The Interest rates for Deposits is again lowered by 0.1% from 1st July 17

ஜூலை முதல் வட்டி விகிதம் மீண்டும் 0.1% குறைப்பு

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Biennial Conference of Sankarankoil Branch

The Biennial Conference of Sankarankoil Branch-Kovilpatti Division will be held on 18.09.2016 at 1000 Hrs at Sankarankoil Head Postoffice. 

Chief Guests :

Shri.P.Thirugnana Sampantham, Convenor, NAPE TN Circle,
Shri.N.J.Uthaya Kumaran, DS, Tuticorin,

Smt.M.Suriyakala, DS, Tirunelveli
Shri.Samuthira Pandian, DS, Kovilpatti Division
Shri.S.A.Rama Subramanian, President, Tirunelveli. and other Divisional Secretaries of FNPO Affiliated Unions. 
FNPO Tirunelveli wishing the conference for thundering Success.

FNPO meeting with Secretary, DOP at Hyderabad

FNPO meeting with Secretary, DOP at Hyderabad

Today Sri.D.Kishan Rao General Secretary NAPE Gr - C
Sri.K.Venu Gopal Reddy C/ S NAPE Gr- C Telangana Circle and other Telangana Leaders met Sri.B.V.Sudhakar ,Secretary DoP at  Circle Office ,Hyderabad and honoured him.

Clarifications required as to Pay fixation on promotion from DNI in 7th CPC scales.

Clarification is required as to the pay fixation on promotion under FR-22(I)(a)(1) consequent on implementation of 7th CPC rules i.e. CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.

1)                  The fixation of pay in case of promotion from one Level to another in the revised pay structure was notified at Para No.13 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.  Further, the method of arriving the next increment in revised pay structure was also notified at Para No.10 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016(Illustration).  But as per the provisions under F.R-22(I)(a)(1), the Govt. servant can opt for fixation of his pay either from the date of promotion or from the date of his next increment.  But the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 are silent on the method of fixation of pay when the promoted official has exercised option for fixation of pay from the date of his next increment and what pay has to be drawn for the period from the date of promotion to the date of next increment.  For example:- If any official is promoted in the month of 3/2017 and opted for fixation of pay from the date of promotion, his pay will be fixed in the promoted level in the manner prescribed in Para No.13 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 and further increment will be drawn on 1.1.2018 as per Para No.10 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.   But if the official opted to fix his pay from the date of his next increment i.e. 1.7.2017, then how the pay is to be fixed on 1.7.2017 and what pay is to be drawn from 3/2017 to 30.6.2017 is not mentioned in the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.  This issue needs to be clarified by the nodal ministry i.e. Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) since similar clarifications were earlier issued at the time of 6th CPC implementation vide O.M.No.1/1/2008-IC dated 13.9.2008.

2)                  As per the provisions of FR-22(I)(a)(1), split option has to be submitted by the officials within one month of promotion.  Some of the employees, promoted before 1.1.2016 as well as after 1.1.2016 but before notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, had opted for their pay fixation on promotion from the date of their next increment which was falling after 1.1.2016 in the 6th CPC pay structure/rules.   Consequent up on implementation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, the option submitted by a number of employees turned to be disadvantageous.  Whether such employees may be allowed to revise their options under FR-22(I)(a)(1) as per the provisions contained in DoP&T O.M.No.16/8/2000-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 25.2.2003.   

IPO Vacancy

OCTOBER 22, 23 நடைபெற உள்ள IPO தேர்வுக்கு 6 இடங்கள் உள்ளன.
Vacancy Position for the LDCE for Promotion to Inspector Posts Cadre for the year 2015-16
 in Tamilnadu Circle


The above vacancy has been circulated by Circle Office Letter No. REP/9-2/15 dated 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Note on Allowance.

PF-No.PF-PJCA/2016                                                               Dated:16th September, 2016
          The Secretary,
          Department of Post,
          Sansad Marg,
          Dak Bhawan,
          New Delhi-110 001
1.   The recommendation of the 7th CPC that Tough Location Allowance will not be admissible alongiwth Special Duty Allowance (SDA) should not be accepted by Government.
In para 8.10.62 of the 7th CPC the following recommendation is made –
Para 8.10.62 -  There are some “Special Compensatory” Allowances that are based on geographical location and are meant to compensate for hardship faced by employees posted in such places. It is proposed to subsume these allowances under the umbrella of “Tough Location Allowance”.
In Para 8.10.63 the Commission made the following recommendations –
“The Tough Location Allowance will, however, not be admissible along with Special Duty Allowance”.
At present, special allowances are paid in the following places along with Special Duty Allowance.
(a)  Assam and North Easter Region – Special Compensatory allowance paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance.
(b) Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Special Compensatory Allowance paid alongwith Island Special Duty Allowance.
(c)  Tripura Special Compensatory Remote Locality Allowance paid along with Special Duty Allowance.
Demand of the staff side:       In all the above cases “Tough Location Allowance” may be paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance. Withdrawal of any of the above allowances, will result in substantial financial loss to the employees. An existing benefit should not be withdrawn, under the pretext of 7th CPC’s unjustified recommendation.
2.   Special Duty Allowance in N. E. Region should be uniform for all at 30%.
In Para 8.17.115 the 7th CPC made the following observation –
“Special Duty Allowance (SDA) is granted to attract civilian employees to seek posting in North Eastern and Ladhak Regions, in view of the risk and hardship prevailing in these areas. Currently the rate of SDA is 37.5% of Basic Pay for AIS officers and 12.5% of Basic Pay for other employees.
In para 8.17.118 the Commission made the following recommendation –
“Accordingly in line with our general approach of rationalizing the percentage based allowance by a factor of 0.8, SDA for AIS officers should be paid at the rate of 30% of Basic Pay and for other civilian employees at the rate of 10% of their basic pay.
Demand of the staff side:  The discrimination between AIS officers and other civilian employees in payment of SDA should not be there and all may be paid at the same rate i.e. at the rate of 30% recommended by the pay commission for AIS officers.
3.   Allowances which are not reported to 7th CPC by the concerned departments.
In para 8.2.5 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation.
“We have considered all allowances reported to us, in this chapter. Any allowances, not mentioned here (And hence not reported to the commission) shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified by the ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain”.
Demand of the Staff Side: The above recommendation should not be accepted, as it amounts to penalizing employees for the fault of the departmental heads. The following allowance which are not reported to the commission should be retained and enhanced.
(a)  PO & RMS Accountants’ Special allowance
Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants of Postal department are posted as PO & RMS Accountant after passing a qualifying examination. Taking into consideration their work which require much skill, application of mind, and knowledge of all rulings, Special allowance is granted to them. This allowance may beretained and enhanced.
4.   Savings Bank Allowance in Post offices:
In Department of Posts, Savings Bank Allowance is granted to Postal Assistant working in Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) for shouldering strenuous and complicated nature of Savings Bank work. Postal Assistants need to qualify an aptitude test to get this allowance. The current rates are Rs.300/- per month for fully engaged staff and Rs.150/- per month for partially engaged staff.
In para 8.10.80 of the report, the Commission recommended as follows:
“Savings Bank Allowance be abolished as the justification provided by the concerned ministry for the grant of this allowance is not sufficient for their continuance”.
Demand of staff side:        Savings Bank Allowance should be retained and enhanced in view of the justification given above.
5.   Special Compensatory (Hill area) Allowance
In para 8.10.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation – “There is hardly any hardship involved at altitude of 1000 meters (more than 3000 feets) above sea level. Hence, it is recommended that the allowance should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:            The above observation of the commission is not based on ground realities but based on presumption. Hence the above allowance should be retained and enhanced.
6.   Family Planning Allowance
In para 8.17.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendations – “The commission recognizes the fact that most of the benefit related to children viz. children Education Allowance, maternity Leave, LTC etc. are available for two children only. Moreover, the level of awareness regarding appropriate family size has also gone up among Government servants. Hence, a separate allowance aimed towards population control is not required. Accordingly, it is recommended that family planning allowance should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:  The above allowance may be retained. In any case, the Family Planning Allowance already granted should not be withdrawn.
7.   Fixed Medical Allowance
In Para 8.17.51 of the report the 7th CPC observed as follows –
It is granted to pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization, presently payable at the rate of Rs.500/- p.m. Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to Rs.2000/-.
In para 8.17.52 the Commission made the following recommendation-
The Commission notes that the allowance was enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- p.m from 19.11.2014. As such, further enhancement of this allowance is not recommended.
Demand of the staff side:   in the memorandum submitted to 7th CPC, the staff side had elaborately explained the justification for enhancing the FMA to Rs.2000/-. As everybody knows, old age persons are suffering from many deceases and as the cost of medicines has increased manifold the expenditure on outdoor medical treatment has also gone up like anything. With Rs.500/- p.m no pensioner can meet the medical expenses. The commission has not conducted any scientific and realistic study, but simply rejected the demand stating that it is enhanced recently. It is once again requested that the FMA for pensioners may be enhanced to Rs.2000/- p.m as in the case of EPF pensioners.
8.   Cash handling Allowance
In para 8.10.9 of the report, the 7th CPC observed as follows: -
It is paid to cashiers working in Central Government departments, for handling of cash. The current rates are –
Average amount of monthly cash disbursed
Rate per month
Below Rs. 50000
Over Rs. 50000 upto 200000
Over 200000 upto 500000
Over 500000 upto 1000000
Above 1000000
Again in Para 8.10.57 the commission observed as follows: -
Treasury Allowance – This allowance is granted in Department of Posts to Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers working in Head Post offices and large Sub Post offices for handling cash. The present rate is Rs.360/- p.m for handling cash upto Rs.2 lakhs and Rs.480/- p.m. for handling cash more than Rs.2 lakhs.
In para 8.10.80 the commission made the following recommendation
Assistant cashier Allowance, Cash handling allowance and Treasury Allowance –
With technological advances and growing emphasis on banking, these allowances have lost their relevance. Hence it is recommended that not only all salary be paid through banks, but Ministries/departments should work out plans to first minimize and then eliminate all sorts of cash transactions.
Demand of the staff Side:  The recommendation of the Commission is not realistic. Till that time the cash transactions are eliminated the Cash handling allowance and Treasury allowance should be retained and enhanced.
9.   Cycle Allowance
In para 8.15.10 of the report the 7th CPC made the following observation.
“It is paid where the duties attached to the post require extensive use of bicycle and the official concerned has to use and maintain his own cycle for official journeys. The existing rate is Rs.90 p.m.
In para 15.11 the commission made the following recommendation –
“The Commission is of the view that amount of this allowance is megre and the allowance itself is outdated. Hence it should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:            This allowance is at present given to more than 40000 Postmen staff and about 50000 GraminDakSevaks of the Postal Department. When the commission itself observed that an official using his own bicycle for official duties has to incur expenditure for maintenance of the cycle. When the maintenance work is done for performing official duties, the amount should be reimbursed to the official, whether the amount is megre or not – Hence this allowance should be retained and enhanced.
10.  Overtime Allowance
In para 8.17.97 of the report the 7th CPC made the following recommendations -
Hence while this commission shares the sentiments of the predecessors that Government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency and recommended that OTA should be abolished (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) at the same time it is also recommended that in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for these categories of staff for which it is not statutory requirement, then the rate of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50% from their current levels.
Demand of the staff side:            OTA rates are revised in the year 1987. For the last 30 years no revision has taken place. Eventhough an arbitration award for enhancement is given, the same is also pending implementation for the last 20 years. After 7th CPC revision, one hour wage of an MTS is Rs. 75/- where as rate for one hour OTA is Rs.15.85 only!!! Hence it is requested that overtime allowance wherever sanctioned must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.
11.    Dress Allowance
(a)  Para 08.16.14 may be referred. The 7th CPC recommended four slabs of Dress allowance per year for various categories of employees. In the Department of Posts there are about 75000 Postmen and Multi-Tasking staff wearing uniform. Their name is not mentioned in the category of employees shown in the table. Even if it is included in the other categories of staff, then the Dress Allowance per year will be Rs.5000/- only. At present the Postmen/MTS staff of Postal department are getting more than Rs.5000/- for uniform plus washing allowance. Hence it should be made clear under which category the Postmen and MTS staff of Postal department are to be included, in the dress allowance table recommended by the 7th CPC. These official may be granted Rs.10000/- as dress allowance.
(b) It is further demanded that the Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs.32400 per annum.
     (c) If cloth for dress is provided stitching charges should be revised reasonably.
     (d) Washing allowance should be increased from Rs.90/- to 150/- Rupees per month.
Yours faithfully
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                                            (R.N. Parashar)

Secretary General  FNPO                                                            Secretary General NFPE. 

Request to grant of Bonus to GDS with revised ceiling our Federation send letter to the Secretary.-

T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone : 011-23321378

Ref:PLB/GDS/151                                                                                       dt15/09/2016
The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan ,
New Delhi-110 001.
Sub:Request to grant of Bonus to GDS with revised ceiling-                           

You are aware that the Government of India, MOF has issued order revising ceiling limit of PLB from RS 3500to 7000 from the year 2014-15 to all central Government employees. This has been implemented to our Departmental employees vide letter no 26-01/2015 PAP dated 02/09/2016 and the arrears have also been paid to the Departmental employees.  The same is not extended to the GDS employees till date.  In this connection my General Secretary NUGDS has written letter to your office on 03.09.2016 (copy enclosed) with details.

In view of the above it is requested to kindly take necessary steps to  grant of Bonus to GDS employees  in   the revised ceiling @ Rs 7000 from the year 2014-15 as in the case of Departmental employees.

Your early action is requested.
Yours Sincerely,
Secretary General.

Counting of Training Period for TBOP/BCR/MACPS Promotion - Further Clarifications required.




                 I wish to share the following on the counting the period of Induction and practical training for TBOP/BCR/MACPS in the Department Of Posts. This is in continuation of my earlier post on this subject.

                 There were some queries about the applicability of the training period in the case of following officials. This is because, as per the salient features for MACPs, the service starts from the date of regular appointment.

1.      Some officials undergone training before 1.1.86, worked as RTP for some years before regular appointment after 1.1.86. Whether the training period would be counted for TBOP/BCR/MACP in their case.

2.      Some officials undergone training after 1.1.86, worked for some period as Postal assistants. For some administrative reasons, they were terminated from the posts. After some time, they were again posted as Postal assistants. The service rendered as Postal assistant already was treated as ad-hoc service. Whether the training period would be counted for TBOP/BCR/MACP in their case.

3.      In some rare cases, the officials undergone practical training, and after sometime undergone theoretical training followed by practical training. After having worked as RTP for some years, they were appointed as regular PA.s. Whether the training period would be counted for TBOP/BCR/MACP in their case.

           In this connection, kindly refer to Rule 22 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 and Government of India’s Decisions 1, 2 and 3 below Rule 22. For convenience, an extract of these orders are reproduced below.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

TRCA on Sundays and Holidays to GDS Substitutes.


NCJCM staff side views on allowances

7th Pay Commission: NCJCM staff side gives it views on allowances to Govt. of India and committee on allowances - NC JCM

Dated: September 12, 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Revised schedule for LDCE of Inspector Posts, 2015-16

Revised schedule for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the Cadre of Inspector Posts, 2015-16

Click Here to see Vacancy Position
Annexure - II 
(No. A-34012/09/2016-DE dated 05th September, 2016)
(DE Section, Department of Posts)
S. No
Previous Date
Revised Date
Date of notification
Last date for receipt of Application form at Divisional Office/Controlling Unit from eligible candidates.
Receipt of duly filled in Application form at the Regional Office to be sent by Divisional Office/Controlling Unit duly verified.
Receipt of duly filled in Application form at Circle Office (Nodal Officer) to be sent by RO/Division Office/Controlling Unit duly verified.
Last date for receipt of duly  filled in Annexure III at Directorate  from Nodal Officer of Circles(By hand)
Confirmation by the Directorate after scrutiny and communication of Roll number series to Circles.
Issue of Hall Permit by Circles to eligible candidates.
Date of Examination
15 & 16 October-2016
22nd  & 23rd October-2016

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