COUNTING OF PAST SERVICE TO EX-RTPs-INTERVENTION OF CHQ
Ref: P/4-1/Staff – RTP Dated – 04.02.2011
All CHQ office bearers &
Sub: - Counting of Past Services rendered by RTP for promotion.
We have submitted a memorandum to Honble Minister of State for communication & IT on 29.12.2010 in which we sought settlement of R.T.P issue hanging over the decades with the new dimension.
(i) The Department has regularized the past services of RTP for those deputed to APS with retrospective effect based on Supreme Court orders. Resultantly, the seniors to those officials are deprived of their seniority, promotional benefits etc. As per the Rules, the seniority should be decided based on the merit in the recruitment list. All the seniors should be stepped up at par with their juniors deputed APS. This is a new area, developed recently.
(ii) There are certain officials approached CAT like Kerala whose RTP services were earlier taken for all purposes. We are demanding the same to the similarly situated persons.
(iii) There is every justification for regularising their RTP service for which we cited many cases in the past through our correspondences.
Based on our submission, the Department has now called for details from all circles vide its letter No.44-1/2011 - SPN dt. 13.01.2011. The Copy of the letter is enclosed.
All circle secretaries are requested to approach the circle administration and see the required particulars are submitted favourably.
We should not leave any stone unturned in the case of counting of past services to the ex RTPs.
Let us move in this direction.
DA: as above
(K. V. Sridharan)General Secretary
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
New Delhi, Dated the 13.01.2011
All Heads of Postal Circle
Subject: - Counting of adhoc services rendered by Reserve Trained Pool (RTP) PAs/SAs for promotion.
I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of letter No.P/1-1/AIC, dated 29.12.2010 addressed to Hon’ble MOS (C&IT) (K) by the General Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘C’, New Delhi on the above subject.
2. It may be stated that Department of Posts had introduced a scheme in the year 1983 to enable candidates from the Reserve Training Pool (RTP) of Postal Assistants (PAs)/Sorting Assistants (SAs) to opt for service in Army Postal Service (APS). After having been brought on the RTP, they were appointed for a short period as PA/SA on adhoc basis and then deputed to the APS. The RTP candidates deputed to APS were eligible to get the benefit of regular appointment in the Civil Post from the date their immediate junior was appointed on a regular basis in the Civil Post. RTP scheme has since been abolished w.e.f 04.03.86.
Hon’ble Supreme Court in C.A. No. 5739 of 2005 in the case of UOI Vs. Shri. Mathivanan vide their judgment dated 09.06.2006 had held that adhoc service rendered in APS should be counted for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under TBOP scheme. Keeping in view the Apex court’s decision in M. Mathivanan’s case and the fact that TBOP is not to be granted on the basis of seniority it was decided to extend the benefit of the Apex court’s order to similarly placed serving officials vide Directorate’s letter No. 93-25/2003-SPB-II dated 26.07.2010.
The Service Association in their letter under reference has stated that existing regular PAs/SAs who were earlier retained in the RTP and appointed on ad-hoc basis in the Circles had approached Hon’ble CAT and their adhoc service has been counted as regular service for all purposes. Thus, they have demanded to extend the same benefit to similarly placed persons. In this connection, the circles are requested to furnish the following:
(a) No. of officials retained by the Circle under RTP scheme and the after appointed as PA/SA on ad-hoc basis.
(b) No. of such ad-hoc officials who were thereafter appointed as PA/SA on regular basis and (i) retained in the Circles as such and (ii) deputed in APS.
(c) Whether any of such PA/SA appointed after rendering ad-hoc service and regularized and retained in the Circle itself has approached Hon’ble CAT for regularization of their ad-hoc service?
(d) If so, number of such PA/SA regularized may be intimated and
(e) Copies of the Court’s orders, CO order implementing these court orders along with letter number of Directorate under which approval has been obtained by the Circle for implementation of the Court’s orders may be furnished to the Directorate.
Encl: As above
Asstt. Director General (SPN)