Friday, December 19, 2014

No. PJCA/2014                                                                                   Dated: 16.12.2014
            All Office Bearers of both Federations,
            All General Secretaries of both the Federations
            All Circle / Divisional and Branch Secretaries


A meeting of Postal JCA consisting NFPE, FNPO, AIPE Union GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS was held at NFPE office, North Avenue, Post Office Building, New Delhi on 03.12.2014. All General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Unions attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan Ex. Secretary General NFPE and Secretary General Confederation was also present.

After detailed discussions the following decisions were taken:

1.         Indefinite strike will be organized from 6th May, 2015.

2.         Intensive campaign programme will be launched by the JCA leaders.

3.         JCA will be formed in all the circles. The following leaders of JCA are authorized for formation of Circle JCA and this work should be completed before 31st Jan-2015:

Shri D. Theagarajan, S/G  FNPO
Com. M. Krishnan Ex. S/G  NFPE
Sri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. P. Suresh G/S R-4 (NFPE)
Andhra Pradesh
Shri  G.M. Rabani Vice president (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Shri N. Ramappa G/S  R-4 (FNPO)
Com. T. Satyanarayana G/S Postal Accounts(NFPE)
Shri U. Murlidharan G/S NUGDS

Com. P Pandurangarao G/S AIPEU GDS(NFPE)
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. Giri raj Singh G/S R-3 (NFPE)
Shri T N Rahate G/S P-4 (FNPO)
Com, N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shri T N Rahate G/S P-4 (FNPO)
Com. R.N. Parashar S/G (NFPE)
Shri  D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. R.N. Parashar S/G (NFPE)
Shri O.P. Khanna G/S Admn. (FNPO)
Com. Virendra Tiwari G/S SBCO (NFPE)
Shri B.S. Singh (FNPO)
Com. S.B. Yadav G/S R.O. Accounts (NFPE)
Shri Jaipal Singh  Vice President  P-4 (FNPO)
Com. Giriraj Singh G/S R-3 (NFPE)
Shi Jaipal Sin gh Vice President , P-4 (FNPO)
Com. N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shi Jaipal Singh Vice President , P-4 (FNPO)
Com. K.K. Sharma Vice President ,(NFPE)
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-III (FNPO)
Com. R. Shiv Narayana President P-III (NFPE)
West Bengal
Shri D. Kishan Rao G/S P-III (FNPO)
Com. ,. N. Subramanian G/S P-3 (NFPE)
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-4 (FNPO)
Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee G/S Admn.(NFPE)
North East
Shri Deepak Mukherjee President R-4 (FNPO)
Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee G/S Admn.(NFPE)
Shri  R K Tyagi    Dy/ G/S R-3 (FNPO)
Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-4 (NFPE)
Com. RN. Parashar S/G NFPE
Shri D. Theagarajan S/G (FNPO) and all General Secretaries.

4.         JCA unanimously decided to oppose Task Force Committee recommendations.

5.         State JCA leaders will authorize circle leaders of both Federations for formation of Divisional level JCA & this should be completed before 28th Feb 2015.

6.         State conventions and Divisional conventions should be held in the month of March-2015.

7.         Circulars, Banners, Pamphlets describing the demands should be sent to all and these should be circulated in regional languages also.

Yours Comradely,
    R. N. Parashar                                                                         D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                 Secretary General, FNPO   
  P. Pandurangarao                                                                  P. U. Muraleedharan
  General Secretary                                                                   General Secretary
          AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                    NUGDS (FNPO)

Thursday, December 11, 2014





1.  NFPE & AIPEU – GDS (NFPE) has filed a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court praying to (1) give direction to the Government to implement the 1977 Judgment of the Supreme Court to treat Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and grant all benefits of regular employees (2) to give direction to the Government to include Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission and (3) to quash the Gramin Dak Sewaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules 2011. Senior Advocate Mr. Justice (Retired) M. R. Calla and Advocate Uday Gupta appeared in Supreme Court on behalf of NFPE & AIPEU – GDS (NFPE).

2.  Hon’ble Supreme Court after hearing the argument in Writ Petition ordered to transfer the case to Delhi High Court for a decision after hearing the Government of India, Department of Posts. In the Delhi High Court the Writ Petition No. 168 of 2014 came up for hearing on 19.09.2014. The Department of Posts filed its counter affidavit. High Court adjourned the case to 04.02.2015 granting time for filing rejoinder reply statement.

3.  In the counter affidavit filed by Department of Posts it is stated that three Writ Petitions filed by some Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) are pending in the Supreme Court. When we verified with the Supreme Court records it is learnt that all the three Writ Petitions filed by some GDS in the Supreme Court are listed for final hearing on 02.12.2014 (Writ Petition No. 17 of 2009, WP No. 468 of 2009 and WP No. 37 of 2011). Hence NFPE decided to implead in the above Writ Petitions pending in the Supreme Court and our Impleadment Petition I. A. No. 1 in WP (C) No. 17 of 2009 was also filed in the Supreme Court.

4. On 02.12.2014, the three Writ Petitions filed by some GDs came up for hearing. After hearing the Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS, the court passed the following orders on 02.12.2014.

“It is submitted by Mr. Mukesh K. Giri, Learned Counsel appearing for the Petitioners that Union of India has framed a set of rules called Department of Posts Multi-Tasking Staff Recruitment Rules 2010, by which the Department of Posts (Group ‘D’ Posts) Recruitment Rules 2002 has been superseded. He has drawn our attention that part of the Rules which states as follows:
“Gramin Dak Sewaks are holders of Civil Posts but they are outside the regular civil service due to which their appointment will be by direct recruitment”.

It is submitted by him (Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS) that in view of the aforesaid declaration under the Rules, the petitioners can agitate their other grievances before the Central Administrative Tribunal”.

5.  After hearing the above submission of the Advocate who filed the three Writ Petitions on behalf of some GDS, the Supreme court adjourned the case to 09.12.2014 to hear the arguments of our Advocate in the Impleadment Petitions IA No. 1 filed by NFPE in WP (C) of 17 of 2009. On 09.12.2014, Mr. Justice (Retd.) M. R. Calla, Senior Advocate, Appeared and argued the case on behalf of NFPE. Our Advocate argued for a direction to the Government to grant Civil Servant status and all benefits of Civil Servants to the Gramin Dak Sewaks. The Advocate who filed the Writ Petition has submitted that GDS can agitate their other grievances before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Finally the Supreme Court ordered that the grievances of the GDS who filed the three Writ Petition in Supreme court may be agitated before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). (Copy of the Hon’ble Supreme court order yet to be received.)

6.  The Writ Petition Filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) will be heard by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 04.02.2015.
As already stated above, the Writ Petition filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) is now in the Delhi High Court. We have filed our rejoinder reply statement to the counter affidavit of the Government of India, Department of Posts. The case will come up for hearing on 4th February 2015.

7.  The above detailed factual position is explained because daily many GDS from all circles are calling up over phone to know the correct position of the Court case. Case filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) will be heard in the Delhi High Court on 04.02.2015. The other three Writ Petitions came up for hearing on 02.12.2014 and 09.12.2014 is not filed by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE).

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

India Post to shake Nationalised Banks and Indian Banking industry

The initiative of India Post to connect Post Offices through Core Banking Solution will shake the banking industry shortly.  Even though Post offices are doing Small saving activities as an agent of Ministry of Finance, they have the potential in terms of deposit backings, wide network across the country and strong employee support to shake the industry.

Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) which is called as Poor’s Bank has the major share of Deposits in India compared to any other banks.  Since India Post is a government Institution working without profit motive, getting the exact figures of deposits and number of account was difficult compared to full-fledged banks with corporate entity.  So till now the actual figure were unknown to everyone.

Now the scenario has been changed when Post Offices started getting migrated to Core Banking Solution.  When a Post Office gets migrated, the exact figures of number of accounts and total deposit amount will be generated.  Through this figures everyone can see the strength of Post Office Saving Bank in India.

India Post successfully migrated its first office to Core Banking in December 2013. Like any others big public sector and private sector banks, India Post is using Finacle, the leading Core Banking Solution from Infosys for their banking renovation.  Now India Post is near to reach its first milestone of 1000 CBS Post Offices in India and expecting this by December 2014. Till 27.11.2014 total of 961 Post offices have been migrated to CBS platform.

India Post is planning to include 25000 plus Post Offices in Core Banking network with in few years.  By this mission all the departmental Post Offices will come under this CBS category Post Offices.  Now itself all these offices are computerised and they are doing banking transactions using Sanchay Post software. Even if we take number as 25000, the figure is not at all a small one when compared to other big nationalised banks.

As per the Annual Report 2013-14 State Bank of India has only 16069 branches including 15869 domestic branches and 190 foreign branches. If we include the branches of Associate banks too, a count of about 5700 more branches will be added to this list.  Even after adding the associate banks to this list SBI have only 21769 branches across the world.  The second largest public sector bank is Punjab National Bank.  They are following far behind with only 6206 branches (6201 domestic branches and 5 foreign branches)

If we take the amount of deposit as criteria, India Post will again be the number one in the industry.  Only 961 Post Offices have been migrated to Core Banking till 27.11.2014, but the value of deposits in these migrated offices crossed Rs. 87204 Crores.  Total of 5.51 Crores account have been migrated to this new platform.   This is from only nearly 4% of total Post Offices to be migrated to Core Banking.  If we take the proportionate figure, deposits will surely cross 20 Lakh Cores rupees after migration of all computerised Post Offices.  State Bank of India have only deposit of rupees 13.94 Lakh Crores as per annual report 2013-14.  Number of branches and total deposit value of major nationalised banks are shown below for comparative analysis.

Name of Banks
No. of CBS branches
(as on 31.03.2014)
Total Deposit
( in Crores)
India Post (POSB)
State Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Bank of Baroda
Canara Bank
Bank of India
Central Bank of India
Syndicate Bank
                     * Expected numbers after migration

Commercial banks are attracting customers by giving value added services like ATM, Debit/Credit cards, Internet Banking, mobile banking, etc. Now most of the people are depending banks for such needs. In order to compete with commercial banks or for attracting new customers or giving more value to their account holders, India Post started various value added services like Internet Banking, ATM, etc. Now the ATM facility is introduced in limited areas but the Department of Post is planning to install 2800 ATMs by the end of 2015.

By the end of 2015 CBS network of India Post may be connected to other banking networks and thereby a Post Office customer can make use of all the facilities (except loans) now a commercial bank customer can enjoy.  If the value added services of India Post is a success, surely it will lose the customers of commercial banks. And in such circumstances people in the rural areas will not approach Banks, normally located in urban or semi-urban areas for transacting in SB accounts.  Now Savings Bank account in Post Office are not attractive only because of lack of availability of value added services like ATM, Debit cards, net banking,etc.  Now Department of Post is taking all efforts to fill this gap occurred in the past. 

Finally expecting that today’s technological renovation of India Post will surely shake Indian Banking industry in near future in various ways.  Let us wait and see.