Sunday, September 30, 2012

AAO Examination age relation clarification.

To see Directorate memo No. 3-23/10-PAC Exam (DE) KW/2495 to 2593 dated 28/9/2013, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


To see details of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, please CLICK HERE.

Prevent diabetes and breast cancer by regular walking.

There are several benefits of walking. To view the same, please CLICK HERE.

Public Sector Banks plan common interview for jobs.

KOLKATA: It may become a lot easier to get a job at nationalised banks. Banks are planning to have a common interview that could open up opportunities in one go in many banks for candidates, who now have to give multiple interviews for jobs in various banks.

Public sector banks, which recruit about 30,000-40,000 people a year on an average, expect to save time and cost once this common interview becomes a reality. As many as 20 banks are expected to give the mandate toInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection, or IBPS, to conduct the common interview on their behalf. IBPS also conducts common written test for these banks.
Senior bank executives said the governing body of IBPS had come up with the suggestion and the member banks gave their in-principle consent to the proposal at a meeting held on September 14. Banks are now required to get the respective board clearance before they give IBPS the final mandate. This looks a certainty as the selection body is run by senior bank executives with Bank of BarodaBSE 0.97 % chief MD Mallya being the chairman, while Punjab National BankBSE 1.84 % chairman K R Kamath, Canara Bank's S Raman and IDBI Bank's RM Malla are some of the members.
The new system may be introduced as early as this year itself and candidates who took the common written exam on June 17 may be the first to attend the common interview. Over 7.5 lakh candidates took the exam for probationary officers and the result is expected in the first week of October.

"Standardisation of the selection process will reduce the workload for banks," said a governing body member of IBPS. "The present system is not time and cost-effective." IBPS director AS Bhattacharya declined to comment. 
In the present system, a few top candidates appear for multiple interviews of different banks and they tend to get offer letters from most banks. The next lot gets the opportunity only when the first lot is absorbed, making the hiring process lengthy.
Sources said that IBPS is planning to waive the fee for appearing in the common interview. At present, candidates need to shell out Rs 150-250 per interview, which banks recover from candidates as the cost for conducting interviews.

State Bank of India will not be part of this common selection test, although its chairman Pratip Chaudhuri is a member of IBPS governing body. Reserve Bank of India executive director R Gandhi and financial servicesjoint secretary Umesh Kumar are also members.

Source :

Friday, September 28, 2012

DPC for promotion to JTS Gr. A cadre.

The CRs / APARs of about 146 Officers have already been called for and scrutinized at Directorate for convening DPC for promotion to JTS Gr. A cadre. The file is kept ready for convening DPC. The tentative date from UPSC is awaited. There are about 44 vacancies. 

DA order released by Ministry of Finance.

To view copy of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1(8)/2012-E-II(8) dated 28th September, 2012 regarding payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees w. e. f. 1/7/2012, please CLICK HERE FOR COPY IN ENGLISH. For copy in Hindi, please CLICK HERE.

Implementation of Redesigned Network for First Class Mail-Sorting and Closing of bags by BPCs and MBCs handling Outward Bulk Mail

To view Department of Posts, Mail Business (Development & Operations) Division letter No.30-7/2012-D dated 28-9-2012, please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Magic figure crossed by blog.

WE are happy to inform to our viewers that today at 22.31 hours, our Associations blog has crossed magic figure 777777 i.e. Total visitors figure. Daily average viewers are more than 1500. 

New Speed Post tariff will be from 1/10/2012.

Speed Post service was introduced by Department of Posts in August, 1986. Department of Posts is getting his maximum revenue through this service. Speed Post charges was last restructured during the year 2007.    The operational cost of Speed Post was increased day by date and there is need for enhancement of tariff. 

Weight in grams
Local (within municipal  limit)
Upto 200 Km.
201 to 1000 Km.
1001 to 2000 Km.
Above 2000 Km.
Upto 50
51 to 200
201 to 500
Additional 500 gm or part thereof

New rates will come into force w. e. f. 01-10-2012.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CWC at Shirdi (Maharashtra) on 12th and 13th October, 2012.... Details about venue.

      Shirdi is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra. It is called the Land of Sai. The closest and highly connected city from Shirdi is Ahmednagar city, Shirdi now has a new railway station called "Sainagar Shirdi", which became operational in March 2009.

        As of 2011, there are trains from Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other cities/states that have Shirdi railway station as their terminal stop. Trains also run from Manmad station which is 87 km and Ahmednagar station which is 83 km from the heart of Shirdi, alternatively from Kopargaon station which is 15 km from Shirdi, or Nashik city, which is 119 km from Shirdi or Nagarsol. Daund railway station is 200 km from Shirdi. Buses and taxis ply from these railway stations and locations to and from Shirdi. Shirdi can be reached by bus from any of the following cities in Maharashtra State : Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Pune, Vashi, Panvel, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Also from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from where maximum pilgrims reach every day and year to seek blessings from Sai Baba. Currently, four-laning of State highway Ahemednagar-Manmad highway is in progress on BOT basis. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has been assigned to execute the works of internal roads in Shirdi. Shirdi Airport is being constructed at Kakdi (Kopargaon taluka), 14 km south-west of Shirdi. To see the details of arrival and departure of trains, please CLICK HERE. 

        Shirdi is the place where Sai Baba lived for many decades and finally attained samadhi. Mostly visited from September to November, Shirdi's has quite a few well known religious spots. A couple of prominent ones are Sai Baba temple and Dwarakamayi. The Sai Baba Temple houses the grave of Sai Baba. The tentative timings at the temple are from 4 am to 10 pm. Dwarakamayi is a mosque where Sai Baba stayed for over half a century. Over 100 years ago, he lit a holy fire here, which is still being preserved by devotees.

         All CHQ office bearers and Circle Secretaries are requested to intimate their arrival details to GS and CS Maharashtra Circle immediately. 

PLI----Bonus declaration for the year 2009-10.

Simple Reversionary Bonus rate for the year ending 31.03.2010 on the Postal Life Insurance Policies on their becoming claim, due to death or maturity:-

Sl. No.

Type of Insurance Policy

Rate of Bonus


Whole Life Assurance (WLA)

Rs.85/- per thousand sum assured


Endowment Assurance (EA)

Rs.60/- per thousand sum assured


Money Back Policies (AEA)

Rs.55/- per thousand sum assured


Convertible Whole Life Policies

Whole Life Bonus would be applicable but on conversion, Endowment Bonus rate will be applicable


Terminal Bonus

Rs.20/- per sum assured of Rs.10,000/- subject to maximum of Rs.1,000/- for whole life policies and Endowment policies with term of 20 years and above. 

The rate of Bonus for the year 2009-10 will be applicable from the date of receipt of this notification by the Circles and this will also be applicable to claim cases received but not settled till the date of receipt of this Notification.

Interim Bonus at the rates mentioned above will also be payable for all claims arising due to maturity or death until future valuation is completed.

Source:-Directorate of Postal Life Insurance Notification No.4-1/2008-LI dated 17th September, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Family Pension - List of documents to be submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) along with Form 14, PPO and death certificate in respect of the deceased pensioner/family pensioner - regarding.

No. 1/16/2011- P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
(Desk 'E')

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
New Delhi, the 20th September, 2012

Office Memorandum

Sub: Family Pension - List of documents to be submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) along with Form 14, PPO and death certificate in respect of the deceased pensioner/family pensioner - regarding. 

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare O.M. of even number, dated 8th December, 2011 on the above subject (copy enclosed).

From the representations received in this Department, it appears that some offices ask the applicant family pensioners for the documents not indicated in the office memorandum indicated above.

All the Ministries / Departments are requested to instruct their attached / subordinate / field offices to follow the instructions contained in the O.M., dated 8.12.2011 strictly to avoid any hardships to the family pensioners. They may also be advised to go through the other office memoranda issued during the last two years as contained in the Circulars on Family Pension on this Department's website and also on

(D.K. Solanki)
Under Secretary
Ph: 24644632

To view all the Orders attached to above OM , please CLICK HERE.

Circulars / Guidelines issued by Central Vigilance Commission and Department of Personnel and Training.

To view the details, please CLICK HERE. 

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

To view Department of Posts letter No. A-34012/5/2011-DE dated 25th September, 2012, please CLICK HERE.  

      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.

Public Services International.

To view the copy of News Bulletin issued by PSI for the month of August, 2012 please click on the following pages.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Acknowlegements received from Directorate.


Suneeta Trivedi                            Department of Posts, India
Member (Planning)               Ministry of Communication & IT
Postal Services Board                  Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
                                                         New Delhi-110001

D.O. No. 27-69/2011-PO                                                                                                  Dated 18/09/2012

Dear Shri Ingale,

This is regarding formulation of the National Postal Policy 2012. As you would recall , Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communication and Information Technology , Government of India , discussed the National Postal Policy 2012 with all the stakeholders during the Round Table on 1st February 2012.The audio-video recording on India Post website(

2. We are in the process of drafting the National Postal Policy 2012 for the postal sector as a whole. Hon’ble Minister has now directed that the issues of unbundling of functions and introduction of an independent regulator for the Indian Postal market should be deliberated upon as this was not discussed on earlier occasions. A meeting for this purpose is therefore arranged on 1st October, 2012 at 15.00 hrs. in G.P. Roy Committee Room,2nd Floor, Dak Bhawan , Sansad Marg, New Delhi.

3. You are requested to attend the above stated meeting on 1st October 2012.

With regards.
Yours Sincerely,
(Suneeta Trivedi)
Shri Vilas Ingale,
General Secretary,
All India Association of Inspectors and Asst. Supdt. Posts,
New Mumbai Sub Division,
Vashi 400703. 

Cabinet approves 7% hike in DA for Central Govt. Employees.

Cabinet approves 7% hike in DA for central government employees
Dearness allowance for central govt employees will now be 72 per cent from the current 65 per cent of basic pay.
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The Cabinet on Monday (24/9/2012) approved a hike of 7% in dearness 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.

The decision, which would benefit about 50 lakh of employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government, comes in the backdrop of government increasing the diesel price by Rs 5 per litre and retail inflation crossing the double digit mark.

The government had increased DA last in March this year from 58% to 65%, which was effective from January 1, 2012. The current hike will be effective from July 1 this year and employees would be entitled for arrears from this date.
The government periodically hikes the DA, which is linked to consumer price index for industrial workers. The consumer price index (CPI) based on movement in retail prices, soared to 10.03% in August, from 9.86% in July.

Five tips to select a savings account

If you don't research before opening a savings account, you may end up earning a lower interest rate or paying more for certain services. To maximise your earning potential and minimise your losses, ET lists the things you should consider before choosing the account.


Though a savings account offers meagre interest rates compared with other investing avenues, you do need to park some cash here for ready availability and it doesn't hurt to choose the one that offers the highest rate. After the RBI deregulated interest rates on savings accounts in October 2011, banks have started offering variable rates.

Currently, YES BankBSE 1.14 % is giving a return of 7% a year for a balance of more than 1 lakh and 6% a year for balance of up to 1 lakh. Kotak Mahindra BankBSE 0.63 % has on offer 6% a year for deposits of more than 1 lakh and 5.5% a year on balance of up to 1 lakh. Though 0.1% seems too minuscule a difference, it can add up to a reasonable sum for higher savings. However, keep in mind that higher promotional interest rates can fall later, so choose your account according to your savings plan. Opt for stable rates if you are in it for the long term.


Go for a savings account that requires you to park a low or nil minimum monthly/quarterly average balance. This is because in case of non-compliance , you will have to pay a penalty, which can be as high as 350 a month. While ICICI BankBSE 0.00 % demands a minimum monthly average balance of 10,000, Standard Chartered's 'Breeze Banking' savings account is a zero-balance account for the first six months. After that, it demands a quarterly minimum balance of 25,000. Banks like the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National BankBSE 2.08 %, and now, the State Bank of IndiaBSE 1.54 % don't have the minimum balance criterion.


Opt for a savings account in a bank that offers you the Net and mobile banking facilities since you can conduct transactions from the comfort of your home and office. This is especially important since most banks now charge you for specified physical transactions at the bank branch, whereas these are free if you conduct them online or over the phone.

For instance, HDFC BankBSE 0.23 % will charge you 50 for stop payment of a particular cheque, but this service is free if you conduct it through Net or phone banking. Similarly, it will cost you 100 if you ask for the issuance of a duplicate statement by going to a branch, but only 50 if you do it through Net banking. So go for the bank that offers you these facilities to reduce your outgo.


Before choosing a savings account, make sure you read the fine print because most banks now charge extra for transactions or services that you were not paying for earlier and may not even avail of. For instance, did you know that the ICICI Bank charges 100 for the issuance of a duplicate passbook and 25 for the regeneration of your debit card PIN?

Source:-The Economic Times

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Project Arrow is an initiative to transform India Post into a vibrant and responsive organization and to make a visible and positive difference in postal operations to benefit the customers.  It has been launched with objective of modernizing the post and makes visible, tangible and noteworthy differences in the post office operations that matter to “Aam Aadmi”.

In specific terms, Project Arrow entails comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the Post Offices as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken.  Enhancing the quality of services in ‘core areas’ envisages focus on Mail Delivery, Remittances, Savings Bank and Office service Levels.  This is helping the Department of Posts to emerge as a one-stop shop for retail products and offer a single window facility for banking, money remittances and other financial products and services including social and civic initiatives.  At present Monitoring of performance ‘Core Operations’ is done in 15,584 Post Offices and ‘Look & Feel’ has been improved in 1,843 Post offices.

Project Arrow will benefits Customers through - Direct communication with the outside world and development benefits in rural areas; Simpler and faster Money transactions through instant money order; ‘Local Citizens’ Forums’ formed who decide the performance norms for the respective post offices; Online public grievance handling and Monitoring through Video Conferences ensured sustainability and higher performance.

The Project Arrow experience is a working model for ushering in an integrated and lasting improvement in the postal system and awarded with “Prime ministers’ award for Excellence in Public Administration for 2008-2009” in 2010.

In the future it is proposed to include 3,000 more computerized post offices for monitoring of ‘Core Operations’ under Project Arrow Phase-VI during 2012-13 and later complete all 24,000 computerized Post offices during 12th Plan.

‘Look & Feel’ activity is proposed to be undertaken in 400 more Post offices during the financial year 2012-13 and expand in 2,500 post offices during 12th Plan in addition to existing 1843 post offices. (PIB Features.)

National Postal Policy 2012.

To view copy of draft National Postal Policy 2012, please CLICK HERE.


To view the details, please CLICK HERE. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

AAO Examination Clarification.

All such eligible Part-I exam passed candidates, whose names are missing in the list notified by the Postal Directorate will be allowed to write the Part-II examination, subject to the conditions stipulated in the notification on the examination. To see the original copy issued by Directorate, please CLICK HERE. 

Following issues taken up with Postal Directorate.

1. Verification of SB withdrawals exceeding Rs. 5000/- CLICK HERE.

2. Inter-Circle Mutual Transfer of Inspectors of Posts under Rule 38 of P&T Manual Vol. IV. CLICK HERE. 

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts(66.66%) Departmental Quota for the year 2012

The LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) Departmental Quota for the year 2012 will be held on 13th and 14th October, 2012. 
The examination will be conducted in all Circle Head Quarters except Tamil Nadu Circle. 
Dte. Memo No. A.34012/07/2012-DE dated 18th September, 2012. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Welfare Schemes for GDS employees.

To view the details, please CLICK HERE. 

Circulars/ Guidelines issued by the Central Vigilance Commission and Department of Personnel & Training

To view Department of Posts Letter No.36-1/2010-Vig dated 10/9/2012,  please CLICK HERE.

Reminders issued on pending issues to Secretary (Posts) and Member (P).

1. Agenda for holding of Periodical Meeting with Secretary (Posts). CLICK HERE. 

2. Utilisation of surplus PS Gr. B post of erstwhile Supdt. RSD Mumbai as Sr.PM, Chembur HO. CLICK HERE. 

3. Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 1999. CLICK HERE.

4. Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officer (IO) / Presenting Officer (PO). CLICK HERE. 

These letters are dispatched under SPA No. EM151679559IN and EM151679545IN

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Ganesh Festival to all members, viewers and well-wishers.

To take darsha of God Ganesha, please CLICK HERE. गणपती बाप्पा मोरया 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Demand of Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- for Inspector Posts rejected by MOF again.

Copy of letter of Shri Permanand posted in "Postal Inspectors Blog for Pay hike" is reproduced below for information.

Dear Friends,

It is really sad to intimate that Department of Expenditure, MOF has rejected the demand for grade pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector (Posts) even after the full justification given by Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam Bench in its order dated 18.10.2011 in OA No. 381/2010 and the good viable proposal submitted by DoP. The official rejection letter is yet to be received. However, note sheet of the relevant file has been received under RTI from DoP.

2. As available in the note sheets (17/N), the DoP had sent the following proposal with concurrence of IFW and approval of Secretary (Posts) to Department of Expenditure, MOF:

“The hierarchical difference i.e non-availability of intermediary cadre like Assistant Superintendent Posts in CBDT/CBEC and CSS can be resolved by allowing Grade Pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector Posts in Department of Posts (a GCS Group B Non-Gazetted Post) and retaining its promotional cadre of Assistant Superintendent Posts (a GCS Group B Gazetted Post) also in the identical Grade Pay of Rs.4600. In the Accounts cadre, the cadre of Accounts Officer is in Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2. Its promotional post of Senior Accounts Officer is in Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-3 & its further promotional post of ACAO also in Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-3. This would not thereby involve upgradation in Grade Pays of Assistant Superintendent Posts and PS Group B.”

3. MOF has rejected the demand for Grade pay of Rs.4600 for Inspector (Posts) without examining the above proposal, and stated the following (written in red colour):

(I) There was no specific recommendation in para 7.6.14 to the effect that Inspector Post are granted Pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500.

(It seems that MOF has not gone through the para 26 of Hon’ble CAT order dated 19.10.2011 in OA No. 381/2010, wherein the import of the observation of the Pay Commission has been clearly mentioned. Moreover, as mentioned in para 7.6.14 of 6thCPC report “…………With this upgradation, Inspector (Posts) shall come to lie in an identical pay as that of their promotional post of Assistant Superintendent (Posts) [ASPOs]. ASPOs shall, accordingly, be placed in the next higher pay scale of Rs.7450-11500………….”)

(II) Inspectors in CBEC/CBDT were placed in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 w.e.f 21.04.2004 i.e prior to 6th CPC by an executive order of the Govt. keeping in view of their parity with Inspectors of CBI/IB and court directions of CAT Jabalpur Bench. Further, Asstts. Of CSS have also been granted the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500 w.e.f 15.09.2006 on the basis of their traditional parity with Inspectors CBEC/CBDT. Further, it was the conscious decision of the Govt. to keep Asstts. In CSS/Inspector and analogous post in CBEC/CBDT in the higher pre-revised scale i.e Rs.7450-11500/- considering their pre-revising relativities, hierarchical structure, mode of recruitment etc. The mode of recruitment was not the only criteria as contended by the applicants in the OA. In various cases, Apex Court also opined that wholesale identity between two groups would involve matters relating to nature of work, educational qualification, mode of recruitment, experience etc.

(The details of the basis for increase from Rs.5500-9000 to Rs.6500- 10500 for Inspectors CBEC/CBDT w.e.f 21.04.2004 and for Assistants in CSS w.e.f 15.09.2006 along with the note sheet of the relevant file have been asked from MOF under RTI. Also, Documents available for establishing the “Traditional Parity” / wholesale identity between Inspectors CBEC/CBDT and Assistants in CSS have asked. MOF Response is awaited. Further, wholesale identity should be decided by the Expert body i.e Pay Commission. 5th & 6th CPC had rightly did so for Inspector (Posts) and granted equal pay scale/ grade pay to that of Inspectors CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS. Apex Court in the case of State of West Bengal v. West Bengal Minimum Wages Inspectors Association, (2010) 5 SCC 225 wherein it has been stated as under:-

"23. It is now well settled that parity cannot be claimed merely on the basis that earlier the subject post and the reference category posts were carrying the same scale of pay. In fact, one of the functions of the Pay Commission is to identify the posts which deserve a higher scale of pay than what was earlier being enjoyed with reference to their duties and responsibilities, and extend such higher scale to those categories of posts.")

(III) It is pertinent to mention here that the OM dated 13.11.2009 and 16.11.2009 came into existence as a result of demand from various quarters of Govt. seeking upgradation for pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 due to functional requirement. However, hierarchical structure of Inspector Posts does not demand such functional requirement, as post of ASP in the scale of Pay of Rs.9300-34800 GP of Rs.4600/- PB-2 corresponding to the pre-revised scale of Rs.7450-11500 still exists, even after implementation of 6th CPC.

(Regarding the hierarchical differences, a viable proposal was submitted by DoP wherein it was clearly mentioned that the hierarchical difference i.e. non-availability of intermediary cadre like Assistant Superintendent Posts in CBDT/CBEC and CSS can be resolved by allowing Grade Pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector Posts in Department of Posts (a GCS Group B Non-Gazetted Post) and retaining its promotional cadre of Assistant Superintendent Posts (a GCS Group B Gazetted Post) also in the identical Grade Pay of Rs.4600. The example of AO, Sr. AO & ACAO was also given in the proposal. But, MOF overlooked the same.)

(IV) Since Inspector Post have come in the Pay Scale of Rs.9300-3400 GP of Rs.4200/- PB-2 corresponding to pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500, the hierarchical posts in their cadre i.e ASP and SP had to be placed in the GP OF Rs.4600/- and Rs.4800/- respectively to maintain the relativity in the cadre. Moreover, the scale of other similarly placed posts i.e Asstt. Manager and Manager in mail Motor Service were also placed in the GP of Rs.4600/- and Rs.4800/- respectively. In case the demand of Inspector Posts for GP of Rs.4600/- is accepted, it will have cascading effect involving huge financial implications. Also, the demand for upgradation from similarly placed posts in Mail Motor Service etc. will arise immediately.

(In the proposal, it was clearly mentioned that this would not involve upgradation in Grade Pays of Assistant Superintendent Posts and PS Group B. Asst. Manager & Manager, Mail Motor Service are placed in the Grade pay of Rs.4600 & Rs.4800 respectively. Hence the imagination of MOF that In case the demand of Inspector Posts for GP of Rs.4600/- is accepted, the demand for upgradation from similarly placed posts in Mail Motor Service etc. will arise immediately, is hypothetical. Further, while submitting the proposal, DoP had given the figures for financial implications and for Inspector (posts), it is Rs. 1.01 crores only. Hence the ground that in case the demand of Inspector Posts for GP of Rs.4600/- is accepted, it will have cascading effect involving huge financial implications, does not hold any ground.)

(V) The duties and responsibilities assigned to Assistant of CSS and Inspector, CBDT/CBEC are quite different from Inspector (Posts). There is no comparison between Assistants CSS & Inspector CBDT/CBEC and Inspector (Posts). They are performing different duties in their respective cadres.

(As a matter of fact, the duties and responsibilities assigned to different cadres in different Department / Ministries will be different and after comparison only, specific pay scale/grade pay is given to particular cadres by the expert bodies i.e Pay Commission. The details regarding comparison of “Duties & Responsibilities” of Inspectors CBDT/CBEC and Inspector (Posts) have been asked from MOF under RTI.
Further, Para 30 of CAT Ernakulam Bench Order dated 19.10.2011 in OA No. 381/10 reproduced below:
“This Tribunal need not have to labour more to arrive at the finding that the functional responsibilities of the Inspector (Posts) are certainly onerous and evidently, it is on the basis of adequate justification that the successive Pay Commissions have appreciated the need to revise the pay scale of Inspector (Posts).”

4. It is very much clear from the grounds given by MOF that they were pre-determined not to allow Grade Pay of Rs.4600 to Inspector Posts in any case and they simply overlooked the full justification given by the Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam Bench and also the good viable proposal given by DoP. It can also be seen that the matter was disposed first time at the level of Jt. Secretary even after the clear instruction from Hon’ble CAT to re-look in the matter at the level of Secretary. It is also evident form the notings of the DoP at 28/N, which is reproduced below:
“Views taken by Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure contains neither any details of examination of the proposal made by this Department on 17/N nor reasoning based on which the proposal was admitted/rejected.”

5. Accordingly the file was re-referred to the Department of Expenditure, MOF. However, Department of Expenditure, MOF returned the file stating that:

“The matter has been examined in this Deptt. and AM is advised to issue a reasoned speaking order rejecting the claim of the applicants on the grounds indicated in U.O note dated 28.05.2012.
This issues with the approval of Finance (Secretary).”

6. Our case for upgradation of Grade pay of Inspector (Posts) to Rs.4600 under OA No. 381/2010, had already been considered by Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam Bench within the parameters prescribed by the Apex Court in respect of the powers of the Tribunal in dealing with the fixation of Pay scale and had viewd that :

(a) The decision of the Ministry of Finance does not appear to have taken into account the clear recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission nor for that matter the full justifications given by the Department of Posts.

(b) The Tribunal is of the considered view that there is no justification in denying the Inspector (Posts) the higher Grade Pay of Rs 4600 when the same is admissible to Inspectors of other Departments with whom parity has been established by the very Sixth Pay Commission vide its report at para 7.6.14 extracted above. The Ministry of Finance has to have a re-look in the matter dispassionately at the level of Secretary keeping in view the aforesaid discussion.

7. From the documents received under RTI, the rejection of our demand of Grade pay of Rs.4600 for Inspector (Posts) has been disclosed. However, we may wait for the official rejection letter. Further, we wish to move to High Court at the earliest, to get Justice.

Views and comments are requested, so that we may move further.