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Monday, August 30, 2010

Some updates

Sri Gourang Patra, who is working as AD(Philately) in Postal Directorate is reallotted to Orissa Circle. Sri Patra is likely to get officiating in JTS Gr.A post in Orissa Circle.   AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch welcomes Sri Patra to his home Circle.

The result of IP Exam 2009 will be delayed further. Now the result is expected after 15.09.2010 as learnt from reliable sources.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Modification of posting orders of one suplus IP candidate

Circle Office, Bhubaneswar  has issued orders on 27.08.2010 modifying the place of posting of Mrs. Madhusmita Padhy who was earlier posted as IP, Nayagarh East Sub-Division under Puri Division.. Mrs. Padhy is now posted as IP, Cuttack North Sub-Division under Cuttack City Division.

AIAIASP welcomes Mrs. Padhy to IP cadre.

CS writes to Chief PMG about the plights of IP line officials

Copy of the letter addressed to Chief PMG, Orissa is reproduced below for information of members.

No. AIAIASP/Corr/8-1/2010
Dated 27.08.2010

Mrs. Hilda Abraham
Chief Postmaster General
Orissa Circle
Bhubaneswar 751001

Respected Madam,
The Circle Working Committee of the All India Association of IPs and ASPs, Orissa Circle Branch met at Bhubaneswar on 01.08.2010 with the Circle President of the Association in Chair.

Among other things, the CWC observed the following:

That the Govt. has denied the much awaited upgraded GP of Rs. 4600/- to IPs while the analogous posts in other Departments/Ministries of Govt. of India have already got it since November 2010 having retrospective effect from 01.01.2006. The Department did not have whole-hearted approach to allow the benefit to IPs on par with analogous posts in CBDT/CBEC and other Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India as it evident from the stand taken in OA No.381/2010 in the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench. Without getting the proposal approved in the Postal Services Board it was submitted to MOF which did not accept it. The Association even agreed to merger of IP and ASP cadres for facilitating grant of GP of `4600/- to IP cadre. But the Department’s response was cool. This situation prompted two enthusiastic IP line officials in Kerala Circle to file an OA before the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench. It was hoped that the Dept would facilitate upgradation of GP so that IPs will be relieved of the anxiety and anguish over the injustice meted out to them. Instead, the Department rather played spoilsport by opposing the OA tooth and nail. On the top of it, in a sort of accusation, the Department has mentioned that the IPs have mislead the Hon’ble CAT with their unreasonable demand. After implementation of MACPS, the IPs are now getting GP which is equal to that of Overseers of Mails. An IP with Grade Pay of Rs.4200 is awaiting at least 27 years in normal course to get PS Gr.B status to reach a GP of Rs.4800. PAs getting 3rd MACP are now equal in Grade Pay with ASPs. The distinction of IP line officials has thus got diluted but the Department still pleads that IPs are not entitled to GP of Rs.4600. On the other hand the work pressure continues to mount on the IP line officials.

The much needed Clerical and Gr.D (now multi-skilled) assistance is denied to IPs and ASPs in Sub-Divisions. The recommendation of R S Natarajamurti Committee to post Asst. Inspectors in Sub-Divisions to assist the IPs is gathering dust without any action being contemplated by the Govt. on such recommendation. While the Department has already instituted a Committee to undertake cadre review of Gr.C staff, the Department has not done any such thing in respect of IP line officials for which there has been no cadre review since 1981.

All these are narrated to mention the real situation in respect of IP cadre officials. Though these issues have no direct solution at the level of Circle administration, the Association thought it imperative to keep the policy makers of the Department informed through the channels of your august office which has a major role in running the administration of the Department.

While the IP line officials are suffering from the ordeal of injustice on GP issue, the Circle Administration has chosen to aggravate the situation by resorting to some repressive measures in respect of a number of IP line officials. The following are some examples:

1. Sri D P Dash who was initially granted CL with headquarter-leaving permission became ill and submitted application for EL supported by medical certificate. On resumption of his duty he was first orally abused for remaining on leave and then asked to explain in writing. He mentioned his illness (supported by medical certificate) as the reason for his absence for which application for leave on medical ground was submitted by him in time. The points mentioned in his explanation are completely overlooked and his entire leave period which is supported by medical certificate has been ordered to be treated as die- non. This kind of treatment is never heard of before in the history of IP line officials in the Circle. Sri Dash is awaiting justice by filing appeal.

2. Sri Khageswar Mallick, ASP(TO) suffering from heart ailments was admitted to Aditya Care Hospital on 05.4.2010. He was not in a position to communicate. His wife informed the Circle Administration about his illness through e-mail on 05.04.2010 itself. This was followed by the written application for leave sent through messenger. Phonic information about his absence from duty was received by the Group Officer. On joining after a week Sri Mallick submitted his proforma leave application supported by medical certificate. But Sri Mallick was asked to explain his ‘unauthorised absence’. Sri Mallick explained everything in detail. But his submissions were not accepted and he was warned in writing for not taking prior approval for absenting himself. Even when the official was suffering, that too from a major health problem supported by proof of medical tests, he was not spared of the written warning. It is still not understood how an official can forecast his admission to hospital in emergency and seek prior approval for leave in such cases.

3. In yet another incident Sri Mallick has been issued with written warning for not taking steps to trace out Mobile Internet Instrument during the period in which he was away from his duty for treatment of his heart-related ailments. He submitted in his explanation that after he returned from leave he traced the instrument out when he was asked to do so. But his submissions were ignored and he was issued with a written warning casting aspersions on his integrity.

 4. Sri K P Parida, who is now officiating in PS Gr. B cadre is known for his integrity and absolute loyalty to the administration having won Dak Sewa Award to his credit. But he was branded as a notorious element and relieved from his assignment of AD (Staff) on the very date of communication of transfer orders. Further he was forced to join in his new place of posting at Bhadrak without being allowed the chance to avail his normal transit time.

5. Smt. Arunabala Mohanty was given ad hoc promotion to officiate in the post of ASP (HQ) of Bhubaneswar Division for 11 months. But to avoid expenditure on TA she was reverted to IP cadre within two months of her officiating as ASP, even though vacancy in ASP post was available in other station [namely, the post of ASP (OD) in Cuttack City Divn] to accommodate another reverted ASP. Smt. Mohanty has now refused the officiating offer to ASP cadre having suffered from the ignominy of reversion without her fault.

 6. Some ASPs now officiating in PS Gr. B cadre have been issued with recorded warning for no fault of theirs. Some outsiders recruited as PAs could not join induction training due to want of sufficient time to proceed to training centres. No time was left with the Divisional Heads to make alternative arrangements. But the genuine problems cited in the explanations were ignored.

7. As a rule Group Officers are competent to grant CL to IPs and ASPs working under them. Now, Group Officers are no more empowered to grant CL to IPs and ASPs. CL is taken in exigency and emergency. But the IPs and ASPs are asked to wait till grant of CL is formally approved by DPS / Chief PMG in file. IPs/ASPs are made to wait till the file (put up in another case of IP/ASP applying CL) returns to the Section. Submission of application on the date prior to date of CL is insisted upon without taking into consideration the emergent circumstances in which CL is applied for.

8. The Administration does not lose any time while issuing warning and chargesheets to IP line officials. But welfare measures and encouragement take the backseat. Sri Tarini Ch. Padhi, IP Aska Division was served with communication dated 17.12.2008 to receive Dak Sewa Award for the year 2007. Two years have passed by in the meanwhile. But there is no initiative to give away the award though the association had raised the point through written communication on 13.10.2009 (copy enclosed vide Annexure-I). The fate of Dak Sewa Award in the Circle for the years 2008 and 2009 is also not known.

9. Recently posting orders for two lady IP officials have been issued. They are the surplus qualified candidates IP Exam 2008 who were supposed to work outside home Circle. But as a special case, Directorate allotted them to home Circle so that they could overcome their domestic problem. But they have been shown no mercy in their home Circle and have been posted to places where they will have no option but to remain separated from family. This runs counter to the guidelines issued recently by Govt. of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions O M bearing F.NO.28034/9/2009-Estt.(A) dated 30.09.2009 (copy vide Annexure-II), which has the spirit of encouraging women’s representation in all cadres of Govt. Service. There are a number of vacancies to accommodate them in nearby places but their posting to inconvenient places has made one candidate to represent not to take up the IP job. The result of IP Exam 2009 is awaited shortly which could have taken care of the vacancies where the lady officials are posted now. But in the name of administrative needs, their genuine domestic problem was overlooked. While the vacancy in IP cadre is growing such instance will only help increase the vacancy further.

10. As on now Orissa Circle has around 50 physical vacancies in IP cadre posts. The existing IPs are taking extra burden of the work of vacant posts without extra remuneration. The request of the Association made in writing on 13.10.2009 (vide Annexure-III) to retain the surplus qualified candidates of IP Exam 2008 of Orissa in the home Circle was ignored without taking up the matter with Directorate. Though it is leant that your goodself has now taken initiative to get the surplus candidates of Orissa allotted to home Circle, it is too late. Some IP line officials being put to unbearable work pressure of additional posts for indefinite period have come up with the thought of raising human right issues.

The aforesaid instances are just indicative and not exhaustive. There are several other instances which are not mentioned here. It is observed that the actions as in the case of Sri K Mallick and Sri D P Dash, to cite examples, were not warranted by administrative expediency but were followed as repressive measure in the name of administrative discipline. The Association has observed that the Circle Administration is taking a posture towards IP cadre which is seemingly harsh, rigid, unhelpful and insensitive. It is also apparent that the Circle Administration is following a deliberate method to spoil whatever little career prospect is available to the IP line officials. It is to be seen how far these action will help to motivate the IP line officials who are continuing in a demotivated state due to discrimination on GP issue.

The IP line officials are known for their loyalty to the Department and are working hard beyond their normal working hours to implement the plan and policies of the Department. They are always at the service of the senior officers to help carry out day to day duties. In Sub-Divisions the IP line Officials discharging their duties braving many adverse situations. But the Association has observed that the loyalty of the IP line officials are taken for granted. The Department has now paid back the loyalty by vehemently opposing the upgradation proposal of GP of IPs while the news of granting upgrdation to several cadres in different ministries of the Govt of India, beyond 6CPC recommendations is now a regular feature.

As per the decision in the CWC meeting, I wish to bring the aforesaid instances to your kind notice with the hope that your goodself will look into these aspects dispassionately and would like to take appropriate measures to restore confidence of the IP line officials in the Circle administration so that the restiveness which is continuing now does not grow to a situation which will bound to have a bearing on their performance and output in coming days.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,
B B Mohanty
Circle Secretary

Encl: As above

Probable time for release of result of IP Exam 2009.

Orissa Circle Branch of AIAIASP is getting a number of queries as to when the result of IP Exam 2009 will be out. It is learnt from CHQ sources that the result is likely to be out in next 7 days.

Union Cabinet approved Direct Tax Code (DTC)

The DTC Bill, which seeks to replace the archaic Income Tax Act, 1961, proposes to raise the Income Tax exemption limit from existing Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs Two lakh, highly placed sources said. The Income Tax exemption limit for senior citizens is proposed to be raised to Rs 2.5 lakh. 
Under the moderate tax slab suggested in the DTC Bill the government proposes tax rate of 
10 per cent for income between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, 
20 per cent for income between Rs 5 lakh - 
Rs 10 lakh and 30 per cent for income over Rs 10 lakh. 
Currently the Income Tax rate is 10 per cent on income above Rs 1.6 lakh and upto Rs 5 lakh, 20 per cent on income above Rs 5 lakh and upto Rs 8 lakh and 30 per cent on income above Rs 8 lakh. 
Provisions of the DTC Bill stipulating the tax rates in direct tax front including Income tax and Corporate Tax will come into effect once it the legislation is approved by both houses of Parliament. 
The government plans to implement various provisions of the DTC Bill with effect from 1st April  2011
It is learnt that the government is likely to introduce the DTC Bill soon in both houses of Parliament. After its introduction the draft DTC will be sent to Select Committee of both houses for scrutiny. 
After examining the recommendations of the Select Committee the government will move the DTC Bill for approval of Parliament in the Winter Session. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Induction training for surplus IP Candidates

Induction training for surplus IP candidates (of 2008 IP Exam) allotted to Orissa and WB Circles will start on 13.09.2010 at PTC Mysore. The training is for 11 weeks upto 27.11.2010.  2 seats for Orissa and 10 seats for WB (including surplus IPs from Orissa Circle) have been allotted. Candidates are required to report at PTC by 12.09.2010 A/N.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Meeting of IPs & ASPs in Sambalpur Region

A get-together meeting of IPs and ASPs working in Sambalpur Region was organized on 22.08.2010 (Sunday) in RO Sambalpur, thanks to the initiatives taken under the leaderships of Sri B N Purohit, Sri Mukunda Behera and Sri P K Patra of RO, Sambalpur. The meeting was chaired by Sri Sreekant Kar, Circle President of AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch. Among others, CS Sri B B Mohanty, ACS-I Sri D P Nayak, ACS-II Sri S M Sukla and VP-II Sri G C Sahoo attended the meeting. A number of issues concerning IP cadre were discussed. Each member who joined meeting took part in the discussion. The members unanimously resented the attitude of the Govt. towards IP cadre and made a resolve to be a part of any agitational programme that may be decided to be held in future to protest against the harassment meted out to them. The discussion covered the following main points:

1. Increase of workload to unbearable extent while the Govt. continues to neglect IP line officials (with GP of Rs. 4200/- which is equal to GP of Overseers).

2. Keeping IP line officials busy beyond normal hours of duty in regular manner which is developing fatigue on them, besides creating problem in their domestic front.

3. Promotion to PS Gr. B cadre with no financial benefit while there is increase of workload and responsibility manifold which are discouraging factors. Ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B is all the more humiliating as the arrangement terminates after 11 months.

The CS thanked the organizers for arranging such a regional meeting which (was unique in many ways and) would serve as an encouragement for similar meetings in other places.

Some snapshots of the meeting are posted below.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

PA /SA Direct Recruitment for the vacancies for 2009 & 2010

Notification has been issued by CO, Bhubaneswar on 18.08.2010 for Direct Recruitment of 139 PAs, 24 SAs, 15 PAs(SBCO), 14 PAs(CO) and 10 PAs (APS) against vacancies in different units in Orissa Postal Circle for the years 2009 & 2010 . Last date for receipt of applications is fixed to 05.10.2010 at the concerned units.Prospectus and Forms costing Rs.25/- (per set) are available for sale at Head Post Offices and important SOs/MDGs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ad hoc promotion to ASP will take some time more

Ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre in Orissa Circle is expected next week. Vacancy position will take into account  the Gr.B nominations (supplementary list) released recently.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Application under RTI for information about time factor on duties of IPs

Shri K.S.Pai, Assistant Superintendent Posts Kundapura North Sub Division Kundapura 576201in Karnatak Circle has sought information under RTI Act about time factor of IP/ASP Work. The details mentioned in the the application can be seen by visiting the following link.

Let us wait to see the details of reply.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Swine Flu - Some advices for prevention.

Now Swine Flu has played havoc in Orissa. People are advised to visit nearest hospital if the following symptoms are noticed:
Cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, breathing trouble.

Vaccine can be taken on doctor's prescription and under doctor's supervision. 

Scientific prevention of swine flu is using household products as follows is also advised (as per SMSes doing the rounds).

  1. Inhale clove oil for 4-5 seconds
  2. Chew 1-2 cloves a day
  3. Eat raw garlic, onion, ginger
  4. Drink hot milk with 2 grams of turmeric
  5. Consume plenty of Vitamin C fruits
  6. Use nilgiri oil on handkerchiefs

Induction training to surplus IP candidates

Induction training to surplus candidates of IP Exam 2008 is scheduled to be started from 06.09.2010. Surplus IP candidates need to keep themselves ready for the training whether they have joined their places of posting or not. Formal orders asking them individually to report for the training at PTC( Mysore for Orissa candidates allotted to Orissa and WB, Vodadara for Orissa candidate allotted to Chhatisgarh) are expected soon.

In the meantime Smt. Smita Mohapatra who is one of two surplus candidates allotted to Orissa Circle has joined as IP Baripada East Sub-Division. AIAIASP welcomes her once again to IP cadre.

Monday, August 16, 2010

No change in retirement age: Government Clarifies

The Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar today informed that there is no plan to revise the retirement age for Central Government employees. After the sixth pay commission implementation, employees were hoping for the rise in pension age, as doing so can reduce the burden of the additional payment to some extent. However the government decided other stopping all the rumours associated. Shri. K. M. Chandrasekhar clarified that the government has no intentions in changing the retirement age and the current system will be followed. “I tried to find out. But there is no file in (Department of) Expenditure, no file in DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training). There is nothing. It is more of a wishful thinking,” he said in an interview. At present the retirement age for the Central Government employees is 60. He also added that there is no plan to unify the retirement age of the state government staff across the states. “The states will decide their own retirement age,” he said. All states have their own retirement age - starting from 55 years (Kerala) to 60 years (Uttar Pradesh, Assam etc). The Madhya Pradesh government teachers retire at the age of 62 years.
Source: Economic Times

Circle News

Sri Prasanna Kumar Sahoo, (IP Batch 1989 /Circle Sl. 2) who is now working as ASP(Inv), CO, Bhubaneswar has been given ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre and allotted to Berhampur Region.

Sri K S Giri on return from WB Circle has joined as Supdt, PSD, Bhubaneswar on 16.08.2010.

Ad hoc promotion to ASP cadre against vacant posts is likely to be made this week.

IP & ASPs working in units under RO, Sambalpur have arranged a get-together meeting on 22.08.2010 (Sunday) at Sambalpur to discuss about issues that concern  IP cadre these days. CS and ACS-I Sri D P Nayak will attend it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Laptops to Divisions

After supply of Laptops made to Sub-Divisions, Directorate has now initiated process for supply of Laptops to Divisions.

Gr.B Nomination

Directorate has approved nomination of 21 IP line officials for regular promotion to PS Gr.B cadre on the basis of DPC held on 23.07.2010.
Sri Sreekant Kar (Circle President of AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch) and Jeraman Deep from Orissa have got the nominations. They have been allotted to WB Circle for posting.
AIAIASP Orissa Circle Branch congratulates these officers.

The complete list is as follows:

Name of the Officer and Circle in which working
Circle to which allotted
1. Sreekanta Kar, Orissa
West Bengal
2. Abhijit Bhattachrya, West Bengal
West Bengal
3. Debyendu Roy, West Bengal
West Bengal
4. Arun Kumar Jha, Bihar
5. G.Mohana Prasad, Kerala
6. R.R.Ali, Maharashtra
7. K.M.Kumthekar, Maharshtra
8. Nirode Chandra Bhowmik, Assam
9. Binod Bihari Mandal, West Bengal
West Bengal
10. P.K.Haridas, Kerala
11. Asit Baran Sahoo, West Bengal
West Bengal
12. B.D.Kulkarni, Maharashtra
13. Md.Abdul Jalil Sarkar, Assam
14. J.M.Rathwa (ST), Gujarat
15. K.Soorappan (ST) Tamilnadu
16. Jaskaram Singh (SC) Punjab
17. Hira Lal Bitha(SC) Bihar
18. Narsi Ram Regar(SC) Rajasthan
19. Jiraman Deep(SC) Orissa
West Bengal
20. Hari Singh (SC) Uttara Pradesh
21. Ajay Kr. Kalsa (SC) West Bengal
West Bengal

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GS writes to DG(Posts) on GP Issue of IPs

A copy of the letter addressed by GS, AIAIASP to DG(Posts) as posted in the blog of CHQ is reproduced below for information of concerned.

No.CHQ/1ASP/SCPC Dated: 09-08-2010

Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy
Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

Sub: Up-gradation of Grade Pay to the cadre of Inspector Posts – regarding.

Ref: Postal Directorate No. 4-12/2009-PCC dated 22-03-2010.

Respected Madam,
This association submitted six representations requesting the Department to upgrade the Grade Pay of Inspector, Posts on par with Inspectors of CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS. Last representation was submitted on 24-06-2010. The Department had detailed discussions with our association on several occasions. Department was good enough having considered our case sympathetically and submitted the file to the Ministry of Finance duly recommended but the Ministry of Finance returned the file with observation that there is post of ASP in between Inspector Posts and PS Group ‘B’ whereas no such promotional post is available in the CBDT/CBEC & CSS and hence the post of Inspector Posts is not comparable with Inspectors, Income Tax/Excise& Customs.

2. We had detailed discussions with the DDG (Estt) on 05-04-2010 and during the discussions, it was agreed to merge the post of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendent Posts and make it comparable with the post of Inspector CBDT/CBEC. Now, it is more than 4 months have elapsed but the proposal has not been materialized so for. It has become a burning issue in all our circle conferences and our members are very much dejected and frustrated.

3. In order to keep the post attractive, it is required to upgrade the Grade Pay of Inspector Posts on par with Inspector, CBDT/CBEC. It is further brought to your kind notice that due to implementation of MACP scheme, even the Postman has got the Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- and the Postal /Sorting Assistant has got the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-. Now, new entrant in the cadre of Inspector Posts is getting less pay than a Postman who is being supervised by the Inspector Posts. It is not a healthy trend to have a defective command and control structure in the Department of Posts.

4. It is urged to take immediate steps to revise Grade Pay of Inspector Posts from Rs.4200/- to Rs.4600/- so that the anomaly created by the 6th CPC be removed to some extent and render justice to our cadre.

With profound regards,
Yours faithfully,

General Secretary


A committee has been constituted by Department of Posts to examine the issue of cadre restructuring of Group 'C' Postal employees (other than Accounts Cadres). The Committee will submit its report within three months. This is in compliance with the assurance given by the Department to JCA as per their demands in the strike notice.

The Committee has no representation from IP /ASP Cadre. Orissa Circle Branch of AIAIASP has requested CHQ to write to Secretary (Posts) to take AIAIASP into confidence if any decision is taken affecting the interest of IP cadre.

The copy of the Dte order is reproduced below:

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhawan
Parliament Street
New Delhi – 110001

No. 1/4/2010-SR
Dated: – 6th August, 2010

Subject: - Secretary (P)’s meeting with Postal Joint Council of Action on 12.07.2010 – Item No. 6 – Cadre Restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees, other than Accounts Cadres – Constitution of a Committee

This has reference to minutes of Secretary (P)’s meeting dated 12.07.2010 circulated vide No. 08/02/2010-SR dated 14.07.2010 on the above-mentioned subject.

2. As per decision taken in regard to item No. 6, dealing with cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees, other than Accounts Cadres, a Committee comprising the following is constituted to examine the issue.

DDG (Estt) - Chairperson
Official Side
DDG (P),
Director (SPN)
Staff Side
Shri. K. V. Sridharan, GS, AIPEU Gr. ‘C’
Shri. Giri Raj Singh, GS, AIRMS & MMS EU Group ‘C’
Shri. D. Kishan Rao, GS, NAPE Gr. ‘C’

Shri. D. Theagarajan, General Secretary of National Union of RMS & MMS Group ‘C’ will attend the meetings of the Committee as an observer.

3. The Committee will submit its report within 3 months of its formation.

(Subhash Chander)
Director (SR & Legal)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Posting of two PS Gr. B officers on modification of earlier orders

The following PS Gr.B officers who are reallotted to Orissa Circle are given posting orders as follows, in modification of their earlier posting orders.

Sri K S Giri is posted as Supdt, PSD, Bhubaneswar
Sri P K Maikap is posted as AD(FS), CO, Bhubaneswar

Broadband connection to Sub-Divisions

On 09.08.2010 Directorate has allotted fund @Rs.2500/- for each Sub-Division for provision of broadband connection. Instruction has been issued by Directorate to utilise the amount by 31.08.2010. In  Orissa Circle 94 Sub-Divisions (including 6 RMS Sub-Divisions) to which Laptops have been supplied recently will get broadband connection. 1914 Sub-Divisions across the country will be covered under the provision.

Revaluation of Answer Papers- Instruction issued by Directorate based on judgment pronounced by Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Copy of the Dte letter is reproduced below:

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & I Technology
Department of Posts
(DE Section)
Dak Bhawan Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110116

No.A-24018/10/2010-DE Dated: 02 08.2010

1. All Heads of Circles
2 Add. D G APS, West Block III, Wing No.5, RK Puram New Delhi-110067
3. BD and PLI Directorate
4 .Director s, Postal Staff College India, Ghaziabad and PTCs

Sub: Revaluation of answer papers Judgment pronounced by Hon1ble Supreme Court in the Civil Appeal No (s) 897 of 2006 and 907 of 2006 between Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Appellant) and Mukesh Thakur & Anr. (Respondents)


I am directed to enclose copy of the subject cited judgment of Hon. Supreme Court of India.

2. Consequent on introduction of RTI Act 2005 and the directions of the CIC to supply photocopies of answer papers to the candidates, filing of Court cases in the Tribunals has increased enormously. Various CAT Benches are also directing the Department to get the answer papers revaluated .On filing writ petitions in the High Courts against the orders of the CAT Benches, the High Court are also disposing off the cases saying that they don't want to interfere in the matter. It is stated that Rule 15-Appendix-37 of Postal Manual Volume-IV clearly stipulates "Revaluation of answer scrip is not permissible in any case or under any circumstances". Thus it is not permissible to consider requests of candidates for revaluation after declaration of results as it will not only cause great inconvenience to the examination process and also cause hindrance to the administration in the absence of vacancies of particular category viz, OC, SC,ST etc under departmental quota but also be against the sprit of ibid Rule.

3 .It may be seen that representations requesting for revaluation of answer papers are being received in this office specifically pointing out the following grievances:
(i) Particular answer(s) were not evaluated.
(ii) Excess attempted answer (s) was not evaluated.
(iii) For the some answer (s), the examiner awarded marks to one candidate and to another candidate no marks were assigned or the answer struck off as wrong.
(iv) All the answers were evaluated but justified marks were not awarded by the examiner.

4. The issues indicated at (i) to (iii) above are justified and need to be examined by the competent authority to find out the facts and if the calm of the candidate appears to be genuine, revaluation may be got done by an independent examiners in such cases and further necessary action may be taken. In so far as the issue indicated at (iv) above, there is no need to consider such requests and merits rejection at the initial stage itself.

5. In the similar situation in the Civil Appeal No(s) 897 of 2006 and 907 of 2006 between Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Appellant) and Mukesh Thakur & Anr (Respondents), Hon. Supreme Court of India has upheld the plea of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission rejecting the request of a candidate for revaluation .In the light of the judgment of Hon. Supreme Court , it is requested to review all pending court cases filed in various CAT Benches/High Courts by the candidates of various departmental examinations seeking directions for revaluation and declaring them as successful on the pretext that the evaluation was not done properly by the examiners and file suitable interim replies in the courts producing the copy of the Supreme Court judgment seeking dismissal of the cases . All pending representations received from the applicants seeking revaluation of answer papers covered item (iv) of para 3 above may also be disposed off at the Divisional/Regional/Circle level as the case may be without forwarding the same to this office.
6. This issues with the approval of Member (P).
7. The receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.
Yours faithfully,
(L Mohan Rao)
Assistant Director General (DE)

CHQ News

News about latest position of important posted in the CHQ blog is reproduced below for information of all concerned
Latest Position about Grade Pay to IP
The GS visited Postal Directorate on 03.08.10 along with Shri.S.Ravi former CHQ Treasurer and met Director General (Posts) , DDG (Est.) and DDG(P) and had discussion on merger of posts of IP & ASP and revision of higher Grade Pay to IP. The file is with Joint Secretary & FA. The file will be put up to Postal Services Board after clearance by JS& FA.
Supplementary DPC for Group B
Supplementary DPC for promotion to PS Group B for the year 2009 has been held on 23.7.2010. Promotion cum allotment orders for around 22 IP/ASP is likely to be issued very soon.
IP/PS Group B examination result
The result of IP exam held on 3 - 5.1.2010 is expected by the end of this month. After announcement of IP result, It will take another few months for release of Group B examination result.
Induction Training for Surplus qualified IPs & Direct IPs
Lists of Surplus IP qualified candidates for the year 2008 and additional qualified candidates for the year 2007 have been released by the Directorate. Induction training for these candidates will be started during the month of October 2010.
Circle News
The Circle Conference of Maharashtra Circle was held at Nagpur on 3 & 4 .7.2010. GS attended the conference. Shri. Mukund Badwe, Offg. AD(Estt & Mail), R.O. Mumbai and Shri. Vilas Ingale ASP(Phil), C.O. Mumbai have been elected as Circle President and Circle Secretary respectively. CHQ congratulate the new Circle Body and extends its full co-operation.

The 39th Circle conference of Tamilnadu circle was held at Thanjavur on 5 & 6.8.2010. GS attended the conference. Shri.M.Balakrishnan, ASP, R.O, Madurai and Shri. S. Rajendra Babu ASP, Salem East Sub Dn. have been unanimously elected as Circle President & Circle Secretary respectively. G.S congratulates the newly elected Circle Body and extends its full co-operation .

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ad hoc promotion to ASP Grade

Posting on ad hoc promotion to ASP Grade in Orissa is expected in coming week. The matter got delayed as a number of IPs expressed unwillingness for the ad hoc promotion for which willingness was called for from more number of IPs.

Sri J Deep declined the ad hoc promotion to PS Gr.B cadre. Sri P K Sahoo, ASP (Inv) is likely to be offered the ad hoc promotion in place of Sri Deep. Now there is one vacancy in Berhampur Region.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Posting of Medical Officer in Postal Dispensary, Berhampur

Dr. Pritam Roy (a native of WB) has been posted as a Medical Officer in the Postal Dispensary, Berhampur. With joining of Dr. Roy, the strength of Medical Officers in Postal Dispensary, Berhamnpur will rise to two. AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch welcomes Dr. Roy to Orissa and congratulates him on his new posting.

Postings in IP Cadre

The following posting orders have been issued by CO, Bhubaneswar on 04.08.2010.

1. Smt. Smita Mohapatra, PA, now on deputation to PSD Bhubaneswar is posted as IP, Baripada East Sub-Division
2. Smt. Madhusmita Padhy, OA, Divisional Office, Bhubaneswar is posted as IP, Nayagarh East Sub-Division
3. Sri Priya Ranjan Parida, IP(Direct Recruit) is allotted to Sambalpur Region .

AIAIASP, Orissa Circle Branch welcomes these officials to IP cadre.

Updates on CAT case in Ernakulam Bench for upgradation of GP of IPs

The case is posted to 01.09.2010 for hearing. In the meantime, the applicants are preparing to file rejoinder to the Counter Affidavit. If any member has any suggestion, the same can be communicated to e-mail Id:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Sri Ajay Kumar Patra (born on 03.04.1964), IP Cuttack North Sub-Division under Cuttack City Division passed away on 02.08.2010 night. Sri Patra had histrory of prolonged illness from blood cancer. Some months ago he  received indoor medical treatment in Kalinga Hospital Limited, Bhubaneswar. He responded to treatment and was discharged from the Hospital. He even resumed his duty some days after he was discharged from the Hospital. On 02.08.2010 he was brought to SCB Medical College & Hospital in a very critical condition. This time luck was not in his side.

It is to mention here that Orissa Circle Branch Association had raised some funds to assist Sri Patra in his medical treatment. An amount of Rs.33252/- collected from donors was paid to him already.

Sri Patra is survived by his wife, one son (studying at the undergraduate level) and one daughter (studying at High School level).

Orissa Circle Branch of AIAIASP mourns the sad demise of Sri Patra and expresses deep condolence to the bereaved family. May the departed soul rest in peace in heavenly abode.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CAT case for upgradation of GP of IPs to Rs.4600/-

As mentioned earlier the OA No.381/2010 in the Hon'ble CAT Ernakulam Bench is posted for hearing on 03.08.2010. In the meanwhile the CPMG, Kerala Circle has filed the counter on 28.07.2010 on behalf of the Respondents. The Govt. has opposed the OA tooth and nail mentioning that the IPs are not eligible to get GP of Rs.4600/-. All eyes are now on the outcome of the OA in the Hon'ble CAT.
The points which the Govt. has mentioned in the Counter against the OA can be seen by visiting the link:
Sri Permanand Kumar, the Applicant in the OA has invited comments & suggestions to enable him to file rejoinder. He can be contacted through e-mail Alternatively, suggestions can be posted in the blog below the posting on the subject.