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Friday, December 9, 2016

Agenda for the four-monthly meeting with Chief PMG

  1. Regarding provision of Canteen in the campus of the Circle Office through outside agency for consumption by Postal Staff.    

Brief:- There was a proposal for provision of Canteen in the campus of the Circle Office through outside agency for consumption by Postal Staff. After some initial step, there is substantial improvement in the matter.
During the summer, mercury remains constantly above 45 degree Celsius for months together at Bhubaneswar. Be it Summer, Winter or Rainy Season the Postal Staff of Circle Office and Bhubaneswar GPO are suffering by going outside for their refreshment and Lunch. Therefore, provision of a Canteen inside the campus is a bare necessity for the Staff.
This Association urges for early action in the matter.  

  1. Granting of 3% fitment benefit at the time of promotion to IP Cadre who have availed financial upgradation under MACP in lower Grade Pay

Brief:- Audit has disallowed the benefit to the Inspector Posts with the observation that as per para 4 of Annexure-I to GOI DoP&T OM No.30534/3/2008-Estt(D) dated 19.05.2009 if the Government Servant gets his regular promotion in the hierarchy of his cadre after availing financial upgradation under MACP he will only granted the difference of grade pay without any additional increment.

          Clarifications issued vide Department of Posts (Postal Accounts Wing) letter No. 3(4)/10/PA-Admn)/475-496 dated 07-02-2013 and No. 3(4)/10/PA-Admn)/07 dated 05-04-2013 which inter alia states that “The promotional hierarchy of a Postal Assistant is LSG---HSG-II---HSG-I. PA can only become eligible for promotion to JAO (now merged as AAO) cadre by qualifying the relevant examination. Thus promotion of PA to AAO is not in its promotional hierarchy. The officers who have got MACP/regular promotion in different hierarchy will be eligible for the benefit of 3% fitment benefit at the time of fixation of Pay on regular promotion to AAOs cadre as the promotion to the cadre of AAOs is not in the hierarchy of PA”. It is also learnt that the PAO is allowing this benefit to the AAOs.

          In similar analogy since one PA can only become eligible for promotion to Inspector Posts cadre by coming out successful in the relevant competitive examination, and therefore, the promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts is not in the hierarchy of PA. Thus the officers who have got MACP/regular promotion in different hierarchy will be eligible for the benefit of 3% fitment benefit at the time of fixation of Pay on regular promotion to Inspector Posts cadre like AAO.

          Since it is affecting several individuals in Inspector Posts cadre, this Association urges kind intervention to uphold the principle of equality, and to decide the cases of Inspector Posts in the light of clarifications issued in case AAO cadre.

  1. Request for invoking PAD Act, 1850 for recovery of Public money involved in Loss and Fraud Cases from the properties of prime offenders.  

Brief:- There is a sense of insecurity in the IP/ASP cadre for imposition of penalty of heavy recoveries as subsidiary offender by remotely connecting minor lapses by subjective interpretation of rules who are discharging variety of tasks at one time with all precaution and good intention.

It is also a matter of concern that no action is being taken for implementation of the PAD Act, 1850 for recovery of the pecuniary loss to the Government caused by the Principal offender for better avoidance of the loss. Ultimately it is encouraging for commission of more loss and fraud cases.  It is well-read that the present Circle Administration has a very good relationship with the State Govt. authorities and, therefore, there is a scope for the Circle Administration to utilize this opportunity to help the Divisional Administration in implementation of the PAD Act in loss and fraud cases.

This Association requests the Circle Administration to take every possible steps to ensure invoking of PAD Act, 1850 in conjunction with the judgments in SLP No.7111/2004 and WP No.33207/2006 of Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad for recovery of loss from the properties of Prime offenders and their dependents as per the Directorate Letter No. 4-66/TN-16/2009-Inv dated 19-03-2015. 

GS writes to Secretary Posts requesting for Postponement of LDCE for promotion to PS Group-B Cadre scheduled to be held on 18.12.2016

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam 12-17/2016               Dated :   9/12/2016

Shri B. V. Sudhakar, 
Secretary (Posts), 
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Sub: Conduct of LDCE on 18.12.2016 for promotion to the cadre of P.S Group ‘B’ from the vacancy year 2012–13 onwards---Regarding request for its postponement thereof. 

Ref : Directorate Notification No. A-34012/8/2016-DE dated 07th October 2016

Respected Sir, 

          This is in continuation to our submissions vide letter no. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam/2016 dated 19/10/2016 and letter no. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam 12-17/2016 dated 17/11/2016 whereby it was earnestly requested to kindly re-visit your decision of conducting the LDCE (rescheduled to be held on 18.12.16) in a single go for all the recruitment years.  

          With utmost regards, it is humbly submitted that notification no. A-34013/03/2012-DE dated 17.07.12 for conduct of PS Gr ‘B’ Exam 2012 held on 03.06.12 was held to be violative of law laid down by Hon’ble APEX Court and DoPT OM dated 19.01.07, as per decision dated 10.03.15 passed by Hon’ble CAT Bench Hyderabad in OA No. 554/2013. The said decision was contested by the Department before Hon’ble High Court at Hyderabad in CWP No. 25931/2015. Although Hon’ble High Court did not affirm the said decision yet it is of the view that principles enunciated in Dr. R. N. Bhatnagar case may be revisited by the APEX Court. As such, it dismissed the CWP filed by the Department vide judgement dated 05.12.16 (copy enclosed). 

          It is pertinent to mention here that Hon’ble High Court while arriving at the decision has also taken into account the vacancies notified in the notification dated 07.10.2016. 

Paras 21 & 22 of the judgement, being relevant are extracted hereunder:-

“21.    It is also brought to our notice by Mr. Siva, learned counsel for the respondents 1 to 5, that the Department of Posts issued a notification very recently on 07.10.2016 for the conduct of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postal Services Group – B from 2012-13 onwards. In para-9 of the Notification, the Department has given a tabular statement with regard to the break-up of vacancies which can usefully be extracted as follows:
Category-wise break up of vacancies
Examination for
Inspector Posts line officials 
(19% quota of vacancies)





22.     We are unable to reconcile ourselves to the statistics furnished by the Union of India in the table provided under para-6 of their Affidavit in support of the writ petition with the vacancies that they have shown in the table under para-9 of the recent Notification dated 07-10-2016. If 165 posts alone are reserved under the 19% quota for promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination from a particular line and if 150 officers who were promoted through the said channel were in place in April, 2012, more than about 100 vacancies could not have arisen during the period from 2012-13 to 2016-17. This shows that there was something grossly wrong with the stand taken by the Union of India.” 
In view of above, there is evident apprehension, in terms of vacancies calculated and notified vide notification dated 07.10.16, in the mind of all the aspirants. Thus, the situation is still prima facie ambiguous and unclear. 

In order to obviate complexity of the issue, this association, respectfully urged upon the Department to postpone the exam to some other date in the interest of justice equity and fair play. It is requested to re-visit the decision taken by the Directorate and earnestly requests the higher authorities to initiate examination exercise after making the things clear and set right. 

Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
(Vilas Ingle)
                                                                             General Secretary.

 Copy to :-

Shri S. V. Rao, Director (DE), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110 001. He is also requested to kindly look into this vital issue and arrange for postponing the PS Group B examination. 

Promotion and postings in Postal Service Group'B'cadre'

To view Directorate (Personnel Division) Notification No.9-14-2016-SPG dated 09-12-2016 please Click Here.

All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents of Posts, Odisha Circle Branch congratulates the following officers on their promotion to PS Group-B Cadre:-

1. Shri Raghunath Sahu

2. Shri R.K. Pattnaik

3. Shri Kamalendu Panda

4. Shri Bishnu Mohan Dasmohapatra

5. Shri Prafulla Ku. Nanda

6. Shri Ekalabya Choudhury

7. Shri Gopesh Dash

8. Shri B.K. Satapathy

9. Shri Dibakar Singh

Transfers/postings of officers of Postal Service Group 'B' cadre

To view Directorate (Personnel Division) Order No. 9-02-2016-SPG dated 09-02-2016 please Click Here.

All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents of Posts, Odisha Circle Branch welcomes the following Officers back to Odisha Circle:-

1. Shri K.C. Chinara

2. Sk. Md. Noman

3.  Shri Srikanta Ch. Sahu

4.  Shri Anteryami Behera

5. Shri Sanjaya Ku. Patra

6. Shri Padmanav Dash

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WP filed by DOP challenging an order of CAT directing them to recalculate the vacancies in the cadre of PS Gr. B is dismissed by High Court of Judicature Hyderabad is dismissed

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Appointment of GDS candidates to various posts viz. Group'D'/MTS, Postman, PA/SA

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Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under amended Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - regarding.

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There is no requirement of filing the declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants now i.e. 31-12-2016. 

The Government is in the process of finalising a fresh set of Rules. The said Rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and time line for filing the declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants under revised provision of the Act.

Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located in Odisha State

Not just banks, post offices too short of cash

It’s not just banks that are feeling the heat of cash crunch postdemonetisation, post offices across the country too are running thin on cash, with just 30-35% of what they need. 

As per latest estimates shared by the postal department with the finance ministry, about Rs 700 crore cash is required at the post offices across the country. But no more than Rs 300-350 crore is available with them, with the availability dipping to just 30% of the requirement on some days, highly placed officials in the know told ET

Things have been particularly difficult across post offices through last week with pay day pressure and dipping cash reserves, prompting the department to inform the Centre that the people’s requirements are not being fulfilled with the current cash situation. 

The Centre’s instructions to all circles under the postal department are, however, crystal clear: 40% of the cash available to post offices must be sent only to the units located in rural areas. 

The postal department is learnt to have conveyed the instructions to all its divisions. At a meeting held by the Finance Ministry earlier this week, the postal department is learnt to have informed that deposits continue to far exceed currency withdrawals. 

As per the latest assessment shared with the Finance Ministry, and accessed by ET, currency worth Rs 3,680.99 crore was exchanged from November 10 to November 24 at post offices. 

The total value of the deposits at post offices increased from Rs 2,639.18 crore on November 10 to Rs 37,788 crore as on December 5, 2016. As on December 5, currency withdrawal from post offices was Rs 6,586.92 crore only. 

Post offices savings bank in India is one of the oldest and largest banking systems in the country, offering financial services as an agency of the Finance Ministry. They accept deposits under a number of small savings schemes and are key to various wage disbursements and old age pension payments. 

All the 1,30,000 post offices in rural areas have been in focus under the government’s renewed efforts to reach cash to areas where the ATM coverage is low. The 25,000 post offices in urban and semi-urban areas are being serviced as well but the Modi government’s focus is clear — reach cash to the last mile, sources in the know said. 

The Centre is directly reviewing the cash flow situation from New Delhi. Control rooms have been set up in all 23 postal department circles, divisional and sub-divisional levels. Dak Bhavan in Delhi is also in constant touch with the banks even as hourly reports are being generated on the cash situation. 

Not just banks, post offices too short of cash

Source:-The Economic Times

​Stamp Design Competition on theme "Nature: India" to be released on the occasion of Republic Day 2017​

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