Thursday, March 31, 2011


Saturday, March 26, 2011


Court: Keeping workers permanently temporary ill behoves government
J. Venkatesan
Bench expresses displeasure at BRO's treatment of casual workers
Vartak Labour Union members have been working with it for 30-40 years.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has deprecated the Union of India engaging casual workers and keeping them in temporary service for long without making them permanent employees, thereby denying the benefits due to them.
Expressing its displeasure and anguish at the manner in which the Border Roads Organisation treated its casual workers, a Bench of Justices D.K. Jain and H.L. Dattu said engaging casual workers for less than six months and giving them artificial breaks so that they would not become eligible for permanent status ill behoved the Union of India and its instrumentalities, “which are supposed to be model employers.”
Justice Jain, writing the judgment, quoted an earlier ruling said: “It is a fact that a large number of casual labourers have worked with Project Vartak for a number of years but their period of engagement at no stage is more than six months at a time. Their services are terminated before the completion of six months and they are recruited afresh and they do not get the status of permanent employee. As per the regulations, casual personnel are not eligible for any other privileges for continued employment under the government.”
In the instant case, the Union of India appealed against a Gauhati High Court judgment directing the government to regularise the services of members of Vartak Labour Union, some of whom had been working with the BRO for 30 years. Formulation of any scheme for regularisation being a matter of policy, it was not within the High Court's domain to direct regularisation of the services of temporary appointees, the Centre said.The Bench agreed with its contention and said the union's claim for regularisation of its members merely because they had been working for BRO for a considerable period could not be granted in the light of several decisions of this court. The Bench, quoting these judgments, said: “Casual employment terminates when the same is discontinued and merely because a temporary or casual worker has been engaged beyond the period of his employment, he would not be entitled to be absorbed in regular service or made permanent, if the original appointment was not in terms of the process envisaged by the relevant rules.”
However, in the facts and circumstances of the case, where the union members had been employed in terms of the regulations and had been consistently engaged for the last 30 to 40 years, of course with short breaks, “We feel the Union of India would consider enacting an appropriate regulation/scheme for absorption and regularisation of the services of casual workers engaged by the BRO for execution of its on-going projects,” the Bench said.


Congratulations! The call given by the CHQ to send resolutions on 23-03-11 has been observed by all the units in a very big way. Such a show of strength in unison is the need of the hour. Keep it up. 
General Secretary has submitted the Charter to the DDG(PAF) on 23-03-2011 and it has been assured that a meeting will be held to discuss the issues. I hope the said meeting will be held without delay.
I call upon all the members to actively involve in the Post Card campaign from 28-03-2011 and ventilate their strong urge for the settlement of the demands.
Protest is the symptom of simmering  anger over the inaction or injustice or the inordinate delays. Let's hope the Authorities will take note of our protest and settle the demands to our satisfaction.

Postal JCA meeting is going to take place on 30-03-2011 to discuss the programme of action to counter the policy  offensives by the Department of Posts. Detailed programme will be communicated after the meeting.

The case of 4-advance increments is under reference to the Ministry of Finance. I hope it will be settled in our favour.

Apex JAC is going to meet at Hyderabad on 11-04-2011 to discuss all the issues related to the Audit and Accounts employees.

"JA and SA case" where we have filed fresh OA in the Hon'ble Pr.CAT, New Delhi, notices have been served to the Department. We are finalizing the fresh Miscellaneous Petition in the Stepping up case.

There is no need for the approval of CPMGs concerned for taking up the Recruitment in the PAOs. In this regard a letter has been sent to the Bangalore PAO from the PA wing.All units should note this and should exert pressure on the Circle Authorities (if necessary by holding demonstrations and passing resolutions) and get all the hurdles cleared for the recruitment.   

The present thinking on the rounds in respect of the Postal Accounts re-organization is 'Regionalization' earlier it was 'Divisionalization'. I don't know when this will also change. But let's not diminish our determination to oppose decentralization of PAO in any form.

General Secretary is visiting Jallandhar and Kapurthala on 29-03-2011.

Galvanize your strength and make the Post Card campaign and other coming calls a grand success.

With struggle greetings.




            A day after a heated discussion took place in Parliament on the WikiLeaks disclosures published in The Hindu, it was business as usual in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Speaker Meira Kumar went through the process of 'Papers to be laid on the Table' and then got down to the legislative business, including the introduction of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2011.

            As soon as she called out Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena, standing for Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, to introduce the Bill, CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia stood up, opposing the introduction of the Bill and demanding a division, taking the Treasury Benches by surprise.

            Only a handful of Ministers were present, including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, along with his deputy V. Narayanasamy. Caught unawares, the treasury benches too wore a rather thin look, enough for the government to sense trouble. Both the Ministers went up to National Democratic Alliance working chairman L.K. Advani and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, and talked to them. It became clear that the main Opposition BJP would come to the government's rescue.

            Mr. Bansal cited Rule 72 on the government's legislative competence to introduce the Bill and sought to know the grounds on which Mr. Acharia was opposing it, but the CPI (M) leader refused to budge from his demand for division.

            The Speaker ordered division when Mr. Acharia further pressed for it. "We are opposing the introduction of the bill. I am asking for division instead of a voice vote," Mr. Acharia said.

            Of the 159 members present in the 543-member House, 115 voted for introduction of the bill and 43 opposed it, while one abstained. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, several Ministers and Congress members were not present.

            Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Raghuvansh Prasad was heard saying that when the Speaker had already ordered division, it could not be rolled back.

            The bill provides for the establishment of an authority to promote old-age income security by creating, developing and regulating pension funds and to protect the interests of subscribers to pension fund schemes.

- The Hindu, Dated – 25.03.2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Our life is full of Colours
I hope this holi will add more colours to your life
Happy Holi

Thursday, March 17, 2011



Dear Comrade,

            The subcommittee constituted by the National Anomaly Committee to go into the anomalies in respect of MACP issues met at New Delhi on 15th Inst.  Com. S.K.Vyas, President, Confederation attended the meeting as a member. The following is the outcome of discussion at the meeting.

            With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General

Given below is the Record note on the meeting of Joint Committee on MACP held on 15.03.2011.

            The third meeting of joint committee on MACP was held today i.e 15.03.2011. This meeting was held at the specific request by the Secretary Staff Side, National Council JCM to review the decision taken in the earlier meetings in which all items had been discussed.

Item Nos. 1,3,8,9 and 29: Grant of financial up-gradation in the promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy under MACP Scheme

            The Staff Side pressed this demand on the ground that the ACP 1999 had become a service condition in respect of all those who were in service as on 31st August 2008. The MACP Scheme being less advantageous could not be imposed upon them. They stated that to resolve this anomaly, the first 2 ACPs may be continued in the promotional hierarchy to be granted after 12 and 24 years of service from the date of induction, the third ACP on completion of 30 years service may be in the grade pay hierarchy. The official Side did not agree with this proposal. The Staff Side then pointed out that the introduction of MACP Scheme in grade pay hierarchy 10, 20, 30 years of service from the date of induction will result that certain cadres would be placed in the grade pay which are not sanctioned in the structure of the departments and therefore it can not be treated as career progression at all.   The official Side wanted the particulars of those cadres which are going to face this problem, so that they could consider how to overcome such anomalies. The Staff Side agreed to provide the necessary information and departments concerned may also be asked to provide such information.

Item Nos. 2, 10 and 48:

            The Staff Side also pressed for introducing MACP Scheme with effect from 1.1.2006 so that those who did not get any benefit under old ACP could at least get the MACP scheme benefit before their retirement during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008. The Official Side stated that this item has been closed and concluded and can not be allowed to be opened / reviewed. The Staff Side then stated that they would like to raise this issue in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee as the joint Committee on MACP Scheme is sub committee of the National Anomaly Committee. The Official Side stated that this may be raised as afresh item in the National Anomaly Committee.

            The Staff Side also wanted that the option to choose ACP or MACP should be given to the individual employees and not the Department. The Official Side also did not agree to reopen this issue which has been concluded in the last meeting.

Item No. 57: Ignoring the placement of Artisans of Ministry of Defence from HS grade II to HS grade I for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

            The Staff Side pointed out that this restructuring by keeping 50% of Artisans in the HS grade I and placing 50% in the HS grade II was by way of placement and therefore it could not be treated as promotion. The Staff Side cited Supreme Court ruling to this effect. However the Official Side did not agree with this. The case of restructuring in IA & AD in 1984 and in organized accounts were also cited in which it was clearly stated that those who are in the higher grade would be treated as placement only those who are promoted later on against vacancies would be treated as promotion. The official Side view was that only in those cases where the entire cadre is placed in the higher pay scale it would not be treated as promotion. This matter will also have to be raised in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee.

Items Nos. 11, 15, 22, 39, 47 and 51: Promotion in identical Grade Pay.

            The decision that the normal promotions are in the same grade pay, they cannot be ignored for purpose of MACP Scheme and the specific cases would be examined separately.

Item Nos. 12, 30 and 49: Employees appointed limited competitive examination from lower to higher post may treated as direct recruits in the higher post ignoring the service in the lower posts.

            The matter is still being considered with reference to old ACP scheme clarification.

Item Nos. 13, 32, 38, 44, 50 and 58: Counting of old service in the new establishments for the purpose off MACP. And Item Nos. 21, 27, and 28: Benchmark for financial up gradation under MACP.

            Orders have been issued on 1.11.2010.

            It was agreed that action taken statement would be finalized and circulated so that further discussion thereon can take place in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Dear Comrade,
The sub committee constituted by the National Anomaly Committee to look into the issues concerning the MACP is scheduled to meet on 15th March, 2011. Com. S.K. Vyas, President, Confederation will attend the meeting as a member of the Committee.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty.
Secretary General



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AIPAEA/CHQ/Circular47                                                                                                                 Date: 12-03-2011

Dear Comrades,
On the persistent efforts of AIPAEA the recruitment has started in PAOs, though in trickle! Efforts are on to get all the vacancies in all cadres in all the PAOs to be filled up.  In PAOs like Kolkata, Jaipur, Nagpur etc., new recruits have joined. On behalf of the CHQ I heartily welcome all those new comrades to the family of Postal Accounts and All INDIA POSTAL ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION!!
The cry for ending the discrimination continues…all over the world. One hundred years back the valiant fight started by the women textile mill workers of New York, USA has grown into a big struggle around the world along with the workers movements and achieved voting right for women in many countries and the fight for dignity and equality is still continuing. AIPAEA salutes all those valiant women comrades for their sacrifices. I convey my congratulations and best wishes to all women members of our organization. Branches may Email the Report and pictures of Women’s Day celebrations to the CHQ, so that the same can be placed in the AIPAEA blog.
The Central Working Committee of AIPAEA which met at Thekkady , Kerala from 13 to 15th Feb.2011 reviewed the Priority Charter of Demands submitted to the Department. The revised Priority Charter is given here under. As the Department has not so far initiated any discussion to settle the demands, it has been decided to launch the second phase of programme and  implement the same  with all seriousness by all units.
Programme of Action
1.       Hold lunch hour demonstration on 23-03-2011 and fax the Resolution to the 1) Secretary, Department of Posts, New Delhi – 110 001 2) JS & FA, Department of Posts, New Delhi-110 001 3) DDG (PAF), New Delhi – 110 001 and copy by post to the  Secretary General , NFPE, North Avenue Post Office, New Delhi-110 001 and General Secretary, AIPAEA, New Delhi.

2.       Start Post Card Campaign from 28-03-2011 to 01-04-2011. Address the Post Card to the DDG (PAF), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001 and inform the General Secretary about the number of cards sent by each unit. Post the cards every day during the campaign week.
The Text of the Resolution and Post Card Campaign is given here under.
The Meeting of the All India Postal Accounts Employees Association, ------------------Circle held on 23-03-2011 expressed its anguish for not taking note of the Priority Charter of Demands submitted, and not initiating any action for settling those demands even after the lapse of four months.  Hence, it is unanimously resolved to request the authorities to hold discussion with AIPAEA and settle the demands without further loss of time. It is also unanimously resolved to submit the revised charter of demands as decided in the Central Working Committee Meeting of this Association. 


1.       Expedite Recruitment in all cadres in all PAOs.
2.       Expedite the cadre restructuring in the PAOs.
3.       Enhance the SCF quota for Senior Accountants for the promotion to the AAO Cadre and drop the proposal for Direct Recruitment in AAO cadre.
4.             4.   Expedite the notification of All India seniority list of Senior Accountants causing the filling up of          
           regular and ad-hoc vacancies in the cadre of AAO in PAO & CCA offices.  B) Conduct Part II 
          & Prt I JAO/AAO exams.
5.                5.   Drop the proposal of decentralization of PAOs in any form.
6.                6.  Restore the post of Member (Finance) in the Postal Services Board and strengthen the Postal 
         Accounts    Wing by bringing all streams of accounts cadres under Member(Finance).
7.              7.  A)  Construct Departmental buildings to PAOs like Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jammu, Trivandrum,
       Patna etc. B) Retain the British India Road building at Kolkata or accommodate entire PAO at Yogayog
       Bhawan at Kolkata.
8.             8.  Ensure full pledged functioning of newly formed PAOs in all the Postal Circles by providing required 
       staff strength and proper accommodation. B) Repatriate all the officials of Kapurthala PAO who are
       posted in Jammu against their willingness.
9.          9. Stop victimization of PAO staff in the name of contributory negligence and withdraw the charge sheets 
     given to the PAO Staff at Hyderabad and Kolkata for C.C frauds that took place at Post offices. B)
     Withdraw the charge sheets given to the PAO staff/AIPAEA Office Bearers at Lucknow, Cuttack &Patna
     on flimsy grounds due to the vindictive attitude of authorities.
10        10.  Provide induction and periodical refresher training to Junior/Senior Accountants and AAOs.
11    11Ensure specified role to PAO as stipulated by the Ministry of Finance in all Business Development 
     /Financial activities of the Postal Department.
12   12.  Restore the residency period of 3years in r/o Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant promotion 
     retrospectively with effect from 13-12-2006.
13   13. Rectify the anomaly caused due to promotion of junior Gr.D officials to LDC cadre after 2006 in PAOs 
     where as a senior Gr. D official promoted earlier remaining in Sorter cadre/becoming junior in LDC cadre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sd/-,                                                                                                                                                      PRESIDENT
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­TEXT OF THE POST CARD CAMPAIGN
Hold discussions with AIPAEA on the Priority Charter and settle the demands.
Thanking You,
Yours faithfully,
(Name & Designation)

 As the Department failed to implement the judgment given by the Hon’ble Principal CAT, New Delhi, a contempt petition was filed by us and the Department too filed a Miscellaneous Application requesting to set aside the judgment. The case has come up for hearing on 08-03-2011 and the Department was ordered to consider the case of the petitioners and decide the same by passing a speaking order within a week’s time. As usual the Department passed a speaking order rejecting our case. I am going to consult our Advocate soon and in all probability we may file another O.A. challenging the speaking order passed by the Department.  Please visit our blog for the copy of the speaking order.
In the second case i.e. JA and SA should be treated as one promotion, the Department has rejected our representation. We have filed fresh O.A. challenging the rejection. That may come up for hearing any time. In this connection all the Circle Secretaries are requested to remit the money as decided earlier to fight the case.  
The Department has issued orders to close/merge/relocate about 9797 Post Offices in the urban areas. NFPE Federal Secretariat met and discussed this issue and also other policy offensives by the Department. It is decided to go for a programme of action by formulating a Charter. AIPAEA has requested the Federation to include the demand ‘stop any move to decentralize the Postal Accounts’ in the charter. Full details will be circulated after the finalization by the Federation. We have already submitted our views on the proposed Reorganization of Postal Accounts. The copy of the letter has already been placed in the blog. We have to be ready for any organizational action opposing the decentralization of PAO in any form.

CHQ congratulates the newly elected Office Bearers and members of the Executive Committee of AIPAEA, Patna Circle. Com. Mahato, has been elected President, Com. Gopal Krishna sharma is the new Circle Secretary, Com. Santosh Kumar Chowdari  is the newly elected Finance Secretary.  Great responsibility lies on the shoulders of the new body to bring back the past glory of the Patna branch. On the occasion of the branch conference I convey my best wishes to all the comrades of Patna Circle.

C & AG has issued orders on 10-02-2011 granting four advance increments to the JAs who have passed the Departmental Confirmatory Test between the periods from 01-01-1973 to 31-05-1981. CHQ has addressed a letter to the DDG (PAF) to extend the similar benefit to the Staff of Postal Accounts. Let’s hope PA wing will issue orders soon.

It is noticed that many times Circle PAOs are not responding to send the required information to the PA wing on the Staff matters.  This is creating problems and delaying the things. For example, even now the information called for by the PA wing on the All India Seniority list has not yet been sent by all the PAOs. This is delaying the notification of the list. Similarly many PAOs have not send the panel of Sr. Accountants to the PA wing even though; the vacancies exist in 10% SCF quota for effecting regular promotions.  In this connection, I plead with all our Circle Secretaries to promptly act and pressurize the local Administration to do the needful without causing delay.  Adopt proactive approach and interact with the Administration on regular basis through correspondence as well as informal meetings. Bi-monthly and 4-monthly meetings are not regularly being held at many Circles. Insist the authorities concerned to hold these meetings regularly.
General Secretary will be at New Delhi from 22-03-2011 to 01-04-2011. It is also planned to visit Jallandhar and Kapurthala units during this period.

Month of April is the month of enrollment. In some branches for various reasons some of our friends have chosen to be outside of AIPAEA. Now this is the time to welcome them back home. Talk to them. Convince them. Iron out the differences.  Take them into the fold of AIPAEA.

 For change of membership from one Association to another, the member should withdraw the existing membership by writing to the Drawing and Disbursing Officer and submit a new form to become member in another Association. The form used at the time of verification can be used now also for enrolling the membership. The subscription of such member will be recovered from the month of July. Membership form should be submitted in the month of April.

The newly recruited employees can be enrolled immediately without waiting for April. From the date of submission of the membership form, the newly recruited employee will become member of the Association and the subscription will be recovered from the same month.
I request all our Circle Secretaries to make all out efforts to enroll the new members’ i.e. new recruits and also to bring back the existing employees into our Association.

Comrades, the proposal for re-organization of Postal Accounts, the inaction of the Department on the Cadre re-structuring,  the draft Recruitment Rules of AAOs, slow pace of recruitment and silence on the charter of demands …..etc. are the issues bothering the employees of Postal Accounts. Let’s unite, organize, agitate and make our voice heard in the echelons of Dak Bhawan.

With Struggle Greetings!!

General Secretary

Sunday, March 6, 2011


THE CRY FOR JUSTICE ………. Continues. 



Bread and Roses !!

As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,

Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,

For the people hear us singing: Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!

As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,

For they are women's children and we mother them again.

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;

Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses.

As we go marching, marching, unnumbered women dead

Go crying through our singing their ancient call for bread.

Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.

Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too.

As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days,

The rising of the women means the rising of the race.

No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,

But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;

Hearts starve as well as bodies; bread and roses, bread and roses.

This poem was by James Oppenheim. It is commonly associated with a textile strike by women workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA during January – March 1912, popularly known as the Bread and Roses Strike. Bread and Roses signifies ---- demand for both fair wages and dignified conditions.