Friday, April 18, 2014

Career Prospects of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants In Department of Posts

Career Prospects of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants In Department of Posts

1. Eligible to be promoted to MACP-1 with grade pay Rs.2800/- and MACP-II with grade pay Rs.4200/- and MACP-III with grade pay of Rs.4600/- on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service respectively as per Modified Assured Career Progression scheme.

2. Eligible to appear for Postmaster Gr.1 examination on completion of 5 years of service. On passing  the above examination they will be appointed as Postmaster (Gr.1) and thereafter will be promoted to the cadre of Postmaster, Gr.II,Gr.III according to eligibility. Those who have satisfactory service record of 5 years in the cadre of Postmaster Gr.I are eligible to appear for Sr. Postmaster(Gr.B) examination and on passing the examination they will be appointed as Sr. Postmaster in Gazetted Head Post offices. Depending upon their performance and eligibility , they can be appointed as Chief Postmaster(Gr.A) in metropolitian cities like Mumbai, Calcutta etc.

3. Eligible to be  promoted to the Supervisory cadre of  LSG (Lower Selection Grade) norm based posts with grade pay of Rs. 2800/- and thereafter to the cadre of HSG-II (Higher Selection Grade) with grade pay of Rs.4200/- and subsequently to  the cadre of  HSG-I with grade pay of Rs.4600/- respectively on completion of requisite period of satisfactory service.

4. Postal Assistants promoted to the LSG Supervisory cadre  on completing 5 years of satisfactory service will be eligible to appear for limited departmental completive examination for selection as Superintendent Postal Service group B directly  and on passing the above examination they could be posted as Head of Postal/RMS Divisions in the cadre of Superintendent and Assistant Director in postal Administrative wings such as Regional, Circle offices and Postal Directorate New Delhi as the case may be.

5. Eligible to appear for Inspector (posts) examination on completion of 5 years of satisfactory service. On passing  the above examination they will be appointed as Inspector (Posts) in Postal/RMS Sub Divisions and thereafter will be promoted to the cadre of Asst. Superintendents in Postal Sub Divisions, Divisional/Regional /Circle offices and Postal Directorate,New Delhi and eligible to be promoted as Superintendents in Postal/RMS Divisions and Asst. Directors  Regional /Circle offices and Postal Directorate,New Delhi according to eligibility. Inspector (Posts) having  5 years of service can directly appear for Postal Service Group B Examinations. Those who have satisfactory service record in the cadre of Superintendent Postal Service Group B are eligible to be promoted in the cadre of Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices /Asst. Postmaster General (Gr. A) and Director of Postal Services etc.  based on their performance.

6. In addition to the  above Graduates working as Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants  (even though not having minimum service) can apply for Combined Graduate level examination  being conducted by Staff selection Commission every year depending upon their eligibility  and choice  can be appointed as Inspector (Posts) under Direct Quota .

7. Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants (who are graduates) working in the Department of Posts  can appear for Civil Service Examination and are eligible to be appointed as  Sr. Superintendent of post Offices directly with promotional prospects  to the cadre of Director of Postal Services, Postmaster General , Chief Postmaster General, Member Postal Service Board, and Director General /Secretary Posts based on their performance and eligibility.

8. Another advantage is relaxation of upper age limit for applying for Government recruitment examination for selection to various officer posts under staff selection commission and Union Public Service Commission. For example, though certain upper age limit has been prescribed for appearing for Combined Graduate level Examination for selection to the posts detailed below, RELAXATION IS ADMISSIBLE TO POSTAL ASSISANTS/SORTING ASSISTANTS AS PER GOVERNMENT ORDERS, AS THEY ARE GOVERNMENT SERVANTS.


The NORMAL AGE LIMIT FOR SELECTION AS : Inspector of Income Tax , Inspector (Central Excise)/ Inspector (Preventive Officer)/ Inspector (Examiner)/ Inspector of Posts-/ Assistant Enforcement Officer /Inspector (CBN) Compiler/ Divisional Accountant/ Auditors/ UDCs /Tax Assistants/ Junior Accountant & Accountant /Sub-Inspector (CBN) :27 years
Statistical Investigator Gr.II:  Not exceeding 26 years
Assistant/Sub Inspector in CBI :27 years

AGE RELAXATION APPLICABLE
For Group “B” posts
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (General/Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service:5 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (OBC))
 who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application 8 (5 +3)years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST)
Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application 10 (5+5) years

For Group “C” posts
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (General/Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application : Upto40 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application Upto 43 years of age

Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST)who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application : Upto 45 years of age

Thanks to
Sri.  A.Sivasankaran,
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Supreme Court Judgement on CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4506 OF 2014: Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year child care leave (CCL)

Supreme Court Judgement on CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4506 OF 2014: Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year child care leave (CCL)
REPORTABLE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
 
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4506 OF 2014
(arising out of SLP (C) No. 33244 of 2012)
KAKALI GHOSH
… APPELLANT

VERSUS

CHIEF SECRETARY,
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR
ADMINISTRATION AND ORS

…RESPONDENTS
J U D G M E N T
Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya, J.
 
Leave granted.
 
2.       This appeal has been  directed  against  the  judgment  dated  18th September, 2012 passed by the High Court of Calcutta, Circuit Bench at  Port Blair.  By the impugned judgment, the Division Bench of  the Calcutta  High Court allowed the writ petition and set aside the judgment and  order  dated 30th April, 2012 passed by the  Central  Administrative  Tribunal  Calcutta, Circuit Bench at Port Blair (hereinafter referred to as, ‘the Tribunal’).
3.       The only question which requires to be determined  in  this  appeal is  whether  a  woman  employee  of  the  Central  Government  can  ask  for uninterrupted 730 days of Child Care Leave (hereinafter referred to as, -
‘the CCL’)  under Rule 43-C of the  Central Civil  Services  (Leave)  Rules, 1972 (hereinafter referred to as, ‘the Rules’).
4.       The appellant initially applied for CCL for six  months  commencing from 5th July, 2011 by her letter dated 16th May, 2011 to take care  of  her son who was in 10th standard.  In her application, she  intimated  that  she is the only person to look after her minor son and her  mother  is  a  heart patient and has not recovered from the shock due to  the  sudden  demise  of her  father;  her  father-in-law  is  almost  bed ridden   and   in   such circumstances, she was not in a position to perform her duties  effectively.  While her application was pending, she was transferred to Campbell  Bay  in Nicobar District (Andaman and Nicobar) where she joined on 06th July,  2011. By her subsequent letter  dated  14th  February,  2012  she  requested  the competent authority to allow her to avail CCL for two years commencing  from 21st May, 2012.  However, the authorities allowed only 45  days  of  CCL  by their Office Order No. 254 dated 16th March, 2012.
5.        Aggrieved  appellant  then  moved  before  the  Tribunal  in  O.A. No.47/A&N/2012 which allowed the application  by  order  dated  30th  April,2012 with following observation:-
“12. Thus O.A. is allowed.  Respondents are  accordingly  directed  to act  strictly  in  accordance  with  DOPT  O.M.  dated  11.9.2008   as amended/clarified on 29.9.2008 and 18.11.2008, granting  her  CCL  for the due period.  No costs.”
6.       The order passed by the  Tribunal  was  challenged  by  respondents before the Calcutta High Court which by impugned judgment  and  order  dated 18th September, 2012 while observing that  leave  cannot  be  claimed  as  a right, held as follows:
                       “It is evident from the provisions of sub r.(3) of r.43-C  of  the rules that CCL  can  be  granted  only  according  to  the  conditions mentioned in the sub-rule, and that one of the conditions is that  CCL shall not be granted for more than three spells in  a  calendar  year. It means that CCL is not to be granted for a  continuous  period,  but only in spells.                       From the provisions of sub r.(3) of r.43-C of the rules it is also evident that a spell of CCL can be for as less as 16 days.  This means that in a given case a person, though  eligible  to  take  CCL  for  a maximum period of 730 days, can be granted CCL in three  spells  in  a calendar year for as less as 48 days.”The High Court further observed:                  “Whether an eligible person should be granted CCL at  all, and, if so, for what period,  are questions  to  be  decided  by  the competent authority; for the person is to  work  in  the  interest  of public service, and  ignoring  public  service  exigencies  that  must prevail over private exigencies  no leave can be granted.”
7.       Learned counsel for the appellant submitted that there  is  no  bar to grant uninterrupted 730 days of CCL under Rule 43-C.  The High Court  was not justified in holding that CCL can  be  granted  in  three  spells  in  a calendar year as less as 48 days at a time.  It was also contended that  the respondents failed to record ground to deny uninterrupted CCL  to  appellant for the rest of the period.
8.       Per contra, according to respondents, Rule  43-C  does  not  permit uninterrupted CCL for 730 days as held by the High Court.
9.       Before we proceed to discuss the merits or otherwise of  the  above contentions, it will be necessary for us to refer the relevant Rule and  the guidelines issued by the Government of India from time to time.
10.      The Government of  India  from  its  Department  of  Personnel  and Training vide O.M. No. 13018/2/2008-Estt. (L)  dated  11th  September,  2008 intimated that CCL can be granted for maximum period of 730 days during  the entire service period to a woman government employee for taking care  of  up
to two children, relevant portion of which reads as follows:
Child Care Leave for 730 days. ***
Women  employees having minor children may be granted Child Care Leave by an authority competent to grant leave, for a  maximum  period of two years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire  service  for  taking care of up to two children, whether for rearing or to look  after  any of their needs like examination, sickness, etc. Child Care Leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen  years  of  age  or  older. During the period of such leave, the women  employees  shall  be  paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before  proceeding  on  leave.  It may be availed of in more than one spell. Child Care  Leave shall not be debited against the leave account.  Child Care Leave  may also be  allowed  for  the  third  year  as  leave  not  due  (without production of medical certificate).  It may be combined with leave of the kind due and admissible.”
11.      It was followed by Circular issued by Government of India from  its Personnel  and Training Department vide O.M.  No. 13018/2/2008-  Estt.  (L), dated   29th September,   2008   by  which    it    was    clarified    that CCL
would  be also admissible to a  woman  government  employee  to  look  after third child below 18 years of age, which is as follows:
 
“(2) Clarifications:-
The question as to whether child care leave  would  be  admissible for the third child below the age of 18 years  and  the  procedure for grant of child care leave have  been  under  consideration  in this Department, and it has now been decided as follows:-
i)      Child  Care  Leave  shall  be  admissible  for  two  eldest surviving children only.
ii)        The leave account for child care leave shall be maintained in the pro forma enclosed, and it shall be kept  along  with  the Service Book of the Government Servant concerned.”
12.      Rule  43-C  was  subsequently  inserted  by  Government  of  India, Department of Personnel and Training, Notification No.  F.No.  11012/1/2009- Estt. (L) dated 1st December, 2009, published  in  G.S.R.  No.  170  in  the Gazette of India dated 5th December, 2009 giving effect from 1st  September, 2008 as quoted below:-
 
“43-C. Child Care Leave
1) A women Government servant having minor children below the  age of eighteen years and who has no earned leave  at  her  credit, may be granted child care leave by an  authority  competent  to grant leave, for a maximum period of two years, i.e.  730  days during the  entire  service  for  taking  care  of  up  to  two children, whether for rearing or to look  after  any  of  their needs like examination, sickness, etc.

2) During the period of child care leave, she shall be paid  leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding  on leave.

3) Child care leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

4)  Notwithstanding  the  requirement  of  production  of  medical certificate contained in sub-rule (1) of Rule  30  or  sub-rule (1) of Rule 31, leave of the kind due and admissible (including commuted leave not exceeding 60 days and leave not due) up to a maximum of one year, if applied for, be granted in continuation with child care leave granted under sub-rule (1).

5) Child care leave may be availed of in more than one spell.

6) Child care  leave  shall  not  be  debited  against  the  leave  account.”
13. On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C, it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children below 18 years can avail CCL for maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children. The care of children is not for rearing the smaller child but also to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. Sub Rule (3) of Rule 43-C allows woman government employee to combine CCL with leave of any other kind. Under Sub Rule (4) of Rule 43- C leave of the kind due and admissible to woman government employee including commuted leave not exceeding 60 days; leave not due up to a maximum of one year, can be applied for and granted in continuation with CCL granted under Sub Rule (1). From plain reading of Sub Rules (3) and (4) of Rule 43-C it is clear that CCL even beyond 730 days can be granted by combining other leave if due. The finding of the High Court is based neither on Rule 43-C nor on guidelines issued by the Central Government. The Tribunal was correct in directing the respondents to act strictly in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government of India and Rule 43-C.
 
14. In the present case, the appellant claimed for 730 days of CCL at a stretch to ensure success of her son in the forthcoming secondary/senior examinations (10th/11th standard). It is not in dispute that son was minor below 18 years of age when she applied for CCL. This is apparent from the fact that the competent authority allowed 45 days of CCL in favour of the appellant. However, no reason has been shown by the competent authority for disallowing rest of the period of leave.
 
15. Leave cannot be claimed as of right as per Rule 7, which reads as follows:
“7. Right to leave 
(1) Leave cannot be claimed as of right.
(2) When the exigencies of public service so require, leave of any kind may be refused or revoked by the authority competent to grant it, but it shall not be open to that authority to alter the kind of leave due and applied for except at the written request of the Government servant.”
However, under Sub-Rule (2) of Rule 7 leave can be refused or revoked by the competent authority in the case of exigencies of public service.
16. In fact, Government of India from its Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Personnel and Training all the time encourage the government employees to take leave regularly, preferably annually by its Circular issued by the Government of India M.H.A.O.M. No. 6/51/60-Ests. (A), dated 25th January, 1961, reiterated vide Government of India letter dated 22/27th March, 2001. As per those circulars where all applications for leave cannot, in the interest of public service, be granted at the same time, the leave sanctioning authority may draw up phased programme for the grant of leave to the applicants by turn with due regard to the principles enunciated under the aforesaid circulars.
 
17. In the present case the respondents have not shown any reason to refuse 730 days continuous leave. The grounds taken by them and as held by High Court cannot be accepted for the reasons mentioned above.
18. For the reasons aforesaid, we set aside the impugned judgment dated 18th September, 2012 passed by the Division Bench of Calcutta High Court, Circuit Bench at Port Blair and affirm the judgment and order dated 30th April, 2012 passed by the Tribunal with a direction to the respondents to comply with the directions issued by the Tribunal within three months from the date of receipt/production of this judgment.
19. The appeal is allowed with aforesaid directions. No costs.
………………………………………………….J.
(SUDHANSU JYOTI MUKHOPADHAYA) 

……………………………………………….J. 
(V. GOPALA GOWDA) 

NEW DELHI, 
APRIL 15, 2014. 
Source: http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/imgs1.aspx?filename=41412

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DOPT- It is as powerful as a magical spell for Central government employees..!

DOPT- It is as powerful as a magical spell for Central government employees..!
Department of Personnel & Training 
(http://www.persmin.gov.in)
 
The Department of Personnel & Training is the coordinating agency of the Central Government in personnel matters, specially in respect of issues concerning recruitment, training, career development and staff welfare.

DOPT- It is as powerful as a magical spell for Central government employees. 
 
This is the powerful department that decides on all the service-related issues of the Central Government employees. One of the important duties of the department is to resolve all the problems and issues faced by Central Government offices all over the country.
 
The Department of Personnel & Training, under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is the coordinating agency of the Central Government in personnel matters, specially in respect of issues concerning recruitment, training, career development and employees welfare.
 
Four-five years ago, the Dopt’s website was not regular in updating and releasing all the relevant Government Orders. But, things have changed now and, along with timely updates, the website has also become a very reliable forum to clear doubts.
 
We have made it a habit to publish the orders to the knowledge of all Central Government employees as soon as DOPT releases them.
 
DOPT is the coordinating agency that has the power to decide the fate of Central Government employees. 

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7TH PAY COMMISSION IS YET TO BE ALLOTTED WITH AN OFFICE SPACE – NON AVAILABLITY CERTIFICATE CALLED FOR

7TH PAY COMMISSION IS YET TO BE ALLOTTED WITH AN OFFICE SPACE – NON AVAILABLITY CERTIFICATE CALLED FOR

Readers must be aware decision to constitute 7th Pay Commission was taken by Government in the month of September 2013. And in the month of February 2014 Prime Minister approved the formation of 7th pay commission. In the same month, Chariman of 7th Pay Commission and other members were appointed.
At the end of February 2014, terms of reference was approved by Cabinet and later in the month of March 2014 7th pay commission terms of reference was notified by Government.

As per the news item reported in Indian Express, 7th Pay commission is yet to be allotted with an office space. It was also reported that since there is no adequate space available at Delhi Ministry of Urban Development could allot required office space to 7th Pay Commission. Presently, the Chairman of 7th Pay Commission has requested Government to issued Non-Availability Certificate so that Commission can look for a private property to accomodate the office of 7th Pay Commission

Source : Indian Express

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DA from Jan, 2014 @ 100% to Gramin Dak Sevaks: DoP Order

 DA from Jan, 2014 @ 100% to Gramin Dak Sevaks: DoP Order

 No. 14-01/2011-PAP

Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)/P.A.P. Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi — 110 001.
Dated 16th April, 2014.
To,
All Chief Postmaster General
All G.Ms. (PAF)/Directors of Accounts (Posts).

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.01.2014 onwards — reg.

Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance, with effect from 1st January, 2014 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure's O.M. No. 1/1/2014-E-I1 (B) dated27.03.2014, duly endorsed vide this Department's letter No. 8-1/2012-PAP (Pt.) dated 28.3.2014, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.01.2014. It has, therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90% to 100% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from the 1st January, 2014.


2.    The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.

3.    The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head "Salaries" under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4.    This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No98/FA/2014-CS dated 16/04/2014.

(Shankar Prasad)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

Source: NFPE

Central Government women employees can get 730 days leave for child care: Supreme Court

Central Government women employees can get 730 days leave for child care: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a woman employee of central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for child care, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. A bench of justices SJ Mukhopadhaya and V Gopala Gowda set aside the order of Calcutta High Court which had held that Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules do not permit uninterrupted CCL(Child Care Leave) for 730 days.

“On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C, it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children below 18 years can avail CCL for maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children. The care of children is not for rearing the smaller child but also to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc,” the bench said.

It said that CCL even beyond 730 days can be granted by combining other leave if due and the finding of the High Court was based neither on Rule 43-C nor on guidelines issued by the central government. The court passed the order on a petition filed by a woman government employee Kakali Ghosh challenging government’s decision not to grant her leave of 730 for preparing her son for secondary/senior examinations.
She had first approached Central Administrative Tribunal Calcutta for getting leave. The tribunal had ordered in her favour but the High Court reversed the order after which she moved the apex court.

The apex court set aside the High Court’s order. “We set aside the impugned judgement dated September 18, 2012 passed by the Division Bench of Calcutta High Court, Circuit Bench at Port Blair and affirm the judgement and order dated April 30, 2012 passed by the Tribunal with a direction to the respondents to comply with the directions issued by the Tribunal within three months from the date of receipt/ production of this judgement,” it said.

Source: www.ibnlive.in.com
via: Central Government News

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