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Thursday, April 24, 2008


1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi 110001

PF- 14 /2008 Dated 17th April 2008


The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001

Sub: Views of NFPE on certain recommendations of 6th CPC and request for modification / improvements sought thereon – reg.


As a follow up to the informal discussions the Staff Side had with the DDG [Estt] on 4.4.2008, we place the following views of our Federation with a request for modification or improvement on certain recommendations of the Pay Commission with regard to Department of Posts.

Upgradation of Group ‘D’: All the non-matriculate Group ‘D’ officials including non-test category officials should be imparted with the proposed retraining and placed without any restriction in upgraded PB-1 w.e.f. 1.1.2006. We also request the department of posts to consider upgradation to the pre-revised 3050-4590 scale since 2750-4400 is not in existence in our department.

Ensuring promotional avenues of GDS and Casual labourers: We request that the present system of promotional avenues available to Gramin Dak Sevaks to Group D and C posts shall continue in the present format of seniority as well as examinations and all vacant posts of Group ‘D’ also to be upgraded and allotted for GDS on seniority basis, who should also be imparted with the same retraining like Group ‘D’ and placed in PB-1.

TBOP / LSG, BCR / HSG-II: The recommendation placing TBOP PAs/SAs as well as the LSG Supervisors in the same pay band of PB-1 along with the upgraded Group D has caused a lot of resentment. This will de-motivate the entire PA/SA and TBOP/LSG work force. The Department may consider the fact that the TBOP / BCR introduced for both Postal and Telecom under the same orders but subsequently after the recommendations of V CPC implemented, the Telecom Department [before conversion as BSNL itself] got these two scales upgraded into 5000-8000 for TBOP and 5500-9000 for BCR. Thus there exists discrimination between the two wings of the same Ministry of Communications. If the Department of Posts could consider this and TBOP and BCR are upgraded in the Department of Posts also to the same level, then by virtue of that the TBOP / LSG Supervisors also would be placed in the pay band of PB-2. This may be considered.

Supervisory Allowance: The stand of the Department is that LSG and HSG are norm based supervisor posts and TBOP / BCR are non-functional posts. The recommendations of the pay commission have not made any distinction between the supervisors and the supervised. It is a fact that supervisors are holding higher responsibilities and therefore it is suggested that element of supervisory allowance may be reintroduced. The matching savings element is now no more valid since the TBOP and BCR are no more considered as promotions but only financial upgradations. Re-introduction of graded supervisory allowance for LSG, HSG-II and HSG-I to match the supervisory responsibilities are therefore most justified to motivate the officials who shoulder extra responsibilities and needs to be considered by the Department afresh in the background of distinction now being made as supervisors and non-functional officials. The Pay Commission has failed to consider this aspect altogether. The same may be considered now and 10% Pay + Grade Pay may be fixed as Supervisory Allowance as in the case of the recommendation to the Caretakers vide Para 3.8.8 of 6th CPC Report.

Supervisory Allowance to Selection Grade Postmen: The Selection Grade Postmen like Sorting Postmen, Head Postmen, Mail Overseer, Cash Overseer and allied cadres like Head Mail Guard / Head Mail Peon etc are ignored by the Pay Commission. We request the Department to consider reintroduction of Supervisory Allowance at the rate of 10% of Pay + Grade Pay as recommended to the Caretakers by the Pay Commission.

System Administrators: The technical knowledge acquired by the System Administrators and the role being played by them in computerizing the offices all over the country as well as ensuring the smooth running of the net work is unfortunately overlooked by the Pay commission. In no other department such a massive computerization could have taken place without employing outside knowledge. It is known that these category of staff work beyond 8 Hours daily as well as called to assist by field offices at odd hours also. We request the department may consider grant of 10% of Pay + Grade Pay as recommended in the case of caretakers vide Para 3.8.8 of CPC Report to distinguish them from the other operative staff as an interim measure. We also request to consider the issue of formation of a separate technology wing like civil wing and make the System Administrators a separate establishment.

Marketing Executives: The Pay Commission has not considered the issue of marketing executive also. These are the staff that actually performs by procuring mails for the department with their higher skill and knowledge. In order to compete the couriers it is essential that such category of staff are properly recognised with financial package. The Department may consider grant of 10% of Pay + Grade Pay as recommended in the case of caretakers vide Para 3.8.8 of CPC Report to distinguish them from the other operative staff as an interim measure pending consideration for a separate establishment.

PO & RMS Accountants: Unfortunately the 6th CPC has not considered granting higher scale favourably. It has recommended only doubling of Special Allowance for this category. This will take away the charm in aspiring Accountants who had to undergo a tuff examination. This issue is pending from the time of V CPC itself. We request the Department to reconsider and grant higher scale to Accountants. We request the Department to consider that at least this Special Allowance may be taken for pay fixation benefit similar to that of the JAO qualified hands in Postal Accountants granted vide DG Posts Order No.8 (1) 2004/PA-Admn/501 dated 29.10.2006.

Cash Handling Allowance to PO Treasurers: The Pay Commission has unfortunately not considered the case of Treasurers properly. In most cases the PO Treasurers are handling more cash than the RMS Cashiers. The Department may consider the parity between the PO Treasurer and RMS Cashier in the matter of Allowance by changing the nomenclature of Treasurer into Cashier since the nature of job is identical. This will end the age-old disparity between the two.

Charge Hand in MMS: The bringing together of both Charge Hand and the Artisan Grade I in the same pay band PB-1 by the Pay Commission is causing much resentment. Earlier the Charge Hand was in higher scale than Artisan Grade I. The recommendation of the Commission has upset this relativity. We request that the Department may consider upgrading Charge Hand to PB-2 scale of pay.

Despatch Rider: The 6th CPC has unfortunately ignored this cadre altogether. Recruitment Rules and minimum qualification for Despatch Rider is the same like Drivers. We request the Department may consider merging this cadre with the Driver.

Sorters: Sorters who are an isolated cadre remained on par with Postmen by IV CPC recommendation. That parity got disturbed after V CPC and further disturbed now. We request at least the Sorter cadre be merged with the LDC and upgraded to pre-revised 3050-4590 scale.

Development Officers: The PLI Development Officers are to be considered by the Department for upgradation of scale.

The above suggestions are not exhaustive. We are holding our Federal Executive on 28th and 29th April 2008 and any further views will be submitted to your consideration in the first week of May 2008.

The Staff Side was assured that there would be more interactions with us and that before the Department sends its final report to the Ministry of Finance, the Staff Side would be fully consulted. We thank the Department for this stand and we look forward to sorting out the anomalies and other problems by the Department.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

Secretary General

Saturday, April 12, 2008

General Secretary Desk

The CHQ is in receipt of number of E-Mails, Suggestions by Post etc since ten days on Pay commission recommendations. We are very much thankful to them and considering all their opinions and suggestions. However, we could not reply to each individual separately. Please bear with us.


We are having hectic discussions and debates to finalise the demands to improve the recommendations of the Sixth CPC to the best possible. The staff side (JCM) has finalised the modifications required to be made in the Sixth Pay Commission and communicated to Cabinet Secretary on 08.04.08. The following are the important modifications, the staff side sought for.


1.      Minimum wage need to be worked out afresh and it should not be lesser than Rs. 7400/- arrived by application of NNP as per Fifth Pay Commission formula.

2.      Fitment formula may be as suggested by the Sixth Pay Commission but subject to the condition that' the Pay and grade Pay so fixed is not lesser than 2.625 times of the pre-revised basic pay.

(N.B: the Group A officers Pay scale has been revised from Rs.8000/- to 21000/- The Similar minimum benefit (2.625 times) should be given to other Group 'C' also. If so, all will get the increase of 41% of the pay irrespective of the cadre)

3.      The rate of increment be raised to 3.5%.

4.      The condition prescribed to have a minimum six months for applying the uniform date of increment (i.e) 1st July must be done away with.

5.      Transport Allowance be revised as follows:

Employees drawing Grade Pay

A1/A Class Cities


Rs.5400 and above


Below Rs.4200

Rs.3200 + DA

Rs.2400 + DA

Rs.1600 + DA

Rs.2400 + DA

Rs.1800 + DA

Rs.1200 + DA


6.      Fixation of Promotion will be' the Pay plus grade pay so fixed on Promotion shall not be less than 10% of Pay plus grade pay the individual was drawing in the feeder cadre.

7.      Old scheme of allowances and benefits should continue till discussions/agreements made in the National/Departmental Council.

8.      Clarification be issued for the applicability of SDA to all officials working in North Eastern region.

9.      DA on Tour:-

Rs.4200 to Rs.4800:- Reimbursement of (i) Hotel rent Rs.1000/- per day

(ii) Travel charges upto Rs.150/- per diem within the city

(iii) Reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs.200/- per day


      Below Rs.4200:- Reimbursement of (i) Hotel rent Rs.700/- Per day

(ii) Travel Charges upto Rs.150/- per diem within the city &

(iii) Reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs.200/- per day.

10.  A.C.P. Promotion:- Three promotions be provided at the intervals of ten, twenty and twenty-five year of service.

11.  Pay Scales of S 9 to S 12 - Grievances must be addressed by appropriate decisions.

12.  Pension : (i) Minimum pension to 75% (i.e) Rs.4995/-

(ii)                    Refix Pension on the basis of notional Pay as on 01.01.96.

(iii)       New commutation table to be applied only prospectively.

(iv)      Restoration of commutation after 12 years.

13.  GDS:-      (i) Pay, Allowance, Pension & all other benefits proportionate to regular employees.

(ii) GDS may be promoted/absorbed directly in Group 'C' after the Group 'D' category abolished.

14.  Anomalies: - Constitute anomalies Committee at National & Departmental level to discuss about the anomalies arising out from the disturbance of vertical & horizontal relativities etc.

15.  Fast Track committee: - Some Pay scales have been reduced to a lower scale. To consider these types of cases, a fast track committee may be set up.


(This is not exhaustive. It will be improved by the staff side further based on the requirements, discussions, decision etc.)


The meeting of the staff side, standing committee is slated to be held on 25.04.08


In respect of our Postal Problems, we had discussions with DDG (Establishment) on 04.04.08 and thereafter further discussed with Sri Balasubramanian, Director, Specially nominated for the purpose on 10.04.08. we insisted the following.


1.      TBOP/LSG: - (i) TBOP/BCR are unique only to Postal & Telecom. In Telecom, the TBOP official is drawing in Rs.5000/- Pay Scale. This anomaly be rectified and the TBOP/LSG be brought to pay band 2 with the upgraded Pre-revised pay scale of Rs.5000-8000.

(ii)        After the introduction of ACP, the officials on promotion to ACP can exercise option to avail FR 22(c) benefits or under FR 23. They can avail next pay scale to ACP on regular promotions (i.e) and may be fitted in Rs.5000/- Pay scale.

(iii)       Since we have not shifted yet to ACP but termed the TBOP/BCR as Financial upgradations, the benefits of Rs.5000/- (pre revised pay scale) be extended to TBOP/LSG.


2.      Charge Allowance to Postmasters & Supervisors

(i)              Now the Supervisors & Supervised are put in the same 1 Pay Band. This caused resentment.

(ii)            Reintroduction of graded supervisory allowance for LSG, HSG II & HSG I to match the supervisory responsibilities be considered.


3.      System Administrators

(i)              May be granted atleast three advance increments or 10% of the Pay plus grade pay as if recommended by Sixth CPC to Caretakers of the Department.

(ii)            A separate technology wing be constituted and other grievances may be sorted out.

(iii)           They may be made as a distinct establishment.


4.      Marketing Executives

(i)              May be granted advance increments or atleast 10% of Pay & grade pay.

(ii)            Separate establishment be created.


5.      PO & RMS Accountants

Though we could not swallow the summary rejection of our demand merely by citing that they are not organised accountants, we placed the demand to consider the Special allowance for Pay fixation similar to that of the JAO Qualified hands in Postal Accounts.


6.      Cash handling Allowance to Treasurer

The discrimination between the PO Treasurer & RMS Cashier should be ended.



7.      Group D

(i)          There will be no abolition of Present Group D Posts but up graded to Group 'C'.

(ii)        All Group 'D' Posts can be upgraded to Group C with nomenclature of Packer/Mail Assistants etc.

(iii)       GDS shall continue to be promoted in the upgraded Group D Posts in Group C cadre.


Though the Sixth Pay Commission denied the existence of anomalies in LSG and HSG pay scale arbitarily and unjustifiably, the long pending demand of higher Pay scale of HSG I and HSG II/BCR is however resolved by its recommendations where in the demand for Rs.7450-11500 scale of Pay for HSG I and Rs.6500-10500 to BCR/HSG II (due to amalgamation of scale of Pay from 5000 to 6500 pay scale with same graded pay). Due to this BCR/HSG II officials get the highest fixation benefits.


We are taking all sincere efforts to resolve the above said issues and assure to leave no stone unturned in our efforts. The CHQ is convening its executive on 30th April & 1st May 2008 to discuss at length & decide further action on all these issues.


The National Executive of the Confederation will meet on 27.04.08 in New Delhi and All India executive of all Federations including NFPE will meet on 28.04.08 to finalise the common approach.


The Federal Executive of NFPE will meet on 29.04.08 to decide our common demands, approach and future action.


All Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries are requested to send their suggestions/Views positively on or before 26.04.08 to CHQ so that we can consolidate and place them in the ensuing Working Committee Meeting on 30.04.08 & also in the NFPE's executive.


Expected Revised D.A. Rates as per the 6th CPC



                                                                                    DA Percentage

01.01.2006                                                NIL

01.07.2006                                                4%

01.01.2007                                                6%

01.07.2007                                                10%

01.01.2008                                                14%


(Note: - This is approximate calculation only)


G.S. On Tour


As I am to attend the Joint, Circle Conference of Kerala Circle Unions from 17.04.08 to 19.04.08, I am leaving the Head Quarters on 14.04.08 and will be back on 22..04.08 Morning. Com. Somenath Mukherjee, Deputy General Secretary will be joining the CHQ On 14.04.08.


Let us Meet in our next


With warm greetings


Comradely yours,



(K V Sridharan)

General Secretary

Friday, April 11, 2008



NFPE and the P3 will demand a separate establishment for the System Administrators and for the formation of a Postal Technology Wing as like Postal Civil Wing. And to attempt to secure some interim benefit in order to ensure that the job of System Administrators is of an higher order than that of the Data Entry Operators, we will demand 10% of additional pay or three advance increments for the System Adminstrators. A comprehensive Note would be submitted to the Director General, Department of Posts justifying the formation of a Technology Wing and separte establishment, after the Federal Executive Meeting of NFPE and CWC Meeting of P3 Union. These demands will be effectively taken up with the highest level of the Postal Department by the National Federation of Postal Employees.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Dear Comrades! The Confederation Circular containing the modifications sought by the Staff Side JCM National Council to the Government on the recommendations of the Pay Commission is reproduced below"






Dated:9th April, 2008.


Dear Comrade,


We place hereunder the formulations made on behalf of the Staff Side, National Council JCM for effecting changes/amendment to the various recommendations made by the 6th CPC.  Copy of the letter, the Staff Side Secretary has sent to the Cabinet Secretary, is also appended hereunder.  This need not be taken exhaustive.  The meeting of the Staff Side, Standing Committee is slated to be held on 25th April, 2008. The issue will come up for discussion in that meeting.  Since the National Executive of he Confederation is scheduled to meet only on 27th it is necessary that we get your views and suggestion in the matter to be placed in the Standing Committee meting immediately and in any case before 20th April, 2008.  Kindly use the Confederation e-mail id i.e. confederation06@yahoo.co.in for this purpose. Whatever changes are required to be proposed shall be finalized by the CHQ Sectt. Of the Confederation on the basis of this feed back.  We also request the affiliates to finalise the department specific issues and anomalies to place it before the proposes anomaly committee for a quick and time bound decision..


With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

KKN Kutty

Secretary General



Copy of Staff Side Secretary letter dated 8th April 2008 in NC/JCM-2008/VI CPC (CS) addressed to the Cabinet Secretary.


Dear Sir,


As you are aware that the report of the VI CPC has been submitted and there are varied types of commentaries including expression of anger amongst the Central Govt. employees in various parts of the country.


We, Staff side members of the National Council JCM have discussed and prepared a Note, which we are enclosing herewith.


We will like to request you to kindly advise Secretary (DOPT) who is also the Chairman of the Standing Committee (NC-JCM) to call the meeting of the Standing Committee to discuss al these matters in presence of Secretary (Expenditure) and orders concerned.


I have met the Secretary (Expenditure) who has kindly clarified certain issues. This has gone a long way in proper understanding of the issues involved.


An early action would help clear the atmosphere.

Thanking you,

Copy to Secretary, DOPT. And To Secretary (Expenditure)



The modification required to be made to the report of the 6th CPC


1.                    A.The minimum wage


The computation of minimum wage of the 6th CPC is not acceptable for the following reasons in brief..


i.                    Prices applied for various commodities (included in the basket) is the wholesale price as increased by 20% which is not the norms prescribed by the 15 ILC


ii.                  The exclusion of 25% for meeting expenditure connected with social obligation like marriage, education of children, recreational needs etc. is on the untenable grounds.


iii.                The exclusion of 10% for the housing requirement (on the ground that HRA is given separately) is not correct as HRA is not a full reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the employee.

If these corrections are carried out the need based minimum wage will be what is computed by the staff side.


B. Even as per the formulation adopted by the 5th CPC the minimum wage works out to Rs.7400 i.e. by application of the percentage increase of the net national product which comes to 56.2%


C. The Commission, without assigning any reason has rejected the demand of the staff side for parity in the minimum wage with what is obtaining in certain specified public sector undertakings.


D. For the above reasons, the minimum wage need to be worked out afresh and the same reflected in all the pay bands appropriately by applying the resultant multiplification factor as was done by the 5th CPC.



2.      Fitment formula


Rejection of point to point fixation, (which is normally adopted by the PSUs in their wage revisions as fitment formula) is for no sound reasons. There is no 40% hike as propagated by the Commission..  By withdrawing the benefit of merger of DA the actual rise is between 15 to 28% . Our demand in this connection is as under:-


(a)    The merged portion of the DA should be taken into account to arrive at the revised basic pay and Grade Pay in each case.


(b)    Since quite a number of pay scales have been merged together (especially in Gr.B & C cadres)the senior employees who were in higher scales of pay and who have put in large number of years of service progressively get reduced benefits.


(c)    Taking these two factors into account we suggest that the fitment formula as suggested by the Commission may be amended to incorporate the following:


" subject to the condition that the pay and grade pay so fixed is not less than 2.625 times of the pre revised basic pay."


`The multiplication factor of 2.625 is the same as is applied in the case of the entry grade pay

 band and grade pay in the case of Gr.A officers. This clause will make good the loss of

 benefit one might suffer due to the exclusion of the DP from the computation process of

 fitment formula. 


               3  Rate of increment.


(a) The rate of increment suggested by the CPC is to be raised to 3.5% for the following


 (i)  The 2.5% is below the existing rate of increment in many grades.

(ii)   Due to the compounding factor, over a period of ten years, this might rise to 4.5% still less than the prevailing rate of increment in the PSUs which is 5% and above.


(b)  The condition prescribed i.e. to have a minimum six months for applying the uniform date of increment must be done away with, as it is only to be applied in the initial year. 


4.    Transport allowance.

The recommendation of the Commission is to subsume the CCA in the Transport allowance and raise the existing Transport allowance by 4 times.  This has  reduced the proportionate benefit to certain grades and categories of employees.  We make the following suggestions:


(a) Since the CCA has been subsumed in this allowance, no condition should be imposed for the grant of this allowance.


(b) Taking into account that some of the employees might get reduced benefit from the across the board rise at the rate of 4 times, the following rates may be applied.

Employees drawing grade pay

A-1/A class cities


Rs.5400 and above.

Rs. 3200 + DA

Rs. 2400 + DA

Rs. 4200 – 4800

Rs. 2400 + DA

Rs. 1800 + DA

Rs. Below Rs. 4200

Rs. 1600 + DA           

Rs. 1200 + DA



5.     Fixation of pay on Promotion


In the present scheme of things, wherein many grades have been merged under one single Pay band, promotion will not bring about any significant rise in emoluments.  The benefit will be very insignificant in the case of promotion from one grade to another where the grade pay is one and the same.   In that case the one increment benefit will be less than even what is obtaining today.  We suggest to incorporate the following clause to take care of this situation.


"the pay plus grade pay so fixed on promotion shall not be less than 10% of pay plus grade pay the individual was drawing in the feeder cadre."


6.        Allowances and benefits withdrawn.


Certain allowances and benefits have been withdrawn to be replaced with a new scheme. The New scheme will have to be formulated on the basis of discussion/agreement in the National/Departmental Council as the case may.  Till such agreement is reached, the old scheme of allowances and benefits will continue to be operated relating to the revised basic pay and grade pay.


7.     Special duty allowance of North Eastern Region.


We hope that the SDA will now become available for all employees working in the North Eastern Region.  However, we feel that  it is likely that the phraseology  employed in detailing the scheme is capable of misinterpretation giving room for further discrimination amongst the employees posted in N.E. Region.  This may therefore, be appropriately clarified to mean that the employees and officers working in  North Eastern Region is entitled to draw this allowance .


8.     Daily allowance on tour:


The rates of daily allowance which include the following elements, viz. food, conveyance and accommodation suggested by the Commission to the officers other than Gr. A is extremely meager and would not go to meet the expenditure involved.  We suggest the following amendment .


The rates prescribed for grade pay of Rs. 4200 to 4800 and below Rs. 4200 may be replaced with the following.


Rs. 4200 to 4800

Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto

Rs. 1000 per day . reimbursement of travel charges

upto Rs. 150 per diem for travel within the city and

reimbursement of food  not exceeding Rs. 200 per day.

Below Rs. 4200

Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto

Rs. 700 per day . reimbursement of travel charges upto

Rs. 150 per diem for travel within the city and

reimbursement of food  not exceeding Rs. 200 per day.












9.    Promotion. ACP Scheme.


The scheme should be improved to provide three promotion at the intervals of ten, twenty and twenty five years of service.


   10.    Inappropriate rationalization


There is a great deal of resentment over the rationalization of the scales of pay of S9 to S12. The grievances in this must be addressed by appropriate decisions.


11.   Pension.


The Staff Side appreciates the acceptance of some of its suggestions for improving the pension of the old pensioners by the Commission. However, we feel the following amendment is needed in the case of pensioners.


(a) to raise the minimum pension from the suggested 50% to 75% i.e. from Rs. 3330 to Rs. 4995.

(b)  The 5th CPC suggestion to refix the pension on the basis of the notional pay as on 1.1.1996 is to be implemented. The pension entitlement has to be worked out on that basis.  The new commutation table to be applied only prospectively.

(c)The restoration of commuted value of pension should be on completion of 12 years



12.    Fast track committee.


There are cases like the Master Craftsmen, where the existing pay scales have been reduced to a lower scale.  To consider these types of cases, a fast track committee may be set up.



13.       Anomalies.


There are certain anomalies arising from the disturbance of vertical and horizontal relativities etc.  For quick and time bound disposal of these anomalies a Joint Committee of the National Council JCM with the participation of the Secretaries of all concerned Ministries should be constituted.


14.   Grameen Dak Sewaks.


Grameen Dak Sewaks are employed by the Postal Department.  They constitute the largest segment of the workforce of the Postal organization. We suggest that the pay, allowance, pension and other benefits in their case should be proportionately what is suggested to the regular civilian employees.  Since the Group D Cadres have been abolished, they may be promoted/absorbed/regularized in Group C cadres in the same manner provided for matriculate/non matriculate regular Group D employees.