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Saturday, October 1, 2016

UPU News : Ministerial Conference

Government ministers and other senior decision-makers will gather on 4 October, 2016, for a high-level meeting during the 26th Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. 

In an event that promises to be a highlight during Congress, leaders will discuss how Posts can better serve their nations and citizens, help grow the economy and drive development. 

Other government representatives and postal leaders from the UPU's 192 member countries, United Nations organizations and international and regional bodies will also be present to discuss the role of the Post in today's changing world. 

The theme, agenda and programme of the conference will be available shortly.
Source :  http://congress2016.upu.int/events/ministerial-conference/

Meeting of Nodal Officers for finalizing the Roll out Plan of IPPB Branches

 

Roll out of R I C T Solution

 
 

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO ORGANISE NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN AND AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES CULMINATING IN STRIKE


REF: CIRCULAR NO. 2/2016-19                                                              DATED – 01.10.2016

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO ORGANISE

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN AND AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES CULMINATING IN STRIKE

· AGAINST THE TOTALLY  NEGATIVE AND INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE OF THE NDA GOVT.
 
· AGAINST NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ASSURANCE GIVEN BY GROUP OF MINISTERS TO NJCA
 
·  DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS


1ST PHASE – 20TH OCTOBER 2016 – THURSDAY
 
Demonstration at all centres/all office gates and forwarding of resolutions adopted on charter of demands to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India (2) Hon’ble Home Minister (3) Hon’ble Finance Minister and all Departmental heads.

2ND PHASE – 7TH NOVEMBER 2016 – MONDAY
 
Mass dharna at all state capitals/important centres.

3RD PHASE – 15TH DECEMBER 2016 – THURSDAY
 
Massive Parliament March of not less than 20000 Central Government employees.

4TH PHASE – STRIKE JOINTLY WITH ALL LIKE MINDED ORGANISATIONS
 
Date will be decided in consultation with other organisations.

Dear Comrades,
The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers met on 30.09.2016 at New Delhi, reviewed the progress made in settlement of the charter of demands submitted by the JCM (NC) staff side to the Central Government, with particular reference to the assurance given by the Group of Ministers regarding constitution of a High Level Committee for increasing the minimum wage and fitment formula. The National Secretariat viewed with grave concern the totally negative and indifferent attitude of the NDA Government towards the genuine demands of the Central Government employees and expressed its strong protest against non-implementation of the assurance given by the Cabinet Ministers to the NJCA till this date. As already resolved by the 25th National Conference of the Confederation held at Chennai from 16th to 18th August 2016, the National Secretariat decided to organize independent campaign and agitational programmes culminating in strike action. The National Secretariat, at the same time, resolved to maintain unity under the banner of NJCA intact and also resolved that confederation while conducting its own independent campaign and agitational programmes, shall fully implement all the programmes of NJCA also at all levels.
 
Accordingly, the National Secretariat decided to organize the above mentioned phased programme of action during the months of October, November and December 2016. The National Secretariat further deiced that before finalizing the date of the strike action, the Confederation leadership shall contact all likeminded organisations and effort should be made to bring maximum unity of Central Government employees for the proposed strike action.

For the December 15th Parliament March, National Secretariat fixed the following quota for ensuring participation of about not less than 20000 employees in the March.
 
1.    National Federation of Postal Employees (all affiliates)     -        10000
2.    Income Tax Employees Federation                                 -          2500
3.    Audit & Accounts Association                                         -          1000
4.    Civil Accounts Employees Association                             -           800
5.    National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees             -           300
6.    Ground Water Board Employees Association                   -           300
7.    Other Affiliates (Each)                                                   -           100
8.    COC West Bengal                                                         -          1000
9.    COC Tamilnadu                                                            -          1000
10. COC Kerala                                                                  -           500
11. COC Uttar Pradesh                                                       -          1000
12. COC Mumbai                                                                -           500
13. COC Nagpur                                                                -           300
14. COC Andhra/Telangana                                                 -          1000
15. COC Karnataka                                                            -           500
16. All other COCs (Each)                                                   -           300
17. COC Delhi                                                                   -          3000                    

Major organisations shall arrange Accommodation for the participants from their organization. Regarding small organisations and COCs they should contact in advance the Confederation CHQ, in case accommodation is to be arranged.

Affiliated organisations and COCs should fix state-wise quota and affiliated organization-wise quota immediately and inform all affiliates/State units immediately to enable them to decide the participants

Travel tickets for the participants in the Parliament March should be booked immediately, as otherwise it will be difficult to get reservation.

Other details will be given in the next circular. Charter of demands approved by the National Secretariat is enclosed herewith.

MAKE THE PROGRAMMES GRAND SUCCESS
 
All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to start preperations immediately for making the above mentioned three-phases of programmes a grand success.

Yours faithfully,


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

CHARTER OF DEMANDS
 
1.      Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
 
2.      Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).
 
3.      Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
 
4.      Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Enhance bonus calculation ceiling of GDS also to 7000 from 01.04.2014.
 
5.      Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.
 
6.      No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
 
7.      Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
 
8.      Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
 
9.      Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
 
10.  Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
 
11.  Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
 
12.  Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
 
13.  Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
 
14.  Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
 
15.  Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
 
16.  Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
 
17.  Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
 
18.  Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.

19.  Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.

Confederation News : National Secretariat News


Circular No. 3/2016-19                                                                           Dated – 01.10.2016

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECISIONS

National Secretariat of the Confederation was held on 30.09.2016 at New Delhi under the Presidenship of Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President. The following agenda items were discussed and decision taken. The meeting paid homage to Late Com. Desraj Sharma, Ex-Deputy Secretary General, NFPE and Ex-General Secretary, P-IV, who passed away on 24.09.2016 and observed two minute silence.

1.      REVIEW OF THE 25TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE & NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONVENTION OF THE CONFEDERATION HELD AT CHENNAI FROM 16TH TO 18TH AUGUST 2016

Detailed review of the conference was conducted. Overall the conference was a grand success. For women’s convention, time constraint was there. It is decided that hereafter the women’s convention should be held separately for a full day (not alongwith All India Conference).

2.      REVIEW OF THE 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016 GENERAL STRIKE
 
Organisation-wise and C-O-C wise review was conducted. The overall participation of the employees in the strike was good. Deferring of the 11th July NJCA strike and the holidays following the strike day has created some difficulties in organizing the strike in some departments. The percentage of participation was almost equal to the last year’s 2nd September 2015 strike.

3.      REVIEW OF THE PROGRESS MADE IN SETTLEMENT OF NJCA CHARTER OF DEMANDS AND FINALIZATION OF FUTURE COURSE OF ATION AS PER THE DECISION OF THE 25TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE.
 
See circular No. 2/2016-19 issued separately.

4.      NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING TO BE HELD AT NEW DELHI ON 16TH DECEMBER 2016 – THE NEXT DAY OF THE 15TH DECEMBER PARLIAMENT MARCH
 
The National Secretariat decided that in order to conduct a detailed organizational review the National Executive meeting of the Confederation will be held on 16th December 2016 at New Delhi i.e, on the next day of Parliament March. National Secretariat Members, Chief Executives of all affiliated organisations having minimum 500 membership and General Secretaries of the C-O-Cs shall attend the national Executive meeting WITHOUT FAIL. All National Secretariat members, Chief Executives of affiliated organisations with 500 membership and General Secretaries of C-O-Cs are requested to book your return tickets only after 16th December meeting.

5.      FINALISATION OF THE STRIKE DATE
 
National Secretariat authorized that available office bearers in the headquarters shall meet, in consultation will like minded organisations and decide the date of the strike.


6.      FINANCIAL REVIEW
 
Financial Review will be made in the National Executive meeting to be held on 16th December 2016.

7.      SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT TO THE PROPOSED TWO DAY STRIKE OF THE POSTAL EMPLOYEES ON 9TH & 10THNOVEMBER 2016.
 
National Secretariat decided to extend full solidarity and support to the two days strike of the Postal employees for GDS and casual labour demands. C-O-Cs shall organize demonstrations in front of all major Post office/RMS offices on 9th November 2016.

8.      FILLING UP THE VACANT POST OF NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS (ORGANISING SECRETARIES)
 
As decided by the 25th National Conference the National Secretariat decided to fill up the two vacant posts of organising secretaries by co-opting the following comrades.

1.      Com. Subir Kumar Majumdar, General Secretary, C-O-C, Assam, Guwahati.
2.      Com. P. S. Prasad, General Secretary, C-O-C, Karnataka, Bangalore.

Meeting ended at 5 PM.

Fraternally yours,


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Friday, September 30, 2016

Here are facts on soldiers' ex-gratia, benefits; stop the lies

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Here are facts on soldiers' ex-gratia, benefits; stop the lies


Here are facts on soldiers' ex-gratia, benefits; stop the lies


Major Navdeep Singh is a practicing Advocate at the Punjab & Haryana High Court. He was the founding President of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar  Association at Chandigarh. He is a Member of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War at Brussels 


In the recent months, there have been instances when this author has been called pro-establishment by a certain few, not because of any valid reason, but because of the fact that I made an attempt to counter disinformation campaigns planted by anti-national elements with an aim to demoralise our security forces and which were gullibly bought as truth by many of our own, including military veterans already (rightly) touchy after the incoherent recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Labels of pro-this or anti-that is what I loathe, because if at all I would want to embrace such tags, it would be pro-fact and anti-disinformation. I would also like to confess that I, over the past two years or so, have toned down what I write. It is not that I have changed, but because of the very dangerous tendency of some people to use writings penned as a mirror and a tool of introspection to be circulated in an out-of-context manner by those with an axe to grind, or spread discontentment and disaffection — a much too heavy a price.

More often than not, blogs and articles, even if harsh on the surface, written to educate the society at large, the political executive and higher echelons of the system,about faulty policies of the Government and the Armed Forces, or purely to stimulate betterment, are not projected as ‘Look, this is what we need to improve’ as per the spirit behind them, but ‘Look, this is what your Government is doing to you’, leading us to a dangerous zone that I am going to discuss.

The unfortunate incident at Uri has again brought into focus the pain experienced by military families in such dastardly acts of terror, or for that matter, any form of violence against the state.

However, soon thereafter, messages were floating on social media deprecating the meagre compensation of Rs 2 lakh or Rs 5 lakh granted by the ‘Government’ to such families. Infuriated notes went around, people expressed their anguish and what not.

Then there were others who offered their wisdom that military widows in such cases must be paid the ‘salary’ of the deceased employee and should not be left to fend for themselves.

At one level, one feels happy that the general population is increasingly getting concerned about the welfare of our men and women in uniform and their families and there is no cavil with the proposition that the system has been unfair in many aspects to the military community and we must stand with full might behind them. Yet, one needs to be extremely wary of forwarding such messages without verification, for most of these are planted untruths with the aim to trigger frustration and discontentment.

To clarify, the meagre compensation that was the subject of this talk was the one given by some States and not by the Central Government.

The Centre pays an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 35 lakh for deaths in militant and terrorist attacks and Rs 45 lakh for deaths in war or war like engagements. These are the rates applicable and accepted with effect from 1 January, 2016 and the earlier rates were Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively.

These new rates have been accepted by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission and the implementation instructions have already been issued for Central Government employees such as the Central Armed Police Forces.

Similar instructions for the defence services are also expected soon and would be retrospectively applicable from 1 January, 2016.

The group insurance amount (for which defence personnel pay their own premium) is over and above these amounts. There is no universal policy however for ex-gratia by various States since it is a State subject and the Central Government cannot force the States to universalise such payments.

However, the Centre on its part, irrespective of the party in power, has time and again requested States to rationalise these figures to provide a reasonable and respectable amount to such families.

As far as pension is concerned, liberalised family pension at the rate of the emoluments last drawn by the employee is paid to widows of such defence personnel for the rest of their lives and hence all this talk of the Government not paying them enough pension is hogwash, though it is true that no amount of monetary benefits can compensate the loss of life.

There is however definitely a need for the Army and the Defence Accounts Department to oil up their systems and not make such families wait for the release of benefits on the unfortunate demise of soldiers in such circumstances. The appreciable part however is that the parent units and Regimental Centres offer full support to families in such times of need.

While there is lot to be done for our soldiers and their kin, circulating false messages and untruths about their condition is not only demoralising for those who are serving the nation away from their families but also leads to alienation and damage which can never be redeemed. To top it all, it acts as a dampener for youth aspiring to join the Armed Forces.

While it is our right to strongly question the official establishment about the welfare and benefits to our military families and to fight for them, and we must do so, at the same time it is also our bounden duty to take a stand for the right causes armed with the correct information.

As responsible citizens, the barest minimum we can do is check the veracity of a message before tapping the keys and posting it, more so when it is the morale of our troops and their families that could be at stake.

Disclaimer: The opinions, beliefs and views expressed by the various authors and forum participants on this website are personal and do not reflect the opinions, beliefs and views of ABP News Network Pvt Ltd.

Source :  http://www.abplive.in/blog/here-are-facts-on-soldiers-ex-gratia-benefits-stop-the-lies

MESSAGE OF Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL - EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER OCTOBER-2016

          Xth Federal Council of National Federation of Postal Employees was held at Guwahati (Assam) from 7th September to 9th September, 2016. A galaxy of Trade Union leaders admired the struggling nature of NFPE moving on the path with a slogan “Unity for struggle and struggle for unity”. The Federal Council reviewed the Political, economical and social condition of India and its impact on working class. It was discussed in detail that during the period under review, higher administration of the Department of Posts and Government of India tried to make some structural changes in the Department of Post which was fought by NFPE and defeated and NFPE established its might. There is significant change in the mindset of Bureaucracy and our membership has gained faith a lot in union which has been reflected in last membership verification.

            The Federal Council reviews the recommendations of 7th CPC and it was the view of most of the delegates that the recommendations of 7th CPC are most retrograde and disappointing. More anomalies are appearing in implementation of the 7th CPC. The Committees formed  on allowances, advances, NPS and  so called High Power committee to review the minimum wage  and consequently change in pay  matrix , have to submit their reports within 4 months i.e. upto 31st  Oct, 2016.

            It was the view of most of the delegates that NJCA should take proper action to achieve the demands and without breaking the unity, Confederation and NFPE should also chalk out their separate programme of action in phased manner.

            It was also discussed and decided that we as NFPE should also launch agitational programmes in phased manner to achieve our sectional demands i.e. Cadre restructuring  for left out Categories, Filling up of vacant posts, enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS . GDS Committee,streaming the functioning of NCJCM, DCJCM and RJCM. Regularization and wage revision of casual labourers, All Cadre related problems, problems arising out of implementation of CBS and CSI and to oppose the move to outsource any function of Postal services.

            Policy and programmes resolution was also adopted in the Federal Council unanimously in which it is decided that the NFPE being in the main stream of working class will fight against the neo-liberal economic policies which are adversely affecting the life of all working people and common man.

            This Federal Council viewed with grave concern the growing right Wing offensives under NDA Government and aggressive activities of the communal forces and deliberate efforts to divide the people including workers on the basis caste and religion and took unanimous decision to defeat such move by organizing united struggles and shall stand finally with the secular and democratic forces.

            Thus the Xth Federal Council has given a very common  message to the Postal workers  particularly and common worker in general  that NFPE will march forward on the path of struggle to save the interests of workers and achieve the  genuine and justified  demands by united struggle.

            The Xth Federal Council has also adopted a resolution on common and specific demands of Postal Employees and decided further course of agitaional programmes in phased manner


            NFPE calls upon the entire Postal, RMS, and MMS employees to get ready for future struggles to achieve the genuine demands and resists the attacks and dangers unlashed by the Department of Post and Government of India which are against the Postal Workers.