Tuesday, April 7, 2020

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (Click the link below to view)
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RELAXATION IN COUNTING OF VARIOUS LIMITATIONS PERIOD UNDER AIS RULES.(Click the link below to view)
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THE VALIDITY OF CGHS CARDS EXPIRING ON 31ST MARCH 2020 SHALL BE EXTENDED IN RESPECT OF CGHS PENSIONER BENEFICIARIES CONTRIBUTING ON ANNUAL BASIS AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SERVING EMPLOYEES SUPERANNUATING ON 31.03.2020 (Click the link below to view)

.15025/17/2020/ DIR/CGHS/
Govt. of India
Min. of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
545-A Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 1st April, 2020
OFFICE ORDER
Subject: Extension of Validity of CGHS Card in view of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Infection.
In view of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) , all out efforts are made by the Government to contain its impact by instituting measures at community as well as at individual level. Guidelines for maintaining social distancing between individuals have already been issued by the Government.
In the spirit of above guidelines, the undersigned is directed to convey that the validity of CGHS Cards expiring on 31st March 2020 may be extended in respect of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries contributing on annual basis and Central Government serving employees superannuating on 31.03.2020 , as per the details given under:

(i) In case of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries, who contribute the subscription on annual basis and whose CGHS cards are valid till 31st March 2020, the validity period may be extended till 30th April 2020 in the Data Base, by Additional Directors City/ HQ (in Delhi) on the basis of request received over e-mail from such A paper print-out may be signed and scanned copy of the same shall be sent to the beneficiary by e-mail , with a direction to submit the relevant documents and subscription before 30th April 2020.

 (ii) Similarly, if a request is received by e-mail from serving employees , who superannuated on 31.03.2020 and are not in receipt of PPO, the CGHS Card may be converted as pensioner CGHS Card and validity period extended to 30th April A paper print-out may be signed and scanned copy of the same shall be sent to the beneficiary by e-mail with a direction to submit the relevant documents and subscription before 30th April 2020 . Additional Director City/ HQ (in Delhi) will verify the date of superannuation from CGHS database before processing the request. If a Govt Servant superannuating on 31 .03.20 was not a member of CGHS during service then he will have to submit a proof of superannuation.

(iii) The period of extension will be included when the card validity is regularised on depositing the subscription.

(iv) That these relaxations are being made to help the CGHS beneficiaries in view of extraordinary conditions due to Covid 19 and will not be cited as a precedence in future.
(Dr. Sanjay Jain)
Director, CGHS
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NO TDS ON INTEREST INCOME TILL 30 JUNE AS CBDT EXTENDS VALIDITY OF FORMS 15G & 15H

Thursday, April 2, 2020

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS DEMAND URGENT INTERVENTION BY THE LABOUR MINISTER

           INTUC                  AITUC                   HMS                      CITU                 AIUTUC
         TUCC                   SEWA                AICCTU                    LPF                         UTUC

                                                                                        Date: 1.04.2020
To
Shri Santosh Gangwar
The Minister for Labour and Employment,
Govt. of India
Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg
New Delhi - 110001 
                                                                                                             
 Sir,

We the Central Trade Unions would like to draw your attention to the complaints/information/grievances being received by us from the workers, employees and our unions from all over India.   On our part we are doing whatever possible at our level in contacting the concerned officials of various government/state enterprises/institutions/industries/sectors and the state & local administration for the redressal. Our unions and activists are also involved in the relief work despite constraints of movement.

However we are bringing to your notice for seeking your immediate intervention at your level.

At the outset  we would like to point out that we had raised several issues in our joint letter addressed to the Prime Minister on 26th March 2020 (letter attached) .  We had demanded immediate announcement of strong statutory enforceable measures to arrest and put a ban on the ongoing spree of retrenchments, wage cut, forced unpaid leave etc being perpetrated by the employers on the workers, particularly contract/casual/temporary/fixed term workers in various establishments, particularly in private sector throughout the country to be enforced both by central and state governments. We are still regularly getting information of forced unpaid leave etc. including from NCR region. Appeal/Advisory by the  Govt, both the Labour Ministry and Home Ministry is not at all working at ground level to prevent loss of employment and earnings and also eviction from local residence in the process of lock down. We had detailed the demands about the immediate packages for  various sectors of workers.

The experience of the past seven days unfortunately bears out our apprehensions. We give some instances:

            Employees manning essential services run in the public/government sector being stopped and detained by the police, in spite of their holding valid  Identity Cards issued by the concerned authorities, the contract/outsourced workers mostly not being provided any protective gear. Even the ASHA and Anganwadi workers who are working in the frontline in combating Corona are being tortured and manhandled in various states by Police and local miscreants with impunity.

A vast number of workers, not even registered in any of the welfare boards and for whose benefit the Government claims to be putting in place the Social Security Code, suddenly find themselves without work, without any support system to feed them and cut off far away from their native places. There are reports pouring in from all the States that workers’ services are being dispensed with in total disregard of the “Advisory” by the Secretary Ministry of Labour and also by Home Secretary.

The government has not mobilized any machinery to transport grain supplies in their Godowns to various rationing outlets in States. Restriction on inter-state transport movement made the situation difficult further. Hoarding is rampant and the prices of essential commodities are shooting up which is causing further hardship to the working people.

We urge you to impress upon the concerned  departments to deal with those seeking opportunity in this hour of crisis or being callous to the plight of the masses, by enforcing the message of government advisories, to ensure that everyone has the means to feed himself/herself.

The migrant workers are in deep distress with no work, no money and removal from their work places and in many cases eviction from the rented accommodations, and have nothing to depend  upon for stay and food and   are desperately attempting to reach back to their home facing police highhandedness. Due to sudden lock down, the rail and road transport shutdown, they are  walking on highways  hundreds of miles, some of them along with their families including small children. Many of them are stopped/detained, insulted and humiliated by police particularly on the inter-state borders and are now staying under the sky midway. And above this, there are reports of deaths due to accidents and hardships.

We urge you that the government must act urgently to rescue them with necessary transport facilities and they should be provided with food, shelter water and required health services.  This is in line with the directions/advisories issued by the Home Secretary to all state govts. But Central Govt also must take the responsibilities to facilitate implementation of their own advisories/directions.

Please also ensure that all the unorganized workforce, registered and un registered, the daily/casual/contract/outsourced and piece rated home based workers, agriculture workers,  MGNREGA  and scheme workers including ASHA, Mid day meal, Anganwadi and others in such a category, those who are truck drivers and helpers, coolies/porters/loaders unloaders, construction & beedi workers, the domestic workers, waste pickers, self employed as hawkers-vendors, rickshaw pullers, e-rickshaw/auto/taxi drivers etc. are covered for the cash and ration relief at the earliest. Public Distribution System be used effectively and universally for all these needy people. Opening of procurement centers for the farm produce near to villages and towns could also help the accessibility to the producers and buyers. A comprehensive income-support scheme for all the unorganized/informal sector workers is the urgent need of the hour and we urge the Govt to urgently act upon the same to save overwhelming majority of the country’s workforce from biggest human disaster. Bank branches in some cases are 40 – 50 kilometer from the place of workers/their families, hence the other methods of disbursal of cash transfer should also  be devised.

The ESIC  hospitals and dispensaries be furnished with all necessary  protective equipments for the safety of medical, paramedical, safai karamcharis and other staff while giving their services. The necessary inputs of  medical facilities be taken care off. They should also be considered for insurance cover.

In view of the ever-growing scale and spread of the problems of these workers particularly migrant workers, and the trade unions being in the thick of things we request you to ask the counterparts in ministry of labour  in respective states to communicate and coordinate with all the trade unions in their states including formation of trade union committees and issuing valid passes to office bearers of trade unions for addressing the above mentioned issues including their participation in relief work.

         INTUC                   AITUC                    HMS                      CITU                 AIUTUC
               TUCC            SEWA                    AICCTU                   LPF                   UTUC

PRESS RELEASE


CITU OPPOSES GOVT DECISION THE SLASHING DOWN THE INTERESTS RATE ON SMALL SAVINGS, PPF ETC



Press Release                                   `                                                          1st April 2020

CITU  OPPOSES GOVT DECISION THE SLASHING DOWN THE INTERESTS RATE ON SMALL SAVINGS, PPF ETC WHICH WILL AFFECT THE SUPERANNUATED WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES-THE SENIOR CITIZENS MOST

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounces Govt decision to drastically reduce the interest rates on small savings by around 140 basis points. This is a second-time reduction in interest rate on small savings within a span of less than one year, last being in June 2019. This will affect financially the mass of the populace, the superannuated, income-less several crores of senior citizens in particular who survive mainly on the meager return on their savings. It will also act as disincentive for generations of small savings of the common people through Govt-run savings instruments, which is an important source of resources for both the central and state governments for developmental work. This decision will also act in promoting the mutual funds and other speculative financial instruments being run by major big corporate, in collaboration with foreign financial agencies.

This cut in interest rates on small savings is being justified for sustaining govt revenue and contain the fiscal imbalance owing to economic slowdown and post lockdown situation which is nothing but a deceptive plea. .

The questions arise, why the has the Govt left, rather freed the ultra rich section from sharing the burden of so called fiscal-imbalance,–the so called high net-worth-individuals(HINI)-all from big corporate/business community –who have cornered more than 50 per cent of national wealth, wholly burdening the people?

It is these toiling people in industries, services and agriculture who creates wealth for the national economy, delivers resources to national exchequer shouldering the increasing and widening burden of indirect taxes and also income tax through deduction from their wages. And now they are being  fleeced further despite they being worst affected and sufferers of economic slowdown and also unavoidable lockdown phenomenon.

And the so called HINI from the big corporate/business community are favoured with tax concessions worth lakhs of crores of rupees in every budget including the latest one and yet they habitually evade their direct tax obligations after consuming all concessions, which is indirect and patronised pilferage from national exchequer. Only during 2014-2019, the unpaid direct tax accumulation from the same class has reached Rs 5.84 lakh crore as per official estimate. This very community of HINI is favoured with a rebate/waiver of more than Rs 2 lakh crore of their due bank-loans during last year.  Why should not they be charged additional tax/cess out of their huge accumulated wealth which are amassed through extraction and expropriation of the wealth created by the working people. Why should there not be stringent action of recovering from them, their unpaid accumulated direct tax dues?  

CITU denounces the brazenly anti-people discriminatory action of the Govt in slashing down the interest rate on small savings. CITU reiterates the demand of the entire trade union movement to differentially treat the interests rates on social security savings and small savings instruments from commercial interest rate, and maintain them at a higher level. CITU also demands restoration of the interest rates on all small savings.
                                                                                                                         Issued by

                                                                                                                     ( Tapan Sen )
                                                                                                                 General Secretary
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RAM NAVAMI GREETINGS
 राम नवमी केपावन अवसर पर बधाई



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

PRESS NEWS

Ministry of Communications

PREMIUM PAYMENT PERIOD FOR POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE & RURAL POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE EXTENDED UPTO 30TH APRIL 2020


Posted On: 30 MAR 2020 5:16PM by PIB Delhi

In view of the threat posed by the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19), and the complete lockdown across India, Directorate of Postal Life Insurance(PLI), Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has given an extension of period for payment of their due premium of March 2020 upto 30th April 2020 without charging any penalty/default fee. Directorate of PLI said that although many Post Offices are functional as part of essential services, Postal Life Insurance/Rural Postal Life customers are facing difficulty in  approaching post offices for payment of premium. Therefore, as a measure of convenience to all the PLI / RPLI customers, the period of payment has been extended.
 The decision is likely to benefit approximately 13 lakh policy holders (5.5 Lakh PLI and 7.5 Lakh RPLI)who have not been able to pay premium for current month. As compared to about42 lakh policy holders who paid premium last month, only 29 lakh of them have been able to pay premium for this month till today.

Customers registered on portal have also been advised to pay premium online using PLI customer Portal.   RJ/NG (Release ID: 1609288) 
RETIREMENT OF GOVERNMENT SERVANTS ON 31ST MARCH 2020 – CLARIFICATION (Click the link below to view)
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EXTENSION OF VALIDITY PERIOD OF EMPANELMENT OF ALREADY EMPANELLED HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS UNDER CGHS (30 MARCH 2020)  ( RELEASE DATE :30/03/2020 ) [PDF] [619 KB]
(Click the link below to view)      https://cghs.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=5691

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GUIDELINES IN VIEW OF THE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) INFECTION

Sunday, March 29, 2020


PRESS NEWS

Ministry of Labour & Employment


UNION LABOUR MINISTRY NOTIFIES AMENDMENT IN EPF SCHEME TO ALLOW WITHDRAWAL OF NON-REFUNDABLE ADVANCE BY EPF MEMBERS IN THE EVENT OF OUTBREAK OF PANDEMIC


EPFO DIRECTS ITS FIELD OFFICESTO IMPLEMENT THE AMENDMENT


Posted On: 29 MAR 2020 12:14PM by PIB Delhi

The notification GSR 225(E) issued by Ministry of Labour and Employment amending the EPF Scheme 1952 allows withdrawal of non-refundable advance by EPF members in the wake of COVID -19 pandemic in the country. The notification permits withdrawal not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or upto 75% of the amount standing to member's credit in the EPF account in the event of outbreak of epidemic or pandemic.
COVID-19 has been declared pandemic by appropriate authorities for the entire country and therefore employees working in establishments and factories across entire India, who are members of the EPF Scheme, 1952 are eligible for the benefits of non-refundable advance. A sub-para(3) under para 68L has been inserted in the EPF scheme,1952.The amended scheme Employees Provident Fund (Amendment) scheme,2020 has come into force from 28th March, 2020.
Following the notification, EPFO has issued directions to its field offices for promptly processing any applications received from EPF members to help them fight the situation. In its communication EPFO has stated that officers and staff must process claims of EPF subscribers promptly so that relief reaches the worker and his family to help them fight with COVID-19.
RCJ/SKP/JK (Release ID: 1608961) Dated: 29 March-2020


RAILWAY HEALTH FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES || RAILWAY BOARD DATED 28.03.2020
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INSTRUCTIONS ON PLI/RPLI PREMIUM PAYMENTS/CLAIMS IN THE WAKE OF RESTRICTIONS BEING IMPOSED BY CENTRAL / STATE GOVT (Click the link below to view)               http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=4431

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EXTENSION IN TIMELINES FOR GENERATION OF PAR AND SUBMISSION OF SELF-APPRAISAL IN RESPECT OF AIS OFFICERS FOR THE PAR YEAR 2019-20-REG.      (Click the link below to view)
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PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID19 - GUIDELINES FOR PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (DIVYANGJAN) DURING COVID-19.
 (Click the link below to view)    https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/divyangjan.pdf


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REVISED GUIDELINES FOR PURCHASE OF LAPTOPS ON GROUND OF FUNCTIONAL NECESSITY
 (Click the link below to view)   

Saturday, March 28, 2020


CONFEDERATION WRITES TO FINANCE MINISTER

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
        1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
        Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
      Email: confederationhq@gmail.com

  President                                                                                           Secretary General
 RAVI NAIR                                                                                           R.N. PARASHAR
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No. Confd./Covid-19- 2020                                                                       Dated: 28.03.2020

To      
Ms.  Nirmala Setharaman,
Honourable Finance Minister,
Govt. of India,
North Block,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Madam,

              We fully appreciate various decisions taken by the Government of India to combat the menace of the spread of the Covid 19 Virus in the country. The Central Government employees will do their best to ensure that the decisions of the Government are implemented as quickly as possible.

 While acting upon these decisions, our members have brought to our notice certain matters, which we felt appropriate that we should inform you to ensure that the scarce resources are put to the best use.

As the financial year ends on 31st March, 2020, amounts allocated in the budget needs to be utilized within this date. If any expenditure however important that may be  cannot be disbursed within such stipulated time, will have to wait till the allocation of funds in next budget which may be delayed for obvious reason. This will disturb the functioning of various Ministries/ Departments. Further this will create additional burden in next budget. Redundant to say all such important payments are not urgent and can be spent a little later i.e. immediately after normalization of situation.

Now, in practice most of the DDOs will try to prefer the ' bills' to Treasury/ Pay and Accounts Offices within such stipulated period and Pay and Accounts Offices will be under pressure to make payments.  This will definitely disturb the Government endeavour for Social Distancing. On the other side expenditure for huge amount will remain pending.

Under such circumstances we request you to consider allowing the utilization of Budgeted amount for 2019-20 after 31st March, 2020. and within a period considered appropriate by you.

This will enable proper utilization of the allocated amount for this financial year, smoothen the functioning of Departments/Ministries and will help the Social Distancing to a great extent.  

With regards
                                                                                                                          Yours Sincerely
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                           (R.N. Parashar)
                                                                                                                        Secretary General