Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020



No. Confd./Protest-2020                                                                      Dated: 17.05.2020


The Central Government has announced deregulation and privatisation of core and strategic sectors like Defence production, Space Research, Power, Civil aviation, Coal and mineral sectors. It is also declared by the Finance Minister that non - strategic public sector undertakings will also be privatised. Govt is implementing its political agenda by going ahead with the naked and  unbridled pro - corporate reforms in all sectors of the economy utilizing the COVID -19 crisis. It is wholesale privatisation. Combined with these reforms , serious attempt is made for amending all labour laws in favour of employers. Already some state Governments had promulgated ordinances in this direction suspending all labour laws and increased the working hours from eight to twelve hours per day. The Government has cleverly linked these reforms with the 20 lakhs crore economic package announced by the Prime Minister , eventhough these reforms have nothing to do with the stimulus packages and relief measures to be provided to the agricultural and industrial sectors and common people of our country. Needless to say that these pro - corporate reform measures and labour law amendments will severely affect the life and livelihood of crores of workers and common people of our country. Central Government employees are no exception. 

        Regarding Defence sector , the Defence employees federations were already opposing the move of the Government to corporatise and privatise the Ordnance factories. They have conducted month - long relay dharma at Parliament street, New Delhi and five days all India strike . Government had earlier deferred the Corporatisation move due to stiff resistance from five lakhs defence employees. Knowing the present limitations of the unions to organise serious agitational programmes like strike during Covid - 19 restrictions , the Government has unilaterally declared the corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board ( OFB). Raising the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence sector from 49 to 74% will pave way for entry of multinational foreign Corporations in defence production sector , which , in the long run will jeopardise the national security of our country and job security of the employees.

        In the coming days , more attacks are to come in almost all sectors including Central Government Employees sector. Already many departments have initiated action in this regard as per the advice of NITI Ayog. Closure of Government of India printing presses, outsourcing of Government functions in many departments  , large scale contractorisation , casual labour engagement and downsizing has become the order of the day. Central Government Employees, especially Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers had organised series of struggle programmes against these onslaughts , including strike.

       The Central Trade Unions have unanimously decided to combat these onslaughts of the Government by all possible means. As a first phase , it is decided to organise NATIONWIDE PROTEST DAY ON 22nd MAY 2020. Confederation being an integral part of the mainstream of the working class of .India, has endorsed the call of the Central Trade Unions.

       Accordingly , the National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers calls upon all affiliated organisations and state/District level Coordinating Committees (COCs) to hold protest demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices , strictly observing the Covid - 19 restrictions imposed by Central and State Governments.  Minimum permitted number of employees and leaders may sit in front of offices holding placards with demands , with all precautionary measures like masks , social distancing etc. Wide publicity may be given to the programme through print / electronic media and social media.

                           FRATERNALLY YOURS,
                                                                                                                        (R.N. PARASHAR)
                                                                                                                        SECRETARY GENERAL
                                                                                                            CONFEDERATION OF CGE&W

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Formation of ad-hoc committee of AIPAEA at PAO Vijayawada

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NFPE Writes to Secretary, Department of Posts

1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
                Phone: 011.23092771                                              e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com                
Mob: 9718686800/9319917295            website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com

Ref: PF/NFPE/Covid-19                                                                                        Dated – 11.05.2020


The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Sub: - Regularization of absence of Postal Employees during hospitalization or quarantine due to COVID 19 infection as Hospital leave.


During the period of this pandemic due to Corona Virus (Covid-19) infection, some of our postal employees are getting infected and they are being hospitalized or quarantined for treatment. Some Postal employees at different placed have lost their lives due to Corona Virus.

There is a provision in CCS (Leave Rules) 46 (1) (b) which categorically states that – “The authority competent may grant hospital leave to Class-IV Govt. Servants and such Class-III Govt. servants whose duty involve the handling of dangerous machinery, explosive materials, poisonous drugs and the like or the performance of hazardous task, while under medical treatment in a hospital or otherwise for illness of injury is directly due to risks incurred in the course of their official duties.

It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable instructions to all concern to grant hospital leave in such cases.

An early and positive action is highly solicited.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary

Friday, May 8, 2020



Thursday, May 7, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Formation of ad-hoc committee of AIPAEA at PAO Dehradun

Saturday, May 2, 2020




Posted On: 01 MAY 2020 6:33PM by PIB Delhi
After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, today, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from May 4, 2020.   MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
The criteria for identification of districts as Red, Green and Orange Zones have been spelt out in detail in the letter dated April 30, 2020, issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI.  The Green Zones will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date; or, no confirmed case in the last 21 days.  The classification of districts as Red Zones will take into account the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, extent of testing and surveillance feedback from the districts. Those districts, which are neither defined as Red nor Green, shall be classified as Orange zones. The classification of districts into Red, Green and Orange Zones will be shared by MoHFW with the States and Union Territories (UTs) on a weekly basis, or earlier, as required. While States and UTs can include additional districts as Red and Orange Zones, they may not lower the classification of a district included by MoHFW in the list of Red or Orange Zones.
A number of districts of the country have, within their boundaries, one or more Municipal Corporations (MCs).  It has been observed that due to higher population density within the MCs, and consequent greater inter-mixing of people, the incidence of COVID-19 within the boundary of the MC(s) is higher than in the rest of the district.  In the new guidelines, therefore, it has been provided that such districts will be classified into two Zones, i.e., one Zone for the area under the boundary of the MC(s); and, another for the area falling outside the boundary of the MC(s).  If the area outside the boundary of the MC(s) has reported no case for the last 21 days, it will be allowed to be classified as one stage lower than the overall classification of the district as either Red or Orange.  Hence, this area will be classified as Orange, in case the district is overall Red; or as Green, in case the district is overall Orange.  This classification will enable more economic and other activities in that area of the district, which is relatively less affected by the incidence of COVID-19, while also ensuring that due caution continues to be exercised so that these areas remain free from COVID-19 cases.  This dispensation has been made only in respect of districts having Municipal Corporation (s). 
The most sensitive areas of the country, from the spread of COVID-19 point of view, and falling within the Red and Orange Zones, are designated as Containment Zones.  These are areas where there is significant risk of spread of the infection.  The containment areas would be defined by respective District Administrations, taking into account the total number of active cases, their geographical spread, and the need to have well demarcated perimeters from the enforcement point of view.  The local authority shall ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of the Containment Zone. Containment Zones would have intensified surveillance protocols, with contact tracing, house to house surveillance, home/ institutional quarantining of persons based on their risk assessment, and clinical management.  Strict perimeter control would need to be ensured, so that there is no movement of people in and out of these Zones, except for medical emergencies, and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.  No other activity is permitted within the Containment Zones. 
Under the new guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone.  These include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc;  social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for public.  However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA.
The new guidelines also prescribe certain measures for well being and safety of persons.  Hence, movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am.  Local authorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance.  In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes. Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; however, these will not be permitted within the Containment Zones.
In the Red Zones, outside the Containment Zones, certain activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited throughout the country.  These are:  plying of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws; running of taxis and cab aggregators; intra-district and inter-district plying of buses; and, barber shops, spas and saloons.
Certain other activities have been allowed in the Red Zones with restrictions. Movement of individuals and vehicles is allowed only for permitted activities, with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers.  Industrial establishments in urban areas, viz., Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships with access control have been permitted. The other industrial activities permitted are manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and, manufacturing units of packaging material.  Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to in-situ construction (where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects.  Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods, are not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes.  However, all standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential.  E-Commerce activities, in the Red Zones, are permitted only in respect of essential goods.  Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining persons working from home.  All Government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending upto 33% as per requirement.  However, Defense and Security services, Health and Family Welfare, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster management and related services, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Customs, Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuvak Kendra (NYK) and Municipal services shall function without any restrictions; delivery of public services shall be ensured and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.
A large number of other activities are allowed in the Red Zones. All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted; besides, in rural areas, without distinction to the nature of goods, all shops, except in shopping malls are permitted.  All agriculture activities, e.g., sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.  Animal husbandry activities are fully permitted, including inland and marine fisheries.  All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing.  All health services (including AYUSH) are to remain functional, including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulances.  A large part of the financial sector remains open, which includes banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.  Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows etc.; and operation of Anganwadis has also been permitted.  Public utilities, e.g., utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunications and internet will remain open, and courier and postal services will be allowed to operate. 
Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in the Red Zones. These include print and electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc., as mentioned earlier. Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.
In the Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 2 passengers only. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.
In the Green Zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone. However buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.
All goods traffic is to be permitted.  No State/ UT shall stop the movement of cargo for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate pass of any sort is needed for such movement, which is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period. 
All other activities will be permitted activities, which are not specifically prohibited, or which are permitted with restrictions in the various Zones, under these guidelines.  However, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, and with the primary objective of keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check, may allow only select activities from out of the permitted activities, with such restrictions as felt necessary.
No separate/ fresh permissions will be required from authorities for activities already permitted to operate under the guidelines on Lockdown measures up to May 3, 2020. The Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) issued by MHA will continue to operate such as transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India; release of quarantine persons; movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs; sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons by road and rail.
State/ UT Governments are mandated to strictly enforce the lockdown guidelines and they shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.

VG/SNC/VM (Release ID: 1620095) 

Friday, May 1, 2020