Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Initiation of HISCOD in the CBS offices

All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ Himachal Pradesh HQ at Una

Des Raj Bhatia                                                                                                   H S Guleria
Circle President                                                                                                                Circle Secretary
                                                                                                                                Mobile: 9418463093
                                                                                                                                Email: circlesecretaryhp@gmail.com
                                                                                                                                Blogger: postalunionhp.blogspot.in


No:         HP/P-III/RJCM                   dated at Una the 17.05.2016

To

                Maj Gen A K Shori
                Chief Postmaster General,
                Himachal Pradesh Circle Shimla-09

Sub:       Initiation of HISCOD in the CBS offices

Respected Sir,

                The Circle Office have issued instructions to ensure initiation of HISCOD well before the close of the office. In the CBS office, entire work of the office depends upon the functioning of computer networks, net connectivity and regular functioning of central server and Finacle. Besides this, the continue supply of electricity in the CBS office is most needed.

                Since, the time taken for each transaction on Finacle is higher than the Sanchay Post and there is 50% shortage of man power in every office. The HISCOD has to be initiated on completion of / verification of all the transactions and clearing all blocking validations. Every day, a mail is received from CPC Shimla that the finacle is down throughout India. In one case, a user is logged in but the supervisor login was denied for hours together. Will it not cause delay in completion of verification work and initiation of HISCOD.

                In many sub post offices, where the net connectivity is totally failed the SPM concerned is completing the work either in Head Post Office or in the nearby CBS office. We feel that the siffy network authorities are not seriously looking after the connectivity problem. Moreover, many offices have been rolled out to CBS offices without ensuring proper functioning of NSP-1. Despite having raised a ticket, net connectivity in some offices especially D or E class was restored after three or four days. The information is well available with Divisional Offices. The reason behind it is that the siffy technologies use to take up the matter with BSNL who in turn takes three or four days usually to set right the problem.

                Your goodself will agree that many of the offices are opened beyond duty hours even upto 1100 hours. They are very sincerely putting their best to complete the work and make the CBS project a grand success without being equipped with appropriate men and material. Even they are not being compensated for the late sittings. Should it not be appreciated?

                Unfortunately, the perusal of messages in the Tech-minds group of whatsapp reveal that administration at any level have no concern to the staff who are striving hard by late sittings to complete the work and surprisingly enough, you have tweeted that ‘’ a solid danda is needed to be used for all those persons who have not initiated the HISCOD well in time’’ without knowing the reasons and the circumstances behind it.

                The Circle Union salute whole working class of Himachal Pradesh Circle who are doing a marvelous job with a shortage of 50% hands without any extra remuneration despite having been requested by this union. In such circumstances, the circle union express its serious concern over such a tweet which is a humiliating and discouraging one to the brave postal employees of HP.

                Your goodself is therefore requested kindly discuss the issue with the staff side on initiation of HISCOD so that ground realities may also be highlighted and an appropriate instruction on the subject be issued.

                With regards,



Yours sincerely,


(H. S. Guleria)


                

Monday, 9 May 2016

Submission of Memorandum on the burning problems of the postal employees.

All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ H.P. Circle HQ at Una-174303

No:      HP/P-III/Agitation                    dated at Una the 07.05.2016

To

            Shri Narender Modi Ji,
            Honorable Prime Minister of India,
            New Delhi-110001

Sub:     Submission of Memorandum on the burning problems of the postal employees.

Respected Sir,

            I , have been directed by the All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ H.P Circle to bring to your kind notice the miserable plight of postal employees working in post offices.

            Sir, the Indian Postal system is the largest and most credible Department catering the needs of one billion people of India particularly the people working in rural India. The postal Department is the victim of apathy of previous Government which is left to be run by bureaucracy only. We are soliciting your kind intervention to kindly safeguard the interest of postal services and the postal employees.

            (1)        Shortage of staff in Postal Department

            The 7th Pay Commission in his report has admitted that there is shortage of around 60000 Group ‘’C’’ employees in the post offices. Whereas there is no shortage in Group ‘’A’’ and Group ‘’B’’ Officers. Due to irregular / impracticable recruitment policy, the recruitment against the vacant posts could not be made during the last three years. Resultantly, the figures of vacant posts of Group ‘’C’’ staff have arisen to 70000. In Himachal Pradesh which is a hilly state around 1000 posts are lying vacant.

            Sir, the services are to be run by the postal employees only. The mechanization / the computerization / modernization is for the benefit of the staff / public / Department. But any Department can not function smoothly to needs of the public without the manpower. The postal employees of Himachal Pradesh pray and solicite your kind intervention to cause filling up of all the vacant posts and the accountability of the authorities concerned for not filling up these posts well in time may kindly be fixed.

            (2)        Introduction of various new schemes in the name of IT Project-2012 in the post offices

            As per IT Modernization project 2012 , all the post offices are to be rolled out to CBS. It is learnt that targets are fixed at the central level to the circles for rolling out the post offices to the CBS and the authorities at the lower level are mindlessly implementing the schemes without ensuring appropriate manpower and infrastructure in the post offices. The time taken on every transaction of the CBS office is higher than the time taken for the work done on previous software. In the CBS, every transaction has to be verified by the supervisor but surprisingly in post offices there is shortage of supervisors by 50%. As a consequence, the verification work is either being performed by the operator itself or by the person not authorised to do it.

            Despite all that the postal employees by working late hours till midnight have successfully implemented the CBS project without any proper training/ relief.

            The CBS functioning depends upon manpower, net connectivity and regular functioning of central server. In post offices, it is very often complained that the connectivity is very poor. Every day a mail is received conveying that Finacle ‘’The CBS Software’’ is down all over India and the staff working in the post offices has to wait to resume the work till central server and net connectivity is restored. The Postal Administration who claims its success in implementing the various projects has no accountability in redressing the issues being faced by the staff. In Himachal Pradesh, the Government provides holding of periodical meetings between the Administration and the Unions, unfortunately, despite repeated requests the Chief Postmaster General Himachal Pradesh Maj Gen A. K. Shori is deliberately avoiding holding of such meetings resulting compounding of the issues being faced by the staff.

            Due to this attitude, the postal employees of Himachal Pradesh organised a protest Day Long Dharna on 03.04.2016 (Sunday) at Shimla to focus the attention of the authorities concerned on the issues emerging out from the implementation of new schemes.

            There is every mechanism available to question the poor lower level employee who is responsible to give a shape to the Government policies at the ground level but Sir, there is a feeling rather it is true there is none to question the bureaucracy on their do’s and don’ts.

            The postal employees of Himachal Pradesh as well as of India have very high hopes from our Honorable Prime Minister known for his prompt decisions as well as for his commitments. As such, we hope that an appropriate remedial action to save the credibility of postal Department and the peace of mind of postal employees will be taken.

            With profound regards,


                                                                                                Yours faithfully,


                                                                                                (H. S. Guleria)

Copy to:
1.         Shri Anurag Thakur, Member Parliament and Chairman Standing Committee on IT with request to kindly raise the issue in the Parliament.


Holding of Dharna against the apathetic approach of Department in providing required infrastructure / atmosphere while rolling out the post offices to CBS on 03.04.2016

All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ H.P. Circle HQ at Una-174303

No:      HP/P-III/Agitation                    dated at Una the 07.05.2016

To

            Shri R N Prashar,
            General Secretary,
            AIPEU Group C CHQ
            New Delhi-08

Sub:     Holding of Dharna against the apathetic approach of Department in providing required infrastructure / atmosphere while rolling out the post offices to CBS on 03.04.2016

Dear comrade,

            As per the decision of Circle Working Committee of H.P. Circle Union a mass Dharna was organised at Shimla on 03.04.2016 (Sunday). Around 300 comrades from HP participated in the Dharna.

            Following mindless implementation of CBS in post offices the difficulties of the staff in the post offices were compounding. The staff was neither given adequate training nor the required infrastructure i.e availability of net connectivity and regular functioning of central server was ensured by the administration before rolling out the post offices to CBS. As a consequence, the staff helplessly was left to work in a post office at his own and there was none to rescue them. Due to irregular net connectivity and poor quality of central server the staff is made to sit in a post office beyond duty hours.

            Surprisingly, the administration does not seem to be responsive to the needs of the staff and simply a sterio type reply is given that ‘’it will settle slowly by itself’’.

            The time taken for each transaction on finacle is higher than the time taken on Sanchay Post.

            The Dharna was successful and concluded with resolution that a memorandum be prepared for submission to the Prime Minister / Communication Minister requesting for immediate action.

            The resolution passed in the Dharna on 03.04.2016 solicite that the CHQ should definitely evolve a programme to mitigate the hardships of the staff working in the CBS post offices.

            The copies of press clipings are enclosed.


                                                                                    Yours comradely,



                                                                                        (H S Guleria)

Friday, 18 March 2016

ONE DAY LONG DHARNA ON 03.04.2016 (SUNDAY) AT SHIMLA

All the Branch Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries and CWC Members please note the Circle Union has decided for a Dharna on 03.04.2016 (Sunday) at Shimla to protest against the apathetic approach of the Circle Administration as well as Divisional Administrations to the issues cropped after rolling out of post offices on CBS and McCamish. Please note, there is no option as our correspondence and appeals are shelved by the authorities. The only way out is the struggle!!! Kindly ensure total participation by all the postal employees of Himachal Pradesh.

Review of proposed Dharna dated 21.02.2016 and review of the developments after deferment of the programme of agitation

All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ H.P. Circle HQ Una-174 303
Des Raj Bhatia                                                                                                 H.S Guleria
Circle President                                                                                                            Circle Secretary

                                                                                    Mobile: +91 9418463093
                                                                                    Blogger: postalunionhp.blogspot.in
                                                                                    Email: circlesecretaryhp@gmail.com

No:      HP/P-III/CWC              dated at Una the 18.03.2016

Maj Gen A K Shori
Chief Postmaster General,
Himachal Pradesh Circle Shimla-09

Sub:     Review of proposed Dharna dated 21.02.2016 and review of the developments after deferment of the programme of agitation

Respected Sir,

            A kind reference is invited to your D.O letter No Union/2-1/2010 dated 09.02.2016 and this Union letter No even dated 17.02.2016.

            In your D.O letter mentioned above a para wise reply was conveyed to this Union and in the concluding para , your goodself has advised not to resort an activity of organising Dharna to avoid unnecessary bitterness in the presently healthy, friendly and co-operative relations between the administration and the union.

            I spoke to your goodself on 17.02.2016 and emphasized the need for holding bilateral dialogues to ensure mitigation of the problems being faced by the staff after rolling out to CBS and introduction of McCamish. Your goodself assured to hold such meetings at the earliest.

            This Union keeping in view the discussions and the contents contained in the DO letter after consulting the Circle Working Committee Members deffered the programme of Dharna conveyed vide this Union letter No even dated 17.02.2016 with the firm hope that the Circle Administration will take a positive view and hold a meeting to discuss the issues at the earliest.

            A period of one month has been passed , there has been no communication on the issue from your office neither there is any let up in the hardship being faced by the staff.

            The poor staff in the CBS offices is working helplessly as a bounded labour. More than sixty per cent offices  are functioning beyond 2100 hours struggling for completion of daily work. Despite, an assurance the operative staff has to approach for CSAC of the user / supervisor ID beyond duty hours and there seems to be none to attend them. The frequent failure of Finacle server and McCamish are compounding the miseries of the operative staff. Till date, many of the CBS offices are working without laser printers and even with the old / obsolete computers resulting delay in completion of work. No doubt, there are instructions for grant of OTA but till date none of the Divisional Head in the Circle has issued any such instruction  or has allowed an hour OTA to the staff performing duties in the late hours. No doubt the new computers have reached in the Divisions; the concern of the Divisional Heads can well be confirmed by confirming the date of installation of these new computers which are still lying in the Divisional Offices.

            The bandwidth seems to have been enhanced in the papers as till date there is no improvement.

            There is strong resentment amongst the staff over rolling out the post offices without providing required infrastructure and training to the staff. Recently, in Hamirpur Division, 26 post offices have been rolled in one go and many officials of these offices are not imparted training. Despite the fact that many offices are working without UPS/faulty UPS and even the computers are working on direct supply posing security threats to computers. Government of India as well as our Department have made provisions for bilateral discussions with the staff Union by way of holding four monthly / RJCM meetings and in HP Circle no such meeting has been held for last one year.

            Since, there is no relief and no way out , this Union in consultation with all the Circle Working Committee Members and branch secretaries is constrained to decide for a day long Dharna on 03.04.2016 at Shimla as a mark of protest and to focus the concern of staff over the apathetic approach on the issues.

           
           
                                                                                    Yours sincerely,



                                                                                      (H S Guleria)

Friday, 26 February 2016

Non functioning of McCamish Software in H.P Circle



All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘’C’’ HP Circle HQ at Una-174 303

Des Raj Bhatia                                                                                                   H S Guleria
Circle President                                                                                          Circle Secretary
                                                                                                                    Phone: +91-9418463093
                                                                                                             Blogger: postalunionhp.blogspot.in
                                                                                                            Email: circlesecretaryhp@gmail.com

No:         HP/P-III/JCM                     dated at Una the 26.02.2016

Maj. Gen A. K Shori
The Chief Postmaster General,
Himachal Pradesh Circle Shimla-09

Sub:       Non functioning of McCamish Software in H.P Circle

Respected Sir,

                The McCamish software abruptly stopped working today at 1100 hours displaying a message on the computer screens ‘’ Internal Server Error’’ cannot exceed to your request. Being last week of the month, there has been enough rush of premium collection today and will also continue till 29th February. The functioning with slow speed was restored for some time and the staff some how collected the premium. It stop working after 1500 hours and the staff of Head Post Offices even of some Sub Post Offices could not tally the accounts for want of viewing the PLI/RPLI day end collection reports. It has caused avoidable inconvenience to the public as well as to the officials managing the work.

                It is pertinent to mention here that similar problem also erupted during the last week of January 2016.

                Your goodself is requested to kindly intervene and cause regular functioning of the Mccamish software.


                With regards,


Yours sincerely,


(H.S Guleria)
Circle Secretary