All India Postal Employees Union Group C
All India Postal Employees Union Postmen & MTS
All India Postal Employees Union GDS (NFPE)
Palakkad Division, Palakkad
The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices
Palakkad - 678 001.
NFPE/ORG/P 3 DLG dated the 09-01-2017
Sub : Outsourcing in the Department of Posts -reg
Your attention is invited to the orders communicated to all offices vide B1/Misc dated 6.1.2017 on the subject.
In the first instance, the contents of the instructions contained in the letter of CPMG referred in the letter ibid seems to have been misconstrued. The CPMG's letter mention about the outsourcing restrictions and guidelines to be followed in the case of housekeeping and data entry works. The back office work being arranged to the operational post offices are entirely different in nature. Hence, curtailing the outsider engagement expenditure incurred towards such work in the Division is not at all justified.
The requirement of supporting/executing back office work in the multi staffed offices arise when the limited staff is deputed to other offices, especially to C class offices. Also such requirement arise, when there is prolonged absence of staff in an office due to eligible leave, service courses etc.
You will agree that in the above circumstances, adequate staffing of the offices is the prime responsibility of Divisional Administration. Implementing restrictions on the above human resources deployment/utilization will only add pressure to the offices and staff in delivering their normal duties and in no way help in satisfactory function of the offices, retain and sustain the post office business. The net result of implementation of the orders will be unsatisfactory performance of the Division. We earnestly hope that the Divisional Administration will not leap towards such miserable action.
If the restriction is considered necessary in terms of curbing expenditure, perhaps it may please be noted that no additional expenditure is incurred towards outsider engagements when the following realties are taken in to consideration.
Vacancy of Postal Assistants in the division : 26+10=36
(Including Untrained Pas)
No of Postal Assistants utilised as System Admin : 6
No of Postal Assistants utilised as ME / PRIP : 2
No of Postal Assistants utilised as IPs : 2
No of Postal Assistants utilised in RMS : 1
No of Postal Assistants filling up higher posts
(PM Gr 1, PM Grd 2, LSG/HSG Parcel Hub etc) : 8
The above diversion of manpower of PA staff has a major contribution towards shortage of PAs faced by offices, as such the Cost factor of the above diversion/underutilization will be very much higher when compared to the expenditure incurred in terms of outsider engagement. Therefore, the expenditure can be well justified.
Hope you will give due consideration to the above conditions, facts and figures in the light of day by day implemented diversified projects in the department and take appropriate measures to maintain adequate staffing pattern of the offices in the Division. Else, we caution with concern that the workforce in the division may be affected badly, prove detrimental to the overall performance of the Division.
AIPEU Group C Palakkad