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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi :


Dear Comrades,
The Steering Committee of Organizations of Central and State Government Employees and Teachers Organizations against PFRDA Bill has met and taken several decisions to intensify the struggle demanding withdrawal of the said Bill from Parliament. The Minutes of the Steering Committee is placed hereunder with the direction to all State Committees and all affiliated Organizations to intensify the programmes:

Minutes of the meeting of the Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA Bill held at AIRF Dead Quarters (4, State Entry Road, New Delhi)
                The Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA bill met today ie 29th August 2011 at 14 hours I n the AIRF Head Quarters (4, State Entry Road, New Delhi).
The following were present
1.       Com  Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF)
2.       "         SK Vyas, President, Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers  &
           Convener, NCCPA
3.       "         SN Pathak, President, All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF)
4.       "         C. Sreekumar, General Secretary, AIDEF
5.       "         Sukomal Sen, Sr Vice President, All India State Govt Employees Federation (AISGEF)
6.       "         R. Muthusundaram, Secretary General, AISGEF
7.       "         M. S. Raja, Secretary, Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers
8.       "         Shyam Sundar, Secretary General, Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation
9.       "         K. Rajendran, General Secretary, School Teachers Federation of India (STFI)
10.   "         Kartik Mandal, President, STFI
11.   "         N. Narayana, Vice President, STFI
After a detailed review of developments following the National Convention, the Steering Committee took the following decisions:
1.       There should be a joint committee in all stations consisting of the field formations of the participating organisations in the Steering Committee.

2.       It was decided to obtain mass signature on the petition to the PM. This mass signature campaign has not picked up. It was therefore decided that all organisations should be asked to get this petition printed in each station so that it could be distributed amongst all the members of all Federations/Confederation. They have to be requested not only to put their own signature but also to obtain the signature from their family members, neighbours etc. (Copy of the draft petition for signature campaign attached)

Local joint committees of the participating organisations should ensure visits to Railway Stations, Hospitals and other public locations to obtain signature from people at large.

The entire campaign conducted jointly by all local leaders may continue upto 31st October 2011.

3.       It has been decided that March to Raj Bhawan in the each state capital should organised jointly by the affiliates of participating organisations - ie AISGEF, Confederation of Central Govt employees and Workers, AIRF, STFI, AIDEF, NFIR, BSNLEU, AIFUCTO,BCPC & NCCPA – ON 6TH  September 2011 to submit copy of petition to Prime Minister to the Governor  for onward transmission to Prime Minister.

After implementing this programme a detailed report may be sent to the Head Quarter of Steering Committee as also to the respective Head Quarter of their Federation/confederation.

4.       As per another decision taken in the Convention on 22nd July 2011, joint convention was to be held in every state capital. As per reports, such conventions have been held only at some state capitals. Wherever such joint convention has not been held steps may taken by forging a joint committee to convene the conventions at the earliest – latest by 30th September 2011.
Formation of joint committee may be intimated and date of the convention to be held may be intimated to Steering Committee Head Quarter as well as Federation head quarter. This will enable Steering Committee/Federation/Confederation to depute their representative to parliament in the Convention. A detailed report on the Convention held or to be held giving the names of organisations with number of participants may be sent to the Steering Committee Head Quarter as well as to the respective Federation/Confederation Head quarters.
5.       The Steering Committee has decided that the March to Parliament to submit the petition to Prime Minister shall be held on 29th November 2011.

Joint Committees constituted in each station may kindly intimate number of the persons who will be joining the March latest by 15th November 2011.

6.       The Steering Committee has also decided that the date on which the PFRDA bill is taken up for consideration all government employees should organise 2-hour long demonstrations in their office premises.

All participating organisations are requested to convey these decisions to their units, copy of the circular issued by the participating organisations may be forwarded to Head Quarter of Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee will meet again at 11.30 hours on 15th October 2011 in the AIRF Head Quarter at 4, State Entry Road, New Delhi.
                We shall defeat PFRDA Bill!
                We shall fight till we succeed!
                Enquilab Zindabad!
Yours fraternally
29 Aug 2011
New Delhi
(SK Vyas)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Divisional Union writes to Circle/CHQ/NFPE for suggesting the Department to fill up the post of Postmaster Grade - I falling vacant due to declination by willing surplus qualified candidates:

( Federated with National Federation of Postal Employees, New Delhi )
The Circle Secretary
AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle  & Vice President, CHQ
Bhubaneswar  G P O – 751 001
(P3orissa )

No.          UN-BN / AIPEU-Gr.-C / 07-08 / 2011,                                                 Dated at  Bhubaneswar the 30th August, 2011

Sub:-      Filling up of the post of  Postmaster Grade – I falling vacant due to declination -  A suggestion regarding.

Dear Comrade,
                You might be aware that in accordance with Directorate letter No.4-24/2011-SPB-II dated 09.08.2011,the Chief Postmaster General, Orissa Circle vide C O letter No. ST/26-26/2010/Gr.I PM , dated 26.08.2011 has  accepted  the declinations submitted by six officials promoted to the cadre of   Postmaster Grade – I having been declared successful in the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I held on 12th June 2011.
                Evidently, all such identified offices in Orissa Circle namely Pipli, Budheswari Colony, Dhamnagar, Indupur, Balichandrapur etc.  will remain vacant till  next recruitment and be managed either by existing LSG officials if available or by P As.
                In this context, it may perhaps be logical to give a proposal to the Department by Staff Side to examine and consider if willing surplus qualified candidates of the last Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I held on 12th June 2011 be given appointment to fill up such vacant posts without waiting for a year or so which will not only satisfy the very purpose of creating the Postmaster Cadre on one hand but also reduce the workload on the existing staff of such identified offices and increase their efficiency on other.
                Since adjustment of surplus quailed candidates still exists in LGO /  Postman  cadres, there may not be any objection perhaps.
                This issue is not only confined to Orissa Circle only. This might be the situation  nation-wide. Thus, apart from taking the issue at circle level, you are also requested to put your best effort to appraise the CHQ / NFPE to take up the issue at Directorate level immediately to give justice to such willing surplus qualified candidates.

With greetings.
Comradely yours,

 ( B  SAMAL)
Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.-C
 Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch
Copy through e Mail for kind information and necessary action to :
1.    Com. K V Sridharan, General Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ, Dada Ghosh Bhawan,2151/1, New Patel Nagar, New Delhi -8
2.    Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, N F P E, North Avenue P O Building, New Delhi – 110 001

Eligibility of officials qualified in Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination to appear IPO Examination :

No. 4 – 29 / 2011 – SPB.II
Government of India
Ministry of Communication  & I T
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, Dated 24th August, 2011
The Chief Postmaster General
Uttar Pradesh Circle
Lucknow – 226 001

Subject: Inspector of Posts Departmental Examination – Eligibility of officials qualified in Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination – Reg.

I am directed to refer to Circle Office letter No. Rectt / M – 20 / IPOs Exam.-2011 / 3, dated 11.08.2011 on the above subject and to say that candidates who qualified the Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination and the officials who are undergoing training for Postmaster Grade – I may be permitted to appear in the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts ( IPO ) to be held on 3-4 September, 2011 , if these officials are not yet appointed as Postmaster Grade – I.
Yours faithfully,
( D K Chanda )
Section Officer ( SPB.II )
Copy to all Heads of Postal Circles / Postmasters General

Declinations submitted by officials promoted to the cadre of Grade-I Postmaster accepted in Orissa Circle :

Department of Posts: India
Office of the Chief Postmaster General
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751001

No. ST/26-26/2010/Gr.I PM                                                                             Dated at Bhubaneswar, the 26.08.2011

                The competent authority has been pleased to accept the declinations submitted by the following 6(six) officials promoted to the cadre of Grade-I Postmaster having been declared successful in the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I held on 12th June 2011 communicated vide Directorate letter No.A-34012/03/2011-DE dated 30.06.2011. This is in accordance with Directorate letter No.4-24/2011-SPB-II dated 09.08.2011 on the condition that  they have not yet joined in their new place of posting as Grade-I Postmaster.

Name of the official
Place where working
Name of the Grade-I P.O to which allotted vide C.O.Memo No.ST/26-26/2010 dated 15.07.2011and 19.07.2011
Manoj Kumar Panda
PA,Rourkela-6 S.O.
Sambalpur Region
Iswar Suryavanshi
SPM,Bhawanipatna Gandhichowk SO
Balichandrapur P.O.
Susanta Kumar Bishi
O.A. O/O SPOs,Bhawanipatna
Indupur P.O.
Gangadhar Behera
PA, Bhawanipatna H.O.
Dhamnagar P.O.
Kabi  Sunani
PA, Bhawanipatna HO
Budheswari Colony P.O.
Gopinath Tandi
SPM, Bhawanipatna Collectorate S.O.
Pipili P.O.

It should also be noted that they will not claim for their posting as Grade-I Postmaster  in future.

   (A.K.Panda)                                                                                                                                              Asst.Director(Staff)
O/o Chief Postmaster General
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Selection for the post of Welfare Inspector, Circle Office, Bhubaneswar

Department of Posts: India
Office of the Chief Postmaster General, 
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001

No.ST/34-4/94                                                                      Dated at Bhubaneswar, the 26.08.2011

                The PMG,Berhampur/Sambalpur Region
                All SSPOs/SPOs in Orissa
                The Manager,Postal Printing Press,Bhubaneswar
                All SRMs in Orissa
                The Supdt.PSD/CSD,Bhubaneswar

Sub:        Selection for the post of Welfare Inspector, Circle Office, Bhubaneswar

                The post of Welfare Inspector, Circle Office, Bhubaneswar in the scale of pay of Rs.5200-20200/- with grade pay of Rs.2800/- is to be filled up by selection from among willing and eligible officials of Circle office pool who are in the scale of pay of Rs.5200-20200/- with grade pay of Rs.2400/- for a tenure of 4(four) years from the date of appointment. In case of non availability of suitable candidates for the post from Circle office pool, it may go to Postal Wing or RMS pool in usual turn.

                The selection will be made by a selection committee/DPC at Circle level. The qualification/eligibility for the post is as under which will be taken into account at the time of selection.
1.      A degree in Arts/Science/Commerce.
2.      A Diploma in social work will be an additional qualification.
3.      Knowledge of Departmental Rules and regulations governing the condition of service of employees as may be evident from the candidates records at any departmental examinations like P&T Accounts service Examination/PO & RMS Accountants Examination/Inspector of Posts Examination etc.
4.      Special distinction in the field of Sports and social work as may be evident by the activities in connection with P&T Sports or similar events, PRC related activities etc would be considered as additional qualification.
5.      The minimum and maximum age limit will be 30 and 40 years as on 01.07.2011.
6.      A good record of service for at least five years as an employee of the department.

You are, therefore, requested to call for applications from the willing and eligible officials of your Unit/Division and forward the same with up to date CR dossiers of the applicants along with disciplinary/vigilance clearance report, currency of punishment, if any, your specific recommendation or otherwise so as to reach this office latest by 10.09.2011.
Applications received thereafter will be summarily rejected. This may be given wide publicity among staff including those on leave.
Asst. Director (Staff)
     O/o Chief Postmaster General,
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar-1

LGO and Inspector of Postal Examination, 2011 postponed :

A- 34012/02/2011-DE
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Recruitment Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Dated 30.08.2011
1. All Heads of Circles
2. Addl. DG APS West Block III. Wing No. 5, R. K. Puram, New Delhi – 110067
3. BD and PLI Directorates
4. Directors, Postal Staff College India Ghaziabad and Postal Training Centres
Sub: - Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LGO) and Inspector of Postal Examination, 2011
I am directed to refer to this office letters No. A-34012/02/2011-DE and No. A-34012/04/2011-DE dated 26.04.2011 wherein the dates of Examination were notified as 4th September 2011 for LGO and 3rd & 4th September 2011 for Inspector of Posts.

2.             It is informed that the above mentioned two Examinations have been postponed until further orders. The dates of both the Examinations will be intimated very soon. Please inform all concerned candidates.

3              . Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.
Yours faithfully
(L. Mohan Rao)
Assistant Director General (DE)
          Com. Rama Chandra Sethi, Postman, Bhubaneswar GPO retires today on attaining the age of superannuation.
           On behalf of the Divisional J C A comprising all the NFPE unions, we all wish him a happy and peaceful retired life.


Sub:       Secretary (P)'s meeting with Postal JCA on 27.06.2011,29.06.2011, 30.06.2011 & 01.07.2011 –item no. 1 dealing with Mail Network Optimization Project-Constitution of Committee.
 Ref:        Directorate letter No. 28-4/2011-D dated   -8-2011 and  16 .08.2011.
No.JCA/AGTN/2011                                                                                                    Dated:  29th August, 2011
                With reference to your above cited letters the following note is submitted.
                The following is the note submitted by our Federation regarding the issues related to MNOP to be discussed in the Committee constituted by the Directorate as a fall out of the negotiations held on June-July, 2011:
The Department has not supplied the original recommendations of the consultancy agency McKinsey on the issue of changes warranted from the existing system of sorting and mail conveyance done by RMS and the rationale behind the changes.
This Federation having access to some RTI materials on related issues is of the opinion that the Postal Board, which is the top policy making body of administration, has not  debated in any Board meeting about the recommendations of McKinsey and not reached any consensus decision on their implementation. We learn that such a serious issue involving structural changes of RMS was directly placed in a meeting of Circle Heads where some of the Board Members were also present. The Board Members would not have the opportunity to open their minds on many issues in such a meeting because of the presence of many other officers due to protocol etc.  Even all the Chief PMsG was not apparently participated in that meeting. A meeting of Postal Board would have been the place for the Postal Board Members to discuss their views. We therefore apprehend that the decision taken about implementation of McKinsey recommendations on MNOP was autocratic without backed by the Postal Board decisions to that effect. If our above contention is wrong then this Federation may kindly be supplied with the materials substantiating the claim of the Department.
                This Federation also further learns that the MNOP project may lead to a further erosion of traffic including speed post articles in the long run, if not with immediate effect for the reason that the new system is not scientifically analysed for its success. The Staff Side is not supplied with any material by the Department about the results obtained by the Department through any Pilot Project undertaken on the lines of MNOP. With our field level observations, we can cite the under-mentioned discrepancies or draw backs in MNOP:
[a]            Areas involving Metro and Non-Metro areas: Transmission of speed post articles from Metro to Non-Metro areas  as well as Non-Metro areas to Metro Cities suffer additional delay because of unwarranted additional handling by the Hubs. For example, a Speed Post Article posted in New Delhi GPO and meant for delivery at Dindigul HPO [Tamilnadu] was earlier sent to Palam APTMO and then to Chennai APTMO. Chennai APTMO closed the bag directly to Dindigul HPO. Similarly a speed post letter posted at Dindigul HPO and intended for delivery at New Delhi HPO was sent to Dindigul RMS, which closed it to Chennai AP TMO. Chennai APTMO closed it to Palem APTMO, which sent it to New Delhi GPO. In the whole process it was normally expected to be delivered on D+2 basis. Now with the introduction of Hub System, the same article is expected to pass through the Hubs causing the process to be D+3 and some times D+4. We find that Metro to Non-Metro and Non-Metro to Metro are facing additional delay. This will slowly but surely lead to loss of customers, even though the fall in traffic is not immediate. (Details of Circle wise cases will be submitted separately)
[b]            Areas involving Intra-circle areas: The study by us has led to the conclusion that the MNOP's weak link is the intra-circle operations. The conditions preventing L2 Offices close bags directly to different Offices except to those other L2 Offices under the same L1 jurisdiction; as well as the condition that the L1 Hubs will close letters only to other L1 Hubs and not to any L2 Offices other than those L2 offices under its own jurisdiction is causing unnecessary back routing. This has increased the time of transmission and causing one day additional delay in delivery at the least, if not more. The Department knows very well that more than 75% letters are meant for other districts and the closing of bags only through L1 Hub will only cause delay in transmission and delivery.
[c]            Our experience at Hyderabad and Bangalore Cities, where certain experimentations were made by the Department despite our stiff resistance, clearly show that the MNOP was a failure. In fact no one can say as to how much volume of mails is in deposit and from which date the bags are lying unopened. The Administration was forced to open temporary sorting offices to clear the accumulated mails. In addition to that move, thousands of bags are being dumped to major DSOs like Vijayawada etc by engaging private transportation incurring huge and wasteful expenditure as freight charges because there are no spaces available in the Sections in Hyderabad. We find no accountability at all.
[d]            The Department is aware that in the past also certain measures of centralization of mails was undertaken but after experimenting failures reverted back to DSO system. Now once again going back to Regional Hubs in the name of MNOP is not going to improve the efficiency at all levels. May be Metro to Metro area may witness some improvement but even there some problems are witnessed.(List will be submitted separately)
[e]            The existing system permits closing of direct bags by any DSO at times of bulk booking to some addressees like Recruitment of Jobs or Application for Medical or Engineering College admission etc. Recruitment Boards will get thousands and thousands of registered or speed post articles. The new system under MNOP involves unnecessary extra handling involving delay in delivery. This is totally unscientific. The motto has to be quicker and efficient delivery at the earliest and not following some rigid routes prescribed by MNOP.
[f]             Areas involving delivery within the same Metro City also not above board. For example hundreds of speed Post articles posted in various Post Offices of Metro Cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune etc is not being delivered to addresses in the same Metro Cities within the same day. If Speed Post Articles booked in Business Post Centres in Metro Cities can be delivered on the same day and speed post articles booked at Post Offices cannot be delivered like that, then there is only one reason for that. The BPCs are closing direct bags and Post Offices are routing through Hubs. This is to show that closing direct bag system is more efficient than routing through blindly to Hubs.
[g]            Even selection of L1 offices are inadequate and unscientifically kept very limited in number in many circles. More number of revenue districts is brought under a single L1 Hub that causes delay inevitably due to unnecessary back routings through Hubs.
[h]            There is a tendency seen at the time of discussions in June-July that the department should care more for metro to metro mails only since that constitutes more than 70%. This is a disturbing trend. Unlike profit motive Couriers, India Post is wedded to Universal Service Obligations that insists transmission of letter mail communication at affordable cost to poor people living everywhere. The recent approach of the Administration shows a bias in favour of metro customers and ignores or sidelines the customers in non-metro areas. This type of discrimination cannot be shown by the DoP and it can be seen that MNOP encourages this type of discrimination between the urban and rural customers.
4.             The staff side was told during June-July negotiations that the existing Bulk Mail Centres [BMCs] and Business Post Centres [BPCs] will be fully brought under RMS. This Federation further wants to elicit as to how this fusion is being planned? Whether the mails handled by these BMCs and BPCs will go directly to L1 or will go to L2 according to the places? Moreover we want to know as to how the pre-mailing work being carried out in BPCs will be looked after? At present the contractorised workers are being used to do all such work in BPCs and BMCs and what will happen to the pre-mailing work in particular in future? If pre-mailing is given up it may result in loss of customers and steep reduction of traffic.
5.             The Staff Side was already assured during the June-July discussions that all the Speed Post Hubs will function only under the control of RMS and any existing speed post Hub under the control of the SSPOs will be transferred to RMS Control. However, we find that no action in this direction to bring all Speed Post Hubs under the RMS control has been initiated.
6.             This Federation is also apprehensive that consequent on introduction of MNOP, the Department will slowly violate the understanding given out during June-July discussions to the staff side as in the past. There was an assurance that no L2 Office will be closed but all existing RMS Sorting Offices either L1 or L2 will be in existence. But there is a wide spread apprehension that once the L1 and L2 system is entrenched, then slowly the L2 offices will be closed down one by one by resorting to dubious methodology of diverting the mails to L1 instead of L2 offices. Such method was used in some places to bring down the traffic below 10,000 deliberately to facilitate closing of those offices in the past to circumvent the agreement reached by the Department with the Staff Side.
7.             This Federation is aware of the modus operandi of McKinsey through our international experience. In many industries McKinsey recommendations resulted in large scale outsourcing etc. Similarly the MNOP for RMS and similar such proposal for Delivery Hubs etc in the Postal Side will result in destruction of RMS offices in particular. Large scale closure or merger of offices may result in large scale surplus of RMS staff causing hardships to them. This Federation therefore wants to know the reaction of the Department as to whether it is considering our earlier understanding of keeping 10,000 volume of mails offices in-tact is revisited with a revised target of 5000 mail volume and that only those offices where the reduction will be below 5000, the men and materials will be merged with the nearest RMS office and under no condition the men and material of RMS will be shifted to Post Offices. The approach of the Department to this question will show light on the nature of actual recommendations of McKinsey, which is not made available to the staff side so far.
8.             This Federation therefore suggests that the staff side may be taken into confidence before going ahead with the disastrous M.N.O.P. experiment and till such time the whole sale operationalization of Hub System be kept in abeyance.
Thanking you
Yours faithfully,
              (M. Krishnan)
 Secretary General