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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Revocation of suspension for booking /collection of airmail items destined for Slovakia.

Department of Posts, India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Office of the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001

            The PMsG Sambalpur / Berhampur
            The SSPOs/SPOs
            The SSRM/SRMs
            Odisha Circle.

  No.       ML/2-74/2009 Ch.I                                          Dated at Bhubaneswar the 29.08.16.

Sub:       Revocation of suspension for booking /collection of airmail items destined for Slovakia.

              Kindly refer to this office letter of even no. dated 02.05.16 where the booking/collection of airmail items destined for Slovakia (among other countries) was suspended.

The suspension of booking/collection of airmail items destined for Slovakia is hereby revoked.

Therefore, it is requested kindly to brought to the notice of all concerned for information and necessary action.               
(K. Mallick)
Assistant Director (Mails)
O/o the CPMG, Odisha Circle

Bhubaneswar-751 001.

Trade unions reiterate call for nationwide strike on September 2

NEW DELHI: Central trade unions on Wednesday reiterated their call for a nationwide general strike on September 2 despite government trying enough to appease them by offering a substantial hike in minimum wages. 

"There is no meaning of the announcement made by government yesterday. Hence we would go on strike," Ashok Singh of INTUC said. 

According to Singh, all decisions taken by this government is pro capitalist and against the interest of the workers. "Reforms in labour laws is required but the unions are not being consulted most of the time," he said. 

"No government has ever stopped down so low as 80% of their statement are blatant lie," Tapan Sen general secretary of CITU said, adding that unions are fighting for the defence of the nation. 

All trade unions barring BMS had observed a similar strike on September 2 last year protesting against government's anti worker policies. 

BJP-led NDA government has raised the minimum wage of workers in the central government sphere by 42%, a significant revision since 2008 to Rs 350 per day for unskilled non-farm workers in the central sphere besides announcing the releases of bonus for central government employees for two years based on the revised norms and setting up a committee to examine the demand of giving social security benefits to scheme workers.
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​Winners of Stamp Design Competition on theme "Tourism in India"

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cadre Restructuring of Group-C Postal Employees - DPC held for Non-Functional HSG-I Cadre in Odisha Circle

Trade union strike on Sept 2: Narendra Modi govt faces biggest strike since coming to power

New Delhi |  August 30, 2016:
women in garment industry A fixed minimum wage between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000 per month has been on top of the CTUs’ 12-point charter of demands. (Reuters)

The government’s effort to dissuade 10 central trade unions (CTUs) from going ahead with the September 2 strike did not succeed on Monday as the minimum wage advisory board (MWAB) meeting remained inconclusive.

A fixed minimum wage between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000 per month has been on top of the CTUs’ 12-point charter of demands. A positive outcome of the MWAB meeting, which was preponed from the earlier scheduled on September 6, could have saved the government from the embarrassing labour stir.

With the meeting failing to reach a consensus, RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which unlike 10 other CTUs is yet to give their strike call, may also join the stir. This would make it the biggest-ever labour strike since the new government under Narendra Modi assumed office in May, 2014.

Talking to FE earlier in the day, BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said the trade union would take part in the strike if the government gives orders and not just written assurances on majority of their 12-point charter of demands that includes a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 per month.

At its three-day Kendriya Karya Samiti (KKS) meeting in Bhopal earlier this month, BMS had resolved to declare the strike on September 2, but left the onus of taking the final call on its president B N Rai and Upadhyay.

Currently, minimum wage for an unskilled worker in the central sector is Rs 211 per day or Rs 5,486 a month.

FE had earlier reported that the government has proposed a steep 60-95% hike in the minimum wages for its contract/temporary workers in 45 scheduled employment categories, ranging from agriculture to construction and mining, to Rs 9,150 per month. The minimum wage in a state is fixed by the state only.

AITUC national secretary D L Sachdeva, who attended the MWAB meeting, said the unions demanded that there should be uniformity in the minimum wage across the country for all workers — be it domestic help or the industry worker, and the amount should not be less than the monthly starting pay of Rs 18,000 for the central government staff as per the 7th Pay Commission.

“We have demanded that a national minimum wage should be fixed below which no state will fix the minimum wages. Developed states can fix higher wages than the national minimum wage. The strike call stands,” he added.

Another official who was present during the meeting, said employers’ representatives also agreed to the idea that the minimum wages should be hiked, but there was resistance from their side on making it as high as Rs 15,000 since that will cost them dearly.

A government official said on the condition of anonymity that the central government does not have the legislative power to fix the minimum wage for a state since labour is in the concurrent list. The proposed monthly minimum wage of Rs 9,150 for an unskilled farm worker in Class C areas (as against Rs 211 now) has been arrived at after taking into account his four-member family’s energy need for 2,700 k cal a day as well as clothes, fuel, power, educational, medical and rental expenses, the official added.

Meanwhile, though CTUs ruled out postponing the strike, they were expecting some favourable outcome from the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya late on Monday.
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7th Pay Commission: Change rules to reflect recommendations, Govt tells depts

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 30, 2016 1:52 pm

Seventh Pay Commission, 7th Pay commission, seven pay commission, pay commission updates, pay commission latest, latest news, business news, india seventh pay salary, new govt salary The meeting will be taken with representatives of all the ministries in first week of October, it said.

All central government departments have been asked to change service and recruitment rules to reflect recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

They have been asked not to make reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and the Union Public Service Commission and modify the service rules on their own.

The Centre has accepted most of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, to be implemented from January 1, 2016.

“Consequential amendment in the existing service rules and recruitment rules shall be made by the ministries or departments by substituting the existing pay band and grade pay by the new pay structure i.e. ‘Level in the Pay Matrix’ straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training and Union Public Service Commission,” the DoPT said in an order.

In this regard, a confirmation meeting is scheduled to be taken by the DoPT “to take stock of the latest position of amendment in service rules/recruitment rules”.

The meeting will be taken with representatives of all the ministries in first week of October, it said.

All central government departments have already been asked to set up committees to look into various pay related anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Pay Commission’s recommendations.

There will be two levels of Anomaly Committees — National and Departmental — consisting of representatives of the official side and the staff side of the national council and the departmental council, respectively.
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Fifth Tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds: Applications for the Bonds will be accepted from 1st September to 9th September, 2016 and Bonds will be issued on 23rd September,2016.

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

30-August-2016 11:45 IST

Government to issue Fifth Tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds: Applications for the Bonds will be accepted from 1st September to 9th September, 2016 and Bonds will be issued on 23rd September,2016. 

The Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has decided to issue 5th Tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds. Applications for the bonds will be accepted from September 01, 2016 to September 09, 2016. The Bonds will be issued on September 23, 2016. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.

It may be recalled that the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley had announced in his Budget Speech while presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 in Parliament about developing a financial asset, Sovereign Gold Bond, as an alternative to purchasing the metal gold.

Accordingly, four tranches of issuances have been undertaken during 2015-16 and 2016-17 (so far). The features of the Sovereign Gold Bond are given below:

Sl. No.
Product name
Sovereign Gold Bond 2016-17 – Series II
To be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
Minimum size
Minimum permissible investment will be 1 gram of gold.
Maximum limit
The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
Joint holder
In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
Issue price
Price of Bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period.
Payment option
Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
Issuance form
Government of India Stock under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
Redemption price
The redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA.
Sales channel
Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices (as may be notified) and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
Interest rate
The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.75 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.
Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
KYC Documentation
Know-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for purchase of physical gold. KYC documents such as Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be required.
Tax treatment
The interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond
Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges/NDS-OM from a date to be notified by the RBI within 15 days of the issue date i.e. September 23, 2016.
SLR eligibility
The Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purposes.
Commission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate of 1% of the total subscription received  by  the  receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) held meetings with Central Trade Union leaders on charter of demands of one day strike on 02.09.2016

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
30-August-2016 18:05 IST

Basic Minimum Wages for Central Sphere Workers Revised 

Minimum Wages to be Rs.350/- Per Day for Unskilled Non-Agricultural Workers for ‘C’ Category Areas
Shri Arun Jaitely, the Union Finance Minister, the Union Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya and Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy & Mines had a joint Press conference here today on charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) has held meetings with Central Trade Union leaders wherein detailed discussions were held in regard to their charter of demands. Thereafter, the issues were discussed by the Inter- Ministerial Committee headed by the Finance Minister. The following decisions have been taken by the Government:

1. The Bonus Amendment Act will be implemented strictly. The Central Government will pay Bonus for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 based on revised norms. A government notification in this regard is being issued immediately.

2. The Central Government will take necessary steps to resolve the cases pending in High Courts/Supreme Court with regard to payment of Bonus.

3. It has been decided that, based on the deliberations in the meeting of the Minimum Wage Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of Minister for State for Labour and Employment (I/C) for revising the basic minimum wages for central sphere, the Government has decided to fix the minimum wages at Rs.350/- per day for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas keeping in view the modalities of fixing minimum wages.

4. The registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory as per law and states will be advised to strictly implement the same. Erring contractors will face appropriate action for any violation in this regard.

5. The issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (eg., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, Asha volunteers etc.) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the earliest.

6. Advisories will be issued to all the States Governments to ensure that registration of Trade Unions takes place within 45 days.

7. The Central government has reiterated its commitment towards tripartite consultation process.

8. Sector specific meetings will be held to resolve issues relating to respective industries.

Later interacting with media Shri Bandaru Dattatreya appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider their call for strike, in national interest.

Seventh Central Pay Commissions recommendations - revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.


Constitution of a Committee to review the framework related to digital payment

Meeting of Group of Senior Officers to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission - reg.

Grant of PLB and non-PLB in case of C G employees for the accounting year 2014-15 - enhancement of the calculation ceiling


Bonus ceiling raised to Rs.7000/- from Rs.3500/-  with effect from 01.04.2014 – orders issued.

Earlier Gratuity order for NPS pensioners issued.

Intensify campaign & make the 2nd September 2016 strike a thundering success.

Government Understands the language of struggle and strike only.

Taking of Fraud prevention measures-Debit Freeze to 0340 etc.

From: Director (CBS)
Sent: 24 August 2016 21:50
Subject: Taking of Fraud prevention measures-Debit Freeze to 0340 etc.

​Respected Sir/Madam,
In continuation of earlier fraud prevention measures taken vide SB Order 5/2016 along with its Addendum, the competent authority has decided to take the following further measures:-
·  Complete Debit Freeze to office account 0340. No withdrawal/debit transactions can be done from this office account;
·  wherever posting of accounts closed by BO are to be posted, the repayment account ID should be changed to office account 0339.
·  At the time of closure of any account, if payment is to be made by Postmaster Cheque, then repayment account ID should be entered as 0340 account.
·  Arrears/GPF or any payments to be made to serving employees with the approval of competent authority should be made from the Salary Account 0409 and not from 0340.
·  All other Government Subsidies should be done from the DBT Account 0410.
·  If customer has a Savings Account in CBS Post Office, Closure proceeds of all RD/TD/MIS/NSC/KVP/SCSS accounts, can be credited to customer's Savings Account by selecting 'Transfer' mode, but the Savings Account and any of the RD/TD/MIS/NSC/KVP/SCSS Account should be under same CIF or there should be a match between at least one of the CIFs if there is a joint account. In case of CIF Mismatch error, please first merge both  the CIFs after due verification if required and then proceed for closure. 
·  During account opening & account modification of RD / TD / MIS / NSC / KVP / SCSS accounts, before entering customer's Savings account as repayment account or Repayment of interest credit account, user has to ensure that only SB account which has the same CIF as the TDA type account can be linked. In case of error, both the CIFs of same depositor have to be first merged by doing due verification.
·  No Intersol withdrawal transaction of more than Rs.25,000/-  at the counter either through cash or transfer of through POSB Cheque (except for new investment) should be allowed. This validation is being placed in Finacle also.
Please circulate these changes/measures to all CBS Post Offices urgently.

With regards,

Sachin Kishore
Director (CBS)
Sansad Marg,
Dak Bhavan


From: Gopinath S [

Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:41 PM


I am hereby directed by competent authority to convey the following:

This is regarding uploading of signatures for offices where partial signatures were uploaded due to invalid/incorrect image in the Sign database resulting in omission of rest of the signatures during migration. This issue was reported in 7339 SOLs.

Detailed excel sheet for 22747 POs is attached for reference. Difference of Signature is shared in Col. F and Partial Upload required (Yes/No) in Col. G.

Earlier Post,Sign,MDE, MDE Sign DBs was requested from POs for signature upload. As the number of offices is more and to complete the signature upload within prescribed time, a stand alone tool (Signature extraction tool Ver 1.0) is developed by Infosys. This tool will extract only signatures. DBA/DPT rules have been removed and signature related DPT alone is added in this Tool.

Procedure for uploading the Signatures (Signature Extraction Tool Ver 1.0)

1.       Signature extraction tool Ver 1.0 is available in the link


2.       SAs may please be instructed to use this version of the tool to upload the signatures
3.       Post, Sign, MDE, MDE Sign should be same as used during migration.
4.       Addition/Deletion/Modification of Accounts/Signatures should not be done in the database during upload.
5.       Data related DPTs have been disabled and sign related DPTs have been added
6.       On completion of tool, data will be automatically uploaded to FTP (/CBSDM/incoming/Production/Sign_Extraction/)
7.       Scanned copy of Certificate signed by Postmaster countersigned by Divisional Head to be attached while sharing the data. Copy of certificate attached in this mail. Consolidated Hardcopies may kindly be forwarded from the Circles after completion of the signature upload.
8.       Offices wherein discrepancy in noticed in signature upload alone need to upload the data.
9.       Only left out signatures will be uploaded .

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification.

It is requested to share the data on or before 03/09/2016 as the entire exercise can be completed if the data is received in bulk.

                Mails relating to Signature upload to be shared to with a copy marked to my mail id.

Thanks and Regards,

Gopinath S
Inspector Posts
Chennai 600 002

Revamping of Marketing (Sales) structure of PLI / RPLI


Nominations for National Level Award for MGNREGA 2015-16 - regarding


Monday, August 29, 2016

Workers Strike Back; 2nd September Strike Demands Explained

On 2 September 2016, crores of workers across the country will go on strike demanding an end to the all-round attack launched by the government against their lives, livelihood and dignity. Representing the interests of the big capitalists, both domestic and foreign, the Modi government has been trying to fool the working people with false promises even as it supports and actively imposes a policy that is snatching away jobs, looting family budgets, disarming workers of their rights and opening the doors to harsher exploitation. Last year’s all India strike saw an incredible 15 crore workers go on strike. This strike on 2 September is bound to surpass that, telling the government and the ruling class that it is not going to back down. Here is a brief explainer of the workers’ demands:

 Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market

Prices of several essential commodities have steadily risen for the past two years. In some cases, like pulses, the rise has been as high as over 100%. Then, there are periodic spikes in some commodities like onions or potatoes. Net result is that working people’s family budgets have been devastated and they are having to cut down on nutritious food just to survive. Already, over 56% of women in the country and a similar share of children are anemic. The food security act passed in 2013 is yet to be rolled out fully. The Act is itself limited, providing affordable food grains to just two thirds of the country, and not having provision for increasing population. It does not cover many essential commodities. If more commodities, like pulses and oil are included and its coverage is increased to all the people, it will provide much needed food to malnourished families. This will also finish off hoarding and speculative trading which drives up prices. But the government is refusing to pay attention to hungry people across the country and continues to provide concessions to big traders and food companies.

 Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation

According to government estimates, about 1.2 crore Indians join the labour force every year in India. There are already over 10 crore people unemployed and crores more who are called ‘employed’ but are forced to work in very low paying jobs – a hidden kind of unemployment. Women’s employment has hit rock bottom with just 27% women over 15 years of age working – one of the lowest in the world. The situation is explosive but the government is groping about, unable or unwilling to address the tide of joblessness. Its fancy schemes like ‘Make in India’ or ‘Skill India’ or industrial corridors are just pies in the sky, giving profits to industrialists but nothing for the workers. On top of this, govt. policies of privatization and contractualisation are creating more unemployment. Those who have jobs today face an uncertain future while the youth, among whom 25% are unemployed, are hopeless and angry.

 Minimum wages of not less than Rs 18,000 per month with provisions of indexation

Minimum wage rates fixed by state governments are cruelly low in shameless violation of well-settled principles and Supreme Court orders. According to calculations done by experts, for a worker’s family having three members, the minimum amount required for their food, shelter, clothing etc. is about Rs.20,000. This takes into account the principle set down by the Indian Labour Conference of 1957 and those laid down by the Supreme Court in 1992. Last year, the central government had suggested Rs.6098 as minimum wage, without any basis. Their real consideration was and still remains only one – profits of employers should not suffer, so keep the wages as low as possible. The trade union movement has adjusted its demand to Rs.18,000 instead of Rs.20,000 in order to make it more feasible. But the government is refusing to listen. With the way prices are rising, and with the public distribution system not meeting the needs inflation robs working people relentlessly. Hence a minimum wage linked to prices is of utmost importance to crores of workers across the country.

 Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work

One of the surest ways for industrialists to depress wages, deny various benefits to workers and prevent them for organizing is the contract system that has spread across all sectors. Even in public sector enterprises 22% of the employees/workers are on contract. In private enterprises the situation is worse. Although clear laws exist that workers doing perennial nature of work should not be on contract and that contract workers need to be given the same pay and benefits as regular workers, employers have taken advantage of the govt.’s complicity and court’s indifference to flout these laws. As a result contract workers are to be found working at less wages and for more hours. This also destroys the unity of workers and weakens their striking power. All kinds of contractual labour needs to be ended and a united fight by regular and contract workers for regularization of contract workers has to be launched.

 Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
 Against Labour Law Amendments

Labour laws provide some protection to workers and ensure that they can survive under conditions of harsh exploitation. Laws on minimum wages, working hours, job security, medical support, provident fund, maternity benefits, etc. were won by struggles of workers decades ago. But it has always been a dream of capitalists to do away with these laws so that they can suck the last drop of profit from the workers’ labour. Modi government appears to have promised them to make this dream a reality. In many BJP ruled states wholesale changes have been made in labour laws so that employers can hire and fire workers at will and allow changes in service conditions. And, the central govt. is ready with new laws that will dilute existing ones. Already the labour laws enforcement mechanism had been destroyed by previous governments leaving the workers at the mercy of ruthless and greedy industrialists. Now this is being further ground down. Unless the workers step up and fight for their legal rights, they will even snatch away the right to form trade unions. , 80-90% of workers never get wages equal to them.

 Universal social security cover for all workers
 Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000 p.m. for the entire working population

Social security means ensuring that workers and their families get financial support for illness and for times when they are unable to work after a certain age. This is not some charity or goodwill gesture on the part of employers. It is a right of workers who spend their lives laboring away so that the employers’ earn their profits. But the government, far from acknowledging this universal right is conspiring to dismantle even the existing laws which cover only a fraction of India’s workforce. While refusing to extend ESI and EPF coverage to lakhs of workers in the unorganized sector, it has recently made several attempts to impose ceilings, use accumulated PF monies for investing in volatile stock market speculation, prevent workers from withdrawing from PF etc. It is also committed to converting the whole concept of social security into a profit making enterprise by trying to impose an insurance model (worker pays premium to private company) with no contribution from govt. Its proposal for such a macabre scheme for anganwadi workers/helpers with a premium as high as Rs.250 was defeated recently. 

 Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.

Bonus is a small share of the profit that an employer makes from the labour of the workers. Suppose an industrialist makes 40% profit in one year. So, why should the share of workers’ bonus be limited to say 8.33% only? If there is no limit to profit there should not be any limit to the bonus share that a worker gets. Again, this is not some charity being asked for from the employers. It is a just and rightful share that the workers are asking. In fact bonus is actually considered a ‘deferred wage’ by the courts. This means that it is like wages except that it is being paid once at the end of the year. A similar logic applies to gratuity which is a rightful recognition of the years of service put in by the worker during which the employer had surely earned huge profits from the workers’ labour. So, when the worker retires or quits after many laboring years, should he or she not get a share of the wealth created by labour? The government of course is enslaved by the capitalist class and so it is callous to this logic. It only searches for ways to cut down on labour costs by depressing wages, cutting down on various entitlements like bonus and gratuity and snatching away social security rights.

 Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98

The only way governments listen to workers is when they fight back the attacks. And, the only way workers can effectively fight back is when they are organized around a fighting banner. The government and the capitalist class knows this very well. That is why they are trying their utmost to dismantle the workers’ right to organize and fight. Already many changes had been made by previous governments in the Trade Unions Act which make it difficult for workers to register their trade unions or get recognition from managements. The present government, with its naked hostility to the working class is planning to further restrict this right. This attack is not confined to the government alone. The judiciary and bureaucracy, as well as dominant media and intellectual apologists for the bourgeoisie continue to abuse workers if they so much as stir one finger to get justice. Against this all round attack, workers have to strike back forcefully and retrieve their rights.

 Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs
 Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence

The public sector employs over workers in India. It controls many crucial and strategic sectors of the economy, providing a bulwark against private loot. But since the adoption of neo-liberal policies in the country there has been a systematic attempt to privatize the public sector and invite foreign capital in some parts of industry. The purpose of this vile conspiracy is to use national assets to fill the coffers of domestic and foreign companies. The present government is going about this greedily and with haste. It has set a target of raising Rs.56,000 crore from the sale of such profit making PSUs as BHEL, IOC, ONGC, HPCL, BPCL and few others. What will be the result of this? Firstly, the sale is being done at very low prices to ensure that private capitalists gain and the country loses. For example SAIL’s value is estimated at about Rs.5 lakh crore. But by pegging its share value at Rs.200, it could be sold for just Rs.82,600 crore! That’s less than one-fifth the price. But there is a more important aspect. Privatisation, especially if foreign ownership means that the country’s resources will be used for private profit not for the people’s good. Also, it will mean an open attack on the employed workers who will either get thrown out or converted to contract labour. Inviting foreign direct investment in such key sectors as defence and railways means that the country’s backbone will be handed over to foreign interests, who will no longer care for either the country’s sovereignty or for its workers.

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