Sunday, December 10, 2017

RED SALUTE TO COMRADE K.G.BOSE!!

 11th December  is the  death anniversary of Com. K.G.Bose, the revolutionary leader of the P andT employees’ movement, who died at  a comparatively young age of 54. He passed away in a London Hospital on 12th December 1974, while he was being treated for cancer.
                 
 Gopal Basu was born on 7th July 1921 in a small house in Beliaghata, Calcutta. His parents had shifted from East Bengal (the present Bangladesh). Father Shri Jay Gopal Basu worked as a teacher. Since his father and elder brother died early, the responsibility of looking after the family, including younger sisters and brother fell upon him. Hence at an early stage he started working in a private firm. Later in 1941, he got job as a clerk in the office of Divisional Engineer, Telegraphs, Calcutta after passing the competitive examination.

From day one, K.G.Basu, with his background in the students and workers movement, became active in the Indian Telegraph Association, which was the existing union there. He became the Branch Secretary within no time. His younger brother, Moni Basu, who also became the leader of the union, joined in the same office in 1945. Both were active in organising the historic 1946 strike of the Postal Workers, though the ITU did not give call for the strike. The strike was considered as part of the freedom struggle and the AITUC, which was the only central trade union in the country at that time, organised an all India solidarity strike in support of the Postal strike.

The Union of P&T Workers (UPTW) was formed in 1946, merging the three existing major unions viz. Indian Telegraph Association, Indian Postal Union and All India Postal & RMS Union. UPTW became strong and gave a call for strike in 1949. The leaders were arrested by the government and many workers were terminated/dismissed. KG as well as Moni Bose, were dismissed/terminated from service. Both were never taken back. But their entire life was devoted in the service of the workers.

 National Federation of P&T Employees (NFPTE) was formed on 24 November 1954, through realignment. The new Federation was welcomed by the workers. NFPTE called for strike in 1957 demanding II Central Pay Commission (First CPC was formed in 1946). Though the strike was called off after the government announced the II CPC, but an indefinite strike was called from 11th July 1960 against the retrograde recommendations of the CPC and demanding minimum wage, DA according to cost of living index etc. The strike went on for five days. The government termed it as ‘Civilian Rebellion’ and used all its repressive machinery to crush it. Thousands of workers were arrested, jailed, dismissed, terminated, suspended, charge sheeted etc. Without any agreement, the strike was called off, with almost all the All India leaders in jail. The Secretary General, Com. PSR Anjaneyulu was arrested, chained and put in jail. The entire state machinery was used to suppress the strike. Com. K.G. took a leading role in organising the strike.

 \A one day strike was again organised on 19th September 1968 on the demand of minimum wage etc. which also had to face severe victimisation. While the progressive section wanted continuous agitation against victimisation, the reformist leadership of NFPTE was not prepared for the same, but waited for the sympathy from the government.

 Com.K.G Bose was elected as the President of the NFPTE in the Federal council meeting in 1974 defeating the reformist leadership. This enthused the progressive section of workers and a new chapter was started in the P&T TU movement.   Com.K.G. was completely engaged with the work of NFPTE and toured all over India organising the workers for struggles ahead.

 It is during this period that he became a victim of the dreaded cancer. In 1974 he was taken to a London Hospital for treatment, but his life could not be saved. He passed away on 11th December 1974, putting his relatives and lakhs of P&T workers in anguish and sorrow.

 During his trade union activities for the  period of two and half decades, Com. K.G.Bose had changed the co-relations in the organisation, guided it  to the correct path of working class ideology and inspired thousands and thousands of workers not only in P&T, but in the central government employees movement and amongst the working class. He functioned as an MLA in W.Bengal and also as a Member of the Pay Commission for the State Government Employees.

We pay homage to the memory of Com.K.G.Bose, the revolutionary working class  leader, who gave the correct direction to the union and inspired thousands of workers. 

      We pledge to implement his slogan “Struggle for Unity and Unity for Struggle” with the addition of “Unity and struggle for Progress”.

Red Salute to Com. K.G.Bose!



Saturday, December 9, 2017


Pre Budget Consultation - Trade unions view point on issues to be considered for framing budget for the year 2018-19

The Finance Minister held Pre Budget 2018 discussion with the representatives of central trade unions on 5th December 2018. Representatives of all the central trade unions attended the meeting. CITU was represented by its president Hemalata.
The meeting, as every year, appeared to be not more than a ritual. The ‘consultative meeting’ with the 12 trade unions that were called, lasted for around 1 hour. The trade union representatives were requested to give their opinions in 3-4 minutes. The trade unions were asked to express their concerns and suggestions related to the union budget within this time frame.  

Ten central trade unions jointly presented their views in a note to the Finance Minister. In her intervention Hemalata reiterated that pre budget consultation with trade unions should not be treated as a mere ritual; the views of the trade unions representing the workers who produce the wealth should be given due place in the budget proposals. She also demanded that the Group of Ministers constituted under the chairmanship of the Finance Minister in 2015 to discuss the demands raised by the trade unions should continue discussions with them and resolve their demands. Instead of focussing on improving ‘ease of doing business’ to benefit the corporates, the government should focus on improving India’s position in ‘Global hunger index’ and closing down the ‘gender gap’ This should be done by increasing allocations for social sector including health and education, to the ICDS, National Health Mission, Midday Meal Programme etc that serve the poor, particularly women and children. ILC recommendations on recognising ‘scheme workers’ as ‘workers’, paying minimum wages to them etc should be implemented.
 
She also emphasised the point that the government should increase spending on social sectors like education and health and mobilise resources for this by taxing the rich who can pay. It should focus on employment generation increasing public expenditure on infrastructure. All vacant posts in various government departments including railways etc should be filled up by fresh recruitment. MGNREGA should be implemented in all rural areas and extended to urban areas.



INTUC            AITUC         HMS                    CITU            AIUTUC
TUCC            SEWA               AICCTU                 UTUC                LPF

Dated 05.12.2017
The Hon’ble Minister of Finance
Government of India
North Block,
New Delhi, 110 001           

Sub:   Trade unions view point on issues to be considered for framing budget for the year 2018-19

Sir,                             

To start with, we urge you to take the views presented jointly by the trade unions and incorporate them in the budget proposals so that this meeting would be meaningful. We request you not to convert this meeting into a mere a ritual.

Please recall that the Group of Ministers headed by you had an inconclusive discussion with the trade unions on the 12 point charter of demands of the working people of the country, in August 2015. The GoM did not resume the discussions despite requests from the central trade unions. The discussion the Labour Minister held with the central trade unions on 7th November 2017 did not yield any results.

Hence, we feel compelled to reiterate our demands again and present our views as follows:

  • Increase budgetary allocations for social sector: The government should increase allocations on social sector and basic essential services like health, education, food security etc in the Union Budget. The necessary financial resources should be raised internally by taxing the rich who have the capacity to pay.
  • Effective measures against deliberate tax and loan repayment defaults: Effective and firm measures should be taken against deliberate tax default by the big business and corporate lobby to curtail the huge accumulation of unpaid taxes, which have been continuously increasing. Further, wilful default should be made a criminal offence, the list of wilful defaulters should be made public and stringent measures such as fast track Debt Recovery Tribunals should be implemented.
  • Minimum wage: Minimum wage fixed on the basis of the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference and the Supreme Court judgment in Raptakos & Brett case and linked to Consumer Price Index, should be guaranteed to all workers. The 7th Pay Commission has worked this to be Rs 18000 per month, which the government has accepted. Hence, the minimum wage should not be less than Rs 18000 per month, which has been the common demand of all the central trade unions. Need based minimum wage should be considered as an essential part of social security.
  • Resolve demands of the Government employees regarding 7th Pay Commission: All the pending demands of the Government employees in centre and states in regard to 7th pay commission be resolved within time frame including arrears of allowances with effect from 01.01.2016.  The autonomous bodies be included into for all the benefits of the 7th pay commission.
  • Price rise: The prices of essential commodities, particularly of food items have been spiralling making it impossible for the workers and other toiling people to meet their basic daily needs. Speculative forward trading and hoarding are major factors contributing to the price rise. The government should ban speculative forward trading in essential commodities, take strong measures to curtail hoarding and strengthen Public Distribution System, making it universal. Stop the system of cash transfer to beneficiaries’ accounts in lieu of PDS
  • Stop disinvestment and strategic sale of public sector units: The public sector has to be strengthened and expanded. Budgetary support should be provided for the revival of potentially viable sick public sector units. Strategic sale of the profit making PSUs, which is being resorted to at present should be stopped. The amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, which pave the way for privatisation of the state - owned public transport system should be withdrawn.
  • Employment generation: Employment generation has nosedived in the recent period. Massive public investment in infrastructure, social sectors and agriculture would generate employment. The union budget should give priority and allocate the necessary funds for this. All vacant sanctioned posts in the different government departments, PSUs and autonomous institutions should be filled up through fresh recruitment. The ban on creation of new posts should be lifted. The practice of surrendering/ abolition of posts should be done away with.
  • Prevent dumping: The increasing import of industrial commodities including capital goods should be contained and regulated to prevent dumping. Protect and promote domestic industries. This will also help in preventing job losses
  • Extend MGNREGA: Expenditure on MGNREGA should be increased to cover all rural areas. Ensure immediate payment of wages to workers employed under MGNREGA. It should be amended to include the urban areas as well. The unanimous recommendation of 43rd ILC to extend the scheme to urban areas, guarantee employment for a minimum of 200 days with statutory minimum wage, should be implemented.
  • Contract and casual workers: No contract/casual workers should be deployed on jobs of perennial nature. The contract and casual workers doing the same and similar work as the permanent workers should be paid the same wages and benefits as paid to regular workers as directed by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in 2016.
  • FDI: The CTUs have been repeatedly demanding that FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, railways, financial sector, retail trade etc. But the government has persisted with this policy. Corporates with large NPAs are allowed to invest in sensitive sectors like defence. We reiterate the demands that FDI should not be allowed in the crucial sectors.
  • Defence: Privatisation of the defence sector should be stopped. The order outsourcing of the 143 items of the total 273 produced by the public sector ordinance factories should be withdrawn.
  • Scheme workers: Regularise the workforce employed in the various schemes of government of India including the ICDS, NHM, Midday Meal Programme, National Child Labour Project, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan etc. Till this is done, at least immediately implement the recommendation of the 45th ILC that these scheme workers should be recognised as ‘workers’, they should be paid minimum wages and provided social security benefits including pension. Increase budgetary allocations to these schemes and stop privatisation of these schemes in any form.
  • Domestic workers: The government should ratify the ILO Convention 189 and enact a central law and create support system for domestic workers.
  • Unorganised workers: Create a National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide social security for all unorganised workers including contract, casual, migrant workers etc. Direct all state governments to frame rules under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act and allocate funds for developing street vending as livelihood model. Management of cess under the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Beedi Workers Welfare Board etc. should be made the responsibility of Ministry of Finance, which should ensure its proper collection, stoppage of evasion and utilisation.
  • Labour law reforms: Stop labour law amendments that curtail the basic and trade union rights of workers and provide unhindered ‘hire and fire’ facilities to the employers. The Code on Wages Bill, at present before the Standing Committee on Labour and on the draft Code on Industrial Relations Bill should be finalised on the basis of the opinions of the central trade unions expressed unanimously. No labour law amendment should be undertaken without the consent of the trade unions and workers who are the main stakeholders and the most affected.
  • EPF: The threshold limit for EPF scheme should be brought down to 10. Government and employers’ contribution should be increased to provide a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month and make it sustainable. Stop investing EPF funds in share market. The Supreme Court has given a judgment and order for higher payment of pension under EPS – 95. This option should be made available for all workers covered under the said scheme.
  • Pension for all: Pension should be construed as deferred wage and all workers who are not covered by any pension scheme should be ensured a pension not less than Rs 3,000/- per month.
  • New Pension scheme: NPS should be withdrawn. All central and state government employees recruited on or after 1.1.2004 should be covered under the Old Pension Scheme.
  • Gratuity: Gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act should be raised to Rs 20 lakhs and 30 days wages instead of 15 days per completed year of service.
  • ADHAR: Government should not rush making ADHAR linking compulsory
  • Closed and sick factories: Ensure that workers of closed factories get their dues within a fixed time limit. Sudden winding up of the BIFR has left many stakeholders without a remedy. Rules for carrying out the provisions of the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Repeal Act, 2003, should be framed immediately to facilitate them.
  • Income tax exemption: The ceiling for income tax for salaried persons and pensioners should be raised to Rs 5 lakh per year. Income Tax ceiling for senior citizens should be raised to Rs.8 lakhs. All perks and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educations facilities and running allowances in railways should be exempted from income tax net totally.
  • Political funding: Recently the government removed the limit on the amount companies can donate to political parties and the need to name the political party receiving the funds. This is far from the transparency promised in public life. The earlier regime should be restored.
  • Railways: Adequate financial resources should be allotted to the railways to ensure more effective, accessible and affordable transport to the common people, particularly the poor. The capabilities of public sector production units should be utilised fully, further developed and strengthened. No measure should be taken to privatise the railways. The measures to hand over the railway stations across the country to private players should be immediately stopped. Any property of railways should not be handed over to private sector through lease or sale.  The decision to allow 100% FDI in railways should be withdrawn. The pending expansion, track renewal, signals up gradation projects should be completed at the earliest. Adequate financial resources should be allocated to improve safety systems and ensure safe rail travel for the people. All the vacancies in the railways should be filled up. The long pending demands of the railway employees like enhancement of ceiling in respect of running allowance for tax exemption, housing scheme etc should be addressed positively.
To conclude:

We reiterate our strong opposition to the anti worker measures being undertaken by the government on the pretext of improving the ‘ease of doing business’, to benefit the employers, particularly the big corporates, domestic and foreign.

We once again urge upon the government to take concrete measures to resolve the 12 point charter of demands of the working people, being repeatedly raised by the central trade unions, as well as the pressing issues listed above.

We regret that none of the suggestions of the central trade unions, made in the earlier pre budget meetings were incorporated in the previous budgets. We hope that this would not be repeated yet again and the points raised by us will be given positive consideration while framing budget 2018-19.

With regards,
                                                Yours sincerely


INTUC                   AITUC           HMS             CITU                  AIUTUC


TUCC              SEWA                AICCTU              UTUC                 LPF

Friday, December 8, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Extension of validity period of empanelment of already empanelled Health Care Organization under CGHS Delhi/NCR.


 
Regarding tests/investigations at private hospitals/diagnostic laboratories/imaging centres empanelled under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.


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FIXATION OF PAY OF RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN -- GOVT'S NEW PROPOSAL.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

APPLICABILITY OF CCS (RP) RULES-2016 TO THE PERSONS RE-EMPLOYED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND WHOSE PAY IS DEBATABLE TO CIVIL ESTIMATES-REG

ECONOMY MEASURES - MANDATORY INSTALLATION OF LED BASED LIGHTINGS IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS (Click the link below to view)


REVISED CGHS RATES AND GUIDELINES FOR REIMBURSEMENT SETTLEMENT OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT EXPENDITURE CLAIMS UNDER CGHS-2017  ( RELEASE DATE :04/12/2017 )  (Click the link below to view)



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DFFT CIRCULAR - LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM TRAINING PROGRAMMES UNDER DFFT SCHEME FOR THE YEAR 2018-2019(Click below the link to view)

Monday, December 4, 2017

CONSOLIDATED INSTRUCTIONS ON INCENTIVES FOR SPORTSPERSONS – REGARDING.(Click below the link to View)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

GREETINGS ON ID-E-MILAD

मिलाद-उन-नबी के अवसर पर शुभकामनाएं 

Friday, December 1, 2017

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS (CPI-W): OCTOBER-2017

Statement to be made by the Minister in every six months regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Reports of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on Demands for Grants 
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IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT -- WITH EFFECT FROM 10.02.1995 RESERVATION IN  PROMOTIONS SHOULD BE ROSTER POINT BASED (TOTAL NUMBER OF POSTS SHOULD BE THE BASIS FOR WORKING OUT NUMBER OF POST TO BE EARMARKED FOR EACH CATEGORY IN THE CASTE - WISE RESERVATION ROSTER) AND NOT VACANCY BASED.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING CASTE CERTIFICATE FROM COMPETENT AUTHORITY -- MAHARASHTRA STATE.


RENTENTION OF GENERAL POOL RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION AT LAST PLACE OF POSTING ON TRANSFER TO A NON-FAMILY STATION
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

GUIDELINES ON PROCESS TO BE FOLLOWED BY SUBSCRIBERS AND NODAL OFFICE/POP/AGGREGATOR FOR PROCESSING OF PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL REQUEST.
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REGARDING CRECHE RULES TO BE FRAMED UNDER THE AMENDED MATERNITY BENEFIT ACT-1961


TRANSFER POLICY: SPORTS QUOTA RECRUITS AND SPORTS PERSONNEL OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTE. (Click Here to View)

Monday, November 27, 2017

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING ON 24TH JANUARY 10 AM AT NEW DELHI.

            TO ALL NS MEMBERS.= MEETING OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION WILL BE HELD ON 24TH JANUARY 2018 WEDNESDAY AT 10 AM AT NFPE OFFICE (NORTH AVENUE) NEW DELHI . ALL NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS (OFFICE BEARERS) ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE MEETING AT 10 AM ITSELF .

            AGENDA – ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW ETC. DETAILED NOTICE WILL FOLLOW. = M.KRISHNAN SG CONFEDERATION. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME-1980-TABLE OF BENEFITS FOR THE SAVING FUND FOR THE PERIOD FROM 01.10.2017 TO 31.12.2017 (Click the link to view)


GRANT OF DEPUTATION (DUTY) ALLOWANCE - RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION - REGARDING(Click the link to view)
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A LETTER FROM STATE MINISTER FOR FINANCE ADDRESSED TO DR. SHASHI THAROOR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (LS)

Friday, November 24, 2017


7th  CPC CLASSIFICATION OF POSTS – GAZETTE NOTIFICATION DT.9.11.2017
Classification of Civil Posts under CCS(CCA) Rules – Gazette Notification
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS 
(Department of Personnel and Training)
ORDER
New Delhi, the 9th November, 2017

S.O. 3578 (E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution read with rule 6 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 and in supersession of the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) number S.O. 2079(E), dated the 20th August, 2014, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the President hereby directs that with effect from the date of publication of this Order in the Official Gazette, all civil posts except persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department under the Union, shall be classified as follows :-

Explanation – For the purpose of this Order, ‘Level’ in relation to a post means, the Level specified in third row of Part A of the Schedule to the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

[F. No. 11012/10/2016-Estt.A-III]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CGHS Ayush Hospitals – Extension of Empanelment of AYUSH Hospitals / Centers under CGHS and CS (MA) Rules till 15.12.2017

F. No. 8.11011/90/2016-CGHS (HEC/Ayush)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & family welfare
Directorate General of Central Government Heal Scheme

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Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: 9th November, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of Empanelment of AYUSH Hospitals / Centers under CGHS and CS (MA) Rules for Ayurveda, Unani and Yoga; Naturopathy treatments / procedures till 15.12.2017

Reference is invited to the O.M. dated 24.07.2017 by which empanelment of Ayush hospitals under CGHS was extended till 31.10.2017. In furtherance to that O.M. undersigned is directed to state that all existing empanelled Ayush hospitals under CGHS would further remain empanelled till 15.12.2017 on same terms and conditions on which they were empanelled vide O.M. dated 01.10.2015.

This issues with the approval of AS 85 DG (CGHS).

(Dr. D.C. Joshi)
Director (CGHS)

SAD NEWS

        Com Sukomal Sen , Ex - MP , Ex -GS AISGEF , Ex- GS WFTU - TUI (Public Services) , Ex- Vice President CITU , former Central Committee Member CPI (M) passed away today (22.11.2017) at 09.00 AM at Kolkata.

       He was a leader of entire Working class and guided Confederation in all its activities. Confederation National Sectt convey its heartfelt condolences and pay respectful homage to our beloved leader.

       Long Live Com Sukomal Da

      M. Krishnan
SG Confederation
Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Flight Charge Certificate Allowance) - decision of the Government on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

REGARDING TAKING NECESSARY ACTION AND MODIFICATION IN THE EXISTING SENIORITY LISTS OF DRAFTSMAN, CHIEF ESTIMATOR, JE, AE, EE, & SE(CIVIL/ELECTRICAL/MECH).-IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JUDGEMENT OF HON’BLE SUPREME COURT IN CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 17902-17905/2017 ARISING OUT OF SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (CIVIL) NOS. 35793-35796/2012 AND OTHER ASSOCIATED CIVIL APPEALS REGARDING