Saturday, 10 March 2018

Latest information on implementation of GDS Committee Report

As informed in this blog earlier, Com. B. Samal , Circle Secretary, P-III, Odisha accompanied with Com. Dushmanta Sethi, Circle Secretary, R - III, Com. Ashok Kumar Mohanty, Circle Secretary, R - IV and Com. Lingaraj Sahoo, Vice-President, AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division had met Sj. A N Nanda,  Secretary (Posts) during his visit to Odisha on 05.03.2018. During discussion, we asked about the probable implementation of Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report on GDS.

The Secretary (Posts) clarified that the Govt. had raised some objections which were already been clarified by the Department. It is expected that Cabinet may approve the report soon without any further objection.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Circle Union writes to the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle on post CSI roll out issues

No. P3NFPE-Odisha/ 01 - 03/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 9th March, 2018
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-  Regarding post CSI roll out problems.

Respected Sir,
                        We would like to draw your kind attention to the discussion made with the Secretary (Posts) during his visit to Odisha Circle on 05.03.2018 in your kind presence and participation along with the PMG, Berhampur, PMG, Sambalpur, DPS(HQ) and DA(P), Cuttack on CSI and other local issues. As discussed, the Secretary (Posts)  has assured to take care of the CSI hardware issues with allotment of sufficient funds.

                        We expect that our Circle will pursue the issue at Directorate level with every priority.

                        In this connection, kindly find attached with the letter dated 06.03.2018 written by our Sambalpur Divisional branch to the SSPOs, Sambalpur on the above subject which is self explanatory. Except few specific local issues, the CSI hardware / software and connectivity issues along with training deficiencies narrated there in are common to all Divisions of Odisha Circle.

                        The CSI rolled out Divisions are suffering like anything and the mental peace, health condition, social / family / personal life of the staff members are highly deteriorating. Contradictorily, customers’ dissatisfaction is increasing day by day due to failure in ensuring prompt and efficient service on the part of the staff members for reasons beyond their control which have been stated clearly in the attached letter.

            In this connection we would like to request you to kindly refer our letter No. P3NFPE-Odisha/ 07 - 02/2018, dated 18th February, 2018 on Koraput Division which is suffering highly from hardware and connectivity issues. Though the proposed  rollout date of Koraput Division has been postponed to 20.03.2018, no CSI issue has yet been resolved.

Similar is the situation in Puri Division which is yet to be rolled out. The letter of the Postal JCA, Puri is enclosed here with which also clearly states the present position of the Division that is not in a preparatory position for CSI roll out.

          Bhubaneswar and Berhampur Division are also suffering highly due to the present rollout on 06.03.2018. It is quite unfortunate that even employees are not imparted with proper training in both the Divisions. Bhubaneswar Division just preferred to arrange a workshop on 04.03.2018 with participation of as many as 150 staff members just before one day of the proposed rollout. A few hours of video clips solved nothing except loss of Govt. money and valuable time of the officials in a very unplanned manner.

Similar issues are also being reported to us from Dhenkanal, Balasore and other rollout Divisions. In short, all Divisions are suffering highly from several deficiencies.

 In addition we would also like to invite a kind reference to this Union’s letter No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 01 – 11 / 2017, dated 02.11.2017 intimating the concern and genuine issues confronted by the staff members of Cuttack City Division on CSI rollout which were based on several information collected from our Trainers and S As and real problems practically faced by our staff members now working under CSI environment. Several operational issues  after CSI rollout apart from Training, Hardware  and Connectivity issues were brought to your kind notice which are yet to be resolved.

Therefore, this Circle union would like to request you to look seriously into the infrastructure, connectivity and training issues in connection with CSI rollout which can only ensure smooth functioning of the post offices up-keeping the goodwill of the Department of Posts.

Expecting your immediate necessary action and kind response.

             With regards.
Yours faithfully,
Attached: As above
Circle Secretary

Copy for kind information and necessary action to:

1.    The Postmaster General, Berhampur Region, Berhampur.
2.    The Postmaster General, Sambalpur Division, Sambalpur.

Circle Secretary

AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ writes to the Secretary (Posts) on undue and arbitrary delay in considering the staff problems pertaining to Group ‘C’

CHQ, Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1 New Patel Road New Delhi-110 008
   President   :J.Ramamurthy                                     e-mail :
  General Secretary:R.N.Parashar                    website:

Ref: P/4-4/Demands                                                                                          Dated – 05.03.2018

            Shri. A.N.Nanda,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan New Delhi – 110001

Sub: -  Undue and arbitrary delay in considering the staff problems pertaining to Group ‘C’


This union is constrained to bring it to your kind notice that despite various correspondences and discussions, there is not even an inch improvement in major problems pertaining to the Group ‘C’ cadre. Even the assured items in the earlier meetings have not been resolved till now.

Many issues raised by this union remain unsettled over years together. The Central Working committee meeting of this union held at Patna on 26.02.2018 & 27.02.2018, after thread bare discussions has resolved to submit the details of pending issues to your kind notice for immediate settlement and in the event of non-settlement, it was decided organize action programme culminating to direct action shortly.

The issues in which there is no settlement or improvement so far are compiled in the form of charter of demands is enclosed along with this letter.

It is pertinent to say that we have been forced to launch programme of action despite the fact that we intend peace and amity purely due to the lethargic and protracted delay in disposal of staff grievances and demands by the Directorate.

It is requested to intervene and settle the problems contained in the Charters to ensure industrial peace and tranquility.

May I seek your response Sir,

With profound regards,

DA: as above

Yours sincerely,

General Secretary

1.               (a) Fill up all vacant posts of PA Cadre
         (b) Fill up all vacant posts of HSG-I, HSG-II before implementation of cadre restructuring after giving one time relaxation in recruitment rules.

2.  Implement CSI after RICT and after developing proper infrastructure.

3. Stop harassment and victimization under contributory negligence factor, trade union victimization, in the name of implementation of new schemes and to achieve unscientific target.

4.      Stop outsourcing, privatization and contractorization.

5.      Declare result of membership verification.


1.      Lunch hour demonstration on 12th& 13th March 2018.

2.      Black Badge wearing on 20th & 21st March 2018 containing demands.

3.      Mass Dharna in front of all Chief PMGs offices on 25th April 2018.

4.      Indefinite Strike – Date will be announced later with consultation to NFPE.


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India

07-March-2018 19:21 IST

            The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2018 representing an increase of 2% over the existing rate of 5% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

            This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

            The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.6077.72 crore per annum and Rs.7090.68 crore in the financial year 2018-19 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2018 to February, 2019).

            This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.


            At the outset, we want to place it on record that all the unions federated under NFPE are not in favour of corporate Post Bank set up but at the same time we desire to keep the IPPB as the wholly preserving and protecting thePostal Bank by the Postal Department without any private or public share of 49% and controlled by a separate body other than the Head of the Postal Department.

            I wish to point out despite our strong protest against the IPPB Corporate bank limited which was resolved in the NFPE Federal Executive on11/02/2018 held at New Delhi and also in the CWC meeting of Postal Group ‘C’ Union on 26th& 27th February 2018 at Patna (Bihar), I am attending this workshop with the determination and the intention to request to reconsider your decision and revert back the IPPB as the Government oriented Postal Bank of India wholly maintained and preserved by the Department of Posts. If need be it shares can be made open to its employees to expand the service in the paucity of required funds. It must be a bank owned and operated by the Postal Department with the share of its employees and their full participation.

            Notwithstanding with our position not to corporate IPPB, the Service Unions desire to place on record to have 100% of the postal staff must be utilized to serve for the Postal bank and there should be no other recruitment other than from the Postal Staff.It is most pertinent to mention that no nationalized or private banks are doing the small savings work and being the Social oriented state, the Post office is alone doing the SB work which is the main revenue for the Postal Service at this juncture. If all these small savings accounts are transferred to IPPB at a later stage or today, what will be the remaining work for the PO counters? We are feeling that the Department by introduction of IPPB, blinds the existing Postal Department with its own figures. We are pleading for reconsideration, if not,we are having the apprehension that the postal savings bank work at present is the major work of the postal department  shall be transferred to IPPB in the later stage. Therefore, the IPPB shall be managed only with the Postal staff and not recruited separately

            Further after the introduction of CBS, in many places, the POs are suffering with worn out and old peripherals with low configuration, Poor network and mal -functioning of NSP- I & II and also due to poor user friendly configuration of the CSI software. Those have to be corrected first. Unless the requirements like adequate net work, bandwidth, working computers, are fulfilled, there should be no implementation of CSI. Similarly the recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee providing compassionate appointment to the wards of GDS who could not work in RICT, on implementation of Rural ICT shall be implemented first and thereafter Rural ICT must be implemented if the Rural ICT and CSI shall be jointly implemented after providing necessary infrastructure and user friendly software. If it so, it will be a successful transformation of technology.

            After the complete transformation, the IPPB not as corporation Ltd can be implemented for which our Federation will extend Fullest Cooperation.

            Further I desire to mention that the Postal Department shall have a separate network Connectivity like Railways &Defencein order to ensure proper networking facility to the Post offices so that we could expand our services later even in the rural areas. The postal staff are very much committed only with their hard work and dedication only this much of transformation in the postal service was possible for that he had not paid any amount or compensation. The hard labour they exerted during these days should be utilized for the postal service alone and not to be transferred to the hands of corporates for that we will again register our protest in this meeting with the request to reconsider the decision.  Thank you very much

                                                                                            R.N. Parashar
                                                                                          Secretary General

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018 : WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018
Usha Bonepalli.
Women’s Committee,
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers
Dear comrades, 
Hearty wishes to every one of you on International Women’s Day 2018. We celebrate this day in honour of the great struggles that are waged by women, throughout the history of working class. We also mark this occasion to acknowledge and appreciate the wonderful roles that women play in making this world habitable, livable and lovable place of living. We utilize this occasion to reflect on the problems that prevent women from achieving gender parity, oppressions faced by them, and work out measures that lead to progress of women in all spheres of life. 

One of the first organized struggles for women in modern times was held at Lowell Cotton Mills in Massachussets in 1834. Women worked for 14 hrs per day in mills in confinement, noise, lint filled air, for 1/3rd wages as compared to men. When these wages were also cut, they organized and went on strike. Women in several other mills joined them and an organised movement started for the first time in history. A second strike followed in 1836. Both the strikes were crushed by management, but that is how pioneering struggles start. Defeat gives spirit for better and more organized action. Women began Labour Reform Associations and started huge petition campaigns and political action, asking the Massachussets state legislature to cap working hours in mills at 10 hours. In 1847, New Hampshire became the 1st state to pass a 10 hour working day. This was the first success for organized working women in any part of the world. This success fuelled organized women movements throughout the world’s working class. Today, we remember that struggle with a sense of pride and honour. 

The first National Womens Day was held in NewYork in 1909 to commemorate the 1908 garments workers strike. On 8th March 1908, 15000 women garment workers marched through Union Square to demand economic and political rights. The three month strike against Triangle Shirtwaist and other mills became hugely successful. This success was celebrated throughout Europe and Soviet. Clara Zeitkin, a German socialist proposed designating a day as ‘International Women’s Day’ at International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen in 1910. From 1911, we are observing International Womens Day. From 1975, UNO began celebrating International Womens Day on March 8th

Comrades, the working conditions and safeguards that are available to women today, are a result of many such glorious struggles across the world. We have an 8 hour working day, equal pay for equal work, at least in the government sector, and statutory framework for women like Maternity Benefit Act 1961, Factories Act 1948, Equal Remuneration Act 1976, Sexual Harrassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 etc. None of these acts were made by way of compassion, but were a result of prolonged struggle of the working women. The latest Act in 2013 against sexual harassment at workplace was a result of Supreme Court guidelines in the Visakha case. Everyone knows that women are subject to sexual harassment in all spheres of life, but it took till 2013, and only after a long and concerted legal struggle before the Supreme Court, that guidelines were issued and Government found it fit to pass an Act on this issue. We should keep this in mind that nothing could be achieved unless we organize and wage struggles. We should realize that, though the working women’s movement has achieved significant results, there is a lot lot more to be achieved. 

Nagaland, which went to polls recently, did not have a single woman MLA in its 54 years of statehood and 12 assembly elections. The situation is not much rosy in other states and even in the Parliament. Women representation in Lok Sabha is barely 11.3 % - 62 women out of 543 MPs. Take any elected body, including the trade unions, the presence of women in leadership positions is barely minimum. There are two reasons, resistance to give opportunities to women as men are entrenched in leadership positions, and lack of enough strength from women to push themselves ahead. Let us address the second issue, which is the only way to repulse the first issue. 

Women are bogged down by multiple commitments, they have the inescapable responsibility of household duties. A working woman needs to get up early, cook food, pack lunches for everyone, layout breakfast and clothes for the boys, then commute to work, spend the day in office, and commute back to home, to cook again, help in homework, and then retire to bed, trying to look beautiful. This is the story of every working woman, either in Postal department, or in Dept of Atomic Energy, either as a clerk or in a higher cadre. There is no CL or EL to this duty. Good health or bad health, there is no escape from this routine. Added to this, women face stigma, violence and harassment at workplace, in society, on the streets, during commute, and some times, even at home. Women face deficit in respect in all walks of life. Media and commerce address women as a commodity. They stereotype women, erect standards of medieval morality and even resort to body-shaming. The invisible chains that tie up women are too heavy and too arresting, to unshackle. It’s a herculean task for any woman to unshackle herself, free herself and make her voice count, in public discourse and organized struggles. But we have to realize, and there is no better day that today, that struggle is the only way. It is only because of our organized struggles that we have achieved so far. 

One way to derive inspiration and strength to unshackle ourselves is to celebrate the success stories of women, big or small, in all walks of life. Look around for icons and celebrate them. When our daughters submit a project in school and get two stars, lets celebrate that at home, with all the vigour. When Harmanpreet Kaur hits 171 in 115 balls in Cricket World Cup, lets put her posters (over Sachin’s posters) in our rooms and celebrate that with joy. When we come to know that global Chairman/MD/CEOs of General Motors, Pepsico, IBM, Lockheed Martin are all women, lets celebrate that. When we realize that the superstar of male-centric Bollywood during 1980s was not a man but a woman, lets celebrate that. Every woman who achieved something in life, would have achieved against all odds, facing many difficulties. Lets be proud of all of them, lets gain inspiration from them. And lets help our colleagues, our relatives, our neighbours, our fellow women, in whatever they are aspiring to achieve. And stand by her in all her difficulties. Unless a woman supports a woman, no one supports her. 

Another way to unshackle ourselves is to resist media stereotypes. Media is obsessed with stereotyping women as loud viragoes. Social media is obsessed with posting comments on women in the form of jokes, which insult and denigrate the attitude of women. And the commercial industry insults women by portraying women as beautiful only if they are slim or if they have certain body statistics. Why is a man’s figure or his tummy not an object of shame but a woman’s figure or tummy is shamed. A woman becomes a mother, has a rebirth herself when she gives birth to children, undergoes many body changes and fights to come back to normal. Whatever shape she eventually has, the society should make her feel proud of it, not ashamed of it. But because of the intense media standards on what is beautiful and what is not, women are psychologically forced to follow some fad diets, starve themselves and spoil their health. Even school going girls are doing dieting. This is a very dangerous trend. Yes, we need to have fitness. We should do exercise or yoga if it fits in our daily routine, or at least some walking, but beauty doesn’t mean looking like a pencil. We need a movement, first in our minds, and then in the society, to stop this trend. Because of our workload at home and at workplace, women need to eat well, be healthy, and feel confident about whatever shape they are in. One report says that 80 % of present day women above 40 are cases for bone related ailments like osteoporosis. So I request all women to take your health seriously, get some sunlight for Vit D, have iron and calcium supplements and above all, eat well. Don’t starve. We are ourselves. We will not allow the media to judge us. 

Friends, the sure way to unshackle ourselves is to develop the confidence in our abilities. Seek responsibilities, take active part in leadership positions in your workplace, in administration, and in unions. If you develop the will and confidence, there is nothing that a woman cannot do, as good as, if not better than, her male counterpart. We have an immense task cut out before us. Once women gain employment, they should be endowed with right to equality, right against discrimination in workplace. Women should be assured dignity of labour, equal wages, beneficial facilities and additional safeguards which compensate for their lack of level playing field. These safeguards and benefits should be made statutory, institutionalised, and implemented thoroughly. We should make relentless fight for safegaurds that we are yet to achieve. We should be very vigilant. Because there will always be attempts to mock, sneer, and trample on the safeguards and the genuine benefits that we rightfully deserve.

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world." These are the words of our present UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In recognition of this ‘unfinished business’ and ‘greatest human rights challenge’, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day for 2018 is selected as ‘Press for Progress’. The campaign requires that the following activities are taken up: 

a.   Maintain a gender parity mindset (question any lack of womens’ participation, identify alternatives that are more inclusive, nominate women for opportunities, always include and support women, think 50/50 as goal),
b.    Challenge stereotypes and bias (question assumptions about women, challenge statements that limit women, always use inclusive language, work to remove barriers to women’s progress, bur from retailers who position women in positive ways),
c.    Forge positive visibility of women (identify ways to make women more visible, extend opportunities to women first, assume women want opportunities until declined, select women as spokepersons and leaders, support visible women),
d.    Influence others’ beliefs/actions (supportively call-out inappropriate behavior, campaign for equality in meaningful ways, lead by example via inclusive actions, be a role model for equality, actively contribute to change the status quo) and
e.    Celebrate women’s achievements (believe achievement comes in many forms, value women’s individual and collective success, ensure credit is given for women’s contributions, celebrate women role models and their journeys, support awards showcasing women’s success).

Lets do that comrades. As Chairperson of the Womens Committee of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, I call upon everyone to join hands and rededicate ourselves to this call – Press for Progress. We will make it happen.