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Monday, December 31, 2012

News from CHQ : General Secretary's Desk

Dear Comrades,
Wishing all of you a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013
All India Conference
(i)     All of you aware that we are holding our AIC at Thiruvananthapuram from 10.03.2013 to 12.03.2013 and notification has already been issued and also published in the Bhartiya Post. I hope that all of you would have booked your journey tickets for attending the AIC.
(ii)   The CHQ has already appealed all the branches to procure advertisements for the Souvenir to be published to mark the occasion of our AIC. The Reception Committee intimated that the response from our branches is very poor. All of you are requested to pay immediate attention and procure advertisements as possible as you can and forward the same to the reception committee.  You are further requested to approach all the postal cooperative societies also.
(iii) This time, we have sent the draft of the Biennial report well in advance along with the Bhartiya Post January 2013 issue and it would have been reached your hands by this time. Since in all the previous All India conferences, we found no time to read the full report after reaching the venue and organize discussions on the basis of the report, so that we are experimenting this time, by forwarding the Biennial report to all divisions much in advance with the request to convene their General Body meetings in their branches and discuss the report therein and attend the AIC with constructive suggestions and improvement in the report. Let us hope that our venture, as the first time will yield fruitful results and create a benchmark for the future.
(iv)  The Reception Committee proposes to conduct an All India Essay Competition among the members on the topic of ‘Future’ of India Post’. Three best essays will be selected and prizes will be distributed at the All India Conference. The last date for receipt of essays within 4 pages (A4 Size) on this topic has been fixed as 28.02.2013. The willing participants are requested to forward their articles either to the Reception Committee directly or through the CHQ within the stipulated time. This decision is nothing but to motivate our comrades to aware of all the latest developments being taken place in the department and also to enhance their creativity and presentation. Let us hope that there will be more response.
(v)    We are planning to hold our ensuing AIC such a grand manner by inviting Hon’ble Ministers, Secretary and various public personalities and also conducting a mammoth rally on 11.03.2013 evening with the participation of around 10000 comrades which includes all the postal employees of Kerala Circle. We are seeking all your cooperations to make our AIC an historic success.
Hand Book 2013
We have compiled this Hand Book 2013 with more important orders on all topics and added four new chapters viz.,Disciplinary Rules – Introduction, contributory negligence, Trade Union facilities and Ruling Digests – A Recap etc. It crosses more than 300 pages. The price will be fixed at Rs. 70/- or Rs. 75/- This Hand Book is a must to all the office bearers and members of our union. All are requested to indent more copies and distribute to all members.
Venture – 2013
An updated ‘Venture’ containing various new chapters and rulings is under compilation. We propose to launch this book in the All India conference. ‘Venture’ will be the best reference book available among us. The price will be determined as per our policy of ‘no loss; no gain’. It should be at the hands of all activists and office bearers shortly. All are requested to place an indent at the earliest to CHQ so that we can print the copies according to indent as this will be a costly affair.
Formation of GDS unions Divisions/Circle Levels
The CHQ is in receipt of encouraging reports from all corners that our divisional secretaries are extending fullest support,efforts and cooperation to form branches of AIPEU GDS (NFPE) at divisional levels. The First All India Conference of AIPEU GDS (NFPE) is scheduled to be held at Chennai from 21.03.2013 to 22.03.2013. Com. K. V. Sridharan and Com. K. Ragavendran were requested to take the incharge of Reception Committee as Chairman and General Secretary respectively. This AIC should be represented from all the Circles and branches. It is therefore requested to organize the formation of the GDS Union in the remaining divisions and request them to attend the AIC scheduled to be held in Chennai. All are requested once again to complete this task before 28.02.2012.
JCM Departmental Council
The JCM Departmental Council Meeting was held on 28.12.2012. As reported by  Com. K. V. Sridharan, Leader Staff Side, the gist of certain decisions on the subjects are furnished hereunder.
(1)   At the outset, the Staff Side declared that in the event of non finalization of cadre review proposals immediately and if linked it with the modernization, the Staff Side will not cooperate the project of modernization and its implementation. Then it was assured to finalise the proposals shortly after a convening a Staff Side meeting early.
(2)   The linking of fresh establishment review for the proposal of peripheral HRA will be dropped. Whenever State Government declares merger of urban areas, proposals for the enhancement of HRA will be undertaken.
(3)   Proposal to recruit the PA through Staff Selection Commission will be taken for consideration after some time.
(4)   PA Recruitment (Open Quota) will be completed in three phases from 27.01.2013 to 3.3.2013. The candidates will be made under three groups in each circle and exam will be conducted in three batches in between Jan to March 2013. After the exam, computer test will be made among the shortlisted candidates and the recruitment process will be over in the month of June 2013.
(5)   The conditions imposed in the last IP exam that ‘no disciplinary action is pending or contemplated and no adverse entry in last two years’ etc. will be withdrawan.
(6)   Grant of Flexi working hours not possible for POs.
(7)   As the soil is not fit for construction of two storied buildings at Kodialkol Mangalore, alternate building will be finalized shortly.
(8)   Construction work will commence within 15 days in respect of the Itanagar HPO building.
(9)   Chief PMG NE intimated that there is no request or requirement for construction of staff quarters in Imphal.
(10)  Replacing kerosene generators will be ordered.
(11)  The fixing uniform incentive for MTS work will be considered.
(12)  As the verification of withdrawal will not be necessary after 30.06.2013, the expected date of core banking introduction, the enhancement of limit for verification need not be insisted.
(13)  RBI has directed SBI to recover the amount irregularly paid to the depositor in the PPF account in the case of Mysore HO.
(14)  Non counting of the APS service for MACP – not agreed.
(15)  An appeal filed in the High court Jodhpur against the CAT orders on MACP in respect of promotees.
(16)  Fixation of Pay of MTS & irregular Audit objection by DAP Kolkata – will be referred to DOPT.
(17)  A reference will be made to DOPT about our demand on Dies non period shall also be taken as continuous service for MACP.
(18)  Recovery of postage in case of foreign articles returned due to non availability service – will be considered favourably.
(19)  Clarification will be issued to fix the minimum pay of Rs. 5200 + 1800 to canteen employees.
(20)  Payment of the difference in encashment of EL for LTC – Not agreed and stated the clarification is issued as per the DOPT orders.
(21)  Carving out of Postmaster Grade III will be carried out shortly. HSG-I posts will be filled up as per the old Recruitment Rules. The DOPT has been approached for approval. Assured to cause orders within a month and immediately the PM Grade III will be carved out.
(22)  Abolition of skeleton vacancies for 2006 to 2008 is based on the refusal of our demand by MOF & Nodel Ministries. We insisted that the vacancies abolished earlier inadvertently shall be adjusted. The DDG replied that all the circle heads replied that there was no such abolition earlier. We pointed out the case of the West Bengal circle in PA & Postmen vacancies. No decision was emerged.
(23)  Orders have been issued to constitute DPC at once for promotion of LSG & HSG II Promotions.
(24)  Relaxed standard to GDS in PA appointment for SC/ST candidates. This is under examination.
(25)  All the vacant postmen, Sorting Postmen Posts will be filled up before May 2013.
(26)  Grant of higher Out station Allowance for RMS staff will be considered on the basis of Grade Pay instead of Designation.
(27)  Amendment will be made in the recruitment rules of Sorting Asstt. in the constitution of DPC for confirmation.
(28)  Recruitment Rules for PA (Circle office) is pending with Ministry of Law.
(29)  Group B exam related issues – will be discussed in a separate committee.
(30)  Clarifications will be issued on drawal of Grade pay to pharmacists of P&T Dispensary.
(31)  Amendment is expected on the eligibility of family pension to married physically handicapped wards. It will be expedited.
(32)  Orders will be issued to step the case of promotee seniors up to the issue of Pay Commission orders from 1.1.2006.
(33)  One time option will be provided to the officials whose increment falls between Feb 2006 to June 2006.
(34)  Instructions will be issued not to make any recovery from those retired from 1.1.2006 to 31.08.2008 in respect of excess payment of commutation amount.
(35)  Reference will be made for the grant of Grade pay of Rs. 1800/- to MTS who retired/expired from service after 31.08.2008 without having been imparted training.
(36)  Orders on agreed items discussed in the postmen committee will be expedited.
(37)  Irregular commutation of LR strength – It was agreed to verify the old files of 1964 & 1975 and ascertain the correct position on LRs and will initiate action.
(38)  All PTCs will be instructed not to insist Dress code, Uniform etc. A common standard will be circulated. In respect of PTC Madurai, the successful 14 candidates will be provided promotion.
(39)  Orders will be issued shortly for upgradation of pay to the erstwhile Group ‘D’ selected under blind quota who are still remaining in IS scale.
(40)  Provisions will be made to get information about the GPF through Internet shortly.
(41)  Discrimination in the service condition in LGO - DOPT not agreed for any further relaxation.
(42)  All the sections have been instructed to update all Postal Manual, Volumes and reference books before 15.02.2013.
(43)  Bifurcation of Baster and Raigarh divisions will be considered.
(44)  It was agreed to revise commission for Aadhar Card related works.
(45)  The transfer of staff from L2 against the willingness will be stopped.
(46)  Clarification will be issued for stepping up of pay to Postman and Group ‘D’ as per Divisional gradation List.
(47)  The restriction on the second posting in single handed post offices. Orders exhibited in the website.
The above are only the important subjects discussed among the 88 items. The items which were earlier discussed in the Standing Committee meeting were not discussed again. The Leader staff Side stated that the decision on certain items in the stating committee meeting required reconsideration to avoid disagreement to be recorded for referring the case to the Board of Arbitration. The meeting ended with thanks to the chairman who had convened two JCM meetings and two standing committee meetings in one year.
Attention of Divisional/Branch Secretaries
(i)     Please clear Quota, Outstanding dues and also the quota to Federation and Confederation well in advance.
(ii)   Please indent ‘Hand Book 2013’, if not placed earlier immediately and distribute as New Year Gift to all members.
(iii) Please convey your requirement on ‘Venture’ so then we can restrict the no. of copies to be printed. Com. K. V. Sridharan is exerting all strains and special care to bring the proposed book as the most valuable reference book for all Postal Trade Union activists.
Nothing more to my pen now!
Once again I wish all of you a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013.
With fraternal greetings,
Comradely yours,
(R. Sivannarayana)
General Secretary
Dated 31.12.2012

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