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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

Dated 14th December-2011

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


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
Secretary General,CAICGSA

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

Sri S.B.Ghosh, Sr PS to Chief PMG, Patna.
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.
Sri Sanjiv Kumar, PA to CPM, Patna GPO
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.



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