NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
ALL INDIA POSTAL CIVIL WING EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
( Central Head Quarters ) P.No.04024556664/9490155999
Sujay Bhattacharya, Flat No.206,
President Vishwa Priya Ravula Plaza,
S. A. Raheem, Prashanth Nager, Malakpet
General Secretary Hyderabad-500036.
No.GS/PCWEA/2011 / 9 Dated 8th February 2011
Smt. Radhika Doraiswamy,
Department of Post,
New Delhi -110001.
Sub: Request for up gradation of Grade Pay in respect of Head Clerks and Office
Superintendents on par with the CPWD – reg.
Ref: Directorate Office Memorandum No.4-13/2010-CWP/28 dated 28-1-11
It is submitted with due regards that as your good office is aware that till recent times there was no association / union recognized in Postal Civil Wing and the problems of Postal Civil Wing employees were unrepresented and unheard, because of which they were not attended and given due importance. For instance, the 5th CPC recommended the pay scale of Rs. 5000 - 8000 to Head Clerks and accepted by all the Central Government Departments and implemented from 1-1-1996 where as in Postal Civil Wing orders have been issued only after the resolution passed by our association in the All India Conference held on 12-12-2010 and sent to the Directorate. It is brought to the notice of the eminent secretary of the department that in none of the similarly situated department s like CPWD and All India Radio Construction wing the designation of the Head Clerks has been changed as Assistants as is done in our department vide orders under reference, because the Head Clerks have been doing the supervisory duties and were having the support of sufficient staff working in the Correspondence Branch in Postal Civil/Electrical Divisions. It is not understood the reasons behind the re-designating the Head Clerks as Assistants in the Civil Wing of our Department unlike other similarly situated departments.
The organizational set up of Civil Wing is entirely different from other non secretariat organizations. Office procedures, duties of staff and officers, distribution of work, execution of works, following of specifications and every procedure of Postal Civil Wing is alike CPWD. In particular the working pattern of staff in Postal Civil wing is similar to that of CPWD and distribution of work among staff in Postal Civil wing is as per CPWD. In fact the then P&T Civil Wing has born from CPWD. The Ministerial cadre of Civil Wing comprises of two supervisory posts namely Head Clerk and Office Superintendent in the Pre-revised scales of Rs. 5000 - 8000 and Rs. 5500 – 9000 respectively.
The 5th CPC while evaluating the duties and responsibilities attached to the post of Office Superintendents in CPWD and sewhere in Para 89.29 of its report has acknowledged that the duties and responsibilities attached to the post of Office Superintendents in CPWD are arduous and different in nature of job responsibilities. Similarly the responsibilities of Head Clerks of Postal Civil Wing are also arduous and different in nature of job responsibilities.
The 6th CPC in its report submitted to the GOI made a recommendation for merger of the posts of Head Clerk and Office Superintendents and recommended the pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- in the PB-2 to all these posts which were in the pre revised pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs. 5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 respectively. However, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide its OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 13th November 2009 upon reconsideration granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in PB-2 corresponding to the pre revised scale of Rs.7450-11500 to all posts carrying pre revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 on 1st January 2006. Further, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide its OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 16th November 2009 has granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in PB-2 to the Assistants of CSS Cadre which has already been implemented. Based on these recommendations and acceptance of higher GP to Assistants, the CPWD has already accepted the higher Grade pay of Rs. 4600/- to the Head Clerks and Grade Pay of Rs.4800/-to Office Superintendents for the first four years and thereafter a Grade Pay of Rs.5400/-.
The 6th CPC in its report, while recommending for maintaining of parity in terms of the hierarchical structure of the Office Staff in the field up to the level of Assistants in CSS recommended for grant of Grade Pay f Rs. 4200/- in PB -2 to both Cadres. Now, since the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 16th November 2009 in super cession of the aforesaid recommendation of the 6th CPC has taken a conscious decision to grant higher Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in PB -2 to the post of Assistants in CSS Cadre, the Head Clerk of Postal Civil Wing are also entitled to the grant of similar Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- as extended by the CPWD to their Head Clerks, and consequently, Office Superintendents are also entitled to the Proportionate enhancement in the pay structure of higher Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- and Rs. 5400/- in PB – 2 and for which a conscious decision is to be taken by the department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure in order to bring the parity in the pay structure as recommended by the Pay Commission and to remove the difference in pay structure between the similarly situated department CPWD.
In view of the above submission our Association hereby makes a fervent appeal for the acceptance of the following justified demands in respect of the Head Clerks and Office Superintendents in Postal Civil Wing on par with the CPWD.
a. To reinstate the designation of Head Clerks in Postal Civil Wing as in CPWD.
b. To grant Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- to the Head Clerks on par with Head Clerks of CPWD and Assistants of CSS cadre with effect from 1-1-2006.
c. To grant Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- and Rs. 5400/- to the Office Superintendents with effect from 1-1-2006.
There will not be much Financial burden on the GOI as the number of Head Clerks and Office Superintendents together in the Postal Civil Wing will not be more than 40 in the entire India.
The granting of Higher Grade Pay to the Office Superintendents and Head Clerks of the CPWD and non granting of the same to the similarly situated Office Superintendents and Head Clerks in Postal Civil Wing is not only arbitrary but also amounts to hostile discrimination which is unsustainable in law being contrary to the mandate of Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India.
With best regards.
( S. A. Raheem )
Sri. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, New Delhi for favor of information and with a request for pursuing the matter at appropriate level.