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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Revision of foreign postage rates of letter post items with effect from 1.09.2016

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Silk postal cover to honour Mother Teresa

To make Mother Teresa's canonization special,India Post will release a silk postal cover - a first of its kind - on September 1, just three days ahead of the big event.

"As far as I know, such a silk postal cover has never been released in India. When we received the proposal, we thought it was a nice way to commemorate the historic occasion," said Polly Sarkar, deputy assistant director, philately, General Post Office(GPO).

Initially, the plan was the release the cover from the Entally post office. However, the decision might change, said Sarkar. "We are expecting a huge crowd. Hence, it might be prudent to host the event at the GPO, which is also a heritage building," she added. The cover will be released by the chief post master general.

Well-known philatelist Alok K Goyal, who is also the designer of the postal cover, has already procured the silk paper from germany. "The cover will have a motif of Mother and a child. Along with that, it will also have Kolkata's skyline. Other guests of honour will include principal of Loreto College Christine Coutinho," Goyal said. A maximum of 1,200 postal covers are being designed for the occasion, each of which will be priced at Rs 250.

Incidentally, eBay also sells silk first day covers of Mother Teresa. On September 5, 2010, a stamp was issued in honour of Mother from Washington DC. That First Day Cover has an envelope with the new stamp. The full-colour cachet (artwork on the envelope) features a photo portrait of Mother Teresa and the caption 'Peace begins with a smile - Mother Teresa'. The picture is printed on silk, the lustre lending an almost three-dimensional quality to the artwork. It is surrounded by an embossed gold border. Each of this first day cover is priced at US$21.95.

However, the India Post cover will be something different. "While the eBay cover has printed just the portrait on silk, our entire cover is made of silk. In 2010, the Indian government had issued a commemorative coin to mark the centenary of Mother Teresa. We will insert that Rs 5 coin of Mother Teresa on the cover as well. Usually, such silk covers are common in China. This is the first time we are attempting such a thing in India," Goyal concluded.

Source:-The Times of India

CHQ News:- Filing of Contempt i/c/w Grade Pay of Inspector Posts w.e.f 01.01.2006 in OA No. 289/2013

As everyone knows that Ministry of Finance has not taken any action so far for up-gradation of Grade Pay of Inspector Posts from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- w.e.f 01.01.2006, even after the specific order by Hon’ble CAT Ernakulum Bench in OA No. 289/2013 vide judgment dated 16.10.2015.

Now, we have no other option but to file contempt case against the inaction by Ministry of Finance. The matter has already been discussed with our counsel for filing of contempt in the first week of September 2016. CHQ will bear all the expenses of contempt case. Draft of contempt case is at final stage of finalization.

          Therefore, CHQ is expecting donations voluntarily from members and track-in-viewers to make the CHQ fund position healthy for its proper utilization as Court/CAT cases.

Views of Odisha Circle:-

At the time of filing of OA No.289/2013, most of the Circles had contributed financially towards the expenditure borne by the CHQ. Odisha Circle had also contributed Rs.10,000/- for the same. For filing the contempt, Circle branches can now also assist the CHQ financially. There is no disagreement that the fund position of the CHQ should be healthy to meet the unforeseen expenditures as and when required. But the Circle branches of the Association should not be free from the accountability of contributing to the CHQ.

Odisha Circle Branch Association is always contributing the due CHQ Quota of the subscription collected from the members regularly and, therefore, it is not encouraging its members for direct contribution to CHQ. There is also a growing demand from the members to conduct All India Conference in Odisha as the last All India conference was held at Bhubaneswar during the year-2002. A decision will be taken in the CWC at Puri scheduled to be held on 04-09-2016 to raise funds of the Association by way of special donation from its members.

Towards legal expenses for upgradation of Grade Pay of IPs to Rs.4,600/-, Odisha Circle Branch Association will contribute its share to the CHQ as per the necessity.      

CHQ News..... GS visited Directorate on 22/08/2016

Vilas Ingale, General Secretary visited Postal Directorate on 22/8/2016. He was accompanied by Shri Yadagiri G. Nyalapelli CHQ Treasurer, Shri Roop Chand President Delhi Circle Branch, Shri P. Ajit Kumar AGS-I and Shri Permanand ASP (PG) Postal Directorate. Team met with Director General, Member (P) and other senior officers in the Postal Directorate and discussed the following issues. It was assured and told by all officers that Directorate is looking into these issues and few of them are at final stage of settlement. Letters on pending issues handed over personally to DG and Member (P).

Issue of combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre since 2003 onwards.
Holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17.
Issue of revised Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS.
Holding of PS Gr. B Examination for the year 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Inter Circle Rule 38 transfer cases of Inspector Posts cadre.
Holding of periodical meeting with Hon’ble Secretary (Posts).
Completion of appointment formalities of candidates nominated by Staff Selection Commission for appointment as Inspector Posts 2014.
Vigilance enquiry in the death case of Ms Mohini Gupta Ex-ASP Ajmer (Rajasthan).
A)   PS Gr. B examination will be held before 31st December 2016. Directorate is yet not finalised vendor to conduct examination ‘ON LINE’. So examination is expected like previous one only and our circle / regional departmental officers will conduct. There will be (expected) only one examination for the entire vacancies of 2013 to 2016. Eligibility criteria for appearing in each year’s examination will be different and result will be declared year wise vacancies. Inspector Post Examination will there and that will be before PS Gr. B examination. Notification is expected soon.

B)   Revised recruitment rules of Assistant Manager MMS is said to be sent to Nodal Ministry for approval.

C)  For holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17, Directorate has already directed all Circles to keep the information ready. Only Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh circle has reported that their information is ready and waiting for the allotment of slot for submission of information by hand.As there was no response from remaining circles to Directorates letter dated 5/7/2016,reminder was issued on 22/8/2016 with a request to send required information by return of email. The information of 5 officers (who selected in regular DPC for the year 2015-16 vide memo No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 10/11/2015) about their date of joining B cadre  is not reported by concerned circle to Postal Directorate despite series of reminders through email. Similarly, date of joining of 4 officers selected in supplementary DPC under Memo No. 9-02/2015(I)-SPG dated 9-6-2016 is also required at Directorate for updation of record and calculation of vacancies for ensuring DPC. GS has posted the details of these officers posted on this blog on 23/8/2016 with a request to ensure submission of information at once.

D)  Cadre restructuring issue also discussed and some inputs gathered which will help the Association at the time of finalisation of proposal at ensuing CWC.

E)   Directorate is working on representations received from IPs in connection with objection on gradation list of Inspector Posts 2001 and 2002. After finalization of these two years gradation list, remaining years gradation lists will be circulated.

F) JTS DPC file for the year 2016-17 is still at Directorate. After implementation of revised RRs of IPoS Gr.A cadre (which was circulated under memo No.4-10/2013-SPG dated 11th December 2014), some technical problems arised in calculation of correct vacancies. As on date 156 JTS Gr. A offices are available (working) against the sanction strength 151. To resolve this issue, the result of DPC of STS Gr. A cadre is expected by the end of this week. Nearly 20 to 22 officers are likely to be promoted to STS and technical resignation of 3 STS Officers is under process of acceptance and thereafter JTS DPC file with correct vacancy position is said to be submitted to UPSC.

   Full support and co-operation was found extended by the officers  of Directorate to CHQ team. CHQ thanks to all.

CHQ News:- Circle Conference : Bihar Circle

39th Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, Bihar Circle Branch and 23rd Biennial Circle Conference of Postal Officers' Association (India) Bihar Circle Branch were held on 21/8/2016 at Patna. Combined 'Open Session' of both  Associations held under one roof. Shri Rajiv Kumar made hat-trick for the post of Circle Secretary.  GS and CHQ Treasurer attend the conference. 

Following office bearers are elected for next two years. 

President           : Shri Nirmal Kumar Srivastava, ASP, Kishanganj, Purnia.

Circle Secretary : Shri Rajiv Kumar, ASP East Sub Division, Hajipur (Mobile No. 09431239170). 

Treasurer       : Shri Praveen Prasoon, IP North Sub Division, Muzaffarpur (Mobile No. 09472874007)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CHQ News:- Circle Conference : Punjab Circle

39th Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent Posts, Punjab Circle was held on 24.07.2016 at Chandigarh GPO Building and following office bearers of the association were elected:

President             : Sh Narinder Singh, ASP Faridkot Sub Division, Faridkot.
Circle Secretary  : Shri Balbir Singh, Manager, NSH Chandigarh.
Treasurer             : Shri Gaurav Nagi, IP (MOD), o/o CPMG, Punjab Circle, Chandigarh.

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