Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MACP Scheme : Pay of seniors getting lesser salary than juniors to be hiked

Centre’s Career Progression Scheme

Pay of seniors getting lesser salary than juniors to be hiked Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 28
Removing certain anomalies in its career progression scheme, the Central government has ordered stepping up of pay of employees in cases where a senior is getting lower emoluments than his junior.
The disparities had arisen between employees who came under the scheme before 2006 and those who got benefits between 2006 and 2008 consequent to the implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (SPC). Orders issued by the Department of Personnel and Training earlier this month state, “It has been decided to allow stepping up of pay in such cases where the senior, but for the pay revision on account of the SPC, would have continued to draw higher pay”. A large number of Central government employees will be financially benefited by this order. The employees affected had taken up the matter with the government and the anomalies committee, following which the issue was examined by the Department of Expenditure. The government’s Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS), which granted two financial upgrades on completion of 12 and 24 years of regular service to employees who did not get promotion in the existing grade, was applicable up till August 2008. It was replaced in September 2008 by the Modified Career Progression Scheme. As the revised pay scales under SPC were applicable with effect from January 2006, those employees who received benefits under ACPS between 2006 to 2008 got financial upgrade in the revised scales. Consequently, senior employees who got benefit under ACPS prior to 1996 began drawing lesser pay than their juniors. The new order stipulates that for pay to be stepped up under the scheme, the junior and senior employee should belong to the same cadre and the posts in which they have been promoted or upgraded should be identical. Further, the senior employee should have been drawing equal or more pay than the junior before receiving ACPS benefits.

Memorandum By IRTSA to Railway Board Regarding 3rd MACP after 20 years of First Promotion or 10 years after 2nd Promotion or 30 years of Appointment

Memorandum By IRTSA to Railway Board Regarding 3rd MACP after 20 years of First Promotion or 10 years after 2nd Promotion or 30 years of Appointment

(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329. website

Central President, IRTSA
No.4, Sixth Street, TVS Nagar,

Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary, IRTSA
C.Hq.32, Phase 6, Mohali,

Date : 22.10.2012

Respected Sir,

Sub: MACPS - Reg: Grant of third financial upgradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion OR 10 years after second promotion OR 30 years after regular appointment - whichever is earlier.

Ref: 1.RBE No.101/2009, No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated - 10.06.2009,
2.RBE No.143/2012, No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated - 29.09.10
3. Railway Board's letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated - 29.12.2011
4.Office of CPO/ICF letter No.PB/S2/MACP, dated - 21.01.2010.

1. We bring to your kind notice the need for issuing a clarification about granting of 3rd Financial up gradation under MACP after completion of 20 years from the first promotion as per Railway Board's orders and clarifications cited above reg: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS).

2.  As per Board’s letter dated - 10.06.2009 cited above vide para 28, in the illustration - a Railway servant is eligible  to get the 3rd financial up-gradation under MACPS before the completion of 30 years of service from the date of initial appointment. The illustration shows that 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS shall be granted on completion of 8+10+10 = 28 years. – Annexure – I.

3.  Again in the illustration shown in the para-5 of the same letter referred above it is stated that “Promotions earned/upgradation granted under the (old) ACP Scheme in the past to those grades which now carry the same grade pay due to merger of pay scales/upgradations of posts recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting upgradations under MACPS” and clearly illustrates that service rendered prior to 1.1.2006 should be counted for financial upgradation under MACPS. – Annexure – II.

4.  Clarification on grant of third financial upgradation after the completion of 30 years from the initial appointment has been issued by Railway Board by vide RBE No.143/2010,No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, Dated 29.09.10, only to extend the financial upgradation to those employees who got two financial upgradations in 24 years, in the old ACP scheme without waiting for completion of 10 years from the date of their second financial upgradation on the old ACP scheme. This has been clarified in the point of doubt number -3 in the Railway Board’s letter. But for this clarification these employees would be eligible for their 3rd financial upgradation on completion of 34 years of service from the date of initial appointment. – Annexure – III.

5.  This principle has been emphasized in Railway Board’s letter No: No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated 29.12.2011. – Annexure – IV.

6. Some Zonal Railways / Production Units -  without understanding the principle of 3 financial upgradations, which can happen well before the completion of 30 years of service from the date of initial appointment - are denying the benefit of 3rd
financial upgradation on completion of 20 years of service from the date of first promotion, that is, granting 2nd Financial up gradation after the completion of 10 years from the first promotion received by the employee and subsequent 3rd Financial up gradation after the completion of 10 years from the second financial upgradation received by the employee including the service rendered by them prior to 1.1.2006 in the (old) ACP scheme. 

7. One example of denial of 3rd financial upgradation after the completion of 20 years of service from the date of first promotion, ignoring the service rendered prior to 1.9.2008 at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai - is attached in Annexure – V.

8. It is, therefore, requested to issue clarification to all Zonal Railways & Production Units to “Grant third financial upgradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion OR 10 years after second promotion Or 30 years  after regular appointment – whichever is earlier.” 

Yours’ faithfully, 
Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary, IRTSA

Source :     &



No. A-34012/01/2012-DE      
Government of India 
Ministry of Communications &IT 
Department of Posts, 
(DE Section) 

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg. 
New Delhi-110116     
Dated 19 th  October, 2012      

 1.       All Chief Postmasters General,      
 2.       All Postmasters General,      

 I am directed to invite a kind reference  to the letter of even number dated 8-10-2012 wherein a detailed schedule was  prescribed for holding of LDCE for Postmen/Mail guard and MTS      

 2. Subsequently, the nodal branch staff  section vide letter no. no. 45-2/2011-SPB.1 dated 18-10-2012 issued detailed  instructions to the circles for filling the vacancies by holding separate examinations  for each year vacancies and given specific schedule and to complete the process  by 30 th  June 2013.      

 3. In view of this revised position, the  schedule given by DE section has no more operative and the instructions dated  8-10-2012 is withdrawn with immediate effect. The circles are requested to  follow the guidelines issued by SPB.1 section letter no. 45-2/2011-SPB.1 dated  18-10-2012 scrupulously.      

 4.   This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.      

     Yours faithfully,      
 (K.Rameswara Rao)      
Assistant Director General (DE)    

Friday, October 19, 2012

India Post offers help to keep senior citizens safe at home

As part of the ongoing postal week, India Post (Maharashtra & Goa circle) is trying to get more senior citizens to open accounts in post offices. The department is also using their network to keep a watch on seniors. According to postal department sources, given that there has been a rise in crimes against senior citizens, the department wants to collaborate with Mumbai Police for safety of senior citizens
. A top postal official said, “We are oldest and biggest network, and a majority of senior citizens have savings and other accounts in post offices. So we can easily help the police initiate a dialogue with seniors. Besides, our postmen go from door to door and have first-hand knowledge about most of the families. If the police agree to work with us, we can chalk out a programme for senior citizens’ safety.”
Abha Singh, director of the India Post's Maharashtra and Goa circle, confirmed this initiative: “A formal proposal to the police will be sent out soon. We have eight lakh senior citizens’ accounts. We also have over 4,000 postmen/postwomen who have direct access to people and can help the police to register the elderly and identify vulnerable people, and when we sense something amiss, we can report it to the police.”
She claimed that ever since the postal department started delivering driving licenses, circulation of fake licenses has ceased.
On Friday, the department called a meeting of senior account holders in the Colaba post office, where a senior police inspector from the Colaba police station was called in to speak about safety measures.
The home ministry and Mumbai Police are currently receiving flak for the rise in crimes against seniors in the city. Home minister RR Patil and the commissioner of police visited seniors last week as part of a confidence boosting exercise. Along with a massive drive of registration for seniors, Patil has assured that policemen will be visiting elders on a regular basis.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Dear Comrades

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 9 - World Post Day...

About World Post Day: 9 October:
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.
The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. The celebration encourages member countries to undertake programme activities aimed at generating a broader awareness of their Post’s role and activities among the public and media on a national scale.
New products and services
Every year, more than 150 countries celebrate World Post Day in a variety of ways. In certain countries, World Post Day is observed as a working holiday. Many Posts use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. Some Posts also use World Post Day to reward their employees for good service.

Source: UPU


India Post is celebrating the National Postal Week starting w.e.f. 9th Oct 2012. Let us too celebrate it in every manner and bring more pride and honour to our Department.
9th Oct 2012: World Postal Day
11th Oct 2012: Savings Bank Day
12th Oct 2012: Mail Day
13th Oct 2012: Philatelic Day
14th Oct 2012: Business Development Day
15th Oct 2012: PLI Day
Every year on 9th October, World Postal Day is being celebrated. As a member of Universal Postal Union, India Post is celebrating National Postal Week.

ಪೋಸ್ಟ್, ಪೋಸ್ಟ್

ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆನೇ ಸುಬ್ಬ ಬಸ್ಟಾಂಡ್್ನಾಗೆ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದ. ಯಾಕಲಾ ಸುಬ್ಬ. ಯಾರಾದರೂ ಊರಿಂದ ಬರ್ತಾವ್ರೆ ಏನಲಾ. ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಕಲಾ ಬಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಚೀಲ ಬತ್ತದೆ ಕಾಯ್ತಾ ಇದೀನಿ ಅಂದ. ಸರಿ ಬಸ್ಸು ಬಂತು. ಒಂದು ಹತ್ತು ಚೀಲ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಬಂತು. ಅದಷ್ಟನ್ನೂ ಸೈಕಲ್್ಗೆ ಹಾಕ್ಕೊಂಡು ಹತ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂತಾ ಹೋದ. ಮಗಂದು ಚೀಲಕ್ಕೆ ಚಪ್ಪಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಾಕೊಂಡು ಧಪ್ ಅಂತಾ ಮಕಾಡೆ ಬಿದ್ದ. ಯಾಕಲಾ. ಏ ಥೂ ನಮ್ಮಪ್ಪ ನನ್ನ ಚಪ್ಪಲಿ ಹಾಕ್ಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗವ್ರೆ ಅಂದ. ಮಗಂದು ಕಾಲಿಗಿಂತ ಎರಡು ಇಂಚು ಉದ್ದನೇ ಇತ್ತು. ಅವರಪ್ಪ ರಿವಿಟ್ ಹೊಡೆಸಿದ್ದ. ಹರಿಬಾರದು ಅಂತಾ.

ಹತ್ತು ಹಳ್ಳಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮದು ಒಂದೇ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಆಫೀಸ್. ಮಗಾ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಹತ್ತಾದರೂ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಹಂಚುತಾನೇ ಇರ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದ. ಯಡಿಯೂರಪ್ಪಂಗೆ ಸಾನೇ ಬಯ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದ. ಯಾಕಲಾ, ಲೇ ಯಡಿಯೂರಪ್ಪ ತಾನು ಸೈನ್ ಆಗಕ್ಕೆ ವಿಧವಾ ಪೆನ್ಸನ್, ಸಂಧ್ಯಾ ಸುರಕ್ಸಾ ಅಂತಾ ಹಿಂಗೆ ಸಾನೇ ಯೋಜನೆ ಮಾಡಿದಾನೆ ಅವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಹಂಚೋ ಅಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟು ಹೊತ್ತು ಆಯ್ತದೆ ಕಲಾ. 70ಕೆಜಿ ಇದ್ದೋನು 30ಕೆಜಿ ಆಗಿದೀನಿ. ಇದು ಹಿಂಗೇ ಮುಂದುವರೆದ್ರೆ ಮಿ.ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಆಯ್ತೀನಿ ಕಲಾ  ಅಂದ ಸುಬ್ಬ. ಸರೀ ಅಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ವಿಧವೆ ಗಂಗಮ್ಮ ಬಂದ್ಲು. ಬೀದಿ ದೀಪದಾಗೆ ಆ ಯಮ್ಮನ ಮನಿ ಆರ್ಡರ್ ಹುಡುಕಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟ. ನಿನ್ನ ಹೆಂಡ್ತಿಗೂ ಹಿಂಗೆ ದುಡ್ಡು ಬರಂಗೆ ಆಗ್ಲಿ ಅಂತಾ ಆಸೀರ್ವಾದ ಮಾಡಿದ್ಲು. ಏ ಥೂ. ಅಂದರೆ ನಾನು ಸಾಯಬೇಕಾ ಅಂದ.
ಸರಿ ತೊಳಚ್ಯಾನಾಯ್ಕ ಬಂದು ನಂಗೆ ಯಾವುದು ಕಾಗಜ ಬಂದಿಲ್ವೇನ್ಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲ ಕಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಅಂಗಾರೆ ನೀನೆ ಬರೆದು ಕಾಗಜ ಹಾಕಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಮಗನೇ ನೀನೇನು ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಮಾವನಾ ಅಂತಾ ಬಯ್ದ. ಸುಬ್ಬನ ಜೋಬ್ನಾಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸಾವಿರ ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಇತ್ತು . ಇದೇನಲಾ ಇಟೊಂದು ಕಾಸು ಮಡಿಗಿದಿಯಾ. ಲೇ ಪೆನ್ಸನ್ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕೊಟ್ಟಾಗ ಪಿರುತಿಗೆ ಅಂತಾ ಜನಾ ಹತ್ತು ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಕೊಡ್ತಾರೆ ಅಂದ. ಏ ಥೂ. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ನಿಮ್ಮಿಂದನೇ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆಳು ನೆಗೆದು ಬಿದ್ದು ಹೋಗ್ತಿರೋದು ಅಂದೆ.
ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆನೇ ನಿಂಗನ ಚಾ ಅಂಗಡಿ ತಾವ ಸೇರಿದ್ವಿ. ಗೌಡಪ್ಪ ಬಂದೋನೆ ಒಂದು ಕಾಗಜ ಬರೆಯಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಏನ್ರೀ ಗೌಡ್ರೆ, ಬಸಮ್ಮ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗವ್ಳೆ . ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಟವರ್ ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಕಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಸರಿ ಬೊಗಳಿರಿ ಅಂದ ಸುಬ್ಬ. ಲೇ ಬಸವಿ, ಪಿರುತಿಯಿಂದ. ನೀನು ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಸಾನೇ ದಿನಾ ಆಗೈತೆ. ಲಕ್ಸ್ಮೀ ಊಟನೇ ಮಾಡ್ತಾ ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಯಾರು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮಗಳಾ ಅಲ್ಲಾ ಕಲಾ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಸ. ಏ ಥೂ. ಸರಿ ಮುಂದೆ ಹೇಳಿ. ಬಸಮ್ಮ ನೀನು ಸರಿಯಾದ ಟೇಮಿಗೆ ಮುದ್ದೆ ಹಂಗೇ ಬಸ್ಸಾರು ತಿನ್ನು. ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ವಾಕಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡು. ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ರಮ್ಯನ ತರಾ ಇದ್ದೋಳು ರಕ್ಸಿತಾ ಆಗೋಯ್ತ್ಯಾ. ಅಂಗೇ ಮಕ್ಕೊಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ಸೊಳ್ಳೆ ಪರದೆ ಕಟ್ಕೊ, ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಚಿಕೂನ್ ಗುನ್ಯಾ ಬತ್ತದೆ. ಆಮ್ಯಾಕೆ ಕೈ ಕಾಲು ಹಿಡ್ಕಂಡು ರೋಬೋಟ್ ತರಾ ಆಯ್ತ್ಯಾ. ಅಂಗೇ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರ ಹೋಗಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ಸಾನೇ ಪೌಡರ್ ಹಚ್ಕೊ ಜನಕ್ಕೆ ನೀನು ಯಾರು ಅಂತಾ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗಬಾರದು. ದೃಷ್ಟಿ ಬಟ್ಟು ಇಟ್ಕೊ. ಅದೂ ಕಪ್ಪು ಪೆನ್ಸಿಲ್ನಾಗೆ. ಅಂತಿದ್ದಾಗೆನೇ ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಇನ್ ಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಲೆಟರ್ ಆಗಕ್ಕಿಲ್ಲಾ. ಇದನ್ನ A4 ಸೀಟ್ನಾಗೆ ಬರೆದು ರಿಜಿಸ್ಟರ್ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಅಂದಾ ಸುಬ್ಬ.
ಅಟ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ನಿಂಗ ಚಾ ಹುಯ್ಯದು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ನನಗೂ ಒಂದು ಕಾಗಜ ಬರೆದು ಕೊಡಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಸರಿ ಹೇಳು. ಅಂಗೇ ಫ್ರೀ ಚಾ ಕೊಡು ಅಂದ ಸುಬ್ಬ. ಯಾರಿಗಲಾ ಇದು. ನಮ್ಮವ್ವಂಗೆ ಕಲಾ ಅಂದ ನಿಂಗ. ಅವ್ವಾ ಹೆಂಗೆ ಇದೀಯಾ. ನಾನು ಸಂದಾಕಿದೀನಿ. ನೀನು ಸಂದಾಕಿದ್ದೀಯಾ ಎಂದು ನಂಬಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಪೈಲ್ಸ್ ಇರೋದ್ರಿಂದ ಸಾನೇ ಮೆಣಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ತಿನ್ಬೇಡ. ಫಾರಿನ್ ಸೌಚಾಲಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗು. ಮುಂದೆ ಹೇಳಲಾ. ನಮ್ಮ ಮನ್ಯಾಗೆ ಪಾರ್ವತಿ ಕರಾ ಹಾಕಿದ್ಲು. ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಒಂದು ಗಂಟೆಗೆ ಸತ್ತೋಯ್ತು. ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ಸಾಲ ಮಾಡಿ ತಂದಿದ್ದ ಎಮ್ಮೆ ಹುಲ್ಲು ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ತಿಂದು ನಿಗರ್್ಕಂಡೈತೆ. ಆಮ್ಯಾಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ ಪಕ್ಕದೋಳು ರಂಗಿ ರಾಜನ ಜೊತೆ ಓಡೋದ್ಲು. ಇನ್ನು ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ದೊಡ್ಡ ನಿಂಗ. ಮರದಿಂದ ಬಿದ್ದು ಕಾಲು ಮುರಿದುಕೊಂಡವ್ನೆ. ಆಮ್ಯಾಕೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಇಂದಾ ನಂಗೂ ಸಾನೇ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ನೋವು. ಒಂದು ಹತ್ತು ಕಿತಾ ಕೆರೆತಾವ ಹೋಗಿ ಬಂದಿದೀನಿ.ಈಗ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರಾಗೆ ಹೋಗ್ತಾ ಇದೀನಿ ಚಾ ಅಂಗಡಿ ನೀರು ತುಂಬಿ ಬರೀ ಸ್ಟೌವ್ ಮಾತ್ರ ಉಳಕೊಂಡೈತೆ  ಅಂದ ನಿಂಗ. ಅಯ್ಯೋ ನಿನ್ನ ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಹಳೇ ಕಲಗಚ್ಚು ಹುಯ್ಯಾ. ನೋಡಲಾ ಮುಂಚೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ಯಲಾ ಸಂದಾಕಿದೀನಿ ಅಂತಾ ಅವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಟು ಹಾಕಿ  "start immidietly. come to halli" ಅಂತಾ ಒಂದು ಟೆಲಿಗ್ರಾಂ ಕೊಡು ಸಾಕು, ಏ ಥೂ. ಕಾಗಜ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಮಗಾ ಪಠ್ಯ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಅನ್ಕಂಡವ್ನೆ ಅಂದ ಸುಬ್ಬ.
ಅಟ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಗೌಡಪ್ಪ ಬಂದೋನು ಲೇ ನನ್ನ ಎರಡನೇ ಹೆಂಡರಿಗೆ ವಿಧವಾ ಪೆನ್ಸನ್ ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲಾ ಕಲಾ ಅಂದ. ಏ ನೀವು ಬದುಕೇ ಇದೀರಲ್ರಿ. ಲೇ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಗಂಡ ಬದುಕೇ ಇರಬೇಕು ಅಂತಾ ಏನು ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಯಾರು ಬೇಕಾದ್ರೂ ತಗೋಬೋದು ಅಂದ. ಏ ಥೂ. ಮಗಾ ಗೌಡಪ್ಪ ಮನೇಲ್ಲಿ ಇರೋರಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಪೆನ್ಸನ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ್ದ. ಏ ಥೂ.
ಸರಿ ಸುಬ್ಬ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆನೇ ಜಮೀನಿಗೆ ಹೊಂಟಿದ್ದ. ಯಾಕಲಾ. ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಆಫೀಸ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟೇನ್ಲಾ ಅಂದೆ. ಹೂಂ ಕಲಾ. ಎಲ್ಲಾರಿಗೂ ನಾನೇ ಕಾಗಜ ಬರೆದು ಕೊಡೋದು ನೋಡಿದ ಆಫೀಸರ್. ಹಿಂಗೆ ಬಿಟ್ರೆ ನನ್ನ ಬುಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬತ್ತಾನೆ ಅಂತಾ ಕೆಲಸದಿಂದ ತೆಗೆದಿದಾರೆ ಅಂದ. ಗೌಡಪ್ಪ ನಾಳೆಯಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಡ್ಯೂಟಿಗೆ ಹಾಜರಾಗು. ಹೆಂಗಿದ್ರೂ ಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಕಿಸ್ನ ಲೀವ್್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದಾನೆ , ನಾಳೇನೇ ಬಂದು ಜಾಯ್ನಾಗು ಅಂದು ನಗೋನು

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Work overload isn’t part and parcel, say postmen wanting out

More and more postal dept staff are opting for VRS to escape 10-hr shifts brought on by acute staff shortage 
At a time when the email has taken second place to social networking sites as a primary tool of communication, the city’s snail mail department is struggling with piles of undelivered mail — not because snail mail is back in fashion, but that there are too few postmen to deliver letters.
 Add to this extra workload the pressure from bosses to get more customers for postal savings schemes and marketing mini-refrigerators, and it’s no wonder that more and more postal staff are opting for voluntary retirement. 

Y N Bambale, secretary, National Federation of Employees Union (Pune) — the national-level postal employees union — and post officer at Ghorpadi post office, claims postal department employees are working more than 10 hours per day and blames the shortfall in staff on the existing recruitment policy. “Recruitment is done only for posts vacated due to retirement, about five per year on an average.

However, there is no recruitment to fill posts vacated due to employees taking voluntary retirement and death,” Bambale said.

Now, the situation is so bad that only Speed Posts and registered letters are getting delivered, while letters franked with basic postage are piling up and delivery of these ‘ordinary’ letters is delayed by anything up to two months.

“We want to give our customers the best possible service, but it has become a practical impossibility as there are very few staffers to do the work. Our priority is Speed Post letters, which contain important documents like passports, PAN cards, driving licenses and legal notices.

Only after delivering Speed Post letters do we get time for ‘ordinary’ letters, but these are equally important nowadays as government job interview letters are sent via normal post,” added Bambale.

On an average, says V V Muley (52), accountant at the Pune General Post Office (GPO), a postman delivers 400 letters per day in one area.

“In addition to the huge number of letters to be delivered, postal employees are given targets just like private banks to bring in business by getting people to open new saving accounts or sell ‘Chotu Kool’ refrigerators as part of a tie-up of the Indian postal department with appliance major Godrej. Letters are piling up as there is no one to deliver them,” Muley said.

Fiftysix-year-old R S Dighe, a postman with Hadapsar P.O. with 25 years of service, said one postman has two areas under him now, but earlier, two postmen would be given one area to take care of. “We’re all really fed up of this situation and want more people to be recruited. It is affecting our credibility,” Dighe said. 

In all, there are 110 post offices in the city, which are divided into East and West zones with 62 and 58 post offices falling under them respectively. “Since the last few months, there is tremendous workload especially on the postmen and Group D employees — office boys, peons and housekeeping staff.

Presently, I’m delivering to two areas, including Magarpatta City, which is a huge commercial and residential area. I need a minimum of eight hours to cover one section of this, which makes it impossible for me to deliver letters to other societies and offices in the area the same day,” Dighe said. Muley added, “If a postman is unable to achieve his daily target and deliver the ordinary letters, he is punished in various ways like transfers, withholding increments and sometimes, even suspension from duties.” S Badhekar, a former postman with Hadpsar P.O. who opted for voluntary retirement a couple of months ago, told Mirror, “I have been feeling the pressure over the last one year. I couldn’t work for ten hours everyday. The main problem is shortage of staff at the city’s post offices. I decided to quit and stay home instead.” R K Jayabhaye, Director, Postal Services for Pune, said, “Yes, there is shortage of staff and postmen are having to deliver to more than one area. Recruitment will solve this problem.
There are various reasons letters being delivered late, and they have to do with the delivery process — sometimes the address is wrong, or wrong stamps were affixed. One cannot blame the system or staff shortage. Recruitment is an ongoing process. Every three years. we review all the post offices in the city and fill vacant posts accordingly.” According to the department, 131 postmen’s posts are lying empty in both the East and West zones. Recruitment has been cleared for 80 posts and is expected to be completed in the next six months. However, there is a shortage of 45 Group D employees, but no announcement has been made regarding recruitment for them till date.
By Dheeraj Bengrut
Courtsey :, Oct 6, 2012 



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NFPE Protesting against revised Postal Policy 2012

The Points stressed in the meeting held on 01.10.2012 with the Secretary and Postal Board Members on the  revised postal board policy 2012 by the Secretary General and General Secretaries of NFPE is recorded in a form of letter addressed to Postal Board. The letter is reproduced here under for the consumption of all viewers.

(Central Heads Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office, New Delhi – 110001
Ref: NFPE/NPP 2012/GENL/2012                             Dated 01.10.2012


Mrs. Suneetha Trivedi
Member (Planning)
Postal Services Board
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001


Sub: -  Discussion on National Postal Policy 2012.
Ref: -   (i) Your DO No. 27-69/2011 dated 18.09.2012
            (ii) Meeting held at Dak Bhawan on 01.10.2012

Kindly refer to the proceedings of the meeting held at Dak Bhawan under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Department of Posts on 01.10.2012, on the above subject. The viewpoints expressed by the NFPE and its affiliated unions on the specific issues of unbundling of functions and introduction of an independent regulator for Indian Postal market is summarized below:

(a)   Theory of level playing field and its negative impact in the Indian situation
In the National Postal Policy 2012 it is stated that it is essential to allow free interplay of market forces and consequent stabilization of the Postal market. This means opening up of entry in the Postal market for national/international courier companies by granting licence for which amendment to the Indian Post office Act 1898 is a must.

In India more than 70% of the population lives in rural villages and the Department of Posts is the sole service provider in the rural areas, through it’s a vast network of more than 1,55000 post offices. It is an admitted fact that, even now couriers are not providing postal services in the rural areas. On getting licence they will restrict their area of operation to the metro cities/cities and shall capture a major share of Postal sector revenue. About 70% of the revenue of India Post is from metro cities/cities. The remaining rural villages where 70% of the population resides is contributing less than 30% of the revenue earned by India Post.

If competition is allowed, it will never be a fair competition in a level playing field. Aggressive competition will take place in the profit making city areas and vast majority of the loss making rural areas will be left to the India Post. This will result in further increasing the loss incurred by the Postal Department and will lead to the natural death of the India Post within a short span of time as the slogan is – “survival of the fittest.”

The experience in the telecom sector clearly manifested that the private telecom operators never cared to provide landline connections in the rural areas, inspite of inclusion of a separate clause to this effect in the licences granted to them, instead they opted to pay the meagre amount of fine imposed on them for violation of the compulsory clause of provision of rural landline connections. The Government and the regulator has always taken a lenient view towards private operators. In the Postal also the same thing will happen.

(b)   Amendment to the Indian Post office Act 1898
We do agree that many of the clauses of the Indian Post office Act 1898 has become obsolete and many changes are to be incorporated therein, especially in the context of induction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Postal Services. But the amendment envisaged in the National Postal Policy 2012 is quite unwarranted. By amending the Act, the Government want to end the monopoly of the Department of Posts in collection, processing, conveyance and delivery of letter mail articles. This is mainly to facilitate entry of the private courier companies to compete in the letter mail sector.

Earlier also Government has brought a bill called “Indian Post office Act Amendment bill” in the Parliament for this purpose. The bill was referred to the Standing committee of Ministry of Communications and IT. The Committee after hearing all the stake holders including the courier companies had given its report in which it was clearly recommended that the exclusive privilege of collection, processing, conveyance and delivery of letter mail articles should remain with the Postal itself. This being the position the present move to again bring an amendment is against interest of the people at large and the customers in particular. It is pertinent to mention that in many foreign countries, the exclusive privileges of letter mail is being preserved with the Government function and the existing right shall not be removed at any cost.

(c) Road map to privatisation
Government of India wants to open or liberalise the Indian Postal Sector for providing unhindered entry of the private sector. In the long run, the Government may withdraw from its responsibility to provide postal services to the public through Govt. owned Department of Posts. The ultimate aim and hidden agenda of the National Postal Policy 2012 is to give maximum patronage to the private sector and the “public-private partnership”, “unbundling of functions” etc are mainly intended for achieving this goal.

In the telecom, the government refused to grant permission to the Government owned BSNL for providing the value added cellular mobile services in India. Licences were granted to all other private cellular mobile companies and they charged exhorbitant rates for incoming and outgoing calls. Only after six years, that too after prolonged struggle by the BSNL employees and due to mounting public opinion, the Government reluctantly granted licence to BSNL also. If this can happen in Telecom, one can very well imagine what will be attitude of the Government and the fate of Department of Posts.

(d) We oppose the neo-liberal reforms
      NFPE as an organisation of the Postal employees has been fighting against the neo-liberal globalization policies of the Government of India from 1991 onwards. When many countries where this reforms are implemented are reverting back, we are at a loss to understand why Government of India is going ahead with the reforms in the Indian Postal Sector. In fact, in the preamble of the draft National Postal Policy itself it is admitted that – “though the principle of separation of regulator and operator is widely discussed, it is yet to find universal acceptance”
      In the above circumstances going ahead with the institutional reforms such as unbundling of functions i.e.; operation, regulation and policy making in the Postal Sector will be suicidal. We strongly oppose unbundling and setting up of separate regulator.

(e) Department of Posts can itself regulate the Postal market in India
      Instead of creating a separate regulator, the Department of Post itself can regulate the Postal market by framing necessary rules and by increasing the power of the Postal Board and at the same time keeping its monopoly over the letter mail.

In view of the above NFPE demands the Government of India and the Postal Administration to desist from any move to unbundle the functions and also from the move to appoint separate regular for Indian Postal market.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General, NFPE