Sunday, December 21, 2014

Glimpses of Divisional conference of Mehsana Dn on 21st December, 2014

A very nicely arranged Divisional conference of Mahesana division was held on 21st December. Circle Secretary accompanied by Circle Finance Secretary Com.M.G.Dulera, Com.N.K.Nayak Asst.Circle Secretary, Com.C.M.Nayak Asst DS Ahd City dn.and Com. R.C.Panchal Office bearer of Ahd City Dn. attended the conference on behalf of Circle Union. Com.Mahendrabhai Patel presided over the function. Senior Com.P.S.Patel Ex.DS, Com.K.S.Patel Circle vice President, Com.N.V.Akhani Supreme Councillor Circle union and several retired senior comrades attendedbiennial Conference of Mehsana division. It was eye-catching that young comrades have now started to take interest in union functionary. Com. M.C.Patel, Com.D.R.Patel and Com.K.S.Patel were unanimously reelected as Divisional President, Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively.Com. Atul Limbachiya very effectively anchored the program. It was also a very appreciable venture of Com.D.R.Patel and his team that each member, guests and retired comrades were given nice and useful momentum of a bag and wall clock of good quality having sticker of name of divisional Union. Few photos are here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Biennial Divisional Conference of Mahesana division will be held 
at Mahesana on 21st December, 2014. 

Circle Secretary accompanied by Circle Finance Secretary will attend the conference. 

Circle union also requested Divisional Secretaries of adjoining divisions to come and attend the conference. It always boosts our unity, co ordination and personal relations if we all sit together in functions of union under banner of NFPE.  

There are new-fresh office bearers in Divisional as well as Circle union as a result of our efforts to bring up new team of young comrades to become front runners in our organisation. They require to attend meetings at various level. Only zeal and desires will not be useful unless we get experience and be active part of trade union movement. We have to broaden our vision, understand problems of staff in day to day working, find out its solutions, represent issues effectively before appropriate authorities, bring solutions and establish our significance. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

          There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.
          The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.
        The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.
        This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today. 
(ReleaseID:113622) 18.12.2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014


                                                               MINISTRY OF FINANCE     
                                                                    RAJYA SABHA
              QUESTION NO 230
ANSWERED ON 25.11.2014
7th Pay Commission

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;

b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;
c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;

d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;
e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and
f) if so, the details thereof?


(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations. 

(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.

(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.

Junagadh division expresses Love, respect and emotions on the eve of change of officers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Adhoc arrangements at Junagadh and Porbandar divisions: orders issued. Shri. M.R.Zala and Shri. D.N.Kurani will be Offg.SP Junagadh and Porbandar division. we welcome and greet both officers.


1.  NFPE & AIPEU – GDS (NFPE) has filed a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court praying to (1) give direction to the Government to implement the 1977 Judgment of the Supreme Court to treat Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and grant all benefits of regular employees (2) to give direction to the Government to include Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission and (3) to quash the Gramin Dak Sewaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules 2011. Senior Advocate Mr. Justice (Retired) M. R. Calla and Advocate Uday Gupta appeared in Supreme Court on behalf of NFPE & AIPEU – GDS (NFPE).

2.  Hon’ble Supreme Court after hearing the argument in Writ Petition ordered to transfer the case to Delhi High Court for a decision after hearing the Government of India, Department of Posts. In the Delhi High Court the Writ Petition No. 168 of 2014 came up for hearing on 19.09.2014. The Department of Posts filed its counter affidavit. High Court adjourned the case to 04.02.2015 granting time for filing rejoinder reply statement.

3.  In the counter affidavit filed by Department of Posts it is stated that three Writ Petitions filed by some Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) are pending in the Supreme Court. When we verified with the Supreme Court records it is learnt that all the three Writ Petitions filed by some GDS in the Supreme Court are listed for final hearing on 02.12.2014 (Writ Petition No. 17 of 2009, WP No. 468 of 2009 and WP No. 37 of 2011). Hence NFPE decided to implead in the above Writ Petitions pending in the Supreme Court and our Impleadment Petition I. A. No. 1 in WP (C) No. 17 of 2009 was also filed in the Supreme Court.

4. On 02.12.2014, the three Writ Petitions filed by some GDs came up for hearing. After hearing the Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS, the court passed the following orders on 02.12.2014.

“It is submitted by Mr. Mukesh K. Giri, Learned Counsel appearing for the Petitioners that Union of India has framed a set of rules called Department of Posts Multi-Tasking Staff Recruitment Rules 2010, by which the Department of Posts (Group ‘D’ Posts) Recruitment Rules 2002 has been superseded. He has drawn our attention that part of the Rules which states as follows:
“Gramin Dak Sewaks are holders of Civil Posts but they are outside the regular civil service due to which their appointment will be by direct recruitment”.

It is submitted by him (Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS) that in view of the aforesaid declaration under the Rules, the petitioners can agitate their other grievances before the Central Administrative Tribunal”.

5.  After hearing the above submission of the Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS, the Supreme court adjourned the case to 09.12.2014 to hear the arguments of our Advocate in the Impleadment Petitions IA No. 1 filed by NFPE in WP (C) of 17 of 2009. On 09.12.2014, Mr. Justice (Retd.) M. R. Calla, Senior Advocate, Appeared and argued the case on behalf of NFPE. Our Advocate argued for a direction to the Government to grant Civil Servant status and all benefits of Civil Servants to the Gramin Dak Sewaks. The Advocate who filed the Writ Petition has submitted that GDS can agitate their other grievances before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Finally the Supreme Court ordered that the grievances of the GDS who filed the three Writ Petition in Supreme court may be agitated before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). (Copy of the Hon’ble Supreme court order yet to be received.)

6.  The Writ Petition Filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) will be heard by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 04.02.2015.
As already stated above, the Writ Petition filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) is now in the Delhi High Court. We have filed our rejoinder reply statement to the counter affidavit of the Government of India, Department of Posts. The case will come up for hearing on 4th February 2015.

7.  The above detailed factual position is explained because daily many GDS from all circles are calling up over phone to know the correct position of the Court case. Case filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) will be heard in the Delhi High Court on 04.02.2015. The other three Writ Petitions came up for hearing on 02.12.2014 and 09.12.2014 is not filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE).


CLICK HERE to view the Press statement & Declaration



As per the decision of the JCM National Council Staff Side, a massive National convention of all Central Government Employees including Railways, Defence and Confederation was held at MPCU Shah Auditorium, New Delhi on 11.12.2014. About 800 delegates from various parts of the country participated. Convention was presided by Com. Rakhal Das Gupta (AIRF) Shri Guman Singh (NFIR) Com. S. N. Pathak (AIDEF) Shri Ashik Singh (INDWF) Com. K. K. N. Kutty (Confederation), Com. GiriraJ Singh (NFPE) and Shri Devendera Kumar (FNPO). Com. M. Raghavaiah, Leader, JCM NC Staff Side & General Secretary, NFIR delivered his opening address. Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, JCM NC Staff Side & General Secretary, AIRF presented the draft declaration and also addressed the delegates. In addition to the leaders mentioned above Com. S. K. Vyas (Advisor, Confederation) Com. C. Sree Kumar (Secretary General , AIDEF) Shri. R. Srinivasan (Secretary General, INDWF) Com. M. Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation), Com. R. N. Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) also addressed the convention. Com. K. K. N. Kutty, president, Confederation summed up the deliberations. The declaration presented was adopted unanimously with certain modifications. The charter of demands and programme of action was also approved by the convention unanimously. The declaration and the press release are published separately see as above.

Photos of the convention are published below.
Shiv Gopal Mishra GS AIRF presenting the Declaration of the National Convention
M.Raghavaiah GS NFIR
A view of Delegates
Galaxy of leaders on Dais
AIPRPA leaders in the Convention

Giriraj Singh
Devendra Kumar FNPO
Srikumar AIDEF GS
M.Krishnan SG Confederation
R.N.Parashar SG NFPE
K.K.N.Kutty President Confederation

No. PJCA/2014                                                                                   Dated: 16.12.2014
            All Office Bearers of both Federations,
            All General Secretaries of both the Federations
            All Circle / Divisional and Branch Secretaries


A meeting of Postal JCA consisting NFPE, FNPO, AIPE Union GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS was held at NFPE office, North Avenue, Post Office Building, New Delhi on 03.12.2014. All General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Unions attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan Ex. Secretary General NFPE and Secretary General Confederation was also present.

After detailed discussions the following decisions were taken:

1.         Indefinite strike will be organized from 6th May, 2015.

2.         Intensive campaign programme will be launched by the JCA leaders.

3.         JCA will be formed in all the circles. The following leaders of JCA are authorized for formation of Circle JCA and this work should be completed before 31st Jan-2015:

Shri D. Theagarajan, S/G  FNPO
Com. M. Krishnan Ex. S/G  NFPE
Sri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. P. Suresh G/S R-4 (NFPE)
Andhra Pradesh
Shri  G.M. Rabani Vice president (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Shri N. Ramappa G/S  R-4 (FNPO)
Com. T. Satyanarayana G/S Postal Accounts(NFPE)
Shri U. Murlidharan G/S NUGDS

Com. P Pandurangarao G/S AIPEU GDS(NFPE)
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. Giri raj Singh G/S R-3 (NFPE)
Shri T N Rahate G/S P-4 (FNPO)
Com, N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shri T N Rahate G/S P-4 (FNPO)
Com. R.N. Parashar S/G (NFPE)
Shri  D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. R.N. Parashar S/G (NFPE)
Shri O.P. Khanna G/S Admn. (FNPO)
Com. Virendra Tiwari G/S SBCO (NFPE)
Shri B.S. Singh (FNPO)
Com. S.B. Yadav G/S R.O. Accounts (NFPE)
Shri Jaipal Singh  Vice President  P-4 (FNPO)
Com. Giriraj Singh G/S R-3 (NFPE)
Shi Jaipal Sin gh Vice President , P-4 (FNPO)
Com. N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shi Jaipal Singh Vice President , P-4 (FNPO)
Com. K.K. Sharma Vice President ,(NFPE)
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-III (FNPO)
Com. R. Shiv Narayana President P-III (NFPE)
West Bengal
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. ,. N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-4 (FNPO)
Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee G/S Admn.(NFPE)
North East
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-4 (FNPO)
Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee G/S Admn.(NFPE)
Shri  R K Tyagi    Dy/ G/S R-3 (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Com. RN. Parashar S/G NFPE
Shri D. Theagarajan S/G (FNPO) and all General Secretaries.

4.         JCA unanimously decided to oppose Task Force Committee recommendations.

5.         State JCA leaders will authorize circle leaders of both Federations for formation of Divisional level JCA & this should be completed before 28th Feb 2015.

6.         State conventions and Divisional conventions should be held in the month of March-2015.

7.         Circulars, Banners, Pamphlets describing the demands should be sent to all and these should be circulated in regional languages also.

Yours Comradely,
    R. N. Parashar                                                                         D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                 Secretary General, FNPO   
  P. Pandurangarao                                                                  P. U. Muraleedharan
  General Secretary                                                                   General Secretary
          AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                    NUGDS (FNPO)


Monday, December 15, 2014

Sophistication without basic amenities will not be succeeded

So many readers are interacting with me through emails, blog comments, Facebook chat, blog contact forms, etc.  Some of them are criticisms and some others are good thoughts.  Today I am presenting before you some thoughts sent by one of my blog readers anonymously, without editing anything.  Only the headline and picture are my contribution.

I am posting his suggestions and thoughts because now the most of the discussion among India Post employees will start or end with the matters like slow speed of computers, lack of availability of printers, scanners, UPS, etc.  Earlier I have depicted these matters as DOP COMEDY EPISODE 1 in my post Experiences you may come across in your daily office life.

Let us hear what my valued reader says.

India Post during yesteryears was able to impact the commercial sector due to the monopoly of communication.  Now at present other means of communications, couriers, digital signatures and so on have come, such that its presence is bit shadowed.  The Banks at the other hand previously enjoyed the privileged class as sole bankers, but ever since the ATM's and Internet banking came the impact is much lower than it used to be earlier, if they themselves take part in strike or Banks are closed down.

What India Post needs to do is to make its presence felt in the online sales field with robust technology of delivery.  There are numerous problems in its operations of which most of the problems are self-created or having solutions.  More offices are complaining of the non-replacements of UPS Batteries, poor internet facilities and Vintage systems. Even after Microsoft itself have stopped support for Windows XP, the Postal Department still uses the systems that are only capable of running Windows XP and not suitable for upgradation.  The life of Systems and Printers are to be evaluated and proposals for new systems have to be taken practically.  Normal life of Systems will only be around 3 to 4 years and 2 to 3 years in case of Printers.  This life span is taking into account of the technology advancements over years. 

India Post needs to think of "why they are going to CBS platform" and what are the needs lead the Department to this venture and how important the same can be to the Business of the Department.  The CBS platform is meant to bring more populous opportunity for the general public as well as the corporate field to business.  Banks are surviving in the corporate field as they can open accounts not only in the name of individuals but the corporate accounts as well.  They are still the lead institution to disburse loans.  The Banks do not by itself gain any knowledge of credit policies by themselves.  They charter a lot of private bodies to empanel into their works for auditing, consultancy, verifications, Legal consultancy, reclaiming of loans etc.  Every Bank charges much amount as other fees / Service charges even for the Loans they disburse and also it is so much pain to get a loan ever so smoothly.  Department can also think alike to disburse loans swiftly and thereby take the advantage of getting more revenue.  It is still hard to understand why there are no loans given toNSC, MIS or other savings instruments that are kept deposited in India Post itself.  Even after so many years why small scale loans such as Gold Loan and Flexi loans against RD or MIS or TD etc. are not in the cards.  Department has to think about the corporate world as well, why the accounts are limited to individuals, they need to cater the corporate field also, and then only the business will improve. Just like the Demand Draft facility, India Post too can leverage the IPO (Indian Postal order) as a means of transaction instruments with much higher values awarded and not limiting the IPO value to Rs. 100 as maximum. 

We are hearing about the ATM's of Post Bank of India for so long, still why this implementation is taking snail speed in implementations whereas the private financial institutions and even the Co-operative banks are going ahead with so many ATM's planted at various places.  India Post should take the ATM proposals much more fruitfully; they can plant a lot of ATM's for other banks transactions and gain business.  Can also float tenders for that and be a governing body for ATM's that are installed on behalf of India Post, which has a great revenue potential for India Post. India Post has been benefitted by technology a lot, technology is the backbone of the Department of Posts now, just think at the line that follows, what have the Department in turn given to the staffs (other than the clerical salary) like the System Administrators who work tirelessly striving for achieving goodness to the Department. Staffs need not only motivation but incentives as well so that the morale is high and thoughts are positive.
Why the picture of losses are binded to the Department of Posts only.  The Banks have done more than 56,000 Crores of loses and irrecoverable damages that are simply written off.  The staffs are paid much higher than what a normal staff in the Department of Posts gets.  The quality is par below the average of what the Postal service provides.  The time has come when you should understand the ground reality and the Department of Posts needs to tighten its lace to bring more revenue by getting out from the shell and do its business independently.  Make sure its employees are paid to the satisfaction, bring in more facilities, step up the overall looks and business feel, Provide air conditioners, good Systems, Printers, UPS, Gensets, sitting chairs.  Reduce the burdensome paper works to make it simpler for customers to get facilities that are provided. Business won’t come by waiting; it comes by means of how you handle things promptly. Reduction of staff will reduce the overall performance.  There is no information counters available even at Head Post offices.  Staffs are not given adequate training whenever new facilities are being implemented causing confusion among themselves.     

1 comment:

  1. This article was written exactly as what a DOP employee thinks

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