Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Director General (Posts)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, N. Delhi-110001

No.CHQ/IPASP/SCPC                                                                                                Dated 27.09.2011

Sub: Up-gradation of Grade Pay from Rs 4200/- to Rs 4600/- for
        Inspector, Posts w.e.f.01.01.2006.

Ref:- Postal Directorate No. 4-12/2009-PCC dated 22-03-2010

Respected Madam,

At the outset, the Association conveys its sincere thanks for giving us an opportunity to meet you on 11.08.2011 to discuss the issues raised by us in our charter of demands submitted to the Department on 04.07.2011.

The views of the Department on the issue of up-gradation of Grade Pay of Inspector, Posts from Rs.4200/- to Rs.4600/- with effect from 01.01.2006 and merger of post of Assistant Superintendent, Posts with the post of PS Group "B" as both are having Gazetted status and difference in Grade Pay is only Rs.200/- were conveyed to the Association vide Postal Directorate No. 01/01/2011-SR dated 25.08.2011 which is reproduced below:-

" The Association was apprised that the proposal to revise the Grade Pay of Inspector Posts from Rs.4200 to Rs.4600 did not find favour with the Ministry of Finance on the ground that there cannot be two levels in the same hierarchy i.e., IPOs & ASPOs drawing the same grade pay. They were further informed that the proposal could be considered only if IPOs & ASPOs cadres are merged into one cadre and the gazetted status of ASPOs is foregone. The Association agreed to submit a revised proposal to be considered by the Department."

The above view of the Department was discussed in the CWC held at Patna from 23.09.2011 to 24.09.2011 and the members of CWC had expressed their concern for withdrawal of Gazetted status conferred to the post of ASP vide Postal Directorate No. 25-18/2000-PE-I dated 28.07.2005 as there is no instance/precedence in Central Government that Gazetted status conferred to a post has been withdrawn subsequently and the CWC had concluded that it is not agreeable for withdrawal of Gazetted status conferred to the post of ASP. It amounts to de-promotion of ASP to the post of IP. The arguments put forth by the MoF that there cannot be two levels in the same hierarchy is not acceptable as such kind of two levels exist in Audit / Accounts Departments under the Govt. of India viz. A.O. and its next promotional post Sr. A.O. are in the same Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- in PB-2. While considering the IP cadre, the Department of Expenditure, MoF is applying different norms which are neither relevant nor logical, which this Association strongly opposes.

In view of above, it is requested that the Grade Pay of Inspector Posts be upgraded from Rs. 4200/- to Rs.4600/- w.e.f. 01.01.2006 without insisting the condition of withdrawal of Gazetted status to the post of ASP.

We hope that above revised proposal will be considered by the Department favourably.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

General Secretary