Friday, May 31, 2013

Letter to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 1999.

No. CHQ/IPASP/MMS/2013                                        Dated :  31/5/2013.

Ms P. Gopinath,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 1999…reg.

Ref.       : Directorate file No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 20th February, 2013 and this Associations letters of even number dated 22/3/12, 21/8/12 & 20/9/12.

Respected Madam,   

          The IP/ASP Association intends to bring to your kind notice that, combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors from the year 1999 onwards was not prepared, released and also not placed on India Post website.  This issue was importunately pushed by this Association since last several years but to no action. Directorate vide memo No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 20th February 2013 has circulated draft seniority list of Inspector Posts for the year 1998, 1999 and 2000 to all circles for rectification of mistakes if any but final outcome is still awaited. 

          Madam, this issue was also discussed with your honour on 6/2/2013 and you have assured us that, the seniority list would be made available soon. But despite lapse of considerable period the final seniority list is neither circulated nor published on India Post website by the Department. 

          It is therefore once again requested to look into the matter personally and arrange to issue suitable instructions to SPG Division of Directorate to release the seniority list of Inspector Posts without loss of time and also made available on website of India Post.  

          Hoping for a positive action and line in reply.  

          With warm regards,
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Abolition of Posts - Legal Position

As per the orders issued by the Government of India in 2001 for abolishing posts as per screening committee recommendations, only 2/3 direct recruitment vacancies should be abolished. Promotional Posts should not be abolished. Based on this order NFPE Kerala filed a case in CAT Ernakulam against abolishing Postmen & Group ‘D’ posts, as these posts are promotional posts of GDS employees. Department argued that promotion from GDS to Postman/MTS is direct recruitment and not promotion. But CAT has not accepted Department arguments. CAT, Ernakulam bench delivered a Judgement that promotion from GDS to Postman/MTS is not direct recruitment but promotion. CAT Directed CPMG not to abolish Postman/MTS posts and to fill up all the posts by promoting GDS.
Department went on appeal to High court Kerala. But High Court confirmed CAT order. Accordingly in Kerala circle all the promotional posts of GDS were filled by promoting GDS. Based on the same order now P4 CHQ and GDS (NFPE) have filed a case in Principal CAT and obtained stay order from abolishing Postmen & MTS posts.
Some comrades are asking why abolition of PA/SA posts cannot by stayed. Department is not abolishing the promotional posts in the PA and SA cadre (LGOs vacancies). But they are abolishing direct recruitment vacancies only.
Eranakulam CAT order is not applicapable to Direct recruitment vacancies. It is applicable to promotional vacancies only. In the PA/SA cadre there is no promotional vacancy for GDS in the oustide quota (Direct Recruitment Quota). This is the legal position. There is no chance for getting stay order for PA/SA direct recruitment post as it is not promotional post. This is the legal advice received by us.
NFPE and CHQ has protested against the abolition of Posts, but Department of posts is taking a stand that eventhough they have tried best to get exemption from abolishing direct recruitment posts, the Government of India has not granted any exemption and hence the Direct recruitment vacancies recommended by screening committee up to 2008 have to be abolished. From 2009 onwards there is no abolition of posts and all the vacancies can filled up as per the orders of the Department.
Regarding postmen and MTS abolition, the abolition is stayed on Technical grounds stated above because the CAT Ernakulam has clearly ruled that promotion from GDS to Postman & MTS is not direct recruitment.
This argument cannot be raised in the case of PA/SA direct recruitment vacancies.

There is no prescribed dress code for Aadhaar enrolment

Some reports have appeared in the media about residents being asked to adhere to a dress code when enrolling for Aadhaar. UIDAI would like to clarify that it has not prescribed any dress code for residents who wish to enroll for an Aadhaar number. The only criterion is that the face of the resident should be clearly visible while being photographed.

Residents are free to wear any kind of dress that they are comfortable with at the time of enrolment, provided it does not hide any part of the face (from forehead to chin). In fact, residents who wear a turban, burkha, or any such religious/traditional headgear are not required to remove them when being photographed as part of the Aadhaar enrolment process.

Any deviation from standard enrolment practice, such as prescribing a dress code where there is none, is a violation of the terms of engagement by the enrolment agencies. UIDAI constantly reviews the functioning of enrolment agencies and levies strict penalties, when such deviations come to light. Such instances can always be reported to the concerned Registrar or the Regional Offices of UIDAI.

90% DA from July 2013 confirmed after April, 2013 AICPIN

According the press release the All-India CPI-IW for April, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 226 (two hundred and twenty six). This two point increase confirmed 10% increase in Dearness Allowance from July, 2013 as already expected on this site click here to see. Therefore DA from July, 2013 will be 90% and will be announced in September or October in this year. It is also more clear from following table:-

= 100
of 12
% increase
over 115.76
for DA
or will be







Expected DA from July-2013

Expected DA from July-2013

Expected DA from July-2013

PIB Release of CPI-IW
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
31-May-2013 1
Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) April 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for April, 2013 rose by 2 point and pegged at 226 (two hundred and twenty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.89 per cent between March and April compared with 1.99 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from Food group which increased by 2.08 per cent, contributing 2.07 percentage points to the total change. This was followed by Fuel & Light group with 0.91 percent increase contributing 0.12 percentagepoints to the change. At item level, largest upward pressure came from Rice, Wheat & Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Milk (Cow), Ginger, Root & Green Non-leafy vegetables, Tea Leaf, Tea (Readymade), Snack Saltish, Cigaratte, Electricity Charges, Medicine (Allopathic) etc. However, this was compensated by Mustard Oil and Petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.24 per cent for April, 2013 as compared to 11.44 per cent for the previous month and 10.22 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 12.39 per cent against 13.21 per cent of the previous month and 10.66 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Mysore recorded the largest increase of 13 points followed by Giridih, Bengaluru and Puducherry (8 points each) and Darjeeling (7 points). Among others, 6 points rise was registered in 6 centres, 5 points in 2 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 17 centres and and 1 point in 13 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 4 points was reported in Godavarikhani, 2 points in 4 centres and 1 point in one centre. Rest of the 7 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 40 centres are above All-India Index and other 35 centres’indices are below national average. The index of Chandigarh, Haldia and Ahmedabad centres remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2013 will be released on Friday, 28 June, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website

India Post set to open first ATM in Bangalore

BANGALORE, INDIA: When you hear 'ATM', what is the first thing that you relate to it? I am sure, many of us, including me, relate it to savings bank ATM card.
How about an ATM card similar to a debit card/ATM card issued by a bank for postal account? Sounds different right?
Yes, the Department of Posts, in an effort to provide enhanced solutions to its customers is all set to launch the first Automated teller Machine (ATM) in Bangalore GPO premises shortly, through a core banking solution.
Last year, the department of post had announced that it has plans to set up 1,000 ATM centres at different post offices across the country, with an aim provide better customer service through IT enablement of business processes and support functions.
Implementing new banking solution enables postal department to offer all kinds of services that are offered by private banks to more than 200 million post office saving bank (POSB) account holders in 1.55 lakh post offices.
When CIOL enquired about the launch of India's first India Post ATM, an official concerned with the Bangalore post office said, on condition of anonymity, that the ATM facility will be launch shortly with good features.
He further added that the postal ATM card enables POSB account holders to withdraw money from any bank ATM, provided they have enough savings.
"POSB account holder need not rely only on Post Office ATMs," he added.
Recently, TCS announced that it had bagged a Rs 1,100 crore, six-year contract from the Department of Posts to provide end-to-end IT modernisation program to equip India Post with modern technologies and systems to enable it to serve more services to more customers, in an effective manner.
The IT modernisation project dubbed 'India Post 2012' will help the department achieve a wider reach among the Indian population through increased customer interaction channels and through new lines of business.
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Gradation list of PS Gr. B officers corrected upto 1/7/2013.

To view the draft gradation list of PS Gr. B officers corrected up to 1/7/2013, please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

India Post penalised for delaying Speed Post letter

New Delhi: A Speed Post letter that crawled to its destination and cost an unemployed man the chance of a job has earned the postal department the wrath of India’s top consumer court, which pulled it up for deficiency in service and ordered payment of compensation.
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission dismissed the pleas of head post master in Rajasthan’s Alwar town and post master of Jaipur’s Sitapura Industrial Area seeking a reduction in the Rs20,000 penalty imposed on them and said: “We feel that Rs 20,000 can in no way compensate the respondent for the lost opportunity.”
Commission’s Presiding Member V.B. Gupta and Member Rekha Gupta directed the postal department to pay complainant and Alwar resident Neeraj Gupta Rs10,000 as compensation for not delivering his job application in the same city within the prescribed time of 24 hours in 2010.
In its recent order, the apex consumer commission also directed the department to deposit Rs10,000 in the Consumer Legal Aid Account of the commission by July 20.

The department’s attempt to wriggle out of the mess did not go down well with the commission. “It is indeed surprising to note that in respect of the inordinate delay in delivery of the Speed Post article which had cost an unemployed youth his chances for obtaining a job, the department is trying to get out by paying a paltry compensation of Rs20,000 to Gupta,” said the commission.
The postal department had appealed in the national commission against a state consumer commission’s judgment in favour of Gupta. The apex consumer commission has now upheld the state commission’s verdict.
“We find that there is no jurisdictional error, illegality or infirmity in the order passed by the state commission warranting our interference. The revision petition is dismissed on merit as well as on limitation with cost of Rs20,000,” said the national commission.
The postal department “is a service provider and the Consumer Protection Act should be consumer-friendly and not one which works against the interest of the consumer”, the national commission said, rejecting the contention that Gupta was not entitled to compensation.
The national commission also frowned over the litigation cost the department would have incurred in its bid to avoid paying the Rs.20,000 penalty.
“The petitioner should also see whether it is justifiable and fair to deny paying a meagre compensation of Rs20,000 to the consumer by spending far more on legal expenses in fighting the case in different fora,” the national commission said.
Gupta said in his complaint he posted his job application letter through Speed Post December 23, 2010, for the office of district parishad, Alwar, that had invited applications for the post of gram sewak and ex-officio secretary.
He said the last date for applying for the job was December 27, 2010, and at the time of sending the letter the postal staff told him that it would be delivered by December 24, 2010.
Gupta said the letter returned to his house December 30, 2010, without any official explanation.

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Detention of Post Parcel by Customs in India

1.      Post Parcel has been detained by Customs since the value of the contents exceeds permissible limit of Rs.2000/-. The dutiable articles, intended for personal use, imported by post or air, are restricted subject to value limit of Rs.2000/-(CIF), as per the conditions laid down under the CTH 9804 under the clause 3(1)(i) of Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) order, 1993. In view of the above restriction the goods having value more than Rs.2000/-(CIF) become restricted for import and the same are liable for confiscation under Section 111 (d) of the Customs Act, 1962 and the
Importer is liable for penalty under Section 112(a)(i) of the Customs Act, 1962.

2.      Bonafide gifts upto a value limit of Rs.10000/- imported by Post are allowed free of duty under Notfn No.171/93 – Cus. Dated 16.09.1993 (as amended). Items imported as gift are restricted for importation under Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation ) Act, 1992. The gift articles exceeding limit of Rs.10000/- are leviable to duty @ 41.492%.

3.      Bonafide commercial samples and proto types upto a value of Rs.10000/- are also allowed free of duty under Notfn No.154/1994 dated 13/07/1994 (as amended), subject to the condition that the said goods have been supplied free of charge.

4.      The goods intended to be imported other than articles for personal use and gift are chargeable to duty under respective chapter heading, subject to production of IEC No. and other relevant documents required for such import. Persons importing goods for personal use and the goods not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture, are exempt from IEC code. In case the customs duty payable is not more than Rs.100/- the same is exempt vide Notfn No.21/2002-Cus, dated 01.03.2002 (as amended).

5.      The post parcel containing Medicine / Chemicals shall be released only after obtaining a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Drug Controller / Chemical Examiner, Addl. Drug Controller available in the office.

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Yoga lowers BP in hypertension patients

A new study has found that yoga can benefit people who are looking to lower their high blood pressure.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of
Hypertension shows that practicing yoga could help decrease blood pressure in people with mild to moderate hypertension, the Huffington Post reported.

"So far it looks very promising that yoga might be a useful therapy for patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension who want to avoid using medication," study researcher Dr. Debbie Cohen, M.D., of
the University of Pennsylvania, told MedPage Today.

"This could also be used as an adjunct to other lifestyle modifications," she said.

The study included 120 people with an average age of 50, 58 of whom completed the study.

All the study participants were organized into one of three groups: One was assigned to do yoga two or three times a week in a studio for 24 weeks, while another group was assigned to do a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program. The third group was assigned to do both yoga and dietary counseling.

Researchers analyzed their blood pressure at the beginning of the study, 12 weeks into the study, and 24 weeks into the study.

They found that the people who did yoga had decreases in their systolic blood pressure at the 12-week mark, and decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure at the 24-week mark.

However, the researchers noted that the other two groups also experienced
positive effects on their blood pressure.

Revision of rate for Address Verification Service

To View Directorate memo No. 36-95/2005-BD&MD dated 28/5/2013, please CLICK HERE.

Revised Result of the Departmental Examination for selection to the posts of Inspectors of Posts Examination for the year 2012 held from 13th and 14th October 2012 of West Bengal Circle

Sl no
Name of Candidates
Name of Division
Presently posted as
Prasenjit Mitra
Central Kolkata
PA , Parkstreet HO
Niladri Basak
South Kolkata
OA, Divisional Office
Sourav Samaddar Chaudhury
East Kolkata
Rita Chakraborty
Kolkata RMS
SA , Sarat Bose Road , Kolkata -29
Anindita Banerjee
South Kolkata
OA, Circle Trg Cell, Circle Office
Koushik Roy
OA , Parulia Divisional Office
Buddhadeb Goswami
Offtg. IPO, Burdwan 2nd Sub Dn
Satyabrata Roy Chowdhury
North Presy
Accountant , Belgharia HO
Tarak Nath Bhaduri
Offtg. IPO, Murshidabad North Sub Dn
Bhim Bahadur Chetri
Offtg. IPO, Kalimpong Sub Dn
Sushovan Bain
OA, Malda Divisional Office
Avijit Dey
PA , Parulia
Dhiraj Tamnag
PA (SBCO), Gangtok H.O
Anjan Das
PA, Parulia
Debojyoti Sanyal
PA, Malda H.O
Sunit Debnath
Kol A.P Sorting
SA, Kol A.P Stg
Anindya Bhattacharya
North Hooghly
RO , South Bengal Region
Chandan Karmakar
PA, Dishergarh SO
Asis Halder
Offtg. IPO, Jangipur Sub Dn
Rabindranath Murmu
South Presy
Offgt IP , Bishnupur Sdn
Saru Yalmo
OA, Divisional Officer, Gangtok