Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Circle Union writes to Chief PMG on discrepancy in giving LSG promotion to officials belonging to reserved category under Cadre Restructuring Proposal for Group-C Postal Employees in Odisha Circle with request for reconsideration in the light of DoPT OM No. 36012/11/2016- Estt.(Res-I) {Pt-II}, dated 15.06.2018


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/02 - 06/2018
Dated at Cuttack the 18th June, 2018
To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub :   Discrepancy in giving LSG promotion to officials belonging to reserved category under  Cadre Restructuring Proposal for Group-C Postal Employees in Odisha Circle – Request for reconsideration in the light of DoPT OM No. 36012/11/2016- Estt.(Res-I) {Pt-II}, dated 15.06.2018

Respected Sir,
            This has a kind reference to this Circle Union letter No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 06 – 03 / 2017, dated  16.03.2017 and  P3NFPE – Odisha / 07 – 03 / 2017, dated  17.03.2017 where in we have brought to your kind notice that the names of some senior officials especially belonging to reserved category are omitted from the approved list of LSG officials issued vide C O Memo No. ST/26-6(1)/2017(Postal), dated 23.02.2017. On discussion, it was replied that promotion has been effected in accordance with Directorate’s order No. 16-11/2016-SCT, dated 21.10.2016 based on DoPT OM No. 36012/11/2016-Estt (Res), dated 30.09.2016 and O M dated 10.08.2010.  

Now DoPT vide its OM No. 36012/11/2016- Estt. (Res-I) {Pt-II}, dated 15.06.2018 (copy enclosed for kind reference) based on Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dated 17.05.2018  in SLP (C) No. 30621/2011 has directed all the cadre controlling authorities of Central Government Ministries, Departments and Union Territories to carry out promotions in accordance with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3 of the said OM  based on existing seniority / select lists.

Thus, when the DPC is convened purely on seniority-cum-fitness basis, the case of the officials belonging to reserved category who have been debarred so far by Odisha Circle for promotion to LSG Cadre under Cadre Restructuring proposal of Group-C postal employees may be reconsidered in the light of the above OM.

Awaiting your kind immediate action, Sir.

With regards.
Encls.- As above*
Yours faithfully,
 
(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary
* Already published in this blog.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Implementation of interim Orders/ directions in Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 30621/2011 arising out of final judgment and order dated 15.07.2011 in CWP No. 13218/2009 passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 31288/2017 arising out of Hon’ble Delhi High Court judgment dated 23.08.2017 and other related court cases — regarding



RESERVATION FOR CANDIDATES FROM OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES - REVISION OF INCOME CRITERIA AND DETERMINING EQUIVALENCE OF POSTS IN CENTRAL PUBLIC SECTOR ENTERPRISES (CPSES), PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, PUBLIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, ETC. WITH POSTS IN GOVERNMENT FOR ESTABLISHING CREAMY LAYER CRITERIA – REGARDING

F. No. 36033/2/2018-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section

  North Block, New Delhi Dated June 8, 2018
To
            The Chief Secretaries of all States / Union Territories

Subject:- Reservation for candidates from Other Backward Classes - Revision of Income Criteria and determining equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, etc. with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria – regarding

Madam/ Sir,
            I am directed to invite attention to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt,(SCT) dated 08.09.1993 which, inter-alia provided that sons and daughters of persons having gross annual income of Rs.1 lakh or above for a period of three consecutive years would fall within the ‘creamy layer’ and would not be entitled to get the benefit of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes.

2.         The aforesaid limit of income for determining the creamy layer status was subsequently raised to Rs. 2.5 lakh, Rs. 4.5 lakh Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh vide this Department’s O.M. No. 36033/3/2004-Estt.(Res.) dated 09.03.2004, O.M. No.36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res) dated 14.10.2008, O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 27.05.2013 and CM. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res) dated 13.09.2017, respectively.

3.         This Department is in receipt of references seeking clarification on the status of equivalence and revision of income criteria, in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and Financial Institutions with posts in Government. In this regard, copies of the following Office Memorandums issued by Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Financial Services and this Department are enclosed for ready reference:

i) O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 13.09.2017 of this Department regarding revision of income criteria;

ii) O.M. No. DPE-GM-/0020/2014-GM-FTS-1740 dated 25.10.2017 of the Department of Public Enterprises on establishing equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria; and

iii) O.M. No. 19/4/2017-Welfare dated 06.12.2017 of the Department of Financial Services on establishing equivalence of posts in respect of Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, Public Sector Insurance Companies.

4. It is requested to please bring the contents of the above mentioned O.M.s/ instructions to the notice of all concerned for information / compliance.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax - 23092110

Copy to:
1. All the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India
2. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
3. Department of Public Enterprises, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
4. Department of Financial Services, Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi
5. National Commission for Backward Classes, Trikoot-1, Bhikaji Cama Place, R. K. Puram, New Delhi
6. Hindi Section for providing a translation
7. Guard File

Flat Rate Parcel Service (Domestic) and "Overnight Parcel" discontinued with effect from 15.06.2018


Speed transmission of outbound International at office of exchange


Acceptance of RPF ( SI / Constable) Examination fee through ePayment at Post Office across India



UPU News : Postal operators can reduce cost of sending money

18.06.2018 - Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s most expensive region to send money home. Africans last year paid, as a fee, an average of almost 10 cents from every dollar sent back, and these excessive costs strike hardest at the poorest, especially in rural areas.

By BISHAR HUSSEIN
Money received from loved ones working abroad can transform a family’s living standards. From Albania to Australia and from Bahrain to Bangladesh, the essential bridges built between countries due to remittances support migrant families and keep children in desperately-needed education.
For parts of Africa, however, life-enhancing remittances come at a high price. Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s most expensive region to send money home. Africans last year paid, as a fee, an average of almost 10 cents from every dollar sent back, and these excessive costs strike hardest at the poorest, especially in rural areas.
DELIVERING SERVICES
More than 200 million people in Africa rely on payments from abroad and some 80 million live in rural areas. The lack of roads and bridges, and other essential infrastructure, can make badly needed access to financial services challenging. There are also significant hidden costs, including transport fees, potential dangers along the route and monopolies on the services provided.
All of these problems drive up costs, and make the receipt of remittances prohibitive in the region. The question for governments, international organisations and consumer groups has been how to reduce these costs by finding alternative providers capable of delivering services that are cost-effective and reliable.
An efficient solution may come in the form of something that has been a staple of African community life for over a hundred years; the humble, but resilient local post office. The historic footprint of the post office, and the inherent trust placed in these community services, serve to reinforce their suitability.
RAPID CHANGES
In some Sub-Saharan countries, post offices are less than 10 minutes’ walk away for 42 per cent of their customers; their proximity shows that postal operators are well-placed to deliver financial services to their customers. The facts speak for themselves: In Benin and Madagascar, for instance, 67 per cent of remittance recipients walk to the Post Office for their money, and in Senegal and Ghana it is 62 per cent and 57 per cent respectively.
Digitalisation is also sweeping relentlessly across Africa, perhaps at a greater speed than many other parts of the world. These trends are forcing rapid changes in the remittance market and revolutionising payment systems. The opportunities for postal operators to develop sustainable finance networks that support migrant families and further financial services are immense.
POOREST SECTIONS
The findings in the African Postal Financial Services Initiative, a success story on remittances at the post in Africa, support these findings and highlight the urgency of the situation. The report was authored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and its partners, including the Universal Postal Union. It makes the point that we cannot afford to ignore the impact of high costs on the poorest sections of society.
Reductions in remittance costs are on everyone’s list of global priorities. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under Goal 10, on reducing inequality, calls for steep reductions to less than three per cent of the transaction costs of migrant remittances and the elimination of remittance corridors with costs higher than five per cent.
FARSIGHTED STRATEGY
Posts are well-positioned to help achieve this goal: They have the networks, the logistics, and the strong ties to government. If these connections are bound to a farsighted strategy and a commitment to offering inclusive financial services, they can succeed in this challenge. The time for action, however, is now. Posts need to reach out and seize this generational opportunity.
Mr. Hussein is the Director General of the Universal Postal Union
Originally published in "Daily Nation"
Source : http://news.upu.int

Conference of All India Postal Casual, Part time, Contingent and Contract Workers Federation, Odisha Circle Branch will be held on 01.07.2018 at BBSR

 Dear Comrades,
It is to intimate you that the 2 nd Organizational convention /Conference of All India Postal Casual, Part time, Contingent and Contract Workers Federation, Odisha Circle Branch will be held on 01.07.2018 at BBSR in the "Union of Journalists" adjacent to Ashok Nagar Post office and will start at 10.00 hrs sharp. 

You all are requested to please attend the same and inform all your Dvl Secretaries to send the casual, P T C Lrs, contingent, mazdoors, daily wagers, substitutes working if any in their offices /Dvns to attend the same. 

Com P. Mohan and Com. Y. Nagbhusanam, the General Secretary and working President of the CHQ have consented to attend. 

This fdn has been formed as per decision taken in 9 th Federal council session held from 9-12 June 2013 and accordingly after formation of All India body, it was formed in our Odisha Circle in the year 2013,while  I was in the service. Now its 2 nd Organizational Conference will be held. 

You all are requested to kindly co-operate for the interst of the down trodden, oppressed class and weaker section of workers in dept of Posts.

With warm greetings. 

Comradely Yours,
 R N Dhal,
Working President,
AIPCPCCWF, Odisha Circle.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Homeward bound: Remittances can be the difference between opportunity and calamity

15.06.2018 - June 16 is the International Day of Family Remittances, a day for reflecting on how postal operators can improve the lives of millions of women, children and men.

Photo: IFAD
A massive US$429 billion was sent home to developing countries in 2016; a figure three times greater than the official development assistance provided that year. This shows the importance of remittances to the lives of millions globally.
Studies on remittances also show that a 10 per cent increase in per capita remittances can reduce the number of people living in poverty by 3.5 per cent. Such figures are evidence that the money sent is helping people escape poverty’s gravitational pull, while offering them greater opportunities for a better life.
Remittances are so crucial for promoting development that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has specifically recognized their importance and calls for reductions in the cost of sending money home. Goal 10 on reducing inequality includes a target seeking to: “reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent.”
Reductions in costs are vital in Africa where the lack of infrastructure, dangers in travel and monopolies can drive up the prices. Postal operators are being viewed as a fast acting antidote to these desperate challenges. “With their broad networks reaching deep into rural and impoverished areas, post offices can offer cost effective remittances that are part of the overall push to deepen financial inclusion in countries,” said the Deputy Director General of the Universal Postal Union Pascal Clivaz.
Just as significantly, the world’s postal operators were founded on a universal service obligation—the concept of providing a network of networks for delivering letters and parcels to everyone on this planet. With Posts already delivering a public service, there is a real opportunity for them to harness existing operations to ensure that families everywhere can access financial services.  
If postal operators are to achieve this goal, however, they have to provide a broad range of digital financial services. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) recognizes the importance of this challenge.
Speaking in Nairobi on 11 June, at the 25 Annual Meeting of Assemblies of the East African Communications Organizations, the Director General of UPU Bishar A. Hussein called on postal operators to diversify their services and to leverage growing electronic transactions to strengthen their role in the supply chain. “Diversification is the only sure way for the postal organization to continue performing well in the increasingly competitive market,” he said.
Source : http://news.upu.int/

Statement of the Deputy Director General of the Universal Postal Union on International Day of Family Remittances

15.06.2018 - Our globalized world is powered by connections. Nowhere is this more obvious than with remittances that sustain families and communities over huge distances.

For millions of migrant families, money sent home is often the difference between seizing opportunities and standing on the edge of calamity.
In 2016, US$429 billion was sent home to developing countries, a figure more than three times greater than the official development support provided in the same year.
Studies have also found that a 10 per cent increase in per capita remittances can reduce the number of people living in poverty in a country by 3.5 per cent. 
That is thousands of women, children and men pulled out of poverty’s grip and given hope for better lives and better opportunities.
At the Universal Postal Union (UPU), we believe that postal operators have a pivotal role to play in these efforts. Work that is also crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 10 on inequality targeting reductions in the cost of remittances.
With their broad networks reaching deep into rural and impoverished areas, post offices can offer cost effective remittances that are part of the overall push to deepen financial inclusion in countries.
Posts were founded on the delivery of a universal service obligation—a network of networks for everyone on this planet.
We believe this obligation to provide a public service can be harnessed to ensure that families everywhere access financial services.  
Today, Posts are driving innovation and creativity through digital financial services, and with two billion bank accounts, they are second only to banks in promoting financial inclusion.
Their potential is clear.
On the International Day of Family Remittances, UPU pledges it will work with its partners to help postal operators build an inter-connected network capable of delivering low-cost remittances to families, even in the remotest areas.  
Source : http://news.upu.int/

Promotion and postings in Postal Service Group 'B' cadre

Grant of Special increment in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants for participation in Sporting events and Tournaments of National or international importance, in the 7th CPC Scenario

Circle Union writes to Chief PMG on rejection of applications of the eligible officials for appearing LDCE for appointment to the AAO Cadre



No. P3NFPE-Odisha/01 - 06/2018
Dated at Cuttack the 16th June, 2018
 To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub : Rejection of applications of the eligible officials for appearing LDCE for appointment to the AAO Cadre – Request for reconsideration regarding .
   
Respected Sir,
It has come to the notice of this Circle Union that several applications submitted for the above examinations have been rejected by Circle Office on the basis of less period of service than required.

In this context, we would like to draw your kind attention to Para 11 (2 ) of the Recruitment Rules circulated vide Dte’s letter No. 301 (1) / 2012/ PA Admn.III / 30 to 120, dated 02.04.2018 which states that all other officials of the Department of Posts or Department of Telecommunications in Group ‘C’ cadre possessing a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or Institute with the following regular qualifying service are eligible to appear:

i.               in level-1 with fourteen years regular service, or
ii.             in level-2 with thirteen years regular service, or
iii.            in level-3 with eleven years regular service, or
      iv.       in level-4 with nine years regular service, or
v.             in level-5 with seven years regular service, or
vi.            in level-6 with four years regular service.

But as seen, the applications of the officials joining in the year 2010 and who are in Pay Level-5 as on the date of application completing  more than 7 years of regular service in the Department have been rejected in Odisha Circle on the plea of less service.

Matter may be different if the Rule is interpreted as per the entry level since all such officials have entered into the Department in Level – 4 in the year 2010. But the Rule is not clear whether the eligibility will be calculated from the Entry Level or from the Present Level as on the date of application. 

It is needless to reiterate that regular period of service is always calculated from the date of joining in the Department regularly. And the instant Recruitment Rule has prescribed 7 years of regular service for officials in Level – 5.

Thus, all such officials joined in the Department in the year 2010 and who have completed 7 years of regular service since the date of joining and in Level – 5 on the date of application are quite eligible for appearing the examination.

Therefore, we would like to sincerely request your immediate kind intervention so that the above eligible officials may not be deprived of appearing the examination.

Awaiting your immediate kind action, Sir.
             
With regards.
Yours faithfully,
 
(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

Copy for kind information and necessary action to the Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, North Avenue P O Building, New Delhi – 110 001.
 
(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary


Implementation of interim orders / directions in Special Leave to Appeal (C) No.30621/2011 arising out of final judgment and order dated 15-07-2011 in CWP No.13218/2009 passed byy the Hon'ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Special Leave to Appeal (C) No.31288/2017 arising out of Hon'ble Delhi High Court judgment dated 23-08-2017 and other related court cases - regarding.