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D.G. Posts No. 4-17/2010-PENSION Dated 06.12.2010.

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare) O.M. No. 3/19/2009-Estt. Pay II dated 8.11.2010 regarding the above mentioned subject received from Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare, New Delhi for information guidance and necessary action.

This issues with the approval of DDG (Estt.).


(P.P. Chawla)

Section Officer (Pension)



The undersigned is directed to refer to the orders issued vide O.M. dated 5.4.2010 on fixation of pay of re-employed pensioners. These orders inter-alia lay down that on re-employment in civilian organizations, Military Service Pay shall not be admissible. However, the benefit of MSP given to all retired Defence Forces officers/personnel by reckoning it at the time of calculation of their pension (notionally in the case of pre-1.1.2006 pensioners) should not be withdrawn. Accordingly while the pension of such re-employed pensioners will include the element of MSP, they will not be granted MSP while working in civilian organizations.

In the instructions issued by the Ministry of Defence vide their letter No. 1/69/2008/D (Pay/Service) dated 24th July 2009, Pre-retirement pay has been defined as under:

(i) In respect of re-employment taking place on/or 1.1.2006 pre-retirement pay for those who retired after 1.1.2006 means the pay in the pay band plus grade pay but inclusive of Non-Practicing Allowance(NPA) if any, last drawn before retirement.

(ii) In case of officers who retired before1.1.2006 and also those who retired after 1.1.2006 in the pre-revised pay scales without opting for the revised pay scales promulgated on or after 1.1.2006 the pay will be basic pay including stagnating increment and Rank pay plus the Dearness pay and Dearness allowance drawn at the time of retirement.

As per these orders, for pre-2006 retirees rank pay is included as a part of pay but for post-2006 retirees, the MSP is not reckoned in the pre-retirement pay for the purposes of pay fixation on re-employment. However, for pension purposes the reckonable emoluments are- basic pay + grade pay + MSP + NPA wherever admissible. Therefore, while MSP is not taken into consideration for the purpose of pay fixation on re-employment, the element of MSP in pension is deducted.

It has been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, that since the element of MSP is not reckoned in the pay fixation on re-employment, it need not be reduced from the pension either. Hence, in respect of all those Defence Officers/personnel, whose pension contains an element of MSP that need not be deducted from the pay fixed on re-employment.


(Mukesh Chaturvedi)

Deputy Secretary


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Posted by on December 14, 2010

File No. 113512008-IR

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel Training

North Block, New Delhi-110001

Dated 10th December, 2010.


Subject : Amendment to RTI Rules.

The Government proposes to notify Right to Information Rules in supersession of the existing rules, namely, the Right to Information(Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 and the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005. Comments if any, on the proposed Rules may be sent at e-mail address, by ~ 7 ‘ December, 2010.

(R.K. Girdhar)

US (RT1)



Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

New Delhi, dated the , 2010


G.S.R…..- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) and in supersession of the Central Information

Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005 and the Right to Information(Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government hereby makes thefollowing rules, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Right

to Information Rules, 2010.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official


2. Definitions.– In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, –

(a) “Act” means the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005);

(b) “Commission” means the Central Information Commission as constituted under sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Act.

(c) “First Appellate Authority” means an officer in the public authority who is senior in rank to the Central Public Information Officer to whom an appeal under sub-section (1) of section 19 lies;

(d) “Government” means the Central Government;

(e) “Registrar” mean officers of the Commission so designated and unless otherwise requires includes an Additional Registrar, Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar;

(f) “Registry” means the Registry of the Commission comprising the Registrar

General, Registrar, Additional Registrar, Joint Registrar or Deputy Registrar;

(g) “section” means a section of the Act;

(h) all other words and expressions used herein but not defined in the rules shall

have the same meanings assigned to them in the Act.

3. Appointment of Secretary to the Commission: The Government shall appoint an officer not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India as Secretary to the Commission who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar General of the Commission.

4. Request for Information: A person who desires to obtain any information from a public authority under sub-section (1) of Section 6 of the Act, shall pay an application fee of Rs. 10/- to the public authority alongwith the application;

Provided that the request for information shall relate only to one subject matter and shall be limited to two hundred and fifty words, excluding the address of the Central Public Information Officer and the address of the applicant.

5. Fees for providing information: Fee for providing information underSection 4(4), Section 7 (1) and Section 7 (5), as the case may be, shall be chargedat the following rates:

(a) rupees two for each page in A-3 size or smaller size paper;

(b) actual cost or price of a copy in larger size paper;

(c ) actual cost or price for samples or models;

(d) for inspection of records, no fee for the first hour; and fee of rupees five for

each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof);

(e) for information provided in diskette or floppy, rupees fifty per diskette or


(f) for information provided in printed form, at the price fixed for such

publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the


(g) the actual amount spent by public authority on hiring a machine or any other

equipment, if any, to supply information;

(h) Postal charges, in excess of rupees ten, if any, involved in supply of information.

Provided that no Fee shall be charged under this rule from the persons who

are below poverty line as may be determined by respective State Governments.

6. Payment of fee: Fee under these rules shall be paid by way of:

(a) cash, to the public authority or to the Central Assistant Public Information Officer of the public authority , as the case may be, against proper receipt; or

(b) demand draft or bankers cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to theAccounts Officer of the public authority; or

(c) electronic means to the Accounts Officer of the public authority, if facility for receiving fee through electronic means is available with the public authority:

Provided that a public authority may accept fee by any other mode of payment.

7. Appeal to the first Appellate Authority: A person aggrieved by any order passed by the Central Public Information Officer or non-disposal of his application by the Central Public Information Officer within the prescribed time, may file an appeal to the first Appellate Authority in the format as given in the Appendix.

8. Documents to accompany first appeal to the first Appellate Authority:

Every appeal made to the first Appellate Authority shall be accompanied by the

following documents, duly authenticated and verified:

(i) Copy of the application submitted to the Central Public Information Officer;

(ii)Copy of the reply, if any, of the Central Public Information Officer.

9. Appeal to the Commission: A person aggrieved by any order passed by the

First Appellate Authority or by non-disposal of his appeal by the First Appellate

Authority, may file an appeal to the Commission in the format as given in the


10. Documents to accompany Appeal to Commission: Every Appeal made to

the Commission shall be accompanied by the following documents, duly

authenticated and verified:

(i) Copy of the application submitted to the Central Public Information Officer;

(ii) Copy of the reply, if any, of the Central Public Information Officer;

(iii) Copy of the appeal made to the First Appellate Authority;

(iv) Copy of the Order, if any, of the First Appellate Authority;

(v) Copies of other documents relied upon by the Appellant and referred to in

the Appeal;

(vi) An index of the documents referred to in the Appeal.

11. Admission of appeals: (1) On receipt of an appeal, if the Commission is

satisfied that it is a fit case for consideration, it may admit such appeal; but where the Commission is not so satisfied, it may, after giving an opportunity to the appellant of being heard and after recording its reasons, reject the appeal.

(2) The Commission shall not admit an appeal unless it is satisfied that the

appellant had availed of all the remedies available to him under the Act.

(3) For the purposes of sub-rule (2), a person shall be deemed to have availed of

all the remedies available to him under the Act:

(a) if he had filed an appeal before the First Appellate Authority and the First

Appellate Authority or any other person competent to pass order on such appeal

had made a final order on the appeal; or

(b) where no final order has been made by the First Appellate Authority with

regard to the appeal preferred, and a period of 45 days from the date on which

such appeal was preferred has expired.

12. Procedure for deciding appeals: The Commission, while deciding an

appeal may,

(i) receive oral or written evidence on oath or on affidavit from concerned or

interested person;

(ii) peruse or inspect documents, public records or copies thereof;

(iii) inquire through authorized officer further details or facts;

(iv) hear Central Public Information Officer, Central Assistant Public Information Officer or the First Appellate Authority, or such person againstwhose action the appeal is made, as the case may be;

(v) hear third party; and

(vi) receive evidence on affidavits from Central Public Information Officer ,Central Assistant Public Information Officer, First Appellate Authority and such person against whom the appeal lies or the third party.

13. Amendment or withdrawal of an Appeal: The Commission may allow a

prayer for any amendment or withdrawal of an Appeal during the course of hearing, if such a prayer is made by the Appellant on an application made in writing.

Provided that such request shall not be entertained by the Commission after

the matter has been finally heard or a decision or order has been pronounced by the


14. Personal presence of the appellant before the Commission:

(1) The appellant shall be informed of the date of hearing at least seven clear days

before that date.

(2) The appellant may, at his discretion, be present in person or through his duly

authorized representative or, if permitted by the commission, through video

conferencing, at the time of hearing of the appeal by the Commission.

(3) Where the Commission is satisfied that the circumstances exist due to which

the appellant is being prevented from attending the hearing of the Commission,

then, the Commission may afford the appellant another opportunity of being heard

before a final decision is taken or take any other appropriate action as it may deem


15. Presentation by the Public Authority: The public authority may authorize

any representative or any of its officers to present its case.

16. Abatement of an Appeal / Complaint: The proceedings pending before the

Commission shall abate on the death of the appellant.

17. Service of notice by Commission: Notice by name to be issued by the

Commission may be served in any of the following modes, namely:-

(i) service by the party itself;

(ii) by hand delivery (dasti) through Process Server;

(iii) by registered post with acknowledgement due;

(iv) by electronic mail in case electronic address is available.

18. Order of the Commission: An order of the Commission shall be in writing and issued under the seal of the Commission duly authenticated by the Registrar or any other officer authorized by the Commission for this purpose.

19. Compliance of the order of the Commission: The head of a public authority shall ensure that an order passed by the Commission, unless varied or stayed by a validly passed order, is complied with and compliance report filed with the Commission within the time limit specified by the Commission, or within 60 days if no such limit is specified.

20. Recovery of Penalty and Payment of Compensation: (1) If a penalty is

imposed by the Commission on a Central Public Information Officer as per the

provisions of the Act and if the Commission requires a Public Authority to

compensate a person for any loss or detriment suffered, an order duly authenticated

by the Registrar shall be served on the Public Authority for recovery of penalty and

payment of compensation.

(2) The Public Authority shall deduct the amount of penalty in such installments as may be allowed by the Commission in its Order and authenticated by the Registrar from the monetary payments due to such person against whom penalty has been imposed by the Commission and compensation shall be paid as per order of the Commission.

21. Recommendation for Disciplinary Action: If disciplinary action is

recommended by the Commission on a Central Public Information Officer as per

the provisions of the Act, an order duly authenticated by the Registrar shall be

served on the Public Authority to initiate such action and the action taken on such

order will be communicated to the Registrar within the time specified by the

Commission in its order.


(Rajeev Kapoor)

Joint Secretary



1. Name and address of the appellant

2. Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer

to whom the application was addressed.

3. Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer

who gave reply to the application.

4. Name and address of the First Appellate Authority who

decided the First Appeal.

5. Particulars of the application.

6. Particulars of the order(s) including number, if any, against

which the appeal is preferred.

7. Brief facts leading to the appeal.

8. Prayer or relief sought.

9. Grounds for the prayer or relief.

10. Any other information relevant to the appeal

11. Verification / authentication by the appellant

(K V Sridharan)

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Posted by on December 9, 2010

DOP released syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Postmaster Grade – I

No. 137-8/2009-SPB.II

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg

New Delhi, Dated the 08 December, 2010


All Chief Postmasters General

Subject: – Syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Post Master Grade- I in Postal Wing.


I am directed to refer to Directorate’s letter No. 13-2/2010-PE.I, dated 03.02.2010 whereby a separate cadre of Postmaters has been constituted in the grades of Senior Postmaster, Postmaster Grade-III, Postmaster Grade –II and Postmaster Grade-I, by carving out the posts from existing General Line posts in Postal Wing.

2. Reference is also invited to Directorate’s letter of even number dated 22.11.2010 forwarding therewith copy of Recruitment Rules, namely, Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster (Group B Gazetted), Postmaster (Grade- ‘III and II’ – Group B non-gazetted) and Postmaster (Grade- I Group C non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2010, dated 9th September, 2010. It was stated inter-alia in the said letter that initial constitution of the various Grades of Postmasters shall be done by inviting options/applications from the existing incumbents of LSG, HSG.II, HSG.I in Post offices and PS Gr, ‘B’. In case, after filling up the posts as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules certain number of posts still remain unfilled, the same would be filled up as per the provision contained in col. 12 of the respective Recruitment Rules.

3. The Recruitment Rules for the Grade of Postmaster Grade-I provides for filling up of the vacancies by promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination from amongst the Postal Assistants working in Post offices with five years of regular service in the grade. Thus, the unfilled posts, after the initial constitution, if any, and regular vacancies subsequently will be filled up on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination. The Pattern and scheme for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination decided by the Competent Authority to fill up the vacancies in the grade of Postmaster Grade-I is forwarded herewith as in the Annexure.

4. It is requested that the provisions of the Recruitment Rules and the Syllabus may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,


(Suraj Bhan)

Assistant Director General (SPN)


Syllabus for Departmental Competitive Examination for the post of Post Master Grade-I in Post Offices

The examination for Postmaster Grade – I will consist of two papers of 100 questions; 90 minutes duration each. The questions will be on the pattern of objective type Multiple Choice Question (MCQ).

2. Syllabus for these two questions papers is given as under:


(i) Customer Service & Grievances

a) Post Office Guide – Part I

b) Compendium of Processing and Disposal of Public complaints

c) Knowledge about DOPG, DOARPG and RTI cases

d) Consumer Forum/Post Forum/Citizen Charter

e) Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules,

f) Conduct Rules

g) General Financial Rules

(ii) Postal Operations

a) Postal Manual Volume V

b) Postal Manual Volume VI (Part I, II & III)

c) FHB Volume II

d) POSB Manuals (Volume I, II and III) OR compilation of POSB Manual Volume I & II written by Kawaljit Singh, AD (FS) Department of Posts

e) Project Arrow-Blue Book


a) a)Knowledge of products and services of Departments of Posts

b) b) Marketing: Principles of marketing assessment of related products and services

c) c) PLI/RPLI, Post Office Insurance Fund Rule, outline knowledge about Insurance Schemes, Mutual Fund and other financial products and services in the market.

d) d) General Awareness and current affairs including general mental ability test covering logical reasoning (verbal and non verbal), numerical analysis (arithmetic) and basic mathematical equations and statistical tools like mean, median, mode, graphical representation of data, comprehension and basic language skills.

e) e) General principles of technology;

f) f) Basic technology requirement – computer, server, laptop

g) g) Connectivity of computers.

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CHQ Seeks improvement in Postmaster’s cadre

Ref: – P/4-1/Postmaster’s Cadre Dated – 09.12.2010


Ms. Radhika Doraisamy


Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan New Delhi – 110001


Sub: – Creation of Post master’s cadre – problem there on in the initial constitution – request consideration.

At the outset, we wish to place on record that we are not against to the introduction of Postmaster’s cadre but seek certain modifications in the interest of staff and service. The following are the few which require your immediate kind attention.

1. At present more than 60% of LSG posts 70% of HSG II posts & HSG I posts in all circles remain unfilled up. As such seeking options from the existing LSG for Post master’s cadre will end with futile results. To off shoot the problems, the following is suggested.

(i) Please cause instructions to fill up all vacant LSG, HSG-II & HSG-I posts either permanently or on adhoc basis and thereafter willingness may be called for among the LSG, HSG-II & HSG-I officials.

(ii) In case if the same is not possible due to recruitment rules, minimum service etc, the officials in MACP I, II & III may be considered in the initial constitution of the Postmaster cadre.

(iii) It may be ensured that at the initial constitution of Postmaster’s cadre, 100% of posts should be filled up among the existing willing officials either on seniority in LSG or MACP or length of PA service. Thereafter, the element of examination may be introduced.

2. All the LSG officials working in Accounts line may be permitted to opt for Postmaster’s cadre since they are entitled to work as Postmaster in HSG-II & HSG-I as per the existing recruitment rules.

3. In the initial constitution of various grades of Postmaster while obtaining option from the existing officials, the requisite minimum service should not be insisted since in many cases the promotions to HSG-II & HSG-I were not accorded in time properly. To cite an example, the adhoc HSG-I is continuing over three years by granting extension once in six months.

4. Similarly, 25% earmarked for HSG-I in Postmaster Group B shall be filled up with the existing HSG I officials without insisting the minimum required service in the initial constitution of the cadre.

5. It is further requested to cause instructions that the opted officials shall be given preference in posting in the same division in case of identified posts are available in the division to avert maximum dislocation in the initial constitution.

Apart from the above, the following improvements may please be considered.

(i) Since the Postmaster Grade-I is supervisory post, it should be elevated to Pay Band II with Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- Similar elevation is required in higher cadre also.

(ii) Since a separate cadre is carved out, 100% of the Senior Postmasters, and Chief Postmasters posts shall also be filled up only among officials in the Postmaster’s cadre only. There is no need for any reservation to other categories other than the Postmaster cadre.

It is requested to arrange a meeting at the earliest with Staff Side to discuss all the points stated above in order to ensure smooth implementation of the scheme, minimize dislocation of staff and more volunteers to the newly carved cadre etc. Unless the above issues are sorted out at the initial constitution, it will have a perennial loss to the employees which will result in resentment only.

It is requested to consider the above and cause appropriate orders at the earliest.

With profound regards,

Yours sincerely,

(K. V. Sridharan)

General Secretary

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Posted by on December 9, 2010

CHQ Seeks Further Clarification on MACP & its Speedy implementation

Ref: P/4-1/MACP Dated – 07.12.2010


Sri. P. K. Gopinath

Member (P)

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan New Delhi – 110001


Sub: – Delay and irregularities in implementations of Modified Assured career progression scheme clarification regarding.

Ref: – Yr. letter no. 4-7 (MACPs)/2009-PCC dt. 18.10.2010.

While thanking the kind gesture in clarifying all the vital issues on MACP, we wish to bring the following to your kind notice for further clarifications.

(i) Under clarification no. 4 in the orders cited above in the reference, it was clarified that such cases where due date of financial upgradation proceeds the refusal for regular promotion, financial upgradation under MACPs shall be allowed.

So far our demand in this point is concerned that since the orders on MACP was issued on 18.09.2009 stipulating the said conditions, the officials who declined regular promotions in between 1.9.2008 to 18.9.2009 prior to the issue of orders should be considered and their earlier declination to regular promotions should not be a bar for MACP or postponing their financial upgradations. During discussions it was agreed earlier to consider.

(ii) While clarifying item no 5, it is mentioned interalia:

“Similarly the officials who were facing disciplinary action as on the date of their upgradation can only be not considered.’

It requires to be linked with the latest DOPT & Trg OM No. 22012/1/99 – Estt (D) in which it is clarified under para 3 as follows:

“No promotion can be withheld merely on the basis of suspicion or doubt or where the matter is under preliminary investigation and has not reached the stage of issue of charge sheet etc.”

If this provision is added in the MACP clarifications, many officials will get their due promotions since in many cases, the MACP has not been granted merely on the ground of prima facie cases, or preliminary enquiry etc. The copy of the DOPT OM is enclosed for ready reference.

(iii)The Screening Committees for scrutinizing the confidential reports for the preceding five years in case of officials who have not been granted MACP earlier due to application of bench mark as directed vide Directorate letter No. 4-7(MACPs)/2009-PCC dt. 1.9.2010 have not been constituted so far in many circles even though the maximum period was prescribed one month. In most of the circles, due to non formation of screening Committee and lack of directions to the divisional heads to review/reconsider the left out cases compulsorily, nothing is moving and deprived officials could not get the fruit of the prudent Postal Board’s decision on this major issue.

It is requested to kindly consider the above and cause appropriate clarifications and orders at the earliest.

With profound regards,

DA: as above

Yours sincerely,

(K. V. Sridharan)

General Secretary

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