Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Letter to DG i/c/w non-payment of RPLI incentives to Sub Divisional heads

No. GS/AIAIASP/RPLI-Incentive/2014                         dated  : 1/9/2014

Ms Kavery Banerjee,
Director General, 
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject : Non payment of RPLI incentives to Sub Divisional Heads.


IP/ASP Association would like to bring to your kind notice that PLI Directorate vide letter No. 26-2/2009-LI dated 16/1/2013 has issued clarification about admissibility of incentive to SDI (P) / ASPs for verification / scrutiny of RPLI proposals clarifying that neither the Directorate letter No. 26-02/2009-LI dated 18/9/2009 nor any other subsequent letter has been superseded by any of Directorate letter.  Unfortunately despite clear and repeated instructions most of the Postal Divisions in the country are not still paying incentive equal to 10% of the procurement commission paid to the Gramin Dak Sewaks and Gramin Dak BPMs whose proposals are verified by such SDI (P)/ASPs. As such these orders are found not implemented in true spirit in few circles.

Furthermore, the PLI/RPLI work has long back been decentralized to the Divisions. This has increased enormous work pressure on the Divisional Office, particularly, the IPs and ASPs working in the Divisional Office. At present Inspectorial staffs are burdened with variety of duties in addition to what has been enumerated in Chapter-III of Postal Manual Vol. VIII. The ceiling of Rs. 4000/- per annum honorarium was fixed by the Nodal Ministry, which includes, the honorarium paid for conducting departmental inquiries as IO or PO and also other allied additional works.

The quantum of honorarium paid for scrutiny of PLI/RPLI proposals is not commensurate with the quantum of work performed and the ceiling on honorarium is a major setback for the Inspectorial staff working in Divisional Offices. Therefore this Association requests your kind honour to replace the existing system of payment of honorarium for this work without a ceiling limit of Rs. 4000/- and Inspectorial Staff may be remunerated at the same rate not as honorarium but as incentive that do not have any limitations. Also call for reports from each and every Circles / Regions why incentive equal to 10% of the procurement commission as required in Directorate letter No. 26-2/2009-LI dated 16/1/2013 of the procurement commission paid to the GDS whose proposals are verified by SDI(P)/ASPs is not being paid despite clear instructions on the issue.

With regards,
                                                                Yours Sincerely,

                                    (Vilas Ingale) 
                            General Secretary 

Reminder to Directorate i/c/w grant of GP Rs.5400/- to ASP/PS Gr.B after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs.4800/- earned under MACP

The Director General,
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Sub:  Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs 5400/- to the ASPs after completion 4 years of regular service in G.P. of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme

Respected Madam,

        Kindly refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/6/2013 and subsequent reminders dated 16/9/2013 and 11/11/2013, 31/1/2014 and 17/4/2014 on the captioned subject. 

        As inscribed in the letters hitherto, your kind attention is hereby brought to the fact that the issue of grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- to ASPs and PS Gr. B officers after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme has not yet been solved even after lapse of considerable period and also present status of the case also not communicated to this Association.

        It is therefore once again requested to convey the approval of granting of Non Functional Grade Pay of 5400/- to all the ASP/PS Group B officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of 4800/- at the earliest.

        A positive action in this vital issue is requested.
Yours Sincerely

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :

Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR), Department of Posts, Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001 w. r. to his letter No. 10-9/2013-SR dated 30th September, 2013.

Central Govt likely to approve 7% additional DA

Govt to increase dearness allowance to 107 p.c The Government is likely to approve a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh Centre’s employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependents.

“The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 works out to be 7.25 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent,” an official said. He said the Finance Ministry will now put a Cabinet proposal for approval of 7 per cent DA hike from July 1 this year as the revised Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers data for June was released by Labour Ministry on Saturday.

With increase in DA, the pensioners will also gain as the benefit provided to them as dearness relief will be hiked to 107 per cent of basic pay. The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of agreed formula for revision of the allowance. However, the central government employees’ union is not very enthused by the 7 per cent hike in the dearness allowance as their long pending demand of merger of DA with basic pay has not been given heed by 7th Pay Commission and the government.

“The erosion of value of wages is unbearable at 50 per cent dearness allowance. Now it will be 107 per cent. It is high time to merge DA with basic pay to provide relief to employees,” Confederation of Central Government Employees’ President KKN Kutty told PTI.

“We had summited our memorandum in this regard to 7th Pay Commission. They forwarded it to Central Government. We have apprised about the issue to the newly elected NDA government. But no decision has been taken so far,” he said. With merger of DA with basic pay, the salary and allowances paid in proportion of basic pay are increased.

As per earlier practise DA was merged with basic pay once it breached 50 per cent mark. But the 6th Pay Commission has disallowed that.

Source : The Hindu

Monday, September 01, 2014

DPC for promotion to JTS.

Directorate Vide DONO. 4-22/2014-SPG dated 25th August-2014 has called for the CRs of 300 group “B” officers to fill up JTS posts for the year-2014-15.  The CRs following 16 officers of AP Circle have been included in the list.
Name & Desn.
Date of joining the grade
N.Somashekar Rao
LSN Murthy
KVLN Murthy
A.Sheshagiri Rao
T.Chandrashekar Reddy
Md.Jaffar Sadik
TAV Sharma
S.Mohammad Basha
K.Kanakaratna Rao
K.Narsing Rao
Ch.Syam Babu
G.Mukteshwar Rao

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EPFO retains interest rate at 8.75% for current fiscal

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO's trustees on Tuesday decided to retain interest payment on provident fund deposits for 2014-15 at 8.75 per cent. 

"It has been decided to pay 8.75 per cent interest in the current fiscal," Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) K K Jalan told PTI after the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). 

The EPFO has about 5 crore subscribers and the decision will have a bearing on their retirement fund. 
The decision to retain the interest rate on the provident fund deposits at last year's level was taken despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT, sources said. 

The final notification for payment of the interest rate for the current fiscal will be issued by the finance ministry later.

The EPFO had provided 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2013-14, which was higher than 8.5 per cent paid for the previous fiscal. 

Source : TOI

Air India offers tickets for Rs 100

NEW DELHI: Air India will sell tickets for Rs 100 (taxes extra) for five days from Wednesday — which it will celebrate as Air India Day to commemorate the merger of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India on this day in 2007.

"On this occasion Air India is launching the Air India Offer for its travellers. Under the scheme tickets will be offered for Rs 100/- apart from all applicable taxes. The sale of these tickets will be made only through the Air India website for five days from August 27 to 31 2014 for travel between August 27 and September 30, 2014, only," an AI statement said.

This is the first time that the airline will be celebrating the Air India Day. A function will be held to celebrate the day and also to award the meritorious employees of Air India.

Source : TOI 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Enhancement of rate of honorarium to IO/PO for conducting inquiries under Rule-10 GS writes to Dte.

No. GS/AIAIASP/GDS-Hon/2013                                    dated :    25/8/2014

Ms Kavery Banerjee,
Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Sub: Grant of honorarium to part time Inquiry Officers/ Presenting Officers for conducting inquiries under Rule-10 of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 and revision of financial powers delegated to CPMG for sanction of the Honorarium.

Ref:   Directorate memo No C-32016/03/2005-VP dated 23.08.2005.

Respected Madam,
        IP/ASP Association would like to invite your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 22/6/2013 followed by reminders dated 13/9/2013 and 11/11/2013, 1/2/2014, 25/4/2014 and 23/6/2014 whereby it was brought to the notice that, Directorate vide memo No 32016/12/2011-VP dated 04.07.2011 on the basis of notification issued by DOP&T has revised honorarium rates for Inquiry Officers/ Presenting Officers engaged for conducting departmental enquiries which was further revised on 8.1.2013. Under the existing structure, minimum Rs 5000/- and Maximum 10000/- are required to be sanctioned as honorarium if the enquiry is completed within stipulated time frame. But no such revision whatsoever has been made for IO/PO for conducting GDS inquiries, perhaps this was not part of DOP&T memo as no such cadre exists in any other department except DOP.

        It is further bring to your kind notice that the minimum rate of honorarium have already been revised for departmental inquiries and the FR 46 B also stood amended (vide MOF, DOE I.CU.O.No.4.2/5/2008-IC dated 29.01.2009). The issue in question was discussed at length with the then Secretary (Posts) and OSD to Secretary (Posts) in the informal meeting held on 23/9/2013. During the course of dialogue, both the officers apprehending the position, assured that Department will re-look into the matter and shall accordingly convey the approval, but till date nothing is heard from Directorate despite issue of above captioned reminders.

        It is therefore requested to pass an order to resolve this long pending issue at the earliest.
Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Friday, August 22, 2014

Transfers and postings in group "B" cadre in HCR.

Circle Office has on 22.08.2014 issued the following transfers and postings in Hyderabad City Region.

1. Sri K.Jayaraju ADM (PLI) CO transferred as Supdt PSD Hyderabad.

2. Sri P.Sivashankaraiah Supdt PSD Hyderabad (Adhoc) posted as Supdt CSD,

3. Smt. G.Hymavathi Supdt CSD  posted as ADM (PLI), % the CPMG Hyderabad. 

Association conveys best wishes to the officers on their  new assignment.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Stamps new designs launched.

India Post has launched 'My Stamp' at Indipex-2011, World Philatelic Exhibition on 12th February 2011. 17 different sheets were made available during the launch of 'My Stamps' having designs/themes of 12 diff. Sun signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces, Cancer and Capricorn) Taj Mahal, Jungle lore (Wildlife: Indian lion, Indian elephant, Tiger, Rhino), Tales of Panchatantra (The lion and the rabit, The monkey and the crocodile, The crow and the snake and The tortoise and the geese, Full steam ahead (Locomotives: WP/1, 1963, WDM2, 1963
, GIP No. 1, 1853 and F/1, 1895) and Flying high (Aeroplanes: LCA - Tejas, Dhruv and HT-2).
In the second phase four new designs on Flower theme (Lily, Dahlia, Cineraria and Pansy) were launched on 19th October, 2012.
As per the Directorate OM No. 17-5/2013-Phil, dated 22nd July 2014, 10 new themes of My Stamps have been launched, viz. Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Mysore Palace, Fairy Queen, Port Blair Island, Ajanta Caves, St. Francis Church and Greetings.
These new themes are based on local tourist attraction places. Therefor the distribution of the same has been prepared in view of the location of the above places, except Taj Mahal, Fairy Queen and Greetings which are distributed to all postal circles, rest of the themes are circulated only to the concerned circle headquarters. However My Stamp Counters and philatelic bureaux of the circles other than the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarter can place their demand of My Stamp sheetlets to the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarters.

Source: IP&ASP Chq.