Eligibility of officials qualified in Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination

No. 4 – 29 / 2011 – SPB.II

Government of India

Ministry of Communication & I T

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg

New Delhi, Dated 24th August, 2011


The Chief Postmaster General

Uttar Pradesh Circle

Lucknow – 226 001

Subject: Inspector of Posts Departmental Examination – Eligibility of officials qualified in Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination – Reg.


I am directed to refer to Circle Office letter No. Rectt / M – 20 / IPOs Exam.-2011 / 3, dated 11.08.2011 on the above subject and to say that candidates who qualified the Departmental Postmaster Grade – I Examination and the officials who are undergoing training for Postmaster Grade – I may be permitted to appear in the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts ( IPO ) to be held on 3-4 September, 2011 , if these officials are not yet appointed as Postmaster Grade – I.

Yours faithfully,


( D K Chanda )

Section Officer ( SPB.II )

Copy to all Heads of Postal Circles / Postmasters General


A- 34012/02/2011-DE

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(Recruitment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi – 110001

Dated 30.08.2011


1. All Heads of Circles

2.Addl. DG APS West Block III. Wing No. 5, R. K. Puram, New Delhi – 110067

3.BD and PLI Directorates

4.Directors, Postal Staff College India Ghaziabad and Postal Training Centres

Sub: - Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LGO) and Inspector of Postal Examination, 2011


I am directed to refer to this office letters No. A-34012/02/2011-DE and No. A-34012/04/2011-DE dated 26.04.2011 wherein the dates of Examination were notified as 4th September 2011 for LGO and 3rd & 4th September 2011 for Inspector of Posts.

2. It is informed that the above mentioned two Examinations have been postponed until further orders. The dates of both the Examinations will be intimated very soon. Please inform all concerned candidates.

3. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

Yours faithfully


(L. Mohan Rao)

Assistant Director General (DE)

Sanction of Child Care Leave: Instructions regarding

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010
No. AN/XIV/19404/Leave Matters/Vol. III
Dated 25- 8-2011
Sub: Sanction of Child Care Leave: Instructions regarding
     Consequent upon the implementation of 6th CPC, Child Care Leave to Women Employees of the Central Govt. was introduced w.e.f. 1st September 2008 vide DoP&T OM No.13018/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 18-11-2008.
2.  DoP&T vide their OM No.13018/2/2008-Estt(L) dated 18-11-2008 have further clarified on the subject that Child Care Leave for women employees is meant to facilitate them in taking care of their children at the time of need. However, it should not disrupt the functioning of Central Govt. Offices. It was further clarified by DoP&T that CCL cannot be demanded as a matter of right and under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior approval of leave by the leave sanctioning authority.

3.  Instances have come to the notice of this HQrs office, where CCL has been used as a means to dodge unpalatable postings or to avoid functioning in a specific office/section and even to proceed abroad, rather than for the purpose for which CCL was introduced. This goes against the spirit of the Govt. orders on the subject. There have also been instances where even IDAS officers have left their offices ‘in anticipation" of sanction of the CCL.
4.  In view of the above, it is requested to all PCsDA/CsDA that the cases of CCL granted to the employees under their jurisdiction may please be reviewed and ensured that the CCL has been genuinely granted for the purpose for which it is meant. It may also be impressed upon all concerned that proceeding on CCL without sanction constitutes misconduct and will invite disciplinary proceedings against the official concerned.
This issues with the approval of CGDA.
Please acknowledge receipt.

(Rakesh Sehgal)
Download OrderSource:

RBI Licence for banking

our post office could soon don a bank’s role too

Dept To Seek Cabinet Nod & RBI Licence

Surojit Gupta TNN

New Delhi: Your friendly neighbourhood post office may soon be your bank as well, with the department of posts working on a plan to get a bank licence. It is expected to approach the Cabinet for approval of its proposal, and officials say once the plan is shown the green light, the department will formally seek a licence from the Reserve Bank of India.

If the plan is approved and India Post gets to start its banking operations, it has the potential to emerge as one of the biggest banks in the country thanks to its massive network and reach. India Post, the largest postal network in the world, has a network of 1.55 lakh post offices out of which nearly 1.4 lakh are in rural areas. It already has 23.75 crore individual savings bank accounts and offers a whole range of financial services such as postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services.

“It will fulfill the UPA’s agenda of financial inclusion if we are a full-fledged bank. We have a huge network and wide reach in rural areas,” Sachin Pilot, minister of state for communications and information technology, told TOI.

Globally, there are several successful examples of post banks. In France, its postal service, La Poste, started banking operations ‘La Banque Postale’ in 2006. In 2007, it had more than 11 million postal banking accounts and accounted for almost 25% of the postal service’s turnover. Similar examples are visible in Italy and Germany. The banking operations of Post Italiane has helped it return to profit and expand its network.

Analysts say India Post needs to diversify its activities from the loss making postal services. Since post offices already accept deposits, it will be a good idea to enable them to branch out into full-fledged banking activities. However, they say, the best practices must be adopted to improve efficiency.

SPREAD SHEET 1.55 lakh Post offices nationwide, biggest postal network in the world. 1.4 lakh of these are in rural areas 23.7 crore No. of postal savings accounts. Post offices already offer insurance, pension and money transfer services 811 ATMs at post offices soon for postal & other customers ATMs for 1,000 cr part of India Post’s upgrade plan

New Delhi: According to experts, improving efficiency is a must if India Post is to succeed in its proposed banking operations. “Post offices are losing heavily due to internet and other alternatives that have emerged. They already have some experience of banking and it will not be a bad idea to help them enlarge their activities. But the cadres need training to improve efficiency,” said D H Pai Panandikar, president of RPG Foundation, an economic think tank.

The department of posts has embarked on a drive to revamp its functions and modernize its network and is finding ways to generate revenues. Minister of state for communications and IT Sachin Pilot said as part of the image makeover, 811 ATMs would be procured at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. “We plan to issue debit cards to our customers who can then access cash from these ATMs. We are also tying up with other banks so that customers of different banks can use this facility,” Pilot said. The ATMs are expected to be rolled out by the end of March 2012. Core banking facilities are likely to be available in 4,000 branches once the networking of all post offices is complete. Pilot said the network of post offices is expected to be linked to enable roundthe-clock transaction facilities for customers. It will tie up with various government departments, ministries and state-run firms to maximize its revenues.


High Court of Bombay in its Order, dated 11-06-2010 Treating RTPs with all consequential benefits including seniority and pay fixation

Employees recruited as Postal Assistant in Reserve Trainee Pool Scheme(RTPS) of Postal Department are entitled to be paid the same salary and emoluments per mensem as are being reserved by the Postal Assistant wef the date of their appointment other benefits are subject to their regular absorption in the Postal Department.

Facts: There are 9 Applicants who are Postal Assistant in the Reserve Trainee Pool of Postal Department earlier, they filled an O.A. which was disposed by the Tribunal with a direction to the Respondents to grant the Applicants benefit of regularization, seniority, pay scale, etc. from the initial date they were appointed as P.A. under the reserve Trainee Pool Scheme. That order was passed on the basis of earlier order of Jabalpur Bench of the Tribunal in O.A. NO.82 of 1986,dated 16-12-1986.That order was challenged in High Court which remitted the case back to Tribunal to give separate reasons for regularization ,seniority and salary from the date of their appointment under the Pool Scheme. In view of the above, the earlier order of the Tribunal was reconsidered in the review. But the Applicants were not present. Respondents were heard.

All the nine applicants were appointed as P.A. under the RTP Scheme in 1980.That scheme was withdrawn in 1986. But before that some RTP persons approached the Jabalpur Bench of the Tribunal by the filing T.A. No. 82 of 1986 for the relief which as allowed. That TA was disposed of by Jabalpur Bench. The important point to be noted in the order at para.13 concisely are; (i) To review the policy to stop recruitment/ absorption of person against regular Postal Assistant(ii) None are inducted as P.A. from other wing of Postal Department till the petitioners therein are absorbed against regular posts(iii) No fresh appointment of RTP are made till the policy of recruitment is reserved (iv) The cases of the applicants are considered for absorption on the basis of Circular, dated 30.10.1980 by forming a Screening Committee. Further it was held to keep parity of the RTPs with Postal Assistant in regular posts in regards to salary, etc. The Provision of Circular, dated 30.10.1980 in so far it relates to payment of hourly rates of wages to employees in RTP is discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 16 of the constitution. RTP are to be paid the same salary and allowances as was given to Postal Assistants. This order is subject to regular absorption of those RTPs.

The above orders when challenged it was dismissed by Supreme Court also.

The main oreder in T.A. NO.82 of 1986 filed in Jabalpur Bench is the direction of the respondents to treat the Applicants(RTPs) as regular Postal Assistant form the date of their appointment as RTP with all consequential benefits of seniority, pay fixation. They are allowed monetary benefits from the date of filing this O.A.

The Tribunal reconsidered their earlier orders. The Jabalpur Bench in T.A. No.82 of 1986 granted salary and emoluments to be paid to RTPs same as regular P.A. from the date of their appointment. But the Bombay Bench in respect of 9 Applicants herein to treat them as P.A. from the date of their appointment under RTP Scheme with all consequential benefits including seniority and pay fixation. To this extent there is a contradiction in the order of the Bombay Bench.

The Appointment of RTPs herein appointed long back is not disputed. Evidently all the Applicants herein were granted all the consequential benefits from the date of absorption, admitting that the Applicants herein are placed similar to Applicants in O.A. No.82 of 1986.With the above details, the reconsideration of these case as ordered by the High Court of Bombay in its Order, dated 11-06-2010, these OAs are allowed by directing the Respondents to extend the present nine Applicants same relief as granted to the Applicant in T.A. No.82 of 1986 decided by Jaballpur Bench on 16-12-1986 and upheld by Supreme Court by Order, dated 11-05-1988 by dismissing the SLP No. 11313 of 1987 preferred by Union of India against the order of Jabalpur Bench of Tribunal.

Thus all nine OAs are partly allowed in the terms of the above direction.

Courtesy:- Swamys news August 2011

No need to file IT Return for annual Income up to Rs 5 Lakhs

New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) - As many as 85 lakh salaried tax payers with an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh will not have to file income-tax return from now onwards, a Finance Ministry official said "No income-tax returns would be required for salaried persons earning up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. We would notify this in first week of June," outgoing Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes Sudhir Chandra told reporters here.The scheme would be applicable from assessment year 2011-12 onwards. This means that the salaried persons eligible under the scheme would not have to file returns for the financial year 2010-11 in 2011-12 (assessment year). However, such tax payers would have to file return if they want to claim refunds, Chandra said.

source : PTI news



Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel
(Launch Date : 01-August-2011)

Holiday home site is getting ready for use. Online registration and other services at this( website will be available from 01-August-2011. Through this (, from 1st August 2011 onwards you will be able to register for new applications and see the status of applications registered in previous version.

Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 27th June, 2011


Subject:- Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

The birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh has been shifted from 5th January 2012 (15 Pausha 1933 SE, Thursday) to 31st December 2011 (10 Pausha 1933 SE Saturday). Modification had been made on the basis of amendments in the critcrion of the festival falling on Lunar tithi - Pausha Sukla Saptami instead of Solar Date of January 5. Accordingly, there will be Restricted Holiday on 3lst December, 2011 on account of birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh.

2. Hindi version will follow.

(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)

New Procedure for holding DPCs.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated :11.03.2011

Subject : Procedure to be observed by the Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) – Model Calendar for DPCs and related matters – Regarding.
The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No.22011/5/86-Estt(D) dated 10.04.1989 containing consolidated instructions on DPCs. These instructions inter-alia provide that the DPC’s should be convened at regular intervals (by laying down a time-schedule for this purpose) to draw panels which could be utilised for making promotions against the vacancies occurring during the course of a year. This enjoins upon the concerned authorities to initiate action to fill up the existing as well as anticipated vacancies well in advance of the expiry of the previous panel by collecting relevant documents like Seniority List, Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs), etc. for placing before the DPCs.
2. The above instructions have been reiterated vide this Department’s O.M. No.22011/9/98-Estt.(D) dated 8.9.1998. In these instructions, it has been further stated that delays in promotions result in considerable frustrations amongst the officers, thereby adversely affecting their morale and overall productivity. As a remedial measure, it has been suggested that all Ministries/Departments provide for a time schedule for convening DPCs. A time schedule for convening DPCs was prescribed with the objective of ensuring that the prepared panel is utilized as and when the vacancy arises during the course of the vacancy year. It has been prescribed that in all cases requiring approval of ACC, administrative action for convening DPCs is initiated at least 81/2 months before the commencement of vacancy year and that DPCs are held at least 4 months before the commencement of the vacancy year. In other cases where approval of ACC is not required, it has been prescribed that DPCs should be held at least two months before the commencement of the vacancy year. A model calendar was also prescribed for DPCs. It was expected that this time frame will be followed in letter and spirit for all DPCs.
3 . Instances have come to the notice of this Department where DPCs are not being held in advance of the vacancy year as per the prescribed schedule. Delays in holding DPCs not only affect the manpower planning in various Ministries/Departments, but also impede the career progression across the Board. Administrative delays in holding of DPCs have been viewed adversely by the Courts and is the main reason for litigation before CAT and various High Courts.

4. Non-adherence to time frame of DPCs is a matter of serious concern to the Government. Hence, all concerned cadre controlling authorities are once again counselled to ensure strict adherence to the model calendar for the DPCs as circulated vide this Department’s O.M. dated 8.9.1998. Wherever DPCs are yet to be held for the vacancies arising in the year 2011-2012, the same may be completed by 31.3.2011 and for future vacancy years, the time frame referred to in Para 2 above may be strictly complied with.
5. All Ministries/Departments are also advised to immediately nominate an officer of the level of Joint Secretary as the designated authority for ensuring timely holding of DPCs and to certify adherence to the model calendar for all DPCs in the Ministries / Departments.

6. Hindi version will follow.
(Smita Kumar)
Director (Establishment-I)


Copy of DOPT letter is reproduced below:No.21011 / 1 / 2005 – Estt. A ( Pt. III ) Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dated the 19th May, 2011
            Subject: Maintenance and preparation of Annual Performance Appraisal  reports communication of all entries for fairness and transparency in public administration.

           The undersigned is directed to draw attention of the Ministries / Departments to this Department’s OM No.21011 / 1 / 2005-Estt.(A. Pt. II) dated 14.5.2009 by which the system of communicating the entries in the APAR from the  reporting period 2008-09 onwards for representation if any was introduced. The Competent Authority to consider the representation shall decide the matter objectively based on the material placed before him within a period of 30 days from the date of (the receipt of the representation. The Competent Authority after due consideration may reject the representation or may accept or modify the APAR accordingly. In this Department's OM of even number dated 13.4.2010, it was further decided that if an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 which would be reckonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPCs contain final grading which are below the benchmark for his next promotion, before such ACRs are placed before the DPC, the concerned employee will be given a copy of the relevant ACR for his representation, if any, within 15 days of such communication. It may be noted that only below benchmark ACR for the period relevant to promotion need be sent. This OM dated 13.4.2010 specifically provided that in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR, specific reasons therefore may also be given in the order of the Competent Authority. Since the provisions of the above OM dated 13.4.2010 are applicable only for future DPCs where the recommendations will be implemented prospectively from the date of assuming charge of the higher appointment, the provisions will not be applicable to retired officers.
2.                 The UPSC has brought to the notice of this Department that in the DPCs being-held under the aegis of the Commission, orders of the Competent Authority do not contain specific reasons for such upgradation in a number of cases. Such orders cannot be termed as disposed off in a quasi-judicial manner as laid down in the aforesaid OM dated 13.4.2010. Grading an officer below the bench mark by the DPC in such cases on the ground of upgradation being without giving sufficient reasons is prone to avoidable representations.
3.                    In order that the DPC proceedings are held on schedule and without any necessity to over look the decisions given by the Competent Authority while upgrading the grading in the APAR without specific reasons and justifications , all Ministries / Departments are requested to kindly bring to the notice of the Competent Authority while forwarding the representation against remarks in the APAR that the authority may decide on the representation in an objective manner within 30 days of receipt of the representation and give specific reasons in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR as per provisions contained in this Department's aforesaid OM dated 13.4.2010.
(C.A. Subramanian)
 All Ministries / Departments of Government of India.

Notice for Departmental Examination in 40 days only.

Directorate vide Memo No. A-34020/12/2011.DE dated 04/03/2011

Subject : Amendment in Rule 2 of Appendix No. 37 – Rules relating to Departmental Examinations, Part-I-General-Postal Manual Volume IV.

          Note below Rule 2 of Appendix 37 of P & T Manual Vol. IV may be read as under:-

          “The advance notice of a minimum period of 40 days should ordinarily be given for every departmental examination”.
(L. Mohan Rao)

CBS Software expected soon - No more Sanchay Post Software will be purchased

Directorate has issued letter No F.No.76-01/2010-SB dtd 25.5.10 and as per the letter, Sanchay Post software will not be purchased and CBS software will be installed. The letter is reproduced below for information.

The undersigned is directed to say that on the recommendations of a committee constituted to review utility and capabillity of Sanchay post software in the light of proposed CBS, Accrual Base Accounting and compliance of prevention of Money Laundering (PML)/combating of Financing Terrorism (CFT) norms, the competent authority has taken the following decisions:-

1.There will be no further expansion of Sanchay post software. The post offices for which legal copies of the sanchay post CDs have not yet been purchased will continue to work on manual system.

2.No further CD of Sanchaya Post system will be purchased from Datanet System.

3.Software Development Centre Chennai operating from O/O CPMG, will maintain the software at its present level and no further modifications or enhancements will be carried out in the software.

4.SDC, Chennai will help the probable system integrator in data migration to proposed CBS software.

5.After implementaion of CBS in 4000 major post offies, the remaining departmental offices will be shifted to a lower version of CBS with centralized database system.

This issues with the approval of DDG (FS)

Expected DA from July-2011

Additional Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees and pensioners will be enhanced by 7% from July-2011. The Cabinet Committee will decide by the second week of the September,2011. 

7% Rise in DA/DR for Central Government Employees/Pensioners

1. For all the Central Government Employees/pensioners, there would be a rise of 7% in DA /DR to, which would result in the overall DA / DR of 58% from 1.7.2011 - as per calculations below (as per Calculation based on All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100).

Every month government has announced All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial
workers, according to the price of commodities.

Month & year Price Index with base year
2001 = 100
July 2010 178
August 2010 178
September 2010 179
October 2010 181
November 2010 182
December 2010 185
Jan 2011 188
Feb 2011 185
March 2011 185
April 2011 186
May 2011 187
June 2011 187 (Assumed)
(considering MKT situation)
Total 2201/12
Average 183.416

3. With effect from 01.01.2006, Dearness allowance is granted to compensate the price increase above 536 points Base Year 1982=100),(115.763 points Base Year 2001=100).

4. The half yearly rise in DA/DR is granted on the basis of average price index of 12 months prior to 1st January/1stJuly

5. As per above table, the total of twelve month average price index prior to July 2011 =2199The twelve month average price index for the period as per above table.= 183.416

6. Subtract 115.763 from 183.416which works out to 67.653 It is a rise over 115.763 as on 31.12.2005 (with respect to base year 2001=100). Calculate the percentage rise by multiplying (67.653) with 100 / 115.763. It works out to 58.441

7. The fraction is to be ignored. The whole number only is to be considered. So the DA/DR admissible with effect from 1st July 2011 is 58% thus arise of 7% over 51% already being paid.

8. DA/DR with effect from 1/7/11

Average all India inflation index 183.416-115.763 = 67.653x100 divided by 115.76 = 58%

Directorate revised Syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Sr. PM (PM Cadre) & PS Gr."B"

Copy of Postal Directorate Letter no. 9-59/2010-SPG dated 21-04-2011 is reproduced below:-

Subject:-Syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Sr. PM (PM Cadre) & PS

Sir/ Madam,

This is in continuation of earlier letter of even no. dated 08-03-2011 on the subject mentioned above. Following entries are being revised in respect of Sl. No. 4 and 5 regarding Paper I of PS Gr. "B" as well as Sr. PM Examination.

Change made at
Revised entries
Sl. No. 4
Total Duration of the test will remain 3 (three) hours.
Sl. No. 5
(i)              Total Number of MCQ type Questions = 125 (100 Questions on issues relating to the Department and 25 Questions on Current Affairs ).
(ii)             Each Question of 2 marks.
(iii)          One separate Question on " Paragraph Writing " of 50   
marks. Paragraphs of 25 marks and 200 words each are to be written.

2. Aforesaid clarification may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

Director (Staff)

India Post bags Today's Traveller Award-2011

Department of Posts has won the Today`s Traveller Award for Best Customer Service Organisation for the year 2011. The award was presented by Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister of Tourism here on 23rd August 2011.

The award citation says "Department of Posts has done a commendable job in reaching every citizen of India with its path-breaking innovations. There has been a major transformation in Department of Posts’ manpower development, whereby both the front and back office staff and the entire personnel make sincere efforts to understand and address customer`s needs, respond to their inquiries/complaints and provide efficient and reliable services with a good degree of enthusiasm." 

Inspector Posts Examination will be held on 3/9/2011 and 4/9/2011

The vacancy position of Maharashtra Circle for Inspector Posts Examination for the year 2011 is as under:

OC : 19

SC : 04

ST : 02

Total : 25

Postmaster Cadre... Allotment of Posts

Directorate vide its order No. 13-2/2010-PE.I dated 25.11.2010, directed the Chief PMG's to identify the Head Post Offices / Sub Post Offices where the Postmasters of respective grades in each of the identified offices are to be deployed. During Identification, preference will be given to Head Post offices, Mukhya Dak Ghars, Offices identified for Core banking Solution, major delivery offices and offices located in prime locations serving as face of India Post. The decision once taken by the Chief Postmasters General would be final and no change in future would be permissible without consulting the Directorate.

The allotment of posts made in each grade to Maharashtra Circle are shown as under;

Sl.     Grade in PM                      Total posts in Country                       Posts allotted
1.       Senior Postmaster...............  (116 Posts)... .............................Yet to receive.
2.       Postmaster  Gr. III .............  (495 Posts............................. ... 58 posts
3.       Postmaster Gr. II   .............. (511 Posts).................................60 posts
4.       Postmaster Gr. I  ................ (2097 Posts)...............................300 posts

At present following 19 posts in HSG-I grade are manned from ASP cadre.
Postmaster -- Andhri HO, Chembur HO, Chiplun HO, Jalna HO , Jalagaon HO,  Kamthi HO, Karad HO, Kolhapur HO, Khamgaon HO, Malegaon HO, Nanded HO, Panvel HO,  Ratnagiri HO, Shivaji Nagar HO, Shrirampur HO, Wardha HO.
Dy Postmaster-- Pune HO.
Sub Postmaster -- Mandvi SO and Nariman Point SO.

58 HSG-I posts are allotted to Maharashtra Circle, whereas  16 HPOs in HSG-I  (IP Line), 2 SO (HSG-I IP Line) and one Dy. Postmaster (HSG-I) IP Line grade are in the Circle. There are number of HSG-I SOs also in the Circle. We hope that, administration may retain all the above said 19 posts to our cadre. 

Deptt. introduced .......POSTMASTER Cadre.

Directorate vide their letter No. 4-17/2008-SPB-II dated 22/11/2010 has issued orders for introduction a separate cadre of Postmasters comprising the following grades by carving out the posts from existing General Line posts as orders in their letter No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dated 3/3/2010.
1. Senior Postmaster (116 Posts) - Rs. 9300-34800 + 4800 GP
2. Postmaster  Gr. III (495 Posts - Rs. 9300-34800 + 4600 GP.
3. Postmaster Gr. II (511 Posts) - Rs. 9300-34800 + 4200 GP.
4. Postmaster Gr. I (2097 Posts) - Rs. 5200-20200 + 2800 GP.

The recruitment rules of the above stated grades have been framed and notified.  the number of posts in various grades of the Postmaster carved out of the existing General Line posts in various Postal Circles will be issued by Directorate separately.
Selection criteria for Postmasters Cadre is as under :
I. A separate cadre of Postmasters has been created at the level of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I and PS Gr. B by carving out the cadre from the existing General Line Cadre posts in Postal Wing and PS Gr. B and designated as Postmaster Gr. I, Postmaster Gr. II, Postmaster Gr.II and Senior Postmaster.

II. Initial constitution of the various Grades of Postmasters shall be done by inviting options/applications from the existing incumbents of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I in post offices and PS Gr. B.

III. In subsequent years all the vacancies in Postmaster Gr. I shall be filled up through a Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, from amongst PAs with 5 years regular service in the grade.

IV. All the vacancies in Postmaster Gr.II posts shall be filled up by promotion from amongst Postmaster Gr. I with 6 years regular service in the grade (including regular service in LSG, if any).

V. All the vacancies in Postmaster Gr. III posts shall be filled up by promotion from amongst Postmaster Gr. II with 5 years of regular service in the grade (including regular service in HSG II, if any).

VI. 25% vacancies in the grade of Sr.Postmaster will be filled up by promotion of Postmaster Gr. III with 2 years of regular service in the grade (including regular service in HSG I,if any) and 75% by Inspector of Posts (IPOs) with 6 years of regular service in the grade on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE).

VII. The officials in PS Gr. B and Senior Postmaster (Gazetted) would be eligible for induction in IPoS Gr. A on the basis of a consolidated eligibility list.

Options / applications along with bio-data will be called for from the willing officals holding the posts in the equivalent grades for appointment as Postmaster grade I, II and III respectively.  Once an official submits his application he will not be allowed to withdraw the same. The applications received from officials will be placed before Screening Committee for assessing their suitability based on their ACRs and vigilance clearance provided they attain the minimum bench mark of 'Good'. Time line also framed by the Directorate.  Last date for receipt of options / applications along with bio-data  is 15/1/2011. Appointment orders will be issued on 16/3/2011 and selected Postmasters will be deputed for training.

Incentive Structure For Procurement of RPLI Business w.e.f.01.10.2009

RPLI business (Direct Agents (RPLI), FOs/GDS & other RPLI Sales Force) 

(a) 10% of First Year premium towards the RPLI policies procured by them w.e.f.01.10.2009    
(b) 10% of total incentive paid to GDS to SDI/ASP- in First Year only.   
(c) 2.5% of renewal premium income collected by them in respect of those policies procured on or after 01.10.2009

Additional Commission of 1.5% of premium shall be paid to the Group Leaders/ Entrustees for collecting premium towards 1000 or more such RPLI policies procured on or after 01.10.2009  
Source :Directorate of PLI(26-02/2009-LI Dated: 18.09.2009) 


The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that the Department has a well-established procedure and mechanism for settlement of the grievances of its employees. Personal grievances of the employees are addressed by the administrative units concerned on the basis of receipt of such representations. There is a system of regular meetings with the service unions at Divisional, Regional and Circle Levels for redressal of operational grievances. Periodic meetings also take place at the Directorate level with the national representatives of the Unions to discuss operational issues.
The department takes requisite action with respect to employees grievances based on the representations and through the regular meetings.
The Department of Posts does not issue Railway Pass for RMS employees/families. Department of Posts provides a metal token to the RMS employees traveling in the trains for the purpose of carriage of mail as a proof of identity.

Recommendations of Expert Committee on expedition the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings

The Government is considering a set of proposals to cut the time taken to penalise delinquent Government officials including sacking of officials found to be involved in corruption.
The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings. The Committee has made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing time taken in conducting and concluding disciplinary proceedings against government servants. In its Report, the Committee has recommended :
·Creation of panels of Inquiry Officers from amongst both serving and retired government servants and enhancement of remuneration for conducting inquiries;
·Prescribing a time limit of two months for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries;
·Dispensing with second stage consultation with CVC;
·Dispensing with consultation with UPSC in minor penalty disciplinary cases;
·Setting up of Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in the States;
·Introduction of Plea-Bargaining in major penalty disciplinary inquiries;
·Major penalty of compulsory retirement to include cut in pension/gratuity;
·Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after beginning of trial in a competent court;
The Report of Committee is under examination.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri. V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Railways take Steps to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Scheme

Ministry of Railways
Railways take Steps to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Scheme
With a view to reduce the scope for misuse of Tatkal scheme, the following steps have been taken:-
i)    Access to Tatkal booking on all days and normal booking on the opening g day of reservation through e-tickets by the Travel Agents/Web-service agents/Web Agents of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been disabled between 0800 a.m. and 09.00 a.m.
ii)    It has been made mandatory to produce any one of the prescribed identity cards (in original) during the journey by any one of the passengers booked on a Tatkal ticket.
iii)    Instructions have also been issued that Senior Divisional Commercial Managers/Divisional Commercial Managers should conduct regular inspections of Reservation offices and also personally inspect passenger Reservation System (PRS) offices during the opening hours and take immediate steps to check the routing activities.
In addition, the following two safeguards already exist in the Tatkal Scheme:-
•    Tatkal Refund Rules are stringent to reduce chances of its misuse
. •    Change of name facility is not available under the Scheme.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Source: PIB

Latest Census of Central Govt. Employees 2011

Total Central Government Employees: 31.16 Lakhs
Railway: 45.32 %
MO Home: 22.20 %
Defence Civil: 11.35 %
Communication and IT: 7.7 %
Finance: 3.62 %
Other Ministries and Departments: 9.76 %
Regular Employees: 3.20 Lakh
Total Women Employees: 10.26.
Non Gazzetted Employees: 96 %.
Regular employees are Group C 57.80
Group D (Now Group C) 30.62 %.
Group B: 8.63 %
Group A: 2.95 %
53% of employees are living in 'C' Class and unclassified cities.
15.31 % in B2 Cities.
4.61% in B1 Cities.
11.10% in A Cities
15.66% in A1 Cities.

Small Savings Accounts in Post Offices

The number of operational small savings accounts in the Department of Post as on 30/6/2011 are 264585266 and the amount deposited therein by the common man as on June 2011 is 3728154388 (Rs in thousands) 

The number of accounts closed by customers during the last one year is 40950379. 

The collections under all small savings schemes are credited to National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) and the opening balance as per Budget Estimates 2011-12 is Rs. 7,99,386.51 crore. 

The small savings schemes continue to enjoy investor confidence as the risk-return equation of these schemes is favourable with the benefits of liquidity, accessibility, tax incentives and implicit sovereign guarantee. The Government has taken the following steps to make the small savings schemes more attractive and investor friendly:- 

The restriction on opening of more than one account during a calendar month under the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been removed with effect from 24th May, 2007. 

All categories of pensioners have been allowed to open and maintain ‘Pension Account’ under Post Office Savings Account Rules, with effect from 11th July, 2007. 

The penalty on pre-mature withdrawal of deposits under the Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) scheme has been rationalised from 3.5% to 2% on withdrawal on or before expiry of three years and 1% on withdrawal after expiry of three years. 

The maximum deposit ceilings of Rs. 3.00 lakh and Rs. 6.00 lakh under the Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) scheme has been raised to Rs. 4.5 lakh and Rs. 9.00 lakh in respect of single and joint accounts respectively. 

Bonus at the rate of 5 per cent on the deposits made under Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) Scheme on or after 8th December, 2007 upon the maturity of the deposit had been reintroduced. 

The benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been extended to the investments made under 5-Year Post Office Time Deposits Account and Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, with effect from 1.4.2007. 

A website of the National Savings Institute under Government of India, Ministry of Finance has also been launched to facilitate interface with the public through wider dissemination of information on small savings and on-line registration and settlement of investors grievances. The website address is 

This statement was given by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State Communication and Information Technology in response to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

Vehicle Registration and Driving licence to be Centralised

Vehicle Registration and Issue of Driving licenses will be Centralized soon as Highways Ministry and National Informatics Centre have launched a Centralized database for these two regulations.
Once this Centralized Computerization project is operational driving licenses will be issued in the name of Union of India using the terminals linked to the central database. This procedure will eliminate duplication work as reported by NIC.

Also, details of the automobile will only be a click of a mouse away. Officials said a gazette notification will be issued within a month to make it mandatory that all new licenses would be issued as Indian Union Driving Licence.

It is told that this Centralization process will not take away the powers of State Government as far as Registration of Vehicles and issue of driving licenses are concerned.
The idea of bringing these two regulations under a single window is to prevent anyone from getting multiple licenses from different states. Once the centralized database come in to existence every RTO can access, the same and exercise his powers registration vehicles and and issue of driving licenses. In a nut shell, the new system would eliminate usage of vehicles for destabilizing national security.

In this regard the national transport portal will work as a gateway for multiple purposes for individuals and also for states and security agencies. People can apply for Driving licence, Vehicle registration certificate and for hypothecation online. As per official statement, this system will facilitate online payment of various taxes, fees and transport charges. The vehicle owners can also get SMS alerts of their payments due for insurance and renewal of insurance.

Cluster for Posting of Inspector Cadre too!!!

Directorate has recently issued tenure for cluster in respect of Group 'A' cadre.  The officers can not serve in the cluster more than the number of years fixed. They cannot come back again if they complete the number of years fixed.  Tamilnadu Circle also planning to form a cluster to avoid working of IP cadre officials in a particular Division for years together.   Here is the letter calling for suggestions from the Regional PMs General.

Wha t is “Hierarchy ”

Wha t is “Hierarchy ”
Generally we all know that the word 'Hierarchy' means 'an arrangement of items'. The same word plays an important role among the government employees. An employee who gets promoted from lower pay-scale to higher pay-scale as a result of promotion, the formation of pay structure is called 'Promotional Hierarchy'.
It is very normal that each and every central government employee is eager to get a promotion in his service. The advancement of an employee from one grade to another grade is called promotion. That pattern of pay structure for promotion, which gives one grade to another grade with pay range is called 'Promotional Hierarchy'.
In every central government departments, various staff are working together, but their pay differs. Promotion is provided on the basis of their own promotional hierarchy of category of post. Hierarchy is not common for all employees. It maintained 'Basic Pay Structure' for every category of post in every departments. Even though, the same category of employees working in
different departments, they may have also different promotional hierarchy.
Initially in 2008, 6th CPC had recommended the new Grade Pay structure for all Central Government employees, this formation also called 'Hierarchy of Grade Pay'. This Grade Pay Hierarchy is common for all employees, but 'Promotional Hierarchy' will differ to each category. In 5th CPC, the order in pay structure was 3050, 3200, 4000, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6500.., but all the employees didn't get promotion in this order. Every department has different pattern of pay structure for promotion. This is known as 'Promotional Hierarchy'.
Erstwhile ACP Scheme was based on 'Promotional Hierarchy'.
The Modified ACP Scheme is based on 'Grade Pay Hierarchy'.
An employee getting promotion as per his 'Promotional Hierarchy', whereas an employee getting MACP upgradation as per 'Grade Pay Hierarchy'. The Grade Pay has created many anomalies within a single cadre. Hence, all the Trade Unions and Federations summarily rejected and insisted that grade pay of the next promotional post to be granted under the new MACP Scheme instead of granting next higher grade pay in the revised grade pay hierarchy. One more alternative also given by staff side in MACP Core meeting held on 25.2.2010 that the first two MACPs after 10 and 20 years should be to the next promotional post as per the hierarchy of respective department as under the erstwhile ACP scheme and thereafter the third MACP in the next grade pay of the revised pay band and grade pay.
Finally, Dopt has ordered to send the necessary information in respect of specific categories of employees where the MACPs is less advantageous that the erstwhile ACPS. It is based on the discussion with the Staff Side in 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee of MACP Scheme held on 15.03.2011. It identified more in some departments like Railways, Defence, Urban development, Home affairs and Postal.
We have tabled here for your information, hierarchy of some different category of post in various departments...
Group- C cadres existing in the Postal :-
Grade Pay
Rs. 1800 (Defunct Cadre)
Rs. 1900
Junior Accountant
Rs. 2800
Senior Accountant
Rs. 4200
Asst. Accounts Officer
Rs. 4800 (Gr.B)
The present cadre of Technician in Ordnance is as under :-
Pre-revised Scale
Grade Pay
Technician Skilled Grade
3050 - 4590
Technician Highly Skilled Grade
4000 – 6000
Technician MCM Grade
4500 – 7000
 The present cadre of Technician in Railways is as under :-
Pre-revised Scale
Grade Pay
Technician Skilled Grade
3050 - 4590
Technician Grade-I
4000 – 6000
Technician Grade-II
4500 – 6000
Technician MCM Grade
5000 – 8000
The present cadre of Technician in Railways is as under :-
Pre-revised Scale
Grade Pay
Technician Skilled Grade
3050 - 4590
Technician Grade-I
4000 – 6000
Technician Grade-II
4500 – 6000
Technician MCM Grade
5000 – 8000

The present Fire Fighting Staff Cadre structure is as under :-
Pre-revised Scale
Grade Pay
3050 - 4590
Leading Firemen
3200 – 4900
Station Officer
4500 - 7000
Asstt. Divisional Fire Officer
5000 – 8000
Deputy Divisional Fire Officer
7450 - 11500

The present Clerical grades in Ordnance is as under :-
Pre-revised Scale
Grade Pay
Lower Divisional Clerk
3050 - 4590
Upper Divisional Clerk
4000 – 6000
Office Superintendents
5000 – 8000

Pay structure
Central Secretariat Central Secretariat Stenographer service - pay structure of various levels:
Pay Band
Pay Range
Grade Pay
Stenographer Grade ‘D’
Stenographer Grade ‘C’
Private Secretary Group ‘B’
Private Secretary Group ‘B’
Gazetted after 4 years continuous service PB-3
Principal Private Secretary
Sr. Principal Private Secretary

Entry level
Grade D
Next promotion
Grade C/PA
Next promotion
Next promotion
Next promotion
Next promotion