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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reception Committee, AIC, AIPSA

It appears that most of the Circles have not yet sent the details of delegates to be participated in the All India Conference of AIPSA to be held at Kolkata from 17th to 18th Sept,2011. Hence, all the Circle Secretaries are requested to send the names of delegates of their respective Circles with journey particulars at the earliest so that we can give our best services for them. Some Circles have sought for some clarifications as to whether we are providing any dinner on 17th & 18th September,2011. It has now been decided that the Reception Committee will provide the dinner in addition to tea, breakfast and lunch on 17th & 18th Sept to all delegates.

W.B.Circle welcomes all the Delegates coming from all over India.
Arabinda Pathak
Circle Secretary &
Secretary, Reception Committee, AIC, AIPSA

Idu Mubarak

Monday, August 29, 2011

Latest List of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels for Central Government Employees

 Latest List of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels for Central Government Employees
The Ministry of Urban Development has published the latest list of Holiday Homes for Central Government employees. Ministry of Urban Development has Holiday Homes at 10 locations and Touring Officers Hostels at 42 odd locations all over India. Directorate of Estates is an attached office of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. It is responsible for the administration and management of the office buildings for the various organisations of the Government of India as well as residential accommodation for the Government employees in the metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and five other cities namely Shimla, Chandigarh, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Nagpur. The Central Government Estates in the remaining cities and towns are managed by the Central Public Works Department(CPWD).
Eligibility of offered the Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels facility is as under…
1. Sitting / Ex Member of Parliament
2. Central Government employees (on official visits)
3. Serving Central Government employees (On leave,
LTC or personal visits)
4. State /
PSU employees (On duty / Leave)
5. Retired Government Employees.

Beginning of the year 2009, the Directorate of Estates has introduced internet booking facility (Online booking) to Central Government employees for the purpose of LTC and Touring. The new uer-friendly system for booking of rooms, to know the status of their application online and to obtain confirmation slips online. The charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Guest Houses are very low. Accommodation is provided for a period not exceeding 10 nights (5 nights in season period). There is no provision for refund of reservation charges. The check-out time : 9 AM, Check-in time : 11 AM to 12:00 noon. Retired Government employees should submit a photocopy of the PPO while presented at the time of checking in. The occupation of more than 4 persons (2 Adults and 2 Children) in the double-bedded rooms is not permitted. Cooking is strictly prohibited in the rooms of Holiday Homes / Hostels and Pets are not allowed.
We have tabled the latest list of the Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels as follows…

Holiday Homes :-
1. Agra
2. Amarkantak
3. Goa
4. Kanyakumari
5. Mysore
6. Mussorrie
7. Nainital
8. Ooty
9. Shimla
10. Udaipur
Locations of Touring Officers’ Hostels/Guest Houses of Ministry of Urban Development
Touring Officers’ Hostels :-

1 Agra
22 Jammu
2 Ajmer
23 Jodhpur
3 Allahabad
24 Kolkata
4 Bareilly
25 Kozhikode (Calicut)
5 Bangalore
26 Kullu
6 Bhopal
27 Lucknow
7 Chennai
28 Madhopur
8 Chandigarh
29 Madurai
9 Cochin
30 Mt. Abu
10 Dehradun
31 Mumbai
11 Delhi
32 Nagpur
12 Gandhi Nagar
33 Nasik
13 Gangtok
34 Neemuch
14 Guwahati
35 Pune
15 Gwalior
36 Thiruvananthapuram
16 Goa
37 Shillong
17 Hyderabad
38 Siliguri
18 Indore
39 Udaipur
19 Jaisalmer
40 Varanasi
20 Jaipur
41 Vijayawada
21 Mussurie
42 Udhampur

Friday, August 26, 2011





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Department of Posts incurs deficit of Rs 6,345 Crore

NEW DELHI: The annual expenditure of the Department of Posts was 13,307.95 crore during FY11, almost double its revenue of 6,962.33 crore, Government data showed. This has "resulted in a deficit of 6,345.62 crore," Minister of State for Communications and IT Shri Sachin Pilot said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Similarly, in FY10, while the Department earned 6,266.30 crore, it spend 12,908 crore. The department's deficit had jumped over 80% to 6,641.30 crore in 2009-10 from 3,593.09 crore in 2008-09 on account of the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations. The Government has been working on revamping the Indian Postal Service. Internet connectivity to Post Offices and turning Post Offices to full-fledged banks are some of the initiatives being worked on to give the humble Post Office a radical makeover. Replying to another question, Shri Pilot said the Government has approved the IT modernisation project for the Department of Posts for computerisation of Post Offices. "This will involve establishment of required IT infrastructure and development of required software applications with an outlay of 1,877.2 crore," Pilot said. The IT project is expected to be implemented by 2012-13, subject to the availability of funds, he added. The department has a network of 1.55 lakh post offices in the country, the largest in the world, of which more than 1.39 lakh are in rural areas.
Source: Economic Times on 22nd August, 2011

AIPSA CAT case OA 2860/2011

Progress of CAT case on 24.08.2011:  Case filed in the honourable CAT, New Delhi.
Date of next hearing : 29.08.2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

All India Conference of Postal Stenographers Association

All India Postal Stenographers’ Association

W.B. Circle Branch, O/o the Ch.PMG, W.B. Circle, Kolkata-12
No:AIPSA/All India Conference/2011 Dated: 18th August, 2011

Dear Friends,
I am glad to inform you that All India Conference of All India Postal Stenographers’ Association is scheduled to be held from 17-9-2011 to 18-09-2011 (Central Working Committee Meeting on 16-9-2011) at Kolkata, West Bengal Postal Circle. In this connection, kindly refer the Notice issued by the General Secretary of All India Postal Stenographers’ Association vide No.AIPSA/Conf/2011 dated 1st August, 2011.
In view of the above, the venue of the Conference, Boarding and Lodging arrangements made and other details are given below which may kindly be taken note off.

The Conference will be held at Auditorium Hall (13th floor), Yogayog Bhawan, O/o the Chief Postmaster General, Kolkata-700 012 and for lodging IQs at RLO(Dalhousie), Barabazar HO & Quarter & Hall at O/o the SSPOs, South Kolkata Dn., Sarat Bose Road Post Office Complex have been booked for the delegates coming to Kolkata. You are requested to inform in advance your arrival and departure to any one of the members whose telephone numbers are given at the end of this circular for allotting the IQs/ Quarter/Hall to the individual delegate. Sarat Bose Road Post Office is situated at a distance of 5/6 KMs approx. from Howrah Railway Station & 4/5 KMs approx. from Sealdah Railway Station. IQs of RLO & Barabazar is at a distance 2/3 KMs approx. from Howrah/Sealdah Railway Station. Accommodation has also been made at P&T Community Hall, CC Block Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064 which is at a distance of 5/7 distance from Howrah/Sealdah Station.

Morning Tiffin and Lunch will be provided on 17th & 18th September, 2011. Site seeing will be arranged through Bus or other vehicle (on payment by the interested delegates) on 19-9-2011.

A sum of Rs.200/- may please be sent by MO or paid at the venue towards delegation fee per delegate to Ms. K.A. Latha, Circle Treasurer & PA to AD(Mails) & AD(A/Cs), O/o the Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Circle, Yogayog Bhawan, Kolkata-700 012.(Tel No.09874266032).

Following are the contact numbers for furnishing information about your arrival and departure and also for any guidance on arrival at Kolkata. Please ensure that while giving information your contact number (Mob.No.) also be given.

Sri A.Pathak, Circle Secretary & Secretary, Reception Committee & PA to APMG(PSR) &ADPS(TO), O/o the Ch.PMG, WB Circle, Kolkata-700 012.Mob.No:09432098270. E-mail: arabindapathak@rediffmail.com

Sri N.K. Nath, President & Secretary, Purchase Committee & PS to PMG(MM), O/o the Ch.PMG, WB Circle, Kolkata-700 012. Mob.No:09432107166. E-mail:nikhilnath59@gmail.com

Sri T.K. Banerjee, Secretary, Organizing Committee & Sr.PS to Ch.PMG, WB Circle, Kolkata-700 012, Phone No:033-22120070, E-mail: banerjeetk @indiatimes.com.

Sri M.L. Roy, PA to Ch.PMG, West Bengal Circle, Yogayog Bhawan, Kolkata-700 012, Mob.No:08902225741, FAX No:0332212-0811, E-mail: mohanlroy@rediffmail.com.

Sri Tapan Kanti Deb, Secretary, Accommodation Committee & PA to SSPOs, East Kolkata Dn. Mobile No:09903819452.

Sri S. Chakrabarty, Asstt.Circle Secretary & PA to ADPS(PG) & ADPS(Court), O/o the Ch.PMG, WB Circle, Yogayog Bhawan, Kolkata-700 012, Mob.No:09433310129, E-Mail:snehasish2009@rediffmail.com, FAX No:03322120500.

Sri P. Mukherjee, Asstt.Treasurer & PA to ADPS(MM&PO), O/o the Ch.PMG, WB Circle, Yogayog Bhawan, Kolkata-700 012, Mob.No:09432140572, E-mail: promothes.mukherjee@gmail.com, Fax No:03322120845.

You are requested to send the names of your delegates by any of the FAX on urgent basis.
You are also requested to bring own Bed Sheet etc.
Looking forward your participation and co-operation in making the conference a grand success.
Thanking you,
Sincerely yours,
( A. Pathak )
Circle Secretary, AIPSA, WB Circle
& Secretary, Reception Committee, All India Conference


OA No.2860/2011
In the matter of:
1. All India Postal Stenographers
Association through its President
Shri Ram Kishan S/o Shri Mange Ram
aged about 54 years, posted at Foreign Post,
New Delhi - 110 002
R/o C-19, Shiv Vihar, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi
2. Smt. Usha Suneja
W/o Shri K.C. Suneja aged about 58 years,
Sr. PS to CPMG Delhi Circle,
R/o 182, Sector 8, RK Puram, New Delhi
3. Smt. Veena Kapoor PS to PMG
W/o Shri N.K. Kapoor aged about 56 years
R/o 24/83-84, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi.
4. Smt. Renu Kalsi, steno Grade I
W/o Sh. Indresh Kalsi aged about 50 years,
R/o 86A/1, First Floor, Gali no.3,
Krishna Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
5. Shri Jagdish Steno Grade II
S/o Shr Mange Ram aged about 52 years,
R/o O-158, Geeta Enclave, Vani Vihar, Uttam Nagar,
New Delhi
1. Union of India through The Secretary, Govt. of India
Ministry of communications,
Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 001.
2. The Secretary to the Govt. of India
Department of Expenditure
Ministry of Finance, North Block New Delhi – 110 001.
3. The Secretary to the Govt. of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances & Pensions
North Block, New Delhi - 110 006. -Respondents
(i) The present OA is being filed by Stenographers Gr.I, Gr II, Personal Secretary and Sr. Personal Secretary seeking parity of pay scale which has recommended and implemented by the recommendations of 6th CPC to the counter parts of the applicants performing identical duties and functions and situated at par in all functional requirements in Central Secretariat Stenographers Services (CSSS).
(ii) Order dated 24.03.2009 passed by Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure whereby the demand of the applicants for grant of revised pay structure at par with CSSS has been turned down vide ANNEXURE A-1.
(iii) Order No.I/9/2009-PIC dated 1.6.2009 issued by Department of Personnel & Training whereby the issue of pay parity between CSSS and the non-secretariat Stenographers and also implementation of para 3.1.10 to 3.1.4 has not been acceded to vide ANNEXURE A-2.
(iv) Order dated 5.8.2010 issued by the respondents whereby the it has been informed to the Minister of State that the recommendations of 6th CPC contained in para 3.1.4 has been implemented by the Respondents in CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 vide ANNEXURE A-3.
In view of the submissions made in the foregoing paras this Hon’ble Tribunal may be pleased:
8.1 To set aside the impugned order at Annexure A-1 to A-3.
8.2 To direct the respondents to declare Grade II Stenographers in postal department at par with their counterparts with CSSS for grant of GP 4600 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 with all consequential benefits.
8.3 To direct the respondents to declare PS in postal department at par with their counterparts with CSSS for grant of GP 4800 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and GP 5400 after four years in PB-3 with all consequential benefits.
8.4 To direct the respondents to induct the posts of PPS, Sr. PPS and PSO in the Postal department and consider PS of Postal Department as PPS in GP of 6600, Sr. PPS in GP of 7600 and also further promotion in PSO with GP 8700 with all consequential benefits;
8.5 Any other relief which this Hon’ble Tribunal may deem fit and appropriate, in the circumstances of the case.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Modernisation of Department of Posts

Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Modernisation of Department of Posts

Government has approved the ‘IT MODERNIZATION PROJECT’ of Department of Posts for computerization of Post Offices, Mail Offices, Administrative Offices and other field offices. This will involve establishment of required IT infrastructure, development of required software applications with an outlay of Rs.1877.2 crore.

The project has the following salient features:

• It will establish IT infrastructure of Data Centre and Disaster Recovery Centre and networking of all Departmental Post Offices including appropriate connectivity in the Branch Post Offices in the rural area.

• The project envisages development of integrated modular scalable applications for Mail, kBanking, Postal Life Insurance, solutions for Accounts and HR operations of the department.

• The rural post offices will be provided with rural ICT devices with required applications for performing Postal, Savings Bank, Insurance, MGNREGS and Money Order operations.

• Provision has been made for training, change management, capacity building of the employees of the department along with Project Management activity for smooth and timely implementation of the project.

It is planned to network all Departmental Post Offices and Branch Post Offices in the country subject to availability of connectivity and resources under the “India Post Technology Project-2012”.

The departmental Post Offices are proposed to be networked with appropriate connectivity. Branch Post Offices located in rural areas are proposed to be networked using available connectivity at these locations. The rural ICT Devices in the Branch Post Offices will have the capacity to work in both online/offline mode. The IT project is expected to be implemented by 2012-13 subject to the availability of funds.

This information was given by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

OA 2860/2011

Date of next hearing is on 24.08.2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rajya Sabha questions for written answers

Please see the Rajya Sabha question No.1317 regarding anomaly in Grade Pay of SOs/PSs in the Central Secretariat Service; What about the case of sub-ordinate staff?  All the Stenographers working in Central Secretariat and Sub-ordinate offices are recruited through Staff Selection Commission,  Then why such discrimation?

Stenographers (Grade-C and Grade-D) Examination-2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A question from AIPSA member

What happened to Court Case? Cadre Review, DPC, etc. The action taken report of the AIPSA may please be explained to its members.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

1.5 lakhs Post Offices to Postal Banks

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has an ambitious plan to convert post offices in India into banks and offer its services at low rates especially to the rural areas. This comes in the wake of the Post Offices fast becoming extinct even in cities with modern forms of communications overtaking the letters and telegrams as well money orders. The cities are witnessing merger of many Post Offices and recruitment has long back stopped. To raise revenue the Post Offices now accept mobile bills of private operators and undertake bulk mail from private players at rates below couriers. Speed Post diversified into Speed Post money orders where instant money is delivered. Sub post offices are wound up and Postmen now have to cover more areas but with lesser load. Old timers say that they have no clue as to who the Postman is whereas earlier each household knows the Postman a popular figure. He used to turn up on festival days to get his tips. The situation took a turn with mobile phones fanning out and internet connectivity reaching out and the advent of emails putting hand written letters out of fashion. Postal telegrams have shifted to email delivery to regions with connectivity and post offices in turn deliver it instantly. Postal savings offer the most competitive rates and more tax savings but it is not aggressively marketed since the agents are given low percentage. 
SBI vs Postal Banks
Sibal says that even SBI would not able to match the Postal network and now that it has the buildings ready then only the other facilities has to be in place. With not much money spent on infrastructure the bank can offer services at rates much cheaper than nationalized banks.
source: truthdive.com