CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP ’C’ EMPLOYEES IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Sub: Cadre Restructuring of Group ’C’ employees in Department of Posts.
D.G. Post letter No. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 27th May, 2016.
The Cadre Restructuring of Group-C employees of Department of Posts has been undertaken in consultation with Department of Expenditure , Ministry of Finance in pursuance of the approval concurrence of the Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 2(45)E.III Desk/2015 dated 12th May,2016 , a list at distribution of the posts containing the existing and revised posts of Postal Assistants, Lower Selection Grade, Higher Selection Grade II & I and also a few HSG-I (Non-Functional Grade) is enclosed for implementation with the following instructions:
a) The post of SPMs in Single Handed and Double Handed Post Offices to the cadre of LSG posts (GP Rs.2800) shown in the annexure now allotted to the Circle , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- in the Pay Band-I..
b) The post of SPMs in Triple Handed Post Offices, in the extent of HSG-II posts (GP4200) shown the annexure now allotted to the Circle and all other existing norms based LSG Posts in Post offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200- in the Pay Band-II. In no case, the total number of HSG-II posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted to the Circle.
C) Existing posts in HSG-II to the extent of posts now allotted and shown in the annexure , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- in the Pay Band-II along with the existing HSG-I Posts . Remaining HSG-II posts if any shall remain in the GP of Rs.4200 only. In no case, the total number of HSG-I posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted in the Circle.
d) The Cadre Restructuring of these posts are only in respect of the posts from Postal Side other than the posts of RMS ., Circle and Regional Offices and SBCO Wings.
e) If the revised number of posts is in excess of the existing strength of a particular grade the difference will be deemed as newly sanctioned posts in that grade . Similarly, if the revised number of posts is in a grade is less than the existing strength the number of posts equal to the difference will be treated as having been abolished in that grade.
f) The vacancies arising out of the restructuring will be filled up only from the amongst the official who fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down in the recruitment rules for the post.
g) The new HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) with the grade pay of Rs.4800/- is only for those who are senior most and completed not less than a minimum service of 2 years in HSG-I subject to the number of posts specified for the Circle in HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) (for example the number of NFG officials in AP Circle should never exceed (17) after following usual procedure of non functional upgradation(s).
2. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of the orders. The actual benefit would however be admissible to the eligible officials from the date of actual promotion.
3. Receipt of the order may be acknowledged. Immediate action initiated and compliance report sent at the earliest.
All of you are aware about the formation of AIPEU GDS at Apex level and also the accordance of Associate membership status by the NFPE and affiliated unions. The decision was approved in the All India Conferences and direction were given to branches to form divisional / branch unions of AIPEU GDS and the name of the union was subsequently applied as AIPEU GDS in the process of the Verification of membership.
Even though, about 80% of branches were formed at divisional level, still more branches have to be formed at divisional level. Out of 22 circles, three circles have not formed any circle body till date. This is causing a concern.
All of you know very well that the verification process for GDS has been underway and at any time, the declarations in the form of “letter of authorization” will be called for. Hence, it is our foremost duty to form branches in all divisions and authorized representatives to the AIPEU GDS Unions to inform the department.
Today, the Department has called for the name of the authorized representatives for signing the declaration forms divisional wise. This process has to be completed before 15thJune 2016. Therefore, the completion of the formation of branches shall be completed in the first week of June 2016.
During the last verification process held in 2010, the recognized union which was patronized by NFPE could secure only 62% of Membership among the working strength. This time we should register with more percentage in the contest. If we do not get more than the required strength it will become a problem for the existence of the unions in the GDS cadre.
It is further important that in the event of submission of authorization letters by individual GDS to two unions, it will become invalid. The First union should secure not less than 35% which is the basic condition of recognition; otherwise none will be recognized. Despite our confidence that we will win over with maximum declarations, it is compulsory to see that there shall be no duplicate applications in the verification process since the rival union is still propagating that it is still in NFPE and the false propaganda may split and spoil the declarations. It must be ensured to be more attentive to reach the maximum membership declaration and obtain the recognition.
Let us frankly discuss. If divisional unions are not formed or not effectively functioning at this crucial juncture, the advantage will go to rival unions which is not good for us. All our divisional secretaries not only must ensure the formation of GDS union but also involving themselves dedicatedly in the collection of declarations from the GDS comrades in favour of our union AIPEU GDS which is now applied as AIPEU - GDS.
It is the foremost and important task in the present circumstances like the functioning of the GDS committee, its expected recommendations, its implementation etc., the recognition for our union is a must and if we will be number one, it will increase our capacity in the collective bargaining.
The existing recognized GDS Union is not a part of NFPE or Confederation. It is an individual – self-centered organization. Our GDS NFPE Union believes and stand for the joint functioning. There should be no ties or patronage to the rival unions hereafter that we must ensure 100% Membership in favour of our GDS Union i.e. AIPEU GDS which will alone ensure the joint programme of action for mitigating the grievances of Postal employees.
Our P3 CHQ is always committed for the cause of GDS. Our divisional unions are whole heartedly and effectively functioning with the GDS Union all along. The same spirit must continue in the future. So, let us involve ourselves fully in the collection of declarations of GDS & formation of branches etc. The CHQ is expecting a report from all the divisional secretaries about the provisions of the existing situations with full details before the end of this month about the formation and the functioning of our GDS unions at divisional levels so that we can access the situation and act accordingly.
Let us dedicate ourselves for the emancipation of GDS
Let us form AIPEU GDS branches in all the divisions
Let us collect maximum declarations in favour of our AIPEU GDS
Let us forget sleep and rest till the GDS verification is over.
Let us act swiftly and achieve our goal of 100% membership in GDS Union.
With fraternal greetings,
(K. V. Sridharan) (M. Krishnan) (R. N. Parashar) Ex-General Secretary Ex-General Secretary General Secretary
I am endorsing the above contents and making fervent appeal to all the divisional/branch secretaries to cooperate and activate the GDS Union at your level and let us be sincere in the joint functioning of postal employees under the banner of NFPE. As we have to submit the name of the representative for submission of declarations at divisional levels before 10th June 2016, please intimate the nominee to the GDS CHQ before 5.6.2016 positively.
May I seek your response Comrade
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION-GDS
CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi – 110008
No. AIPEU-GDS/VEFN/2016 Dated: 26.05.016
All Circle Secretaries
All Divisional/Branch Secretaries
Sub: - Verification of Membership – case of GDS Union.
The Department vide its letter No. 13/01/2016-SR dated 19.05.2016, called for the following particulars of our union about the authorized office bearers representing the circles/ divisions who will countersign the authrorization letters in all the 22 Circles.
Name & Designation of Authorized Office Bearer
Official Address/e-mail address of office bearer
The information must reach the Directorate before 15th June 2016. Therefore, the CHQ has to submit the details to the Directorate immediately without waiting till last minute.
It is the fact that still we have not received any information about the formation of branches from some divisions and it is the immediate need to form the divisional branches and nominate the Convenor/Divisional Secretaries.
All are requested to intimate the formation of branches forthwith through e-mail to CHQ. In respect of branches where the branches exist, Please intimate the full address of the divisional Secretaries with their Mobile number for the furnishing details to the Directorate immediately.
The Circle Secretaries shall ensure by collecting all the details and forward the same to CHQ before 31.05.2015 positively.
Please act swiftly and quickly,
May I seek your immediate response,
DA: as above
Copy to: -
All Divisional Secretaries of P3, P4
ORAL EVIDENCE TO GDS COMMITTEE
A delegation of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS consisting of Com. R.N.Parashar, Secretary General, Com.P. Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation Com.K.V.Sridharan, former General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C., Com. Giriraj singh President, NFPE and Com. Balwinder Sing, Financial Secretary, Gr.C (CHQ) tendered oral evidence before the Chairman, GDS Committee, headed by Shri Kamalesh Chandra in New Delhi on 26-05-2016.
The following are the gist of discussions and the demands placed by delegation.
BRIEF NOTE FOR DISCUSSION IN THE GDS COMMITTEE
SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 26.05.2016
1. MAIN DEMANDS
The GDS are ‘holders of civil post’ as per the Supreme Court judgement and they can not be kept apart as a separate class with in the class. They should be covered under Article 309 & 311 of the Constitution of India. They should be treated as ‘civil servants’ apart from regular service but within the ambit of ‘Civil service’ with pro rata benefits as applicable to the regular employees according to the working hours and also the workload.
Notwithstanding our claim for departmentalization of GDS and Grant of Civil status, under Article 309 & 311 of union constitution the following issues are requiring consideration.
(i) The Nomenclature of GDS shall be declared as ‘Rural Postal Employees’ or Gramin Dak Karmachari”.
(ii) Make GDS full time job by extending various innovative schemes.
(iii) Prorata wages at par with regular civil servants.
Norms may be introduced for calculation of wages instead of honorarium & incentives.
(i) Work related to RPLI like procurement of proposal & issuing receipts
(ii) Work related to verification of Electoral & Election work
(iii) Work related to collecting statistics for Census etc.
(iv) Work related to M.G.National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
(v) Verification of Mobile Phone Bill Connections of various companies & BSNL
(vi) Collection of Telephone Bills at BOs
(vii) Acceptance of Electricity Bills at BOs
(viii) Acceptance of Water Bills at BOs
(ix) Carrying out business activities through BOs like delivering of E-post etc.
(x) Various social security schemes & Direct Benefit Transfer schemes introduced in various States through BOs.
(xi) Cash remittance from BOs to Accounts office.
(xii) Opening of new accounts
(xiii) Marketing activities.
(xiv) Old age Pension & Disability Pension
3. WAGE STRUCTURE
(i) No GDS should be employed less than 5 hours work, per day.
(ii) Maximum of 8 hours with ½ hour lunch break.
(iii) Pay equations:
GDS BPM : Postal Assistant
GDS MD/SV: Postmen
GDS MC MTS
(iv) Increment shall be at par with regular employees.
(v) The Nomenclature of TRCA shall be replaced with pay.
(vi) Weightage:The length of service shall be taken and Point to Point fixation for GDS.
(vii) Date of effect shall be 1.1.2016
(viii) Wages should not be reduced under any circumstances.
(i) HRA must be granted to GDS at Par with regular employees.
(ii) Transport Allowance proportionate to regular employees.
(iii) For attending holiday & Sunday duties, double the allowance shall be paid
(iv) TA/DA shall be granted to seasonal Post offices.
(v) Split Duty Allowance for GDS Packrs in Sub Offices
(vi) Children Educational Allowance has to be introduced.
(vii) Boat allowance shall be Rs.350/- PM.
(viii) Special Duty Allowance to GDS (NE) – Proportionate to regular employees.
(ix) Revival of Uttarakhand Allowance @ Rs.1000/- PM.
(x) Grant of Remote Area/Naxalite Threat Area/Hill Area Allowance to GDS.
(xi) Miscellaneous Allowances viz., bad climate Allowance, Project allowance may be extended.
(i) Medical Attendance facilities – Reimbursement of Medical Claims for in Patient & out Patient treatments.
(ii) Funeral Allowance of Rs.10,000/- to the family of deceased GDS.
(iii) Circle Welfare Fund Scheme – Subscription shall be Rs.50/- per month.
6. LEAVE :All kinds of leave to be granted at par with regular employees-
(i) Encashment of leave salary to be extended to GDS.
(ii) Provision of Commuted leave facilities.
(iii) Retrograde Provisions of 180 days shall be dispensed with.
(iv) Maternity leave – 180 days from Government exchequer and not from the Circle Welfare Fund. Circle Welfare fund shall meant for grant for illness, education etc.
(v) Child care leave, Child Adoption leave to GDS.
(vi) Special disability leave to GDS – can also be extended from Dog, Snake bite etc. as in the case of Postmen.
7. SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME
(i) Proportionate Minimum pension/Family Pension at par with regular employees.
(ii) GDS shall be brought under the Gratuity Act.
(iii) SDBS Pension Scheme shall be replaced with regular scheme. At least 10% of Pay shall be recovered from GDS & 20% shall be credited by Government as a Welfare Scheme. The present sanction of Rs.1500/- per year for Severance Amount to Pre 2011 GDS shall be enhanced.
(iv) Commutation Pension shall be introduced.
(v) Group Insurance Scheme – Monthly subscription Rs.100/- for the insurance coverage of Rs.2,00,000, 50% of Subscription shall be borne by the Department. Savings Fund shall be reviewed and enhanced.
8. APPOINTMENT & PROMOTIONS
(i) The word ‘engagement’ shall be replaced with appointment.
(ii) 100% Posts in MTS & Postmen cadres shall be reserved for GDS.
(iii) GDS shall be permitted to write LGO Exam alongwith Postmen/MTS for recorded vacancies.
(iv) Three Financial upgradations after completing 10, 20 & 30 years of service.
(v) No Minimum service for appearing Postmen examination.
9. CONDUCT & DISCIPLINARY RULES
(i) The existing GDS Engagement & Conduct Rules, 2011 shallbe replaced with CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 & Conduct Rules 1964.
(ii) The GDS Rules must be declared as statutory Rules as per proviso of Article 309.
(i) Present income & cost of BOs calculation should be reviewed along with all the new items of work
(ii) Foot beat & cycle beat may be revived.
(iii) Idle wait of GDS MCS shall be include in the work norms.
(iv) Uniforms to outdoor staff.
(v) Rationalisation of GDS into three categories of GDS one Postmaster, the second Postmen and third auxiliary MTS staff. They may be fixed with only two scales of running pay (Minimum 5 hours & for upto 8 hours with uniform annual increase of 3% per annum.
(vi) BO shall open for minimum 5 hours and maximum of 8 hours.
(vii) GDS in Metropolitan cities shall be upgraded to MTS Posts.
(viii) All GDS MM Posts in larger Platforms shall be upgraded to Mailmen MTS posts.
(ix) FSC at par with Departmental Post offices to BOs.
(x) LTC facilities may be extended to GDS
(xi) Lunch break/Tea break shall be provided
(xii) Total length of the GDS Service shall be taken as Qualifying service for all purposes.
(xiii) Rescind the restrictions and restore status Quo ante in case of compassionate appointments in GDS cadre.
(xiv) Advances like Festival, HBA, Motor Car, Computer Advance shall be introduced to GDS. Flood Advance shall be revised to Rs.10000/-.
(xv) Rent for BOs shall be fixed as per the market rates and paid by the Department.
(xvi) Office Maintenance Allowance shall be modified as ‘office rent’.
(xvii) Electricity charges for BO shall be borne by the Department.
(xviii) Combination of duty which is having adverse effect shall be dispensed with.
(xix) Alternate source of Income shall not be insisted for GDS appointments.
(xx) Incentive for promoting small family norms shall be introduced to GDS also.
(xxi) Incentive to GDS Sports Person has to be introduced.
(xxii) Grant of TA/DA for conveyance of cash – At least Rs.100/- per occasion shall be granted.
(xxiii) Any GDS summoned for witness in Inquiry shall be paid TA/DA
(xxiv) All terminal benefits shall be paid to GDS on the date of retirement at par with regular employees.
(xxv) The date of retirement of shall be the last date of the month.
(xxvi) If any additional work is entrusted, the establishment review must be under taken to enhance the pay.
(xxvii) Security Bond system to be dropped, as per Vth CPC report.
(xxviii) Co-operative dues can be recovered from GDS.
(xxix) BO Rule book with updated correction shall be supplied once in two years.
(xxx) The exam fee shall be waived.
(xxxi) Identify card to the GDS shall be supplied by the Department at departmental cost.
(xxxii)There should be no loss of annual increase/increment on availing the transfer facilities to GDS.
(xxxiii)Revenue generated from all items of work has to be added for apportioned income of BOs.
(xxxiv)BPM should be treated as a skilled worker as it requires a technical certificate for the recruitment.
(xxxv)Training & retraining must be given frequently in the guise of Rural ICT and introduction of various new schemes.
11. TRADE UNION
(i) All Trade Union facilities like meetings, special casual leave etc. as if available to regular staff at all levels.
(ii) The Facility of Foreign Service and JCM Provision shall be extended the GDS. Allocation of seats in the JCM (DC) for GDS shall be considered.
DATED : 26-05-2016
The Chairman, GDS Committee gave a patience hearing on the above all items and assured consideration.