Tuesday, 3 May 2016

National Council Staff Side Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary on 7th Pay Commission

National Council Staff Side Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary on 7th Pay Commission

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2016
Dated: May 2, 2016
The Cabinet Secretary,
Cabinet Secretariat,
(Government of India),
Rashtrapathi Bhavan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Recommendations of the VII CPC

We have submitted a rejoiner on the report of VII CPC, seeking bilateral settlement on the issues related to VII CPC.

You are gracious enough to convene a meeting on 1st March, 2016, wherein members of the Staff Side, National Council(JCM) and Empowered Committee of Secretaries participated. Subsequently, another truncated meeting was held on 30th March, 2016. In both the meetings Official Side heard our views, but no reaction of the Official Side was expressed except general remarks.

I have been directed to draw your kind attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) held on 7th May, 2008 and our rejoiner submitted to government in the matter of report of VI CPC.

You will kindly find that, it was not only a general discussion, but also Official Side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would, therefore, request your goodself to kindly arrange for similar type meeting for bilateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM before Empowered Committee of Secretaries.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary, Staff Side
National Council(JCM)
Authority: Confederation Blog
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DA for Bank Employees – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

DA for Bank Employees – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

Dearness Allowance – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

AIBEA published a circular regarding Dearness Allowance after the announcement of CPI(IW) index for the month of March 2016 made by Labour Bureau.

Dearness Allowance – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

CPI Month 2001 1960 Consumer Price Index D.A. Slabs
Jan-16 269 6140.17 Average Points 6117.34 New Slabs 420
Feb-16 267 6094.52 Last Average 6144.00 Old Slabs 426
Mar-16 268 6117.34 Decrease 26.66 Decrease 6

D.A. Rates @ 0.10% per slab for 420 Slabs over 4440 points for all cadre/stages: 42.00%

Note: D.A. and Increase shown here includes Basic Pay and Special Allowance

D.A. Rates for Pensioners (%) – No change

Source: www.aibea.in

NEXT MEETING OF UFBU ON 11.5.2016 – AIBEA

NEXT MEETING OF UFBU ON 11.5.2016 – AIBEA

ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
Central Office: “PRABHAT NIVAS” Regn. No.2037
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai-600001
Phone: 2535 1522, Fax: 4500 2191, 2535 8853 Web: www.aibea.in
e mail ~ chv.aibea@gmail.com & aibeahq@gmail.com
CIRCULAR No.27/157/2016/15
15th April, 2016
TO ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS:
Dear Comrades,

DISCUSSIONS WITH IBA AND UFBU MEETING HELD ON 13-4-2016

We reproduce herein the UFBU Circular No. 55 dt. 15-4-2016 on the details of discussions held with IBA on 13-4-2016 and the UFBU meeting held thereafter.
With greetings,
Yours comradely,
C.H.VENKATACHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY

1. DISCUSSIONS WITH IBA:

In response to our letter to the IBA seeking discussions on follow-up actions on some of the issues raised by us, IBA had fixed up a meeting with UFBU on 13th April, 2016 and accordingly the meeting was held in IBA’s Office asscheduled. IBA was represented by Mr. M V Tanksale, Chief Executive, Mr. K.Unnikrishnan, Dy. Chief Executive, Mr. Visweshwar, Senior Advisor, Mr. K S Chauhan, Senior Vice-President – HR & IR and other officials of the HR-IR Department. UFBU was represented by representatives of all the 9 constituents.

a) Difficulties faced by employees/officers in implementation of Medical Insurance Scheme:
We pointed out the following:

i. While the Scheme covers reimbursement of Rs. 3 lacs and Rs. 4 Lacs for clerks/substaff and officers respectively plus additional coverage from Corporate Buffer, some of the managements are maintaining that the coverage is only restricted upto Rs. 3 lacs and R. 4 lacs. The correct position should be suitably clarified to all the Banks and in turn by all Banks to the employees at large.

ii. An important advantage of the Scheme is the Cashless facility available for treatment in hospitals. But instances are coming to our attention that in many centres, many hospitals are not covered by tie-up and hence  employees are asked to pay for the treatment and then seek reimbursement. IBA and Banks should take up with the TPAs to ensure that maximum hospitals are covered by tie-up so that employees are not put to difficulties to avail cashless treatment facility.

iii. The Settlement and the Scheme clearly provide that employees would submit the Bills to the Banks as in the past and the Bank should submit the Bills to the TPA to get the reimbursement. But some of the managements are asking the employees to submit the Bills directly to the TPA. This should be stopped and suitable instructions should be given.

iv. There are instances of death occurring during treatment in hospital and if it happens to be Sunday or holiday, the hospital/TPA do not come to the rescue and the family is facing problems in getting the body of the patient in time. Such things should not be allowed to happen.

v. Instances have also come to our attention where certain treatments like Dialysis, etc. are disallowed by the TPA though covered by the Scheme and the employees are forced to pay the cost to the hospital. Hence our scheme should be properly implemented by the TPAs and employees should not be put into such hardship.

vi. In the case of Bills submitted to the Banks for domiciliary treatment, there are many complaints of undue delay by the TPAs and managements are not taking steps to liaise with them to expedite the claims. Special attention is required in this regard and necessary steps are to be taken.

vii. Though Corporate Buffer facility is available for claims over Rs. 3 lacs/Rs.4 lacs, many Banks are yet to issue guidelines for utilisation/claims under the buffer limit. This defeats the very purpose of the facility. IBA should advice all the Banks to issue proper instructions on utilisation of the corporate buffer amount.

viii. SCHEME FOR RETIREES TO COVER DOMICILIARY TREATMENT:

Though the Settlement and the Scheme provides for reimbursement of domiciliary treatment for the retirees, this has been denied by UIIC in violation of the scheme and IBA should ensure its implementation. Otherwise UFBU will be constrained to agitate on this issue.
In response, IBA informed us as under:  By and large, the Scheme is working well.
  • 37 Banks are covered by the Scheme relating to serving employees
  • 6,50,000 employees/officers are covered by the Scheme.
  • Total premium of Rs. 379 crores has been paid for this year.
  • During the current policy year i.e. from October, 2015, upto March, 2016, total of 1,02,603 claims for Rs. 168 crores have been settled and paid.
  • So far 35 Banks have joined the scheme under retirees’ policy
  • 2.05 retirees are covered by the scheme now
  • Total premium of Rs. 123 crores has been paid
  • Upto March, 2016, 7,069 claims for Rs. 45.50 crores have been paid.
On the problems brought to their attention as mentioned above, IBA informed that they will take up all these issues with the UIIC/TPAs and also with all the Banks to ensure smooth implementation of the Scheme. Regarding coverage of domiciliary treatment under the scheme for the retirees, IBA informed us that they are fully seized of the issue and have taken up the matter with the top officials of UIIC and are awaiting a positive outcome and resolution of the issue.

b) Next Wage Revision for employees/officers: IBA informed that in view of the Government guidelines, they would take up this issue, after the Balance Sheets of the Banks for the year ended 31-3-2016 are finalised.

c) Follow up of pension related issues as covered by Record Note dated 25-5-2015:

i. Revision in rate and quantum of Family Pension: IBA reiterated their standpoint that they are positively inclined to consider this demand by revising the rates and quantum of Family Pension.
IBA, however, pointed out that unless the exact additional outgo is worked out and additional corpus required for the same is ascertained based on actuarial calculations, it would not be possible for them to commit anything at this stage. It was further informed by them that the details have been called for from the Banks for this purpose. We asked IBA to expedite the collection of the details so that the actuarial calculation exercise can be undertaken and expedited to take this issue forward.

ii. Periodical updation of Pension: We took up the demand of periodical updation/revision of pension along with every wage revision settlement. IBA informed that this was a major issue and huge additional corpus fund has to be provided for meeting this demand which is not feasible in the present circumstances when the financial condition of the Banks are not good. We insisted that this issue cannot be left like this and a way has to be found out to resolve the matter amicably. We suggested that pending the exercise of ascertaining the cost, some adhoc increase in existing pension of the retirees can be considered and requested IBA to examine the same. IBA replied that any revision in pension amount would have cost implications and hence cannot react on our suggestion without proper working out.

iii. Uniform DA formula for Pre-Nov. 2002 Retirees: To this demand, IBA informed us that firstly, the issue is subjudice to be discussed as court cases are involved in the mater and secondly, the cost impact is to be worked out and if at all any consideration can be given, it can only be on a prospective basis.

2. UFBU MEEETING:

Thereafter, UFBU meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com K K Nair, Chairman of UFBU.
INCREASING ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SECTOR BANKING:

The meeting took a review of the developments taking place in the banking sector on account of the various policy decisions of the Government like appointment of Banks Board Bureau, appointment of private sector Executives to head PSBs, proposals of consolidation and mergers, reduction in Government’s capital in PSBs, selective capitalisation of Banks, encouragement to private sector banking, allowing Small Banks and Payments to private corporates, privatisatioin of IDBI Bank, increasing bad loans in the Banks and concessions being given to defaulters, huge provisions towards NPAs and showing PSBs in poor light, privatisation of RRBs, etc.

The meeting unanimously felt that these are anti-public sector banking measures to suit their agenda of privatisation of Banks and hence will have to be resisted and fought back. It was decided that agitational programmes are to be undertaken to campaign amongst the people and to convey our opposition to these moves.

ANTI-BANK PRIVATISATION DAY on 1st MAY, 2016:

To begin with, it has been decided that the ensuing May Day on 1st May, 2016 should be observed as Anti-Bank Privatisation Day through posters, meetings, rallies, processions, etc. under the common banner of UFBU at all centres. It was also decided to address a letter to the Finance Minister drawing his attention to our viewpoints on these measures and urging upon him not to proceed with the same.

Further programmes including strike actions will be decided in due course.

CALL FOR NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2016 BY CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS:

In the recent Trade Union Convention held on 30th March, 2016 by the Central Trade Unions, the call has been given to observe National General Strike on 2nd September, 2016 against the continued anti-labour policies of the Central Government and their proposals of anti-worker labour reforms. The meeting took note of this strike call. It was decided to discuss the matter further in the next meeting of the UFBU.

NEXT MEETING OF UFBU ON 11th May, 2016: It has been decided to hold the next meeting of the UFBU at Hyderabad on 11th May, 2016 to chalk out further agitational programmes.
With greetings,
sd/-
(M.V.MURLI)
CONVENOR
Source: www.aibea.in

AIBEA Meeting with Finance Minister


AIBEA’s Meeting with the Finance Minister on 26.4.2016

ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
Central Office: “PRABHAT NIVAS” Regn. No.2037
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai-600001
Phone: 2535 1522 Fax: 4500 2191, 2535 8853
e mail ~ chv.aibea@gmail.com & aibeahq@gmail.com
Web: www.aibea.in
CIRCULAR LETTER No. 27/191/2016/24
29-4-2016
TO ALL OFFICE BEARERS, STATE FEDERATIONS AND ALL INDIA BANKWISE ORGANISATIONS:

Dear Comrades,
Violation of Bilateral agreement, unilateral changes in service conditions and refusal to concede genuine demands of employees in Associate Banks at the instance of SBI Management.

Units are aware of the problems in the Associate Banks where the managements are imposing unilateral service conditions on the employees in violation of the Bipartite Settlement and even genuine demands like extension of Govt. guidelines on compassionate ground appointment scheme and revision in staff housing loan limits are being deliberately denied with a view to browbeat and black mail the employees to accept their Career progression Scheme notwithstanding the fact that AIBEA/SSBEA have offered to discuss, negotiate the settlement the entire issue through mutual discussions.

That is why we had to observe All India Strike on 8th January, 2016 to focus these issues. It is matter of pride that the entire employees have rejected the deceitful offer of additional monetary benefits in exchange of adverse changes in service conditions.

On 23-3-2016, AIBEA delegation, along with leaders of SSBEA, met the Finance Minister and urged upon him to intervene and resolve the issues. In our General Council, a resolution has been adopted calling upon the managements of SBI and Associate Banks to negotiate and settle the issues. Again, as a follow-up measure, AIBEA met the Finance Minister and Minister of State for Finance on 26-4-2016 and again requested them to intervene in the matter.

We have submitted a letter in person to them seeking expeditious resolution of our issues and demands. If still results are not forthcoming, General Council has decided that further struggles will have to be undertaken.

With greetings,
Yours Comradely,
C.H. VENKATACHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY
PTO: AIBEA’s letter to Finance Minister

ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
Central Office: “PRABHAT NIVAS” Regn. No.2037
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai-600001
Phone: 2535 1522 Fax: 4500 2191, 2535 8853
e mail ~ chv.aibea@gmail.com & aibeahq@gmail.com
Web: www.aibea.in
26th April, 2016
Shri Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

Issues in Associate Banks of SBI:

We draw your kind attention to the memorandum submitted by us on 23.3.2016 when we met you in a delegation regarding the following problems faced by our unions and employees in the Associate Banks.

1. Non extension of compassionate ground appointment scheme in the 5 Associate Banks as per the Government guidelines. All other banks have adopted and implemented the Govt. guidelines

2. Improvement/enhancement in the staff housing loan limit in the 5 Associate Banks while in all other banks the limit has been increased and even within the Associate Banks, the officers’ housing loan limit has been improved thus discriminating the employees.

3. Unilateral imposition and implementation of career progression policy/service conditions in the Associate Banks in violation of the existing bipartite agreement while we have clearly expressed our desire to resolve the issues by mutual discussion and bilateral talks.

4. Making Associate Banks independent to enable them to become more viable, vibrant and strong Banks.
Sir, you had given a patient hearing of these issues and assured to advice the concerned authorities to look into these matters for proper reddressal.

We once again seek your kind intervention in these matters so that the problems are resolved amicably.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
C H VENKATACHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY
Source: www.aibea.in

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement - revision of Form 1

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement
- revision of Form 1

RBE No. 42/2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(G)2015/EM 1-37
Rail Bhawan,New Delhi,
dated 27 /04/2016
The General Manager(s),
All Indian Railways St Production Units etc.
(As per standard mailing list)

Subject: Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — revision of Form 1.

As the Railway Administration are aware, in terms of Rule 11 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 retired Railway servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 1 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules 1993. Form 1 prescribed under the said rule has since been reviewed with a view to simplify the procedure, The revised Form 1 is enclosed.

2.The revised form incorporates the conditions prescribed in clauses (b) to (f) of sub-Rule 3 of Rule 11. There is now no requirement for obtaining an affidavit as prescribed in the Declaration in the notification issued vide Board’s letter No.E(G)2007/EM 1-1 dated 19/9/2007.

3.This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte.

4.Formal Notification of Rules will follow.
(D.Joseph)
Dy.Director Estt.(Genl.)

DELAY IN DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION AND PENSIONER’S WELFARE)

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 582
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 27.04.2016)

DELAY IN DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION

582. SHRI PINAKI MISRA:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether his Ministry is aware that a large number of lonely women in the rural and remote areas drawing pension/family pension are facing difficulty in getting such pension due to procedural complications;

(b) if so, whether his Ministry would propose to provide assistance to such women in getting pension through rural banks and Post Offices;

(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) the remedial measures proposed to be taken for those pensioners who are medically not fit to personally go to the bank or the post office but continue to get their monthly pension on a regular basis?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (d): There is no procedural complication in the disbursement of pension/family pension of a Central Government pensioner/family pensioner. It is credited regularly to his/her pension account and it does not require his/her physical presence in the pension disbursing bank to get his/her pension/family pension. The amount of pension/family pension can be withdrawn by him/her like any other amount from the bank. Further, a pensioner/family pensioner need not visit the bank even for submitting Life Certificate, which can either be submitted on-line through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication or be signed a person designated by the Government for this purpose. In case a pensioner sends intimation about his serious illness/incapacitation
supported by a medical certificate, a nominee of the paying branch of the bank visits the pensioner at home/hospital for recording his life certificate.

Source: LOK SABHA

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