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Friday, February 23, 2007

RURAL POST- March-2007

Editorial
Subsidised to wireless, for rural connectivity why not rural Postal network?

With the government's clearance of support from USO fund for mobile operators, a unique opportunity is emerging to connect rural areas and to help them to expand their stake in the emerging knowledge economy, there is an important and wel­come new chapter in Trai's quar­terly publication of performance indicators for India's telecom sec­tor. For the first time since its inception, the document reports on status of services available in India's rural areas. Previous re­ports devoted most of their space to mobile telephones where we now add, every quarter, the equivalent of the entire rural network in the country of about 14.8 mil­lion lines. Despite the delay in reporting on rural communications, or its manifestly poor state, the more important evidence is that the regulator and the government are now engaged with the central challenge for India's telecom sector, i.e., connectivity to the over 70% India's population living in rural areas. The number of phones per hundred residents (teledensity) in these ar­eas is barely 2 % as against close to 50% in many cities. The story emerging from the document is, however, more nuanced and offers valuable clues to how adequate rural connectivity can be achieved. The report reveals that there is at least one phone in all but a tenth of India's villa­ges. The uncovered villages are probably extremely sparsely populated. So, perhaps 95 % of the population lives in a connected village.

The relevance for poorer socio economies condition especially rural areas. This too is misleading. For a start, the evidence is that the richest countries, for ex­ample, many Asia Pacific countries.

This is well established fact that Gramin Dak Sevaks is the unique service to rural population of India. This Gramin Dak Sevaks are not getting full pay or status/pension and Social Welfare Schemes, health and other benefits are denied. This is totally unjustice to the Gramin Dak Sevaks as well as Rural Population of the country. This is the need of hour to restructure the rural postal network and give good and better service to majority of rural population. The powers all along are neglecting the rural mass even in this changing scenario of socio economical conditions. The government should take proper plans and policies with human face and remove the existing gap of urban and rural area. The well established fact is that served to the 80% of population the expenditure to the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Rural Postal Employees) is below 10%(500 to 600 crore rupees out of more than 4,000 crore rupees) for rural network share in postal budget. The Government is one side giving liberal subsidy to those private Cellular operators like Reliance, Tata and Airtel for rural network, but not the GDS workers and not recognizing their as full time rural postal employees. Rural Post Offices should have full latest technology, financial centre/Knowledge centers etc.

While it is well known that they deliver increased ba­ndwidth, it is often forgotten that unique conditions in rural areas-such as lower le­vels of literacy, multiple languages, limited entertainment, poorer governance, health, education, etc - can potentially increase manifold the value of multimedia services, video conferencing, internet, etc. So, poorer people need more sophisticated tedmologies. Conse­quently the money invested may well be substantially lower in rural areas. Creative business plans and government investments – is the needed most.

Department of Posts is neglecting and denying the justice and showing stepmother treatment toward Gramin Dak Sevaks issues like bringing them under the purview of 6th CPC or constitute judicial committee. The Department desires to constitute an official committee without any reason and they want to exploit onceigain after sixty year of independent even though Gramin Dak Sevaks not getting maternity leave, pension, family pension, welfare, health scheme and due benefits even though the government of India’s policies like promote of small family norms, gratuity etc., as the port of Social welfare schemes to the workrs.

Comrades, we are aware of the present scenario. Keep the powder dry to face any eventuality. Let us march forward with the only aim to reach our desired goal.



Letter to Justice B.N.SrikrishnaThe Hon.ble Chairman, 6th Central Pay Commission

No.GDS/CHQ/3/10/2006 Dated 07-02-2007

Respected Sir,

Sub: Request for bringing the Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal Department under the purview of 6th Pay Commission.
Ref: In your e-mail reply on over previous memorandum on 16.11.2006 and 2.01.2007.

This Union expresses its deep gratitude for the above referred letter from the 6th CPC stating that the memorandum of this union for inclusion of the GDS problems of pay scale/service conditions be in the purview of the 6th CPC would be considered. We are confident that such a step would do great justice to the issue of GDS employees in the interest of the employees and the department as well. Kindly allow us an opportunity of submission of memorandum and oral hearing/evidence at the appropriate time. For we are about 3 lakh employees who are part and parcel of the department of post and the main nerve of the system serving 90,00,00,000 population of this country through 1,29,000 rural post offices.

While this is a very welcome step from your side, we are dismayed to note that the department is actually still not agreeing to the step propounded in your above letter but are considering to only appoint a separate committee headed by a departmental officer. A copy of this letter received from the department is enclosed for your kind perusal and necessary corrective action to draw the Gramin Dak Sevak’s issue to be considered by the 6th CPC itself.

I fervently appeal for speeding up such a communication to the department so that the 6th CPC itself would look into the GDS problems and the department would extend all necessary cooperation.
With profound regards,
Yours faithfully,
(S.S.MAHADEVAIAH)
General Secretary.
Encl:
Letter to Govt.

Ref;GDS/CHQ/3/14/2007 Date;08.02.2007

Shri, I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi-110001

Sir,
Sub; Counting of past services in case of promotion/
Recruitment to departmental posts.

At present no benefits of past services rendered by GDS is given to GDS on promotion to a departmental post for the purpose of pension or any other facilities where minimum service is prescribed. To be entitled to get pensionery benefits, departmental regular employees have to put in 10 years of continuous service. Even the casual labourers are entitled to get a benefit of past service to the extend to 50% and all casual laborer who enjoy temporary status and have put in 3 years of service in the departmental post are entitled to full benefits of past service.

The GDS employees are now getting a lump sum of Rs.20000/-being one time benefit for past service in GDS cadre, which is very meager and irrational. Hence in recognition of their sincere service rendered, due benefits of past service on promotion to the extent of 50% may kindly be extended to GDS officials also like casual labourers. An early decision favourable in this regard will be highly obliged sir.
Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,

S.S.MAHADEVAIAH
GENERALSECRETARY

Ref;GDS-CHQ/1/14/2007 Date;08.02.2007

To,
The Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi-110001

Sir,

Sub; Response to union communications reg.

Ref: This union communications on appointment of judicial commission and other important issues vide letters

No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Date: 30 March 2006
No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006, Date: 11 September, 2006
No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 16 October 2006
No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 01 Dec, 2006
……….

The above cited letters are yet to be acknowledged or replied by the directorate. Of late, it is seen that even such important letters are also not being acknowledged and replied to the dismay of this union. The low paid GDS employees all over the country are very eager to know the development on this vital issue.

Kindly take necessary action with a line of reply which will be highly appreciated.

Thanking you,


No. GDS/CHQ/6/2/2007-RPLI Dated: 29-01-2007


Shri, I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi – 1

Sub: - Harassment to GDS employees in the name of RPLI business in Maharashtra Circle.

Sir,

It is brought to our notice that the GDS officials of Maharashtra Circles harassment to GDS employees in the name of RPLI business by the Administration the copies of replies given in four monthly meeting by the CPMG Mumbai. There are two types of answers on the same question, regarding harassment to GDS employees in the name of RPLI.

Firstly item was taken on 25.05.2006, wherein it was replied that, there is no any kind of harassment of GDS in Maharashtra. Neither increment nor TRCA is held up but when harassment seen continued, the same question was taken in four monthly meeting on 04.01.2007 and now CPMG has agreed that, in some cases where business is not given salary was held up. The example of chandrapur Dn. Was cited, where salary of GDS employees was held up the eve of Diwali and Id Festival 2006. In this way the intention of the Maharashtra circle is deliberate one is cleared.

You are, therefore, requested kindly to advice concerned authorities to stop such practice of harassment on poor GDS employees with holding of payment and motivate the business with goodwill and encourage the GDS officials with spot payment of Commissions,

An early action and reply is solicited,

Yours faithfully,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.
Copy to ALL CWC Members



No. GDS/41/1/2006, Dated: 29-01-2007

Shri, I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi – 1

Sub.: Filling up of Residual Vacancies in LGO Exam among GDS officials-regarding.

Sir,
A kind reference is invited to this union's letter of even no. dated 09-03-04 and 07-06-2005,20-09-2005, 19-06-2006 and 16-11-2006 in which it was brought to your kind notice that the PA Recruitment Rules 1992 communicated in DG Posts letter No. 60-52/90.SPB II dated 24-9-1992, the vacancies unfilled up by departmental candidates may be filled up with GDS officials by conducting an examination.

Subsequently, after modification of recruitment rules accorded in 2002 vide letter No. 60-29/98-SPB I dated 24-1-2002, the concession granted of 10 marks has been taken back and resultantly none become eligible to appear the exam. The reduction of age for the eligibility to write the examination has also played its role.

Almost in all the circles, the vacancies in PA cadre due to non-qualifying by the departmental candidates from the year 2000-01 remain unfilled. There are more than 500 to 800 Posts in each Circles still Vacant due to non-conduct of examination among GDS officials for the unfilled up residual vacancies.

Our earlier request to remove the conditions in appearing the exam and the merited GDS Officials be appointed as Postal Assistant remains unconsidered. There are more graduate/Post graduates with computer knowledge working as GDS in the department.

If an opportunity to appear the PA Exam with the existing syllabus as applicable to GDS, many educated youths will avail and serve the department efficient.

It is therefore requested to consider and cause orders to relax the conditions and allow all GDS Officials to appear the PA Examination for the unfilled up vacancies of GDS and select based on the merit, and also to conduct examination to fill up all the vacant Posts of PAs kept unfilled up under the residual Vacancies since 2000-01 early.

A line in reply about the action taken is highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.
Copy to ALL CWC Members

Reference: GDS/41/1/2005 Dated: 29- 01-2007

Shri, P.T.S. Kumar,
DDG (P),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, New Delhi – 1.

Sub: - Non declaration result of departmental exam for GDS to PA Cadre
Against the vacancies 2000-04 in Maharashtra Circle.

Sir,

It has been brought to the notice of Union that the result of above examination has not been declared til this date. There are number of vacancies lying vacant in PA cadre and due to non availability of suitable officials from LGO’s the department offered these unfilled vacancies to GDS employees.

As per the condition mentioned in the circular issued by the divisional heads in respect of Shri. R.S. Shinde, BPM Nanegaon B.O. Nashik is enclosed herewith. While calling the applications from the GDS employees in March 2005 the one of the condition was that the GDS official who have secured not less than 18% marks in comparison to last open market candidate will be considered. As per the SSPO’s Nashik Lr. No. B-4/13/exam/GDS/ to PA/05 Dt. 14.3.2005 the last candidates who has secured 69.83% marks was considered in Nashik Dn. There are number of GDS Officials in Nashik Dn. Who are fulfilling these conditions but their result is not declared yet.

You are therefore requested to kindly look into the matter personally and cause orders to relax the conditions and give justice to the poor GDS employees.

A line in reply about the action taken is highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.


GDS/CHQ/9-3/2007 Dated: 29th Jan, 2007

Shri I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi 110001

Subject: Irrational downgradation of EDSOs into Branch Post Offices – Cases of Mysore Division in S.K. Region, Karnataka Circle – reg.

Sir,

This union is to bring to your kind notice that the Divisional Authority is taking action of downgradation of all EDSOs into Branch Post Offices in a massive way. This type of action is unscientific, irrational and unreasonable without considering practical aspects, public service, scientific assessment of loss and profit, human approach etc. This may throw additional workload on some departmental post offices which are already overburdened due to shortage of staff. Neither the staff concerned nor the union representatives are consulted which is highly deplorable. For example, Bheriya EDSOs have been downgraded where sufficient workload to justify this office as EDSOs is herewith enclosed for yours reedy reference.

This action of the Divisional Superintendent has already caused unrest amongst the staff and strong resentment is prevailing there.

You are, therefore, requested kindly to intervene into the matter and put a stop for such practice in downgrading EDSOs and order to review all such cases and cause suitable steps to restore earlier status of EDSOs immediately.

Looking forward for an early action and a line in reply,
Yours faithfully,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary




Reference: GDS/9/1/2007 Date; 29/1/2007

Shri, P.T.S. Kumar,
DDG (P),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi 110001


Sub: Delay for conducting DPC Selection/promotion to Group ‘D’/Postman under Seniority Quota from the cadre of GDS without Exam – Delhi East Dn., and Delhi South Division, in Delhi Circle.

Sir,

A kind reference is invited to the above cited subject wherein GDS officials are promoted to Group ‘D’/Postman cadre based on their seniority cum fitness with out Exam has not been done years together for the reasons best known to administration.

It is learnt that adequate number of vacancies are available for the promotion of GDS. The efforts taken by our Divisional Secretaries, Delhi Circle are found to be needful.

You are, therefore, requested kindly to advise the authorities concerned to do the needful at earliest.

Awaiting early response,


Yours sincerely



(S.S. Mahadevaiah)
General Secretary.


No. GDS/CHQ/2/2007 Dated 09-02-07

Shri, Subhash Chander,
Director (SR & Legal),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi – 1

Sub;- Granting employment certificate by DDO TO Gramin Dak Sevaks for taking loan from nationalized banks and co-operative banks-

Ref; - Your letter No. 16-6/2007-SR. dated 11.01.2007

Sir,

Arent reference, a specimen format as required is enclosed herewith for kind
consideration.

The employment certificate alongwith pay particulars may be issued to GDS for approaching Banks for some personal loan on emergency and also to impart education to their children, arranging for education/Books welfare relief for natural calamities from the state etc. So for the formation of Postal Employees Co-operative Society, it is request to cause undertaking to recover the dues from GDS officials as if in the case of regular departmental employees made out of account.

Your Co-operation is highly solicited.


Yours faithfully,
D.A. (1)

S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.
Specimen I

Certified that Sri/Smt. …….. working as GDS in the office of Post Office. The Time Related Continuity Allowance (Total Emoluments) paid to the official is Rs
( ) for mensum.

Signature of DDO
Note

If the DDO is willing to deduct the recovery and remit the dues to the Co-op Society/Nationalised Banks, an undertaking may be given for that apart from the above.

If not, the employment Certificate may be given to them so that the GDS officials can approach directly for any needs producing their identity of working in the department.



Reference: GDS/3-3/2006 Dated: 09-02-2007

Shri, I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan,
New Delhi – 1

Sub;- Restoration of TRCA to GDS arbitrarily reduced- case of peddapalli division – regarding

Sir,

A kind attention is invited to various references this union made about the arbitary reduction of TRCA w.e.f. 1.3.98 and ordered huge recovery by applying Cycle Beat formula even for those recruited prior to 1987.

The supdt of Posts, Peddapalli in Andhra Circle has slashed the TRCA to the sixty GDS officials w.e.f. 1.3.90 and given effect the same w.e.f. 1.12.03 as per the directions contained in Directorate letter No. 14-10/2003- PAP dated 24.9.03.

The Directorate an order ensuring no reduction in the GDS allowances under any circumstances has given a go bye and the TRCA of the sixty officials in one division is being reduced from II TRCA to I TRCA due to application of Cycle Beat w.e.f. 1.3.98.

It is therefore, requested to cause necessary orders to restore the TRCA to the incumbents and render justice –

A line is reply about the action taken is highly solicited.

Yours faithfully,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.



Letter to Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT,

No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 07 Feb, 2007


Shri Dayanidhi Maran,
Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT,
Government of India,
6, Electro Niketan, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi - 110003


Subject: Formation of Judicial Committee for considering the demands of the GDS employees working in the Department of Posts – requested.

Respected Sir,


The rejection of the request of this union of setting up of judicial commission/Committee for Gramin Dak Sevaks, vide DG Posts letter No.8-7/2006/SR dated 08-12-2006 has caused grave injustice to the cause and interests of 3 lakh GDS employees. Such a decision, to say the least is very arbitrary and discriminatory. It also negates an accepted principle that the four previous committees headed by Departmental Officers had not done any justice to the case of GDS(formerly called ED Agents) and that is why a judicial officer, this time onwards shall head the said committee/Commission vide parliamentary debate on the subject of December 1993 strike leading to the decision to appoint a judicial person to head the committee and that is how Hon Justice(Retired) Charanjit Talwar came to be appointed as chairman. Hence the practice of appointing a departmental official to head such a Committee was consciously given a go by as it faced considerable criticism that none of the previous committee has done any justice to the case of these employees. Thus the parliamentary debate on this issue is most crucial and vital to influence the decision to switch over to a judicial member to head the GDS (EDAs) Committee.

Thus the present decision to justify a Committee headed by Departmental Officer on the grounds that “GDS is an institution peculiar to the Department of Posts and, therefore a departmental officer would be most suited to the assignment”, is already rejected proposal after debate at the highest level or the government on going through the relevant merits and demerits of the alternative proposals i.e whether a Departmental office or a judicial officer. Hence we strongly repudiate the logic behind such a decision and urge for the appointment of the judicial Committee which alone would render justice to the cause of GDS,

This is amply proved by going through the reports given by the departmental officers committees and comparing it with that of the one given by judicial committee i.e Justice Talwar Committee. Any committee headed by a Departmental officer would carry with it considerable bias and prejudice of a lifetime of association with the system and would be totally bereft of open minded consideration. It is in this back ground the union has been struggling to ameliorate the service conditions of GDS i.e EDAs, and aiming ultimately at full regularization. During the December, 1993 strike struggle we were able to succeed in securing judicial committee thwarting the practice of committee headed by departmental officers.

This solemn understanding extended by Government on the floor of the parliament is to be treated as sacroscant and needs to be honoured in keeping with principles of natural justice and adherence to the ethics of building abiding and adorable relations between employer and employees. We therefore cannot brook any attempt to deny us hard won ground to have a judicial officer to head the GDS committee much in the same way as the 6thCPC. We would like to resist such arbitrary and discriminatory treatment of denial of judicial committee at any cost and every forum say Trade union front or legal Arena.

We are really sorry to note why the Department is going back on this issue which is already a settled one during December, 1993 strike. Hence we pray kindly reconsider the decision in the light of the above submission and decide to appoint a judicial member to head the GDS Committee.

With high regards,

Yours faithfully,


S.S.MAHADEVAIAH
General Secretary.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

CHQ NEWS

No.GDS/CHQ/1-5/2007 Dated: 15-02-2007
To,
All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries,
All CWC Members A.I.P.E.D.E.U.

Dear Comrades,
BRUTAL ATTACK ON GDS TO BURY
THE POSITIVE RECOMMENDTION OF JUSTICE TALWAR

AWAKE! ARISE!! AGITATE!!!

On 12.02.07 the CHQ received a letter from the Directorate sent by Shri Harinder Singh, Member (P), vide D.O. No.F.6-1/2006-PE.II (Pt ) in which it was mentioned that the Dept had already appointed a GDS Committee to look in to the grievances of GDS employees. The Committee is headed by a Chairman and Sri A.K. Sharma, DDG (Estt.) is functioning as the Member Secretary it is not revealed the name of Chairman of the Committee.

Thus the Dept. has decided to negate our request in formation of judicial committee for gds demands we are demanding the same only in order to revive and review the positive recommendation of Justice Talwar Committee which is the Magna corta of GDS workers. It we desires equality with Govt. staff, Pensionery benefits, regularisation, better service conditions, the recommendation of the justice Talwar Committee should not be buried by the subsequent committee appointed for this purpose.

We should fight against the move of the Dept. and I Placed the same before the Secretariat of NFPE ON 14.02.07 in which all in one voice decided to launch immediate agitation. The secretary General FNPO has also come forward to issue joint call for our cause.

It is therefore decided to call upon all the Divisions/Branches of all the affiliated unions of NFPE& FNPO to send the following Telegrams immediately.
Text of Telegram

1. Shri Dayanidhi Maran 2. Shri IMG Khan,
Hon’ble Minister (C) & IT Director General,
Electronic Niketan, Department of Posts,
6, CGO Complex, Dak Bhawan,
Lodi Road New Delhi - 110001
New Delhi – 110003

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK MAY BE APPOINTED EARLY (.) OFFICERS EITHER RETIRED OR SERVING AS CHAIRMAN MAY BE AVOIDED SO AS TO AVERT GRATE RESENTMENT AMONG THE STAFF AND INDUSTRIAL ACTION (.)

Name ………………
Designation………
Union……
All the members are also requested to send Savigram of the same text by Post cards to the Hon’bel MoC and the Secretary Dept. of Post. The JCA circular is enclosed herewith for immediate action

All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries are requested to carry out the programme very effectively and send report.

Let us pull down the walls that divide
And unite to act, agitate, achieve and advance.


Indefinite Strike
The Postal Joint Council of Action Comprising NFPE and FNPO and its affiliated Unions met on 24th January, 2007 and 11th Feb, 2007 elaborately discussed the attacks on services and staff by the Heads of Circles with regard to abolition of offices, merger of Divisions, non ­filling up of vacant posts and extension of Screening Committee and formation of Judicial Committee for GDS and reduction of TRCA etc. vindictive actions and victimizations etc. Although these arbitrary actions of Heads of Circles of Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, M.P., Jharkhnd etc. had been brought to the notice of the authorities at the Directorate, no tangible results are forthcoming. In view of these unilateral actions of the Postal authorities, the Postal JCA has unanimously decided to launch phased programme of action culminating in an indefinite strike during March, 2007. The action programme decided is as given below:­
Campaign Programme 13-02-2007 to 22-02-2007
Dharna at Regional Circle & Directorate 23-02-2007
Campaign & Propaganda26-02-07 to till we go for indefinite strike.
Indefinite Strike Charter of Demands
1. Appointment of Judicial Committee/Commission for G.D.S. and grant Status and Pension to GDS employees. Protection of TRCA
2. Exempt Department of Posts from the purview of reduction of staff strength and fill up all vacant posts in all cadres in Postal/ RMS /MMS / Circle / Regional Offices / Postal Accounts and GDS, including residual vacancies.
3. Drop Franchising of Postal Outlets Scheme, Stop closure of Post Offices / RMS Offices Transit Sections/Relocation & merger of office and Division, stop combination of beats of Postmen/Stop Curtailment of Postal deliveries, Outsourcing of PAO functions etc.
4 Ensure monopoly of collection, conveyance and delivery of letter mail by the Department of Posts as recommended by the Parliamentary standing committee.
5. Regularise casual Labourers / Full Time / Part Time Contingency paid.
6. Filling up of all Norms based LSG I HSG II, HSG-I posts.
7. Encashment of all pending bills OTA / TA / Medical / RPLI Commission etc.
8. Grant Compassionate appointments to eligible candidates and absorb all approved candidates.
9. Complete take over of POSB and PLI by the Postal Department and accord full Autonomy to the Postal Board as in the case of Railway Board.
10. Recognition of Federations and setting up of councils at all level.

Meeting with Secretary (Posts)
The NFPE leaders comprising Comrades C.C.Pillai, K. V.Sridharan, Giri Raj Singh, P. Suresh, P. Rajanayagam and S.S. Mahadevaiah met Shri I.M.G.Khan Secretary (Posts) on 12 Feb 2007 at 1 p.m. The issues of appointment of Judicial Committee for GDS, Exemption of Dept of Posts from the purview of reduction of staff strength; Drop franchising of Postal Outlets Scheme etc. were strongly raised before the Secretary (Posts). Also M.P. Circle and Jharkhnd circle problems. The Circle Unions brought notice that the Heads of Circles are ordering closure of offices, merger of Divisions, outsourcing Postal functions through franchisee Postal outlets, RPLI targets etc. The Heads of Circles are implementing all these dismantling activities without discussing with the staff side. This has generated serious resentment among the entirety of Postal Employees.

The other news I developments relating to various issues in the department are furnished hereunder for your information.
1. The syllabus of LGOs Exams is under revision.
2. The vacancies kept pending under residual vacancies may be filled up by the respective circles which will not be objected by the Directorate. Circle Secretaries, please act swiftly.
3. The relaxation of rules and permitting plus two qualified GDS officials to write the
Postal Assistant examination is yet to be approved by the Law Ministry reminded.
4. The Cabinet Note with regard to exemption of Postal Department from the purview of Screening Committee & Ban on creation is still pending approval of the Minister of Communications. The Directorate contacted the PA to Hon'ble Minister and expedited the file. Hope this will be moved faster.
5. During discussions with the Secretary Shri I.M.G. Khan today, he consented to consider to take the GDS services like atleast 3 years as 1 year as qualifying service for the grant of pension. He assured to send proposal.
6. Regarding the formation of Judicial Committee for consideration of GDS demands, once again the file was sent to the Minister of Communications for decision.

Franchisee Postal outlets:
Meanwhile the Department of Posts issued Orders on franchisee Postal outlet which is nothing but outsourcing the Postal functions vide DGP NO. 40-36/EFC/04-Plg Dated 8-02-2007.All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries are requested to take necessary steps at local level and take immediate action together with our other sister Unions, to arrest the implementation of franchisee Postal outlets.

NEW WEBSITE FOR E.D. CHQ
I am happy to inform that our CHQ has opened a Website for GDS chq and for our “RURAL POSTAL EMPLOYEES” All CHQ NEWS will be exhibited there. The Website and e-Mail address is as follows:-
http://ruralpostalemployees.blogspot.com/
e-Mail ID- chqrpe@yahoo.co.in
and ssmahadevaiah@gmail.com

All are requested to clear Quota
All are requested to Remit Circle, CHQ NFPE quota and dues of Rural Postal Employees before 30-4-2007 for the current financial year. The Divisional/Branch Secretaries are requested to clear the dues without waiting further. Also clear the dues of Rural Postal Employees.

All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries are requested to give wide publicity among the members with regard to the Indefinite Strike probably in March, 07 and mobilise for its success. .

With Struggle greetings,
Yours fraternally,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary



























National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001
Federation of National Postal Organisations
T-24, Atul Grove, New Delhi –110001
No.PF-12 (C) Postal JCA / 2007 Dated: 15th February, 2007
CIRCULAR
To
1. All General Secretaries NFPE & FNPO
2. All Office Bearers of NFPE & FNPO
3. All Circle Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO
4. All Branch / Divisional Secretaries through Circle Secretaries.

Setting up of Judicial Committee for GDS

Dear Comrades & Friends,

It has been intimated to Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union by the Dept. of Posts vide D.O. No. F-6-1/2006-PE-II (Pt) dated 12th February 2007 that they have already appointed a GDS Committee to look in to grievances of GDS employees. The Committee is headed by a Chairman and Shri AK Sharma DDG (Estt) as Member Secretary. It is not revealed the name of chairman.

The postal JCA had decided to observe protest demonstration at all work places immediately and send telegrams to the Hon’ble Minister(C) and Director General (Posts) demanding immediate setting up of Judicial Commission for GDS. The Commission / Committee headed by any retired / serving Officers will not be accepted by the employees.

The JCA call upon all Circle/Divisional / Branch Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO to sent following telegrams immediately with a copy to respective Unions / Federations.
All staff members are to send Postcards also as given below :-

Text of Telegram

2. Shri Dayanidhi Maran 2. Shri IMG Khan,
Hon’ble Minister (C) & IT Director General,
Electronic Niketan, Department of Posts,
6, CGO Complex, Dak Bhawan,
Lodi Road New Delhi - 110001
New Delhi – 110003

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK MAY BE APPOINTED EARLY (.) OFFICERS EITHER RETIRED OR SERVING AS CHAIRMAN MAY BE AVOIDED SO AS TO AVERT GRATE RESENTMENT AMONG THE STAFF AND INDUSTRIAL ACTION (.)
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With fraternal greetings.
Yours Comradely,


(CC Pillai) (D. Theagarajan)
Secretary General Secretary General
NFPE FNPO

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001

No.PF-01 (e) / 2007
Dated: 15th February, 2007
CIRCULAR
To,
All General Secretaries & Office Bearers of NFPE.
All Circle / Divisional Secretaries of NFPE Unions.

Dear Comrades,

The Federal Secretariat meeting of the National Federation of Postal Employees was held on 13th & 14th February 2007 .The Department of Posts had communicated to Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah General Secretary, AIPEDEU, vide D.O. No. F.6-1/2006-PE-II(Pt) dated 12th February , 2007 that the Dept. had already appointed a GDS Committee headed by a Chairman and Shri A.K. Sharma , DDG (Estt.) as Member Secretary. The letter did not reveal the name of the Chairman.

The Postal JCA had decided to observe protest demonstration at all work places immediately demanding setting up of Judicial Committee for GDS early and to send telegrams to the Hon’ble Minister (C) and DG (Posts). Post Card campaign by all staff members may also be organized. The JCA Circular is forwarded herewith for implementation by all concerned.

· Campaign & Dharna: The Campaign & Propaganda programme among the employees and public may be effectively implemented at all Circle / Divisions.

· Dharna- on 23rd February, 2007: All Circle / Divisional / Branch Secretaries are to ensure massive participation in the Dharna before PMsG / CPMsG Offices on 23rd February, 2007 demanding settlement of ten point Charter of demands. The Delhi Circle Unions will hold Dharna before the Directorate. They have decided to mobilize more than 1500 employees.

· Strike during April 2007: The Postal JCA met on 9th February 2007 and decided to launch indefinite strike for settlement of the ten-point charter of demands. The strike will commence on 24th April 2007.
· National Postal JCA : will meet in Delhi on 22nd February , 2007 to review the agitational programmes decided by the Postal JCA.
· National Pension Protection Day: The Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, All India State Government Employees Federations & All India Defence Employees Federation have jointly decided to organize nationwide joint procession and submit memorandum to the Governors and massive Dharna at Delhi on 7th March, 2007 at Jantar Mantar between 11 AM to 3 PM demanding withdrawal PFRDA Bill.
· Com. N.J. Iyer, Remembrance Day: The Seventh Death Anniversary of Com. N.J. Iyer, Ex. President of NFPE was observed on 13th February 2007 at 3 P.M. in NFPE Office. Comrades C.C. Pillai, SG NFPE, Des Raj Sharma, Dy. GS NFPE & GS P-IV, Com. K.V. Sridharan, GS P-III, Com. Giri Raj Singh GS R-III, Com. K.K. Sharma, Treasurer R-IV, Com. P. Rajanayagam, GS AIPAEA and Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah GS ED Union and other leaders spoke and paid floral tributes to the departed leader. Com. S.P. Mukherjee presided over the meeting.
· Miss. Yoko Ogawa, Leader of UNI Tokyo Office: visited NFPE Office at 2.30 P.M. on 13th February, 2007 , She was enquiring about the union and its activities and reforms activities of the Government in the Postal sector. She was apprised of the developments in the Dept. of Posts by Com. C.C. Pillai, S.G.
· Oral Evidence Before 6th C.P.C. for Unions: Oral Evidence before the 6th C.P.C. for unions affiliated to NFPE are slated to be held on 6th March, 2007 at the Office of the CPMG Chennai.
· R-IV AIC: All India Conference of AIRMS & MMS EU Mailguards & Gr. ‘D’ is scheduled to be held at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata from 13th to 15th March 2007.
· C.W.C P-IV: Central Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU Postmen & Gr. ‘D’ is scheduled to be held at Thane, Maharashtra from 24th to 26th March 2007.
· Postmen Pay Scale: AIPEU Postmen & Gr. ‘D’ CHQ is filing the case in Supreme Court on 17-02-07 for grant of upgraded pay scale of Rs. 3050-4590 of Postmen from 01.01.1996.
With fraternal greetings.
Comradely,

(CC Pillai)
Secretary General


Confederation meeting on 06-02-2007
The National Executive Meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has been held at New Delhi on 06-02-2007 at 11 :00 AM. After having a lengthy discussions on various issues like submission of memorandum to 6th Pay Commission, review of the 14th December 2006 strike, delay in grant of interim relief, non formation of Judicial Committee to consider the problems of GDS etc., it was unanimously resolved to hold Dharna on 20-03-2007 throughout the country and the prolonged agitation (strike) programme in May 2007 preferably in the third week.


Enroll more membership:
Comrades, you are aware that declarations from such friends who have not exercised their options for membership of our union are to be enrolled during the month of April 2007. Obtain letter of authorisation from maximum GDS and ensure submission to the concerned Post Masters (DDOs) by 30th of April 2007. Also send reports to the CHQ regarding the Enrollment of new members.


HARINDER SINGH
Member (Personnel)
Postal Services Board
Tel. :(+91-11)23096078
(+91-11) 2303 6495 Fax:(+91-11)23096079 E-mail: hsingh_harinder@yahoo.com



D.O.No. F. 6- 1/OO6- PE.II (Pt) 12th February, 20


Dear Shri Mahadevaiah,

Please refer to your letter No.GDS-CHQ/1/14/2007 dated 08.2.2007 regarding non-reply of certain letters written by you to Directorate.

2. It is well known to you tha1 we have already appointed a GDS Committee look into the grievances of GDS employees. The Committee is headed by a Chairman who will consider all the suggestions and, therefore, it is not possible for Directorate take any decision outside the purview of this Committee. Therefore, please write Shri A.K. Sharma, DDG (Estt) and Member-Secretary of the Committee if there are a suggestions or grievances in this regard.

With regards,

Yours sincerely

Sd/-
(Harinder Singh)


Shri S.S.Mahadevaiah.
General Secretary.
All India P0stal Extra Departmental Employees Union, First Fllor, PO Building,
Padamnagar,
DELHI-110 007.



CHQ WRITES TO S/G NFPE

No. GDS/CHQ/10/2/NFPE/2007 Dated: 14 February 2007


Com. C.C. Pillai,
Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
New Delhi 110001

Subject: Non formation of Judicial Committee for consideration of GDS demands – reg.

Dear Comrade,

Today, I received a letter from the Directorate sent by Shri Harinder Singh, Member (P), the copy of the letter is enclosed in which it is stated that a committee was already formed for GDS and Sri A.K. Sharma, DDG (Estt) is functioning as the Member Secretary of the Committee.

It is most disheartening to note that the Department without minding our agitations, objections, resentment etc. had proceeded with its agenda in forming officer's committee for GDS.

Hence, it is requested to advance date of indefinite strike to start forthwith.

I seek your kind cooperation and decision thereon.

With kind regards,

DA: One

Yours fraternally,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary

Copy forwarded to: -
1. All General Secretaries for information and requesting to take immediate action.
2. All CWC Members











Govt. orders

Government of India Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Department of Posts' (Planning Division)

No. 40-36/EFC/04-PIg. Dated: 8/02/2007

SUBJECT: INITIAL LAUNCH OF THE FRANCHISING SCHEME IN SPECIFIEDURBAN AREAS.

In consonance with the 10th Plan policy imperatives, an innovative method has been conceived by the Department for providing better access to postal counter services by opening franchised outlets in areas where a post office cannot be opened as per departmental norms. The scheme has been approved by the Hon 'ble MoC & IT for launch. This scheme also figures in the Prime Minister's Thrust Areas. The scheme has been launched through DOG (E&PN) d.o. letter of even number from 1.2.07 in 100 identified locations of specified Circles. The following orders are hereby issued for immediate implementation of the scheme.

2. Details of the Scheme
( I ) Introduction

The Department of Posts is entrusted with the Universal Service Obligation of increasing access to basic postal facilities throughout the country. Even though India has the largest postal network in the world. With over 1.55 lakh post offices. including 89% in the rural area. There continues to be a demand for post offices. Post offices in the rural area are incurring more than the permissible level of loss. In the urban area. Where a minimum of 5 % profit is required as per norms. over 50% of the single and double handed offices are incurring losses. There is a clear need to reduce the deficit while increasing access to post office facilities.

Under the 10th Plan the Department is required to rationalize the network and explore new viable avenues for expansion of its network. The objective is to optimize the resources with a view to achieving self sufficiency while continuing to fulfill the Universal Service Obligation. There is a constant demand from customers to open more post offices especially in newly developing urban agglomerations.

(2) Basic features of the urban franchise model
2.1. Only counter services are to be franchised, while delivery and transmission will be continued through the Department Linking arrangements for the franchised outlets will be provided by the franchisee.
2.2. The franchisee will provide service across the counter for a minimum defined time schedule with flexibility to work round the clock.

2.3. Products and services offered:
l. Sale of stamps and stationery.
2. Booking registered articles, speed post articles, money orders (on EDBO model). e-post, etc. (no bulk booking to be taken up in franchised outlets).
3. Functioning as an agent for PLI and provide related after sales service. Including collection of premia. (subject to fulfillment of criteria for PLI agents)
4. Marketing products for which the Department has a corporate agency or tie-up and provide related follow up services. (Subject to agreement with the other organizations involved)
5. Providing retail and bill/tax /fine collection/payment services of the Department. (Subject to agreement with the other organizations involved)
6. Facilitating the provision of e-governance and citizen centric services (subject to agreement with the other organizations involved)
7. Any other service introduced by the Department in future through its outlets which is considered amenable to the franchisee model. (Subject to agreement with the other organizations involved)

The model has adequate flexibility built in to allow a range of services to be extended through the outlets according to the need/ demand, and to increase the range when found necessary. Thus, the range of counter services that can be offered through different outlets can vary, keeping in view the location and its capacity to generate revenues.
2. 4 Implementation Strategy:

In the initial phase and for the present, the urban franchise model will be implemented only in fast developing areas of urban growth like metros and their satellite towns. as also such urban areas where there is a justification for post offices on the distance and population norms but there is difficulty in providing the same through redeployment. The further extension of the scheme can be taken up after the results available from experience of the initial phase - say after six months of initial launch.

2.5 Viability:
The viability of each franchise only requires to be assessed by the concerned field unit so as to ensure adequate returns to the franchisee. The expected minimum revenue. would depend on the range of services, particular location, potential revenue, the investments that the franchisee is willing to make, the cost likely to be incurred by the Department in providing support facilities, etc.
2.6 Criteria for Selection:
Applicants for franchises would need to submit an application in a prescribed proforma (Annex-I). The selected franchisee will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department (Annex II). Criteria for selection have been fixed considering the need to select persons with the capacity to manage and market a range of products, along with' a sense of the community needs and public aspects of the job, and willingness to accept technological options. The criteria are as below:

(i) Only individuals are eligible for appointment and not any organization which he/ she may be serving/ representing.
(ii) Age: Above 18 years. No upper age limit.
(iii) Educational qualifications: 10+ 2 standard or 12th class pass of a recognized University or Board of School Education or Board of Secondary Education.
(iv) Preference:
a. Postal pensioners
b. Those able to provide computer facilities.
(v) Premises: Proper appropriately located and accessible premises. properly maintained with suitable display of approved signages.
(vi) Applicant should be wining to make the necessary investments for the conduct of the business and be able to provide a simple business plan comprising details of how. the premises win be run, what the opening hours would be, investments proposed. market conditions, proposals for marketing products, awareness of customer base. Role in local community, budget, finances, etc. Two references from respectable persons of the locality where the franchise is proposed to be located would also be required to establish the character and antecedents of the applicant.
(vii) A business plan would be prepared taking into account the anticipated minimum level of business/ revenue worked out by the Divisional Head for the specific franchise.
(viii) Security Deposit: The security deposit to be provided by the franchisee would be based on the maximum possible level of financial transactions likely be undertaken by the franchisee in a day. The minimum security deposit would be Rs. l 0.000 the shape of a performance bank guarantee.
(ix) Selection: Would be made by a committee comprising the Heads of the concerned Division and a neighboring Division. based on a report from the ASP/SDI.

2.7 Remuneration to franchisee:-

The franchisee will earn remuneration commission on services provided. as set out in the Schedule of Memorandum of Agreement.
(3) Monitoring

The monitoring mechanism for the scheme will be strengthened vis-a.-vis regular outlets. with monthly monitoring by inspectors. An element of electronic monitoring will be introduced in due course.

(4) Training
Introduction to the objectives, products/ services, basic procedures, upkeep of the premises and customer care would be part of induction training of the franchisee. The briefing will be done by the sub-divisional inspector of the area.

(5) Branding of franchisee outlet
Standard signages for India Post franchisee would be provided to give a uniforJ11 look to all franchised outlets. Signage design is at Annex - III.

3. The operating manual for franchised outlets in urban areas is at Anpex-IV. Accounting procedure for remuneration is at Annex- V.

4. This issues with the approval of competent authority. The scheme is required to be implemented in 100 identified urban locations by 31/3/2Q07.

Forwarded to: All Heads of Postal Circles.

Copy for information and necessary action to:

1. Sr. DDG (PO & I)/Secretary (PSB)/JS & FA/All DDsG
2. CGM (PLI), Chanakyapuri. New Delhi/CGM (BD & M)
3. Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad.
4. Additional DG, Army Postal Services Corps, R.K.Puram, New Delhi ~ 110066.
5. All Directors of PTCs
6. Sr. PPS to Secretary (Posts)
7. PPS to Member (P)/Member (0 & M)/Member (I & FS)
8. All recognized Unions/ Associations/Federations
9. Guard file/spare copies Sd/-
(Vandita Kaul)
Director (CP. PN & Admn.)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sub:Request for bringing the Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal Department under the purview of 6th Pay Commission.

No.GDS/CHQ/3/10/2006 Dated 07-02-2007

Justice B.N.Srikrishna
The Hon.ble Chairman,
6th Central Pay Commission,
Post Bag 001,
Vasant Kunj Post Office,
New Delhi - 110070

Respected Sir,

Sub:Request for bringing the Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal Department under the purview of 6th Pay Commission.
Ref: In your e-mail reply on over previous memorandum on 16.11.2006 and 2.01.2007
.

This Union expresses its deep gratitude for the above referred letter from the 6th CPC stating that the memorandum of this union for inclusion of the GDS problems of pay scale/service conditions be in the purview of the 6th CPC would be considered. We are confident that such a step would do great justice to the issue of GDS employees in the interest of the employees and the department as well. Kindly allow us an opportunity of submission of memorandum and oral hearing/evidence at the appropriate time. For we are about 3 lakh employees who are part and parcel of the department of post and the main nerve of the system serving 90,00,00,000 population of this country through 1,29,000 rural post offices.

While this is a very welcome step from your side, we are dismayed to note that the department is actually still not agreeing to the step propounded in your above letter but are considering to only appoint a separate committee headed by a departmental officer. A copy of this letter received from the department is enclosed for your kind perusal and necessary corrective action to draw the Gramin Dak Sevak’s issue to be considered by the 6th CPC itself.

I fervently appeal for speeding up such a communication to the department so that the 6th CPC itself would look into the GDS problems and the department would extend all necessary cooperation.
With profound regards,
Yours faithfully,
(S.S.MAHADEVAIAH)
General Secretary.
Encl:

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Formation of Judicial Committee for considering the demands of the GDS Employees working in the Department of Posts – requested.

No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 07 Feb, 2007


Shri Dayanidhi Maran,
Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT,
Government of India,
6, Electro Niketan, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi - 110003


Subject: Formation of Judicial Committee for considering the demands of the GDS Employees working in the Department of Posts – requested.

Respected Sir,


The rejection of the request of this union of setting up of judicial commission/Committee for Gramin Dak Sevaks, vide DG Posts letter No.8-7/2006/SR dated 08-12-2006 has caused grave injustice to the cause and interests of 3 lakh GDS employees. Such a decision, to say the least is very arbitrary and discriminatory. It also negates an accepted principle that the four previous committees headed by Departmental Officers had not done any justice to the case of GDS(formerly called ED Agents) and that is why a judicial officer, this time onwards shall head the said committee/Commission vide parliamentary debate on the subject of December 1993 strike leading to the decision to appoint a judicial person to head the committee and that is how Hon Justice(Retired) Charanjit Talwar came to be appointed as chairman. Hence the practice of appointing a departmental official to head such a Committee was consciously given a go by as it faced considerable criticism that none of the previous committee has done any justice to the case of these employees. Thus the parliamentary debate on this issue is most crucial and vital to influence the decision to switch over to a judicial member to head the GDS (EDAs) Committee.

Thus the present decision to justify a Committee headed by Departmental Officer on the grounds that “GDS is an institution peculiar to the Department of Posts and, therefore a departmental officer would be most suited to the assignment”, is already rejected proposal after debate at the highest level or the government on going through the relevant merits and demerits of the alternative proposals i.e whether a Departmental office or a judicial officer. Hence we strongly repudiate the logic behind such a decision and urge for the appointment of the judicial Committee which alone would render justice to the cause of GDS,

This is amply proved by going through the reports given by the departmental officers committees and comparing it with that of the one given by judicial committee i.e Justice Talwar Committee. Any committee headed by a Departmental officer would carry with it considerable bias and prejudice of a lifetime of association with the system and would be totally bereft of open minded consideration. It is in this back ground the union has been struggling to ameliorate the service conditions of GDS i.e EDAs, and aiming ultimately at full regularization. During the December, 1993 strike struggle we were able to succeed in securing judicial committee thwarting the practice of committee headed by departmental officers.

This solemn understanding extended by Government on the floor of the parliament is to be treated as sacroscant and needs to be honoured in keeping with principles of natural justice and adherence to the ethics of building abiding and adorable relations between employer and employees. We therefore cannot brook any attempt to deny us hard won ground to have a judicial officer to head the GDS committee much in the same way as the 6thCPC. We would like to resist such arbitrary and discriminatory treatment of denial of judicial committee at any cost and every forum say Trade union front or legal Arena.

We are really sorry to note why the Department is going back on this issue which is already a settled one during December, 1993 strike. Hence we pray kindly reconsider the decision in the light of the above submission and decide to appoint a judicial member to head the GDS Committee.

With high regards,

Yours faithfully,


S.S.MAHADEVAIAH
General Secretary.