Saturday, August 29, 2015

28t h August 2015

After two rounds of discussion between the Group of Ministers and the central trade unions on the 12-point charter of demands of the trade unions held on 26th and 27th August 2015, the GoM headed by Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley sent an appeal through the press release dated 27-08-2015 (Press Information Bureau) after 10 pm urging upon the trade unions to reconsider the call for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015 claiming that the Govt has given concrete assurance to consider most of the demands  of the trade unions and that the trade unions agreed to consider the Govt’s proposals. Similar appeal was also made in the meeting of 27th August.  Both the claims of the Govt are totally incorrect.   

To put the facts straight, the joint platform of central trade unions have been pursuing with successive governments at the centre with their basic demands since 2009 and observed three rounds of countrywide general strike since 2010, the last being for two days in February 2013. In the two rounds of meeting between the CTUOs and the Group of Minister, nothing transpired in concrete terms except vague statements by the ministers on steps to be taken or being taken on some of the issues, that too not in the right direction.

The Govt’s press release mentioned, inter alia, certain issues in support of their unfounded claim.
1.    The Govt stated about “appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable” for all. But despite concrete pointers made by the trade unions that such formula should be what has already been unanimously  recommended by the 44th Indian Labour Conference in 2012 and again reiterated by 46th Indian Labour Conference in July 2015 in which the Govt of India is also a party,  the Ministers did not give any concrete commitment on the same. In fact said formulae recommended by 44th ILC in 2012 and reiterated by 46th ILC in July 2015, makes minimum wage around Rs 20000/- at 2014 price level and the Trade Unions demanded only Rs 15,000/. The Ministers’ vague formulation does not ensure even half of that. Is such a position worth consideration?    
2.    On contract workers, the Govt assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. What is there to assure except spreading deliberate confusion?  Existing laws of the land lawfully ensures payment of minimum wages to contract workers. The Govt’s statement regarding “sector specific minimum wages for the contract workers” also does not make any sense. The trade unions demanded “same wages and other benefits as regular workers in the concerned industry/establishment to be paid to contract workers.” The 43rd Indian Labour Conference held in 2011 recommended the same and 46th ILC unanimously reiterated the same in 2015, in which, again, the present Govt is a party. How could they deny the unanimous recommendation of the highest tripartite forum in the country like Indian Labour Conference?
3.    The steps taken by the Govt on Labour Law amendments, are meticulously designed to throw out more than 70% of the workers on industries and other establishments from the purview and coverage of almost all basic labour laws and also to eliminate almost all components/provisions of rights and protections of the workers. This was supplemented by more aggressive steps already taken by a good number of state governments to already amend the labour laws in the similar lines. On this issue, the Govt stated only that they will hold tripartite consultation before taking such steps.  The trade unions demanded scrapping of such proposals by the central govt and also not to give assents (through President) to the unilateral amendments made by the state governments. Even in all the tripartite consultations held on some of the proposals of the Govt, the trade unions’ unanimous suggestions has been ignored by the Govt in favour of loud supportive applauds of the employers. Once these retrograde changes in labour laws totally dismantling the rights and protection measures for the workers and also throwing more that 70% of the workers out of the purview of labour laws are enacted, thereby rendering the almost entire working people a right-less entity in their workplace, what would ensure even payment of minimum wage and other social security benefits for them, even if those provisions are improved ?  Can any trade union, worth its name accept such a machination designed to impose conditions of virtual slavery on the working people ?
4.    Despite repeated insistence by all the trade unions, the Govt refused to concede to the demand for recognizing  the Scheme workers, viz., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, ASHA, Para-teachers and others as “worker” with attendant rights of statutory minimum wages and other benefits in gross violation of the unanimous recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour Conference in 2013, reiterated again by the 46th ILC  in 2015. These workers and all the schemes have been put to further crisis threatening their existance owing to drastic cut in budgetary allocations for those schemes. In such a situation, does the assurance of the Govt to “extend social security measures” and “working out ways” for the same carry any meaning?
5.    On bonus issue, the Govt has assured to revise the eligibility and calculation ceiling to Rs 21000/- and Rs 7000/- respectively from existing Rs 10000/- and Rs 3500/-. Trade Unions’ demand has been that since there is no ceiling on profit, all ceilings in the Payment of Bonus Act should be removed altogether. Trade unions also demanded substantial upward revision of the formula for gratuity calculation and remove the ceiling on gratuity payment. The Govt has negated the demands.
6.    On price rise situation, claim of the Govt that it has gone down does not match with ground reality in respect of commodities for daily necessities of the common people. The demands of the trade unions for putting a ban on speculation/forward trading in essential commodities and services along with universalisation of public distribution system throughout the country have been totally ignored.
7.    Trade Unions demanded stoppage of disinvestment in public sector undertakings playing crucial and supportive role in advancement of the national economy. Govt totally ignored the same, rather has been going on aggressively in disinvestment route  in all the major PSUs much to the detriment of the interest of the country’s economy.  On the demands for stoppage of further FDI in defence, railways and financial sector, the stance of the Govt is continuing to be a total denial. Rather, the Govt has been aggressively pursuing deregulation and privatization in strategic sectors like electricity, Port & Docks, Airports etc in a big way.

There are other issues as well, statement of Govt continued to be totally vague and their claim is unfounded. How can anybody, rather any trade union worth its name can consider above stands taken by the Govt on vital demands of the workers as a positive development and move out from the programme of united strike action ?

Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for reconsidering the decisions of the Central Trade Unions for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015. Rather, the situation demands that there should be no vascillation in carrying forward the call for general strike on 2nd September 2015 throughout the country in all sectors of the economy with firm determination.

The Central Trade Unions appeal to all working people irrespective of affiliations to make the call for countrywide general strike against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Govt a massive success.

                                                                                                                          Tapan Sen

                                                                                                                                                      General Secretary CITU

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission

Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015.

The 7th Central Pay Commission was constituted by the Central Government on 28.2.2014. According to the Resolution dated 28.2.2014, by which the Commission was constituted, it is to make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution that is by 27th August, 2015.

In view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations, the 7th Central Pay Commission had made a request to the Government for a four month extension up to 31.12.2015.

Source: PIB News

Submission of declaration Of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year- regarding

Submission of declaration Of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year- regarding

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.21/2/2014-CS.I(PR/CMS), dated 25.08.2015

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of declaration Of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year- regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 9.4.2015, 23.04.2015 and 16.7.2015 regarding declaration of assets and liabilities by CSS officers under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and to state that vide Notification dated 27.04,2015 the last date for filing of returns by public servants as on 1.8.2014 and as on 31.3.2015 been extended to 15th October, 2015.

2. All CSS officers are requested to file the returns as on 1.8.2014 and for the year 2015 (as on 31.3.2015) online at cscms.nic.in at the earliest without waiting for the last date to approach to avoid rush and slowing down of the system at the last moment. All officers of US and above levels of CSS should also take a print out of the return filed online and submit to this Department duly signed.

3. Ministries/Departments are requested that the contents of this O.M, may be widely circulated among all CSS officers working under their control. They should also monitor and ensure that the returns are submitted by all officers within the stipulated period without fail through Web Based Cadre Management System.

Under Secretary to the Government of India


The next date of hearing for argument is 26.11.2015.


No. PF-CL/2015                                                             Dated: 27th August, 2015
 Ref- DG POST  LR. NO. 2-53/2011-PCC DT. 22-1-2015 &  1-5-  2015
          This is regarding non implementation of orders of Directorate regarding revision of wages of casual labor. Even though Directorate issued orders  in the month of January vide memo cited u/r  the same is not being implemented at lower level in some circles particularly, TAMILNADU, ANDHRA PRADESH,WEST BENGAL & MAHARASTRA .CIRCLES. The situation is that in AP, KARNATAKA & W.BENGAL circles in some divisions new wages were paid but arrears are not drawn on the plea of non availability of budget.

          Those circles are raising some hypothetical objections which are not related to the issue. Wages are to be paid to those who worked against post without any objection along with arrears.

          Even though it was clearly mentioned in the order to implement 50% DA merger also as per the orders dt. 31-5-2004, the same is totally ignored in almost all circles.

           As such you are requested to issue instructions, so that orders are implemented very soon uniformly throughout the Country very soon at least by 15thSeptember 2015 by which all casual labor the low paid employees will be benefitted.


No. PF-CL/2015                                                                Dated: 27th August, 2015

  Ref- DG POST LR. NO. 18-3/2002-WELFARE& SPORTS DT. 19-9-2002

               This is regarding stoppage of recoveries of CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES from GDS employees issued vide letter cited u/r issued stating that TRCA cannot be treated as pay.

                In this connection we would like to bring to the notice of Madam, that Appendix 29 of FHB VOL -1 says that “a member of a society providing that this employer shall deduct from his SALARY or WAGES such amount  as may be specified in the agreement and to pay the amount so deducted to the society”. This clearly envisages that the deduction can be made from SALARY or WAGES OF A MEMBER of the Society. It does not specify the PAY/TRCA or any other name. all payments of GDS are being paid from the head “ SALARY” only. As such even though the name is deferent payment is done from the same head from which regular employees are paid.

               Further it is to bring to your kind notice, that many changes taken place in the payments after 2002. GDS re allowed to have PLI, RPLI POLICIES and deductions are done from their salary every month. Number of advances are sanctioned to GDS and recovered from their TRCA every month. In addition any court attachments are also recovered from them.

                At present, as Department allowed as payment bank, it is a must to relax this condition. Now GDS are being benefited by getting loans immediately if required for education of their children. Marriages of their children etc from CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES without any problem. This stoppage has removed this facility resulting in hard ship to GDS to get loans otherwise.

               In this changed scenario you are requested to reconsider the issue and they may be permitted to obtain loans from CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES by allowing deductions from salary, so that they will b   e brought out of tensions and work with more vigor.

           We hope that, you will consider the issue positively.
           An early action is solicited.


No. PF-CL/2015                                                                Dated: 27th August, 2015

      This is regarding non implementation of DOPT orders on re-fixation of pay of re employed ex service men in our department. Even though nearly 5 years lapsed the above said orders were not implemented in our Department whereas the same are being implemented in about all other Central Govt. Departments including Railways, Income tax, all Nationalized Banks & PSU’s

      Further it was observed that in our Department also in U.P., BIHAR & DELHI Circles these orders are implemented. This clearly proves that the orders are very clear and needs no clarification. But unfortunately most circles wants clarifications which are not at all required.

      As such you are requested to issue instructions to implement the orders as early as possible so that the feelings of ex-servicemen that they are let down by the department will be removed from their minds.

An early action is requested.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Postal JCA struggle programme on 26-08-2015

Postal JCA
one day dharna
in front of all DIVISIONAL OFFICES
Demanding :-
Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters
Implement cadre restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts & MMS in Department of Posts
Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department (i.e., PA / SA / Postmen / Mail Guard / GDS Mailmen, Mailmen, MMS Drivers and other staff in MMS, PACO, SBCO, PO Accounts & Civil wing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Former Circle Secretary P3 NFPE Comrade N.T.Rajan passed away 

Comrade NTR passes away

Comrade N.T.Rajan 

Comrade N.T.Rajan called by all as ‘NTR’ with love and affection has passed away today at 12.00 noon (24.08.2015) after battling it out for 20 days in a hospital in Chennai. He was 82 and is survived with his wife, three sons and a daughter. As a great leader of NFPTE and a close disciple of late lamented leader comrade A.Piramanathan and a contemporary leader to Comrade AGP, comrade NTR was a fire brand orator. He was a master of all government rules and P&T Manuals and also one of the most efficient Defense Assistants to employees. He lost his 90% eyesight due to glaucoma that restricted his physical movements, but with his sharp brain that was getting sharper with his old age, he used to guide hundreds of employees in distress. He was officiating Circle Secretary of P3 NFPTE during the tenure of Comrade AP in Tamilnadu as C/S. His funeral is at about 9.00 A.M tomorrow (25.08.2015) at his daughter's home at Puzhudhivakkam, CHENNAI 600091 (No.8, kalaimagal II street extn, behind Thanthai Periyar School). 

All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` conveys its heart felt condolences to the bereaved family members & friends. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(F.S. Section)
                                                                        Dak  Bhawan, New Delhi
                                                            Dated: 30.06.2015
            Shri R.N. Parashar
            Secretary General
            National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)
            1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building
            New Delhi-110 001

            Shri D. Theagarajan
            Secretary General
            Federation of National Postal Organization (FNPO)

Sub: Initiatives to be undertaken for promotion OF POSB schemes-reg.

D.G. Posts letter No. F.No. 63-01/2015-SB dated 30.06.2015.

            The undersigned has been directed to forward herewith a copy of letter No. F. No.63-01/2015-SB dated 30.06.2015 on the subject cited above.

2.         It is, therefore, requested to disseminate the contents of the aforesaid letter through your newsletters/magazines among all the members for taking active participation in the initiatives to be undertaken for promotion of POSB Schemes and fulfillment of mandate of financial Inclusion in rural India.
L.K. Sinha
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(F.S. Section)
                                                                                                Dak  Bhawan, New Delhi
                                                                                    Dated: 30.06.2015
            All Heads of Circles,

Sub:    Initiatives to be undertaken for promotion OF POSB schemes-reg.

            This is regarding promotion of Post Office Savings Schemes to meet the financial inclusion mandate in the rural areas. There are some initiatives which may promot the opening of POSB accounts. Some of the steps to be taken are suggested as blow:

i.          PO staff salary and wages accounts can be opened in the Post Offices with cheque facilities. The PO staff can continue to keep their bank accounts and enjoy loan and card facilities by simply issuing the POSB cheque towards their bank accounts and transfer whatever amount and may carry on banking activities.
ii.         All staff (Departmental, GDS/contingency paid and outsiders) may be paid salary and wages through POSB accounts.
iii.        POSB accounts may be opened in the name of social security beneficiaries (OAP) for crediting the social security benefits into their respective accounts. (SOP enclosed).
iv.        POSB accounts may be opened in the  name of Landlords who have  given  their building on rent to the Post Offices, for crediting the monthly rent to be paid to them.
v.         POSB accounts may be opened to all the pensioners who are getting pension from the Post Offices for crediting their monthly pension in their respective accounts.
vi.        Maturity payments to RD, TD,PPF,PLI,RPLI etc. may be paid  through POSB accounts. Postmasters may be instructed to persuade the customers to take payment through POSB accounts.
vii.       Delivery staff may be motivated to carry SB-3 application forms and receipt book so that they may bring in at  least one account per day.
viii.      A few GDS may be appointed exclusively to work as pygmy collectors from 5 PM to 9 PM in the whole  sale or retails  market area collecting daily cash from small vendors (Vegetable vendors,Hawkers, Petty shops/stores etc). SOP is enclosed with a certain arrangements of solidity and amenability to monitoring.
ix.        Deceased claim cases settlement and payments may be routed through POSB accounts, Beside this all  discharge payment of certificates can also be routed through POSB and no coercion shall be used.
x.         Opening of POSB accounts by the proponents of PLI/RPLI and Identification of POSB promoters in each Division to exclusively promote POSVB Schemes.
xi.        Under the Member of Parliament  village adoption programme, the entire village may be got covered-“Samporna Bachat/Bima/Sukanya Scheme “ with necessary support from the concerned Hon`oble Member of Parliament.
xii.       Advance SMS may be sent in case of maturity instrument and request be made to the customer to open SB account.
xiii.      Reinvestment by the existing customers may also be ensured.
xiv.      The SB account can be opened in CBS Post Office without taking KYC documents  again, if the earlier investment /account  opening has been done  after obtaining KYC documents. It will get linked to CIF, SB Account can be opened at the time of maturity of any instrument/investment also, if before maturity, KYC documents are to be collected, wherever applicable. A single AOF form will have to be filled.
xv.       As per prevailing banking practice, having SB account  has many benefits. Internet Banking, Debit card etc. facilities will also become available in all CBS Account for easy fund transfer to/from other accounts/instruments, held by him.
These issues with the approval of Member (Banking & HRD)
                                                                                                 (Sachin Kishore)
                                                                                                    Director (FS)

Friday, August 21, 2015


Thursday, August 20, 2015



RBI grants in-principle nod for 11 payments banks

Payment banks allow mobile firms, supermarket chains, and others to cater to individuals and small businesses.

The Reserve Bank on Wednesday granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 entities, including Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone and Airtel, to set up payments banks and proposed such licences ‘on tap’ in future.

The other entities which have been given ‘in-principle’ approval are Department of Posts, Cholamandalam Distribution Services, Tech Mahindra, National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), Fino PayTech, Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shantilal Shanghvi and PayTM’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

“The ‘in-principle’ approval granted will be valid for a period of 18 months, during which time the applicants have to comply with the requirements under the guidelines and fulfil the other conditions as may be stipulated by the Reserve Bank,” RBI said in a statement.

Going forward, RBI said the central bank would use the learning from this licensing round to appropriately revise the guidelines and move to give licences more regularly, virtually “on tap”.

Payment banks allow mobile firms, supermarket chains, and others to cater to individuals and small businesses.

The Payments Bank will be set up as a differentiated bank and shall confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, Internet banking and other specified services.

Payments Banks will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 1 lakh per individual customer.

They will be allowed to issue ATM/debit cards as also other prepaid payment instruments, but not the credit cards.

These banks can also distribute non-risk sharing simple financial products like mutual funds and insurance products.

They will not be allowed to undertake lending services and non resident Indians will not be allowed to open accounts.

RBI further said that on being satisfied that the 11 applicants have complied with the requisite conditions as part of ‘in-principle’ approval, it would consider granting to them a licence for commencement of banking business.

Until a regular licence is issued, the applicants can not undertake any banking business, the central bank added.

Draft guidelines for licencing of payments banks were released for public comments and the final guidelines were issued on November 27, 2014.

A total of 41 applicants had applied for payments banks.

Differentiated banking entails going beyond the current universal banking framework to serve specific purposes.

The move to allow such differentiated banks came after RBI had found just two entities — infra player IDFC and micro-lender Bandhan from among over two dozen applicants — eligible for setting up commercial banks.

The central bank issued this limited set of licences on April 1, 2014, after a decade. Both applicants are yet to begin operations even after a year as they have time till October.

Commercial banks comprise 27 public sector banks, 20 private, 44 foreign, 4 local area banks and 56 regional rural banks.

On the selection process, RBI said a detailed scrutiny was undertaken by an External Advisory Committee (EAC) under the chairmanship of Nachiket Mor, Director, Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India.

The recommendations of the EAC were an input to an Internal Screening Committee (ISC), consisting of the Governor and four Deputy Governors.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/rbi-grants-inprinciple-nod-for-11-payments-banks/article7557908.ece