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Friday, 9 January 2015

A high power committee named as Task Force on leveraging the Post Office Network headed by ShriT.S.R. Subramaian Ex. Cabinet Secretary consisting  8 other members having expertise in other  fields was appointed by Prime Minister of India. The main object of this Committee was stated to study and make recommendations regarding leveraging the Post Office  Network in India and bring it in  line with changing market trends and the emerging competition with focus on mail and parcel services particularly in rural areas upgrading of infrastructure  and technology incorporating the best global practices available as also by introducing new services and participation  of multiple players and to make  the Department of Post financially viable.

When Task Force Committee was appointed many of our Comrades were presuming that Good Days (Achchhe Din) of Postal Department are likely to come. But it was  a question  before us  that when Govt. is attacking all sectors like Railways, Defence, Public Sector Banks, LIC & BSNL etc. Why alone Postal Department will get good days only.

NFPE leaders also met with Chairman of  Task Force  and during the  course of discussion he told that Postal Department  will be  benefited by the recommendations of Task Force and more jobs will be generated and there will be no adverse  impact on staff.

But when the report was published it was clearly an indication of govt’s hidden agenda to corporatize the main functions of Department of Posts. Accordingly to the report the Deptt. Of Posts will be divided in to six units. i.e. (i) Banking and financial services (ii) Insurance  (PLI/RPLI), (iii) Distribution of third party products (Services on behalf of private  parties on payment basis), (iv) Management of Govt. services (v) Parcel & Packets and (vi) communication delivery

First five units are designated as strategi Business units and sixth unit will deliver mails at subsidized rates. Under Deptt. Of Posts a holding company “India Post (Financial and other services) Corporation ” will be formed The Corporation will consist Board of Members and one Chairman from the Board members.

All the five separate subsidiary companies will also have separate boards. In the course of time Govt.  may disinvest of its part of  holding  and new corporation will raise fund from share market and thereafter  will  also be listed in share market in future.

It is stated in the report that five subsidiary Companies will make profit and contribute to meet the loss of sixth unit.

The Task Force Committee has also recommended for amendment of Indian Post Office Act 1898 and to bring another Postal Act. “India Post (Financial and other services)” Corporation Act for reorganization of Deptt. of Posts by creating new Corporate Structure.

Based on the above facts it is Crystal clear that the recommendations of Task Force are a layout plan for corporatization and privatization thereafter just like happened with Telecom Deptt.

So this is the first and foremost duty of every Postal employee to oppose this dangerous and retrograde move of Govt. of India to Corporatize and privatize the Deptt. Of Post and defeat it. Entire employees should come under one banner of JCA and oppose unitedly this Task Force Committee report. Our slogan should be “Save Postal and save India Post”.

 If we allow NDA Govt. to corporatize the functions of the Deptt. Of Posts, it will be the beginning of end of Govt. run Postal Services in India. The decision of Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS) to go on indefinite strike from 6th May 2015 should also be strengthened further by adding the demand in Charter of Demands. “No Corporatization in Postal Services”.

So we should be ready for a do and die battle.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

GENERAL SECRETARY'S LETTER TO SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER, POSTAL CIVIL CIRCLE, MUMBAY REGARDING CONFIRMATION IN THE INITIAL GRADE OF APPOINTMENT

It has come to understand that the orders of confirmation in the entry cadres to various categories of staff in the non-gazetted rank are pending since long.  As you are aware, the confirmation in the entry post is mandatory as per the latest orders of the Department of Personnel and Training for various purposes in the Department.  Due to non issue of confirmation orders to these lower paid Group-C posts they have depend upon for surety for drawing even the admissible festival advance and other advances like LTC and HBA etc.

                  It is, therefore, requested that the confirmation orders in various non-gazetted Group-C cadres may kindly be issued at the earliest who have completed the two years of service and probation period and appointed against the permanent sanctioned posts for which we shall be grateful.

                        A line in reply is solicited.      
GENERAL SECRETARY'S LETTER TO CHIEF ENGINEER AND COPY ENDORSED TO SUPERINTENDING ENGINEERS CIVIL AND ELECTRICAL 
The direct recruitment through Staff Selection Commission to the cadre of Junior Engineers(Civil) and Electrical were commenced from 2009 in our Department and new incumbents have joined since the first half of 2010.  While issuing the appointment order by the Department, a clause of qualifying induction training was incorporated and made mandatory for issuing the probation clearance orders on completion of two years of service by them.  It is well known factor that the Department of Posts have not nominated for training even to a single Junior Engineer either within the Department or in other Department like CPWD etc.  Due to the reason of non-completion of the training, the Superintending Engineers are not at all issuing the probation clearance orders to Junior Engineers even after completion of four years or so for the reason that they have not undergone the so called training which does not exist.  Without issuing the probation clearance orders,  these Junior Engineers are frustrated about their probation period and further career prospects for no fault of them. 

                  We therefore request you to kindly look into the matter and arrange for the training as prescribed by the Department to the Junior Engineers immediately or issue a relaxation of the condition of training for time being till introduction of training in our Department or till some alternative arrangement is made by the Department for imparting the training.