Saturday, August 19, 2017

23-08-2017 NATIONWIDE ONE DAY STRIKE - MAKE IT A GRAND SUCCESS

EXTEND FULL SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY TO THE POSTALSTRIKE  ON 23rd AUGUST 2017.
HOLD DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF MAJOR OFFICES OF  DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) and All India Postal Employees Union-GDS (AIPEU-GDS) have jointly given a call for nationwide one day strike on 23-08-2017.  About five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) and Casual, Part-time Contingent and Contract workers will participate in the strike.  The main demands of the strike are filling up of all vacant posts, Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS and implementation of positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report on GDS, Regularisation of Casual, Part-time Contingent and Contract Workers and payment of revised wages, implementation of Cadre Restructuring of all cadres with modifications suggested by staff side, withdraw contributory Pension Scheme etc.
        Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all affiliates and C-O-Cs to extend full support and solidarity to the Postal Strike and to hold demonstrations in front of major offices of the Department of Posts on 23-08-2017 ie. the strike day.
                                                                                               M. Krishnan,
                                                                                         Secretary General,
                                                                            Mob & Whats App- 09447068125
                                                                           Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


SB Order 10/2017 : Introduction of another Standarized Uniform Savings Bank Passbook (SB5A) for TD, NSC and KVP Accounts to issued by CBS and non CBS Post offices

Friday, August 18, 2017

23-08-2017 - ONE DAY STRIKE -- MAKE IT GRAND SUCCESS



MAKE ONE DAY STRIKE A GRAND SUCCESS ON 23.08.2017

MAKE ONE DAY STRIKE
A GRAND SUCCESS
ON 23.08.2017

INTENSIFY THE PREPARATIONS

FOR SETTLEMENT OF UNDERMENTIONED 
10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS


1. Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.

2.    Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS

3.    Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.

4.    Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.

5.    Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.

6.    Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.

7.    Implement cadre Restructuring for leftout categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

8.    Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.

9.    Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.

10. Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.

SIGN BOARD FOR AWARENESS OF PUBLIC


SB Order 09/2017 : Operational Guidelines for CBS Post Offices handling Post Office Savings Bank related work

Thursday, August 17, 2017

7th CPC Children Education Allowance – Orders issued by DoPT on 16.8.2017

No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, 16 August, 2017

Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission on the subject of Children Education Allowance Scheme, the following instructions are being issued in supersession of this Department’s OM dated 28-4-2014 : –

(a) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs.2250/-pm.

(b) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Hostel Subsidy will be Rs. 6750/-pm.

(c) In case both the spouses are Government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under Children Education Allowance.

(d) The above limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. The allowance will be double for differently abled children.

2. Further, reimbursement will be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year. For reimbursement of CEA, a certificate from the head of institution, where the ward of government employee studies, will be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year. For Hostel Subsidy, a similar certificate from the head of institution will suffice, with the additional requirement that the certificate should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex. The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling as mentioned above, whichever is lower, shall be paid to the employee.

3. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

4. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and auditor General of India.

Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Rates of 7th CPC Transport Allowance Chart

7th Pay commission Transport Allowance for Higher TPTA Cities (19 Cities Covered) : Incidentally, only 13 cities fall under this categorization: six in A1, viz., Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Greater Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and seven in A, viz., Ahmedabad, Surat, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kanpur. Recently, six more cities, viz., Patna, Kochi, Kozhikode, Indore, Coimbatore and Ghaziabad have been added to A1/A categories, making it nineteen in all.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bill to fix minimum wage for unorganised sector introduced in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: The Code on Wages Bill that seeks to fix a national minimum wage for all categories of over 40 crore unorganised sector workers and provide a fixed timeline for their payment -- in some cases only through electronic means or cheque -- was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. 

The Code provides for the government to determine the minimum wages every five years using factors like skills required for the job, arduousness of work, geographical location of work place and other aspects. 

Such wages are to be fixed on recommendation of panels comprising an equal number of representatives of employers and employees, and independent persons, according to the Code on Wages, 2017, Bill. 

Under this, the government will fix the number of hours of work that would include a day of rest every seven days. The payment for work on a day of rest will not be less than overtime rate. 

Introducing the Bill, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said 'The Code on Wages' Bill will consolidate and amend the laws relating to wages and bonus. 

The Bill seeks to amalgamate four laws -- the Payment of Wages Act 1936, the Minimum Wages Act 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act 1965 and the Equal Remuneration Act 1976.


"It is for simplification, rationalisation and making it less cumbersome. No way workers' right is being infringed... It is going to bring in a historical change in the wages for workers and universal minimum wages will be implemented for the first time in India," Dattatreya said. 

The Bill will help generate employment and attract entrepreneurs, he said, adding that there are 44 labour laws which are being clubbed in four codes and the Bill introduced today deals with the code on wages. 

"40 crore unorganised sector workers can avail of the universal minimum wage. The Bill has a very large perspective. As far as workers' right is concerned, it is in no way exploitation of workers," Dattatreya said. 

As N K Premachandran (RSP) opposed the introduction of the Bill in such a short notice, the government sought to assuage the concerns, saying the Bill is being only introduced and discussion will take place later. 

The Code stipulates that the wages are to be paid in coin or currency notes or by cheque or through digital or electronic mode or by crediting the wages in the bank account of the employee and the government may specify industrial or other establishment where the salary will be paid only through cheque or digital mode. 

Daily wages have to be paid at the end of the shift while the weekly ones on the last working day of the week. Workers engaged in fortnightly employment will get wages before the end of the week. Workers engaged in fortnightly employment will get wages before the end of the second day after the end of the working period. 

For the monthly earner, the payment will have to be made before the expiry of the seventh day of the succeeding month. 

Where an employee is removed or dismissed from service as also when he or she resigns, the wages payable shall be paid within two working days. 

The Code provides employers with authority to make deductions from the wages only in case of fines imposed, absence from duty, damage or loss of goods expressly entrusted with the employee custody, housing accommodation and amenities and services. 

A bonus at the rate of 8.3 per cent of wage earned or Rs 100, whichever is higher, will be paid. 

Any employer paying to any employee less than the amount due in wages or bonus or any other dues will be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 50,000, the Code said. 

Repeat offence within five years will be punishable with imprisonment of 3 months or fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or with both. 

The central government under the Code will fix the national minimum wage as also for different states or areas.

Implementation of recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission - Conveyance Allowance

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Informal transfer of Divisional cadre officials to Circle / Regional Offices : Department of Posts Order

Disability Pension and Extra Ordinary Family Pension – DoPPW Order

SHORTAGE OF STAFF IN THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS : REPLY IN LOK SABHA



Reply received from the Department of Post on One Day Strike notice and 10 points charter of demands on 23.08.2017 (23rd August-2017) is not satisfactory. (Letter is placed below):

WE WILL NOT WITHDRAW OR DEFER OUR STRIKE
MERELY ON ASSURANCES

WE WANT RESULT.

OUR STRIKE DECISION STANDS

            All General Secretaries / Circle / Divisional and Branch Secretaries are requested to make extensive preparations to Make One Day Strike on 23rd August-2017 a grand success
*********

REPLY FROM DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

No. 08-12/2017-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
                                   Dated:  01st August, 2017
To,
The Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue P.O. Building,
New Delhi – 110001.

Subject:        Trade Union action including one day strike on 23.08.2017 call given by National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) in support of their demands.
Sir,
            I am directed to refer to your letter No. PF-12-C/2017 dated Nil on the above mentioned subject. The charter of demands has been examined by the concerned Divisions and replies to each item of demands showing the present status are enclosed herewith.

2.         As many of your demands have been settled and few are under active consideration of the Department, it is requested that the proposed agitation including the one day strike called by you on 23.08.2017 may be called off.
Yours faithfully,
Encl: As Above
       -sd/-           
                                                                                                                     (P. S. Verma)
Director (SR & Legal)

Charter of demands submitted by NFPE vide letter dated 05.06.2017:
Sl.No.
Demands              /         Reply
1.
Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.
REPLY

          GDS: Process of online engagement of GDS has already been started to fill up vacant post of GDS in 17 Circles. Due to technical snags in the online engagement software, process in remaining Circles will be started only after process in 17 Circles will finalize.

          PA/SA: Result of PA/SA for the year 2015 is kept in abeyance as the matter is subjudice. Vacancies of PA/SA for the year 2016 have already been intimated to SSC.

         LGO exam for promotion to the cadre of PA/SA for deputation to APS has been conducted on 04.06.2017.

            LGOs exam for promotion to Assistants in MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO has been held on 16.07.2017.

            In r/o other exams, viz. IP Exam 2016-17, PM Grade I and PS Group B 2017-18, LGOs to PAs/SAs 2016-17 and 2017-18, engagement of new approved Agency is in the pipeline. MoU between Department and Agency is to be signed.
            For the Postman/Mail Guard and MTS cadre exams, instructions have been issued to all the Circles to fill up the vacancies by giving top priority.
            Calendar of departmental Examinations scheduled to be held in the year 2017-18 has already been issued to all the Circles by giving tentative schedule for filling up the vacancies of decentralized examination i.e. PO & RMS Accountant Examination, LDCs to Junior Accountants in PAOs (Exam has been conducted by respective Circles), LGOs examination for promotion to Assistants of other wings i.e. MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO and other exams
2.
Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS Committee Report. Grant of civil servant status to GDS.
REPLY
        The recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee have been considered by the Department of Posts and mandatory approvals are being obtained in this regard.

       As far as grant of civil servant status to GDS is concerned, it is stated that according to Rule 3-A (v) of GDS Conduct Rules 2011, a Sevak shall be outside the Civil Service of the Union. Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices vs PK Rajamma (1977) (3) SCC held that the Extra Departmental Agents {now called Gramin Dak Sevaks} are holders of the civil post outside the regular civil services. Moreover, they are part time employees being engaged for maximum of 5 hrs a day. In the light of above legal position demand of the Federation cannot be acceded to.  
3.
Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees’ membership verification.
REPLY
      GDS Verification:
The instructions have already been issued to all Circles to conduct the re-verification of membership of GDS employees vide this office letter No. 13-01/2016-SR dated 20.06.2017.

Declaration of result of regular employees’ membership verification:
The concerned file is being processed and the result is likely to be declared shortly
4.
Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.
REPLY
          FS Division has informed that no new schemes are launched by that Division on behalf of DoP. The DoP is operating Small Savings Schemes on behalf of MoF.

         PLI Directorate has informed that they have completed roll out of Core Insurance Solution (CIS) as on 25.01.2016 to 808 HOs and 24598 Sub Post Offices as per the information provided by Circles. Roll out of RICT has not been initiated so far. They have also informed that at no point of time any case of harassment & victimization of staff has come to their notice
5.
Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th & 7th CPC .
REPLY
          The order in respect of minimum pay for calculation of pay of casual labourers (without temporary status) has already been issued vide this office letter no. 7-10/2016-PCC dated 31.03.2017
6.
Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.
REPLY
There is no proposal of corporatization/privatization at this juncture.  The Department is making efforts to give better and competitive services to the customers specifically in the areas of insurance, banking and parcels. 
7.
Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre PostalSSSSSSSSSS Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.
REPLY
          The cadre restructuring of left out cadres, i.e. RMS, PACO and PASBCO is currently under examination in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. The matter of cadre restructuring of Postmaster Cadre will be examined thereafter.
       
           A Committee has been constituted, vide this office letter no. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 09.06.2017, under the Chairmanship of Shri Charles Lobo, CPMG Karnataka Circle, to examine the issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Group C employees.

           Cadre review of MMS is under active consultation with Ministry of Finance, DoE.
8.
Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.
REPLY
         The CGHS facilities have been extended to the pensioners of Post and Telegraph Department by the M/o Health & Family Welfare vide O.M. No. S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)/EHS dated 19.07.2017 and the same has been circulated by the Dte. To all the Circles vide letter no. 2-3/2009-Medical dated 25.07.2017.

          The issue of merger of 33 Postal Dispensaries is under consideration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.  
9.
Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.
REPLY;
         The demand for withdrawal of NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) is outside the purview of this Department. As regards guarantee of 50% last pay drawn as minimum pension, it is mentioned that govt. has already enhanced minimum pension to Rs. 9000/- w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The pension of retiring employees is fixed at 50% of emoluments or average emoluments, whichever is more beneficial under Rule 49(2) of CCS (Pension) Rules.

           Government has also decided to revise pension of pre-2016 pensioners to 50% of notional pay in pay matrix of 7th CPC by fixing pay on notional basis during each intervening Pay Commission
10.
Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal Department.
REPLY
         Since the Department of Posts is a service oriented Department, decision of 5 days week lead to public inconvenience and further, to public complaints. 
        This decision will also results in revenue loss to the Department as customer will go for other alternatives when Post Offices are closed on Saturday.

Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations - Transport Allowance

Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations - Dress Allowance

Recommendations of the 7th CPC - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fixation of Pension

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

02-August-2017 15:18 IST

Fixation of Pension 
In implementation of Government's decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC), orders have been issued vide Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/16-P&PW(A) (i) dated 04.08.2016 for revision of provisions regulating pension/gratuity/ commutation of pension/family pension/disability pension/ex-gratia lump-sum compensation, etc. in respect of the employees retiring on or after 01.01.2016.v For revision of pension of pre-2016 civil pensioners, the 7th CPC recommended the following two formulations:

(i) Notional Pay of employees who retired prior to 01.01.2016 may be fixed in the Pay Matrix on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, by adding the number of increments he/ she had earned in that level while in service, to the minimum of the corresponding level in the matrix. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension.

(ii) The pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, may be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at an alternate value for the revised pension.

7th CPC recommended that the pensioners may be given the option of choosing the formulation which is more beneficial to them. Orders were issued for revision of pension as per Formulation (ii) above vide Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/16-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 and the pension disbursing authorities were advised to make payment of revised pension accordingly without waiting for the revised pension payment authority. A Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare was constituted to examine the feasibility of Formulation (i). The Committee observed that Formulation (i) as recommended by the 7th CPC might be difficult to implement in a large number of cases and this method may also cause anomalies.

In implementation of the recommendations of the aforesaid Committee, orders have been issued vide Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/16-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017. It has been provided that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016. Higher of the two Formulations i.e. the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with this Department’s OM dated 04.08.2016 or the revised pension/family pension as worked out by notional pay fixation method, shall be the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

There were around 55.51 lakh pensioners/family pensioners (including defence pensioners/family pensioners) as on 31.03.2016. All Pension Sanctioning Authorities have been advised to accord top priority to the work of revision of pension and issue revised Pension Payment Authority in implementation of the above orders expeditiously.

There is no proposal for creation of any other organisation for pension related issues.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Adv. Narendra Keshav Sawaikar and Shri P. Nagarajan in the Lok Sabha today. 

Minimum Wages Bill

Ministry of Labour & Employment

02-August-2017 17:21 IST

Minimum Wages Bill 

Ministry has taken steps for drafting the Labour Code on Wage by amalgamating, simplifying and rationalizing the relevant provisions of 4 Central Acts i.e. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, The Payment of Wages Act, 1936, The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, today.