Thursday, December 16, 2010


West Bengal Circle Office has circulated a decision of the Postal Directorate, New Delhi, to offer appointment to the selected Postal Assistants against the vacancies for the years 2009-10, with an in-house training without delaying for the formal induction training.
The excerpts from the order of the Directorate circulated under our Circle Office no. Rectt/ R-8/ Direct Quota/ 2009-10 dated 22.11.2010 are reproduced below.

No. 60-9 / 2010-SPB-I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi - 110001
Dated 10 November, 2010
All Chief Post Masters General.

Sir / Madam,
.............. at present there is acute shortage of Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PAs/SAs) in the Circles with the result that many references are received from VIPs pointing out the shortage. Apart from it the issue of shortage of staff is raised in both the Houses of Parliament. ........
2. As per the procedure being followed the candidates selected for appointment of PA / SA after the completion of pre-appointment formalities viz. character and antecedents verification, medical examination and verification of their educational certificates are required to undergo training in PTCs before their services could be utilized. This often causes delay in making the offer of appointments because of nonavailability of seats with the result that they start looking for opportunities elsewhere and ultimately a good percentage of the selected candidates does not become available for appointment and the vacancies remain unfilled.
3. The matter has been considered in the Directorate and it has been decided by the competent authority that the Circles should take immediate action to ensure that the pre-appointment formalities of the candidates are completed at the earliest. In this regard following time-line may be followed :
Declaration of results -------------- by 21.11.2010.
Issue of offer of appointment ...... -------------- by 10.12.2010.
Completion of pre-appointment formalities ------ by 10.02.2011.
Issue of appointment order -------------- by 25.02.2011.
5. On completion of the pre-appointment formalities in respect of the candidates they may straight away be issued offer of appointment by the Circles. This would motivate them to join as PA/SA immediately. Thereafter when they join they may be deputed for training as soon as the slots become available in the PTCs (Postal Training Center). Pending their training the Circle may issue their posting orders and commence their in house training by chalking out the course as far as possible based on PTC syllabus depending on the resources available with them. ........
Yours faithfully,
Director (SPN)
Copy To: DDG (Training)'
As per the spirit of the above observation by the Directorate, the Circle Union requests all Divisional Secretaries and organisers to closely watch over the progress of the joining procedure so that it is not delayed at any stage. Circle Union will meet the Chief Postmaster General on Wednesday / Thursday with the request to instruct all Divisional Heads clearly and accurately, as some of them have made few correspondences seeking clarifications.
Candidates and their guardians may please keep close contact with our secretaries and try to expedite the verification procedure by contacting respective authorities, if possible.

CHQ Seeks improvement in Postmaster's cadre

Ref: - P/4-1/Postmaster’s Cadre Dated – 09.12.2010
Ms. Radhika Doraisamy
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - Creation of Post master’s cadre – problem there on in the initial constitution – request consideration.
At the outset, we wish to place on record that we are not against to the introduction of Postmaster’s cadre but seek certain modifications in the interest of staff and service. The following are the few which require your immediate kind attention.
1. At present more than 60% of LSG posts 70% of HSG II posts & HSG I posts in all circles remain unfilled up. As such seeking options from the existing LSG for Post master’s cadre will end with futile results. To off shoot the problems, the following is suggested.
(i) Please cause instructions to fill up all vacant LSG, HSG-II & HSG-I posts either permanently or on adhoc basis and thereafter willingness may be called for among the LSG, HSG-II & HSG-I officials.
(ii) In case if the same is not possible due to recruitment rules, minimum service etc, the officials in MACP I, II & III may be considered in the initial constitution of the Postmaster cadre.
(iii) It may be ensured that at the initial constitution of Postmaster’s cadre, 100% of posts should be filled up among the existing willing officials either on seniority in LSG or MACP or length of PA service. Thereafter, the element of examination may be introduced.
2. All the LSG officials working in Accounts line may be permitted to opt for Postmaster’s cadre since they are entitled to work as Postmaster in HSG-II & HSG-I as per the existing recruitment rules.
3. In the initial constitution of various grades of Postmaster while obtaining option from the existing officials, the requisite minimum service should not be insisted since in many cases the promotions to HSG-II & HSG-I were not accorded in time properly. To cite an example, the adhoc HSG-I is continuing over three years by granting extension once in six months.
4. Similarly, 25% earmarked for HSG-I in Postmaster Group B shall be filled up with the existing HSG I officials without insisting the minimum required service in the initial constitution of the cadre.
5. It is further requested to cause instructions that the opted officials shall be given preference in posting in the same division in case of identified posts are available in the division to avert maximum dislocation in the initial constitution.
Apart from the above, the following improvements may please be considered.
(i) Since the Postmaster Grade-I is supervisory post, it should be elevated to Pay Band II with Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- Similar elevation is required in higher cadre also.
(ii) Since a separate cadre is carved out, 100% of the Senior Postmasters, and Chief Postmasters posts shall also be filled up only among officials in the Postmaster’s cadre only. There is no need for any reservation to other categories other than the Postmaster cadre.
It is requested to arrange a meeting at the earliest with Staff Side to discuss all the points stated above in order to ensure smooth implementation of the scheme, minimize dislocation of staff and more volunteers to the newly carved cadre etc. Unless the above issues are sorted out at the initial constitution, it will have a perennial loss to the employees which will result in resentment only.
It is requested to consider the above and cause appropriate orders at the earliest.
With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,
(K. V. Sridharan)
General Secretary