President : - VIKAS SHARMA, ASP [HQ], AMRITSAR (M) 09417226661;

Circle Secretary :- BALBIR SINGH KAUSHAL, Manager, National Sorting Hub, Chandigarh (M) 9914066754;

Treasurer :- GAURAV NAGI Inspector Post (MOD) Punjab Circle Chandigarh (M) 09876581559

Friday, July 3, 2015

Centre to Deptts :--- Make staff transfer, posting information public

  • The information related to employees' transfer and posting should be put in public domain promptly to reduce the number of RTI applications, the Centre said today. 
  • The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all central government ministries asking them to comply with Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and suo motu disclose all governance related information in public domain. 
  • "Access to information should be made user-friendly for which appropriate information technology infrastructure should be suitable designed, developed and operationalised," it said.
  • The DoPT has also asked the public authorities with high public dealings to put in place an effective system to redress grievances of affected persons, in order to minimise the burden of servicing RTI applications. 
  • "In order to reduce the number of RTI applications relating to service matters, the information relating to recruitment, promotion and transfers should be brought into public domain promptly," it said. 
  • The direction comes following a recommendation of a committee of experts to further strengthen implementation of suo motu disclosure of information under the transparency law by central government departments. The departments have been also asked to incorporate matters relating to the virtues of transparency, open government and RTI law in their training modules for professional upgradation of employees. 
  • "The retention and maintenance of specified documents for specified duration should be clearly spelt by each public authority in respect of its documents," the communique said. 
  • The RTI Act guarantees time-bound response to citizens' grievance on governance matters.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Postal Information

The Department of Posts, which forms a part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is responsible for the planning, development, expansion of operation and maintenance of Postal Services in the country.  It also discharges certain agency functions in respect of Savings Bank and other Small Savings Schemes, collection of customs duty on Postal articles and disbursement of pension to Military and Railway pensioners, Family pension to Industrial Employees of Coal Mines etc. 

The Department administers Postal Life Insurance for the benefit of Postal, Telecom and other Central Govt. Employees and Employees of State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Nationalized Banks and Local bodies etc. Planning and Policy-making at Headquarters. The Postal Services Board is the apex management body of the Department, comprising the Chairman (who is also the Secretary, Department of Posts and Director General) and six Members.  The six members of the Board hold functional portfolios of Operations, Personnel,   PLI, HRD, Technology and Planning.  The Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Department is a permanent invitee to the Board.  The Secretary, Postal Services Board, assists the Board.  Deputy Directors General, Directors and Assistant Directors General provide necessary support to the Board at the Headquarters. 
Postal Circles for providing postal services, the whole country has been divided in to 22 Postal circles extending postal services to 30 States and 6 UTs. Each circle is co-terminus with a State except (i) the North Eastern Circle, which comprises six North Eastern States, (ii) Maharashtra circle which includes Goa, (iii) West Bengal Circle includes Sikkim and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, (iv) Kerala circle includes the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Mahe District of Puducherry (UT), (v) Punjab Circle includes the Union Territory of Chandigarh, (vi) Gujarat circle includes Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT), (vii) Andhra Pradesh Circle includes  Telangana State and (viii) Tamil Nadu Circle includes Union Territory of Puducherry ( Except Mahe District).
The Chief Postmaster General heads each Circle.  Each Circle is divided into Regions comprising groups of field units, called Divisions (Postal / RMS Divisions).  Each Region is headed by a Postmaster General.  In the Circles , DAP and Regions, there are other functional supporting logistics units like Circle Stamp Depots,  Postal Store Depots and Mail Motor Service.  
Army Postal Services Over and above these 22 Circles, the communication needs of the armed forces are catered to by the Base Circle.  Base Circle is headed by the Additional Director General, Army Postal Service.  The officer cadre of Army Postal Services is drawn on deputation from the Indian Postal Service.  75 % of the other ranks of the Army Postal Service are drawn from the Department of Posts and the remaining personnel are recruited by the Army. 
Operational Units :-There are 21 GPOs presently functioning in the country. They are:  Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh Circle), Guwahati (Assam Circle), Patna(Bihar), Delhi (Delhi), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Ambala (Haryana), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Sri Nagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Ranchi (Jharkhand),Bangalore (Karnataka),Thiruvanantapuram (Kerala), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh),Mumbai (Maharashtra),Shillong(North East),Bhubaneswar Orissa), Chandigarh (Punjab), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Dehradun (Uttrakhand), Lucknow Uttar Pradesh) and Kolkata (West Bengal Circle).

Kausik chennai: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA), Ghaziabad is the Apex Training Institution and caters to the training needs of the managerial cadres of India Post. It conducts induction training of Indian Postal Service officers and mid-carrier training programmes for Indian Postal Service officers. It also conducts Induction Training for Gr.`B‟ officers besides some specialized need based training's on technology, Marketing and other fields of importance.  
There are six Postal Training Centers at Darbhanga, Guwahati, Madurai, Mysore, Saharanpur and Vadodra. These Training Centres cater to the training needs of Inspectorial cadre (Inspector Posts/Assistant Superintendents of Posts) and all Gr. `C‟ employees (Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. They also conduct induction training for the Inspector Posts and for Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. 
 383 Workplace Training Centres (WTCs) in circles are operational.  These WTCs cater to the training needs of various categories of staff near their work place.
There are also 5 Zonal Training Centres (ZTCs) which cater to training needs of the Postal Accounts Personnel. Engineering wing comprising of Architectural, Civil and Electrical Engineering disciplines is entrusted with design and construction of all Major & Minor building projects and maintenance of buildings in the Department.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- to the ASPs after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme…Regarding.

No. CHQ/IPASP/GP/MACP/2013                                    Dated :   19/6/2015. 


Shri Arun Malik, 
Director (SR & Legal),  
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- to the ASPs after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme…Regarding.
Ref.        :  Your letter No. 10-01/2014-SR dated 26th September 2014
Respected Sir, 
          I would like invite your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 1/9/2014 which was forwarded by SR division to DDG (P) for initiating necessary action in the matter. Also refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 19/11/2014 addressed to Secretary (Posts) and copy endorsed to you wherein it was requested to convey the approval of Non Functional Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- to all ASP/PS Group B Officers effective from the date of they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-, but till date neither the issue resolved nor reply received from Directorate. 
          I would like to point out that as per Government of India’s Resolution No. M.F No.1/1/2008-1C, Dt. 29.08.2008,clause (x) (e), “Group-B officers of Departments of Posts, Revenue, etc. will be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2 on non–functional basis after 4 years of regular service in the grade pay of Rs,4800/- in PB-2”. As per this clause all the group “B” officers of Department of post, Revenue etc. will be granted grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB- 2 on non-functional basis after 4 years of regular service in the grade pay of the 4800 in PB-2.
          Further, as per Para 9 of the Annexure I to DoPT O.M. dated 19.05.2009 issued from F.No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D):  “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…...past continuous regular service in another Government Department in a post carrying same grade pay prior to regular appointment in a new Department, without a break, shall also be counted towards qualifying regular service for the purpose of MACPS….’’.
          As per Para 2 of DoP&T OM No. 5034/3/2008-Estt(D)(Vol.II) dated 01.11.2010: “….financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be allowed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of revised pay bands as given in SSC (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008”.
          The 1st schedule of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 as mentioned in Rule 3 & 4 above, pay band & grade pay on the pay scale as applicable for every post/grade shall be specified. Para 7.6.14 of the report of Pay commission would make it clear that a Group “B” officer in PB-2 with a Grade pay of Rs. 4800/- will get the Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- after completing 4 years of regular service on non – functional basis. The enhancement of grade pay is not dependent on the post, but on regular service of 4 years in Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- in PB-2 (Rs.7500-12000 pre-revised).

          As is evident from DOP&T letter No. 10/02/2011.E.III/A dated 7-1.2013 the pay of Govt. Employees on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibility but carrying the same grade pay is to be fixed by way of addition of one increment of 3% of the sum of pay band of the existing grade pay. As such on assuming higher responsibility from the date of promotion of ASPs to Group “B” no financial benefit is given. Apparently the GP of Rs.4800/- earned by ASPs by virtue of length of service after 30 years is treated as final GP for all purpose. Had this not be the position the pay of ASP on assuming higher responsibility must be fixed under FR 22 1(a) 1. As such claim for grant of Grade Pay of Rs, 5400/- in PB-2 from the date of financial upgradation in GP of Rs.4800/- on non-functional basis vehemently uphold.
          However, Grade Pay of 5400/- is not being granted to the ASP who got 3rd Financial Upgradation under MACP Scheme and completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of 4800/- on the pretext that non-functional up-gradation to the Grade Pay of Rs 5400 in the PB-2 can be given on completion of 4 years of regular service in Grade Pay of Rs 4800/-  in PB-2 (pre-revised pay scale of Rs 7500-12000) after regular promotion and not on account of financial up-gradation due to MACP. On the other hand no pay on so called regular promotion is fixed under FR 22 1(a) 1.
          In this context, it is pertinent to mention here that as per GOI resolution 1/1/2008 IC dated 29.8.08 does not make a categorization within Group B cadres viz ASP/ Supdt. in Departments of Post for the purpose of grant of Grade Pay of Rs 5400/- as both cadre are in Group B and enjoying  gazetted status. In terms of MACP scheme notified by the DoPT vide OM No 35034/1/97- Estt(D)  dated 9.8.1999, the financial up-gradation under the scheme should be granted to the pay scale of the next hierarchical cadre.
          It is not out of place to mention here that on plain reading of DOP&T memorandum No. 10/02/2011.E.III/A dated 7.1.2013 leads to the conclusion that either pay of the officer on assuming higher responsibility should be fixed under FR 22 1(a) 1 in the same GP treating regular service on promotion in the relevant GP or financial upgradation under MACP or otherwise should be considered a regular service in that GP. Two separate interpretations on one issue are bad in the eyes of law and are considered mischievous, farfetched, hyper technical and illegal.

          In the light of above submissions, it is most humbly prayed vide this Association’s letter even number dated 15/6/2013, 16/9/2013, 11/11/2013, 31/1/2014, 1/3/2014, 17/4/2014 and 1/9/2014 that Non Functional Grade Pay of 5400/- may please be granted to all the ASPs/PS Group ‘B’ officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of 4800/- but unfortunately no attention seems to have been paid by the Directorate on this vital issue.

It is therefore requested to kindly look into the matter and cause to intimate the present status of the issue immediately.                                  
           Yours sincerely,

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Position of PS Group A/B officers in Punjab Circle

Position of PS Group A/B officers as on 03.07.2015. [Vacancy Gr ‘A’ = 4, Gr ‘B’ =3]
Name of the officer.
Date of Birth
P.D. Singh Thakur
APMG (Staff) C.O.

SPOs Chandigarh

Downgraded post
Md Hanif Khan
SSPOs Jalandhar

(offg) SPOs Amritsar

Downgraded post
Sirajuddin Sheikh
SSPOs Patiala

Jeth Mal Jinger
SSPOs Gurdaspur

Yet to join.
Subhash Chand
SSPOs Hoshiarpur

SSRMS ‘Ld’ Dn Ludhiana

Yet to join.
Suresh Kumar
SPOs Ludhiana City Dn
Downgraded post
Inderjit Singh Thakur
Asstt Director (Vigilance)

Downgraded post
Inderjit Sharma
Asstt Director-I RO

R.K. Joshi
Asstt Director-II RO

J.K. Datta
Asstt Director-III RO

Prem Chand Pal
Asstt Director (PG) CO

Narinder Kumar

Swaraj Kaur
PSD Ludhiana

CSD Ludhiana

Gurdeep Singh Brar
SPOs Bathinda

Gurdev Singh
Supdt. RMS ’I’ Dn. Jalandhar

Kamlesh Chauhan
SPOs Faridkot
Kulwant Singh
SPOs Ferozepur

SPOs Kapurthala
Amarjit Singh Sekhon
SPOs Ludhiana (M) Dn
Dilbag Singh Suri
SPOs Sangrur
G.C. Goyal
Supdt Sorting Ludhiana


SP (HQ) Chandigarh

Ujaggar Singh
SP (HQ) Patiala


SP (HQ) Amritsar

Prakash Chand
Sr Postmaster Hoshiarpur

Sr Postmaster Patiala

Gurdev Singh
Sr Postmaster Jalandhar
Yet to join.
Gopal Krishan
(Offg) Sr Postmaster Chandigarh

Satpal Pahwa
(Offg) Sr Postmaster Ludhiana

Suraj Prakash
(Offg) Sr Postmaster Amritsar

Vinod Kumar
(Offg) Asstt Director (BD) CO

Note: - Four posts of Gr ‘A’ downgraded to Gr ‘B’.