Saturday, January 20, 2018

FNPO Organising lunch hour demonstration in front all circle office across the country on 08/02/2018. Appeal to all circle secretaries of FNPO affiliated unions.


FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS.   
T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone : 011-23321378
Ref: Strike/02/2018                                               18/01/2018
To
To
Shri A. N. Nanda, 
Chairman,
Postal Services Board,
Dak Bhavan
New Delhi 110 001.
Respected Sir,
Sub:-  Pending demands of my federation – Reg
Ref:    My federation letter dated 15/01/2018.
                                               *****************
Our federation decided to go on strike during the month of September 2017, demanding your office to consider 10 point charter of demands. Directorate appealed our federation to withdraw the agitation programme vide letter No.08-12/2017-SR dated 01/08/17(copy enclosed).  On request from the Directorate, our federation postponed the strike call.
Now, nearly 7 months have lapsed, expect Demand No.7 all other demands are still pending.
Hence my federation Secretariat decided to go to on lunch hour demonstration in front of circle office across the country on 08/02/2018.  Further, my federal secretariat met on 11/02/18 to decide further course of action on the subject.
This is for your information and requests your office to take necessary action on our enclosed demands.
                                                     
Yours sincerely,
D.Theagarajan.
Secretary General.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1) Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS Committee Report. Grant of civil servant status to GDS. Request for ‘Removal of 3-A(I) of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules, 2011Grant pension to all GDS without absorption as regular Group D – As per Principle CAT, New Delhi Judgement.
2) Granting the benefits of MACPs w.e.f 01/01/ 2006 as per 6th CPC based on the judgement of the Honourable Supreme Court.
3) Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories, i.e. RMS, MMS, P
ACO, Postmaster CadrePostal Civil wing, etc. and the demands of the National Union of Postal Civil Wing Employees
4) Implement CSI, and RICT only after providing all required infrastructure including bandwidth
5) Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA,SA, Postmen, Mailguard,Mailmen, Drivers, and Artisans in MMS, MTS, PACO and GDS.
6) Request to grant of a new scale to the temporary status MTS on par with 7th CPC.
7) Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization
8) Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th & 7th CPC and settle the other issues of casual labourers.
9) Restore OTA, OSA& Special allowance of PO & RMS Accountants.
10) One-time relaxation to the Central Government employees who have availed L
TC-80 and travelled by air, by purchasing tickets from authorities other than authorised agents.
11)Removal of ambiguity in the fixation of pay of re-employed ex-servicemen and grant of the benefit extended to commissioned officers to personnel below officer rank also
12)Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guaranteeing 50% of last pay drawn as the minimum pension.
13)Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal Department.
14)Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing&Stop move of diversion of business of P.O SB Schemes to Banks (Nationalized and Private)
15)Finalization of Recruitment Rules of AAOS IN Postal Accounts and consider the modifications suggested by NAPE-C before finalization.
No. 08-12/2017-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
                                   Dated:  01st August 2017
To,
The Secretary General,
Federation of National Postal Organisations,
T-24, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi- 110001.
          Subject Trade Union action call was given by Federation of National Postal Organisations (FNPO) in support of their demands.
Sir,
            I am directed to refer to your letter No. Strike/2017 dated 20.06.2017 on the above mentioned subject. The charter of demands has been examined by the concerned Divisions and replies to each item of demands showing the present status are enclosed herewith.
2.         As many of your demands have been settled and few are under active consideration of the Department, it is requested that the proposed agitation may be called off.
Yours faithfully,
Encl: As Above
      -sd/-
                                                                                                                     (P. S. Verma)
Director (SR & Legal)

Charter of demands submitted by FNPO vide letter dated 20.06.2017:
Sl. No.
Demands
Reply
1.
Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, Drivers,  and Artisans in MMS, MTS, PACO and GDS.
GDS: Process of online engagement of GDS has already been started to fill up vacant post of GDS in 17 Circles. Due to technical snags in the online engagement software, process in remaining Circles will be started only after process in 17 Circles will finalize.
PA/SA: Result of PA/SA for the year 2015 is kept in abeyance as the matter is subjudice. Vacancies of PA/SA for the year 2016 have already been intimated to SSC.
        LGO exam for promotion to the cadre of PA/SA for deputation to APS has been conducted on 04.06.2017.
            LGOs exam for promotion to Assistants in MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO has been held on 16.07.2017.
            In r/o other exams, viz. IP Exam 2016-17, PM Grade I and PS Group B 2017-18, LGOs to PAs/SAs 2016-17 and 2017-18, engagement of new approved Agency is in the pipeline. MoU between Department and Agency is to be signed.
            For the Postman/Mail Guard and MTS cadre exams, instructions have been issued to all the Circles to fill up the vacancies by giving top priority.
            Calendar of departmental Examinations scheduled to be held in the year 2017-18 has already been issued to all the Circles by giving tentative schedule for filling up the vacancies of decentralized examination i.e. PO & RMS Accountant Examination, LDCs to Junior Accountants in PAOs (Exam has been conducted by respective Circles), LGOs examination for promotion to Assistants of other wings i.e. MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO and other exams.
2.
Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS Committee Report. Grant of civil servant status to GDS. Request to ‘Removal of 3-A (I) of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules, 2011, Grant pension to all GDS without absorption as regular Group D – As per Principle CAT, New Delhi Judgement, Request to count service to all erstwhile GDS service to who have been absorbed as Group D/Postman – As per Principle CAT, New Delhi Judgement.
The recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee have been considered by the Department of Posts and mandatory approval is being obtained in this regard.
       As far as grant of civil servant status to GDS is concerned, it is stated that according to Rule 3-A (v) of GDS Conduct Rules 2011, a Sevak shall be outside the Civil Service of the Union. Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices Vs PK Rajamma (1977) (3) SCC held that the Extra Departmental Agents {now called Gramin Dak Sevaks} are holders of the civil post outside the regular civil services. Moreover, they are part time employees being engaged for maximum of 5 hrs a day. In the light of above legal position demand of the union cannot be acceded to.
3.
Request to grant of a new scale to the temporary status MTS on par with 7th CPC. Conversion of temporary status casual labourers into permanent as per the Directorate letter No. 25-07/2017-PE-I dated 16.05.2017.
In pursuance of the instructions issued by the Department of Expenditure, vide its O.M. No. A-11012/11-EG dated 19.12.2016, all the HoCs have been instructed, vide this office letter dated 16.05.2017, to convert the temporary posts into permanent ones up to the level of Dy. Secretary (i.e. having Grade Pay of Rs. 7600/- or less in the pre-revised scale excluding GDS posts), subject to the condition that these posts have functional justification and are in existence for more than three years. Thus, Casual labourers don’t come under the purview of this order.
4.
Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.
FS Division has informed that no new schemes are launched by that Division on behalf of DoP. The DoP is operating Small Savings Schemes on behalf of MoF.
PLI Directorate has informed that they have completed roll out of Core Insurance Solution (CIS) as on 25.01.2016 to 808 HOs and 24598 Sub Post Offices as per the information provided by Circles. Roll out of RICT has not been initiated so far. They have also informed that at no point of time any case of harassment & victimization of staff has come to their notice.
5.
Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th & 7thCPC and settle the other issues of casual labourers.
The orders in respect of minimum pay for calculation of pay of casual labourers (without temporary status) has already been issued vide this office letter no. 7-10/2016-PCC dated 31.03.2017.
6.
Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Civil wing etc. and accept the modifications suggested by NAPE-C before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’ & demands of National Union of Postal Civil Wing Employees.
The cadre restructuring of left out cadres, i.e. RMS, PACO and PASBCO is currently under examination in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. The matter of cadre restructuring of Postmaster Cadre will be examined thereafter.
         A Committee has been constituted, vide this office letter no. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 09.06.2017, under the chairmanship of Shri Charles Lobo, CPMG Karnataka Circle, to examine the issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Group C employees.
           Cadre review of MMS is under active consultation with Ministry of Finance, DoE.
7.
Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.
The CGHS facilities have been extended to the pensioners of Post and Telegraph Department by the M/o Health & Family Welfare vide O.M. No. S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)/EHS dated 19.07.2017 and the same has been circulated by the Dte. To all the Circles vide letter no. 2-3/2009-Medical dated 25.07.2017.
The issue of merger of 33 Postal Dispensaries is under consideration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
8.
Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.
The demand for withdrawal of NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) is outside the purview of this Department. As regards guarantee of 50% last pay drawn as minimum pension, it is mentioned that govt. has already enhanced minimum pension to Rs. 9000/- w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The pension of retiring employees is fixed at 50% of emoluments or average emoluments, whichever is more beneficial under Rule 49(2) of CCS (Pension) Rules.
           Government has also decided to revise pension of pre-2016 pensioners to 50% of notional pay in pay matrix of 7th CPC by fixing pay on notional basis during each intervening Pay Commission.
9.
Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal Department.
Since the Department of Posts is a service oriented Department, the decision of 5 days week lead to public inconvenience and further, to public complaints.
         This decision will also result in revenue loss to the Department as customer will go for other alternatives when Post Offices are closed on Saturday.
10.
Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.
There is no proposal of corporatization/privatization at this juncture.  The Department is making efforts to give better and competitive services to the customers specifically in the areas of insurance, banking and parcels. 


FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS.   
T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone : 011-23321378
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Circular/01/2018                                                        18/01/2018
To
All General Secretaries, FWC members and all circle secretaries of FNPO affiliated unions.
Dear colleagues,
You are aware that we proposed to issue strike notice in the month of September 2017 based on the appeal by the Department our federation decided to postpone the strike programme. Now 7 months have lapsed, no issue is settled by the Directorate as assured vide their letter No. 08-12/2017-SR  dated 01/08/2017.
Therefore, our federation has decided to organize a lunch hour demonstration on 08/02/2018 in front of all circle offices. I appeal all our affiliated union circle secretaries to organize a lunch hour demonstration on 08/02/2018. After the demonstration submit our letter to the Chairman, Postal Board through their respective Chief Postmaster General.
A copy of the letter to be submitted to CPMG is enclosed for your information.
Yours fraternally,
D.Thegarajan
FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS.
                  ************** Circle.
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Ref: Demo/01/2018                                                  08/02/2018.
To,
The Chief Postmaster General,
      Circle,
Sir/Madam,
Sub: Request to forward our federation letter.
                              ******
We the Circle Secretaries of FNPO affiliated unions are submitting this letter with a charter of demands to you requesting to forward the same to the Chairman Postal Board.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
Circle Secretary P3                                                            Circle Secretary P4
Circle Secretary R3,                                                     Circle Secretary R4
Circle secretary NUGDS.                                           Circle Secretary (ADMN)
                                             Circle Secretary NUCW.
                       
      
                       

Caste decided by birth, can't be changed by marriage: SC



HIGHLIGHTS

  • A person's caste is unalterable and can't change after marriage, the apex said
  • Woman born into upper caste family cannot avail benefits reserved for scheduled caste if she marries into an SC/ST familly: Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: A person's caste is unalterable and can't change after marriage, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, setting aside the appointment of a woman teacher who joined Kendriya Vidyalaya 21 years ago taking benefit of reservation on the ground that she was married to a Scheduled Caste man.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M M Shantanagoudar said the woman, who has now become vice-principal after serving two decades in the school, was not entitled to the benefits of reservation as she was born in an upper caste family and her caste remained so despite marrying into a Scheduled Caste family..

"There cannot be any dispute that the caste is determined by birth and the caste cannot be changed by marriage with a person of Scheduled Caste. Undoubtedly, she was born in 'Agarwal' family, which falls in general category and not in Scheduled Caste. Merely because her husband belongs to a Scheduled Caste category, she should not have been issued with a caste certificate showing her caste as Scheduled Caste," the bench said.



The woman was issued a caste certificate in 1991 by the district magistrate of Bulandshahr certifying her as of Scheduled Caste. Based on the academic qualifications and caste certificate, she was appointed as a Post Graduate Teacher in 1993 at Kendriya Vidyalaya at Pathankot in Punjab. During the course of her service, she completed her M.Ed.

Two decades after her appointment, a complaint was filed against her seeking cancellation of her appointment, alleging she had illegally taken the benefit of reservation without belonging to Scheduled Caste category. After conducting an inquiry, authorities cancelled her caste certificate and Kendriya Vidalaya terminated her job in 2015. Challenging KV's decision, she approached the Allahabad HC which dismissed her plea, and upheld her termination. She then approached the apex court for relief.

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Taking into account her unblemished service of over two decades, the SC modified the HC order and said the order of termination from service shall be treated as the order of compulsory retirement. "While exercising leniency, we have also kept in mind that she has neither played fraud nor misrepresented before authorities for getting the caste certificate... No questions were raised against her till the complaint ... came to be lodged, even when the authorities had seen the high school certificate, marksheet etc. showing her caste as Agarwal..." the bench said.