Thursday, December 29, 2011

Promotion of the following officials who have been declared selected in the Postmaster Grade-I examination held on 12/6/2011 from the cadre of Postal Assistant to the cadre of Postmaster Grade –I


Memo No.STA/4-4/Postmasters/Appt/PMGrade-I/II Bangalore 560216 28 /12/2011

In accordance with the instructions contained in Directorate letter No.4-17/2008-SPB-II dated 22/11/2010, the competent authority is pleased to order the promotion of the following officials who have been declared selected in the Postmaster Grade-I examination held on 12/6/2011 from the cadre of Postal Assistant to the cadre of Postmaster Grade –I in the scale of pay of Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade pay of Rs.2800/- ( pre revised scale of Rs 4500-125-7000) and allot them to the Region/division noted against their names.
The names are arranged as per merit. The seniority of officials who have scored equal marks have been arranged according to seniority in feeder cadre and also merit scored at the time of their initial selection as PAs.
Name of the CandidateSC/
Dn to which belongAllotted to
1                          23           4            5
1Ranganath S.M Bg SouthBB South Dn
2Shivanand B Rabakavi ChikodiNK Region ( Bagalkot Dn)
3Guruprasad UdupiSK Region
4R. Manjunath KolarBG East Dn
5Smt Leela Vishwanatha TumkurBG South Dn
6Satish P.N ShimogaSK Region
7Onkaramurthy M ChitradurgaSK Region
8S.A Veeranna BellaryNK Region
9Nagaraja Buddenahalli BellaryNK Region
10Bheemasena A.J BellaryNK Region
11Sathishkumar S.T ChikmagalurSK Region
12K.L Krishnamurthy ChikmagalurSK Region-
13Elangovan.BSCBg EastBG  East Dn
14Sanjay Ladda BidarNK Region
15Manjunath.K BellaryNK Region
16Mohan A.Hosur GadagNK Region( Dharwad Dn)
17Suresh Sanjeev Bhat SirsiNK Region
18Naveen Kumar P.M MandyaSK Region
19Manjunath.HSCChikmagalurSK Region
20Basawaraju MedaSTGulbargaNK Region
21Kogali Sadyojathappa BellaryNK Region
22Nitin Mukundrao Kaulgud BelgaumNK Region
23Ramesh.N MandyaSK Region
24Pradeep Kumar.S MangaloreSK Region
25H.R Chandrashekar ChikmagalurSK Region
26Raghunatha Shetty.K MangaloreSK Region
27N. Ravindranath Reddy BellaryNK Region
28Gopal Rekheppa LamaniSCHaveriNK Region
29Channabasayya.M Kerimath BelgaumNK Region
30M.F Tumminakatti HaveriNK Region
31C.V Shivarama Sharma ChitradurgaNK Region(Bellary)
32Sunil Kumar VSTShimogaChannapatna
33Bhovi Y.PSCMandyaSK Region
34Tulajappa KhubappaLamaniSCBijapurNK Region
35Bhavanishankar.M PutturSK Region
36Vijayakumar N KuntojiPHGulbargaNK Region ( Dharwad Dn)
37Shukamuni Aradhya.T ChitrdurgaNK Region(Bellary Dn)
38Shrinivas T.PSCKodaguSK Region
39Gurumurthy Bg EastBG West Dn
40H.P Chandrashekhara ChikmagalurChannapatna Dn
41Manjunath H KalasurSTHaveriNK Region
42S. Thirthaprasad PutturSK Region
43MallikarjunaSTMandyaChannapatna Dn
44Mohana M.KSTKodaguNK Region
45Thippeswamy K.BSTChitradurgaNK Region
46R.OnkarappaSTShimogaChannapatna Dn

The allotments have been made keeping in view the vacancy position/ merit in the selected list/ requests received/administrative requirement etc.

The concerned Regional Heads will allot officials promoted to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I to divisions as per availability of vacancies in each division, the requests pending, if any at RO, before  03/01/2012 and endorse copies to this office by fax.

The concerned divisional heads will issue posting orders in respect of the officials allotted to their divisions before  06/01/2012 with copies to this office. The officials will join the new posts only on satisfactory completion of induction training.

The promotion is governed by the following conditions:
1. The officials selected cannot withdraw the option given for Postmaster cadre.
2. Their further career progression will be in the hierarchy in the Postmaster cadre only as per the provisions in the Recruitment Rules and not in the General Line.
3. In case of any vigilance/disciplinary case is pending against the official at  the time of appointment, he should not be appointed  as Postmaster Grade-I and the fact should be reported to this office at once.
4. The officials appointed will be on probation for a period of two years.
5. The officials on promotion may exercise option within one month of the date of promotion  for fixation of pay under relevant provision of FR – 22.

There shall however be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same grade pay as granted under MACPS.
Charge reports may be sent to all concerned and to this office.

Assistant Postmaster General(Staff)
                                    for Chief Postmaster General,
                                    Karnataka Circle, Bangalore 560216

A copy of this memo is issued for information and necessary action to:
1. PMG SK Region, Bangalore 560001/NK Region, Dharwad- 580001
2. All SSPOs/SPOs in Karnataka Circle. 
3. All Circle Secretaries, Class III Unions
4. Guard File
5. Office Copy

Assistant Postmaster General(Staff)
for Chief Postmaster General,
Karnataka Circle, Bangalore 560216



No. STA/4-4/Postmasters/Appt/PM Grade-I/II  Bangalore 560216         28  /12/2011
Approval of the competent authority is also hereby conveyed for allotment of the following 2 officials who have been declared selected in the Postmaster Grade-I examination held on 12/6/2011  (but who are yet to under go induction training) to the Region/divisions mentioned against their names.

The officials will however be promoted /appointed to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I in the allotted divisions on regular basis, only on successful completion of induction training. 
Name of the Candidate
Dn to which belongAllotted to
1Laxman Chavdimani
8375655-K WO
-Gadag, on deputation at APSNK Region
Belgaum Dn
2Sri R.Srinivasa Rao-ShimogaNK region
This is in continuation of this office memo of even no. dated   28 /12/2011 ordering promotion/allotment of selected officials to the regions/divisions.

A copy of this memo is issued for information and necessary action to :-
1. Postmaster General,SK/NK Regions, Bangalore 560001/Dharwad 580001
2. SPOs Gadag/Shimoga/Belgaum/Karwar
3. All Circle Secretaries, Class III Unions
4. Guard File
5. Office Copy

Assistant Postmaster General(Staff)
for Chief Postmaster General,
Karnataka Circle, Bangalore 560001

Monday, December 26, 2011

Perils of the new Postal Bill----- ARPITA MUKHERJEE

December 25, 2011:  
The government is in the process of revamping an archaic postal act that needs to be realigned with the changing realities. In this regard, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is contemplating to replace the existing Post Office Act that dates back to 1898, with a new Bill.
A draft Post Office Bill is under consideration of the government. The Department of Posts (DOP) has already put the highlights of the proposed India Post Office Act 2011 on its Web site.


There is no doubt that there is a need to reform and modernise the postal sector in India, and the new Postal Bill is an important step in that direction. The government needs to learn some critical lessons from the retail FDI stalemate while implementing changes in the Draft Postal Bill.
At a time when the Prime Minister, himself, is talking about building consensus with all the stakeholders to resolve the vexed issue of FDI in retail, the government should adopt a similar approach in finalising the provisions of the new Postal Bill.
A series of discussion should take place with all the stakeholders in a transparent manner so that a robust legislation can replace the existing act. The government has, so far, only given out the highlights of the provisions of the new Act.
In the interest of the public, it is important that the entire draft of the proposed Bill is put on the Web site for public comments.


From what could be gathered from the DoP Web site, the new Bill proposes to give exclusive privilege to India Post to convey express segment of all articles weighing up to 50gm.
In fact, EMS is not a basic postal service but a premium product. Hence, reservation for EMS is not justified.
Thus, such a restrictive practice is against the requirements of modern trade in an economy which, despite witnessing some slowdown, may still achieve a growth rate of 7 per cent. Thus, implementation of such a clause will inhibit growth.
A recent survey-based study by ICRIER and IIM (Calcutta) on “Facilitating trade and Global Competitiveness: Express Delivery Services in India”, which will be published by OUP in a book format in January 2012, found that the decision of the government to open the ‘reserved area' of 50 gm at a price multiple of twice the India Post EMS will adversely affect all segments of the EDS/courier industry, with the smaller players being affected more.
If the Bill is implemented with the minimum price multiple of twice the government EMS, then small courier companies may have to resort to cost-cutting methods to remain competitive in the domestic market.
To ask private operators to charge twice the Speed Post tariff, to say the least, is totally anti-consumer and a move to institute a government monopoly in the express segment which was hitherto non-existent. There is an apprehension that this will lead to significant job losses in the lower end of the EDS/courier business.


Also, according to the international practice, the reserved area is only for basic letters and not for express documents and parcels.
Moreover, it is difficult to monitor a reserved area because the courier industry is fragmented and largely unorganised and localised. Hence, this is nothing but an attempt to increase the sphere of the reserved area of the Department of Post. On the contrary, if private couriers are required to charge more than Speed Post, it would only burden the Indian consumer.
The new postal act should be fair and transparent. It should clearly define and distinguish between services, which are treated as USO/reserved and those that can be offered on a competitive basis. The ICRIER-IIMC survey found that currently there is no clear definition of postal and express delivery services in India. As the new Postal Bill proposes to cover all these services, it might lead to some complexity because globally there is a debate whether postal and EDS should be treated within a common framework.
The highlights of the Draft Postal Bill propose a registering authority to license companies in the reserved area.
This is nothing but licensing through the back door.
If that happens, then India Post, which is also providing express services will effectively become the regulator. Moreover, most of the mature markets have moved towards market access regime rather than the regulatory regime.
Intensive discussions with other government departments will definitely help formulate better law. The new regulation has to be futuristic and it should focus on postal reforms rather than monitoring the competitive, high-growth express industry.
To keep pace with the rapid growth, it is imperative that legislations are formed keeping in view the evolving market dynamics.
One of the banes of the Indian economy is that the regulations are often not supportive of market economy principles and hinder future growth prospects. The government should keep this in mind while finalising the Postal Bill 2011.
(The author is a professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.) 
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SB ORDER NO. 33/2011 : Issue of clarifications regarding premature closure of TD accounts


SB ORDER NO. 33/2011
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001, Dated: 13.12.2011
All Heads of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.       
Subject:-                                Issue of clarifications regarding premature closure of TD accounts.
Sir / Madam,
The undersigned is directed to refer to this office SB Order No. 27/2011 dated 24.11.2011 vide which decisions taken by Min. of Finance regarding changes in POTD scheme effective from 1.12.2011 were circulated.

2.             Some circles have asked for clarifications regarding applicability of reduction in interest rate to be charged on premature closure of TD accounts to the old accounts. It is clarified that:-
(i)            In case of premature closure of 1 Year, 2 Year, 3 Year or 5 Year account which were opened even before 1.12.2011, if the deposit is withdrawan after 6 months but before the expiry of one year from the date of deposit, simple interest at the rate applicable to from time to time to post office savings account shall be payable. The rate of interest shall be 3.5% up to the period 30.11.2011 and 4% thereafter.
(ii)           In case of premature closure of 2 Year, 3 Year or 5 Year account which were opened even before 1.12.2011, if the deposit is withdrawan after the expiry of one year from the date of deposit, interest on such deposits shall be                calculated at the rate, which shall be one per cent less than the rate which was applicable at the time of opening of TD account. Interest calculation tables for the TD accounts opened before 1.12.2011 and opened on or after 1.12.2011 and applied for premature closure on or after 1.12.2011 are enclosed.

3.             It is requested that this clarification and interest calculation table may be circulated to all post offices immediately for information and necessary guidance please.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS)
Yours faithfully,
(Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB)
Encl:- as above

Monday, December 12, 2011

Leave Rules and Procedure for Central Govt. Employees

Some important questions are arising among the serving employees of Central Government regarding their leave, the nodal Department of Central Government has now clarified as a method of Question and Answer, Frequently Asked Questions. We have reproduced and given below for your easy convenience to read the clarifications about Leave Entitlement, Earned Leave, Child Care Leave, Leave Encashment, EL Encashment, Encashment on LTC, Calculation of Encashment, CCL for Public Sector Employees…
Frequently  asked Question by Departmental of Personnel and Training…
1. What are the leave entitlement of Govt. servants serving in a vacation Department w.e.f.  1.9.2008? 
Earned  leave  for persons serving  in  Vacation Departments:- 
(1)   (a) A Government  servant(other  than  a military officer) serving in a Vacation  Department shall not  be entitled to  any earned leave in respect of  duty performed  in  any year  in which  he  avails himself of  the full vacation. 

(b)  In  respect of any  year  in  which  a Government  servant avails himself of a portion  of the vacation,  he  shall be  entitled to earned leave in such proportion  of  30 days, as the number of days of  vacation not  taken  bears  to  the  full  vacation: 
Provided that no such leave shall  be admissible  to  a Government  servant not in permanent  employ  or  quasi-permanent  employ in respect of the first year of  his service. 
(c) If, in any year, the Government servant does  not  avail  himself  of   any  vacation, earned leave  shall be admissible to  him in respect  of that year under rule 26.
For the purpose of  this rule, the term ‘year’ shall be  construed not  as  meaning a  calendar year  in which  duty is performed but  as  meaning twelve months of actual duty in a Vacation Department. 
A Government servant entitled to vacation  shall be considered  to  have  availed  himself  of  a vacation or a portion of a vacation unless he has been  required by general or special  order  of  a higher  authority  to  forgo such  vacation or portion of a vacation: 
Provided  that  if  he has  been prevented by such order from enjoying more than fifteen days of the vacation,  he   shall  be considered  to  have availed himself of no portion of the vacation.
When  a Government  servant  serving  in  a Vacation  Department proceeds  on  leave  before completing a  full year  of duty, the earned leave admissible  to him  shall  be  calculated  not  with reference to  the vacations which  fall during the  period  of  actual duty  rendered before proceeding on  leave  but with reference  to  the vacation  that  falls during  the  year  commencing from  the  date on  which he  completed  the previous year of duty. 
As per Rule  29(1) the half pay leave account of every Government  servant  (other than a military officer shall  be  credited  with half  pay  leave  in advance, in two installments of  ten days each on the  first  day  of  January  and  July  of  every calendar year.

2. Whether encashment of  leave is allowed  after LTC is availed. 
Sanction of leave encashment should, as  a rule, be lone  in  advance,  at   the time  of  sanctioning the LTC.  However, ex-post facto sanction  of  leave encashment  on  LTC may  be  considered  by  the sanctioning  authority  as  an  exception  in  deserving cases  within  the time  limit prescribed  for submission of claims for LTC.

3.  Whether encashment of Leave with LTC  can be availed  at the time when  the LTC is availed by the Government servant only or  can leave be encashed  at the time when LTC is availed by family members? 
A Govt. servant can be  permitted to encash earned leave  upto  10  days  either at  the  time of  availing LTC  himself  or when  his  family avails it, provided other conditions are satisfied.

4. Whether leave encashment should be revised on retrospective revision  of pay/D.A? 
In  terms  of  38-A  of  CCS(Leave)  Rules, encashment  of EL alongwith  LTC  is  to  be calculated  on pay admissible on the date of availing LTC+DA  admissible on  that  date.  If  pay  or  DA admissible  has been revised with retrospective effect,  the  Govt. servant  would  be  entitled  to encashment of Leave on the revised rates.

5. Whether encashment of Earned Leave allowed  to  a  Govt. servant  prior  to  his joining the  Central  Govt.  is  to   be  taken into account while retiring ceiling of leave encashment  on his  superannuation  and retirement from Central Govt.? 
Encashment  of EL  allowed  by  the  State Governments,  Public Sector  Undertakings, Autonomous  Bodies for  services  rendered  in  the concerned Govt. etc. need not be taken into accounl for  calculating the ceiling of   300 days  of   Earned leave to  be encashed as  per CCS(Leave) Rule.

6. Whether leave  encashment  can  be sanctioned  to  a  Govt.  servant  on  his superannuation while under suspension? 
Leave encashment can be sanctioned, however Rule 39(3)  of  CCS  (Leave) Rules,  1972  allows  with holding of leave encashment in the case of a Govt. servant who retires  from  service  on attaining  the age of  superannuation  while  under suspension  or while disciplinary  or  criminal  proceedings  are pending against him,  if  in  view  of  the  authority there  is  a possibility  of   some  money  becoming recoverable  from  him  on conclusion  of   the proceedings against  him. On conclusion of  the proceedings  he/she  will become  eligible  to  the amount so withheld after adjustment of Government dues, if any.

7.Whether leave encashment can be sanctioned  to  a  Govt.  servant  on  his dismissal/removal, from service? 
A  govt.  servant who  is  dismissed/removed  from service  or whose  services are terminated ceases to have any claim to leave at his credit from the date of such dismissal, as per rule 9(1).  Hence he is not entitled to any leave encashment.
8.  Whether interest is payable  on delayed payment of leave encashment dues? 
No, there is no provision in the CCS (Leave) Rule 1972 for payment of interest on leave encashment.
9. Whether  a Govt. servant  who  has  been granted study leave may be allowed  to resign  to  take  up  a post  in  other Ministries/Department  of  the Central Govt.  within the bond period? 
Yes, As per rule 50(5)(iii) a Govt. servants has to submit a bond  to  serve the Govt. for a period  of 3 years.  As the Govt. servant would  still be  serving the Govt. / Department he may be allowed to submit his technical resignation  to  take up another post
within the Central Govt.
10. Whether women employees  of Public sector  undertakings/Bodies  etc. Are entitled to CCL? 
Orders  issued  by  DOPT are not automatically applicable  to  the  employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies, Ranking industry etc. It is for the PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies to  decide the  applicability  of the  rules/instructions issued  for  the central Government employees  to their employees  in  consultation  with  their Administrative Ministries.

11. Whether Govt. servant can  be permitted  to leave  station/go abroad while on CCL? 
Child care leave is  granted to a woman employee to take care of the needs of the minor children. If the child is  studying abroad or the Govt. servant has to go abroad for taking care of the child, she may do so  subject to other conditions laid down for this purpose.

12. What  is  the intention  behind  the instruction that  CCL  is to  be  treated  like EL  and sanctioned as such? 
The intention  is  that  CCL  should be availed  with prior  approval  of  leave sanctioning authority  and that the combination  of  CCL with  other leave,  if any, should be  as per the restriction of combination with EL.  The restriction of the limit of  180 days at a stretch  as  applicable in the case of  EL  will  not apply in  case of CCL. The other conditions like CCL may  not be granted for less than  15 days or in more than 3 spells, etc., in a year, will apply.
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