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Monday, February 10, 2020

13th FEBRUARY :: Com.S.K.VYASJI remembrance day

Com. S. K. Vyasji, the legendary leader of 
the Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners 
passed away on 13th February, 2015.


He is remembered  by all central Government employees.
Let us celebrate  his anniversary by paying tributes .
The affiliates  of COC Karnataka are requested 
to organize the meetings at respective offices. 


Com. S. K. Vyasji Amar Rahe!
Long live Com. S. K. Vyasji !!
Long live, Long live !!!

Friday, January 31, 2020

DA and CPI December 2019

The All-India Consumer Price Index-IW for December  2019  increased by 2 points now stands  at 330 (three hundred  and thirty ).  


DA as on 1st January  2020 is  21.42 %. 

 DA as on January  2020 is 21% that is  4% DA 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

8th January Strike How important to us




1) Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) and restore Defined benefit Old Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees who joined service on or after 0-01-2004.  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension.
          Government of India has implemented New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) for all Central Govt. employees entering service on or after 01-01-2004. The monthly pension amount being received under the Insurance Annuity Scheme under NPS varied from Rs.700 to Rs.3000/- per month, to those NPS employees who had already retired from service during 2018 and 2019, after completing 14 to 15 years of service, whereas as per the Old Pension Scheme an employee who completes minimum ten years qualifying service will get 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension which in any case will not be less than Rs.9,000/- for a lowest level employee with ten years service in Central service.  In effect the “New Pension Scheme” (NPS) has become a “No Pension Scheme (NPS). Thus the very principle laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that “Pension is a social welfare measure rendering socio-economic justice to those, who in the hey day of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age, they would not be left in lurch”, stands defeated.  10% of pay plus DA is recovered as monthly contribution fron NPS employees.  After retirement they will not get any Dearness Relief, No Pension revision at the time of wage revision by Pay Commissions, No GPF but only voluntarily deposit in Tier-II account, No family pension on death after retirement, Pension not paid by Government but insurance companies are paying based on Annuity Insurance Scheme to be opted by the NPS employee and No additional pensions on attaining the age of 80 years or above.  As per PFRDA Act there is no implicit or explicit guarantee by the Government regarding Pension. By discriminating between the Central Government employees who joined service before 01-01-2004 and after 01-01-2004, the Government has created a “class within the class”.
      Further there are provisions in the PERDA Act to bring under the purview of Pension Fund, the existing OPS employees and also Pensioners through a Gazette notification.  Seventh Central Pay Commission headed by Retired Justice of Supreme Court Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, in its report made the following observations about NPS:
       “Almost a whole lot of Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004, were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme. Government should take a call to look into their grievances”.
    Govt. appointed a Secretary level committee called “NPS Committee” for streamlining the NPS, but that committee was not mandated to look into the main demand of the NPS employees ie; scrap NPS, restore OPS and guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as monthly pension.  It is true that as per the recommendations of the NPS Committee, Govt’s. contribution to NPS is increased to 14% from 10% and some other cosmetic changes are also made in the NPS Rules.  But the basic grievance still remained unattended and unsettled, as a result uncertainity about the social security and Pension looms large over the head of every NPS employee and the discontentment among the NPS employees (as correctly observed by 7th CPC) is growing day by day.  We demand that NPS should be scrapped and OPS should be restored and at least 50% of the last pay drawn should be guaranteed as Minimum monthly Pension on retirement.
            So our cent percent  strike on 8th January  will put pressure  on the Government  of India to withdraw the New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) as many State Governments have already assured to withdraw the New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) due to employees movement. 
2.      Honour the assurances given by Group of Ministers on 30-06-2016 to National Council (JCM) Standing Committee members regarding increase in Minimum Pay and fitment factor recommended by Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC):
          All the Federations/Unions/Associations in the Central Govt. Employees sector including Railways, Defence and Confederation had given a call for nationwide indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, demanding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula recommended by Seventh CPC and other 7th CPC related issues.  A goup of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, then Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, then Finance Minister, Shri. Suresh Prabhu, then Railway Minister discussed the demands with the leaders of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) and assured that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and a High Level Committee will be appointed to submit recommendations in this regard.  The assurances were reiterated by Shri. Rajnath Singh, then Home Minister on 6th July 2016 in the second round of discussion and Finance Ministry issued a press statement confirming the assurances.  Accordingly, the proposed indefinite strike call of the NJCA was deferred, taking in good faith the assurances given by the Group of Ministers. Evenafter a lapse of three  years, neither the promised High Level Committee is constituted by the Govt. nor the Minimum Pay and fitment formula is increased.  The entire employees and Pensioners are betrayed.  We demand the Government to take immediate necessary action for implementing the assurances given by the Group of Ministers.
        The Government revenue collection has almost doubled from past 6 years, the revenue collection during 2014-15 was Rs 14 lakh crores , today it almost Rs  26 lakh crores with a GST collection of one lakh crore per month i.e. 12 lakhs crores per year  , Income tax collection of Rs 11 lakhs crore per year hence the Government economic  condition  is good enough and the total expenses on the Central Government wage bill is just 2 lakh crores which is about just at 8% of the total budget of the Central Government resource.If the Government accepts our demand of wage hike it cost them additional only Rs 20,000 crores only. So our strike will put pressure on the Central Government to accept our justified  demand  of revised  wage hike from 1/1/2016.  

3.      Grant “Option-I Parity” recommended by the 7th CPC to all Central Government Pensioners.
          7th CPC has recommended a new formula called “Option-1” for refixing the existing         pension of Central Government Pensioners retired prior to 01-01-2016. Government accepted  the recommendation in principle and constituted a Secretary level committee to examine and recommend regarding the feasibility of implementing ''option-1'' recommended by 7th CPC. The Committee was not, ready to heed the valid and scientific pleadings  made by the staffside in favour of the recommendation made by 7th CPC which is an ''Expert Body'' headed by retired  Justice of Supreme Court, instead viewed the case with a closed mind and gave recommendation to the Government that implementation of Option-I is not feasible. Govt accepted the recommendations of the Secretary Level Committee and rejected ''option-I'' recommended by 7th CPC.
          The entire Pension community is very much aggrieved of the decision of the Government. We demand the Government to review the case dispassionately, so that the ''option-I parity'' recommended by the 7th CPC will be accepted and implemented
4.      Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks working in Postal Department and casual/contract workers working in all Central Govt Establishments.
(a)     About 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks are employed in the Postal Department. Govt. appointed a one man committee headed by retired Postal Board Member Shri Kamalesh Chandra,  to examine their wages and service conditions. The final report submitted by the Committee includes certain positive recommendations. As abnormal delay took place in implementing the recommendations of the Committee, the entire Gramin Dak Sevaks went on indefinite strike for 16 days in 2018. Finally Govt issued orders, but some of the recommendations are either modified, diluted or rejected, including payment of arrears from 01-01-2016 as per the formula recommended by the Committee.  We demand the Government to regularise the services of Gramin Dak Sevaks and also implementation of the pending positive recommendations of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
(b)     There are thousands of causal/contract employees and workers engaged in all Central Govt departments and working for years together. They are not paid equal wages and not extended any benefits of regular employees. Even after working for more than ten years continuously, their request for regularisation is not considered favourably. There is no scheme to absorb them in regular service. We demand the Government to workout and implement a scheme to regularise all casual/contract workers including Part-time, Contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors and extend them all the benefits of regular employees.
5.      Stop Corporatisation/Privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments. Withdraw the orders for closure/reorganisation of Govt. of India Printing Presses, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Salt Department,Stationery Offices etc.
                      The no holds barred big bang reforms unleashed by the Central Government has given rise to an alarming situation in the Central Governent  Departments.  The proposed move to Corporatise Railway Production Centres and allowing private passenger trains, Corporatisation of Defence Ordinance Factories, Life Insurance and Parcel Sector of Postal department, closure of Govt. of India Printing Presses, proposed reorganisation of Salt Department, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Stationary Offices etc. has put in danger the very existence of various Central Govt. Departments and also the  job security of lakhs of Central Govt. Employees, Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers.  The present fate of the Telecom Department which was corporatised in 2000 into different companies is a bitter lesson for all.  We demand the Government to desist from the proposed move to corporatisation, privatisation, closure and reorganisation of Central Govt. departments.
6.      Filling up of seven lakhs vacancies existing in various Central Govt. Departments:
                      As per the  7th CPC report (Annexure to Chapter-3) there are 7,47,171 vacancies in the Central Govt. Departments as on 01-01-2014.  More retirements has taken place after 01-01-2014 and now the figure may go upto 8 lakhs. During the period from 2001 to 2008, thousands of posts are abolished in all Departments as per the downsizing orders issued by the NDA Govenment in 2001.  Only very few posts are filled up after 2014 and most of the Departments are running with 30 to 40% shortage of manpower.  This has resulted in heavy increase in workload on the existing employees and has adversely affected the efficiency of all Central Govt. Departments to a great extent.  We demand the Government to take immediate necessary action for filling up all vacant posts in all departments of Central Government.
                  
          COC Karnataka  request each and every Central Government Employee to propogate the above genuine demands by all means among the entireity of Central Government Employees.  We also request all Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers, to whole heartedly participate in the strike on 8th January 2020 and make the strike a thundering success in the Central Government Employees sector.

          Organise, if you want to survive,
          Organise, if you want to ensure job security
          Organise, if you want to ensure better wages,
          Organise, if you want your Pension to be protected,
          Organise, if you want your Trade Union Rights to remain.
  

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

ONE DAY STRIKE ON 8TH JANUARY, 2020


ONE DAY STRIKE ON 8TH JANUARY, 2020

10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION

1.      Scrap New Contributory Pension scheme (NPS).   Restore Old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees.  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension.

2.      Honour assurance given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016.  Increase Minimum Pay and Fitment formula.  Withdraw the proposed move to modify the existing time-tested methodology for calculation of Minimum wage.  Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016.  Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark for MACP,  Grant promotional heirarchy and date of effect from 01-01-2006.  Grant Option-I parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners.  Settle all anomalies arising  out of 7th CPC implementation.

3.      Stop corporatisation/privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments.  Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses.  Stop proposed move to close down Salt Department.  Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing.

4.      Fill up all six lakhs vacant posts in the Central Government Departments in a time bound manner.  Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B & C posts.

5.      (a)     Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil servant status.  Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
            (b)     Regularise all casual and contract workers including those joined on or after 01-09-1993.

6.      Ensure equal pay for equal work for all.  Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.

7.      Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision of remaining Autonomous bodies.  Ensure payment of arrears without further delay.  Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.

8.      Remove 5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments.  Grant appointment in all eligible cases.

9.      Grant five time bound promotions to all Group B & C employees. Complete Cadre Review in all departments within a time-frame.

10.    (a)     Withdraw the anti-worker wage/labour codes and other anti-worker Labour reforms.  Stop attack on trade union rights.  Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM Scheme at all levels.
         (b)   Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension Rules 1972.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

DA and CPI October 2019

The All-India Consumer Price Index-IW for October 2019  increased by 3 points now stands  at 325 (three hundred  and twenty five).  


DA as on 1st November 2019 is  19.68 %. 

Expected DA as on January  2020 is 21% that is  4% DA 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Clarification on Retirement Age & (FR) 56(J), Rule 48

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING)
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1529
(ANSWERED ON: 27.11.2019)
RETIREMENT AGE
1529.  SHRI KAUSHAL KISHORE:
           SHRI UPENDRA SINGH RAWAT:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:-
(a) whether there is any proposal before the Government to decrease the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) : No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years.
There are provisions under Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) [AIS (DCRB)] Rules, 1958, according to which the Government has the absolute right to retire Government officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three month’s pay and allowances in lieu of such notice:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

DA and CPI September 2019

The All-India Consumer Price Index-IW for September 2019  increased by 2 points now stands  at 322 (three hundred  and twenty two).  


DA as on 1st October 2019 is  18.94 %. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Proceedings of 10th State level conference


The Proceedings of 10th State level conference of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State   held at 4th Floor Income Tax Office Bangalore on 24th October 2019.

The Conference was attended by affiliates of COC Karnataka namely NFPE (P3) , NFPE(Postmen), ITEF, NFPE (RMS-R3) , NFPE(RMS R4) , NFPE(Postal Admin ) ,  NFPE ( Postal Accounts), AG’s , Central Excise , Ground Water, Census, Survey of India , CGHS , Civil Accounts etc.

The Conference was conducted under the joint presidium of President S Radhakrishna and working President PS Prasad.

Com Ramakrishna Joint Secretary welcomed the chief quest to the Dias, 
Com P.S.Prasad Working President welcomed the delegates and Chief quests.

Com S.Radhakrishna President moved resolution condoling the death of national leaders eminent personalities and comrades who had breathed last from last conference in July 2017 to date.  House observed a minutes silence in memory of departed souls. President in his brief introductory remarks stated that the policies of Government has adversely affecting the common people resulting in economic difficulties for them.  The mass convention of workers has given a call for countrywide strike on 8 January 2020.  Confederation National Executive meeting held on 19 October 2019 has endorsed the call of mass convention and has called upon all CG employees to join strike on ten point  charter of demands and demands adopted in Convention. The rights the workers enjoyed because of Constitution and various judicial decisions is under threat.  Unless we save our constitution our future will be in dark.  Therefore we have invited Justice Nagmohan Das former Judge of Karnataka High Court to explain us about the importance of Constitution for us.  Honorable Judge when he was practicing Advocate had address convention of COC on Article 311 of Constitution and Right to strike. He then requested Judge to inaugurate the conference and speak on Constitution of India.

Hon’ble  Justice H.N.Nagamohan Das inaugurating the conference spoke at length about the constitution of our country, how constitution of our country has protected our basic fundamental rights of the common man , workers, trade union rights , freedom of speech, he emphasised that basic issues of the workers, common man such as food , clothing , wages etc are not being discussed by the politicians , but other issues are being discussed. He emphasised that the each and every worker of the country should read the constitution of our country and protect our rights.The economic policies pursued by successive Governments has resulted in country’s wealth concentrating in the hands of just 2% of population   .   The privatisation of the Government Departments should be stopped and at present only 2% of the working force is from Government sectors.   The vacant posts should be filled up at present in Government sectors about 25 lakhs posts are vacant, there is huge unemployment is there.  All should join together to change the policies of Government.  Only then Constitution can be upheld to protect the interest of common people and pluralism of country.
Com M.Krishnan Secretary General Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers New  Delhi addressed and informed that how privatisation of the Central Government departments including Railways and Defence is taking in a big way, apart from privatisation the staff reduction is taking place in a big way. He also informed that the minimum wage calculations formula ie is Dr Aykroyd Formulawhich is being manipulated and various benefits  of this formula is being removed  which is a big disadvantage to the workers of this county and especially the Central Government employees , which will hamper the minimum wage of the Central Government employees in next pay commissions.  He asked all employees of Central Government to join the main stream of working class movement and participate in the one day General Strike on 8th Jan 2020. He guided how the campaign should be conducted.

Com Vinod General Secretary presented the General Secretary report and emphasised the fact of participating in the one day General Strike on 8th Jan 2020. The members passed the General Secretary report.

Com M.S.Ganesh presented the accounts statement for the year 2017-19 and requested members to contribute liberally, The accounts statement was passed.

The house passed the resolution in one voice placed by the President  regarding participation in the one day General Strike on 8th Jan 2020.The steps taken for the campaign was discussed in detail.   

The following veteran leaders who had retired from service and had made significant contribution in the growth of state COC were honoured.
1)    Com Seethalakshmi
2)    Com SS.Manjunath
3)    Com HS. Manjunath
4)    Com Julliana Vincent
5)    Com Vidya Simha
6)    Com Nagaraj Rao

The election process started the list of Office bearers of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State elected during the 10th State level conference of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State held at 4th Floor  Income Tax Office Bangalore on 24th October 2019 for the period 2019-22.


Post
Name
Organization
President
Com S.Radhakrishna
AG’s
Working President
Com P.S.Prasad
CGWB
Vice President
Com D.K.Bharathi
NFPE (Admin)
Vice President
Com Javarayi Gowda
NFPE (P3)
General Secretary
Com Vinod
ITEF
Joint Secretary
Com S.K.Rave 
NFPE (RMS- R3)
Joint Secretary
Com  Padmini Rudraiah
Postal Accounts
Finance Secretary
Com M.S.Ganesh
Survey of India
Assistant Secretary
Com Santhosh Sundaram
ITEF
Assistant Secretary
Com Doddaiah
NFPE(Postmen)
Assistant Secretary
Com Rajeev VM
AG’s
Assistant Secretary
Com Mohan Pai
Census
Assistant Secretary
Com N.Saraswathamma
NFPE (P-3)
Assistant Secretary
Com Rajeev VM
Central Excise
Assistant Secretary
Com D.Laxshman Reddy
NFPE (RMS- R4)
Assistant Secretary
Com Rudraswamy
CGHS
Auditor
Com  Pratap
Civil Accounts
The vote of thanks was proposed by Com Ramakrishna.


The President declared the Conference closed amidst reverberating slogan chanting by participants

                                                                                                                                            (S.Radhakrishna)
    President