Thursday, March 5, 2015

GROUP-C  WORKING  COMMITTEE  MEETING  OF  BARASAT  DIVISION  WELCOMES  NEW-ENTRANTS  IN  P.A.  CADRE 


      Group-C union of Barasat Division held a working committee meeting on 1st March 2015, Sunday, to discuss current issued and also to welcome the new-entrants in P.A. cadre against the vacancies of 2013-14.  

Happy Dol Yatra /  Holi


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POST MASTER CADRE SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING

URGENT
AIPEU ,POST MASTER  CADRE  SUB-COMMITTEE  MEETING

AIPEU ,POST MASTER CADRE, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE, SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 09.03.2015 AT 17:30 AT  CIRCLE UNION BUILDING, TARAPADA MEMORIAL HALL.37, GANESH CHANDRA AVENUE, KOLKATA-700013. ALL THE SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO PRESENT  AT THE MEETING  IN TIME AND TAKE PART IN THE IMPORTANT AND  URGENT DISCUSSIONS.

DATE OF SCHEDULED MEETING:    09.03.2015
TIME:  17:30 HRS
VENUE:BABU TARAPADA MEMORIAL HALL, 37,GANESH CHANDRA AVENUE,KOL-700013.

BANKING SERVICES IN POST OFFICES -- RAJYA SABHA Q & A


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.533
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27th FEBRUARY, 2015

BANKING SERVICES IN POST OFFICES
†533. SHRI BHUPENDER YADAV:                                                        
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a)       whether Government proposes to entrust banking related services to the Department of Posts;
(b)       whether all post offices in the country would also function as a bank; and
(c)        if so, by when this work is likely to be completed?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a)       Yes Sir. The Department of Posts applied to the Reserve Bank of India for issuance of license for setting up of Payments Bank on 30.01.2015.
(b)       No Sir. The Government does not propose to convert all post offices in the country to function as a bank. However, Department of Posts applied for license for setting up a Payments Bank on 30.01.2015, which may utilize a part of existing resources /infrastructure of the Department.
(c)        Date of completion of the above work will be depended on the decision of the Reserve Bank of India.
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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.547
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27th FEBRUARY, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS ENTERING INTO BANKING SERVICES

†547. SHRI RAM NATH THAKUR:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state?
(a)       whether Government plans to establish Post Bank of India by converting the wide network of post offices spread across the country into commercial banks, if so, the details thereof;
(b)       whether the Department of Posts had expressed its intention before the Government of entering into banking services in the rural areas during a discussion on the suggestions of a task force constituted on India Post; and
(c)        if so, the details thereof and the action plan made by Government in this regard?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a)      The Government does not propose to convert the wide network of post  offices spread across the country into commercial banks. The proposed Post Bank of India is envisaged as an independent entity.
(b)     During the discussions on the suggestions put forward by task force constituted for leveraging the Post Office Network, the Department of Posts expressed the view that it is ready to enter into the banking space with focus on rural areas.
(c)    Based on a consideration of all relevant aspects, the Department of Posts has submitted an application to Reserve Bank of India seeking License for setting up a Payments Bank as an independent entity.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



Meeting in different Divisions

              As per decision of the Circle Unions, Joint Working Committee Meetings (Gr. “C”/Postman & MTS/GDS (NFPE) and Postal Workers Union have already started. Main agenda of these meeting are --- i) Ensuing All India Indefinite Postal Strike from 6th May 2015 at the call of Central  Postal JCA, ii) March to Parliament on 28th April 2015 at the call of National JCA of Railway/Defence/Confederation.  iii) Membership Verification of Departmental Employees / GDS , iv) Implementation of Dte. Order dated 22.01.2015 regarding payment of arrear to Part-time workers etc.

Contai Division
                 Joint Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Gr. “C” / Postman & MTS / GDS (NFPE)  & Postal Workers Union of Contai Division took place at K. G. Bose Bhawn, on 1st March 2015.
                 Members of Presidium were Com. Bikash Chanda, Com. Swapan Sheet  & Com. Narayan Pradhan. Nearly 80 comrades were present in the meeting. Com. Ashis Dutta, Secretary,  GDS (NFPE) and Com. Ajit Rana, Secretary, Gr. “C” initiated the meeting.  Com. Lakshmi kanta Jana, Com. Gokul Maity, Com. Tapas Das, Com. Subodh Bera, Com. Debesh Nayak, Com. Tapan Giri, Com. Kalipada Bera, Com. Sudhanshu Dolui, Com. Joydev Dhali, Com. Dulal Das, Com. Harisadhan Barik, Com. Ashis Mailty and Com. Manmoth Routh  took part in discussion.
    On behalf of Circle Unions, Com. Manoj Shaw, Financial Secretary addressed the meeting enlightening on the above issues, present situation & our tasks.

Birbhum Division
                  Joint Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Gr. “C” / Postman & MTS / GDS (NFPE) & Postal Workers Union of Birbhumi Division held on 1st March’2015 at Saithia MDG. Member of the Presidum were Com. Uttam Ghosh, Com. Sanat Das, Com. Abdul Bari and Com. Soumen Roy. Nearly 100 comrades were presented in the meeting. Com. Pravat Pal, Secretary, Gr. “C”, initiated the meeting. On behalf of Circle Unions Com. Com. Annwesha Biswas, Com. Sanatan Das addressed the meeting.
                   Apart from 13 comrades from 16 Zones, Com. Kartik Roy, Secretary, P-IV, Sukumar Ghosh, Secretary, GDS (NFPE), Com. Ashraf Begam and Joydev Pramanik, Joint Convenor, 12th July Committee took part on discussion.
     Comrades are determined to achieve success in all the ensuing program including Circle conference.

Burdwan Division
                   Joint Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Gr. “C” / Postman & MTS / GDS (NFPE) & Postal Workers Union of Burdwan Division held on 1st March’2015 at Burwan HO. Presidium comprising Com. Mrinal Kanti Dey, Com. Ajoy Dasgupta, Com. Adideb Chakraborty and Com. Ananda Chatterjee presided over the meeting. Total attendance was nearly 80.
                 Com. Ashoke Chatterjee, Com. Mohammad Moniruddin, Com. Ashis Halder and Com. Shibsankar Das delivered their speech. Then from different Zones, Some comrades took part in discussion. Com. Janardan Majumdar, Circle Secretary, Gr. “C”, was present in the meeting and addressed. Apart from all India programs, specific divisional level programs have been taken.


Monday, March 2, 2015

REPORT  OF  THE  GENERAL  BODY  MEETING  OF  THE  POSTMASTER  CADRE  SUB-COMMITTEE  OF  WEST  BENGAL  GROUP-C  CIRCLE  UNION 

    The general body meeting of the Postmaster Cadre Sub-Committee of the Group-C Circle Union has been held on 22.02.2015 at Tarapada Memorial Hall, 37, Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata-13. The meeting was a much-awaited one, and as committed, Com. R.N.Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE, was present in the meeting.
      The meeting started at about 12 P.M., after hoisting of Red Flag of the organisation by Com. Parashar followed by garlanding the martyr's column. Meeting was presided over the presidium of Comrades Munshi Sirajul Islam, Somnath Goswami and Kajal Mukherjee. At the outset, Com. Janardan Majumder, Circle Secretary Group-C, settled the aim and objective of the meeting through his initial speech. Com. Asit Bangabas, Asstt. C.S., placed the draft report focussing on the demands of the Postmaster Cadre, present indifferent attitude of the administration, organisational reality and roles of All India Union/Federation and Circle Union.
     Our organisational stand on separate union of Postmaster cadre was made crystal clear in the draft report, which was again elaborated by Com. Parashar in his speech later.
      Representatives from the assembled comrades spoke supporting the draft report and pointed out the problems being faced by the comrades belonging to the Postmaster cadre, like ---
  • Daily problems/hazards while functioning of office.
  • negative and reluctant approach of the administration.
  • Resentments regarding non-settlement of financial demands including deprivation from HRA despite uninhabitable condition of post-attached quarters etc.
  • Issues related to transfer-postings including tenure transfer guideline.
        They also requested Circle Union/Federation leadership to discuss regarding ----
  • Actions taken by CHQ/Federation so far on the above demands.
  • Development regarding the proposal of Circle Union placed in the last All India Group-C conference to form Postmaster Cadre Sub-Committee under All India Union at national level.
  • The fact which is taking place at Directorate level behind the surfacing rumour of recognising a separate union of Postmaster cadre.
  • A proposal for filing court case against department in West Bengal circle for the suffering of officials of Postmaster cadre due to non-issuance of general line promotional memo since 2005 in this circle, for which Grade-II Postmasters are stagnated.
      Secretary General Com. Parashar covered all these issues in details in his deliberation ----
  • All India Union and Federation are well aware of the issues of this cadre and continuously pursuing them with the Dte. But the attitude of the department is disappointing.
  • During discussion, Directorate has verbally assured that the examinations for Inspector Posts and PSS Gr-B will be opened for Postmaster cadre officials, but no order has so far been issued. Federation is hopeful.
  • There is an intentional propaganda that NFPE was not in favour of formation of Postmaster cadre and still does not support it. But in reality, even before formation of this cadre, NFPE demanded formation of a separate Supervisory cadre in the memorandum for comprehensive cadre restructuring.
  • The proposal for formation of such Sub-Committee at national level has been thought of, but due to different realities in different circles, it could not be finalised. This will be discussed further in the ensuing All India Conference of Group-C.       
  • There is no such move in the Dte., so far known to the Federation, to announce this cadre a distinct category or recognise as a separate cadre union now.  But it is to be remembered that administration always wants to divide unity and break union into small parts. It does not always for the interest of the staff, but rather to satisfy interest of the administration by weakening larger unity.
  •  If situation demands so for staff interest, NFPE would happily form a separate union as another affiliate under the banner of NFPE. Thus, there may be separate union, but no separation from our beloved and mighty NFPE.
           The Circle Union replied to the proposal for filing court case that it would be discussed inside Circle Working Committee meeting of Group-C Union on 03.03.2015. Regarding tenure transfer guideline, it has been ascertained verbally that general transfer guideline for P.A. cadre will also be followed for Postmaster cadre. However, the matter will be further discussed with DPS(HQ) on her return from leave.
 
      The Sub-Committee has been reconstituted having Comrade Sanat Das, Postmaster Gr-I, Bishnupur S.O. (South Presidency Divn) and Comrade Asit Bangabas, Asstt. C.S., Gr-C, as Joint Convenors. 
        The meeting concluded with the firm resolve that the comrades of Postmaster cadre in West Bengal Circle remained and would always remain with the beloved NFPE forever, and would fight all odds along with comrades of all other sections jointly, hand-in-hand, to carry on the legacy of Postal Trade Union Movement.    

LETTER ISSUED BY CIRCLE SECRETARIES FOR CHANGING OF HOLIDAY ON OCCASION OF DOLYATRA ON 5-2-15


Union Budget 2015: Postal Department to use its vast network for proposed Payment Bank

 
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the Postal Department will utilise the services  of its vast network for the proposed Payment Bank.

"Government proposes  to utilise vast postal network with nearly 1.55 lakh points of presence across  villages of the country.

"I hope postal department will bring the  proposed Payment Bank venture successfully so that it can contribute in Pradhan  Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana," Jaitley said while presenting the Budget for 2015 in Parliament.

The postal offices will function as payment banks, he  added.

The government has applied to RBI for a Payment Bank licence for  the Postal Department.

Payment Banks would be allowed payments and  remittance services through various channels.

However, such lenders  cannot issue credit cards or undertake lending activities.

Post Office has 1,54,000 rural branches,  while all other banks put together have about 35,000 rural banks, most of which are not in rural panchayat towns.

Protest Demonstration on 3rd March, 2015 against pro-corporate & anti-central govt. employees budget-2015

Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all affiliates to hold Protest Demonstration at all important centres and in front of offices on 3rd March 2015 against the Pro-Corporate , Anti -Worker, Anti- People and Anti- Central Government Employees  UNION BUDGET  of Modi Government.
M.Krishnan
Secretary General 
Confederation