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Sunday, 28 June 2015



ITEMS FOR DEPARTMENTAL JCM

CONSTITUTION OF JCM IN CIVIL WING :
          As it is aware, the Postal Civil Wing is functioning in the Department as a separate establishment under the Chief Engineer at the Directorate level and Superintending Engineers at the Postal Civil Circle without having any administrative control by the Circle Chief Postmaster Generals hence the issues relating to the Civil Wing are not attended by any Chief Postmaster Generals or by the Regional Level JCMs.  It is, therefore, proposed that the Joint Consultative Machinery at the level of Chief Engineer at the Directorate level and Superintending Engineers at Circle Level should be constituted so as to enable the Unions can present their grievances officially and sort out the various issues relating to the administrative issues.
NEGLIGENCE OF ISSUES TAKEN UP BY UNION IN CIVIL WING:
            During the last verification process, the National Union of Postal Civil Wing Non Gazetted Employees (FNPO) has secured the Departmental Recognition.  The General Secretary had been taking various issues before the Department but the administration of Civil Wing have not even acknowledging any letter or taking up necessary actions and conveying the final decision of the Department.  This is highly objectionable and denial of trade union facilities provided by the Government/Department.
RE-ORGANISATION OF CIVIL WING:
          On bifurcation of the Department of Posts & Telecom, very meager number of Civil and Electrical Divisions were sanctioned for the Department considering then situation of the Department of Posts.  But the present day situation warrants more strengthened Civil Wing to meet the requirement of infrastructural development of the Department.  Hence, it is proposed to constitute a Committee for studying the re-organisation of Civil Wing including the representatives of the recognized Unions.
CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF CIVIL WING EMPLOYEES:
          A committee headed by Shri Lokesh Mehta, Superintending Engineer(HQ) was constituted by the Department and the Committee has submitted its report on 16.3.2015.  The same has not yet been accepted yet.  Necessary action to accept the same may be initiated at the earliest.


CLEARANCE OF PROBATION OF NEWLY RECRUITED JUNIOR ENGINEERS
          The recruitment to posts of Junior Engineers Civil & Electrical were commenced as long back as 2010. But the Superintending Engineers are not issuing the clearance of probation period of the incumbent even though they are eligible for confirming in the grade on completion of two years as per the existing orders of the Government.  The reason for non-issue of the clearance of probation period is due to the reason that these incumbents have not undergone the training as stipulated in the appointment orders.  In this connection it is submitted that the Department has not made any arrangement for undergoing the training by the Junior Engineers either by the Department of Posts or by out sourcing the same through other Department like CPWD.  The prolonging of the declaration of confirmation and clearance of probation may effect the their career prospects.  It is therefore the matter may be considered with utmost urgent basis.
TREATING THE STENOGRAPHERS AS A COMMON CATEGORY
It is pertinent to note that the modes of recruitment of the Stenographers are one and the same in Subordinate as well as in Central Secretariat Services.  It is through a common competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Govt of India, on an All India basis. The pay scale is the same for Secretariat and non-Secretariat service at entry grade.  Further it is nowhere mentioned in the notice issued by SSC at the time of recruitment that  the pay structure will be fixed at different scales of pay depending on the place of posting i.e. Central Secretariat or Subordinate offices. Being “COMMON CATEGORY” fixing different Pay Scales based on the place of work is against the principle of ‘Equal  pay for Equal work’.  VI CPC recommended for treating stenographers in field offices and Central Secretariat equally.  Govt. also accepted parity upto the level of Personal Assistants in both field and CSSS cadre.  But it has not been implemented.  There should not be different cadre in stenographers. All benefits and promotional avenues entitled to CSSS cadre should be given to subordinate office stenographers
APPOINTMENT OF DRAUGHTSMAN IN CIVIL DIVISIONS:
As per the information available, there are no Junior Draughtsman is at present working in the Civil Wing.  The post of Draughtsman carries higher responsible duties in the Division Offices which is at present looked after by the unqualified ministerial staff.  The recruitment rule for the Draughtsman has also not been framed yet as per the requirement of VI CPC.  The MTS i.e. then Group-D who are having qualifications are not also promoted to the post of Draughtsman. 


DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTION OF MTS
The department has sought information regarding the working MTS who possess 12th Class pass vide letter No.10/10/2010/CWP dated 17.09.2010 but no further action has been taken and directions to concerned Superintending Engineers are pending till date hence the eligible promotions have been denied to the MTS. 
HOLDING OF REGULAR MACP SCREEDING COMMITTEE
The standing instructions of the Department of Personnel & Training OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt(D) dated 19.05.2009 the Screening Committee should meet twice in every year – January and July – but in our Wing is not following the instruction.  Hence, the SEs. May be directed to follow strictly to avoid delay in getting the benefits to staff members
UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY TO WIREMAN
The up-gradation of grade pay to wire man cadre in the Department is pending in various offices due to non-availability of clear cut clarification regarding the type of training they required to be acquired for up-gradation of grade pay. 
GRANT OF SELECTION GRADE PAY TO LIFT OPERATORS
As per the judgement of Hon’ble Court the Department has extended the benefit of Selection Grade to Shri K.L.Tiwari, Lift Operator vide letter No.3-2/2013-CWP/627 dated 03.06.2013 and subsequent clarification of even no.945 dated 17.06.2014.  But there are number of Lift Operators who are eligible for the same benefit is available in the Department.  The benefit as extended to Shri K.L.Tiwari, Lift Operator petitioner in the Court Case to all others also to avoid litigation and time loss
POSTING OF MINISTERIAL STAFF IN THE HOME STATE ITSELF
At present the cadre ministerial cadre is divided as Assistant/Works Clerk Grade-I/Grade-II.  Even though we have placed before the Cadre Restructuring Committee to bring all these cadres at par with the Postal Assistants and if the same is accepted by the Department the implementation may consume lot of time as it requires consultation with other Departments also.  Till such time, the transfer and postings of the Grade-I and Grade-II clerks may be restricted within the Home State by interchanging the posts with Division and Sub-Division offices under the co-ordination circles.  Further, the WC Grade-I clerks  may also be incorporated in the Rule-38 transfers within the Department.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Posted: 11 Jun 2015 01:06 AM PDT
Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2016 – Dopt Orders on 11.6.2015

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.12/7/2015-JCA-2, dated 11.6.2015

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2016 – reg.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure -I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2016. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi /New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.

1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAMA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHAD
UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1
NAVRATRA / NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idul Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B/T.V./A.I.R./ Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2016, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Sunday , October 30, 2016 (Kartika 08). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a, year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remainin holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2016, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays i terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/ 2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 10(Ten)) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Budh Purnima, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday, Diwali and Christmas included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

IT IS PROPOSED TO CONVENE THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF OUR UNION ON 29TH JULY TO 31ST JULY AT TRIVANDRUM, KERALA.  THE FORMAL NOTICE WILL BE FORWARDED IN DUE COURSE.  ALL CIRCLE SECRETARIES MAY KINDLY NOTE AND MAKE IT CONVENIENT TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.  AS PER OUR CONSTITUTION ONE DELEGATE FOR TEN MEMBERS AND FRACTION THEREOF EXCLUDING CIRCLE/DIVISIONAL SECRETARY IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL CASUAL LEAVE. ALL ALL INDIA OFFICE BEARERS ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIAL CL 


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS 
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi -  

To Ms. Kaveri Banerji 
Chair person 
Postal Services Board 
Dak Bhawan 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Madam, 
Sub : Declaration of results of direct recruitment of P.As & S.As - 
Regarding. Ref :Your letter No. A-34013/05/2014-DE dt. 27-4-2015. * * *

Madam
 Please recall our discussion on the subject. Now nearly one month has passed and no further information is emanating from the Directorate. The Department has conducted centralised examination in order to recruit PAs and SAs the through outsouring. A good number of candidates have been recruited out of the above examination. The selcted candidates have not been issued order of appointment and their selection is kept in abeyance except candidates selected from the Circles of Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra and U.P. The reason for keeping the appointment order in abeyance is not disclosed openly by the Department as on date. My Federation came to know that many selected candidates have resigned their jobs where they have been working prior to this selection. Now they are jobless and they are awaiting appointment orders from our Directorate. Further same of the selected candidates have planned to go to court of Law for getting the appointment orders released from the Department. If they approach the court, the method of recruitment will become for unnecessary comment by the Court. My Federation knows well that the intention of the present recruitment procedure. But keeping the appointment orders being not released in the case of some candidates creates suspicion among the public. In view the above, my Federation requests to take appropriate decision soon in order to put an end to the unnecessary goship on the part of the Department. 

A line in reply is highly solicited. 

Thanking you, 

 Yours Sincerely, 

(D. THEAGARAJAN) 
Secretary General

Monday, 1 June 2015






Date : 1st June, 2015

To
The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan,
NEW DELHI

Subject : Grant of selection grade pay to Lift Operators

Sir,
              With utmost respect, we place the following for your kind consideration and necessary orders please.

              As per the judgment of Hon’ble Court the Department has extended the benefit of Selection Grade to Shri K.L.Tiwari, Lift Operator vide Chief Engineer’s letter No.3-2/2013-CWP/627 dated 03.06.2013 and issued a subsequent clarification of even No.945 dated 17.06.2014.  But there are number of Lift Operators who re eligible for the same benefit is deprived off the benefit as they are not the petitioners in the Court Case. 

              As the employees who are deprived off the benefit are approaching us to resolve the issue administratively instead of litigation so that both the Department and employees can save their time, energy and financial implications for the litigation. 

              Hence we are requesting to reconsider the issue and of granting selection grade pay to Lift Operators as is done in the above said case.

              Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,



(K.SIVADASAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Copy to the Chief Engineer(Civil), Postal, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi for favour of consideration

No Objection Certificate (NOC) is not now a mandatory requirement for government employees to get a passport.
To streamline and check the undue delay in getting passports to the government employees, the Ministry of External Affairs has relaxed provisions for issue of passport and asked the government employees to attach the copy of prior intimation letter submitted by the government employees to their controlling authority before applied for passport.
The Ministry of External Affairs has recently issued an Office Memorandum No.VI/401/01/05/2014 making the ‘Prior Intimation Letter’ valid proof like ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ to obtain passport for government employees, public sector undertakings (PSU) employees and autonomous body employees.
Government employees, who applies for passport with ‘Prior Intimation Letter’, they do not need to police verification.
The above provision is applied for getting passport only not for VISA, the government employees are required to obtain ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ from their departments concerned for getting VISA from foreign embassies for travelling abroad as per CCS (Conduct) Rules and the instructions have been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) from time to time.