Monday, December 30, 2013

GS writes to Secretary(P) on convening of supplementary DPC for PS Group B

No. GS/AIAIASP/PS Gr.B/DPC/2013                           dated        30/12/2013

Ms P. Gopinath,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject: Request for convening supplementary DPC on actual calculation of vacancies, linking to repatriation of existing Group B officer working outside their Circles.

Respected Madam,

IPASP Association intends to bring to your kind notice that there is promotional hierarchical imbalance at different level of IP to Group B and JTS Group A due to miscalculation of vacancies while convening DPC.  As a result department is resorting to the officiating arrangements time and again or handing over dual changes of divisions to the suffering of cadre that further leads to deteriorating of postal services. But unfortunately no care is being bestowed towards the welfare of IP cadre and their timely promotions, supplementary DPC and repatriation as well. In order to avoid such an effect and the best way for improving the efficiency of a given task, the association has suggested many ways and means by writing on different issues but all these letters have been discarded without any remedial actions. Some of the instances are as under:    

Supplementary DPC of the left out vacancies from the extended zone of consideration is a part of main DPC and should be convened immediate after completion of one month against left out vacancies so as the officers in the extended zone may not be deprived of their legitimate right and benefits. It is also the established law that if the consideration for promotion gets delayed for no fault of the employee who is found fit for promotion in that vacancy year, then natural justice would require grant of the benefit of promotion with retrospective effect from the date of occurrence of the vacancy. This has held by the court of law in various cases. In the year 2012 but after regular DPC-2011, 23 vacancies were left vacant depriving equal number of  senior most officer of this right that too keeping DOP&T instructions at stake. In the vacancy year 2013, vacancies occurring in December 2013 have not been taken into account leaving a chunk of vacancies of the given year. It is not understood how to fill this gap. Now no action to convene supplementary DPC has been initiated.

In the recently held DPC another glaring irregularity of promoting far-far junior ignoring right of senior was pointed out vide this association letter No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/PS Gr.B/DPC/2013 dated 16-11-2013 but no action to rectify the irregularity by conducting review/ supplementary has been taken. It will not be wrong to mention that rules are interpreted to the individual suitability as no uniformity is being maintained while repatriating the Group B officers. It is not understood why the department is adopting tortuous attitude towards the demands of IP cadre whereas all other cadres are given due and timely settlements to their demands even if it may be a case of choice posting of any individual officers/ officials.

           IP/ASP Association in the recent past raised issue on the arbitrary and illogical orders issued by Directorate, prescribing a compulsory service of minimum of 2 years in RMS/Postal side for being eligible for promotion to the cadre of ASP and a compulsory service of minimum of 3 years in RMS/Postal side for being eligible for promotion to the cadre of PS Group B.  Nobody sitting at the helm of affairs tried to explore the actual position and know how possible would it be to implement the aforesaid orders when there is a ration gap of 90:10 in IPO/ASP: IRM/ASRM. Now, the result is that all the promotions from IP to ASP have been blocked by circles jeopardizing the promotional prospects of IPs/ASPs in all the Circles.

As there is wide spread discrimination toward the cadre so this association request your kind honour to review the cases of IP/ASP and issue orders for convening supplementary DPC, cause immediate repatriation of all Group B officers completed one year in outside Circles and take necessary action to withdraw the mandatory condition of aforesaid service, which is per-se detrimental to the interest of the cadre and department.

We shall be grateful to you.
Thanking you, 

Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Copy forwarded to :  

1.   Shri V. P. Singh, DDG (P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.  

2.   Ms Trishaljit Sethi, DDG (Estt.), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Four Monthly with Chief PMG-excerpts

The gist of the Four Monthly Meeting held with Chief PMG today at CO is furnished for information of all members. Sri. Ajith Kurian, CS and Sri. T.M.Krishnaswamy, President represented the Association.

Item No. 1- Split duty hours for postmasters of ASP cadre in CR.

Reply:  Orders imposing split duty hours  in CR have been revoked by PMG (CR) and item stands settled.

Item No.-2- Reimbursement of food bills while on tour

Reply- In Tamilnadu where orders as pointed out by the Association has been issued, the same has been run into audit objection on the ground that such instructions can be made applicable only for officers coming under C&AG. Hence, similar orders cannot be issued in Kerala Circle. Nevertheless, the grievience highlighted being genuine, the matter will be taken up with Directorate.

Item No.3- Reimbursement of Mobile charges for IPs/ASPs

Reply- In TN, enhanced amount was given based on the achievement of targets by all the IPs/ASPs. As such, a decision in this regard can only be taken based on the performance of the IPs/ASPs. Prospects for introducing CUG plan among the IPs/ASPs will be examined.

While discussing some issues of transfer informally,  it was informed by Chief PMG that request transfers of IPs/ASPs will be considered only after assessing the performance of the officers.

All India Conference at Ahmedabad on 7th & 8th Feb - delegates

As already announced, the 38th All India Biennial Conference of the Association is due to be held in Ahmedabad on the 7th and 8th of February, 2014. All members who wish to be a part of the delegation from Kerala Circle is requested to give their names either to the CS or to Sri. Manoj  or to Sri. Anto.G.Manalil. As reservations are to be done, all are requested to act on priority basis.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All India Conference to be held in Ahmedabad

It has been informed by Shri V. R. Shah, Circle Secretary, All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, Gujarat  Circle Branch that, his circle is willing to hold 38th All India Biennial Conference at Hotel Tune, Visat Cross Road, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad-38005 on 7th and 8th February, 2014. Further details of the conference will be placed on blog soon.

Contact details : 
Shri V. R. Shah, 
Circle Secretary and ASP, Odhav Sub Division,
Ahmedabad City Division, Ahmedabad
Mobile No. : 09426572244
e-Mail       :

Movement in ASP Cadre - NR

PMG Calicut has issued the following transfer order:

Sri Ramesh M.P ASP(OD) Manjeri Division under orders of transfer as ASP Manjeri Sub Division to be ASP(OS) Manjeri  vice Sri Kunhisoopy retired. 

Posting in PSS Gp B Cadre - NR

PMG Calicut vide letter No STA/1-26/18-14 dated 17/12/2013 has issued the following posting order

Sri K.C.Velayudhan ASP(HQ) Thalassery on regular promotion and stands allotted to Northern Region to be SPOs, Kasaragod Division, Kasaragod.

The association wishes all the best to the officer in his new assignment.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PSI project evaluation meeting at Chennai

Project Evaluation meeting as part of the ongoing  LO TCO/SEIKO Trade Union Rights Project was held at Hotel Rajpark, Chennai on 14th & 15th December. Our President, Sri. T.M.Krishnaswamy & Secretary Sri. Ajith Kurian represented the Association in the said workshop. Various Unions/Associations from the four sourthern states, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Tamilnadu apart from our state participated in the two day workshop wherein all the activities and tasks completed in the year 2013 was reviewed and analysed threadbare. Sri. R.Kannan, South Asia, Sub Regional Secretary of PSI was the facilitator in the said workshop.

ASPs from Kerala, TN and Karnataka who  participated in the workshop along with Sri. R.Kannan

Participants in the two day workshop

Posting of DPS(HQ) Kerala

Sri. A.Thomas Lourduraj, IPOs Group A (JAG-Adhoc) has been posted as Director of Postal Services (HQ), Kerala and he has taken charge on 16.12.13. Association extends a warm welcome to the officer and extends all support and co-operation in the days to come.

Monday, December 9, 2013

PSI Activities in 2013- gist of events

As part of the ongoing PSI/LOTCO project on Trade Union Rights two main activities as detailed below were held in Kerala:

1. One day workshop on Trade Union Rights was  held at Hotel Capital, Near TVM GPO on 28.9.13 in which a total of 20 members of our Association participated. The workshop was divided into two sessions. Forenoon Session comprised of sessions on topics like Introduction to PSI, Introduction to the concept of Trade Union Rights, Major TUR violations in India, Mechanisms to take up TUR violations & Major issues faced by Unions today. The methodology adopted was lecture with the aid of power point presentations along with group tasks and discussions. In the combined afternoon session with Confederation of Central Government Stenographer’s Association which followed, the guest faculty Dr. P.Suresh Kumar, Prof: & Head of Department of Economics, Government College Attingal, delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Relevance of Trade Union Activities in Contemporary India’.  

2. The second programme i.e workshop on TUR and Conduct Rules was held at Hotel Presidency, Near EKM(N) RS on 23.11.13 wherein 22 members of our Association partcipated. Forenoon Session comprised of sessions on topics like Introduction to PSI, Introduction to the concept of Trade Union Rights, Major TUR violations in India, Mechanisms to take up TUR violations & Conduct Rules as a weapon against the employees.In the combined afternoon session with Confederation of Central Government Stenographer’s Association which followed, Sri. T.M. Krishnaswamy, OSD, O/o PMG, Northern Region Calicut and President, All India Association of Inspectors/Asst. Superintendents Posts, Kerala Circle delivered a lecture on the topic “ Need for amending the CCS Conduct Rules with the changing times”.
Sri. Gopakumar handling a class on TUR at the Trivandrum Workshop

Partcipants at TVM Workshop

Circle Secretary Welcoming the Guest Faculty at the combined session at TVM

Audience during the Combined Session at TVM
Participants of the Kochi Workshop

7th Central Pay Commission- Government initiates process

The Government has initiated the process to constitute the 7th Central Pay Commission along with finalization of its Terms of Reference, the composition and the possible time frame for submission of its Report. The date of effect thereof will be known once the Report is available.

This was stated by Shri Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha here today.

Favourable verdict in the Sr. PM CAT case

Hon'ble CAT Hyderabad Bench have delivered judgment in following OAs on 13/11/2013 in favour of applicants. Today, applicants have received certified copy of judgment.  

Sl. No.
  Name of applicant
  OA No.
Chi. Vijay Gopal, ASP, Secunderabad South Sub Division, Seecrunderabad 500025 and
Shri G V. Shrinivasan, ASP (HQ), o/o SPOs, Kurnool Division, Kurnool.
Shri B. Krishna, ASP (HQ), o/o SPOS, Nalgonda Division, Nalgonda.
All India Association of Inspectors and Asstt. Supdt. Posts, AP Circle Branch represented by Circle Secretary, Shri S. Shabhir, AD (HD&T), o/o PMG, Hyderabad Region, Hyderabad.

 Brief of judgment :
The applicants who are holding the posts of ASPOs are provided from appearing for the departmental examination for promotion to the post of Sr. Postmasters, and only Inspectors of Posts which is lower grade post than the ASPOs are allowed to appear for the examination and in case they qualify in the examination, they would become seniors to ASPOs, which posts the applicants are holding and would be an anomalous situation. The contention of respondents that the applicants are holding Gazetted posts in the GP of Rs. 4600/- and as such, they need not be allowed to appear for exam cannot be accepted as the GP of Sr. Postmaster is Rs. 4800/-

It is make it clear that the applicants and the persons similarly placed to the applicants, who are holding the post of ASPOs, shall be allowed to compete in the LDCE for promotion to the post of Sr. Postmasters as and when the recruitment take place, subject to other conditions of eligibility being satisfied.

To view the copy of judgment, please CLICK HERE
  Hearty Congrats to all the applicants for their grand success.Keep up the fighting spirit....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Express Parcel Service launched in Kerala

 The newly introduced Parcel Service 'Express Parcel' was launched in Kerala on 2.12.13 by booking the first article destined to Bangalore EPH. The article was booked at Thiruvananthapuram Parcel  Booking centre (Thycaud) on the 2nd and dispatched to Bangalore EPH from EPH Thiruvananthapuram. Sri Ajith Kurian, Our CS and Manager, SPC Trivandrum received the first Express Parcel booked in Kerala at EPH Thiruvananthapuram. 

Sri. Ajith Kurian, Circle Secretary, Kerala & Manager SPC TVM receiving the first Express Parcel booked in Kerala at EPH Thiruvananthapuram.

The first Express Parcel being received in the EPH

Dispatch of the first article to EPH Bangalore in the presence of Sri.Saju John, Dy. Manager, SPC TVM.

The very first Express Parcel booked in Kerala for Bangalore

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Department of Posts launched ‘Express Parcel’ and ‘Business Parcel' Services

 Department of Posts on 2 December 2013 launched an Express Parcel service and Business Parcel Services for speedy delivery of parcels across the country.The services were launched by Smt. P. Gopinath, Secretary, Department of Posts, at a function organized at New Delhi G.P.O.

About the Parcel Services

Express Parcel is a premium parcel service for retail as well as bulk customers. It offered time bound, safe and secure home delivery of parcels. To have minimal transit time these parcels will be given airlift wherever needed.

Bulk customers would also have an economical option of surface transported ‘Business Parcel’.

These two new parcel services aim to promote the e-commerce market in India by offering reliable and cost efficient delivery solutions. Whereas ‘Express Parcel’ is an air mail service providing guaranteed time bound delivery of parcels, ‘Business Parcel’ will provide fast, secure and cost efficient transmission of parcels through surface. These services will have ‘Cash on Delivery’ facility which has become a pre-requisite today for e-commerce parcels.

Though ‘Business Parcels’ will have a nationwide coverage, the ‘Express Parcel’ service will initially be available between 20 identified cities: Agra, Banglore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi (NCR), Patna, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indoor, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Parwanoo, Shillong, Surat and Thiruvanthapuram. This service will be expanded nationwide in phased manner.