We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2013/02 dated 23.01.2013 received from our Federation for your information.
Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2013/02
Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2013/02
“INITIATION OF PROMOTION PROCESS - REQUEST FOR RELAXATION IN ELIGIBILITY
We reproduce hereunder the communication to the management in respect of PPO, for the information of all officers.
"We are thankful to the administration for taking steps to initiate the career advancement process well in time as stipulated by the PPO, for all scales/keeping in mind to provide the required number of Officers strength more particularly to the Branches. No doubt it is desirable that the processes are to be carried out as early as possible but without violating the Policies.
With a view to give opportunities to the maximum number of officers for moving up in their career tracks and to infuse high level of morale among officers, we suggest the following potential points for your considerations:
1. We understand huge number of Scale-II vacancies are lying vacant. Even most of the vacancies declared last year have been left unfilled because of the less number of applicants participated which caused unbearable hardship and mental agony to the officers mainly in branches.
2. The Scale-II vacancies are the scarce commodity. Managers have not been provided adequately to the branches even as per the unilaterally amended staffing pattern. Relaxation in eligibility is the only solution to provide opportunity to more number of Officers to appear in the promotion process who are completing the period within a few days/month from the cut-off date fixed as per the uniform PPO. The PO batch of the year 2011 may please be considered for the ensuing process so that required number of applicants would be made available.
3. In the last promotion process, due to unacceptable long distance placements, large number of Scale-I officers have refused to take up the promotion. Such Scale-I officers may be allowed to participate in the ensuing process keeping aside the debarment clause.
4. Large number of Scale-I/II/III specialist officers have given their option for conversion to general category. All these cases can be considered/ allowed to participate in the ensuing promotion process.
5. Most of the Scale-I officers have not been given opportunity to work in Rural, which is a pre-requisite for promotion as per the PPO. All such officers should be allowed to participate in the process.
6. Due to recategorization of Branches, based on the revised business criteria, the number of medium branches were reduced from 3142 to 1768 which caused serious apprehensions in the minds of Scale-I officers about their promotions and also affected the confidence level. We request the administration for the proper identification of vacancies and filling of all the vacancies to avoid frustration.
7. As there is no difference between WT & FT channel in respect of eligibility and placement for Scale-I to II, we request for the discontinuation of the FT channel.
8. In the last process, some of the Officers were given special consideration by exempting from R/SU stint, we have already pointed out and still no corrections were made. When management is showing such special consideration for a selected few, the officers who were made to refuse the promotion due to their posting for R/SU stint should be allowed to participate in the ensuing process.
9. As the high age of Scale-III officers is not permitting them for the preparation of any exam, we request for the introduction of normal channel for Scale-III to -IV, which should be purely based on the seniority.
10. Promotion process for some of the specialist category officers like AFO and RBO have not been taken place recently. It is not proper and is a great injustice to the officers working in such categories. We once again request the management to initiate the process for the remaining specialist officers.
We request you to consider the above mentioned important points and demand for the improvement in the PPO and the removal of anomalies should be made effective from the ensuing processes."
We shall inform you the developments in due course.”