Saturday, May 23, 2015

Notification for Central Working Committee meeting at Trivandrum

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/CWC/TRV/2015                          Dated :          22/5/2015.

Under the provisions of the Article 30 of the Constitution of the Association, it is hereby notified that the Central Working Committee meeting of the Association will be held at Trivandrum (Kerala) on 25th July and 26th July 2015.
Venue : Hotel The Capital, Near Trivandrum GPO,  Pulimood Junction, Trivandrum 695001.
Agenda :
1.    Confirmation of the minutes of the last CWC held at Ahmedabad on 7/2/2014.
2.    Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre and merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre.
3.    Meeting with Hon’ble Chairman 7CPC and submission of Memorandum.
4.    Organizational review.
5.    Ernakulam CAT case - Up-gradation of GP of Inspector Posts from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- w.e.f. 1/1/2006.
6.    Senior Postmaster examination CAT cases.
7.    DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B.
8.    Inter-circle transfer of Inspector Posts under Rule 38 of Postal Manual Vol. IV.
9.    Combined Seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre.
10. Revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre / Asst. Manager MMS.
11. LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Sr. PM and PS Gr. B.
12. Financial review of CHQ.
13. Any other item with the permission of chairs.
All the CHQ office bearers and Circle Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting at scheduled date and time.
Special invitees :
1.    Shri Roop Chand, Ex-GS and Sr. PM, Sansad Marg HO, New Delhi 110001
2.    Shri Permanand Kumar, ASP (PMU), Postal Directorate, New Delhi 110001
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to : -
1.    The Director General (SR Division), Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 11001.
2.    All Chief PMsG (through concerned Circle Secretaries)
3.    Sri Amrendra Kumar, President & ASP (Inv) % the CPMG, Bihar Circle, Patna 800001
4.    All CHQ Office Bearers / Circle Secretaries
5.    Special invitees

Retirements in the month of May-2015

Following PS Gr. B / JTS Gr. A officers are retiring from Govt. Service on superannuation on 31/5/2015.

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Asish Majumder
West Bengal
Venkatesha Murthy
PTC Mysore
A Mohamed Kutty
Pritam Chand
Himachal Pradesh
B. R. Gohil

Gopal Chand Bora
P. P. Singh
Uttar Pradesh
P. A. Thorat
V. F. Bannad
R. B. Belote
C. H. Prajapati
D. B. Shirke
Satyaharichandrudu Gumpu
Andhra Pradesh (GL)
S. K. Sonawane

CHQ wishes them a very happy, healthy and long retired life. In few circles, senior ASPs are working on adhoc basis in PS Gr. B cadre and retiring without getting regular PS Gr. B promotion, their names are not included in the list, the same may kindly be reported to GS by SMS.

Bi-monthly/Four monthly meeting with Circle/Regional Administration

It has been brought to the notice of CHQ by members that, many Circle Secretaries are not requesting their Regional / Circle administration for holding of bi-monthly / four monthly meetings regularly with Regional PMsG and Chief Postmaster General which results non settlement of local issues / problems. The following Regional / Circle Level issues are said to unresolved for months/years together. 
1. Issue of circle seniority list (gradation list) / up-dation as on 1/7/2014. 
2. To conduct training on Finacle / Mc Camish software to IP/ASP
3. Non-payment of PLI/RPLI incentive bills of IP/ASPs
4. Consideration of Inter-circle Rule 38 transfer cases
5. Consideration of requests of IP/ASPs for transfer at their choice station etc.  
6. Filling up of vacant post of IPs (direct recruit quota)
7. Filling up of vacant post of ASPs 
8. Supply of good quality of furniture to headquarter of sub divisional heads
9. Replacement of batteries of laptops provided to IP/ASPs
10. Non-payment of TA / Medical bills
11. Issue of adhoc promotion orders from ASP to PS Gr. B against vacant post 
12. Filling up of vacant posts of Mail Overseers
13. Non-payment of IO/PO honorarium bills of IP/ASPs
14. Grant of amount to purchase briefcase / purse for office use
15. Non reimbursement of newspapers bill to ASPs
16. Non implementation of orders issued by CO i/c/w promotion from IP to ASP and ASP to PS Gr. B cadre. 
17. Non holding of DPC for MACP for IP/ASP cadre

   Now-a-days daily phone calls are received from members to GS for intervention in the matters. CHQ has already directed to all Circle Secretaries through this blog on 12/2/2015 to take up these long pending issues with the concerned authorities through bi-monthly / four monthly meetings, but till date most of the Circle Secretaries did not turned up with the agenda on the pending issues to their regional / circle administration. It is also noticed by CHQ tat many circles are not updating their existing circle blog regularly. 

   It is therefore directed to all Circle Secretaries and members to submit the agenda for bi-monthly and four monthly meetings without loss of time with a request to hold the meeting/s at the earliest. The issues taken up with administration and minutes of the meetings may be published on circle blog for the information to members.

Bank employees scale finalised

Joint note between IBA and Unions to be signed on 25/05/2015 in Mumbai. Scale for all cadre of employees have been finalized and agreed upon by both parties. Hereunder we provide highlights of pay and other benefits for officers, clerks and sub staffs.Initial Pay for Bank Clerks has been calculated for Graduate Clerks. Otherwise the initial pay is Rs 11,765.

Snap Deal offers discount on purchases made by DOP employees

The copy of Directorate Memo No. 11-10/2014-BD&MD dated 1/5/2015 on the above subject is reproduced below for the information to the members of this Association and also to the track in viewers.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All India Central Working Committee Meeting to be held at T M Krishnaswamy Nagar (Hotel The Capital Trivandrum).

   The All India Central Working Committee Meeting of the Association will be held at Hotel 'The Capital', Near Trivandrum GPO, Pulimood Junction Trivandrum-1. The venue will be named T.M. Krishnaswamy Nagar as a token of respect to our dear President who left us for heavenly abode on 16.4.15.

    The venue is hardly 2 kms from the Trivandrum Central Railway station and auto charge is only the  minimum charge of Rs 20/-. Accommodation for the delegates is available from 12.00 noon of 24.7.15 to 12.00 noon of 26.7.15. The Working Committee is scheduled to commence at 10.00 hours on 25.7.15. All delegates are requested to plan their travel accordingly and intimate their travel plans to our CS Sri. Nandakumar or to Sri. Ajith Kurian, Manager, NSH TVM immediately for making further arrangements.

Promotion of PS Group B officers to JTS Group A

To see Directorate memo issued, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Transfer/Postings in JTS Group A

To see copy of directorate memo issued in this regard please CLICK HERE

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CWC at Kochi- gist of discussions held


  The CWC of the Association was held at Hotel K.K.International, Kochi on 08.05.15. The main agenda was to pay tribute and homage to our former president Shri. T. M. Krishnaswamy who left us for heavenly abode and also to decide the venue of our proposed  All India CWC to be held at TVM on 25 &26 July. More than 3/4th of the CWC members participated in the meeting which stood out by the active participation of all the members in the discussions and deliberations held on the day.

The meeting started with a silent prayer paying homage to our former president, which was followed by the Presidential Address by Sri. Venunathan Pillai wherein our President gave a broad outline about the All India scenario and also touched upon the local issues. He stressed the importance of periodical group meetings in the Divisions itself which will boost the morale of our members. The Presidential Address was followed by a brief report by the Circle Secretary of the activities carried out so far in the Circle and also about the All India issues and the stand of our Circle on these issues. Thereafter the house went into the various items in the agenda and indulged in detailed discussions on all these issues.  

        The condolence meeting commenced with speech of Sri.R.Venunathanpillai, President. He shared his long relationship with our former president stressing upon the sincerity and commitment which he had shown both towards the department and also our Association. He reiterated that the untimely demise of Sri. Krishnaswamy was indeed a big loss to our cadre and the void left behind by his demise will be hard to fill.   Our CS  Sri.Nandakumar, former secretary Sri. Ajithkurian and Smt. Sudha, ASP,Kozhikode  also shared their experiences with our former president and expressed their condolences and offered their prayers to the family.  
      Regarding the next agenda of All India CWC, the house decided to to conduct the All India CWC at Trivandrum on 25th and 26th July and to name the venue of the meeting  as T M Krishanswamy Nagar as a token of respect to our former President. The house arrived at a tentative budget of Rs 2 lakhs for conducting the CWC and hence decided to raise funds by accepting contributions from all the members @ Rs 1500/- from each member. The CWC entrusted all the CWC members to coordinate the collection at their respective and neighbouring Divisions. The house entrusted Sri. Ajith Kurian, former CS to fix up the venue at a suitable hotel near to the railway station in Trivandrum and to intimate the venue to the GS to so as to enable the CHQ to issue notification for the All India CWC.

     As regards other local issues, all the members expressed deep anguish and protest over the tendency of penalising and charge sheeting and effecting recovery on IP/ASPs for misappropriation and frauds made by some of the staff, totally evading action against those who have actually committed these frauds. The CWC expressed strong protest and indignation against the tendency and decided  to protest strongly and to  bring  the matter to the notice of CPMG/PMGs. The CWC also decided to seek judicial remedy if need be in such cases.  

    Regarding other issues, the CWC congratulated our GS in the progress of Merger proposal. As for our Grade Pay case, the house decided to await the outcome of the OA which is posted for 18.06.15 for final hearing. Non awareness among IP/ASP about the IT modernisation and new technology initiatives of the department was also discussed and the members suggested that there is a need for training in the field of Technology and application software to carry out inspections without any hurdles. It was decided to bring the matter to the notice of CPMG  to  arrange training programmes to IP/ASPs  in the field. The meeting ended with thanks to the chair. 

Cadre re-structuring of IP cadre and merger proposal of ASP to PS Group B

It is learnt that clarification given by Association on 11/5/2015 on three queries is appreciated by Directorate and it has been decided to move our cadre restructuring file at the earliest to Nodal Ministry that too before end of this month. Hearty Congrats to our GS and his team for the sincere efforts taken by him in submitting the clarifications within a short span of time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cadre re-structuring of IP cadre and merger proposal of ASP to PS Group B- clarifications by Association to Directorate

No. GS/AIAIASP/Merger-ASP/2013                                  dated 11/5/2015

The Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Subject : Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts Cadre and merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre…reg.
Ref.      : Dte. File No. 25-35/2011-PE-I dated 3rd December, 2014
Respected madam,
           In continuation to this Association’s letter of even number dated 20/11/2013 and 9/1/2015, further submissions on the following issues are as under:
1. Back ground of service of IP/ASP in the department.
    1.1  As per the revised recruitment rules of Inspector Posts and Asst. Supdt. Posts, the sanctioned strength of the cadre is as under:
          I. Inspector Posts                                         :        2187
          II. Assistant Superintendents Posts                :        1824
          III. HSG-I Postmasters (IP line)                     :          141
          IV. Asst. / Dy. Managers (Mail Motor Service)   :            45
Total            :        4197
1.2 It is a fact that not a single post of Inspector or Assistant Superintendent Posts has been sanctioned in the Department of Posts since 1980 despite full justification based on the existing Staff Inspection Units (SIU) norms. The work load and job description of Inspectors / Asst. Superintendents Posts have increased manifold due to subsequent diversification of business activities by the Department in different spheres.
1.3 There is a historical Pay parity among Inspector Posts, Inspectors & analogous posts in CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in Central Secretariat Services (CSS) established by the 4th, 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions. However, this pay parity has been arbitrarily changed by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on various occasions after acceptance of the recommendations of Central Pay Commissions. The details are as below:

1.4 Fourth Central Pay Commission noticed that the pattern of Recruitment for posts of Inspector in other Central Government Organizations like Customs and Central Excise and Income Tax provides for direct recruitment through Staff Selection Commission at the level of Inspector. However, in the Postal Department, there was no direct recruitment above the level of Postal and Sorting Assistants, or at Group-B level.  In the interest of efficiency of service, it was felt necessary to introduce an element of direct recruitment at the level of Inspectors through the Staff Selection Commission under the Department of Posts.  The 4th Central Pay Commission recommended for introduction of direct recruitment to that level under the Department of Posts to rectify the anomaly and suggested that the two cadres of IPO/IRM and ASPO/ASRM cadres can be merged, and accordingly, the Government was advised to examine what scale of pay will then be suitable for these posts. 

1.5 The 5th Central Pay Commission reiterated its recommendation that Inspectors of Post Offices and RMS should be merged and upgraded to Rs. 1640-2900 (Rs. 5500-9000 revised) and filled 33.1/3rd% by direct recruitment from the Inspectors' Grade examination of Staff Selection Commission. The scale of pay of Inspector of Post Offices/ Inspector of RMS was revised to Rs.5500-9000 with effect from 01-01-1996 as recommended by the 5th Central Pay Commission as per Office Memorandum dated 06-04-1998. The scale of pay of Rs.5500-9000 granted to the Inspector of Posts which was equivalent to the scale of pay granted to the Inspectors and analogous posts in CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS.
1.6 The pay scales of the post of Income Tax Inspectors under Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Posts of Inspector of Central Excise were revised from Rs.5500-9000 to Rs. 6500-10500 as per Office Memorandum dated 21-04-2004. The pay scale of the analogous posts of Assistants/PA's in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) was also upgraded  from Rs.5500-9000 to the scale of Rs. 6500-200-10500 w.e.f 15.09.2006 as per Office Memorandum dated 25-09-2006. However, the pay scale of the Inspector of Post/Inspector of RMS under the Department of Posts has not been upgraded to the scale of Rs. 6500-200-10500 without any justifiable reasons.
1.7 Being  aggrieved by the denial of the upgraded scale of Rs. 6500-200-10500 to the Inspector of Posts/ Inspector of RMS made admissible to the analogous posts in CBDT/CBEC/ CSS/CSSS some Inspectors of Posts working under Karnataka Circle filed O.A Nos. 424/2006 and 211 of 2007 before the Hon'ble Central Administrative Tribunal Bangalore Bench seeking to direct the respondents to grant the upgraded scale of Rs 6500-200-10500 granted to Inspectors of Income Tax/ Inspector of Central Excise and Customs etc. Since the 6th Central Pay Commission was constituted at that time, the above two O.A's were disposed of by a Common Order dated 27-07-2007 directing the respondents and the applicants to take up the issue before the Sixth pay commission with all necessary details for their consideration and appropriate decision. Accordingly, All India RMS Assistant Superintendents and Inspectors Association filed a Memorandum before the Sixth Central Pay Commission requesting to recommend upgraded pay scale granted to Inspectors of Central Excise and Inspectors of Income Tax and other analogous posts in CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS. 
1.8 Sixth Central Pay Commission in its Report recommended the Merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs. 5500-9000 and Rs. 6500-10500 which will automatically bring Inspector Posts on par with Inspectors and analogous posts in CBDT and CBEC and Assistants in CSS and with that upgradation the Inspector Post shall come to lie in an identical pay scale as that of their Promotion post of Assistant Superintendent of Posts and ASPO's shall accordingly be placed in the next higher pay scale of Rs. 7450-11500 corresponding to the revised pay band PB-2 of Rs. 8700-34800 along with Grade Pay of Rs. 4600.  This Recommendation has been accepted by the Central Government with modification as a package. It is submitted that the existing pay Scale of Inspector of Posts was upgraded to Rs. 6500-10500 and to the corresponding scale in revised Pay Band of PB-2 of Rs. 8700-34800 with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200.  PB-2 scale of Rs. 8700-34800 has been accepted enhancing the initial start to PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800 as evidenced by Ministry of Finance Resolution dated 29-08-2008.
1.9 The revised pay scales have been brought into force with effect from 01-01-2006. Thus the analogous posts of Inspector Posts and Inspector of CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS were brought in the same Pay Band/Scale of PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800 with the same corresponding Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- w.e.f 01.01.2006. Subsequently, Ministry of Finance issued O.M. dated 13-11-2009 ordering that the posts which were in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-10500 as on 01-01-2006 and which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-2, will be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in the Pay Band PB-2 corresponding the pre-revised scale of Rs. 7450-11500 with effect from 01-01-2006.  It has been further ordered that in terms of the provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, in case a post already existed in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 7450-11500, the post being upgraded from the scale of Rs. 6500-10500 should be merged with the scale of Rs. 7450-11500.
1.10 In implementation of MOF O.M. dated 13-11-2009 the Inspectors & Analogous Posts of CBDT / CBEC & Assistants CSS have been allowed the benefit of re-fixation of pay. But the Inspectors of Posts were conveniently omitted from the above upgradation and consequential benefits.
1.11 Thereafter,  Department of Posts submitted proposal to the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for extending the benefit of MOF OM dated 13.11.09 and 16.11.09 clearly stating that pay scale of Inspector Posts was Rs.6500-10500 as on 01.01.2006 and that the parity agreed to in the pay scales of Inspector Posts with Assistants (CSS) and Inspectors CBDT/CBEC has been disturbed. It was categorically mentioned that Inspector Posts were holders of pay scale of Rs.9300-34800 (Pre-revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500) in the light of recommendation of 6th CPC in para 7.6.14 placing Inspector Posts at par with Assistants and Inspectors of CBDT/CBEC and as such they are entitled to the revised grade pay of Rs.4600/- on a par with Inspectors CBDT/CBEC and Assistants. In the combined proposal made by the Department of Posts for Grade pay of Inspector Posts, Assistant Superintendent of Posts and Superintendents of Posts demanding Grade pay of Rs.4600, Rs.4800 and Rs.5400 respectively. However, the proposal was rejected by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance stating that either on the basis of functional justification offered by the Department of Post, or on account of any pre-revising relativities, it is not feasible for the Department of Expenditure to agree with the proposal of the Department of Posts to upgrade the pay scale of Inspectors (posts) and accordingly, Inspectors (Posts) may be placed in the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs. 4200/- in the pay band of PB-2 as per UO No. 10/1/2010-IC dated 08-03-2010.
1.12 Aggrieved by the non-sanctioning of Grade Pay of Rs 4600/- to the post of Inspector (Posts), some Inspector Posts filed O.A No. 381 of 2010 before Hon'ble Tribunal at Ernakulam seeking to declare that the Inspector Posts are legally eligible and entitled to the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in the Pay Band PB-2 which has been granted by way of normal replacement pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-2 in terms of MOF Office Memorandum dated 13.11.2009 & 16.11.2009.
1.13 The O.A No. 381 of 2010 was finally heard and allowed by Order dated 18-10-2011 holding that rejection of grade pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector Posts by the Ministry of Finance does not appear to have taken into account the clear recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission or for that matter the full justification given by the Department of Posts. It has been further held in the judgement that ;
 "By virtue of merger of pay scales of Rs. 5500-9000 to Rs. 6500-10500, the same would automatically bring Inspector (Posts) on a par with Assistants in CSS/Inspectors in analogous posts in CBDT and CBEC, what it meant was that from hence, Inspector (Posts) would sail in the same boat as his counterparts in the Income Tax Department or Central Excise or Customs Department or for that matter the Assistants  the CSS. The difference in grade pay is not one created by the Pay Commission but the same is due to the fact that as last as in 2009, it is the Government of India which had raised grade pay of the pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 that existed as on 01-01-2006 vide Order dated 13-11-2009, whereby posts which were in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-10500 as on 01-01-2006 and which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of grade pay of RS. 4200/- in the pay band PB-2 will be granted grade pay of Rs. 4600 in the pay band PB-2 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 7450-11500 with effect from 01-01-2006. And, if a post already existed in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 7450-11500, the post being upgraded from the scale of pay of Rs. 6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of pay of Rs. 7450-11500/-. In fact, had the above enhancement in the grade pay been recommended by the pay commission, it would not have been omitted to consider such an increase in the grade pay of Inspector (Post) as well". 
The Hon'ble Tribunal further held that there is no justification in denying the Inspector (Posts) the higher Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- when the same is made admissible to Inspectors of other Departments with whom parity has been established by the Sixth Pay Commission as per its report at para 7.6.14. Accordingly, this Hon'ble Tribunal directed the Ministry of Finance to reconsider the matter keeping in tune with the observations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission coupled with the strong recommendations of the Department of Posts and also in the light of the discussions in the above Order at the level of Secretary and to consider the case of the Inspector (Posts) for upgradation of their grade pay at par with that of the Inspector of Income Tax, CBDT and CBEC.
1.14 In implementation of Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam order dated 18.10.2011, Department of Post recommended the following proposal for grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector Posts after concurrence of its Integrated Finance Wing :
The hierarchical difference i.e. non-availability of intermediary cadre like Assistant Superintendent posts in CBDT/CBEC and CSSS can be resolved by allowing Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- to Inspector Post in the Department of Post (a GCS Group B Non-gazetted post) and retaining its promotional cadre of Assistant Superintendent of Posts (a GCS Group B gazetted post) also in the identical grade pay of Rs. 4600.  In the Accounts cadre, the cadre Accounts Officer is in grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2.  Its promotional post of Senior AO is in grade pay of Rs. 5400 in PB-3 and its further promotional post of ACAO also is in grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-3.  This would not thereby involve upgradation of grade pay of Assistant Superintendent of Posts and PS Group B. 
1.15 It is a fact that the Inspector (Posts) and Asst. Supdt. Posts are instrumental in achieving the phenomenal growth of the Department of Posts in its savings bank services over the years.  Currently DoP has 287431078(28.74 crore) accounts that hold deposits amounting to Rs 6056974.27 crore. The department performs these agency services on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and provides financial inclusion to the poorest of poor in remotest corners of the country through its postal network of 154,812 post offices.

1.16 Department of Posts provides Life Insurance Services to Government employees known as Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance services (RPLI) to prospective clients across the country. It currently has a PLI Fund corpus of Rs 23010.55 crore from 5006060 live policies. The RPLI corpus is Rs 9141.44 crore from 13547355 policies. The PLI corpus has shown a growth rate of 16.2% over the years 2010-2011 to 2011-2012. In the same period RPLI has registered a growth in fund by 38.3%. The Department has therefore been at the forefront of providing rural and quality life insurance services to Government staff and has registered an exponential growth in the sector over the last ten years. 

1.17 The examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts is common for Postal / Sorting Assistant having a minimum 5 years qualifying service with just 4 chances for any official and comes with age restrictions.  The exam comprises of four papers, each of 3 hours duration for 300 marks. This is one of the toughest competitive examinations conducted at All India level and one can hope to get through the examination. How stiff and competitive this examination is, can be easily assessed based on the syllabus. Paper I and II demands in-depth knowledge of the rules and regulations relating to Postal and RMS functions laid down in Postal Manuals and what the officers in All India Services in Central Govt. And Central Secretariat services are required to possess. Paper III deals with accounting procedure of the department and he is supposed to be thorough with financing, budgeting and also auditing, financial powers of the officers in various levels.

1.18  The Inspector Posts is required to acquire a fair knowledge of legislature enactments like Constitution of India, Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC), Indian Evidence Act, COPRA Act & CAT Act, RTI Act 2005, Indian Post Office Act 1898, Indian Post Office Savings Bank Act 1984, Indian Post Office Savings Banks Rules 1933, Indian Post Office Savings Certificate Act 1881, Indian Post Office Savings Certificate Rules,. and this is tested in Paper-IV of the examination.  Aspirant candidates have to grasp on general knowledge and Current Affairs etc.
1.19 This is a pure selection depending upon merit and the vacancies declared for the year. During the year 2013 out of 1900 candidates who appeared for the examination, only 176 have been selected i.e. only 9.26.% have been declared successful. The cadre therefore comprises of the cream of the Department. The successful candidates are required to undergo theoretical training at Postal Training centres and practical training in the field.
1.20 As recommended by the fifth CPC the Government has introduced Direct Recruitment at the level of Inspectors through Staff Selection Commission for 33.33% of the posts. On the introduction of direct recruitment, the Inspectors of Post Offices are brought on par with Inspectors of CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS without there being any perceptible functional differences, in the matter of duties and responsibilities or in the hierarchical status. First examination was notified on 18/10/2003 in Employment News as a common examination for recruitment to Inspectors Income Tax, Central Excise, Posts etc.  However, before announcing the results of the examination, the pay scale of Inspectors Income Tax, Central Excise etc. were upgraded in 2004 and Inspector Posts have been given the lower scale of pay. Due to this disparity in Pay Scale and liability to work anywhere in India, large number of newly joined direct recruit Inspectors of Posts are leaving the Department.
1.21 An All India Seniority is drawn up based on the merit position of the candidates and this becomes the ultimate document for further promotion to Postal Services Group  B Cadre.
  1.22 The Inspector Posts cadre is the back bone of the Department of Posts and it is the main implementing channel of the administrative decisions / policies of the Government.

2. Current position IP/ASP functioning.
2.1  The duties and responsibilities of the Inspector / Assistant Superintendents Posts are laid down in Chapter III Rule 260 to 302 and 320 to 335 of Postal Manual Volume VIII
2.2 However, this does not give a clear picture about the actual duties performed in particular by Sub Divisional Inspector / Assistant Superintendent Posts. The duties and responsibilities attached to Inspector / Assistant Superintendent Posts are ever increasing. Besides the duties mentioned in the above said rules, they perform many more functions, which are not specified in the rules. Broadly, they can be classified as follows:

Ø  Appointing and Disciplinary Authority for all Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) except GDS BPM
Ø  Disciplinary Authority for Postmen and Multi-Tasking Skill (MTS) staff and writing of APAR
Ø  Investigation into all loss and fraud cases and filing of FIR
Ø  Mandatory inspections of Mukhya Dak Ghar (MDGs), Sub Post Offices, Branch Post Offices, Railway Mail Offices (RMS), Railway Mail Sections & submission of Inspection Reports within stipulated time
Ø  Assisting Senior Officers in carrying out Inspection of Head Post Offices, Divisional Offices, Regional Offices, Circle Offices, Postal Accounts Offices etc.
Ø  Surprise Visits to Post Offices, verification of cash and valuables and second inspections.  
Ø  Role of ASPs, on conferring Gazetted status, expanded and redefined by DoP vide OM No 43-27/2007- PE II dated 30-08-2007
Ø  Verification of passbooks of all types of Savings Bank schemes in case of fraud in Head Post Office(HO)/ Sub Post Office(SO)/ Branch Post Office(BO).
Ø  Conveyance of Heavy Cash(in terms of lakhs) to sub Post Offices and Branch Post Offices especially in cases like payments of wages to MGNREGA workers, payment of Social Security Pension in remote villages etc. with or without escorts. 
Ø  Achievement of targets in procurement of new PLI/ RPLI Policies through vigorous marketing strategies of this cadre. Currently PLI Fund corpus has touched an all-time high of Rs 23010.55 crore from 5006060 live policies. The RPLI corpus is Rs 9141.44 crore from 13547355 policies. The PLI corpus has shown a growth rate of 16.2% over the years 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.
Ø  Marketing of different premium products, supervision & after sale service.
Ø  Credit verification in r/o RPLI premium collected by BOs
Ø  Est-2 verification to ensure justification of existing Post Office(PO) & creation of new PO
Ø  Verification of statistics relating to work load of all grades of Supervisors in Post Offices, Postal Assistants, Sorting Assistants ,Postman, MTS GR-C, Branch Post Master and other GDS.
Ø  Invigilation, observer and Control room duties during departmental examinations.
Ø  Settlement of pending SBCO objections / minus balance cases.
Ø  Verification of cash withdrawal of Rs 10000 and above from Savings Bank Accounts
Ø  RPLI incentive bill verification
Ø  Postal Life Insurance (PLI)/ Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) death claim verification & processing of cases.
Ø  Collection & verification of Pension papers of all cadre staff in the department.
Ø  Collection and verification of papers for compassionate appointment cases.
Ø  Functioning as Inquiry Officer(IO) and Presenting Officer(PO) in quasi-judicial inquiries relating to all cadre staff including GDS  .
Ø  Functioning as Ad-hoc disciplinary authority.
Ø  Preparation of special report for departmental selection committee.
Ø  Checking of Franking machine used in the department and licensed to private users with regard to it’s security seal, Meter reading etc.
Ø  Checking of passbooks of various Savings Bank schemes/ money order payments
Ø  Attending court cases to represent the Department in CDRF, State Commission, National Commission, CAT, Dist. Court, High Court, Supreme Court and meetings with AGP/PP/Govt. Counsels.
Ø  Checking of punctual clearance of letter boxes by Posting “Test letters”
Ø  Conduct Live Mail Survey.  Carry out establishment reviews.
Ø  Being the member of checking squads for detecting the leakage of revenue or any other specific purposes.
Ø  Imparting training to supervisory staff, PA/ SA, GDS / Postman/ MTS Gr-C etc.
Ø  Monitoring of web related services and Project Arrow post offices daily.
Ø  Conveyance of State Govt. Public Service Commission / SSC / UPSC examination materials in postal bags to respective head quarters under police protection /escort.
Ø  Monitoring of IT Modernisation Project of the DoP with an outlay of Rs. 4909 Crores, which  envisages migration of 24 Crores POSB accounts into the Core Banking Solution, Networking of 29000 Post Offices into a Single WAN, supply of Rural ICT to 1,26,000 Branch Post Offices and conduct of training to more than 3 Lakhs employees.
Ø  Opening and monitoring of Sukanya Samrudhi Accounts in post offices.
Ø  Monitoring and implementation of CBS in post offices.
   2.3 These are not exhaustive and still there are very many functions the Sub Divisional Inspectors / Assistant Superintendent Posts are required to perform. Though many of the new additions are major in nature, the relevant rules have not been amplified to include the entire gamut of work performed by the Inspector / Assistant Superintendent Posts.
   2.4 The Inspectors / Assistant Superintendents Posts also occupy other positions like Office Supervisors / Assistant Superintendents (Head Quarters) in Postal / RMS Division, Investigating Inspectors/ Assistant Superintendent (Investigation), Assistant Superintendent (Vigilance), Assistant Superintendents (Court), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Establishment), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Complaints), Inspector / Assistant Superintendents (Technology), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Financial Services), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Business Development), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Core Banking Solutions), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Savings Bank), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (PLI/RPLI), Inspector / Assistant Superintendent (Marketing), Manager in National Sorting Hubs, Manager in Business Post Centres etc. In Circle / Regional Offices to assist the Chief Postmasters General / Postmasters General in the discharge of their duties.  But the merit of their contribution appears to have been ignored. 
3. Proposed scenario and improvement after implementation of proposed restructuring.
3.1 There will not be any intermediate cadre such as ASP’s in the department of posts after implementation of the proposal like other departments. This will meet the requirement of 7th pay commission as this issue was raised when Association members officially met Hon’ble Chairman of the 7CPC at Mumbai on 7/11/2014 and discussed the issues related to pay structure and promotion to the IP cadre. During the course of discussion Hon’ble Chairman of 7CPC directed the Association to get the merger of ASP cadre at the earliest to have a parity of Inspector cadre with other departments.
3.2 There will be one GP of Rs. 4600/- for all Inspector cadre Officers recruited through SSC exam (Though there is one common examination but the candidates opting / or recruited to Postal Department as Inspectors are placed in the GP of Rs. 4200/- GP). This anomaly will be eliminated by this proposed proposal.
3.3 There will be parity in cadre structure in various other departments. i.e Income Tax, Central Excise etc. There will be improvement in the Postal Divisions/ Regions / Circles with higher responsibility given to PS Gr. B officers. With the invent of technology on DOP and Consequent upon introduction of new business branches, the Department of Posts is on the verge of conversion into a dynamic organization with projects like changing ambience of the offices, providing good working environment to the staff, providing comfort to potential customers or visitors and various long lasting projects like Digitization of Records, Core Banking, Mail Optimization, Consumer Price Index, Aadhaar Technology, Biometric systems etc. All these projects are being implemented with the support and incessant hard work of IP cadre. Thus it will not be wrong to say that the total responsibility for successful implementing the various innovative schemes has virtually devolved on the IP and ASP. But when it is the question of career progression of the cadre, the file is consigned to back seat. All these are not only the root cause of frustration amongst the IP cadre but these are also an impediment in effective execution of administrative policies and plan. This is bound to have an adverse impact on the efficiency of the department causing brain drain in the cadre but on implementation of cadre this will not be the position.
3.4 With elimination of ASP cadre parity in pay will be maintained for all IP cadre officials joined on a particular date throughout India.
3.5 Because of MACP, there will not be any financial implication for this proposal as many senior IP/ASPs are already drawing GP of Rs. 4800/- which is equivalent to PS Gr. B. That is the main reason for more number of ASPs are declining regular promotion to PS Gr. B cadre.  
3.6 The vacant posts of IPs can be easily managed by the administration by this proposal.
3.7  There has been no upgrading or cadre restructuring of the apex Grade of our cadre. Consequently there is extreme stagnancy and resultant frustration amongst the incumbents of the cadre. Even after acquiring long years of experience and expertise they remain and mostly retire in the ASP cadre. This cadre restructure will enhance the promotion prospects of IP and ASPs to have to wait at 24 years for promotion now.
3.8  It will boost the morale and self-esteem of the officers in the department which will reflect in their job profile also.
3.9 It will avoid drain new direct IPs who are leaving the department due to lack of promotion scope and difference in GP.
3.10 The new Gr. B post of the division can be better utilize by giving independent  charge of new initiatives of garner more revenue to the department.
3.11 This promotion scope would the quality of the service leading to good governance. 

On behalf of the 4197 dedicated Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent Posts serving in India Posts, this Association has submitted to the Hon’ble Secretary (Posts) the above suggestions for providing qualitative service to the user public and also for the proper evaluation of the contribution of this cadre to India Post. The entire cadre believes that justice would be done.

    With profound regards,
Yours faithfully,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary