Saturday, April 30, 2016
SPECIAL BENEFIT IN CASES OF. DEATH AND DISABILITY IN SERVICE- REVISION OF DISABILITY PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF PRE-2006 DISABILITY PENSIONERS/ FAMILY PENSIONERS-REGARDING (Click the link below to view)
ATTACKS ON WORKING CLASS CAN BE RESISTED
BY THE UNITED STRUGGLE
The present NDA Government lead by BJP after coming in power is going ahead to intensify the so called economic reforms in the wake of neo-liberal economic policies. Within these two years every decision taken by this Government is in favour of Corporates/Capitalists and against the working class. Subsidy to the poors on LPG is being snatched away in a phased manner. The rates of petroleum products have been deregulated and handed over to market forces. The rates of crude oil have come down drastically but no benefit has been given to the public. The Treasurery of the Government and Oil Companies are being filled up. Subsidy on fertilizers , seed, electricity and irrigation water is being reduced, resultantly hardship is being created to farmers. Fees in Government educational Institutions like IIMS and IITs is being enhanced putting more burden on common man. The prices of essential commodities mainly food items is increasing daily. No recruitment in Government services and Public Sector, Private Sector is also not generating more jobs resultantly lakhs and lakhs educated youth is wondering on the roads in search of job. Lakhs and Lakhs vacancies are available in Central Government Departments like Railways, Defence, Postal, Audit, Income Tax and other Departments. Coporatization and Privatisation of Government Departments and Public Sector is in process. 100% FDI in Railways and 49% in Defence has been declared. Disinvestment in profitable Public Sector is going on. Labour Laws have been amended in favour of Industrialists and Capitalists.
All the Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations are launching struggles continuously and consistently. Last 2nd September-2015 Strike was historic in which about 15 crorers workers from all sectors participated which resulted in increase of ceiling limit of bonus.
Recently Government had issued two orders one imposition of income tax on withdrawal of EPF which was protested strongly by the workers and government has to roll back these orders.
Again on 21st April-2016 Government of India issued notification restricting the employees to withdraw the amount from EPF. Under these revised rules the employee was permitted to withdraw the employees share from the fund. Which is 12% of the wages? However it was prescribed that the employer’s share of contribution towards the provident fund which is 3.67 % of wage, would be allowed to be withdrawn only at the age of 58 years.
When this move of Government was opposed and protested by the workers launching an united struggle, the Government of India was compelled to withdraw the said notification.
With these two examples the working class should clearly understand that to resist the attack in the wake of neo-liberal economic policies i.e. . Globalization policies, the united strong movement of working class is urgently required.
All the Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations after convening National Convention on 30th March, 2016 has declared One Day Strike on 2nd September,2016 in support of their 12 points Charter of demands which are related to all sections of society and working Class.
Further the convention has called upon all the trade unions and Federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at grass root level and prepare for country wide united movement and observe following programme of action:
(i) Joint Conventions and Campaigns during June-July-2016 in state, districts and at industry level and take initative to involve peasants, agrilabourers and mass of the people in campaign.
(ii) Day Long Mass Dharna /Satyagraha in the Capital of States and Industrial Centres preferably in the auspicious day of 9th August-2016(QUIT INDIA DAY).
NFPE calls upon the entirety of Postal , RMS and GDS employees to launch the agitational programmes as declared by the Central Trade Unions and make all the programme including ONE DAY NATIONAL STRIKE ON 2nd SEPTEMBER-2016 a historic success.
If we fight unitedly we can resist the attacks on working Class in the wake of globalization policies.
RESERVATION IN PROMOTION
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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
RESERVATION IN PROMOTION
Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%.
In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone.
This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today.
NOW THE BALL IS IN THE GOVT’S COURT LET US BE READY
FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE
Seventh Central Pay Commission has submitted its recommendations to Government on 19-11-2015. As most of the recommendations are retrograde and far below the expectations of the employees, the JCM National Council Staff side under the united banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) strongly protested and demanded modification of the retrograde recommendations. It further decided to organise indefinite strike and letter conveying the decision was sent to the Cabinet Secretary.
Main demands raised by NJCA are: (1) minimum wage of Rs.26,000/- as against 18000 recommended by CPC, (2) upward revision of the fitment formula and application of the same in all pay scales in the pay matrix, (3) retention of percentage of HRA as 30%, 20% and 10% as against 24%, 16% and 8% recommended by CPC. (4) recommendation of the CPC to abolish important allowances should be rejected, (5) reject recommendations to discontinue all non-interest bearing advances, (6) reject the recommendation to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of child care leave, (7) reject recommendations to impose more stringent conditions on MACP scheme such as “very good” benchmark, qualifying examination, re-introduction of efficiency bar etc. (8) modification in the parity-in-pension and acceptance of other minimum demands of pensioners and (9) Grant of Civil Servants Status to Gramin Dak Sevaks and extending all the benefits of departmental employees to Gramin Dak Sevaks on pro-rata basis. There are other demands also which are equally important.
Govt. constituted an Implementation Cell in the Finance Ministry to study the recommendations and submit its proposal to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary. Empowered Committee will submit final concrete proposals to Cabinet for approval. On receipt of the letter of NJCA addresed to Cabinet Secretary regarding indefinite strike, the Implementation Cell called the JCM staff side leaders to present its view points before the cell. Accordingly the NJCA leaders met the Convenor of Implementation Cell and explained the justification of each demands in the charter of demands.
NJCA decided to give strike notice on 11th March 2016 to commence the indefinite strike from 11th April 2016. At this stage the Cabinet Secretary invited the JCM National Council staff side leaders for discussion with Empowered Committee of Secretaries on 1st March 2016. The NJCA leaders attended the discussion and once again explained the justification of all demands before the Empowered Committee. Cabinet Secretary gave a patient hearing but made no commitment on any of the demands. He finally appealed the staff side to give some more time for the Government for inter-departmental consultations and to take a final view and decision on ech demand raised by the staff side in the charter of demands.
NJCA met and reviewed the whole situation and came to the conclusion that as the Government has appealed for some more time to take a decision, it will be appropriate on the part of the staff side to give time to the Government, so that later on Government cannot blame that NJCA went on sudden strike inspite of the appeal from the Government to give some more time. Secondly, Railways and Defence departments come under the purview of Industrial Dispute Act and as per the ID Act, if strike notice is served on 11th March 2016, strike should commence within six weeks from the date of serving notice, by which time the election in four states will not be over. Thirdly, as the Assembly elections in four states have been notified and election code of conduct has come into force, the employees of four states will find it difficult to join the strike as many of them will be drafted for election duty. Taking into consideration all the above aspects, the NJCA decided to defer the indefinite strike from April 11th to July 11th and to serve the strike notice on June 9th instead of March 11th.
Now the ball is in the Govt.’s court. Before June 9th, ie. date of serving strike notice, the Government will be getting seven month time from the date of submission of the 7th CPC report, to take a final decision on all the demands and also to come to a negotiated settlement with the staff side. Any further delay is unwarranted and unjustified and cannot be tolerated. If the Government take an adamant stand and reject the justified demands of the staff side, then we will be forced to serve notice for indefinite strike from July 11th. Government cannot take the staff side for granted.
AIPEU Group-C CHQ appeals to all the constituents of NJCA to take a firm stand and not to compromise on minimum demands. Let us also pledge that we will be second to none, in organising the indefinite strike in Postal and ensure cent per cent participation of our membership at gross root level in the impending strike.