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Notification for Launch of 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011 Issued

Notification for Launch of 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011 Issued

In accordance with the decisions taken by the Government on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), headed by Smt Shyamala Gopinath, the then Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Notifications on changes made in various small saving schemes except 10-Year National Savings Certificate, have already been issued on 25th November 2011.

The Notification for launch of new savings instrument, namely 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011, has been issued on the 29th November, 2011.

The major highlights of this scheme are as follows:

· Investments in Certificate will earn Interest at the rate of 8.7% p.a. compounded semi-annually.
· On investment of Rs. 100, the depositor will get Rs. 234.35 on maturity of the Certificate.
· This Certificate will be available in the denominations of Rs. 100, Rs. 500, Rs. 1000, Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000.
· There is no upper limit for investment in the Certificate.
· This Certificate can be transferred from a post office where it is registered to any other post office and it can be pledged as a security.

The scheme will come into effect from 1st December 2011.

For details, please visit: this link.

HISTORY OF CASUAL LABOUR SYSTEM IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS OUR TASK.

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN IST ALL INDIA CONVENTION AT TIRUPATHY

13TH & 14TH NOVEMBER 2011.

HISTORY OF CASUAL LABOUR SYSTEM IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS OUR TASK.


The system of engaging casual labour is in existence in the dept since undivided P & T department. Due to many struggles by the then NFPTE organizationally and legally in the year 1987 Honorable Supreme Court intervened and gave a land mark judgment on how wages are to be paid and regularization has to be made. Basing on that department of personal & training issued orders. Even before the judgment DOPT issued orders vide OM no 49014/18/84-esstt (C) dated 7-5-85 for one time relaxation to absorb casual labour against regular group D vacancies even though they were not recruited through employment exchange and also made it clear that future engagement should be through employment exchange only. In spite of this engagement of new casual labours is continued with out adhering to the conditions laid down by the DOPT.


After the supreme court verdict department of posts issued an order vide no 65-24/88-spb I dated 17-5-89 declaring all mazdoors, casual labours, contingent paid staff daily wager, daily rated mazdoor and outsiders are to be treated as casual labours. It was clarified in the same order that those who work for not less than 8 hours a day are full time casual labours and those who work less than 8 hours are part time casual labours. These casual labours will have priority in absorption as group D after the non test category group D and extra dept agents. The eligibility criterion was fixed as 240 days engagement in a year for full time casual labours and 480 days engagement in 2 years for part time casual labours. In spite of this orders the regularization of full time and part time casual labors was not done in many divisions.


The issue of regularization of full time casual labours as group D was a demand fought by the P&T trade union movement i.e. NFPTE for a long time. The dept of posts again issued an order called as ''grant of temporary status and regularization scheme" in the year 2001. The scope was further increased vide orders dated 1-11-95 extending the eligibility date from 29-11-85 to 10-9-93. After granting temporary status and working for 3 years in that status they will be treated on par with temporary group D even though group 'D' posts are not in existence.


The Para 1 of the dept of posts orders dated 12-4-91 states that temporary status would be conferred on those who have rendered continuous service of at least one year with 240 days (206 days in administrative offices) is taken as one time measure by the authorities to deny other casual labors who complete this conditions as and when they could get 240 days of engagement in a year subsequent to issue of these orders. This interpretation is arbitrary and unjustified. Because of this interpretation thousands of full time /part time casual labors who have completed this condition in subsequent years are not allowed to be conferred the temporary status and the consequential benefits due to lack of vacancies even though temporary status was conferred they could not be regularized. As per the earlier orders of the dept of posts the part time casual labours who have rendered 480 days in 2 years are to be converted into full time casual labours. This benefit is taken away by the dept in the subsequent orders there by they were denied of temporary status and consequent benefits. But dept of telecommunications extended the scheme and implemented in 1997 but similar extension is not allowed in the dept of posts so far even though both are under the same ministry of communication and IT.


Subsequently Honorable CAT Hyderabad in OA no 389 delivered judgment to grant temporary status to all those FTCLs who completed 240 in a year and PTCLs who completed 480 days in 2 years. But dept approached Honorable Ap High Court and the High Court upheld the decision of the honorable CAT in its judgment on 8th September 2010 by dismissing their writ petition filed by the dept. but till date the same is not been implemented resulting in compulsion on the casual labors to file contempt of court suite. After filing contempt of court suit hurriedly department approached hon'ble supreme court and filed SLP WHICH WAS DISALLOWED by the apex court. After such hectic continued process only department granted temporary status to those employees who won the case. This clearly shows how department is adamant towards casual labor working in the department and dealing the issue of casual labours.


Wages : As per the directions of the honorable supreme court vide its verdict in 1987 the wages of part time/ full time casual labour are to be revised from 1-1-2006 i.e. from the date of effect of implementation of 6th pay commission report to regular employees. But orders were issued for revision of wages of casual labours that were conferred with temporary status but even though a long gap is there orders were not issued in respect of full / part time casual labours. in some circles even payment of DA to the contingent employees on pre revised wages which was paid regularly was stopped in the name of clarification from directorate. Payment of arrears file is tossing from one section to other on the plea of not receiving the information from circles.


Instead of issuing orders for revision of wages all of a sudden one order were issued to all cpm'sg to out source these cadres. This is nothing but violation of fundamental rights given by the constitution of India and naked violation of honorable apex court full bench judgment. Against this immediately NFPE responded and gave a programme of call attention day on 10-2-2011 and chelo cpmg office on 03-03-2011. Directorate issued modification order restricting this to only administrative offices. On the immediate intervention of NFPE only this was stopped.


Daily rated mazdoors: a new section of casual employment called as daily rated mazdoors came into existence in the department of posts. They are employed in mail business centers i.e. almost in every mail offices and for clearing the arrears of data entry. They are attending to the duties of Pas and SAs i.e. sorting of letters, booking of speed post articles and data entry. No uniform procedure is being followed through out the country in respect of their wages. A uniform rate has to be fixed through out the country.


Keeping in view the above situation the FOLLOWING DEMANDS are to be highlighted for early settlement along with the issue of implementation of revised wages from 1-1-2006


DEMANDS


1] REGULARISE ALL PART TIME,FULL TIME CASUAL LABOURERS AND GRANT ALL benefits INCLUDING PENSION AND ENSURE JOB SECURITY TO ALL EXISTING CASUAL, CONTINGENT & CONTRACT WORKERS.


2] Revision of wages of all full time / part time casual labours and payment of arrears from 1-1-2006.


3] The condition of 1-9-93 in respect of FTCL / PTCL for absorption against the vacancies of MTS has to be removed keeping in view the AP HIGH COURT judgment which stated clearly that all PART TIME CASUAL LABOURS WHO WORKED FOR 480 DAYS IN TWO YEARS SHOULD BE TREATED AS TEMPORARY STATUS CASUAL LABOUR FOR THE PURPOSE OF ABSORPTION WITH OUT ANY CONDITIONS THOSE WORKING UPTO 2010.


4] Fixing of uniform rates to daily rated mazdoors who are attending to the duties of PA /SA on the minimum of their pay.


5] Ftcl/ptcls are to be given priority against gds vacancies before giving open notification honoring the assurance given by the department at the time of discussions on strike charter.


6] All the posts of PT CONTINGENT be converted as GDS and the present employees working in those posts may be absorbed as one time measure to settle the issue permanently.


7] No new casual labor be engaged further and no out sourcing in the department.


8] ISSUE OF IDENTITY CORDS TO ALL THE CASUAL LABOURS


9] REVISION OF HOURLY RATE OF SHORT DUTY STAFF ON PAR WITH 6TH PAY COMMISSION WAGES



The number of casual workers is increasing day by day due to the policy of privatization in every sector including central govt organizations. It is the duty of the organized working class to organize these sections and bring them into the working class movement. Confederation of central govt employees and NFPE took a decision to form casual labours union. Still many circles are lagging behind in forming state level organizations. Till now in west Bengal Andhra Pradesh Kerala and UTTARANCHAL circles state level units were formed. In some circles like Tamilnadu efforts are going on. Nfpe federal executive decided to conduct ALL INDIA CONVENTION at TIRUPATHY to form ALL INDIA UNION. Accordingly all India union was formed today in this convention with the name as "ALL INDIA POSTAL CASUAL, PART TIME, CONTINGENT & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION" so that the process of forming state level committees will be speeded up and the most down trodden will be brought under the banner of NFPE. Unless circle unions of nfpe took steps effectively the task will not be completed. Hence all the circle co ordination committees of the circles are requested to take it as a serous task and circle unions may be formed and brought under the banner of THIS FEDERATION to strngthen the working class movement in DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.


Without fulfilling this task we cannot achieve the objective of united strength in postal wing which is the only way for settlement of demands of entire postal workers.


Casual Labor Union Zindabad

Nfpe Zindabad

Workers Unity Zindabad


--
M.Krishnan
Secretary General NFPE

Notification for Launch of 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011




Notification for Launch of 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011 Issued
In accordance with the decisions taken by the Government on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), headed by Smt Shyamala Gopinath, the then Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Notifications on changes made in various small saving schemes except 10-Year National Savings Certificate, have already been issued on 25th November 2011.

The Notification for launch of new savings instrument, namely 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011, has been issued today, the 29th November, 2011.

The major highlights of this scheme are as follows:

o  Investments in Certificate will earn Interest at the rate of 8.7% p.a. compounded semi-annually.

o  On investment of Rs. 100, the depositor will get Rs. 234.35 on maturity of the Certificate.

o  This Certificate will be available in the denominations of Rs. 100, Rs. 500, Rs. 1000, Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000.

o  There is no upper limit for investment in the Certificate.

o  This Certificate can be transferred from a post office where it is registered to any other post office and it can be pledged as a security.

The scheme will come into effect from 1st December 2011. Details of the notification are attached herewith and can also be seen on the website of the Ministry of Finance i.e. http://www.finmin.nic.in.

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Revision of Pension under PF Scheme


Revision of Pension under PF Scheme
The pension on fixed rates is provided to the employees retiring under the Provident Fund (PF) scheme.

The Central Government had constituted an Expert Committee for reviewing the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 entirely including revision of Pension. The Expert Committee submitted its report to the Central Government on 5th August, 2010 and the recommendations of the Committee were placed before the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund [CBT (EPF)] for consideration on 15th September, 2010. The CBT (EPF) directed that the report be first considered by the Pension Implementation Committee (PIC). The PIC has since finalized its report and sent it to Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation for placing it before the CBT (EPF) for taking a final decision in the matter.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today

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Insurance Coverage of Workers


Ministry of Labour & Employment

Insurance Coverage of Workers

PIB: As per BPL survey, 2002, there are about 6 crore estimated BPL families (a unit of five) in the unorganised sector. Initially, it was proposed to cover all the 6 crore BPL families under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) providing for smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30000 per family per annum. However, the experience shows that only about 60% of BPL families become available for enrolment. As such about 3.6 crore BPL families are to be covered under the scheme. It is the endeavour the government to cover all such families by 2012-13.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

Permanent and Temporary Workers


Permanent and Temporary Workers

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According to the survey conducted by National Sample Survey Office during 2009-10 and the information collected under the Employment Market Information Programme of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the total number of workers in organised and unorganised sectors was 2.87 crore and 43.7 crore respectively, in 2009-10. Information on permanent and temporary workers in the country is not maintained separately.

The details of average daily earnings (in Rs.) of the workers are as follows as per Labour Bureau Report, 2007-08 on Average Daily Earnings:

All India : 186.86
Public Sector : 398.67
Joint Sector : 377.76
Private Sector : 182.11


In order to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage was mooted on the basis of the recommendations of the National Commission on Rural Labour (NCRL) in 1991. On the basis of increase in the Consumer Price Index, the Central Government has recently revised the National Floor Level Minimum Wages to Rs.115/- per day with effect from 01.04.2011.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

Recognising Labour Union


Ministry of Labour & Employment

Recognising Labour Union



PIB: Labour is placed in the concurrent list of the Constitution and both the Central Government and State Governments are designated as the ‘appropriate Government’ in respect of areas of their jurisdiction. In the Central Sphere, there are clear guidelines/ directives for verification of membership of Trade Unions for purpose of granting recognition to the majority Union. In the Central Sphere, no recognition is pending, for the want of proper guidelines and directives.

Verification of membership of Trade Unions operating in organizations falling under the jurisdiction of State Government are carried out by the respective State Government. Hence, the details of disputes are not maintained by the Central Government.

Under the Code of Discipline, a Union may claim to be recognized as a representative Union for an industry in a local area if it has a membership of at least 25% of the workers of that industry in that area. If there are several Trade Unions in an industry, the one with the largest membership would be recognized as the majority Union. The procedure for verification of membership of Trade Unions operating in an establishment is laid down in the Code of Discipline. There is no specific procedure laid down in the Code of Discipline for verification of membership of Trade Unions operating in an industry in local area.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

Encouragement - a story


sharing a STORY INSPIRED ME TODAY


Encouragement


Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his room-mate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline
could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Then unexpectedly, a sinister thought entered his mind. Why should the other man alone experience all the pleasures of seeing everything while he himself never got to see anything? It didn't seem fair. At first thought the man felt ashamed. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and he found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window - that thought, and only that thought now controlled his life.
Late one night as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running in. In less than five minutes the coughing and choking stopped, along with
that the sound of breathing. Now there was only silence-deathly silence.
The following morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take it away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped
himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would
have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
Epilogue. . . . You can interpret the story in any way you like.
But one moral stands out: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.

Enhancement of rate of various allowance by 25% when da goes up by 50%

Controller General Of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road ,Palam, Delhi Cantt.-110010
No An/Xi/V/14162/6th Cpc/Corr./Vol-Xii
Dated 24. 11.2011
To
All PCsDa/CsDa
Subject :enhancement of rate of various allowance by 25% when da goes up by 50%
A number of references have/are been /being received in this HQrs office regarding enhancement of rate of various allowance by 25% consequent upon increasing rate of da beyond 50%. The case has been examined in this HQrs office with reference to the recommendation of 6 th cpc which has been accepted by the govt .and it has been decided that the rate of following allowances will automatically be increased by 25% with effect from the date on the which the dearness allowance went up by 50% i.e. 01.01.2011
Sl .No
Allowance
No.&.date
1
Special compensatory (Remote Locality)
2
Special compensatory (hill area) allowance
3
Bad climate allowance
4
Project allowance
5
Daily allowance on tour
6
Millage for road journey by taxi/own car/auto Rick saw/own scoter/bicycle etc.
7
Transportation of personal effects
8
Schedule/tribal area allowance
9
Cycle (maintance)allowance
10
Washing allowance
2. it is therefore requested to all concerned that necessary action may be taken accordingly
This issues with the approval of jt CGDA(AN)
(R.K. Bhatt)
For CGDA

REVISION OF PENSION-Q&A LOK SABHA

(a) whether the Government had issued a notification for revision of pension of those Government employees who retired before 2006;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) the time by which the pension of the retired Government employees is likely to be revised; and
(d) the details of norms for revision of pension and the likely benefit to each pensioner?
ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office . (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)
(a) to (c): Yes, Madam. Instructions for revision of pension, with effect from 01.01.2006, of pre-2006 Central Government civil pensioners were issued vide Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare’s Office Memorandum No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A), dated 1st September, 2008. These orders provided for payment of the revised pension and the first instalment of 40% arrears by the pension disbursing authorities by 30th September, 2008. This date was subsequently extended up to 30th November, 2008 vide Office Memorandum No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A), dated 14th October, 2008. The remaining 60% of arrears of pension was ordered to be paid by 30th September, 2009 vide Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare’s Office Memorandum No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 25.08.2009.
(d): The above mentioned orders provided that the pension/family pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners would be consolidated with effect from 1st January, 2006 by adding together :-
(i) the pension/family pension as on 31.12.2005
(ii) dearness pension, where applicable
(iii) dearness relief upto AICPI (IW) average index 536 (Base year 1982=100) i.e. @ 24% of basic pension/basic family pension plus dearness pension as admissible.
(iv) fitment weightage @ 40% of existing pension/family pension.
The orders further provided that the revised pension, in no case, shall be lower than fifty percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale form which the pensioner had retired. In the case of HAG+ and above scales, this would be fifty percent of the minimum of the revised pay scale.
SOURCE- LOK SABHA

Raising the Retirement age of Central Government employees

Raising the Retirement age of Central Government employees

Union Minister of Labour and Employment Shri.Mallikarjun Kharge has given the answers to key questions raised by Shri.P.Viswanathan in the Lok Sabha regarding the raising of retirement age for Central Government employees.

Questions :
(a) Whether the Government proposes to raise retirement age and retirement pension in private sector in the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government has issued any directions to implement the above recommendations;

(d) if so, the details thereof ; and

(e) the time by which the above proposals are likely to be implemented?

Answers :

(a) & (b): There is no such proposal at present.

(c) to (e): Do not arise in view of the reply given above.

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SEEKING RELIEF-Sr.POSTMASTER EXAM

SEEKING RELIEF-Sr.POSTMASTER EXAM

The department has issued orders vide No. A- 34012/6/2011-DE dated 03.10.2011 scheduling Sr. Postmaster examination to be held on 31-12-2011 without notifying the number of vacancies and other pre-requisites for conducting exam to keep these orders under the ambit of set rules. So much so the ASP & HSG-I (IP Line) officials are not notified eligible for this examination though they born on the same gradation list and IP is the feeder cadre for further promotion for all purposes and not ASP/HSG-I which is simply a non functional post. The Association is running from pillar to post for justice but all in vain. All of you will agree that department is not taking any action on the representation submitted by association to Directorate for relief. Rather all these have thrown into turmoil. The department is also not acting as per recruitment rules framed and notified. Hence, we do not have any other option except to knock the door of court for relief. Followings are the grounds.
1. PS Group ‘B’ Recruitment Rules 1987 amended from time to time are still in force and without amendment of these rules, the Postmaster recruitment rules 2010 can not come into force and Sr. Postmaster exam should not be held.
2. As per PS Group ‘B’ rules 1987, the 866 PS Group ‘B’ posts are to be filled up by promotion in the manner (i) 94% (814 posts) from amongst officers holding the post of IPs and (ii) 6% (52 posts)from General line official through LDCE.
3. In the year 1993 after consulting the then body of the association, above said rules were amended and the quota of 94% was further bifurcated into 75% and 19%. Whereas 6% quota was already in vogue. On the basis of these rules total posts in different quota is as under:
Total Number of Posts
866
NO. of 75% IP line posts to be filled through Seniority cum fitness
649
NO. of 19% IP line posts to be filled through LDCE
165
NO. of 6% General line posts to be filled through LDCE
52

4. As per para 6 of the Postmaster recruitment rules 2010 and in the natural justice, the effect to 116 Sr. Postmaster Post should be in the following manner:
Total Number of Posts
116
Effect on 649 posts in view of recruitment rule 1987
NIL
Effect on IP line posts to be filled through LDCE 75% of 116
87
Effect on General line officials to be filled through seniority cum fitness
29

5. The distribution of remaining posts in PS Gr. ‘B’ should be in the following fashion:
Total Number of Posts
866-116 =750
No. of 75% IP line posts to be filled through Seniority cum fitness
649
No. of 19% IP line posts to be filled through LDCE as per roster in vogue.
165-87 =78
No. of 6% General line post to be filled through LDCE
52-29 =23
6. Association letter no CHQ /PS Gr. ’B’/2011 dated 04.07.2011where in detailed proposal regarding distribution of quota under each category was submitted to the Department for consideration and implementation in the interest of both IP Line and General Line officials but nothing has been done by the Department in this regard so far.
7. That another representation to post 29 PS Group ‘B’ officers out of 52 (6% quota) officers including those who have been declared successful in the PS Group ‘B’ Exam-2011 as Sr. Postmaster,was also given so that legal implication can be avoided but on this representation also no action has been taken.
8. That in view of various orders passed by Hon’ble CAT, department is also legally bound to calculate the vacancies as per rules. Dte. order no 11-15/2007-SPG dated 7-01-2009 issued consequent upon decision of OA No. 657/HP/2007 refers. The recently announced OA No. 399/PB/2011 has orders to promote IPs under respective quota only.
9. That the calculation of vacancies in any other manner can be against the principles of natural justice because reservation in promotion by seniority subject to fitness was introduced in 1972, subject to the some condition. In 1974, reservations in promotion by selection from C to B within B and from B to the lowest rung of Group A were introduced provided the element of direct recruitment does not exceed 50%. Contrary to this, in the notification dated 22.11.2010, all 87 posts [75% of 116] earmarked for Senior Postmaster are ordered to be filled through examination. Instead these should be part of 19% roster meant for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination. Thus, the action of respondents stand vitiated.
10. That it has been mentioned in para 5 of the said letter, that initially constitution of various grades of Postmaster shall be done by inviting options / applications from the existing incumbents of LSG, HSG II, HSG I in post offices and Postal Services Group B including Sr. Postmaster working on regular basis in the division. The last date of receipt of option /application along with bio-data was 04.03.2011.
11. That some of the members of the Association are working on adhoc basis in Postal Services Group B and now promoted against 75% Quota should not eligible for posting as Sr. Postmaster. However, no options have been called from them being not eligible. Thereafter owing to fresh notification dated 22.11.2010, none of the senior Inspectors / Asst Supdt Post Offices, awaiting promotion or promoted for 649 posts [75% Quota] will not be eligible for opting as Senior Postmaster as 100% promotion to Senior Postmaster from Inspector line officials are through limited Departmental Competitive Examination.
12. That as mentioned above, total quota of posts in Postal Group ‘B’ services under 75% quota, 19% quota and 6% quota are 866 posts and 116 posts have been carved out from 866 pots meaning thereby that the quota has to be read keeping in view the remaining posts, which are 750 posts. In case this was not so, the respondents would have called options from the younger officials promoted and working in Postal Group B services under 19% and 6% quota. The department in their letter dated 31.5.2010 has admitted this when we sought information under the RTI Act, after the issuance of the orders dated 3.2.2010.
13. That when orders were issued to constitute a separate cadre of Postmasters it was stated therein “that in the wake of introduction of technology, challenges from the market and to increase productivity, it is absolutely become essential to ensure that key post offices are headed by the professional managers. Thus, in order to ensure that professionally qualified, trained and meritorious officials held the key post offices, it has been decided to introduce a separate cadre of Postmasters”. Though it has been mentioned that posts are to be carved out from the exiting general line posts, instead they have carved the posts of Senior postmaster from the total strength of PSS Group.
In view of above facts, the Sr. Postmaster examination should only be conducted as and when a vacancy arises under the respective quota. The ASPs/ HSG-I IP line Postmaster should also be allowed to appear in this examination otherwise department should withdraw the notification.   SOURCE :IP/ASP ASSOCIATION PUNJAB POSTAL CIRCLE