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Thursday, October 10, 2019

National General Strike on 08-01-2020



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

विजयादशमी के पावन पर्व पर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।
GREETINGS ON THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF VIJAYA DASHAMI”,

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

51st YEAR OF 1968 SEPTEMBER 19th STRIKE
                                                                                                              M.KRISHNAN
                                                                          Secretary General, Confederation
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                   2019 September 19th  is the 51st  Anniversary of 1968 September 19th  one day strike.  All leaders and workers who led and participated in that historic strike have either retired from service or are no more.

               The indefinite strike of Central Govt. Employees in1960 was the first major strike of Central Govt. Employees after independence.  The five days strike from 1960 July 11 midnight was brutally suppressed by the Central Government declaring it as “Civil Rebellion”. The main demand of the strike was improvement and modifications in the 2nd  CPC recommendations.  The Need Based Minimum Wage, though adopted by the 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957, was rejected by the 2nd CPC.
               
The Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) was constituted in 1966 by then Home Minister Guljarilal Nanda, as per the decision of the Government.  The apprehension of the progressive leadership that this negotiating machinery may not settle any major demands of the Central Govt. employees and may become just a talking shop or a time killing business, ultimately resulting in abnormally delaying the genuine demands, came true within a year of its formation.  In the very first meeting of the National Council JCM, the following three demands were notified by the staff side.

1.  Grant of Need Based Minimum Wage as approved by the 1957 Tripartite Labour Conference.
2.    Merger of DA with Pay
3.    Revision of DA formula

               After prolonged discussion for about one and a half year, disagreement was recorded.  As per JCM Scheme once disagreement is recorded, the item should be referred to compulsory arbitration.  But Govt. rejected the demand for arbitration.  Protesting against this arbitrary stand of the Govt. the staff side leadership walked out of the JCM and decided to go for one day’s strike.  A Joint Action Committee was formed and the date of the strike was decided as 19th  September 1968.  Even though, the INTUC affiliated organisations were initially a part of the strike decision, later on they decided not to join the strike due to the intervention of the then Congress Government headed by Smt. Indira Gandhi. 

               The following were the main demands of the strike charter of demands.

1.    Need Based Minimum Wage.
2.    Full neutralisation of rise in prices.
3.    Merger of DA with Basic Pay
4.    Withdrawal of proposal to retire employees with 50 years of age or on completion of 25 years of service.
5.    Vacate victimisation and reinstate victimised workers.
6.    No retrenchment without equivalent alternative jobs.
7.    Abolition of Contract and Casual Labour System.

               Strike notice was served and the Joint Action Council (JAC) decided to commence the strike at 0600 AM on 19th September 1968.  Intensive campaign was conducted throughout the country.  AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation was the major organisations in the JAC.  Govt. invoked Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) to deal with the strike.  Govt. also issued detailed instructions to impose heavy penalty including suspension, dismissal, termination, Break-in-service etc. on the striking employees.  Para-military force (CRPF) and Police were deployed to deal with the strike.  Central Govt. gave orders to all state Governments to suppress the strike at any cost.  It was a war-like situation.  Arrest of Leaders started on 18th September itself.  About 3000 employees and leaders were arrested from Delhi alone.  All over India about 12000 Central Government employees and leaders were arrested and jailed.

               Inspite of all these brutal repressive measures the strike commenced on 18th after noon itself at many places and was a thundering success all over India and in all departments including Railway, Defence, P&T etc.  About 64000 employees were served with termination notices, thousands removed from service and about 40000 employees suspended.  Seventeen (17) striking employees had been brutally killed at Pathankot, Bikaner, Delhi Indraprastha Bhavan and in Upper Assam lathi charge, firing by police and military and by running the train over the bodies of employees who picketed the trains.

               Though the strike was only for one day on 19th  September 1968, the victimisation and repression continued for days together. Struggle against victimisation also continued including work-to-rule agitation, hunger fast of leaders from 10th  October 1968.  There was unprecedented support to the strike and relief work and also to agitation for reinstatement of the victimized workers, from National Trade Unions, state employees and teachers Unions / Federations etc.  A mass rally was organised before the  residence of Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi on 17th  October, 1968. 

               Kerala was ruled by the Communist Govt. during the strike.  Chief Minister Com. E.M.S. Namboodiripad declared Kerala Govt’s full support to the strike of Central Government employees.  The Central Govt. threatened dismissal of the Kerala Govt. for defying the Centre’s directive to suppress the strike.

               1968 September 19th  strike is written in red letters in the history of Indian Working Class.  The demand raised by the Central Govt. employees - Need Based Minimum Wage - was the demand of entire working people of India.  Even today, the Central Govt. employees and other section of the working class are on struggle path for realization of the Need Based Minimum Wage. The demand of the Central Govt. employees to modify the recommendations of the 7th  Central Pay Commission to ensure Need Based Minimum Wage is not yet conceded by the BJP-led NDA Government.  Even the assurance given by three Cabinet Ministers including Home Minister, Finance Minister and Railway Minister regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is not honoured by the Govt. even after a lapse of three years and  entire Central Government employees feel cheated.

               It is in this background, last year we have celebrated the 50th year of 1968 September 19th strike all over the country in a befitting manner.  On the 51st anniversary of the historic strike, let us pledge that we shall continue our struggle for realization of the demands raised by the martyrs of the 1968 strike.  Let us pay respectful homage to those valiant fighters who sacrificed their life for the posterity.  Let us salute and honour all those who participated in the historic strike, especially those who had been victimized severely for joining the strike.

                   Long Live 1968 September 19th strike martyr.
            Long Live, Long Live.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

COPY OF CONFEDERATION MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO HON'BLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AND CABINET SECRETARY ON 05-09-2019. COPY OF MEMORANDUM SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO ALL DEPARTMENTAL HEADS AND HEAD OF OFFICES BY ALL AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS AND STATE / DISTRICT CoCS HOLDING DEMONSTRATIONS & GATE MEETINGS ON 05-09-2019


No.Confdn/Memorandum/2016-19                                                05th September 2019

To
                 Shri. Narendra Modiji,
                 Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
                 South Block,
                 New Delhi - 110 001.
Respected Prime Minister,
               Sub: Memorandum on the long pending demands of the Central Government employees - Request for kind intervention - regarding.
                 This Memorandum is submitted with the most fervent hope that the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be condescend to intercede on our behalf to settle the following long pending issues agitating the minds of 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Pensioners.
1.     Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) and restore Defined benefit Old Pension Scheme (OPS).  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension.
          Government of India has implemented New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) for all Central Govt. employees entering service on or after 01-01-2004.  When compared to the Old Defined Benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) there are many adverse factors in the NPS.  The monthly pension amount being received under the Insurance Annuity Scheme under NPS is less than Rs.3000/- per month, to those NPS employees who had already retired from service during 2018 and 2019, after completing 14 to 15 years of service, whereas as per the Old Pension Scheme an employee who completes minimum ten years qualifying service will get 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension which in any case will not be less than Rs.12,000/- for a lowest level employee (Multi Tasking Staff) with ten years service in Central service.  Thus the very principle laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that “Pension is a social welfare measure rendering socio-economic justice to those, who in the hey day of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age, they would not be left in lurch”, stands defeated.
                      Seventh Central Pay Commission headed by Retired Justice of Supreme Court Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, in its report made the following observations about NPS:
                      “Almost a whole lot of Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004, were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme. Government should take a call to look into their grievances”.
                      Govt. appointed a Secretary level committee called “NPS Committee” for streamlining the NPS, but that committee was not empowered to look into the main demand of the NPS employees i.e., scrap NPS, restore OPS and guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as monthly pension.  It is true that as per the recommendations of the NPS Committee, Govt’s contribution to NPS is increased to 14% from 10% and some other cosmetic changes are also made in the NPS Rules.  But the basic grievance still remained unattended and unsettled, as a result uncertainty about the social security and Pension looms large over the head of every NPS employee, and the discontentment among the NPS employees (as correctly observed by 7th CPC) is growing day by day.  We request the Hon’ble  Prime Minister to have a relook into the entire matter, so that NPS will be scrapped and OPS will be restored and at least 50% of the last pay drawn will be guaranteed under Rules as Minimum monthly Pension on retirement.
2.     Honour the assurances given by Group of Ministers on 30-06-2016 to National Council (JCM) Standing Committee members regarding increase in Minimum Pay and fitment factor recommended by Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC):
          All the Federations/Unions/Associations in the Central Govt. Employees sector including Railways, Defence and Confederation had given a call for nationwide indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, demanding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula recommended by Seventh CPC and other 7th CPC related issues.  A goup of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, then Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, then Finance Minister, Shri. Suresh Prabhu, then Railway Minister discussed the demands with the leaders of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) and assured that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and a High Level Committee will be appointed to submit recommendations in this regard.  The assurances were reiterated by Shri. Rajnath Singh, then Home Minister on 6th July 2016 in the second round of discussion and Finance Ministry issued a press statement confirming the assurances.  Accordingly, the proposed indefinite strike call of the NJCA was deferred, taking in good faith the assurances given by the Group of Ministers.  We are sorry to bring it to the notice of the Hon’ble Prime Minister that even after a lapse of three  years, neither the promised High Level Committee is constituted by the Govt. nor the Minimum Pay and fitment formula is increased.  The entire employees feel betrayed.  We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to take immediate necessary action for implementing the assurances given by the Group of Ministers.
3.     Grant “Option-I Parity” recommended by the 7th CPC to all Central Government Pensioners.
          7th CPC has recommended a new formula called “Option-1” for refixing the existing         pension of Central Government Pensioners retired prior to 01-01-2016. Government accepted  the recommendation in principle and constituted a Secretary level committee to examine and recommend regarding the feasibility of implementing ''option-1'' recommended by 7th CPC. The Committee was not, ready to heed the valid and scientific pleadings  made by the staff-side in favour of the recommendation mode by 7th CPC which is an ''Expert Body'' headed by retired  Justice of Supreme Court, instead viewed the case with a closed mind and gave recommendation to the Government that implementation of Option-I is not feasible. Govt accepted the recommendations of the Secretary Level Committee and rejected ''option-I'' recommended by 7th CPC.
          The entire Pension community is very much aggrieved of the decision of the Government. We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to review the case dispassionately, so that the ''option-I party'' recommended by the 7th CPc will be accepted by the Government.
4.  Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks working in Postal Department and casual/contract workers working in all Central Govt Establishments.
(a)   About 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks are employed in the Postal Department. Govt. appointed a one man committee headed by retired Postal Board Member Shri Kamalesh Chandra,  to examine their wages and service conditions. The final report submitted by the Committee includes certain positive recommendations. As abnormal delay took place in implementing the recommendations of the Report, the entire Gramin Dak Sevaks went on indefinite strike for 16 days in 2018. Finally Govt issued orders, but many recommendations are either modified, diluted or rejected, including payment of arrears from 01-01-2016 as per the formula recommended by the Committee, Children education Allowance, Promotions, etc, etc., We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to take a lenient view to rederess the grievances of the low-paid Gramin Dak Sevaks which includes regularisation of their services and also implementation of the pending positive recommendations of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
(b)   There are thousands of causal/contract employees and workers engaged in all Central Govt departments and working for years together. They are not paid equal wages and not extended any benefits of regular employees. Even after working for more than ten years continuously, their request for regularisation is not considered favourably. There is no scheme to absorb them in regular service. We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to consider their case sympathetically so that a scheme will be worked out to regularise all casual/contract workers and extend them all the benefits of regular employees.
5.     Stop Corporatisation/Privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments. Withdraw the orders for closure/reorganisation of Govt. of India Printing Presses, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Salt Department, Stationery Offices etc.
               The no holds barred big bang reforms unleashed by the Central Government has given rise to an alarming situation in the Central Government  Departments.  The proposed move to Corporatize Railway Production Centres and allowing private passenger trains, Corporatisation of Defence Ordinance Factories, Life Insurance and Parcel Sector of Postal department, closure of Govt. of India Printing Presses, proposed reorganisation of Salt Department, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Stationary Offices etc. has put in danger the very existence of various Central Govt. Departments and also the  job security of lakhs of Central Govt. Employees, Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers.  The present fate of the Telecom Department which was corporatized in 2000 into different companies is a bitter lesson for all of us.  We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to desist from the proposed move to corporatisation, privatisation, closure and reorganisation of Central Govt. departments.
6.    Filling up of seven lakhs vacancies existing in various Central Govt. Departments:
               As per the  7th CPC report (Annexure to Chapter-3) there are 7,47,171 vacancies in the Central Govt. Departments as on 01-01-2014.  More retirements has taken place after 01-01-2014 and now the figure may go upto 8 lakhs. During the period from 2001 to 2008, thousands of posts are abolished in all Departments as per the downsizing orders issued by the Government in 2001.  Only very few posts are filled up after 2014 and most of the Departments are running with 30 to 40% shortage of manpower.  This has resulted in heavy increase in workload on the existing employees and has adversely affected the efficiency of all Central Govt. Departments to a great extent.  We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to take immediate necessary action for filling up all vacant posts in all departments of Central Government.
7.    Revision of Wages from 01-01-2016 and payment of arrears of pay and Bonus from 2016 onwards to the employees of Autonomous bodies:
                      We regret to inform the Hon’ble Prime Minister ,that due to the stringent conditions imposed by the Finance Ministry, the pay revision from 01-01-2016 and payment of arrears is still pending in most of the Autonomous bodies under Central Government. Further they are denied Bonus from 2015-16 onwards.  We request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to take necessary action to redress the long pending genuine grievances of the Autonomous body employees.
                      There are other issues also which is already submitted to the Cabinet Secretary and the Heads of various Ministries/Departments earlier by us.  We are enclosing herewith a copy of the Charter of Demands containing the important problems faced by the Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners.
                      Concludingly, we once again request the Hon’ble Prime Minister to be sympathetic enough to redress the grievances mentioned in this memorandum and enclosed Charter of Demands.
                      With profound regards,
                                                                                                  Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                     M. Krishnan,
                                                                                               Secretary General,
                                                                                                   Confederation.
                                                                                               Mob: 09447068125
                                                                                 Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

                    10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
1.    Scrap New Contributory Pension scheme (NPS).   Restore Old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees.  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension.
2.      Honour assurance given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016.  Increase Minimum Pay and Fitment formula.  Withdraw the proposed move to modify the existing time-tested methodology for calculation of Minimum wage.  Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016.  Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark for MACP,  Grant promotional hierarchy and date of effect from 01-01-2006.  Grant Option-I parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners.  Settle all anomalies arising out of 7th CPC implementation.
3.    Stop corporatization / privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments.  Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses.  Stop proposed move to close down Salt Department.  Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing.
4.      Fill up all six lakhs vacant posts in the Central Government Departments in a time bound manner. Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B & C posts.
5.      (a)  Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil servant status.  Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
          (b)  Regularise all casual and contract workers including those joined on or after 01-09-1993.
6.     Ensure equal pay for equal work for all.  Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.
7.  Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision of remaining Autonomous bodies.  Ensure payment of arrears without further delay.  Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.
8.  Remove 5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments.  Grant appointment in all eligible cases.
9.     Grant five time bound promotions to all Group B & C employees. Complete Cadre Review in all departments within a time-frame.
10.    (a)   Withdraw the anti-worker wage/labour codes and other anti-worker Labour reforms.  Stop attack on trade union rights.  Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM Scheme at all levels.
          (b)    Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension Rules 1972.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Letter to Sr. DDG (PAF) for the forwarding of letter (on issue of transfer)


Forwarding of applications of volunteers transfer under Rule 38



Forwarding of willingness applications of volunteers for working at new PAOs at Dehradun and Vijayawada 
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HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI
पावन पर्व गणेश चतुर्थी की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं।
गणपति बाप्पा मोरया

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sr. DDG (PAF) letter on issue of Bifurcation of PAO Hyderabad

Letter to Sr. DDG (PAF) on issue of bifurcation of PAO, Hyderabad

Saturday, August 10, 2019

CIRCULAR 15

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

REVISED CEILING FOR ACCEPTANCE OF GIFT BY GOVT EMPLOYEE – DOPT

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Department of Posts must leverage technology to strengthen Digital India-Ravi Shankar Prasad


The annual Heads of Circles Conference held at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir from 29th to 31stJuly 2019 adopted a 100 Days Action Plan and a five-year vision to align the Department of Posts with the Prime Minister’s “New India” initiative.

The important decisions taken during the conference with participants from across the country included:

  1. Leveraging the Digital network of 1.55 lakh Post offices, including 1.29 lakh in rural areas as infrastructure to support e-Commerce, e-Governance and financial inclusion in the country.
  1. Developing infrastructure to extend the reach of the e-Commerce industry to tier II & III town as well as to rural areas by investing in 190 parcel hubs, 80 Nodal Delivery Centers and a Pan India Road Transport Network.
  1. Facilitating SME led export industry by expanding the network of Foreign Post offices and offices of exchange where in-house customs clearance facility will be available.
  1. Partnership with Common Service Centre to provide a suite of citizen centric services such as banking, remittance, insurance, DBT, bill and tax payments etc at Post offices.
  1. Opening Passport Sewa Kendras in all aspirational districts of the country as per the mandate of MEA.
  1. Consolidation of the network of 13,352 Aadhaar enrollment and updation centres in Post offices introducing flexible timings for the convenience of customers.
  1. Conducting recruitment examinations in local languages to make the departmental and Gramin Dak Sevaks work force representative and more efficient.
  1. Converting the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) into a Small Finance Bank (SFB) to provide micro credit at the doorsteps to individuals and SME’s.
  1. Targeting the milestone of one crore accounts for IPPB in 100 days.
  1. Restructuring the Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance business of the Department into a fully regulated Strategic Business Unit (SBU) registered as a company as per the requirement of IRDA.
The resolve of the Department to support the Prime Minister’s “New India” initiative was applauded by Minister of Communications,Shri Ravi Shankar Prashadin his address to the officers over a video conference. The Minister urged the officers of the Department at all levels to think to reform and perform in order to transform. In particular, he asked the Heads of Circles to leverage technology to strengthen Digital India by adopting Artificial intelligence, IOT and Cloud computing for citizen centric services. The many start-ups coming up in the country are the plus points of the nation that need to be supported and harnessed by the Postal service. Most importantly, he urged the Department to tap the rising demand for e-Commerce in rural and semi- urban India by fast tracking the access of e-Commerce participants to this emerging segment. In his concluding remarks, the Minister recalled the powerful use of the “Letter” by Mahatma Gandhi and suggested that as mark of the association of the Postal Department with the Father of the Nation, the Department should pay an appropriate tribute to him on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on 2nd October, 2019. SNC