LETTER OF GENERAL SECRETARY TO SECRETARY, POSTS REGARDING TRAINING
No.NUPCWNGE/GS/2017 Date : 24th April, 2017
Department of Posts
Subject : Non-imparting proper induction training to Non-gazetted staff of Civil Wing – regarding.
With great respect and expectation of favorable decision from your good self we would like to submit the following grievance in respect of our members of Union.
Nowadays the non-gazetted staff viz. Junior Engineers (Civil and Electrical) and ministerial clerical staff are being recruited through Staff Selection Commission on the basis of the competitive examination held on All India Basis and nominated for appointment in our Department as such mostly they are entering into service direct from their studies.
While issuing the appointment orders to these candidates the Civil Wing administration inserts a condition that they should complete induction training for successful completion of probation period of two years in both the case of Junior Engineers and clerical staff. In the case of Junior Engineers they have also to qualify the simple accounts examination for earning second increment and probation clearance as well for which these induction training is inevitable. Due non-conducting the training the Junior Engineers have faced lot of difficulties for preparation of the examination conducted by CPWD and most of them qualifies after two to three attempts.
In this connection we would like to state that since the newly appointments taken place since 2010 in both the cases of Junior Engineers and clerical staff no training have been imparted to them by the Department due to which the probation clearance have been delayed till last quarter of 2016 that too by issuing relaxation to the Junior Engineers who have been appointed prior to 31.03.2014 on the basis of series of demand from Our Union vide Chief Engineer(Civil)’s letter No.4-15/2013-CWP/69 dated 20.05.2016 even then in some Civil Circles it is still pending for issue of clearance of probation of Junior Engineers. Now the Directorate vide letter No.4-15/2013-CWP/163 dated 27.09.2016 the Superintending Engineers (Civil/Elect.) have been asked them to impart in-house training at their level. But the Superintending Engineers have issued directions to the Executive Engineers. They in turn asked the Assistant Engineers to conduct the same which never going to happen due to their own works in hands. As you are aware, the purposeful training can be imparted only in an atmosphere of institutes by experts in the subject as faculties without which quality discharge of their performance in the line of procedural and codal can be expected and they should not be humiliated on this account.
Due to non-imparting of training at the induction stage itself as is done in the other Postal Cadres the Junior Engineers are ignorant on the procedural and technical requirements of the Central Government works hence they are compelled to follow the theoretical study they had in the college as such they have to compromise with the contractor’s line of execution of works. Everybody is aware that the contractors are for their business earning and not for making benefits to the departments or nation. The senior engineers existing in the Departments is the habit of assigning the field work from the next day of joining the department by these new entrants without any consideration of their inexperience of field work but whenever any fault is found by any authority competent to do so, these senior officers shifts their responsibility to shoulders of these innocent Junior Engineers and their service career becomes a nightmare to them. Due to which they could not find out any better assignment in any Government service due to their unsatisfactory service records like APAR or disciplinary proceedings etc. This is only because of the inaction of the Civil Wing Administration by not finding any way out for imparting induction training.
In the case of who have been appointed on transfer basis twenty years back and the new recruits have also lack training in the field of Civil Wing works. The incumbents as and when joined the Department have been assigned with directly to work without any knowledge and neither a refreshment course/training to the transfer appointees and no induction training have been imparted till date any training.
When the Government of India decided that only the tendering should be made through e-procure the Department imparted training to officers in the grade of Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers. But they never attempts or in other way we can say that definitely they could not practically able to upload the tenders in the e-procurement website due to their own responsibilities of discharging their field duties. Even the available Draftsman even though very few in the Department who are actually responsible for preparation of tender documents have not been imparted training in e-procure or other civil wing functionalities. Now the practice is being followed that either the stenographer or the available clerical staff is doing all these works.
The clerical staffs are not at all responsible for preparation of tender documents and uploading the same in the e-procurement website are being compelled to do so and whenever any mistake is happened in these activities the responsibility is being fixed on them which is highly objectionable.
As your good self knows that we have our own training institutes functioning at various places in the country and imparting training to the Civil Wing new recruits can be imparted training within our Department and the budgetary provisions. The experienced faculties in the field can be found out from our own Departmental Engineers as well as from other Engineering Department like CPWD, MES and AIR. The administration side can be imparted by our own faculties available with these institutes as is done in the case of Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants.
In view of the above, we request you to kindly see the matter and we expect a positive approach to the issue in the interest of saving the young generation who are entering the service in the Postal Civil Wing.