Wednesday 9 May 2018

NFPE writes to DoP on the proposed amendment in Recruitment Rules for the post of Inspector Posts

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
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No. PF-17/2018                                                                                Dated the 03.05.2018


            The Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan
           New Delhi 110 001.

Sub: Amendment in Recruitment Rules for the post of Inspector Posts – Reg.

            Ref:  F No. 7-3/2016- SPB – II  dt. 10 th April, 2018.
            In the Draft Recruitment Rules for the post of Inspector Posts, in case of recruitment by promotion             through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, it has been mentioned that, officials  of             various grades as prescribed,  having   8 years of regular service as on crucial date of eligibility  service            as prescribed by the Central Govt. are  eligible for appearing in LDCE. 

            As per the existing  Recruitment Rules for IP, it was noted as  not less than 5  years of regular service as on 1stJanuary of the year, to which the vacancies pertain to,  in the grades of PA/SAs in Grade pay of Rs.2400/-, Stenographer Grade II ( Grade Pay of Rs.2400/-) and LSG () Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- including regular service put in as  PA/SA in Post offices, RMS offices, RLO, Foreign Post, SBCO, ICO and MMS.

            In this connection we want to put forth the following:-

1.    Now the age limit prescribed for Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants is 30 years, with relaxation to SC/ST/OBC as notified by the Govt. of India from time to time. If an official entering into P.A./S.A. service at the age of 30/33/35 years as the case  may be, as per the age limit prescribed by the Govt. , then  most of them will lost their chance of elevating into IP Cadre, since the minimum service prescribed in the Draft revised Recruitment Rules for IP is  8 years. Especially the most oppressed community viz. SC/ST officials will have no chance to enter into the promotional cadre, which is totally against the Constitutional privileges and against natural justice. Hence, the minimum eligibility service should not be revised from 5 years to  8 years.

2.    Now the P.A./S.A. Recruitment Rules are being revised with the minimum required educational qualification as Bachelor Degree and  mostly the P.A./S.A.s  recruited in the recent  years are with higher educational qualification like B.E., B.Tech., M.Sc., M.A. etc. and  they are entering  to the Department  with high expectation for getting promotions. If this eligibility condition is extended further, they may have better option for migration into other  prospective areas. Their intellectualness should not be spared out, by  extending  the  minimum eligibility condition from 5 years to 8 years.

3.     There are more number of highly qualified   GDS  elevated  into P.A./S.A. cadre in the residual vacancies, competing with the open market  candidates  with the same age condition and  if for any reasons the examinations are not held in  due periodicity, they will lose their chances   of appearing in the IP examination.

4.     As per the existing Recruitment Rules for IP, it was noted as  not less than 5  years of regular service as on 1st January of the year, to which the vacancies pertain to, but  this was left out in the Draft Recruitment rules, 2018. This will pave way to lose  their  chances, in the event of  any non conduction of examinations  continuously  for  one or two years on any administrative reasons.  Hence this  already existing  condition  should  not be removed.

5.    The Directorate has clarified vide its letter No. 7-8/04-SPB dated 28-07-2005 that physically handicapped officials should not be allowed to appear in the IP Examination as they are unable to perform the physically demanding nature of work. When the issue was discussed in the JCM meeting held during Dec. 2016, it was replied that the permission from the Social welfare Ministry is pending. The same may kindly be  considered while amending the Recruitment Rules  for Inspector Posts.

            Based on the above, we request  the Secretary posts  to

      i.        Drop the proposal  to revise the  minimum eligibility condition of  8 years and  to restore the original condition of  5 years as available in the  existing recruitment rules .

    ii.        The existing eligibility condition of  not  less than 5 years of regular service as on 1st January of the year, to which  the vacancies pertain to , should  not be removed/modified.

   iii.        Suitable amendment may kindly be made so as to allow  the physically handicapped  officials  to appear in the IP examination.

                                With regards,
                                                                                              Yours Sincerely

                                                                                                R.N Parasshar
                                                                                         Secretary  General 

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