Minutes of the meeting of the Committee constituted to look into the promotional prospects of IPOs/ASPOs.
In a meeting taken by Secretary (Posts) with All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents of Posts on 11.08.2011, it was decided to constitute a Committee which will look into promotional prospects of IPOs/ASPOs. Accordingly, a Committee was constituted under the Chairpersonship of Member (Personnel) vide Department’s Office Order No.1/1/2011-SR dated 09.09.2011. The Committee had its first meeting on 18.10.2011, followed by another meeting on 03.11.2011. The following were present.
Official Side Staff Side
1. Member(Personnel) 1. Shri Dinesh Khare, President
2. DDG(Estt.) 2. Shri Roop Chand, General Secretary
3. Director(T&C) 3.Shri Hari Mohan, Circle Secy. Punjab
4. Director(SR & Legal)
5. Director (Establishment)
6. Director (Staff)
The meeting started with the Chairperson welcoming the Staff side. Thereafter, the Staff side explained in detail the stagnation being faced by them in the cadre of IPOs/ASPOs and the long span of service running up to 26 years which they have to put in, before they get promotion to Group-B. The Staff side also referred to the restructuring of IPOs/ASPOs cadre which the Department took long back but the proposal did not get through. The Staff side also made a mention of the Grade Pay and promotional prospects of Inspectors in the Departments like Income Tax and Central Excise etc. and pleaded for parity with them.
The Chairperson brought to the notice of the Staff side the difference in the hierarchical structures that exists in the Department of Posts and other Departments like Income Tax and Central Excise as also Central Secretariat. It was explained to the Staff side that, while in other Departments Inspectors get promotion direct to Group-B, in the Department of Posts there was an intermediary grade of ASPOs who had been conferred the gazetted status about 5 years ago. The Staff side was also informed of the response of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure in the matter of raising the Grade Pay of Inspectors from the existing Rs.4200 to Rs.4600 so as to bring them on par with Inspectors in other Departments. While discussing the possibility of upgrading certain posts in the Circle Offices and other field formations to Group-B so as to accelerate the promotional prospects of IPOs/ASPOs, it was made very clear to the staff side that in view of the response of the Department of Expenditure, they would first have to forego the gazetted status of ASPOs so as to have single level in the cadre as it may facilitate raising the grade pay of IPOs from the existing Rs.4200 to Rs.4600, and may pave way for speedier promotion due to upgrading of certain posts to Group-B.
The Staff side intimated that they are to have their next CWC meeting in the 2nd half of January 2012 where they would discuss the proposal of foregoing the gazetted status of ASPOs and up- gradation of IPOs, as discussed in the preceding paragraph and would revert back to the Department with a final proposal.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
CHQ IS NOT IN A POSITION TO FINALISE THE PROPOSAL IN VIEW OF THE DECISION OF THE CWC PATNA DATED 23/24-09.2011 ON THE ISSUE. HENCE, IN VIEW OF ABOVE MINUTES, ALL CIRCLE SECRETARIES ARE ONCE AGAIN REQUESTED TO DELIBERATE/DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF FOREGOING THE GAZETTED STATUS OF ASPOS AND UPGRADATION OF IPOS WITH THEIR CIRCLE WORKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ARRANGE FOR OBTAINING THE VIEWS OF EACH AND EVERY MEMBER AND CONVEY COSOLIDATED OPINION OF THEIR CIRCLES TO THE CHQ IN BLACK AND WHITE AS WELL AS THROUGH EMAIL, SO THAT FINAL DECISION AT CHQ LEVEL COULD BE TAKEN AND CONVEYED TO THE DEPARTMENT AT THE EARLIEST BUT NOT LATER THAN 30.11.2011.
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