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Posted by P3 NFPE CHQ on June 21, 2009


 

 MODIFIED ACP AND PAYMENT THROUGH POSB

 

NFPE DELEGATION MET POSTAL BOARD MEMBER [P] AND DISCUSSED GDS COMMITTEE IMPLEMENTATION AND PAYMENT OF SALARY TO STAFF THROUGH POSB INSTEAD OF BANKS

 

NFPE DELEGATION ALSO MET DDG [Estt] ON MODIFIED ACP

 

Dear Comrades – NFPE Delegation consisting of Secretary General and General Secretaries met Member [P] on 18.06.2009. The GDS Committee implementation is a priority issue and that should not take more time now was the response of the Member [P]. The clearance from the Ministry of Finance is expected at any time and then the Cabinet Note for the consideration of the Cabinet will be taken up. NFPE however hope that after the Budget the GDS Committee would be implemented.

 

On compulsory payment of salary through Banks and direct credit system, the Member [P] though in agreement with our proposal for disbursement through our own POSB instead of Banks, suggested that we discuss this issue with the Secretary and DDG [PAF] since the order was issued with the concurrence of the Secretary [P]. NFPE Delegation will try to meet the DDG [PAF] and the Secretary [P] on Monday.

 

We also discussed the issue of Data Entry Operators of Tamilnadu DAP Office who are facing recovery due to the decision of the Department of Posts to deny 4000-6000 pre-revised pay scales to them on consideration as directed by the Honourable Madras High Court. Comrades Santhosh Kumar the Circle Secretary of Postal Accounts Tamilnadu Circle and Balasubramanian Vice President of Postal Accounts TN Circle also accompanied the Delegation to meet the Member [P] to discuss the issue of DEO and supplied all the documentary proof of justification in support of higher scale for DEOs. The Member [P] assured to look into the whole case.

 

NFPE Delegation earlier met the DDG [Estt] and came to know that the Modified ACP orders for Postal Employees are under preparation. The DDG informed us that the orders will be a comprehensive one with full details of fixation models for different categories and that is why the preparation is taking some time. After the orders are prepared the same will be submitted to the consent of the JS&FA and then orders will be issued by the Directorate for implementation. Contrary to the earlier information, the DDG [Estt] asserted that there appears to be no need to submit the orders for approval of the DOPT and clearance by JS&FA would be sufficient. It is expected that another 15 days may take for finalization of the orders and we can expect the same to be issued next month.

 

POSTAL JCA PROGRAMME OF ACTION

 

The urgent issues and problems faced by the Postal Employees due to:

 

the orders of compulsory payment through Banks only;

 

the harassment meted out to the employees particularly to the Postmen staff and Postmasters and other staff in the offices of Project Arrow;

 

the abnormal delay in implementation of GDS Committee and also the discrimination perpetrated on the GDS in implementing the bonus ceiling orders;

 

the need to focus immediately the removal of arbitrary cap of 60 days in payment of PLB to postal employees by the MOF while Railways and other PLB employees are granted without any such cap as the calculations have started for PLB 2008-2009 by the Directorate;

 

the need to expedite filling up of ADR vacancies of 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 and to insist that all cadres and all wings shall be taken into account for filling up the vacant posts;

 

to focus the abnormal delay in refixation of wages to all casual labourers and part time contingent as well as the RRR candidates on the basis of the 6th CPC wages;

 

to demand expediting the Cadre Review of all cadres in
Department of Posts since the same is being carried out in many other Government Departments like Railways, Income Tax etc;

 

to express our plight due to failure to re-fix the new pay level in the 6th CPC scales of pay for OTA entitlement and to demand immediate payment of all pending OTA bills; and

 

to alleviate the difficulties faced by women employees in getting the Child Care Leave sanctioned in spite of the eligibility under the tightened guidelines of DOPT;

 

were considered by the Postal Joint Council of Action of NFPE and FNPO. It has been decided that a call attention is required to the Department of Posts on all these issues. Therefore the Postal JCA has called upon the rank and file to organize the following two programmes:

 

29.06.2009: Mass Dharna in all Divisions / Branches jointly by the NFPE and FNPO organizations;

 

3.7.2009: On the day of opening of Budget Session of Parliament, there shall be a Massive Demonstration in front of Dak Bhawan and a Joint Memorandum would be submitted to the Honourable Minister of Communications & IT and also the Honourable Minister of State for Communications & IT in Delhi.

 

The JCA Circulars have already been sent by post to all Circle Secretaries with a request to circulate copies to all branches. The Postal JCA calls upon all NFPE and FNPO unions to observe this Programme of Action with all zest and vigour through maximum mobilization of employees.

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POSTAL JCA CALLS FOR TWO PHASED PROGRAMME OF ACTION

Posted by P3 NFPE CHQ on June 19, 2009


 

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF NFPE AND FNPO FELT THE URGENCY OF SOME DEMANDS INCLUDING THE DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE REPORT AND DECIDED TO ORGANISE A TWO PHASED PROGRAMME OF ACTION


NATIONWIDE DHARNA AT ALL DIVISIONAL AND BRANCH LEVEL ON 29.06.2009

MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION BEFORE DAK BHAWAN IN DELHI ON 3.7.2009 ON THE DAY OF OPENING OF BUDGET SESSION OF PARLIAMENT

THESE PROGRAMMA OF ACTION IS FOR CALLING THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS AND GOVERNMENT TO ACT FAST IN SETTLEMENT OF BURNING ISSUES IMMEDIATELY

POSTAL JCA CIRCULAR IS REPRODUCED BELOW – CIRCLE / DIVISIONAL / BRANCH SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THE PROGRAMME CALL VERY SERIOUSLY AND MOBILIZE OUR FULL STRENGTH

CIRCLE SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE PHOTOSTAT COPIES OF THIS CIRCULAR AND CIRCULATE TO ALL DIVISIONS AND BRANCHES

Postal Joint Council of Action

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001

FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS

T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110001

 

JCA/1/2009 Dated 18th June 2009

 

To

 

All General / Circle Secretaries

NFPE & FNPO Union

 

MASSIVE DHARNA / MASS DEMONSTRATION ON THE OPENING OF BUDGET SESSION OF PARLIAMENT

 

The Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO Federations call upon the entirety of Postal Employees to organise a massive Dharna jointly under the banner of Joint Council of Action on 29.06.2009 at the level of Divisions / Branches for calling the attention of the Department of Posts to the following burning issues. As far as the Delhi Circle is concerned, there shall be a massive demonstration in front of Dak Bhawan during lunch hour on 3.7.2009, the first day of Budget Session of Parliament. A Memorandum on the following items shall be submitted to the Honourable Minister of Communications & IT and Honourable Minister of State for Communications & IT by the JCA on 3.7.2009.

 

The Burning issues that shall receive focus:

 

  1. Early implementation of GDS Committee recommendations with the suggestions of staff side duly incorporated.
  2. End discrimination in bonus quantum ceiling between regular and GDS as per the Bonus Act amendment.
  3. Remove the arbitrary cap of 60 days in PLB for Postal Employees.
  4. Fill up ADR vacancies of 2005-06 & 2006-07 in all wings and of all cadres including Multi Skilled employees.
  5. Expedite Cadre Review of all cadres in Department of Posts.
  6. Stop abolition of Postmen posts and beats and stop harassment of delivery staff and instructions in violation of P&T Manuals in Project Arrow Offices.
  7. Cancel the order for compulsory pay disbursement through bank cheques and direct credit system.
  8. Re-fix the eligibility for OTA proportionately to the 6th CPC wage level and clear all pending OTA bills.
  9. Re-fix the wages of all Casual labourers and Part Time Contingent / RRR employees on the basis of the 6th CPC wages.
  10. Grant Child Care Leave to all eligible Women Employees.

All our Divisions and Branches are called upon to take the programme call very seriously and mobilise our full strength behind the call.

With Greetings,

[D.Theagarajan] [K.Ragavendran]

Secretary General Secretary General

FNPO NFPE

* All Circle Secretaries are requested to take Photostat copies of this JCA Circular and send to all divisions and branches immediately.

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POSTAL DEPARTMENT’S NEW CORPORATE PLAN

Posted by P3 NFPE CHQ on June 11, 2009


CORPORATE PLAN OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

 

CORPORATE PLAN OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS EXHIBITED IN THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

 

 

Department of Posts has announced a Corporate Plan in its website. It is stated that this Corporate Plan is due to Major Change in Postal Policy. The major change in policy is attaining self sufficiency within the next five years as the Government of India may not find it feasible to subsidize the postal operations any more.

 

The Corporate Plan declares some goals. These Goals are:

 

1. Post within easy reach of all by year 2013-14.

2. To be a focal point for delivery of all social security schemes of the State

by the year 2011-12.

3. To be a self-sustaining organization by the year 2013-14.

4. To increase financial inclusion of the unbanked population by at least 10%

by the year 2013-14.

 

The declared Goals are good. They try to concentrate on core postal functions and POSB. But these goals are expected to be arrived at by depending on mainly the Franchisee outlets and not on recruitment of staff or opening of new post offices. The Corporate Plan clearly states ” The objective of providing basic postal facilities within easy reach (defined as within 1.5 km) cannot be achieved by opening more post offices. The objective of opening of post offices would be expensive and would go against the other objective of financial self-sufficiency. Accordingly, the strategy would be more on giving out franchisees to individuals, shops, institutions, etc. This would reduce the cost of achieving this objective, besides bringing in additional revenue to the Department.”

 

No proper study of Franchisee system has been made and no opportunity was given to the staff side to look into the franchisee working scheme with transparency so far. The stand of the NFPE on this issue had been amply communicated to the Department. Despite our insistence no purposeful meeting is being arranged by the Department for mutual discussion nor the blue print of full operations of all the franchisees have been supplied to us.  Now blindly the Department want to go ahead with more and more expansion of Franchisee schemes by offering to shops, institutions etc in addition to the individuals. They are the masters and we are the slaves and slaves require no convincing.

 

The Department had estimated that the value of USO [Universal Service Obligation] compensation was Rs.668 crores for 2004-05. The Document says that the funding of USO could be from: (i) Government funding— the government is responsible for funding any deficit incurred in operation of universal postal services;(ii) Industry funding– in this model, other postal players pay a fee for the operation of universal postal services by the public postal operator;(iii) Reserved price area– a specific area of service reserved for the universal service provider so that revenues from reserved area help in 11 financing the universal postal services. The reserved service area must be clearly defined on the basis of three elements: (a) class of service (b) item weight (c) price protection for reserved services. These are issues which need to be given a legal basis by having them incorporated in the Indian Post Office Act.

 

But the big question is as to whether the Government has got the will to legal protection of letter mail monopoly etc by suitable amending the PO Act which it could not do on the face of stiff opposition from the corporate courier lobby. Three times such legislation was attempted in vain. Protection of letter mail monopoly; protection upto 500 grams for letters; protection of letters up to 300 grams all got diluted upto 150 grams but that too not could not be legislated.

 

A growth trajectory has been aimed at. It is also said that to achieve the projected growth it would require: (a) improving the quality of service by streamlining operations, and (b) working with stakeholders to increase the mail flow through the India Post system. We have no issue with improving the quality of service to customers but the interpretation of quality service differs between the staff side and the official side. The method adopted to improve the delivery efficiency in Project Arrow Offices by reducing the number of deliveries or reducing the number of postmen by the Administrative Officers at different levels are certainly at a different wavelength in contrast to our own wavelength of quality service to public. Quality service by not providing sufficient hands means quality service by magic in their interpretation. There is no meeting ground and there is no sincere attempt to reach a meeting ground. They perhaps think that they alone are ordained by nature to think and create and the workers are ordained to carry out without murmur anything and everything. Project Arrow bears full stamp of this approach. We do not know as to whether the Corporate Plan is going to be different at all!

 

The Corporate Plan spells out that the Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) which was started in 1995, may be further strengthened, if need be, by setting up a company. This means corporatisation / privatisation of PLI/RPLI functions.

 

The entire Corporate Plan of the Department of Posts is available by clicking the following LINK. All our rank and file comrades are requested to go through the whole Corporate plan and send their considered view points in writing preferably by E-mail to nfpehq@gmail.com and kayveeyes@gmail.com

 

 

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DOPT ORDER ON LTC

Posted by P3 NFPE CHQ on June 4, 2009


ENCASHMENT OF EARNED LEAVE ALONG WITH LTC

 

DOPT has issued orders to permit Government servants encashment of earned leave upto 10 days at the time of availing LTC without any linkage to the number of days and the nature of leave availed while proceeding on LTC.

 

A Click on the Link Below will provide you the full text of the Government Orders:

 

http://persmin.gov.in/WriteData/CircularNotification/ScanDocument/14028_4_2009-Estt.(L)0001.pdf

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MORE ORDERS

Posted by P3 NFPE CHQ on June 4, 2009


 

TRAVEL ENTITLEMENT FOR LTC BY AIR:

 

DOPT issued orders to restore the travel entitlements for LTC as stipulated vide O.M. dated 23rd September, 2008. The Ministry of Civil Aviation may bring out a scheme on the lines of LTC 80 for travel by business class. The officers and/or their families may chose to travel on LTC by any airline provided the fare does not exceed the fares offered by NACIL (Air India) under their new LTC scheme for business class.

 

The text of full orders can be downloaded by clicking the Link Below:

 

http://persmin.gov.in/WriteData/CircularNotification/ScanDocument/31011_4_2008-Estt.(A)-1.pdf

 

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