15th September 2008
Sri K V Sundar Rajan
Chief Postmaster General
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar 751001
Sub: Request for issuing orders for fixing the limit of reimbursement of telephone expenses of IPs & ASPs on par with AAOs.
This Association has requested several times in the past for considering fixing the limit of reimbursement of residential/mobile telephone expenses of IPs & ASPs to Rs.750/- per month and to extend this facility to all IPs & ASPs in the Circle since the use of residential/mobile phones is necessitated by their nature of duties. After repeated requests over a long period in the past, decision was taken in the last CMC meeting held in July 2008 for allowing reimbursement of the monthly limit of residential telephone expenses (landline and/or mobile) of IPs & ASPs upto Rs.500/-. The amount so fixed still falls short of the limit fixed for AAOs in this Circle by a wide margin. But what is more distressing is the fact that the benefits of this decision still eludes the IPs/ASPs as no circular for its implementation has been issued so far to field units.
Being meted out a discriminatory treatment on a number of counts including the issue of reimbursement of telephone expenses, the IPs/ASPs in the Circle have reasons to feel disappointed, discouraged and even frustrated. The AAOs irrespective of their assignment and place of posting are getting reimbursement of residential telephone charges upto the limit of Rs.848/- per month without any question being raised about the operational or functional justification for such a limit. But the cases of IPs/ASPs are not given due attention and consideration, though there is no doubt that the operational and functional justification for granting reimbursement of residential/mobile telephone expenses of IPs & ASPs is far greater than that of AAOs.
Previously, I had submitted copies of orders of Tamilnadu and West Bengal Circles as some examples showing the monthly limit of residential telephone expenses of IPs/ASPs/AAOs fixed at Rs.750/- per month by other Circles.
This time the Association looks up to you with great hope that your goodself will be kind enough to do justice to the cadre of IPs/ASPs by issuing orders fixing the limit of residential and /or mobile telephone expenses of all IPs and ASPs in the Circle on par with AAOs (i.e.Rs.848/- per month), thereby saving the IPs & ASPs from further despair and from incurring expenses on this count from their own pocket for smooth discharge of their duties. It is also requested that the benefit may kindly be extended to all IPs/ASPs in the Circle without distinction and discrimination of place of their posting and assignment in the same manner it has been done for AAOs & PS Gr.B Officers.
This has a reference to my communication addressed to your goodself on 01.08.2008.
(B B Mohanty)