Monday, November 29, 2010

Circle Secretary is on tour

For strengthening communication with employees of Gujarat circle and personal observation of various problems faced by them, Circle Secretary, Com. R D Purohit is on tour, accompanied by Com. M G Dulera Circle Finance Secretary. During the tour Circle Secretary will visit Vapi, Valsad Navsari, Bardoli and surrounding offices of south of Gujarat. Members can approach Circle Secretary on his mobile 9427208408 or 9723666696 for planning his visit at their offices, if so desired.

Bi-monthly meeting of Rajkot Region is due on 06-12-2010. Divisional Secretaries of Rajkot Region may communicate their problems to Com. S K Vaishnav Asst. Circle Secretary on his mobile NO.9408187996. He will continue to look after problems of Rajkot region though Circle Secretary will always remain present in all bi monthly meetings.

Promotion to the PSS Group-B Grade for the year 2010-Directorate Issued orders

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, dated the 11th November 2010


Subject: SENIORITY - Consolidated orders on...

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions have been issued by this Department from time to time laying down the principles for determining seniority of persons appointed to services and posts under the Central Government. For facility of reference, the contents of the important orders on the subject have been consolidated as a compilation "Instructions and Guidelines on Seniority". The number and date of the original O.M.'s has been referred in the relevant instructions* for easy reference to the context. The consolidated instructions include revised instructions on the following:

i. Seniority of persons appointed on direct recruitment from the reserved panel at a later date, specifically when the officers from the subsequent selection panel have already joined.

ii. Inter-se seniority of two panels of direct recruits, where more than one selection panel are received from UPSC/SSC through letter of same date.

iii. Fixation of seniority of a person who has been transferred to a lower post under FR 15-A.

iv. Seniority in case of appointment on compassionate grounds

2. Also, certain areas within the existing instructions, which require frequent clarifications, as is evident from the references received from various Ministries/Departments, have also been incorporated under the head "clarification", for reference. This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.

3. The consolidated instructions along with Annexure containing O.M.'s referred wlll be issued separately in the form of handbook.

4. Hindi version will follow.
(Smita Kumar)


Presentation on Technological Developments in Department of Posts was held on 23.11.2010 in the presence of Secretary, Department of Posts, Member (Technology), Member (Operations) and other officers of the India Post. The Staff side was represented by Secretary Generals of Federations and General Secretaries of All India Unions.

The presentation was elaborately dealt with the vast changes that are going to take place in the Department of Posts due to large scale induction of Information and communication Technology (ICT). A budget of Rs. 1800 crores has been earmarked for the project which is to be completed by the year end of 2013.
The gist of the presentation can be summed up as follows:
In this era of fast developing Information and Communication Technology, large scale induction and assimilation of modern means of communication has become vital for sustenance and growth of India Post.
Having created a base of more than 12000 computerised Post offices in the country and a pool of trained human resource, India Post is in the process of implementing mass scale computerization and networking of all Departmental Post offices and Branch Post offices on a single integrated and modular platform connected to a National Data Center.
This National infrastructure, so created will enable India Post to provide state-of-the-art ICT services including Mobile remittance and Banking on a core banking platform and provide inclusive banking to rural, remote and hitherto unbanked areas.
The vast network and infrastructure of India Post, have already enabled it to become the preferred point of inter face between Government and the members of public for delivery of social and economic welfare schemes of the Government of India and various state governments. Introduction of modern ICT will help in timely and transparent delivery of social benefit schemes to the beneficiaries viz. MGNREGS, Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme (IGOAPS).
Computerised and connected network of Post office on a single integrated platform will also help India Post to retail products and services of other service providers viz. Banks, Government & Non Government financial institutions, Government Agencies and Mutual Fund houses in the rural and remote areas.
India Post has already taken initiative for re-engineering processes and making it compatible to suite the new ICT solutions and customer requirements.
One of the pre-requisite for transformation of India Post is upgradation of the skills of the work force and capacity building. Training of the human resources has been given its due importance and recognition in the project. The Services of the newly recruited 15000 Postal Assistants will also be utilized to the maximum extent. The Branch Post offices will not be provided with computers, instead they will be provided with modern-technology oriented hand devices.
Secretary General, NFPE insisted that the services rendered by the existing System Administrators in maintaining the computer network of more than 12000 Post offices is to be acknowledged in its true perspective and they may be absorbed in suitable posts such as System Assistants while implementing the project. The Secretary Post stated that this aspect will be given positive consideration. While we pointing out the delay in discussion on cadre review proposals, it was assured to finalise very shortly. Introduction of accrual based accounting system is also becomes part of the project. The apprehension about the mass redeployment or surplus has been focussed by us for which the Secretary, Posts assured that there will be no staff movements or reduction.
The Leader Staff side requested to arrange a similar presentation to the Circle Secretaries also for which the Secretary (Posts) responded positively.
The following news were made known to us during the course of discussions and interactions.
(i) For the current financial year, the modernization will be restricted up to B class offices, 628 crores had been allotted for this purpose.
(ii)Single handed offices & BOs will be taken in the next year project.
(iii)For Pilot Project six circles have been identified viz. Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh & Assam. It will come into functioning before August 2011.
(iv) Instead of cost accounting, accrual basis system will be introduced. This is almost implemented in all major organizations including Telecom as per the Government of India decisions.
(v) 1800 ATMs will be established after the introduction of Core banking. Call centers to collection of logistics, MO etc will be formed. Track & trace facilities will be implemented for all services.
(vi) On Phase II, the rest of 16 circles will be completed.
(vii) Softwares are being developed as per the recommendations of 'Accenture'.
(viii) Expression of Interest was segregated to three instruments. One major National level Data server. Second 2600 departmental Post office net week interrogators, third Rural ICP hardware solutions. All net work equipments, connectivity, maintenance will be entrusted to vendor for 24 X 7 (Per week). He is solely responsible for everything. The penalty clause provision has been included.
(ix) Data centre, hire space and installation area will be ours. The rest software, maintenance etc will be entrusted to the providers.
(x) While comparing previous year, 13% revenue has been increased in postal operations. MAIL NETWORK OPTIMIZATION PROJECT
An interaction with the staff side on Mail Network optimization project also took place during the meeting. It is explained that the scope of the project is to (1) optimize India Post Network from collection to delivery (2) to standardize processes with focus on significant quality improvement & reduction in network complexity (3) put in place an effective performance measurement system through regular reviews (4) improve the ambience of mail offices (5) upgrade processing facilities and improve working condition for employees and (6) make staff and customers proud of being associated with India Post. The key operational areas of the network optimization are (i) Speed Post and (ii) First class mail. First class mail optimization study is in progress.
The interaction mainly concentrated on the newly introduced Speed Post Network optimization programme (hubs). The Staff Side pointed out that the introduction of the speed post hubs has resulted in delay in processing and transmission of speed post articles resulting in delay in delivery. This issue should be addressed on top priority basis and corrective measures to avoid delay should be taken. The staff side further pointed out that while more than 80% of the speed post hubs are functioning under the administrative control of RMS Superintendents, the remaining hubs are controlled by Postal Superintendents. This has created on apprehension in the minds of the RMS employees that in the longer run the identity of RMS will be lost and eventually it will be merged with Post offices. Taking into consideration of this aspect, the Staff Side requested that all the Speed Post hubs should be under the control of RMS Superintendents. The Secretary, Posts assured to consider the request positively.

MEETING WITH DDG (ESTABLISHMENT)The Secretary General NFPE and General

Secretaries of affiliated unions of NFPE met DDG (Estt) on 23.11.2010. The following is the outcome of the meeting.(1) The preliminary (first) sitting of the Cadre Restructuring committee will be held on 26.11.2010 at 3 PM.(2)The first sitting of the Committee on Postmen related issues will also be held on 26.11.2010.(3) Regarding the revision of wages of casual labourers it is informed that the file is being sent to nodel Ministry for approval. It is expected to be cleared by the Nodal ministries within 2-3 weeks. The wages will be revised with effect from 01.01.2006.(4) The Department has issued orders clarifying –(a) No casual labourers shall be engaged in the Administrative offices i.e. CO/RO/DO/PAO with effect from 1st December 2010.
b) The work of sweepers and scavengers should be combined or the same may be outsourced wherever feasible.(c) Since duties of waterman, watch and ward, gardening, cleaning etc are now part of duties assigned to Multi Tasking staff, the existing practice of engaging casual laborers as waterman, Gardner, watch and ward and any other miscellaneous category shall be dispensed with effect from 1st December 2010.


1. Revision of FSC – orders are expected to be released this month itself.
2. Enhancement of Fixed Monetary compensation revising Rs.24/- as Rs.50/- and Rs.85/- for holiday duty will be released next week.
3. The Department has appraised the law ministry about the existence of GS and the promotion on seniority basis to erstwhile Group D now MTS. The law ministry in now approving the revised Recruitment rules. Orders are expected within a fortnight.
4.UPSC has raised some queries on HSG-I Recruitment Rules which had been clarified. The Revised Recruitment Rules will be issued shortly.
5. The file relating to enhancement of OSA has been submitted to J.S. F.A. (Finance) for approval.
6. Direct Recruitment of PA/SAs were completed within couple of days to the extent of around 16000 posts. A Remarkable fast action. We appreciate the decision and decisive action of the department.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Welcome Ms. Humera Ahmed - New CPMG Gujarat Circle

Ms. Humera Ahmed CPMG Himachal Pradesh has been posted as CPMG Gujarat Circle. We welcome new CPMG.

On 23/11/2010, following transfer orders in SAG cadre is issued by Directorate.
1. Ms Humera Ahmed, CPMG, Himachal Pradesh to be CPMG, Gujrat Circle.
2. Shri S.C. Jarodia, PMG, Pune Region to be CPMG, Himachal Pradesh Circle.
3. Col. K. C. Mishtra,VSM, PMG (BD, Marketing and Technology) CO Mumbai to be PMG, Pune Region.
4. Shri A. K. A Joshi PMG Vadodara Region to be PMG, Goa Region against vacant post.
5. Shri D.S.K Chauhan PMG (BD), Ahmedabad Region to be PMG, Vadodara Region.
Lt. Col. D.K.S.Chauhan PMG BD Ahmedabad has been transferred as PMG Vadodara region vice Shri.A.K.A.Joshi PMG Vadodara region transferred as PMG Goa.

Receive 25 copies of Hand Book 2011 by VPP

25 copies of Hand Book 2011 will be dispatched by CHQ to branches shortly by VPP. The book is double in size containing various updated information. The cost of the book is Rs.40/- which is fixed on below cost price. Since there was poor response from divisions, in anticipation of consent of divisions, Circle Secretary has suggested CHQ to send 25 copies to all divisions of Gujarat Circle. All Divisional Secretaries are requested to take delivery. Some divisions requiring more copies can directly contact Com.Balvindarsingh, Finance Secretary CHQ Mob. No.098688 53970. All Office bearers must have a copy of this Hand Book.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hand Book – 2011
Hand Book 2011 is ready now. It will be dispatched by CHQ to branches shortly as per the indent made. The book is double in size containing various updated information. The cost of the book will be Rs.40/- which is fixed on below cost price. Branches are requested to rush their indent positively before 05.11.2010.
The Hand book 2011 is very useful for all members to use as daily ready reference on various service matters. All Divisional Secretaries are requested to provide a copy to all members. The cost Rs.40/- can be easily recovered from members afterwards. Once it is supplied, everyone will be satisfied and start refering to it as and when any question arises. Comrades, we all must respectfully respond to this great effort of our CHQ by publishing such useful handbook. I appeal to all divisional secretaries to place indent immediately and inform Circle Secretary as well as CHQ directly about number of copies required for their division.

ALANDI: Know about place of AIC

25 km from Pune
Main Attractions:
Samadhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar

Alandi city, near Pune, is mainly known for housing the samadhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar, a popular saint of Maharashtra. Dnyaneshwar spent a few years of his life at the Alandi city and inspired the whole of the state to worship Lord Panduranga. Pilgrims come to Alandi city to visit the temple of Sant Dnyaneshwar, where his samadhi is situated. The temple stands surrounded with natural beauty and the ghat behind the temple is especially very magnificent. Given below is more information on the Alandi city near Poona, India.Alandi city lies at a distance of 25 km to the east of Pune. One of the major attractions of the city is the Palakhi festival, celebrated in the month of Ashadh. Many people walk for 150 km, from Alandi to Pandharpur, to take part in this festival. Situated on the banks of Indrayani River, the city has a number of other attractions also. They include Muktai temple, Ram temple, Krishna Temple, Math of Swami Hariharendra, Vitthal-Rakhumai temple, etc.
Alandi( Samadhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar )
Sant Dnyaneshwar - a famous saint in Maharashtra - was born in Apegaon near Paithan. But Alandi is the place famous for his Samadhi. Sant Dnyaneshwar spent his short life here. He inspired the entire Maharashtra to worship Lord Panduranga. "Dnyaneshwari" - his famous manuscript (holy book) will always remind him.
Alandi is truly a pilgrim center. The Palakhi in the month of Ashadh is very popular and many people walk almost 150 kms. from Alandi to Pandharpur. Alandi is situated on the banks of river Indrayani and the ghat behind the samadhi temple is very beautiful. Samadhi temple is worth to see and creates a pleasant atmosphere. This temple was built in 1570. You can also see the famous wall in Alandi on which Dnyaneshwar sat and flew the wall to meet Changdev.
The other famous places in Alandi are Muktai temple, Ram temple, Krishna Temple, Math of Swami Hariharendra, Vitthal-Rakhumai temple and the famous wall.
Alandi - a clean and nice pilgrim center makes Pune district a landmark for the pilgrims in the country.
Photo Gallery

Alandi Ghat
Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Samadhi
Vitthal Rakhumai Temple
Alandi Ghat

Available (Hotels as well as Dharamshalas)
How to Go
Regular buses from Swargate, PMC and Pune Station
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Connecting Places
Dehu Chakan Vadhu - Tulapur

Saturday, November 20, 2010

20th Meeting of the Postal Sports Control Board :: follow up action on decision teken by the Board

20th Meeting of the Postal Sports Board held at Chennai on 5th July, 2010-Follow up of action on the decision taken by the Board
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts, New Delhi-110001

No. 2-01/2009-WL/Sports Dated: 01/11/2010


All Heads of Postal Circles.

Sub: 20th Meeting of the Postal Sports Board held at Chennai on 5th July, 2010-Follow up of action on the decision taken by the Board


I am directed to refer to the Department's communication of even number dated 16.07.2010 circulating therewith minutes of the meeting of the Postal Sports Board held on 05.07.2010. As stated therein, items No.2, 12, 18, 31, 39, 44 and 48 were referred to a Committee headed by Chief PMG, T.N. Circle, for its consideration and submission of a report.

The Committee, after examination of the issues, submitted its report on 16.09.2010 which has been further considered by the competent authority and as its consideration and submission of a report.

The Committee, after examination of the issues, submitted its report on 16.09.2010 which has been further considered by the competent authority and as a result thereof, the following order is issued:

Item No. 2 Enhancement of Kit allowance to `.1000/-

The kit allowance will be enhanced form `.500/- to `.750/- for first time participation and thereafter from `.250/- to `.500/- per year.

Item No. 12. In the matter of appointment to higher grade, age relaxation to be given in labor of Gramin Dak Sevaks having played at State/National level.

As per instruction contained in GOI, DOPT's OM No. 15012/3/84-Estt.(D) dated 12th November, 1987, meritorious sports persons satisfying the provisions contained in para 1(a) of the OM dated 04.08.1980 are allowed relaxation in upper age limit up to a maximum of 5 years (10 years in case of SC/ST) for the purpose of appointment to all Groups of Civil posts. In the light of these instructions, there is need for any further relaxation in the matter of recruitment against sports quota.

Item No. 18 Participation of regularly appointed Gramin Dak Sevaks in All India Postal meets even if they do not complete six months of service.

Regularly appointed Gramin Dak Sevaks will be permitted to participated in All India Postal tournaments.
Item No. 31 On the analogy of individual events where cash award is given for achieving 3rd position in All India Postal Tournaments, it may be extended in case of team events where cash award, at present, is being restricted only in case of teams achieving first and second position.

Status quo to continue.

Item No. 39 The training period should be of 14 days in connection with participation in All India competitions.

This issue will be examined when our teams will start participating in National level tournaments and will show good performance.

Item No. 44 Organizing National games by major Circles in every five years.

The proposal did not find favour.

Item No. 48 Grant of financial assistance to employees whose wards are showing excellence in sports.

For participation in the international level tournament, cash award of `.10,000/- may be given. For excellence in National level tournament and procurement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, an award of `.5000/-may be given. For mere participation at National level event, consolation award of `.1000/- may be given.

This will take effect form the date of issue and no past case will be reopened.

(Subhash Chander)
Director (WL/Sports)
Copy to: All Members of the Postal Sports Board.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Selection of PA in Bharuch Division 2010-2011

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS: INDIA.O/O SUPDT. OF POST OFFICES, BHARUCH DN. BHARUCH-390001.Memo No. B2 / 51 / PA-Rectt. /2010 Dated At Bharuch the 14/11/2010.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The following candidates are selected for the post of postal Assistant in Bharuch Division as a result of recruitment process for the Year 2009-2010Sl No Roll No Allotted Name and Address of the candidate Community Remarks

1 BCH-03 Arjunbhai J Khandwani OC (Bharuch)

2 BCH-43 Mehulkumar B Patel OC (Mandal,Dist:- Ahmedabad)

3 BCH-23 Jaina H Chudasma OC ( Ranna park, Ahmedabad)

4 BCH-47 Nidhi R Shrivastava OC (Bharuch)

5 BCH-15 Rahul Kumar D Kaladiya OBC Selected against OC (Muli, Surendranagar)

6 BCH-56 Vinubhau V Bharvad OBC (Sami, Patan)

7 BCH-20 Suraj Kumar G Nayak OBC(Dantiwada,Banaskantha)

8 BCH-62 Jayesh Kumar G Borivar OBC ( Mehmedabad)

9 BCH-83 Amishaben H Raut ST ( Dharampur, Valsad)



Dated: 13.11.2010
Dear Comrade,

We have been receiving queries regarding the composition of the National Council. Kindly note that the National Council consist of (a) Elected members of the Secretariat (CHQ), (b) Chief Executives of all Affiliated Organisations (including the General Secretaries of all affiliated Associations of NFPE, (c) Secretaries of the State Committees (State CoCs).

All National Council members are requested to reach Mumbai on 30th November, 2010. Agenda is placed on the website and have also been sent by post.
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.


Dated; 13TH November, 2010

Dear Comrade,

This is in continuation to the notice for the National Council meeting, which has been placed on the website and post copy having been sent to all concerned. We request the National Council members to make it convenient to attend the meeting on Ist December, 2010 at Mumbai.

Under the item organisational review, we would like to discuss the modalities of holding the first National Women's convention at Kolkata. The West Bengal State Committee has informed us that it would be possible for them to hold the Convention at Kolkata on 29 and 30th Jan. 2011. The affiliates will take this into account and indicate the number of delegates they would be able to deploy for the convention. We shall take a final decision of the composition of the convention at the National Council meeting.

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General
Dated: 11th November, 2010
Notice is hereby given for a meeting of the National Council of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, on 1st December, 2010 at DGFAFLI, Ministry of Labour, Central Labour Institute, Chunabhatti Road, Sion, Mumbai – 400 022. The meeting will commence at 10.00 a.m. and will continue till the agenda items are discussed and concluded. The following is the agenda for discussion at the meeting. 1. Review of the 7th September Strike (The State Committee will place written report).
2. Finalisation of Charter of Demands. (Members may send in item for inclusion in the Charter well before the National Council Meeting).
3. Reporting on issues pending at the National Anomaly and MACP Committee meetings.
4. Issues taken up before the National Council (Members may send fresh item with explanatory memorandum, the problem faced by various states in respect of CGHS facilities may be submitted separately).
5. Steps to be taken to improve the participation of Central Government Employees in the common struggles of the working class.
6. Finalisation of programmes of action.
7. Organisational review (State Committees and applications for affiliations).
8. Any other matter with the permission of the Chair.
K.K.N.KuttySecretary General.
All National Council Members

Monday, November 15, 2010



Thursday, November 11, 2010


India Post 2012 Project
DoP invited the bids for the selection of Core System Integrator

What is India Post 2012 Project?
The IT modernisation project, India Post 2012, intends to achieve the following:
I. Wider reach to the Indian populace through more customer interaction channels
II. Better customer service
III. Growth through new lines of business
IV. IT enablement of business processes and support functions
What are the Objectives to be achieved?
Business Priorities of Department of Posts are:
1)Mail Operations 2) Logistics Post 3) e-Commerce 4) Postal Banking Operation
5) Postal Life Insurance 6) Rural Business 7) Finance & Accounts 8) Human Resources
What it says about the Postal Accounts & Finance?
Finance & Accounts: The Postal Accounts & Finance (PAF) function forms the backbone of the
DoP’s products and services. As the DoP plans for the future, it would be important to tread the
path of sustained cost management and devising effective tools for intelligent business
decisions. Some of the objectives are:
a. To move from cash based accounting to accrual based accounting in specific areas of
operations within the DoP
b. To streamline the processes by eliminating duplication of data entry at different levels
c. To bring efficiencies in Inventory management and Procurement with real time validations
against approved budgets
Vision of India Post 2012
India Post 2012 aims at transforming the DoP into a “Technology Enabled, Self Reliant Market
Leader”. This translates into 5 initiatives covering increased market share and revenues, new
products and services, improved service delivery, motivated workforce and rural development.
India Post 2012 intends to build a core set of integrated applications covering key functions such as Mail Operations, Financial Services, Postal Insurance, Finance and HR. India Post 2012 also intends to transform the front and back end of the DoP operations. This re-engineering and improvement of operations and systems is expected to significantly improve service levels and transparency.
What the ‘Proposed Solution Blueprint’ says about Finance and Accounts?
Finance and accounts provide a single view of the financial performance of the DoP and plans to
maintain the accounting records under both accrual and cash system and information on costs and
tariffs. This includes tracking and reporting on budget approvals and fund utilization as per
Government of India guidelines. Finance and accounts also manage the procure-to-pay cycle for
goods and services purchased by DoP including inventory management, budgeting and
procurement, efficient vendor management for payables and receivables to ensure favourable
liquidity position for the department.

Confederation Of Central Government Employees

Circular No.21/2010 10th November, 2010

Dear Comrade,

Please refer to our Circular letter no. 20/2010 dated 30th October 2010 wherein we had conveyed the decisions of the last Secretariat Meeting held at New Delhi. As per the said decision we are to meeting in the National Council at Mumbai. The Mumbai State Committee has informed us that they have made arrangements for the National Council at the following venue:

D G F A F L I, Ministry of Labour Central Labour Institute Chunabhatti Road, Sion, Mumbai – 400 022, Near Sion Railway Station at Central Line

The meeting will be held on 1st December 2010 from 10.00 am. As per the provisions of the Constitution the members who are entitled to attend the National Council Meeting are as under:

(a) Office bearers and National Executive Committee members;

(b) The Chief Executives (General Secretary or Secretary General as the case may be) of all affiliated Associations/Unions (in the case of NFPE, the Chief executives of all its affiliates Unions/Associations. Viz Postal 3, Postal 4, RMS 3, RMS 4 and Postal Administrative and Accounts Associations/Unions)

The agenda for discussion in the meeting will be sent separately alongwith the Notice. All National Council members are requested to kindly make it convenient to reach Mumbai on 30/11/2010 and shall be able to leave on 02/12/2010. The members who need accommodation at Mumbai are requested to contact Com. R.P. Singh, Secretary, Mumbai State Committee at the following telephone numbers:

Mobile No. 09969080996 Tel (Office) : 022-24370448

The Mumbai State Committee will issue very shortly a detailed letter indicating the arrangements for stay, etc and other details. Kindly ensure that the passage for onward and return journey is reserved immediately.
With Greetings
Yours fraternally,


Secretary General


Post offices can now distribute insurance products with IRDA, allowing each circle of the Department of Post (DOP) to act as a corporate agent of insurers. "Each Circle of India post should be treated a separate unit in order to grant independent corporate agent licence with various insurers," insurance regulator IRDA said while granting permission to postal circles to distribute insurance products. It, however, said that in the case of metropolitan areas, head of Circle may approach IRDA for prior approval of further division in the circle as separate units to obtain licence to act as corporate agent in view of the large population. The DOP has divided the whole country into 22 postal circles for providing postal services. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) allowed each circle to tie up with two non-life insurance companies, two life insurance companies, one agricultural insurance company and one stand alone Health Insurance Company for this purpose. Corporate agents act as insurance agent for insurers and procure business on behalf of the insurance companies through its executives. The sector watchdog had last month sought views from insurers for granting corporate agency licence to the DoP to promote financial inclusion. An expert committee on 'Harnessing the India Post Network for Financial Inclusion' had earlier recommended that the low cost platform of India Post be used for strategic partners like microfinance institutions (MFIs), mutual funds and insurance companies.
It also suggested expanding the role of Post Office Savings Bank as an agent of Ministry of Finance to play a larger and direct role in financial inclusion. However, IRDA has disallowed the head office of India Post to engage in the distribution of the insurance products.
In its individual capacity the Head/Corporate Office of India Post shall not obtain license to act as Corporate Agent of any insurance company. The Head /Corporate Office of India Posts shall not engage in the distribution of insurance products of any insurance company registered with IRDA in any other capacity," it added.
Press Trust of India / New Delhi October 17, 2010, 14:12 IST




Monday, November 8, 2010

Union Cabinet Approves Bill for Protection of Women at Work Place

Dear comrades,
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Protection of Women against sexual Harrasment at work place bill 2010, that ensures a safe environment for women at work place, both in the public and private sectors, in the organized and unorganized sectors. The Bill, to be introduced in Parliament in the coming session beginning next week, will help in achieving gender empowerment and equality. Domestic help have, however, been kept out of the purview of the proposed law that also proposes a fine of Rs.50,000 if found violating the provisions of the law. The move will contribute to realization of their right to gender equality, life and liberty, and equality in working conditions every where. The sense of security will improve women’s participation in work,resulting in their economic empowerment and inclusive growth. The Bill proposes a definition of sexual harassment,as laid down by the Supreme Court in Visakha v/s State of Rajasthan (1977). Aditionally, it recognizes the promise or threat to a woman’s employment prospects or creation of hostile work environment as sexual harassment at work place and seeks to prohibit such acts. It provides protection not only to women who are employed but also to any woman who enters the workplace as a client, customer, apprentice,daily wage worker, or in adhoc capacity, students, research scholars in colleges/universities and patients in hospitals have also been covered
The Bill provides for an effective complaints and redressal mechanism. Under the proposed bill, every employer is required to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee, Since a large number of the establishments in the country have less than 10 workersfor whom it may not be feasible to set up an Internal Complaints Committee, it provides for setting up of Local Complaints Committee to be constituted by the designated District Officer at the district or sub district levels, as the need be. This twin mechanism would ensure that women in any workplace, irrespective of its size or nature, have access to a redressal mechanism. The LCCs will enquire in to the complaints of sexual harassment and recommend action to the employer or District Officer, Since there is a possibility that during the pendency of the enquiry the woman may be subjected to threat and aggression, she has been given the option to seek interim relief in the form of transfer either of her own or the respondent or seek leave from work. The complaint committees are required to complete the enquiry with in 90 days and a period of 60 days has been given to the employer/ District Officer for implementation of the recommendations of the Committee. The Bill provides for safe guards in the case of false or malicious complaint of sexual harassment. However, mere inability to substantiate the complaint or provide adequate proof would not make the complainant liable for punishment.


The All India Consumer Price Index number for (Industrial Workers) (Base 2001=100) for the month of Sep 2010 is 179 as announced by Statistics Department, Labour, Government of India.Based on this index, expected increase from January 2011 is not less than 6%.Month All India Index % of increase

Nov 2008 148 21.44

Dec 2008 147 22.38

Jan 2009 148 23.39

Feb 2009 148 24.32

Mar 2009 148 25.12

Apr 2009 150 25.98

May 2009 151 26.84

Jun 2009 153 27.78

Jul 2009 160 29.00

Aug 2009 162 30.23

Sep 2009 163 31.45

Oct 2009 165 32.67

Nov 2009 168 34.11

Dec 2009 169 35.70

Jan 2010 172 37.43

Feb 2010 170 39.01

Mar 2010 170 40.59

Apr 2010 170 42.03

May 2010 172 43.54

Jun 2010 174 45.06

Jul 2010 178 46.35

Aug 2010 178 47.50

Sep 2010 179 48.66

Source : Labour Bureau ........

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Under the New Pension Scheme (NPS), investors save money which is put into the capital market. The sum which you will get after retirement will be dependent on the performance of the capital market. You can make monthly or weekly contributions to the NPS. But for every contribution, your transaction cost will increase.
Prior to NPS, there was the Defined Benefit Plan -one would get certain pension fixed for life. The post retirement proceeds were fixed and if there is a shortfall in this corpus, the government would make good.
NPS is a Defined Contribution Plan where the returns will not be fixed. You will only get what you have contributed and returns that the fund manager generates on it. All new entrants to the central government services (other than armed forces) after January 1, 2004, will compulsorily join this scheme. All citizens, including NRIs, aged 18 to 60 can voluntary join the scheme. The exit age is 60 years.
A minimum contribution of Rs 6,000 is compulsory per year. The minimum amount per contribution is Rs 500 and a minimum of four contributions in a year for each subscriber account is required.
Under the NPS, each subscriber is allotted a unique 16-digit Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN). This number is portable. The records of transactions are maintained by the Central Record Keeping Agency (CRKA). The subscriber has the option to invest with seven pension fund managers (PFMs). He also has the option to choose any one or more PFMs to manage his contribution. These PFMs will have three kind of funds categorised as 'E' for equity funds, 'G' for funds investing in government securities and 'C' for fixed income securities other than government securities.
There are two types of accounts:
Tier I account where you cannot withdraw
The Tier I account is the basic NPS account that is non-withdrawable till retirement or death of the subscriber. In this account, the total corpus at retirement age is split, where a minimum of 40 percent of the final corpus has to be compulsorily used to buy an annuity while the subscriber is free to withdraw the remaining 60 percent as a lump sum or in installments.
Tier II account where you can withdraw
The Tier II account is available to only to those who are existing subscribers of the Tier I account. The money contributed into this account can be freely withdrawn as and when the subscriber wishes to except for a minimum balance that needs to be maintained at the end of each financial year.
The NPS levies an investment charge of .00009 percent of the assets under management. Initial charges of account opening are around Rs 470. From the second year onward the charges are Rs 350 per annum. Also, a charge of Rs 10 is applicable for each transaction. One can make monthly or weekly contributions. But for every contribution, your transaction cost will increase.
Fund managers
These are managed by fund managers. Currently, seven fund houses appointed by the government are available under the NPS.
These are:
LIC Pension Fund Limited SBI Pension Funds Pvt Limited UTI Retirement Solutions Limited IDFC Pension Fund Management Company Limited ICICI Prudential Pension Funds Management Company Limited Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund Limited Reliance Capital Pension Fund Limited
There are three schemes available under the NPS. Fund C
In case you invest in this fund, all the money will be invested in fixed income instruments such as corporate bonds and government securities. One should consider investing in this fund if the risk appetite is medium as corporate bonds are not that risky. Fund E
In case one invests in this fund, a portion of not more than 50 percent of the invested money will be put in equity. You should choose this retirement plan only if your risk appetite is high, as up to 50 percent of your money will be linked to the performance of equity.
Fund G
In this case, all your money will be invested in government securities. Hence, this is suited for risk-averse investors. One can choose to invest in any of these funds. You may also invest in a mix of these funds. If you do not choose between these funds, your contributions will be invested in a fund with 15 percent in equity, 45 percent in corporate bonds and 40 percent in government bonds. With increase in age, after 35 years, the government bond exposure will increase with a maximum limit of 80 percent and 10 percent each in equity and corporate bonds.
Fixed income pension plan
The government has proposed to extend the 'fixed income pension plan' to workers in the unorganised sector. The monthly contributions one makes will be invested as per NPS guidelines. The State funds for the savings scheme will be added to this. If any gap exists between the sum guaranteed and sum generated from the two steps, the central government will provide the required funds. The new plan will be started off initially in Haryana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This amendment is meant only for workers in the unorganised sector. Central and State government employees will continue to get pension through NPS.
Tax benefit Presently, NPS does not offer any tax exemptions unlike other retirement plans. It falls under the category of exempt-exempt-tax (EET) system which means that maturity benefits you receive after retirement will be taxable. However, with the Direct Tax Code coming in NPS will be tax exempted on withdrawal too.--


An incentive structure akin to one prevalent in private sector could soon be in place for government servants as well, building on the extensive performance review that is already underway for them, a top government official said.

"An incentive system is being worked upon as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission. It could be implemented by next year," Prajapati Trivedi Secretary Performance management, said at the annual economic editors' conference.
The incentives would be given out from the cost savings achieved by a bureaucrat in his role and will, therefore, not place an additional financial burden on the Government, he explained. Besides, the extensive job performance parameters, these incentives would also depend on cost saving on account of reduction in the use of office stationary and savings in electricity consumption. Cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekhar has already written a letter to all secretaries to the Government of India on their performance targets.
A mid-year review of the performance of Government departments and officials is currently underway, that will give them fair idea of how each fare with respect to their agreed goals.
The Government had put in place a performance monitoring and evaluation system following an announcement in this regard by the President in her address to both the houses of Parliament on June 4, 2009. The first evaluation was carried out last year which was limited to only three months of the fiscal.
The current year's evaluation would be the first comprehensive exercise, which will be illustrated in a report card. This report card will be finalized by May 1 each year.
The new policy is designed on what is already in place in many countries. New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA carry out extensive performance reviews of their government departments.
The results framework document of each ministry or department will be put on its website to ensure stakeholder participation and transparency of the exercises. The concept is based on a paper prepared by the IIM, Ahmedabad.
SOURCE: Economic times.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

May This Deepavali Fulfill Your Dreams

May The Joy, Cheer,
Mirth and Merriment
Of This Divine Festival
Surround You Forever.
May The Happiness,
That This Season Brings
Brighten Your Life
And, Hope The Year
Brings You Luck And
Fulfills All Your Dearest Dreams !
Happy Deepavali and Prosperous New Year

Fraternally yours

Rashmin Purohit

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Monday 1 November 2010
Dear Comrade Digamberji - The enclosed advertisements are for the SOUVENIR to be printed. Kindly page make up these advertisements. Articles from leaders are to be placed in between the advertisements as noted. The Articles are in a separate document enclosed in a separate email. Two Articles [KKN Kutty and M.Krishnan] will be sent shortly. Please make up the pages and send back by email for proof reading. Multi Colour; Full Page; Half Page; Quarter Page are all clearly noted for your convenience. Any doubt you may call Mahaveer Prasad in NFPE. I am shortly coming to Delhi and will come to Progressive Printers for final OK to printing - Before that all work we have to conclude - For the front cover page, India Gate Photo and our 8th Federal Council Banner can be clubbed, with the addition " SOUVENIR" ON TOP RIGHT CORNER - Regards - K.Ragavendran [09444919295]-- M.KrishnanSecretary General NFPE



Postal Directorate vide letter No.4-16/2002 SPB-II dated 29/10/2010 has intimated to all the Circle Heads that the matter for extending the Adhoc arrangements for a further period of six months has already been taken up with the Department of Personnel &Training and further orders in this regard may be awaited.

In view of the above all the circle heads are ordering further extension of adhoc arrangements in HSG-I until further orders subjected to the conditions prescribed in the earlier memos. This is for the information of the members.
Circular No 20/2010 Dated: 30th Oct. 2010

Dear Comrade,

The National Secretariat of the Confederation met today as per the notice issued. The following agenda items were discussed. The decisions taken on each item are as under

Item No.1. Review of participation of CGE in 7th September, Strike. Detailed reports on the participation of employees in the strike action were presented to the house by the representatives of various affiliates and State Committees of the Confederation. Reports received at the CHQ were also gone through. It was apparent from the reports that the participation in the strike action could have been much better had certain steps been taken at the appropriate time by the affiliates and the State Committees. It was also noted that wherever the State Committees of the Confederation were in existence and had taken initiative to mobilise the employees, the strike had been very successful. It was also evident from the discussion that wherever the affiliates had taken serious steps ,the strike participation had been very good. The best performance was reported by the Income tax Employees Federation, All India RMS and MMS employees Union and the All India Groundwater Board Employees Association. It was therefore decided that the State Committees must convene a meeting in which the leaders of all affiliates unions of that State (up to the Branch/Unit level) and the strike participation discussed in the presence of the National leadership. The Sectt. (CHQ) will indicate the schedule for such meetings.

Item No.2 Finalisation of the dharna programme at different State Capitals to protest
against the victimisations of employees of the IA & AD. Wherever it was not implemented.At the instance of the Secretary General All India Audit and Accounts Association, it was decided to defer the implementation of this programme for some time.

Item No.3. Finalisation of charter of demands (common to CGEs) and progamme of actions thereon.
Various issues were discussed which have arisen from the very retrograde recommendations and objectionable implementation of them by the Government. Though the issues have been taken up in the National Anomaly committee and at the National Counil, the meeting felt that no positive outcome should be expected thereof. The house also felt that the large number of anomalies created by the 6th CPC can only be rectified by a total wage revision. Taking this view into account, it was proposed that we should demand a fresh revision of wage structure with effect from 1.1.2011 for the 6th CPC tenure would complete the 5 year period on that date. Since the Government has conceded to effect wage revision in the case of PSU employees after every five years, the meeting felt that this demand is appropriate. The meeting also noted that by 1.1.2011, the D.A component in the wages would exceed 50%. The meeting therefore decided that a comprehensive charter should be adopted at the next meeting of the National Council of the Confederation.

Item No. 4 and 5 were deferred for discussion at the National Council.(Subscription from affiliates and adhoc bonus)

6. Affiliation application: In the case of Bureau of Mines Safety, Dhanbad, the meeting asked the Sectt. to depute a representative to go to Dharnbad and hold discussions with all concerned and submit a report to the Sectt. for taking further decision in the matter In respect of Survey of India, Com. President informed the house that he along with the Secretary General had been to Dehradun sometime back and it was decided that all organisations in the Survey of India including the newly formed Topographical employees association will form a Co-ordination Committee and the same will seek affiliation with the confederation. The meeting decided to request all organisations in the Survey of India to constitute the Co-ordination Committee. The meeting decided to grant affiliation to the Association of Lakshadweep employees. The meeting also decided to depute one of the Sectt. members to go over to A&N Islands with a view to revive the functioning of the State Committee of the Confederation.

Item No. 7. Venue and date of next Council meeting. It was decided to hold the National Council at Mumbai on Ist December, 2010 for which a separate notice is being issued.

Item No.8. Any other matter with the permission of the Chair. At the request of Com. P.V. Ramachandran, the house decided that the Confederation should demand that those cadres which were included in the JCM scheme at the inception (Since they were Group C employees then)should continue to be the categories eligible to participate in the JCM irrespective of the new classification ordered by the Department of Personnel from time to time.
The house also decided to take up the matter of inclusion of all Audit employees including Railway Audit employees to be covered by the CGHS scheme as before.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.


No.1801/1/12010-Estt. (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
New Delhi 110001
Dated: August 30,2010


SUBJECT: Timely confirmation in various Central Civil Services- issue of guidelines.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Supreme Court in its judgement on 8.7.2010 in civil appeal No.596 of 2007 (appeal of Khazia Mohameed Muzammil v/s State of Karnataka & Anr.) examined the contention of automatic/deemed confirmation after the expiry of the probation period. After examining the various judgements, the Apex Court were of the considered opinion as to what view has to be taken would depend upon the facts of a given case and the relevant ruler in force.

2. In para 22 of the judgement, the Apex Court observed as follows:-

"Before we part with this file, it is required of this Court to notice and declare that the concerned authorities have failed to act expeditiously and in accordance with the spirit of the relevant rules. Rule 5(2)of 1977 Rules has used the expression 'as soon as possible' which clearly shows the intent of the rule framers explicitly implying urgency and in any case applicability of the concept of reasonable time which would help in minimizing the litigation arising from such similar cases. May be, strictly speaking, this may not be true in the case of the appellant but generally every step should be taken which would avoid bias or arbitrariness in administrative matters. no matter, which is the authority concerned including the High Court itself. Long back in the case of Shiv Kumar Sharma v/s Haryana State Electricity Board (1988) Supp. SCC 669] this Court had the occasion to notice that due to delay in recording satisfactory completion of probation period where juniors were promoted, the action of the authority was arbitrary and it resulted in infliction of even double punishment. The Court held as under:

'While there is some necessity for appointing a person in government service on probation for a particular period, there may not be any need for confirmation of that officer after the completion of the probation period. If during the period a government servant is found to be unsuitable, his services may be terminated. On the other hand. if he is found to be suitable, he would be allowed to continue in service. The archaic rule of confirmation, still in force, gives a scope to the executive authorities to act arbitrarily or malafide giving rise to unnecessary litigations. It is high time that the Government and other authorities should think over the matter and relieve the government servants of becoming victims of arbitrary actions.'

We reiterate this principle with respect and approval and hope that all the authorities concerned should take care that timely actions are taken in comity to the Rules governing the service and every attempt is made to avoid prejudicial results against the employee/probationer. It is expected of the Courts to pass orders which would help in minimizing the litigation arising from such similar cases. Timely action by the authority concerned would ensure implementation of rule of fair play on the one hand and serve greater ends of justice on the other. It would also boost the element of greater understanding and improving the employer employee relationship in all branches of the States and its instrumentalities."

3. In this Ministry's O.M.No.I8011/186-Estt(D) dated 28.3.1988 (copy enclosed), instructions have already been issued to the effect that confirmation will be made only once in service in the entry grade, but for some exceptions specified therein. Instructions on timely action to confirm or extend the probation have also been issued vide O.M. No.18011/2/98-Estt.(C) dated 28.8.1998. Seniority has also been delinked from confirmation in the O.M.No.20011/5/90-Estt.(D) dated 4.11.92.

4. The above directions of the Apex Court are brought to the notice of all Ministries/Departments for ensuring compliance of the above instructions.

(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India


An employee becomes eligible for gratuity on the termination of his employment after he has rendered continuous service for not less than five years, according to Section 4(1) of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.

He is also entitled for interest on the gratuity in terms of Section 7(3) and 7(3A). Making these clear, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the Arumuganeri Salt Workers Co-operative Production and Sale Society Ltd, Thoothukkudi district, to pay the amount to its worker, Mr A. Rajan, within 30 days from date of receipt of a copy of this order without further driving him to any other forum.

Mr Justice K. Chandru, hearing a writ petition from the Society challenging the order dated January 27, 2009 of the Appellate Authority under the Act, Madurai (R-2), directing it to make interest payment if gratuity was not paid within 30 days from the date of his order, noted that from the beginning, it was the stand of the petitioner Society that R-1 (Mr A. Rajan) was not eligible for gratuity. If Sections 7(3) and 7(3A) were read together, then there was no difficulty in understanding the eligibility for receiving interest. In the present case, the Appellate Authority had correctly construed the legal provisions and there was no case made out to interfere with the interpretation placed by the Authority.

The petitioner contended that payment of interest would arise only when there was delayed payment, and in this case, there was no delay since they had paid gratuity as ordered by R-2, and hence the question of payment of interest would not arise. This Court was unable to accept the said statement, since the entire controversy was with regard to the legal provision.

Reading Section 4(1) of the Act it would be clear that the date relevant for determination of interest was the date on which gratuity became payable, which in the present case was when R-1 resigned his job on 1-6-2003. When R-1 issued notice for payment of gratuity, petitioner employer did not honour the notice. On the contrary, it was only when R-1 instituted a claim before the Controlling Authority, the petitioner contended about the irregular nature of his employment and his alleged disqualification from receiving gratuity.

In the light of these, the writ petition stood dismissed, the Judge held.

Source: The Hindu

Monday, November 1, 2010





Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE, Com. K. V. Sridharan, General Secretary P3, Com. I. S. Dabas, General Secretary P-4, Com. Giriraj Singh, General Secretary R-3 and Com. P. Suresh, General Secretary R-4, met Secretary, Department of Posts, Today (28.10.2010). The following issues are discussed: -
(a) Cadre Restructuring Committee - Secretary, Posts, assured that necessary action will be taken for early sitting and finalisation of the proposal by the Committee.
(b) Postmen Related Issues: - We have requested that either the Secretary Generals or Leader/Secretary, staff side, Departmental council may also be included in the committee on Postmen related issues. Secretary, Posts, assured to have a fresh look on this issue and also assured that action will be taken for convening of the committee early.
(c) Revision of wages of Casual Labourers and Part time contingent staff: - Secretary Posts, assured that she will personally intervene and see to it that orders are issued at the earliest. Secretary (P) informed that regarding non –submission of the information sought for by Directorate, by the Chief PMGs, she has taken a serious view of it and necessary follow up action in this regard is being taken.
(d) Department Council meeting: - Secretary, Posts assured that second meeting will be arranged soon.
(e) Presentation on Technological developments in Department of Posts: - Secretary, Posts, made it clear that the postponed presentation will be arranged again at Postal staff college, Ghaziabad after Deepavali Holidays.
(f) Recruitment Rules of Multi skilled Employees (erstwhile Group 'D'): - Secretary Posts, informed that it is in the final stage and will be notified soon.

The staff side also shared with Secretary (P) their experience during the visit to the Royal Mail, London from 17th to 23rd October 2010.

Secretary Posts, informed that all out efforts one being made to improve the efficiency and productivity of the Department of Posts and staff side will also be informed of the details. Staff side assured their cooperation.