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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Warm Greetings for a Happy and Prosperous New Year-2017



            Let us not forget that behind every rights and benefits enjoyed by the Central Government Employees and Pensioners, there is a history of struggles, sacrifices and martyrdoms.

          Let us not forget that Petitions, Memorandums, Reminders after reminders shall serve no purpose, unless we organise with strong determination and go for a strike, whatever may be the consequences.

          Tomorrow's history will be written by those who are ready to fight and sacrifice and not by those who are paper tigers and dead horses.

          On this New Year Day, let us pledge together that we are ready for bitter struggles and bigger sacrifices for protecting our hard-earned rights and also for realising our justified demands. 

          Let us also pledge that we shall remain as an integral part of the mainstream of the Working Class and toiling masses of our  Country, and shall be in the forefront of all the struggles of the Working Class.  

                                        VICTORY IS OURS
Secretary Geneural
Conferation of Central Govt Employees & Workers.
Mob: 09447068125

Grand farewell to Comrades of Bhubaneswar GPO who retired on 31.12.2016

Com. Basant Kumar Nayak, APM(SB),  Com. Kshyamanidhi Routray, PA and Com. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, MTS, Bhubaneswar GPO retired on 31.12.2016 on attaining the age of superannuation.

Grand farewell meeting arranged by the PRC, Bhubaneswar GPO
The AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar wishes all retired Comrades a happy and healthy retired life with Warm Greetings on the eve of the New Year-2017.

Message from Dr. S K Kamila, Chief PMG, Odisha Circle on the eve of New Year

Promulgation of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

30-December-2016 19:51 IST

The President of India approves the Promulgation of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016 today; 

The President of India has approved the promulgation of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016 today i.e. on 30th December, 2016.

The Ordinance is a follow-up to the decision taken by the Government of India to cancel the legal tender character of the existing series of banknotes, as on November 8, 2016, in the denominations of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 (Specified Bank Notes-SBNs) in circulation.

The main objectives of the Ordinance are (i) to provide clarity and finality to the liability of the Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India for the SBNs; (ii) to provide an opportunity to those persons who were unable to deposit the SBNs within the time provided; and (iii) to declare holding, transferring or receiving SBNs as illegal, with provisions for penalty for contravention of any of the provisions of the Ordinance.

This decision follows a number of steps taken to eliminate the menace of unaccounted money in the economy including setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT); enacting a law regarding undisclosed foreign income and assets; amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements between India and Mauritius and India and Cyprus; reaching an understanding with Switzerland for getting information on Bank accounts held by Indians with HSBC; encouraging the use of non-cash and digital payments; amendments to the Benami Transactions Act; and implementation of the Income Declaration Scheme 2016. It is a move in line with the government’s initiatives to curb unaccounted money in the system, money laundering and tax avoidance. 

As on 30th December, 2016 a part of the Specified Bank Notes (SBN) have come back to the Reserve Bank of India and these are now a part of the formal financial system, increasing the deposit base of the banks and improving their ability to lend. People have also embraced and are continuing to adopt different digital forms of payments. The ecosystem of digital payments infrastructure is continually being improved and strengthened to make it easier for more people to adapt to this form of payment.

As was notified on 8th November, 2016 those persons who were unable to exchange or deposit the SBNs in their bank accounts on or before 30th December, 2016 shall be given an opportunity to do so. Accordingly, this facility has been granted to all Indian citizens who were outside India from 9th November, 2016 to 30th December, 2016 to tender these SBNs at the specified Issue Offices of RBI until 31st March, 2017. For those citizens of India who are not resident in India, this facility would be available till June 30, 2017 in order to allow them adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience.

The above facility would be subject to the regulations of the notification “Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015. As per these Regulations bringing back such currency into the country is restricted to Rs.25,000/- per person. Separate FEMA provisions are applicable to persons in Nepal and Bhutan which would continue to apply.

At the time of return to India the number and denominations of the SBN will need to be declared to the Customs authorities at the airports and other entry points. Necessary form for such declaration will be given out by the CBEC. The details of the declaration and statements that are required to be submitted along with the SBNs at the time of deposit in RBI Issue Offices will be separately announced by RBI. Any false declaration will invite a fine of Rs. 50,000 or five times the amount of the face value of the SBN tendered, whichever is higher.

After the period of exchange is over, the liabilities of the Reserve Bank and the guarantee of the Central Government towards the Specified Bank Notes will stand extinguished. Further, to prevent any continued parallel transactions with the SBNs by unscrupulous elements, after this period, holding, transferring and receiving SBNs will attract a fine of Rs.10,000 or five times the amount of the face value of the SBN involved in the contravention, whichever is higher.

President approves cash ban Ordinance

New Delhi December 30, 2016

Minimum fines of Rs 50,000 fine for false declarations till March 31, 2017; Rs 10,000 for holding scrapped notes after that.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will help extinguish the Reserve Bank of India and the government’s liability towards the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes after March 31, 2017, and provides for a minimum fine of Rs 10,000 or five times the face value of such notes found in possession of anyone after that date.

From December 31 to March 31, 2017, those still in possession of currency notes which havew ceased to be legal tender can exchange them at the specified offices of the central bank. The Reserve Bank of India will separately notify the details of the declaration and statements that need to accompany such deposits, but any false declaration will invite a fine of Rs 50,000 or five times the amount of the face value of the SBN tendered, whichever is higher.

“As was notified on 8th November, 2016 those persons who were unable to exchange or deposit the old (Rs 500 and Rs 1000) currency notes in their bank accounts on or before 30th December, 2016 shall be given an opportunity to do so. Accordingly, this facility has been granted to all Indian citizens who were outside India from November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 to tender these notes at the specified Issue Offices of RBI until March 31, 2017,” a finance ministry statement said. However, an official clarified that any Indian citizen resident in the country could deposit the notes at the RBI offices up to March 31.

The main objectives of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016 are to provide clarity and finality to the liability of the Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India for the specified bank notes; provide an opportunity to those persons who were unable to deposit these notes till December 30, and declare holding, transferring or receiving such notes as illegal, the finance ministry said.

A special window has been offered to non-resident Indians to return to the country in order to deposit such notes in their possession till June 30, 2017, but this will be restricted to amounts of Rs 25,000 per person as per the Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations of 2015.

While this will allow NRIs adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience, the ordinance specifies that they will need to declare the currency they are bringing back to Customs authorities at the time of their return to India. A form for such declarations will soon be unveiled by the Central Board of Excise and Customs.

“After the period of exchange is over, the liabilities of the Reserve Bank and the guarantee of the Central Government towards the Specified Bank Notes (SBN) will stand extinguished,” the finance ministry said. “Further, to prevent any continued parallel transactions with the SBNs by unscrupulous elements, after this period, holding, transferring and receiving SBNs will attract a fine of Rs 10,000 or five times the amount of the face value of the SBN involved in the contravention, whichever is higher.”

“My understanding of this is that there may be some people who may not deposit the old notes for fear that this would in some sense expose their parallel economy transactions, so they would prefer to dispose it off rather than deposit it,” Rajiv Kumar, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research told The Hindu.

“For example, a lot of small traders would be hiding their current stock of useless notes to protect their future flow of black money. Either they will destroy the notes or they will deposit it, but this ordinance is to prevent people from holding it,” he added.
Source :

RBI increases cash withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 4,500 from Jan 1

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | December 31, 2016

RBI issued a statement on Friday citing that from January 1 2017, the daily withdrawal limit of ATMs would be increased from the current Rs 2, 500 rupees to Rs 4, 500. The bank also said that there would be no change in weekly withdrawal limits.

The statement read: On a review of the position, the daily limit of withdrawal from ATMs has been increased (within the overall weekly limits specified) with effect from January 01, 2017, from the existing ₹ 2500/- to ₹ 4500/- per day per card. There is no change in weekly withdrawal limits.Such disbursals should predominantly be in the denomination of ₹ 500.

Earlier this week, banks had reportedly asked the government to extend the curbs on cash withdrawals beyond December 30 until an adequate quantity of new currency is injected, according to bankers and officials in the Finance Ministry. Bankers reportedly told the Finance Ministry that lifting the curbs immediately after this week could disrupt branch operations as a large number of people could turn up to withdraw cash.

“These restrictions should go only when there is a sufficient amount of bank notes in the system. Until and unless that happens, they (the government) cannot take away the restrictions. The moment they do this, everybody will want to go and draw out a lot. That will become a problem,” a senior executive of the State Bank of India said to The Indian Express.

“The relaxations have to be commensurate with the currency availability in banks. It will only be logical for the government to not relax the restrictions as of now since there is not enough cash. If the limits are relaxed, people will ask for more cash and there is limited cash. This will only turn banks into villains,” a private banker had said.

Friday was the last day to deposit the invalid currency notes in banks. However, people still have time to exchange the currency notes at designated RBI counters till March 31 after giving valid reasons for not depositing defunct notes in their accounts by December 30.
Source :

After 50 days of demonetization

Courtesy : The Samaj, dated 31.12.2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

NFPE felicitates Sri Ashutosh Tripathy, DG retiring on 31.12.2016

ON 30th DECEMBER-2016

            Shri Ashutosh Tripathi: Director General Department of Posts is going to retire on 31st December-2016.

            Felicitation was given by NFPE, Secretary General & President at Dak Bhawan today on 30th December-2016 and extended best wishes on behalf of NFPE for his happy, healthy and peaceful retired life.

            Shri Ashutosh Tripathi is an officer of positive approach and during his period  as Member(P) and DG, Post, so many problems of staff were  settled and  he never gave opportunity to staff  side to go on strike or on any  serious  agitational programmes. Whenever there was any problem in Circles also he invited NFPE leadership and settled.

            We as NFPE wish all the best for his retired life:

S B Order No. 15 / 2016 : Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

NFPE decides to serve Notice on 05.01.2017 for going on one day strike on 15.02.2017 as per the call of the Confederation


Dear Comrades,

            As you are aware that the NFPE in its Federal Secretariat held on 19.12.2016, has unanimously endorsed the decision of Confederation to go on one day Strike on 15.02.2017.  We wanted to conduct this strike under banner of PJCA. We convened a meeting of PJCA at NFPE office on 19.12.2016, in which detailed discussion took place. FNPO leadership told that they will decide in their internal meeting. But now FNPO leadership has told that they will serve strike notice for the same date i.e. 15.02.2017 respectively.

            So we have decided to serve strike notice as NFPE on 05th January-2017.

            All are requested to serve strike notice at all levels by organizing mass demonstrations.

            Proforma of Strike Notice and Charter of Demands is published below:


NEW DELHI-110 001

No.PF-12-C /2017                                                                      Dated: 05th January, 2017

The Secretary / Director General
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001


In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all the Postal/RMS/MMS/Administrative & Postal Accounts Employees and the Gramin Dak Sewaks (NFPE) will go on 1 Day  Strike on 15th February,2017.

The Charter of Demands is enclosed herewith.
          (R.N. Parashar)                                                                         (R.N. Parashar)         
     Secretary General                                                                       General Secretary
              NFPE                                                                                      AIPEU Group-C        
    R. Seethalakshmi                                                                                (Giriraj Singh)    
     General Secretary                                                                            General Secretary
AIPEU Postmen, MTS/Group ‘D’                                            AIRMS & MMS EU Group ‘C’
       (P. Suresh)                                                             (U.S.Chaktaborty)                             General Secretary                                                       General Secretary           
AIRMS & MMS EU MTS & MTS/Group ‘D’         AIPAOEU (Admin Union)

       (S.B.Yadav)                                                                     (Virendra Tewary)            
General Secretary                                                                General Secretary          
AIPAEA (Postal Accounts)                                                      AIPSBCOEA

                                                                                               ( P. Pandurangarao)
  General Secretary                                                                  General Secretary  AICWEA(Civil Wing)                                                              AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)    

                  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 6thJuly 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. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.

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.

20. Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21. Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.

                  CHARTER OF DEMANDS                      


1.    Settle the demands of various cadres of Postal department relating to 7th CPC recommendations submitted to Secretary, Posts in memorandum dated 08.12.2015.
2.    Implement cadre restructuring in all remaining cadres in the Department of Posts and settle the residual issues arising at implementation stage. Finalize RRs in MMS Cadres.  
3.    Grant Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis./Publish GDS Committee  Report.
4.    Revision of wages and payment of arrears from 01.01.2006 to all casual, part-time, contingent and daily-rated mazdoors and regularization of services.
5.    Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres including promotional posts and GDS.
6.    Conduct membership verification of Gramin Dak Sevaks and declare the result of the verification already conducted among departmental employees during 2015.
7.    Revision of OTA & OSA and fixation of norms for CRC/Speed post and Parcel in RMS and FMC for Postman Cadre.
8.    Settle problems arisen out of implementation of CSI and CBS.
9.    Grant of upgraded 3050 pay scale to Postmen w.e.f. 1.1.1996 as per Supreme Court Judgment.Change of RRs of Postmen/MTS.
10.  Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark condition for MACP and future increments and holding of DPCs timely..
11.  Grant of S D.A. & HCA to the Assam & NE & remove discrimination..
12. Problems arisen out of demonetization Scheme and grant additional remuneration of full       day salary for Sunday/Holiday and hourly rate for extended duty hours. Provide proper infrastructure including fake currency detector and counting machines. Not to direct the officials to make good the loss where fake currency machines are not provided.
13 Stop Sunday/Holiday working completely.
14. Discussion on     Memorandum of AIPSBCOEA.
15. All COs/ROs & DPLI office Kolkata may be  allowed  to function CPCs.
16. Finalization of Recruitment Rules of AAO Cadre in Postal Accounts and review of result for SC/ST -2012 Exam.
17. Repairing and Maintenance of Departmental Buildings.
18.Payment of revised  wages to the GDS/ Casual Labourers  substitutes  who are working on the  posts of Postmen, Mail guard, MTS etc,
19. Stop Trade Union victimization.
20. Declaration of Result of LGO & other LDCEs in remaining Circles.