A meeting of the Departmental Council (JCM) under the Chairpersonship of Secretary(Posts) was held on 10.02.2012. The following were present:
|Official Side||Staff Side|
|1. Ms. Manjula Prasher, Secretary(P) & Chairperson, Departmental Council(JCM)||1. Shri K.V. Sridharan,Leader|
|2. Ms. Yesodhara Menon, Member(P)||2. Shri Giriraj Singh,|
|3. Ms. Suneeta Trivedi, |
|3. Shri M. Krishnan,|
|4. Shri Santosh Gauriar, |
|4. Shri D. Theagarajan|
|5. Kalpana Tiwari, CGM MB&O||5. Shri D. Kishan Rao|
|6. Shri S.K. Sinha, CGM PLI||6. Shri Ishwar Singh Dabas|
|7. Shri Tilak De, DDG(MM&Estates)||7. Shri T. N. Rahate|
|8. Shri V.P. Singh, DDG(Estt.)||8. Shri P. Suresh|
|9. Shri Salim Haque, DDG(P)||9. Shri Pranab Bhattacharjee|
|10. Ms. Aindri Anurag, DDG(PO&CP)||10. Shri A.H. Siddiqui|
|11. Shri A.S. Prasad, DDG(FS)||11. Shri K. Ragavendra|
|12. Shri V.K. Tiwary, DDG(R&P)||12. Shri S. Karunanidhi|
|13. Shri Subhash Chander, Director(SR&Legal)||13. Shri Surinder Pal|
The meeting started with introductory remarks of the Chairperson wherein she apprised of the staff side about the proposal of recognition of federations heaving been taken up for consideration and approval of the competent authority. This was followed by the staff side thanking the Chairperson for convening the meeting as per the schedule. Thereafter agenda items were taken up for discussion. The gist of discussions held during the meeting is as follows:-
The staff side was apprised of the instructions having been issued to Heads of Circles on 15.06.2010 to increase the utilization of vehicles by extending the existing schedules up to 300 kms. The position about clearance of Ministry of Finance regarding purchase of new vehicles as also replacement of old vehicles happening much faster was also explained to the staff side.
Redesignation of Cleaner as Helpers may go against their interest and, therefore, it was agreed to drop the item.
The staff side drew attention to the agreement reached in an earlier meeting of the Departmental Council (JCM) in 2006 in the wake of which a Sub Committee was constituted, which submitted its report in favour of the proposal. In turn, it was explained to them that norms for the work of decentralized schemes like RD/MIS have already been finalized and further, redeployment was within the power of the CPMSG.
It was agreed to constitute a Committee which will look into the matter (other than Postal Accounts) and submit its report within 2 months.
It was agreed to refer the matter to the Committee constituted to consider item No.13.
In the background of different rules of recruitment for the post of Despatch Riders and Drivers, the proposal could not be agreed to.
It was explained that it was a different category altogether and thus it would not be possible to allow the Lift Operators to sit for LGO examination.
Referring to the case of 5 Lift operators working at Howrah Post Office building, the Staff Side was informed that it appeared to be a case of absorption of Casual Labourers and not Lift operators and therefore it was agreed to drop the item.
The staff side was apprised of the position that prior to implementation of the recommendations of 6th CPC, in case of widows the provision to relax the educational qualification existed subject to the condition that it would not adversely affect the work. The above clause has been found missing in the 6th CPC recommendation and, therefore, its continuance thereafter will be ascertained from the Department of Personnel & Training.
The staff side was informed that selection of Speed Post Hubs was done as part of Mail Network Optimisation Project after a comprehensive study of the network and taking into account mail volume Air/Rail/Road connectivity into account. In regard to Asansol, the Chairperson explained her discussions with the CPMG West Bengal in which he was asked to increase the mail business during the next 3 months and the position will be reviewed thereafter. The point of Guntakal having better connectivity then Kurnool this justifying its identity as hub was also mentioned by the staff side. M B division will have this examined.
The instructions have already been issued and therefore it was agreed to drop the item. A copy of the instructions will, however, be made available to the staff side.
It was not agreed to. The item may be closed.
It was agreed to have a relook into the matter.
The Staff side was informed that all the 3 projects will be considered for construction during the 12th Plan period, subject to availability of funds.
It was agreed to have a relook into the matter of filling up of all residual vacancies of Drivers in the MMS.
The staff side contented that the closure of these offices was against the agreement reached with them and requested for their revival. The staff side was explained that in view of the networking exercise, L1 and L2 has to be followed and therefore this item become irrelevant. It was further clarified that in the wake of networking exercise, number of mail offices with less than 10,000 mails are being allowed to continue. In the light of the above discussions, the item is treated as closed.
The staff side was apprised that TDS is a mandatory income tax requirement and is part of the statutory requirement when commission is paid to agents. There is every possibility that the issues raised by them will be sorted out by the new software. It was further stated that in case the issue does not get resolved with the new Financial Services software, this would be examined separately.
It was agreed to look into the matter.
The staff side was informed that the matter had been discussed with the CPMG Maharashtra Circle and the possibilities were being explored to split the existing Barcode of Maharashtra State Electricity Board so that it comes within 12 digit Bar code reader. It was also explained that the Department would not be in a position to procure scanner so as to suit the requirement of different organizations, utilizing the services of the Post Office. In the background of the above, the item was closed.
It was agreed to look into the matter.
19. Postal Assistant Direct recruitment – compulsory education in regional language – regarding.
It was informed to the staff side that the matter was earlier taken up with the Ministry of Law & Justice and is now under consideration in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training. It was also stated that in case of eligible candidates, the examination may be conducted without much delay.
In the wake of instructions issued by the CPMG West Bengal, it was agreed to drop the item.
After detailed discussions it was agreed to drop the item.
The issue is under examination by the Postmen Committee, under the Chairpersonship of CGM PLI.
The fact of the matter having been taken up with the Department of Personnel & Training vide letter dated 02.02.2012 was brought to the notice of the staff side.
The staff side was informed that the present cash limits are not so high to provide for the security and further the Circle Heads would be instructed to ensure adherence to the line limits by all concerned. It was also agreed to examine the feasibility of raising line limits and to provide security guards in the Post Offices located in highly sensitive areas. The issue of utilizing services of the bank branches located in the area will also be examined.
It was agreed to reiterate the existing instructions on the subject to all Heads of Circles.
The staff side was informed that the issue is covered by the standing instructions on utilization of surplus manpower and redeployment of posts and therefore, the plea to maintain status quo cannot be approved.