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Department of Posts must leverage technology to strengthen Digital India-Ravi Shankar Prasad


The annual Heads of Circles Conference held at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir from 29th to 31stJuly 2019 adopted a 100 Days Action Plan and a five-year vision to align the Department of Posts with the Prime Minister’s “New India” initiative.

The important decisions taken during the conference with participants from across the country included:

  1. Leveraging the Digital network of 1.55 lakh Post offices, including 1.29 lakh in rural areas as infrastructure to support e-Commerce, e-Governance and financial inclusion in the country.
  1. Developing infrastructure to extend the reach of the e-Commerce industry to tier II & III town as well as to rural areas by investing in 190 parcel hubs, 80 Nodal Delivery Centers and a Pan India Road Transport Network.
  1. Facilitating SME led export industry by expanding the network of Foreign Post offices and offices of exchange where in-house customs clearance facility will be available.
  1. Partnership with Common Service Centre to provide a suite of citizen centric services such as banking, remittance, insurance, DBT, bill and tax payments etc at Post offices.
  1. Opening Passport Sewa Kendras in all aspirational districts of the country as per the mandate of MEA.
  1. Consolidation of the network of 13,352 Aadhaar enrollment and updation centres in Post offices introducing flexible timings for the convenience of customers.
  1. Conducting recruitment examinations in local languages to make the departmental and Gramin Dak Sevaks work force representative and more efficient.
  1. Converting the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) into a Small Finance Bank (SFB) to provide micro credit at the doorsteps to individuals and SME’s.
  1. Targeting the milestone of one crore accounts for IPPB in 100 days.
  1. Restructuring the Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance business of the Department into a fully regulated Strategic Business Unit (SBU) registered as a company as per the requirement of IRDA.
The resolve of the Department to support the Prime Minister’s “New India” initiative was applauded by Minister of Communications,Shri Ravi Shankar Prashadin his address to the officers over a video conference. The Minister urged the officers of the Department at all levels to think to reform and perform in order to transform. In particular, he asked the Heads of Circles to leverage technology to strengthen Digital India by adopting Artificial intelligence, IOT and Cloud computing for citizen centric services. The many start-ups coming up in the country are the plus points of the nation that need to be supported and harnessed by the Postal service. Most importantly, he urged the Department to tap the rising demand for e-Commerce in rural and semi- urban India by fast tracking the access of e-Commerce participants to this emerging segment. In his concluding remarks, the Minister recalled the powerful use of the “Letter” by Mahatma Gandhi and suggested that as mark of the association of the Postal Department with the Father of the Nation, the Department should pay an appropriate tribute to him on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on 2nd October, 2019. SNC 



MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO
THE SECRETARY (POSTS)

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANIZATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION – GDS
NATIONAL UNION – GDS
 

No. PJCA/2/2019                                                                        Dated: 15th July 2019

MEMORANDUM
To
            Shri A N Nanda,
            Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001

Sub:   Submission of Memorandum on long pending demands.

Sir,
            It is to bring to your kind notice that on so many occasions, we as PJCA have raised our long pending genuine demands before the Department. But it is highly regretted that no effective steps have been taken by the Department to mitigate the problems causing more sufferings to the employees.

            After introduction of technology in the form of CBS/CSI/CIS/MNOP/PNOP & now RICT the staff is suffering very much. We are bringing all the problems being faced by the staff at ground level separately on each subject but no solution is coming out.

            A meeting of Postal Joint Council of Action consisting NFPE,FNPO,AIPEU-GDS & NUGDS was held at FNPO Office. T-24, Atul Grove Road New Delhi on   13.07.2019. In the meeting all General Secretaries, of NFPE, FNPO AIPEU-GDS and NUGDS participated. After thorough discussion, PJCA has come to the conclusion that a memorandum should be submitted to Secretary (Post) for settlement of demands as mentioned in the Charter of Demands enclosed here with.

            We request you to kindly arrange one meeting with office bearers of PJCA to discuss the issues and settle the same as early as possible failing which we (PJCA) will be compelled to launch agitational programmes in a phased manner.

                        With regards
Yours Sincerely,
       

         (T N Rahate)                                                          (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General (FNPO)                                   Secretary General (NFPE)

           
       (P U Muralidharan)                                            (P Pandurangarao)
General Secretary-NUGDS                                  General Secretary-AIPEU-GDS
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1.    Settle all the problems arisen out of implementation of C.S.I, R.I.C.T./ IPPB / CBS and Postmen delivery mobile App & CIS.
2.    Implement all positive recommendations of Sri Kamlesh Chandra Committee report and grant Civil servant Status to GDS.
3.    Fill up all Vacant Posts in all cadres of Department of Post i.e. P.A/S.A, Postmen, Mail Guard, Mailmen, MMS, MTS, GDS, Postal Acctts, P.A  Admn. Offices, P.A SBCO & Civil Wing etc  within a time frame  and separate identity of all cadres.
4.    Withdraw NPS and Guarantee minimum pension 50% of last pay drawn.
5.    Membership verification of G.D.S and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification conducted in 2015.
6.    Implementation of orders of   payment of  revised wages and arrears to the casual , Part time, Contingent employees & daily rated mazdoors as per 6th and   7th CPC and Regularize Services of  casual Labourers.
7.    Implement Cadre Restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, Postman/MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts, and Civil Wing etc.
8.    Stop Privatization, Corporatization and out sourcing in Postal Services.
9.    Scrap Bench Mark in MACP.
10.  Implement 5 days week in Postal and RMS
11.  Enhancement of higher pay scales to those categories whose minimum qualification has been enhanced e.g. Postmen, Mail guard.
12.  Grant of pension to the promoted GDS based on Supreme Court Judgment in SLP No (C) 13042/2014
13.  Withdraw orders of enhancement of cash conveyance limit without security.
14.   Implement all High Court and Supreme Court decisions in C/W MACP, RTP and others.
15.  Cash less treatment under CGHS  and allotment of adequate fund under head MR & T.A
16.  Retention of Civil wing in the Department of Post.
17.  Holding of Departmental Council Meetings/RJCM and periodical meetings at all levels.
18.  Stop Trade Union victimization and in the name of unscientific targets.
19.  Provide 40 percent SCF quota promotion in AAO cadre and amend RR incorporating the modifications demanded by AIPAEA.
20.  Status of audit to SBCO.
21.  Restore Special Allowance to PO & RMS Accountants and OSA to RMS/MMS Staff.
22.  All NSH and I.C. Speed Post Hubs should be under the administrative control of RMS and All L-2 Mail Offices should be identified as I.C. Speed Post Hubs and as Parcel Hubs.
23.  Permission to all Staff of Circle Office, SBCO, Postal Accounts and RMS/MMS Staff to appear in Departmental Examination for promotion to PSS Group-B.
24.  Improper functioning of Separate (Nodal) Parcel Delivery in India Post vis-a-vis heavy expenditure and undue harassment to the Postmen Delivery staff.