trust of employees and pensioners retrayed
and their hopes ended in despair
“there is no alternative to the struggle for
Seventh Central Pay
Commission Chairman, Justice (Retired) Ashok Kumar Mathur in his foreword to
7th CPC Report has quoted the following lines in the case of Bhupendra Nath
Hazarika and another Versus State of Assam & others wherein the Supreme
Court of India has observed as follows:
“It should always be borne
in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a
situation is not created where hopes end in despair.Hopes for every one is graciously precious
and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and
treacherous.....A sense of calm
sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected at every step.An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and
when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed
and they shall be treated with dignified fairness, then only the concept of
good governance can be concretized.We
say no more.”
We don’t know whether the
powers-that-be at the helm of affiars of the Central Government has ever read
the above observations of the Apex Court quoted by 7th CPC.Fact remains - BJP-led NDA Government has
guillotined the legitimate aspirations of the Central Government employees and
pensioners and created a situation wherein their graciously precious hopes
ended in despair.The Government converted
their hopes to be deceitful and treacherous.The stand taken by the Government is devoid of calm sensibility and
concerned sincerity.Trust of the 32
lakhs employees and 33 lakhs pensioners is betrayed and their expectations of
fair treatment from Government has been proved wrong.
gave the hopes and who betrayed:
In the wake of indefinite
strike call given by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Govt.
Employees from 11th July 2016, in the crucial meeting held in the night of 30th
June 2016, solemn assurance was given by none other than the topmost Cabinet
Ministers of NDA Government Sri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Sri. Arun
Jaitley, Finance Minister and Shri. Suresh Prabhu, then Railway Minister.It was told that Hon’ble Prime Minister Sri.
Narendra Modiji has directed the group of Ministers to hold discussion with
NJCA leaders.Group of Ministers gave
categorical assurance that minimum pay and fitment formula will be increased
and for that purpose a High Level Committee will be constituted.Again on 6th July 2016 Sri. Rajnath Singh,
Home Minister, reiterated the assurance and Finance Ministry issued a press
statement confirming the assurance.Leaders
and employees trusted the words of the Senior Cabinet Ministers.Eighteen (18) months are over.No High Level Committee is constituted.No hike in minimum pay and fitment formula is
tactics and then denial:
From the very begining of
coming to power, the NDA Govt. has adopted a tactics of “delay and then deny”
the legitimate aspirations of the Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners.Pay Commission was granted four months
extension.Empowered Committee took
seven months and pay scales were implemented without any change after seven
months delay from the date of submission of 7th CPC report.Allowance Committee took one year and finally
arrears of HRA and other allowances for eighteen months are denied.Pension Option-I Committee was appointed to
deny the one and the only favourable recommendations of the 7th CPC for
Pensioners.NPS Committee made it clear
that withdrawl of NPS or guaranteeing minimum pension (50% of the last pay
drawn) are not under its purview.Anomaly Committee informed the JCM Staff side that 80% of the items
submitted by staff side including increase in minimum pay and fitment formula
will not constitute an anomaly and hence will not come under the purview of the
implementation of the positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee on
Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) also almost eleven (11) months are over after the
submission of the report to Govt. on 24-11-2016.The brutal exploitation of casual and
contract workers is increasing day by day.Eventhough Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) is not regular
promotion, instead of seniority-cum-fitness Government imposed more stringent
conditions to deny the promotions to thousands of employees.
Job, Social Security and Trade Union rights under attack:
Not only the legitimate pay
and allowances of the Central Govt. employees are denied, their job security is
also under attack due to the neo-liberal policies pursued aggressively by the
NDA Government. Many work done by Railway Employees are outsourced and
privatised and now leasing out of Railway stations and Railway Land to private
corporates under PPP model is under progress. Decision has been taken by
Government to outsource and privatise Defence production and related activities
like Research, Maintenance and services etc. and to permit 100% FDI in Defence
industry.200 products being
manufactured by the Ordinance factories are ordered to be handed over to
private corporates.Small Svings Schemes
which was the monopoly of the Postal Department is outsourced to private banks
and orders for outsorucing of booking and delivery of registered and speed post
article is also issued.Out of 17 Govt.
of India Printing Presses 12 presses are ordered to be closed as per Cabinet
decision.Many other small departments
are also facing the attack of outsourcing, privatisation and closure.
Orders are issued by Govt.
threatening serious disciplinary action against employees who participate in
dharnas, demonstraions and strikes.JCM
National Council meeting we as not held for the last seven years.Most of the Departmental Councils are not
functioning. Chief Executives of recognised Associations are harassed and
vindictively transferred and recognition and trade union facilities to the
Associations are withdrawn.Results of the
membership verification under the Recognition Rules are not being declared and
even verification process under check-off system is stopped half-way.
NPS has become “No-Pension
System” as many of the employees who retired after 10 to 12 years are getting
monthly annuity pension (fromInsurance
Company) less than Rs.2,000/- only whereas the minimum pension for 10 years
service under the old pension scheme is now Rs.9,000/-.Government is not ready to heed the demand of
the staff side to withdraw Contributory Pension Scheme and guarantee minimum
pension (50% of the last pay drawn) to all under Contributory Pension
Scheme.The observations of the 7th CPC
that - “almost the whole lot of Government employees appointed on or after
01-01-2004 are unhappy with the New Pension System.Government should take a call and look
into their grievances” remains in paper.Thus the social security of the employees is facing greatest threat from
time never last, but tough people do’
No doubt the entire working
class along with Central Government employees are passing through a tough
period.There life and livelihood are
under attack.And at the same time
resistance movement against the policy offensives are gaining momentum.Entire Trade Unions (barring BMS) has
organised three days “Maha Dharna” at New Delhi in which lakhs of workers
participated.BMS was also compelled to
organise a separate protest programme against the retrogade policies of the
Narendra Modi Government.Central
Government employees under the banner of Confederation conducted series of
agitational programmes like Parliament March, One day strike, Mass dharna in
front of Finance Minister’s Office, Human Chain, Burning of HRA Orders,
District level dharnas, State level dharnas etc. demanding settlement of21 point charter of demands submittedto Government.Coming days will witness more sectoral
struggles and joint struggles leading to indefinite strike.
alternative for struggle:
Thus the struggles of the
Working Class which was hitherto defensive in nature, is becoming more and more
offensive.We have to intensify our
struggle during 2018 for our survival.Let us remember and tell our friends in the Central Govt. Employees
movement who are waiting peacefully and endessly hoping for justice from
NDA Government -
“Organise if you want real
living wages, organise if you want to have your working hours reduced, organise
if you desire better treatment from your superior officers, organise if you
want that the authorities should consult and consider your opinion on all
administrative measures affecting you.Petitions, memorandums and supplications will count for nothing, so long
as you do not organise yourselves in a manner to convice the Government that
you will no longer stand nonsense.”
Let us march forward with
full commitment and determination.
Ultimate victory shall be
Ifit weren’t for the Union
Our union’s story is
there to be seen,
We’ve won many
victories and we’ve suffered defeats,
But as I turn through
the pages and look back through time,
There’s one single
question stands out in my mind -
Today we may prosper,
today we live free,
But if it weren’t for
the union, where would we be?
From it’s humble
beginnings our union has grown,
So no working person
need struggle alone.
But no gain that’s
been made has been made without cost,
And together we’ll
see that no gain’s ever lost;
Take a look at those
countries where workers aren’t free-
If it weren’t for the
union, where would we be?
Would you choose to
go back, working twelve hours a day,
Would you choose to
toil more and a pittance be paid?
Will you stand in the
union against the new right,
or do you think on
your own you can withstand their might?
The answer is written
in our history,
If it weren’t for the
union, where would we be?
They say we’ve got
problems, and the unions they blame,
Well, Franco and
Pinochet they said the same.
If our union they
weaken, if our union they break,
Then where’s our
defence from becoming enslaved?
So would you choose
bondage above liberty?
And if it weren’t for
the union, where would we be?
It’s our union, our
union that defends our rights,
But our union is as
strong as our will is to fight,
to peaceful protest is a constitutional right and right to assemble and
demonstrate by holding dharnas is the basic features of an effective democratic
Article 19 of the Indian
Constitution is one of the most important article constituting the “basic
feedoms” guaranteed to every citizen of India.Article 19(1) provides that all citizens shall have the right to freedom
of speech and expression, assembly, associations, movement, residence and
practicing any trade, business, occupation or profession.Article 19(1)(b) guarantees to all citizens
of India, rights to “assemble peacefully and without arms”.This right includes the right to hold
meetings and take out processions.Of
course, assembly must be peaceful, harmonious,unarmed and not threatening the
safety of the people.Reasonable
restrictions can be imposed under clause(3) of Article 19.
The right to assembly
embodies the very idea of a democratic system.Article 9 (1)(b) thus includes the right to hold meetings and to take
outprocessions. It has been reviewed, studied and interpreted
numerous times by the Supreme Court.In
its judgements Supreme Court has upheld the right to peaceful protest as a
constitutional right and the right to assemble and demonstrate by holding
dharnas is the basic feature of democratic system.People in a democracy have a right to raise
their voices against the decisions and unreasonable actions of the Government
or to express their opinion in any subject of national importance.The Government is obliged to respect and
encourage the exercise of such rights.
This being the position, the
political powers have resorted to the use of authoritation powers to stop the
Central Government employees from exercising their constitutional right of
conducting peaceful dharnas and demonstrations on 19-09-2017 and 17-10-2017
under the banner of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees &
Workers.By conducting the programmes on
19-09-2017 and 17-10-2017 in a massive manner throughout the country, defying
the Govt. orders, Confederation has upheld the constitutional right enshrined
in the Constitution of India
Asalready informed to all concerned, the
National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Government
Employees & Workers will be held at NFPE Office, Ist Floor, North Avenue
Post office building, New Delhi on 24th January 2018 (Wednesday) at 10.AM to
01.30 PM.All National Secretariat
Members (Office bearers) of Confederation are requested to attend the meeting
in time. The following shall be the agenda of the meeting.
2.Confederation Charter of demands and
future course of action.
3.All India Women’s Trade Union Workshop-Date
4.NPS and Outsourcing - Joint struggle
programmes of Confederation and AISGEF.
5.Problems of affiliates of Confederation.
7.Any other items with permission of the
1.All National Secretariat Members
(Office bearersincluding office bearers
of women’s sub committee)
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
RECOMMENDATION OF 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION DISCONTINUATION OF CENTRAL
SECRETARIAT (DEPULATION ON TENURE) ALLOWANCE TO OFFICERS OF ORIGANIZED GROUP A
SERVICES.(Click here to the View)
Smt. Kalavati aged 100 years
Respected Mother of Com. Giriraj Singh President NFPE &G.S.R3 Union expired
on 23rd December 2017.We on behalf of NFPE H.Q. Convey our heartfelt
condolences to Com. Giriraj Singh and his bereaved family and pray for eternal
peace to the departed soul.
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS — REVISION OF PAY SCALES — AMENDMENT OR SERVICE RULES/RECRUITMENT RULES.
Government of India
Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 22nd December, 2017
Sub: Seventh Central pay Commission’s recommendations — revision of pay scales — amendment or Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0M or even number dated 9th August. 2016 the subject mentioned above wherein it was requested that as per the CCS (Revised pay) Rules, 2016 issued by Department or Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016, consequential amendment in the existing Service Rules.’ Recruitment Rules shall be made by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing pay Band and Grade pay by the new pay “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX” straightaway without making a reference 10 the Department of Personnel and Training Public Service Commission (UPSC).
2. Further, DoP&T vide of even number dated 16.02.2017 sought information with regard to implementation of 0M dated 09.08,2016. The issue is being monitored by higher authorities: however, so far this Department has nol received any information from Ministries/Departments even a lapse of over a year. It has been decided to hold a meeting, under the Championship or JS (E), with all Ministries/Departments on 04.01.2018 in Room No.190, North Block, New Delhi.
3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish a status report regarding amendment Of Recruitment Rules in pursuance of DoP&T 0M dated 09/08/2016 in the annexure-Il enclosed herewith. The schedule or the meeting is as per Annexure-I.
Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha today launched DARPAN – “Digital
Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India”
Project to improve the quality of service, add value to services and achieve
“financial inclusion” of un-banked rural population. He said, the goal of the
IT modernization project with an outlay of Rs. 1400 Crore is to provide a low
power technology solution to each Branch Postmaster (BPM) which will enable
each of approximately 1.29 Lakhs Branch Post Offices (BOs) to improve the level
of services being offered to rural customers across all the states. Shri Sinha
said that as on date, 43,171 Branch Post Offices have migrated under the “DARPAN”projectwith
the aim of financial inclusion to rural population and it is targeted to
complete the project by March, 2018.
shall increase the rural reach of the Department of Posts and enable BOs to
increase traffic of all financial remittances, savings accounts, Rural Postal
Life Insurance, and Cash Certificates; improve mail operations processes by
allowing for automated booking and delivery of accountable article; increase
revenue using retail post business; provide third party applications; and make
disbursements for social security schemes such as MGNREGS.
As part of IT
modernization project, the Department of Posts (DoP) has carried out business
process reengineering across various functional areas and has created To-Be
processes that will enable it to achieve these objectives. As an achievement,
Department of Posts has established 991 ATMs across the country, which are
interoperable with other banks and the common people has directly benefited
with the wide network of Department of Posts especially in rural areas. Till
now, 1,12,85,217 transactions have been carried out on the DOP’s ATMs out of
which 70,24,214 transactions have been done by the non-DOP customers.
Department of Posts is the only Government player in this space.
For more than
150 years, the Department of Posts (DoP) has been the backbone of the country’s
communication and has played a crucial role in the country’s socio-economic
development. It touches the lives of Indian citizens in many ways: delivering
mails, accepting deposits under Small Savings Schemes, providing life insurance
cover under Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI)
and providing retail services like bill collection, sale of forms, etc. The
Department of Posts also acts as an agent for Government of India in
discharging other services for citizens such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) wage disbursement and old age pension
payments. With 1.5 lakh Post Offices (approximately), the Department of Posts
has the most widely distributed postal network in the world.
Trends such as
urbanization, increased demand for financial services, increased funding by the
government for the weaker sections and the rural sector, have opened up new
opportunities for the Department of Posts,which in turn has necessitated
development of new processes and supporting technology. The Department of Posts
is also faced with twin challenges of increasing competition and continuing
advances in communication technology, especially in mobile telephony and the
Internet. In order to provide the best-in-class customer service, deliver new
services and improve operational efficiencies,the Department of Posts has
undertaken an end to end IT modernization project to equip itself with requisite
modern tools and technologies. The IT modernization project intends to achieve
Wider reach to
the Indian populace through more customer interaction channels
III. Growth through new lines
1.IT enablement of business processes and