Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Department issued letter on Filling up of the vacancies of Postal Assistant I Sorting -Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 and 2010 by direct recruitment.

Department issued letter on Filling up of the vacancies of Postal Assistant I Sorting -Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 and 2010 by direct recruitment.


The selections as per the following time-line:


i)              Issue Advertisement / circulation of the vacancies.   8th November 2010.


(ii)     Last date for receipt of the applications.       8th December, 2010.


(iii)    Holding of written examination and}

Completion of Computer Test }                    9th January, 2011.


(iv)    Declaration of final result / select list           15th January, 2011.




General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Friday, October 22, 2010


No.GDS/CHQ/1/5/2010                                                                                             Dated 22-10-2010



All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries,

All CWC Members, A.I.P.E.D.E.U.     


Subject:- Union Building fund and legal fund.


Dear Comrades,


          Please lend your attention and think over. You will kindly agree that the CHQ constantly struggles for the uplift and betterment of the service conditions of its members- the entire GDS fraternity of the Gramin Dak Sevaks so to say. Our endeavour has been to ensure better prospects and better life for the Gramin Dak Sevaks. On the other hand the powers-that-be dole out small benefits and often by snatching the existing benefits in lieu of the new benefit. But the sole intension of these powers has been to divert the efforts from our main objective of 'departmentalisation'. This all, despite several legal pronouncements and every time they would be reminding us of our status and slowly but constantly changing certain terminologies or rules to blunt the edge of our demand. Such efforts need to be fought both organizationally and legally.


We congratulate our members for the massive way in which they have responded to the reverification which  has ensured that this union emerges as the sole recognized union. But certain moves by certain quarters provide sufficient reasons for apprehension that there is something hanky-panky going on. While we have emerged as the biggest and with largest percentage as the winners as only union elible for recognition our union has been discriminately singled out and issue of recognition has been withheld on some very clumsy and untenable excuses. We make it clear that we are not there for accepting such move and we are ready to fight it on all fronts. Yet again certain retrograde orders have been issued like the bonus orders to reverse the well-established practice and convention. The enhanced Security bonds and recovery of premia for five year block is yet another issue where GDS employees are crudely discriminated against. There are many such moves. And all this in the name recommendations of Sri Natraja Murti Committee. We fail to understand as to what is special in these recommendations of one single ex-bureaucrat. While other recommendations right from Madan Kishore Report to the report of Justice Talwar Committee have been treated differently.


Comrades, do you not feel that the moves that are initated and being slowly implemented need to be nipped in the bud? Do you not agree that ours is a union which is committed to the well bing of the GDS employees without being influenced by extraneous considerations? The answer is an authentic 'yes' and in that case we need to receive more assertive response.


We are constrained by two factors-(i) We are not receiving funds both in shape of regular quota and in shape of special collection; and (ii) we are not having our own union building despite such a big membership. In order to make it easy for us to move forward we had made a passionate appeal for special donation towards union building fund and legal fund so that we could resort to all avenues available to us. But the response has been very cold and lukewarm at the best. We had requested that one-time collection of Rs.200/- per member should be raised and remitted to the CHQ. You your self may look within and find the answer what has been the response.


We are still confident that our faith in our members, activists, Divisional/Branch Secretaries and Circle Secretaries is not misplaced that they will raise the donation and send the same to the CHQ in the interest of the organization, in the interest of the members and in the interest of the entire GDS employees.


Let our confidence fructify. Let the donations come forward in big way. We on our part

Reassure redoubled efforts.


          With, Pooja and Diwali greetings,


                                                                                                    Yours fraternally,


                                                                                                 (S.S Mahadevaiah)

                                                                                                   General Secretary

Letter to Govt.


GDS/CHQ/41/1/2010                                                                 Dated: 18-10-2010


Ms. Radhika Duraisamy,
Department of Posts, New Delhi-110001


Subject:-  Implementation of Recommendations of one-man Committee on Gramin Dak Sevaks-Revision of Security to be furnished by Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Ref:           Yours office letter No.6-18/2010-PEII dated 7.05.2010

The orders issued vide your office letter under reference are too harsh and deal a deadly blow to the GDS employees in the month in which the premia as per the revised amount of security bonds and periodicity are to be recovered. You will kindly agree that no scheme should be introduced or implemented which acts like an indirect punishment on the employees-especially the low paid GDS employees.
2.        Due to steep hike in the amount of the S. Bonds, the amount of premia naturally increases proportionately and the recovery of he premia for a five year book would mean recovery of a sufficient amount from the pay of the ED employees. Before we discuss in detail the other shortcomings of the newly introduced scheme, we would place before you the following factual facts for your consideration:
(i)        The departmental employees who handle much more cash and valuables than the GDS employees are not called upon to furnish S.Bonds save, of course, treasures who are paid cash handling allowance in addition to the normal Pay and allowances. These departmental employees are not called upon to possess any landed property as a Condition of appointment. In case of GDS employees, especially BPM/SPMs they are required have landed property in their own names. The idea is that in case of any loss/fraud, the amount of loss can he recovered by getting issue of distress warrant from the value of the landed property. This is a sufficient security. Then there is no need for another security. We very sincerely feel what there is no ground that-so-ever for suspecting the integrity and honesty of the GDS employees in a quite discriminate manner.

(ii)       Secondly and more importantly to our knowledge there has not been a single case where the guarantor, be it bank or cooperative society has ever been called upon to make good the amount of bond and the amount of losses are recovered from other employees charged with contributory negligence such employees may be departmental employees or GDS employees. Then the question is why recover the permia of S.Bond from the GDS employees to fill the coffers of the banks or cooperative societies-such societies in most case donot cater to any need of the GDS employees.


Hence there is no need for getting S.Bond selectively from the GDS employees and this has got to be stopped


3.        Now coming the newly introduced block of 5 years. This is most irregular and calous. How can the department guarantee that the GDS will not be promoted to departmental Post within the given period. More over, if God forbid, the employee expires or resigns for some reason within the 5 year period, what can justify the recovery of premia for the period he will not be in service. This scheme is most impracticable and harsh and has got to be withdrawn forth with.

         In view of what has been explained above, there is no need of obtaining fidelity bond selectively form the GDS employees and especially when not even in a single case, the guarantor has paid the amount of S.Bond in case of loss,

The scheme has to be withdrawn lock stock and barrel.

                                                                                                                     Yours faithfully,


                                                                                                                  (S.S Mahadevaiah)

                                                                                                                    General Secretary


GDS/CHQ/41/1/2010                                                                    Dated: 18-10-2010


The Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, New Delhi-110001


Subject: - EDA(RA) Rules 1995-Reverification of membership of Association procedure regarding.

Ref:              Your officer letter No.13/2/2010-SR dated 29.09.2010


         The clarification issued vide the letter under reference does not allay our apprehensions. The moot points remains to be answered which are:-

(i)        The reference has been made in your office letter No.13/02/2010-SR dated 6.09.2010 to DOP&T letter No. 2/2/1994-JCA dated 22.04.1994 while the Recognition Rules for ED employees were issued on 27.04.1995- a year later. It is unconceivable how these instructions relate to ED union which was not there on the date. More over, these instructions relate to the departmental employees. We donot understand this why this union was singled out for fresh information while recognition letters in respect of other unions were issued though these instructions were applicable in their case only.

(ii)       The same instructions were issued for reverification of membership in respect of departmental employees which was to be applied matatis mundatis in respect of GDS employees also. In the instructions it was clearly mentioned that the verification should be in respect of employees (and not Posts). Then what prompted information to be sought is any body's guess. The question that disturbs us is why fresh information were sought for in case of the GDS employees union only is and not in respect of other unions. Our apprehension of discrimination is well founded and creates much confusion in the minds of the members. It is high time that this apprehension is cleared without any further delay.


We, therefore, request you kindly to issue the recognition letter forthwith so that the clouds of apprehensions are cleared.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Letter from Department on Introduction of Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SOBS) for Gramin Dak Sevaks

No.6-11 /2010 -PE-II Government of India Ministry of Communications & IT,Department of Posts (Establishment Division)Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street,New Delhi - 110001. Dated 4-10-201

General Secretary,

All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union,

Padam Singh Nagar PO Building.

Delhi 110007


Sub:-   Introduction of Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SOBS) for Gramin Oak Sevaks


I am directed to refer to your letter no. GDS/CHQ/41 /1/2010(ii) dated,23-09­2010 and 24-09-2010 on the above mentioned subject.


3.         This issues have been examined.


3.1       One-man Committee headed by Shri R.S. Nataraja Murti recommended for introduction of a Discharge Benefit Scheme on annuity basis and his recommendation was for contributing Rs.200 for each Gramin Dak Sevaks and these contributions have to be annuitised for payment of some benefit. He recommended for managing this scheme either through PLI Directorate or through PFRDA. It was clearly recommended that the existing Gramin Dak Sevaks will be provided an option either to switch over to the new Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) or to retain the payment of Severance Amount Scheme and that for new incumbents, it will be mandatory to join the Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS). The financial implication on account of introduction was also projected as the difference of revised severance amount payable for every continuous year of service and the contribution of Rs.200 per month. Obviously, the Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) is in lieu of severance amount and however the existing working Gramin Dak Sevaks are provided the option as indicated above. Further the existing scheme of payment of ex-gratia gratuity remains undisturbed. Even the employees working in private sector are covered by EPF and gratuity, and there is no third benefit component. Therefore, at this stage, it is not feasible to change the structure and make it in addition to Severance Amount

3.2       Gramin Dak Sevaks are not covered by the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 and they are covered by separate set of Conduct and Employment Rules formulated in 2001. According to Rule 9, there are 6 punishments that can be imposed on Gramin Dak Sevaks for good and sufficient reasons. The 'discharge' does not constitute a punishment. Even for departmental officials, there is no such penalty of discharge as specified in Rule 11 of Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965.


The original order issued for grant of Ex-gratia gratuity, it was stated that the ED Agents whose services are terminated otherwise than on (i) for unsatisfactory work or (ii) as a measure of Disciplinary action or (iii) in consequence of their being appointed in a regular post, may be sanctioned ex-gratia gratuity provided that they have not put in less than 10 years of continuous satisfactory service as Gramin Dak Sevaks. Even in the communications sent to Circles, the word 'exit' was used withdrawal from the Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) either after attaining the age of 58 years or at the time of discharge from service. It may not be worthwhile to change the nomenclature at this stage and it does not construe that discharge means removal or dismissal on punishment. Every care has been taken to ensure that discharge means on attaining the age of 65 years. The word 'retirement' cannot be used since the Gramin Dak Sevaks are not covered by CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and not eligible for pension scheme. It is further stated that the SDBS is run on the platform of New Pensions Scheme - LITE. Therefore, the word 'Discharge Benefit' does not

reflect any negative or ignominious accent as contended.


3.3.      Your objection in endorsing the copy to GS, NUGDS is found to be unwarranted. Though it may not be a recognised union under GDS RSA Rules 1995 still that union commands a sizable chunk of Gramin Dak Sevaks. The scheme being a welfare one, the intention of the Department was to make it known to all so that a wide publicity is given for active participation in the scheme. Your allegation that, some sort of legitimacy is being given to one particular union is denied and no such preference given to any particular union and the intention was only for giving wide publicity.


3.4       No such assurance what so ever was given for having a formal meeting. The GS and his team were called on 16-8-2010 and highlighted the salient features of the scheme, which was formulated on discussions with Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). There is no need felt for issuing minutes for an informal meeting. Since the scheme has been approved and in the stage of implementation, there may not be any need for a formal meeting at this stage  


3.5      Service Discharge Benefit Scheme(SDBS) is proposed to be organised on the lines pf NPS­-Lite platform through Pension Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). The provisions made for subscriber in the event of death in NPS lite is being adopted for Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) also. The suggestion for allowing the nominee for purchase of annuity from any life insurance company authorised by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) is not as per offer document under new pension system. However the nominee can subscribe individually after following due KYC procedure. The department has no authority to change the distinctive feature of the scheme.


3.6       The crediting of severance amount at Rs.1500 for every completed year of service to the accumulations is in respect of such Gramin Dak Sevaks who have opted to join this scheme and it will be admissible only to such Gramin Dak Sevaks who die while in service or demit office, after attaining the age of 65 years. If the advance credit is made, there is no guarantee that every opted Gramin Dak Sevak will continue as Gramin Dak Sevak till his discharge and many happenings may occur like absorption in the departmental post, removal/dismissal in consequence of disciplinary proceedings. That being the position, the Department cannot take risk of making severance amount credit in the beginning it self as it will involve huge financial implication.


3.7       Your suggestion for reckoning a period of more than 6 months as completed year of service cannot be considered since there is no such provision made in the severance amount rules framed in 1998 and it was stated as completed year of service. Rounding of such period is admissible under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. Gramin Dak Sevaks not being covered by the said rules, they are not eligible for such benefit.     


3.8.      The Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) is being on the lines of NPS platform and the provisions of NPS are strictly followed here also. The GDS who exits after attaining the age of 58 years, he is deemed to have gone out of the scheme voluntarily and therefore the Government has no liability for making contribution for the balance period. There is no such provision for part-final withdrawal under new pension scheme.


3.9.      The Department Of Posts Has Given An Assurance To The Parliament Standing Committing on Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for implementation of this scheme. Therefore, the time frame is set for various course of action.

3.10     As per NPS-Lite scheme, the Department has the discretion for deciding the mode of investment and as per the PFRDA 85% of the accumulations will be invested in securities and 15% in equities

3.11    The minimum period of one year qualifying service is providing for joining the scheme in order to avoid any exclusions even before completion of one year. In respect of regular departmental employees also, they are made eligible for General Provident Fund after rendering one year service. In respect of GDS. having a short span of service cannot accumulate more amounts and may not be able to purchase required annuity for providing benefits. Therefore, it was provided that Gramin Dak Sevaks having less than 3 years' service, are not allowed to become members of this scheme


4.          The recommendations of One man Committee has been formulated after obtaining the approval of the Nodal Ministry and Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) which is the apex body of the government for organizing new pension scheme. The Department has therefore no authority to alter distinctive features of the scheme.


5.            This issues with the approval of Competent Authority



                 (K.Rameswara Rao)

Asst. Director General (Estt)

General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Monday, October 18, 2010

IndiaPost gets IRDA nod to sell insurance policies

IndiaPost gets IRDA nod to sell insurance policies
 India's largest distribution network with 1.55 lakh offices has been thrown open to the insurance industry with the industry regulator allowing India Post to sell policies of multiple insurance companies.

This opens a new distribution channel for insurers who have been desperately trying to poach bank distributors from rivals to increase their reach.

Insurers now expect a battle for prime circles, given that the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has limited the number of companies that each postal circle can tie up with.

The revised guidelines allow each of the 22 circles of Indiapost to act as a corporate agent of two non-life insurers, two life insurance companies, one agricultural insurance company and one stand alone health insurance company. The regulator has however barred IndiaPost from selling customer data to insurance companies under some referral arrangement.

In its revised guidelines released last week, IRDA said, "Each circle of India post should be treated as a separate unit in order to grant independent corporate agent licence with various insurers.

However the Head of 'Circle' may approach IRDA for prior approval of further division in the 'Circle' as separate units, in the case of metropolitan areas, to obtain licence to act as corporate agent, in view of the large population under the circle," said IRDA in its circular.

IRDA has said that the head of the circle would be deemed to be the corporate insurance executive (CIE) — the key executive responsible for all insurance agency dealings.

"Also, all the permanent employees of the India Post having an educational qualification of 10+2 or equivalent shall be deemed to be complying with the relevant provisions regarding requirements of minimum educational qualification, training and examinations prescribed for 'Specified Persons'.

In this regard, India Post shall take necessary steps to impart required training to its permanent employees to be designated as 'Specified Persons' within a period of one year from commencement of corporate agency, IRDA said.
Corporate agency guidelines prevent banks from selling products of two competing firms.

Given the limited number of banks, insurance companies have been struggling to find low-cost institutional distributors with a pan-India reach.

The dispensation will also give the department of posts a new revenue stream. The postal department which had ambitions of becoming major distributors of financial products stopped selling mutual funds of most companies after a ban on front-loads resulted in commissions disappearing.


The Economic Times, New Delhi, 18th October, 2010

Please send your comment to CHQ

General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Friday, October 15, 2010

Recent orders/Ciculars on GDS

Recent orders on GDS

Modified instructions on Recruitment of GDS through Employment Exchange - Clarification of term "Effective No. of Candidates"

Attention of all concerned is invited to Para 3 of this Dte Order No. 19-4 / 97-ED & Trg Dt 19.08.98 which provided that "in case the notification and public advertisement so issued fail to elicit any response within the stipulated date or if the effective number of candidates applied for the post is less than 3, the vacancies will be re-notified to the Employment Exchange & fresh advertisement issued calling for nominations etc within 15 days"

2. The term "effective No. of candidates / applications" has undergone judicial scrutiny by CAT, Hyderabad in OA No. 516 / 2009 in the matter of Shri.Chennuri Raju vs Union of India & relying on judgment of High Court of Madras in WP No. 22500 & 20422 / 1999 in similar case CAT, Hyderabad has held in its judgment on 15.06.10 that "three effective applications mean three applications should be received and even if one of the candidates amongst the three applicants is eligible, the selection should be finalized"

3. The issue has been considered in this Dte in the light of the aforesaid judgment and I am directed to convey that term "effective No. of Candidates" finding a mention in the order of this Dte ibid may be interpreted to mean that three applications from the different candidates should be received and even if one of the candidates amongst the three applicants is found eligible, the selection should be finalized in conformity with the interpretation as referred to in Para 2 above.

DG (P) Letter No: 19-27 / 2010-GDS Dt. 07.10.10.




D.G. Posts No. 6-11/2009-PE-II dated 30.09.2010.


            I am directed to refer to this office letter of even no. dated 01.09.2010, on the above mentioned subject.


2.         A specific time frame on course of action to be taken was indicated in the above said letter for action by the Divisional Heads and Director of Accounts Postal. The time frame set was:



Course of action

Time-frame by which action to be completed.


Collection of Option from Gramin Dak Sevaks & Obtaining applications from willing Gramin Dak Sevaks to join Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBs)



Dispatch of applications obtained from Gramin Dak sevaks to the concerned facilitation centres of Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) by Divisional Offices.



Dispatch of applications in from NL-CC by Divisional heads to concerned DA(P)



Dispatch of completed and authorized NL-CC applications and NL-AO applications to Directorate by Director of Accounts Postal.



3.         The Directorate has not received response from any Circle so far. The acknowledgement for the communication dated 01.09.2010 was received from Gujarat, MP, Orissa, and UP Circle only.


4.         The applications of Divisional  Heads for registration as Collection Centres are supposed to be sent to concerned DAPs for counter signature and onwards submission to Directorate by 25.09.2010.No DAP in the country has so far sent the applications for registration as Collection Centres and Accounts Offices. This is a time bound issue on which the Department has given an assurance to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Information and Technology.


5.         The Circles Heads are requested to expedite submission of the applications of concerned Divisional Heads for registration as Collection Centres and also that concerned DAPs for registration as Accounts Offices to reach Directorate immediately for submission and Development Authority (PFRDA).


6.         Action is required to be for obtaining the options and applications of Gramin Dak Sevaks and their submission to concerned Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) facilitation centre for issue of digitized smart cards. The applications have to be forwarded to concerned Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) by 10.10.2010 along with the details of GDS opting for the scheme in the prescribed proforma.


7.         The Circle Heads are requested to send compliance on para 5 and 6 immediately for submitting the position to Secretary (Posts).



(A.K. Sharma)

Deputy Director General(Estt.)


    Do Letter by  A.K. Sharma,Dy. Director General (Establishment Branch)Government of India, Department of Posts,Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

D.O.No.6-31/2010-PE-II                              Dated: 11th October, 2010


Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh/ Assam/ Bihar/ chhatisgarh/ Delhi/ J&K/ Jharkdhand/ Kerala/ MP/ Maharashtra/ North East/ Tamil Nadu/ Uttar Pradesh/ West Bengal

Dear Shri


          Kindly refer to Directorate letter of even no. dated 17-08-2010 on the issue of payment of severance amount to the Gramin Dak Sevaks on absorption in a Departmental post on regular basis.


2.        The Department is examining a proposal of severance amount of GDS on their absorption in the Departmental posts after rendering 10 years of continuous service as Gramin Dak Sevaks. In order to assess the financial implications, Heads of Circle were requested to furnish the information of the implications, Heads of Circle were requested to furnish the information of the number of such Grmain Dak Sevaks absorbed against Departmental posts from year 2006 to 2010 calendar year-wise.


3.        I shall be grateful if you could kindly look into the matter and send the desired information as per the prescribed format expeditiously.


        With warm regards,   

                                                                                Yours sincerely





Copy to:- Shri S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, All India Postal Extra departmental Employees Union, Delhi-110007 for information w.r.t. his letter no.GDS/CHQ/41/1/2009


                                                                        (K.Rameswara Rao)

                                                                Asst. Director General (Estt)

General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Wednesday, October 13, 2010




No. 17-23/2010-GDS

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(GDS Section)


                                                                Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001


                                                                        Dated: 07 Oct 2010

Chief Postmaster General

Uttrakhand Circle





        This has the reference to your letter No. WLF/4-2/Ch. I dated 16.09.2010 on the subject cited above.


2.        Attention is invited to DG Instruction No. 1 below Rule 6 of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Employment) Rules, 2001; wherein the term 'Continuous Service' has been defined as "continuous service rendered in any capacity as an ED agent (GDS)" for the purpose of ex-gratia gratuity. Apart from this, Severance amount admissible on discharge is also based on continuous service rendered as Gramin Dak Sevak.


2.        The issue of manner of counting of 'Continuous Service' for the above purposes in respect of Gramin Dak Sevaks in general engaged in seasonal branch post offices authorized to function only in the prescribed part/period every year has been considered in this Directorate and I am directed to clarify that within the meaning of this provision, "the period during which the GDS performed his duties and TRCA drawn against the post ignoring the spells of each year during which the branch post office was not allowed to function" is to be reckoned as continuous service for the purpose of arriving the amount payable under ex-gratia gratuity and severance amount in such case.


(Surender Kumar)

Assistant Director General (GDS)



General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union