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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Total Group C:101 Strikers:94 Strike percentage:94%
Postman Staff :34,Strikers 34.Strike percentage:100%
Total MTS 12:strikets 10 Percentage Strike percentage:85%
Total GDS:524.Strikers :504.Strike percentage:96%
Total Post offices including BO'S in Gudur Dn:340                   All offices totally closed : 335



PRESS STATEMENT
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.
First Floor, North Avenue Post Office,
New Delhi. 110 001.
Website: confederationchq.blogspot.com.
Dated: 2nd September, 2015.
PRESS STATEMENT
The initial report received at the Confederation CHQ indicates the participation of about 8.5 lakh Central Government employees in today’s general Strike action of the Indian working Class. Earlier endorsing the call of the Central trade Unions, the Confederation of CGE and workers had called upon the Central Government employees to take part in the one day strike to compel the Govt. to withdraw the anti-people and anti-worker neo-liberal policies pursued since 1991. The report states that the offices of the Postal, Income Tax Ground Water Board, Survey of India Geological Survey of India, , Indian Bureau of Mines. Offices of the Census Departments, ISRO, Atomic Energy, Medical Store Depots, Film Institute of India, Offices of the AGMARK, various other autonomous scientific and research institutions, etc remained closed for the whole day and the work completely paralysed. The strike also paralysed the functioning of various offices of the Indian Audit and Account Department, Printing and Stationary, Census, CPWD, Civil Accounts, Indian Standards Institute etc. Total civilian employees of various Defence Organisations and Defence Accounts Departments participated in the strike.   The strike in which lakhs of workers participated has cautioned the Government of the consequences of scrapping the various labour welfare legislations intended to please the Corporate houses.

The Central Government employees were particularly unhappy over the denial of the wage revision for the past 5 years, non grant of interim relief and merger of DA, the continued outsourcing and contractorisation of Governmental functions, denial of the Statutory defined benefit pension to the fresh appointees and above all the closure of the negotiating forum- JCM- since 2010. The Finance Minister’s statement in the Parliament while laying the Medium term Expenditure Framework Statement pegging the additional revenue expenses on account of salary, pension etc for the year 2016-17 at just 5% more than 2015-16 was indicative of the nugatory attitude of the Government towards its own employees’ genuine demand for wage revision. It has no doubt acted as a catalyst to the enthusiastic participation of the employees in the Strike action.

The Strike was total in Kerala, Tamilnadu. Maharashtra, Punjab ,Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chattisgrah, MP, Orissa, West Bengal Assam, North Eastern States w and 80 to 90% in other States.




The Confederation secretariat congratulates the employees and their leaders, who undertook intensive Campaign to make the strike such a grand success. The Confederation Secretariat while thanking all its members for their whole hearted participation in the Strike and making it an unprecedented success, places on record the gratitude and appreciation for the yeomen efforts of the various Central Government Pensioners organizations in supporting the strike action.
KKN. KUTTY
President,
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers
 

Govt's appeal fails, TUs on strike today

 
Public services such as banking, transport and postal department are likely to be hit on Wednesday as 10 central trade unions go on a one-day nationwide strike. The unions are going ahead with the strike despite the government's appeal that they call it off even as the government appealed to them to take back the call in national interest.

Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the strike will not have much impact on essential services. "I appeal to them to call off the strike in the interest of workers and nation," said labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya. "I don't think essential services will be affected. I feel that the impact will not be much. BMS and National Front of Indian Trade Unions are not in strike. There are 2-4 organisations (unions) which are neutral. 

"He added that the government will continue talks with the unions as the "workers' rights and interests are supreme to us". , and that the government is in touch with all state governments, PSUs, public transport departments and other agencies to ensure that people don't suffer. 

The unions said 15 crore workers under their banner will be on strike against the government's proposed "anti-worker" labour reforms. (For the full report, log on to www.timesofindia.com BJP-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which opted out of the strike, said power, oil and gas supplies will not be affected as a large number of public sector workers would not participate in the day-long agitation. He said the government had responded positively to nine of the 12 demands and there was consensus on 4-5 of them. 

"There are many initiatives including mandatory minimum wages and raising ceiling of bonus and social security of workers which were appreciated by the unions," Dattatreya said. 

He said labour reforms are at a discussion stage and even the Prime Minister had assured that it would be done on the basis of tripartite consultations. 

The trade unions have given the strike call over a 12-point charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed anti-worker amendments in labour laws and stopping disinvestment and privatisation of PSUs. 
The BMS decided to pull out, arguing that the government should be given more time to honour its assurances given during their meeting with a group of ministers. 

Source : The Times of India
 
 

Trade Unions on strike: 10 points you need to know

 
 Essential services, like public transport, were hit in many states on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike to protest the anti-labour, anti-people policies of the central government. 
Here are 10 things you need to know about these strikes: 

1. Normal life hit as day-long nationwide strike begins 

Normal life was affected in various parts of the country, including in West Bengal and Kerala. 

The day long strike was seen affecting transport and banking operations among other services. 

In Kolkata, partial impact was seen on suburban trains while shops, markets and business establishments in most areas remained closed. 

State administration was plying a large fleet of public buses while partial impact was seen on operations of private buses and taxis. 

In the National Capital, commuters faced problems as a large number of autos and taxis remained off the roads. 

In Kerala, public and private bus services, taxis and autorickshaws were off the roads. Only few private cars and two wheelers were seen on the roads. 

Shops, hotels and even small tea stalls were closed in the state. 

2. Who all are on strike 

Ten central trade unions, with a combined membership of 15 crore workers in public and private sector, are observing the one-day nationwide strike on Wednesday. 

3. Informal sector workers also join strike 

Various outfits for informal sector workers, under the banner of Working People's Charter, have also joined the strike. 

4. What are the demands of Trade Unions 

Trade unions have called this strike over a 12-points charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed changes in the labour laws and stopping the disinvestment and privatization of PSUs. 

5. BJP-backed BMS pulls out of strike 

The BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has opted out of the strike. 

The BMS says it is not the best way out in view of the government's assurances on various demands. 

"Since the government has come forward with positive assurances on our basic demands and assured us to continue dialogue, BMS decides to defer the strike for the time being," BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said. 


6. National Front of Indian Trade Unions also opts out of strike 


The National Front of Indian Trade Unions (NFITU) is also not participating in the strike. The NFITU too wants to give some time to the government, at least till the winter session of Parliament, for fulfilling its assurances like uniform minimum wages across the board and enhancing wage ceiling for bonus. 


8. Govt-Trade Unions talks to continue 

The government has indicated that the talks with trade unions will continue despite their strike. 

9. Govt to look into unions' demands 

A high-level group of senior ministers had met the top union leaders to convince them of withdrawing the strike call and had also promised to look into their various demands, including minimum wages, contract labour and social security. 

The ministers' group, headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley, had offered increasing the minimum wages and making it mandatory, among other steps. 

The ministerial panel had also proposed to raise the ceiling of bonus, widening the coverage of the provident fund and health insurance to include workers from construction as well as schemes such as aanganwadis. 

The panel comprising oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, power minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh had two rounds of meeting with the trade unions in as many days. 

10. TMC is against strike 

The ruling Trinamool Congress has asked the people of West Bengal to "foil" the September two nationwide strike called by several central trade unions including the Leftist trade unions - AITUC and CITU. 

"The CPM and Left Front during its 34 year-old rule had pushed state backwards with its militant trade unionism. Now when the state is moving fast on the path of development, they are trying to stop it either by violence or through shutdowns," Senior TMC leader and state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said. 

"They (Left) have ruined the state by goondaism during their 34-year-rule in the state. Now they are again trying to take up goondaism to halt the state's growth," Mukherjee added.

Source : The Times of India

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Preliminary Strike information report 
Gudur Division
                     Total staff working in Gudur HO,Divisional office ,All TSO's in Gudur are aparticipating in one say strike.
           Staff working in all 40  sub postoffices are also participating in one day strike on 02/09/2015 hence total postal services will be paralised in Gudur Dn due to strike.To that effect all employees have submitted declarations participating in strike


NFPE GUDUR

Seventh Pay Commission Reports Coming Shortly, Says FM Jaitley


New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that reports of Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees was coming shortly.


“The recommendations of Seventh central Pay Commission for government employees is coming shortly,” Jaitley told ET NOW.

The Seventh Pay Commission, which was set up by the UPA government, was required to submit its report by August-end.

The Seventh Pay Commission was ready to submit its report by the end of September but government gave nod to submit its report till December 31.

The reports of Seventh Central Pay Commission may be implicated from April next year as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that he will get the pay panel reports shortly.

The central government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.

The revised pay scales will be implemented retrospectively starting 1 January 2016, while recommendations relating to allowances will be implemented prospectively.

The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services and is in the process of finalising its recommendations.

The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2016.

The Commission is headed by Justice A K Mathur. Meena Agarwal is secretary of the Commission.


The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.
4 Months Extension to 7th Pay Commission – Employees Disappointed

With the 18 months time given to the 7th Pay Commission to submit its report coming to an end in August, the Government has given an extension of another four months. The government says that the extension was given because the commission had asked for it. Many are not ready to believe that the 7th Pay Commission, which was almost ready to submit its report, had suddenly requested for an extension. They wonder what the necessity was for this extra time.

Two months ago, on July 24, 2015, the 7th Pay Commission had, on its official website, voluntarily said that work is on and it will be completed well within schedule. Even until the second week of August, there were no indications from the members of the 7th Pay Commission that they would require an extension. In these circumstances, the fact that the 7th Pay Commission has suddenly requested for additional time has caught many by surprise.

Even on 7.8.2015, NC Staff Side Secretary Shri. Shiva Gopal Mishra informed after meeting with 7th Pay Commission that one month may be delayed to submit the report to Govt. And consecutive news from various media, including PTI had published that the chariman of 7th CPC Justice Ashok Mathur assured to submit the report by the end of September.

After the commission submits its reports and recommendations, the higher official side will require time to debate over the issues. Keeping these in mind, it was felt that submitting the report by the end of August will ensure that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will be implemented without any delay, from January 1, 2016 onwards. The employees were hoping that this time around, there wouldn’t be any arrears payments. The extension has put an end to all these expectations.

A number of speculations are on about the real reason why the commission has delayed its report. Some claim that the extension has been given to the 7th Pay Commission in order for them to prepare a report on the impact of One Rank One Pension for the Defence personnel.

Now that the report has been postponed, one can be very sure that expectations will rise in the month of December.


Courtesy : http://90paisa.org/

Unite and participate in the one day nationwide strike on 2.9.2015



expected-da-dr-jan-2016
Expected DA DR from Jan 2016: July, 2015 CPI-IW released

Speculation of DA/DR from Jan, 2016 on the basis of AICPIN of July, 2015 is not possible.  The 2 points increase in July, 2015 AICPIN after 3 points increase is last months AICPIN is not a large  variation, but this 2 points increase showing the DA/DR index to 120% for the current month and further two or three month's AICPIN are important.  Three situations are given in undermentioned table is showing 123% to 128% future DA/DR from Jan-2016. Readers are requested not to take it final and study the following table.  On the other hand the approval of 6% increase in Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief from July, 2015 is also pending at govt. side, may be announced in 2nd or 3rd week of Sep, 2015 click here to view the news.  Further, the estimation of two installment of DA/DR from Jul-2015 & Jan-2016 is important for expected pay and allowances in 7th CPC.

Following table is only showing the effect of Jul-2015 months' AICPIN increase:-
Expected DA/DR from Jan, 2016 - Table by www.staffnews.in
Expect-
ation
Increase/
Decrease
Index
MonthBase
Year
2001 =
100
Total
of 12
Months
Twelve
monthly
Average
% increase
over
115.76 for  
DA
DA
announced
or will be
announced
0Dec,142532963246.92113.30%113%
Expected DA
from July,
2015 is to be
announced
by Govt.
DA/DR from
July, 2015
1Jan,152542980248.33114.52%119%
-1Feb,152532995249.58115.60%
1Mar,152543010250.83116.68%
2Apr,152563024252.00117.69%
2May,152583038253.17118.70%
3Jun,152613053254.42119.78%
Jul+AICPIN2Jul,152633064255.33120.57%120%
Expectation
of no
increase
in AICPIN
in next
5 months
0Aug,152633074256.17121.29%124%
0Sep,152633084257.00122.01%
0Oct,152633094257.83122.73%
0Nov,152633104258.67123.45%
0Dec,152633114259.50124.17%
Expected DA/DR from January-2016
Expectation
of total
5 points
increase
in AICPIN
in next
5 months
1Aug,152643134261.17125.61%128%
1Sep,152653145262.08126.40%
1Oct,152663155262.92127.12%
1Nov,152673164263.67127.77%
1Dec,152683171264.25128.27%
Expected DA/DR from January-2016
Expectation
of total
5 points
decline
in AICPIN
in next
5 months
-1Aug,152623073256.08121.22%123%
-1Sep,152613081256.75121.80%
-1Oct,152603088257.33122.30%
-1Nov,152593094257.83122.73%
-1Dec,152583099258.25123.09%
Expected DA/DR from January-2016



EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER: SEPTEMBER-2015

GET READY FOR ANOTHER STRUGGLE
NEED TO REVIEW 6th MAY INDEFINITE STRIKE

            7th Central Pay Commission has completed its work and preparing report. As per information given by Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman, Pay Commission to National Council J.C.M.  Staff Side Secretary Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra that Pay Commission will submit its report to the Government of India by the end of September; 2015.It has also come to notice that Pay Commission has submitted application to Government of India to retain the office upto 31stOctober, 2015. But Government of India has granted extension for 4 months i.e. upto 31stDecember, 2015, so now it will be delayed upto the end of December, 2015.

            With the setting up of Pay Commission Postal JCA consisting NFPE, FNPO, AIPEUGDS (NFPE) and NUGDS put the demand to include GDS under purview of 7th CPC. Government rejected the demand. Postal JCA submitted Charter of Demands for Indefinite Strike from 6thMay, 2015 during the Parliament March on 4th December 2014. Meetings  were held  with Postal  Department  and on Strike Charter of Demands and finally the issue of inclusion of GDS was again referred to Finance Ministry  and Secretary Post and Minister of Communications and IT  also assured to make maximum efforts to include GDS  in the purview of 7th CPC during the meeting  held with Minister on 5th May, 2015 and finally the strike was deferred. One important issue i.e. Cadre restructuring was also on priority of our agenda for which Minister told that he has accorded his approval and after that the file was sent to DOP&T. We pursued vigorously both the issues. Finally the case of inclusion of GDS has been rejected by Finance Ministry and Department of Post has started working on formation of bureaucratic Committee for revision of wages and other service conditions of GDS under Chairmanship of any retired Member of Postal Board. Regarding Cadre Restructuring it has been told by the officers of Postal Directorate  that the file of Cadre restructuring has been returned  by the Department of Personal and Training stating that it has to do nothing in this  and it is the internal matter of Department of Posts so there is no need of any kind of intervention by DOP&T and has advised to take clearance from Department of Expenditure , Minister of Finance. So the case has been sent to Finance Ministry for seeking approval. Though earlier it was told by J.S.F.A.  that there is no more financial implications in it.

            But as we are observing the policies of Government of India it seems that Finance Ministry may create hurdles in approving the cadre restructuring proposals

            If once the report of Pay Commission is submitted, it will be very difficult to get the Cadre restructuring proposals implemented.

            So our both main demands are not being met neither by Department of Post nor by Government of India.

            PJCA has again addressed Secretary Department of Post to fulfill the promises given during the meetings on Strike Charter of Demands but still we have not received any positive response from the Department. One important demand has also been submitted to  Department for filling up all vacant posts in all Cadres i.e. P.A., S.A. , Mail Guard, Mail Man, Postmen, GDS Mail Man, Driver and other staff in MMS, PA CO , PA SBCO, Postal Accounts Staff , Civil Wing Staff and GDS all categories.

            In the above circumstances it is the need of hour that we should revive our deferred strike from 6th May-2015. PJCA will soon meet and take decision.

            NFPE appeals to entire rank and file to get ready for another struggle to achieve our demands.
************




APPEAL

ALL POSTAL, RMS & GDS (NFPE) COMRADES ARE REQUESTED TO MAKE MAXIMUM EFFORTS TO MAKE THE ALL INDIA ONE DAY GENERAL STRIKES, 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2015 A HISTORIC SUCCESS.

LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

KEEP TEMPO HIGH

 (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General
       NFPE

Revision of method for calculation of Income and Cost of Branch Post Offices (BOs)

Click here to view Department of Posts (Planning Division) Letter No.40-17/2015-Plg. dated 24.08.2015 on the above subject matter.

Monday, August 31, 2015

MAKE THE 2ND SEPTEMBER 2015 ALL INDIA STRIKE

A HISTORIC SUCCESS.

Dear Comrades,

                We have placed on our website the synopsis of the discussion the leaders of the Central Trade Unions had with the Group of Ministers on the 12 point charter of demands. The Central Trade Unions evaluated the Government’s response to the strike call and have come to the conclusion that in the absence of any tangible result, the strike action must take place.  The only issue on which there had been a concrete proposal from the Government was on the question of raising the bonus ceiling.  In fact such an assurance has been given by the earlier Government also.  Due to the pressure exerted by the employing class, the said assurance could not be translated into reality.  To have the assurance to be put into practice, the Bonus Act has to be amended and that is possible only in the next session of the parliament.  In other words, if one is to believe the assurance held out by the Government on the question of raising the ceiling for bonus computation, it can only have prospective effect i.e. for the next year 2016.  We firmly believe that the corporate would not allow the present government to give effect to this assurance.  The acrimonious ceiling on bonus while allowing unlimited extraction of profit for the companies is to be fought out through bitter struggles.

                There had been no word from the Government on the question of rolling back its proposals on the labour reforms. The proposed labour reforms will hurt the working class most.  The regularization of contract workers, payment of minimum wage, ensuring statutory Pension benefit, the registration or recognition of trade unions within a stipulated time limit to enable the workers to have the right to collective bargaining, the non implementation of the agreements reached at the various tripartite Labour conferences were some of the significant issues on which the working class sought settlement. Introduction of 100% FDI in Railways, 49% in Defencecorporatisation & privatisation of government entities, end for contract/casual temporary employment also met with stoic silence or rejection.  The Group of Ministers has successfully eluded the issues. The BMS unions have declared that they would withdraw from the strike action.  Their decision being political based is understandable, but is difficult to appreciate. We can only hope against hope that they would realize the reality of the situation in the days to come and become part of the joint struggles very soon.
                The 7th CPC has sought further time to submit its report.  They are now likely to submit their report by 31st December, 2015.  Given the way the commission had acted on this vital issue, we are not certain of it.  It is on the specious plea that they would be submitting their report within the stipulated time, they had rejected our demand for interim relief.  They ought to have submitted an interim report to the Government before seeking further time on the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side on merger of DA and Interim relief.  Even if the report is submitted say by 31st December, 2015,  which we feel is unlikely, the Government is bound to take another six months to take a view on the Commission’s recommendations.   It is incumbent upon the National JCA to meet immediately and take appropriate decision in the light of the unexpected step taken by the Commission in seeking further time to submit its report.  They must go ahead with the decision to go on strike from 23rd November, 2015 demanding the Commission to submit urgently an interim report on merger of DA and Interim relief.
                There had been no positive steps taken by the government to revive the functioning of the JCM at National or Departmental levels.  There appears to be no intention on their part to cause discussion on our charter of demands.   In this background we must revitalize and rejuvenate the functioning of our   Organizations at all levels.  We have received excellent reports of the strike preparation from all over the country.

DO EVERYTHING NEEDED TO MAKE THE 2ND SEPTEMBER, STRIKE A STUPENDOUS SUCCESS.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

M.Krishnan
Secretary General

Trade Unions Gear up for 'Historic' Strike on September 2

KOCHI: The nationwide strike called jointly by all the major trade unions on September 2 is likely to bring the State to a standstill, with employees of all public  and private sector establishments expressing solidarity with the strikers.
The union leaders who met here on Monday said the strike would be a ‘historic’ one, and that the International Labour Organisation and trade unions across the world had taken note of the preparations being made for it.  Speaking after the meeting, CITU leader Elamaram Kareem, on behalf of the joint front of the trade unions, requested all sections of society to join the strike, which is scheduled to begin at midnight on September 1 and end by 12:00 am the next day.
“Workers of public and private sector establishments, shops, construction firms, ports, refineries, banks and transporters will join the strike. In Kochi, construction of the Metro Rail will also be affected,” Elamaram Kareem said.
“The Kerala Working Journalists Union has also expressed solidarity with the strike, but the members will not skip work. Thec  State’s IT sector will also be affected,” said Kareem.
“Meanwhile, the Indian Railway employees, who fully supported the demands of the trade unions, will not be participating in the strike as they have called an indefinite strike in November,” said INTUC leader and joint trade union committee secretary R Chandrashekharan.
“Most of the demands and issues raised by the trade unions are broadly the same as those raised in the 48-hour national strike in February 2013, during the UPA regime. The only difference is that the current list of demands include a plea to the government to roll back the amendments to various labour laws,” said Chandrashekharan.
“The trade unions are deeply worried that the anti-worker policies remain the same, even after the government changed,” Chandrashekharan added.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh state president V Radhakrishnan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently met leaders of all the central trade unions - a first such gesture by any Prime Minister in 15 years. But, the discussion did not translate into concrete decisions on the demands raised by the unions.
Source:The New Indian Express

Five ways to deal with sudden changes at workplace


Organisational changes can happen in many ways - downsizing, relocation, a change in management, a merger or entering a joint venture. Whatever the reason, changes, especially when they are sudden, can catch people off guard. Sreeradha D Basu shows how you can deal with such a situation.

1. Don't Panic

The most common reaction to an unexpected organisational change is to get stressed and start panicking. But that's something you mustn't do, says Prashant John, executive director of cloud-based employee engagement platform Kwench. Often the first wave of reactions is driven by an extremely short-term view of the impact, ranging from 'what happens to my current project' to 'will my boss change' all the way to 'will I be asked to leave'. This, he says, is the time to take a deep breath and wait for information.
2. Get the Big Picture

"Instead of listening to rumours from the office gossipmongers, employees are better off reaching out to their superior and asking for the true picture. What seems like a 'sudden' move, might often turn out to be not the case - it often is just a consequence of bad communication," says Kwench's John.
3. Stay Positive

Adopting a positive outlook can help the employees view change as a challenge rather than an obstacle. "This may keep employees motivated in an otherwise difficult time period,"says Ankit Bansal, founder, Mykindofjob.com, an online commercial marketplace for people looking for flexibility at work.

4. Talk with One you Trust

It always helps to have a talk with someone whose opinions you respect but is not a part of the organization, says Prashant John of Kwench. "Often outside-in views help to put things in perspective and might change your entire outlook towards the impending change," he says.

5. Look for the Silver Lining
Let's face it — things won't always be the same and won't always go the way one expects them to, says John. Companies shut down divisions, merge teams, get acquired, merge with other companies - change is a constant. "Evaluate honestly what the change means for you. It could be an opportunity to grow within the organisation or it could be the push you were waiting for to explore new options. Either way, a change at work is not the end of the world," he says.

Anti-Corruption Branch probing govt. employees’ LTC scam


The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) is investigating an alleged scam related to the purported manipulation of official procedures, large scale forgery of documents and the inflation of financial figures pertaining to travel allowances granted to government employees on a routine basis.


Dubbed the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) scam by a whistle-blower, who happens to be a government employee himself, the alleged swindle is feared to have been in motion across the country for several decades and is understood to have been kept under wraps by government officials in collusion with dubious travel agents.

According to the complaint, the scam entails the purchase of cheap air tickets from government-run carrier Air India by travel agents well in advance of a trip, enticing government employees with packages including hotel accommodation and sightseeing at probable tourist destinations across India and making his or her parent department pay for both travel and accommodation expenses with the help of forged air tickets. Government employees are entitled only to the first, not the second.

“Government employees – both at the Centre and State levels – are entitled to LTC-80 and LTC allowances every two to three years; LTC-80 tickets, if procured directly from Air India, are relatively more expensive than fixed normal tickets because they are valid for a year,” the whistle-blower, whose identity is being withheld deliberately, stated in his complaint.

“That is where the agents come in. They entice government employees not to buy their tickets directly from the carrier, but settle for the tickets that they have already procured in advance, usually in electronic format, in lieu of which the agent provides freebies such as accommodation, and other add-ons which the employee should ideally pay instead of the tax payer or the exchequer,” the complainant further stated.

What follows, according to the complainant, is the manipulation of the price of the air ticket – which is refundable to the government employee under LTC by his or her parent department – to include both the travelling and accommodation expenditure incurred with the help of basic editing software over a computer.

The amount so arrived at, the complainant said, is more or less similar to the amount that would have been generated in the course of purchasing bona fide travel tickets under the LTC or LTC-80 schemes.

An ACB source said the department had written to several public sector undertakings and government units requesting them to get the travel bills claimed by their employees verified from Air India.

An Air India source confirmed the carrier had received several such requests from government departments seeking details about the veracity of the ticket fares claimed by their employees over the last three months.


Source : The Hindu