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No. 8/4/2013-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & I.T.
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, dated the 16th September, 2013

Minutes of the meeting held on 02/08/2013 in the Committee Room, Dak
Bhavan under the chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts) to discuss the
issues raised by the PJCA.

            Kindly find enclosed the minutes of the meeting held on 02/08/2013 in the Committee Room, Dak Bhavan under the chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts) to discuss the issues raised by the PJCA, for necessary action at your end.  Action Taken Report may be sent to this office at the earliest.

(Arun Malik)
Director (SR)
Official Side:-
1.Shri S.K. Sinha, CGM (MB&O) 2.          Ms. Saroj Punhani, JS & FA
3.Shri Alok Saxena, Secretary (PSB) 4.  Shri Vasumitra, DDG (PO)
5.Shri V.K. Tiwary, DDG (R&P) 6. Shri Anil Kumar, DDG (Estt) 7.Shri V.P. Singh, DDG(P) 8.            Shri Rajneesh Kumar, DDG (PAF) 9.Shri Rakesh Kumar, Director (Estt) 10.          Shri Aman Sharma, OSD to Secretary (Posts) 11.     Shri Raj Kumar, Director (Staff)       12.Shri V.C.             Kajla, Consultant
Staff Side:-
1.            Shri M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE 2. Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO2. 2. Shri Giri Raj Singh, General Secretary, All India RMS & MMS Employees Union. 3.Shri I.S. Dabas, General Secretary, A.I. Postal Emp. Union, Mailguards & Gr. D / MTS.4. Shri P. Suresh, General Secretary, A.I. RMS & MMS Emp. Union, Mailguards and Grade ‘D’ / MTS.5.Shri T. Satyanarayana, Gen. Secy. A.I. Postal Accounts Emp. Association.6. Shri T.N. Rahate, Gen. Secy. National Union of Postal Employees, Post & Gr. D / MTS CHQ.7. Shri P. Panduranga Rao. 8. Shri Pranab Bhattarcharjee, Gen. Secy. All India Postal Administrative Offices Emp. Union Gr. C & D.9. Shri R. Siva Narayan.10. Shri G.P. Muthu Krishnan. 11. Shri O.P. Khanna, Gen. Secretary, A.I. Postal Administrative Office Association.
12. Shri P.K. Gupta. 13. Shri Devender Kumar.

No. 8/4/2013-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & I.T.
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, Dated the 16th September, 2013

           A meeting was held on 02/08/2013 in the Committee Room, Dak Bhavan under the chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts) to discuss the issues raised by the PJCA in the Memorandum submitted by them on 01/04/2013.  A list of participants is annexed.

           Secretary (PSB) welcomed the participants and thereafter the discussions on the agenda items commenced.  After deliberations the following decisions were taken:

Agenda Item
Decision taken
Issues relating to Gramin Dak Sevaks

a.  Enhancement of Bonus ceiling –
In the matter of enhancement of Bonus ceiling to 3500/- of Gramin Dak Sevaks, it was assured that another attempt will be made to get the approval of the Finance Ministry.  It was informed that the file has already been submitted to Finance Ministry with the favourable recommendations of the Postal Board and Minister, Communications.

The proposal has been approved by Department of Expenditure on 21/08/2013.  The matter is now being placed before the Cabinet for approval.

b. Revision of Cash handling norms-
On the issue of withdrawal of upward change in cash handling norms etc., it was assured that the entire issue will be re-examined.  A DDG level committee was also constituted.  Minister of State for communications has also assured the staff side that needful will be done in this case.
Data is being collected from all circles regarding financial implications in case the cash handling norms are revised.  Circles are being addressed to expedite response.  The proposal will be examined after the requisite data is collected.

c. Ensuring no reduction of TRCA under any circumstances –
It was assured by Minister of State for communications that orders for full

 protection of TRCA will be issued.  But, in the orders issued by the Directorate, protection is given for one year only and thereafter if workload is not increased TRCA will be reduced without any protection.  As per the earlier orders protection was given up to the maximum of the lower TRCA even if workload is reduced.  As per the new order after one year there will be no protection at all.  When workload is reduced due to circumstances beyond the Control of the GDS, reducing the TRCA is quite unjustified and inhuman.
The remuneration of the GDS and the policy relating to the same is reviewed every ten years in consonance with the Pay Commission by a committee and accepted by the

Finance Ministry and Cabinet for implementation.  The policy governing remuneration of GDS is related to work load.  If work load increases TRCA is enhanced.  On a similar analogy if work load reduces, there is an impact on TRCA. Protection provided for GDS / BPMs for a period of one year is a welfare oriented instruction guiding GDS to increase his work load during the one year period.  A fresh establishment review will be done for such post offices at the end of this one year period, which will end in October this year and a number of such offices identified and a decision will be taken. 

Secretary (Posts) urged the staff side to convince GDS to make efforts to increase the business which in turn will enhance the workload with consequent rise in TRCA or maintenance of TRCA at the same level.

d. Removal of minimum 50 points conditions for GDS Compassionate appointment

The data reveals that present norms have yielded  compassionate engagement to an extent around 30% - 35% of the cases which is much more than the regular departmental employees who are getting only 5% as per DOPT guidelines based on the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement, which have restricted compassionate appointment to a maximum of 5% of the total appointment in Government service.  The point system cannot be relaxed further to enhance the compassionate appointment cases as it is presently much more than the Supreme Court judgement norms.

Item closed.

e.  Redeployment of GDS mailman posts in new areas
The PJCA has accepted that this is a dying cadre.  Therefore, the work that was hitherto being performed by GDS MM will be reflected in the future Establishment of Mail as per justification.

f.  Review of cash conveyance allowance – Monthly ceiling of   Rs.50/- to be removed.
Details will be ascertained from circles to know the average expenditure incurred every month by GDS / BPMs.  Proposal will be reviewed thereafter, so as to ensure that they are adequately compensated to cover cost.

g.  Introduction of Health Scheme
The proposal for GDS health insurance scheme is under active consideration by Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

On 21/08/2013 Secretary (Posts) has demi officially addressed Secretary (Expenditure) to expedite the approval.

h.  Norms for RPLI
GDS BPMs are already being given incentive on RPLI @ 10% of the first year premium towards RPLI policies and 2.5% of the renewal premium income collected by RPLI.  No further revision is necessary at this stage. 

Item closed.

i. Providing norms for cash remittance from BO to AO & Vice Versa

The reply sent by Director (SR) vide letter No.8-4/2013-SR dated 22/04/2013 stands withdrawn.

A committee has been formed to look into this issue.  The proposal “norms for cash remittance from BO to AO – vice-versa”- will be examined on receipt of report of the committee.

Immediate finalization of Cadre Restructuring:

After the narration discussion on the problems put forth in the strike charter on 10.01.2012 & 12.01.2012, Secretary, Deptt. of Posts, has assured both orally and also in the minutes, Inter alia;

“As recorded in the minutes of the meeting held on 27.12.2011, the proposal is under consideration of a committee under the Chairpersonship of DDG(P).  The Staff side expressed their concern about the undue delay in finalization of the proposal on which the Secretary Posts, desired finalization of this process by 31st March, 2012.  It was assured that the timelines would be adhered to”.  As regards

 restructuring of Postal Accounts officials, it was informed that the proposal was cleared by the JS&FS and stands referred to the Secretary (Posts).  It was also decided to have a separate Committee under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Sandhya Rani, PMG (BD) Andhra Pradesh Circle to consider Cadre Restructuring of MMS Staff.  The Committee will submit its report within three months from the date of formation.”

Again in the Minutes of the discussion held with the staff side on 21.05.2012, it is further assured as follows:

“It was decided to formulate a proposal of 30th June 2012 for further examination in consultation with the nodal Ministries.  Regarding cadre restricting of Postal Accounts it was assured that the matter will be pursued further with Postal Accounts wing and Establishment Division and the PJCA will be kept appraised of the progress in the regard.”

Again during the JCM, Departmental Council standing Committee meeting held on 18.12.2012 and JCM(DC) Meeting held on 28.12.2012 it was assured as follows:

“It was informed that the report of the committee is under consideration.  Proposal will be formulated by the Department.  However, one round of talks with JCM Members will be held before the proposal is firmed up.”

At one stage, the staff side has made it clear that if the Department goes on dragging the cadre restructuring issue indefinitely, the staff side will be forced to non-cooperate with the IT Modernization project.

It was repeatedly assured that the cadre restructuring will not be linked with the IT Modernization Project.  But still the proposals are not finalized.  No meeting of the Cadre Restructuring Committee by the Postal Board was held during the last one year.  The undue and unwarranted delay is causing concern and also strong resentment among the employees.
The Cadre Restructuring Committee is being reconstituted.

Current Status / Postscript

The Cadre Restructuring Committee has been reconstituted under the Chairmanship of DDG (P).

Sandhya Rani Committee report on organizational restructure of MMS is under consideration.

The report of “cadre restructuring of Postal Accounts” has been approved by FA and has been referred to Ministry of Finance.

Revision of wages of casual labourers and their absorption:

In the minutes of the discussion held with the staff side on 10.01.2012 & 12.01.2012, the Secretary (Posts) has assured as follows:

“The Staff side was appraised that a Committee had been constituted under the Chairpersonship of CPMG Assam circle to look into the issues pertaining to Casual Labourers and it is likely to submit its report shortly.  The Staff side expressed its concern over the delay in the decision.  Regarding the union’s request for revised minimum wages w.e.f. 01.01.2006, the matter will be examined on priority.”

Again in the minutes of the discussion held on 21.05.2012, it was further assured that_________
“A Comprehensive proposal on the matter of Casual labourers will be formulated by 30th June, 2012”.

In spite of these repeated assurances the payment of pro-rate wages to the law-paid casual laborers w.e.f. 01.01.2006 has not taken place causing inordinate delay in payment of minimum wages to those poor employees.    
The committee of field officers under the chairmanship of Shri Vishvapavan Pati, PMG, Hyderabad Region has been constituted to suggest the manner in which the report of the Monojit Kumar Committee can be implemented.  On receipt of findings of this committee, final view will be taken in consultation with nodal Departments.
Issuing orders on the items finalized by the Postmen Committee and also follow up action on certain items to be referred to work study unit.
a. Follow up action on certain in item of the Postmen Committee constituted by the Postal Board is yet to be completed, i.e.: maximum beat length, unscientific resorting to single Postmen beats, Double duty, correction in the definition of the Congested area etc.
b. In spite of clear orders issued by the Directorate for filling up of Postmen & MTS Vacancies for the year 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, in certain circles (Eg. Andhra Pradesh) the examination for promotion to Postmen and MTS is not yet completed.
A separate meeting has been convened on 02/08/2013  under the chairmanship of Member (P), with Secretaries General of NFPE & FNPO and General Secretaries of Postmen unions and separate minutes issued.

All Circles have initiated action for announcing vacancy of postmen and action for filling up the posts is ongoing.
Abnormal delay in notifying HSG-I Recruitment Rules

The finalization of revised HSG-I Recruitment rules is being delayed on one pretext or the other.  This is pending over five years.  100% of HSG I Posts are lying vacant and are being managed by officiating arrangements without any financial benefits.  Due to the delay in finalizing HSG I Recruitment Rules, Carving out of Postmaster Grade III is also delayed.  It is most unfortunate that orders have been issued by the Directorate not to fill up the HSG I Vacancies as per the old r3ecruitment rules.  At least this would have been caused to fill up the vacancies.

It has defeated the very purpose of matching savings offered to the extent of 680 PA Posts for availing HSG I Promotion and it is highly deplorable.  Necessary action may please be taken to finalise the HSG-I Recruitment Rules or at least to fill all the vacant posts forthwith besides carving out of Postmaster Grade III Posts as per the existing HSG I Recruitment Rules.
In view of the observations of UPSC, file regarding RRs for HSG I has been referred back to DOPT.  The vacancies are being filled by the circles as per provisions of the existing Rules by convening DPC meetings.
Abnormal delay in filling up of vacant LSG, HSG II and HSG-I vacancies due to non-holding of DPCs in many circles.

In many circles, the regular DPC to LSG has not been convened.  Many LSG Posts are being kept vacant resultantly causing a heavy shortage in PA Cadre due to their officiating.  Further the delay caused non-filling up of HSG-II Post due to inadequacies in the eligible candidates in LSG Cadre.  In many circles, HSG-II DPC has also not been convened and many of the HSG-II Posts could not be filled up on a regular basis due to the officiating of the incumbents in the vacant HSG I Posts.

In nutshell all the higher posts are being managed only with the officiating or adhoc arrangements causing non filling up of basis PA Posts and denying and depriving the due promotional chances to the eligible candidates.

It is therefore requested to cause appropriate orders to convene DPC and fill up all the vacant LSG & HSG II posts immediately by prescribing time schedule.

Meeting will be convened under the chairmanship of Member (P) to examine individual cases of non-filling of vacant posts.  The matter will be taken up with respective CPMGs for immediate action.

Problems of Postmaster Cadre Officials

(i) Allowing Postmaster Cadre officials to appear for IP and PSS Group B Examination.

(ii) Orders permitting the Postmaster Cadre official to officiate in HSG-I vacancies and earmarked Postmaster Grade III Posts.

(iii) Allow PO & RMS Accounts cadre official to opt for Postmaster cadre.

(iv) Filling up the Postmaster Grade-III posts by granting promotion to Grade-II officials and also by option from HSG-I officials after filling up all HSG-I Posts.

(v) Filling up of all vacant Grade-II and Grade III posts promoting the Postmaster cadre official relaxing the minimum service condition.

(vi) Filling up 100% Senior Postmaster/Chief Postmaster posts which are earmarked for Postmaster cadre by Postmaster Cadre officials alone declaring it as a hierarchical promotion cadre of Postmaster Cadre.

(vii) Delay in holding LSG, HSG II and HSG – I DPCs and thereby denying the chance for giving option to Postmaster Grade – I, II & III to eligible officials.

(viii) Maintenance of up to date separate gradation list for PM Cadre officials.

In the minutes of the discussion held on 21.05.2012 the Secretary (Posts) has assured as follows:

“The issues were discussed at length and it was decided to review it after sometime keeping in view the merits and demerits of the proposal as well as the response of the officials for Postmaster Cadre”.

The minutes did not reflect the real spirit of discussion as it was assured to consider favourably the above items after long discussion.  However, it is high time to review the above cases and settle favourably.  The entire Postmaster Cadre officials are totally frustrated and disappointed due to the negative attitude of the administration towards them.

 Meeting will be convened under the chairmanship of Member (P) to consider these proposals and minutes will be issued separately.
Problems of System Administrators

In the minutes of the Departmental Council JCM Standing Committee dated 02.02.2012 (communicated in letter dated 06.06.2012) for the 15 items pertaining to system Administrators including creation of separate cadre, it is furnished as follows:

“The issue is under the consideration of the cadre Restructuring Committee constituted under the chairmanship of DDG(P) vide Department’s office memo no.01/04/2010-SR dated 05.05.2011”

Finalization of the proposal by the Cadre Restructuring Committee is being delayed indefinitely.  Recently, during the demonstration of IT Modernization Project, the staff side has repeatedly requested the Member (Technology) to create a separate cadre and absorb all the existing SAs as a onetime measure in the new cadre.  Unfortunately no commitment was given regarding the creation of new cadre, except the assurance that the services of the existing system Administrators will be utilized in future also.  It is high time to end the present uncertainty by creating a separate cadre for system Administrators.

After deliberations, the PJCA agreed to drop this item.
Implementation of speed Post hubs and L1, L2 Systems

The High Power Committee appointed to discuss the issues under the Chairpersonship of then Secretary, Department of Posts assured the following before implementation of MNJOP proposals.

(i) There will be no shifting of staff from L1 office to L2 office vice versa for three years.

(ii) Irregular or wrong identification of L1 office will be changed after discussion with the staff side.

But to our dismay both the promises were not kept.  There is a complete violation and deviation of assurances.  Further, even though directorate has issued instruction to the Chief PMGs regarding change of administrative jurisdiction of speed post hubs, certain Chief PMGs have not yet implemented it and still some of the speed post hubs are co0ntinuing under the administrative jurisdiction of postal superintendent.

Further, CRC & Speed post norms have been finalized without any consultation with staff side.  The impracticable norms have been imposed upon violating the earlier decision and agreements on the subject.

Meeting will be convened with PJCA under the chairpersonship of Member (Operations) and minutes will be issued separately.

MACP Related issues

The implementation of the Jodhpur CAT Judgement, i.e. non-counting of promotions acquired from one cadre to other through examination for MACP, Granting of MACP counting the total service rendered in each cadre etc has not been implemented resulting deprival of dues to the senior most promotes in the Department of Posts.  This may kindly be considered.
This item will be discussed in a meeting to be convened under the chairmanship of Member (P) and the minutes will be issued separately.

Problems of APM Accounts/Accountants

The following demands in respect of PO & RMS Accountants have not been considered yet causing resentment and displeasure amidst the qualified hands.

(i)            Proportionate distribution of APM Accounts posts among LSG, HSG 11 and HSG-1

(ii)    Counting special allowance for pay fixation benefits to PO & RMS Accountants on promotion.  Implementation of Karnataka High Court order not only for a specific period but also till the withdrawal of the TBOP/BCR Schemes in true spirit.  The special allowance should be taken for pay fixation up to 31.08.2008 for TBOP/BCR officials.

(iii)               Date of passing Accounts exam may be taken as the criteria for counting seniority for promotion, since no amendment has so far been issued to the statutory rules.  Further the earlier passing of examination will have no relevance in future.

This item will be discussed in a meeting to be convened under the chairmanship of Member (P) and the minutes will be issued separately.

Filling up of all vacant posts

Even though Government of India has lifted ban on filling up of posts from 2009 onwards, and the Directorate has given repeated instructions to fill up all direct recruitment as well as promotional quota of vacancies up to 2012, in many circles posts are remaining unfilled.  Similarly in Postal Accounts much delay in taking place in filling up of posts due to delay in finalization of the Recruitment process by staff selection commission.  Action may be taken to fill up all vacant posts from 2009 onwards on top priority basis as the staff are reeling under the pressure of workload which in turn affects the efficiency of the services rendered by the Department of Posts.

In conclusion, we hope that all the above issues will be given top most priority and the Hon’ble Secretary, Department of Posts, shall come forward for a negotiated settlement with the staff side in a time bound manner.
Postal Directorate has taken action to fill up DR Postal Assistant posts for years 2009 and 2010.  11,738 PAs / SAs DR quota vacancies have been filled up.

Examination for 4841 vacancies for  the years 2011 and 2012 for PA / SA DR quota, has recently been held and result has been declared.  The selected candidates will join their position on completion of pre-appointment formalities. 
Non settlement of agreed items placed the Departmental Council (JCM)

Most of the issues agreed in the last Departmental Council meeting held on 28.12.2012 have not been processed further.  Many of them remain as it is.  There is no serious action taken in mitigating the issues put forth in the departmental council meeting.
Pending items will be discussed in the JCM (Standing Committee meeting).
Additional item submitted by PJCA:-
While conducting promotional cum competitive exams from GDS to MTS, GDS and MTS to Postman cadre we are in receipt of several complaints from the examinees that the examination papers for the relevant examinations were very tough.  We tried to convince the Administration to set examination paper in liberal comprehensive manner with the intention that since the aspiring examinees are already in touch in the routine work and they are not required to face with complicated and extraneous nature of work and also to cut down the delay in recruitment process.   However, the Directorate has stuck up to its own decision that the above mentioned examinations are competitive and not promotional, liberalization could not be considered.  Due to the said decision by the Directorate it will be difficult to Department to hardly get 2 to 5% employees to fill up the vacancies earmarked from GDS to MTS for the designated job and the volume of vacancies will remain unfilled every year.  It is once again requested to simplify the questions.
A Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of DDG (R&P) to examine the contents of Question Papers with reference to prescribed syllabus and submit a report on the standard vis-a-vis the post for which examination is being conducted and post which is appearing for the examination. .

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