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Monday, February 28, 2011

Introduction of counselling System in RTs 2011-Orders Issued by the PMG Hyderabad

New Recruits may under go Induction Training after 2nd April 2011

Dear Comrades,
In the Present staff shortage situation we are facing a lot of difficulty while discharging our day to day duties. In view of the above our union is making continuous efforts to train the nearly 1000 new recruits at a time by setting up of local training centres for the said purpose. Today it is confirmed by the confidential sources that the circle administration is going to train all the 1000 new recruiters at a time at Dr.Marri Chenna Reddy Human Resources Centre, Hyderabad after 2nd April 2011.Hence i request all the comrades be ready to undergo Induction training at any time after 2nd April 2011 at Hyderabad it self. As soon as we get the orders the same are placed here for the information of the members. I wish you all the best to New Recruits.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

announcement of result of Confirmation examination held on 07/11/2010 for the first half year 2010

Dear Comrades,
circle office announced result of Confirmation examination held on 07/11/2010 vide memo No.RE/25-4/I/2010/CON dated 25/02/2011. The same is placed here for the information of the members. I congratulate all the officials who passed the examination on passing their examination.


Subject: Rationalisation and consolidation of urban network.
D.G. Posts No. 40-06/2010Plg dated 25.01.2011.

Kindly refer to this office letter of even number dated 17.5.2010 on the subject mentioned above calling for views/suggestions from circles regarding need for rationalization and consolidation for urban network, road map to be followed and time frame within which the exercise should be completed,. Almost all the Circles have unanimously favoured the need for rationalization.
2.Due to historical reasons, a major portion of urban postal network lies in the inner city areas consisting of single/double handed non delivery Sub Offices which are not in conformity with the distance criteria of location of post offices. The outer and recently developed areas, however, suffer from lack of even the basic postal facilities in most of the towns/cities. There are also requests for providing postal services in various urban agglomerations, SEZ areas, professional colleges etc. which may also be a profitable activity of the Department .However, due to non-availability of resources, the Department is not able to meet such request.
3. While the entire rural network is subsidized, Post Offices in urban areas are expected to be initially self supporting, and should earn profit of at least 5% at the time of the First annual review , to be eligible for further retention. Despite this, as on 31.3.2010,as many as 5531 SOs in urban areas are reported to be incurring losses.
4. Further, as per the prescribed criteria, the minimum distance between two post offices should be 1.5 Km in cities with a population of 2 lakhs and above, and 2 Km in other urban Areas. No two delivery offices should however be closer than 5 Km from each other. Moreover, a delivery post office in urban area should have a minimum of 7 Postman beats. These norms have not been followed in many cases.
5. Our existing urban network consists of 15797 Post Offices comprising mainly of HOs and SOs.Urban expansion of the country is currently estimated to be 77370sq.kms. As per the prevalent distance norms, this area justifies only about 6000 Post Offices in urban area. This analysis suggests that we have 9797 Pos Offices in urban areas that do not conform to the prescribed norms. This situation warrants need for corrective measures.
6. Need for rationalization of urban network was appreciated by the Department as early as in the year 2003 which led to issuing elaborate instructions to Circles vide D.O. letter No. 40-4/2002-Plg dated 6.1.2003 for relocation/merger of single / double handed post offices. Resultantly, 1262 post offices have been merged/relocated throughout the country. It is however felt that the pace of relocation of post offices is not satisfactory and we are losing out on various business opportunities and the people in outer areas of urban settlements are deprived of the postal services. On the other hand, the Government is not allowing us to further expand our network by creation of new posts not only in urban areas but also in rural areas. Successive Plan Periods have witnessed opening of Post Office by redeployment of posts only without any new creation.
7. For rationalization of postal network in urban areas by way of relocation of Post Offices in new areas and creation of bigger Post Offices by merger of single /double handed Post Offices as per stipulated distance and other norms, the Circles should keep the following into consideration:
(i) There are some Post Offices which are loss making due to high rentals e.g. Post Offices at Railway Stations, important bus terminals, airports etc. We may however not relocate them due to their strategic importance, convenience they offer to the people and high number of footfalls they attract.
(ii) While assessing the need for postal facilities we should have close liaison with local bodies like Municipal Corporation/Municipal Committees, Town Area Committees etc. so that we can be aware of their future plans of expansion of cities and we can accordingly formulate our strategies and have a long-term plan for extending our network in such areas. Regular coordination meetings may be prescribed with such bodies at appropriate levels.
(iii) Post Offices which have been covered under Project Arrow/Post Offices functioning in departmental buildings should not be earmarked for relocation. If there are other Post offices in their vicinity the same may be considered for relocation.
(iv) Post Offices paying high rentals, having low volume of transactions and running in losses should be considered for relocation/temporary merger/permanent merger.
(v) Distance from the nearest post office and the business being transacted should be the main criteria for relocation. Merger of Post Offices.
(vi) In addition to relocating post offices from one area to another, we can also create bigger Post Offices, not below the rank of LSG Offices, by merger of several smaller scattered Post Offices. The bigger Post Offices will be well equipped to cater to the latest postal facilities like IMO,eMO,Videsh MO, IMTS etc. These newly created Post Offices will be manned by redeployment of staff/posts from the nearby post offices.
(vii) It may also be considered to reduce the number of delivery Post Offices, which may lead to obviating the need for the nodal delivery system for Speed Post articles as it is not providing to be cost effective. In any case there is a need to strictly follow the norms of the distance of at least 5 KMs between two delivery offices and also that of delivery Post Office in Urban area having a minimum of 7 Postman beats.
(viii) If opening of a post office is justified in an area, but it is not possible to open post office by relocation or under the Plan targets, opening of franchise outlets may be considered for such area.
8. In, view of the above, Circles are requested to take the following action:
(i) Identification of Post Offices which are at lesser distances than that prescribed under norms. In case, more than one Post Offices are not fulfilling the distance norms, Post Office (s) may be earmarked for relocation on the basis of :
(a) Condition of building
(b) Profitability of Post Office
(c) Business of Post Office
(ii) PMsG/CPMsG will interact with all the stakeholders and convince them that relocation and merger would help in providing postal facilities to public and it is in larger public interest.
(iii) Identity needy urban and rural areas where there is justification for new Post Offices.
(iv) Post Offices once indentified as per (i) above, will be relocated /merged This will outside the Plan targets.
9. Circles are requested to complete the exercise in respect of sub para (i),(ii)and (iii) {of para 8) by 31.03.2011 and in respect of sub para(iv){para 8} by 30.06.2011. Circles are also requested to send monthly progress reports of action taken, to this Directorate(proforma enclosed).
10. Since the need for opening of Post Offices in new locations seems to be ever increasing , Circles are also requested to open Post Offices by redeployment of posts/staff from the existing office(s), by curtailing staff strength of the existing offices even to less than the justified workload of the office/offices. This exercise would, however, be subject to Plan targets set by the Directorate. The powers for redeployment of Group 'C' and 'D' posts have already been vested with the HoCs vide Directorate letter No. 2-2/93-PE-I dated 7th of Sep, 1993.Under no circumstances should the surplus posts be abolished.
This issue wit h the approval of the competent authority.

(Anurag Priyadarshee)
Director (R.B)

In this connection on behalf of AIPEU Group-C, AP Circle I strongly oppose the above decision of the department. It is requested to the CHQ to, we are with you in opposing the above issue and requested to chalk out a trade union programme in this regard. It is requested to all the Divisional/Branch Secretaries to mobilise the rank and file to participate in trade union programme on the above issue.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Issue of Pensioner CGHS cards to Central Govt. Servants before Retirement-Fresh Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and family Welfare

Dear Comrades,
The Process of issuing of pensioner CGHS cards starts only after the Govt.Servant retires from the service and only after the PPO and LPC are issued by the Ministry/Department/Office.The completion of the formalities takes two to three months, which puts pensioners in a problamatic condition for getting treatment from the date on which they retire from service and the time when a pensioner CGHS card is issued to them. In this regard several represntations are received in the department of Health and Family Welfare and the same was examined in consultation with CGHS and it has been decided that the following course of action will be taken in respect of officials who are entitled to avail CGHS facility after his/her retirement from Govt. service.
1.All the Ministries/Departments will along with pension papers, give the application for issue of pensioner CGHS cards to the official three months before the due date for retirement of the official
2.The official if he/she is interested in availing CGHS facility after his/her retirement will
(a) Fill up the form for issue of pensioner's card
(b) affix stamp sized photographs of the family members entitled to avail the CGHS facility in the proforma for issue of pensioner's card
(c) enclos demand draft/pay order for the appropriate amount with reference to his/her decision to get CGHS card with life-time validity(the amount will be equal to ten year's contribution) or without validity for one year  (the amount will be equal to one year's contribution). For  obtaining the card in delhi, the demand draft/pay order will have to be made payable to Pay&Accounts officer (CGHS), Payable at delhi and for obtaining card in CGHS city out side delhi the demand draft/pay order will have  to be made payable to Additional Director or Joint Director (as the case may be) of the CGHS city , Payable in that city.
3. The Ministry/Deparment will add a certificate of pay,grade pay etc drawn by the applicant to the application form and alco mention the entitlment of ward (Private ward/Semi-Private ward/General Ward) at the time of retirement of the official.
4. The Ministry/Department will forward the application complete in all respects to the additional director in the concerned CGHS city after verifying the particulars furnished by the applicant six weeks before the date of retirement of the official.
5.CGHS pensioner cell in the concerned CGHS city will initiate action to get the pensioner card prepared
6. The validity of the pensioner card will start from a date after the last day of service of the official
7. If the beneficiary, while in service, has been issued plastic card, then the beneficiary identification number (Ben ID No.) will not be changed at the time of preparation of pensioner card and the same Ben ID No. will be carried forward in the pensioner card
8. The pensioner card will be handed over to the retired official only after the date of superannuation/retirement from service and 
9. Before the pensioner CGHS card is issued to the beneficiary, the plastic CGHS cards issued to all the members of the family will be surrendered

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Circle Office Issued Approved List of LSG (Postal) on 17/02/2011

Dear Comrades,
Circle Office Issued Approved List of LSG (Postal) vide Memo No.ST/6-1(P)/2010-11 dated 17/02/2011. The Same is placed here for the information of the members.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Filling up the Posts in the cadre of Postmaster cadre-Guide lines and clarifications issued by the Directorate

Dear comrades,
Postal Directorate issued guidelines and clarifications regarding the filling up of posts in the Postmaster Cadre vide Memo No.4-17/2008-SPB-II dated 7/8-02/2011 and 10/02/2011. The same is placed here for the information of the memebers.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New guide lines on Referral of CGHS Benificiaries to empanelled Super Speciality Hospitals

Dear Comrades,
Department of Health and Family Welfare issued new guidelines on referral of CGHS Beneficiaries to empanelled Super-Speciality Hospitals vide Memo No.S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital cell (part I) dated 07/02/2011.
As Per the existing guidelines
"CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Chief Medical Officer-in-Charge, of the CGHS Wellness Centre would have to be obtained"
The above mentioned procedure is modified to read as follows:

"CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Chief Medical Officer-in-Charge, of the CGHS Wellness Centre would have to be obtained."

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rate of Calculating entitlement of EL and HPL of Government Servant, Who dies while in service or removed or dismissed-Clarification issued by DOPT

Dear comrade,
DOPT issued a clarification regarding rate of calculating entitlement of EL and HPL of Govt.Servant who dies while in service or dismissed or removed from service vide Memo No.13026/1/2010-Estt.(Leave) dated 07/02/2011.
At present rule 27 (2) (b) says 'when a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2% days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.' Similarly Rule 29 (c) says 'When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit of half pay ieave shall be allowed at the rate of 513 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from sen ice or dies in service.'
These rules adversely affect cases where the death of a serving Government Servant occurs on the last day of the month as the day of death is treated as his last working day. Clause (b) of sub rule (2) of rule 27 and clause (c) of sub-rule (2) of rule 29 of the CCS Leave Rules is modified as under :-
Rule 27 (2) (b) 'When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2% days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies, while in service, credit of Earned Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 2% days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.'
Rule 29 (2) (c) 'When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service. credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 513 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 513 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.'

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Monday, February 7, 2011



Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts

New Delhi, Dated the 13.01.2011

All Heads of Postal Circle

Subject: - Counting of adhoc services rendered by Reserve Trained Pool (RTP) PAs/SAs forpromotion.


I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of letter No.P/1-1/AIC, dated 29.12.2010 addressed to Hon'ble MOS (C&IT) (K) by the General Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union Group 'C', New Delhi on the above subject.
2. It may be stated that Department of Posts had introduced a scheme in the yea1983 to enable candidates from the Reserve Training Pool (RTP) of Postal Assistants (PAs)/Sorting Assistants (SAs) to opt for service in Army Postal Service (APS). After having been brought on the RTP, they were appointed for a short period as PA/SA on adhoc basis and then deputed to the APS. The RTP candidates deputed to APS were eligible to get the benefit of regular appointment in the Civil Post from the date their immediate junior was appointed on a regular basis in the Civil Post. RTP scheme has since been abolished w.e.f 04.03.86.
Hon'ble Supreme Court in C.A. No. 5739 of 2005 in the case of UOI Vs. Shri. Mathivanan vide their judgment dated 09.06.2006 had held that adhoc service rendered in APS should be counted for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under TBOP scheme. Keeping in view the Apex court's decision in M. Mathivanan's case and the fact that TBOP is not to be granted on the basis of seniority it was decided to extend the benefit of the Apex court's order to similarly placed serving officials vide Directorate's letter No. 93-25/2003-SPB-II dated 26.07.2010.
The Service Association in their letter under reference has stated that existing regular PAs/SAs who were earlier retained in the RTP and appointed on ad-hoc basis in the Circles had approached Hon'ble CAT and their adhoc service has been counted as regular service for all purposes. Thus, they have demanded to extend the same benefit to similarly placed persons. In this connection, the circles are requested to furnish the following:
(a) No. of officials retained by the Circle under RTP scheme and the after appointed as PA/SA on ad-hoc basis.
(b) No. of such ad-hoc officials who were thereafter appointed as PA/SA on regularbasis and (i) retained in the Circles as such and (ii) deputed in APS.
(c) Whether any of such PA/SA appointed after rendering ad-hoc service andregularized and retained in the Circle itself has approached Hon'ble CAT for regularization of their ad-hoc service?
(d) If so, number of such PA/SA regularized may be intimated and
(e) Copies of the Court's orders, CO order implementing these court orders along with letter number of Directorate under which approval has been obtained by the Circle for implementation of the Court's orders may be furnished to the Directorate.

Encl: As above
Yours faithfully,
(Suran Bhan)
Asstt. Director General (SPN)

Friday, February 4, 2011

A New Service Added - Salient Features of Statement of Intent to being signed today, the 4th of February 2011 between India Post and UIDAI

Dear Comrades,
India Post and UIDAI has been signed a Statement of Intent on 04/02/2011.In this connection India Post released a press note in this regard. The same is reproduced here with for the information of the members.
 UIDAI wishes to leverage the national network of the Department of Posts to provide Aadhaar and the accompany authentication services to all residents.
 Department of Posts and UIDAI wish to collaborate to provide state of art bio-metric and ID authentication services to the residents.
 Providing of enrolment and updation facility to the residents of India in identified post offices across the country subject to economic & operational viability.
 Facilitating continuing Aadhaar enrolment and provision of up-dation centres across the network of Post Offices subject to feasibility & on mutually agreed terms
 Transmission and delivery of UID letters to the residents of the country and providing proof of delivery of these letters through a service specially customized for UIDAI
 Use of Aadhaar and Aadhaar based authentication services in Postal business where deemed fit by Department of Posts;
 Sharing demographic and biometric data collected during enrolment for Aadhaar on mutually agreed terms & conditions;
 Utilizing Media Post and Direct Mail services of Department of Posts by the UIDAI to targeted group of residents across the country to promote Aadhar on mutually agreed terms & conditions.
5. In view of above, Department of Posts and UIDAI came together and signed their first Memorandum of Understanding on 30th April, 2010. This MOU covers the following areas:-
a) Printing of communication carrying UID Number addressed to the resident at Department of Posts ‘Print to Post’ facility at Kolkata GPO.
b) Transmission of the UID communications printed at Department of Posts’ ‘Print to Post’ facility to the addressee by the fastest means.
c) Delivery of the UID communication to the addressee through the vast network of post offices across the country.
6. The ‘Print to Post’ facility of Department of Posts at Kolkata is expected to print and dispatch about 1 crore UID letters upto March 31, 2011. During the year 2011-12, Department of Posts is expected to print and deliver about 12 crore UID letters.
7. Subsequently, Department of Posts signed the second Memorandum of Understanding with UIDAI on the September 18, 2010 wherein Department of Posts agreed to act as Registrar to UIDAI. UIDAI is in the process of shortlisting the Enrolment Agencies that will manage the Enrolment Stations in the identified post offices. More than 3700 post offices across the country have been identified for providing enrolment stations facility.
 In a recognition of the fact that Aadhaar enablement may call for running Proof of Concept and Pilot projects both side agree to do so where deemed necessary and subject to mutual convenience. Such exercises as may be undertaken in pursuit of this understanding will endeavour to produce Detailed Project Reports which can be effectively used to scale up the projects on successful completion.
The mandate of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is to provide a Unique Identification Number to each and every resident of the country. This involves:-
a) Capture of demographic and bio-metric data of each and every resident.
b) Generating a Unique Identification Number for each resident of the country.
c) Printing a communication carrying the Unique Identification Number addressed to each resident.
d) Delivery of this communication to the resident.
e) Updation of resident’s data on a periodic basis.
4. Department of Posts has a vast network of post offices across the country which touches each and every resident of the country. The Department of Posts, therefore, is the only organization in the country that can provide an end to end comprehensive solution to the requirements of the UIDAI in this regard.

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DOPT issued a wonderfull order regarding Govt. servants covered by New Pension Scheme

According to this order Govt. Servants who appointed on or after 01/01/2004 will cover New Pension Scheme can get Provisional Pension according to Old Pension Scheme where Govt.Servant Died/Retired on medical invalidation.For details Please click this link to down load the order



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