Sunday, 4 March 2018



The meeting of “India Posts’ Retired Officers’ Association” was held on Saturday the 24th February 2018 at 03.0 p.m. in the Conference Hall of Dadar Inspection Quarters (I.Q.) Dadar H.O. Building 5th floor Dadar (East) Mumbai 400014 under the Chairmanship of Shri R Ganesan Ex-Secretary to Government of India, Director General, Department of Posts India, New-Delhi-110001 and President of the Association.
2.  Following members of Association were present in the meeting.
            1. Ms Humera Ahmed------------ Vice- President
            2.  Shri V L Raichur  --------------- Vice- President 
            3.  Shri U. P.C. Tauro----------------Secretary
           4.  Shri R.K. Joshi---------------------Treasurer
            5.  Shri S V Narayankar--------------Org. Secretary
           6.  Shri S.P.Sardal---------------------Member
           7. Shri A.V.Pathak------------------- Member
            8.  Shri  G.T. Raut--------------------  Member
          9.   Shri Bachhan Prasad-------------Member
         10.  Shri P.T. Badgujar---------------  Member
         11.  Shri P.M.Shirsat------------------ Member
          12.  Shri P.V.Mathure------------------Member
         13.  Shri P.K.Shelke   ------------------Member
         14   Shri P.R.Meshram-----------------Member
         15.  Shri V.M.Dekate       ------------  Member
         16   Shri V.S.Jagtap--------------------  Member
         17   Shri D.P.Sukhsohale------------  Member
         18   Shri A.R.Pund  ------------------- Member
         19   Shri  A.A.Zoal    ------------------ Member
         20   Smt K.Saraswathi          --------- Member
         21   Shri R.L.Modi      ------------------Member
         22.  Shri L.A.Dahatonde--------------Member
         23.   Shri P.R.Parodhi-------------------Member.
3.        At the outset, two minutes silence was observed by the members in condolence of     late Shri Deish,Former Member PSB New Delhi who expired on 05/01/2018.
4.    Shri S.P. Sardal, Anchor, welcomed all attending members including President and Vice-President present in the meeting. He welcomed the outstation members who had come all the way from Pune, Amraoti & Jalgaon.

5.     Shri S.P.Sardal  was felicitated by handing over bouquet at the hands of President of our Association on attaining age of 75 years( Platinum Jubilee) and wished him long life.
6.  The Secretary specifically introduced and welcomed the following new members who came from Pune, Amraoti and attended the meeting first time. All members present in the meeting also joined in welcoming them.
            1.  Shri P.K.Shelke  
            2   Shri A.R.Pund 
            3   Shri  A.A.Zoal   
          4.  Shri L.A.Dahatonde
7. The book on the autobiography of Advocate Anil Pathak titled “Shunyatun Abhyudayakade” was released by the President of the Association. The copies of the book were circulated amongst the members. Secretary gave a brief on Advocate Anil Pathak. Ms Humera Ahmed Vice President of the Association requested Anil Pathak to provide English Translation of some of the important events.
8.    Shri U.P.C. Tauro, Secretary of the Association informed all the members that the minutes of the last meeting held on 4th November at the Conference Hall of Dadar IQ, Dadar HO building 5th floor Dadar (East) Mumbai 400014 were circulated to all members through what’s app as well as through e mail & also posted in Associations’ Blog As such the minutes of the last AGM were got ratified unanimously.
9.   While welcoming all members present in the meeting, Shri R Ganesan, President of the Association in his key note address, welcomed the outstation members who were attending the meeting first time. He also mentioned that he had sent a message on what’s App on the previous day explaining the purpose of the meetings. It was reiterated that the meetings are expected to fill the vacuum post retirement. You enjoy these gatherings laughing, chatting etc. Though it is for a couple of hours only, it relives our past friends memories, relieves us of some mental stress that may gather in us, without our volition. After retirement we live in isolation in our flats surrounded by our families. He also explained that when we visit Banks we don’t feel anything whereas when we visit Post Office if staff looks at you as a stranger you feel uncomfortable. Despite what’s App message only a handful showed up to the meeting. As such he proposed to restrict our meetings to, two in a year instead of present three. One AGM and the other Annual day where the Platinum Jubilee Members will be felicitated. This was deliberated. It was unanimously decided to continue with  3 meetings in a year in the mornings with Lunch by contribution from members, AGM in Mumbai, second one combined with picnic, with fun filled activities so that members get encouragement to participate actively. The third will be decided depending upon the participants.
      As there are 108 outstation members it was proposed to have Regional Secretaries of 4 Regions. They will function within scope of Bye-laws of IPROA. The roles and responsibilities of Regional Secretaries will be formulated separately and circulated after getting these cleared by the EC, then the GB.
       Secretary was asked to get the nominations from the Regions and get approval from the Executive Committee.  The nominations will be ratified in the coming AGM. Till then they will function on the analogy of pretem Speaker. The Regional Secretaries will conduct 2 meetings in their Region. Members of other Regions will be free to attend these meetings. However the AGM will be held in Mumbai. 
10.   Ms Humera Ahmed Vice President of the Association showed her concern on the non-attendance of some of the members who had attended a wedding in the morning. She also showed her desire to see more attendance of Officers from R.M.S.
   11. On the receipt & payment  “revision of pension “on notional pay as per DOPT orders dated 12/05/2017 was deliberated in detail amongst all members. The 4th para of said Office Memorandum was reiterated by the Secretary. Wherein it has been specified that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f 01/01/2016, may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale /pay band and grade pay at which they retired /died. It was also told that the matter of “revision of pension “on notional pay was taken up with CPMG Maharashtra Circle Mumbai. It was replied by CPMG Maharashtra Circle Mumbai stating that it will take at least 2 months. Since most of the attending members had not received the “revision of pension” orders it was unanimously decided to remind to CPMG Maharashtra Circle Mumbai. Secretary will prepare the Draft & circulate it to the Executive Committee for their comments. It was also suggested by the Secretary that the Officers having email can lodge complaint in PG PORTAL.GOV.IN/PENSION Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare as in this portal only individual grievances on pension can be lodged. It was pointed out by Smt K.Saraswathi that though she had received the Revised Pension Order from DA (P) Nagpur, the arrears have not been drawn by Mumbai GPO. It was unanimously decided to write to CPMG Maharashtra Circle Mumbai. Secretary will prepare the Draft & circulate it to the Executive Committee for their comments.
12 . Non-Functional Financial Up gradation in respect of Supdt of Post Offices from level 8 (G.P.4800) to Level 9 (G.P.5400) after 4 years of Service was discussed. It was explained by the Secretary that on implementation of 6th Pay Commission Recommendations Para No.7.6.14 of the report, Part C of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008 has allowed non-financial up gradation from Grade Pay 4800 to 5400 to the Supdt of POs after 4 years of service. The  case was first filed by Shri M. Subramaniam Inspector of Central Excise in CAT Madras Bench OA No 167of 2009  to grant the grade pay of Rs 5400/- and consequential benefits with effect from 01/01/2008 as per the orders of GOI accepting the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission. This was dismissed on 19/04/2010.Challenging the said order he filed Writ Petition No 13225 of 2010 in the Madras High Court. The Hon’ble High Court vide order dated 06/09/2010 allowed the Writ Petition setting aside the order of the Tribunal ,dated 19/04/2010 passed in OA No 167 of 2009 and directed to extend the benefits of grade pay of Rs 5400/- to the petitioner from 01/01/2008.The Hon’ble High Court had held that the Government of India , having accepted the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission ,issued a resolution dated 29/08/2008 granting grade pay of Rs 5400/-to the Group B Officers in pay band 2 on non –functional basis after 4 years of regular service in the grade pay of Rs 4800/-in pay band -2. Therefore, denial of the same benefit to the petitioner based on the clarification issued by the Under Secretary to the Govt. was contrary to the above said clarification and without amending the rules of the revised pay scale, such decision cannot be taken. This was challenged by the Union of India in Supreme Court vide Civil Appeal No 8883/2011.The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 10./10/2017 without seeing any ground to interfere with the impugned orders dismissed the appeal and also the Special Leave petitions filed by the Union of India. As per the Department of Posts was concerned the Secretary cited the OA No 296 of 2014 filed in CAT Hyderabad Bench by the ASPOs/ SPOs of AP. Circle. This was decided on 14/09/2015 allowing the respondents to grant the benefits as granted in OA No 1051/2010 decided on 30/03/2015.In the said order it was held that the decision of the Madras High Court is applicable to the facts of the present case with all force, as here also, the applicants herein have been placed in grade pay of Rs 4800/-and have completed 4 years in that scale, may be, on account of granting only ACP and not on account of promotion. As such, the OA is liable to be allowed and the Applicants shall be granted higher pay scale of Rs 5400/-with effect from their respective dates of completion of regular service of four years in the grade pay of Rs 4800/- (pre revised scale of Rs 7500-12000/-) It was further informed by the Secretary that this matter has been taken up by the Postal Officers’ Association with the Secretary (Post) requesting grant of Non-Functional Grade Pay of Rs 5400/- to all IP/ASP/PS Group B Officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of Rs 4800/- Reply is awaited.
13.  The granting of benefits of MACPS with effect from 01/01/2006 was deliberated. It was explained by the Secretary that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide order dated 08/12/2017 in Civil Appeal Diary No 3744 of 2016 while disposing of the Applications filed by Union of India has held that they are concerned with the interpretation of the Resolution of the Government which clearly state that the recommendations of 6th CPC as modified and accepted by the Central Government in so far as they relate to pay structure, pay scales, grade pay etc. will apply from 01/01/2006.The intention of the Government was clear that this scheme which is part of the pay structure would apply from 01/01/2006.We may also point out that the Resolution dated 30/08/2008 whereby the recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted with modifications and recommendations with regard to pay structure, pay scales, grade pay etc have been made applicable from 01/01/2006. This is a decision of the Cabinet. This decision could not have been modified by issuing executive instruction. It was further told by the Secretary that in addition to the Unions who have taken up the matter with the Secretary Posts Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary National Council (Staff Side) has also taken up the matter with The Secretary Dept of Personnel & Training. Orders are awaited.
14.   Regarding the benefits that accrue to the pensioners due to Budget, it was told by the President that the Standard Deduction of Rs 40000/- has been allowed in the present budget. The Secretary informed the members that the exemption of interest income on deposits with banks and Post offices increased to 50,000/-.This benefit shall be available also for interest from all fixed deposits schemes and R.D. The limit of deduction for health insurance premium and/or medical expenditure to Rs 50,000/-The medical expenditure in respect of certain critical illness raised to Rs 60,000/-in case of very senior citizen to Rs 1 lakh. The Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana extended upto March 2020 under which an assured return of 8% is given by LIC of India. The existing limit on investment under PMVVY enhanced to Rs 15 lakh. Regarding the other benefits available to Senior Citizens the members were requested to go through the broachers distributed to them along with minute to minute programme.
15.  In respect of the implications of Long Term Capital Gains Tax it was explained by the Secretary that LTCG tax has been reintroduced in the Union Budget. Investors will have to pay 10% tax on profit exceeding Rs 1 lakh made from the sale of shares or equity mutual fund schemes held for over one year. The ‘grandfathering ‘clause is the exemption granted to existing investors or gains made by them before the new tax laws comes into force. For more details the Secretary requested the members to go through the broachers distributed to them along with minute to minute programme
16. Regarding the schemes of Post Office vis a vis the interest rates the Secretary requested the members to go through the broachers distributed to them along with minute to minute programme. He made a special mention of Prime Minister Suraksha Bhima Yojana (SBY) which is Accidental Insurance worth Rs 2 Lakhs at Just Rs 12/- per Annum eligible age between 18-70 years. The insurance also covers permanent disablement due to accident. The subsequent premiums will be deducted from SB through Auto debit facility.
17   The third Annual General Body meeting of the Association was proposed to be held tentatively on Saturday the 23th June 2018, at Mumbai in the morning under the Chairmanship of Shri R Ganesan Ex-Secretary Posts followed by Lunch. The venue will be intimated in due course by the Secretary.
  18.  Shri D.P.Sukhsohale pointed out that despite addressing PMG Goa for allotment of I.Q four times he was neither allotted the I.Q. nor he was replied. It was unanimously decided to write to CPMG Maharashtra Circle Mumbai with copies to Regional PMsG. Secretary will prepare the Draft & circulate it to the Executive Committee for their comments.
19 . Shri S.P.Sardal extended vote of thanks to Shri R. Ganesan Hon’ble President of the    Association & Vice Presidents and all the attending members for their active participation in the meeting. Special thanks were extended to the outstation members for attending the meeting.

President                                                                                                           Secretary  


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