Friday, May 31, 2013

Chief PMG Kerala retiring today

Madam Shoba Koshy, Chief PMG Kerala is retiring on superannuation today after more than 4 years of service as Chief PMG Kerala. The Association acknowledges with gratitude the support, guidance and co-operation extended by Madam to us in all spheres of work and wishes Mam a very happy and prosperous  retired life. We will miss u Mam...........

  The Office bearers of the Association along with other members from Trivandrum met Chief PMG today afternoon for extending a formal farewell. 

Members of the Assn: and AD (PMU) with Chief PMG Smt.  Shoba Koshy in  her chamber today afternoon


Sunday, May 26, 2013

GS writes to Secretary (P) on the issue of repatriation of Group B officers to home circles

No. CHQ/IPASP/PS-Gr.B/Repatriation/2013                               Dated : 25/5/2013

Ms. P. Gopinath,
Department of Post,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi-110001.

Subject: Request for repatriation of PS Group B officers.

Respected Madam,

Madam, Department of Post under your dynamic leadership is very eagerly and keenly transforming all the Post Offices into a vital network capable of serving the customer with all sophisticated services. Your kind honour policy decisions relating to core banking beside others are being faithfully implemented in the field by key level managers’ i.e IP/ASP or S/SPOs.            

But at the same time department is not moderately solving problems of the cadre. There is acute shortage of IP/ASP/JTS/STS manpower in almost all the Postal Circle and every cadre man is overburdened. This is adversely effecting the implementations of many upcoming projects in Department of Posts. In many Circles upto 80% of Group “A” post are lying vacant and PS Group “B” officers are officiating against these posts constantly for several years creating resultant vacancies in Group “B” and imbalances upto IP/ASPs level. Apparently, shortage of head of the Divisions is being ignored altogether. Whereas IPoS officers are being given convenient postings even on adjusting them at leave vacancies. There is no reason that our cadreman may not be adjusted by downgrading JTS/STS post particularly when they have more convincing grounds. 

 It is therefore fervently requested to your kind honour to restore the lost ground of Circles by ordering to repatriate all Group “B” officers to their parent Circles, post them on vacant posts of Group “A” cadre by downgrading these to Group ‘B’ posts temporarily till eligible Group A officers are not made available so that they can function as effectively as ever and take active part in the process of quick transformation.    

Favourable action is requested.
Yours sincerely, 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

GDS & Casual Labourers-update

1.      Postal Board has sent the proposal for introducing Health Insurance Scheme to    GDS, to Finance Ministry for approval.
2.      GDS Bonus ceiling limit raising – Finance Ministry has again returned the file with adverse comments.
3.      Casual Labourers Committee recommendations have been considered by the Postal Board and proposal of the Postal Board is being sent to Finance Ministry for approval. Kerala CAT also directed the Department to communicate its decision on the Casual Labour committee’s recommendations to the CAT.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Supplementary Group B DPC -update

The requisite information relating to the supplementary Group B DPC has been sent from Kerala Circle on 22.5.13. 

ASP Adhoc postings in Central Region

1. Sri.Jayakumar N S, IP(Mails) to be ASP, Ernakulam Sub Division vice Smt.Sukumary Joseph transferred as PM, Irinjalakuda
2. Smt.E.K.Jayasree IP(OS) RMS 'CT' Dn to be ASP OD Idukki Division - Post Vacant

ASP posting in Central Region

1. Sri.Shajan David, ASP, Lakshadweep to be Postmaster Thrissur HO
2.  Sri.M.K.Prakash, ASP(HQ) Aluva Dn to be ASP, Lakshadweep
3. Smt.Lolitha M Antony ASP Thrissur South Sub Dn to be ASP Irinjalakuda Sub Dn in slight modification of the earlier orders

Posting on Promotion to IP Cadre in Central Region

1. Smt.Deepa R, PA Mavellikkara Division posted as IP(PG), Ernakulam Dn
2. Sri.Baiju Kumar, B L PA Trivanrum Dn to be IP Thrissur North Sub Division
3. Sri.Sajesh, N M PA Aluva Division to be IP Peermade Sub Division
4. Sri.Bobby John, PA Changanassery to be IP Munnar Sub Division
5. Sri.Saji P K PA, Kottayam Dn to be IP(PG), Idukki Division

Transfer and Posting orders in IP cadre Central Region

1. Smt.J.Jesna, IP(PG), Ernakulam Dn to be IP(Mails), RO Kochi
2. Sri.Joymon, IP, Munnar, Idukki Dn to be IP(TGY), RO Kochi
3. Sri.A K Prasanth IP(PG), Trivandrum North Division allotted to CR to be IP, Paravur Sub Division, Aluva Division

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Temporary Diversion of posts in SR

Vide Memo No. Est/3-2/2003 dated 20.5.13, CO has issued the following orders:

1.Post of Dy. SP TVM(N) Dn. has been diverted to Circle Office as Officer on Special Duty (OSD)

2.Post of ASP (Philately), Circle Office has been diverted to TVM(N) Dn as ASP(OD).

  The above orders will be with immediate effect and until further orders.

Monday, May 20, 2013

New posts/roles for Association Office bearers

  President, Secretary and Treasurer of our Association have taken on new responsibilities. Sri. T.M.Krishnaswamy, Circle President has been promoted to PS Group B on  adhoc basis and posted as Officer on Special Duty, RO Calicut. He is expected to join this week. Sri. Ajith Kurian, Our Circle Secretary has been posted as Manager, SPC Trivandrum. He has assumed charge last week. Our Treasurer, Sri. Manoj who has been posted as Postmaster, Palakkad HO took charge last month. 

  Other movements made so far  pursuant to the recent orders of transfer are as follows:

1. Smt. Sarada has joined as ASP Ottappalam Sub Dn
2. Smt. Indira joined as PM Ottappalam
3. Sri. Salim Kumar joined as ASP (Philately), CO
4. Smt. O.R.Sheeja joined as ASP(HQ), TVM (N).
5. Smt. Lekshmi joined as ASP(LC), CO

Best wishes to all our members in their new venture...........

Friday, May 17, 2013

Transfers in ASP cadre in Central Region

                                  PMG CR memo no.ST/42-21/2011 dated 15.5.2013

Part I

              Smt.AnjaliKrishnan.L, ASP(HQ), Mavellikkara Division ordered to be relieved from the post and directed to join as ASP(OD) Thiruvalla Division

Part II

           1.  Sri.M.J.George, ASP Alappuzha Sub Division to be ASP(HQ) Mavelikara Division Vice Part I above.
           2.  Sri.P.J.James, ASP(HQ), Idukki Division to be ASP, Aluva Sub Division vide post vacant
           3.  Smt.Lolitha M Antony, ASP Thrissur South Sub Division to be ASP(HQ), Idukki Division vice sl.2 above.

Part III

           1.  Sri.V.Rajeev, IP(Tgy), o/o PMG, CR, Kochi to be offtg.ASP Alappuzha Sub Division vice Sl 1 Part II
           2.  Smt.Anju Thyagarajan, IP(PG), Idukki Division to be offtg.ASP, Thrissur South Sub Dn vice sl no.3 Part II.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Adhoc promotions/postings in ASP cadre in NR

PMG(NR) vide letter No. Staff/1-5/2011 dated 10.5.13 has issued the following orders:

1. Sri. P.S.Jayesh, ASP(Tgy), CO allotted to NR posted as Postmaster Kannur HO.

2. Smt. P.Deepthi, IP, RMS CT Dn promoted to the cadre of ASPOs, on adhoc basis and posted as ASP RMS 3rd Sub Dn at Shornur.

Hearty Congrats to the officers and all the very best in the new venture.....

GDS Appointments-CBI raid in Bihar

PATNA: The CBI on Friday conducted raids at 16 different places located in Sitamarhi and Samastipur districts in connection with the irregularities detected in the appointment of Gramin Dak Sevaks. These appointments were made by the postal department in 2008 and 2012.
Confirming the raids, CBI DIG B K Singh said the CBI sleuths detected 17 such appointments in Sitamarhi and 13 in Samastipur district. "Though no arrest has been made so far in the matter, a thorough investigation is on to nab the real culprits behind such appointments," he said. Singh said the appointments were made after preparing a merit list on the basis of marks obtained in class X by the candidates irrespective of their board. All these 30 candidates were prima facie appointed on the basis of fake Madhyama certificates purportedly issued by Sanskrit Shiksha Board, he said.
(Source: Times of India, Patna)

Square Communications to be Creative Partner of India Posts

Government postal agency India Post has empanelled Square Communications as its creative partner. The multi-agency pitch process began in early 2012 in Delhi. The agency will handle all above the line and below the line requirements of the overall brand (India Post) and its five product services - IMO (instant money order, EMO (electronic transmission of money order), speed post, postal life insurance and parcels - across India.The business size is said to be in the range of Rs 5-10 crore.
In 2009, afaqs! had reported how India Post had given its creative and media mandate to Span Communications. Prior to that, the account was being serviced by Ogilvy, which helped in India Post's new branding makeover and created its new logo in 2008.Naveent Kapoor, President and CEO, Square Communications, says the agency will conceptualise and create a complete 360 degree campaigns for the postal service. Besides, TV, radio and outdoor, the agency will handle digital requirements. In fact, the agency is in talks to create a postal app and a microsite for each of the products offered by India Post. "We are aiming to emphasis on the concept of India Post delivering values," he says.
While, the agency has suggested a branding activity at airports, there are also talks on intra-communication solution within the organisation. Out of its 1,55,015 post offices, only 25000 are in urban areas. In rural areas, there is a lack of communication among the staff, who don't have in-depth knowledge about the different services. So, we have suggested workshops in India Post's 22 circles in India," Kapoor explains. He also points out that a TV, print and radio campaign is expected to come out by June.As for the branding challenges India Post might face, Kapoor states that while speed post and courier service is a challenge for the organisation, it has a huge spread and network across the country in terms of money order and parcels, especially in non-urban areas.
Square Communications is a Delhi-based creative agency. Some of its clients include Narayana Institute, Fly Mobile, Aashiyana Group of Companies, and is an empanelled agency for Delhi Tourism, Western Railway, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), GAIL India Ltd, ndian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd.(IRCTC).

Red Signal from Ministry of Finance to the banking plans of India Post

Mumbai: The finance ministry has opposed India Post’s plan to seek a commercial banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on grounds that the postal service doesn’t have the expertise needed in relevant areas, such as handling credit.
India Post is keen to set up a commercial bank called the Post Bank of India, arguing that it can significantly boost financial inclusion in Asia’s third largest economy through its nationwide network of 155,000 post offices.This will also allow the organization, which posted a loss of Rs.6,346 crore in fiscal 2012, to make up for business dropping off over the years as letter writing dwindled and private courier firms took away market share.Losses have significantly increased in recent years on account of higher expenses.
However, the finance ministry’s department of financial services doubts India Post’s ability to set up and run a bank, according to a senior postal department official who didn’t want to be named.Some of the country’s large public sector banks have also been lobbying against the proposal, concerned that India Post, with its vast branch network, could pose a threat to their business, said the official, who’s directly involved with the proposal.
“The larger idea of setting up a bank is to further the cause of financial inclusion. Entry of India Post into banking can significantly help address this situation,” the official said.However, “They (finance ministry officials) are asking too many questions. Why (do) you need a bank? What is your expertise to run a bank?” the official said.India Post is engaged in several related functions, such as running a savings bank scheme, selling tax-saving instruments and accepting public provident fund deposits. The government also uses post office accounts to route payments to beneficiaries as part of the rural jobs programme and the direct transfer of subsidies.A former government official said the postal department should focus on its existing business.“It is totally illogical for the postal department to enter into banking. They do not have the experience in handling credit or the ability to manage a bank,” said D.K. Mittal, who was finance secretary till recently.“Mere experience in collecting deposits under the post office scheme is not enough. The department should ideally focus on improving their core activity.”According to Mittal, the department should adopt new technology and try to become profitable instead of diversifying operations.Emails to financial services secretary Rajiv Takru last week remained unanswered.
RBI invited applications from private and public sector entities in February to set up banks, three years after former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee made the suggestion and nine years after the last round of licences were issued.The application deadline expires on 1 July. The minimum capital required by applicants is Rs.500 crore.


Interim GB postponed

Interim General Body/Farewell meeting scheduled to be held on 26th May, 2103 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. Revised date will be informed shortly. All the Members are requested to take note.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New DPS(HQ) for Kerala Circle

Sri.Sayeed Rashid ((2003 batch) has been posted as DPS(HQ) Kerala Circle in place of Sri. A.Govindarajan transferred and posted as DPS(HQ) Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai. Sri. Sayeed Rashid is presently on deputation with Government of Kerala as Director LBS. The full list is furnished below:

1.   Shri.J.T.Venkateswaralu, 1994, DPS (HQ) TN Circle, Chennai posted as DPS, CCR, TN Circle.
2. Dr.N.Vinod Kumar, 1994, Director, PLI Investment Dn, Mumbai, Maharashtra posted as DPS (HQ), Maharashtra Circle.
3. Ms.Shoba Madhale, 1994, Director, Mumbai GPO, Maharashtra Circle posted as Director (Mails & SP), Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai.
4. Shri.T.Manmingthang, 1994, DPS, Manipur (Imphal), NE Circle posted as Director, Mumbai GPO, Maharashtra Circle.
5. Ms.S.S.Kujur, 1995, DPS (HQ), Jharkhand Circle, Ranchi posted as Director, PLI, Kolkatta, West Bengal Circle.
6. Shri.M.U.Abdali, 1995, DPS (HQ), Bihar Circle, Patna posted as Director (PMU), Dte, New Delhi.
7. Ms.Manisha Mishra, 1997, DPS Gurgaon, Haryana Circle posted as Director (Tech), Dte.
8. Shri.V.S.Jayasankar, DPS, Southern Region, Madurai posted as DPS, Western Region, Coimbatore.
9. Shri.A.Govindarajan, 2000, DPS (HQ), Kerala Circle, Thiruvananthapuram posted as DPS (HQ), Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai.
10. Shri.Parimal Sinha, 2001, Director (Mails & SP), Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai posted as DPS (HQ), Bihar Circle, Patna.
11. Shri.Ashok Kumar Yadav, 2004 adhoc, Jt Director, RAKNPA, Ghaziabad posted as DPS, Gorakhpur, UP Circle.
12. Shri.Sayeed Rashid, 2003, on deputation to Govt of Kerala posted in adhoc JAG as DPS (HQ), Kerala Circle, Thiruvananthapuram.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

CHQ News: LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 likely to delayed.

It is learnt from Postal Directorate that, due to filing of CAT cases individualy by candidates at various benches in connection with last years examination and as per the decision taken by Directorate to recast the marks of the said examiantion, this years PS Gr. B Examination is likely to be delayed. Recasting of marks of PS Gr. B examination 2012 is said to be entrusted to Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA) Gaziabad.

MGNREGS Payments at Post Offices through Electronic Fund Management System(eFMS)

State Governments have entrusted post offices to disburse wages to workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Such disbursal of wages is done either through worker’s wage accounts or Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) accounts. On receipt of the wage list and funds from the State Government, the post offices credit the amount to the worker’s accounts. Workers withdraw the amount from the accounts at their convenience.

Department of Posts has rolled out Electronic Fund Management System (eFMS) in 46 pilot districts of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through post offices enabling electronic credit of wages in worker’s accounts for speedy disbursal of wages to workers.

This information was given by Dr. (Smt.) Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for C&IT in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source : PIB

Shortage of stamps in POs

Posting letters is becoming a costly affair with the post offices in the state suffering from an acute shortage of postal stamps of smaller denominations for the last few weeks.

Though most of the unions and employees in the branch post offices point to the recent employee strike called by postal employees from Central Region, Kochi, the authorities have something else to say. According to the Chief Postmaster General, Kerala Circle, the shortage in the supply of stamps from the India Security Press (ISP), Nasik, is the cause.

“The employee strike is not affecting the stamp distribution process. This was a totally different issue. Stamps are issued to post offices by the Circle Stamp Depot (CSD) following the intents sent by them. The intents are sent according to the estimated requirement for each year. This year, when the estimate was given, the CSD suggested to divert the excess stamps remaining in each circle. The delay in this process is what resulted in the shortage,” said Smt. Shoba Koshy, Chief Post Master General of Kerala.
The ISP has provided some stocks, but that was not enough. Anyway, the supplies have already started coming. Supplies from two circles have already come and three more are coming. Things will go back to normal by this weekend” she added.

The sub and branch post offices in the state are facing a shortage of stamps of all the denominations except that in the range between Rs 10 and Rs 50. The shortage is severe for stamps of the denominations Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 that are much in demand. This has put in trouble not just the public but the small-time publishers who send small magazines and periodicals via book post using stamps of smaller denominations.

The postal authorities said that the shortage of stamps is an all-India phenomenon. The range of denominations of excess stamps is different for each circle. So as per the CSD, the circles should exchange stamps that they found excess in their region. The demand in each region can be met in this way as per the CSD.

At the same time, the three-day-long postal employee strike in the Central region was called off on Friday bringing back the services in the state to normal.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

IP Trasnsfer/posting-Northern Region

RO, Calicut vide memo. No. Staff/1-5/2011 dated 02.05.2013 issued following transfer/posting of IPs.

1. Sri. N. Biju, PA, TVM North and successful candidate IP Exam 2012 posted as IP, Mannarkkad Sub Division vice B. Rajkumar reallotted to SR and posted as IP Karunagappally Sub Division.

2. Smt. Seeba, IP Peerumedu posted as IP, RMS CT 1st Sub Division, Kannur vice Sri. SobhNath Yadav under orders of Inter Circle Rule 38 transfer to UP Circle

3. Smt. Rekha K, IP Alatur Sub Division to be IP(OS), RMS CT Division

4. Sri. S Biju, Inspector complaints, O/o the SSPOs, Agra Division under orders of Inter Circle Rule 38 transfer to Kerala Circle to be IP Alatur Sub Division.

Monday, May 6, 2013


It has been brought to the notice of the Association that  father of Smt.R.Bindhu (IP Tiruvalla RMS)- Sri. KK.Rajan (67) expired yesterday due to cardiac arrest. He was under treatment at Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. Funeral will be held on 7.5.13. Association conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

Indefinite Strike By Central Government Employees Proposed – Resolution Communicated To Govt

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