Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020


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PRESS STATEMENT.

Dated: 28.10.2020

Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers notes with distress that the Government has made yet another attempt to depress the wages of the workers this time in the organised sector.  The indexation of wages and the consequent grant of compensatory allowance  had been the product of bitter  and prolonged struggles of the workers. The present system of computing the dearness compensation, though varies from sector to sector, is based on the consumer price index brought out in stipulated periodicity by the Ministry of Labour.  There had been varied and wide ranging criticism over the manner and methodology adopted in the computation of the index figures.  Instead of addressing those genuine and legitimate deficiencies, the  Government has gone now to create a new series which would further accentuate those very defects to the utter disadvantage of the workers. It is all the more deplorable as the Government has chosen the pandemic days to usher in the new series of CPI.

The Government will bring out the new series with 2016 as the base year.  2016, in so far as Indian economy is concerned, is an extremely extra ordinary year when the economic activities almost came to a grinding halt over the grand declaration of demonetisation.  It is an established dictum that base year selected must be a normal year, sans political, social and economic upheaval.  Why then 2016, has no logical explanation. 

The Government has also decided to change the components of the basket.  Post justification had been an afterthought, conceived to cover up.  Had there been a consultation with the stake holders, many of the controversies that have arisen could have been avoided.  By depressing the food content in the basket, the lower rung in the working class will lose out more.  In the past, the base year change used to be effected once after two decades.  Why then the periodicity was reduced and bring out a new series now begs reasoned explanation.

Another important decision that would further depress the dearness compensation to the workers is that the Government has chosen the PDS prices of the commodities for computation.  Universal PDS was disbanded when the new liberal economic policies were ushered in years back.  The present truncated PDS targets only a segment of the population and most of the Central Government employees are excluded from the PDS in almost all States in the country.  This apart the prices of the commodities sold in the PDS is highly subsided.  Consequently, the prices of commodities included in the basket are nothing but imaginary and often below even the cost of production of such items.  Since dearness compensation as an accretion to wages is available for the workers in the organised sector, the new series will bring about drastically reduced  salary packet.  The Centrals Government employees especially will lose out heavily once the new series are put in operation, which is announced to be with effect from September, 2016 onwards.

On the advice of the Technical Advisory committee, the geometrical mean will be employed instead of the arithmetical average .  The conversion factor of 2.88 is devised possibly without taking this factor into account.  The conversion factor will be employed in the case of Central Government employees for a very long time to come from September, 2020 onwards. The ruling class was always opposed to the grant of dearness compensation, rather the very concept itself.   In the long run, they want the wages to remain static and the prices dynamic to ensure that the Corporates are happy.  The resentment against this arbitrary, unilateral and anti-employees decision must be manifested by the increased participation of the Central Government employees in the ensuing one day general strike slated for 26th November,2020, which is organised by the Central Trade Unions on behalf of the Indian working class. 

                                                             R.N. PARASHAR

                                                             SECRETARY GENERAL.

 DOPT REFORMS REGARDING CHILD CARE LEAVE

 

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

DoPT reforms regarding Child Care Leave

Posted On: 26 OCT 2020 7:11PM by PIB Delhi

 

While briefing about some of the major reforms brought by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under the Modi government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the male employees of the government are also now entitled to Child Care Leave.

However, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the provision and privilege of Child Care Leave (CCL) will be available only for those male employees who happen to be “single male parent”, which may include male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single - handed parent.

Describing it as a path-breaking and progressive reform to bring ease of living for government servants, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the orders regarding this had been issued quite some time back but somehow did not receive enough circulation in the public.

In a further relaxation to this provision, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that an employee on Child Care Leave may now leave the head quarter with the prior approval of Competent Authority. In addition, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) may be availed by the employee even if he is on Child Care Leave. Elaborating further, he informed that Child Care Leave can be granted at 100% of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80% of leave salary for the next 365 days.

Based on the inputs over a period of time, Dr Jitendra Singh said, another welfare measure introduced in this regard is that in case of a disabled child, the condition of availing Child Care Leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been removed and now Child Care Leave can be availed by a government servant for a disabled child of any age.

With the personal intervention and indulgence of Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi and his special emphasis on governance reforms, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it has been possible to make several out-of-box decisions in the DoPT over the last six years. Basic purpose behind all these decisions has always been to enable a government employee to contribute to the maximum of his potential, although at the same time there will be no leniency or tolerance toward corruption or non-performance, he said. SNC (Release ID: 1667647)

कार्मिकलोक शिकायत एवं पेंशन मंत्रालय

कार्मिक एवं प्रशिक्षण विभाग द्वारा बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश में सुधार

Posted On: 26 OCT 2020 7:11PM by PIB Delhi

मोदी सरकार के तहत कार्मिक एवं प्रशिक्षण विभाग (डीओपीटीद्वारा लाए गए कुछ प्रमुख सुधारों के बारे में जानकारी देते हुएकेंद्रीय पूर्वोत्तर क्षेत्र विकास राज्य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालयकार्मिकलोक शिकायतपेंशनपरमाणु ऊर्जा एवं अंतरिक्ष राज्यमंत्री डॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने आज कहा कि सरकार के पुरुष कर्मचारी भी अब बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश के हकदार होंगे।

हालांकिडॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा कि बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश (सीसीएलका प्रावधान और विशेषाधिकार केवल उन पुरुष कर्मचारियों के लिए उपलब्ध होगा जो "एकल पुरुष अभिभावकहैं। इस श्रेणी में वैसे पुरुष कर्मचारी शामिल हो सकते हैं जो विधुर या तलाकशुदा या अविवाहित हैं और इस कारण एकल अभिभावक के रूप में उन पर बच्चे की देखभाल की जिम्मेदारी है।

इस कदम को सरकारी कर्मचारियों के जीवन यापन को आसान बनाने की दिशा में एक महत्वपूर्ण और प्रगतिशील सुधार बताते हुएडॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा कि इस संबंध में आदेश कुछ समय पहले जारी कर दिए गए थेलेकिन किन्ही वजहों से जनता में इसका पर्याप्त प्रचार नहीं हो पाया।

इस प्रावधान में थोड़ी और ढील दिये जाने की जानकारी देते डॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने बताया कि बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश पर जाने वाला कोई कर्मचारी अब सक्षम प्राधिकारी की पूर्व स्वीकृति से मुख्यालय छोड़ सकता है। इसके अलावाउस कर्मचारी द्वारा छुट्टी यात्रा रियायत (एलटीसीका लाभ उठाया जा सकता हैभले ही वह बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश पर हो। इस बारे में और अधिक जानकारी देते हुएउन्होंने बताया कि बच्चों की देखभाल से संबंधित अवकाश की मंजूरी पहले 365 दिनों के लिए 100% सवेतन अवकाश और अगले 365 दिनों के लिए 80% सवेतन अवकाश के साथ दी जा सकती है।

डॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा कि कुछ समय से प्राप्त जानकारी के आधार पर,  इस संबंध में उठाया एक अन्य कल्याणकारी कदम यह है कि एक दिव्यांग बच्चे के मामले में, चाइल्ड केयर लीव को  बच्चे की 22 वर्ष की आयु तक ही दिए जाने के प्रावधान को हटा दिया गया है और अब किसी भी उम्र के दिव्यांग बच्चे के लिए सरकारी कर्मचारी द्वारा चाइल्ड केयर लीव का लाभ उठाया जा सकता है।

डॉजितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के व्यक्तिगत हस्तक्षेप एवं संलग्नता और शासन सुधारों पर उनके विशेष जोर की वजह से पिछले छह वर्षों में डीओपीटी में कई उल्लेखनीय निर्णय लेना संभव हुआ है। उन्होंने कहा कि इन सभी फैसलों का मूल उद्देश्य हमेशा एक सरकारी कर्मचारी को अपनी अधिकतम क्षमता के साथ योगदान करने में सक्षम बनाना रहा है। वहींभ्रष्टाचार या काम में खराब प्रदर्शन के प्रति कोई ढिलाई या उदारता नहीं बरती जायेगी। एमजी/एएम/आर/एसके (Release ID: 1667695)