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Thursday, October 30, 2014

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER NOVEMBER-2014

JCM STAFF SIDE UNITY SHOULD BE FOR STRUGGLE

            History of Central Government Employees reveals that Government has taken undue advantage to deny the justified demands of the Central Government Employees, whenever there was disunity among the JCM staff side organizations. On the contrary, whenever staffside stood solidly united the Government was compelled to concede the legitimate rights of the employees to a great extent.

            After Fifth  Pay Commission recommendations, the JCM National council staffside submitted to Government a common charter of demands for modifications of the recommendations of the Pay Commission, which included upward revision of fitment formula and removal of certain glaring anomalies. When Government refused to concede it , notice for indefinite strike was given and finally the Government had to appoint a high-power Group of Ministers Committee under the chairmanship of then Home Minister Shri.Indrajith Gupta and negotiated with the staffside.  In the negotiations also the staffside took a united uncompromising stand which ultimately resulted in Government accepting the demand for 40% fitment formula and some other important demands.

            Unfortunately, when the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations were  submitted to Government, the JCM National Council Staffside miserably failed to take such a firm and united stand and no serious agitational programme was conducted demanding modification of the retrograde recommendations. Instead the dominant leadership of JCM staffside took a compromising stand and depended only on negotiated settlement , without mobilizing the entire rank and file membership behind the demands. Ultimately Government took advantage of this weakness of the leadership and unilaterally announced the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, without conceding majority of the genuine demands raised by the staffside during negotiations. Faulty formula adopted for calculation of  Need Based Minimum Wage , glaring disparity in fitment and fixation formula between lower level officials  and Group- A officers, unscientific pay band and grade pay system and serious anomalies arising out of it , MACP anomalies   everything remained as such  which could not be settled even after seven years.

            Again , when the Government announced the New Contributory Pension Scheme with effect from 01.01.2004 for the new entrants in Central Government Services without any consultation with the JCM National Council Staffside, the dominant  leadership of the JCM staffside did not protest and kept silent. This has emboldened the Government to go ahead with the implementation of the neo-liberal pension reforms. Had the entire JCM Staffside including Railways, Defence and Confederation taken a united stand to oppose the New Pension Scheme and given call for serious agitational programmes including indefinite strike the Government would not have dared to implement the NPS. Of course , Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers opposed the New Pension Scheme and has gone to the extent of conducting one day strike. JCM leadership raised the demand for roll-back of NPS after a very long time and by that time Government succeeded in fully implementing the scheme.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers has always stood for unity among the Central Government Employees .When confederation submitted a 15 point charter  to the UPA Government in 2011 demanding appointment of 7 th CPC , 5 year wage revision , Merger of 50% DA, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under 7th CPC etc, the  other major organizations in the JCM were not ready to raise the demands in 2011. Finally confederation was forced to go it alone and conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March, one day strike and two days strike. Of course, the lonely struggle conducted by confederation represented the mood of the entirety of Central Government Employees and ultimately the Government was compelled to announce constitution of 7th CPC in the month of September 2013.
           
                        Now NDA Government which came to power after General   Election has rejected all the main demands of the Central Government Employees which includes merger of DA , Interim Relief , Date of  effect  from 01.01.2014 , inclusion of GDS in the terms of reference of 7th CPC ,scrapping of New Pension Scheme etc. Further Government declared 100% FDI  in Railways and Defence. Public Private Partnership in Railways was also announced in Railway budget. More than five lakhs posts are lying vacant in various Departments out of which about 2.5 lakhs vacancies are in Railways alone. The UPA Government has unilaterally announced the terms of reference of the 7th CPC rejecting the draft proposal submitted by JCM staffside.  The memorandum submitted by JCM staffside to the NDA Government for grant of merger of DA and Interim Relief also was totally neglected. The JCM Staffside leadership could not do anything and the employees are suffering. In fact the JCM staffside has become a laughing stock among the employees and its credibility in the eyes of the employees has eroded like anything.

                        It is in this background , eventhough belatedly , the JCM National Council Staffside has decided to organize a National Convention at New Delhi on 11th December 2014 , to discuss and finalise its strategy to combat the above humiliation meted out by the Government . Better late than never. The decision is well received by the entire Central Government Employees and they are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the convention.

                        NFPE  firmly believes that if the present unity among the JCM staffside organizations is not channelized for building up united struggle including indefinite strike of entire Central Government Employees the National Convention will become a futile exercise and an eye-wash to cool down the growing discontentment among the employees. This shall not happen. We firmly believe in the slogan raised by our late legendary leader Com K.G.Bose- i.e  “UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY”. Such a stand alone can restore the lost glory of the fighting potential of the Central Government Employees and also shall regain the lost faith of employees in the JCM staffside leadership. We cannot be a party to any compromise on the genuine and justified demands of the workers. Let us hope that the JCM staffside leadership shall rise up to the occasion.





NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001

PF-o1(C)/NFPE                                                                     Dated: 30th October, 2014


NOTICE

It is hereby notified that the Federal Secretariat Meeting of NFPE will be held at NFPE Office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001 on 10th November, 2014 at 3PM.

All General Secretaries of NFPE & NFPE Office Bearers available at HQ are requested to attend the meeting in time:

The following will be the agenda:

AGENDA
1.    Postal JCA Charter of demands – Agitational programme- Review and further course of action.
2.    Dec-4th -2014- PJCA –Parliament March –Review,
3.    Any other item with the permission of Chair,

                                                                                                 
                                                                                            (R.N. Parashar)
                                                                               Secretary General

Copy to: All General Secretaries of NFPE Unions and available NFPE Office Bearers at New Delhi.                                                                                                                      


POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building New Delhi-110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-110001
No.PF-PJCA/2014                                                                  Dated : 30th October,2014

NOTICE

It is hereby notified that the meeting of Postal JCA consisting NFPE and FNPO will be held on 11th November, 2014 at 2PM at NFPE Office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.

All General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Unions are requested to attend the meeting in time.

The following will be the agenda:

AGENDA
1.    Postal JCA Charter of demands – Agitational programme- Review and further course of action.
2.    Dec-4th -2014- PJCA –Parliament March –Review,
3.    Any other item with the permission of Chair,


                                                                                                
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                                     (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                                                 Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                                     NFPE

Copy to : All General Secretaries of NFPE/FNPO & GDS Unions.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NFPE DIAMOND JUBILEE – SOUVENIR ADVERTISEMENT

Preparation for the Grand Final Celebration of NFPE Diamond Jubilee is going on in full swing in Dwarka (Gujarat) under the leadership of reception committee. CHQs of all affiliated unions/Associations (P3, P4, R3, R4, Admin, Postal Accounts, SBCO, GDS) of NFPE had already issued notice for the central Working committee on 23rd & 24th November 2014. NFPE CHQ has invited all Ex-All India Leaders to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Reception Committee will honour all leaders.

Please Help Receiption Committee
Gujarat is a small Circle. Total expenditure for the celebration will be around 15 Lakh rupees. Receiption Committee has already requested all Circle/Divisional secretaries to help them by collecting maximum advertisements for the souvenir. Tariff and order forms are already sent. Please collect maximum amount as advertisement and send it to Reception Committee before 15th November 2014.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY COM. M. KRISHNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL, CCGEW, IN THE INAUGURAL SESSION OF 21ST AIC OF AIPAEA

Prof. G. HARAGOPAL, NATIONAL FELLOW, ICSSR, KEYNOTE ADDRESS IN THE OPEN SESSION OF THE 21ST ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIPAEA

AIPAEA 21ST AIC - KEYNOTE ADDRESS ON "OUR APPROACH TO 7TH CPC" BY COM. KKN KUTTY, PRESIDENT, CCGEW

AIPAEA 21ST AIC - INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY COM. S.K.VYASJI, ADVISOR, CCGEW - REFLECTIONS ON THE AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES MOVEMENT

List of CPIOS and their Appellate Authorities - Postal Accounts Wing, Postal Directorate

7th CPC visit to Mumbai from 6th November, 2014 to 8th November, 2014

Percentage of women in the Government Service and age limit for entering the Govt service

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions was requested to answer the following questions regarding status women employees in Central government services. Singh Shri Bhola M.P (Question No.4934) has raised the following questions in Parliament.
(a) The percentage of women in the Government service and the increase in percentage during the last three years;
(b) Whether the Government has taken/ contemplating to take any policy decision to encourage women to join Government service and if so, the details thereof;
(c) Whether in several competitive examinations, the maximum age limit for general candidates is 27 years and if so, the details thereof;
(d) Whether there is a need for increasing the maximum age limit for women for entry in theGovernment service; and
(e) If so, the details thereof and the measures taken in this regard?
In his reply to the above questions the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri .DR. JITENDRA SINGH submitted the following answer in Lok Sabha on 13.08.2014
(a): Details of percentage of women in Government service over the years, as per the Census of Central Government Employees, 2012, released by Directorate General Employment & Training are at Table-1 in the Annexure.
(b): In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as under:
(i) maternity leave (ii) child care leave (iii) child adoption leave (iv) special allowance to women with disability (v) provision of crèche facility (vi) posting of husband and wife at the same station (vii) special priority in allotment of residential accommodation (viii) provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment (ix) age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried (x) special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre (xi) change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and (xii) exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission.
Also, as per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/ join Government Service is being given.
(c): The upper age limit for general candidates for entry in the Government Service is as at Table-2 of the Annexure.
(d) & (e): There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re- married, upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/ Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes).
ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO THE LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4934 FOR ANSWER ON 13.08.2014.
ANNEXURE
TABLE- 1

WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT OVER THE YEARS

Year
    Total No. of employees                    (in lakhs)
No. of Women employees    (in lakhs )
      Percentage
1991
38.13
2.88
7.58
2001
38.76
2.91
7.53
2009
30.99
3.11
10.04
TABLE- 2

UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR DIFFERENT POSTS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE

S.No
Posts
Age Limits
I
Posts having Grade Pay more than Grade Pay Rs.7600/-
Preferably below 50 years
II
Posts having Grade Pay Rs.7600
50 years
III
Posts having Grade Pay Rs.6600
40 Years
IV
Posts having Grade Pay Rs.5400
35 Years
V
Posts having Grade Pay Rs.4200, 4600 and 4800
30 Years
VI
Posts having GP Rs. 1800, 1900,  2000,  2400 and 2800
Between 18 and 25 years

Note: The upper age limit for recruitment by the method of Direct Open Competitive Examination to the Central Civil Services and Civil posts specified in the relevant Service/ recruitment rules shall be increased by two years.

Grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government Employees on Transfer from one station to another station – MoD orders

Tele : 23012408
No. A/81397/DGQA/ADM/RMD (CW)

9 Oct 2014

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 
DGQA/ADM/RMD (CW)

GRANT OF HRA TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON TRANSFER FROM ONE STATION TO ANOTHER – INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING

1. As per the instructions contained in Min of finance (Departments of Expenditure) OM No. 11014/2/Ell(B)/82 dt 19 Mar 1983 read in conjunction with Min of Finance OM No. F2(37)-Ell(B)/64 dt 27 Nov 1965, ” A Government servant, who, on transfer, has been permitted to retain Government accommodation at the old station on payment of normal rent or penal rent or retains Government accommodation unauthorisedly on payment of market rent etc, will not be entitled to HRA at the new station for the period beyond 8 months from the date of his transfer”.


2. It may be ensured that the provisions and procedures for claiming HRA as per MoF letters under reference and after obtaining NAC as governed by SRO-31 for DGQA Pool of Accommodation.

3. This may be disseminated to all Establishments under your control for information and necessary action.

4. This has the approval of DGQA.

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(OP Singh)
Col

Dir (Works)

Month-long Winter Session to commence on 24th November

New Delhi: Winter session of Parliament will start from November 24 and conclude on December 23 during which a heavy legislative agenda is on the cards. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday recommended the dates to the President.

The month-long session will have a total of 22 sittings in which four days have been earmarked for Private Members' business.

A total of 67 bills 59 in Rajya Sabha and eight in Lok Sabha are pending and the government will push for passage of "at least 30 to 35" legislations, a senior minister said.

This will be the second major session since the Narendra Modi Government took over in May.

The long wait for finalisation of seating arrangement in Lok Sabha is expected to be over before the session commences, almost six months after the constitution of the new House.

"We expect the arrangement to be in place before the winter session," said an official at Parliament over the exercise which has dragged on after the declaration of the results of the 16th Lok Sabha polls on May 16.

Average number of sittings in the past five Winter sessions has been 22 and the dates were decided based on precedents, source said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Anant Kumar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu are members of the Committee.


HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Ministers of state for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar and Santosh Gangwar are special invitees to the Committee.

The extract of Rule 152 of Postal Manual Volume V - Production of postal Records for investigation purpose

This is a vital information to our postal comrades to keep their attention in certain cases :