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Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 ways to deal with office politics

Be Transparent

Establishing transparent and direct communication channels through verbal and written commnunication consistently could help keep politickers at bay. 'If you work this way, people around you will understand and even possibly respect you for it. It also helps in building trust at the workplace,' says Vipul Singh, VP and head of HR at ADP India.

This is particularly important for larger teams as different people hold different perceptions owing to various circumstances. Transparency can be achieved by being genuine in all your interactions. 'Not succumbing to judging people based on hearsay will only help one being perceived as more open and genuine,' says Singh.

Understand People

Make attempts to understand the office culture of the firm, the practices, and people around you. Strong and lasting relationships can be built by knowing more about direct reports, team members, their backgrounds and aspirations. 'It will also help in dealing with different sets of people, progressing on projects, winning friends, and avoiding misunderstandings,' says Singh.


IT professional Ashish Jain tried the collaborative approach to win trust of colleagues around. Collaborating on projects with a diverse set of people has helped him gain a deeper understanding of how people operate. 'Over the years, with different partnerships I have also learnt to keep my ears open and my mouth shut. While colleagues will often have something to rant or crib about, it is advisable to keep your view points to the bare minimum to avoid discussions being blown out of proportion,' he says.

Never be Hostile

Never try to react to a situation when you're emotional or angry as you will regret it later. It is necessary to maintain your composure at all times, even with troublemakers,' says Singh. Interacting in a professional and courteous manner could help alleviate signs of discomfort and harshness among colleagues.

Seek Feedback

While being embroiled in office politics can be hard to avoid, professionals are bound to hit the breaking point when instances start affecting their personal lives. 'While other things could be compromised upon, peace of mind is non-negotiable. It might help to discuss the state of affairs with a trustworthy senior at work to seek timely redressals,' says Jain.

Source:-The Economic Times

GS writes to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w finalization of RRs of PS Gr.B cadre and share of General Line officials in LDCE for the promotion to PS Gr. B Exam

No. CHQ/IPASP/CRC/2012                                      Dated :      17/4/2014.

Ms P. Gopinath,
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Quota of General Line in PS Gr. B Examination…Regarding.

Respected Madam,  
Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/7/2013, 19/11/2013 (copy enclosed) & 6/1/2014 addressed to Secretary (Posts) on the captioned subject.

As inscribed in the letters hitherto, your kind attention is hereby brought to the facts that the issue of finalization of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre as per the suggestions given by this Association and reduction of the share of General Line Officials from 6% to 3% in the LDCE for the promotion to PS Gr. B cadre have not been resolved even after lapse of considerable period. Due to these reasons, Department has not conducted the LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and also Sr. Postmaster’s Examination from 2010.

This Association therefore once again requested your honour to kindly finalize the RRs of PS Gr. B cadre and reduce the share of General Line officials in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B at the earliest and thereafter conduct the examinations separately for the year 2013 and 2014.
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

GS writes to Director (Staff) for issuance of of combined All India Seniority List of IPs from the year 2000 onwards

No. CHQ/IPASP/MMS/2013                                     Dated :      17/4/2014.

Shri Rajkumar,
Director (Staff),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 2000 onwards…reg.

Ref.        : Directorate file No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 20th February, 2013.
Respected Sir,
 Kindly refer to Directorate’s above cited letter vide which ‘Seniority List (Gradation List) of Inspector of Posts line officials for the year 1998 and 1999 (updated as on 1/4/2013) was circulated to all Circles. As you well aware that issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts was unresolved since more than decade. I had severally discussed this issue with your honour over phone and also in person and I am told that remaining year’s seniority lists will also be circulated in due course. But more than 2 months period is over since issue of two years seniority list (49 officials), and nothing is heard from Directorate.

          It is therefore fervently requested to arrange issue of Combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts cadre from the year 2000 onwards in phase manner at the earliest and make it available in the website of India Posts. This Association will extend all types of co-operation to release the pending seniority lists.
         Hopping for a positive response and line in reply.  
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Probationers of Indian Postal Service and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service call on the President

A group of Probationers of Indian Postal Service of 2010-2013 batches and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service of 2011-2013 batches called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (April 16, 2014) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Addressing the probationers, the President said that they were entering government service at a time of great flux and ever increasing expectations of the citizenry from our public machinery. The environment today presents myriad challenges and opportunities at the same time. The State is today no longer merely responsible for the maintenance of law and order or the dispensation of justice. Its role today is far more pro-active and far more inclusive in that it has to promote growth with equity. He said that the development paradigm has changed. The philosophy of development today is empowerment of people through entitlements which are backed by legal guarantees such as Right to Information, Right to Education etc. 

The President stated that as the nature and scope of the activities of the State changes, the role of its administration assumes greater importance. Therefore, the greatest challenge before the civil servants today is to adjust to this new role of the Government. He urged the officer trainees to be the agents of the change which they wish to see in their society and country. 


Notification for Circle Working Committee Meeting


Shri Debi Prasad Nayak
Shri Pitabasa Jena
Circle Secretary
Phone: 09437630182
Shri Debadatta Jena


No. AIAIPASP/CWC-1/2014 Dated 15/04/2014

Under the provisions of Article-46 of the Constitution of All India Association of Inspectors and Asst. Superintendents of Posts, it is hereby notified that a meeting of the Circle Working Committee of the Association will be held on Sunday, the 4th May, 2014 at 10.00 hrs in the Postal Recreation Club, Bhubaneswar GPO.

The agenda for the meeting will be as under:
1)    Confirmation of the proceedings of the last CWC.
2)    Confirmation of the expenditure incurred towards 38th Circle Conference held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd February, 2014.
3)    Brief on development of various issues in the Circle / agendas taken up at Circle / RO level.
4)    Brief on 38th All India Conference held at Ahmedabad from 7th to 8th February, 2014.
·         Up-gradation of Grade pay – Proposal for merger and CAT Case
·         Restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre.
5)    Organizational and Financial Review.
6)    Issues to be taken up with Administration.
7)    Any other item with the permission of the Chair.

Shri S.K. Mohapatra, President, Postal Officers Association and Sk. Md. Noman, Ex-President, AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch will be the special invitees/guests in the CWC meeting.

All office-bearers and CWC members of the Association are requested to attend the said meeting in time positively. Members who are working at Bhubaneswar and whose family is residing at Bhubaneswar are requested to attend the CWC as local members.  Members who are neither office-bearers nor CWC members but willing to join the CWC meeting (without the provision of special CL) are also welcome to attend the CWC meeting as invitees.

(Pitabasa Jena)
Circle Secretary
Copy to:

1.     The Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar for kind information. Necessary orders may kindly be issued to all concerned for grant of special casual leave to office bearers and CWC members as per the enclosed list.
2.     Sri Vilas Ingale, General Secretary, AI Assn of Inspectors & ASPs, CHQ, New Delhi (Superintendent.(Stg.) APSO Inland, Mumbai 400099) for information.
3.     The President and all office-bearers and CWC members of the Association.
4.    Sri S.K. Mohapatra, President, Postal Officers Association, Odisha Circle Branch for kind information. He is cordially invited to grace the CWC meeting as a Special Invitee/Guest.
5.   Sk. Md. Noman, Ex-President, AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch for kind information. He is cordially invited to grace the CWC meeting as a Special Invitee/Guest.
6.     The Secretary, Bhubaneswar GPO PRC for kind information. He is requested to spare the accommodation in the PRC for CWC meeting on 04-05-2014 (Sunday).
7.     The Sr. Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO for kind information.

Circle Secretary
AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch

SC nod for 2-year uninterrupted leave for childcare

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a woman employee of the central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for childcare, which also includes needs like examination and sickness.

A bench of justices S J Mukhopadhaya and V Gopala Gowda set aside an order of the Calcutta HC which had held that the central civil services (leave) rules did not permit uninterrupted CCL (childcare leave) for 730 days.

"On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C , it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children can avail CCL for a maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children," it said.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by one Kakali Ghosh challenging the government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for helping her son prepare for examinations.

Source:-The Times of India

UPU News:-2014 International letter-writing competition for young people

The theme selected for the 2014 competition is: "Write a letter describing how music can touch lives."

The best letter from each country must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 30 April 2014.

The promotional poster reflects the 2014 theme.



  • Young people up to the age of 15 years may take part in the competition.
  • The UPU International Bureau (IB) cannot accept entries sent directly by schools or private individuals.
  • The organizers designated by member countries must respect the competition's organizational principles, which specify that they are solely responsible for organizing the national stage of the competition and therefore must provide all the parties concerned with their own contact details and not those of the IB.
  • The organizers should select their country's best composition (one composition per country or territory only) and send it to the IB no later than 30 April.

Submission of applications

All entries must be submitted by post, by e-mail or by fax to: +41 31 350 37 11.

All entries must include:

  • the composition (typed) in either Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. If the original is handwritten, the organizer should type up the text on a computer and submit the original with a translation into English, French or Spanish (as preferred) of the original composition if it has been written in a language other than those mentioned above.
  • a cover letter from the organizing body.
  • a duly completed entry form, including the contact details of the candidate and the national competition coordinator; this form is available opposite to download.
  • a good quality digital photograph of the candidate, preferably in JPEG format (at least 300 dpi).

Presentation and content of entries

  • The compositions submitted must be recent, unpublished letters.
  • Compositions must be presented in the form of a letter ("Dear ……..", include the address of both the addressee and the sender, and end with a signature).
  • Entries must strictly respect the set theme.
  • Entries must strictly adhere to the number of words permitted in the original language (between 500 and 800).

Organizational principles

Each member country organizes a letter-writing competition for young people in its territory as suits it best, but preferably with the help of the national education authorities, and selects the best entry. The best entry is chosen in accordance with the general rules of the competition.
Participating member countries must send their best entry to the IB, together with all the required documents, to the IB by no later than 30 April.

Jury's decision and announcement of results

The IB will designate a jury responsible for assessing the letters selected. This jury will choose the best three entries, the authors of which will each receive a medal, and may also select up to five other entries, whose authors will receive a special mention.
The IB will inform the countries concerned of the results by letter.


The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third) struck by the IB, as well as a certificate and other prizes offered by the UPU.
Member countries may also award additional prizes to their international prize-winners, at their discretion.
It is recommended that the prize-giving ceremonies be held on 9 October, the anniversary of the foundation of the UPU, to form part of the activities connected with World Post Day.


The IB will communicate the names of the prize-winners by letter as soon as it receives the results from the jury, in principle no later than early September of the competition year.

Entry form

Entry form to the 2014 ILWC for Young People

The best letter from each country must be submitted no later than 30 April 2014.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PA / SA Direct Recruitment Examination of Odisha Circle is on 27th April, 2014.

Schedule of Examination (Paper I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:
Postal Circles Exam Date Exam Time
Delhi (15), Kerala (22), Rajasthan (28)              27-Apr 02:00PM to 04:00PM
Assam (12), Chhattisgarh (14), North East (25), Odisha (26)              27-Apr 10:00AM to 12:00NOON
Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the website  from today to exam date.Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Circle Secretary attended 8th Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar Division on 13.04.2014 as Speaker

It is a symbolism of co-operation, respect, understanding and reciprocity.

UPU News:-How the postbus drives the universal service in pictures

What does Ethiopia and Switzerland have in common? A postbus service to move people and mail.
The latest issue of Union Postale magazine reveals how this service is far from being relegated to the annals of history.
Check out our slideshows on how the service is bringing the post and passengers to their destination in these UPU member countries.