Monday, 3 July 2017

Government gears up to notify 7th pay commission allowances hike

Government gears up to notify 7th pay commission allowances hike

New Delhi:The government is gearing up to notify the 7th pay commission allowances shortly, after it’s got cabinet nod.

The government has to notify of the new allowances for central government employees this week, allowances, the compensatory perks for all employees and the employees will get increased allowances from this month, the finance ministry officials today told..

The government on Wednesday increased allowances, which comes into effect from July 1, 2017, is based on the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances.

While the government hiked the salaries for the central government employees from August 2016. They also got arrears of basic pay from January 2016 on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
“The Department of Expenditure will issue notifications for implementation of 7th Pay Commission allowances this week, after which it will be put on the department site for downloads,” the officials told The Sen Times.

The officials added before the issuance of the notification it would not be appropriate to say anything on the matter. They also confirmed “the notification will address all apprehensions.”
“The detailed notifications will be issued which will tell what are the benefits given to employees. It is right now premature to comment on what is in it and what are the cabinet full nods,” they also said.

PRESS NOTE
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told media on Wednesday that the Cabinet approved HRA at the rate 24, 16 and 8 per cent for X,Y and Z cities respectively. HRA will not be less than Rs. 5,400, Rs. 3,600 and Rs. 1,800, which is calculated at 30, 20 and 10 per cent of minimum pay of Rs. 18,000.”
“Fixed medical allowance for pensioners is increased from Rs.500 per month to Rs.1000 per month. Constant attendance allowance on 100 percent disablement is increased from Rs.4500 per month to Rs. 6750 per month,” Jaitley added.

In June 2016, when the Cabinet approved pay and pension hike for central government employees and pensioners under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, The decision on higher allowances was postponed by the Cabinet on that time because the 7th Pay Commission recommended abolition of 52 allowances and subsuming of another 36 allowances into larger existing ones out of total 196 allowances
The 7th Pay Commission also recommended slashing the HRA from 30, 20 and 10 per cent to 24, 16 and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The Employee unions were opposed it, which government complied with formation of the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June 2016 to review the allowances.
In April, the Committee on Allowances had examined the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances, and submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The report was then taken up by the Department of Expenditure for examination, following which it was passed on to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha set up to screen the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries prepared the Cabinet note on allowances, which was completed on June 1.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries dittoed the report of the committee on allowances.
The committee on allowances also stuck with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances, accordingly, the cabinet accepted it.

Cabinet's decision on Allowance to Central Government Employees

Cabinet's decision on Allowance - Discontentment amongst the Central Govt. Employees: AIDEF writes to JCM for urgent meeting

ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
"S.M. Joshi Bhavan", Survey No. 81, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Khadki, Pune - 411003
No.014/1014/NC(JCM)/AIDEF/17
Dated: 30.06.2017
To
Comrade Shiva Gopal Mishra,
Secretary/ Staffside,
National Council (JCM),
13-C, Ferozsha Road, New Delhi.

Subject : Cabinet's decision on Allowance to central Government Employees.

Dear Comrade,
After the decision taken by the Cabinet on the Lawasa Committee's recommendation on the CPC Allowances including HRA, there is a total discontentment amongst the Central Govt. Employees. The Govt. assured NJCA that within 4 months they will settle all the 7th CPC related demands. However the Govt. made the Central Govt. Employees to wait for more than an year and ultimately has decided to implement what the 7th CPC has recommended with some minor changes here and there. The demand of the NJCA and Staffside to revise the Allowances from 1/1/2016 has been rejected and Govt. has decided to revise the same only from 01/07/2017, thereby denying the arrears on Allowances to the Central govt. Employees.
The Govt. is remaining silent on the demand of minimum pay, fitment factor and NPS. The Govt has already rejected the option No.1 recommended by Th CPC to the pre-2016 pensioners.

In this situation this Federation is of the view that you may urgently call a meeting of the NJCA or Staff Side to discuss the entire issue and to take decision on future course of action considering the anger, dissatisfaction and discontentment amongst the Central Govt. employees. We hope you will appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
With regards,
Yours Comradely,
S/d,
(C. Sri Kumar)
General Secretary.

Status of ex-servicemen Definition

Status of ex-servicemen Definition

Those who were released between 01 Jul 66 and 30 Jun 68 (both days inclusive) :
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union, has been released therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Min of Home Affairs Notification No F.14/26/64-Estt(D) dated 11 Oct 1966)

Those who were released between 01 Jul 68 and 30 Jun 71 (both days inclusive) :
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union for a continuous period of not less than six months and released there from otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Min of Home Affairs Notification No 14/11/68-Estt(D)/Estt(C)dated 13 Feb 69)

Those who were released between 01 Jul 71 and 30 Jun 74(both days inclusive) :
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union and has been released therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Cabinet Secretariat, Department of Personnel Notification No 13/3/71-Ests(C) dated 14 Oct 71)

Those who were released between 01 Jul 74 and 30 Jun 79(both days inclusive) :
ESM means a person who has served in any rank(whether as a combatant or non-combatant) in the Armed forces of the Union,for a continuous period of not less than six months after attestation and has been released therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.
(Authority : Cabinet Secretariat, Deptt. of Personnel & Administrative Reforms Notification No 13/24/73-Estt(C) dated 26 Oct 74)

Those who were released between 01 Jul 79 and 30 Jun 87(both days inclusive) :
Any person who has served in any rank(whether as combatant or not)in the armed forces of the Union for a continuous period of not less than six months after attestation if discharged for reasons other than at their own request or by way or dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency and not less than five years service if discharged at own request.
(Authority : Deptt. of Personnel & Administrative Reforms Notification No 39016/10/79-Estt(C ) dated 15 Dec 79)

Those who were released on or after 01 Jul 87 :
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as combatant or not) in the armed forces of the Union and was released/retired with any kind of pension from Defence Budget or released on completion of specific terms of engagement with gratuity otherwise than at his own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.
(Authority : DOP&T OM No 36034/5/85-Estt(SCT) dated 14 Apr 87)

Personnel of Territorial Army :
Who are pension holders for continuous embodied service, persons with disability attributable to military service and gallantry award winners retired on or after 15 Nov 86.
(Authority : DOP&T OM No 36034/5/85-Estt(SCT) dated 14 Apr 87)

Personnel of Army Postal Service :

Personnel of Army Postal Service , who are a part of regular Army and retire from such service (that is directly from APS without reversion to P&T Department) with a pension or who have been released from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond their control and awarded medical or other disability pension shall come within the definition of ex-servicemen
(Authority : Min of Defence OM No 9(52)/88/D)(Res) dated 19 Jul 89)

Note : As per Govt. of India, Min of Def/Deptt. of ESW OM No 1(9)/2010/D(Res-I) dated 20/21 Jul 2011, personnel who were on deputation in APS for more than six months prior to 14 Apr 87 would also be considered as ex-servicemen with all consequential benefits.

Recruits : Who are boarded oput/released on medical grounds and granted medical/disability pension. However, the operation of the OM has been kept in abeyance for issuance of notification by DOP&T.
(Authority : Min of Def/Deptt of ESW OM No 12/1/2005/D(Res) dated 01 Feb 2006)

Cadets :
Disabled Cadets have not been accorded the status of ex-servicemen.
(Authority : Min of Def ID No 12/1/2005/D(Res) dated 02/05 Sep 2011)

 Note : The eligibility of the person to the status of ex-servicemen will be governed by the definition in vogue at the time of his discharge and will not be affected by the changes in the definition subsequent to the discharge.

Enhanced DA after Retirement on 30th June and 31st December to be considered for Retirement Benefits

Enhanced DA after Retirement on 30th June and 31st December to be considered for Retirement Benefits
Shri. JVSR.Krishna raised an important issue in our comments forum. Considering the merits of this issue, we posted here to draw the attention of authorities concerned to take necessary action to address the grievances of similarly placed retiring government servants.

Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief:
As per the prevailing conditions, Govt of India sanctioning DA once in 6 months i.e. 1st Jan. & 1st July. Based on consumer price index, due to raise in the inflation for the period of once in 6 months i.e. 1st Jan. to 30th June & 1st July to 31st December respectively DA being sanctioned to those Central Govt. employees and as DR to the Central Govt. Pensioners. This DA/DR is cumulatively added every month, for administrative convenience, it was being sanctioned once in 6 months. For those Central Govt. employees who were having DOB 1st of any month are being forcibly superannuated on the last working day of the preceding month. Particularly, those who were having DOB 1st Jan. & 1st July, though they have completed 6 months, sanctioned DA was not considered for calculating Retirement benefits viz. Gratuity & Leave encashment purpose.

Retired Government servants is entitled for revised rate of D.A
whether a retired Government servant is entitled for revised rate of D.A., which comes into force after such Government servant retires from service on attaining the age of superannuation.
As per the Honble. CAT judgement, DA was allowed for calculation of retirement benefits; to those retired on 30th June (DA was sanctioned next to their retirement date. The said case was appealed in Honble. High Court of A.P. the WP was dismissed, further, Govt. of India appealed as SLP in Honble. Supreme Court of India, there also it was dismissed.

Orders were issued for implementation of DA to the Central Govt. Servants, who were working in Accountant General Office, Hyderabad. The same was implemented.
Since, it is a common issue, individuals who were worked in various Departments of Central Govt. should not insisted that who ever will proceed litigation, it will be implemented. It shall be implemented across the board to all the employees to save the money & man power of Govt. of India to avoid litigations.

References: a) CAT Hyderabad Bench OA No.552 of 2003;
b) High Court , Andhra Pradesh WRIT PETITION NO.26506 OF 2012 dt.11/9/2012
c) Supreme Court SLP No.16237/2013 dt.27.10.2014
d) Through Lr No.PAG(G&SSA)/Legal Cell/RTI/F.No.118/2016-17/D.No.45 dt.02/11/2016 intimated that Supreme Court order was implemented for payment of Retirement Gratuity & cash equivalent to leave salary.

Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC

Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC
BPMS - Payment of Night Duty Allowance (7th CPC)

REMINDER
REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / DAC / 247 (8/3/M)
   Dated: 29.06.2017
To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence, Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC.
Reference: This federation’s letter of even No. Dated 06.01.2017

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the Anomalies Committee meeting held on 26.12.2016 under the Chairmanship of AS(J) Shri J Rama Krishna Rao wherein we have reflected our concern that the Night Duty Allowance was being paid on the notional basic pay of 4th CPC. Later, based on the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment NDA is revised in 6th CPC pay scale and extended to all including non-petitioners w.e.f. 01.04.2007. Subsequently, PC of Fys imposed ceiling limit to the employees of Ordnance Factories that Rs.12380/-.

OFB has referred the matter to MoD to remove the ceiling but this is not yet settled.

Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action so that the payment of Night Duty Allowance in defence establishments on the revised pay of 07th CPC may be granted without any ceiling.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC

Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC

BPMS - Payment of Night Duty Allowance (7th CPC)

REMINDER
REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / DAC / 247 (8/3/M)
   Dated: 29.06.2017
To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence, Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Payment of Night Duty Allowance on actual pay, without any ceiling and should be correlated with the pay of 7th CPC.

Reference: This federation’s letter of even No. Dated 06.01.2017

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the Anomalies Committee meeting held on 26.12.2016 under the Chairmanship of AS(J) Shri J Rama Krishna Rao wherein we have reflected our concern that the Night Duty Allowance was being paid on the notional basic pay of 4th CPC. Later, based on the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment NDA is revised in 6th CPC pay scale and extended to all including non-petitioners w.e.f. 01.04.2007. Subsequently, PC of Fys imposed ceiling limit to the employees of Ordnance Factories that Rs.12380/-.

OFB has referred the matter to MoD to remove the ceiling but this is not yet settled.
Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action so that the payment of Night Duty Allowance in defence establishments on the revised pay of 07th CPC may be granted without any ceiling.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations

Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the  employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.
REMINDER
Ref: BPMS / MOD / OTA / 43 A (7/2/R)            
Dated: 29.06.2017
To
The Deputy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
`B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,To,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject:  Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the  employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.
Reference: This federation’s letter of even No. Dated 03.01.2017

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the Anomalies Committee meeting held on 26.12.2016 under the Chairmanship of AS(J) Shri J Rama Krishna Rao wherein we have reflected our concern over the delay in the revision of statutory nature allowance (Over Time Allowance under the Factories Act, 1948) in defence establishments.

In turn, the AS(J) pleased and instructed to resolve the matter of the payment of Over Time Allowance as per revised pay consequent to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations.

Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action so that the issue of the payment of overtime allowance in defence establishments on the revised pay of 07th CPC may be resolved without further delay.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Seeking of Clarification regarding Option & Pay Fixation in 7th CPC - BPMS

REF: BPMS / MOD / 7th CPC / 60 (7/3/L)
Dated: 29.06.2017
REMINDER - 2
To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
‘B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Seeking of Clarification regarding Option & Pay Fixation in 7th CPC.
Reference: 1. This federation’ letter of even No. dated 01.10.2016, 03.05.2017
2. MoD ID No. 11(6)/2016-D(Civ-I), Dated 07.12.2016

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the letter cited under reference (1) whereby this federation has requested to issue necessary clarification for fixation of pay in various circumstances under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016.

In turn, vide letter cited under reference (2) it has been communicated that MoD has sent a proposal to MoD(Finance) on 05.12.2016 to seek clarification about the manner of fixation of pay through illustrations prepared by D(Civ-I).

One of the doubts is still pending and that is causing discontentment amongst the employees, which is as under:-

Point of Doubt No.3: If the pay of an employee ‘XYZ’ was Rs. 12200 in PB-1 plus 2800 GP as on 31.12.2015 and after completion of 10 yrs regular service, he would be eligible for grant of financial upgradation under MACP on 15.03.2017 in the Grade pay of 4200, kindly clarify:-

(i) Whether ‘XYZ’ may opt 7th CPC w.e.f. 15.03.2017 (date of financial upgradation) and till then (14.03.2017) he will draw his wages in the existing system of 6th CPC.

It is worth to mention here that Audit Authorities state that option is available between 01.01.2016 and the date of issue of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 only.

Therefore, you are requested to take appropriate action so that the employees may be benefitted with the fixation of pay in correct perspective without further delay.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Source: BPMS

Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner for both 6th CPC and 7th CPC

Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner for both 6th CPC and 7th CPC

Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner - To know the Difference between 6th CPC and 7th CPC

We are in the process of Preparing Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner to know the amount of TA to be paid in 7th pay Commission.

We have brought one issue to the light that the Government Servants placed in Level 1 and Level 2 and Pay in PB equivalent to 7440 and above in Sixth CPC will be getting less amount of Transport Allowance in 7th CPC than 6th CPC.

Transport Allowance Rates in Sixth CPC
There were Five Grade pay Levels in PB-I ie Rs.1800, Rs.1900, Rs.2000 and Rs.2400 and Rs.2800 All these GPs were brought under one Group for Transport Allowance at Lower rate, subject to not exceeding Rs.7440 Pay in the Pay band

In Sixth CPC those who were in the category of GP below 4200 and Pay band below 7440 were entitled for TA only at the Rate of Rs.600+DA for A1/A cities and Rs.300+DA for other cities. But The sixth CPC had relaxed the condition for this Group to get Transport Allowance at the next higher rate of Rs.1600 for A1/A cities and Rs.800 for other cities. Those who Reached the Rs.7440 PB level and above were entitled for the above-mentioned rates.

Groups realigned for Higher TA rates

Now, the 7th CPC might have thought that there is no point in Keeping the GP 2000, GP 2400, GP 2800 Levels at Lower TA rate, as they would become entitled for next higher rate of Transport Allowance at the initial stage itself. So it was a wise decision to bring them into the Group that is eligible for Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.3600 +DA [Higher TPTA Cities] and Rs.1800+DA [other Places] in 7th CPC.
But, though the lowest Two Grade Pay Levels (Pre-Revised Rs.1800 GP and 1900 GP) are made eligible for TA @ Rs.1350+DA [ Higher TPTA Cities] and Rs.900+DA [Other Places] in 7th CPC, there are cases that some Govt Servants those were in 1900 GP and crossed 7440 were drawing TA at the rate of 1600+DA in Sixth CPC. Now they will be entitled for TA at the rate of Rs.1350+DA in Seventh CPC.

Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner Coming soon
So it will be useful, if Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner for both Sixth CPC and 7th CPC for Pay in the Pay Band upto 7440 is available. So that we can find the difference between amount of TA in Revised and Pre-Revised Rates for this category. We are currently in the process of finalising Transport Allowance Ready Reckoner. We will publish the 7th CPC TA Ready Reckoner as soon as possible.
TA

AICPIN for the month of May 2017 - Expected DA Almost Final!

AICPIN for the month of May 2017 - Expected DA Almost Final!

All India Consumer Price Index for the month of May 2017

The official Press Release has been released by the Labour Bureau today on its official portal, the index has increased by one point and stands at 278. Expected Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government Employees and Pensioners is almost decided to hike by 1 percent with effect from 1st July 2017. The total DA and DR from 1.7.2017 may be revised as 5%.

The image of the Press Release is given below for your further reference…

Shri Shivagopal Mishra extended thanks to the Government for restoring 34 allowances

Shri Shivagopal Mishra extended thanks to the Government for restoring 34 allowances
SHRI MISHRA ALSO THANKED THE GOVERNMENT FOR RESTORING 34 ALLOWANCES, PARTICULARLY FROM THE RAILWAYS 12 ALLOWANCES
A.I.R.F
Press Release

General Secretary, All India Railwaymen's Federation and Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, welcomed decision of the Union Cabinet for restoring rates of House Rent Allowance @ 10%,20% and 30% to the Central Government Employees covered from levels 1 to 3, "however, demand of the Staff Side(JCM) for similar rate of HRA to other Group `C staff should also have been acceded to", he added.
Shri Mishra applauded the decision of the Central Government for amending 50% DA barrier for increasing HRA @ 09%, 18% and 27% when DA exceeds 25% as also @ 10%, 20% and 30% on Dearness Allowance exceeding 50%. He further added that, “similar principle could have been adopted on other allowances which are DA indexed”.

Shri Mishra also thanked the government for restoring 34 allowances, particularly from the Railways 12 allowances, including Breakdown Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Trip Allowance, Additional Allowance, Cycle Allowance as also Special Allowance to Trackmen, Section Controllers and Loco Pilot (Goods) and Sr. Passenger Guards on enhanced rates.

Shri Mishra, however, emphasized that, main demand of the Central Government Employees for increasing Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula as well as Guaranteed Minimum Pension for the Central Government Employees, appointed on or after 01.01.2004, should also be considered by the government sympathetically and orders to this effect be issued at an earliest in view of the widespread anxiety and discontentment prevailing among the Central Government Employees.

He appreciated the government for increasing the rate of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500 p.m. to Rs.1000 p.m.

Shri Mishra further said that, Staff Side(JCM) is thankful to the government for increasing various allowances for Nursing Staff and extending Patient Care Allowance to Ministerial Staff working in the hospitals, and at the same time hopeful for increasing the same for other categories of staff also.

STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM, REPRESENTING CONFEDERATION DISAGREE AND DISOWN THE STATEMENT OF SRI. SHIV GOPAL MISRA, SECRETARY, STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM

Confederation Of Central Government Employees & Workers
DATED - 30.06.2017

STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM, REPRESENTING CONFEDERATION DISAGREE AND DISOWN THE STATEMENT OF SRI. SHIV GOPAL MISRA, SECRETARY, STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM

It was extremely unfortunate that the Staff Side Secretary through his press statement issued yesterday has chosen to praise the Modi Government over the decisions it had taken on various demands of the Central Govt. employees. The said statement was issued apparently without causing any consultation either formally or informally with the other members of the Staff Side, in any case not at all in consultation with the signatories of this statement.  We, being the members of the Standing Committee, emphatically disagree and distance ourselves from the position taken by him in the Press Statement.

There had been no justification for the 7th CPC to reduce the rate of HRA by an imagined factor of 0.8. Neither during the discussions, the staff side had with the committee headed by the Expenditure Secretary, nor in the press release issued after the Cabinet meeting, the Govt. had advanced  any logic for their decision to restore the rate of HRA only for those who draw pay at the level of Rs.18000. There had been no appreciation of any of the concerns or issues raised by the staff side and whatever decisions so far taken by the Govt. was inconsonance with the views and recommendations of the top echelons of the bureaucracy,  be in the matter of allowances, minimum wage, fitment factor, rejection  of option no.1 for the pensioners or withdrawal of  NPS. There is no justification, whatsoever, for denial of arrears of HRA with effect from 01.01.2016.

The highly defective computation of minimum wage by the 7th CPC and the consequent denial of a reasonable wage structure, withdrawal of existing allowances and benefits, virtual abrogation of the time bound promotion to the lower category of employees; rejection of option No. 1 to pensioners, refusal to grant atleast a  minimum guaranteed pension under NPS, denial of arrears of HRA from 01.01.2016  require the  strongest condemnation.

The fact that decisions taken by the Govt. on 7thCPC issues are clear reflections of Modi Government's. anti- labour attitude ought to have been, what the staff side secretary conveyed through his press release. His statement has, as stated earlier sadly reflects the total disconnect between the common Central Govt. employees and JCM staff side leadership.

Had it been the statement on behalf of the AIRF, we would not have issued this denouncement  at all, as we consider that it is the prerogative of each organisation to view things in their perspective and formulate their  opinions.

POSTAL CASUAL LABOURERS STRUGGLE IN TAMILNADU STRIKE DECLARED BY NFPE CIRCLE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FAST IN FRONT OF CPMG OFFICE

POSTAL CASUAL LABOURERS STRUGGLE IN TAMILNADU
STRIKE DECLARED BY NFPE CIRCLE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
FAST IN FRONT OF CPMG OFFICE CALLED OFF
MOST INSPIRING STRUGGLE IN THE HISTORY OF CASUAL LABOURERS.

            As per the decision taken by the Central Working Committee of All India Postal Casual , Partime , Contingent and Contract Workers Federation , the fast infront of Chief PMG office Chennai commenced on 27th June 2017 demanding revision of wages of Casual Labourers with effect from 01.01.2006 and 01.01.2016 as per orders issued by Postal Directorate. Along with leaders of Casual Labour Federation , leaders of NFPE Circle Co-ordinating Committee (CCC) , Confederation State Committee also joined the programme extending full support and solidarity. The programme was organised under the leadership of NFPE CCC Tamilnadu Circle. More than 1000 casual workers participated in the struggle. Chief PMG held two round discussions with Circle Secretaries of NFPE on 27th June. CPMG took a stand that Directorate orders are not implemented in any circle and challenged our leaders to produce copies of the orders issued by Divisions in other circles. Next day morning Circle leaders produced before the Assistant Director ,  copies of orders issued and implemented in many divisions of Kerala , Andhra and Telangana including Vijayawada Region where the CPMG was working as PMG prior to his promotion as CPMG Tamilnadu. Understanding that his arguments stands demolished by NFPE Circle Unions , the CPMG , instead showing the courage to face the NFPE leaders again in the discussion table , suddenly left  Chennai (ran away !!) without intimating the leaders. It is learnt that he will not be available in Chennai for next four days.  NFPE COC held an emergent meeting and decided to declare one day strike on 13th July 2017 protesting against the negative stand of the Circle administration and demanding immediate wage revision of Casual Labourers. Accordingly 14 days legal notice for the strike was served on 28th June 2017. Entire employees of Tamilnadu Circle  (P3 , P4 , R3 , R4 , Admin , Postal Accounts , SBCO , GDS and Casual Labourers)  will go on strike for the cause of Casual Labourers declaring - "an injury to one is an injury to all" !!!. As strike is declared , NFPE CCC decided to call off the fast in front of CPMG office and the mass fast ended at 5 PM on 28th June with thundering slogans.
           
 The Fast was inaugurated by Com M.Durai Pandian , General Secretary , Confederation Tamilnadu state. Com: T.K.Rangarajan , MP (CPIM) and Shri R.S.Bharati , MP (DMK) addressed the programme. National leaders of Casual Labour Federation Coms: M.Krishnan (President) Y.Nagabhushanam (Working President) P.Mohan (General Secretary) D.Sivagurunathan (CHQ Treasurer) S.Balamurugan (CHQ OGS) alongwith NFPE leaders Coms: J.Ramamurthy (CHQ President P3 & CS P3 ) B.Paranthaman (President CCC NFPE) G.Kannan (Convenor CCC  NFPE) Angel Sathyanathan (Chairman , Women's Committee) participated in the fast. Com A.G.Pasupathy , veteran leader of P&T Trade Union movement (86 years) participated on two days. Coms: K.Raghavendran (Ex-SG NFPE & GS AIPRPA) K.V.Sreedharan (Ex-GS P3) K.Regupathy ( Asst SG NFPE) A.Veeramani (AGS P3 CHQ) R.B.Suresh (CS AIPAEA) K.R.Ganesan (Circle President R3 ) Dhananjay (CS AIPEU -GDS) Santhoshkumar (President , AIPAEA CHQ) attended and addressed the gathering. Shri D.Theagarajan (SG FNPO) and Shri Kumar (FNPO & Chairman PJCA) ,Com. S. Mohan, Secretary General of Central Govt Gazetted Officers Organisation, Com. S. Venkatesan (Income Tax Employees  Federation)Leaders of AIRF,  DREU and Confederation affiliates  also addressed. 

            The inspiring struggle of the most down trodden, marginalised and poor casual labourers of Tamilnadu will be written in red letters in the history of the struggles of Postal employees.
            Red Salute to the NFPE / Confederation/ Casual Labour leaders and members who made it a historic struggle.

M.Krishnan
R.N.Parashar
President                                                         
Secretary General
Casual Labour, Federation.
NFPE

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