Monday, 30 April 2012

‘Make optimal use of postal assets for national benefit’ : CHANDAN MITRA

Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra on Friday observed that the assets of the Department of Posts were vast national resources, which should be used to maximise benefit to the nation and bolster the financial performance of the department.
He was inaugurating the seventh biennial conference of the Bhubaneswar divisional branch of the All India Postal Employees’ Union (AIPEU), Group-C.
His observation came in the backdrop of a situation wherein postal authorities have nine plots of land in Bhubaneswar but a lot of their official activities were operating from rented premises, with dilapidated buildings and poor infrastructure.
Mitra pointed out that historically, the postal department and the Indian Railways have functioned as pillars of national unity and integration, but in the present rapidly changing scenario, postal activities must be transformed to keep in sync with changes in the modern world and face competition without diluting their character.
He said the Government’s move to give post offices the role of a bank and route MGNREGA remittances through them was an indicator of the important role that the 1,55,000-outlet-strong department could play in providing service to more than six lakh villages.
Mitra assured the AIPEU members that he, along with some Odisha MPs, would meet departmental Union Minister Sachin Pilot and draw his attention to their grievances. Lok Sabha Member from Odisha Mohan Jena, who also spoke on the occasion, promised the union members that he would continue to fight for their cause in New Delhi.
MLA of Bhubaneswar (Central) Bijay Kumar Mohanty observed that in spite of Odisha having two GPOs while many other States have only one, the postal department had continued to ignore the State in providing infrastructure and amenities for customer service.
Chairman of Reception Committee for the conference and MLA Jeetu Patnaik urged the MPs to take up the grievances of the employees with the authorities in Delhi.
The session saw felicitation of retired departmental employees, including Pranab Kumar Das who lost a limb in the parcel bomb incident a few years ago. The employees demanded provision of detectors of such bombs in Post Offices among other issues.
The conference was presided over by president of AIPEU Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch Purna Chandra Das.

Aadhar card ; Boon for Department of Posts , Bane for the employees.

The government on Wednesday said as many as 3.86 crore Aadhaar letters are in the process of being dispatched while 6.46 lakh cards could not be delivered by the postal department due various reasons such as incomplete address.

As on April 20, 2012 a total of 17 crore Aadhaar numbers had been generated and 10.44 crore have been dispatched, Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

 "Out of these (10.44 crore letters), 6.58 crore Aadhaar letters have been delivered as reported by India Post and the remaining 3.86 crore letters are in transit," Kumar, who is also Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Science said.

He further said that as per the portal of the Department of Posts, the total returned letters as on April 20, 2012, stood at 6.46 lakh. This is 0.98 per cent of total Aadhaar letters delivered..

                                                           This is the statistics of the government. But the problems of the departmental employees has been over looked.The UIDs are coming large in numbers . In fact these cards are comming in special bags containing not less than 2000 articles in each bag. But the number of PAs are also constant.Opening of bags, receive of articles in computer for 2000 articles will take not less than 4 hours.If the postmen waits for 4 hours , naturally their number of delivery will decrease.  The number of fresh postman posting is almost negligible. The department is curtailing the vacant posts of  postmen in various sub offices with the posting of EDs (Extra Departmental) employees. But the duty hour of a ED is almost half from a postman. In their short duty hours also they are being forced by the postmasters for 100% delivery of the UID cards.We can't blame the postmasters totally. They are also forced by the CO for 100 % delivery.If postmen are forced in this summer , then who will be held responsible if any mishap arises to any postmen ? No doubt department will gain more profit from this project , but what will a general postman / an ED will gain from this ? 
                                             Department of Posts neither have any infrastructure to help a postman in his delivery work , nor have any intension for the genuine human rights of the postmen.                                                                

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Speed Post agents fox department, steal Rs 2L

NEW DELHI: Something surreptitious was on at the Karol Bagh post office for quite a while. Speed Post parcels were being booked for different addresses but dispatched to other places. In that process, the postal department incurred huge losses.

The discrepancy was found out when the booking and web lists showed different delivery destinations, police said. The Speed Post service is outsourced and bookings are generally handled by agents. A senior postal department official, said a source, approached Delhi Police to investigate the case and also named an agent in the FIR, whose alleged role in the anomalies came to light during internal probe.

"We found that the destination shown in the booking list was different from the actual delivery address as shown by the web delivery report. Parcels were shown booked for nearby cities and countries and appropriate charges levied were mentioned; but the web report showed delivery addresses in distant cities and countries," stated Binti Choudhury, a senior postal official, in the FIR.

A senior police officer explained the modus operandi of the cheats: "If a customer paid Rs 500 for parcel delivery to the US, the agent booked it, but altered the destination to Kathmandu or Singapore where the charge was as low as Rs 100. So, there was a direct loss of Rs 400 to the department per parcel."

Cops suspect the involvement of some postal officials. Loss of government revenue of about Rs 2,06,833 has been detected, said Choudhury.

A postal official approached cops to probe the parcel anomaly and also named an agent in the FIR.



The Government plans to set up 1000 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and carry out computerization of Post Offices in the country as part of its ongoing modernization and upgradation drive. 
           The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shri Sachin Pilot informed the Lok Sabha today that the Department of Posts proposes to set up 1000 ATMs. 820 Head Post Offices have been identified for setting up ATMs across the country. Shri Pilot said that remaining 180 Post Offices will be identified during implementation phase. Of these a maximum 100 ATMs would be set up in Andhra Pradesh. 
        The Minister said nearly 25000 Departmental Post Offices have been computerized. The Department offers a number of premium services like Speed Post, Express Parcel Post, Logistics Post etc. to generate additional revenue for the Department, he added.

Friday, 27 April 2012


Department of Posts witnessed a huge rush of gold buyers in the tastefully decorated jewellery showrooms as well as banks and postal department offices on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday. Over 100kg of gold worth around Rs 30 crore was bought by the Patnaites.

Various offers, gifts and discounts offered by the jewellers and the postal department coupled with marriage demand resulted in sales this year increasing by over 40% compared to 2011. Moni Shankersengupta, area business manager of Tanishq, Bihar, told TOI that by Tuesday evening they had sold over 18kg of gold worth around Rs 5 crore here. "The affordable diamond range launched by us on the occasion in the price bracket of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 was the most sought-after item this year."

To lure buyers, jewellers here offered a variety of products for all sections of society keeping in mind their purchasing power. "Buyers with deep pockets gave preference to precious and semi-precious stones studded gold jewellery, while those with budget constraints went for token purchases like nose pins, earrings, rings, 'jhumka', pendents and gold coins ranging from 1 gram to 50 grams," said Sachin Gupta, owner, Ginni Jewellers, at Boring Road. He recorded 35% higher sales this year compared to 2011.

Shailendra Kumar of Nakshatra at P & M mall told TOI that last year, gold prices on Akshaya Tritiya was Rs 21,700 per 10 gram, whereas this year it has gone up and reached Rs 28,900 per 10 gram. "But price was the least concern of the gold shoppers here," said Kumar, adding, "Whereas aged people preferred buying gold bars and coins as investment, youngsters were looking for lightweight jewelleries."

Several banks also recorded brisk business. Bank of India's marketing head, Patna zone, Chandan Kumar said, "We sold around 4kg of gold on Akshaya Tritiya this year, making a profit of over Rs 1.5 crore." AK Mohanty, chief manager, State Bank of India, said, "Looking at the fluctuating stock market, people now prefer investing in gold as its price tends to increase. So, this year we sold around 400 gold coins, totalling over 5kg.

The postal department was not left behind. Anil Kumar, marketing director, postal department, said, "There was a huge rush of gold buyers throughout the day. We sold over 13kg of gold. Coins of 0.5 gram and 1 gram were in great demand. We sold over 2,500 gold coins of various weights on a single day."

3.86 crore Aadhaar cards in process of being delivered: Government

NEW DELHI: The government today said as many as 3.86 crore Aadhaar letters are in the process of being dispatched while 6.46 lakh cards could not be delivered by the postal department due various reasons such as incomplete address.

As on April 20, 2012 a total of 17 crore Aadhaar numbers had been generated and 10.44 crore have been dispatched, Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

"Out of these (10.44 crore letters), 6.58 crore Aadhaar letters have been delivered as reported by India Post and the remaining 3.86 crore letters are in transit," Kumar, who is also Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Science said.

He further said that as per the portal of the Department of Posts, the total returned letters as on April 20, 2012, stood at 6.46 lakh. This is 0.98 per cent of total Aadhaar letters delivered.

"There are five reasons for returned letters -- refused, deceased, insufficient address, addressee cannot be located and unclaimed," he said adding there was no bogus Aadhaar registrations.

"The letter being returned are having clear remarks of the concerned postman of the area and they are one of the five mentioned reasons...," he said.

Mandate of UIDAI is to issue Aadhaar numbers to all residents of India.

Aadhaar aims to provide a identity infrastructure which can be used to improve delivery of public services.

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 - Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2012

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 24th April, 2012


Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 - Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2012.

The undersigned is dirccted to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No.7(I)/EV/2010 dated 31st January, 2011 forwarding therewith Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS for the year 2011. New Tables of Benefits for the savings fund of the Scheme based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards have been prepared for the year 2012 and a copy of the table is enclosed. Another Table of Benefits for the savings fund based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990 have also been drawn up for the year 2012 and a copy of that table is also enclosed. The amounts in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 10 per annum(compounded quarterly) for the period from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1982, 11% per annum(compoundcd quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1983 to 31.12.1986, 12% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1987 to 31.12.2000, 11% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2001 to 31.12.2001, 9.5% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.I.2002 to 31.12.2002, 9.0% per annum(compoundcd quarterly) w.e.f.1.1.2003 to 31.12.2003. 8% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2004 to 30.11.2011 and 8.6% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.12.2011 onwards. The mortality rate under the Scheme has been taken as 3.75 per thousand per annum up to 31.12.1987 and 3.60 per thousand per annum thereafter in both the cases. While calculating the amount it has beenassumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

2. In its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.


Tuesday, 17 April 2012


D.G. Posts No. 44-1/2011-SPB.II dated 12 April, 2012.
I am directed refer to Directorate’s letter of even number dated 13.1.2011 on the above subject and to say that the issue of counting of service rendered by Reserve Trained Pool(RTP) personnel prior to their regular appointment as Postal Assistants(PAs)/Sorting Assistants (SAs) for promotion, seniority and grant of MACP was under consideration of the Directorate.

2.The RTP Scheme was introduced in the year 1980 as per which a panel of such persons was retained who could not be covered under the number of vacancies declared for regular appointment as PA/SA. When required they were detailed on duty on wages to be paid on hourly basis to meet the short time needs and current needs. The said RTP personnel were given priority for absorption against vacancies, which occurred subsequently. In the year 1983 the RTP personnel were given an option to opt for servicing Army Postal Services (APS).Such persons who opted so were appointed as PA/SA on ad-hoc basis and deputed to APS. The said RTP candidates deputed to APS were eligible to get the benefit of regular appointment in the Civil Post. The RTP scheme was abolished w.e.f. 4.3.1986.

3. While furnishing the information asked for from the Circles, the Orissa Circle has brought to the notice of the Directorate that three OAs filed by three officials in the Cuttack Bench of Hon`ble CAT seeking regularization of the services rendered under RTP scheme were dismissed on 10.4.2003 for the reason that the issue raised has already been decided by the Apex Court on 1.8.1997 in the case of UOI and another Vs K. Sivados and others in C.A. No. 80-123 of 1996

4. It is observed that Apex Court in their judgment dated 01.08.1997 has discussed the case in detail and has rejected the case for grant of Productivity Linked Bonus to RTP personnel. As regards grant of benefit of counting their services as RTP personnel for the purpose of their eligibility to appear for the departmental examination the Hon`ble Supreme Court in the same judgment has observed that the relevant rule provides that the candidate “ must have put in at least five years continuous satisfactory service in one or more eligible cadres” and hence pronounced that any service rendered by RTP personnel prior to their regular appointment in the cadre cannot count for the purpose of the said rule because it can not be considered as service in any eligible cadre. Thus, the Apex Court has held that Tribunal was wrong in granting to RTP personnel the benefit of service rendered by them prior to their regular appointment, for the purpose of their eligibility to appear for the departmental promotion examination.

5. In another case Hon`ble Supreme Court in C.A. No. 5739 of 2005 in the case of UOI Vs Shri Mathivanan vide their judgment dated 9.6.2006 has held that ad-hoc service rendered in APS by RTP personnel should be counted for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under TBOP scheme. This was mainly due to the fact that the said Scheme did not mention the requirement of ‘regular service’ in para 1 of the Scheme for being eligible for grant of financial upgradation under TBOP scheme .In fact, the Hon1ble Supreme Court observed that it was not a case where promotion to the higher post is to be made only on the basis of seniority. Keeping in view the Apex Court’s decision in M. Mathivanan’s case and the fact the TBOP is not to be granted on the basis of seniority, it was decided to extend the benefit of the Apex Court’s order to similarly placed serving officials vide Directorate’s letter No. 93-25/2003-SPB.II dated 26.7.2010.

6. As per MACP scheme, the officials are eligible for grant of three financial upgradations on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service respectively. For the purpose, it has been laid down that ‘regular service’ for the purpose of the MACPs shall commence from the date of joining of a post in direct entry grade on a regular basis either on direct recruitment basis or on absorption /re-employment basis. It has been categorically stated that the service rendered on ad-hoc/contract basis before regular appointment on pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning.

7. In view of the judgment dated 01.08.1997 delivered in C.A. 80-123 1996 in the case of UOI & another Vs K.N.Sivados and others and provisions contained in MACP scheme, it has been decided by the Competent Authority that the service rendered under RTP scheme by the personnel prior to their regular appointment as PA/SA can not be counted for promotion , seniority and grant of MACP.
8. The above decision may be taken into consideration while defending the court case. The representations received on the subject may also be dealt with accordingly.

(Raj Kumar)
Director (Staff)

Thursday, 12 April 2012




  • Pana Sankranti 2012

                                                                                                      WITH BEST COMPLIMENTS                                                                                               

                                                                                                       SJ. G.C.PRATIHARI

                                           ( SECY. NAPE PURI )

    Friday, 6 April 2012

    Fraudster sentenced to 28 yrs' jail, fined Rs 22L

    : The prime accused in four different cases of serious nature has been sentenced to rigorous jail term for 28 years and pay a fine of Rs 22 lakh.
    Shriram Shende was held guilty in a fraud case worth Rs 22 lakh related to the postal department. The accused was 33 years old at the time of committing the fraud. Now he is 60. Delivering the judgment on Wednesday evening, special judge NV Deshmukh sentenced the accused to 7 years' rigorous imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh under section 420 of IPC. He will have to suffer 5 years' jail and pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh each under sections 466 and 468 of IPC in another case.
    Shende and the other accused were acquitted of the charges of conspiracy under 120B of IPC and section 5(i)(d) and 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act. The Central Bureau of Investigation had filed four sets of chargesheets against Shende and others. Shende has been convicted and sentenced to similar jail term and pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh in three cases each. He has to undergo sentences consecutively.
    Shende had committed a fraud through ledger folio in saving bank department of the post office by collecting deposits. The fraud was first noticed on July 9, 1985 when a cheque of Rs 20,000 came for clearance while the balance in the account of the accused was only Rs 178. He opened accounts of himself, his brother Ramkrishna, three minor sons Gajanan, Ramakant, Umakant and minor daughter Maya and committed a fraud.
    Shende, his brother Ramkrishna Badge, Bhimrao Deshmukh, Vitthal Kode and Suresh were the accused in the fraud. Accused Bhimrao Deshmukh has died.
    The property of Shende was seized and auctioned. The proceeds of Rs 4 lakh were credited to the government account. Now an amount of Rs over 17 lakh has to be recovered from the accused.
    Arguing before the court, CBI's special prosecutor Subhash Kate said Shende systematically committed a fraud of Rs 22 lakh through ledger folio system by opening fictitious accounts while working in the post office.
    In all 36 witnesses were examined. Of them, 18 were of postal department, 12 property owners, Sureshchandra Lohiya and P Bhagwandas, the sanctioning authority. Lawyer Motisingh Mohta defended the accused.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2012


    The Department of Post (DoP) is on a technology upgrade drive. The department plans to set up 1,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) across six states —Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — as part of its ongoing modernisation drive, said Manjula Parasher, secretary, posts.

    “We will start execution of our modern technology programme across six circles by the end of this year,” said Parasher. “This will help in people getting core banking facility etc. We plan to have 1,000 ATMs in a phased manner. The process for this will start by the year-end.”

    The DoP has selected five major technology companies for five of its technology advancement projects.It has issued a Letter of Intent to Infosys for two projects including rural system and financial services integration; Tata Consultancy Services for change management; Sify for network integration and Reliance Communications Infrastructure for data centre.

    The department plans to start execution of some of these projects by end of this year across six states on a pilot basis.It has already received approval for Rs 1,877 crore to be spent across these projects over a period of two years and will seek additional funds when the need arises.“Funds of Rs 1,877 crore have been approved,” said Parasher. “We will go ahead with that. We may need more money because implementation in some of the cases may last over six-nine years.”The department will computerise all of its 1.6 lakh post offices across the country by 2013 with over 24,000 department post offices already computerised by March.

    250 computerised post offices in J-K

    With an aim of providing better services to the people, the DoP has decided to computerise at least 250 post offices in Jammu and Kashmir during the current year. “During this year, the department has taken the ambitious plan of computerising 250 post offices and modernising them to make them relevant,” said John Samuel, chief postmaster general, J&K Circle. PTI/Srinagar

    Tuesday, 3 April 2012

    Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission –Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules,2008-Date of next increment in the revised Pay structure under Rule 10 of the CCS(RP) Rules,2008.

    D.G. Posts No. 4-4/2008-PCC dated 20 Mar 2012.
    I am directed to enclose the following order on the subject mentioned for information and further necessary action.

    Office Memorandum
    Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Memo No. 10/02/2011-E.III/A dated 19 March 2012
    Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008-Date of next increment in the revised Pay structure under Rule 10 of the CCS(RP) Rules,2008.

    Subject- Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 Date of next increment in the revised pay structure under Rule 10 of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008.

    Copy of O.M. No.10/02/2011-E.III/A dated 19.03.2012 from Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure
    In accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, there will be a uniform date of annual increment, viz. 1st July of every year. Employees completing 6 months and above in the revised pay structure as on 1st of July will be eligible to be granted the increment. The first increment after fixation of pay on 1.1.2006 in the revised pay structure will be granted on 1.7.2006 for those employees for whom the date of next increment was between 1st July, 2006 to 1st January, 2007.
    2. The Staff Side has represented on this issue and has requested that those employees who were due to get their annual increment between February to June during 2006 may be granted one increment on 01.01.2006 in the pre-revised scale.
    3. On further consideration and in exercise of the powers available under CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, the President is pleased to decide that in relaxation of stipulation under Rule 10 of these Rules, those central government employees who were due to get their annual increment between February to June during 2006 may be granted one increment on 1.1 .2006 in the pre-revised pay scale as a one time measure and there after will get the next increment in the revised pay structure on 1.7.2006 as per Rule 10 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. The pay of the eligible employees may be re-fixed accordingly.
    4, In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Account Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

    Sunday, 1 April 2012


    Friend ! as the title itself shows some negativity , but the reality is something more bitter than the title. Starting from year 2000, the early days of computerisation in this postal department , to the self sufficient fully computerised computerised department of the present era , one should not forget the role of  " SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORs " .  But SAs are being treated as just like a " MULTI - SKILLED " Group - D employee in every division of India Post .  No one , neither the divisional authorities , nor the policy makers are worried about the SAs . In fact 11 long years have been passed . But still the postal manual is silent about the duties , responsibilities &  facilities  of the SAs . 11 years time is not a short span of time . Department of post is extracting the job of a professional software engineer in the salary of a PA. It is better to sit in the counters , But when you are asking to provide service by travelling from  one SO. to the other spending money from your own pocket, rising from early morning and preparing your travel plan for reaching your destination office.No body will bother for the communication facilities, but it is expected to reach there in time . No doubt , there is the provision of TA and DA . But it depends on the grace of the divisional administrators . In most of the cases SAs have to wait for the month of  March of the next year for your legitimate claim . Still then your bill will go through a tight scrutiny. No body will care how you are managing your expenditures. Most of the place one SAs visits are not good communicated areas . Hence you have to arrange your personal means of communication . But suddenly the officials sitting under fans at division office will object your bill by saying that you are not going to be sanctioned bike mileage over 300 KMs . That means , you can't afford bike in your job  . But usually SAs are forced over phone to proceed immediately from HQ to a far of place . It is not matter for the officials having so called higher ranks , that how the SA will proceed ? Whether there is any means of communication or not  ? Another thing is that there is a strong belief that, SAs are the officials having magic hands . Whenever one SA touches one problematic unit , it will be rectified immediately with one touch. This problem arises only because of the lack of technical knowledge with the divisional office staffs and the heads. Department is emphasising upon the computerisation . Everyday one new software is coming , up gradation files are coming  . But the department has never thought that the personnel who are implementing all these things are being managed by somebody who is completely ignorant of software s and working procedure of a SA .

                                                                         Now single handed SOs  are computerised  , Where the volume of transaction is almost negligible . But still department is spending around a lakh for a office. Are not this bad expenditures ? But the department have never thought that how this huge number of systems are being managed with the constant or decreasing number of SAs ? The number of computers have been increased but the Number of SAs are constant. All the SAs are not designated Purely as SAs . They are PAs who will work as SA. That means your controlling authority will definitely use you as a PA .

                                                                        Not only the administrative staffs , the SAs are betrayed by their own colleagues also . Nobody tries to do work systematically or to do according to the instructions of the SAs. So the problem in software arises frequently. And the SO. staff only reports the SA that such and such error message is showing come immediately wherever you are doesn't matter. Where some of your colleagues closes their single handed SOs before 14.00 hrs. and goes home , SAs have no time limit and excuses .
                                           If the question , " would you like to be a SA ? "will be put before every officials of this department, their answer will be certainly , " NO " . That's why every SAs can shamefully say that        I AM A SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR , AND I AM A VALUELESS PERSON IN THIS