Saturday, February 25, 2017

Circle Union requests Chief PMG, Odisha Circle in c/w implementation of Cadre Restructuring Proposal

Circle Union requests Chief PMG, Odisha Circle for a discussion with the representatives of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle before issue of posting orders to the approved LSG officials as a part of implementation of Cadre Restructuring Proposal
No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 08 – 02 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 23rd February, 2017

Dr. Santosh Ku. Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub : Permission to the selected representatives of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle for discussion with the Chief PMG, Odisha on implementation of Cadre Restructuring Proposal of Group-C Postal Employees in Odisha Circle - Request regarding.

Respected Sir,
Most regretfully, we would like to bring it to your kind notice that though we had requested vide our letter dated 27.01.2017 first to complete the selection process for HSG-I and HSG-II cadre and then go for LSG cadre to avoid any dislocation in managing the huge number of vacant posts under both the higher selection grades, our letter was neither acknowledged nor responded till date.

We are in doubt if our letter has been brought to the kind notice of the Chief PMG or not.

Contradictorily, the Circle Office has now completed the DPC for LSG cadre and the approved officials have been allotted region-wise vide C O Memo No. ST/26-6(1)/2017(Postal), dated 23.02.2017.

After analyzing the above memo we noticed some deficiencies as follows.

1. The names of some senior officials especially belonging to reserved category are seen omitted.

2. While 7 Divisions have been allotted with 94 surplus LSG officials, 191 such officials were found short in rest 11 Divisions in comparison to the respective Divisional sanctioned strength which may create serious dislocation while adjusting the surplus officials from one Division in another Division(s) which fall(s) short of the sanctioned strength. Now question arises as to how these vacancies will be filled in to keep the sanctioned strength constant. The Cadre Restructuring Proposal is silent about the issue and there is no guideline from the Directorate in this regard. It is also not known whether Circle Office has sought for any clarification from the Directorate.

3. The approved list contains the name of some SAs, B Es, Trainers, CPC Supervisors and PLI Group Leaders also who are now supposed to be posted as LSG SPMs in the identified S Os since the existing posts against which these employees are working are not created and have not also been identified as LSG.

Now question arises as to how these posts will be manned if they are diverted from the current jobs. There may be complete dislocation in undertaking the day to day activities with regard to system failure and software issues if the experienced S As are diverted. Alternatively, if they are retained in their posts, then the proposed LSG posts against the said officials will remain vacant and the T S P As may be forced to work without any financial benefit which will be an injustice to them.

4. In this context, our opinion is that that there will be serious dislocation in functional activities of the post offices since the posting order is being issued first for LSG cadre before filling the posts in HSG-I and HSG-II cadre under the cadre restructuring proposal. Since all the existing LSG posts have now been upgraded to HSG-II cadre, the existing LSG officials will certainly be disturbed from the present posts. Thus almost all the HSG-II posts will remain vacant till the exiting LSG officials are eligible for promotion as per the present norm.

Similar will be the position in HSG-I cadre also.
Thus, question arises as to how to manage these large number of HSG-II and HSG-I posts in the absence of eligible officials. Undoubtedly, the P As will be forced to man these posts without pay and seniority benefits and that will be a great injustice to such employees.

The above situations are just illustrative. We may come across several such deficiencies during the implementation of this Cadre Restructuring Proposal.

Under the circumstances, we would like to request you to kindly to allow some selected representatives nominated by us as follows for a cordial discussion with the Official Side Chaired by the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle on the above issues before issuing the posting orders against the approved LSG officials.

And till such time issue of posting orders to the approved LSG officials may kindly be stopped.

Sl. Name Address 

1 Sri Trilochan Parida President, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & B E, Uditnagar HO, Sundergarh 

2 Sri Bruhaspati Samal Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & Postmaster, Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar – 751 009 

3 Sri G C Padhiary Vice-President, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & P A, Balasore HO 

4 Sri Pradeep Ku. Satpathy Asst. Secretary, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & P A, Burla MDG, Sambalpur 

5 Sri Bishnu Prasad Das Financial Secretary, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & P A, Cuttack GPO 

6 Sri Basant Ku. Pathy Organizing Secretary, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle & Accountant, Aska H O 

Awaiting your kind response, Sir.

With regards.
Yours faithfully,

Circle Secretary

Two city post offices to go solar

The postal department is all set to do its bit for the environment with a few post offices likely to go solar soon. acilities in the city which have their own premises — in Anna Nagar and Besant Nagar — will be fitted with solar power units this fiscal. 

Work is on to provide solar panels for these buildings and soon, these post offices will take their first steps towards energy self-sufficiency. 

Post offices in Kalasapakkam in the Tiruvannamalai division and Gingee and Bahour in the Puducherry division were recently provided with solar power units at a total cost of ₹11 lakh. They have managed to tide over power shortage and also reduce electricity bills by up to 25%. 

Officials of the Postal Department said the move to shift to renewable energy had also improved functioning . The installation of solar power units ensured that erratic power supply did not hamper counter services in the post offices, officials said. 

A sum of ₹6 lakh had been allotted for the installation of the solar power units in the two post offices. These offices would be equipped to function exclusively on solar power, said an official. 

However, staff members in the post offices noted that large offices with many counters would need more solar power units of higher capacity to be self-sufficient. The Postal Department plans to expand the project to more post offices in a phased manner. Funds for the project would be sought from the Postal Directorate, officials said. 
Source :

Friday, February 24, 2017


After cadre restructuring,Odisha circle released the LSG memo for all the eligible staffs of PA cadre. Posting orders will be issued by the concerned region. First Circle to implement LSG after cadre restructuring. 

(N. b-last year Odisha circle became the first to release and implement the cadre restructuring memo of HSG-1(NFG) cadre)

Happy Shivratri


Govt of India has acknowledged the strike notice and charter of demands submitted by Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers and issued directions to all concerned Ministries to take appropriate action. Letters received from Govt is given below.

Secretary General Confederation
Mob & WhatsApp: 09447068125.

Cadre Restructuring proposal of Group-C employees of RMS, SBCO and CO/RO Staff

Government to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016 -17 – Series IV

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

23-February-2017 11:15 IST

Government to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016 -17 – Series IV; 
Applications for the bond to be accepted from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2017

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV. Applications for the bond will be accepted from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2017. The Bonds will be issued on March 17, 2017. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.

The features of the Bond are given below:

Sl. No.
Product name
Sovereign Gold Bond 2016-17 – Series IV
To be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
Minimum size
Minimum permissible investment will be 1 grams of gold.
Maximum limit
The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
Joint holder
In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
Issue price
Price of Bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period. The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be ` 50 per gram less than the nominal value.
Payment option
Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
Issuance form
The Gold Bonds will be issued as Government of India Stocks under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate for the same. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
Redemption price
The redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA.
Sales channel
Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices as may be notified and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
Interest rate
The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value.
Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
KYC Documentation
Know-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for purchase of physical gold. KYC documents such as Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be required.
Tax treatment
The interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond
Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the RBI.
SLR eligibility
The Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purposes.
Commission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate of 1% of the total subscription received  by  the  receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.

Monday, February 20, 2017



Dear comrades,
We know that all of you are in the midst of hectic preparation and campaign for making the 16th March Strike action a great success.  As has been explained in the article, which we have placed on our website, the NDA Government, led by BJP has exhibited the worst anti-employee attitude in the post independent  era of our country.  This Government has treated its own employees as its worst enemy. The decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June, 2016 rejecting even the recommendations made by the high level committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary was unprecedented. Even the setting up of various committees was nothing but an eye wash. Nothing will come out of that.  Even the NPS Committee on which the young comrades had pinned some hope of at least  getting a minimum guaranteed pension will produce nothing.  The discussions at the JCM fora has been converted into mostly monologues i.e. the official side simply listening and not reacting.  The Government, it appears, has made the Pension department to reject the one and only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was considered to be positive i.e. Option No.1 for pensioners on the specious ground that the same is not feasible to be implemented. The allowances committee has dilly dallied its deliberation and would now submit its report after the extended period of 6 months expires on 22.02.2017. Even if they make any positive recommendation, which is seldom expected, the NDA Government would not act upon it.  They have very successfully postponed the payment of the revised allowances for 15 months. 

         In the face of such terrible onslaught, betrayal and chicanery, which no Government in the past has ever indulged in,  it is surprising that some of our friends who has a predominant role in the movement of the Central Government employees has unfortunately chosen to wait and watch.  It appears that they have chosen to wait endlessly hurting the cause of the workers. 

         We have no hesitation to affirmatively state the obvious that we have chosen the right path, the path of struggles, which can only the choice of the working class against tyrannical attitude of the employer, howsoever, powerful they may be. We must realize that those who are  in the saddle of power today are not permanently posted there. We were witness to the abysmal downfall of persons who were arrogant personified.  It appears that the reasonableness, righteousness and patience we had exhibited have been taken as signs of cowardice. The undeniable fact is that those who fight, only can win. We, therefore, appeal to you to carry on with conviction and courage.

         Eight months will be over on 6th March, 2017, when the Group of Ministers held out the assurance of revisiting the minimum wage and multiplication factor.  It is now crystal clear that that was an act of chicanery.  No committee was set up  and no discussions were held to seriously consider the issue.  We, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that the day, i.e. 6thMarch, 2017 is observed as a day of betrayal and all our members are requested to wear a Black badge with the following words inscribed on it in bold letters and conduct demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices.
30TH JUNE & 6TH JULY, 2016

6th March 2017 must be yet another occasion to mobilize our members to ensure their participation in the 16th March, 2017 strike action and ultimately win all the demands in the charter. 
 We fight to win and we shall win.

                With greetings.
Yours fraternally,

(M Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125