Monday, June 30, 2014

Sri. S.Samuel our former GS retiring today...

Our former General Secretary Sri S. Samuel is retiring from service on superannuation today. He was the General Secretary of our Association from 2005 to 2010. During the two terms he did his best to discharge the duties cast upon him without fear of reprisal. During his tenure as GS, the following specific achievements were taken place (i) Conferment of gazetted status to the post of ASP, (ii) Free supply of newspaper at the residence of ASP (iii) Reimbursement of mobile phone recharge coupon/residential telephone bill (iv) Allotment of willing surplus qualified Inspector Posts candidates to other Circles, (v) Re-allotment of women Inspector Posts to respective home Circle under spouse category without waiting to complete mandatory waiting period etc. (vi) Supply of Laptop to all Sub Divisions. For his grand and successful service to this Association, we have to salute him. His mobile No. is 09444144764

This Association wishes Sri Samuel Sir, a happy, healthy and peaceful retirement life.

Sri. M.K.Karthikeyan Nair retiring today---

Sri. M.K.Karthikeyan Nair, Offg. SPOs, Trivandrum South Division is retiring on superannuation today after more than 39 years of service in the Department. He entered the Department in 1974 as SA,  Kollam RMS. In the year 1986 he passed the PO/RMS Accountants Examination and thereafter he qualified the IRM Examination in the year 1993 and joined as IRM TV 1st Sub Division in 1995. He worked as IP/ASP in various posts like AOS, O/o SSRM TV, SAS, CO, ASP(HQ), O/o SPOs TVM(S), ASP, TVM RMS etc. Now he is retiring while officiating as SP, TVM(S). 

  Association wishes Karthikeyan Sir a very happy retired life........

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bi-montly meeting with PMG(CR)

Bi-monthly meeting of service unions & Associations with PMG(CR) is to be held on 4.7.14. Members in CR are requested to intimate items if any to the Circle Secretary Sri. Nandakumar for forwarding the same to RO Kochi latest by 29.6.14.

Letter to Secretary (P) on the issue of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B Cadre and reduce share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%

No. CHQ/IPASP/CRC/2012                                      Dated :     23/6/2014.
Ms Kavery Banerjee, 
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 
Subject : Issue of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B Cadre and reduce share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%…reg
Respected Madam,   
Kindly refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/7/2013, 19/11/2013, 6/1/2014, 17/4/2014 and 16/5/2014 regarding finalization of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction the share of General Line officials from 6% to 3% in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B. But till date nothing is heard from Directorate.
This Association indeed to bring to your kind notice that, PS Gr. B Recruitment Rules are not revised since years together and as per the clause 3.1.5 of Department of Personnel and Training OM No. AB-14017/48/2010-Estt (RR) dated 31st December 2010 “The Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such changes as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reduction in the strength of the lower and higher level posts”. This Association has already submitted the detailed proposal under letter dated 4/7/2011 regarding distribution of quota for PS Gr. B Examination and Sr. Postmaster Examination. Due to non-settlement of these issues, Department has not conducted the LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and as well for the year 2014. Sr. Postmaster’s Examination also not held from 2010 onwards.
In view of the above, it is requested to kindly finalize the RRs of PS Gr. B cadre and reduce the share of General Line officials in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B at the earliest and also communicate the vacancy position well in advance to DE Division to hold the examination separately for the year 2013 and 2014.                                                                                               
                                                                                   Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy forwarded for necessary action to :

The Director (R & P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. He is requested to refer SR Division letter No. 09-01/2014-SR dated 11th January 2014. LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and 2014 may be conducted separately only after revision of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction of share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%.
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

GS writes to Secretary (P) in c/w Grant of honorarium to part time Inquiry Officers/ Presenting Officers for conducting inquiries under Rule-10 of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011

No. GS/AIAIASP/GDS-Hon/2013                                      dated :    21/6/2014
Ms Kavery Banerjee,
Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Sub:  Grant of honorarium to part time Inquiry Officers/ Presenting Officers for conducting inquiries under Rule-10 of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 and revision of financial powers delegated to CPMG for sanction of the Honorarium.
Ref:   Directorate memo No C-32016/03/2005-VP dated 23.08.2005.
Respected Madam,
          We would like to invite your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 22/6/2013 followed by reminders dated 13/9/2013 and 11/11/2013, 1/2/2014 and 25/4/2014 whereby it was brought to the notice that, Directorate vide memo No 32016/12/2011-VP dated 04.07.2011 on the basis of notification issued by DOP&T has revised honorarium rates for Inquiry Officers/ Presenting Officers engaged for conducting departmental enquiries which was further revised on 8.1.2013. Under the existing structure, minimum Rs 5000/- and Maximum 10000/- are required to be sanctioned as honorarium if the enquiry is completed within stipulated time frame. But no such revision whatsoever has been made for IO/PO for conducting GDS inquiries, perhaps this was not part of DOP&T memo as no such cadre exists in any other department except DOP.
          Although the responsibilities of IO/PO are predefined and similar in nature both for Departmental and GDS employees, yet the honorarium rate is not in parity as is apparent from the below noted table, that also needs upward revision at par with departmental inquiries.  

GDS inquiries
Departmental inquiries
w.e.f. 04.07.2011
w.e.f. 31.07.2012
Inquiry Officer (IO) Part time
Minimum Rs    400/-
Maximum Rs 1600/-
Minimum Rs  1500/-
Maximum Rs 3000/-
Minimum Rs    5000/-
Maximum Rs 10000/-
Presenting Officer (PO) Part time
Minimum Rs    250/-
Maximum Rs   500/-
Minimum Rs    750/-
Maximum Rs 1500/-
Minimum Rs    5000/-
Maximum Rs 10000/-
          Furthermore, the annual ceiling of Rs 4000/- per IO/PO per year bestowed to the Head of the Circle since long is still in vogue and no action to revise this limit has been taken concomitantly leaving aside benefit granted above. However, Secretary (Posts) has the power to sanction honorarium up to Rs 5000/-, means all the cases will have to be referred to Directorate for sanction. In such cases, either the beneficiary will be deprived of his/her right or will have to wait for long to get the desired relief.
          It is further bring to your kind notice that the minimum rate of honorarium have already been revised for departmental inquiries and the FR 46 B also stood amended (vide MOF, DOE I.CU.O.No.4.2/5/2008-IC dated 29.01.2009). The issue in question was discussed at length with your predecessor and OSD to Secretary (Posts) in the informal meeting held on 23/9/2013. During the course of dialogue, both the officers apprehending the position, assured that Department will re-look into the matter and shall accordingly convey the approval, but till date nothing is heard from Directorate despite issue of series of reminders.
          It is therefore once again requested to put on place orders to resolve this vital issue at the earliest.   
Yours sincerely, 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :

The OSD to Secretary (Posts), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Former Chief PMG Smt. Shoba Koshy bags award instituted by the State Government

Our former Chief PMG, Kerala Madam Shoba Koshy has bagged the Rani Laxmibai award for excellence in public administration instituted by the Government of Kerala. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 3 Lakhs. Press cutting as appeared in the prominent malayalam daily is furnished below for the information of all the members. Hearty Congrats to our dear Shoba Mam.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Directorate calls for IP/ASPs on deputation

No. 4-4/2014-SB-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications and IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg 
New Delhi, dated the 29th May 2014

All CPMsG 

Subject : Deputation of Inspector Posts / Assistant Superintendent of Posts in the Directorate. 

          I am directed to say that there are certain posts of Inspector Posts / ASPs in the Directorate which are manned by deputing Inspector Posts/ASPs from the Circles for a period of three years. It is, therefore, requested that applications of suitable volunteers may be forwarded for consideration.  It is requested that only such Inspector Posts and ASPs, holding the post on regular basis and have since cleared the probation period, may be recommended and their applications may be forwarded to this Department  through proper channel only.  
Yours faithfully, 

(Alka Tewari)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Group B Supplementary DPC 2013-14- Directorate calls for ACRs/APARs

Directorate vide memo No. 9-33/2013-SPG dated 10.6.2014 has circulated the list of IP Line officers for promotion to Postal Service Group B cadre for the supplementary vacancies for the year 2013-14 and called for attested copies of ACRs/APARs for five years prior to 2012-13 (i.e. 2011-12 and previous years) and latest vigilance clearance report and other requisite information's from all Circles on or before 20/6/2014. 
All Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers of the concerned circles are requested to ensure submission of requisite information by their circle to Directorate before 20/6/2014. 

The following officers of Kerala Circle feature in the list circulated by Directorate:
Annexure-1 (total 47 officers)
Sl No.         Name                          DOB                     Batch

14.          K.Narayanan               10.11.1957              1990

21.        V.P.Ahamad Asharaf      01.11.1957              1990

44.        B.Sathyanarayana         15.01.1960              1990

Annexure-II (SC/ST-total -29)

5.        T.A.Vijayamma               22.05.1961              1991

Friday, June 6, 2014

Transfer & Postings of IPs in CR

 Pursuant to the orders contained in CO Memo No.ST/4-2/2014 dated 13.5.14, RO Kochi has issued the following transfer and posting orders in the cadre of Inspector Posts vide Lr No.ST/63-1/2010/II dated 3.6.14.

1. Sri. Swaraj Nair, IP(PG) Thrissur Dn to be IP Kayamkulam Sub Dn. vice Smt. Saleena promoted to the cadre of ASP on adhoc basis.

2.Sri. Saji.P.K, IP(PG), Idukki Dn to be IP Kattappana Sub Dn vice Sri. Bhagyaraj posted as IP, Chengannur Sub Dn, Tiruvalla.

3.Sri. Sambeet Sahoo, IP(PG), Mavelikkara Dn to be IP Mavelikkara South Sub Dn vice Sri. R.Ajeet posted as IP(CCC), CO TVM.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Transfer & Postings of JTS/STS officers of IPOs Group A

To view the order issued by Directorate Please CLICK HERE

Hearty Congrats to Sri. R.V. Sreekanda Das and a very warm welcome back to Kerala.....

Promotion and allotment of PS Group B officers to JTS Group A

To view the order issued by Directorate PLEASE CLICK HERE

Do away with archaic rules, will back you: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells bureaucrats

Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi promised to 'stand by' bureaucrats who take decisions and called for a review of archaic rules to simplify governance. In a meeting on Wednesday evening with all Secretaries of Central Govt, Modi also called for simplifying and streamlining the administrative rules and procedures to make them 'people-friendly'.

Opening a direct line of communication with all the Secretaries, the PM said that he would be accessible to all of them and urged them to approach him with their ideas and inputs. A freewheeling interaction on challenges facing the Indian economy where he sought top officials views on tackling them, this was the first meeting of its kind held by the PM with top officials without their ministers being present at the same time in eight years. Faster results, the PM told the Secretaries in the meeting, could be achieved through collective action and urged them to work together with a team spirit.

Modi, whose top two governance mantras for his ministers are to empower the bureaucracy and create an environment where officials can take innovative decisions, walked the talk and expressed confidence in the officials' commitment and competence to build a better future for the country by reviving the economy, giving a fillip to infrastructure projects  and improving the investment climate. 

The process of governance of his government should begin with cleaning-up of the offices, improving the workplace, which would automatically result in a better work culture and better services to the citizens, the PMs, office statement said adding that the PM stressed on the use of technology to improve the efficiencies of administration and improve the resolution of public grievances. Modi offered that he would always be ready to give an account of the work being done by him. The Senior bureaucrats echoed his sentiments and welcomed a similar standard of accountability.

"It was a highly motivating experience and there was a great flow of ideas. This is the first time in my career that a free, frank and fearless interaction took place with the Prime Minister of the Country.", Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Sri. Amitabh Kant tweeted after the nearly three and a half meeting. 

"The PM did not want the Secretaries to speak only on their sectors, for which we have been asked to make presentations to him separately later. This interaction was on a much broader canvass", said a senior government official adding that the PM heard their ideas and views for over two and  a half hours.

Source: The Economic Times

Kottarakara HO in Kerala circle migrated to CBS

Kottarakara HO under Kollam Division, Kerala Circle has successfully migrated to CBS on 02.06.2014. From 02.06.2014 the office is working live in Finacle, Core Banking Solution developed by Infosys. Kottarakara HO is the second Post office in Kerala Circle which has migrated CBS platform after Neyyattinkara HO.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ms. Kavery Banerjee is the new Secretary (Posts)

The government today approved Ms Kavery Banerjee as Secretary of Department of Posts following retirement of Ms P Gopinath on May 31. 
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ms Kavery Banerjee, IPoS (Indian Postal Services-78), as Secretary, Department of Posts, Chairperson, Postal Services Board and Director General, Postal Services," an official statement said.Banerjee was serving as Member (Technology) in Postal Services Board before being elevated to the new post. Her predecessor P Gopinath, too, was elevated to the position of Secretary from Member (Technology) of PSB. 

Gopinath during her tenure played key role on project of Post Banks concepts floated by former telecom minister Kapil Sibal. Though DoP failed to get banking licence, it will have the opportunity to apply again when Reserve Bank of India again opens up application for new licences. The future of Post Banks now depends largely on view of new government if it would like Department of Posts to enter in to full time banking operations. India Post has already set up ATMs at few locations and about 2,800 more ATMs are expected to be in place by March 2015 as part of its core banking system project.  
The challenges before Banerjee includes completion of CBS project and modernising about 1.3 lakh out of 1.55 lakh post offices across country and look at revenue streams to curb loss at India Posts which was last reported around Rs 6,300 crores. Around 25,000 department of Post offices have been computerised under UPA regime.