Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GS visited to Directorate on 29/02/2012.

Today, I along with Ex-GS Shri Roop Chand visited Directorate and met with the  Member (P), various DDGs and other concerned officers. The following issues were discussed with them. The present status in respect of the issues is furnished below for the information of all CHQ Office Bearers, Circle Secretaries and members.

 1.   Up-gradation of GP of IP from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/-.

File relating to implementation of Hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench judgement dated 19/10/2011 is still under examination in view of our letter dated 22/2/2012. File is likely to be sent to Ministry of Finance shortly.

2.   Restructuring of Inspectors Posts Cadre.

Next Meeting of the committee constituted to look into promotional prospects of IPOs/ASPs is likely to be convened by the Department in near future in view of decision of AIC conveyed to the Member (P) on 22/2/2012.

3.   Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to PS Gr. B for the year 2011.

Decision has been taken by the Department to hold supplementary DPC. This process is likely to be completed within next 3-4 months. 

    4.   Holding of DPC for the promotion to JTS, Group A.

File is under process, which is likely to be completed within 2-3 months.

5.   Declaration of result of IP examination 2011.

Marksheet from CMC has been received by the Department which is under scrutiny. After scrutiny the result will be declared shortly.  

6.   Revision of rates of remuneration for performing duty as Invigilator in the examination.  

File is still pending with Internal Finance.

7.   Re-allotment of surplus IPs to their Home Circles.

The issue is not under consideration at Directorate. Surplus IPs can go to their Home Circle only after relieving by the concerned circle in which they are working. 

Vilas Ingale
General Secretary

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Upgradation of Grade Pay of Inspector, Posts from Rs.4200/- to Rs. 4600/-

No. CHQ/IPASP/1/2012 Dated : 22/2/2012.

Ms Yesodhara Menon,
Member (P),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject : Minutes of the meeting taken by the Member (Personnel) with All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts on 3/11/2011.

Ref. : Directorate Letter No. 01/01/2011-SR dated 14/11/2011.

Respected Madam,

The 37th All India Biennial Conference of this Association was held at Bangaluru on 28th and 29th January, 2012. In the Conference, the matter related to merger of the posts IP and ASP was deliberated in depth and the house passed a resolution unanimously as under:

“This Association is against the merger of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendents Posts Cadre. Inspector Posts should be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- with effect from 01/01/2006 at par with Inspectors of CBDT / CBEC in tune with directions of the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench”.

In view of the above resolution, it is requested that action may please be taken to implement the orders of Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench to upgrade the grade pay of Inspector Posts from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- with effect from 1.1.2006.

                                                                                                                             Yours sincerely,
                                                                                                                                 (Vilas Ingale)
                                                                                                                             General Secretary

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chraging Extra premium on PLI policies taken by physically Challenged persons - High Court Delhi raps Govt.

Complaints of discrimination against the disabled are common in matters of civic amenities, job appointments and admissions to educational institutions. But now one such case has emerged in relation to a life insurance scheme floated by the central government itself.
Slamming the Centre, the Delhi High Court has said it will quash its postal life insurance policy that charges the physically challenged extra premium.
State and central government employees are the beneficiaries of this policy. As per its rules, the assured sum for the disabled is much less while the premium much more than what is applicable to ordinary employees. The discrimination was brought to the notice of the court by a PIL filed by a visually challenged lawyer, Pankaj Sinha.
"Why this discrimination? How can you charge the disabled extra premium? They have the same risk factor as ordinary policyholders. The premium should be linked to various ailments — not disability," a bench headed by acting chief justice AK Sikri told the Centre's counsel.
"Disability is not a disease or a medical problem. We are going to quash the policy," the court said. Sinha told the bench: "While non-handicapped persons are insured for a maximum of Rs 5 lakh, disabled people are insured for a maximum of only Rs 1 lakh. The premium paid by disabled people is also more than the premium for non-disabled people."
The court rejected the Centre's argument that disabled people are more prone to accidental risks as compared to persons without any disability and therefore the premium charged should be marginally different.
Source : The Hindustan Times, Feb 20, 2012

Clarification on Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy

F.No.11/2/2008-JCA Vol.(II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, 21st February, 2012


Subject: Children Education Allowance - Clarification.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008—Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008, and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time on the subject cited above, and to state that various Ministries / Departments have been seeking clarifications on various aspects of the Children Education Allowance / Hostel Subsidy. The doubts raised by various authorities are clarified as under:


Point of reference/doubts



What constitute “Fee” as per para 1(c) of the O.M. dated 2/9/2008 and whether fee paid for extra-curricular activities to some other institute and reimbursement of, school bags, pen/pencils. etc., can be allowed? Is there any item-wise ceiling?

“Fee’ shall mean fee paid to the school in which the child is studding, directly by the parents/guardian for the items mentioned in para 1(e) of the O.M.dated 2/9/2008. Reimbursement of school bags, pens/pencils, etc., may not he allowed. There is no item-wise ceiling.


Whether reimbursement can be allowed in case the original receipts are misplaced and duplicate receipts are produced by the Government servant?

In case of misplacement of receipts given by the school/institution towards charges received from the parents/guardian, reimbursement may be allowed if the Government servant produces a duplicate receipt, duly authenticated by the school authorities. Receipts from private parties, other than the school, if misplaced shall not be , entertained, even if a duplicate receipt is produced. Original receipts from school authorities need not be attested / countersigned stamped by the school authorities.


Whether the Government servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter?

Reimbursement of 50% of the entitled amount for the academic year could be allowed in the first and/or second quarter and the remaining amount could be reimbursed in the third and/or fourth quarter. However,the entire entitled amount can be reimbursed in the last quarter.


It is provided that whenever the DA increases by 50% the CEA will increase by 25%. What shall be the date of effect of such enhancement?

Any enhancement in the ceiling of reimbursement per annum due to increase in DA by 50%, shall be applicable on pro-rata basis from the date of increase in DA, subject to actual expenditure during the quarter.

Hindi version will follow.


(Vibha G.Mishra)


Announcement of Result of Inspector, Posts Examination-2011

Today, I contacted the concerned officers in the Postal Directorate and it came to notice that CMC has not submitted the marksheet so far. Hence, result will be announced by the DE Division only after scurtiny of marksheet received from the CMC in near future.

       (Vilas Ingale)
    General Secretary

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ex-GS promoted to PS Gr. B cadre.

Shri Roop Chandji, Ex-General Secretary of our Association is promoted on adhoc basis to PS Gr. B cadre and posted as Senior Postmaster, Ramesh Nagar HO, New Delhi 110 015.He has joined on 15.02.2012 F.N.

This Association congratulates to him.

Circle Conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle.

39th Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Asstt. Supdt. Posts, Andhra Pradesh Branch held at Kurnool on 18th and 19th February 2012. The following officers are elected as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer for the next two years term.

1. Shri G. V. Srinivasulu, ASP (HQ) Kurnool Division as Circle President.

2. Shri K. Raghunathswamy, ASP (HQ) Nalgonda Division as Circle Secretary.

3. Shri P. B. Srinivas, ASP (Marketing) o/o CPMG, Hyderabad as Circle Treasurer.

This Association express hearty congratulations to all newly elected officer-bearers and CWC members.

Health tips on a postcard.

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courtesy The Hindu

Chhatisgarh Circle Conference held at Raipur.

General Secretary and CHQ Treasurer Shri Santosh Kulkarni attended 7th Biennial Circle Conference of IP / ASP Association of Chhatisgarh Branch held at Raipur and Kum. Sandhya Devgirikar, ASP (HQ) Raipur Division and Shri A. K. Singh, SDI (P) Baloda Bazar Sub Division, at Raipur are elected as Circle President and Circle Secretary respectively.

This Association express hearty congratulations to all newly elected officer-bearers and CWC members.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Guide Line for Newly introduced Mail net work system

New operational arrangements,
The existing mail offices have been classified into Level 1 (L-1) and Level 2 (L-2) mail offices. There would be 89  L-1 and 244 L-2 mail offices under the new set up.
 All L-1 mail offices will close direct bags for each other. An  L-1 office will also close bags for all L-2 offices as well as delivery post offices mapped/attached to it.
 All L-2 offices attached/mapped to it an L-1 office can close bags for that particular office. An L-2 office may also close bags for all other L-2 offices mapped to the same L-1 office if the need be. It will also close bags for all delivery post offices mapped to it.
 An L-2 mail office would not close bags for any other L-1 office to which it is not mapped. Similarly an L-2 office will not close bags for any other L-2 office which is not mapped to the same L-1 office. However, there may be a situation where an L-2 office may require closing bags for an L-1 or L-2 office falling in the same circle or neighboring circle for transmission advantage. Circles should try to keep this number to the bare minimum to the extent possible. In all such exceptional cases, the circle concerned should furnish the list of such offices and destinations for which bag closing is required and seek approval of the Directorate.
Post Offices would prepare two kinds of bags (separate for unregistered and registered mail) for their parent mail office (L-1 or L-2 as the case may be), which would be as follows.
 A bag containing TD mail to be delivered by post offices mapped to the same parent mail office (for unregistered mail).
  A bag containing non-TD (NTD) i.e. all mail other than TD , to be delivered by post offices not mapped to the same parent mail office (for unregistered mail).
 A bag containing TD mail to be delivered by the post offices mapped to the same parent mail office ( for registered mail).
A bag containing non-TD (NTD) mail, i.e. all mail other than TD, to be delivered by post offices no mapped to the same parent mail office (for registered mail).
Post Offices would continue to retain station article i.e. articles to be delivered from the same post office in case of both unregistered and registered articles.
The new operational network has put into operation from 15th February, 2012.

Source :

Railways Advise Passengers to Use Current Reservation Counter Facility for short Notice Journeys

The Ministry of Railways has advised the passengers travelling on the train on a short notice to use the facility of Current Reservation Counter situated at the train originating main stations. The Ministry has pointed out that vacant reserved seats available on train after preparation of reservation charts can be booked at the Current Counters of the train originating stations upto a specified time before departure of trains.

The Railways wishes to create further awareness among the passengers about this facility as due to lack of adequate awareness, it is misused by unscrupulous elements/intermediaries for providing confirmed accommodation to passengers at a premium by using the current counter facility.

It may be mentioned that a reserved ticket can be booked across the Passenger Reservation System counters all over the country as well as through internet only upto the time of preparation of reservation charts. After preparation of reservation charts, the berths/seats available, if any, can be booked at the current counter available at the major stations. The reservation charts are normally prepared 3 to 4 hours before he scheduled departure of the train. In case of trains leaving early morning, the charts are prepared on the previous night.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cadre Restructuring Proposal of Income Tax Department cleared by DOPT

The DOPT has at last cleared the Cadre Restructuring Proposal. There has been a reduction of 398 posts in the Group-A cadres up to the level of DCIT. The proposal in respect of Gr.B & Gr.C have already been cleared by the Department of Expenditure and Finance Minister without any changes. Now the cadre restructuring proposal is expected to go to the Group of Secretaries and then to the Cabinet for clearance. Once it is passed by the Cabinet, the additional posts created will be allocated charge-wise and notification will be issued. Promotions/recruitment will take place subsequently.
Cadre restructuring proposal- Changes in Gr.A as approved by the Department of Personnel & Training.
1.APPEX (80000) PRINCIPLE CCIT029#27*20#(-9)
2.HAG+(75500-80000) ADDL.CCIT0885050(-38)
3.HAG (67000-79000) CCIT11633315034(-183)
4.SAG PB-4(GP-10000) CIT731602831100(+229)
5.NFSG PB-4(GP-8700) JAG PB-3(GP-7600) ADDL.CIT/JCIT125315651565312(0)
6.STS PB-3 (GP-6600) DCIT13581601139636(-207)
7.JTS PB-3 (5400) ACIT73410911091357(0)
8.RESERVES-PB-3 GP 5400-ACIT0760570570(-190)
Figures in brackets denote number of posts altered by the DOPT vis-à-vis that approved by the DOPT.
*Included posts of Chairman, Members, CBDT which are to be excluded as per DOPT recommendations.
#Excluding the posts of Chairman and Members, CBDT.
Cadre-restructuring proposal Gr.B & C
S No.Post/DesignationGrade/Pay ScaleExistingProposed
9ITO Gp-BPB-2, GP Rs. 5400 &
Rs. 4800
PB-3, GP Rs.6600
PB-3, GP Rs.5400
PB-2, GP Rs.4800
PB-2, GP Rs.4600
  Sub. Total8231051
11Pr. AO
Sr. AO
PB-3, GP Rs.6600
PB-3, GP Rs.5400
PB-2, GP Rs.4800
PB-2, GP Rs.4600
  Sub. Total8141499
12ITIPB-2, GP Rs.4600909413521
13Ex Asstt.(SrTA, OS/ Steno I & II/ DEO)PB-2, GP Rs.42001386719951
14TA/ Steno IIIPB-2, GP Rs.24001140915123
15Notice ServerPB-2, GP Rs.190028554088
16Group C (Upgraded from Group D)PB-2, GP Rs.1800736511138
17Reserves (B & C)PB-2, GP Rs.1800nil1125

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme - Upward revision of rate of monthly subscription - reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
(Affiliated to Indian National Union Congress)
(Affiliated to International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) London)


Dated - 13.02.2012

Shri. Pranab Mukherjee,
Hon'ble Finance Minister,
Government of India
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,
Sub : Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme - Upward revision of rate of monthly subscription - reg.
Ref : Ministry of Finance O.M. No.7(1)EV/2008 dated 10th September, 2010.

NFIR brings to your kind notice that presently the amount deducted towards Group Insurance Scheme from the monthly salary of different categories of Central Government Employees is as under :

                 Amount deducted p.m.                     
Group 'C'
Group 'B'
Group 'A'

The above table rates were prescribed in the year 1990 and therafter no upward revision has been made. We have been repeatedly representing since long to the Government to enhance the rates of monthly deduction and upward revision of corresponding maturity value. The Government has unfortunately not considered our plea till date.

NFIR once again requests you to kindly intervene and see that the deduction of amount towards Employees Group Insurance Scheme is raised 10 times with the corresponding increase of maturity value.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR



D.G. Posts No. 8/15/2011-SR dated 1st February, 2012.

            As you aware, the Postal Joint Council Action served a notice of Indefinite Strike with effect from 17.01.2012 accompanied by a 25 point Charter of Demands. All the items were discussed in detail in a series of meetings taken by Secretary/Members of the Postal Services Board and minutes of the meeting were sent to you vide communication dated 16.01.2012.

2.         In this regard attention is invited to para 24 of the minutes of the meeting dealing with imposing FR-17A against strikers. Instructions on the subject were issued by the Department vide D.O. letter No. 8-27/97-SR (Pt) under the signature of the then Member Development which inter alia states that the provisions of FR-17A in respect of Departmental Employees and Rule 23 of ED Conduct and Service Rules -1964 in respect of EDs (Since substituted by GDS (Conduct & Engagement Rules, 2011) may be invoked only in cases of incitement, instances of violence /sabotage etc. The Department is following these instructions in the matter of regulating the strike period/strike situation. It is requested to review the action taken in this regard in the light of the aforesaid instructions, under intimation to this office.

(Subhash Chander)
Director SR &Legal

Courtesy : NFPE

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chhatisgarh Circle Conference at Raipur on 19/2/2012.

7th Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors & Assistant Superintendents, Posts Chhatisgarh Circle Branch is scheduled to be held at Raipur on 19.02.2012.

Monday, February 13, 2012

IPO Examination 2011....result thereof.

It is learnt that, Inspector Posts Examination 2011 result is expected in the next week i.e. 3rd week of this month.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel under Ministry of Urban Development - Revision thereof.

                                                                                                                                 MOST IMMEDIATE
                                                                      No. D-110128/23/82/-Regions (Vol.II)
                                                                                   Government of India
                                                                                Ministry of Development
                                                                                    Directorate of Estates

                                                                                                                 Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi,
                                                                                                                 Dated  31st January,2012

                                                           Office Memorandum

Subject: Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel under Ministry of Urban Development - Revision thereof.

Reference is invited to Directorate of Estates O.M. of even No. dated 30th January 2012 on the above mentioned subject. In this connection it is stated that all visitors to holiday homes and touring officer's hostel/guest house have to pay booking charges as per revised rates. The prospective visitors whose booking have already been confirmed are required to pay the different amount to the caretaker/concerned authority of holiday home and touring officer's hostel/guest house at the time of check in. Further, the prospective applicants are advised that the demand draft towards booking charges for the period w.e.f.1st March 2012 may be sent as per revised charges otherwise their applications will not be entertained and rejected summarily.

                                                                                                     Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)


Carrying of Original ID Proof to be Compulsory During Train Journey in all Air Conditioned Classes

                                                   Ministry of Railways
Carrying of Original ID Proof to be Compulsory During Train Journey in all Air Conditioned Classes

New Instructions to Come into Effect from 15th February 2012

New Condition not to be Applicable on Passengers Upgraded to AC Class

In a move to prevent misuse of Reserved Train Tickets and reduce cases of travelling on transferred tickets, Ministry of Railways has decided that with effect from 15th February 2012, anyone of the passengers/the passenger booked on the ticket issued from computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS counters) and Internet (i-ticket) undertaking journey in AC-3 tier, AC-2 tier, 1st AC, AC Chair Car and Executive Classes will have to carry one of the nine prescribed proofs of identity (in original) during the journey. The passengers of these AC classes would be required to produce the Identity Card in original as and when required failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as without ticket and charged accordingly. However, the Identity Card (in original or its photocopy) will not be required at the time of purchase reserved AC tickets from PRS counters or i-ticket. These instructions are valid for all categories of trains, with the above mentioned classes of travel.
In case of passengers who are automatically upgraded by the system from sleeper Class to Air-conditioned class and in case of passengers who are upgraded by on-board ticket checking staff on realization of difference of fare, the condition of carrying proof of identity during the journey will not be applicable.
These fresh instructions are in addition to the existing instructions under which the passengers with Tatkal tickets and e-tickets are already required to carry original proof of identity during the course of Railway journey. In case of Tatkal tickets, self attested photocopy of the Identity Card is required at the time of purchase from the PRS counters or Identity Card details (Number etc.) are to be entered at the time of purchase from internet.
A message on this count will be indicated on the ticket issued in the above said classes through computerized PRS/I-ticket.
Center for Railway Information System (CRIS), an organization under Ministry of Railways, has been asked to make necessary provisions in the software.
The list of valid proofs of identity are as under:-
Ø Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
Ø Passport.
Ø PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
Ø Driving License issued by RTO.
Ø Photo Identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government.
Ø Student Identity Card with Photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students.
Ø Nationalized Bank Passbook with Photograph.
Ø Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.
Ø Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.

The scope of the term “photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government” permissible under the scheme is very wide and it covers a large number of photo identity cards, some of which are as under:
Ø Pension Pay Orders (PPO)
Ø Ration Card with photographs
Ø Senior citizen cards.
Ø Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards.
Ø ESI Cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries.
Ø CGHS Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central Government employees.

Source: PIB

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Result of unfilled vacancies of PS Group B Exam 2010 declared.

Directorate has issued Circle allotments to the following candidates who selected against the two unfilled 'OC' vacancies from General Line quota of PS Group B examination held for the year 2010.

1. K.Janardhan Reddy, SPM, Repalle MDG (AP Circle) allotted to Andhra Pradesh.
2. R.Rama Lingam (TN Circle) allotted to Jammu & Kashmir.

Charging of enhanced Rate of Licence fee in case of Out of Turn Allotment.

No.12035/11/97-Policy-II (pt)
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, Delhi
Dated 12/01/2012

Sub: Charging of enhanced Rate of Licence fee in case of Out of Turn Allotment.

         The undersigned is directed to refer to this office O.M. of even No. dated 28/10/2010 on the subject noted above and to say that the matter of charging six times of normal licence fee in cases of Out of Turn Allotment till the day the allottee becomes eligible for in-turn allotment of Govt. residence, has been reviewed and it has been decided to propose three times of normal licence fee in all CCA Notes for out of turn allotment from the date of occupation of Govt. residence till the day allottees turn matures as per his/her seniority / priority in waiting list for allotment of that type of Govt. accommodation.

        All allotment Sections are requested to submit proposals for out of turn allotment at three times of normal licence fee for consideration of CCA with immediate effect.

        This issue with the approval of UDM.
Deputy Director (Policy)


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book train tickets four months in advance.

The Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period for booking reserved train tickets from existing 90 days to 120 days on experimental basis (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. March 10, 2012. 
Source TOI 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Minutes of 37th All India Conference held at Bangaluru on 28th & 29th January 2012

The 37th All India Biennial Conference of our Association was held at Bangaluru on 28th and 29th January, 2012. Out of 22 circles, 234 delegates from 19 circles attended and actively participated in the deliberations. There was no representation from Assam, J & K and Himachal Pradesh circle branches.
Deliberations on following issues have been taken place and approved by the august house.
1.   Confirmation of the minutes of Biennial Conference of the Association held at New Delhi on 3rd and 4th April 2010.
Shri Roop Chand, General Secretary read out the minutes of the 36th AIC held at New Delhi on 3rd and 4th April, 2010 and it was unanimously approved by the august body.
2.   Approval of Biennial report of CHQ for the period from 02/04/2010 to 26/01/2012.
General Secretary read out the report and it was unanimously adopted and approved by the house.
3.   Approval of Audited accounts of CHQ for the period from 02/04/2010 to 26/01/2012.
Shri Jeetram, CHQ Treasurer presented the accounts for the period from 02.4.2010 to 26.1.2012. The Treasurer answered/clarified to queries raised by members satisfactorily and accounts were finally passed by the house.
4.   (a) Upgradation of grade pay of Inspector Posts from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- w. e. f. 01/01/2006.
General Secretary explained that determination of the pay structure is the job of experts sitting in Pay Commissions entrusted with the specific job and the Government cannot attempt selective revisions without addressing its impact on analogous cadres. Having restored parity by virtue of the recommendations of Fifth Pay Commission, the Government can not try to undo the same and create a blatant discrimination between analogous cadres. Strange it is to find that the Ministry of Finance, having disturbed the relativities are trying to find new logic to deny the well merited parity to the cadre of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent Posts.
The consistent attempts by this Association to bring into focus all  these facts to the Department and to the Government have fallen into deaf ears. Instead the Department has been toying with the idea of abolishing the cadre of Assistant Superintendent Posts and merging the two posts into one without any specific assurance to enhance the career progression of this cadre. The posts of Assistant Superintendents exist in the Department from the inception of the cadre of Inspector of Post Offices and the Assistant Superintendents are the second level officers in the Postal Division and in reality the de facto administrators of the Postal Division. Assistant Superintendent Posts were conferred with ‘Gazetted status’ in the year 2005 as the Government was convinced that the nature of duties performed by them are higher and the responsibilities shared by them are unique to the Department and therefore deserve a higher level of recognition and now just to remove the man-made anomaly which has caused undue discrimination to the cadre of Inspectors, neither the Department of Posts nor the Government can demand our passive and unconditional acceptance to the merger of the Inspector and Assistant Superintendent Posts which have different degrees of responsibilities. While the Department has rightly recognized the need to place the Inspector Posts in higher pedestal on par with Inspectors of CBDT/CBEC and accordingly recommended to the Ministry of Finance also, the same Department cannot now demand unconditional acceptance from our Association to accept an unified single cadre of Inspectors or unilaterally alter the cadre structure for the simple  reason that the MOF does not accept the proposal from the Department to restore parity without any valid reason and such a step would definitely be retrograde in nature.
The Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench has dealt at length the background of our claim seeking parity and has rightly appreciated our earnest efforts to secure parity with the Inspectors of CBDT/CBEC and has therefore allowed the OA with further directions to  the Ministry of Finance to have a re-look in the matter at the level of Secretary and 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 and to consider upward revision of the grade pay of ASPs as well.
Opinion of all Circle branches was obtained. Shri.S.Samuel ex-General Secretary, Shri.G.P.Lahiri ex CHQ President and Shri.P.R.Satyanarayanan ex CHQ President spoke in length about the circumstances under which the post of ASP was sanctioned and how gazetted status was obtained after a long struggle. While all other cadres in the central government are expanding their cadre strength and number of posts, why this cadre alone is asked to surrender the promotional avenues and go backward. Finally, the house decided to oppose merger and passed the following resolution:
 “ We are against the merger of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendents Posts Cadre. Inspector Posts should be granted grade pay of Rs. 4600/- w. e. f. 01/01/2006 at par with the Inspectors CBDT/CBEC in tune with the direction of the Hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench”.
(b) Restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre and Second CRC.
The Second Cadre Review took place in the year 1986. The Committee recommended upgrading 245 posts of ASP to PS Group B. A Presidential order was also issued in this regard but till date it was not implemented by the department. Here also the Department Expenditure created a mess of it. Now the department is talking about another CRC after rendering injustice to this cadre by its failure to implement the earlier one. The department has constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of Shri. Ashutosh Tripathi, Chief PMG, M.P Circle. The terms of reference to the committee are as under:
              (1)           To revisit the norms for creation of new Postal Division and           Regions as well as upgradation   of Class II Divisions into Class I          Divisions.
              (2)      To study the feasibility of organizational restricting of fields formations (Circle and below) keeping in view the emerging needs for      India Post in new socio-economic environment.
              (3)      Review of norms for upgradation of Post Offices.
              (4)      To study the feasibility of strengthening / creation of Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants posts in view of increased need of       System Administrators.
              (5)      Any other relevant issue as may be assigned by the Competent     Authority later.
              (6)      The time period of this Committee to submit its recommendations is three months.
          Here also the department is planning to upgrade Class II divisions into  class I divisions which will mostly beneficial to IPoS officers only. Many of the Class II divisions in which promoted officers are working are likely to lose promotional prospects. The house decided to deal with the subject separately without linking it with up-gradation Grade Pay to IPs.          
(c) CAT Ernakulam Judgement dated 19/10/2011 in OA No. 381/2010.
General Secretary informed that Directorate would be submitting the required information in this regard to MoF. The house requested the General Secretary to pursue the case at appropriate level and see that the orders of Hon’ble CAT is implemented.
(d) Regular promotion to PS Group B cadre.
          General Secretary elaborated the issue and informed the house that two DPCs had already been convened, one on 27/11/2011 & the second on 17/11/2011. Total 344 members have been promoted to PS Group B cadre and supplementary DPC is also likely to be convened soon.
(e) PS Group ‘B’ and Sr. Postmaster Examination.
          General Secretary informed that the examination for the promotion to the cadre of Sr. PM was notified by the Department to be conducted on 31st December 2011. Department took a decision not to allow ASPs for the examination. This order was challenged before the CAT Chandigarh and Hyderabad. Finally, Department postponed the examination until further orders. Both the cases are still pending before the Honourable CATs. Department has notified the date of PS Group B examination  on 27th May 2012 and Sr. PM Examination in November 2012 without waiting for the final decision of Honourable CATs.
          The representatives of Maharashtra, Kerala & Odisha participated in the discussion effectively and pointed out that ASPs & adhoc PS Group B officers should also be made eligible for Sr. Postmaster examination. It was finally decided that the CHQ will take up the matter with Directorate.
(f) & (g) Provision of infrastructure to Sub Division / Re-organisation of sub divisions.
Many of the sub-divisional offices are functioning from sub-standard accommodation. The venture into new area of business development, Rural PLI etc. has increased the work load and public contact in many folds. Hence, the house requested the department to provide proper justified accommodation to all Sub Divisions.

 (h) Supply of Laptops / computers with broad band connection for all Inspector Posts / ASP except Sub Divisional Heads.
          Secretary Posts, in her address in the last AIC New Delhi assured to supply Laptop not only to Sub Divisions but also to all IPs/ASPs working in other offices. Supply of Laptops has commenced to all Sub Divisions but yet to reach to few more Sub Divisions. Representatives of Karnataka Circle informed the house that none of the Sub Divisions in their Circle has been supplied with Laptop. Circle Secretaries of Rajasthan & Punjab also took part in the discussion and it was unanimously decided that CHQ will take up the case with Directorate for supply of Laptops to all IPs & ASPs including pending sub divisions. Though Lap top have been supplied partially, broad band connections are yet to be provided.
          Issue of combined All India Seniority List of IPs from the year 1999.
          It has been decided that CHQ will get the information through RTI.
(j) Revision of rates of remuneration for Invigilator duty.
          GS informed to the house that, the case has already been taken up with the Directorate and it is under consideration.
(k) MACP scheme.
          GS appraised the house that, DOPT has already framed rules and regulations and therefore our Department could not make any changes therein.
(l) Decentralization of PLI / RPLI work to divisions.
          Delegates from circles participated in the discussion and it has been decided that, separate set-up with full fledged manpower consisting of MTS, PAs, IPs, ASPs & AAOs should be provided in all divisions for smooth functioning of PLI/RPLI work. CHQ will take up the case with Directorate.
(m) Women and Youth participation in the activities of the Association.
GS made an appeal to all circles to motivate and increase the participation of women & youth members Circle and CHQ level activities. Women and youth members should be encouraged for effective participation in Association activities. They must be roped in for organizational work by electing them to Circle/CHQ body. Smt.T.V.Sundari, AGS-I commended the excellent work done by women members of our Association particularly women IP/ASP from Karnataka Circle in the successful conduct of the All India Conference.
(n) Activities in the Association with PSI.
Shri. Dinesh Khare, President, Smt. T.V.Sundari AGS-I and Shri.Manjunatha Huballi informed the house various work place campaigns, seminars/workshops organized in Tamilnadu/Karnataka Circles in co-ordination with Public Services International (PSI). The President stated that Karnataka Circle was always associated with PSI and its affiliates in the state of Karnataka and he desired that CHQ might continue the Trade Union activities in co-ordination with PSI.
(o) Any other item with the permission of the chair.
Many circles participated in various issues effectively and placed the following demandeds:
i.             Rule 38 cases to be considered quickly.
ii.           The cases of surplus qualified candidates should also be considered quickly.
iii.          Clerical assistance to the sub divisional head.
iv.          Delay in MACP cases in MP circle
v.            Negative Valuation in all examinations.
vi.          Cases of up-gradation of ASPs in the scale of Rs. 7450/- as per Fifth Pay Commission.
vii.         Non-payment of RPLI incentives since 2009 to sub divisional heads in Karnataka Circle.
CHQ will take up these cases with the Directorate.
5.   Organisational review.
          The august body took review of organization functioning. GS informed that CHQ took efforts and revived the defunct Branch of Jharkhand Circle. But despite such efforts in J&K, the defunct Branch in that circle remains defunct.
6.   Financial review.
          The financial position of CHQ is not so sound.  GS informed the house that Circle Branches are not prompt in remitting 40% due quota to CHQ as required vide Article 39 of our Association’s Constitution.  He appealed to all Circle Secretaries to remit the CHQ quota in full and in time so that the CHQ could function effectively.
7.   Merger of Postal Officers’ Association, India with All India Association of Inspectors & ASP.
          Members mooted the idea of merger of our Association with Postal Officers’ Association India. After a detailed discussion it was decided not to go with merger proposal.
8. Postal Inspector / CHQ blog.
          GS explained the house that due to want of fund/support from circles, the mouth piece of our Association could not be brought out monthly. “Postal Inspector” can be published every month or at least on quarterly basis if all members subscribe to it. Circles can also extend support by placing a constant demand for certain number of copies by remitting subscription in advance.
9  & 10. Approval for draft resolutions / Amendment to Constitution.
In all, 7 resolutions are adopted unanimously by the august house.
i)    To amend Article 38 of the Constitution; this stipulates a monthly subscription of Rs. 30/- from every member increasing the same to Rs. 50/- p. m.
ii)           To amend Note 2 below Article 44 (a) inserting the word “or Assistant Circle Secretary” after the word ‘Organising Secretary’.
iii)          To provide separate establishment at Divisional Level for carrying out works related to PLI / RPLI consequent upon decentralization. The work relates to verification of policies and sanctioning claims to be got verified by a separate Accounts Officer or divisional accountant rather than by the ASP (HQ). The Association also resolved to request the Department to issue clear cut orders with respect to payment of incentives and to clear all pending incentive bills of IP / ASP at the earliest.
iv)          To conduct DPC for PS Gr. B in time. Instructions issued by DOPT to prepare an extended panel should be followed scrupulously and the department should into consideration vacancies that arise out of unforeseen circumstances including cases of unwillingness. This will reduce the increasing number of adhoc promotion given in PS Gr. B cadre in the Circles.
v)            To urge the Secretary (Posts) to give direction immediately to Chief PMG Tamil Nadu to withdraw the cluster transfer policy being adopted in that circle for IPs/ ASPs; this is causing much resentment among the members of Tamil Nadu.
vi)          To urge the Department to clearly lay down the roll of the Sub Divisional Head while handling loss and fraud cases which exceeds the limit of Rs. 20000/-. While monetary limits are fixed for officers at various level including DPS and PMsG, responsibilities of SDIs are not clarified with clear guidelines which should be put in place.
vii)         We are against the merger of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendents Posts Cadre. The grade pay of Inspector Posts should be upgraded to Rs. 4600/- w. e. f. 01/01/2006 at par with the Inspectors CBDT/CBEC and analogous cadres in other Central Government ministries/departments in tune with the direction of the Hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench.
11.         Election of Office bearers for the next term.
The following members have been elected as CHQ office bearers       and CWC members for the next two years term.
Designation  & Office

Shri Suresh Kumar Sharma
Offg. SRM “I” Dn. Jalandhar

Vice President-I
Shri Navin Chandar
ASP Bantvel Sub Division

Vice President-II
Shri B.B. Mohanty
Offg. ADPS (Rectt.) CO, Bhubaneshwar

General Secretary
Shri Vilas S. Ingale
ASP, New Mumbai Sub Division, Vashi 400703

Asst. General Secretary-I
Shri Ram Vinay Sharma
ASP West Sub Dn Muzaffarpur

Asst. General Secretary-II
Shri T.M. Krishnaswami
ASP (Vig.) o/o CPMG,  Trivandrum

Asst. General Secretary-III
Sri Y. Venkateswarulu
ASP, Siddipet Sub Division
Asst. General Secretary-IV
Ms. Usha K.R.
ASP (HQ) Belgaum Div., Belgaum
Org. General Secretary-I
Shri P. Jagatselvan
Postmaster, St. Thomas Mount HO, Chennai 600016
Org. General Secretary-II
Shri Nirmalya Mitra
ASP (DIV) South Presidency Division, Baruipur 700144.
Org. General Secretary-III
Shri N.K. Soni
ASP, o/o CPMG,  Bhopal
Org. General Secretary-IV
Shri Atma Ram
ASP (BD) o/o PMG, Ajmer.
Org. General Secretary-V
Shri Sharvendu Sekhar Srivastava
ASP (SB), o/o CPMG,
Shri Santosh S. Kulkarni
ASP (Philately)
o/o CPMG Mumbai-1
Asst. Treasurer-I
Shri L.N. Mahato
ASP Gariaband Sub Division-493889
Asst. Treasurer-II
Ms. Fideles Khonbri
ASP (HQ), Meghalaya Dn. Shillong
Shri M.D. Shukla
ASP (HQ) Bharuch
Asst. Auditor-I
Shri Rohtas Singh
ASP Sub Div. Faridabad
Asst. Auditor-II
Shri Lalit Joshi
ASP (Mails/Logistics)
CO, Dehradun.

12.        Next Biennial All India Conference/ CWC meeting
    Circle Secretary of Bihar Circle has volunteered to hold 38th All India Conference of our Association in their circle.
               Circle Secretary of M. P. Circle has come forward to hold next CWC meeting in their circle.