Saturday, May 30, 2015





NFPE’s All India Postal SBCO Employees Association, Odisha Circle branch conducted its 1st Biennial Conference on 24.05.2015

Another feather in NFPE, Odisha Circle branch
Dear Comrades,

The newly formed All India Postal SBCO Employees Association, Odisha Circle branch under the proud banner of  National Federation of Postal Employees successfully conducted its 1st Biennial Conference here in Bhubaneswar on 24.05.2015 . The Conference was successfully organized by Com. Srikant Kumar Mallick, Convener, Adhoc-Committee  and presided by Com . N P Panda.

Addressing the Open Session as Chief Speaker, Com. Virendra Tiwari, General Secretary, AIPSBCOEA, CHQ told the justification of forming such a Union under the banner of NFPE and briefly narrated the activities undertaken by the All India Union for the benefit of SBCO employees. This union has dared to do all those things starting from proposal of cadre restructuring of SBCO staff to preparation of draft memorandum  submitted to 7th CPC which other unions have pretended to do. He appealed all the SBCO staff members of Odisha Circle  to join in this union which will look after the welfare of the SBCO employees under the able guidance of  NFPE.

The following leaders of Odisha Circle also addressed the Open Session.

1.     Com. R C Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.-C, Odisha and Vice-President CHQ

2.     Com. Debabrata Mohanty, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Odisha and Deputy-General Secretary,  CHQ

3.     Com. Kishore Biswal, Circle Secretary, AIPAEU, Postal Printing Press branch, Odisha 

4.     Com. Ashok Mohanty, Circle Secretary, R-IV, Odisha  Circle

5.     Com. Bruhaspati Samal, Divisional Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar & Vice-President, Odisha Circle

6.     Com. Sudhir Kumar Swain, Divisional Secretary, Postman & MTS, Bhubaneswar

The following office bearers were unanimously elected for the ensuing session.

Com. N P Panda
Supervisor, SBCO, Korput HO
Circle Secretary
Com.  Srikant Kumar Mallick
PA, SBCO, Nayagarh HO
Com.  Sahdeb Munda
PA, SBCO, Rairangpur H O

The All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Divisional branch conveys its warm greetings to the newly elected office bearers.

Why NFPE ? – Special Appeal to  all the Staff members of SBCO, Odisha Circle

Dear Comrades,

National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) is a class-oriented militant organisation of above five lakhs postal employees. NFPTE was formed on 24.11.1954

                   The P&T trade union movement in India has inherited a history of struggles and sacrifices right from the days of British Raj.  During 1905 when there was no freedom to form unions, Babu Tarapada Mukherjee started this organisation in the name of a Postal Club at Kolkata GPO.  Tarapada was dismissed from service by the British Government for delivering a speech against the British Government in the year 1921 at Lahore All India Conference.  During the last more than one hundred years many leaders and workers of this organisation has been tortured, arrested and put under jail both by the British and Indian Governments.  Com. Dada Ghosh, founder Secretary General of NFPTE was arrested and placed under prolonged suspension. Com.N.J.Iyer, former All India President of NFPE was arrested for delivering a speech against “Emergency” in 1975 and imprisoned in Bikanir Jail for 18 months.  Com.K.Adinarayana, Former Secretary General of NFPE was in jail for three years for participating in the Telangara struggle against Nizam. Com. K. G. Bose, who electrified the P&T Trade Union movement with his class-oriented approach was dismissed from service. Many legendary leaders like Coms. O. P. Gupta, Henry Barton, V. G. Dalvi, K. L. Moza, A. S. Rajan, Piramanathan, N. C. Ambalavanan have lead this organization in the past.

                   25 days historic 1946 P&T strike is marked in the history of India’s freedom movement as one of the most militant struggle launched by P&T employees against the British Raj.  1960 five days strike of Central Government Employees, 1968 September 19th one day strike for Need Based Minimum wage in which 17 employees have been brutally murdered by the Government by resorting to firing and lathicharge. 1974 Bonus Strike, 1984 September 19th Strike for the emancipation of three lakhs Extra-Departmental employees, 1993 five day’s Postal Strike, 1996 eight days strike for bonus ceiling removal,  1998 eight days Postal strike, 2000 fourteen days Postal Strike were all lead by the National Federation of Postal Employees.  The one day strike by Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers conducted last year on 12-12-2012 is another milestone in the history of Postal Trade Union movement. 

                   NFPE has been participating in all the nationwide General strikes including the 2013 February 20,21 two days strike conducted by the Central Trade Unions, right from 1991 onwards against the Neo-liberal imperialist globalization policies pursued by the Central Government. 

                   NFPE has conducted innumerable struggles for realization of the legitimate demands of the Postal employees especially the most down-trodden section of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Part-time, Contingent employees. 

                   NFPE is an affiliate of the Confederation of Central Govt. employees and Workers and is playing leading role in mobilizing the Central Government employees and organizing struggles including nation wide strikes. 

            So Comrades, NFPE is NFPE. It is the largest. It is the oldest. You can’t compare it with any other organization. 

Let’s join NFPE and strengthen it for our benefit.  

= B Samal =
Divisional Secretary
AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar &
Vice-President, Odisha Circle
Revised Rates of Service Tax for PLI /RPLI Premia


            Modi Government has completed ONE YEAR. Within this one year. No remarkable change or development is being seen. So many populous slogans and promises during election campaign and thereafter coming in power were made and people of India were hypnotized and got their Votes and formed the government with full majority and this happened after 30 years when a single party came in power with full fledged majority. Working class in general and salaried class in particular was very hopeful for “ACHCHHE DIN” (Good Days) and they were expecting D.A.  merger, Interim Relief and raising in income tax exemption limit. But Government denied everything instead of giving any relief to the working class, all round  attacks were started in several  forms in the shape of Labour  Laws amendments, attack on wages and lively hood of working class who create wealth for the nation and ban on recruitment in Central Government Services for one year, attack on social security  rights doing away with the employees provident fund scheme and diverting a part of fund for speculation in share market doing away with ESI converting the same in to an insurance scheme under IRDA Drastic cut on  social sector expenditure and allocation on welfare schemes like ICDS, Mid Day Meal, NHRM, MNREGA with the Motive of finally doing away with such pro-people schemes  and programmes altogether.

            A vigorous campaign has been launched to  change the  labour laws like Industrial Dispute Act 1947, Factories Act, Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition Act) and all wages related legislations etc, in favour of employers with the object to throw away the   Working Class of country out of purview of protection under the labour laws and Completely dismantling  entire labour law enforcement machinery,

            Never before the Working Class has faced such a situation. This is the working class who create GDP to Nation and profits to employers.

            In Central Government Sector also these attacks are being intensified. 100% FDI has been declared in Railway and 49% in Defence Production paving way for capitalists/corporates to enter in to these sectors. Disinvestment has been started in profit making public sectors like NTPC, NHPC, Coal India etc. and planning to disinvest all profit making sectors.

            In Postal Department also there is danger of corporatization and privatization if the recommendations of Task Force Committee headed by Shri T.S.R. Subramanian are implemented. Though at present on account of stiff resistance by PJCA (NFPE/FNPO) the recommendations have not been implemented but these have also not been rejected by the Department of Posts and may be introduced at any time after changing the forms so we have to keep a vigilant watch over this.

            Contrary to this all schemes and planning’s are being made to give  benefits to Corporates /Capitalists by way of promulgating ordinances for decentralization of Coal mining  sector, de-regularization of other Mineral resources  through auction route totally being unconcerned about the lively hood of  local and tribal peoples and forest dwellers.

            The peasantry and agriculture workers are also worst suffers due to the policies of Modi Government. The prices of seeds, fertilizers, power, diesel, Water for irrigation have been increased many folds but the MSP of Wheat and rice has been increased by Rs.50/- per quintal only. The land of farmers will be snatched away without their consent in favour of capitalists and if the present amended land acquisition act is implemented

            So based on the above  facts, it is crystal clear  that the policies of present Modi Government  are totally in  favour of Capitalists/Corporates and against the interests of Working Class . The hope of “ACHCHHE DIN” (Good Days) is now diminished and working class and common man of this country is disappointed.

29 cities upgraded for higher HRA & Transport Allowance

The Union Cabinet today approved upgradation of 29 cities and towns on the basis of 2011 population census for providing higher house and transportation allowance to central government employees.

The revised classification of cities would be effective from April 1, 2014 and cost the exchequer approximately Rs 128 crore for 2014-15.

"The Cabinet has approved reclassification / upgradation of certain cities/towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of granting House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Transport Allowance to central government employees," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

One the basis of the census, 2 cities - Pune and Ahmedabad - have been upgraded to 'X' class from 'Y' and 21 cities to 'Y' from 'Z' for the purpose of HRA, an official statement read.

These 21 cities are Nellore, Gurgaon, Bokaro Steel City, Gulbarga, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kannur, Kollam, Ujjain, Vasai-Virar City, Malegaon, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli, Rourkela, Ajmer, Erode, Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri and Durgapur.

That apart, six - Patna, Kochi, Indore, Coimbatore and Ghaziabad - have been advanced to 'Specified Higher Class' from 'Other Places' for the purpose of transport allowance, the statement said.

So far, the Census 2001 has been used for deciding the HRA and transport allowance of central government officials posted in these towns and cities.

The existing qualifying threshold of population for HRA classification is 50 lakh and above for X, 5-50 lakh for Y and below 5 lakh for Z class cities.The employees are entitled for HRA of 30%, 20% and 10% respectively for X, Y and Z class cities

Transportation allowance is payable at 'higher rates' in 13 specified cities classified earlier as 'A-1' and 'A' (those with a population of 20 lakh and above) and 'lower rates' for the rest.

The cities and towns are classified as X, Y and Z for the purpose of HRA and 13 specified cities classified as A-1, A and Other Places for transportation allowance.

Friday, May 22, 2015


Venue of the meeting is at Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Vidya Vihar, Raebareli Road, Lucknow – 226025. It is situated at about 10 km. away from Charbagh Lucknow Railway Station. The Lucknow Railway & Bus Stations are close to each other. Hence the map will hold good for comrades arriving from either mode of transport.

The Choudhary Charan Singh International Airport is also near to the meeting place. It is hardly 5 to 6 Kms. away from the venue.



Com. B. G. Tamhankar breathed his last on 17.05.2015. He was only 69. He was under treatment and admitted to BalaJi Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai, where the sudden an unexpected demise took place.

I had a very long association with TamhankarJi. He was Circle Secretary, Maharashtra Circle for about 12 years and I was Circle Secretary, Kerala Circle for about 22 years. Both of us used to meet at the Circle Working Committee meetings and All India conferences of All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘C’ and NFPE. Both of us were All India Presidents of AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) and Chief Executives of NFPE & P3.

Before TamhankarJi taking over charge as Circle Secretary of Maharashtra Circle, functioning of circle was not in proper order. Even though Maharashtra is the biggest circle, it could not play its lead role in the All India organizational affairs. TamhankarJi concentrated mainly in building up the P3 organisation in Maharashtra. He took up each and every divisional level issue with the administration through correspondence and also through formal and informal meetings. He maintained constant contact with the branch/divisional leaders and communicated the progress made in settlement of issues through the monthly journal “Maharashtra Post”.

Along with improving the organizational functioning he ensured that each and every branch/division of Maharashtra Circle remitted full Quota to the CHQ & NFPE. Thus Maharashtra became an important factor in decision making process of All India Union, which ultimately led to his election as the All India President of AIPEU Group ‘C’ and NFPE.

I had an intimate and excellent personal relationship with TamhankarJi. At the same time we had bitter differences on many issues confronting the organisation. Some issues were organizational and some were ideological. At times we were leading two different camps in the organisation which sometimes led to contest in the election of office bearers in the All India Conferences. But my intimacy and respect towards TamhankarJi has nothing to do with these differences. He was just like an elder brother to me.

He was an encyclopedia in the rulings relating to Post office Savings Bank and Certificates. He published books on SB rulings which were recommended even by officers as reference books. He was an RTI activist on matters relating to Postal Department. He collected many valuable information through RTI and unearthed many lapses and corruption on the part of the top level administration.

There is no comparison between TamhankarJi and any other leader of Postal Trade Union movement. B. G. Tamhankar is B. G. Tamhankar and he will always remain in our memory as such. His contribution to Postal employees and Postal Trade union movements will be remembered forever.
Long live Tamhankar Ji
Long live! Long live!

(M. Krishnan)
Ex-General Secretary

AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ)

Temporary Status Group 'D' is entitled for OLD Pension Scheme even though appionted after 1.1.2004


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBSE Board 10th X Results 2015: & class 10th X board exam results 2015 is likely to be announced on May 21

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to announce the Class X Board Results 2015 on May 21..

Earlier, it was expected that Class X CBSE Board Results 2015 could be announced either on May 19 or 20.

According to a data provided by the CBSE, a total of 13,73,853 students appeared for the class 10 CBSE board examination this year, a 3.37 per cent hike than last year. While 8,17,941 boys appeared for the exam; 5,55,912 girls sat for the exam this year.

The results for all regions will be declared on the websites of the board. Students can access their CBSE Class X Board 2015 results on

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.
G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A-IV), dated 18.5.2015

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.

            The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

S.No. / Query / Clarification

 Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC?

            No. Government employees whose headquarters/place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC.

2. Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT’s 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014?

            No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise.

3. Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession?

            Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Com.B.G.Tamhankar Ex-President of NFPE & AIPEU Group - C, CHQ no more


Com.B.G.Tamhankar Ex-President of NFPE & AIPEU Group - C, CHQ breathed his last today (17.05.2015) at 07.30 AM. He was severely ill for last many days.

This is the second biggest shock to the entirety of trade union  fraternity after the sad demise of Com. S K Vyasji, earlier this year. Even after his retirement, Com Tamhankar remained active in union activities and was attending  all programmes conducted by our CHQ / NFPE.  I had interacted with him for the last time during the workshop on 7th CPC conducted by our CHQ in New Delhi in May, 2014. He has compiled some useful guide books for S B Counter P As and Supervisors. He will be remembered for ever for his contributions towards the working class, his  simplicity and soberness .

 AIPEU, Group-C, Keonjhar Divisional branch dips its banner and conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members  and the Comrades of  Maharashtra Circle.
Let the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
= A.K.Mishra =
Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.-C
Keonjhar Division

Modi Govt. should not breathe safe

 Com. K Ragavendran
Ex- Secretary General, NFPE
( Through facebook - AIPRPA CHQ )

Two Strikes that were expected to shake the Central Government are deferred and the Government got the reprieve! The indefinite strike by the entirety of CG Employees that was much anticipated after the strike ballots of Railway and Defense Employees Federations as well as the Confederation and the declaration of the National Convention of all JCM Organisations stand deferred to November 2015! 

The much awaited declaration of strike at the rally of the CG Employees on 28th April before the Parliament was not rousing the employees as it contemplates the strike only on 23rd November 2015, when the 7th CPC would have already submitted its recommendations to the Government. Any issue of Interim Relief, Merger of DA from 1.1.2011, Inclusion of GDS to 7th CPC etc would have been obsolete by that time as the pay commission is going to merge the DA beyond 100 points from a prospective date. The issues at hand and the issues that may come to the fore after the recommendations of the pay commission may not be identical always. 

 Secondly the proposed indefinite strike by Postal JCA from 6th May also stands deferred after the meeting with the Communications Minister on the eve of the commencement of strike that resulted in deferment of the action. 

The assurances from the Minister are accepted in good spirit by the Postal JCA. Let the Government understand that it has to take the simmering discontent among the CG Employees as well as among the Postal Employees seriously. Instead of breathing safe due to taking back of the industrial action by both the sections and as usual ignore the assurances, it should try to settle the contentious issues urgently as the two and a half lakhs of GDS in the Postal Department are on the verge of frustration! 

It is ironical that this Government also blindly follows the interpretations and stand of the earlier Governments on the question of status of GDS. The fast track action by Modi Government to remove the thorns around the land acquisition act to help the corporates is absent in the question of removing the hardship perpetrated to GDS for more than 100 years!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

          Cadre Restructuring Proposal in its final stage.It will take some period for DoPT approval. We are in regular touch in this matter. Due to effective persuasion in JCM (DC) Meeting and PJCA strike demand talks with DG Posts & Higher Officers and with Minister of Communications, Cadre Restructuring as we demand is likely to emerge as reality shortly. Let us hope the best to happen. CLICK here to view the full Report& Agreement

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CBS Go-Live of Ashoknagar MDG, 

Bhubaneswar – 751 009 ( Odisha circle ) on 


Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar – 751 009 migrated to CBS platform successfully on 11.05.2015

43rd CBS Post Office and 1st MDG of Odisha Circle

Inauguration by Shri A K Singh, IPoS, DPS ( BD ) in the kind presence of Shri S K Mohapatra, APMG (Vig.). Sri D P Dash, AD(Staff), Sri D K Samal, AD(PMU), Sri A K Rath, AD(Bldg), Sri Khageswar Mallick, ASPOs(OD) and Smt. Arunabala Mohanty, ASPOs(HQ), Bhubaneswar Division.


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