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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dearness Allowance Due w.e.f 01.07.2010

The CPI (IW) i.e. Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers at the end of June 2010 has touched 174, meaning thereby that Dearness Allowance will rise to 45% w.e.f 01.07.2010 as against the existing rate of 35%. As such, the DA hike of 10% is due w.e.f. 01.07.2010. Orders of the Govt. for the revised DA are expected in September, as usual.
The CPI(IW) Index can be seen by visiting the following website of Labour Bureau, the link to which is also provided in this blog in right hand side bar.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

MACP to two more IPs

CO, Bhubaneswar has orders on 29.07.2010 granting MACP to two more IPs as follows:
Sri B K Mishra, IP, Bhadrak East : MACP-II, w.e.f. 01.09.08, Rs.4600/-
Sri P K Patra, IP (Tech), RO, Sambalpur, MACP-II, w.e.f.  01.09.08, Rs.4600/-

Ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre

Sri Jeeraman Deep, ASP (HQ), Sambalpur Division and Sri Krutartha Behera, ASP I/c, Balasore have been given ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre and allotted to Berhampur Region against vacancies occuring on 31.07.2010 due to retirement of Sri K C Mohanty, SRM BG Divn and Sri K C Majhi, SPOs, Phulbani Division.

Grant of Special CL for CWC Meeting on 01.08.2010

A scanned copy of the orders issued vide CO, Bhubaneswar Letter No.WL/30-4/99 dated 29.07.2010 for granting Special CL to eligible members is reproduced below for information of all concerned.

Cases of omission in MACP for IPs and ASPs

Some cases where MACP is due but not included in the orders dated 27.07.2010 of Circle Office, Bhubaneswar have come to notice. Since, MACP is personal to officials, all the omissions need to be brought to the notice of Circle Office for consideration in the next phase. IPs/ASPs whose cases are due but omitted are requested to point out to Circle Office. The CS may also be informed through e-mail / phone so that the same could be pursued at the appropriate level.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Proposal for TRAI-like body to fix postal tariffs

The government has comprehensively re-drafted an earlier Bill on postal regulation with a view to bringing the entire communication industry under a regulatory regime similar to the one for the telecoms sector.

As per the re-drafted Bill —the Post Office and Courier Services Bill, 2010—which was reviewed by FE, the courier firms would need to register themselves with the regulator—Postal Regulatory Authority of India (PRAI)— and adhere to a set of guidelines for quality of services framed by it.

The firms will also have to contribute to a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to enable delivery of postal services to financially unviable areas at affordable rates. However, the government has dropped the controversial provision in the original (2006) draft of the Bill which sought to bar private courier firms from carrying packets weighing below 500 gm. Also, in a departure from the original draft, which specified the fee structure for the players, the new Bill has left such matters for the regulator to decide.

The size of the Indian courier industry is over Rs 4,000 crore with major players being DHL, FedEx India and DTDC. As per the latest proposal, PRAI will have functions similar to that of telecom regulator Trai. It can suo motu recommend to the government policy measures on the entire gamut of the postal sector. On its part, the government can seek its recommendations on issues of importance. Once PRAI is constituted, all existing courier firms would have to register themselves with it for a 10-year period on payment of a fee.

The registration, of course, can be renewed once it expires. The regulator would set eligibility criteria for those wanting to enter the sector in the new regulated regime.

It would have powers to recommend to the government revocation of licenses of any firm which fails to meet the criteria set out by it. The government (read the department of post and a reinforced Postal Board) would retain the powers to make policies and provide licences.

A Postal Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal would be set up to arbitrate on disputes between the industry and the regulator, the regulator and the government, industry and the government; and between industry players. (26.07.2010)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MACP Orders for IPs & ASPs in Orissa issued

After a long wait, orders for financial upgradation under MACPS are issued by Circle Office, Bhubaneswar on 27.07.2010 evening in respect of 40 ASPs and 5 IPs. Scanned copies of orders are reproduced below for information of all concerned.

Monday, July 26, 2010

CWC Meeting of Orissa Circle Branch Association on 01.08.2010 (Sunday)



No. AIAIPASP/CWC/2010 Dated 19.07.2010

Under the provisions of the Constitution of All India Association of Inspectors and Asst. Superintendents Posts, it is hereby notified that a meeting of the Circle Working Committee of the Association will be held on Sunday, the 1st August 2010 at 10.30 hrs in the Recreation Club of Bhubaneswar GPO.

The agenda for the meeting are as under:

1. Confirmation of the proceedings of the last CWC
2. Issue relating to GP of IPs
3. Attitude of the Department and Circle Administration towards IP line officials and course of action to be followed at the Association level.
4. Organisational Review
5. Any other item with permission of the Chair

Sri Jeeban Sahu, Circle Secretary, Postal Officers’ Association, Orissa Circle Branch will be the special invitee to the CWC.

All office-bearers and CWC members of the Association are requested to attend the said meeting in time.

(B B Mohanty)
Circle Secretary

Copy to:
1. The Chief Postmaster General, Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar for kind information. Necessary orders may kindly be issued to all concerned for grant of special casual leave to office bearers and CWC members as per the enclosed list from the station outside Bhubaneswar.
2. Sri Roop Chand, General Secretary, AI Assn of Inspectors & ASPs, CHQ, New Delhi for information.
3. The President and all office-bearers and CWC members of the Association.
4. The Secretary, Bhubaneswar GPO PRC for kind information. He is requested to spare the accommodation in the PRC for CWC meeting on 01.08.2010
5. The Sr. Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO for kind information.
6. Sri Jeeban Sahu, Circle Secretary, Postal Officers. Association, Orissa Circle Branch for kind information. He is cordially invited to grace the CWC meeting as a Special Invitee.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


To see the procedure and illustration of fixation of Pay on promotion, please visit the following link:

Friday, July 23, 2010

Use of new symbol of Rupee in Computers

To know how to use new symbol of Rupee in Computers (Windows, Linux or MAC), visit the following link:

Government finalizes a new Central Scheme for Educational Loans


A new Central Scheme has been finalized and implement by the Ministry of HRD Department. The procedure and details of the scheme has published in PIB (we reproduce and given below) and as well as communications are available on the website of this Ministry at

Ministry of Human Resource Development has finalized the modalities for implementation of a new Central Scheme to provide full interest subsidy during the period of moratorium on educational loans for students belonging to economically weaker sections (with parental family income from all sources of less than Rs.4.5 lakh annually) from scheduled banks under the Educational Loan Scheme of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for pursuing courses of studies in professional/technical streams from recognized institutions in India. The modalities have been finalized in consultation with the Indian Banks’ Association. The Scheme is effective for all IBA approved educational loans sanctioned in form of eligible students’ in respect of approval course of studies from the academic year 2009-10.

Under the Scheme, proof of income is required to be certified by authorities to be designated by the State Governments. Accordingly, the Ministry has written to all Chief Secretaries of States/Union Territories to intimate the designated authority/authorities (at the District/Sub-District/Block, etc. levels) to the District Level Consultative Committee (DLCC) so that banking authorities at the branch level where students would be approaching for availing the benefit of the scheme would be aware of the same.

All Scheduled member banks of the IBA have also been advised to take necessary action to adopt and implement the Scheme so that the benefits of the Scheme accrue to the eligible students. Canara Bank is the nodal Bank, for the member Banks of IBA, for claiming reimbursement of interests credited to student accounts.

The details of the Scheme as well as the above communications are available on the website of this Ministry at
All eligible students who wish to avail of the benefits of the Scheme are advised to approach the respective bank branch from where they availed of the education loan and complete the necessary formalities including obtaining the certification in respect of annual family income from the competent authority at the Block / Tehsil / District Level, so that the individual student accounts could be credited with the interest due on the Loan for the academic year 2009-10 onwards.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Upcomimg retirements of IP line officials in Orissa Circle

Retirements of IP line officers coming up in next one year in Orissa Circle are follows:

Sl. No.
Name of the officer with designation
Date of retirement on superannuation
Sri K C Majhi, SPOs Phulbani
Sri K C Mohanty, SRM BG
Sri Balaram Jena, Manager PPP
Sri B G Satapathy, SSPOs Koraput
Sri Satyabadi Sahoo, SPOs Cuttack North
Sri B B Mishra, SPOs Bolangir
Sri S C Chand, Asst. Manager, PPP
Sri Bimbadhar Biswal, DDM PLI
Sri L K Sethy, APMG (Staff/Vig)
Sri Panchanan Swain, Dy. Manager, PPP
Sri Jeremiyo Naik, AD, RO Berhampur

IP line officials in the line of getting ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre

Sl. No.
Name of the officer with designation
IP Batch
Sri Hazaru Pradhan
Sri K C Ghadei
Sri Banambar Sethy
Sri Mohan Ch. Naik
Sri Suresh Ku. Misra
Sri Jumbel Munda
Sri Jeeraman Deep
Sri Krutartha Behera
Sri Prasanna Kr. Sahoo
Sri Sarbeswar Mishra
Sri Rabindra Ku. Singh
Sri B B Mohanty
Sri Sitanath Das
Sri Shiva Murti Sukla
Sri Ramakant Mishra
Sri Ajit Ku. Dash
Sri Bijay Ku. Patra
Sri Alekh Ku. Mohanty
Sri Promod Ku. Nanda
Sri Hadu Sethy
Sri Bhagabat Sethy
Sri Chaturbhuj Meher
It may so happen that some IP line officials may not be interested for officiating in PS Gr.B Posts as it involves shouldering heavy responsibility without any gain in salary, particularly after implementation of  MACP(III). Hence, long list of officials is given.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Updates on MACP

Minutes of the Committee recommending MACP to IPs and ASPs in Orissa Circle is ready but it is not yet approved. A delegation of 7 IPs & ASPs of Circle Office led by the CS sought appointment with DPS(HQ) on the issue which is stuck up at the level of DPS(HQ). The CS and the Circle Treasurer met DPS(HQ) on 21.07.2010 and pleaded for approval of MACP orders by the acting Chief  PMG as the case is delayed badly. DPS(HQ) mentioned that she wanted its approval by the 'regular' Chief PMG and advised the delegation to wait with patience till 'regular' Chief PMG returns from leave on 26.07.2010.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Of Grade Pay Issue of IPs

As the Govt. sits over the proposal of upgradation of GP of IPs taking CAT case (in OA No.381/2010 in Ernakulam Bench) as the pretext, the IPs and ASPs across the country helplessly wait and watch the development of the CAT case with keen interest. It is mentioned (vide link: ) that the CAT case which was scheduled for hearing on 19.07.2010 is posted to 03.08.2010 for further hearing as the Counter Affidavit has not yet been filed by the Respondents.

As the facts stand, the applicant in the CAT case first resigned from the membership of the AIAIASP and then went ahead in filing the case with the support of like minded IPs across the country. Of course nothing can be done now by IP and ASP cadres except to wait for the outcome of CAT case. Several arguments have been advanced in favour and against the move of going to CAT on the issue. At this stage rationalization of past action will not help. It has to be viewed in the context of something in which both IP (whether direct or promotee) & ASP cadres have equal and undivided interest (as both will benefit from upgradation) and to deal with the case accordingly.

It is very much expected that the Govt. (which does not appear to be in a mood to accept the genuineness of the demand for upgradation of GP of IPs) will oppose the OA advancing same argument by which the upgradation proposals were returned earlier. Let us assume that the Govt. will repeat its stand that IP cadre is not comparable with Inspectors of CBDT / CBEC and Assistants in CSS because of the existence of ASP grade in between IP and PS Gr.B cadres. In such a situation there is need to mention from the applicants’ side that the AIAIASP has already expressed its willingness in writing to the Govt. for merger of IP and ASP cadres. And there is merit and justification for upgradation beyond doubt as the DOP has submitted the proposal to MOF not just once, but twice. The ball is, therefore, in the court of the Govt. to decide whether merger of IP and ASP cadres is necessary or not for granting the upgraded GP.

In retrospect it is observed that the DOP moved with the proposal for upgradation of GP of IPs so slowly that its motives in getting the proposal implemented appeared doubtful. The delay broke the patience and ultimately led to filing of CAT with individual effort as the Association did not think of fighting a legal battle as an entity or of supporting the move for filing CAT case as it was not sure of positive outcome through a legal battle, going by the past experience. The reality is that the interest of the entire IP and ASP cadres is now at stake though the AIAIASP has remained aloof of its involvement in the CAT case. The question is whether the entire IP and ASP cadre can still afford to remain aloof. If something goes wrong in the CAT case (God forbid it does not happen) how can AIAIASP wash its hand of the blame for it? So, will it not be appropriate to offer moral and material support to Mr. Permanand & Co. (it is hoped they will not spurn the offer) for going ahead with the legal battle effectively?

The Orissa Circle Branch of AIAIASP is of the opinion that the AIAIASP (CHQ) should give a serious thought to the issue before anything goes wrong and before it is too late.  

NB: The line in italics is modified subsequently alongwith the last line of the posting. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Assumption of charge

Sri B G Satapathy on his ad hoc promotion to JTS Gr.A Grade has assumed charge of SSPOs Koraput Division on 12.07.2010.

Ms. Suman Garg, a direct recruit for IP Cadre has assumed charge of IP CSD, Bhubaneswar on 19.07.2010.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Some updates

MACP orders for IPs and ASPs will be delayed further by 7-10 days. However, all wanting aspects (ACRs) have been complied in the meanwhile. Approval is expected as soon as Chief PMG returns from leave. CS is following the case closely.

The hope of IP Exam 2009 result getting published in July 2010 appears remote. Publication of the result is expected by 15.08.2010.

Supplementary list of regular promotion to PS Gr.B cadre through DPC is expected to be out in a week's time. 30-40 officials from different Circles are expected to be benefited.

The vacancy for ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre in Orissa is now 10. Willingness of concerned IPs have been called for. Orders are expected not before 25.07.2010.

Posting of 2 surplus IP candidates allotted to Orissa Circle is expected after 25.07.2010.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Work allocation of two ADs in CO, Bhubaneswar

As per orders issued by CO, Bhubaneswar on 15.07.2010, Sri C M Mahapatra is designated as AD(Est/Inv/PG/CRC/SD/Sty) and Sri S N Panda is designated as AD (Legal Cell/Plg).

Posting of AD(OL) in Circle Office, Bhubaneswar

Md. Asif Zake, Sr. Hindi Translator in Circle Office, Bhubaneswar has been promoted as AD(OL) in JTS Gr.A Grade and allotted to Orissa for posting as AD(OL) in Circle Office in the vacant post.

AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch congratulates Md. Zake on his promotion.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

IIT graduate gives Indian Rupee its symbol

New Delhi:  The Indian rupee will soon have a unique symbol -- a blend of the Devanagri 'Ra' and Roman 'R' -- joining elite currencies like the US dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen in having a distinct identity.

The new symbol, designed by Bombay IIT post-graduate D Udaya Kumar, was approved by the cabinet today -- reflecting that the Indian currency, backed by an over-trillion dollar economy, was finally making its presence felt on the international scene.
"It's a big statement on the Indian currency... The symbol would lend a distinctive character and identity to the currency and further highlight the strength and global face of the Indian economy," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
Though the symbol will not be printed or embossed on currency notes or coins, it would be included in the 'Unicode Standard' and major scripts of the world to ensure that it is easily displayed and printed in the electronic and print media.
Among currencies with distinctive identities, only the pound sterling has its symbol printed on the notes.
Unicode is an international standard that allows text data to be interchanged globally without conflict. After incorporation in the global and Indian codes, the symbol would be used by all individuals and entities within and outside the country.
The symbol will be adopted in a span of six months in the country, and within 18 to 24 months globally, Soni said, adding that it will feature on computer keyboards and softwares for worldwide use.
Soni said that the symbol, which reflects the Indian ethos and culture, would help distinguish the currency from the rupee or rupiah of other countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Besides this, state governments would be asked to proactively promote the use of the new symbol, she added.
Kumar's entry was chosen from 3,000 designs competing for the currency symbol. He will get an award of Rs 2.5 lakh.
"It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters -- capital 'R' and Devanagri 'Ra' which represents rupaiah, to appeal to international and Indian audiences... My design is based on the tricolour, with two lines at the top and white space in between," a visibly-happy Kumar said.
The jury, which had sent the five short-listed entries for the cabinet's approval, was headed by a Reserve Bank Deputy Governor. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Friendly gesture of Com. K V Sridharan, GS, AIPEU, Gr.C (CHQ)

The article-“Department of Posts - Going which way?” posted in this blog on 19.05.2010 has found a place in the Monthly Journal - Bharatiya Post ( Page 13-14, Vol.39, July 2010 Issue) of AIPEU, Group. C (CHQ) thanks to Com. K V Sridharan, GS, AIPEU, Group-C (CHQ).

The CS, AIAIPASP, Orissa Circle Branch expresses his sincere thanks to Com. Sridharan and acknowledges the friendly gesture of AIPEU, Gr. C (CHQ) with humility.

Com. Bruhaspati Samal, DS, AIPEU, Gr.C, Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch also deserves thanks for his initiatives for unity among working classes in Postal fraternity in Orissa Circle.

Minutes of the meeting between staff side and official side to consider charter of demands of JCA

Minutes of the Meeting held on 12.07.2010 under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts) to consider Charter of Demands given by the Staff side along with their notice of indefinite strike w.e.f. 13.07.2010 can be viewed by clicking to the following link of NFPE blog.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Postal JCA defers indefinite srike

The proposed indefinite strike by JCA from 13.07.2010 has been deferred. The JCA reportedly got assurances of action on many aspects of their Charter of Demands. (Details are at link and )
Orissa Circle Branch of AIAIASP congatulates JCA for taking up the struggle and wishes them all the best for success they achieved. 

Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rath Yatra released

Commemorative postage stamp on Rath Yatra was released by Sri Gurudas Kamat, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications & IT in Bhubaneswar on 12.07.2010. Sri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Orissa was the Chief Guest in the state level function.

Sri Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Hon'ble MLA, Bhubaneswar Central,  Sri Pinaki Mishra, Hon'ble MP (LS), Puri and Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Hon'ble MP(LS), Bhubaneswar who were Guests of Honour spoke on the occasion highlighting, among other things, some of the issues in the Circle like construction of staff quarters and office buildings  in vacant lands, a new PTC for Orissa in Bhubaneswar, better facilities in Postal  Dispensaries etc. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also requested the Hon’ble MOS C & IT to look into the Departmental issues of Orissa Circle. The Hon’ble MOS C and IT assured to look into those issues.

Sri S N Panda assumes charge

Sri Surendranath Panda has assumed the charge of AD (Inv/PG/SD/Sty) in Circle Office, Bhubaneswar on 12.07.2010 F/N on his ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sri P K Patra assumes charge

Sri Prasan Kumar Patra has assumed charge of SPOs Keonjhar Division on 09.07.2010 A/N on his ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre

Saturday, July 10, 2010

MACP orders for IPs/ASPs in Orissa delayed - Matter taken up with Chief PMG

Orders for financial upgradation under MACPS for IPs and ASPs in Orissa are delayed. This is in spite of the fact that the CS has been constantly following the matter with APMG (Vig/Staff). CS was told that the delay is attributed to issues relating to ACRs. Now CS has taken up the matter with Chief PMG in writing. The copy of the letter addressed to Chief PMG is reproduced below for information of all concerned.

Dated 08.07.2010
Mrs. Hilda Abraham
Chief Postmaster General
Orissa Circle
Bhubaneswar 751001

Sub:     Regarding financial upgradation under MACPS for IPs and ASPs

Respected Madam,
The IPs and ASPs in Orissa have been awaiting orders for financial upgradation under MACPS since long. While all other cadres in the Circle have already got the benefit the wait of the IPs and ASPs is lingering on. This is adding to the woes of IP cadre officials who are already continuing with a feeling of frustration having been denied the much anticipated upgraded GP on par with their counterparts in other Departments and Ministries of Govt. of India. This is for your kind information that the IPs are now equated with the status of Overseers cadre (not to speak of any higher cadre) in terms Grade Pay after implementation of MACPS. Further delay in issue of orders under MACPS for IPs / ASPs cadre is likely to have adverse impact on their morale which will reflect on their efficiency and output.
May I, therefore, request your goodself to look into the issue for issue of necessary orders early?
With regards,

Yours faithfully,
B B Mohanty
Circle Secretary

Sri A K Panda assumes charge

Sri Aswini Kumar Panda (IP 1989 Batch, at Sl. 1 in Orissa) assumed charge of AD-I in RO, Berhampur on ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rath Yatra, Puri

Rath Yatra Festival in Puri, Orissa, IndiaImage via Wikipedia
A special commemorative postage stamp on Rath Yatra will be released by Sri Gurudas Kamat, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications and IT on 12.07.2010 at 11.30 hrs in a state level function at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

Sri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Orissa will be the Chief Guest in the function.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sri K P Parida assumes new charge

Sri K P Parida has assumed the charge of SPOs Bhadrak Division on 08.07.2010.

Willingness of more IPs called for ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre

Circle Office, Bhubaneswar has called for willingness of the follwing IPs for ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre. This is in addition to the list mentioned earlier. It is intended to extend the zone of consideration for more number of IPs.

Shri K S Bagh
Shri S N Mishra
Shri B P Padhi
Shri Jagadish Dash
Shri Nakula Behera
Shri Asit Kr. Naik
Shri A K Patra
Shri M K Patnaik
Shri J Gadnaik
Shri Sarbeswar Choudhury
Shri U K Sahoo
Shri G P Kar

Orders for ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre are likely to be issued next week.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No nuisance value; No bargaining power; No benefit

The proposal for upgradation of GP of IPs has been there with the Department since November 2009 after analogous posts in other Departments / Ministries of Govt.of India got their GP upgraded to Rs.4600/-. The hope of getting the GP of IPs  upgraded has resulted in despair as the MOF reportedly returned the proposal without accepting it. After the AIC of AIAIASP in New Delhi held in April 2010, the Department of Posts involved the AIAIASP through a meeting on 05.04.2010 to get its views on the question of merger of IP & ASP cadre to facilitate the proposed upgradation of GP. The AIAIASP has already mentioned during the discussion on the issue on 05.04.2010 with the authorities in the Directorate that  merger of IP & ASP cadres is acceptable in order to get GP of Rs.4600/- for the merged cadre. AIAIASP was hoping that the Department of Posts would be doing something soon to get the aspirations of the IPs and ASPs fulfilled. But time passed by and hopes continued to remain unfulfilled. Impatience led to filing of a CAT in Ernakulam Bench. Action of the Department is now stalled reportedly on the ground that the matter is sub judice. The plea is simply misleading as there is no order from any quarter restraining the Govt to upgrade the GP of IPs. The Department is observing that the IP and ASPs are suffering silently but is doing nothing worthwhile to address the issue with required amount of sincerity and promptitude.

Poor IPs and ASPs are helplessly waiting for the outcome of the CAT case in Ernakulam Bench which is filed by individual endeavour. The  Department is repeating its old practice of showing no concern for IPs and ASPs. The cadre could do nothing when it was placed in equal status in Pay with TBOP officials in IV CPC. The cadre review was shelved even after getting Presidential sanction in 1989 for creation of 248 Gr. B posts. No cadre review has been done for IP cadre since 1981. There is no upgradation of GP of IPs so far on par with the analogous posts in other Departments and Ministries of the Department. Now with implementation of MACPS, the IPs have been virtually reduced to the status of Overseers of Mails in terms of GP. Instances of neglecting this cadre are many. On the other hand the responsibility and workload of IPs and ASPs are increasing day by day. Target of PLI/ RPLI and other business schemes for them have played havoc. Also in rise are the warnings and punishments for the cadre members.

The Department knows very well that there is no problem in getting various work extracted from this cadre even without conceding anything to them. So the Department treats this cadre accordingly. Take the case of other cadres, particularly, the Class-III, by contrast. The Govt. is very much obliged to negotiate with them even when it feels that it cannot simply meet many of their demands. The courtesy and the respect with which the Department treats Class-III Union functionaries is no where to be seen for the IP /ASP Association.  All these are happening only because; IPs and ASPs have no nuisance value. Until and unless IP cadre has no nuisance value the attitude of the Govt. towards them will not change. Why then the IP cadre lacks any nuisance value. It is obvious.

There is constant fear of getting punishments which will hamper their future promotional prospects. But what is the prospect of promotion left for them these days. An addition of Rs.200/- in the GP of ASPs for shouldering monumental responsibility of Gr.B posts. Still then we are obsessed with such promotional prospects.

Going by its past behaviour the IP cadre will continue to suffer but will not resort to any thing that has some nuisance value. Has anyone got its share without bargaining power? Is it possible to acquire bargaining power without nuisance value?

After implementation of MACPS the IPs are virtually reduced to Overseers status but still it cannot react in the way the Govt. understands. So, what can be expected in the circumstances?  Let us, therefore, suffer silently and let the Department exploit this cadre more and more!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Postings in PS Gr.B cadre

Circle Office, Bhubaneswar has issued following orders of postings in PS Gr.B cadre.

Sri K P Parida, AD(Inv/PG/MM/Sty), CO, Bhubaneswar is transferred and posted as SPOs Bhadrak Division in the vacancy caused due to ad hoc promotion of Sri B Jena as Manager, PPP, Bhubaneswar.

Sri Surendranath Panda, ASP I/c, Phulbani is given ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre and is posted as AD(Inv/PG/MM/Sty), CO, Bhubaneswar

Sri Prasan  Kumar  Patra, ASP(OD), Cuttack South Division is given ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre and is allotted to Sambalpur Region against the post of SPOs Keonjhargarh which is vacant due to ad hoc promotion of Sri B G Satapathy as SSPOs, Koraput.

Posting in the post of IP, CSD, Bhubaneswar

Ms. Suman Garg, a native of Haryana who had qualified in  SSC Exam in 2006 as a candidate for direct recruitment to the IP cadre is posted as IP, CSD, Bhubaneswar against the vacant post.

AIAIASP of Orissa Circle Branch welcomes Ms. Garg to IP cadre in Orissa Circle.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Supply of Laptops to Sub-Divisions

Laptop HPImage via Wikipedia
Laptops have started reaching the Sub-Divisions in Orissa. While Laptop (HP Brand) is supplied by M/s Agmatel India Pvt Ltd, Printer and MS Office Software will be received directly from HP. The Laptop is already loaded with Anti-virus.

It is mentioned by Agmatel that their Service Engineers will undertake installation of the Laptop for which they have reportedly made spot-visit schedule.
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GS writes to DG(Posts) on GP Issue

General Secretary AIAIASP has written to DG (Posts) on 24.06.2010 on the issue of GP and has handed over the letter to the Director (SR). A copy of the letter so written is reproduced below for information of members. Orissa Circle has advised the GS to meet DG(Posts) in the matter.

No.CHQ/ASP/SCPC Dated 24.06.2010

The Director General
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi 110 001

Sub: Upgradation of grade pay to the cadre of Inspector Posts-reg.

Ref: Directorate No.4-12/2009-PCC Dated 22.03.2010

Respected Madam,
This Association has submitted five memorandums so far to Directorate requesting upgradation of grade pay of posts of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendent Posts on 07.04.2008, 10.10.2008, 16.11.2009, 14.12.2009 and 04.01.2010. Detailed discussions on the above subject was held with the DDG(Est.) on 05.04.2010 and the Association has agreed for merger of posts of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendent Posts with the revised grade pay of Rs.4600/- for the merged posts. Our members are very anxious to know the present position of the case. As the Chief Executive of the Association, I have the responsibility to keep all my members informed about this important issue. Since no response is forthcoming from Directorate, our members are very much frustrated. It affects their efficiency and achievements of targets. Hence, I request you to intervene and intimate this Association about the present status of the subject matter.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,
(Roop Chand)
General Secretary

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Postings in JTS Gr.A Grade

Sri Balaram Jena, SPOs, Bhadrak Division is given ad hoc promotion to JTS Gr.A grade and is posted as Manager, Postal Printing Press against the existing vacancy.
Sri B G Satapathy, SPOs, Keonjhar Division is given ad hoc promotion to JTS Gr.A grade and is posted as SSPOs, Koraput Division in the vacancy caused due to retirement of Sri M K C Patra.

Orders to this effect have been issued by CO, Bhubaneswar on 01.07.2010

Change of portfolios of two Members of Postal Services Board

Directorate has issued orders on 01.07.2010 changing the portfolios of two Members of Postal Services Board as follows:
Mrs. Indira Krishna Kumar now Member (Personnel) is posted as Member (Planning)
Sri P K Gopinath now Member (Planning) is posted as Member (Personnel)