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Thursday, 1 December 2016

COPY OF LETTER ISSUED BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY 

No.NUPCE/GS/2016                                               Date : 1st December, 2016

To
Shri B.V.Sudhakar
Secretary
Department of  Posts
Dak Bhawan
NEW DELHI

Subject :  Various issues pending before the Department in        respect of the Civil Wing Establishment – regading.

Sir,

          With due respect we would like to place before your good honour various issues relating to the Civil Wing Staff members for your personal intervention and getting the problems solved out at the earliest convenience.

1.           Implementation of Cadre Review in Civil Wing non-gazetted staff :-  A Committee headed by the Superintending Engineer(P&D) in the Civil Wing, Department of Posts, New Delhi was constituted for considering the cadre restructuring of the non-gazetted ministerial staff at the fag end of 2014 as per the VI Pay Commissions Recommendations and prevailing Government orders to consider the cadre reviews in all cadres.  The Union members were also attended as members of the Committee meetings and put forth proposals in this regard.  After a long deliberations the Committee finalized a report and submitted to the Chief Engineer(Civil) for consideration and implementation of the same in the middle of 2015.  But due to best reason known to the administrative authorities the same has not yet been either approved or implemented.  The benefit of the cadre



review is due since 01.01.2006 as per the recommendation of the Committee and in accordance with the VI Pay Commission.

2.           Creation of New Civil Division in Andhra Pradesh i.e. at Vijayawada :-  As it is aware that a New Postal Circle have already been created and started functioning.  But while creating the Postal Circle no Civil Wing Units have been either created or bifurcated from the existing Hyderabad Division.  The non-creation of the Civil Wing Units separately for the new State the works of the Postal Circle will not be able to be carried out by the Civil Wing effectively and both the Chief Postmaster Generals will be facing lot of problems in getting the works through one Division. 

3.           Revival of Abolished Posts In Civil Wing:- The Department of Posts have commenced the direct appointment in the cadres of Civil Wing since 2010 only.  Till 1997 the filling up of the posts were done by either on deputation or inter-departmental transfers up to 50%  of total sanctioned strength.  Since 1997 to 2009 there was no appointment in any cadre by direct recruitment due to non-finalization of Recruitment Rules. Without considering the lapses in recruitment process by the Department all the vacant posts stands abolished as per the Government policy prevailing at that time without conducting any work study or actual requirement of the posts.  Now each and every office is facing acute shortage of staff and heavy work load on the meager available staff.  The Department of Posts have got revived many posts in the Postal Cadres except civil wing.  The curtailment of staff strength affected very badly the promotional aspects of the existing staff and also the female staff members are facing lot of difficulties to avail the Child Care Leave/Maternity Leave as the leave sanctioning authorities are rejecting the applications stating the reason of shortage of staff and workload.

4.           Rule-38 transfers to Works Clerk Grade-II and Junior Engineers:-  Number of applications from the staff members are pending in the Chief Engineers office for Rule-38 transfers to the home state or nearby state as newly recruited staff by the Staff Selection Commission has allotted candidates to very far places from the home states.  The Chief Engineer has turned number of applications by mere reasons of non-declaration of probation period of the staff members.  The belated action of the Department for issuing the confirmation order by the Civil Circle Heads is not because of the reason in the control of the staff members.  Further, as per existing orders of the Government a person who has been appointed against the regular post and completes the probation period successfully are considered to be confirmed against the posts.  The matter may be reviewed and the orders for transfers wherever vacancy exists may be issued. 

5.           Promotion of Works Clerk Grade-II and M.T.S:-  The Recruitment Rules provides for the promotion quota for both the Works Clerk Grade-I and Works Clerk Grade-II from the grade of W.C.Grade-II and MTS respectively.  But in most of the Civil Circle offices are not filling up the vacancies due to mere reasons.  The Civil Administration may be directed to take immediate necessary action to fill up all vacant posts of Works Clerk Grade-I and Grade-II

6.           Recruitment of Draughtsman posts:-  The post of Draughtsman is a mandatory post in Civil and Electrical Divisions for assisting in technical nature of works to the Executive Engineer in finalization of estimates, drawings and bills.  But as on date ninety percent of these offices are not having any Draughtsman posts exists but that works are got it done through the clerical cadre officials which is highly against the procedures and code of utilization of financial powers of the Executive Engineers.  The Recruitment Rules for the post of Draughtsman has since been finalized and published by the Department very recently.  Action to fill up the vacancies on promotion from the eligible candidates can be done very easily and the process of direct recruitment may also be commences at the earliest.

7.           Up-gradation of Office Superintendent posts in Civil Circle as Assistant Administrative Officer:-  At present the posts of Office Superintendents in the Civil Circle are posted in the Non-Gazetted posts as is done is CPWD offices.  Now the CPWD has upgraded the post of Office Superintendents to Gazetted rank and amended the designation as Assistant Administrative Officer.  The action is warranted in Postal Department also.  At present the Engineering Officers are posted to assist the Superintending Engineers in the administrative matters who can be diverted to their engineering fields instead of administrative works.  The capability of disposing of the administrative matters will be higher than the engineering cadre officers as the office superintendents are promotional posts of the clerical cadre of the Civil Wing hence they are well versed with the administrative and nature of civil wing works.

8.           Redesignation of post of Assistant to Assistant Section Officers:-  At present there is no supervisory posts in Division Offices are available as per the latest instructions of Civil wing Administration.  An official is getting promotion to the grade of Assistant in the civil wing is after more than twenty years of service and they should be assigned with the supervisory nature of works and their designation should be Assistant Section Officer as was done by the Department of Personnel and Training recently.

9.           Exclusion of ministerial staff from outstation postings:-  As on date the ministerial staff in Group-C are liable to be transferred within the jurisdiction of Postal Civil Circles which is covering three to four states.  The transfers of the Group-C to other states disturb their living and establishment of family life in their respective home states.  Hence the liability of transfer should be restricted to Divisional Level.

10.        Formation of JOINT COUNCIL IN CIVIL ESTABLISHMENT:-  The joint council is formed in every Postal Circles but there is no joint council machinery in the Civil Wing.  Due to non-availability of the joint council we do not have any platform to raise our issues before the administrative heads of Circle and Chief Engineer level and hence lot of issues raised by the unions are not attended by the administration.  It is therefore requested that Civil Wing Administration may be directed to constitute the JCM machinery immediately so that most of our issues can be sorted out then and there.  

In view of the above we request your good honor to kindly intervene in these matters as we have exhausted all our energy by raising issues with the Civil Wing Administration and now we have no alternative but to proceed for agitation programs to get resolved the issues pending before the administration.

Thanking you in anticipation of positive action from your end.


Yours faithfully,



(K.SIVADASAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Copy to:
1.           Shri D.Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO, New Delhi.  He is requested to take up the above issues with the administration and help us to get resolved the long pending issues.
2.           Shri D.Kishan Rao, General Secretary, NAPE Group-C, FNPO, New Delhi with the request to include the items deemed fit in the agenda of the Departmental Council meeting to be held on 20.12.2016



(K.SIVADASAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Observance of Protest week from 12th to 19th December 2016.

The reasons for the protest week& Present status of the committees.

Dear  colleagues,

You are aware FNPO and its affiliated unions have decided to observe protest week from 12th to 19th December 2016.
The reasons for the protest week:

On 30th June 2016 & 06th July 2016 Group Of Ministers called our NJCM leaders and gave assurance that a High-Level Committee will examine the 7th CPC issues, mainly the Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor. Based  on the assurance, the JCM Constituent deferred the Strike action on 06th July 2016.

 Accordingly, the following committees were constituted .

1)  Committee to examine the 7th CPC issues mainly the Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor: The committee met once and the outcome of the meeting not known.

2)  Allowance Committee: Met once they discussed HRA & other allowances, but no commitment from the official side. Committee chairman conducted the meeting with all Departments. On 03/11/2016, a meeting was conducted under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure) with regard to postal department. During the meeting India Post Chairman, Postal board, Member (P), DDG (Esst.), DDG (P) & Director (Esst.) were present. Secretary Generals of the three Federations represented the staff side.

The Department of Posts submitted a proposal for retaining the  following allowances.
·       Fixed Monetary Compensation to Postman.
·       Special Allowance to PO & RMS Accountants.
·       Cycle allowance to Postman.
·       Cash handling and Treasury allowance.

·       Headquarter allowance

·       Fixed Medical allowance.
·       Overtime Allowance


After a long discussion on the revision of above allowances, the Finance Secretary  asked to furnish the quantum of Fund required by the Department of Post to meet the Expenditure. Our departmental officers who were present at the meeting agreed to give the required fund details. According to our information, our department has sent the details to the Finance Secretary.
Let us hope that Finance Ministry will agree to our Departments proposal.
3) Anomaly committee was constituted department vice.
4) NPS Committee: According to our information the committee is constituted but no official information.

5) Pension option committee: To examine the feasibility to implement option -1  

Now four months have lapsed, we are yet to know the committees decision on the issues of Minimum Wage, Pay Fixation Formula, Allowances and National Pension system (NPS) etc. as on date
Besides these, after implementing the 7th CPC (only pay), the Government is accepting all the recommendations affecting the employees one by one such as the benchmark for MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” which has created unrest in the minds of every employee.
FNPO cannot be a mere silent spectator after reading the employees mind, therefore FNPO and its affiliated unions have decided to observe protest week from 12th to 19th December 2016
We request all Divisional / Circle secretaries to go through the programs and make it a grand success.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1755
ANSWERED ON: 25.11.2016

Meager Benefits of 7th CPC

PINAKI MISRA
Will the Minister of

FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government employees got only a meager financial benefit of 14 per cent or less after implementation of 7th CPC;

(b) if so, the details of percentage of salary they got before and after implementation of Seventh CPC and the reasons for such meager hike in their salaries; and

(c) whether the benefit given in the 7th CPC is one of the lowest in all time ever since the Government had been implementing the recommendations of CPC and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) to (c): All Government employees have got a financial benefit of at least 14.29 per cent by way of revision of salary after implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC). The increase in pay as recommended by the 7th CPC is based on the detailed deliberations by the Commission keeping in view all relevant factors having a bearing upon the prevailing circumstances, which has been accepted by the Government.

Authority: www.loksabha.nic.in

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Posted: 29 Nov 2016 09:29 PM PST
MINISTER’S REPLY IN RAJYA SABHA ON GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES OF 7th
 PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-713
ANSWERED ON-22.11.2016

GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES OF 7th  CPC RECOMMENDATIONS

713 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar

(a) whether Group of Ministers including Union Minister for Finance had assured the representatives of various trade unions/JCM to set up a Committee to consider the demand of revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula under 7th CPC with a mandate to finalize its report within four months;

(b) if so, the present status of the Committee;
(c) the reasons for the delay in report by the said Committee even after elapsing of more than four months;
(d) whether the Committee on Allowances has finalized its report;
(e) if so, the details thereof along with the salient recommendations thereof; and
(f) if not, the reasons therefore?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) to (c): In pursuance of the assurance given by the Union Ministers to the representatives of the National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, meetings have been held by a group of senior officers with them to discuss their demands in this regard.
(d) to (f): The Committee on Allowances has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

New Delhi, Nov 27: In a good news for central government employees, the government is planning to pay higher allowances and five months’ arrears according to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January, 2017. The government wants the situation to get normal following demonetisation drive before paying higher allowances and five months’ arrears under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to its 4.8 million employees. Higher allowances and five months’ arrears under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations will be paid after Cabinet nod to ‘Committee on Allowances’ report.
According to Finance Ministry sources, Central government will have to pay the arrears of enhanced allowances this time because the enhanced allowances under recommendations of 7th Pay Commission have not been paid in August when the pay hike and its arrears were paid. The ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, on fatter allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is ready with its report. But the cash crunch post currency ban has forced the Finance Ministry to keep in abeyance the enhanced allowances till things normalize.
The entire country is facing a shortage of cash after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which accounted for 86 per cent of all cash in the economy. The government is hopeful that situation will get normal after December 30 and it will be ready to pay enhanced allowances and five months’ arrears under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to its employees.
The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations was issued. The 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which was opposed by the central government employees’ unions. To resolve this issue, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley formed the ‘Committee on Allowances’ on July 22 for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.
Once the ‘Committee on Allowances’ will submit its report to the Finance Ministry, it will be sent to the Cabinet for approval. Earlier we reported that the government has decided to stick to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on basic pay and there will no no hike in basic pay or fatter allowances.

Monday, 28 November 2016






Rs 32,631 Crore Deposited in Post Offices Since Demonetisation

Thursday, 17 November 2016


   SALARY ADVANCE ON 23-12016 - OPTION TO BE EXERCISED ON 18.11.2016









PROPOSED AGITATION BY THE UNION - MAIL TO SECRETARY GENERAL FOR GUIDANCE




Sir,
The Civil Wing administrative authorities have started the cadre restructuring of civil wing staff at the fag end of 2015.  Three meetings were conducted by them including our union and the report was finalized.  After a long deliberations and communications from our side the matter was referred to Directorate but the same has been returned by the Member (P) with some objections. Since then no action seems to have been taken by the authorities.  Whenever we are informally and by written communications nothing is happening.  Due to non-acceptance of the cadre restructuring we have lost many benefits in the seventh pay commission implementation.  In view of the above we have no other alternative but to go for some agitation to keep the matter in movement and acceptance by the Govt. We propose to conduct a mass indefinite dharna in front of Dak Bhawan from 3rd January, 2017 as the hard pressure from rank and file of the union demand agitation with following demands :-

1. Implementation of Cadre Restructuring in Civil Wing
2. Revival of abolished posts in the ministerial and Junior Engineers grade
3. Recruitment of Ministerial Staff - Works Clerk Grade-II and MTS
4. Transfer of W.C.Grade-II staff under Rule-38 to their home state or opted place
5. Promotion of W.C.Grade-II and MTS
6. Recruitment of Draughtsman posts both direct recruitment and promotion 
7. Exemption of ministerial staff from CVC declaration of sensitive posts
8. Upgradation of Office Superintendent post in Civil Circles as Assistant Administrative Officer 
9.. Redesignation of Assistant post to Assistant Section Officer
10. Stoppage of transfers to outstation posting of Group-C ministerial staff


We request you to kindly advise us whether we may forward our steps as above or any alternative suggestion is available and ensure full support from all sister unions.

Yours faithfully,
--
K. Sivadasan
GENERAL SECRETARY