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Monday, March 31, 2014

Empanelment of public spirited senior level retired Civil/Defence Service Officers as National Level Monitors(NLMs) for monitoring implementation of rural development programmes.

Com. R N Dhal, Circle Secretary, R-III, Odisha Circle retiring from Govt. Service on 31.03.2014(A/N)

End of a Struggling Era
A blank space  created in the Odisha Postal Trade Union Movement
Emotional farewell meeting participated by all NFPE leaders

Com. Rabindranath Dhal, Circle Secretary, All India RMS & MMS Employees Union, Group-C, Odisha Circle branch, Leader, RJCM ( Staff Side ), Odisha Circle, Asst. Secretary General, NFPE, CHQ, General Secretary, Odisha State Coordination Committee, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers and above all a legendary leader of Odisha Postal Trade Union Movement  loved and respected by one and all is retiring from Govt. service on attaining the age of superannuation on 31.03.2014.
Born on 2nd March, 1954, Com. Dhal joined in the Department of Posts on 3rd November, 1973  in sorter cadre ( now called Sorting Assistant. ) in Rourkela RMS under RMS K Division, Jharsuguda. After his transfer to RMS N Division Cuttack under Rule-38 of Postal Manual, Vol. IV, he came in contact with Com. Banshidhar Mohanty, the then Circle Secretary,  R – III and Com. Joginath Jena, Divisional Secretary, R – IV and started his Trade Union career. He was elected the Branch Secretary, R – IV in 1983 and the Branch Secretary – R – III during 1986-87.He was elected Asst. Circle Secretary R-III and R – IV in 1985.Consequent upon retirement of Com. Banshidhar Mohanty on 31.10.1988, Com. Dhal shouldered the responsibility of the Circle Secretary, R –III and continued as an uncontested leader till his retirement. He became the Asst. general Secretary of R-III, CHQ in 2005 in Chennai AIC and  became the Leader , RJCM ( Staff Side ) in 2008. He has been nominated to Odisha Circle Staff Welfare Board for 3 terms. He shouldered the responsibility the Odisha State CoC of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers in 2004 and that of the NFPE in 2008 as Asst. General Secretary. He worked efficiently as the General Secretary of Confederation’s Odisha State CoC since 2011. Under his able leadership, not only NFPE and Confederation were / are  functioning in a well organized manner , but due to his hard work, devotion  and sincerity, the AIPEU GDS ( NFPE ) could be formed in Odisha Circle since 2012 and All India Postal & RMS Pensioners’ Association, Odisha Circle Branch on 28th December, 2013. He is also the Joint-Convener of Odisha Shramik Karmachari Ekta Manch and Cuttack City CoC. He has remained always a friend not only to the Group-C/Group-D/MTS/GDS but even to the Part-time Casual / Contingent Paid/Daily-wage workers. His contribution to the Postal and RMS workers of Odisha Circle during 199 Super Cyclone in arranging Bank Loan to the destitute will be remembered for ever. In the same spirit he also continued fighting for sanction of pay advance in favour of the Phailin  affected GDS of Odisha Circle.
He does not believe in any class prevailing in the society except the working class and has  always opted for plain living and high thinking. He has neglected his family but never neglected the union and its members/workers.
The 33rd Joint Circle Conference of All India RMS & MMS Employees Union, Group-C, Mail Guard & MTS Gr.-C, Odisha Circle branch which was concluded successfully on 30.03.2014 at Kalavikash Kendra, Cuttack witnessed an emotional farewell to Com. Dhal. All the leaders including Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE appreciated and put on record the activities of Com. Dhal as an efficient Trade Union Leader. Com. Krishnan told that leaders never retire. Com. Dhal will be free from the CCS ( Conduct ) Rules  from 01.04.2014 and will have his rebirth to work freely for the people of the country in general and for the downtrodden working class in particular.
The members of All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Divisional branch wish Com. Dhal a very healthy and peaceful retired life.

33rd Joint Circle Conference of AIRMS&MMS Employees Union, Group-C, Mail Guard & MTS Gr.-C, Odisha Circle concluded successfully on 30.03.2014.

The 33rd Joint Circle Conference of All India RMS & MMS Employees Union, Group-C, Mail Guard & MTS Gr.-C, Odisha Circle branch concluded successfully on 30.03.2014 at Kalavikash Kendra, Cuttack.
The Conference was inaugurated by Com. Janardan Pati, Vice-President, CITU, Odisha and addressed by Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE as Chief Speaker and Com. Giriraj Singh, General Secretary, R - III, CHQ and Com. P Suresh, General Secretary, R-IV, CHQ as Hon’ble Speakers. Among others all the Circle Secretaries of NFPE Unions in Odisha Circle also attended the Conference as speakers. A team from  AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar Division  also attended the Conference  headed by Com. B Samal, Divnl. Secretary  accompanied with Com. A K Mohanty, Vice-President, Com. D R Mohanty, Asst. Secy., Com. Sukhla Tudu, Asst. Treasurer, Com. N R Pattnaik, Org. Secy. and Com. R C Behera. Member. Similarly, AIPEU, Postmen & MTS  Bhubaneswar Division also attended by Com. S K Swain, Divnl. Secy. and  AIPEU GDS ( NFPE ), Bhubaneswar Division by  Com. G N Mallick, President accompanied with their team members. In addition, P-III Divisional Secretaries from Koraput, Puri, Cuttack City and Cuttack South Division also attended the conference with their team members. There was a huge gathering and heavy participation of members and leaders of all NFPE affiliates of Odisha Circle including R-III Circle Secretaries of Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the conference as Chief Speaker, Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, N F P E, briefed the role and contribution of NFPE as well as the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers in the P & T Trade Union Movement. Narrating the postal trade union movements initiated by Babu Tarapada Mukerjee till date he stressed upon the  uncompromising struggles and sacrifices by the pioneers which have given the Central Govt. employees fixed duty hours, leave, bonus etc. As experienced by the leaders, the demands of the Central Govt. employees have been achieved only during that period when the voice of such a working class is supported by the leaders from the Left front. UPA-I Govt. could not pass the PFRDA bill only due to the objections raised by the Left Parties who were supporting at that time. But UUPA-II Govt. could be able to pass the bill with the help of NDA . Both the policies of the NDA and UPA Govt. were/are anti-people and anti-working class. When there is the General Election ahead, it is the duty of every Indian citizen to exercise his valuable mandate to elect a Govt. which will work for the welfare of the working class.
The draft biennial report of R-III was placed by Com. R N Dhal, Circle Secretary and the same of R-IV was placed by Com. H K Mohanty, Circle Secretary-R-IV. All the invitees on the dais were felicitated in the Conference including Com. R N Dhal whose retirement is on 31.03.2014.
The women Convention was held in the afternoon session.
The following members were elected as the new office bearers.
1.     Com. N P Nayak, SA, RMS N Divn., Cuttack – Circle President
2.     Com. Dusmanta Ku. Sethi, SA, O/o the SRO, RMS N Divn., Bhubaneswar – Circle Secretary
3.     Com. Binaya Ku. Sahoo, S A, RMS N Divn., Cuttack – Treasurer
4.     Com. Gayatri Sahoo, SA, O/o the HRO, Cuttack RMS – Chairperson, Mahila Sub Committee
5.     Com. Swati Sudha Mohapatra, SA, O/o the SRO, Bhubaneswar RMS – Convener, Mahila Sub
6.     Com. Phularani Patra, MTS, O/o the HRO, Cuttack RMS – Sub-Convener

The AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division greets all the newly elected office bearers.

Restoration of Armed Police Guards to the Cash Vans of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela Township

Dear Comrades,
As it is aware, the only cash van is clearing / supplying cash from / to different post offices in huge amount beyond the line limit without police escort. After withdrawal of police forces by the State Govt. authority since 2005, unnecessary high risk has been thrown upon the staff related to cash conveyances. Despite several discussions for years together with the Divisional administration in the monthly union meetings and with the Circle administration in the bi-monthly and four-monthly meetings, no satisfactory progress is being observed till date. The matter was seriously discussed in the last Circle biennial conference and a memorandum was also submitted to the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle. The poor postal employees are always working under apprehension of threat / robbery and the administration has remained a silent spectator to such unfortunate practice.
Similarly, keeping in view the recent ongoing robberies in broad-day light  from banks and other cash counters in cities on one hand and considering the amount of  per day cash transactions  in Bhubaneswar GPO, we have given a proposal in 2006 to the administration for deployment of arm guards in the campus of and inside Bhubaneswar GPO. Due to our continuous pursuance,   the matter was discussed with the DPS (HQ) by the Circle Union on 16.11.2006 and as replied by the DPS(HQ), the matter would be referred to the Directorate since related to all India.  But since then, we are in dark on the progress of this issue.
However, lastly both the above items were taken up at Directorate level by our CHQ  on 11.03.2014 and now Directorate vide its letter  F No. 18 - 1/-2012 – PO, dated 20.03.2014 has directed the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle to follow the instructions of Postal Directorate issued on security of cash at Post Offices and conveyance of cash from Post Office earlier issued vide Directorate’s letter No. 24-4/2003-PC, dated 10.10.2007 and No.32 - 1/86-CE,, dated 09.01.1986 authorizing the Circle Head with full Administrative and Financial Powers in this regard.
 Thus, both the Divisional administration and Circle administration should take care  for immediate implementation of the Directorate's orders reproduced below.
The AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Divisional branch conveys its sincere obligation to the CHQ in this regard.  

Move to sensitise Postal staff on customer care

The Postal Department has launched an exercise to train the postmasters and frontline staff on customer care.
At the inaugural of a two-day training programme on market intelligence being organised in association with Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM), MVP Colony, Director of Postal Services Vennam Upender said on Saturday that they were training their staff to equip themselves to cope up with the competition.
About 50 employees from Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari are participating.
IIAM Dean and Secretary S.P. Ravindra said the Postal Department was known for its branding and acceptability and its market reliability was unparallel anywhere in the world due to constant endeavour to improve efficiency parameters. IIAM Director R. Ramachandra Naik and senior faculty Hargopal spoke.
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Now, postal department to deliver pamphlets at voters' doorsteps in Allahabad

ALLAHABAD: With election campaigning catching pace, candidates and their supporters need to be ready to face the heat, literally.

The soaring mercury is set to trouble those campaigning door-to-door in both urban and rural areas. At such a time, the postal department is set to give some relief to political parties with a novel method. According to a new scheme, the department will deliver pamphlets of candidates in their chosen area through Direct Post.

The director of postal services for the Allahabad region, Krishna Kumar Yadav, said as it would not be possible for candidates to reach each and every house in their constituency and also follow restrictions on processions and road shows, the postal department scheme would help them in canvassing for votes.

While social media has limited access in rural areas and there are limits enforced by operators on text messages on mobile phones, direct post may be the best choice for candidates campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

Under the scheme, candidates and parties can hand over election pamphlets to the post office and a postman will deliver them to all the houses in the area specified by them. The cost is just Rs 1.5 per pamphlet but there should be at least 1,000 of these for a package.

The director further said that with increasing commercial activity, the need for direct advertising of products and services is growing.

Direct Post is the unaddressed component of Direct Mail and would comprise unaddressed postal articles like letters, cards, brochures, questionnaires, pamphlets, samples, promotional items like CDs, coupons, posters, or any other form of printed communication not prohibited by the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, or Indian Post Office Rules, 1933.

For local distribution, India Post would charge Rs 1.5 per article for the first 20 grams and Rs 2 per article for distribution anywhere in the country. However, for every additional 20 grams or less, in both local and inter-city cases, Rs 1 extra would be charged, Yadav added.
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Miss World 2013, Megan Young, Immortalized On A Postage Stamp

Not only is Filipina-American actress, Megan Young, the crowned most beautiful woman in the world, she has now been honored by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) today with her postage stamp, according to a press release today.

In a ceremonial launch at the Post Office Building, Monday morning,Miss World 2013 Megan Young personally unveiled her framed stamp and signed souvenir sheets and stamps that spectators and collectors purchased.
According to Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz, Miss World 2013 Megan’s triumph is very much deserving of a place in the roster of PHLPost stamps not only because of her sheer beauty but mainly because of her undeniable charm and will to win the pageant for her fellow Filipinos.
Eighty thousand (80,000) copies of the Megan Young stamps were released last February 24, 2014 which feature the image of Young, taken as she was crowned Miss World 2013 during the pageant held at Indonesia, printed in embossed gold stamping technique.
The stamp costs Php 30.00 and Php 40.00 each while the souvenir sheet is sold Php 100.00 per piece.
Megan Lynne Young is the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951.
She was born in Alexandria, Virginia to a Filipino mother and American father. Her parents are Victoria (nee Talde) and Calvin Young. She moved to Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines the age 10. She attended secondary education in Regional Science High School III at Subic Bay Freeport Zone from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Manila to pursue her acting career. She is currently taking AB Digital Filmmaking at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Manila.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Prompt reporting of death cases to Directorate

Guidelines for issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries from CGHS Wellness Centres

Dak Bhawan writes to Dada Ghosh Bawan on age relaxation for appointment of widows, divorced women & women judicially separated from their husbands and who were no remarried.

Opening of Separate Bank account by candidates for contesting Simultaneous General Election-2014


Payment of incentives to System Administrators ( Odisha Circle )

Department of Posts, India,
Office of the Chief Postmaster General,
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar

RE/34/Plan Trg/13-14                                                          dated at Bhubaneswar the 28.03.2014

Sanction of the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle Bhubaneswar is hereby conveyed for payment of incentive @Rs. 4000/- each to the following System Administrators who have performed excellent service for training to the officials of different Post Offices for implementation of IT Modernisation Programme.

The expenditure is debitable to the head 3201. (PS) Plan of current year.

1. Kedarnath Satpathy, System Administrator, Circle Office, Bhubaneswar.
2. Bishnu Prasad Panda, S.A. Bhubaneswar Dn.
3. Manoranjan Ghadei, S. A. Bhubaneswar Dn.
4. Ramesh Ch. Mohapatra, S.A. Puri Dn.
5. Trilochan Sahoo, S.A. Cuttack City Dn
6. Manoranjan Swain, S.A. Cuttack South Dn.
7. Debashish Dash, S.A. Cuttack North Dn 
8. Biswaprakash Kar, S.A. Bhadrak Dn.
9. N. K. Mohanty, S.A. Balasore Dn.
10. Labanyendu Mohanty, S.A. Mayurbhanj Dn.

Asst. Director (Staff)
For CPMG, Odisha Circle,
Bhubaneswar - 751 001

Merger / de-merger of IPO/IRM cadre & minimum working experience about Postal / RMS wing before promotion to Asst. Supdt. / Supdt. cadre

UPU News : Focus on innovation and inclusion

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein with World Customs Organization Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya at the global forum on e-commerce.
New sessions of the UPU’s Postal Operations Council (POC) and the Council of Administration (CA) will take place at UPU headquarters from 31 March to 11 April 2014.
Leading into these meetings, the International Bureau organized from 26-28 March two insightful fora on e-commerce and postal financial services that highlighted the UPU’s role in the global economy.
These brought together the heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and UNI Global Union, as well as stakeholders from the private and postal sectors to discuss challenges, exchange ideas and seek cooperation opportunities on these issues critical to the future of postal services.
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ITU and UPU renew ICT partnership to open up access to postal services

28.03.2014 - Leveraging new technologies to extend the reach of postal services and developing international standards for mobile payments will take centre stage in future work between the UPU and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Hamadoun Touré (left) signs the agreement as Bishar A. Hussein looks on (Photo: Manu Friedrich)
Director General Bishar A. Hussein and ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré signed a new memorandum of understanding to this effect at UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, on March 26.
“The UPU and ITU are working together to strengthen the capacity of our respective sectors to deliver quality postal services through bringing connectivity to post offices in developing and least developed countries,” said Hussein.
Calling the two specialized agencies under the United Nations umbrella twin sisters, Hussein welcomed the opportunity to pool resources. “This agreement comes at an opportune time as the UPU is already working hard towards increasing connectivity and electrification of post offices in rural areas in Africa to increase people’s access to postal services.”
With the lack of internet connectivity and access to a stable source of electricity often hampering the effective provision of postal services, the UPU-ITU initiative will explore new business models for post offices to better deliver services in rural and remote communities with help from information communications technology (ICT).
On the cards is a solution to connect post offices to the internet using satellite technology. This, in turn, should make it easier for Posts to play a wider role in bringing remittance services to the community, as well as enabling government payments, such as social benefits, to reach citizens with ease on mobile devices.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for two venerable institutions to step together boldly in the 21st century – and to make the world a better place for all citizens,” said Touré.
Discussions are continuing on fleshing out the details of a potential pilot project in the field with technology partners from the private and non-profit sectors participating.
The new agreement replaces an older one signed in 2007, under which the UPU and ITU collaborated successfully to bring ICTs to the postal network in countries like India, Bhutan and Afghanistan and rural parts of the African continent.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Common Nomination Forms for various retirement benefits of the Central Government employees - Notifications regarding.

Posting of official transferred to BBSR Divn. under Rule-38

Department of Posts, India
Office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar-751009

 Memo No.B.26-7/2009/Ch-I,                                         Dated at Bhubaneswar the 28.03.2014

          In partial modification of this office Memo No. B.26-7/2009 dated 15.01.2013, Sri P.K.Behera, PA Jankia SO under Puri Division whose transfer to Bhubaneswar Division under Rule-38 of P & T Manual Volume-IV has been approved vide C.O. Memo No. St/Genl-Rule-38/2006 dtd 02.07.2012 and posted as PA, B.J.B Nagar SO, is now posted as PA, Utkal University MDG. All other entries in the said Memo will hold good.
Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division

Report on the National Workshop on RTI Held on 9.1.2014.

NFPE, Kerala Circle launched new website for PA/SA candidates.

To cater the need of aspiring P A / S A candidates NFPE KERALA CIRCLE has launched a website   
The main features as they planned to provide
1. Model Questions & Answers
2. Frequent Updates
3. Current Events
4. Tips & Tricks.
5. Miscellaneous Information




                I am extremely happy to learn that National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) Kerala Circle is creating a website for the benefit of those who aspire for a career in the Dept of Posts.

                The Dept of Posts offers its employees great opportunities for serving the society. India Post with its wide spread and reach and customer coverage is unique in its capability to touch the lives of people and offer them services in the all important area of communications.

                The youth of today are a veritable repository of energy and capacity to work and serve. But they have to be made aware of their boundless capabilities and opportunities around for growth and fulfillment. I wish NFPE Kerala Circle all success in their noble attempt to help the young in harnessing their potential. Technology meets its mission only when it spurs the growth of the society. May the web site that is designed now serve numberless young aspirants. May this turn out to be a blueprint for the building of a group of young people habituated to achieving and in the process, serving society.

 Indira Krishnakumar

                                                           Member of Postal Services Board (Retd)

                WELCOME, ALWAYS
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) is touching the lives of about five lakhs Postal & RMS employees in one way or other during the last more than one hundred years ie; from the very day of its inception as a Recreation Club at Kolkata GPO during the British raj.  It is not only an organization fighting for the cause of the Postal & RMS employees, but takes care of every aspects of the day to day life of the employees, like a mother caring her child.  The coaching for the candidates who applied for the PA/SA posts is one such venture to help the candidates to face the competitive examination with confidence.

                I wish that all the candidates will wholeheartedly welcome this voluntary service and endeavour of NFPE and let this blog guide them to success and thereby to become a member of postal family and also the glorious organization, NFPE. 
Sincerely yours,  
M. Krishnan, 
Secretary General, NFPE,