Sunday, July 28, 2013


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All India Postal Accounts Employees Association
Central Headquarter
(Affiliated to National Federation of Postal Employees)
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(Camp at: O/o Director of Accounts(Postal), Hyderabad-500001)

AIPAEA/CHQ Circular 69                                                                                            Date: 28-07-2013

Dear Comrades,

Periodical meeting with DDG (PAF)
Periodical meeting with DDG (PAF) has been held on 24-07-2013 under the chairmanship of the new DDG
Sri. Rajnish Kumar. Official Side is represented by Sri. Sanjay Kumar, Director, PA Admn., Sri. R. Magadevan, ADG (Admn). The Staff Side was represented by Com. S. Santosh Kumar, President, Com. T.Satyanarayana, General  Secretary and Com. S.B.Yadav, Deputy General Secretary. The meeting was held in a very congenial atmosphere. The following Agenda items have been discussed and decisions taken.

1. Recruitment in Departmental Canteens: Due to indifferent attitude of PAO Circle Administrations, Departmental Canteens have been pushed to the verge of closure. No recruitment has taken place for many years, though there is no ban on recruitment and despite clear cut instructions and guidelines for recruitment in the Canteens.  Relevant orders issued from time to time by DOP&T have been brought to the notice of the DDG (PAF) and it is requested to save the Departmental Canteens from closure. The Staff Side view point has been well appreciated and decided to issue clear cut directions to all the PAOs to immediately start recruitment in the Canteens.  
Staff Side also brought to the notice the fact that MTS, LDC and Junior Accountant posts in many PAOs remained vacant due to delay in holding MTS exam by Circle Administrations and non supply of dossiers by Staff Selection Commission. Various options including local recruitment put by the Staff Side have been discussed. It is decided to resort multi pronged strategy to augment the staff strength. It is decided to issue instructions to call for deputation to fill up the vacancies (temporarily) in AAO and JA cadres while making efforts to make strong liaison with regional SSCs at DAP level. The suggestion to go for local recruitment as one time measure will also be seriously examined.

2. Change in Residency Period for writing MTS to LDC examination: The existing eight years service condition to appear for LDC examination is acting as disincentive to the newly recruited MTS officials. Quick channel of promotion will help to retain the highly qualified MTS in PAOs. It is agreed by the Official Side to change the existing residency condition of 8 years to 2 years to become eligible to write the Departmental examination for the promotion to LDC cadre. It is also requested to merge the promotion quota of MTS and Sorter cadres into one and make the  quota for promotion to LDC cadre as Sorter/MTS quota so that unfilled promotional vacancies of the Sorter cadre can be filled up by eligible MTS officials. This proposition of the Staff Side has been agreed.

3. Review of the results of SC/ST candidates who appeared in the recently held AAO examination: The Staff Side has put all the arguments for undertaking the review of the results of SC/ST candidates. Official Side pointed out that there is no difference of opinion on the need for undertaking such review. But they are prevented to do so by the existing orders on the subject matter wherein the review of marks is allowed to Gr. C posts only. The JAO cadre is Gr. B (non-Gazetted). The Official Side asked the Staff Side to explore and bring any order permitting such review to Gr. B non-Gazetted posts so as to enable them to conduct the review.

4. Finalization of AAO Recruitment Rules:  AIPAEA insisted for expediting the approval of new Recruitment Rules which are now in the DOP&T. Considering the suggestions made by the Association, it was informed that the DDG(PAF) shortly seeking the appointment of Joint Secretary DOP&T to discuss  and expedite the finalization of AAO R.Rs.

5. Amendment of LDC and JA Recruitment Rules: AIPAEA has taken up this issue in the last periodical meeting and it was agreed to. This has been brought to the notice of the DDG(PAF) and requested to do justice to those seniors who were denied promotion under Seniority cum Fitness quota due to change in the educational qualification required for such promotion. Natural justice demands the protection of the interests of the existing employees whenever the Recruitment Rules are changed. Staff Side submitted all the Rulings and instructions of DOP&T in this regard. DDG(PAF) reacted positively and agreed to relax by restoring the educational qualification(8th and 10thpass) of those employees who are on roles as on the date of the amendment of Recruitment Rules.

6. Pay protection under FR 15(a): This is the item settled in the last periodical meeting. But orders have not issued on the plea that a case is pending in the Court. All the arguments are placed again before the new DDG(PAF) and requested him to settle this case and respect the provisions of FR. Finally the Director (PA Admn) asked for one week time to reexamine the entire case in the light of our arguments.
The outcome of the meeting is very encouraging and positive. The Official Side has taken the Staff shortage very seriously and appreciated the point of view of AIPAEA and assured to take all steps needed to address this issue. Some individual cases raised in the meeting informally, which are pending for a long time, some of them have been settled immediately / assured to settle others. Thus, in many ways this meeting with the new DDG (PAF) is successful.

Construction of Departmental Buildings: You are all aware that CHQ has taken up this issue as an agenda item in the Departmental Council (JCM) meeting held in the month of December 2012. Secretary Posts has ordered to include the building projects of Hyderabad, Trivendrum and Patna (vertical expansion) in the 12th Plan period. I am very happy to inform that, as assured these projects have been included and Circles are addressed to process and submit the Standard of Accommodation (SAO) to Directorate for further action. The accommodation for Trivandrum PAO (about 29000 SFt) has been provided in the Pujapura H.O. project. All these files are under process in the Directorate. Circle leadership should constantly follow and expedite the action as required at Circle level. 

Four Advance Increments: This case was originally rejected by the DOP&T. In the meeting held with DOP&T on 30-07-12, where in the General Secretary took part, the file was asked to resubmit again. Several times Com. Vyasji intervened and pursued the file till it is finally cleared. The result is that the matter has been settled and all the J.As. who passed the Confirmation exam/LD to JA Departmental exam between 01-01-1973 to 31-05-1981will get four advance increments on the same lines of IA&AD. Many retired and serving employees of PAOs will get benefited by this order.

Court Cases: Department has not so far implemented the judgment given by the Hon’ble Principal CAT, Delhi in the stepping up case filed by AIPAEA. After discussing this matter with our Advocate a contempt petition has been moved in the Pr. CAT, Delhi. At Chennai, the JA and SA case is posted for hearing on 13th August 2013, as the Department has not filed the counter so far. Further developments in these cases will be informed from time to time.

Forwarding of Applications: The CHQ has taken up the issue of ban on deputation imposed by the PA wing and PA wing has clarified and stated clearly that the intention of this order is not to block the future prospectus of the employees. Hence, applications for career advancement and writing examinations cannot be stopped by the Administration. This position has been reiterated by the DDG (PAF) in the periodical meeting held on 24-07-13. It is also informed that PAO Chennai has been instructed suitably in one such case of refusal to forward the application. If they are any such case in any PAO the matter may be reported to the CHQ.

Western Zone Study Camp at Pushkar: NFPE is organizing the Study Camp at Pushkar (Rajasthan) from 25-08-13 to 26-08-13. Representatives from Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and J&K have to be participated in this Study Camp. All the Circle Secretaries of AIPAEA of these Circles should book the tickets to participate in this Study Camp. The Study Camps organized by NFPE are very useful and help to build the leadership qualities. AIPAEA should utilize this opportunity and Circle Secretaries of Jaipur, Delhi, Sundernagar, Ambala, Jallandhar, and J&K should attend the camp. If it is not possible for the Circle Secretary to attend due to any unavoidable reason he should depute another office bearer to the Camp.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers – Agitation programme: The national Secretariat of the Confederation in it’s meeting held on 22-07-13 has decided a programme of action to achieve the 15 point Charter of Demands including the 7th CPC and Merger of D.A. The Circular number 2 issued by the CCGEW has already been placed in the AIPAEA blog spot. Please down load the said circular and implement the programme. AIPAEA should involve fully in these agitation programmes and participate actively to make the State level Conventions and other protest programmes a grand success. Full participation will only force the Government to concede our demands.

Postal Joint Council of Action: Postal Joint Council of Action has met at New Delhi on 25-07-13 and reviewed the important demands submitted through a joint memorandum to the Secretary Posts. Secretary, DOP has convened a meeting on 02-08-13 at Delhi to discuss the issues raised in the Memorandum. Cadre Restructure is one of the important issues included in the Memorandum. You are all aware that the Cadre restructuring file of the Postal Accounts has been cleared by the Secretary Posts and the file has been sent to the DOPT. On other issues, after hearing the Secretary Posts, a common approach will be adopted by the Postal JCA. The General Secretary, AIPAEA will attend the meeting on 02-08-13.

CHQ quota: All the units which have remitted the CHQ Quota into the Bank Account should immediately intimate the date of remittance and the amount deposited, so that the amounts can be properly accounted. Units which have not paid the quota should immediately remit the quota under intimation to the CHQ.

Central Working Committee meeting: As decided earlier, we are going to hold our Central Working Committee meeting at Lucknow during the last week of October 2013. Notification will be issued in due course.

Comrades, we are going to witness hectic activities in the coming months. Mobilize and prepare for the showdown on the issues of 7th CPC, Merger of DA and scraping of New Pension Bill. Joint action with Railways and Defense unions are shaping up. Confederation has given a call to conduct the strike ballot on the above issues to prepare the members for the imminent struggle. Unite – Organize – Win – that should be the slogan of every one of us.

With Struggle Greetings,
T. Satyanarayana
General Secretary


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