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NJCA to serve strike notice on 9th June, 2016

NJCA to serve strike notice on 9th June, 2016

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.NJC/2016/7th CPC
June 4, 2016
To
All Constituents of NJCA

Dear Comrades,
We hope you must have gone through our communication dated 26.5.2016 detailing the brief discussions, we had with the Cabinet Secretary. We had, as you are aware, done everything possible at our end to bring about a negotiated settlement on the charter of demands, we submitted to the Government immediately after the submission of the report by the 7th Central Pay Commission. i.e. on 19th November, 2015. On 19th May, 2016, we have crossed the six months period since the Commission submitted the report to the Government. You are aware that the Commission had concluded their deliberations and prepared their report in Feb. 2015 itself but was delayed by the unwarranted intervention of the present Government. Even on the first occasion when we met the authorities after the submission of the report by the 7th CPC we had conveyed the anguish and anxiety of the employees over the delay especially in the background of the denial of the interim relief and merger of DA. We had pointed out that unlike in the post the employees had not been granted any financial help in the form of interim relief or DA merger even in the face of the unprecedented erosion of the real value of wage due to the high level of inflation in the economy. We had then requested the Government the need to take an expeditious decision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC, at-least on the core issues pertaining to wage revision.

In the absence of any formal meetings or fruitful negotiations which had been the practice at all earlier occasions, the rumour mongers who represent none, had a field day. The NJCA had been in constant touch with the authorities. You will recall that at the request of the Cabinet Secretary, when we met him on Ist March, 2016, we deferred our decision to go on strike in April, 2016. The empowered Committee set up by the government could have met the JCA leaders during the months of April and May and could have discussed the various pros and cons so that by the end of May, certain views could have emerged on all matters.

It was in this background that the National JCA met on 3rd at the Staff Side office. The meeting considered the piquant situation that has emerged due to the wanton inaction on the part of the Government, despite the NJCA agreeing to defer the strike action. The meeting, therefore, came to the inescapable and inevitable conclusion unanimously that in the face of the nugatory attitude of the Government, we must adhere to our earlier decision to tread the path of struggle and serve the strike notice on 9th June, 2016 to commence the indefinite strike action on 11th July, 2016. The meeting also decided to exhort the constituent organizations to mobilize their members without losing any time as the time available for preparation being very short i.e. hardly a month. I am also to convey to all of you the following decision taken at the meeting and appeal to you to create a vibrant situation throughout the country to convey the impression to all concerned that we stand united with determination.

1.Every Association/Federation/Union and all its units will serve the strike notice on 9.6.2016 by holding massive demonstration at all work places. The strike notice shall have the 11 point charter of demands (copy enclosed) and the respective organizations can include their department-specific demands as Part B of the charter of demands.

2.The Constituents will plan and execute a massive mobilization campaign to cover each and every employee/worker in which all the National and State leaders must take part.

3.The Unions/Federation/Associations will suspend immediately all ongoing negotiations with their departmental heads/authorities and concentrate on the mobilization campaign.

4.On 24th June, 2016, a massive united demonstration under the auspices of the NJCA will be held before the Parliament. The constituent organizations will decide upon the quota for each State Unit and communicate the same so that the state units can take necessary steps to ensure that their members reach Delhi on 24th.

5.The NJCA (CHQ) will write to the leaders of all the Political parties as also the Central Trade Unions seeks their support and solidarity as also explaining as to why the NJCA had to take the extreme step of organizing the strike action.

6.All the Constituent organizations and the State Units shall write such letters to the members of Parliament of their respective States and shall make efforts to meet them in person to seek their support.

7.All the State Units of the Constituent organizations either jointly or independently organize Press Conferences to cover the Print and Electronic media.

8.The NJCA(CHQ) will hold such a Press Conference at Delhi on 23rd June, 2016 i.e. just one day prior to the mammoth demonstration planned before the Parliament.

9.The Constituent organizations will get in touch with the Associations/Federations of the retired personnel both at the All India and State levels to seek out their support for the strike action and enlist their participation in all demonstrative programmes organized by the working employees in support of the strike. The Pensioners organizations may be informed of the Government decision to reject the recommendation of the 7th CPC to provide Option No. 1 to the Pensioners as an alternative pension fitment formula.

10.The constituents will also seek the participation of those organizations in their respective organizations who are not associated with the NJCA being not participants in the JCM Scheme.
We appeal to all constituents and through them each and every member of the Central Government employee’s community to take all out efforts to make this historic decision an all time memorable event, which must go into the history as the largest participated strike action of the Central Government employees and workers. We must consider this as a really historic moment provided to us by the harsh turn of events and as an opportunity to reassert our strength, unity and determination not only to win laurels today but to function as an effective bargaining entity for years to come.

We are fully aware of the enormous task ahead and equally aware of the possible response, a brutal Government might take in the circumstances. Without minimizing the impact of such as retaliatory action on the part of the Government (from our experience in the past) we know that no power on earth will be able to subdue our unity and determination and we shall march forward well realizing that the ultimate victory in all struggles belong to the working class.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

Shiv Gopal Mishra.
Convener

PRESS STATEMENT

To

The Editor/Chief Reporter

………………………………..

New Delhi.

For favour of publication please.

The National Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees organizations participating in the Joint Consultative Machinery i.e. the workers and employees of the Railways, Defence, Postal and all other Central Government departments, has decided to serve the strike notice for an indefinite strike action commencing from 11th July, 2016 on 9th June, 2016. The strike notices will be served by all the Constituents separately on their respective heads of the Departments on the stipulated date of 9th June, 2016. The strike has become inevitable due to the nugatory attitude of the Government over the charter of demands submitted more than six months back and despite deferring the strike action earlied decided to be organized in the month of April, 2016 at the instance of the Government.

The 7th CPC submitted its report to the Government on 19th November, 2015 even though the Commission had concluded their deliberations as early as in Feb. 2015. The delay in the submission of the report itself was caused by the unwarranted intervention of the Government. It is now more than six months that the report is with the Government and the empowered committee set up by the government had neither come to any conclusion thereon nor has it caused any meaningful negotiation with the leaders of the Central Government organizations so far Exasperated over this highly nugatory attitude of the Government and the delay, the NJCA which met yesterday had to take this decision to go on indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 onwards. The list of demands on which the strike action is organized is enclosed. We also enclose a copy of our communication, we have sent to our constituents, which explains the circumstances and issues.

We shall be grateful if the Press Statement is covered by your esteemed daily / Channel .

Shiv Gopal Mishra,
Convener

STRIKE NOTICE FORMAT DIFFER BETWEEN INDUSTRIAL AND NON INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS. KINDLY USE THE APPROPRIATE FORM. GIVEN HEREUNDER IS THE COMMON CHARTER OF DEMANDS. ENCLOSE THE COMMON CHARTER AS PART A AND DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC ISSUES AS PART B.

Charter of Demands

1. Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
2. Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt establishments by the 7 CPC.
3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
4. No privatization/outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions.
5.(i) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS.
5.(ii) No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
6. Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.
7. Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.
8. Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
9. Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee.
10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.
11. Revive JCM functioning at all levels.

Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

Interest Rate for General Provident Fund – Finmin Orders

Interest Rate for General Provident Fund – Finmin Orders

Resolution – accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds – 2016

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)

F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

New Delhi, Dated the 2nd June, 2016

RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2016-2017, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.1% (Eight point one per cent) w.e.f. 1st April, 2016 to 30th June, 2016. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st April, 2016. The funds concerned are:-
1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services)
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India)
3. The All India Services Provident Fund
4. The State Railway Provident Fund
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services)
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

sd/-
(H.K. Srivastav)
Director (Budget)


Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension orders issued by Dopt on 1.6.2016

Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension orders issued by Dopt on 1.6.2016

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.

No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: June 1st, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014 where Government servants in relaxation to CCS(LTC) Rules, were allowed to travel by air to visit Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), North East Region (NER) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) on LTC for a period of two years against conversion of one block of Home Town LTC. The relaxation was given subject to air travel by Air India only.

2. Later vide DoPT’s O.M. of even no. dated 28.11.2014, the Government decided to allow travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir under this special dispensation scheme subject to certain conditions. The scheme was valid for a period of one year from the date of issue of the O.M. and expired on 27.11.2015.

3. It has now been decided to extend the scheme for a further period from the date of issue of this O.M., till the date of expiry of the of the special dispensation scheme of travel by air to J&K, NER and A&N, i.e. 25.09.2016. All other terms and conditions prescribed in this Department’s O.M. dated 28.11.2014 shall continue to apply.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 28th November, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit J&K.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014. It has been decided that the Government servants while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under the special dispensation scheme allowed by the aforesaid O.M. may also travel by private airlines subject to the following conditions:-

(i) Officers entitled to travel by air may also travel by private airlines from their headquarters;

(ii) Officers not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by private airlines between Delhi /Amritsar and any place in J&K.

2. Air travel by private airlines is to be performed in Economy Class only an at LTC-80 fare of Air India or less.

3. Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

4. All other conditions prescribed in this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(AIV) dated 26.09.2014 would continue to apply.

5. The order will remain in force for a period of one year from the date of issue of this order.

(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Retirement age increased to 65 for Central Govt Doctors – MOHFW orders on 31.5.2016

Retirement age increased to 65 for Central Govt Doctors – MOHFW orders on 31.5.2016

Enhancement of Age of superannuation of Specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-Cadres of CHS and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS

No.A.12034/1/2014-CGHS-V
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 31st May, 2016
ORDER

The President is pleased to enhance the age of superannuation of the specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health sub-cadres of Central Health Services (CHS) and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS to 65 years with immediate effect.

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(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.mohfw.nic.in

Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular

Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular

NCCPA CIRCULAR

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS

13/C Feroze shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 30.5.2016

Dear Comrades,

We send herewith a copy of the NJCA Circular letter dated 27th May, 2016. The same is self-explanatory. You could see there-from that the Government might not positively react to the demands placed by the NJCA over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. Simply raising the minimum wage by a few rupees without any consequential change in the fitment formula or pay matrix will not bring about any tangible benefit. The revision of the minimum wage along would benefit only those who are likely to be recruited to the cadre of MTS in future. As you are aware, the 7th CPC had not accepted any demand of the employees. It is beset with dissenting notes in many chapters. The fight between the personnel in the organized Group A Services and all India Services had triggered such dissenting note on the part of the Member who retired from the IAS. A significant section of the Secretaries to various Departments, we were told, were against any revision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. In any case, we are to await the outcome of the discussions at the NJCA meeting scheduled to be held on 3rd June, at New Delhi.

Coming to the issues pertaining to the Pensioners, we must recall that the 7th CPC had rejected almost all the demands unanimously placed before them by the Pensioners organizations. While tendering oral evidence the Staff Side had inter alia pressed for the parity for the past pensioners before the Commission, especially in the background of the granting of one rank one pension to the Defence Personnel. It is ironic to note that the Defence Ministry which had piloted the demand of the Ex-service men for one rank one pension i.e.parity between the past and present pensioners has now taken a stand against such parity for civil servants. No personnel either in the organized Group A services or All India Services would stand benefited by the present recommendation of the 7th CPC except a few as most of them were in receipt of almost time bound promotion in their career. The modified parity one must recall has only benefited the upper echelons in the bureaucracy. One can understand that the Govt. refusing to make improvements over the suggestion made by a Commission. But it must be most intolerable when the Govt. refuses to implement a recommendation which was the outcome of a persistent presentation jointly by almost all the beneficiaries. The plea advanced for non acceptance of the recommendation is the alleged impracticability due to the non availability of the relevant records. Should the pensioner suffer for the reason that the concerned department of the Government has not kept the records properly? It is the most callous approach and must be resisted with all the force that we can command. We cannot afford to have this situation to develop. We are certain that most of the individual pensioners would be able to provide the requisite information needed to consider the first option in the pension fixation to the concerned department and most of the Departments would be able to verify the same with the available documents with them. We must however await the decision of the NJCA in the matter.

In the meantime, all affiliates will take such action needed to mobilize the pensioners and undertake a serious educational campaign.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

KKN.Kutty.
Secretary General.

Copy of National Joint Council of Action circular letter dated 27.5.2016.

Source: http://nccpahq.blogspot.in/

Special Aadhaar Enrolment drive for Pensioners

Special Aadhaar Enrolment drive for Pensioners, from May 30 to June 10, 2016

Pensioners will also get opportunity to seed data for digital life certificate

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a special enrolment drive for pensioners who are yet to enroll for Aadhaar. The drive is being conducted to enable Pensioners avail the convenience of Jeevan Pramaan, an initiative of Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India.

Every year, pensioners need to provide a life certificate to an authorized pension disbursing agency such as a Bank, Post office etc., for receipt of pension. To get a life certificate the pensioner is required to either personally present oneself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or have the Life Certificate issued by the department/authority where they served earlier and have it delivered to the disbursing agency. This entails considerable hardship to the senior Citizens.

Jeevan Pramaan, a digital life certificate which utilises the Aadhaar identity platform, addresses this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing a life certificate. A pensioner just needs to biometrically authenticate at the nearest centre. After successful authentication, the digital life certificate is stored in a Life Certificate Repository, which can be accessed by the Pension Disbursing Authority.

To facilitate pensioners to avail the facility of Jeevan Pramaan, which is based on Aadhaar Identity platform, UIDAI and Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare have taken initiative to carry out special enrolment drive for Pensioners through banks which are Registrars for enrolment for Aadhaar as well as Pension Disbursing Authorities.

The banks which include names like State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, have also been asked to conduct special Aadhaar seeding camps where Pensioners will be requested to provide their Aadhaar details to their respective banks from which they draw pension so that they can get a digital life certificate – Jeevan Pramaan.

The enrolment drive and the Aadhaar seeding camp is being run from May 30 to June 10, 2016.

“We hold special enrolment drives to help people who are yet to enrol for Aadhaar. This particular exercise has been initiated to make sure pensioners get an Aadhaar number if they still don’t have one and seed the Aadhaar details of pensioners so that they can get a Jeevan Pramaan,” said Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

So far over 15.41 Lakh pensioners have already registered for the Aadhaar-enabled Jeevan Pramaan service.

Source: PIB News

Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity.

The total expenditure involved in this project is Rs 800 Crore. All citizens, especially 40% of the country’s population that is outside the ambit of formal banking in the country will benefit from this project. The project will be rolled out in the entire country in a phased manner.

The IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI by March 2017 and by September 2017, its services will be available across the country through 650 payments bank branches, linked post offices and alternative channels riding on modern technology including mobiles, ATMs, PoS/ m-PoS devices etc and simple digital payments.

The proposal will further the cause of financial inclusion by providing basic banking, payments and remittance services and facilitate financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pensions and access to credit in tie-up with third party financial providers with special focus on rural areas and the unbanked and under-banked segments. It will generate new employment opportunities for skilled banking professionals and will generate opportunities for propagating financial literacy across the country. It will create the largest bank in the world in terms of accessibility and in time, will encourage the move towards a less cash economy.

Background

Setting-up of the IPPB to further financial inclusion was one of the budgetary announcements during 2015-16. The Department of Posts had obtained the “in-principle approval” of the RBI in September 2015 to set up the India Post Payments Bank. The India Post Payments Bank will leverage the Department’s network, reach, and resources to make simple, low-cost, quality financial services easily accessible to customers all over the country.

Source: PIB News

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