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Blog maintained by : P. R. Nair, Private Secretary to Post Master General, (Retired) Northern Region, Calicut, Kerala Circle (email-parambilmohan@gmail.com)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fundamental Rights in India

Right to Equality
·Article 14 :- Equality before law and equal protection of law
·Article 15 :- Prohibition of discrimination on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
·Article 16 :- Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment
·Article 17 :- End of untouchability
·Article 18 :- Abolition of titles, Military and academic distinctions are, however, exempted
Right to Freedom
· Article 19 :- It guarantees the citizens of India the following six fundamentals freedoms:-
1. Freedom of Speech and Expression
2. Freedom of Assembly
3. Freedom of form Associations
4. Freedom of Movement
5. Freedom of Residence and Settlement
6.Freedom of Profession, Occupation, Trade and Business
·Article 20 :- Protection in respect of conviction for offenses
·Article 21 :- Protection of life and personal liberty
·Article 22 :- Protection against arrest and detention in certain cases
Right Against Exploitation
·Article 23 :- Traffic in human beings prohibited
·Article 24 :- No child below the age of 14 can be employed
Right to freedom of Religion
·Article 25 :- Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion
·Article 26 :- Freedom to manage religious affairs
·Article 27 :- Prohibits taxes on religious grounds
·Article 28 :- Freedom as to attendance at religious ceremonies in certain educational institutions
Cultural and Educational Rights
·Article 29 :- Protection of interests of minorities
·Article 30 :- Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions
·Article 31 :- Omitted by the 44th Amendment Act
Right to Constitutional Remedies
·Article 32 :- The right to move the Supreme Court in case of their violation (called Soul and heart of the Constitution by Dr. BR Ambedkar)
·Forms of Writ check
·Habeas Corpus :- Equality before law and equal protection of law

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A letter from our General Secretary, AIPSA

My dear friends,

          After taking over charge as G.S. of the Association, I had to visit Delhi for the first time to attend Directorate on the communication received from Postal Directorate in connection with submission of a revised proposal for Cadre Restructuring of Stenographers. In addition to Cadre Restructuring, the issues of parity with Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS), Merger of Grade-I & II grades etc., were discussed at length with Director (Estt.), DDG (Estt.) and DDG (Personnel), as detailed below.

          Some Circles have submitted their views and proposals and after taking into consideration all these issues, prepared a proposal for submission.

          My first focus was to remove the stagnation and create opportunity for promotions in PS and Sr.PS cadres, simultaneously demanding parity between CSSS and DOP. Accordingly, my proposal is given here under :

Entry Grade
Grade I
4800 (after 4 years 5400 in P.B. 3)
Criteria for promotion to P.S. shall be 6 years in Grade I.
6600 (in P.B. 3) – Attached to Joint Secretary (PMG) level officer.
7600 (In P.B. 3) – Attached to Additional Secretary (CPMG) level officer.

          You will agree that most of our friends after putting in long years of service are not even getting P.S. promotion, which is a point of serious concern and needs urgent redressal and to address this issue, I have opted for the above structure.

          We went to Directorate with the above proposal. First we got the opportunity of meeting Mr.Harender Singh, Director (Estt). He has joined recently on promotion and you can imagine the situation. We were informed that he was briefed by retired Member(P) that the problems of Stenographers need to be addressed as they have a genuine grievance.  But, when we have put forth our proposal, he told us that when 7th CPC is already in the pipeline, it is not advisable for us to submit the above proposal as it is, because there is a possibility of Directorate referring the matter to DoPT and from there likely to be referred to 7th CPC going to be set up shortly, which will be detrimental to our interests, consuming much time. 

          Officers at Postal Directorate have advised us to go in for Cadre Restructuring separately, and to take up the proposal for parity afterwards. They say by doing so, they will be able to recommend the cadre restructuring proposal to DoPT, without much difficulty. They have put some conditions such as

(i)       There should not be any financial implication,
(ii)      There cannot be a demand for increase in the Grade Pay, which is a matter to be decided by a Pay Commission,
(iii)     There cannot be any change of nomenclature of posts,
(iv)     Matching savings to be shown in the proposal to increase the number of posts at PS & Sr. PS level. 

 Only one positive word from them is  that we can  increase the numbers in P.S and Sr.P.S. cadre, showing matching savings through reduction of posts at entry level and upgrading some posts at Grade-I. 

          With the above implications, it is thought that we will go for cadre restructuring as follows:

Sanctioned Strength
Proposed Strength
Entry Grade
By way of matching savings, we may propose to surrender 200 posts.  The post of stenos attached to PSDs, CSDs, A.O. and remote steno posts in Dn.,  can be abolished
Grade I
It is proposed to reduce the strength and  increase the numbers in P.S. & Sr.P.S.
PS can be attached to either Director / PMG level of officers.
Sr. PS can be attached to either PMG / CPMG

It is to bring to your notice that in the Cadre Restructuring for CSSS stenographers in 2011, new post of Principal Staff Officer (PSO) was created carving out 15% of PPS & Sr. PPS posts, 625 posts of PPS have been created by way of reducing posts at the level of Personal Assistant & Steno Grade-D.  Hence, this argument has gained ground.

          You are all aware that after rendering 30 to 35 years of service, most of our friends are retiring in Grade-I cadre only.  This is due to severe stagnation, which needs to be addressed.  By reducing the no. of posts in Grade-I and resultantly upgrading the posts in PS and Sr.PS, stagnation can be removed to some extent.  This will be the first step.

II.       After submitting the cadre restructuring proposal, we have to concentrate on the issue of parity between CSSS and DoP.  We took the opportunity of meeting DDG (Estt.) who is the key person to look into the issue of parity.  Amidst her busy schedule, she could give appointment and we had drawn her attention on the growing disparity between CSSS and DoP and explained about the existing Grade Pay and our structure and how heavy stagnation has affected the promotional avenues of stenographers in DoP.  As an example, we have shown her that there is no difference in the Grade Pay after giving promotion as the Grade Pay of Grade-II and Grade-I is the same i.e., Rs.4200. We also informed her that the orders received from DoPT are not being promptly implemented in DoP such as framing of Revised Recruitment Rules and merger of Grade II and Grade I.  She has given a patient hearing and assured that she will see to it that we get better pay scales at least in 7th CPC. 
It is out of place to mention here that the 7th CPC is already in the pipe line and DoPT has already held a meeting on 24.10.2013 to discuss the possible Terms of Reference (ToR) for the 7th CPC with the representatives of Staff side of JCM.  As is seen from the political scenario, after the election results, the ruling party may go in for appointment of 7th CPC, merger of DA with Pay to attract the vote bank of central government employees and pensioners and we need to utilize this opportunity. 

          In the above context, I feel that we have to submit

1) Cadre Restructure Proposal and          
 2) Proposal demanding parity with CSSS

simultaneously, on the lines of DoPT and as recommended by 6th CPC, without any wastage of time. 

          I request you to offer your valuable views and suggestions for cadre restructure as well as on the issue of parity immediately, for submitting the proposals to Postal Directorate.

Appeal to all CWC members/Circle Secretaries:

          In the meantime, I would like to place my appreciation to Mr. Amit Datta for his commendable job in collecting data from almost all Circles in a short span of time. I also request all the CWC Members/C.Ss/Members to work together as Mr. Amit Datta has been helping to G.S without finding fault with one another. We are going in a right way in making our maiden visit to Directorate and meeting the officers in view of the exigency. Officers are very helpful to us. Particularly I can say here the patient hearing of our issues by the DDG (Estt.). First we were denied appointment with her for discussion and after persuasion we had discussion for more than one and half hour and assured us to help our case of Parity at least in the 7 CPC. We may make use of the opportunity. I don’t want to go into the past. Criticisms are welcome but they should not make any harm/dent to the unity of AIPSA. Kindly co-operate as we are in a crucial juncture. Healthy views will be taken into account and are welcome from any quarters of our cadre to get maximum benefits for more of our cadre people.     
With Regards,


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Restriction of officiating pay under FR 35-clarification -reg.

No.1/4/2009-Estt. (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the  December, 2013


Sub: Restriction of officiating pay under FR 35-clarification -reg.

The undersigned is directed lo refer to the O.M. of even number dated 8th March, 2010. It is clarified, that the provisions of this O.M. are applicable from the 1st January, 2006, the date from which the revised Pay Scales became applicable.

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

3. Hindi version will follow. 

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- to Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS in Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG)- clarification regarding.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated 11th December, 2013

Subject : Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- to Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS in Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG)- clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.Ms. of even numbers dated 22.09.2011 and 27.05.2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the references have been received in this Department from various Ministries/Departments seeking advice as to whether the Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) of Rs.4200/- can be granted to those Steno Grade 'D’ whose ACRs/APARs for the last 5 years are not available though they have completed 5 years of approved service in the Grade. It has also come to the notice of this Department that some Ministries / Departments have already granted NFSG of Rs.4200/- to their Steno Grade ‘D’ whose ACRs / APARs for the last 5 years were not available.

2. The O.M. creating a new grade of UDC (NFSG) of CSCS and Stenographer Grade ‘D’(NFSG) of CSSS bad been issued vide this Department’s O.M. No.20/49/2009-CS-II(B) dated 22.06.2011 in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. It has been laid down in para 1(b) of ibid O.M. dated 22.06.2011 that an Internal Committee will be constituted by the concerned Cadre Unit who shall consider the last 5 years’ ACRs/APARs of the officials concerned and, as per their recommendations, suitable officials will be placed in the NFSG. In the case of SC/ST officials, they may be granted the NFSG even if they do not fulfill the criteria as laid down in para 1(b) (iii), provided they are not found unfit by the Committee.

3. In view of the above, all Ministries / Departments are advised to strictly follow the procedure laid down in this Department’s O.M. dated 22.06.2011 and grant the NFSG on the bass of the overall performance of the officials during the last 5 years’ ACRs/APARs of the officials concerned irrespective of the category i.e. UR or SC/ST. They are further advised to take appropriate action, If any official has been allowed NFSG of Rs.4200/- without considering his / her performance on the basis of ACRs/APARs for the last 5years.  

(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

National Parks

Gir Forests
Home of Asiatic Lion, In Gujarat
Kaziranga Sanctuary
One horned rhino, in Assam,
Manas Sanctuary
One horned rhino, in Assam,
Chandraprabha Sanctuary
Home of Asiatic Lion, in UP
Ghana or Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
In Bharatpur, Home of tiger
Dachigam Sanctuary
For Hangul, In Kashmir
Corbett National Park
In Uttarakhand, Home of tiger
Kanha National Park
Shiv Puri National Park
Hazaribagh National Park
In Jharkhand
Periyar Game Sanctuary
In Kerala
Dudhwa National Park
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Nokrek National Park
In Meghalaya
Sariska Sanctuary
In Rajasthan
Ranthambhor National Park
In Rajasthan
Namdapha National Park
In Arunachal Pradesh
Kelbut Lmjo Floating National Park
In Manipur
Palamau tiger project
In Bihar
Simlipal National Park
In Orissa
Ranganthittoo Bird Sanctuary
In Mysoor, Karnataka
Nagarhore National Park
In Karnataka
Mudumalai Sanctuary
In TN.
Balpakaram Sanctuary
In Meghalaya
Bandipur Sanctuary
Along the Karnataka- Tamil Nadu Border
Jaldapara Sanctuary
In West Bengal. For rhinos
Wild Ass Sanctuary
In Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, for wild ass.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Presidents/Prime Ministers

01.  Afghanistan- President                           Hamid Karzai
02.  Australia-Prime Minister                       Tony Abbott
03.  Bangladesh- Prime Minister                  Sheikh Hasina
                             President                             Abdul Hamid
04.  Bhutan- Prime Minister                          Tshering Tobgay;
      King                                                            Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
05.  Brazil- President                                      Dilma Rousseff
06.  Canada- Prime Minister                         Stephen Harper
07.  China- President                                      Xi Jinping;
      Premier of the State Council                   Li Keqiang
08.Cuba- President of the Council of State and President of the     Council of Ministers                                                          Raúl Castro
09.  Egypt- Acting President                        Adly Mansour;
      Acting Prime Minister                             Hazem Al Beblawi
10. France- President                                     François Hollande; 
                    Prime Minister                           Jean-Marc Ayrault
11. Germany- Federal Chancellor              Angela Merkel
12. India- President                                      Pranab Mukherjee; 
                  Prime Minister                            Dr. Manmohan Singh
13. Indonesia- President                              Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
14. Israel- Prime Minister                            Benjamin Netanyahu
15. Italy- President of the Council of Ministers - Enrico Letta
16. Japan- Prime Minister                            Shinzo Abe
17. Nepal- President                                     Ram Baran Yadav-
      Chairman of the Council of Ministers - Khil Raj Regmi
18. New Zealand- Prime Minister              John Key
19. Iran- President                                        Hassan Rouhani
20. North Korea- Premier of the Cabinet - Pak Pong-ju
21. Pakistan- President                                 Mamnoon Hussain; 
                        Prime Minister                       Nawaz Sharif
22. Palestine- President                                Mahmoud Abbas; 
                        Prime Minister                       Rami Hamdallah
23. Russia- President                                     Vladimir Putin-
      Chairman of the Government               Dmitry Medvedev
24. South Africa- President                         Jacob Zuma
25. South Korea- Prime Minister                Jung Hong-won;
                               President                         Park Geun-hye
26. Syria- President                                       Bashar al-Assad; 
                 Prime Minister                              Wael Nader Al-Halqi
27. Thailand- Prime Minister                       Yingluck Shinawatra
28. United Kingdom- Prime Minister         David Cameron
29. United States- President                         Barack Hussein Obama
30. Zimbabwe- President -                           Robert Mugabe