Friday, 7 March 2014
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001
Ref: JCA/Postal/2014 Dated – 06.03.2014
Department of Personnel & Training
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
We have gone through the Terms of Reference of 7th Central Pay Commission approved and notified by the Government on 28.02.2014. We find that the Terms of Reference finalized by the Government is at variance in many respects to the Draft Terms of Reference the Staff Side had submitted to you on 25.10.2013 after holding in-house discussion on 24.10.2013.
At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24.10.2013, it was agreed that the Government would consider our suggestions in the matter and will convene another meeting with the presence of the Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any, and explore the possibilities of an agreement in the matter.
We regret to inform you that no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the Official Side to arrive at an agreed Terms of Reference. We find that the Government has rejected the suggestions of Staff side for either taking a decision in the matter of Interim Relief, Merger of DA, representation of labour nominee in the Commission itself, inclusion of the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the purview of the 7th CPC, bringing parity in pension between the past and present pensioners, covering the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 within the ambit of the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, date of effect, settlement of the pending items in the National Anomaly Committee etc. or referring those issues to the Commission itself for an Interim Report.
Besides, we are to state that the existing Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) Scheme, being a bilateral agreement, cannot be subjected to scrutiny and examination by the 7th CPC.
We, therefore request you to kindly convene a meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) to discuss the issue, so as to make amendments to the Terms of Reference finalized by the Government arbitrarily.
(D. Theagarajan) (M. Krishnan)
Secretary General, FNPO & Secretary General, NFPE &
Member, National Council - JCM Member, National Council - JCM
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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Vote out Neo-Liberal Globalisation Policies.
Vote for Alternative Pro-People, Pro-Working Class Policies
Once again our country is going for a general election. India is the biggest democratic country in the world and general election is an opportunity to every citizen to express their opinion about the future Government and also future of our country.
We, the Central Government employees including Postal employees are well aware of the fact that future of the Central Government Employees and various Central Government departments depends upon the policy of the Central Government. As we are working directly under the Central Government, the policies are first experimented on us. Upto 1991, the policy of the Government was to strengthen and expand the Central services and Public sector. Based on this policy more and more offices were opened and employees are recruited and appointed to fill up vacant posts and also newly created posts. The total number of Central Government employees went upto 40 lakhs.
From 1991 onwards, the policy of the Government changed and started implementing the neo-liberal globalisation policies. Ban on filling up of vacant posts and creation of new posts was imposed. The process of converting Government departments into corporation started with the hidden agenda of ultimate privatization. Attack came on the Telecom department first, and it is converted into three Corporations. Expenditure reforms committee under the former Finance Secretary Geetha Krishnan was constituted and it recommended sweeping changes in all Central Government departments in tune with the liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation (LPG) policies of the Government. Government started large scale outsourcing of the Government functions and many small departments were closed and many are in the verge of closure. Downsizing has reached its peak and thousands of posts are abolished. Casual and Contract worker employment has become the order of the day and in some departments the number of casual/contract workers exceeded the number of regular employees.
When the NDA government came to power defeating the Congress government, employees were under the impression that the above policies of earlier government will be changed. But to their dismay, the new government also persued the same policies. A separate portfolio for disinvestment was created and a Cabinet Minister is appointed as incharge of the Disinvestment Ministry. Downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation continued unabated. Attack on the Central Government departments and employees continued. Finally New Pension Scheme called Contributory Pension Scheme was also introduced.
UPA Government led by Congress which again came to power continued the same policy more vigourously. The Pension Privatisation bill called PFRDA Bill was introduced in the Parliament with the help of main opposition party, BJP and again when the bill was passed both the NDA and UPA voted in favour of the bill. Only left parties opposed the bill. Regarding the main demands of the Central Government employees also the attitude of both the Governments was negative. Only due to the continuous struggle conducted by Confederation and NFPE some improvements could be achieved. In Postal, entire employees went on 14 days strike in 2000 but the then NDA Government constituted a cabinet committee of group of ministers under the then Home Minister and rejected all the demands. Now also the UPA government rejected all our main demands.
Both the governments tried to privatise postal sector by amending Indian Post Office Act for granting licence to private courier services. The move to close down 9797 post offices and 300 RMS offices were defeated only because of the united resistance of the Postal employees. The attitude of both the Government towards departmentalisation of Gramin Dak Sevak was totally negative. Even after the pronouncement of Supreme Court that GDS are Civil Servants the government is not ready to grant Civil Servant status to GDS.
From the above we can understand that future of the Central Government employees including Postal employees depends upon the policies of the Government. Without changing the policy, we cannot except any positive action from Government. Hence the coming general election is very crucial to us. From our past experience we should recognise our friends and foes. We have to defeat the anti -people, anti-worker neo liberal policies at any cost. NFPE calls upon the entire Postal employees to vote out the Neo Liberal Globalisation Policies and to vote for an alternative pro-people, pro-working class policies.
GPF INTEREST FOR 2014-15 IS 8.7
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REVISION OF INTEREST RATES FOR SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15
Various decisions taken by the Government of India on the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), were communicated to all concerned by the Government through its Office Memorandum dated 11th November, 2011.
One of the decisions of the Government based on the recommendations of the Committee relates to revision of interest rates every financial year, to be notified before 1st April of that year. Accordingly with the approval of the Finance Minister, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the Financial Year 2014-15 effective from 01.04.2014, on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in in the schemes, shall be as under :
The necessary notifications will be notified separately in this regard in due course.
(Release ID :104482)(PBI 04.03.14)
Monday, 3 March 2014
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Circular No. 13 Dated 2.3.2014
The Union Cabinet approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal on terms of reference of the 7th CPC. We have placed the full text of the same on our website. None of the suggestions made by the Staff Side was accepted by the Government.
However, our concern over the date of effect seems to have been taken note of. The terms of reference has left the effective date of its recommendations to be decided by the Commission itself. A united stand backed up by struggles will enable us to clinch this demand in our favour. Undoubtedly it has been our endeavours and the two days strike action that has compelled the Government to have a rethinking on their earlier stand of Decennial (Ten years} wage revision for Central Government employees and the date of effect as 1/1/2016
Unlike on the earlier occasion, the Government has not decided to grant Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance. Nor has it asked the Commission to consider and make appropriate recommendation in this regard specifically. As pointed out in our earlier communication, inclusion of a labour representative in the Commission being not an idea the UPA Government cherishes, for it is diametrically opposite to its economic policies and ideology, they have stuck to the position of sandwiching the Honourable Judge with bureaucrats. In the light of the agreement penned by Com. Mahadeviah, the General Secretary of the recognised GDS union with the Postal Board to the effect that a separate one man committee will look into the service conditions of the Grameen Dak Sewaks, it is not surprising that the Government chose to ignore our demand to cover them within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Our demands for parity between the past and present pensioners and scrapping of the new pension scheme also stand rejected.
As you are aware, the 6th CPC (and the earlier Commissions also) had refused to entertain the demand for removal of anomalies despite Government referring the same to the Commission specifically. Therefore, the omnibus clause in the terms of reference requiring the Commission to submit interim reports may not be of any help to us to raise the anomalies before the 7th CPC.
At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24/10/2013 by Secretary, DoPT, with the staff side on terms of reference of the 7th CPC, it was agreed that the Government will consider our suggestion in the matter and will convene another meeting with the presence of Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any, and explore the possibilities of an agreement in the matter. But no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the official side to arrive at an agreed Terms of Reference.
We must now react to the arbitrary and unilateral decision of the Government. We appeal all the State Secretaries, District Secretaries and Branch Secretaries of the affiliated organisations and the State/District COCs to immediately send the following Savingram to the Prime Minister.
THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE ....... (NAME OF THE STATION)/ OFFICE OF...........................CONDEMN THE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN NOT HONOURING ITS COMMITMENT OF HOLDING DISUCSSION WITH THE STAFF SIDE JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL BEFORE FINALISING THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE 7TH CPC AND DEMAND IMMEIDATE ACCEPTANCE OF :
While the National Convention scheduled to be held at Nagpur will chalk out detailed and phased programmes of action, we call upon our State Committees and Affiliated Unions to organise massive demonstration in front of all offices and important centres on 7th March, 2014 (Friday) or any other immediate convenient date. Kindly instruct all the Branches to mobilise their members so that the demonstration has the participation of cent per cent of the membership of the concerned branch. The State Units and affiliated Unions may issue pamphlets and posters and ensure its wide circulation throughout the country.
As already declared by the National Secretariat of the Confederation, we shall have to go for an indefinite strike action immediately after the General Election if our demands are to be settled.