Saturday, April 20, 2013



S.P.KULKARNI                                                                  VIRENDRA TEWARY
President                                                                                   General Secretary

No 04-441201Z-SPB.ll
Government of lndia
Ministry of Communications and lT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-11001 ,
Dated 18th April, 2014.
All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General.
Subject:- Filling up the vacancies in Higher Selection Grade-t (HSG.I) in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Service (RMS) Offices- Reg.
I am directed to say that the existing Recruitment Rules in brief provide to fill up the posts of Higher Selection Grade-l (HSG.l) in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Service (RMS) Offices in postal Circles as under:-
i. HSG.I in POs: (i) The existing Recruitment Rules, 1976 of HSG.I in POs and amended
vide Recruitment (Amendment) Rules, 1980 provide for filling up
(a) promotion from HSG.ll General line officials with three years regular ervice and
(b) promotion from Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices with two years regular service, in the ratio of 50.50 - odd post exsting on the date preceding the Recruitment (Amendment) Rules, 1980 going to general line,
(ii) All posts created after commencement of Recruitment (Amendment)
Rules, 1980 are to be filled up f promotion of HSG.ll official with three years regular service In the grade.
ll. HSG I in RMS offices: The Recruitment Rules, 1976 initially provided for filling up the posts of HSG.I in RMS offices by promotion of HSG.ll officials in RMS offices with 3 years regular service in the grade, which were further amended in the year 1993 as per which 43 out of 111 sanctioned posts are earmarked for being filled up by promotion of Asstt. Supdt. of Railway Mail Service (ASRM) with 3 years regular service,
2.         Earlier DOP&T had not allowed to fill up the. posts in HSG.I by promotion on regular basis as they observed that (i) the posts of HSG-I and ASPO carried same pay scale therefore, the promotion of ASPO to HSG-I was not in order particularly, when they noted that the ASPOs, after their promotion were permitted to go back to their parent cadre and (ii) the RRs had become obsolete. Therefore, the Circles were advised not to fill up the posts in HSG-I in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Services Offices (RMS Offices) by regular promotion pending amendment of the Recruitment Rules (RRs) but subsequently allowed on more than one occasion to fill up the posts in H$G-l in POs & RMS offices by promotion of HSG. ll officials on adhoc basis.
3.         The Directorate initiated the process of amendment of the Recruitment Rules of HSG-I in consultation with Department of, Personnel & Training (DOP&T) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), In the meantime, references had been received from various Circles explaining difficulties being faced by them in the absence of filing up of the posts in HSG-I or regular basis and continuation of ad-hoc arrangement for past many years.
4.         The matter was taken up with DOP&T, bringing to their knowledge the difficulties being faced by the Circles in the absence of regular incumbents and also the concern of such officials who could not be promoted on regular basis. Thus, DOP&T was requested to allow this Department to fill up the posts of HSG-I on regular basis. DOP&T have now opined that the promotions may be made on the basis of the existing RRs. However, the DOP&T has not clarified as to whether the ASPOs could be 'promoted' to HSG-I, for which a separate reference is being made to DOP&T. Pending the same, the Circles ale advised tg proceed further in holding the DPC for promotion of HSG-ll Officials in Post Offices and RMS Offices only to FISG-I on regular basis as per the provisions of the RRs.
5.         The Circles are advised to convene the DPCs for promotion to HSG-I on regular basis latest by 30.04.2013 and issue the promotion orders by 06.05.2013. Thereafter, a report may be furnished to the Directorate by Fax to Shri Raj Kumar, Director (Staff (Fax No 23096103) by 10.05.2013 intimating the completion of the  said exercise and number of officials thus promoted to HSG-I and the number of posts remained vacant if any, for want of eligible officials,
Yours faithfully,
 (Alka Tewari)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Copy to:-  (All Concerned)

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