Saturday, October 22, 2016
Postal JCA Programme on 03-11-2016
Postal JCA decided to continue its struggle programme in connection with the demands viz., Grant of revised ceiling of Bonus @Rs.7000- to GDS w.e.f 2014-15 and Payment of arrears to Casual/Part-Time/Contingent employees from 01-01-2006.
3rd Phase of programme :
Indefinite hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi from 3rd November 2016 by all Secretaries General, General Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO.
9th & 10th November 2016 -- Two days strike
Nationwide Postal Strike will be organized by
NFPE - FNPO & AIPEU-GDS - NUGDS
All CHQ office bearers, Circle Secretaries, Branch / Divisional Secretaries of AIPEU-GDS are requested to mobilize the cadre by conducting regional meetings / conventions, Circulate the information through pamphlets, SMS & all other sources etc., and make all sincere efforts to success the Postal JCA agitations on our justified demands.
Meeting on Allowances held with Unions/Associations on 19/10/2016 : brief note thereon
A meeting on allowances was held on 19.10.2016 at G.P. Roy Committee Room, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts). Shri A.K. Dash, Member (P), Shri S.K. Dashora, DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) were present.
Shri Vilas Ingale General Secretay, Shri P. Ajit Kumar, Asst. General Secretary-I and Shri Arup Seal, Circle Secretary West Bengal Circle attended the meeting.
Discussion on following allowances to be retained in Department of Posts was held. All the union leaders took active part in the discussion and requested Chairman to recommend retention of following allowances strongly to MoF. The views of Secretary (Posts) were positive on the allowances discussed in the meeting. We hope positive outcome.
1) Fixed Medical Compensation being given to Postman:
It is proposed that suitable increase in the FMC say Rs. 200/- per day for additional beat and Rs. 100/- per day for divided beats and further increase in it by 25% very time when 50% increase in DA.
2) Special allowance to PO and RMS Accountants :
It is proposed that the allowance is required to be continue with justified increase in the allowance. The allowance be re-notified as per provision laid down in para No. 8.2.5 of the 7CPC report.
3) Cycle Allowance :
It is proposed to retain with doubled the amount.
4) Cash handling and Treasury Allowance:
It is proposed that cash handling allowance for its staff not only to be retained and also required to be increased proportionately.
5) Overtime Allowance :
Long discussion held on this issue. Department recommends not only to retain the OTA in Department of Posts but also to increase the OTA to Rs. 100/- per hour and further increase by 25% every time the DA increase by 50%.
6) Saving Bank Allowance in Post Offices :
Department proposes that the Saving Bank Allowance be retained at doubled rate of the present allowance.
7) Family Planning Allowances :
Department proposes that the Family Planning Allowance should not be withdrawn from one already granted.
8) Fixed Medical Allowance :
In the interregnum period, the FMA may be allowed at rate of Rs. 2000/- per month.
9) Headquarter Allowance :
Department proposes to retain the Headquarters Allowance at the uniform rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to ceiling of Rs. 4000/- per month to all eligible JAG/STS/JTS/AD/AAOs/Sr.AO/ASPs/IPs officers in Department of Posts.
10) Other Allowances :
a) Split Duty Allowance :
For performance of split duty having break of less than 2 hours and residence being beyond 5 KM from duty place.
b) Outstation Duty Allowance :
For performance of outstation duties while performing duties on sections
c) Night Halt Allowance :
In lieu of TA for night halt away from HQ while on their beats in the course of their duty.
d) Special Allowance : ( Special Allowance is admissible to DPS posted at Unit HQ at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai / JTS officers when posted at HQ / APMG (C), APMG (Planning), APMG (Vig.) in Circle Office/ PS Gr. B officers posted as Administrative Officers at PTCs, Assistant Directors in COS/ROs / PS Gr. B officer posted as Supdt. Seals Aligarh / PS Gr. B officers posted as Lectureres, ASPs in PTCs / LSG Officials employed as instructors in PTCs / Technician in PTCs. / SAs when posted in CO as Stg. Complier / IPs when posted as Platform Inspector / Project Operator Sound / Franking Machine Operator / Photocopier Operator (MTS) / Generator Operator / Clerical and allied cadres working as JA/SA, Pas on passing JAO Part-II Exam but awaiting promotion.
Department proposes to retain allowances to above posts as arduous nature of duties.
Attack on a woman postmaster : NFPE stages march in Kerala
A march organised by the NFPE at Vendar town on Thursday to register its protest against the attack on a woman postmaster.
Postal employees under the banner of the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) organised a march through Vendar town near Kottarakara on Thursday to register their protest against the attack on the woman postmaster (WPM) of the Vendar post office and the failure of the police to take action on the complaint lodged by the WPM.
A statement from the NFPE said that the incident took place earlier this week. A man arrived at the post office to take possession of a registered letter that was not in his name. He also did not have any authorisation letter from the person in whose name the registered letter had arrived. On these grounds the WPM refused handing over the letter to the man who arrived.
This led to the man losing his cool and in the process he prevented the WPM from discharging her duties and allegedly attacked her before leaving the scene.
The NFPE leaders allege that though a formal complaint was lodged by the WPM with the local police there has been no follow-up action so far. This had compelled postal employees to organise a protest march through Vendar on Thursday evening.
A dharna held after the march was inaugurated by the State convener of the NFPE women’s cell, C. Lilly. NFPE leaders Mathews Mathew, S. Rajendrababu and K. Gopalakrishan Nair among other spoke.
Department of Post Tamilnadu Circle is calling for online applications for Postman/Mail Guard Click here for Notice
Online applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens, to fill up the post of Postman/Mail Guard in Postal / Railway Mail Service (RMS) Divisions in Tamilnadu Circle in the Pay Matrix Pay level 3: Rs 21,700 – 69,100.
Friday, October 21, 2016
EDITORIAL - DAK JAGRITI - Nov'2016
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL
THE WEAK AND DOWNTRODDEN NEED PROTECTION
THE WEAK AND DOWNTRODDEN NEED PROTECTION
The Government of India decided to extend the benefit of enhancement of bonus calculation celling from 3500 to 7000, to Central Government employees also, in the wake of 2016 September 2ndGeneral strike, in which this was an important demand of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and NFPE. Orders enhancing the ceiling to 7000/- was issued by Government of India on 29th August 2016 with retrospective effect from 01-04-2014. i.e; from Financial year 2014-15. Payment of arrears for the year 2014-15 was made to the departmental employees in the month of September 2016 itself.
Unfortunately, the benefit of enhanced bonus calculation ceiling is not extended to three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks till this date. They have neither been paid arrears for 2014-15 nor the enhanced bonus for 2015-16 also. Each GDS employee has suffered a loss of Rs. 14,000 for two financial years on account of limiting the bonus to the old ceiling of 3500. There is no convincing or valid reason for denial or delay in payment of enhanced bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks.
Last time, the Nataraja Murthy committee’s recommendation had resulted in denial of enhancement of bonus calculation ceiling from 2500 to 3500. Nataraja Murthy has recommended that GDS should be paid only 50% of the bonus of regular employees, as their productivity is only 50% of full time employees. Government accepted this recommendation and refused to grant enhanced bonus calculation ceiling of 3500/- to GDS, Against this decision of the Government NFPE, AIPEU-GDS and Postal Joint Council of action conducted series of agitational programes including strike and finally Government approved 3,500/- bonus calculation ceiling to GDS also. Thus the issue was settled once for all and there is no need of raising any doubt by the Postal Board, this time.
But, surprisingly, the Postal Board instead of issuing orders for grant of enhanced bonus to GDS referred the issue to GDS Committee. Fortunately, unlike Nataraja Murthy (a sadist officer who snatched away many of the benefit of GDS through his most retrograde and inhuman recommendations), the present GDS committee Chairman Shri Kamalesh Chandra (Retired Postal Board Member) submitted a reasonable, balanced and judicious recommendation to the Postal Board. In his recommendation Shri Kamalesh Chandrahas made it clear that the difference between the revenue generated by Branch Post Offices (GDS) and the expenditure incurred for running the BOs is only 200 Crores, where as the total deficit of the Department of Posts is more than 6000 crores. That shows that major portion of the loss of the Postal Department is not due to GDS system. He recommended that as the productivity of GDS is equal or in some cases more than departmental employees, GDS are eligible for enhanced bonus ceiling of Rs.7000/-.
Inspite of this unambiguous recommendation, the Postal Board refused to issue orders. Instead, it has referred the file for approval of Finance Ministry. Now the file is pending with Finance Ministry. More than two months are over, after the Government issuing the enhanced bonus calculation ceiling order. Three lakhs GDS are totally disappointed and their anger and protest is increasing day by day. Grave injustice is done to the GDS and it cannot be tolerated.
There are 5.5 lakhs employees working in the Postal Department, out of that 2.75 lakhs are Gramin Dak Sevaks. Denial of enhanced bonus to 50% of the work force is a clear case of discrimination. It is not a case of GDS alone. In a family if somebody is affected, then it becomes the issue of all members of the family. Every member of the family shall stand together to help the affected member and to resolve the problem. Here also, the problem of GDS who are the most oppressed and down-trodden section of the Postal department is the problem of all. An injury to one is an injury to all.
It is in this background, Postal JCA comprising NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS & NUGDS has decided to organise two day’s nationwide strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding (1) enhanced bonus to GDS and (2) payment of arrears of revised wages from 01-01-2006 to all casual labourers. NFPE and AIPEU-GDS calls upon the entirety of Postal employees including GDS and Casual labourers to make the two days strike a grand success.
Grant of Dearness Allowance with effect from 01.07.2016
Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council(Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E Mail : email@example.com
October 18, 2016
Govt of India
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
North Block, New Delhi 110001
Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance With effect from 1.7.2016 - Reg.
We refer to our letter of even No.NC/JCM/2016 dated September 6, 2016 wherein we have requested for an amendment to the existing formula of DA computation, necessitated by the revision of Pay with effect from 01.01.2016. We hope that you must have caused the matter to be examined.
We are prepared to call on the officer concerned, if there is any ambiguity in our contention. Since the normal date for issuance of DA order was in September, we shall he grateful if a decision in the matter is taken urgently.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
MEETING ON GDS BONUS ISSUE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
A meeting on GDS bonus issue was convened by the Member (P) Shri A.K. Dash in his Chamber in the evening of 19.10.2016 with PJCA leaders Secretary Generals and Presidents of NFPE & FNPO attended the meeting.
Member (P) told that the case of enhancement of bonus ceiling is being pursued by the Secretary Post. He has met with Finance Secretary personally and requested to expedite the matter. Minister (C) has also written letter to Finance Minister to grant enhanced bonus to GDS. He assured that it will be approved by Finance Ministry soon. He appealed to defer the agitational programmes including 2 days Strike on 9th &10th November,2016 . He assured to issue orders for casual labourers wage revision also.
But we told clearly that until and unless the orders for enhanced Bonus are received, our programmes as notified will continue.
We have received encouraging reports of Dharna /Demonstrations held today i.e. 20.10.2016 throughout the country. Government and Department is coming under pressure.
Please maintain the tempo and make all efforts to make 2 day Strike on 9th & 10th November, 2016 a grand success to achieve the demands.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
JCM STAFF SIDE DEMANDS URGENT DECISION ON DA WITH EFFECT FROM 01.07.2016
CONFEDERATION DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE DEMANDS FOR PAY REVISION OF EMPLOYEES OF AUTONOMOUS BODIES IN CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Employees of Autonomous bodies are requested to Conduct the following programmes of Confederation.
Demonstration in front of all offices and gate meetings. Resolution to be adopted may be sent to (1) Prime Minster (2) Finance Minister (3) Home Minister and (4) All Heads of Departments.
Mass Dharna at all Important Centers Jointly with Confederation.
3. Massive Parliament March on 15-12-2016
Employees of Autonomous bodies are also requested to Participate in large numbers with flags & banners of their associations in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016.
1. All National Secretariat Members
2. All Affiliated organisations
3. All C-O-Cs
As you aware the orders for Revision of pay of employees of Autonomous bodies has not yet been issued by the Government. Many of the organisations of Autonomous bodies (Some of them are affiliates of Confederation) have requested Confederation CHQ to include their demands also in Confederation Charter of Demands. It is decided to include the following demand of employees of Autonomous bodies also in the Confederation’s Charter of Demand as item No. 20.
Demand No. 20 – “Implementation of the Revised Pay Structure in respect of employees working in Autonomous bodies Consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government Employees w.e.f. 01.01.2016”.
CABINET MAY TAKE UP PROPOSAL FOR 2% DA IN NEXT MEETING
New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to consider in the next meeting a proposal to give 2 per cent dearness allowance (DA), which if cleared will potentially benefit over one crore government employees and pensioners.
“The proposal to give two percentage dearness allowance is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet in the next meeting,” a source said.
Earlier in April, the government had hiked DA by 6 percent to 125 percent of their basic pay with effect from January. DA is paid as proportion of the basic pay.
The 7th Pay commission recommended new basic pay, based on the Consumer Price Index 261.42, its effective date in January this year, while the 6th Pay commission had recommended the basic pay based on the Consumer Price Index 115.76 in January 2006.
The proposed hike in DA is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission as the 7th Pay Commission recommended to go for ditto in this regard.
As per practice, the government uses average Consumer Price Index- Industrial Workers ( CPI-IW) data of the past 12 months to arrive at a quantum for the purpose of any DA hike.
The proposed DA will take effect from July 1. As per the agreed formula, the DA rate increase is an average of 12-month consumer price index-industrial workers from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Average rate of Consumer Price Index-Industrial Labour from July 2015 to June, 2016 was 2.90 per cent. Thus, the government is likely to give dearness allowance (DA) by 2 per cent, which will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
Moreover, The 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners got theirs arrears of basic pay and pension arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries and pension respectively.
Reservation in Promotion: Corrigendum to DOPT’s OM dated 30.09.2016
Reservation in Promotion: Corrigendum to DOPT’s OM of even number dated 30.09.2016 on subject Contempt petition (C) NO-314/2016 in SLP (C) N,o.4831/2012-Samta Andolan Samiti through its President vs. Sanjay Kothari & Ors.
F. No. 36 012/11/2016-Estt (Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated 14th October, 2016
Reference is invited to para 4 and 5 of DOPT’s OM of even number dated 30.09.2016 issued in the matter of Contempt Petition No. 314/2016 filed by Samta Andolan Samiti Vs UOI and Ors and to state that
“Railway Board’s circular dated 14.09.2010” as mentioned in the OM may be read as “Railway Board’s circular dated 01.09.2010”
2. The rest of the contents of the OM shall remain unchanged.
(K. Salil Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : www.persmin.nic.in
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. PF-16/2016 Dated: 18th October, 2016
Shri B.V. Sudhakar,
Department of Posts,
New Delhi-110 001
Sub: Disbursement of salary to all Employees working in Dept. of Posts including GDS and payment of Pension to pensioners by 25th of this month on account of Deepawali Festival on 30th of this month – Reg.
The Deepawali festival is an important festival spread all over the Country and Celebrated by and large. The festival will start from 28th and continue up to 2ndNovember.
As the festival is in the last dates of the month. Mostly employees will not be having money to spend and to celebrate Deepawali festival.
It is therefore, requested to kindly cause suitable orders for disbursement of salary of all staff working in Department of Posts on 25th October, 2016 so that the officials can celebrate the festival happily.
A positive action is highly solicited.