Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Serious protest demonstration arranged by members of public on 22.5.2019 before O/O the Sr Supdt, RMS N Dn Cuttack against arbitrary shifting of 'N' Division Headquarters to Bhubaneswar

 Leadership of CCGE&W CoC, AIPRPA, Cuttack Mahanagar Nagarika Mahasabha, Cuttack Banchao Committee, Baristha Nagarika Mahasangh, Pragatisila Nagarika Manch, Cuttack City Co-ordination committee of Unions and Associations, CITU, AITUC, INTUC and all Central Trade Unions of Cuttack City attended the programme  and demanded to retain the office of Sr. Supdt. of RMS N Dn Hqrs at Cuttack.

  Hon'ble MLA, Cuttack Choudwar and the nonagenarian senior most Leader of P &T Trade Union Movement of Odisha Com. Banshidhar Mohanty addressed the programme.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

In depth: New study shows the UPU supports member countries and their Posts in trade facilitation

21.05.2019 - The World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which came into effect in 2017, has defined a new set of principles to make international trade more accessible and efficient. A new study by the UPU shows that, while the agreement has implications for UPU members, the UPU is already well situated to support member countries’ compliance with the obligations in the TFA.

The TFA aims to remove the “red tape” barriers imposed on cross-border trade, striving to reduce costs and delays at customs points and to harmonize customs procedures globally. It also addresses issues of transparency, standardization and simplification of these procedures, for example, by obliging trade-relevant authorities to accept electronic copies of customs declarations. It also sets new standards on transparency by requiring the publication of procedures, fees and tariffs so that a trader is able to come prepared to send his or her shipment immediately.
After the WTO members ratified the TFA, the UPU’s Council of Administration (CA) instructed the UPU’s International Bureau to review the obligations the TFA would impose on UPU members and the role of the UPU and the Posts in its implementation. The CA welcomed the results of that study during its April 2019 session.

Promoting trade for development

The UPU-WTO relationship has been historically limited to the issue of defining postal services in the WTO services agreement.
“With the growth of e-commerce and the tsunami of packages being sent across borders via the Post, the UPU rules, standards, programs and tools help member countries facilitate trade, especially of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMES),” says Paul Donohoe, who manages the UPU’s Digital Economy and Trade Programme.
“This means that our dialogue with WTO is expanding to also relate to e-commerce and trade issues,” he adds.
According to the United Nations, MSMEs comprise more than 90 percent of global businesses and account for 50-60 percent of employment, making them a key partner for economic growth and the provision of decent work.
The postal network allows MSMEs to participate in e-commerce, giving them an affordable and direct means to ship merchandise to customers, reducing the need to cooperate with distributors, customs brokers and retailers.


The UPU is working with its members and supply-chain partners to modernize the network, as well as postal rules and processes, to ensure it is “fit for purpose” in this e-commerce world.
While the TFA could impose increased responsibilities and obligations on designated postal operators, the study also found that the UPU is in an excellent position to help member countries meet these obligations more easily.
“Many of the obligations on member countries under the UPU Acts automatically align Posts with the TFA,” explains Mohamad Fakhreddin, a PhD student in international trade law and economics at the University of Hamburg, who is currently working on the study as an intern at the UPU.
The Acts of the Union comprise a set of permanent and non-permanent rules and regulations on postal services decided and adhered to by UPU member countries.
For example, the UPU has done extensive work to develop new standards and regulations that enable an efficient global postal supply chain model, which includes exchanging information between partners in the supply chain: Posts, transportation, and Customs. The model is facilitated by the UPU’s technical solutions for exchanging electronic advance data (EAD), which address many TFA obligations, such as the request for advance rulings, pre-arrival processing, Customs cooperation and acceptance of copies, among others.   
“The UPU goes one-step further than the TFA requirements and takes a more advanced digital approach to the implementation of these obligations, with its provision of electronic data exchange tools such as International Postal System (IPS) and Customs Declaration System (CDS) to facilitate real-time exchanges of data between Posts and Customs,” says Fakhreddin.
UPU’s Easy Export programme supports the TFA’s vision for a “single window” where traders can submit all required documentation and data to participating supply chain authorities and agencies, helping member countries develop their postal network as a “one stop shop” export service for MSMEs.
Moreover, the UPU supports the implementation of TFA obligations on transparency, with the publication of compendia that contain relevant information on member countries exportation procedures via the Post, as well as relevant conditions and rates.
The UPU’s technical assistance and capacity-building activities directed at improving the Post’s operational readiness for e-commerce are also assisting member countries to meet their TFA obligations via the Post.
The study also recommends that member countries take steps to integrate their postal authorities into the National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) so that they consider the opportunities the postal network brings in their TFA implementation plans.
The study will raise awareness about the TFA within the postal sector and provide recommendations on enforcing or amending the UPU Acts in line with the TFA, and providing technical assistance to ensure that Posts and their supply chain partners are equipped to implement the TFA.
The results of the study will soon be published as an implementation guide.

NFPE, Odisha State CoC writes to the Chief PMG, Odisha regarding change of Headquarters of SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar

No. NFPE – ODI / 03 / 2019
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 21st May, 2018
Dr. Santosh Kumar Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-Change of Headquarters of SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division from Cuttack  to Bhubaneswar - Regarding

Respected Sir,
Inviting a kind reference to our letter dated 16.05.2019 with a proposal of functioning of the office of the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack in the 1st floor of Cuttack RMS building, we do regret that our proposal was not accepted on the plea of deficient Schedule of Accommodation by the Circle administration during subsequent discussion with the DPS (HQ) on 17.05.2019 which is not the exact truth. While an area of 1488 Sq. ft. is required to run the office, we had submitted the calculation sheet for 2317 Sr. ft. which can accommodate the CRC, Set-1 and PSO with minor civil / electrical repairing work in the ground floor. Actually, we found no inconvenience in running the office of the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack in the 1st floor of the Cuttack RMS building maintaining the dignity and status of the SSRM. But the Circle administration did not agree.

On the other hand, since the mail transmission was seriously affected due to the severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ with complete dislocation of network connectivity and electricity with effect from 03.05.2019 on one hand and thousands of bags / lakhs of articles including important eTPBs (to be delivered before 23.05.2019) and relief materials to Odisha were detained due to the strike called by the Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) of RMS ‘N’ Division Cuttack on the other, we took it very seriously to save the goodwill of the Department and could be able to convince the striking employees to defer the strike for the time being and accordingly they accepted and we went for an understanding with the Circle administration.

But now, as come to our notice, the Govt. of Odisha has expressed its willingness for providing a rent free accommodation within Cuttack City for the purpose. The Collector and District Magistrate, Cuttack has assured our staff representatives of Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) of RMS ‘N’ Division Cuttack to provide a rent free accommodation within Cuttack City with required space. Further as known to us, both SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division Cuttack and SSPOs, Cuttack City have already discussed on the matter with the Collector and District Magistrate, Cuttack on 20.05.2019.  

The issue was with regard to provision of rent free accommodation with required SOA in the Cuttack City area which will be solved if the above proposal of the State Govt. is accepted. As we feel, now there is no need to shift the Headquarters of RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack to Bhubaneswar when the desired accommodation is offered by the State Govt.

Under the circumstances, on behalf of NFPE, Odisha, we would like to sincerely request you to kindly;

i.             Direct the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack to accept the proposal of the Collector and District Magistrate, Cuttack without any further plea.

ii.            Drop the proposal of shifting the office of the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack to Bhubaneswar.

iii.           Instruct the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack to cancel the order dated 13.05.2019 of the OS to shift the office to Bhubaneswar.

An early action / reply is sincerely requested to avoid any further agitational programmes as already intimated to the SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack by Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) of RMS ‘N’ Division Cuttack vide their letter No. RMS JCA / Dvl Office Bldg (Sh), dated 18.05.2019.
     With regards.
 Yours faithfully,

(Bruhaspati Samal)
Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C &
Chairman, NFPE Odisha State CoC

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Friday, 17 May 2019

RMS 'N' Division Strike called off

AIPEU, Gr-C, CHQ writes to the Secretary (Posts) regarding amendment of the Recruitment Rules for the post of Higher Selection Grade II & I

CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi - 110008

Ref:P/4-3/Recruitment/HSG Gr’ II & I                               Dated – 17.05.2019

The Secretary,
Dept of Posts,
New Delhi 110001

Sub: - Regarding amendment of the Recruitment Rules for the post of Higher Selection Grade II & I

Ref: -   Yr F.No X-3/1/2019-SPN II dated 13/5/2019

With reference to you above cited letter on the subject, we wish to record our strong resentment against the introduction of LDCE in HSG I and HSG II posts. 100% of these posts should be allowed to continue as if now under the seniority cum fitness.

It is pertinent to remind that the Secretary Posts have given the assurance in the Departmental Council meeting at the time of formulation of revised RR for HSG II & HSG I that it will take a proposal to DOPT to reduce the eligibility service condition of 6 years and five years to three years as per status quo ante provision. If the amendment is made, there will be no vacant posts in HSG II & HSG I and almost all the officials will get their due HSG II & I promotions.

Furthermore, we have requested several times to provide one time relaxation to the eligibility condition for filling up the vacant HSG II & I posts since bulk number of officials were promoted to LSG due to cadre restructuring and they will become eligible for HSG II promotion after six years and thereafter for the next promotion after five years. If the examination is introduced now, it will mar the fair chances to the LSG officials.

Therefore, it is requested to drop the proposal of introduction of LDCE in HSG II & HSG I in the proposed recruitment rules and allow the status quo in this regard.

Soliciting favourable response,

Yours faithfully,

(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary

AIPEU, Gr-C, CHQ writes to the Secretary (Posts) regarding amendment of the Recruitment Rules for the post of Lower Selection Grade

CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi - 110008

Ref: P/4-/Recruitment/LSG                                   Dated – 17.05.2019

The Secretary,
Dept of Posts,
New Delhi 110001

Sub: -  Regarding amendment of the Recruitment Rules for the post of Lower Selection Grade

Ref: -   Yr. F. No X-5/1/2019-SPN II dated 10/5/2019.

With reference to your above cited letter on the subject. We would like to submit the following for your kind consideration.

1.      We are recording our strong protest about the introduction of 50% through LDCE for the post of LSG since this is nothing but the reintroduction of FTP in other form. Further after the implementation of cadre review, almost the PA posts in the single handed and double handed post offices have been upgraded into LSG and if they may be subjected for the LDCE exam, it will freeze the fair chances of seniority cum fitness to the chunk of employees at a later level.

2.      We suggested earlier also that in order to provide chances to the younger generation for their career development, 20% posts in LSG may be reserved for the LDCE for LSG.

3.      The condition of 4 years for the LSG promotion may be relaxed to the extent of three years for the promotion under the seniority cum fitness.

It is requested to consider the above while deciding the final notification.

A line in reply about the decision taken is highly solicited.

Yours faithfully,

(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary





Com. B Samal, Leader, RJCM (Staff Side) visited Cuttack RMS and discussed with the striking employees before submitting his report on feasibility of running the Divisional Office in the 1st floor of RMS building.