The Circle Working Committee meeting of the Association prior to the 44th Biennial Conference was held at Royal Riviera Hotels & Resorts, Kumarkom at 5.00 pm on 3.8.18. Thirty four members took part in the CWC which was presided over by Sri. Ajith Kurian,  Vice President in the absence of the President Sri. P.K.Sivadasan.

(ii) Vice President read out the agenda for the CWC. The minutes of the previous CWC held on 8.5.17 at Kochi and 43rd Biennial Conference held at Alappuzha on 21/22.5.16 was read out by the CS which was approved by the house.

(iii) Thereafter the CS read out the Biennial report for the period from 1.4.16 to 31.3.18. Various points like All India Conference held at Rajgir on 9/10.2.18, All India CWCs, Cadre restricting of Inspector Posts Cadre, LDC for promotion to IP Posts, Amendments to the Constitution, DPC for PS Group B, LDC for PS Group B, Circle Conference/CWCs, retirements, Four monthly/Bi-monthly meetings with Chief PMG/PMGs, Relation with Administration and other unions/associations were included in the Biennial report. After detailed discussions on major issues by the members, the Biennial report was unanimously approved by the house. The audited accounts could not be presented in the CWC as the treasurer was not able to reach the venue in time due to some unforeseen circumstances. CS informed that the audited accounts will be presented in the subject committee to be held the next day morning.

(iv) Next the CS gave a brief of the All India Conference held at Rajgir on 8/9.2.18. A three member delegation under CS had represented our Circle in the conference. Various issues like 7th CPC report, cadre restricting, Grade Pay issue, PS Group B examination etc were discussed in detail in the AIC. Sri. Rajiv Kumar from Bihar was elected as the new General Secretary and Sri. Manjunatha of Karnataka as the President. Much to the pride of our Circle, Sri. Aji Kumar was elected as  Vice-President. It was decided to hold the next CWC at Ranchi & next AIC at North East.

(v) As next agenda, organizational and financial review was taken up. CS and Vice President stressed upon the importance of keeping the Association financially healthy for which generous contribution of members was essential. CS informed that the present scenario is healthy with over 2 lakhs as balance. However, considering the expense for the present conference, we need to contribute more. Vice President pointed out the need for reaching out to members who have not attended the conference and getting their contributions also. He urged the next office bearers to take special care on this aspect.

(vi) The difficulties faced by our members in conducting inspections in the post CSI scenario was discussed in detail by the house. Members pointed out that inspection of POs has become difficult and risky in the post CSI environment. Daily Accounts were not being generated correctly, cash was not able to be tallied, details of stamp sales was not being reflected in CSI, cash in transit was not being reflected correctly making it difficult for the inspecting offices to tally the account and leave the office after inspections with confidence. The need for imparting comprehensive training to the cadre on all new initiatives especially in CSI was also stressed by the members.

(vii) The recent trend of issuing charge sheet to the members for contributory negligence was also discussed by the house. The house unanimously took the view that amidst the multifarious duties being carried out by a Sub Divisional head, it was practically impossible to carry out inspections satisfactorily and urged the Circle administration to take a lenient view in such matters. Vice president informed the house that formation of an inspection team at CO/RO level was one of the recommendations put forth before the Cadre Re-structuring committee and it is expected that they would consider our proposal favourably. The active role played by the GS and CHQ members in this regard was appreciated by the house.

(viii) The house also took up the representations received from some of the members who had qualified in the PS Group B examination requesting the Association to ask the members who had filed court cases in this regard to withdraw their cases and also urging the Association not to resort to filing of cases in future also. The matter was discussed in detail by the house. Vice President informed the house that it was due to the reason that there was conflict in interest among the members that a decision was taken to file cases individually rather than by the Association. At present there were two cases pending in our Circle viz; one filed by Sri. Ajith Kurian & others on the issue of conducting separate year-wise examination and others by Sri. S. Narendran & Others challenging the increased number of vacancies in the results announced. Sri. Ajith the applicant in the first OA informed the house that his case was filed well before the examination and was on the genuine issue of conducting separate year-wise examination and that as the case was in its final stage, it was not feasible to withdraw the case. As none of the applicants in the other case was present for CWC, the house decided to defer the matter to be discussed in the GB to be held next day. The house took the view that Association itself had to take the lead at the time of announcement of PS Group B Examination rather than taking a passive stand and ought to have approached the CAT. The House also took a stand to resort to legal remedies in the name of the Association itself in case of similar instances in future. The representations were thus rejected by the house.

(ix) Vice President informed the house that he has received a message from the Hon’ble Secretary (Posts) conveying his best wishes for the Conference. Message from Sri. A.N.Nanda, Secretary (P) was read out much to the delight of all members. The house placed on record their gratitude and thanks to Secretary (P) for the message and goodwill shown by him towards our cadre.

(x) The CWC ended with a vote of thanks by a summing up by the vice-president and vote of thanks by the outgoing CS at 7.00 pm.

                                                                                                             Circle Secretary