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Thursday, September 25, 2014

No holiday on October 2nd Govt Officers to take cleanliness pledge.

All central government officers have been asked to be present in their offices on October 2nd 2014 to take cleanliness pledge as part of the government's 'Clean India' campaign.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

REMEMBRANCE OF A STRIKE


By Com. V.V. Jacob Ex-Secretary, Class III Service Association,
Survey of India, Bangalore.
Sep 17, 2008
In the history of workers in struggle in India the nationwide strike of Central Govt. Employees on 19th. September, 1968 has a prominent place.  As we observe 40th. Anniversary of that historic struggle, we pay our respectful homage to the martyrs who laid down their life in the struggle. The main demand of employees was “Need Based Minimum Wage” as recommended by 15th. Indian Labour Conference. When the Govt. refused to settle the demands through discussion and negotiation, the employees organisations under the auspicious of “Joint Action Council” decided to go on one day token strike on 19th. Sept.1968.  Accordingly a strike notice was served on Government.

The response of government was unprecedented.  An ordinance namely “Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance” (ESMO) was issued.  The strike was banned under the ordinance.  The ordinance contained many draconian provisions that could be evoked against the strikers or the so called instigators.  As the day of strike approached, many leaders at different parts of the country were arrested and put behind bars. Many leaders had to remain underground to lead the strike.  Demonstrations and rallies of employees in various places were dispersed by lathi charge and police firing.  In places like Pathankot in Punjab scores of Railway workers fell victims to police bullets.  Government unleashed misleading propaganda against the strike.  Attempted to engineer rift in major organisations like NFPTE.  Rival leaders were propped up. 

In spite of such brutal suppression, misleading propaganda and attempt to divide, the employees at large struck work on 19th.  Wherever the leaders wavered the strike was not successful.  The lesson to be learnt was that an unwavering and committed leadership can galvanise into action the rank and file in most adverse situation.

Massive victimisation followed.  More than 50,000 employees were dismissed or terminated.  All those arrested were suspended and prosecution continued.  Break in service (later converted to dies-non) and wage cut imposed on all strikers.  It took a few years sustained agitations and legal battles to get most of these victimised employees re-instated.  The dies-non remained.

At Bangalore the preparations for strike was well done under the dynamic leadership of Com. P. R. Chabaque who was the convenor of the Joint Action Committee here. Intensive campaigning was done through pamphlets and office centric meetings. A massive rally was held in Railway Institute ground behind City Railway station.

Some arrests under ESMO were made at Bangalore. Four of us in Survey of India were arrested and prosecuted. I was arrested on the 17th evening while coming out of office at Richmond road after office hours. Though surprised I was not shaken. I was a temporary employee then, having three years of service and an ordinary member of the Class III Service Association. On 17th, around noon our officer-in-charge called a staff meeting and exhorted the staff not to participate in the strike and threatened of severe consequences if any one does. Com. P. R. Chabaque, who was the Secretary of the Class III Service Association, spoke in justification of the strike and I supported him. This infuriated the O.C. And he abruptly ended the meeting. This may be the reason for my arrest. Police waited for Com. P.R.C. also, but he left the office in disguise and evaded the arrest till 20th. I was taken to Shoolay police station and kept there till the next day. Meanwhile the house I was staying at Sampangiramnagar was raided and searched. Com. K.P. Nair, President of our Association was arrested early morning on 18th from his house near Commercial street. Both of us were produced before the court in Mayo Hall and remanded and taken to Bangalore Central Jail. Com. A.K.P. Pillai was arrested on the 19th morning when moving on the road near the office. Com. Chabaque was arrested on 20th and took out bail immediately. We were in jail till 21st. We had a few comrades from Railway as inmates. Com. Jayaram, Kopeswar Rao and Namboothri are few names I could recollect. Though for few days in jail it was an experience in life.

We were bailed out on the 21st. The prosecution continued and charge-sheet under ESMO was filed against us. Renowned advocate K.S. Subbarao argued our case. We were suspended from service immediately after arrest. The case continued for more than 18 months. In the end we were all acquitted of charges and our suspensions revoked. Our colleagues supported us financially and morally during our suspension. Similar suspensions and persecutions took place in Railways, RMS etc.. I recollect a few names of leaders who were leading the movements then. Coms. Raghothaman, CV Ananda, N Bhaskaran, Muthu Subramanian (RMS), MM Farooqui (Telegraph), BN Prakash (Postal), Sastri, MS Nagaraj (AGS).There were others whose names I am not able to recollect. Strike in Bangalore was moderately successful. Some offices like RMS and Survey of India had near total strike.

Though the Central Govt. employees could not get the demand of need-based minimum wage conceded, the strike made an impact on future developments on their wage structure and service condtions. The III Pay Commission appointed after this strike had to seriously discuss this demand in their report. No struggle goes in vain. The long term impact of a struggle for a genuine cause should be understood properly. The benefits of past struggles often accrues to the present/future generation.

Let us salute the martyrs of past struggles.
Let us remember with gratitude all those who suffered immensely in the past struggles.
Let us carry forward the proud legacy left behind them.

Long live workers unity.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seventh Pay Commission has sought information on the parity of pay scales manifests in posts of a similar nature



MEENA AGARWAL
SECRETARY
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
7CPC/99/RR/2014/1
Dated: 8th September, 2014
Dear
The 7th Central Pay Commission has been receiving a number of memoranda, representations from associations/federations as well as individual cadres on pay and related issues. As part of its working, the Commission is also hearing various groups of employees both in Delhi and during its visits outside Delhi.

2. One of the major issues raised before the Commission centres on the subject of parity. One aspect of parity manifests in how posts of a similar nature are placed. Certain cadres/category of employees have, in their deposition before the Commission, stated that there are cases when identical or similarly placed cadres/categories of employees in different Ministries/Departments are placed differentially in terms of pay and promotional prospects. 


3. With a view to examining and addressing this aspect of parity amongst apparently similarly placed cadres/posts, the Commission has devised a template to be filled in for posts being administered by your Department. The template seeks to elicit information that would be readily available in the Recruitment Rules for the concerned post(s)/cadres. In case your Department only operates posts involving common cadres like the Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS), Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS), a NIL report may kindly be furnished to the Commission.

4. Since the Work of the Commission is time bound may I request that information as sought is furnished by 25 September 2014. Perhaps a copy of the RRs themselves could be sent as advance information.

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Meena Agarwal)


Enclosure: As above.





Monday, September 22, 2014

JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE MEETING ON 12.10.2014

DISCUSS AND FINALISE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION ON MAJOR DEMANDS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

LETTER FROM SECRETARY, JCM NC STAFF SIDE

No.NC-JCM-2014/S.C.                             September 18, 2014

Shri M. Krishnan,
Member National Council – JCM

Dear Com.

In view of the Government of India’s in different attitude in the major issues viz Merger of Dearness – Allowance, Payment of Interim Relief and date of effect of Recommendations of 7th CPC i.e. from 1.1.2014, an URGENT MEETING of the Staff Side of JCM, (National Council) shall be held at 12.00 hrs on 12.10.2014 in the Staff Side office 13-C, Ferozshah Road New Delhi – 110001, to discuss and finalize future course of action.



All of you are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary


Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Friday, September 19, 2014

Prajavani News Paper Report


ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ನೌಕರರ ಏಳನೇ ವೇತನ ಆಯೋಗ

ಶಿಫಾರಸು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಿ ಧರಣಿ



ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು: ಏಳನೇ ವೇತನ ಆಯೋಗದ ಶಿಫಾರಸುಗಳನ್ನು 2014ರ ಜನವರಿಯಿಂದಲೇ ಅನ್ವಯ-ವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಿ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ನೌಕರರು ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಲಸಗಾರರ ಸಮನ್ವಯ ಸಮಿತಿ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ನಗರದ ಪುರಭವನದ ಎದುರು ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ ಧರಣಿ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.
ಅಗತ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳ ಬೆಲೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಏರಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ವೇತನ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಜೀವನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆಗೆ ತೊಂದರೆ-ಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದ ಕಾರಣ ಅಗತ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳ ಬೆಲೆಗೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ವೇತನ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಧರಣಿನಿರತರು ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಿದರು.
ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್‌ ಮತ್ತು ಜೀವ ವಿಮಾ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ ಐದು ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆ ವೇತನ ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಇತರೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ 10 ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಗೊಮ್ಮೆ ವೇತನ ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೇ, ಅಗತ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳ ಬೆಲೆ ಏರಿಕೆಗೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ವೇತನ ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಣೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ’ ಎಂದು ಸಮಿತಿಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಎಸ್‌.ರಾಧಾಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹೇಳಿದರು. ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಆಧಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಅಂಚೆ ನೌಕರರನ್ನು ಕಾಯಂಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕು. ಮಧ್ಯಂತರ ವೇತನ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕೊಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಧರಣಿನಿರತರು ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು.
Source: Prajavani News Paper Report Page No 3B of 20/9/14

More Photos on Dharna Program

Sanjevani News Paper Report

E Sanje Paper Report

AICGWBEA  Dharna Program
At CPMG Office 
Vijaya Karnataka

19th September Photos








Thursday, September 18, 2014

DA orders from 01.07.2014

Dharna Program on 19th September 2014


Dharna Program on 19th September 2014 to be observed in all districts head quarters of the Karnataka state &  in the state capital Bangalore to be held at Town hall  Bangalore from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.    

Following are the Demands: -

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendation should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment.

8.      Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified.

9.      Stop Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation and Privatisation of Government function.

10.  Grant productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling; Compute bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.


12.  Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Pay Commission. 

Participate in large numbers  Workers Unity Zindabad

Monday, September 15, 2014

19th September Importance

Strike by the Central Government employees and the Railwaymen took place on 19th September, 1968. Against the Government’s refusal to refer the demands of the Central Government employees for arbitration as provided for in the JCM Scheme & also  had gone on strike demanding 100% neutralization of increase in cost of living index and automatic payment of DA. The strike finally yielded result in the form of recommendation of 3rd CPC

In this strike 48,000 Central Government employees were served with notices of termination of service, Against this massive victimization, the leaders of the Central Government employees, including the General Secretary of the AIRF, went on an indefinite fast in front of the Parliament in New Delhi. The Government of India was forced to withdraw the discharge notices and consequently all the discharged employees were reinstated in service. 

CPI & WPI Index August 2014


August WPI inflation shrinks to 5-year low of 3.74% & CPI inflation slowed to 7.8 % in August from nearly 8% in the previous month. 



Constitution of Expenditure Management Commission

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dharna Program on 11.09.2014

Memorandum to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Departments on 11.09.2014 by Confederation and all affiliated organizations. Copy of the Memorandum may be submitted to all Head of Offices/Units after conducting protest demonstration at all important places.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dharna Program on 19th September 2014




Following are the Demands: -

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendation should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment.

8.      Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified.

9.      Stop Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation and Privatisation of Government function.

10.  Grant productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling; Compute bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.


12.  Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Pay Commission.

Filing returns of assets and liabilities upto 31st December.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Govt may withhold cash, jewellery details of Governement Employees

Revision of ceiling for payment of Bonus in Bonus Act 1965

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
No.NC/JCM/2014
Dated: August 23, 2014
Shri Narendra Modi Ji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Revision of ceiling for payment of Bonus in Bonus Act 1965
Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was amended in the year 2007. This Act was called as Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2007. 


In Section 12 of the Principal Act (1965), payment of minimum bonus was revised from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500 w.e.f. 1st April, 2006 through Payment of Bonus(Amendment) Ordinance 2007(8 of 2007) and subsequently passed by the Parliament through Bill No.89/2007.

The Central Trade Unions and also the Constituent Organizations of Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government employees raised the issue of amendment to the Section 12 of the Bonus Act, 1965 to remove the Ceiling of Rs.3500, mentioned in the Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act 2007. 

But so far the Government has not amended the Act to pay real wages to the workers as Bonus, which is causing lot of hardship to the workers due to high escalation of prices of all commodities after the enactment of the amendment to the Bonus Act 1965 in the year 2007.

You are, therefore, requested to consider the pleas made by the Central Trade Union Organizations and also the JCM Constituent Organizations for Central Government employees and amend the Section 12 of the Bonus Act, duly removing the ceiling mentioned in the Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus(Amendment) Act, 2007.

As Pooja Festival is fast approaching and orders for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees and Ex. gratia to other Central Government employees are likely to be issued shortly, you are further requested to propose to issue an ordinance with the approval of the President to amend Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2007 so as to enable the Railwaymen and other Central Government employees to get real wages as Bonus.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/JCM-letter-to-PM-on-PLB.pdf

Thursday, September 4, 2014

7% hike in DA for Central Govt Employees & Workers, pensioners

Ahead of the festive season, the Union cabinet  on Thursday approved the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government Employees. 
Pensioners will also get appropriate Dearness Relief (DR) and the new installment will be applicable from July 1, 2014.
“This is an increase of 7% over the existing rate of 100% of the basic pay/pension, to compensate for price rise,” said a government release. 
The decision will benefit around 8.5 million central government employees and pensioners. The decision is expected to be followed by several states and a similar DA package may benefit millions of state government employees.

“The combined impact on the exchequer of both DA and DR would be approximately of Rs. 7,691 crore per annum and Rs. 5,127 crore respectively for the period between July 2014 to February 2015,” said the release.

DA as on 1st August 2014 is 108.48%.