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Thursday, February 28, 2019


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Ref: PF/NFPE/Postmaster Cadre                                                                             Dated – 28.02.2019


The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Sub: - Merger of Postmaster cadre – suggestions regarding.

Ref: -   Your email dated 25.02.2019.


Apropos reference, we wish to place on record our thanks for considering our proposal for the merger of postmaster cadre with the general line. We wish to point out the following for your kind consideration before issuing the orders.

1.      Before merger of postmaster cadre with the general line a time frame may be fixed to accord promotions in the PM Grade II, Grade III as per the relaxed service conditions to the cadre recently circulated. In many circles, this has not been implemented.

2.      While fixing the interse seniority of the LSG cadre, the plight of the senior officials who have passed the FTP examination during 2003 & 2004 may be declared enbloc senior to the Postmaster cadre officials and their seniority can be fixed considering their qualifying in the LDCE as if postmaster cadre and the issue is pending since the abolition of the FTP LSG scheme. If it is considered the seniors LDCE qualified will be benefited. Since the date of qualifying the postmaster Grade I exam has been taken for the fixation of inter se seniority, the same and similar analogy may be applied in the case of FTP qualified officials also.

3.      It was the commitment at the time of introduction of the Postmaster cadre that senior HSG I officials will be provided the post of 29 Senior Postmaster after fulfilling the required service in HSG I on the basis of seniority cum fitness. Simply brushing aside the commitment and coming out from the scheme is arbitrary. Furthermore the suggestion of the staff side to enhance the percentage of reservation in Group B examination to the general line officials to the extent of 19% as assured after the Fifth pay commission as well as at the time of introduction of 1/3rd direct recruitment in the IPOs cadre as the part of their cadre review in the department. At least as a onetime measure, the promotion to senior postmaster may be accorded to the eligible candidates in HSG I as on the date of merger of postmaster cadre with general line officials.

4.      The recommendation of the committee to introduce LDCE examination for all the cadres of LSG, HSG II and HSG I is unacceptable. The existing method of seniority cum fitness promotion from LSG to HSG I should not be disturbed. In order to provide earlier promotional opportunities to the younger generation, we suggest to reintroduce the 20% LSG by conducting LDCE examination and thereafter all other promotions shall be based on the seniority cum fitness.

5.      Even though the merger is taking place, the relaxation in the recruitment rules in case of HSG II & HSG I has not been accorded most of the higher posts will remain unfilled up. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to approach the nodal ministry to get the relaxation to the recruitment rules as one time measure and also the minimum residual period prescribed from LSG to HSG II and HSG II to HSG I should be fixed as three years as was in existence earlier.

6.      In short we welcome the decision of the merger of postmaster cadre with general line and request to consider the above and in particular the grievances of the FTP qualified LSG officials who are deprived of their promotion since long which will be disturbed further after granting the inter se seniority as mentioned in the report .

A line in reply about the consideration is highly solicited

Yours faithfully,

(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General


                                CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi - 110008

Ref: P/4-3/Training                                                                                                Dated – 28.02.2019


The Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Sub: - Counting of training period for financial upgradation under TBOP/ BCR – regarding


A kind attention is invited to the Directorate letter No.44-2/2011 – SPB II dated 7.2.2018 wherein it is clarified under (ii) that it has been mentioned in the order dated 5.5.2016 that the induction training under taken by the PAs (Direct Recruitee) working in operative offices, prior to 1986 will be counted for TBOP/ BCR scheme only. From this it is evident that all the direct recruit Postal Assistants are eligible to count their training period for the purpose of TBOP and BCR.

But it is constrained to note that the said orders have not been implemented in any divisions and the officials are being asked to furnish the training order and the appointment order at this juncture which have not been available with most of the staff recruited prior to 1986.

In accordance with the standard Directorate orders that the training period of the direct recruits were fixed as 75 days theoretical training and 15 days practical training since 1972. This has been continued till 2008 and there was no deviation in the training days. Since the TBOP & BCR have abolished from 2008 and all are brought under the MACP scheme, the training period for all the officials covered under the TBOP/BCR scheme would have been 90 days only. There is no chance of violation in the number of days in the training as per standard rules for training.

The benefits of the orders could not be reached many due to insistence of the appointment or training orders from the respective officials. If the number of days of training is taken as 90 days uniformly for all without insisting any orders, the benefits will reach all the entitled officials.

It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable orders to all the concerned to take 90 days as their training period for the purpose of TBOP and BCR to all the officials entitled as per this orders.

A line in reply about the action taken is highly solicited,

Yours faithfully,

R. N. Parashar
General Secretary