salient features:
• It will establish IT infrastructure of Data Centre and Disaster Recovery Centre and networking of all Departmental Post Offices including appropriate connectivity in the Branch Post Offices in the rural area.
• The project envisages development of integrated modular scalable applications for Mail, kBanking, Postal Life Insurance, solutions for Accounts and HR operations of the department.
• The rural post offices will be provided with rural ICT devices with required applications for performing Postal, Savings Bank, Insurance, MGNREGS and Money Order operations.
• Provision has been made for training, change management, capacity building of the employees of the department along with Project Management activity for smooth and timely implementation of the project.
It is planned to network all Departmental Post Offices and Branch Post Offices in the country subject to availability of connectivity and resources under the "India Post Technology Project-2012".
The departmental Post Offices are proposed to be networked with appropriate connectivity. Branch Post Offices located in rural areas are proposed to be networked using available connectivity at these locations. The rural ICT Devices in the Branch Post Offices will have the capacity to work in both online/offline mode. The IT project is expected to be implemented by 2012-13 subject to the availability of funds.

This information was given by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB