Thursday 31 October 2013

Diwali 177


All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

Mobile: 09444919295


All India Steering Committee Members


Dear Comrades / Friends / Colleagues,

The list of All India Steering Committee Members of the All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association is furnished below for the information of all:

    1. Chairman: D.K.Rahate – Maharashtra [Mobile: 09821031375]
    2. Vice Chairman: T.Narasimhan – Andhra [ Mobile: 09440056969]
    3. General Convenor: K.Ragavendran – Tamilnadu [Mobile: 09444919295]
    1. Y.Nagabhushanam – Andhra [ Mobile: 09550279069]
    2. M.K.Purkayastha – Assam [ Mobile:09435018573]
    3. Amaresh Thakur – Bihar [Mobile:09308354646]
    4. Madan Acharya – Chhattisgarh [Mobile:09424279880]
    5. Sankarpal Singh – Delhi [ Mobile: 07838170852]
    6. K.B.Barot – Gujarat [Mobile:09824050909]
    7. N.D.Sharma – Himachal Pradesh [Mobile: 09418685146]
    8. H.L.Sidhu – Haryana [ Mobile:09868933421]
    9. Tikoo – J&K [Mobile:09419169437]
    10. V.Muthukumar – Karnataka [ Mobile:09448081898]
    11. N.C.Pillai – Kerala [ Mobile: 09446023966]
    12. G.C.Joshi – Madhya Pradesh [Mobile: 09425080901]
    13. Janardan Debnath – NE Circle [ Mobile:09436465152]
    14. Shiba Chandra Dash – Odisha [ Mobile:09437519839]
    15. S.P.Surenderpal – Punjab [ Mobile:09988354582]
    16. B.M.Sunda – Rajasthan [ Mobile:09414313144]
    17. T.P.Mishra – Uttar Pradesh [ Mobile:09415239990]
    18. N.D.Vyas – Uttarakhand [09411587812]
     [Representatives from Jharkhand  & West Bengal will be intimated later]
A lot of phone calls are coming to the General Convenor from various comrades and friends from different districts of all Circles showing much interest in formation of Division / District branches of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association. All are requested to contact the respective Circle Representative above and plan about forming branch associations.

Delhi State Conference: The State Conference of Postal & RMS Pensioners Conference is just conducted on 19th September, 2013 in New Delhi in a very grand manner. A panel of Comrades with Comrades Rajendra Prasad as President; N.K.Vashist as State Secretary; Sankarpal Singh as Deputy State Secretary; and Satyaprakash as Treasurer was unanimously elected.

Tamilnadu State Conference: A Steering Committee consisting of 23 Members with Comrade K.Ragavendran as its Convenor has been formed to conduct the State Conference of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association for Tamilnadu State. The State Conference will be held on 22ndDecember, 2013 in which Comrades S.K.Vyas Secretary General NCCPA; D.K.Rahate Chairman and T.Narashimham Vice Chairman of AIPRPA are attending besides some important leaders of Sister Pensioner Organisations.

The following general guideline is given regarding formation:

1.    State representatives will take immediate interest in organising a meeting of important Pensioners comrades / friends from various districts of their States to form the STATE STEERING COMMITTEES.

2.    The STATE STEERING COMMITTEE will appoint DIVISION / DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEES according to their conditions and entrust the responsibility to organise membership immediately by visiting the houses of pensioners and or going to different Post Offices on the day Pay / Pension Payment Day.

3.    Model Membership Form has been placed in this Website – All are requested to download the same and photocopy the forms to obtain signatures from members. At present an annual membership of Rs.240/- is suggested, but the State Steering Committees may decide about the membership fee for their respective States. It should be borne in mind that from the membership fee collected by Divisions / Districts, a sum of Rs.50/- shall have to be remitted each to the State and All India bodies. However, this quota amount to State and All India will be finally decided as per theConstitution / Bylaws to be finalised at the Special Conference of the All India Association.

4.    A Circular in regional language may be printed by the State / District Steering Committee Convenor for circulation among the Postal & RMS Pensioners to give a clear  picture about the formation of our All India Association. The First Circular of the All India Steering Committee can be used for necessary materials for printing such Circulars at State / District level.

5.    A copy of the Circular so printed by the State / District Steering Committees shall be sent to the General Convenor by post for information to the following address: “ K.Ragavendran General Convenor, All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association, 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai – 600007”.

6.    As already circulated it must be our endeavour to complete the formation of Division / District formations at the earliest to enable organising special conference / convention at State level to form the State organisation of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association before January 2014.

7.    The All India Special Conference will be organised in February 2014 to form the All India Organisation. Therefore State level formation in all States shall be completed prior to the All India Conference.

8.    Approach all Divisional Secretaries of Postal Federations in order to enlist their support and solidarity to the formation of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association. Keep in mind that NFPE Secretary General Comrade M.Krishnan has already directed all NFPE Unions to extend total support.


Comradely Yours,


General Convenor

A big salute for the 
boldness of 'The Hindu' 


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          The intensive and continuous nationwide campaign conducted by Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, the unparalled mobilization of workers in agitational programmes culminating in massive Parliament March and one day strike on 12th December, 2012 , subsequent declaration of strike ballot for indefinite strike has compelled the Central Govt. to announce the constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission, ahead of the Assembly and Parliament election. NFPE being the major affiliate of Confederation has played a leading role in all these agitational programmes and hence we can proudly say that Seventh Pay Commission is an outcome of our struggle. Thus the first phase of agitation comes to a successful end.

          Now the most important part remains. Govt. has announced the Pay Commission but has not disclosed its mind on other related issues such as date of effect, merger of DA with pay, inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks, Interim relief, pensionary benefits to those recruited on or after 1.1.2004 etc. Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T) has called the JCM staff side for a discussion on the terms of reference of the 7th CPC on 25th  October , 2013 and heard the view points of the staff side. The leaders of various organizations of the JCM staff side met on 26 October, 2013 and formulated a consensus proposal regarding the terms of reference of the 7thCPC. In the case of date of effect, even though the stand taken by confederation is 1.1.2011, taking into consideration the view points of other organizations a compromise formula of 1.1.2014 as date of effect is arrived at i.e. from the 1st January after the announcement of 7th CPC by the Government. Regarding DA merger, interim relief, pensionary benefits to those entered in service on or after 1.1.2004 etc  also an agreed formula has been worked out.

          Regarding the most important demand affecting 50% of the employees of the Postal Department i.e, inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of the 7thCPC, unlike in the past, this time there is total unanimity among the staffside. In the staffside proposal regarding terms of reference to be submitted to the Govt., it will be clearly mentioned that the three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department should be brought under the purview of the 7th Pay Commission.

          We are not demanding any mercy from the Govt.The Hon’ble Supreme , Court of India, in the case of P.K.Rajamma Vs Union of India, has made it clear without any ambiguity, that Extra-Departmental Agents (now GDS) are holders of civil posts and hence they are civil servants under Article 309 of the Constitution. Further, the Fourth Pay Commission in its report has also made the following observation:-
          “The matter is, however, beyond controversy after the decisions of Supreme Court in Gokulanda Das’s case (also called as P.K.Rajamma’s case) where it has been declared that an Extra-Departmental agent is not a casual worker but ‘holds a post under the administrative control of the “state’’ and that while such a post is outside the regular civil service, there is no doubt that it is a post under the ‘’state” ’. In view of this pronouncement, we are unable to accept the contention that Extra- Departmental employees are outside the purview of the terms of reference of our Commission.”

          Again, Justice Charanjit Talwar Committee, subsequently appointed by the Govt., recommended that ED Agents have to be included within the overall class of civil servants, being holders of civil posts. The committee further made it clear that there is no rationale to keep them separately as “a class within the class” of central govt employees which is against the provisions of Article 14 & 16 of the Constitution of India.

          It is in this background, NFPE & confederation has demanded for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC and conducted one day’s strike on 12.12.2012. Now that the entire JCM staffside also agreed to raise the same demand, we hope that the govt. shall concede the demand of entire 30 lakhs central govt. employees and include the GDS under the terms of reference. In case, the govt rejects our demand, there is no other way but to go for indefinite strike.
          The postal Joint Council of Action comprising all the unions/ associations affiliated to NFPE & FNPO, has met at Delhi on 19.10.2013 and has decided to go for indefinite strike, if the govt. refuses to accept our demand for inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th CPC and also regularization and revision of wages of casual labourers.

          NFPE calls upon the entirety of Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks to be ready for an indefinite strike for the cause of three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks and the casual, part time, contingent employees who are the most exploited and down-trodden class of the Postal Department and the entire Central Govt. Services.

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

   Minutes of the meeting held on 23-10-2013under the Chairmanship of Member (O) regarding implementation of MNOP and L-1/L-2 System.

          In  pursuance of the meeting held on 02/08/2013 under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (P) to discuss the issues raised by Postal JCA, a meeting was held with the staff side under the Chairmanship of Member (O) on 23-10-2013. Following were present in the meeting.

1     .    1.Shri S.K. Sinha, CGM (MB)
2.       2.Shri Rishikesh , Director (Mail Mgt)
3.     3.Shri M.B. Gajbhiye, ADG(MO)

                 Postal JCA Side

1.    Shri M. Krishnan, Secretary General ,NFPE.
2.    Shri Giri Raj Singh, General Secretary , AIRMS & MMS EU, Group `C`
3.    Shri P. Suresh, General Secretary, AIRMS & MMS EU, MG & MTS.
4.    Shri Devender Kumar, Circle Secretary, National Union R-III, Delhi Circle.

2  On the issue of revised norms for CRCs, it was brought to the notice of staff side that the norms fixed for different operational activities at Speed Post Hubs, Intra-circle Hubs and CRCs are based on the recommendations of work Study Team of the Directorate. The issue of productivity norms as well as establishment norms have also been clarified to all concerned vide Dte. O.M.No. 28-8/2011-D dated 13-08-2013. Therefore, the issues stands settled now. It was decided to supply a copy of Work Study Report to the staff side.
3   The issue regarding shifting  /transfer of staff from L-1 office to L-2 office and vice versa was discussed with staff side and  the staff side was satisfied with the circumstances under which the staff was transferred  from L-1 office to L-2 office in Gujarat Circle. The issue , is therefore, stands settled.
4. The staff side requested that more L-1 offices were needed in some Circle. In response , it was informed that requirement of more L_1 offices was examined and it was felt that any more L-1 offices not needed in view of the following:

(i) All L-1 and L-2 mail offices located within  a Circle have been           allowed    to close bags for each other.
(ii)  Circles have been given enough exceptions in terms of closing of bags by mail offices based on volume of mail.

In view of the above, the issue of identification /creation of L-1 /L-2 offices stands settled. It was decided to supply a copy of list of exceptions granted to L-2 offices for closing of direct bags to the staff side.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.
(M.B. Gajbhiye)
Assitant Director General (MO)
    No. 28-9/2011-D                                                              Dated 28/10/2013


Finalized by the Staff Side at the meeting of 25.10.2013.

A.     To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits etc. to the following categories of employees.

1  Central Government employees – industrial and non      industrial;
2   Personnel belonging  to  All India services;
3   Personnel belonging to the Defence Forces;
4  Personnel called as Grameen Dak Sewaks  belonging to     the Postal Department;
5   Personnel  of Union Territories;
6  Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts  Department;
Officers and employees of the Supreme Court;
8  Members of Regulatory bodies (excluding RBI) set up  under Act of Parliament.

B.   To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees mentioned in (A) above as on 1.1.2014.

C.  The Commission will determine the pay structure, benefits facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

D.   To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees  and  Pensioners mentioned in (A) above;

E. To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief  immediately to be merged with Pay and pension 

F.     To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.

G.   To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

H.   To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.


Dear Comrades,
VII-CPC – Terms of reference-

            The members of the National Secretariat of the Confederation available at New Delhi met on 23rd Oct. 2013 and again on 24th October, 2013 to discuss and formulate our views on the 7th CPC terms of Reference.  On the basis of the discussions, we prepared a draft terms of reference and submitted it for consideration of the Staff Side.  The important points we placed in our draft for the consideration of the staff side were:-

(a)   The Commission to examine the present structure of pay and allowances and suggest changes.
(b)   To give effect to its recommendations from 1.1.2011 i.e. wage revision must be after       every five years.
(c)   D.A (50%) to be merged with pay with effect from 1.1.2011.
(d)   To determine Interim relief taking into account the erosion in the value of wages over the years,
(e)   To include GDS within the ambit of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
(f)     To revise the retirement benefits and accord pension maintaining parity in quantum in respect of past, present and future pensioners.
(g)   To extend the statutory defined benefit pension to those who have entered service after 1.1.2004.
(h)   To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM on a priority basis and within a specified time frame.
(i)     To provide cashless/hazzle free Medicare to employees and pensioners.

The Government of India had convened a meeting of the Staff side representatives on 24.10.2013 to discuss the terms of reference.  The meeting took place at 3.00PM on 24thunder the Chairmanship of Secretary, Personnel.  Besides the points mentioned above, the staff raised many other matters connected with the setting up of the CPC. viz. the inclusion of labour Representative as a Member of the Commission; the anomalous  situation brought about by the Grade pay based MACP Scheme; the requirement of a mechanism to settle the 6th CPC related anomalies;  the need to allow the proposals of Cadre Review to be examined by the Government independently without referring it to CPC;  to have members in the Commission who have gained  expertise to impart to the Commission the nuances and functional requirements of various Departments;  to relook at the new Pay Structure brought in by the 6th CPC in the light of the experience between 2008 to 2013 etc.  In conclusion the staff side requested the Government to provide it with a draft terms of reference taking into account the views placed by them.  It was also proposed by the Staff Side that on exchange of the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side and the  Official Side, a meeting with the Secretary, Personnel and Secretary, Expenditure could be arranged to iron out the differences, if any.
The Staff Side met again on 25th at its office and deliberated upon various views presented by different organisations and finalised the draft terms of reference. We shall publish the said draft terms of reference as and when the same is submitted to the Government.
It is obvious that despite the unanimous position taken by all the organisations, the Government may not necessarily agree with many of the basic issues, viz. Date of effect, merger of  DA, Interim Relief, Coverage of GDS etc.  We appeal to our affiliates/ State COCs to continue the campaign amongst the employees to generate necessary sanctions.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

Secretary General.

Constitution of the NFPE Mahila Sub Committee.

As per the decision of the Federal Council of NFPE held at Hyderabad from 9th to 12th
 June 2013, the Mahila Sub Committee of NFPE is constituted with the following
 members from the affiliated unions.

1. Com. C. P. Sobhana, Vice President, P3 (CHQ), SPM Kannur Civil Station, Kannur (Kerala)
2. Com. Nanda Sen, AIPEU Group ‘C’, PA (BCR), Siliguri HPO (West Bengal)
3. Com. Mausumi Majumdar, AIPEU Group ‘C’, Dibrugarh Division (Assam)
4.  Com. Nasreen, P4, Sorting Postmen, Daragamitta SO, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh)
5.  Com. Lakhamti Wahlag, P4, Postmen Shillong GPO (North East)
6.  Com. K. C. Prabha, P4, Postman, Manyithara Market, Cherthala (Kerala)
7. Com. M. N. Nalini, R3, Mahila Sub Committee HSG-I, HSA, Hyderabad City,
      Sorting Division (Andhra Pradesh)
8.  Com. Anu Dandyal, R3, Accountant, Delhi Sorting Division (Delhi)
9.  Com. C. Krishna Kumari, R-3, OA, O/o SSRM, RMS ‘TV’ Division, Trivandrum (Kerala)
10. Com. S. P. Adisundari, Admn (P) Unon SS O/o PMG Vijayawada (AP)
11. Com. Saly George, AIPEU GDS (NFPE), GDS MD, Kulakada East, Kulakada, 
        Kottarakkara (Kerala)
12.  Com. Yasmintaj, AIPEU GDS (NFPE), BPM, Peduvalappai, Hassan (Karnataka)
13.  Com. Nisha Bhardwaj, SBCOEA, PA, SBCO, HPO Dausa (Rajasthan)
14.  Com. M.N. Fharte, R-4, MTS, Pune RMS (Maharashtra)
15.  Com. A. Lakshmi, R-4, MTS, Coimbatore RMS (Tamilnadu)
16.  Com. Chandramma Lingaraju, AIPAEA, Senior Accountant O/o DAP,
         Bangalore (Karnataka)
17.  Com. Manushi Bhattacharya, AIPAEA, Senior Accountant, O/o DAP,
       Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)


                                            Flash News


             Orders reinstating into service  Com. S.C.Jain  Ex-Circle
 Secretary P3 NFPE Madhya Pradesh Circle  who was compulsorily
 retired from service for trade union activities, issued today 
asper the direction given by Directorate to the CPMG.
             NFPE and P3 CHQ has taken up the case with Secretary, 
Department of Posts. This is the great victory of NFPE in the fight
 against trade union victimization.

                                     Red Salute to all comrades

== M.Krishnan  Secretary General NFPE