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Monday, November 26, 2012


Manihsinath Bhawan,A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,New Delhi. 110 027.
Website: confederationhq.,E
Dated: 22nd November, 2012
Dear Sir,
                We write this to request you to kindly intervene and take up the issues/demands and grievances of the Government employees with the Government.
                As you are aware, the Government had been systematically and continuously shedding its functions since 1991.  This policy decision has resulted in outsourcing many of the sovereign functions of the Government.  Presently as much as one third of the manpower employed by the Government is casual/contingent/daily rated or contract workers who are given pittance of emoluments. Half of the workforce of the Postal Department, (which employs more than three lakhs of employees,) is Grameen Dak Sewaks.  They are not even treated as Government employees.  For decades they work on hourly rate salary system.  Both the GDS and the other casual workers are employed for carrying out permanent and perennial nature of work.  The Government thus violates the laws of the land with impunity.  No scheme is in vogue today for their regularisation. The Govt. refuses to induct them as regular employees even after decades of service to their credit.
                The Government employees were entitled for a statutory defined benefit pension scheme.  The Government has denied it to those whoa re recruited after 1.1.2004. The post 2004 entrants are brought within the purview of the New Contributory Pension scheme, thereby making their pension entitlement subject to the market vagaries.  The reason adduced by the Government for effecting the switch over from the defined benefit scheme to the defined contributory scheme was the increasing financial burden on account of the pension liability. The Committee set up by the Govt. to go into the matter itself has opined that the new contributory scheme would only make the financial burden to increase further. 
                The Union Cabinet has now decided to allow FDI in Pension fund operations.  This will pave way for the foreign monopoly houses to garner the savings of Indian people and maximise their profit. The real intent of brining in the PFRDA Bill has become unambiguously clear from the decision of the Union cabinet to allow FDI in pension fund management.
                The  negotiating machinery which was set up by the Government in 1964 to address the issues and grievances of the Civil servants called the JCM in the wake of the 1960- strike has been made non functional for the Govt. do not convene its council meetings, especially at the Departmental levels.  Even when it meets occasionally, the art of procrastination prevails. The machinery had a dispute settlement mechanism whereby the issues on which the Government could not agree could be referred to the Board of Arbitration, whose decision was to be final and accepted by both the parties.  There are presently seventeen awards given in favour of the employees.  The Govt. has decided to move resolution in the Parliament to reject every one of them.  Two such awards are coming up for rejection in this session of the Parliament.
                There are very many other issues, which are of extreme concern to the employees' viz. the never abating rise in prices of essential commodities, the restoration of compassionate appointments; the overdue wage revision; the untenable vindictive actions against the union functionaries especially in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department etc.  Having failed to reach any reasonable settlement through dialogue the Confederation in its last National Council meeting was constrained to take decision for a one day token strike on 12th December, 2012 in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands.  We send herewith a copy of the Explanatory Note on these demands.
                We once again request you to kindly intervene and persuade the Government to settle these issues.
                Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General

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