INFORMAL MEETING WITH SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS HELD - 24/07/2009
NFPE DELEGATION CONSISTING OF SECRETARY GENERAL AND GENERAL SECRETARIES P4 – R3 - R4 MET THE SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION ON 24.07.2009 AFTERNOON – MEMBER [P] ALSO WAS PRESENT IN THE MEETING.
THE ISSUES ON WHICH INFORMAL DISCUSSION TOOK PLACE ARE REPRODUCED BELOW ALONG WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE MEETING.
- RECRUITMENT TO MULTI SKILLED EMPLOYEE CADRE
Secretary [P] held that the Posts of erstwhile Group D upgraded into Group 'C' Posts are not cleared by the Screening Committee for absorption for the three years ADR vacancies. However these Multi Skilled Employees posts will be filled up in future as we are free to fill up all posts arising from 1.4.2009 because of winding up of the Screening Committee. We have insisted that since GDS are absorbed in the Group C vacancies of Postmen, this MSE Cadre also shall continue to be filled up in the same manner.
- KEEPING THE DOT MOVE FOR ONE TIME ABSORPTION OF JAO / AAO IN ABEYANCE AND RESOLVING THE ISSUE THROUGH MINISTRY.
We stated that the issue of cadre control etc shall be settled amicably between two departments through Ministry but the promotional opportunity of large number of Postal JAO Qualified Officials should not be adversely affected. The position of the department is that the circular calling for one time absorption by the DOT would be circulated by the Department of Posts amongst all our officials immediately and the volunteers from our Department want to get absorption would be permitted to do so. Since we can fill up the future vacancies from 1.4.2009 due to winding up of the Screening Committee, the Department will have no problem in allowing the JAO Qualified Officials to get absorption in DOT.
- RE-VERIFICATION OF STATISTICS OF RMS 'P' DIVISION AND KEEPING IN ABEYANCE OF MERGER MOVE WITH RMS 'PT' DIVISION
We have urged for recalculations of the statistics before taking a decision as there are clear justification for the continued existence of RMS 'P' Division. The Secretary [P] would discuss the issue with the Chief Postmaster General Bihar Circle on this issue.
- 'POSB' – CHOICE BE INCLUDED FOR PAY DISBURSEMENT
We insisted for including the choice of POSB also for Pay Disbursement. The absence of core banking was cited by the Secretary [P] and suggested that the officials can switch over to POSB later when we go for core banking in future. But we placed all our arguments in favour of POSB and requested to delay the process of direct credit or cheque system until our own POSB is developed. We also requested to give option for POSB now itself for our officials. The Secretary [P] assured to take a final decision on this matter after holding a discussion with the DDG [PAF] soon.
- CADRE RESTRUCTURING – DISCUSSION WITH STAFF SIDE BE INITIATED – POSTMASTER CADRE CREATION BE LINKED WITH IT
Some discussions took place about the need for cadre restructuring in Department of Posts and Modified ACP would not be sufficient in the absence of adequate promotional avenues. Member [P] assured go into the proposals submitted by us on cadre restructuring.
- DDG LEVEL MEETINGS BE FIXED AS PER THE DECISION OF 13.01.2009 MEETING TAKEN BY THE SECRETARY [P] FOLLOWED BY PERIODICAL MEETING
Member [P] assured to discuss with the concerned DDGs to speed up those meetings on Action Taken Reports shortly. Holding of Periodical Meeting by Secretary [P] after that also was insisted by us.
- SUSPENDED POSTMAN TO BE REINSTATED IN PROJECT ARROW OFFICE
We requested intervention for reinstatement of suspended Postman in Patel Nagar Post office New Delhi who was suspended for non-delivery of some speed post articles. After some more verification of the situation that led to the suspension, we have to revert back to Member [P] on this issue.
- ON ADVICE FROM SECRETARY [P] ON 13.01.2009 ALL POSTMEN CANCELLED LEAVE AND JOINED DUTY IN HYDERABAD GPO – DIES NON BE REMOVED [ 5 DAYS]
This issue is to be discussed at the level of the Chief Postmaster General Andhra since the Chief PMG is competent to take suitable decisions.
- PRO RATA FORMULA FOR GDS BPM AND MAIL DELIVERER TO BE MAINTAINED – AND ON PENSION NATARAJA MURTI COMMITTEE DECISION BE ACCEPTED
The issue of Social Security for GDS would receive the consideration of the Department separately. Discussion about the dilution of prorata wages was held in detail and we placed that the historical parity with the scales of pay of Postmen and Mail Overseer are diluted this time. The Secretary [P] assured to look into this issue and if there is any omission on this matter the same would be taken up by the Department for redressal.
- UNDUE DELAY IN FIXATION OF PAID SUBSTITUTES / PART TIME CONTINGENT WAGES
There was some discussion about the issue and finally the Secretary [P] said that this matter will be looked into.
We discussed some other issues like outsourcing of mail conveyance to private vehicles resorted to in Bangalore and Assam but could not make any progress. The issue is being looked into on 'profit – loss basis' by the official side.