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Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2012


"Happy and Prosperous New Year 2012"
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

CONDOLENCE


SHRI G.R.RAMTAKE, PS TO PMG CHHATISGARH CIRCLE BREATHED HIS LAST ON 25.12.2011 DUE TO BRAIN HAEMORRAGE. HE WAS ADMITTED IN HERITAGE HOSPITAL RAIPUR ON 22,12,2011 NIGHT. SHRI RAMTAKE WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF AIPSA OF CHHATISGARH CIRCLE AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR ASSOCIATION WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. ON BEHALF OF POSTAL STENOGRAPHERS WE, EXPRESS OUR DEEP CONDOLENCE.

AIPSA

Monday, December 26, 2011

AIPSA website visitors crossed one lakh.


Total Number Of VISITORS Crossed One Lakh. 
Many Many THANKS
To All VISITORS Of AIPSA website.

P.R. Nair, Blog Manager, AIPSA.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Agenda for the next meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to be held on 5th January, 2012, published in the AIRF website

The fourth meeting of the National Anomaly Committee to discuss the anomalies arising out the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission is scheduled to be held on Thursday, the 5th January, 2012 at 3.00 P.M. in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi, Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training will chair the meeting.



Source: airfindia.com

Friday, December 16, 2011

Promotions and Procedures

This is with reference to the letter of the GS vide No.AIPSDA/Corr/27/2011, dated 2.12.2011 on the Directorate letter calling for ACRs of 56 Grade I Stenos for promotion to PS. The said list of 56 Grade I Stenos is not a seniority list. It is a list prepared by the Directorate who have come into the zone of consideration basing on the number of vacancies available (may be in the ratio of 1:1.5). This is not meant for circulation among the Grade I Stenos as the same is derived from the seniority list prepared as on 01.01.2009, which has already been circulated and objections received. As such, there is no scope for columns like DOB, DOE, Date of promotion etc. Circulation of seniority list is not an unending process.  It has to be stopped at some point and next stage of DPC has to be taken up. This is exactly what is happening.

The All India seniority list of Grade I Stenographers prepared as on 01.01.2009 in 2009 has invited hundreds of objections as there were several incongruities. Date of birth was taken as the criterion to fix the seniority in case of a tie in Grade I instead of relative seniority in Grade II and Grade III. DOPT rules on the subject envisage that relative seniority in the lower grade shall be taken as the basis for fixing the seniority in the feeder grade. The revised seniority list prepared in October,2011 is based on the DOPT rules. The merger of Grade II and Grade I have not yet happened. Only pay scales were merged, but not the Grades. As such, the existing hierarchy pattern of Grade I and Grade II is to be observed.

I hope that our members will not be carried away by unwarranted apprehensions created without delving deep into the rules and the realities also. Let our seniors at least, who are on the verge of retirement benefit.

K.S. Krishnamurthy,
Treasurer, AIPSA CHQ

A letter written by General Secretary, CAICGSA to the Secretary, DOPT

No.CAICGSA/Parity/06/2011
Dated 14th December-2011

To
Mrs. Alka Sirohi,
Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training
Government of India
Room No.112, North Block
New Delhi-110001

Madam

Sub : Pay parity for Stenographers working in non-secretariat offices with - Central Secretariat Stenographers Services - reg.

I on behalf of the members of the Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Associations (Stenographers working is non-secretariat Central Government Offices) submit the following facts for kind consideration and causing early orders implementing total parity with CSSS and non-secretariat Stenographers.

1) The Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers’ Association was formed to represent the interests of Stenographers working in various Subordinate and attached Central Government Departments/offices all over India. This confederation was invited by the 6th CPC for personal hearing and confederation submitted the long pending demand for “ Parity with Central Secretariat ” under the Principle of “equal pay for equal work” with reasons and justifications. It is pertinent to note that the modes of recruitment of the Stenographers are the same in Subordinate and Central Secretariat Services. It is through a common competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission(SSC), Govt of India on an All India basis. The pay scale is the same for Secretariat and non-Secretariat service at the entry grade. It is nowhere mentioned in the notice issued by SSC calling for applications that that the pay structure will be fixed at different scale of pay depending on the place of posting. The VI Pay Commission has discussed in detail in Chapter 3.1 of the Recommendation, and established where the Secretariat and non-secretariat stenographers cadres would stand merged in future, there is a need for ensuring full parity between these two cadres right from this stage.”

1) The VI CPC, recommended parity of scales of subordinate stenographers with CSSS, but the same has not been effected in the right sprits and will. This add more injustice to the already injured Stenographer category working in Subordinate units. However, few departments in subordinate services were extended the benefit of Central Secretariat parity.

Being “COMMON CATEGORY” fixing different Pay Scales based on the place of work is against the principle of Equal pay for Equal work.

2) The duties and responsibilities are the same for both Secretariat and non-secretariat Stenographers as per the circular of the Department of Personnel. In Randhir Singh v Union of India, the Apex Court held that where all things are equal that is, where all relevant considerations are the same, persons holding identical posts may not be treated differently in the matter of their pay merely because they belong to different departments.

3) From the beginning itself we have raised the issue with the government individually and through departmental stenographers associations, but no positive response has been received yet.

4) Those who have worked in Subordinate Offices for more than 25 to 30 years of service are not in a position to get Gazetted status but those in CSSS can get it in their early stages and CSSS Stenographers are reaching upto the rank of PPSS and above. Stenographers working in subordinate offices are denied natural justice by degrading their official status. This morally affects the Stenographers working in Subordinate services. It is emphatically well established that no justification exists for maintaining a distinct Stenographers cadre in any Government office with lower Pay Scales than their counterparts at Secretariat since Secretariat Stenos are in no way Superior to Field Office Stenographers. It’s an irony that in the biggest democratic country, the Stenographers cadre is termed as “COMMON CATEGORY” but has UNCOMMON Pay Scales.

CAICGSA on behalf of the Stenographers working in various Central Government departments in Subordinate Services, most fervently pray to your good self to favourably consider our legitimate demand and cause to issue orders effecting Central Secretariat parity with effect from 01.1.2006 immediately and do justice.

Yours faithfully
M.Harisuthan
Secretary General,CAICGSA

List of new office bearers elected in AIPSA conference, Bihar Circle branch held at Patna on 10.12.2011

President:
Sri S.B.Ghosh, Sr PS to Chief PMG, Patna.
Vice-President:
Sri T. N. Prasad, PS to PMG(NR),Muazffarpur.
Circle Secretary:
Sri Anil Kr. Singh, Steno to AD(P), Patna.
Asstt Circle Secretary:
1.  Sri Amrendra Kumar, PA to VO, CO Patna
2.  Sri Sunil Kr. Sinha, PA to SRM ‘C’ Dn Gaya
Organizing Secretary:
Sri Satyendra Lal, PA to SSP Chapra.
Treasurer:
Sri Sanjiv Kumar, PA to CPM, Patna GPO
Auditor:
Sri Sushil Kumar Sinha, PA to Director PTC, Darbhanga.

Member of Working Committee:
1. Sri Anil Kumar Sinha, PA to AD(Staff), CO Patna
2. Sri P. N. Sharan, PA to DPS(HQ), Patna.
3. Sri P. K. Ghosh, PA to AO, ICO(SB), CO Patna
4. Sri Srikant Kumar, PA to AD(PLI), CO Patna.
5. Sri Ram Bilas, PA to SPOs, Vaishali, Hajipur
6. Sri Satyendra Lal, PA to SSP Muzaffarpur.
7. Sri Rajesh Kumar Singh, PA to SSP Patna.
8. Sri Sanjiv Kumar, PA to SSP Gaya.
9. Sri Pankaj Kumar, PA to DPS, Muzaffarpur.

AIPSA CWC MEETING ON 17.12.2011 AT CHENNAI

AIPSA CHQ CWC MEETING WILL BE HELD ON 17.12.2011 AT CHENNAI (TAMIL NADU) - WELCOME TO ALL AIPSA CWC MEMBERS:

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

General Secretary, CCGSA

Dear Friends


CCGSA is formed to activate the Stenographers cadre spread accross the country. Though in major Departments like, AG, AIR, Railway, Incometax etc., large number of Stenographers are working, Unfortunately they are not united. In Postal Department with the efforts of few seniors, separate association is formed and got recognition and AIPSA is the only recognised Stenographers Association. Now this is the high time to unite. I request Stenographers working in subordinate Departments to form Department-wise Stenographers Associations, even if their number is less in respective Departments. Confederation will only be strengthened, if individual Association join hand with the Confederation. The members of the Confederation should be Members of different Stenographers Associations only and not individuals. We all know that irrespective of the VI CPC recommendations, we are neglected and our legitimate demands rights were denied. Unless we unite nothing will be materialised. I know that it is not easy to get unite all the Stenographers working in different Departments accross the country, still I am confident that one day we can achieve the goal and get our demands fullfilled. I need support of all to get cent percent result. Fellow members are requested to rise up the occassion and contact each other in their departments and form Associations of respective Departments and join in the Confederation.  I have already opened branches of the Confederation at Kolkotta,WB and Kerala and efforts are on to open more branches of the Confederation in other States. I am happy to view the support of our members and as per the suggestions, prepartion for a separate blog is underway and likely to be launched on 18th December 2011. I also request all of you to furnish their personal datas including phone number and email address so that we can contact each other.

Expecting cooperation from all.
M.Harisuthan
General Secretary, CCGSA 

Monday, December 05, 2011

CCGSA Kerala branch News

 
 

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT   STENOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION (CCGSA)

HQ-Kollam, Kerala-691001

Newly reconstituted adhoc body - Kerala State branch of the confederation.

President          Shri.S.R. Sajeev
                        O/o the DRM,
Southern Railway
                        Trivandrum

State Secy        Shri.K.P.Sreenivasan
                        O/o the Commissioner,
Income Tax(Audit)
Calicut.

Treasurer          Shri.P.Radhamohan Nair,
                        O/o Post Master General,
                        Kozhikode.

Asst. Secy        Shri.Suresh Kumar,
                        O/o AG,Audit,
Trivandrum

Vice President  Shri.G.Ramdas,
                        National Commission for
SCs,Trivandrum

CWC Members:
S/Shri/Mrs. Prema A Menon,  O/o Sr.Supdt.of POs, Alwaye
P.Parthan, O/o AG,Thrissur
S.Venkatesh,  PA to Director Postal Services, Kochi.
P.Vijayan, O/ SPOs, Thalassery Dvn
K.P. Somanathan, Passport Office, Kozhikode.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

General Secretary, CCGSC

Dear Members,

The confederation attended personal hearing with VI CPC and gave representation for pay parity. Unfortunately 'parity' our long pending demand, is yet to be implemented by the Ministry irrespective of representations submitted by our members individually and through various Departmental Associations. Now we have to act swiftly to get our legitimate right fulfilled, let us unite together for our victory. I request Stenographers working in various subordinate Central Government Departments through out India to coordinate Stenographers and arrange to form state branches to strengthen the confederation. The confederation is preparing to file a case at CAT Ernakulam for pay parity. I expect cooperation from all.
With fraternal greetings
M.Harisuthan, General Secretary, CCGSC

CCGSA News


CONFEDRATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STENOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION (CCGSA); Central HQ-Kollam, Kerala-691001

Sh.M.Harisuthan,          Shri Bikas Bose,  Smt.Liji S.R.
General Secretary         President             Treasurer(Customs;C.Excise)
(Postal Kerala)             AIR, Kolkatta     Kerala    
Ph-09446010980        033-24235114   08714806799
harisuthan@rediffmail.com                      lijakumar@yahoo.com
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Following are the list of newly reconstituted all India adhoc body:                                                                    
President:
Shri.Bikas Bose, PA to Superintending Engineer(Electrical), AIR, CCW, Kolkotta.
General Secretary:
M.Harisuthan, PA to Sr.Supdt.of Post Offices, Kollam  Division, Kollam, Kerala
Treasurer:
Smt.LIJI S.R,  PS to Commissioner of Customs/Central  Excise, Trivandrum, Kerala
Vice President:
Shri.Sundaresan,  Stenographer, Customs/Central Excise, Chennai.
Assistant General Secretary:
Shri.Anil Singh,PA to ADPS, O/o CPMG,  Bihar Circle, Patna
Working Committee Members:    
S/Shri.1  Pasupati Nath Jha,CS to DRM, Samastipur, Bihar
2. Rameshwar Singh, PA to AG(A/E), Imphal, Manipur
3. Madhu Sudhan K, Steno Gr-I, SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad
4. R.K.Gupta, Raj Bhasha Vibhag, Gaziabad, UP
5. Vijayan  K.K, PA,  MSMEDI, Thrissur
6. R. Sudhakar, PA to ADPS, O/o CPMG, Raipur, Chatisgarh 
7. Jayanta Sengupta,  Steno, NF Railway.   
8. Reshma Bhatnagar, Steno, RAK College of Nursing, (Ministry of Health and Family, Welfare Subordinate Office), New Delhi
9. S.P.Chakraborthy, PA to APMG(Staff), O/o CPMG, Guwahati, Assam

Thursday, November 24, 2011

PROBLEMS OF STENOGRAPHERS WORKING IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS & OTHER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SUBORDINATE OFFICES

The following comments/suggestions are sent by Shri Krishna Murthy, who is the Treasurer of AIPSA and
Working Committee Member of AP Circle.  All are requested to send their views/suggestions on the issue:

There has been a debate going on about the eligibility criterion for promotion to the post of Private Secretary. Before going into the debate, we must admit certain realities as follows:

(i) That the post of Private Secretary is no charming in the present scenario in the absence of any financial upgradation in as much as the Grade Pay of Rs.4600 attached to the post of Private Secretary is being usually reached even by a Grade II Stenographer, thanks to MACPS for making the elevation to PS a lackluster.

(ii) That Stenographer is a common cadre post that exists in all the Departments of Government of India and not exclusive for any particular Department like DOP and that it is a Circle cadre up to Grade I and not all India cadre. Stenographer cadre is governed by the DOPT regulations made from time to time in all respects viz. recruitment, promotions and upgradations. There is no feasibility in the idea of having a different basic structure. The individual departments are left with very limited freedom to amend or to deviate from the mainstream.

(iii) That with the advent of restructure of cadre in the ratio of 40:40:20 in 1999/2000 (in all the departments), the stagnation in getting promotions has been removed to a large extent. Prior to restructure, promotions in Steno cadre depended upon the number of Directors/PMGs posts, which involved transfers and movements as they were post-specific. Restructure provided for promotion to the Stenos wherever they work.

(iv) That in order to get promotion to Grade II. Grade I, a prescribed service in the lower grade is made essential. Similarly, for elevation to PS, the official should have completed at least 2 years in Grade I and/or 7 years put together in Grade II and I. This makes very clear that the promotional layers (hierarchy) are indispensable.

From the above points, it is clear that it is not possible to amend the recruitment rules of PS (by making it all India cadre right from Grade III for reckoning the seniority) in respect of Postal Department alone and that according promotion overlooking the seniority in higher grades would result in heavy resentment in higher grade stenos. And it also makes mockery at the hierarchical advantages. It is not unique for the stenographers alone that a junior in one circle becomes senior to another person (who joined earlier) in other circle. For example, Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants are Divisional cadre. The same kind of ‘injustice’(procedure) takes place in most of the cadres. Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants become a Circle cadre only when they are elevated to LSG and it is not their date of joining in their respective units (Divisions) or the examination year for considering promotion. The case of Inspectors is altogether a different one. An official (PA/SA/Steno etc) changes his line to executive by getting through the Inspectors examination conducted by the DOP and hence naturally the batch (examination year) forms the basis irrespective of local (Circle) promotions. This is common with all executive cadres right from inspector (in all State/Central Govt. Departments) to IAS.

The VI CPC has merged the scales (in the pre-revised) of Grade II and Grade I and attached the same Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-. The DOPT has issued model recruitment rules for Grade II with a Grade Pay of Rs.2400/-. An exercise is going on in all the Departments (including Postal) to merge the Grade II and Grade I and call it hereinafter as Grade I with Rs.4200 GP. This goes to say in future there will be only two grades viz. Grade II and Grade I. In such a case, it is inevitable to consider the promotion to PS on the basis of the length of service put together in Grade II and Grade I unlike the present seniority in Grade I. To mitigate the seniority issues, we may demand for making the stenographer hierarchy up to PS. This is prevalent in Income Tax Department where PS is a Circle cadre. It is all India cadre only from Senior PS. Now, most of the promoted stenographers are not joining PS post as it involves all India movement. This would be really very encouraging and faster promotions would happen at Grade II and Grade I also. Seniority is protected 100%. It may not be difficult or objectionable for the Department also as it does not involve any financial implications. All that to be done is that the DOP has to take the approval of the DOPT. We may persuade the Department of Posts to take it up with the DOPT. The same process was carried out in respect of ASP cadre when it was made a Gazetted post. As such, it is not impossible.

There has been another demand very strongly aired by our comrades i.e. change of the nomenclature to Executive Assistants. The VI CPC recommended for future recruitment for ‘Executive Assistants’ in all the Central government offices in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 i.e. with a Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-. This is no advantage to the presently working Stenographers as more work is attached to the post. Stenography skill is just a value addition under this concept and we may have to work as clerks also. To give the natural death process to the stenographer cadre, that the VI CPC resorted to recommend this. This is in fact a death knell to the cadre. In future, there will be no stenographers in the central government departments. The usual practice in respect of dying cadres is to give elevation to the present working officials. Instead, the Government is trying to exploit the cadre by adding additional burdens. As such, it is not prudent to insist on the change of the designation as it involves additional heap of duties.

With the advent of PMG (BD) and DPS (BD), shortage in Stenographers cadre has become more acute, particularly at Circle Hqrs. It is highly essential for the leadership of AIPSA to insist on upgradation of one Steno post in the Circle as PS to PMG (BD) at least if not creation of a PS post. We may carry out a similar exercise for matching savings as done in the case of IPoS. Now, there are only 46 PS posts in the DOP and if PS to PMG (BD) is accorded, another 20 posts will be added to the score.

When compared to the erstwhile ACP, the present MACPS is very disadvantageous to the Stenographers. Promotional hierarchy is not being observed in MACPS. The Grade II scale under V CPC was Rs.5000-150-8000 and for 1st ACP too, it was the same scale. In the absence of a regular promotion to Grade II, ACP was like an oasis. Now, under the MACPS, in the absence of a regular promotion to Grade II, a Grade III Steno is offered Rs.2800 Grade Pay instead of Rs.4200. Rs.2800 corresponding to Rs.4500-125-7000 in the V CPC does not exist in the stenographer hierarchy. What a funny and pity is this injustice meted out to stenographer! The main spirit of ACP or MACPS is to remove the financial stagnation for the officials who are deprived of a promotion. Removal of financial stagnation should be done in the cadre hierarchy only. The MACPS is against the principles of natural justice. However, one ray of hope is that the DOPT vide No.42012/1/2011-Estt (D), dated 5.2.2011 and circulated by the DOP vide No.4-7/(MACPS)/2009-PCC, dated 16.5.2011 it was mentioned that “it has been decided that the necessary information in respect of the specific categories of employees where the MACPS is less advantageous than the erstwhile ACPS may be called for from the Ministries of Railways, Defence, Urban Development, Home Affairs and Department of Posts for taking a conscious decision in the matter.” Though it was mentioned in that letter that a copy of the same was marked to all the recognized unions, it was not actually given to AIPSA. Our learned President and GS should necessarily act on this without losing any time. This is an opportunity to provide some justice to the Grade III Stenographers.

However, it is to be borne in mind that all the issues I discussed hitherto in this article are not within the purview of the parity with CSSS. Parity is a different issue for which we are fighting.

Shortage/non-filling up of Grade III posts is another mind-boggling issue encountering us. 50% of the Grade III posts are to be filled up through Departmental examination. Since the V CPC equated the pay scales of Steno Grade III and the PA cadre (the feeder cadre for Stenographer Grade III), promotion examination to Steno Grade III has gone into oblivion. No PA is bothered to apply for it and no Circle is obliged to hold it. We should persuade the DOP to take it up with the DOPT for conversion of the entire DP quota into DR quota. Otherwise, the DP quota posts will be left unfilled forever and there is the hanging sword of abolition of vacant posts for more than a prescribed period. I came to know that the limited Departmental examination in Central Secretariat has also been dispensed with. Now, it is 100% DR in CSSS, if I am not wrong. It may stand as a technical obstacle also in our case of parity.

Let us hope for the best being practical.
K.S.Krishna Murthy
Treasurer, AIPSA.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Suggestion of Shri T.K. Banerjee, Member AIPSA, West Bengal Circle

After going through all the valuable comments passed on the CAT's verdict which appeared in the blog, it appears that without wasting any further time our Association should submit representations to the authorities concerned in the light of CAT's verdict in both OA & RA and depending on the final outcome of the representations, we may have to go for further filing in the CAT. The most viable alternative which comes to my mind now is that as all are aware that the 6th CPC in its recommendations fastened all the field offices in the Central Government Departments in a single chain, so individually postal stenographers cannot expect much through Court's verdict too. So, if Stenographers of all the field offices are to gain something that has to be achieved through the efforts of Confederation of Stenographers. I, therefore request our Association to initiate some discussion with the leaders of Confederation so that a case can be filed before CAT covering the stenographers of all the field offices. As pointed out by our friends in the blog, we should request the Department for urgent restructuring of the Cadre.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CWC meeting - revised date


NOTICE


No:AIPSA/Corr/25/2011                                  Dated at Kol-12, the 17/11/2011


With reference to this Association letter no.AIPSA/Corr/24/2011 dated 15.11.2011, it is hereby notified that due to non-availability of accommodation, the Central Working Committee Meeting of this Association will be held on 17th December, 2011 instead of 10th December, 2011 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu Circle. All other issues & conditions enumerated in the earlier notice dated 15.11.2011  will however remain unchanged. 
                                                                                    Sd/-
( A. Pathak )
                                                                       General Secretary

To
1)       The Director General, Department of Posts(SR), Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi-110 001 for information.  It is requested that necessary directions may kindly be given to all Heads of Circles to grant special Casual leave to all the Central Working Committee Members.
2)    All Chief Postmaster General, Department of Posts for information.
3)    All Central Working Committee Members, AIPSA. They are requested to attend the CWC Meeting to be held on 17th December, 2011 instead of 10th December, 2011 without fail. 
4)    All Circle Secretaries, AIPSA.  They are requested to attend the CWC Meeting.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Central Government Pensioners and Family Pensioners

NOTIFICATION
GOVENMENT OF INDIA,
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE

CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
Trikool-II Bhikjl Cama Place, New Delhi-110066

ATTENTION: Central Civil Pensioners/Family Pensioners and Authorised Pension Disbursing Banks

1. The Life Certificate has to be submitted by the pensioner/family pensioner lo any Branch Manager of Pension Paying Bank in the months of November each year. The scheme booklet (4th edition, 3 Dec 2004) detailing the "Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorised Bank’s has been amended to include para 15.2 (i) which provides for an exemption from personal appearance of the pensioner in the bank. The same is quoted below for ready reference of all concerned.

"A pensioner who produces a life certificate in the prescribed form in, Annexure-XVII (given below) signed by any person specified hereunder, however, is exempted from personal appearance:

i. A person exercising the powers of a Magistrate under the Criminal Procedure code:
ii. A Registrar or Sub-Registrar appointed under Indian Registration Act.
iii. A Gazetted Government servant:
iv. A Police Officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector in-charge of a Police Station:
v. A Class-I Officer of the Reserve Bank of India an officer (including Grade II officer) of the State Bank of India or of its subsidiary:
vi. A pensioned Officer who, before retirement, exercised the powers of a magistrate:
vii. A Justice of Peace:
viii. A Block Development Officer, Munsif, Tehsildar or Naib Tehsìldar:
ix. A Head of Village Panchayat. Gram Panchayat Gaori Panchayat or an Executive Committee of a Village;
x. A Member of Parliament, of State legislatures or of legislatures of Union Territory Governments/Administrations;
xi. Treasury Officer.

It is further stated that in the case of a pensioner drawing his pension through a Public Sector Bank the life certificate may be signed by an officer of a Public Sector Bank. In the case of a pensioner residing abroad and drawing his pension through any other bank included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act. 1934, the life certificate may be signed by an officer of the Bank. A pensioner not resident in India in respect of whom his duty authorised agent produces a life certificate signed by a Magistrate, a Notary, a Banker or a Diplomatic Representative of India is exempted from special appearance.

It is requested that all banks may give the above wide publicity and circulate to all the branches for strict compliance and for information to pensioners.

ANNEXURE-XVII
LIFE CERTIFICATE
(To be submitted by Pensioner once a year in November)

Certified that I have seen________________________________________________________________________ the pensioner
Shri./Smt./Ms.____________________________________________________________________ (Name of Pensioner) holder of
Pension Payment Order No. ____________________________________________________ and that he/she is alive on this date.

Name : ___________________________
Place : ___________________________

Designation of Authorised Officer
Chief Controller (Pensions)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Draft All India Seniority List of Private Secretaries in the DOP

Draft All India Seniority List of Private Secretaries in the DOP prepared on the basis of well settled principles of seniority communicated by Dte vide No.F.No.10-2/2011-SPG dated 03.11.2011.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Hearty congratulations

Ms. Manjula Prasher, IPoS-1976 batch has assumed the office of Secretary, Department of Posts, MoC&IT and Chairperson PSB and DG, Postal Service on 31.10.2011 A/N in pursuance of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet DOP&T communication No.24/7/2011 EO (SM.I) and dated 28.10.2011 vide Notification dated 31.10.2011.

All India Postal Stenographers Association express warm welcome and hearty congratulations to Madam and express our whole hearted support.

Sanctioned strength & number of Stenos abolished in the DOP




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Diwali Greetings

Dear all,
Wish you and your family a very happy diwali.  May God fulfill all your wishes in wealth, health & happiness in your life.

AIPSA team

Monday, October 24, 2011

DOs and Don'ts in mobile phone

Don’ts


* Please do not click photographs with your mobile phones without permission from the people or authorities concerned. You may be invading the privacy and possibly indulging in an illegal act.
* Do not send obscene / pornographic text / images using SMS.
* Do not send obscene / pornographic text / images using MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)·
* Do not receive from or reply to SMS / MMS of strangers.
* Do not transmit obscene/ pornographic material, as it is an offence under Information Technology Act –2000 which carries a punishment of 5 years of imprisonment and 1 lakh rupees fine.
* Do not make calls to the unknown phone / mobile numbers you get while chatting or which are exhibited on various profiles on the Internet. If you do, you may be causing harassment to the other person.
* Do not keep your Blue Tooth open at all times-you may receive obscene / pornographic text, images and viruses.
* Do not give your mobile numbers while chatting on INTERNET to avoid “STALKING”.
* DO not handover your mobile phone to unauthorised service centres, to avoid CLONING.· It has been reported in the press that some unscrupulous elements may contact your mobile saying that they are from government agencies or Service Providers and request you to press #90 or #09.
* It is reported that doing so would transfer control of your SIM to the caller. SO DO NOT PRESS #90 or #09 when asked by unidentified persons.

DOs

*Note down your IMEI number.
*Security pin code should be used to avoid misuse of your mobile phones.
*MMSs / SMSs received should be checked for their source before opening.
*Delete all obscene/pornographic text, images, SMS /MMS from your mobile phones which you might have received or stored. Otherwise this may land you in trouble and unwanted embarrassment.
*Anti-virus software should be loaded in the mobile phone.
*Mobile phone keypad should be locked after every use.
*Use your mobile phone only when necessary .

Grant of parity between the Railway Stenographers and Central Secretariat Stenographers

Source: National Federatioon of Indian Railwaymen website.

Happy Deepawali

Friday, October 21, 2011

Guide to Windows XP maintenance

1. Reduce Your Recycle Bin Size.
Data capacity of a hard drive is now available in large quantity now days like you can easily purchase a terabyte hard drive from market easily. By default the recycle bin size for the hard drives is 10 % if the hard drive's data capacity is 500 Gb it would be useless to define a 10 % default recycle bin settings. Change it to 2 to 5 % or it can be 5 Gb to 10 Gb.
2. Turn off Remote Desktop Management
Remote desktop management is a windows utility that allows other to access your PC remotely. Its very useful if your computer is a part of network but its always a danger as hackers can easily penetrate into your computer. So my recommendation is to turn it off, use Team viewer instead.
CHKDSK is essential tool for windows xp maintenance, it should run from time to time. It will scan the disk for errors, fix logical errors, detect and mark bad sectors, so that Windows will no longer try to use them. This way it can prevent your computer from becoming unstable.
4. Defrag Regularly
Defrag is another essential tool for windows xp maintenance. Badly fragmented disks can cause a lot of problems, like general system slowdowns, slower start-up and shutdowns, and even computer crashes. Basically, your hard drive is the slowest part of your computer and file fragmentation makes it even slower.
Like any other defrag utility it gathers file fragments that are scattered all over your disk and writes them into adjacent clusters.
Source: SA Post.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pay parity OA 381/10 of ASP/IPs Association, Kerala

All India Association of ASP/IPs Kerala Circle News- IP Grade Pay case allowed by the Tribunal

"IP Grade Pay case (OA 381/10) was allowed by the Hon'ble CAT Ernakulam Bench today with a direction to the Secretary (Ministry of Finance) to take necessary action to upgrade the Grade Pay of Inspector Posts to Rs 4600 as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission which would make them at par with Inspectors of Income Tax and others Inspectors"

Source: All India Association of ASP/IPs Kerala Circle.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with elections.

No. 12/14/99-JCA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PG & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI

NEW DELHI, THE 10th OCTOBER, 2001

OFFICE MEMORNDUM

Sub : Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with elections to Lok Sabha/State Assembly/ Panchayat/Municipalities/Corporation or other Local Bodies -regarding

In modification of these instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.12/4/86-JCA dated 9th March, 1987, the undersigned is directed to say that the following guidelines are prescribed for future for closing of Central Government Offices including industrial establishments in connection with the elections indicated above.

(i) The relevant organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to Lok Sabha or State Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be conducted.

(ii) In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha/ State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of a constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization / Industrial Establishment locate outside the constituency having a general / bye-election.

(iii) In connection with local body elections, viz., Panchayat/Corporation / Municipality, the Government employees who are bona-fide voters and desire to exercise their franchise should be offered reasonable facility, subject to normal exigencies of services, either by coming late to office or being allowed to leave office early or a short absence on that day.

2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day (s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty.

The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

Sd/-
(Ranbir Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Implementation of MACPS in Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in the matter of non-teaching employees of KVS-clarification regarding.


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Model Recruitment Rules of Stenographers cadre.

Model Recruitment Rules of Stenographers cadre, which was already published in our website - to read the memorandum, please click on
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Introduction to computer hardware

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A letter from Shri Anil Singh, AGS, AIPSA at Patna on preparation of Stenographers gradation list

Dear friends,

Remember while addressing the AIC, Kolkata, I told that ‘preparation of All India Gradation List’ is a complex issue. It is the high time to discuss the issue at the AIC, Kolkata itself, but unfortunately this issue was not discussed. Now we are trying to settle this important issue over the blog. Take example of gradation list of PS Group ‘B’ at Dte. It is prepared on the basis of merit list of IPOs. It has nothing to do with date of promotion to ASPs in different circles, as promotion to ASPs are given by Circle and not by Dte. so if any circle gives promotion to ASP early or late, it does not affect the seniority of IPOs. Gradation list of IPOs are based on merit list published by either SSC (for direct recruit) or Dept. of Post (for Deptl. examinees). Likewise we the stenographers are mostly recruited through SSC, and steno’s Grade III seniority list are prepared strictly on the basis of merit list sent by SSC. This system is practiced in Circles already and it must be followed by the Dte. also. Promotions are given by different circles in Steno Gr. II or Gr. I earlier or later, should not taken into account because we are making All India Gradation list for PS among the stenographers all over India, who came first in Grade III.It is a matter of luck that any circle gives promotion earlier or any circle lags behind; this should be ignored. If grade II and grade I taken into account, many seniors who came into department first will become junior for the post of PS. What is the fault of Stenographers of a circle who delayed DPC for Grade II or I.I advocate for the Gradation List which is prepared on the basis of merit list published by SSC or DOP. This is highly logical and justified. There is no manipulation involve in this method. While judging seniority of any stenographers, his merit in the year of passing of SSC exam. (not date of joining), should be taken into account and mentioned before his name, like IPS gradation list. e.g.

Batch Name of Stenographer
(1981) Sri S. Sinha (A.P.)
(1981) Sri Anil K Sinha (Punjab)
(1981) Sri P.N.Sharan (W.B.)

with regards,
Anil Singh,
AGS, AIPSA, at Patna

Revision Petition

The Advocate informed that the Revision Petition of the CAT case is posted for 3rd November, 2011.
(Email received from Shri K.S. Krishna Murthy, Treasurer, AIPSA, Camp at Delhi)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Our demands

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners-revised rate w.e.f. 01.07.2011

F. No.42/15/2011-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date; 5th October, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2011.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2011-P&PW(G) dated 29th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% w.e.f. 1st July, 2011.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (V) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. In terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption In a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3 commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No.4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 58% w.e.f. 1.7.2011 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. in this connection, Instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated, 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR In respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained In this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension, will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be Issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (II) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders Issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 5th October, 2011.

Sd/-
(S. P. Kakkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Monday, October 03, 2011

Payment of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2011

Subject: - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2011.


No. 1(14)/2011-E-II (B) dated 3rdOctober, 2011 (Ministry of Finance)

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memorandum No.1(2)/2011-E-II(B) dated 24th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced form the existing rate of 51% to 58% with effect from 1st July, 2011.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry's O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Audit General of India.

Sd/-
(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Download Govt. order http://www.finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/da/da01072011.pdf

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a Post Office savings account.

SB ORDER NO. 20/2011
No. F.No.113-23/2005-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001,
Dated: 27.09.2011

To All Heads of Circles/Regions Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.

Subject:- Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a post office savings account- amendment to Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 regarding.

Sir/Madam,

The undersigned is directed to say that issue of removal of ceiling of Rs.1 lac in single savings account and Rs.2 Lac in Joint Savings Account fixed in the year 2000 was under consideration in the Min. of Finance (DEA). This issue was linked to the benefit of exemption in Income Tax on the interest earned in Post Office Savings Account under Section10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 by the CBDT and Min. of Finance (DEA). After sustained efforts on the part of this Directorate, Min. of Finance (DEA) has now amended Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 vide G.S.R.681(E) F.No.2/5/2006-NS-II dated 15.9.2011 (copy enclosed). Some major benefits of this amendment are given below:

(i) From 1.10.2011, there will be no limit for retaining balance in single as well as joint savings account.

(ii) A depositor or depositor(s) can deposit any amount into single as well as joint savings account.

(iii) Maturity value of any savings instrument can be credited into savings account of the depositor standing in the same post office irrespective of the balance in the account.

(i) Any cheque either issued by Postmaster or any other authority irrespective of any amount can be credited into post office savings account irrespective of the balance in the account.

(ii) From the Financial year 2011-12, Interest income of Rs.3500/- in the case of single account and Rs.7000/- in case of Joint account will be exempted from Income Tax. (Section 10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 amended vide Notification No. 32/2010 {F.No. 173/13/2011-IT A.I}/S.O.1296(E) dated 03.06.2011)

(iii) It is the duty of the depositor(s) to show the interest income earned from Post Office Savings Account(s) beyond the limit prescribed above in the Income Tax return and pay due Income Tax.

1. It is requested that all field units may be directed to give wide publicity to these changes in the shape of Public Notice and printing of leaflets.

2. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).

Yours faithfully,
(Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Productivity linked bonus to Central Government Employees (Postal) 2010-11

Orders for 60 days productivity linked bonus for the Central Government Employees (Postal) has been issued.  Ceiling Rs.3500/- per month for regular employees and Rs.2500/- per month for GDS employees.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Relaxation for travel by Air to visit J&K-CCS(LTC) Rules,1988.

No.31011/2/2003- Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated the 25th August, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988-Relaxation for travel by air to visit J&K.

          The undersigned is directed to refer to the O.M. of even number dated the 18.06.2010 and to state that the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) have clarified that the term ‘Entitled class” mentioned in para 1(ii) of the above quoted O.M. refers to “Economy class” only. All LTC claims for travel by air may accordingly be restricted to LTC-80 Economy class air fare of Air India from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.
          2. Past cases already settled will not be re-opened.
Sd/-
(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India.

Revision of pension/family pension of pre-2006


Recruitment of Stenographers Grade 'D' in CSSS

Recruitment of Stenographers Grade 'D' in CSSS through Stenographers Grade 'C' & 'D' Examination, 2010 conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - nomination of qualified candidates - for details click on http://www.box.net/shared/u21fs135qvqhnfqexcia

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Set up of Branch Committee of Confederation of Subordinate Central Government Stenographers at Kolkata

            On 20.09.2011, a meeting was convened at Kolkata under the Chairmanship of Shri M. Harisuthan, General Secretary of the Confederation and opened a branch and an adhoc branch Committee has been formed.  Shri N.K. Nath, PS to PMG, Office of the CPMG, Kolkata as President, Shri A.K. Halder, AIR Kolkata as Secretary and Shri Arup Kumar Sarkar , AIR Kolkata as Treasurer.

           This movement is to bring all Stenographers working in different subordinate offices under one umbrella.  The members attended stressed the need to implement CSSS parity to subordinate Stenographers immediately without any further discrimination.

Revision of Special allowance and Cash handling allowance