Sub: Filling up of short term vacancies in the newly introduced cadre of Postmaster-Reg.

D.G. Posts No. 4-61/2011-SPB.II dated 21 Dec 2011.

            I am directed to say that references are being received from Circles seeking clarifications with regard to filling up of the short terms vacancies in Postmaster Grade-I,II & III. It has been reported that representations have been received from Postmaster Grade-I /II officials asking for officiating promotion to Postmaster Grade-II/III although such officials do not fulfill the prescribed eligibility criteria stipulated under the relevant Recruitment Rules.

2.         It has been clarified vide Dte's letter of even number dated 7/8-2.2011 that the posts of Postmaster Grade-III should not be filled up under initial constitution clause by appointing HSG-I officials for the reason that sufficient number of regular officials in HSG-I would not have become available. It was further clarified that these posts can be filled up only after reviewing the position in the light of options received from eligible officials and appropriate decision taken by the Directorate in the matter. As per clarification No. 4 of Directorate's letter of even number dated 10.2.2011, the posts identified for Postmaster Cadres will be deemed to have been designated as Postmaster Grade-I, II & III with effect only from the dates those are filled  up regularly. Therefore, the Post of Postmaster Grade III will be deemed to be so designated only when these are filled up through initial constitution clause. Infact, in terms of the clarification No.4 dated 10.2.2011, these posts cannot be treated as vacant by the Circle. In the given circumstances when at present there are no posts of Postmaster Grade-III in existence, the question of filling up through officiating arrangement does not arise. Thus, till the posts so identified as Postmaster Grade-III will continue to be manned by officials in General line.

3.         Regarding officiating arrangement in the vacancies of more than 45 days in Postmaster Grade-I & II, which have become vacant  after they are designated as Postmaster Grade-I & II by filling up through initial constitution as clause as per the provisions of Recruitment Rules, the clarification No. 3 given vide Dte. Letter of even number dated 10.2.2011 was issued stating inter-alia that for filling up of leave vacancies / adhoc vacancies for more that 45 days in Postmaster Grade, the procedure prescribed in Dte's letter No. 137-99/2009-SPB.II dated 23.12.2009 should be followed.  It is envisaged in the said letter that only those employees in feeder grade fulfilling the eligibility condition prescribed in the Recruitment Rules should be considered for adhoc promotion.

4.         Subsequently, Directorate has issued instructions vide letter No. 137-64/2010-BPG.II dated 28.7.2011 permitting grant of officiating pay and Allowances to Selection Grade Officials who officiated in LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I posts in term of Rule 27 of Postal Manual Vol. IV  against the vacancies not exceeding three months. As per this Rule, the list of approved officers is prepared by the DPC and approved by the appointing authority and only when administrative exigencies required it, a person not in the list or not the first in order in the list may be appointed.

5.         Similar benefit has also been allowed to Selection Grade officials in terms of Rule 50 of Postal Manual Vol. IV which provides for officiating arrangement against the vacancies of short duration i.e. not more than ne month and more than four months in the cadres in which promotion is made from officials working in different stations, sub-divisions or divisions in a Circle and in the cadres in which promotion is made from officials working in the same office or station.

6.         In view of the above, to make officiating arrangements in vacancies nots exceeding three months and vacancies of short duration i.e. not more than one and four months in Postmaster Grade I & II, which become vacant after they are designated as Postmaster Grade-I & II, the Circles may follow the instructions contained in Dte. Letter No. 137-64/2010-SPB-II dated 28..7.2011.

(Alka Tewari)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2014

Finmin Orders on DA - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2014

No.1/1/2014-F-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 27th March. 2014


Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2014.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.I-8/2013-E-II (B) dated 25th September, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90% to 100% with effect from January, 2014.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-11(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not he made before the date of disbursement of salary of March. 2014.

5. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will he issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

6. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Under Secretary to the Government of India






The Committee constituted by the Department on cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees vide No. 25-04/2012-PE I dated 23rd Oct 2013 held its discussions on 04th Feb 2014 at 1500 hours & on 05th Feb 2014 at 1430 hours under the Chairmanship of Shri V. P. Singh, DDG (Personnel).

 The representatives of the Staff side informed that Postal Assistant cadre officials are getting promotions in promotional hierarchy to Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- (PB-1) in Lower Selection Grade at a time when they are already placed in the Grade Pays’ of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2) or Rs. 4600/- (PB-2) on award of financial upgradation(s) under MACPS. At this, the official side asked Staff side to furnish copies of the orders on above lines from few Circles to corroborate the above claim. The Committee recommends that before processing these recommendations, Establishment Division may obtain the same from Staff Side. After discussions, the following recommendations in respect to the cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees were agreed to by the Department.

(a) The post of SPMs in Single Handed Post Offices and Double Handed Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- in the Pay Band PB-I.

(b) The Post of Sub Postmasters in Triple Handed Post offices and LSG Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-II.

(c) The post of HSG-II Head Postmasters and Sub-Postmasters will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in the Pay Band PB-II.

(d) After the implementation of the above restructuring, the officials in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-, who have completed 4 years of regular service, will be granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- in the Pay Band-II on non-functional basis after following the usual procedure of non-functional upgradation(s)

(e) Cadre ratio as per the agreed position mentioned at (a) to (d) above, will be worked out and the ratio so worked out will be replicated to the SA cadre of RMS, PA cadre of Circle & Administrative offices as also to the PA cadre of SBCO.

(f) In the light of peculiar situation of Postman/mail Guard cadre where the work for bulk of the cadre continues to remain the same; as a special case the Committee recommends the ratios as worked out in pursuance of (e) above may be considered for implementation for these cadres as well and that the cadre so restructured may concurrently get the benefit of MACP also. The Committee further recommends that a proposal may be considered for submission to the 7th CPC to have a percentage based promotion scheme for this cadre akin to the scheme of Staff Car Drivers.

Revision of Interest Rates for Small Savings Schemes for the Financial Year 2014-15 Announced

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Revision of Interest Rates for Small Savings Schemes for the Financial Year 2014-15 Announced

            Various decisions taken by the Government of India on the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), were communicated to all concerned by the Government through its Office Memorandum dated 11th November, 2011.

            One of the decisions of the Government based on the recommendations of the Committee relates to revision of interest rates every financial year, to be notified before 1st April of that year.  Accordingly with the approval of the Finance Minister, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the Financial Year 2014-15 effective from 01.04.2014, on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in in the schemes, shall be as under :

Rate of interest w.e.f.01.04.2013
Rate of Interest w.e.f. 01.04.2014
Savings Deposit
1 Year Time Deposit
2 Year Time Deposit
3 Year Time Deposit
5 Year Time Deposit
5 Year Recurring Deposit
5 Year SCSS
5 Year MIS
5 Year NSC
10 Year NSC

Source : PIB (Release ID :104482)



From recent past it is observed that the Postmaster Cadre officials are being a members of other Group C federated Trade Unions and asking a selected members of ad hoc body postmaster's association to go a head in the association process. Also they are calling them now and then to know about the current situation of the department and forming of an association at central level and for their local grievances. But they are ignoring that they are also forming part of that postmaster association which is going to be formed sooner or latter. Till that time they have to maintain a machinery at the root level to fight for the upcoming of the association after its recognition.

Also they are caught in the planned net of the existing federated unions as they are more in number and a ready made group to sit and corner the sincere officials by ignoring them to  be neutral. The decision to be with the existing outfit is nothing but laziness on the part of Postmasters to work to be united.

It is seen those Postmasters who are getting good benefit through the existing federated unions are showing themselves as prominent leaders and confusing other fellow postmasters by proclaiming that they will sit at the union meeting and will ask the divisional administration to maintain staff shortage and other working inconvenience to those Postmasters who are no more wish to be the member of the federated unions.

Therefore all postmaster cadre officials are asked to give resignation from the existing Group C union as their constitution is not covering the RR of the Postmaster Cadre. Even though they are taking the issues of the Postmaster Cadre officials, they can take up the issue at par with the General Line officials, for whom the work quality is not expected by the administration and also the span of higher responsibility is very less ex. about 6 months to 1 year. Whereas the Administration expects newly passed Postmasters a lot and their span of working in the higher responsibility is about 25 years to 30 years.

Being in the present Group C union may give comforts for a short term for some benefited so called leaders. But that will not give results in long run for the Mass family of Postmasters cadre officials.

People are saying forming a separate association for postmaster will loose the strength of the Unions and the Unity. But you think Postmasters, those who are saying are already enjoying the Pay benefit and the consideration of flexible work environment in the department. WE are not forming this association to fight against anybody or breaking the unity of the staff in department. This association is must for  the carrier benefit of the Postmasters who are deprived the basic right by the creators.

Also in each and every circumstances, the divisional /Sub divisional administration is pressurising the Postmasters for to get done the work which is given by the department to do by themselves personally. At that time the federated unions are either separating the postmasters or back stabbing them to benefit their mass members.

If you want a decent recognition for your post, pay structure for your actual work and to maintain the dignity, you have no other way but to resign from the existing group and form a local body of postmasters. By this force we can show the unity of this cadre and get the real time benefit of this carrier chosen. Or else, you will be like a deer standing between the hunter and the lion. If you want to roar like a lion, you all should be united. To do Plans on this lines are highly invited.

Do not hesitate to form an association on ad hoc basis at local level, resign from the existing unions to show your own strength.

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