Wednesday, February 29, 2012
- Red salute to all strikers
- Out of 340 Post Offices including BOs in Gudur Dn 326 Offices closed due to 100% strike
- Out of 738 employees in Gudur Dn 698 employees participated in strike
- 38 GDS Officials having less than 3 months service participated in strike
- 10 Officials of Postman/ Group-D Officials having less than 9 months service participated in strike
- 10 Postal Assistants having less than 7 months service participated in strike
STRIKE INFORMATION IN GUDUR DIVISION
Monday, February 27, 2012
Dr. Singh reportedly got in touch with the Congress-backed Indian National Trade Union Congress president G. Sanjeeva Reddy and urged him to convey his appeal to the apex body of the unions coordinating the strike.
It is the first time since independence that trade unions of all hues have got together to register their protest on a wide range of issues stemming out of the liberalisation policy.
“The appeal of the Prime Minister 48 hours before the proposed strike has no meaning. We are going ahead with the strike. If the government is seriously interested in resolving the concerns of the workers, it should call leaders of all trade unions for talks after the strike,” general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress Gurudas Dasgupta told The Hindu .
In a statement, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said: “Most of the issues relating to labour raised by the central trade unions have already been addressed to a substantial extent. However, I do assure all them that I am always open to discussions on any of the issues relating to labour at any time and resolve the same amicably through consultations.”
Workers of all 11 recognised unions (to be recognised, a union has to have 4 lakh members on its rolls) and 5,000 un-affiliated unions would strike work on Tuesday. It will impact the banking, postal, ports and government sectors.
The demands of the unions include strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption, stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws, universal social security cover for the unorganised sector workers without any restriction, and the creation of a National Social Security Fund.
The charter also seeks stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State profit-making Public Sector Undertakings.
The trade unions want the government to step in against giving on contract work of permanent/perennial nature and to ensure payment of wages and benefits to contract workers on a par with those to regular workers of the industry/establishment.
Their other demands include amendment of the Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules, fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs. 10,000, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus and Provident Fund, and increase in the quantum of gratuity and assured pension for all.
Mr. Dasgupta said that despite several representations in the past few months, the government had been unmoved on the major concerns of the working people.
The annual Indian Labour Conference on February 14 and 15 in the presence of Dr. Singh articulated most of the demands and conveyed to him why the workers were compelled to take recourse to strike.
However, there was no response either from him or the Labour Minister.
· “Government should call leaders of all unions for talks after the strike to address concerns”
· Unions demand strict enforcement of all labour laws without exception
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
2.Sri .K.PENCHALAIAH POSTMAN , RAPUR ALSO SUCCEEDED WITH 102 MARKS AGAINST OC VACANCY AND HE WILL BE ALLOTED TO OTHER DIVISIONS AS THERE WERE NO VACANCIES INOUR DIVISION.
NFPE CONGRATULATES THEM .
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The earliest form of postcode was introduced in London in 1857 by Sir Rowland Hill, the inventor of the penny post.
The Post Office was reorganized in 1660 and Henry Bishop was made Postmaster General in the world
In 1688 the first post office of the Company Post was established at Bombay/Madras.
Mr. H P A B Riddle was appointed the first Director General of Posts in May 1854 in India
Organized postal system in India started in 1837
First postal stamp for issued in Karachi in 1852 and first postal department came into existence in 1854.
K Padmakshy Amma is the first post woman in India. She joined the Trivandrum Postal Division on February 19, 1959.
The world's first official airmail flight took place right here in India, on February 18, 1911
In 1872 the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was created.
The R.M.S. Titanic was a Royal Mail Ship, a designation which meant the Titanic was officially responsible for delivering mail for the British postal service.
On board the Titanic was a Sea Post Office with five mail clerks (two British and three American). These mail clerks were responsible for the 3,423 sacks of mail (seven million individual pieces of mail) . No mail has yet been recovered from the wreck of the Titanic
. The first organized Pigeon air mail service was started in 1896 between New Zealand and Great Barrier Reef. The first message was carried in January 1896 and took less than 1.75 hours to reach Aukland.
The hobby of collecting postmarks is known as Marcophily. It fully applies to postmarks, cancellations and postal markings.
Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps.
The British parliament introduced a postal service into the American colonies in 1710
U.S. Postal Service processes 38 million address changes each year
The fist Deputy Postmaster General was American inventor Benjamin Franklin who was later dismissed for sympathizing with the American revolutionary cause
The first commemorative stamp was issued in 1893
The first African American to be honored on a stamp was Booker T. Washington in 1940,
The United States Postal Service processes over half a million pieces of mail every day and an important piece of successful mail delivery is the ZIP code, a five digit numeric code at the end of U.S. addresses.
ZIP stands for Zoning Improvement Plan.
In the year 1911 demonstrations of airplane mail service were made in India, England and the United States.
Collected by S Jayachandran , SA , Mavelikara Division , Kerala -690101
According to new norms made in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice, a competent authority in concerned department can give authorisation to the Centre to attach properties or wealth of the accused employee acquired through corrupt practises after his retirement.
The guidelines assume significance as most of the departments and investigating agencies like CBI have expressed difficulty in acting against corrupt public servants who have retired pending charge sheet or charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“Departments have written to us seeking clarification while attaching properties of a corrupt officials. More difficulties were being faced in case of retired government officials. Hence, we decided to get the issue resolved,” a senior official of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
He said a set of guidelines have been issued to all the departments under the Government, including the CBI.
The Section 3 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 1944, authorises the Government to attach properties of a person said to have procured through corrupt means.
However, the clause lacks clarification for seizure of properties in case of pending charge sheet, sanction of prosecution or in case of retirement of a corrupt person.
“In the case of retired public servants, even though the charge sheets are filed without obtaining sanction for prosecution under Section 19 (1) of the PC Act, 1988, the Government or authority which would have been competent to remove the public servant from his office at the time when the offence was alleged to have been committed should be competent to give authorisation...for attachment of money or procured by means of scheduled offences,” the official said.
He said in cases where the competent authority cannot be equated with the central government, the administrative ministries of the concerned competent authorities can file an application seeking attachment of money or properties of a corrupt public servant.
The Section 19 (1) of the PC Act says that “no court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under Sections 7, 10, 11, 13 and 15 alleged to have been committed by a public servant, except with the previous sanction”.
The sections deals with acts of corruption by a public servants.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
In order to implement the assurance given by Hon’ble Minister for States, Communications on 22.01.2012 to the staff side, the Postal Board has constituted a high level committee to examine the GDS cases including cash handling allowance and full protection of TRCA. The committee will submit its report within one month, Dept. of Posts Memo No. 5-1/07-WS-I dated 02.02.2012, constituting the committee, is published above
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Chennai, Feb 5, 2012(TNN): Four women sweepers, who have put in 29 years of service after being hired on a temporary bass, won a major victory when the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) ordered the postal department to regularize their services within three months.
B Jayalakshmi, M Mariammal, P Lakshmi and B R Athilakshmi were hired as sweepers and manual scavengers in 1982 on a temporary basis. They were required to work for six to seven hours a day.
In 1996, their work schedule was stretched to eight hours a day. The women said though they were eligible for temporary employees’ status in 1989, their cases were not considered. But after they applied for regularization in May 2011, they said, the department started paying them on a daily basis, instead of a monthly salary.
“These women approached the tribunal only when the department tried to dismiss them from service. After extracting work from them for more than two decades, the department wanted to send them away without giving any benefits. Once their services are regularized, their monthly salary and other service benefits will be on a par with those in central government’s group D posts (approximately 10,000),” their advocate, R Malaichamy, said.
A tribunal bench consisting of judicial member G Shanthappa and administrative member R Satapathy observed it was a fact that the women had continued in service without any break or termination.
Noting that they had become part-time casual labourers in 1989 itself, the bench said the action of the department in keeping them waiting for so long “does not speak well of the state of things.”
“When women employees belonging to the lower strata of society are appointed to do scavenging work on a continuous basis for more than two decades, their case should be considered in a sympathetic manner when permanent recruitment is taking place,” the order said.
After extracting work from them for more than two decades, the department wanted to send them away without giving any benefits.
Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal, who also holds the charge of Department of Posts, has now turned his focus on expanding the scope of India Post to take on the growing challenge from private courier business and diversify into banking.
“We have started the process of formulating the National Postal Policy with a two-pronged approach — to develop services that assist, facilitate, enhance and quicken the process of development aimed at inclusive growth, and reposition India Post to make it a self-sufficient, efficient and cost-effective provider of these services,” Mr. Sibal said at a meeting organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday.
Acknowledging the challenge being posed by private courier firms to India Post, Mr. Sibal said the government would soon start registering these entities as under the present rules and regulations they were not allowed to do business. “This will give courier service-providers legal recognition…we are suggesting registration, not licensing. We have no intention of licensing the courier industry and will only register them to know the size and status of the industry,” he said.
Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said: “With over 1.55-lakh post offices, 95 per cent of which are located in rural areas, we are well placed to provide all kinds of services to people across India, particularly those living in villages and remote locations. We are assisting various government development programmes, while through banking facilities we can assist the Centre's initiative of providing financial inclusion to every citizen.”
Notably, the Department of Posts has already applied for a banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India, while Mr. Sibal has recently written to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to expedite the matter.
J Prema of Dindigul district has won a three-year battle with the Director of Postal Services, Madurai for her pension and service benefits, thanks to the intervention of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and a final order from President Pratibha Patil last week.
In her order, the President ordered that proceedings against Prema be dropped as “misconduct” on her part was not grave enough for imposing a major penalty. A bench of G Shanthappa, judicial member and O P Sosamma, administrative member, declared the case closed on Monday.
“Her case could have dragged on for years, had it not been for the intervention of the court. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against Prema as authorities claimed that she had not supervised the work of a Gramin Dak Sevak (part-timepersonnel working for the postal department in rural areas). While the charges against her were proved, our stand was that this can attract only a minor punishment,” her advocate R Malaichamy said.
Prema was suspended as sub-postmaster at Kodaikanal Observatory two days before her retirement was due on May 31, 2009. A year later, the CAT asked the department to complete the inquiry within six months. As the authorities did not pay heed to the order even 14 months later, the CAT initiated suo motu contempt proceedings in September, 2011. Authorities then promised to complete the inquiry within three months.
The inquiry report was forwarded to President Pratibha Patil as per the terms of the Central Civil Services Pension Rules, 1972, who subsequently ordered that proceedings against Prema be dropped. “We received a copy of the President’s order two days ago and she was able to claim benefits (about 8 lakh) the same day,” Malaichamy said. Prema was suspended as sub-postmaster two days before her retirement on May 31, 2009.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUCCESS OF 28TH FEBRUARY ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKE
MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS FOR ORGANISING CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS IN 28th FEBRUARY 2012 GENERAL STRIKE
HOLD CONFEDERATION STATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND WHEREEVER NO CONFEDERATION IN EXISTENCE ORGANISE MEETINGS OF ALL ORGANISATIONS OF CONFEDERATION AND PLAN FOR STRIKE.
ORGANISE THE CONFEDERATION STRIKE PREPARATORY MEETINGS AS PER THE SCHEDULE EXHIBITED IN THE WEBSITE WITHOUT FAIL.
THE MEETINGS OF CONFEDERATION IS MEANT FOR ALL OFFICE BEARERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF ALL CIRCLE ORGANISATIONS AFFILIATED TO CONFEDERATION - IT IS A LEADERS MEETING FOR PLANNING TO ORGANISE SUCCESSFULLY THE STRIKE - MAKE IT COMPULSORY TO ALL OFFICE BEARERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF ALL ORGANISATIONS TO ATTEND WITHOUT FAIL.
THE STRIKE CHARTER OF DEMANDS IS ONCE AGAIN EXHIBITED - THERE WAS A CORRECTION OF TYPING ERROR IN THE EARLIER CHARTER OF DEMANDS THAT HAS BEEN INCORPORATED AND RE-EXHIBITED HEREUNDER:
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1) Concrete measures to contain price rise.
2) Concrete measures for linkage of employment protection with the concession/incentive package offered to the entrepreneurs,
3) Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
4) Universal social security cover for the unorganized sector workers without any restriction
5) Creation of a National Social Security Fund with adequate resources in line with the recommendation, of NCEUS and Parliamentary Standing Committees on Labour, Stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State PSUs, the Central Trade Unions also demand immediate action by the Govt. of India to en sure:-
6) No Contractorisatlon of work of permanent/perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the Industry/establishment
7) Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs 10,000/-,
8) Remove the ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; Increase the quantum of gratuity.
9) Scrap PFRDA Bill/New Pension Scheme; Ensure pension for all.
10) Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of ILO conventions 87 and 98.
1. Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation, coporatorisation and privatization ofGovernmental functions.
2. Fill up all vacant posts and create posts on functional requirements.
3. Revise wages of CGEs with effect from 1.1.2011 and every five years thereafter.
4. Regularize the GDS, daily rated workers, contingent and casual workers by bringing about a definite scheme of regularization.
5. Remove restriction imposed on compassionate appointment (end the discrimination on compassionate appointment between the Railway workers and other CGEs).
6. Stop the move to introduce the productivity linked wage system; Performance related pay; introduce PLB in all Departments; remove the ceiling of emoluments for bonus computation.
7. Settle all items of anomalies (including the MACP related anomalies) raised in the National and Departmental Anomaly Committee within a fixed time frame of two months; Set up the anomaly committees in those Departments where it has not been set up till date with the Standing Committee Members of the National Council; Convene the meeting of the Departmental Council in all Ministries / Departments once in three months as envisaged in the JCM Scheme.
8. Make the right to strike a legal right and stop curtailment of TU Rights.
9. Implement all Arbitration Awards.
10. Raise the interest rate for GPF; Revise the OTA and Night Duty Allowance and Stitching and Clothing Rates of Uniforms.
11. Merge DA with Pay for all purposes including Pension as and when the DA rates cross the 50% mark.
12. Vacate all Trade Union Victimizations.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Women Sub-Committee of the Confederation of CG Employees and Workers calls upon the entirety of leadership of all Affiliated Organizations to launch effective Programmes like Seminars, Conventions, Special Meetings of Women Workers all over the country on behalf of their respective organisations to befittingly celebrate the “INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY”. This is an occasion to approach all women members to unionize them in our unions and educate them as well all other menfolk about the rights and privileges of women employees as well as their special problems encountered at the work spots and in society. Please send your reports to the headquarters of Confederation after observing them effectively.
Women Sub Committee
Labour Bureau, Government of India has announced the All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers (AICPI (IW)) for the month of December 2011 as 197. In the previous month (November-2011), AICPI (IW) was 199.
A summary of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers for the months from January 2011 to December 2011 is given below.
In the recent past, many were guessing the applicable DA rate with effect from 1.1.2012, using AICPI (IW) for the months from Jan-2011 to Nov-2011 only as the same for Dec 2011 was not announced. Since, the AICPI (IW) for December 2011 is also out last week, there is no need for any wild guess regarding the DA Rate for central government employees from 1.1.2012 any more. The DA rate with effect from 1st January 2012 by entering the AICPI (IW) for the month of December 2011 which is 197, in the relevant field.
Thus, the applicable DA rate with effect from 1.1.12 is estimated to be 65%, which an increase of 7% from the existing DA rate of 58%.
The official announcement by the Government for eligible DA rate for central government employees with effect from 1.1.2012 can be expected in the month of March-2012.