Thursday, 20 July 2017

Any P&T Pensioner can join CGHS hereafter!

A VICTORY TO THE CONTINUOUS EFFORTS OF AIPRPA

ALL Postal Pensioners Can join CGHS without Discrimination

Government Orders Relead Yesterday on 19.07.2017

The AIPRPA has been striving hard to end the decades old discrimination against P&T Pensioners on the issue of permitting non-CGHS Pensioners into CGHS. The issue had been taken to 7th CPC in a common memorandum as well as raised in the discussions with the CPC.
The Pay Commission had given out favourable recommendations and according to Director CGHS the issue was receiving serious consideration in the concerned Departments of Government.
Now, citing the Kerala Court judgment, the Central Government through an order of Health Ministry dated 19.07.2017 taken back the objections of the Central Health Ministry Circulars prohibiting the P&T PEnsioners from joining CGHS if they were not members of CGHS while in service.

With the present orders the problem of entering CGHS is sorted out to all Pensioners of Postal Department. Without any conditions, any desiring Pensioner can join CGHS by paying respective CGHS contributions.

This is a milestone achievement for us. 

-KR GS AIPRPA-

The copy of the Health Ministry Orders hereunder:


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Fixed Medical Allowance enhancement ordered!

FMA orders released by Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare!

In accordance with the decision of the Central Cabinet, the DoP&PW issued its order today vide No.4/34/2017-P&PW(D) dated 19.07.2017 enhancing FMA to 1000/- per month. As usual this order is applicable to Pensioners and Family Pensioners outside CGHS and outside other Medical Systems. The order is given effect from 1.7.2017. The order can be downloaded from www.pensioners portal.gov.in



- KR GS AIPRPA

Sunday, 16 July 2017

CHQ to DoP


AIPRPA CHQ E-Mails to Secretary (P) on formation of Implementation Cells to quickly refix pension to Pre-2016 Pensioners


AIPRPA / Pre-2016 / 1/7/2017 Dated 17.07.2017

To
The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001

Sir,
Sub: Request for issue of instructions to form ‘implementation Cells’ for immediate and time-bound implementation of 12th May (12.05.2017) Orders of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare in the Postal Department – regarding.

Ref: (1) OM No.F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) Dated 12.05.2017 of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
(2) Order No.4-3/2017-Pension Dated 23.05.2017 of Department of Posts (Pension Section)
(3) Order of MOF Department of Expenditure No. CPAO/lT&Tech/Revision (7th CPCJ/19.Vol-lll /20t6-17 / 37 Dated:25/05/2017
(3) OM No.F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) Dated 6.7.2017 of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.

This Association of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners is constrained to draw your  kind attention that certain urgent measures will be absolutely essential to implement without much delay the OM of DoP&PW dated 12.05.2017.

This Association is thankful to the instructions of the Department of Posts to all Heads of Circle, DAP etc authorities vide its Order dated 23.05.2017 as follows:

” Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest

However there are serious concerns amongst the Pensioners and Family Pensioners about the conditions prevailing as well as by the past experiences on similar issues that the task will never be completed for months together. There are several octogenarian and even nonagenarian Pensioners for whom the benefit shall be extended at the earliest. Our apprehensions are further strengthened by the fact that  though the DoP orders directs the Pension Sanctioning Authorities to get the Proforma prepared and forward it to get the approval by the Director of Accounts (Postal) for revised PPOs, the Head Post Offices are directed to prepare the Proforma. However, the universally prevailing fact is that there is acute shortage of staff in every Head Post Offices due to vacant posts; leave by staff etc and particularly in the Accounts Branches due to the practice of diverting the Accounts Branch Staff to urgent operative office work like the counter duties to manage the general staff shortage. Under this circumstance it is physically impossible to HPOs to attend to the work of preparing such Proforma quickly.

This Association suggests that an ‘Implementation Cell’ may be ordered to be created in each HPO Accounts Branch for the specific task of preparing the Proforma with the available records at their disposal and to draw the records available with the Pension Sanctioning Authority on war footing. If need be the services of retired APMs, Accountants, AAOs, AOs can also be ordered to be utilized on terms of ‘Short Duty Staff’ with the responsibility to sign the documents be of course given to the serving APM (Accounts). Without any such concrete step ordered the work may not be completed by the HPOs in the near future.

Next, the HPOs are only Pension Drawing and Disbursing Authority (1) for the Pensioners retired as Group B, Group A and higher officers in whose case the Pension Sanctioning Authority is RO/CO/Directorate/Circle Accounts Office; (2) RMS, MMS and other Non-Postal Units in whose cases the SRM/SSRM/MMS Units/PSDs/CSDs/Civil or Electrical Division etc happen to be the Pension Sanctioning Authority; (3) Pensioners and Family Pensioners of other Postal Divisions in whose cases the Pension Sanctioning Authority is elsewhere; and (4) for Pensioners drawing Pension through PSU Banks the HPOs have no role at all. For such Pensioners the HPOs have no role in the preparation of the above Proforma. In such cases naturally the delay can be avoided only if the appropriate Pension Sanctioning Authority is able to prepare the Proforma without delay and forward them to Circle Accounts Office for approval and issue of Revised PPOs.

In addition, this Association would like to draw your kind attention to another fact also viz., while issuing the revised PPOs for Pre-2006 pensioners after 6th CPC, the entire data should have been computerized and the soft copy should be available with the GM PAF. The PPOs in respect of post-2006 pensioners have also been computerized. Hence the entire data and date of retirement for most of the Pre-2016 Pensioners should be available with the GM PAF. Even according to official position Revised PPOs to all Pre-2006 Pensioners of Postal Department have been already issued. Therefore not only there need not be any delay in making the checks of the Proforma sent by the Pension Sanctioning Authority and approve the refixed pension and issue Revised PPOs; but also they can supply any information required by the Pension Drawing and Disbursing Authorities regarding any Pensioner / Family Pensioner.  However, as in the HPOs, there is also acute staff shortage in DAP offices. The DAP office has to check and issue revised PPOs for the entirety of Pensioners / Family Pensioners in the Circle / Circle, which may run into several thousands. Therefore an ‘Implementation Cell’ with the Staff and if necessary with the retired Senior Accountants, AAOs, AOs with the supervision authority resting with a serving Accounts Officer as exclusively the head of the 'Implementation Cell' in DAP who can be the overall Supervisor of the Cell and authorize the Revised PPOs may be very much necessary.

The work of calculation of revised pension as per 12.05.2017 orders is made quite easy by the issue of ready reckoner with the latest orders of DoP&PW dated 6.7.2017. Taking advantage of the ready reckoner the Refixation of pension to all Pre-2016 Pensioners shall be done without delay and at any cost we request that not later than 31st August, 2017.

We emphasize that the Pension Refixation of Pre-2006 Pensioners including the grant of full pension to less than 33 years served employees are yet to be completed in many cases contrary to the report available in SCOVA records that there are no pending cases in Department of Posts. Therefore the present task of fixation of pension and issue of fresh and revised PPOs to all Pre-2016 Pensioners should not follow the earlier example of inordinate delay. We therefore once again urge upon you to consider ordering ‘Implementation Cells’ in both HPOs and DAP Offices as well as in the Offices of Pension Sanctioning Authorities (O/o SSPOs SSRMs etc) if need be immediately to accomplish the task of Refixation of pension to thousands of Pensioners in each Circle. It may be kept in mind that any inordinate delay caused may lead to huge resentment amongst the Pensioners and Family Pensioners, despite the good intention of the Directorate to fulfill the task urgently.

We are hopeful that our suggestions borne out of past experience would receive appropriate consideration at the Postal Directorate.


Yours faithfully,


(K.Ragavendran)
General Secretary

Friday, 7 July 2017

Comrade D.Gnaniah legendary leader passes away!

Nonagenarian leader of P&T Employees D.Gnaniah Red Salutes!
Comrade D.Gnaniah seated in the centre flanked by Comrdade AGP Patron Tamilnadu AIPRPA and KR GS AIPRPA at the 2nd State Conference of AIPRPA Tamilnadu State at Coimbatore.
The senior most leader of P&T Employees movement as on date amongst us Comrade D.Gnaniah has passed away this day morning at about 4.30 A.M. He was one of our legendary leaders of P&T Movement and CG Employees movement. He was 96 years old and 97 running as on date. He was the only surviving leaders of NFPTE formation time of 1954 and with breathing his last, the void is complete. He was the Secretary General of NFPTE during the historic time of 1968 CG Employees Strike; He was the leader who signed as the Staff Side Secretary of P&T Departmental Council in the famous Productivity Linked Bonus to P&T Employees on the face of a strike threat given out by NFPTE. He was a leader well proficiency and ease with HIndi language in addition to English and Tamil and used to make forceful Hindi speeches in North India and National Conventions. A Revolutionary throughout his life and he had visited several Socialist Countries in his life time. A famous writer who had written several books on 'Socialist' ideals. A militant leader who had led several strikes of P&T employees. A leader remembered by all the past and present leaders of P&T trade union movement and CG Employees movement. He joined as a member of AIPRPA (All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association) when the team of AIPRPA leaders led by its General Secretaru visited on him in his house at Coimbatore two years back.He graced the 2nd State Conference of AIPRPA held at Coimbatore despite his advanced age and physical condition. His presence and inspiring speech at the above conference at his age of 95 enthused one and all present in the Conference. He was admitted in hospital and remained in treatment for four or five days before he succumbed to nature today morning at 4.30 A.M. His departure is an irreparable loss to the P&T movement and CG Employees movement and Pensioners Movement and in one sentence to the entire working class movement of India. The funeral of the legendary leader is likely to be around the afternoon of tomorrow (9.7.2017) at Coimbatore after the arrival of his daughter from USA. The further details of funeral can be ascertained from our Coimbatore AIPRPA leaders Comrades D.Sivaraj and S.Karunanidhi (9486616236 & 9443914456). The photograph shows Comrade D.Gnaniah seated next to our Patron of Tamilnadu AIPRPA Comrade AGP on his left and K.R GS of AIPRPA on his right while Comrade Gnaniah graced the 2nd Conference of State AIPRPA. The AIPRPA CHQ dips its banner in honour and memory of the great leader Comrade D.Gnaniah! 
- KR GS AIPRPA -

Thursday, 6 July 2017

AIC of AIPRPA

2nd AIC of AIPRPA


Notice for 2nd AIC of AIPRPA had already been circulated. The Conference will be on 17-18 September, 2017. The venue at Vijayawada (Andhra) is the "M.Basavapunniah Vignana Kendram" in which there is a big air conditioned  conference hall at ground floor. A big Reception Committee under the chairmanship of Capital City M.L.A., Sri.Alla and Y.Nagabhushanam as its General Secretary is already started its work. However, the first and basic task is to mobilize sufficient finances for the successful conduct of the AIC. As a pensioners organization, unless all members join this task, it is impossible to raise funds. The Reception Committee through the CHQ is sending Donation Books (50/- denomination) to all State General Secretaries. It is their responsibility to distribute among their districts / divisions to ensure all of our members contribute. In addition Advertisement Tariff is also being sent for the Souvenir. Districts and Divisions should ensure at least a minimum of  2 advertisements without fail. The Conference will go a long way in establishing our organization of Postal & RMS Pensioners. The CHQ requests all our States and District / Divisions to play their due role in collectively raising a strong finance to AIC. Also make reservations without further delay to Vijayawada. It should be our great assembly! Get Ready!! - KR GS AIPRPA

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cabinet decisions on CG Employees and Pensioners after a long wait! 





Cabinet has taken decision only on Allowances and no word on minimum wages and fitment factor enhancement contrary to some News Channels which were telecasting wrong news of raise in basic pay and figment factor.

Highlights of Cabinet approval on Allowances:

1) Fully DA-indexed allowances such as Transport Allowance were not given any raise. Allowances not indexed to DA were raised by a factor of 2.25 and the partially indexed ones by a factor of 1.5. The quantum of allowances paid as a percentage of pay was rationalised by a factor of 0.8.

2) Government has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC. The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances. The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This means 41 Allowances are abolished as recommended by 7th CPC.

3) 7th CPC had  recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.This means the existing higher rate of HRA will not continue.

4) FMA doubled from 500/- to 1000/- per month to Pensioners. So the FMA is enhanced to 1000/- instead of 2000/- already being granted to PF Department since 2006 and demanded by us.

5) Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from ₹1500 per month / child (max. 2) to ₹2250 per month / child (max.2). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from ₹4500 per month to ₹6750 per month.

6) Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from ₹1500 per month to ₹3000 per month.

7) Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians has been increased from ₹2000 - ₹10000 (Grant) to ₹10000 - ₹30000 (Grant

8) Cycle Allowance to Postman retained and doubled from 90/- to 180/-;

9) Rate of constant attendance allowance increased from 4500/- to 6750/-; this means this allowance is not doubled but only 50% increased.

10) The 7th CPC had recommended that TLA will not be admissible with Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payable in North-East, Ladakh and the Islands. Government has decided that employees will be given the option to avail of the benefit of SCRLA at pre-revised rates along with SDA at revised rates.
-KR GS AIPRPA

Sunday, 25 June 2017

2nd AIC - Formation of broad-based Reception Committee

Reception Committee to 2nd AIC at Vijayawada!

RECEPTION COMMITTEE FORMED TO HOLD ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF ALL INDIA POSTAL & RMS PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION 0N 17TH,18TH SEPTEMBER  AT MAKINENI BASAVAPUNNAIAH VIGNANA KENDRAM IN Pmg Eastern Region Vijayawada.
ADVISORY BOARD :COMS,                                                  
 1. D.L. KANTARAO, TENALI                                
  2.D.S. NAGESWARA RAO, TENALI
  3. P. APPA RAO, GUNTUR
  4. CH. SUBBARAMAIAH, VJA
  5. P. VENKATA RAO, MTM
CHIEF PATRONS:
1. SRI. BODDU NAGESWARA RAO,MLC
2. SMT. GADDE ANURADHA, ZP CHAIRMAN,KRISHNA DIST
3. SRI. KONERU SRIDHAR, MAYOR, VJA MUNCIPAL CORP.
4. COM. T. NARASIMHAN,
     VICE PRESIDENT, AIPRPA, CHQ
5. COM. SK. HUMAYUN,
               AGS,AIPRPA,CHQ
6. COM. CH.V. RAMA RAO,
                AGS,AIPRPA,CHQ

PATRONS:
1. . P. AHOK BABU, CHAIRMAN,AP NGO’S ASSN
2. K.S.C. BOSE, STATE SECRETARY,
                 AIBDPA,AP
3. M.N.V. PATRUDU, LIC, PENSIONERS ASSN
4. K AMARIAH SASTRY, SECRETARY,
                APRPA KRISHNA DIST
5. D. SAMBASIVA RAO, RETD RMS, TENALI

CHAIRMAN: SRI. ALLA RAMAKRISNA REDDY
                 MLA, MANGALAGIRI

WORKING CHAIRMEN: COMS,
1.N. NAGESWARA RAO, SECRETARY,
             AIPRPA, CAPITAL DN
2. CH. KOTESWARA RAO,CS RIII,AP CIRCLE
3. P. PERAIAH, PRESIDENT, AIPRPA, AP

VICE CHAIRMEN:    COMS,  
  1. SIVA NAGARAJU, CS, AP & ASP ASSN,    
  2. K.V. RAMANA RAO, CS, AIPAEU         ;
  3. CH. VIDYA SAGAR, CS PIV, GTR        
  4. SASTRY, CS NUPIV, VJA
  5. RAMANJANEYULU, CS RIV,
  6. I.U.B. RAO, CS, NU RIII
  7. B. RAJ KUMAR, CS NURIV
  8. M. SRINIVASA RAO, CS, AIPEU GDS NFPE
  9. CH. AMBEDKAR RAJU, CS, PM'S ASSN.
  10. V. VENKATESWARA RAO, CS, AIPCPCCWF
  11. D. MOHANA RAO, TRESURER, PIII, AP
  12.P. CHANDRAMOHANA RAO, RETD, MMS
  13. Y. DAVID JAIPAUL, DP, PIII, VJA
  14. V. JONESH, RETD, PM, TENALI
  15.K. VENKATAPPAIAH, RETD ME, VJA
  16. V. SAMBASIVA RAO, CIRCLE PRESIDENT, AIBDPA
  17. K. BABU PRASAD, SECRETARY, APRPA, GTR
  18. N. SRINIVASULU, C/S, AISBCO UNION
  19. Y. DAVID JAIPAUL, D/P, PIII, VJA DN
  20. K.K. VISWANADHAM, RETD LSG SA VJA RMS
  21. M. SEETARAMAIAH, RETD LSG PM, VJA
  22. V. SITARAMA RAO, RETD LSG SA, VJA RMS

GENERAL SECRETARY:
 COM. Y. NAGABHUSHANAM, SECRETARY, AIPRPA-AP

DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARIES: COMS,
1. K. VENKATESWARLU, CS, PIII, AP CIRCLE
2. V. SIVAJI, CS NUPIII, AP CIRCLE
3. M. UMAMAHESWARA RAO, SECRETARY, AIPRPA, TENALI

SECRETARIES: COMS,
1.P. BHASKARA RAO, D/S,PIII, VJA
2. A. VENKATAPPAIAH, B/S,PIII, MANGALAGIRI
3. SYED FERAZUDDIN, D/S, RIII, RMS 'Y' DN VJA
4. M. RAMAKRISHNA, D/S, PIII, GTR
5. A. POTARAJU, D/S PIII, TENALI
6. D.V. SAMBASIVA RAO, D/S, PIII, MTM
7. BUTCHAIAH, D/S PIII, GUDIVADA
8. K. PERA REDDY, D/A PIII, N R PET
9. P. VENU, D/P, MMS VJA
10. K. MURALI KRISHNA, D/S, NUPIII, VJA
11. K. ISRAEL, PRESIDENT, SC ST ASSN, VJA
12. K.L. RAO, RETD RMS, TENALI
13. CH. LENIN BABU, D/S, PIII, BVRM
14. P. PURNA CHANDRA RAO, D/S, AIPRPA, MTM
15. K.SUBBA RAO, SECRETARY, CENTRAL PENSIONERS ASSN. VJA
ASST. SECRETARIES: COMS,
1. B. SRINIVASA RAO, D/S PIV, VJA
2. SIVA KRISHNA, B/S, PIV, VJA HO
3. K. BORRAIAH, D/S,PIV, GTR
4. T. POTARAJU, D/S PIV, TENALI
5. VENKAM RAJU, D/S, PIV, NR PET
6. CH. RAM BABU, RETD,RMS ONGOLE
7. RANGA RAO. D/S, PIV, GUDIVADA
8. K. MARIA DAS, B/S PIV, MGRI
9. S.L. V. PRASAD, CP, RIV, RMS 'Y' DN
10. G. JAMES, RETD PM, TADEPALLI
11.N. KOTI REDDY, EX RR,AISBCOUNION,VJA
12. N.S.R.KOTESWARA RAO, VICE PRESIDENT, AISBCO, AP
13. A.S.R. ANJANEYULU, CIRCLE TRESURER, RIII, NFPE

TRESURER: COM. K. MASTAN RAO, GUNTUR

ASST. TRESURERS: COMS,
1. A. NAGESWARA RAO, TRESURER, CAPITAL DN AIPRPA
2. P. KAMESWARA RAO, SEC, PENSIONERS, VJA

COMMITTEES
                                                 
 FINANCE COMMITTEE:
CONVENER: K. MASTAN RAO
SUB CONVENER: A. VENKATAPPAIAH,MGRI
MEMBERS:
1. L. PRASADA RAO, TENALI  2. V.W. NARASIMHARAO, MGRI
3. G. SAMBASIVA RAO, VJA    4. N. VENKAT RAO, ONGOLE
5. S. SAMBA SIVA RAO, GUNDEMEDA  6. G. PAMULU, TENALI

RECEPTION COMMITTEE:
CONVENER: SRINIVASA REDDY, PIII, VJA
SUB CONVENER: P. SRINIVASA RAO, GDS, VJA
MEMBERS:
1. N.CH. SARMA, ME, VJA    2. S. VARADAIAH, PRIP, VJA
3.T. K. MURTHY, TENALI,    4. V.V. SUBBA RAO, TENALI
5. V. JACOB, B/S, GDS, VJA HO      6.    K.V. RAO, GTR

STAGE & DECORATION COMMITTEE:
CONVENER: SYED FERAZUDDIN, D/S RIII, VJA
 SUB CONVENER: SIMHADRI VENU, GDS,NRPET
MEMBERS :
1. K. PAPA RAO, GTR        
2.K. SURESH, D/S, CASUAL UNION,RMS VJA
3. R. MADHAVA RAO,RETD BSNL,AIBDPA
4.B. BALA RAJU, RETD BSNL,AIBDPA
5.V. MOHAN RAO,RETD BSNL,AIBDPA
6. B.N. SINGH,RETD MTS, VJA HO
                                                                     4.

ACCOMODATION COMMITTEE:
CONVENER: V. MOHANA RAO,RETD PM, GTR
SUB CONVENER: CH. V.RAGHAVENDRA RAO, SPM, PATAMATA
MEMBERS:
1. N.CH SARMA, ME, VJA HO                     2.PERALA SAMBASIVA RAO,GTR
3.V. DWARAKA NATH, GTR                      4.R. KOTESWARA RAO,RETD,RTC
5. V. MURAHARI, RETD RTC                        6. G. VENKATASWAMY,RETD,GTR

FOOD COMMITTEE:
CONVENER: K.ANANDA RAO,RETD, GTR
SUB CONVENER : P. KOTESWARA RAO, RETD PM, VJA
MEMBERS:
1. K. NAGESWARA RAO, MGRI                   2. Y. KOTESWARA,CP,PIV, VJA
3.RAFI, VJA HO                               4. B. RAMA KRISHNA, ME,MGRI
5.K. NAGESWARA RAO, B/S AIPEUGDS,MGRI        6. SRIKANTH, PM,MGRI
7. L. BALAJI RAO,SA, VJA RMS                    8. V. KRISNA RAO,SA VJA RMS
9.SANJEEVA RAO, SA VJA RMS

TRANSPORT COMMITTEE :
CONVENER : P. CHANDRA MOHAN RAO, RETD. MMS
SUB CONVENER :  ZAKIR HUSSAIN, D/S, MMS VJA
MEMBERS :
1. RABBANI,MMS,VJA                   2. P.L. MARIANNA,RETD,MMS
3.B. BHIMESWARA RAO, RETD,MMS        4. S.M. HUSSAIN, RETD,MMS
5. MD. RAFI, DRIVER MS, GDS                    

CULTURAL COMMITTEE :
CONVENER: P.S.R.BRAHMA CHARYULU, TENALI
SUB CONVENER : G. NARAYANA, PNM, VJA
MEMBERS:
1. ALLADI SUBBA RAO, MGRI                        2.B. RAJ KUMAR, RMS,VJA
3. T. BALASWAMY, GTR                            4.S. SARAT VENKAIAH, TENALI
5. T. SURYA RAO, KKD                             6.VEERABHADRA SWAMY,AIBDPA

PUBLICITY COMMITTEE:
CONVENER : CH. HANUMANTHA RAO, GTR
SUB CONVENER :  K. NAGESWARA RAO,RETD. PM, BAPATLA
SOUVENIR COMMITTEE :
CONVENER : A.V. VARMA, RETD PM, GTR
SUB CONVENER : G. SRINIVASA RAO,SA VJA RMS