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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another round of discussion with Postal JCA failed today:

NEW DELHI – 110001

Today (30.06.2011) Secretary, Department of Posts, held another round of discussion with Central JCA Leaders. The Secretary level discussion was restricted to the Mail Network Optimization Project (MNOP) and lasted for one hour only. No settlement could be reached on the first item of the Charter of demands i.e; implemental of Speed Post hubs, 1st Class Mails hubs and delivery hubs. The staff side demanded the Secretary, Department of Posts, to have full fledged discussion on all items of the charter of demands including the first item.
            Yesterday (29.06.2011) there was a discussion with Member (Operations) on the same subject. No consensus could be reached in that meeting also. The Central JCA decided unanimously to intensify the strike preparations and ensure 100% participation of the employees in the indefinite strike. The entire Postal and RMS offices shall remain closed from 5th July 2011.
           The Central JCA call further calls upon on all Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries to organize protest demonstration in front of all offices on all days from 1st July 2011.
Courtesy: NFPE

Montek slams govt body for faulty employment data:

India's leading economist and planning commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday slammed the National Sample Survey Organisation report for showing fall of both employment and unemployment rates in India. The NSSO in the report 'employment and unemployment in India' said the  employment of the persons in labour force had fallen from 42 % in 2004-05 to 39.2 % in 2009-10 and unemployment rate had fallen from 2.3 % to 2 % in the same period.
It had meant that despite more than average 8 % economic growth during these give years not enough jobs were being created and the government's economic policy was not inclusive.
Ahluwalia pulled up NSSO for the self contradictory figures saying that the data collection methodology was faulty. He was furious at the NSSO officials for failing to issue a clarificatory note.
Minutes later, ministry of programme implementation secretary TC Ananth admitted that the data was confusing and the employment rate had in fact increased. "Once you break up labour force participation for women, children and subsidiary status it becomes clear employment has increased," he said.
Ananth also said that the unemployment rate was a problem as fails to take into account people who may be self employed because they don't have jobs.
The NSSO data shows consistent fall in self-employment, an indicator of that more jobs were being created because of economic growth. And, the probably reason is doubling of wages in five year period between 2005 and 2010. 
The wages in urban areas was Rs 364 per day as compared to Rs 183 in 2005 whereas in rural areas it was Rs 231 as compared to Rs 112 in 2005.
As a result, about 51 % of Indians were self-employed as compared to 57 % in 2005 and 55 % in 1994. The self-employment rate was as high as 60.5 % in 1983.
Programme implementation minister, however, said the major reason for the dissatisfaction of fieald officers in the department was that even amounts spent on official assignment were not released until a receipt is submitted afterward.
 Source: Hindustan Times, June 29, 2011

Com. Abhiram Mallick, SPM, Bhatpatna S O retired:

              Com. Abhiram Mallick SPM, Bhatpatna S O retired today on attaining the age of superannuation.
              The AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division wish him a happy and proposperous retired life.

Successful conductance of Strike Meeting by AIPAOEU, Odisha Circle branch on 29.06.2011:

Dear Comrades,
The All India Postal Administrative Offices Employees Union ( AIPAOEU ) Odisha Circle branch conducted the strike campaign meeting on 29.06.2011 at the Recreation Club of Circle Office.
At the outset, describing the local problems faced by the staff members of Circle office due to non-functioning  of the lift for months together, diversion of some Divisions from the Head Quarters Region to Berhampur Region, threatening by the Circle administration for  inter-region transfer of C O staff  and many such other  related problems, Com Sasank Sekhar Samant, Circle Secretary, AIPAOEO appraised the members the need of the strike.
Briefing  the justifications of the Charter of Demands,  Com. R N Dhal, Secretary RJCM ( Staff Side ) and CS R-III, Odisha appealed the  staff members of Circle Office to participate enmasse in the Indefinite Strike. He requested every one present in the meeting to join hand to hand  for successful conductance of the strike. He also assured that all the Circle Secretaries along with the bonafide members of Circle JCA comprising NFPE and FNPO unions would sit in front of the circle office,  if situation warrants.
Strongly opposing the arbitrary closure / merger of PO/RMS Offices including BOs and the orders implementing Speed Post Hubs and Delivery Hubs , Com R C Mishra, Vice President, AIPEU, Group - C, CHQ and CS,  P-III, Odisha stressed upon  the need of a united struggle particularly at this moment. Since the call has been given by the Federations, we have, he said, no other way but to obey the instructions as disciplined soldiers of this movement. He requested every member to go through the appeal of NFPE in its website and rise to the occasion to make the Indefinite Strike a successful one.
Participating in the discussion, Com. B Samal, ACS, AIPEU, Gr.-C. Odisha and DS, Bhubaneswar Divn made an earnest appeal to all the staff members of Circle Office to leave no stone unturned for paralyzing the Circle Office. Apprehending the threat of privatization, Com. Samal urged for total success of the Strike programme. The awkwardsituations faced by Bhubaneswar Divisional J C A in conducting the agitational programme every time were brought before the members of Circle Office.  It is very difficult to organize successfully an agitational programme especially in the campus of Bhubaneswar GPO if Circle Office functions. The staff members working in post offices are being de-motivated observing the situation prevails in Circle Office premises.

Com. D P Mishra, member, AIAOEU, Odisha Circle suggested that the leadership from all corners should  come together for paralyzing the functioning of Circle office failing which it may not be possible to conduct the strike programme by their members.

                The meeting was presided by Com. Sudersan Sahoo, President, AIPAOEU, Odisha Circle and vote of thanks was given by Com. R K Senapati, Treasurer, AIPAOEU, Odisha Circle.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Examination System - Conducting Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for the year 2011:

Imporant information for Counter P As:

1.UPU has informed that Canada Post has started accepting inbound international mails. Now all the Post Offices in India can resume booking of mails for Canada.
2. Department has published in its website the weight and dimension of EMS articles to be sent to different partner countries. To view the complete information , please click on:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2012:

Restricted Holiday (R.H) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011:

F.N0.12/1/2010-JCA-2 ,
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 27th June, 2011
Subject: Restricted Holiday (R.H) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st  December, 2011

The birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh has been shifted from 5th January 2012 (15 Pausha 1933 SE, Thursday) to 31st  December 201 1 (10 Pausha 1933 SE Saturday). Modification had been made on the basis of amendments in the criterion of the festival falling on Lunar tithi – Pausha Sukla Saptami instead of Solar Date of January 5. Accordingly, there will be Restricted Holiday on 3lst December, 201 1 on account of birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh.

2. Hindi version will follow.
Dinesh Kapila
Director ( JCA )

Joint appeal by the Secretary Generals and General Secretaries of the Central J C A for settlement of Demands:

NEW DELHI – 110001

No. JCA/Postal/2011                                         Dated : 28.06.2011





Sub:       Indefinite Postal Strike from 05th July-2011.

                The Postal Services in India is the biggest in the world, with a tradition of serving the people of this country for the last 150 years. There are about 1,55,000 Post Offices , 392 Railway Mail Service Sorting Offices. Collection, Processing, Conveyance and delivery of Postal articles including Speed Post , Registered Post, Parcels, Periodicals, Ordinary letters etc. is the main function of the Postal Department. In addition to this the INDIA POST is running the largest Bank called Post offices Savings Bank and also Postal Life Insurance including Rural Postal Life Insurance, as the agency functions of the Finance Ministry, Govt. of India. There are about 5,50,000 employees working in the Postal Department out of which 3,00000 are Gramin Dak Sevaks mostly in the rural Post Offices.

                The Postal Joint Council of Action comprising  National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) , Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO), All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union (AIPEDEU) and National Union of Gramin Dak Sevaks(NUGDS)' representing 95% of the employees, has decided to go on Indefinite  All India Strike from 5th July 2011. The Bhartiya Postal Employees Federation (BPEF) affiliated to BMS has also given separate notice for indefinite strike from 6th July, 2011. The memorandum regarding the decision for indefinite strike was given to the Secretary, Department of Posts, on 20th February 2011 it self and the formal Strike Notice was served on 14.06.2011.Three rounds of discussions with Secretary, Department of Posts, took place on 06.06.2011, 07.06.2011 and 27.06.2011, but failed due to the adamant position taken by the Postal authorities.

                The Postal Board has appointed the Chicago-based multi-national Consultancy called Mckinsey for optimizing the mail network of INDIA POST. The Department has now started implementing the Mail Network Optimization Project (MNOP) recommended by the Mckinsey. As a first step speed Post hubs are introduced. As per this scheme the existing 315 National Speed Post Centres (NSPC) has been reduced to 89 speed post hubs. Speed post articles booked for delivery in the same district or nearby districts are unnecessarily

dispatched to hubs situated hundred of miles away for processing. From there articles are again back-routed to the delivery post offices. This has resulted in heavy delay in transmission and delivery of speed post articles. Articles which are delivered on the next day earlier are now delayed for 2 to 5 days. Time bound and speedy delivery could not be ensured and this has resulted in erosion of the customer faith in the Postal services which in turn has resulted downfall in the number of speed post articles booked and also in the revenue realized through speed post.

                In-spite of the failure of the Speed Post hub experiment, the department is not ready to revert back to the old system. Instead the Postal Board now proposes to introduce hub system for first class mails including registered articles and also for delivery. The existing 366 mail sorting offices are to be closed and 89 first class mail hubs are to be introduced, just like speed post articles first class mails including registered articles of 5 or 6 revenue districts are to be pooled in hubs situated hundreds of miles away and from there they are processed and back-routed for delivery. Similarly the delivery of letters in urban areas at present done from town sub post offices are to be withdrawn and it will be concentrated in delivery hubs. The department also issued instruction to all Chief Postmaster Generals for closure and merger of 9797 urban post offices in the name of optimization. The introduction of first class mail hubs, delivery hubs and closure of offices will further aggravate the delay in transmission and delivery of postal articles and curtailment of postal facilities to the public. Naturally public will loose their faith in the postal services and will be compelled to depend upon courier services.

                The JCA has demanded the Postal Board to roll back the speed post hubs and also to reject the proposal to introduce first class mail hubs and delivery hubs and stop closure of offices. But the Postal Board has taken an adamant stand and is unilaterally going ahead with the implementation of Mckinsey recommendations.

                The JCA has also demanded the Postal Board to concede the legitimate sectional demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual Labourers and other cadres of the Postal department such as Postal Assistants, Sorting Assistants, Postmen, Mail guard, Multi-tasking Staff, System Administrators, PO & RMS Accountants, Postal Accounts Employees, Administrative Staff, SBCO Staff, MMS and Civil Wing employees. The 25 point Charter of demands submitted to the Secretary, Department of Posts, is enclosed herewith

                As employees of all the Federations and Unions irrespective of their union affiliations are participating in the strike, the entire postal services will be paralyzed from 5th July, 2011.

                We earnestly solicit your support for the justified demands of the Postal employees and intervention at Government level for settlement of the demands raised in the Charter of Demands.

Yours Sincerely

        M. Krishnan
Secretary General, NFPE
              D. Theagarajan
      Secretary General, FNPO
     S. S. Mahadevaiah
    General Secretary
          General Secretary
             GDS – NUPE

Courtesy : NFPE

Confederation Circular requesting all State Committees to support the forthcoming Indefinite Postal Strike - to hold demonstrations in front of CPMG offices – to send telegram to the Secy. ( Posts ) and Communication Minister :

A-2/95,Manishinath Bhawan,Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027
Conf/12/2011                                                                                       dated 28th  June, 2011
Dear Comrade,
                Kindly see our website. We have placed a copy of our letter seeking solidarity and support of our sister organizations and affiliates to the postal workers who will commence the indefinite strike action from 5th July onwards.  We request all our affiliates and State Committees to organize Lunch –recess demonstration at the respective work spots on 5th July, 2011.  The State Committees must ensure that a massive demonstration is organized at the CPMG offices of the State Capital eliciting participation of all CGEs on 8-7-2011 and send the following telegram/savingram to the Secretary-Post, Government of India, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001 as also to the Communication Minister. Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister for communications, 107, First Floor, Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001.
                                 "We express our solidarity with the striking Postal employees. Urge upon you to hold negotiations with the organizations and settle their demands."
                The affiliates may kindly issue necessary instructions to all their Branches to carry out the above programme.   Copy of the said communication may please be endorsed to the Confederation CHQ
                The National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet on 30th July, 2011 at Chennai and the first meeting of the National Women's convention will also be held on the same day. Copies of notices are placed hereunder.
                The Government could successfully introduce the PFRDA Bill in the last session of the Parliament with the help of the BJP and others in the opposition. The Bill might come up for discussion and enactment in the monsoon session.  In the wake of the attempt in this direction by the UPA-I Government,  we had taken the decision to organize a day's strike jointly with AISGEF, the School and University Teachers Federations and the AIDEF.  We have been in touch with all these organization for venturing into another serious campaign against the present Bill to culminate in an industrial action. Accordingly we have decided to hold a joint convention on PFRDA Bill at New Delhi on 22nd July, 2011.  The venue of the convention will be :
M.P.C.U Shah Auditorium,  Shree Delhi Gujarati Samaj, No.2, Raj Niwas Marg, Civil lines, Ring Road, New Delhi-110 054 (next to Civil lines Metro Station- Yellow Line)
                The convention will commence at 11-30 AM and shall be concluded at 3-30 PM. The convention have the participation of the representatives from AISGEF, Confederation,  AIDEF,School and University teachers Federations, and DREU. Other details will be conveyed in our next circular.
With greetings
 Yours fraternally,
KK.N. Kutty,
Secretary General
                Notice is hereby given for a meeting of the Secretariat of the Confederation to be held at Chennai on 30th July, 2011.  The meeting will begin at 11-30 A.M. The exact venue of the meeting will be communicated by the Tamilnadu State Committee.  The meeting will deliberate upon the following agenda:
(a)    Review of the campaign programme if any undertaken to popularize the charter of demands.
(b)   To finalise the date for the next phase of programme of action.
(c)    The implication of deems taken at the Joint Covention on PFRDA Bill at Delhi on 22-7-2011.
(d)   Any other matter with the permission of the Chair.
                The first meeting of the women committee formed by the National women's convention at Kolkata will also be held at Chennai at the same venue.  The meeting of the women committee will begin at 3-00 P.M.  The convenor  of the Committee will circulate the agenda for discussion in due course:
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General
                Notice is hereby given for a meeting of the women's committee of the Confederation of CG employees and workers to be held at Chennai on 30th July 2011.  The meeting will begin at 3-00 P.M. The following agenda will be subjected to discussion.
(a)    Follow-up action required to be taken to implement the decisions taken at the National Conventions at Kolkata.
(b)   Finalisation of date of State level conventions and formation of sub-committees for each state.
(c)    Steps to improve the participation of women comrades in the programme of action.
National Women's committee of Confederation of CGE and Workers
Address: Sub-Postmaster,  Vikas Bhawan P.O. Thiruvanatapuram. 695 033.
Cell No. 9446721330

Monday, June 27, 2011

Discussion with Postal Board failed - Central J C A decided to go ahead with the strike:

NEW DELHI – 110001

The third round of discussion held with the Postal Board today (27.06.2011) at 3 PM also failed due to the adamant position taken by the Department. Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy, Secretary, Department of Posts, Sri. P. K. Giopinath, Member (Personnel), Mrs. Manjula Parashar, Member (Operations), Sri. Kamaleshwar Prasad, Member (HR) and other Senior Officers were present. Staff side was represented by Secretary Generals, NFPE, FNPO and other General Secretaries.
Immediately on commencement of the meeting the Staff Side expressed its strong resentment and protest against the decision of the Department to go ahead with the Mckinsey recommendations regarding Mail Network Optimization Project. The Staff Side demanded that the already failed experiment of speed post hubs should be withdrawn immediately and the decision to implement first class mails hubs and delivery hubs and closure/merger of offices should be dropped. After heated discussion for about two hours no consensus could be arrived on this important agenda of the Charter of Demands. Hence meeting ended with disagreement.
The Central JCA met after the discussion with Postal Board and took the following decisions: -
1. The JCA unanimously decided to go ahead with the strike decision.
2. Campaign and preparations at grass root level for the strike should be further intensified.
3. The indefinite strike shall commence at 6 AM on 05.07.2011
4. 100% strike should be ensured in all Branches/Divisions and Circles.
5. Strike shall not be withdrawn unless and until result – oriented settlement is reached on important items of Charter of Demands.
 Courtesy: NFPE / AIPEUP3CHQ

Sibal Presents Meghdoot Awards 2009 and 2010 to Postal Employees - Fifteen Individuals Bag Awards, Five of them are Women - Best Post Office Award goes to Chandragiri Head Post Office, Andhra Pradesh

Sh. Kapil Sibal Minster of Communications & Information Technology and Human Resource Development today conferred the Meghdoot Awards here today to the postal employees. Speaking on the occasion Shri Sibal said that skill and capacity of 3.25 lakh Gramin Dak Sewaks will be developed through a comprehensive and time bound Rural Entrepreneurship Programme.This program is being finalized by Department of Posts and Ministry of Human Resource Development together. Congratulating the Awardees, the Minister expressed confidence in the ongoing transformation projects that will help India Post to match the changing technologies and evolving lifestyles and serve their customers better. 
Addressing the gathering Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State of Communications & Information Technology and Human Affairs emphasized the importance of role of Post Offices in the implementation of the schemes meant for common man, be it disbursement of wages, pension or Unique Identification Number.
This  scheme of National awards known as ‘Meghdoot Awards’ was instituted in the year 1984  to provide encouragement  to  the postal employees by recognizing performance of high standard.  The awards given for outstanding contribution in the sphere of official work were earlier given in six individual categories. In order to motivate the personnel in the field of technology, a new category i.e., “For Technology Excellence” was introduced for the year 2006. For the years 2009 and2010 another category viz. “Best Woman Employee” has since been introduced for the first time. Thus in all eight categories of awards are being conferred in individual category. An award in Group Category comprising trophy was also given for best post office Chandragiri Head Post Office, Andhra Pradesh. Meghdoot awardees in individual category were given a medal, a scroll and cash award of Rs. 11000 (Rupees eleven thousand).
The awards are given every year to the officials selected from amongst the nominations received from various postal circles.
Names of awardees of Meghdoot Awards 2009 & 2010
Individual Category:
Category names & eligible cadres
For the Year 2009
For the year 2010
All Gramin Dak Sewak.
Shri Ramesh Duarah, Gramin Dak Sewak BPM, Assam Circle.
Shri Yashmel Singh, Gramin Dak Sewak BPM, Himachal Pradesh Circle.
All erstwhile Group ‘D’ Staff since upgraded as Group ‘C’ including Jamadars in the Postal/RMS and MMS wings and Postman including Mail Overseers/ Cash Overseers/ Head Postman and Sorting Postman and Mailguards/ Mailman, etc. including similar levels in RMS, MMS and Administrative offices.
Smt. Swarna Devi Postman, J&K Circle
Shri Yadati Murali Krishna Prasad, Postman, Andhra Pradesh Circle
Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants doing operative work including SPMs in charge of single-handed Post Office and similar levels and Stenographers Grade II, II&I.
Shri Yoginder Singh Kanwar, Postal Assistant, Himachal Pradesj Circle
Shri Ranjit Baishya, Postal Assistant, Assam Circle.
The general Line Supervisor cadre in all wings up to and including HSG-I.
Smt. N. Anuradha, Sorting Assistant, Karnataka Circle
Shri Bishnupada Dash, SPM, Orissa Circle
Inspectors of posts and Assistant Superintendents of Posts in all Wings. Junior Engineers working in Civil and Electrical Wings; Assistant Account Officers working in Accounts Wing;.
Shri. S.N. Dhoundiyal, Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices, Delhi Circle
Shri Ravi Prakash Dewa, Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices, Gujarat Circle
All Gr. ‘B’ and Gr. ‘A’  officers up to Senior Time Scale in the Department of Posts including Foreign Posts, Postal  Stores Depot, Central Stamp Depot and Printing Press and Private Secretaries; Accounts Officers , Senior Account Officers working in Accounts Wing; Assistant Engineers working in Civil and Electrical  Wings
Smt. R.P. Chitra Devi, Assistant Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle.
Technology Excellence (All cadres upto Senior Time Scale)
Shri Amir Kharkongor, Postal Assistant, North East Circle
Shri Korrapati Ravi Babu, Assistant Director General, Directorate
Best Woman Employee (All Women officials upto Group ‘B’ officers
Smt. S.Jeyarubah Ruth Ebenezer, Postal Assistant, Tamil Nadu Circle
Smt. Chintapalli Radhakrishna Veni, Mail Overseer, Andhra Pradesh Circle.

2. Group Category:
Best Post Office Award                          Chandragiri Head Office, Andhra Pradesh
Source: PIB Release, June 27, 2011 

Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, Dated 17th June, 2011
Subject: - Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DOP&T O.M. No. 1201 1 /03/2008- Estt(Al1owance) dated 02-09-2008 and clarificatory OM No.12011/16/2009-Estt.(AL) dated 13.1 1.2009 on the Children Education Allowance(CEA) Scheme, this Department has been receiving references from various Departments seeking further clarifications. The doubts raised are clarified as under:-
(i)                   Whether Children Education Allowance would be admissible beyond two children due to failure of sterilization operation.

The reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible only for the first child born after failure of sterilization operation.

(ii) whether the admissible amount per annum per child (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-) on account of CEA can be reimbursed in fill in the first quarter of the financial/academic year itself.

It is clarified that a Government servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter. Frontloading of the entire amount in the first and second is not allowed.
(ii) A Government servant can claim full amount subject to the annual ceiling of Rs.15000/- in the last quarter.

(Vibha Govil Mishra)
Deputy Secretary (P &A )