NOW WITH NEW HOPES
The Postmaster Cadre has been carved out from the existing LSG / HSG posts and all the LSG Post Offices have been identified for Postmaster Grade I and at Present there is NO LSG Post offices.
Mere 1/3rd Posts have been identified for the Cadre as a whole and since this was a new cadre and a brain child of a Director General , it was taken to peak of publicity and a new training pattern was drafted for providing managerial training along with an executive structure.
The Department actually wanted to provide higher grade pay for the cadre and decided to bring the cadre under administrative control. Unfortunately the higher grade pay could not be established and the dream of bringing the cadre under administrative hold did not come true due to non acceptance of Higher Grade Pay for Postmaster Cadre by DoPT.
In this event the failure on the part of the Department , the same was carried over by the successors without any further modifications in the cadre or Posts. There was no option for the Department to consider for higher pay scales and had to leave the cadre as it is unless it is identified by the 7th Pay Commission.
Placement of Cadre in the event of Cadre Restructuring.
In the implementation of cadre restructuring , the present single and double handed post offices will be identified for 2800/- grade pay ( kindly note that only the Post of SPMs in the single and double handed post offices will be identified for 2800/- grade pay and not for upgrading the PO into LSG status )
It only means that those who have been granted MACP- I will alone be manning the single and double handed post offices.
The present triple handed and LSG Post offices ( Kindly note that there is no LSG post offices at present and all the past LSG Post offices have been identified for Postmaster Grade-I) will be upgraded to 4200/- grade pay. That is officials who have been granted MACP-II will alone be allowed to man the offices.
Then what about LSG and HSG promotions.. There will no LSG or HSG Promotions in future. Officials have to opt for Postmaster Grade I examination for promotion to the next grade pay ie 2800/- after 5 years or choose IPO line. And those who don’t opt for Promotion thro examination will have to wait for their I and II MACP ie after 10 and 20 years respectively.
The necessity of promoting an official to LSG will not arise when an official automatically gets a promotion to the next grade Pay ie 2800/- LSG after 10 years of service at present and may even get a chance to get promoted to 2800/- grade pay before 10 years when there is vacancies arising at single and double handed post offices.
Why Cadre Restructuring and what does it really mean..
At present there are three MACPs for the staff , LSG promotion based on seniority. The LSG Promotions are normally granted after 25 years of service and to officials who have actually gone beyond the promotion grade pay . which does not provided any financial relief to the staff and most of them decline the promotions granted during their end of days in the Department.
The MACPs are granted periodically and official who have been granted 2 MACPs still work as Postal Assistants , OAs etc . They normally get higher grade pay than that of the Postmaster of the Office in which they work as PAs. The concept is very clear , they get higher grade pay and work in a clerical post or posts which do not have much responsibilities.
The Cadre Restructuring actually wanted to bring officials promoted under MACPs to take up supervisory posts and man the offices with higher responsibility. As a result , those who have been promoted or granted MACP I will be ready to man single and double handed Post offices and those who have been promoted or granted MACP II will have to man triple handed and LSG Post offices.
The Cadre restructuring will provide an opportunity to actually count the clerical requirements of the Post Offices. The Cadre Restructuring will aim to push official forward to supervisory posts on their completion for 10 Years and 20 Years of service.
This will bring an end to seniors working in clerical posts and actually deploying young generation in the counter services and even in the back office services of the Department.
What happens on implementation of in Divisions..
Eventually it gives a wider impact on the staff of offices in the Divisions , Hereafter the Rotational transfer (RT) will be under three or four categories
1. RT for Clerical Posts – Officials with 2400/- alone can apply
2. RT for SPM Posts in Single and Double Handed Post Offices – Officials granted MACP I /LSG can apply.
3. RT for SPM in Triple Handed and LSG Post Offices – Officials granted MACPII / HSG can apply .
4. RT for Supervisory Posts in HSG – Officials granted MACP III and HSG I can apply
5. RT for Postmaster Grade I , II , III – Only Postmaster Cadre can apply.
6. RT for Sr. Postmaster Cadre for Postmaster Grade III officials – only Postmaster cadre can apply.
What Happens to Postmaster Cadre on implementation of Cadre Restructuring
The Clause in the Agreement clearly states that the Postmaster Cadre will also be revived in the light of the same.
It means that after implementation of the cadre restructuring and identification of Post Offices for different Posts. The following will be modified in light of the same.
1. 1/3rd of the 2800/- Posts may be identified for PM grade – I . This means that those postmaster grade I officials who are presently working will have to take up single or double handed post offices. At Present the feel of Postmaster Grade –I Officials is that they are paid less and have been extracted with higher volume of work at present in the LSG Post Offices.
2. Here after they will man only single and double handed post offices in PM grade –I and Triple and LSG in Grade –II and HSG I and II in Grade III and so on.
Whether the Present Postmaster Grade I offices
and officials in Grade –I
will be upgraded ???
It is a fact that the present Postmaster Grade I offices are formerly LSG offices and classified as Postmaster Grade I offices . In this restructuring the present PM grade –I offices will also to be ungraded to 4200/- grade pay .
The agreement does not specify that the Official’s grade pay will be upgraded but specified that the offices will be upgraded. Since there is no LSG Offices at Present and Grade –I Post offices are higher than triple handed Post offices , the post of Postmaster grade –I will certainly get upgraded to 4200/- grade pay. But the Officials may not be provided with 4200/- grade pay.
It is now with the pay commission to decide with the merits of the Postmaster Cadre and the memorandum submitted for this cadre whether the post is to be upgraded along with the IPO cadre. As the service requirement and method of selection to the Post is same.
The Fate of the Cadre will now depend upon the 7Th pay Commission and its recommendations for the Postmaster Cadre. Otherwise the Postmaster Grade –I will have to man single and double handed post offices with less responsibilities and minimum supervisory duties and powers…
Hope to be at the better part ………….
for Postmaster Cadre officials….