HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 TO ALL MEMBERS

Monday, September 25, 2017



GRANT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE REVISED RATES FROM 01/.07/2017 - DEPT OF POSTS ORDER

SEMINAR OPPOSING NPS AND CONTRACTISATION AT ST. GEORGE HOSPITAL AUDITORIUM CSTM, MUMBAI BY THE STATE & CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES




Friday, September 22, 2017

CABINET DECIDED TO CLOSE DOWN TWELVE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PRESSES.
 HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AND DHARNAS.

            Government decided to close down 12 out of 17 Government of India Presses.

            Cabinet rejected recommendation of the Parliamentary standing committee consisting of 32 MPs not to close down any Government of India Presse  and accepted the report of Group of Secretaries to close down

            Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all C-O-Cs and Affiliates to conduct protest  demonstrations at all Centers and Dharnas in front of all Government of India Presses and  send resolutions to Prime Minister.

    M. Krishnan
Secretary General

   Confederation

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2017.




No. 1/9/2017-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 20th September, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministrys Office Memorandum No. 1/312017-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2017 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 4% to 5% of the basic pay per month, with effect from 1st July, 2017.

2. The term basic pay in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government. but does not, include any other type of pay like special pay, etc. 

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to “the relevant Head of the Defence. Services Estimates. In respect of Armed” Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by-the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively”.

6. In so far as the employees-working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


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ANOTHER ATTACK ON TRADE UNION RIGHTS

On call of Confederation for organizing Dharna on 19thSeptember 2017 & 17th October 2017 DOP&T has issued a Threatening circular which is placed below.

Trade unions have every right to protest the anti-working class policies of the Government and we will remain organizing agitational programmes as per the right provided by the constitution of India.

Click here to view - DOP&T Circular

50th YEAR OF 1968 SEPTEMBER 19th STRIKE

           KERALA STATE LEVEL ONE YEAR LONG COMMEMORATIVE PROGAMMES INAUGURATED AT PALAKKAD BY COM K.CHANDRAN PILLAI, EX-MP & NATIONAL SECRETARY, CITU. COM M.KRISHNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL, CONFEDERATION DELIVEVED KEY NOTE ADDRES REMEMBERING THE MARTYRS OF 1968 STRIKE. COM V.SREEKUMAR, STATE PRESIDENT & COM P.V.RAJENDRAN , STATE GENERAL SECRETARY , ADDRESSED.


            500 CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF OTHER FRATERNAL ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING BSNLEU PARTICIPATED.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017




Productivity Linked Bonus for Regular Employees and GDS


Click here to view - Bonus Order


First Pension Adalat inauguration, Launching of Mobile App of Pensioners Portal & Award for outstanding contribution towards 'Anubhav'



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
19-September-2017 10:57 IST

Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate first ‘Pension Adalat’ tomorrow
Pensioners for outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ to be awarded
Mobile App to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal also to be launched

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the first ‘Pension Adalat’ here tomorrow. He will also award the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ – a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with Government. Moving ahead from e-governance to m-governance, a Mobile App has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal which will also be launched by Dr Jitendra Singh tomorrow. As a measure of welfare to the pensioners of Government of India, a workshop on Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees is also scheduled to be held. The event is being organized by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.

The objective of this workshop is to create awareness about the post-retirement entitlements as well as an advance planning for life after retirement. There will be four interactive sessions which will cover inter-alia, the road map to retirement, medical facilities for pensioners, re-engagement of retired people for voluntary social activities under ‘Sankalp’. There will be another session on Income Tax and other benefits for senior citizens as well as investment and financial planning for retired people and the Importance of writing a Will.

The Pension Department in this programme will launch the first of a series of Pension Adalats which is being convened with the objective of bringing on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant, so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules.

The Mobile App to be launched tomorrow will be extending all the services meant for the pensioner, which are currently available on the Pensioners’ Portal of the department, to the mobile handset. With this App, a superannuating Central Government official will be able to monitor the progress of his pension settlement, and retired officials will be able to self-assess their pension through the pension calculator and will also be able to register their grievances, if any, and get updates on orders issued by the Department.

The ANUBHAV AWARDS 2017 will be presented to 17 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. Anubhav scheme had been instituted on the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to encourage retiring/retired employees to submit their experiences while working in the government with the objective to create an institutional wealth for the government for future governance as well as to enthuse and inspire the future generations of government officials in their respective assignments.


SB ORDER NO.6/2007  ON DATED 1.6.2007


CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME 1980  Authority: http://www.doe.gov.in/




PROCEDURE FOR EMPANELMENT OF RETIRED OFFICERS AS THE INQUIRY OFFICERS FOR CONDUCTING DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRIES - REG.
 (Click the link below to view)
http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/142_40_2015-AVD-I-15092017.pdf

RIGHT TO STRIKE -- COURT AGAIN INTERVENES -- TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND TEACHERS ORGANISATIONS WERE COMPELLED TO CALL OFF THE INDEFINITE STRIKE DUE TO CONTEMPT PETITION FOR VIOLATING COURT 'S DIRECTION NOT TO GO ON STRIKE.


PROPOSED RRs of AO/AAO OF IP&TAFS GROUP ‘B’ – UPLOADING ON INDIA POST PORTAL.


APPLICATION UNDER THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT,2005
 


IMPLEMNTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION RELATING  TO HEADQUARTERS SPECIAL PAY/SPECIAL ALLOWANCE ADMISSIBLE TO OFFICERS OF THE ORGANISED GROUP ‘A’ SERVICES ON THEIR POSTING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE HEADQUARTERS- REG.

Monday, September 18, 2017



AIPRPA AIC STARTED AT VIJAYAWADA

THE 2ND ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF ALL INDIA POSTAL & RMS PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION HAS A ROUSING START ON 17-09-2017 AT VIJAYAWADA.




COM.A.K.PADMANABHAN, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, CITU INAUGURATED WITH AN INSPIRING SPEECH

WORLD FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS - TRADE UNION INTERNATIONAL (PUBLIC SERVICES) ASIA - PACIFIC MEETING HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (KERALA) ON 11th & 12th SEPTEMBER 2017 - PHOTOS





REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2016 PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT DECISION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION-CONCORDANCE TABLES- REGARDING (Click the link below to view)



NOTIFICATION FROM MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT ON CONTRACT LABOUR (REGULATION AND ABOLITION) CENTRAL RULES, 1971

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Grievance Redressal System revolutionized through CPGRAMS

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Special Service and Features
05-September-2017 09:46 IST

Grievance Redressal System revolutionized through CPGRAMS

*Amitabh Shukla

For the last several decades several changes have been brought about to improve transparency in the functioning of the government and bring accountability. Cumulatively, these have helped the common man find his groove in a maze of laws and indifference of the lower bureaucracy and the response time for the solution of his or her grievance has improved significantly.

However, nothing has revolutionized accountability, transparency and the response time of the government departments than the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), brought in by the Narendra Modi government.

Web based CPGRAMS has been designed and implemented in all the Ministries and Departments of Government of India. Moreover, a customized software with local language interface has also been designed for the state governments too called CPGRAMS - States. This provides online access to all citizens, including those in Armed Forces personnel, to report their grievances. The new system allows the Ministry to monitor the grievances and ensure their time-bound redressal. 

A Public Grievances Call Centre has also been set up for reminding the Ministries and Departments concerned receiving bulk of the grievances in the Central Government, for expediting action on grievances pending on CPGRAMS for more than two months. Guidelines have been issued to all the Ministries and Departments of Central Government to ensure that their Citizens' Charter, incorporating list of services, service standards and timelines, are duly uploaded and updated on the respective websites.


As the Modi government has completed three years, I would limit myself to CPGRAMS which shows how penetration of Information Technology has overhauled grievance redressal mechanism in the country. While some say this is “revolutionary”, my personal experience with the system reinforced my belief that indeed the government departments have started working very fast in the last over three years.

I have two experiences to share and both relate to the postal department. In the first instance, my father, who left for his heavenly abode, left a very old Post Office savings bank account in his files. Several visits to the post office did not help as the staff found some excuse or the other to deny payment to the nominee, my mother. Several months passed and correspondence with the postal department did not yield anything. The Post Master of the small post office in Bettiah, Bihar, would not clear the papers. Enquiries were tiresome and time consuming and the staff would demand one paper or the other consistently.

It was then that I came across the PG Portal—pgportal.gov.in—and how it is meant exactly for cases like this. I opened it one fine morning and gave the account details in the complaint section and wrote a brief description about the problem and the harassment I went through. It took me all of five-seven minutes to lodge a complaint with my e-mail ID and Mobile number given.

I logged into the portal again using the number sent to my mobile phone and e-mail after two hours. It had the details and said that the complaint is lying with the Public Grievance Officer of the postal department, with an office at Parliament Street, New Delhi. Next day, in the morning, when I again opened the portal to see the status of the complaint, it had been sent to the Public Grievance Officer at Patna GPO. In the next three hours, the complaint had reached the Superintendent of the West Champaran postal Circle in whose jurisdiction the account existed. It was actually so fast.

In the evening, I got a call from the Superintendent of Posts that the matter has been processed and my mother is welcome to visit the post office next day for collecting the cheque which now totaled Rs 39, 480 after adding interest. I was elated as the system had worked so efficiently. The cheque was collected by my mother the next day. For the first time, I saw how this system cut through all sorts of hierarchies, paper work and obstacles and delivered to the common man.

The second matter also pertained to the postal department. This time, it was the NSC of my father which had matured at the end of March 2016 and I was the nominee. The agent, through whom my father used to invest in small savings scheme of the post office, got the paperwork done and deposited in the Lal Bazar post office from where the NSC was purchased.

But the post master would have none of it. He simply sat on the papers and did nothing. Lodging a complaint with the PG Portal was a click away. This time, in three days flat, cheque was given to my representative.

CPGRAMS is the new hope for redressal of any grievance - related either to the central or the state government. While the grievances related to departments of central government are handled quite efficiently, those pertaining to the states are passed on to the respective state governments. An officer of the Indian Revenue Service said, “The monitoring of the system is done at the highest level and no laxity on the part of the officials tolerated”. As monitoring is done at various levels, there is an unusual hurry on the part of the officials to dispose the complaints as everyone would now know at which end the problem exists.

That to me is indeed a revelation and my personal experience with the CPGRAMS has been extremely pleasant.

50TH YEAR OF 1968 SEPTEMBER 19TH STRIKE
M. KRISHNAN

Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
                   2018 September 19th (Next year) is the 50th 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 Gulsarilal 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.  Eventhough, 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.      Withdrawl 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 Septembe r 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 at Upper Assam in 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 victimised 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 realisation 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 one year and entire Central Government employees feel cheated. 
                   It is in this background, we are entering into the 50th year of 1968 September 19th strike. Let us pledge that we shall continue our struggle for realisation of the demands raised by the matryrs of the 1968 strike.  Let us pay respectful homage to those valiant fighters who sacrified their life for the working class of India.  Let us salute and honour all those who participated in the historic strike, especially those who had been victimised severaly for joining the strike.  Let us organise various programmes throughout the country at all levels, to commemorate the inspiring memory of 1968 September 19th strike.

National Call from Trade Unions :

Intensify the Surging Struggles
-A.K. Padmanabhan
Working people in India have sounded the bugle again for countrywide struggles including strike actions against the anti-people policies of the Modi Government. After this Govt took over in 2014, there have been two country wide strikes in 2015 and 2016. In additon to these, there have been strikes and struggles in various parts of the country involving almost all sectors. These strikes included many countrywide sectoral strikes.
Modi Government and the Prime Minister himself started his rhetorical campaign with “Shrameva Jayate”, trying to camouflage the Govt’s pro-corporate policies. This sloganeering has got exposed without much delay, with the Government unleashing a war against working people by amending Labour Laws and also other steps in the name of ease of doing business. The last 40 months have seen severe attacks on almost all the hardwon rights of the working people.
National Convention
It is in such a background, the Central Trade Unions and independent national federations, once again decided to call a national convention on 8th August. Of course, there was one exception in the list of Central TUs. That was of BMS, which has been staying away from  the joint actions after BJP came to power.
The huge mobilisation of delegates from all the states, literally from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, covering all the sectors reflected the anger amongst the working people against the policies of the Government.
Actually many of them had converged in the huge talkatora stadium, in the  midst of struggles they have been conducting.
The public sector workers fighting against privatisation, Central Government employees continuing their struggles on their demands of  implementing Government’s assurances related to pay commission, State Government employees on sturggle for wage revison and also against National Pension Scheme, Defence Production workers struggling against privatisation, Bank Officers and employees preparing for another strike against destructive reforms, Telecom employees on struggles against privatisation and also against denial of wage revision, Insurance employees fighting against disinvestment, Medical and Sales representatives struggling for people oriented drug policy, Scheme workers on continuous struggle for getting the status of workers and related benefits, private sector workers in struggle in various parts of the country struggling against denial of Trade Union rights, Various sections of informal workers raising demands of minimum wages and social security and above all contract, casual and outsourced workers from various sectors including Central and State Government departments - All were there to raise their voice of protest.
It is this urge that prompted such a big number of delegates reaching Delhi, many of them not finding a place even to stand inside the stadium.
The speeches of the leaders of the Central Trade Unions reflected fully the aspirations and expectations among the participants.
The declaration adopted in the convention dealt with the situation among all sections of working people in the country.
Noting the unprecendented unity among the peasantry in the country and the militant struggles going on in various states, the convention extended ‘full solidarity to the fighting farmers’. The declaration noted that it is the same set of pro-corporate, pro landlord policies which have created a severe crisis in Agriculture, leading to continuing increase in  spate of suicides.
The convention called upon all sections of working people to unitedly struggle against the anti-people policies of the Government. The declaration noted that ‘the task before the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and independent National Federations is to further intensify the surging struggles in various sectors through concerted united agitation and mobilisation at national level, to be followed by country wide general strike action a culmination and consolidation of all sectoral struggles.’
Charter of demands
The convention reiterated the 12 point charter of demands, whcih formed the basis of the previous countrywide strikes, especially after 2014. The convention noted that ‘the Government has been continuing arrogantly ignore the 12 point charter of demands on minimum wage, Social security, worker status, pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatisation and large scale contractorisation etc being  jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country’.
The background of the demands
It is of great importance to the trade union movement of the country to remind itself, the background of certain demands put forward by the joint platform.
One of the most important is the demand for Rs.18,000 per month with indexation. This demand itself is an interim one on the basic demand of fixing minimum wages as per the unanimous decisions of the 15th Indian Labour Conference and the Supreme Court  directives.
Indian Labour Conference (ILC) the highest Tripartite forum related  to labour had in its 15th session in 1957, adopted a scientific basis for fixing minimum wages. Later on, the supreme court in its judgement in a case related to Raptakoss and Brett added 25 percent in addition to the ILC recommendations. ILC decision on minimum wages is a scientific method, based on energy requirement to a worker and family.
The Trade Union movement in the country has been raising this issue of minimum wages all these years.
Historic Strike
It is to the credit of the Central Government Employees movement in the country, that they took up this issue and conducted strikes and struggles from 1959 onwards.
Most important of the struggle was the one day strike on 19th September 1968. Major demand of the strke was the acceptance of the 15th ILC decision on minimum wages. Even after 49 years of this historic strike, the demand is still not met. But, how the ruling class of India tried to drown a day’s strike by its own employees in cold blood, exposed once again their anti worker approach and their class biased policies.
Seventeen employees were killed on the strike day in police firing and lathi charges. Some were even thrown down from high rise office buildings. Hundreds were injured in lathi charges, tear gas etc.
Government had involved Essential Services Maintance Act (ESMA) days before the strike. After the strike 64,000 temporary workers were sacked. 40,000 regular workes were suspended. Many of these were punished in various ways, including termination.
Some of those who were terminated had to wait till 1978, when congress was defeated in 1977 elections, to get reinstatement.
Trade Union Movement in India, can never forget such large scale killings and victimisations just for a day’s strike. That too, when the one day strike was for a demand which the government had agreed to, in the highest tripartite body. The fact that the Government had not yet accepted this principle exposes governments at the centre, though led by various parties and fronts.
Central govt employees are even now on struggle on this demand of minimum wages and in March, 2017 had conducted a day’s countrywide strike.
Exploitation through contract, casual and out sourcing systems are continuing. Lakhs of workers in sections like Gramin Dak Sewa, Scheme workers like Anganwadi, Asha, Midday meal workers continue to suffer under govt. of india, without even getting the status of workers.
This experience shows that the struggle should be more inclusive of all those who are affected by the policies of the Government and the struggle has to be developed in to a struggle against the policies of the ruling classes.
Next Phase
It is with this in mind, the convention has called for campaigns and conventions from the local, regional and state level and for massive mobilisation at Central level.
Three days mass Dharna on 9th, 10th and 11th of November in New Delhi  will witness massive mobilisation from all over the country.
The convention has also called upon the working people to prepare for indefinite, countrywide strike action against anti-people, anti national activities of the Government.
Against disruptive forces
Need of the hour is total unity of the working people. The convention has noted the danger of disruptive forces active in the country. The convention ‘recorded its strong denunciation against communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the government machinery under the present polity and called upon the working class ‘to raise their strong voice of protest.’
While these campaigns will be jointly undertaken, various organisations will also concurrently conduct independent campaigns to prepare their own ranks and also others for the joint struggle.
All out efforts are required to reach out to all sections of working people. With the government and all their supporters including the corporate and government led media on their side, the efforts of the unions and its floor level cadres have to be strengthened in whatever ways possible to meet all the challenges.
The days ahead are those of massive, militant struggles, and every one has to be prepared to take up the tasks.


THE MATERNITY BENEFIT (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2017






IMPORTANT CAT JUDGEMENT ON 6th CPC RECOMMENDATION REGARDING GRANT OF HIGHER INITIAL PAY FOR DIRECT RECRUITS.


CABINET APPROVES INTRODUCTION OF THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017
IN THE PARLIAMENT 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament.

The Amendment will increase the maximum limit of gratuity of employees, in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Organizations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, at par with Central Government employees.

Background:

The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. The main purpose for enacting this Act is to provide social security to workmen after retirement, whether retirement is a result of the rules of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital part of the body. Therefore, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 is an important social security legislation to wage earning population in industries, factories and establishments.

The present upper ceiling on gratuity amount under the Act is Rs. 10 Lakh. The provisions for Central Government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 with regard to gratuity are also similar. Before implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was Rs. 10 Lakh. However, with implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, in case of Government servants, the ceiling now is Rs. 20 Lakhs effective from 1.1.2016.

Therefore, considering the inflation and wage increase even in case of employees engaged in private sector, the Government is of the view that the entitlement of gratuity should be revised for employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. Accordingly, the Government initiated the process for amendment to Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
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