Secretary General NFPE
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001
Postal / ACP / 2008 Dated 29th September 2008
Department of Posts
New Delhi – 110001
Sub: Acceptance of ACP Scheme for Postal Employees – reg.
Ref: Discussions in 16.09.2008 meeting taken by Member [P].
Both the Federations consent to the introduction of 3 ACP Scheme to Postal Employees presently covered by TBOP/BCR Scheme on the basis of the discussions held in the meeting taken by the Member [P] with both the Federations on 16th September 2008.
Secretary General Secretary General
TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE ORDERS
CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE ORDERS
CARETAKING ALLOWANCE ORDERS
FAMILY PLANNING ALLOWANCE ORDERS
LEAVE ENCASHMENT ORDERS - AND
ELIGIBILITY FOR LEAVE ENCASHMENT ORDERS – RELEASED.
Dear Comrades! As I was out of headquarters between 19th September to 28th September 2008 and the inability to upload links in the website because of some technical difficulties – the NFPE website could not be updated. I have reached Headquarters today morning. Some Orders released during the past week are placed in our website for your downloading:
LTC ORDERS INCREASED OFFER TO NEW RECRUITS
Date of Effect is 1.9.2008.
Fresh Recruits will for the first 8 years service be given 3 Home Town and 1 All India LTC during a bloc year period.
Parents and Step Parents are now included in the Family of a Government Employee for the purpose of LTC.
Travel entitlements will be the same for both official tour and LTC.
Travel entitlements altered to allow AC 3 Tier to officials below 4200 Grade Pay; AC 2 Tier for 4200/4600/4800 Grade Pay; Economy Class by Air / AC 2 Tier for Grade Pay 5400 and 6500 and so on.
Total 60 days leave encashment permissible for LTC during entire career @ 10 days per LTC that will not be deducted from the EL at credit for encashment at the time of retirement.
Date of Effect is 1.9.2008.
The mileage earned by air travel by a Government Officer will here after words be used only for official tour of other officers.
Daily Allowance on Tour discriminates between official to official. While Hotel Room entitlement at varying level can be understood, the daily allowance for food is also different from one to another even though there is not going to be any change of price for food items in Hotels for person to person. The meaning is that while a lower grade official on tour with a higher official should eat less and less nourishment foods while his superior on tour can eat more nourishment.
Date of Effect is 1.9.2008
Fixed Conveyance Allowance rates revised and when DA crosses 50% in the revised Pay Structure, then 25% should be added to the rates also.
Date of Effect is 1.9.2008
10% of Revised Pay and Grade Pay will be paid.
Posts of Caretakers shall be merged with the general Ministerial Cadres in all Departments.
FAMILY PLANNING ALLOWANCE
Date of Effect 1.9.2008.
Family Planning Allowance doubled subject to a minimum of 210/= per month.
Grade Pay 1300 to 2400 = 210/=
Grade Pay 2800 = 250/=
Grade Pay 4200 = 400/=
Grade Pay 4600 = 450/=
Grade Pay 4800 = 500/=
Grade Pay 5400 = 550/= and so on.
ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE &
ELIGIBILITY TO ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE Orders also released by DOPT.
DEAR COMRADES – ALL THE ABOVE ORDERS CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING THE RAPIDSHARE LINK BELOW:
K.RAGAVENDRAN SG NFPE has stored files for you on our platform.
ONTO OUR 3rd FEDERAL EXECUTIVE MEETING AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
22-23rd September 2008
We are going into our 3rd Federal Executive Meeting at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala within a year since the 7th Federal Council Session held in Kolkata in October 2007.
Both the earlier Federal Executive Committee meetings were held in New Delhi. Due to developments that warrant our frequent meeting of Federal Executive, we are quickly going into our third session after the December 2007 and April 2008 Sessions.
The first meeting in December was to chalk out the strategy if pay commission recommendations are negative. The second meeting was in the background of submission of recommendations by the 6th CPC to the Government and our exercises over seeking modifications with regard to both common demands and sectional issues.
As you all comrades know very well, this third Federal Executive is entrusted with the task of taking important decisions in the immediate aftermath of implementation of pay commission recommendations. The Confederation of Central Government Employees in its National Executive analysed the whole situation and as all basic issues are rejected by the Government, unanimously decided to go for an Indefinite Strike after adequate preparations including Departmental level All India Conventions and strike ballot. This 3rd Federal Executive will deliberate on that in order to endorse the decisions of Confederation.
The much delayed Formal Meeting between the Department of Posts and Postal Staff Side has been completed on 16.09.2008 and we know the reactions of the Department on our sectional issues. In the background of the formal meeting now it is our task to deliberate and finalise our stand on Modified ACP Scheme; Finalise the detailed proposals on Cadre Restructuring to better our promotional avenues and to over come the age old problem of TBOP/LSG lower scales etc; Consider the delay in submission of GDS Committee Report and our counter action; Consider the reaction of the Department towards PO&RMS Accountants, System Administrators, Marketing Executives, MMS staff and other issues. Indeed this is a very important Executive.
The Notice issued for the Federal Executive Meeting is placed hereunder for the information of our membership:
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001
PF-01(b)/2/2008 Dated 28.08.2008
It is hereby notified that in accordance with Article 12 of the Constitution of NFPE the meeting of the Federal Executive of the National Federation of Postal Employees shall be held in the P&T House, Near GPO, Thiruvananthapuram [Kerala] PIN: 695001 on 22.09.2008 and 23.09.2008 for considering the following agenda. The Executive shall commence at 9 A.M and shall go into the night session also considering the heavy agenda and therefore the presence of all members of Federal Executive is requested well in time.
All are free to comment on this matter. But one basic thing all should not forget is that there cannot be any condition in accepting the ACP. Because it is simply a matter of accept it if you like or reject it if you don't like it, is the reaction of the Government. Any suggestion for improving the ACP might be taken up with the Government through the National Council JCM Forum in future; but cannot be linked with any condition immediately. This is the situation at present.
As we are leaving towards Thiruvananthapuram to discuss all the above issues in our NFPE Federal Executive meeting, your suggestions and opinions through email or through your comments here in the website itself or over telephone to Secretary General or your General Secretary is very much welcome.
CELEBRATE CENTENARY OF CALCUTTA POSTAL CLUB
CELEBRATE CENTENARY OF CALCUTTA POSTAL CLUBa
1. Grant Rs. 10000/= as minimum wage as per 15 ILC Norms.
2. Grant minimum fitment benefit of 2.625 times of pre-revised basic pay to bring about uniform rise in emoluments and raise grade pay to 50% of the maximum of the pre-revised scales in respect of PB 1,2 & 3 as has been done in the case of PB 4.
3. No abolition of Gr.D. Posts and functions. Lift ban on recruitment, fill up all vacant posts and scrap screening Committee.
4. Grant 10% of pay + Grade pay as minimum benefit on promotion or financial up gradation.
5. No outsourcing or contractorising of Govt. functions.
6. Fix the date of effect of all allowances as 1.1.2006.
7. No reduction in the commutation value and restoration of full pension after 12 years.
8. Grant statutory defined pension scheme to the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 and withdraw the PFRDA Bill from Parliament.
9. Compute the pension entitlement on the basis of notional pay as on 1.1.1996.
10. No performance related pay or bonus scheme.
11 Implement the Board of Arbitration Awards.
12. Remove the arbitrary 5% ceiling and 3 years condition on compassionate appointment and withdraw court cases and absorb all waitlisted RRR candidates.
13. Implement the revision of bonus ceiling @ 3500/- in the case of Govt. Employees: Remove adhoc bonus and replace it with the PLB and remove the 60 days ceiling.
14. Grant SDA to all employees in NE Region.
15. Revise the Transport and daily allowances as demanded by the staff side JCM National Council.
16. Remove the condition of 6 months for applying the uniform date of 1st July as increment dates.
17. ACP to be on hierarchical system obtaining in each department.
18. Retain and improve CGHS and make insurance scheme optional.
19. Implement flexitime working hours for women/disabled employees as recommended by the 6 CPC.
20. Direct all the Departmental Heads to settle 6th CPC related department specific demands/problems within a stipulated time.
PF- 14(e)/2008 Dated 14th September 2008.
Confederation of CG Employees & Workers
Confederation of Central Government Employees
New Delhi – 110001.
Sub: Anomalies arising out of implementation of pay commission recommendations – reg.
The following issues require attention from the Staff Side for taking up with the Official Side for redressal and improvement.
1. Computation of Revised DA Formula:
While issuing orders for a revised DA Formula on accepting the recommendations of the 6th CPC, the Government ordered merger of 74% of DA as on 1.1.2006 with the basic pay by equating it with 536 Points in the All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers [AICPI-IW]. This is wrong and only 533.01 Points should have been taken for merging 74% of DA. This wrong calculation of merger of 536 Points instead of 533.01 Points, the DA entitlement is only 12.94 instead of 13.53 and therefore after rounding off the figures the Government has sanctioned only 12% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2008. Actually it should have been 13% even after rounding off 13.53. Therefore on 1.7.2008 it should have been 17% instead of 16% granted. This is going to cause perennial loss to all the employees and a huge saving for the Government.
This distorted calculation is to be challenged by the Staff Side and corrected accordingly.
2. Annual Increment:
It is observed that the Hindi and English version of Gazette Notification differ on the matter of Annual Increment. Hindi version says increments are to be granted on either 1st January or 1st July. The English version simply accepts the recommendation of Pay Commission for grant of increment uniformly for all on 1st July. It was expected that the corrigendum would be forthcoming but nothing came about till now. This may be taken up with the official side.
3. Grant of SDA to all employees in NE Region:
The Government Orders on SDA is still leaving room for confusion and various interpretations. Though the 'including initial appointment' is added in the order after discussion with the Staff Side, the definition of 'Area' is open for different interpretations yet and therefore the situation is not clear for payment of SDA to all employees in the NE Region. This requires to be taken up once again with the Official Side.
4. Heavy loss for Retired Group D employees:
The implementation of recommendations of pay commission to fix the pay of the non-matriculate Group D employees only in 1S Pay Scale with 1300/= Grade Pay until they are retrained and fitted in 1800/= Grade Pay in PB-1 may benefit the serving Group D only. Those non-matriculate Group D who are already retired after 1.1.2006 and before 31st August 2008 and also before the completing of the training programme yet to be worked out by respective departments will stand to lose very heavily including very much reduced pension. An exception to such cases to the effect that those who are already retired may be considered as trained or exempted from such training to facilitate fixing them in PB-1 with Grade Pay of 1800/= shall be taken up with the Official Side immediately to avoid heavy loss to such employees.
5. Matriculate Temporary Status Casual Labourers:
The DOPT has issued orders for fixation in 1-S Pay Scale with 1300/= Grade Pay for all Temporary Status Casual Labourers. This is against the existing order of the Government that all Temporary Status Casual Labourers will be placed on par at the minimum of the Group D because there are many matriculate passed Temporary Status Casual Labourers who are now fitted in 1-S Scale of Pay instead of PB-1 with 1800/= Grade Pay. This may be taken up for improvement.
6. Disparity between existing and direct recruits:
The Entry Pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006 is placed at a higher quantum in many cases. While we welcome any higher fixation for the direct recruits in any cadre, we feel that this should not create a condition wherein the senior employees in the same cadre are placed at a lower level of pay than the junior direct recruits. This anomaly has to set right in an appropriate manner.
These issues may kindly be taken up with the Government.
The above issues were discussed with the Confederation leaders in an informal meeting of the Secretariat of Confederation. The Item Number 2 to 6 would be taken up either directly or as anomalies with the Official Side by the Confederation.
With regards to Item Number 1, the following situation emerged out of deep discussion and calculations of the DA 2001 base year conversion formula and further computation of 12 monthly average of Cost of living Index:
As on 1.1.2006 the actual figures of DA was 74.79
We were drawing the round figure of 74% DA.
This 74.79 was converted into 2001 year base by Government.
The figure arrived at is 115.76.
Govt. rounded it to 115 and then calculated to arrive at the DA figures of 0% on 1.1.2006; 2% on 1.7.2006; 5% on 1.1.2007; 9% on 1.7.2006; 12% on 1.1.2008; and 16% on 1.7.2008.
Staff Side pointed out and objected to the rounding off of the fraction 0.79 out of 74.79 while conversion to 2001 base year.
Government corrected its position and not rounded it off and then recalculated to arrive at 0% on 1.1.2006; 2% on 1.7.2006; 6% on 1.1.2007; 9% on 1.7.2007; 12% on 1.1.2008; and 16% on 1.7.2008.
We checked the correctness of the Govt calculation and contrary to our earlier perception the recalculated figures of Govt are found to be accurate. No rounding off was made and usual carried forward of fraction continue to be done. The two mistakes were 5% instead of 6% on 1.1.2007; and 8% instead of 9% on 1.7.2007 due to rounding off while conversion which was later corrected by the Government. Therefore the DA conversion factor to 2001 base year is found to be correctly done by Government. We have no case in DA new base year 2001.
All other anomalies pointed out under Item Number 2 to 6 by NFPE as above will be taken up with the Government by the Confederation.