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3 April 2012

SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM TO THE COMMITTEE FOR CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF OF MMS STAFF





  Lr. No.AIAPDA/CHQ-30/2012 dt: 31.03.2012                                                                

Humbly submitted to the Committee for Cadre Restructuring of MMS Staff

To

            The Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhavan,  Sansad Marg,
            New Delhi 110 001. 

Respected Madam,
           
            Sub: Submission of memorandum to the committee for Cadre Restructuring of
                     MMS staff under the Department of Posts – Reg.

            Ref: The earlier memorandum of this union dt 21.02.2012 in lr. No. AIAPDA/CHQ-
                     29/2012
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A kind reference is invited to the earlier memorandum of this union dated 21.02.2012. In continuation of our earlier memorandum, We are submitting this memorandum especially on the allowances of MMS Drivers and Artisans to the Committee for Cadre Restructuring of MMS Staff for kind perusal.

Our Genuine Demands on various allowances which we have been ignored are listed below for sympathetic consideration and early action.Also it is requested to give a chance to our union to appear before the Committee for Cadre Restructuring of MMS Staff for detailing our genuine demands. With a strong hope that we will be given a chance to appear before the committee, we are submitting this memorandum.








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1.      CHANGE THE NOMENCLATURE OF ARTISANS  & SEMISKILLED CATEGORY STAFF IN MMS AS TECHNICIANS.
              It is intimated that only in our department, the very old nomenclature i.e., Artisans is being used. Whereas in other Departments like Railways and Defence etc., the artisans are termed as technicians. Hence it is requested to change the nomenclature of Artisans as TECHNICIANS in our Department.

  1. THE DRIVER CADRE MAY BE BROUGHT UNDER TECHNICAL CADRE:
The Drivers are multi skilled workers and are not doing white collar job.   Though the drivers are doing the technical work, they have not been brought under technical cadre. Hence it is requested to bring the Driver Cadre under Technical cadre.  The Drivers  have to be equated with Technicians and Technical Staff, since “Trade Test”  has been introduced for the drivers vide  DOPT Order – OM No. 22036/1/92 Estt. (D) dated 30.11.1993 with effect from 01.08.1993. In the  Employment Exchange itself the Drivers are registered as “Drivers-Technical Cadre”.  But in Govt. of India the drivers are not classified as “Technical Cadre”.   It is also requested to change the anomaly and declare Driver cadre as “Technical Cadre”. (Annexure page no    )
  
3.     IMPLEMENTATION OF DOPT ORDER BY FIXING MINIMUM QUALIFIYNG SERVICE FOR PROMOTION TO NEXT GRADE PAY FOR MMS DRIVER & ARTISANS.

While implementing 6th CPC recommendations, the DOPT issued some guidelines vide OM No. AB 14017/61/2008-Esst. (RR) dated 24th March, 2009 and formulated minimum eligibility service to get promotion from one grade to next or higher grade pay. Copies of the under mentioned DOPT orders are furnished for ready reference.

1)  GI. Dept. of Per. & .Trg. OM. No.AB.14017/61/2008- Esst (RR) dated 10.09.2008,
2)  GI. Dept. of Per. & .Trg. OM. No.AB.14017/66/2008- Esst (RR) dated 09.03.2009,
3)  GI. Dept. of Per. & .Trg. OM. No.AB.14017/61/2008- Esst (RR) dated 24 .03.2009,

A)        To be more illustrative, the following tabular column may kindly be taken into account. (If the pay of the Driver is fixed as Rs 2400/- on par with Parliamentary Drivers) But in the Department of Posts, the entry level Grade Pay for the drivers is fixed as Rs 1900/-)


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S.No.
Grade Pay
Minimum qualifying service for promotion to next or higher grade pay
From
To
1
2400
Entry Level Grade Pay
2
2400
2800
5 years of regular service in the entry grade
3
2800
4200
6  years of regular service in the 2800 grade pay or a combined service of 11 years in the entry grade
4
4200
4600
5 years of regular service in the 4200 grade pay  or a combined service of 16 years in the entry grade













B)        If the entry level Grade Pay for the semi skilled employees (MTS) is fixed as    Rs     2000/-, then the following tabular column may kindly be taken into account.


S.No.
Grade Pay
Minimum qualifying service for promotion to next or higher grade pay
Ratio
From
To
1
2000
Entry Level Grade Pay
25%
2
2000
2400
5 years of regular service in the entry grade
25%
3
2400
2800
5  years of regular service in the 2400 grade pay or a combined service of 10 years in the entry grade
25%
4
2800
4200
6years of regular service in the 2800 grade pay  or a combined service of 16 years in the entry grade
25%
     (Annexure page.1 to 6)

AIAPDA


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4.     Granting Promotion to the Drivers retrospectively w.r.to DOPT orders.

a)     This union regrets to inform that the Circle Gradation Lists of Drivers has not been properly maintained by most of the circles. Due to the improper maintenance of CGL, the promotion to the Drivers at regular intervals has not been granted to many drivers who have completed more than 20 years of service. For example one driver in Tamilnadu Circle who joined the Department on 02.04.1990 was granted Grade II Promotion on 08.11.1996 i.e., after completion of only six years of service. Whereas other two  drivers in the same Tamilnadu Circle who joined 05.04.1982 and 13.09.1982 have got their Grade II promotions on 06.02.2008 i.e., after completion of 26 years of service. It is not known what yardstick is being followed in granting promotions to the driver cadre.  If ACP scheme was available to the driver cadre, the two officials would have got two financial upgradations easily without any hitch.
b)      In the Circle Gradation List of Tamilnadu Circle for the year 2009, the name of Shri N.Ramasamy, Driver ( Special Grade) of Karailkudi Division under Tamilnadu Circle was shown in the list of Special Grade Drivers though  the official expired in the year 2005. If his name was deleted at the appropriate time in the CGL, many eligible officials would have got the promotion of Special Grade, Grade I and Grade II promotions step by step.
c)       It is pitiable to note that in Tamilnadu Circle, as on 08.11.1996 many vacancies in Grade II, Grade I and Special grade  were kept unfilled despite availability of eligible candidates.

The Position as on 08.11.1996

Driver Cadre
No.of Vacant Posts
No. of Eligible officials for getting promotion *
No. of Posts filled up by the Department
No. of vacant posts kept unfilled
Grade II
71
57
30
41
Grade I
84
37
7
77

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  *The official who have completed the eligible service i.e 9 years and 15 years of service.

d)       The DOPT order OM No.43019/54/96 Estt(D) dt 15.02.2001 and another order of same DOPT order  OM No.22011/1/2011 Estt(D) dt 11.03.2011 have not been properly implemented. This union requests the Department to implement the orders and grant promotion retrospectively from 08.11.1996 based on the order, so that even retired official who have not been granted any promotion during their service can get atleast now i.e., after retirement and also eligible officials will get their due promotion at the appropriate time.                                          (Annexure page no:     )  

5.     Grant of  Running  Allowance  to Drivers  performing schedule for  100 kms & 160 kms   equal to Railway Drivers.
The officials who perform long schedules covering more than 120kms are to be granted Running Allowance. In Railways, the same allowance is granted to the drivers. But in our Department no such allowance is granted. A copy of the Railway Board Order is enclosed for ready reference. ( RB’s No. E (P&A) II-2005/RS -34 dt 26.12.2008)     (Annexure page no: 7-10    )  

6 . Grant of Washing Allowance to the Drivers & Artisans on par with Nurses in Railway Hospitals:

Nurses in Railway Hospitals are given the revised rate of Rs 300/- p.m. as washing allowance. This union requests to grant the same washing allowance to the Drivers and Artisans of our Department. A copy of the Railway Board Order is enclosed for ready reference. ( RB’s No. E (P&A) I-2008/AL/1  dt 6.2.2009)     (Annexure page no: 11& 12  )  

7. Grant of Valuables Handling Allowances to MMS Drivers for conveyance of Cash bag, Stamp bag and other insured articles:


            Various types of bags including A/c bag containing Cash and Stamps, Stamp bag and Insured bags containing examination papers etc., are being conveyed through mail vans. It is not possible to assess the value of the bags and its importance.  The drivers are performing a risky job i.e., conveying the bags whose value could not be assessed.  Such drivers are not given even a single penny as any allowance except Pay. Whereas in our Department, special allowances are granted to the treasurers and cashiers. We also want the Department to recognize our risky job and grant such allowances to the poor drivers also.


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8. Request to insure all the  vehicles of Postal Department:
       In the modern era, that too in the busy world any thing may happen on the road. Now a days the number of vehicles is increasing day by day. Even though the road rules are followed strictly, accident may occur due to the negligence by the drivers of other vehicles also. In such cases, the compensation if any ordered by the Court of Law and damages caused to the vehicle due to the accident etc., are recovered from the drivers. In order to avoid this, all the vehicles of our department should be got insured. But in our Postal Department, no vehicle has been insured.  So far, the damages caused to the vehicles of our Department due to the road accidents have been recovered from the Pay of the drivers and sometimes they are compelled to bear the damage expenses.
But in D.G. Circular No.92-4/2002-GA (Coord) dt 12.02.2002, the following instruction is reiterated.
“ The Driver must be in possession of valid licence,registeration papers and insurance cover
   
So it is requested to insure all the department vehicles as instructed by our DG and to stop the recovery from the drivers. If any such amount is recovered from the drivers, the same may be refunded.                                                                                   (Annexure page no:13-17  )  
9. Grant of Steering Allowance to MMS Drivers.
The Drivers are supposed to be the back bone of our MMS units.  They are  performing ROUND THE CLOCK DUTIES  with tight schedules of 8 hours without any Lunch / Tea Break.  These Drivers are plying Day & Night trips from post offices, Air Ports, Railway Stations and bus stands to the sorting offices, RMS, TMOs and APTMO concerned for dispatch/ receipt of mail bags in the interest of PUBLIC / NATION.
     The nature of duty is arduous and there is no restriction of daily running Kilometers.  The schedules of Mail Motor Service run round the clock and begin and end at the odd hours without any provision of departmental pick up to and fro from their residence. They have to perform the tight schedule within the stipulated time frame without any Lunch / Tea Break. Such drivers are to be compensated atleast financially by the Department. Hence it is requested to grant Rs. 1000/=  ( Rs. One thousand only) per month as steering allowance.
10.GRANTING OF AWARDS AND HONORARIUM  TO THE  DRIVERS WHO HAS NOT COMMITTED ANY ACCIDENT AS IN  RAILWAYS.
        The Railways is granting awards to the drivers to motivate them for their accident free service. But in our Department no such motivation  is done to the drivers for their accident free service.  Railways is granting a certificate of motivation and honorarium to the drivers who have not committed any accident. This union suggests the following to the drivers for their accident free service at three stages.
             Accident free service                                        Awards
1.          10 Years                                         Certificate + One increment.
2.          20 Years                                         Certificate + One increment.
3.          30 Years                                         Certificate + One increment.
            It is requested to kindly implement the above proposal of our union to motivate our drivers.   (Annexure page no: 18&19  )  
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11. GRANTING OF BREAKDOWN ALLOWANCE TO MMS ARTISANS.

            In MMS units, the artisans are deputed for breakdown duty. But  no allowance is granted for this extra work. Sometimes after duty hours  the artisans are directed to the breakdown spot to bring the breakdown/accident vehicle from the breakdown/accident spot to the garages.  Many times they are setting right the defects on the spot itself with great risk. It is pitiable that such risky work is not recoginised by our Department. Whereas in Railways, such artisans are paid breakdown allowance. A copy of the Railway Board order is enclosed for ready reference. Our union requests the Department to grant breadown allowance to the artisans of our Department as done in the Railways. (Annexure page no: 20-22  )  

12. GRANTING OF DRIVING LICENSE RENEWAL FEES AND GRANTING SPL CL FOR TWO DAYS FOR DRIVING LICENSE RENEWAL WORK.

                        At the outset, in our Department reimbursement of Driving  Licence Fee was granted to our drivers/artisans who are having a valid driving licence. They were also granted one day special CL for performing the said work. For the past one year, the reimbursement of driving license  fee renewal has been dispensed with for no reason. Our drivers are driving the vehicle only for the department. For this, the reimbursement of renewal fee is refused.  It is to point out a driving licence is valid for three years. A driver in our department  will renew his driving license 10-12  times in his entire service. Rs 360/- has to be borne by the Department for renewal of driving licence. But in the same Department, so much of amount is utilized for imparting training to the Postman/PA/IP/ASP and SP etc., No training is being imparted to Drivers. On behalf of this union, it is requested to grant the renewal of driving licence fee to the drivers as in the Past and to grant two days special CL as per the latest procedure i.e.,  for attending the training class in the driving school for one day and to attend the RTO office in person to  get the renewal of driving licence on the next day.(Annexure page no: 23-25  )  


13. GRANTING OF SPECIAL CASUAL LEAVE  TO ATTEND COURT IN CONNECTION WITH ACCIDENTS BY THE DEPARTMENTAL VEHICLES.

            Our drivers drive the Deptl. Vehicles only for the sake of the Department. If any Accident occurs on the road and if any case is filed against the driver, the official has to be granted Spl.CL to attend the court. But nowadays, the officials alone are directed to attend the court on their own. Hence in this connection it is requested to grant Spl.CL to attend the Court Proceedings.





AIAPDA

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14. REGULARIZING PAST SERVICE RENDERED AS CASUAL DRIVER (SHORT TERM) ON THE BASIS OF HON’BLE MADRAS HIGH COURT & CAT, MADRAS BENCH.

           Hon'ble CAT, MADRAS BENCH in O.A. No. 790/2008 and Chennai High Court in WP No. 13988/2010 have directed the Department  to regularize the past service of Shri R.Selvaraj, Driver, DMMS O/o the SPOs, Dindigul Division, Dindigul 624001, T.N. As directed the past service rendered by the said official has been regularized. Likewise, the service rendered by the under mentioned officials have been regularized based on the direction of the Hon’ble CAT, Chennai,
S/s
  • T.C.Krishnan, Driver, Chengalpattu Dn.( OA No.518/1988)
  • S.M.Hussain, Driver, Kanchipuram Dn.**
  • K.P.Ramanathan, Driver,Arakonam Dn.(OA 141/2004)

** The past services of Shri S.M.Hussain, Driver, Kanchipuram Dn. Were regularized only on the Visit Remarks of the Chief PMG, Chennai. He has not sued any case in any court)

            It is requested to regularize the past services rendered by the the drivers suo moto as in the case of Shri S.M.Hussain, Driver, Kanchipuram Division Of Tamilnadu Circle. (Annexure page no: 26-34 )  


15.GRANT OF SPECIAL PAY OR SIX ADVANCE INCREMENTS TO THE DRIVERS WHO DRIVE  BUS & LORRY IN MMS UNITS LIKE  MUMBAI  DELHI, KALCUTTA &CHENNAI ETC.,:-
In our Department the drivers are driving both light and heavy motor vehicle. But as far as pay structure is concerned, there is a common pay for light and heavy vehicles. The pay pertaining to Light motor vehicle driver is given to the drivers who drive heavy vehicles such as Bus&Lorry.
  
  Even though there are TWO different Recruitment Rules between the Staff  Car Drivers who drives only LIGHT VEHICLES  and Drivers who drive heavy vehicles (Bus and Lorry etc.,). Though our drivers drive light vehicles, our department wants our driver should be in possession of HEAVY MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVING LICENSE WITH FIRST AID CERTIFICATE and Badge to Drive Light, Medium & Heavy Vehicles. The Govt. of India merged both the cadres as common category.  The job contents of these two types of Drivers are quite different.  The V & VI CPCs have miserably failed to take note of this discrimination in the nature of work performed.  Perhaps the foremost issue is one of the consistent negatios of the constitutional principle  of   EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK “ stemming from Article 14 & 21of the constitution of India.  Hence in view of the above anomaly, it is requested to enhance the grade pay to our heavy vehicle drivers as Rs 2800/- or grant six advance increments.(Annexure page no: 35-38  )  


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16.GRANT OF RISK ALLOWANCE OR IMPLEMENT RISK INSURANCE SCHEME TO POSTAL DMMS DRIVERS AND ARTISANS ON PAR WITH RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE.
       The risk allowance is paid to all those engaged in duties involving greater hazards or whose health is liable to be adversely affected progressively over a long period of time because of the particular avocation. In our Department, the order granting of risk allowance to the artisans category is only in paper form. The same has not yet been implemented. In the said order itself, the driver category has been omitted though they perform risky job of driving. It is requested to include the driver cadre in the order and the risk allowance may kindly revise based on the recommendation of VI CPC (A copy of the Railway Board Order is enclosed for reference). Our union also requests the Department to implement Risk Insurance Scheme in lieu of Risk Allowance. (Annexure page no: 39-42  )  

17. REQUEST TO RELAX THE NORMS FOR GRANTING SPLIT DUTY  ALLOWANCE TO MMS DRIVERS & ARTISANS:

  The Drivers of Mail Motor Service performing duties round the clock. The duty begins and ends at odd hours. The drivers are not having the  provision of departmental pick up from the residence in the late night. Some schedules starts at 0100 hrs and end at 0300 hrs.  Such  drivers will have to maintain tight schedules as per the time frame without any lunch break and any kind of break. Hence it is requested to relax the norms relating to Distance for granting Spilt Duty Allowance for Drivers and Artisans of Our Department. (Annexure page no: 43-45  )  
18.RATES OF DAILY ALLOWANCE:
In Railways Daily Allowance has been revised from01.09.2008. The range of Grade Pay and the rate of Daily Allowance are furnished below. It is requested to extend the same benefit to our employees also.
Grade Pay
Daily Allowance per day
Officers drawing GP Rs 10,000/- and above
Rs 520/-
Officers drawing GP Rs 7,600/- to 8900/-
Rs 460/-
Officers drawing GP Rs 5400/- to 6600/-
Rs 400/-
Officers drawing GP Rs 4200/- to 4800/-
Rs 340/-
Officers drawing GP below Rs 4200/-
Rs 210/-
A Copy of the Railway Board Order is enclosed for reference.( RB’s No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dt 01.12.2008) (Annexure page no: 46-48  )  
AIAPDA
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19.REVISION OF HONORARIUM PAYABLE TO DRIVERS WHO WERE DRAFTED
     FOR EXAMINATION DUTY:
At present, in our Department whenever the drivers are drafted for examination duty,they are  paid Honorarium fixed by the 3rd CPC. After that so many Pay Commisions have gone. But the honorarium alone has not been raised. It is requested to pay the revised rate of Honorarium recommended by 6th CPC to our employees like Railways.  A copy of Railway Board Order vide No. E(G)/2004 HOI/15  dt 04.07.2008 is enclosed for ready reference. (Annexure page no: 49-50  )  

20. REQUEST TO FILL UP ALL THE VACANT POSTS OF MMS MANAGERS:

At present, many MMS units i.e., 7 to 8 MMS units in all over India are being manned by the SPOs/SSPOs (the non technical officers). Due to this the staff welfare is affected much. Many important technical matters could not be finalized due to the non availability of technical officers i.e., Managers/Sr.Managers. In the modern technology/ Computer, the services of the technical officers is an essential one particularly to the MMS field. Hence it is requested to fill up the all the vacant MMS units with the technical officers so as to get the effective functioning of MMS units in the Department of Posts.


Finally to sum up, We, the Drivers and Artisans have suffered much since 1996. Hence it is requested to be compassionate in considering and settling our above mentioned genuine demands of the neglected Driver and Artisan cadre of our Department.
 Thanking You Madam
            
DA:AA                                                                            Yours faithfully,

Date : 27.03.2012
Place : Dindigul                                                                                   
(R.Selvaraj)
General Secretary, AIAPD
& Driver, DMMS,
O/o the SPOs, Dindigul Dn.,
Dindigul 624 001.
TAMIL NADU


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