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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Observe 6th March 2017 as BLACK DAY

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT CALLS UPON ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

Observe 6th March 2017
as
BLACK DAY

  • Against the betrayal of Central Government employees and pensioners by group ministers of NDA Government.
  • Demanding increase in minimum pay and fitment formula.



Dear comrades

We know that all of you are in the midst of hectic preparation and campaign for making the 16th March Strike action a great success. As has been explained in the article, which we have placed on our website, the NDA Government, led by BJP has exhibited the worst anti-employee attitude in the post independent era of our country. This Government has treated its own employees as its worst enemy. The decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June, 2016 rejecting even the recommendations made by the high level committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary was unprecedented. Even the setting up of various committees was nothing but an eye wash. Nothing will come out of that. Even the NPS Committee on which the young comrades had pinned some hope of at least getting a minimum guaranteed pension will produce nothing. The discussions at the JCM fora has been converted into mostly monologues i.e. the official side simply listening and not reacting. The Government, it appears, has made the Pension department to reject the one and only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was considered to be positive i.e. Option No.1 for pensioners on the specious ground that the same is not feasible to be implemented. The allowances committee has dilly dallied its deliberation and would now submit its report after the extended period of 6 months expires on 22.02.2017. Even if they make any positive recommendation, which is seldom expected, the NDA Government would not act upon it. They have very successfully postponed the payment of the revised allowanced for 15 months.

In the face of such terrible onslaught, betrayal and chicanery, which no Government in the past has every indulged in, it is surprising that some of our friends who has a predominant role in the movement of the Central Government employees has unfortunately chosen to wait and watch. It appears that they have chosen to wait endlessly hurting the cause of the workers.

We have no hesitation to affirmatively state the obvious that we have chosen the right path, the path of struggles, which can only the choice of the working class against tyrannical attitude of the employer, howsoever, powerful they may be. We must realize that those who are in the saddle of power today are not permanently posted there. We were witness to the abysmal downfall of persons who were arrogant personified. It appears that the reasonableness, righteousness and patience we had exhibited have been taken as signs of cowardice. The undeniable fact is that those who fight, only can win. We, therefore, appeal to you to carry on with conviction and courage.

Eight months will be over on 6th March, 2017, when the Group of Ministers held out the assurance of revisiting the minimum wage and multiplication factor. It is now crystal clear that that was an act of chicanery. No committee was set up and no discussions were held to seriously consider the issue. We, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that the day, i.e. 6th March, 2017 is observed as a day of betrayal and all our members are requested to wear a Black badge with the following words inscribed on it in bold letters and conduct demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices.

HONOUR THE COMMITMENT MADE ON
13TH June & 6TH JULY, 2016
REVISE THE MINIMUM WAGE AND
MULTIPLICATION FACTOR

6TH March 2017 must be yet another occasion to mobilize our members to ensure their participation in the 16th March, 2017 strike action and ultimately win all the demands in the charter.

We fight to win and we shall win.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(M Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: 09447068125

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

COM. S. K. VYAS JI REMEMBRANCE DAY ON 13th FEBRUARY 2017

 Com. S. K. VYAS JI remembrance  day was celebrated  on 13th FEBRUARY 2017 by COC Karnataka at GPO (Postal Accounts ) Bengaluru. 

 The meeting was addressed  by Com K.K.N Kutty President Confederation of CG Employees  , Com V.Bhattacharjee Finance Secretary  Confederation of CG Employees , Com S.Radhakrishna  President COC Karnataka, Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary COC Karnataka , Com Janikiram Circle Secretary AIPEU Class III , Com Veresesh  Circle Secretary Postal Accounts , Com Vinod  General Secretary ITEF , Com Muthukumar Veteran COC and Postal leader, leaders from RMS, Civil Accounts , Survey of India  were present in the meeting . 

The meeting resolved to make the 16th March 2017 strike a success.   







Wholesale prices up 5.25% year-on-year in January 2017

Wholesale inflation shot up to a 30-month high of 5.25 per cent in January as rising global crude oil prices spiked domestic fuel cost, even as food prices moderated.
The wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation, reflecting the annual rate of price rise, in December stood at 3.39 per cent.In January 2016, the print was (-)1.07 per cent.

The last comparable high level of WPI was witnessed in July 2014 at 5.41 per cent.


As per Commerce Ministry data, inflation in the 'fuel and power' basket more than doubled to 18.14 per cent in January, up from 8.65 per cent in the previous month.

Inflation in diesel and petrol shot up to 31.10 per cent and 15.66 per cent during the month.

Oil prices have been on rise since OPEC in early December decided to cut output for the first time in eight years. Spot LNG prices have also risen from USD 5.25 to about USD 9 per MMBTU on winter heating requirements. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used for power generation.


As per the data, food inflation basket witnessed contraction for the second month in a row with inflation at (-)0.56 per cent in January as against (-)0.70 per cent in December.
WPI inflation in vegetables, at (-)32.32 per cent in January, saw deflationary pressure for the fifth consecutive month. This was helped by a substantial price fall in onions, which stood at (-)28.86 per cent.

Pulse inflation moderated to 6.21 per cent, from 18.12 per cent in December. Potato prices recorded sharp fall at (-)0.20 per cent, from 26.42 per cent in the previous month.

Rate of price increase in egg, meat and fish was 3.59 per cent during January.


Inflation in manufactured items saw some uptick at 3.99 per cent compared with 3.67 per cent in December.

While the rate of price rise in sugar was 22.83 per cent, for fibres, it was 15.18 per cent, and 25.44 per cent for minerals.

The WPI inflation for November has been revised upwards to 3.38 per cent against the provisional estimate of 3.15 per cent.

The rise in wholesale inflation is in contrast to the fall in retail inflation, which hit a five-year low of 3.17 per cent in January.


which means that the Consumer Price Index is likely to  decrease or stay stable  for the month of Jan 2017. 

More details click here 

Friday, February 10, 2017

OBSERVE COM. S. K. VYAS JI REMEMBRANCE DAY ON 13th FEBRUARY 2017


Two year has passed since the demise of Com. S. K. Vyas Ji, the legendary leader of Central Government employees and Pensioners on 13th February 2015.

Com. Vyasji was the Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers for forty years from 1967 to 2006. He was the President and Secretary General of All India Audit & Accounts Association for a long time. He continued as an Advisor of the Confederation and also as the General Secretary of National Coordination Committee of Pensioners (NCCP) and Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC) till death.

Com. Vyas Ji has lead various struggles and strike actions of the Central Government Employees and was in the forefront of the leadership which organised the first strike action of the Central Government Employees after Independence, in the year 1960. Com. Vyas was jailed and dismissed from service. He played an important role in rallying the Central Government employees alongwith the striking Railway employees in the year 1974. He was an able and uncompromising negotiator with the Government in the JCM National Council and standing committee. He was responsible for many of the benefits and allowances enjoyed by the Central Government employees. The cost indexation of wages was earned by the Government employees through the sustained struggles and efforts in 1960s under his leadership. The Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers representing 1.5 million civil servants was in the forefront of the incessant struggles and strike actions organised by the Indian working class against the neo-liberal economic policies of the Government. Com. Vyas Ji’s vision and ideological clarity has made the Confederation, part and parcel of the mainstream of the working class movement of India.

Com. Vyasji was the friend, Philosopher, guide and everything for the Central Government employees movement. In the more than six decades long trade union life, Com. Vyasji endeared himself to every section of the Central Government employees. His death has caused an irreparable and irreplaceable loss to all of us. He was a great leader, symbol of simplicity, a gem of a person and a leader who is down to earth. Extremely polite, kind hearted and compassionate. One of the finest human being, tallest leader, a gentle mentor and a legend.

He is in our hearts! His memories will be forever with us! His long saga of struggle for the cause of the employees and workers will inspire the generations to come.

The COC Karnataka  calls upon all the affiliated organizations, District C-O-Cs to observe 13th February 2017 as S. K. VYAS JI REMEMBRANCE DAY by holding meetings, Seminar etc. throughout the country.

COM. S. K. VYAS JI AMAR RAHE !
LONG LIVE COM. S. K. VAYASJI !!

LONG LIVE, LONG LIVE !!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

COC Karnataka Meeting on 13th February 2017

To
All Affiliates
COC Karnataka  

Comrade,
                The Meeting of COC Karnataka is being held on 13th February 2017 to be held at 4th Floor meeting hall GPO Bangalore from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The Meeting will be addressed by Com  KKN Kutty President Confederation of CG employees New Delhi and Com V. Bhattacharjee General Secretary COC Delhi and Finance Secretary Confederation . 

The has been called to discuss the following agenda:

1) Paying tributes to Com. S. K. Vyasji, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners who passed away on 13th February, 2015. 

2) 16th March 2017 strike preparations. 

3) Strike posters are printed and will be distributed.

4)  Visit of Com KKN Kutty President Confederation of CG employees New Delhi on 21st February  at Bangalore and  at Mysore on 22nd February.

All comrades   are requested to attend the meeting in large numbers.

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary 



Friday, February 3, 2017

Budget 2017 and Central Government employees demands

Comrades ,
                     The budget for the year 2017-18 was presented by the Shri  Arun Jaitleyji  Hon’ble Minister of Finance on 1st Feb 2017 , the Central Government employees had lot of hopes of this budget especially on increasing the tax slabs and tax rates reduction , also on allowances and increasing our wages i.e. revision of the fitment formula . One more important issue of filling up of vacant post in the Central Government.

                    Shri  Arun Jaitleyji  Hon’ble Minister of Finance had not uttered a single word about Central Government employees in his budget speech of nearly two hours, even though the Central Government employees work with dedication and implement the programmes and policy of the Central Government either way of revenue collection, transportation, public service , working for the welfare of the people of the country etc . This has caused dissatisfaction amongst Central Government employees as many of the demands of the Central Government employees are not considered.  The tax proposals provided only a small relief to the Central Government Employees, actually a big relief should have been provided. The Central Government employees are disappointed of the outcome of the budget.
                 
 Now let us focus main issues of the CG employees and the budget 2017-17 especially this budget is being presented after the demonetization. As stated earlier the financial position of the Central Government is very good even after demonetization. The budget 2017-18 has once again proved that the Central Government resources are very good the revenue expenditure has been at 21.47 lakh crores. The   fiscal deficit will be 3.2 % of GDP.

     Now coming to the revenue growth of the Central Government in last four years we can observe  from the financial year  2013-14   the Revenue Expenditure which was at   is Rs  14.88 lakh crores the Revenue Expenditure the financial year  2017-18  which stands at 21.47 lakh crores .   The   fiscal deficit has also reduced from 4.8 % to 3.2 % of GDP in last four years . This shows that the financial status of the Central Government is very good.  The growth rate of the revenue collection is about 15% annually. In fact the Shri  Arun Jaitleyji  Hon’ble Minister of Finance had stated the revenue collection is increasing to  about 17 % annually.  We should be proud that your country economy is in good shape. Indian economy is a stable economy can accommodate any additional financial expenditure to be made for the welfare of Central Government employees.  

   The revenue of the Central Government is increasing at about 15% annually, from last three years the revenue of the Central Government has increased by 45% the expenditure towards salary of Central Government employees including the defence employees has risen only by 14.5 % on wage hike due to 7th CPC and also Dearness Allowances expenditure. So total rise in pay hike is about 22% , even if allowances are released in next financial year additional expenditure is likely at just 3% as 70% of the employees don’t avail HRA which is the major allowances, . which is very much less than the 45% of the revenue collection of the Central Government. So the Central Government can afford to increase our wages considerably i.e revision of fitment formula and minimum wage . The  allowances should be made effectively from 1st Jan 2016.  

 Next on the tax slabs the Shri  Arun Jaitleyji  Hon’ble Minister of Finance had  made announcement of the  tax proposals provided only a small relief to the Central Government Employees by reducing the taxes for the slab 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs from 10% to 5% . This is only a very small gestures on the part of Shri  Arun Jaitleyji  Hon’ble Minister of Finance , actually a big relief should have been provided by way of abolishing the taxes up to Rs 5 lakhs . The expenditure loss for reduction of taxes for the slab 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs(1.95 crore show income between Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh)  from 10% to 5% is just at Rs 15,500/- crores only , if the Hon’ble Minister of Finance had announced the abolishing the taxes up to Rs 5 lakhs it could have been  additional  expenditure  of  Rs 15,000 crores only which at just half percent  of the total budget revenue collections , next Rs 5 to Rs10 lakhs  slab (only 52 lakh show income between Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakhs ) here also there should have been reduction in taxes from 20% to 10% , the limit of Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C for investment should have been increased upto 2.5 lakh  which would have encouraged savings , all these measures could have gone a long way benefiting the Central Government employees and the salaried class employees a lot.

Today hardly 3 % of the country population are paying the income tax, the rest 97% do not pay income tax .The Central Government Employees are honestly paying the taxes. A big tax relief is genuinely due for them.     

One more important problem faced by the Central Government Employees is that the no filling up of the vacant post in the Central Government, nearly 4 lakhs post are vacant, even in Railway safety post of 1.41 lakh post are vacant and Income tax department post are vacant, more manpower is required for effectively collection of the taxes and implementation of the programmes and policy of the Central Government. This will also provide jobs for the youth of the country.

 We sincerely hope the Hon’ble Minister of Finance would reconsider his decision and improve the taxation policy and consider the demands of the CG employees effectively in true spirit.   

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary  


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Income Tax after Budget 2017


Finance Minister statement: 
I, therefore, propose to reduce the existing rate of taxation for individual assesses between income of Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs to 5% from the present rate of 10%. This would reduce the tax liability of all persons below Rs 5 lakh income either to zero (with rebate) or 50% of their existing liability.
 In order not to have duplication of benefit, the existing benefit of rebate available to the same group of beneficiaries is being reduced to Rs 2500 available only to assessees upto income of Rs 3.5 lakhs. The combined effect of both these measures will mean that there would be zero tax liability for people getting income upto Rs3 lakhs p.a. and the tax liability will only be Rs 2,500 for people with income between Rs 3 and Rs 3.5 lakhs. If the limit of Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C for investment is used fully the tax would be zero for people with income of Rs 4.5 lakhs. While the taxation liability of people with income upto Rs 5 lakhs is being reduced to half, all the other categories of tax payers in the subsequent slabs will also get a uniform benefit of Rs 12,500/- per person. The total amount of tax foregone on account of this measure is Rs 15,500 crores.
1. A person with taxable income (after deductions such as Section 80C etc) of Rs 3.5 lakh will pay a tax of Rs 2575 as against Rs 5150 payable earlier. 

2. Persons with taxable income over Rs 5 lakh up to Rs 50 lakh will pay Rs 12875 less (including the cess saved), 




CPI and DA as on 1st Jan 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for December, 2016 decreased by 2 points and stood 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.72 per cent November and December, 2016 when compared with the decease of (-) 0.37 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The DA from 1st  January 2017 is 2% (total 4.95 % )

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Union Budget 2017

Here are the highlights of Union Budget 2017:

Total expenditure in FY18 at Rs 21.47 lakh crore; Capital expenditure stepped up by 25.4 per cent in FY18 over previous year.

Govt pegs fiscal deficit target at 3.2 per cent for 2017-18 and 3 per cent for next year.


Income Tax rate cut to 5 per cent for individuals having income between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. ( Net benefit  Rs 12,875/-)

Of 3.7 crore individuals who filed tax returns in 2015-16, 99 lakh showed income below exemption limit.

Service charge on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn. 

For senior citizens, Aadhaar based health cards will be issued.

Head Post Offices will now be used as the front office for passport services.

Consent of Workmen is required in case of transfer of an undertaking

Sunday, January 29, 2017

16th March Strike Importance

Dear Comrades,
                            The main demands of the Staff Side (JCM) which led to declaration of the 11th July strike is the revision of the NPS, minimum wage, fitment formula, allowances and pension cases etc. this is due to lowest wage hike of just 14%  recommended by the 7th CPC.

Under the 7th Pay Commission slab – which was implemented ten years after the previous pay commission the salaries of the government employees saw a marginal rise of just 14% . The basic pay under the 7th CPC the minimum wage  was increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 (2.57 times) while the salary of the senior government officials has gone up to Rs 2.50 lakh from Rs 90,000(2.77 times).

The minimum wage was increased by 2.57 times but in actual terms this increase is of just Rs 2250/- in 7th CPC, while taking into account of 125% DA was merged this due to rising inflation and price rise already the CG employees wage factor was 2.25 time, that is basic of Rs 7000/- plus DA of 125% of Rs 8750 works out to Rs 15750/- , staff side had already demanded for a hike of more than three times which is Rs 26,000 per month.

Comparison of earlier wage hike we can observe that the fitment factor of 2.57 times   is the lowest comparing to other pay commissions. If we make a study of earlier pay commission.
Pay Commission
Year

Minimum wage old
Minimum wage revised
Increase
2nd CPC
1959
Rs 55/-
Rs 80/-
1.45 times
3rd CPC
1973
Rs 80/-
Rs 196/-
2.45 times
4th CPC
1986
Rs 196/-
Rs 750/-
3.82 times
5th CPC
1996
Rs 750/-
Rs 2550/-
3.40 times
6th CPC*
2006
Rs 2550/-
Rs 7000/-
2.74 times
7th CPC *
2016
Rs 7000/-
Rs 18000/-
2.57 times




The minimum qualification required at lower level appointments from the year 2008 has been revised from 8th pass to 10th pass (SSLC) as per the 6th CPC recommendations, hence the minimum wage should increase by 25% compared to earlier pay commissions.     

        The minimum wage has increased considerably due to price inflation from 4th CPC (1986) onwards the average wage hike is 3.32 times.  During the period 1946 to 1972, the financial position of the Central Government was not that good. The financial position of the Central Government has been improving from the 4th CPC onwards that is from 1986 onwards, the pay fixation depends on the paying capacity of the Central Government.  The revenue collection of the Central Government has increased especially from last few years.  The revenue expenditure in respect of salaries of Central Government employees is just under 10% of the Central Government revenue.  In respect of the many State Governments the revenue expenditure towards salaries is around 20%. Whereas the Central Government is spending just 10% of the revenue collection on salary head.

The wages of CG employees are determined based Dr. Aykroyd formula, the  Staff Side (JCM) has calculated minimum wage as on 1st Jan 2014 as per the Dr. Aykroyd formula as Rs 26,000/- taking into market prices. Even if we adopt the retail prices of The Directorate of Economics & Statistics Department of Agriculture & Cooperation Ministry of Agriculture Government Of India New Delhi   of the month of July 2016 the minimum wage works out to Rs 24,000/ which is 3.42 times increase. The 7th CPC has also  adopted Dr. Aykroyd formula for the computation of the minimum wage and fixed at Rs 18000/- and thereafter the fitment formula is calculated.
CLICK HERE FOR MINIMUM WAGE DETAILS 

Fitment formula = Minimum wage Rs 18000 / Rs 7000  =  2.57  

The Staff Side (JCM) had demanded the fitment formula of 3.72  that is  Rs 26000/ Rs 7000 as on 1st Jan 2014. Whatever angle we look the 7th CPC has cheated us on the minimum wage and fitment formula compared to the earlier pay commission this pay commission has given us the lowest wage hike of just 14% compared to last 40 years.


Meanwhile, some reports suggest that the employees who have been eagerly waiting for higher allowances under the 7CPC will have to bear three more months of delay to get their allowances revised . Due to early Budget which is followed by Assembly Elections in five states, due to which model code of conduct has been imposed, the government is likely to delay the payment of the higher allowances. The polling in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – will begin on February 4 and the results will be declared on March 11, after that only our allowances will be decided.


The financial position of the Central Government is very good. Even the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has shown increase in last few years which is around 7% ,  the Indian economy is fastest growing and placed 7th in the world  ( which is at 2,250.987  billions of $ ), comparing to wages paid in  the world our wages are at lower  level. The Government fiscal budget deficit equal to 3.50 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2016. Compared to 2008 where the fiscal deficit was at 7.8 %,  but today the fiscal deficit is contained at 3.5%. This is also a healthy sign of the economic status of the Central Government financial status, the budget fiscal deficit is always below 4%.  


The Central Government financial position is very good even after demonetization, only a political decision the Central Government on our demands.    Comrades the Hon’ble Finance Minister has given a given a press statement in media channel’s that the effect of demonetisation has not taken place on the revenue collection of the union government, in fact that the revenue collection has increased, even the revenue of the State Governments has increased considerably, the press release of the Ministry of Finance on 9/1/2017 has endorsed the Hon’ble Finance Minister statement.

To avert the 11th July CG employees strike the Hon’ble Prime Minster had instructed the group of ministers including Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu , Hon’ble Railway Minister    and Shri Arun  Jaitely , Hon’ble  Finance Minister to hold discussions with the Staff Side (JCM) on 30th June 2016 and the Shri Arun  Jaitely , Hon’ble  Finance Minister had published a written assurances in the Government  website on 6th July 2016 leading to deferment  of the strike .

 Now comrades seven months has passed the assurances given by the group of ministers has not been fulfilled so far, in this connection the NJCA met on 17th January 2017 at New Delhi. The Confederation was represented by Comrades KKN Kutty, M Krishnan and MS Raja. Comrades RN Parashar and Giriraj Singh represented NFPE (constituent of Confederation).

 Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra Staff Side Secretary (JCM) and Com M. Raghavaiah, Chairman Staff Side (JCM)   had a meeting’s with the  Cabinet Secretary and Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister on 18th Jan 2017 regarding the demands of the CG employees as assured by the group of ministers on 30th June 2016.

 Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister had once again assured that the issues of CG employees will be resolved, but no time frame has been fixed for resolving the issues or any concrete assurances are given on our demands .   
  
The strike is the last resort for achieving our demands, but we are forced to undertake the strike action due to following events.
1)    The 7th CPC has erred in fixation of the minimum wage by adopting the wrong prices, and methodology. Thereby the minimum wage and fixation formula has to be corrected.

2)      The Government has assured our staff side leaders that they will settle the demands of CG employees in four months’ time, but seven months has lapsed till now the demands of CG employees are not settled even allowances issue is also not settled so far.  


3)     Comrades , now the revenue collections of the Central Government has increased , the Central Government has financially capable to accept our demands of revision of allowance, minimum wage, fitment formula etc., revision of tax slabs should also take place , the Central Government employees should benefit as we were  serving with dedication the Central Government and Central Government is a model employer.

 Comrades Central Government has now take a political decision on our demands of revision of allowance, minimum wage, fitment formula and revision of tax slabs.

For this we have to struggle and put pressure on the Central Government to accept our demands.  In this circumstance, it should be our endeavor to campaign more vigorously for the successful strike on 16th March 2017                                                                             

                                                                            Comradely yours

                                                                                (P.S.Prasad)
                                                                            General Secretary