Saturday, April 30, 2011



Thursday, April 28, 2011



New Pension Scheme for railway employees challenged

The new pension scheme introduced by the Union Government for railway employees has been challenged in the Madras Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

An employee of the southern railway and Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) have challenged the scheme terming it unconstitutional and invalid.

According to the new scheme, employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 in the Railways would be governed by the new pension scheme which would be governed by 'Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority' which would function under the overall control of Ministry of Finance. According to the new scheme, 10% of Pay and DA of an employee would be deducted and an equal amount would be contributed by the central government.

The entire pension scheme is being authorized through various executive orders, which cannot be done to govern the retirement benefits of government employees which has to be in tune with Articles 41 to 43 of the Constitution, alleges the application. The notifications issued by the government constituting PFRDA dated 10.10.2003 and 14.11.2008 are unconstitutional, as they have not been issued by the President of India and authenticated as required under Article 77 of the Constitution and the ordnance sanctioning this also lapsed in 2005, which renders the entire process without authority of law alleges DREU in its application.

The new pension scheme, which is mandatory to government employees curtails them from exercising any option said V. Daniel, a Helper in Southern Railway. According to the New Pension Scheme, any citizen of India can join the Scheme and they can choose their Fund Managers or opt for different schemes whereas no such option is available to government servants.

The application also raised serious apprehension over the way in which their funds are being exposed to market risk and they cite the risk clause in the offer document of the NPS which says that "there are no guarantee on investments and investments involve risks such as trading volumes, settlement risk, liquidity risk, default risk, including possible loss of principal'. The application also cited the statement of PFRDA Chairman that pension fund managers regulated by PFRDA are not giving minimum guarantee on returns in their products.

Besides seeking quashing of the notification and grant retiral benefits to all employees on par with those who joined prior to January 1994, the application sought an interim injunction against the notification and also to release family pension and gratuity to certain employees who died after the introduction of the new scheme.

The matter came up before the Madras Bench of the CAT comprising Members K. Elango and R. Satapathy. Counsel R. Vaigai advanced arguments on behalf of the DREU and highlighted how the funds of the employees are being entrusted with private players and are subjected to undue risks. She also apprised the Bench that the government as an employer cannot transfer its funds to a private player and expect him to discharge government's obligation.

After hearing the arguments on behalf of the applicant and of the central government, the Bench ordered interim relief directing the railway authorities to offer gratuity and family pension to all employees who joined after January 2004 within four weeks from the date of application and posted the matter for June 1.



The Ist May this year falls on Sunday. In our country, perhaps the only offices which are open on May Day are the Central Government offices. This explains amply the attitude of the Indian ruling class towards the working class especially the Central Government employees being on Sunday, it gives us an opportunity to all our members to be participant in the common programmes organized by the working class jointly in all places in the country. We appeal to our affiliates and State COC to issue necessary instructions to our members to take part in large numbers in those functions.

The historic May Day - the international workers day, observed throughout the world by the working class to commemorate the hay market massacre and to rededicate themselves to the emancipation of the working class from the yokes of exploitation- this year in our country comes in the wake of the emboldened attempt on the part of the UPA II Government which was unfortunately elected back to power and rules sans the support of the left parties unlike the UPA I to reintroduce the enactments to amend the existing labour laws in consonance with the neo-liberal economic policies. In so far as the Central Government employees are concerned, this May Day would be observed in the background of this Government's renewed attempt to re-introduce the PFRDA Bill to withdraw the defined benefit statutory pension system which had been in existence even during the colonial days. The fact that this Government had no qualms in soliciting the support of the BJP and the other NDA constituents to get the necessary support for the re-introduction of the Bill in the floor of the Parliament in the last session in the wake of the objection raised by Com. Basudeb Acharya, the leader of the CPI (M) in the Lok Sabha speaks volume of its commitment to the neo-liberal economic policies, its anti worker attitude; the absence of any ideological or otherwise differences with the BJP and its overwhelming desire to support the big corporate houses in maximizing their profit at the expense and cost of common man. The one and only reason as to why they would like to have the PFRDA Bill in the statute book is to make available the hard earned income of workers for corporate investment and manipulation through the Stock Exchanges. The very fact that the extant executive instructions, which have not been issued in the name of the President is unconstitutional, illegal and immortal has not deterred it in imposing the contributory pension system on employees who are recruited after 2004. Most of the State Governments in the country, barring that are ruled by the Left Front Governments, Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura have chosen to abide by this illegal diktat of the Central Government. The Government has refused to make any guarantee in the proposed bill, which now stands introduced in the Lok Sabha to the workers for the loss of investment of the pension fund if in future the Corporate house which draw on the pension fund a becomes bankrupt, a provision available even in the Mecca of the Capitalist system, i.e the United States of America.

We, therefore appeal that while our members must be taking part in the common programmes organized jointly by the working class in each place on Ist May, 2011, the affiliates and COCs are requested to issue necessary instructions to all their branches and Units to organize meetings to observe MAY DAY on 2nd May, 2011 (Monday) in front of all offices so as to ensure that every member of the Branch does participate in the congregation.

Posed By: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Saturday, April 23, 2011




Posted by: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


F.No. 141 1/2010-JCA2

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel 86 Training)

North Block, New Delhi

Dated the 18" April, 2011


Subject: Revision of Stitching Charges.

The undersigned is directed to say that based on a demand raised by the Staff Side, in National Council (JCM), the question of revising the Stitching Charges of Uniforms, supplied to Common Categories of employees (Multi-Tasking Staff - erstwhile Group 'D' posts of Peon, Daftry, Jamadar, Junior Gestetner Operator, Frash, Chowkidar, Safaiwala, Mali etc. and Staff Car Drivers, Dispatch Riders etc.) in the Central Secretariat and its Attached and Subordinate Offices, has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance. Consequently, it has been decided to enhance the rates of stitching charges, with effect from 1st April, 2011 thereby modifying the earlier instructions issued vide this Ministry's O.M. No. 14/3/2006-JCA dated 28" September, 2006.

2. The revised rates of stitching charges, with effect from lst April, 2011, will be as under:-


(1) Buttoned-up-coat and pant -Rs. 750

(2) Over Coat for Staff Car Drivers - Rs. 600

(3) Ladies half-coat -Rs. 600


(4) Pant (Terricot) - Rs.135

(5) Bush Shirt (Polyvastra) -Rs. 60

(6) Blouse -Rs. 45

(7) Petticoat -Rs. 30

(8) Salwar Kameez - Rs. 90

Protective clothing [for Malis/ Bhistiesl

(9) Pyjama -Rs. 24

(10) Short (Half-Pant) -Rs .60

(11) Shirt (Cotton) -Rs. 45

3. It may please be noted that the reimbursement of Stitching Charges at the-prescribed rates should be done only after the stitched uniforms are produced and are duly stamped, with indelible ink, at an appropriate place on the wrong side of the stitched dress, for identification. A proper record and procedure should be evolved to ensure that the employees produce the stitched uniforms within a reasonable period (say one month) after the cloth is supplied to them.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 5(1)/E.I1 (A)/2009 dated 08.04.201 1.

Hindi version will follow.


(Dinesh Kapila)

Director (JCA)

Posted By: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vishu Asamsakal

Vishu festival

Posted By: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Saturday, April 9, 2011




The IT Modernization Project of India Post has been designed to be implemented in eight contracts, Contract-I relates to Branch Post Offices.


The Vendor will supply and install Rural ICT Hardware devices and provide for network connectivity – to approximately 1.30 lakh GDS Branch Post Offices which will enable Branch Post Offices to perform all transactions electronically.


Rural ICT Solutions aims to significantly improve the day to day operations performed at Branch Post Offices in the following ways.

1. All the Postal, Savings Bank and RPLI functions would be performed through the devices; thus manual record keeping would be reduced.

2. The BO Daily Accounts and B.O. Summary would be automatically generated and electronically sent to the Accounts Office and Central Server.

3. Specimen Signature Book would be replaced by an advanced biometric method of authentication.

4. All new PLI applications forms will be processed through the devices thus resulting in faster issue of Polices.

5. Improved disbursement of money orders at the Branch Post Offices as a result of enhanced cash management systems.

6. Utility bills like telephone, electricity, water etc can be accepted online through the device in the future and electronic receipts can be given to the consumers.

7. MGNRES payments shall be done using the Rural ICT devices allowing the GDS Post Office to validate the identity of an individual through biometric data, thus reducing verification time and avoiding unauthorized users.

Posted By: Abdul Rahiman T.P, Secretary PIII.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates with effect from 01-01-2011.

Govt. Orders on Payment of D.A to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates with effect from 01-01-2011.

NO. 14-01/2011-PAP





THE 5th April,2011


All Chief Postmasters General,

All Postmaster General,

All Directors/Dy. Director of Accounts (Postal).

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates with effect from 01-01-2011.


Consequent upon grant of another installment of dearness allowance with effect from 01-01-2010 to Central Government Employees, vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1(2)/2011-EII(B), dated the 24th March,2011, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), have also become entitled to the payment of dearness allowance on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01-01-2011. It has, therefore, been decided that the dearness allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 45% to 51%, on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from 1ST January, 2011.

2. The additional installment of dearness allowance payable under this order, shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks. The payment of arrears of dearness allowance for the month of January and February, 2011, shall not be made before the date of disbursement of TRCA of March, 2011.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the Sub Head 'Salaries' under the relevant head and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 01/FA/11/CS, dated 05.04.2011

Yours faithfully






Posted By: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011




Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(Establishment Division)


THE 1st APRIL2011


Subject: The Service Discharge Benefit Scheme for Gramin Dak Sevaks.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Directorate letter of even No. dated; Ist September, 2010 regarding introduction of a Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) for the Gramin Dak Sevaks, working in this Department.

2.0 The Government has decided to introduce the new Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) with effect from the Ist April, 2011. A copy of the provisional Regulations, governing the Scheme is enclosed. It is requested that all necessary arrangements may kindly be made at all levels as well as in Circle Postal Accounts Offices, in accordance with these provisional Regulations, to facilitate smooth and satisfactory implementation of the Scheme from the Ist April, 2011 positively.

2.1 First installment of contribution by the Department @ Rs.200/= (rupees two hundred only) per month, in respect of each GDS, enrolled under the Scheme, shall become payable in the month of April, 2011, while drawing the TRCA for the month (April,2011); The contribution shall be remitted to the Trustee Bank, i.e. Bank of India.

3.0 The Scheme shall be operated utilizing the platform of the "NPS-LITE"scheme of the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA), as adopted by this Department in its modified form.

3.1 The National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) has been appointed as Central Record keeping Agency (CRA) by PFRDA/NPS TRUST, for providing centralized record keeping, administration and customer service functions for all beneficiaries of the SDBS, like, NPS-lite.

3.2 The Bank of India (BOI) shall function as the TRUSTEE BANK, which will provide banking services to the Scheme, including uploading of details of contribution received from Aggregator cum-Accounts Officer (AO) in specified file format to CRA, transfer of funds to PFM's accounts as per instructions of the CRA as well as the Government, from time to time. It would manage the Pension Funds in accordance with applicable provisions of the NPS Lite, the SDBScheme, the guidelines/notifications, issued by PFRDA and the Government of India, from time to time as per applicable Law.

3,3 It has been decided to manage the funds deposited under SDBS, on the pattern of Central Government Scheme of the NPS Lite, Therefore, the following shall function as Pension Fund Managers (PFM) for investments and management of the funds under the Scheme;-

1. LIC Pension Fund,

2. SBI Pension Fund Limited; and

3. UTI Retirement Solutions Limited ,

3.4 The approved Annuity Service Providers (ASPs) would be responsible for delivering a regular monthly pension to the subscribers/beneficiaries or his/ her spouse (in case of death of the subscribers/beneficiary)for the rest of his/her life under the Scheme.

4.0 The GDS opting to switch over to the SDBS by 30th April, 2011, shall be deemed to have opted for the Scheme W.e.f. Ist April 2011 itself and the arrears of contribution from April, 2011 onwards shall be remitted to the Trustee Bank on their enrollment and receipt of PRAN Cards from the CRA, subsequently.

4.1 Similarly, w.e.f. 1st April, 2011, the contribution is respect of those GDS, who have since opted for switchover to the SDB Scheme, but their enrollment could not be completed and PRAN Cards have not been received by April, 2011, the arrear/contribution from 1st April, 2011-onwards shall be remitted to the Trustee Bank on their enrollment and receipt of PRAN Cards from the CRA.

4.2 Only the Department shall contribute a sum of Rs. 200/ = (two hundred only) per month for each GDS subscriber/beneficiary. The GDS are not required to make any matching contribution, under the Scheme.

5.1 The HPOs./HROs/DDOs. Shall be required to calculate the period of satisfactory service of each GDS enrolled under the Scheme (i.e. whose registration with the CRA has since been completed and PRAN Card has been received) and also those, who have since opted for switchover to the Scheme but are yet to be enrolled/their PRAN Kit is yet to be received, with reference to the payrolls and other records available with them, duly verified by the Divisional Head concerned in order to ensure accuracy and correctness. They shall than calculate the amount of Severance Amount accrued @ Rs.1500/= (Rupees one thousand five hundred only) for each completed year of service, for each of the beneficiary and prepare unit-wise list, mentioning all relevant details of the GDS concerned (including PRAN Details and the amount of accrued Severance Amount), for completed years/months.

(a) In case of period being less than a year, the amount of severance amount shall be calculated/arrived at on proportionate basis, for completed months. The period being less than 15 days may be ignored while the period of 15 days or more may be taken as a complete month, while calculating the proportionate amount of severance amount.

5.2 One copy each of these Lists shall be forwarded by the HPO/HRO to the concerned head of Unit/Division of the GDS enrolled under SDBS, for verification and to the PAO (AO), for the purpose of "pre-check like authorization" of the amount calculated and reflected in these lists. Only after having been verified by the Divisional Head as also pre-checked by the PAO, the Head Postmaster and/or Head Records Officer, shall finalise the lists, make necessary entries in the Registers (SDBS-2) under the dated initials of the head of Office/Head of Unit, and simultaneously send final copies of the lists to PAO as well as Collection Centres enabling them to make necessary entries in the Registers (SDBS-2) maintained at their end under the dated initials of the head of Office/Unit concerned. The Head Postmaster/Head Records Officer shall invariably certify at the end of the list that the entries pertaining to the details of GDS, satisfactory service as well as accrued severance amount have been checked by him/her personally, the same stand verified by the Head of Unit and pre-checked by the PAO concerned, under his/her dated signatures. These list shall be kept in separate guard files in chronological order for future references, as a permanent record by all concerned. Format of List, enclosed to this OM may be utilized for the purpose.

5.3 The accrued severance amounts are not required to be remitted to the Trusteed Bank at this stage. The Collection Centres, HPO/HRO/DDOs. As well as PAO are required to calculate, check and verify the same and make suitable entries in the relevant columns of the Registers of GDS enrolled un SDBS (form: SDBS-2) under the dated signatures of the head of office/unit concerned.

5.4 The regular contribution amounts shall be drawn through separate bills in respect of all enrolled GDS, showing the amount as simultaneously adjusted for remittance under SDB Scheme, against the names of each GDS in the Bills, every month. the bills shall be assigned separate serial numbers and distinctly reflected in their accounts/accounted for as Bills paid and simultaneously adjusted for remittance to Trustee Bank (by the PAO), and sent to the PAO alongwith the List of GDS in prescribed proforms (SDBS-4).

5.5 The PAO (AO) shall consolidate the contribution amounts, account for the same, prepare consolidated contribution lists in the form SBDS-5 and remit the amounts through cheque to the Trustee Bank by 5th each month positively.

6. The funds accumulated under the Scheme shall be administered by the New Pension System Trust (NPS Trust) and investment activities/responsibilities shall be carried out by the Pension Fund Managers (PFMs.) in accordance with these Regulations.

7. The Department has opted the Central Government Investment pattern for investment of the funds accumulated in the SDBS Fund, by the PFMs., in accordance with the instructions from PFRDA, NPS Trust as well as this Department, issued from time to time.

8. Fortnightly progress reports (Collection Centre-Wise, to be compiled by CO), containing the progress of exercising of options by GDS, their enrollment by CRA and receipt of PRAN kits/Cards, remitting of Contribution Amounts (by PAO), may please by sent to Shri. S.V. Rao, Assistant Director General (Estt.), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi-110116. The first such report should be sent by 16th April, 2011, both by PAO and CO separately.

9. Receipt of this Memorandum alongwith provisional Regulations may be acknowledged to Shri L.N. Sharma, Assistant Accounts Officer (PAP), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi-1, by return fax/post.




TELE: 011-2309 6036 / 2303 6793

FAX: 011-2309 6007 / 2309 6036

Posted By: Abdul Rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

DHARNA ON 02-04-2011

Views of Dharna held at OTTAPALAM ON 2ND APRIL-2011.

Friday, April 1, 2011



NEW DELHI Dated 31-03-2011

URGENT CIRCULAR :JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECIDES INDEFINITE NATION WIDE STRIKE FROM 5TH JULY 2011= Submission of Charter of Demands and demonstration on 20th April 2011 =Mass Dharna in front of Dak Bhawan, Circle/Region/Divisional Offices on 25th May 2011= Joint circle conventions of all Circle and Divisional Secretaries in June 2011 =JCA National Leaders will address the Circle Level Joint Conventions =Mobilise the entire Postal and RMS Employees Conduct General Bodies, Conventions, Group Meetings and office to office campaign= Meet the MPs, MLAs and other representatives of the people and seek their intervention =Central JCA will seek the intervention of Hon’ble Minister Communications and IT=Ensure maximum participation of employees in all programmes


1. Stop closure /merger of PO/RMS Offices including BOs. Review the orders implementing Speed Post Hubs and Delivery Hubs and restore status quo ante. Stop outsourcing the works of Postal, RMS & MMS functions.

2. Grant status as Central Civil Servant to GDS employees for all purposes including service matters, pay scale, increment, allowances, pension, promotion and other terminal benefits, leave, bonus and trade union facilities. Scrap new recruitment rules for appointment as postmen which curtails promotional avenues – restore previous rules and withdraw tighten norms assessing BPM’s work. Drop reduction of allowances in case of reduction of workload.

3. Revise the wages of casual labourers and contingent employees w.e.f. 01.01.2006 based on the minimum pay recommended by 6th CPC. Stop outsourcing the work of casual labourers and contingent work. Grant temporary status to eligible full time casual labourers , Convert part time into full time absorb full time , part time contingent employees in vacant GDS posts.

4. Immediate revision of OTA & OSA rates.

5. Implement the assurances made on 12.07.2010 Strike Settlement and also the JCM Departmental Council Meeting held on 23.08.2010.( List enclosed) Ensure prompt holding of Departmental Council Meetings.

6 Immediate finalization of Cadre Restructuring proposals including Postal Accounts as assured by the Secretary Department of Posts and its implementation.

7. Stop decentralization of Postal Accounts, PLI and RPLI and ensure status-quo. Save DPLI office, Kolkata and ensure job security to the staff, DPLI.

8. Expedite the process of filling of all vacant posts in all Wings including GDS.

9. Stop implementation of Postmaster Cadre till finalization of Cadre Restructuring. Ensure 100% filling up of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I before implementation of Postmasters Cadre, remove the retrograde eligibility conditions for appearing the examination of Grade I and PSS Group B and allow account line officials also.

10. Drop the proposed move of ending the services of existing System Administrators by outsourcing the technology work to the outsider agencies. Create the System Administrators Posts as assured and specified norms and other works and make the cadre as a promotional cadre to PA/SA.

11. Stop combination of beats /double duty, stop harassment of staff insisting 100% impracticable condition for delivery under Project Arrow. Settle the demands raised in the Postmen Committee such as distance factor, number of articles, Grant of Cycle allowance without distance condition, cash payment for uniform and kit items, Supply of good quality uniforms, Revision of norms.

12. Fixing norms for new assigned works of MTS. Allow to decline postman promotion for MTS under seniority quota and review the recruitment rules of MTS to Postmen / Mail Guards.

13. Grant promotions to Drivers / Artisans at par with other C.G. organizations like Railways/Defence. Higher Pay Scales to charge hand & Drivers. Revision of CRC EPP and Logistic norms.

14. Declare SBCO Staff as Divisional cadre , Stop harassment of SBCO officials under contributory factors. Complete the Ledger Agreement Work update the SBCO before launching Core Banking.

15. Fill up all Postal Civil Wing and Electrical Wing posts as per CPWD norms. Creation of Postal /Electrical and Architectural Division in every Circle. Expedite the Restructuring of Civil Wing Cadres.

16. Ensure full fledge functioning of newly formed Postal Accounts Offices by providing adequate staff strength and accommodation. Rectify the anomaly caused due to promotion of Group ‘D’ official to the cadre of LDC after 2006. Restore the residency period of three years in respect of JA to SA promotion retrospectively w.e.f. 13.12.2006. Grant MACP to those joined in Sorter cadre treating LDC as entry grade as the Sorter grade has been defunct since 2000.

17. Counting of past services rendered by erstwhile RTPs for promotions and MACP.

18. Implement Apex Court Judgement in case of RRR Candidates in true sprit and extend to all approved RRR Candidates awaiting for absorption.

19. Stop Harassing and victimization of innocent officials under contributory negligence factors. Implement the true spirit of Govt orders and Volumes and no recovery should be made if the concerned is not directly responsible for the loss sustained to the department.

20. Stop discrimination towards PO & RMS Accounts Cadre, Create separate cadre and earmark % of posts for norm based promotions in the same cadre, Count Special Allowance for fixation on promotion, Withdraw the recovery imposed on Postman Pay fixation and drawal of bonus to GDS. Restore the date of passing the Acct examination for according LSG promotions instead date of entry in PA cadre.

21. Enhance the LR strength on all cadres to the extent of 20% and fill up all vacant LR posts. 22. Ensure prompt grant of Child Care Leave as per the liberalized orders, unnecessary hurdles put forth should be dropped.

23. Review the MACP clarifactory orders and rectify the issues like, non drawal of spl allowance on acquiring MACP, wrong interpretation of IIIrd MACP to departmental promotes only after 30 years, Counting as double promotions as Group D & Postmen even in the case of promotion to Postman on GDS quota, non counting of training period for MACP, ignore promotions acquired on deptl exam for MACP, ignore all uncommunicated average bench marks for MACP as Judicial verdict.

24. Stop ttack on Union office bearers by misusing Rule 37 transfers and Rule 9 of CCS (CCA) Rules. Dispose all Rule 9 (Pension rules) disciplinary cases pending at Directorate years together. 25. Denying the legitimate right of employees to avail holidays & Sundays by compelling them to attend frequent meetings/ Melas.

Posted By: Abdul rahiman TP, Secretary, PIII.