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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Successful conductance of day long Dharana Programme on 20.02.2015 by Divisional JCA, Bhubaneswar on 40 point charter of demands

As per the call of the Central Joint Council of Action comprising National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO), All India Postal Employees Union, Gramin Dak Sewak ( NFPE) and National Union of Gramin Dak Sewak, the postal employees of Bhubaneswar Postal Division conducted the day long dharana programme in front of the office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar – 751 009  on 20.02.2015.
The programme was started with a condolence meeting in the memory of Com. S K Vyas, the legendary leader of Central Government employees and Pensioners – the Ex-Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers for forty years from 1967 to 2006,  the ex-President and Secretary General of All India Audit & Accounts Association who passed away at about 08:20 PM on 13th February 2015 at a Jaipur (Rajasthan) hospital, where he was admitted a few days back after a massive heart attack.
Inaugurating the Dharana Programme, Com. B Samal, Divisional  Secretary briefed the importance of the 40 point Charter of Demands and conveyed sincere obligation to the CHQ/NFPE leadership for materializing the Demand No. 3 i.e. Revision of wages of casual labours with effect from 01.01.2006. With strong persuasion by Com. B Samal, the Directorate’s O M No.2-53/2011-PCC, dated 22nd January, 2015 in this regard has since been implemented in Bhubaneswar Division.
Expressing  concern over the retrograde measures recommended by the Task Force for corporatization and eventual privatization of Department of Posts, Com. Samal intimated that in the name of leveraging the post office network, the Govt. has planned to corporatize the Department of Post dividing it into six units. i.e. (i) Banking and financial services (ii) Insurance  (PLI/RPLI), (iii) Distribution of third party products (iv) Management of Govt. services (v) Parcel & Packets and (vi) communication delivery. Under Deptt. of Posts, a holding company “India Post (Financial and other services) Corporation ” will be formed and the Indian Post Office Act, 1898 will be amended to bring another Postal Act. “India Post (Financial and other services)” Corporation Act for reorganization of Deptt. of Posts by creating new Corporate Structure. Now, this is the first and foremost duty of every Postal employee to oppose this dangerous and retrograde move of Govt. of India to Corporatize and privatize the Deptt. of Post and defeat it.
If proper attention is not given by the Govt. and the Department to take initiative for a negotiated settlement of all the 40 long pending issues the entire postal employees will be forced to go for indefinite strike from 6th May, 2015  after observing nation-wide dharana on 27.02.2015 in front of all 37 Regional Offices, on 02.03.2015 in front of all 22 Circle Offices and on 15.04.2015 in front of the Postal Directorate.
            Among other demands, inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th CPC and grant of Civil Servant status, Merger of 100% D A with Pay from 01.01.2014, Grant of Interim Relief ( 25% of Pay ) from 01.01.2014, Scrapping up of New Pension Scheme, Removal of 5% cap on Compassionate appointment, Filling up all vacant posts, Implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal, ensuring time bound disposal of all Rule-9 cases, Allotment of  sufficient funds for sanction of all pending bills and repairing of buildings/quarters, Enhancing Over Time Allowance rates, to stop ordering to work on Sundays/Holidays, to stop disciplinary action against innocent officials and  to revise the Postmen/MG/MTS Rules stopping open market recruitment are the major pending issues.
            The Dharana Programme was addressed by Com. A K Mohanty, Vice-President, P-III, Com. P K Mohanty, WC Member, P-III, Com. Nandita Mohanty, Chairman and Com. K M Bhatt, Convener, Women Sub Committee AIPEU, Group-C, Com. Sudhir  Kumar Swain. D/S, P-IV, Com. G S Panda, D/S, AIPEU, GDS (NFPE), Bhubaneswar Division and Com. M M Acharya, Ex-Vice President, AIPEU GDS (NFPE), Odisha Circle and participated by as many as 50 members including all the staff members of Divisional Office during lunch hour.
            The representatives from FNPO unions remained absent in the dharana programme.
We convey our sincere obligation to all the participating members for extending their cooperation in smooth conductance of the dharana programme.

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