Saturday, September 29, 2012

                           Postal Crusader - Editorial


The tradition of the Postal Trade Union movement, from the very day of its inception, is the total unity of the entire Postal employees and Central Govt. Employees – Whether they are called Departmental Employees or Extra – Departmental Employees. Late Comrades: Tarapada Mukherjee, Dada Ghosh, K. G. Bose, N. J. Iyer, Adinarayana, K. L. Moza and all those great leaders stood for the unity of the entire Postal workers. Unfortunately, of late, deliberate attempt is being made repeatedly, from certain quarters, to split and weaken the rock – like unity of Postal employees.

In 2008, all the unions of NFPE took an unanimous decision to go on indefinite strike from 6th January 2009, raising the main demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) i.e.; reject the retrograde recommendations of the Nataraja Murthy Committee report. But suddenly a strike notice was served by the then GDS union General Secretary for indefinite strike from 18.12.2008 i.e, 18 days before the proposed indefinite strike of NFPE. Other unions were not consulted. After serving the strike notice only it was known to others. What was the need for going on strike in a so hurriedly manner, when NFPE was ready for a joint strike from 06.01.2009. Will be sky come down if the strike is delayed for 18 days to ensure cent percent unity of Postal Employees. The intention was very clear to divide the unity of the Postal workers. The leadership of the so – called GDS union played in the hands of the Govt. and the Postal bureaucracy who are hell-bound to demolish the rock-like unity of Postal workers. With the help of the so-called GDS union General Secretary, the Government succeeded to some extent in creating a division among Departmental employees and GDS.

Now again, the same thing is being repeated. The entire Central Government Employees, including the National Federation of Postal Employees has decided to go on a nation-wide one day strike on 12thDecember 2012. One of the major demands of the strike charter is the issues related to the GDS employees – i.e.; 7th Pay Commission to examine the wages and service conditions of GDS, 50% DA merger for GDS and not 5% TRCA increase, Departmentalization of GDS and extending all the benefits of departmental employees, Bonus discrimination, protection of allowance, Health Scheme, time bound promotion etc. Intensive campaign all over the country is taking place for making the strike a grand success. The strike was declared on 2012 July 26th in the historic Parliament March in which about 20000 Central Government Employees participated in which a large majority of them being Postal & RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Again, all of a sudden, the General Secretary of the truncated GDS Union, gave another strike notice for indefinite strike from 16th October 2012. When the entire employees are preparing for a joint strike, what is the need of giving a sudden notice for another strike. Again, the intention is very clear. They are playing in the hands of the Government. The Central Government wants to scuttle the December joint strike by creating division among the Departmental Employees and GDS. The leader is behaving as an agent of the Government and poor GDS are the victims. GDS are not going to be benefited by such sectarian strike.

Shall we allow such leaders to break the unity of Postal workers, by stabbing from the back? Shall we allow the Government to break our unity by joining hands with such leaders? No, we shall not. We shall expose those disruptors and at any cost, shall uphold the unity of the Postal workers and march forward under the banner of NFPE for protecting the interest of the Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks. Let us fight against the policy of the Government and make the 12th December strike a thundering success.

Ministry of Finance released orders on payment of D.A wef 01.07.2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

100 mn people will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate: report

  More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday. As global average temperatures rise due togreenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.
It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue. 
 More than 90% of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries in 2010 and 2030. It was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change.
"A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade," the report said.
It said the effects of climate change had lowered global output by 1.6 percent of world GDP, or by about $1.2 trillion a year, and losses could double to 3.2% of global GDP by 2030 if global temperatures are allowed to rise, surpassing 10 percent before 2100.
It estimated the cost of moving the world to a low-carbon economy at about 0.5% of GDP this decade.


                British economist Nicholas Stern told Reuters earlier this year investment equivalent to 2% of global GDP was needed to limit, prevent and adapt to climate change. His report on the economics of climate change in 2006 said an average global temperature rise of 2-3 degrees Celsius in the next 50 years could reduce global consumption per head by up to 20%.
 Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. Almost 200 nations agreed in 2010 to limit the global average temperature rise to below 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change.
But climate scientists have warned that the chance of limiting the rise to below 2C is getting smaller as global greenhouse gas emissions rise due to burning fossil fuels.
The world's poorest nations are the most vulnerable as they face increased risk of drought, water shortages, crop failure, poverty and disease. On average, they could see an 11% loss in GDP by 2030 due to climate change, DARA said.
"One degree Celsius rise in temperature is associated with 10% productivity loss in farming. For us, it means losing about 4 million metric tonnes of food grain, amounting to about $2.5 billion. That is about 2 percent of our GDP," Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in response to the report.
"Adding up the damages to property and other losses, we are faced with a total loss of about 3-4% of GDP."
Even the biggest and most rapidly developing economies will not escape unscathed. The United States and China could see a 2.1 percent reduction in their respective GDPs by 2030, while India could experience a more than 5% loss.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

25th Universal Postal Congress officially opens

24.09.2012 - The 25th Universal Postal Congress officially opened in Doha, Qatar, today, marking the beginning of the three-week meeting, which gathers postal leaders and stakeholders from the UPU’s 192 member countries to decide on the global postal sector’s future every four years.
 (Congress is expected to adopt the Doha Postal Strategy, the UPU's future roadmap)

A number of crises have characterized the last four years, bringing new, unprecedented challenges for the postal sector and the UPU, said Edouard Dayan, director general of the Universal Postal Union, during the opening plenary session. “These new realities have known no borders and have extended to all postal operators worldwide, regardless of their level of development. The Congress that opens today must champion the values of our organization: universality, solidarity and communication among peoples,” Dayan said. “This Congress embraces the values of the postal community, but also heralds the future, that of a modernized, efficient and solid organization, and of global postal services at the heart of the economy, trade and the information society,” he added.
Held under the theme “New world, new strategy”, the 25th Universal Postal Congress hopes to adopt the Doha Postal Strategy, the UPU’s strategic document for the future. It underlines the postal network’s three dimensions – physical, electronic and financial – as well as interconnection, governance and development as key axes to strengthen postal services worldwide.
Over the next three weeks, more than 2,200 registered delegates will examine many proposals to modify the rules and regulations governing the exchange of international mail as well as major documents recommending the way forward in areas such as postal financial services, quality of service, postal security, e-commerce and trade facilitation.
During the opening plenary, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized the role of the global postal network in social and economic development in a message to Congress. “Postal services are universal. They connect people throughout the world,” he said. The UPU is a specialized agency of the United Nations for postal services.
Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Aqaily, chairman of the General Postal Corporation of Qatar, was also officially designated as Congress chairman during the opening plenary.

Opening ceremony

Earlier in the day, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir Apparent, attended the morning’s opening ceremony organized by the State of Qatar, alongside Qatar’s minister of culture, arts and heritage, Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Bin Ali Al Kuwari, the UPU’s Edouard Dayan, and Saudi Arabia’s minister of telecommunications and information technology, Mohammed Jamil Bin Ahmed Mulla, and other dignitaries.
As host of the Congress, Qatar will also automatically assume the chairmanship of the UPU’s Council of Administration for 2013-2016. Countries will be elected to the UPU’s official bodies, the Council of Administration and the Council of Postal Operations, on 10 October, following the election of a new director general and deputy director general for the UPU whose mandate will run for four years starting in January 2013.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holding of PA/SA Direct Recruitment for 2011 & 2012 through approved Outsourced Agency

PA/SA DR Examination
No. A-34012/5/2011-DE
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(DE Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 25th September, 2012
All Chief Postmasters General

Subject : Holding of PA/SA Direct Recruitment for 2011 & 2012 through approved Outsourced Agency

I am directed to invite kind attention to the Directorate’s letters of even number dated 13-7-2012 and 31-08-2012 regarding conducting of PA/SA Direct Recruitment Examination for filling up vacancies of Postal Assistants, Sorting Assistants, PA MMS, PA SBCO, PA RLO and PA Foreign Post for the years 2011 & 2012.

2.         The last date fixed for sale of application forms was prescribed as 25-09-2012. Consequent on introduction of online downloading of application form, the last date for online registration of applications was also prescribed as 25-09-2012.

3.         In the instruction letter dated 13-07-2012, it was provided in Para 6 that “the issue of ACG-67/UCR Receipt towards payment of examination fee for Rs. 200 will also be stopped along with the last date fixed for sale of OMR AFK. In no circumstances, the issue of receipt towards payment of examination fee and sale of OMR will be permitted after 25-9-2012.

4.         The Competent Authority has now ordered to dispense with sale of application forms and also online registration of Applications upto 20:00 Hours on 25-09-2012. However, in order to benefit the candidates who have registered their online applications till 20:00 Hours of 25-09-2012, the Agency will provide the applications to their e-mail IDs. As such candidates may be permitted to pay their application fee and examination fee in the form of ACG-67/UCR upto the last date prescribed for receipt of application i.e. 01-10-2012.

5.         Suitable instructions may kindly be issued to all concerned post office in your Circle to accept payments towards Application fee and examination fee from the candidates till 01-10- 2012. There is no change in the last date fixed for receipt of applications for normal areas and for remote areas.

6.         This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
Yours faithfully,
(K. Rameswara Rao)
Asst. Director General (DE)
Copy forwarded to:
1.         Shri Sanjeev Dham, Deputy General Manager, M/s CMC Ltd. Noida. He is requested to ensure sending of applications to all the candidates who have registered online upto 20:00 Hours on 25-09-2012.
2.         Shri Satish Kumar Dhingra, Regional Head-ITES, M/s CMC Ltd. Noida for kind information and ensuring uploading of applications to all the candidates who have registered online.
3.         Shri K. Ravi Babu, Deputy Director, CEPT, Mysore. He is requested to delink online registration of applications from 20:00 Hours of 25-09-2012 from Indiapost website.
(K. Rameswara Rao)
Asst. Director General (DE

Scams, Scandals …... & Postal

This is an era of scams and scandals. Hidden skeletons are now rolling down from the cupboard now and then and the UPA II is now shunned with shame for the rampant corruptions like 2G, Coalgate, sports etc. Because of allowing FDI, disinvestment, Entertaining Public Private Partnership, Privatization Policies adopted in the Government Sectors, the preference and favoritism followed by kick packs are now coming out in new dimensions.

In spite of shiftingfrom the globalization policies by many western countries and attempting to -revert back to state oriented services in the recent days;the Government is advancing with the outdated policies without minding the opposition and lost its foresight.

In Postal, Hon’ble Minister has announced the New Postal Policy 2012 intending to unbundle the present rights of the Postaland end the monopoly. The tender Notification Placed on Indiapost Website for inviting Expression of Interest from experienced and reputed consultancy firms for providing comprehensive consultancy on Detailed Model Concession Agreement for Commercial Development and Management of Vacant Postal Lands under PPP mode Project exhibits the mood to lease out the postal land and other activities leading to disinvestment and privatization. It cannot be ruled out of one more scam in Postal in the future.

We cannot forget the centralized supply of computers and Generators to post offices without any invoice or brought into stock during the 1990s which was not unearthed properly at that time.The information’s we collected under the RTI showsthat how the pumpkin was hidden in the food served. Similarly, there were many types of lootsand booty’s while carrying out the works under the Project Arrow. The information we collected under RTI exhibits that the same buildings were identified under all the three schemes and no major repairs and replacements except changing tiles and carrying out the colour wash.

Postal Accounts, even though it was declared under the organized accounts cadre under CAG,the entire administrative powers like Director of Postal Accounts etc are in the hands of senior administrative officers resulting the postal accounts is now confined its work related to only accounts and not the auditing work.Nowadays, the postal accounts are also raising objections only on flimsy items against staff on their pay fixation, drawal of bills etc. and not objecting the serious financial irregularities purported by the officers.

Is there any check being carried out in the business products? By whom? Whether all the business activities and the expenditure made for them are properly audited. For Videshi Mo, the software was purchased in some crore. The revenue earned so far is lesser than Rs, 20000. The air freighter engaged for carrying mails resulted in heavy loss. The AMPC now installed in Kolkatta is capable of sorting only 28% of mails. The electricity charges paid last month has exceeded sixteen lakhs. The loss due to the non - realization of BNPL accounts has not been cared.

Earlier all staff cars were maintained by the MMS and the expenditure was very minimum. The officers started engaging rented car for the minimum rent of Rs.30000 per month and in many circles the number of cars engaged exceed four or five. The rent spent in two years may pave revenue to purchase the same cars. But it seems no objections by any DPA or Internal Finance.

The poor postmasters cannot purchase any urgent materials for more than Rs.25 which is not even sufficient to attend the faults in the socket pin orin computers and they have forced to depend upon for everything to the divisional superintendent. The demand to increase their financial powers is not considered. But the officer’s financial powers had been increased manifold. Beyond their powers there were many expenses. Whether the Postal Accounts is checking the NPC vouchers regularly seeing whether there is any wasteful expenditure or payment beyond the financial powers and raising objections?  

There are frequent melas or meets organised. Just to make a tour to all the Directors, there was a meet in Madurai and lakhs of rupees were spent. All were exceeding the financial powers. The bills were charged in different divisions on different accounts. When informations under RTI were sought, there is no correct information because of the split of expenditures in different divisions. Is it not the duty of the Accounts to detect and raise objections? Not possible. They are not having freedom; because they are working under the DPS.

We could point out many such financial irregularities and misuse of powers in many quarters. But what we expect that the Postal accounts and audits should function independently like CAG and point out the scams and irregularities taking place even on today in the department right from the divisions to Directorate to curb the corruptions and scams. Let us think deeply to demand such thing also by the trade unions.


A General Body meeting with the members of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE), M.P Circle was conducted by Com.Vijay kumar Sharma, Circle Convener, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) and held under the Presidentship of Com.Barelal Asati in Damoh Town, Damoh.

A large gathering of more than 300 delegates representing from more than 10 Divisions with 20 women comrades attended and paid their keen attention to the deliberations of the addressing leadership.

The Convention lead by Com.R.K.Choube with his delightful anchoring and witnessed by the leaders viz., Com.R.N.Parashar, Asst. General Secretary, NFPE, Com.K.V.Sridharan, General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C., Com.I.S.Dabas, General Secretary, AIPEU Postmen&MTS/Gr.D., Com.Balwinder Singh, Treasurer, AIPEU Gr.C (CHQ), Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) besides the leaders of the M.P Circle viz., Com.S.C.Jain, Circle Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C, M.P., Com.S.K.Nema, Com.I.S.Jaswal, Circle Secretary, AIP SBCOEA, M.P etc.,

Com.R.N.Parashar in his inaugural speech elaborately narrated the necessary in formation of new GDS union, its role for the last six months and support of NFPE and its affiliated unions and the future program of action by NFPE for GDS in the country.

Com.K.V.Sridharan explained about the GDS system and its vital role in the Department in plight of on-going developments in the Department and need of unity with NFPE and its unions for reaching the best achievements for GDS in a very detailed manner. The General Secretary made an appeal to all the Gr.C & P-IV leadership and well-wishers of NFPE to extend all their support and cooperation for successful gaining of all effective GDS membership under the banner of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) in M.P circle.

Com.I.S.Dabas conveys solidarity from P-IV CHQ and the role of P-IV union for the emancipation of GDS under the leadership of Com.Adi and his successors from NFPE and requested the leadership of P-IV in M.P circle for their fullest cooperation for the upliftment of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) in the Circle.

Com.P.Pandurangarao explained the need of formation of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) and the organization achievements of the GDS union in the recent past, its progress in other Circles and getting ahead of GDs problems with the Dept. & Govt. with the total support of NFPE. The consequences from Department policies, its dangerous effect on GDS system and  forgoing achievements gained by NFPE during last decade in a detailed manner.

All the Circle leadership expressed their total support and cooperation to stage all GDS in the Circle under the banner of NFPE and assured to form Divisional unions for AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) soon.

 A Unanimous Circle Organizing body is constituted to take the responsibility to form AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) union in all the Divisions of M.P Circle.


Cabinet approves 7% hike in DA for central government employees

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Monday approved a hike of 7% indearness allowance (DA) for central government employees. This means, the DA will now be 72 per cent from the current 65 per cent of basic pay.

This will benefit about 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners across India. Last time the government increased the DA was in March 2011 which came into effect from January 1, 2012.

The current hike will be effective from July 1 this 

Monday, September 24, 2012

  The Circle Secretary AIPEU GDS (NFPE)
                Sub: Mass Scale abolition of GDS posts in Gudur Division
Respected Com,
                When we are demanding for filling up of all GDS vacant posts, the Circle administration is abolitioning the GDS posts in a mass scale by using the new name of “Keeping abeyance”. The circle administration calling information of all vacant posts for giving clearance to fill up the posts. But for very few posts permission is according to fill up and at the same time more posts are keeping abeyance and attaching the work to BPM/other GDS posts. For example in Gudur Dn during last 10 days the following posts have been kept under abeyance.
1.       GDS MC Althurupadu(VK Town) has been kept in abeyance and attached to GDS MC/DA Paravolu(VK Town)
The present work load of MC/DA Paravolu
                7                                              7.5                          8
o-------------------------o-------------------------o----------------------------o    Total: 22.5 (one side)
VK Town              Paravolu                       Amudur                    Althurupadu                      22.5 (back)
                                                                                                                                         +25KM delivery                            work at Paravolu                                                                                                          ----------
i.e. per a day 70 KM
is it possible to a human being?
2.       GDS DA Polireddypalem (Kotapolur) has been kept in abeyance and attached to BPM
                                The post of GDS DA P.R.Palem from the beginning is more than 5 hrs work load post. GDS DA retired during 2006 and the for the last 6 yrs GDS DA post runned on substitute arrangement. Since 2006 we are demanding through monthly meeting for its filling up.
                Lady BPM. Good working BO. Besides BPM duties now she has to attend 11 attached villages covering a distance of 40 KM per day.
                Likewise GDS MC/DA Velagalaponnur, Minamanamudi, Talupur, P.C.Padu, Mogallur, Ammavaripalem total 10 posts have been abolished during last 10 days. This may be the position in all divisions of AP. It is requested to brought it to the notice of NFPE Federal executive, scheduled to be held on 27.09.12 in order to move further.
Yours comradely

Divisional Secretary

Sunday, September 23, 2012

B. Tech graduates find postal department jobs cosy

HYDERABAD: M Vijay Shankar, 25, is a B. Tech graduate who worked as an application engineer until two years ago in the technology cell of a company that serviced ultrasound machines. He used to demonstrate the working of the devices and the procedure to handle them, working six days a week. Last year, he cleared the postal department's exam and is currently a postal assistant with his workday revolving around administrative routines like collating revenue collections and getting signatures on documents. Boring? Not really, as Shankar says he has job security, a five-day week, not much pressure and a good pay package, something elusive for many engineering grads these days.

At 150, the postal department is getting younger with each passing year. For many engineering graduates in the city, like Shankar, the road seems to lead straight from the college to the postal department now. For the upcoming 2012 recruitments, lakhs of application forms have already been issued and downloaded and officials are receiving many enquiries from eager candidates. With the number of students from technical backgrounds applying for vacancies there is a significant increase in applicants in the last couple of years. Drawing the young grads is the increased usage of computers in the department and also job security.

Currently, the department has 432 vacancies for which there is a mad rush for application forms. The written examination and recruitments are scheduled for year-end. While in 2009 the department recruited 863 candidates from around 1.75 lakh who applied, in 2010 a whopping 2.25 lakh applications were received from which 1,037 candidates were selected, all aged between 21 and 27. "Almost everyone who applies for a post in the department now is a B. Tech, M. Tech, BCA or MCA graduate. Before 2009 there were no recruitments since 2001, but even before that, the interest among youngsters to apply for a job here was not even close to what it is today. There is an 100 % increase in the number of young graduates evincing interest in the postal department jobs," said M Krishna Murthy, assistant director, recruitment and welfare at the department.

Youngsters who have joined the department cite competitive environment in the IT and software industry and the postal department becoming computer-savvy as reasons why they find working in the humble post office attractive. A Murali, 25, said, "I joined the postal department last year. I have seen many of my friendsending up with health problems due to the high-pressure jobs in private companies. Now, many of them are interested to join the department and have already applied for the upcoming examination."

The new entrants join at the level of a postal assistant after clearing a written examination with a salary of around Rs 23,000 which could rise to around Rs 45,000 in five years. Their benefits include 100 per cent medical cover, an educational allowance and 18-month childcare leave for women. An increase in dearness allowance twice a year sees a 10% jump in salary every year. Moreover, career growth is good, say employees.
Source : The Times of India, Sept 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

This is an order from Bhuvaneswar Division , allotting LR PA's to different SO's .In Tamilnadu also in many offices LR PA's are available.
What about Andhra?
We are still facing with acute shortage.Especially C class Spm's  are suffering like any thing in availing leaves even in emergency cases .

Circle Secretary  AIPEU Gr 'C' is to say reply in this regard


No. PF-67/ 19 /2012                                                           Dated : 21st September,2012


            Ms. Manjula Prasher,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110016

Sub: Alleged atrocities in the PTC Madurai Administration: immediate   
         intervention is requested.


            The Circle Unions of NFPE & FNPO of Tamil Nadu Circle have been continuously representing to the Chief PMG Tamil Nadu regarding limitless harassment of Trainees by the Director PTC Madurai. Despite our repeated representations no action was initiated against the arrogant attitude of PTC Madurai Administration.

Following are the samples for this undue un-desirable atmosphere.

1.         Large number of detention of trainees, extending their training period.
2.         Termination from Training Class even for small and negligible reasons.
3.         Not permitting the Trainees even to attend the death and marriage of even Blood related.
4.         Reckless issuing of dies-non.
5.         In the name of Dress code forcing the officials to wear leather shoes, Tie etc. causing enormous un-necessary expenditure even to the Trainees going for MACP Mid-career Training scheduled for 15 days.
6.     Irrespective of the age and gender, ability Trainees are forced to attend Shramdan, games Trekking etc.
7.         Trainees are for abnormal hours tight-fixed without adequate relaxation keeping the Trainees always under pressure.

            Thus the torturous atmosphere prevailing in the PTC Madurai is placing the trainees under total mental Depression.

            In the latest unfortunate incident one MACP Trainee Sri. N. Jayakumar, PA, Chennai City North Division has committed suicide on 19.09.2012 at the training centre, though the reasons may not be directly attributed as detailed above but it is definite that the present worst treatment meted out the trainees also contributing to these kinds of incidents.

`           Hence we request you to immediately intervene in this matter and take appropriate action against the Director PTC, Madurai. In our opinion peaceful atmosphere cannot be restored as long as the present Director continues at PTC Madurai.

Awaiting early favourable action.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General