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Friday, June 22, 2018

Reimbursement of Accommodation charges for stay in Hotels as per CCS (Travelling Allowance) Rules

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM. No.19030/2/2017-E.IV dated 10th October 2017 has clarified that the ceiling prescribed in para 2E (i) of the Annexure to DoE O.M.No.19030/1/2017-E-IV dated 13.07.2017 in r/o hotel accommodation/guest house, is exclusive of all taxes and these taxes shall be reimbursed to the Govt. Employee over and  above the ceiling limit. 


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Holding of meeting of the NJCA - on 3rd July, 2018

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055

No.NJCA/2018
Dated: June 8, 2018
All Members of the NJCA

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Holding of meeting of the NJCA

It has been decided to hold meeting of the National Council of Action (NJCA) on 3rd July, 2018 from 16.00 hrs, in JCM Office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi

The following would be the issue of discussion:-

(i) To take stock of the current situation in regard to non-settled of major pending issues, viz. improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

(ii) No progress in respect of NPS Covered Central Government Employees.

(iii) Other pending issues related to National and Departmental Anomalies.

All of you are requested to make it convenient to attend the said meeting so as to take the consensus decision for future course of action in the prevalent scenario.

With Fraternal Greetings,

sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Monday, June 11, 2018

National Convention of CG Employees held on 10/6/2018










Scrap Contributory Pension Scheme
Settle 10 points Charter of demands
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES DECLARES ONE DAY STRIKE ON 15th NOVEMBER 2018

National Convention of Central Government Employees organised by Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers at Hyderabad declared one day strike on 15th November 2018. All India State Govt Employees Federation (AISGEF) also declared one day strike on the same day ie ; 15.11.2018. Main demands are Scrap Contrbutory Pension  System and implement Old Pension System for all , Honour assurance given by Group of Ministers regarding increase in Minimum Pay & Fitment Formula , Stop Outsourcing of Govt functions and contractorisation , Grant Equal Pay for Equal Work , Settle 10 points Charter of demands etc. 

The Convention was inaugurated by Dr.Sajjeeva Reddy , National President , INTUC. Com Amarjeet Kaur , Nationl General Secretary , AITUC , Com Venkitesh , State General Secretary , CITU , Telangana , Com Gopal Rao , All India Defence Employees Federation addressed the convention. Com A.Sreekumar , General Secretary , AISGEF addressed the convention and declared that State Government Employees will also go on nationwide strike on 15.11.2018 along with Cental Govt Employees demanding scrapping of Contributory Pension Scheme. Com M.Krishnan , Secretary General , Confederation presented the Draft Resolution and Declaration for discussion and adoption. About 28 delegates representing different organisations and state level Coordination Committees participated in the discussion on draft resolution and declaration. Com Giriraj Singh , President , NFPE , Com Venkatesan (ITEF) Com M.S.Raja , Secretary General , All India Audit & Accounts Association , Com C.U.Jayakumar , Secretary General , National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees , Com Nilesh D Nazare , General Secretary , Indian Bureau of Mines Employees Association , Com P.S.Prasad (Working President COC Karnataka & General Secretary Central  Ground Water Board  Association) Com R.Seethalaksmi , Convenor , All India Women's Committee of Confederation also addressed the delegate session. Convention adopted the Resolution and Declaration and decided to go for one day strike on 15th November 2018 demanding settlement of 10 points Charter of demands (Resolution , Declaration and Charter of Demands will be published in the website shortly). The Convention also decided to organise intensive campaign programmes to ensure largest participation of employees in the strike (Details of campaign programmes will be published shortly).

About 1000 delegates from all states and affiliated organisations participated in the National Convention . Com K.K.N.Kutty , National President , Confederation hoisted the Confederation flag and also presided over the National Convention. Com A . Azeez, General Secretary , COC , AP & Telangana delivered welcome address and Com Y.Nageswara Rao , Chairman , COC offered vote of thanks. 

The delegates from  Karnataka state which includes delegates from  Belgavi , Hubli , Bangalore , Raichur districts along with units from  Postal , RMS, ITEF , Survey of India , CGWB , Postal Accounts etc participated in the meeting .   

The Reception Committee under the dynamic leadership of Com Nageswara Rao and Azeez along with leaders and cadres of all affiliated organisations of COC made excellent arrangements for the successful conducting of the National Convention. Cultural programmes presented by Praia Natya Mandali was really inspiring. Overall the National Convention was a grand success and and an inspiring experience for those who participated in it.

Minutes of COC Karnataka Meeting held on 5/6/2018


The COC meeting was  held on 5/6/2018 at ITEF room   started at 7.15 p.m. with Com.President in Chair. 

One minute silence was observed as a mark of honour and respect to our Comrade Chandrashekar, who expired today morning. He was working as a Postal Asst at Bg GPO.  (Ex Sports Inspector and Ex Football Coach).

National Convention at Hyderabad on 10-06-2018:
Com.S.Radhakrishna President appraised  the Exe Com about the National Convention of the Confederation of Cent. Govt Employees & Workers to be held at Hyderabad on 10-06-2018 reg Scrapping of NPS, Min Wage, Fitment Formula and to deliberate upon the future course of action.  

During the course of the meeting, it was decided that Com.P.S.Prasad, Working President will represent COC karnataka and all other affiliates are required to send their representatives as per the quota fixed by their respective All India Body. 

GDS Strike:
The representatives from Postal Assns viz., Com.Javaraya Gowda, Com.Ganesh and Com.Dominic who were present were asked to inform the latest developments reg the ongoing Strike of GDS Employees and also their programme of action, so as to enable COC, Karnataka to extend their solidarity as per the directions issued by Confederation Leadership. 

Financial  Review and Subscription:
All the affiliates were requested to remit the subscription to COC for the years 2017-18 & 2018-19 immediately. The Subscription for the year 2017-18 should be cleared by 30th June ( Rate of subscription is at Rs 10/- per member per year).

Meeting concluded at 8.45 p.m

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cabinet Approves GDS Pay scales

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure - Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.
3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.
Details:
  1. Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised.  The total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
  2. The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
  3. Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) will be as below:

Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours / levels
S.No.

Category

Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1

Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2

1

BPM

Rs. 12000/-

Rs. 14500/-

2

ABPM/Dak Sevaks

Rs. 10000/-

Rs. 12000/-


  1. Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised for Central Government Servants.
  2. It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised.
  3. Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.
  • vii. Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on 1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on the one time written request of GDSs.
  1. A new Risk and hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.

Implementation strategy and targets:
The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing.

Impact:
The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of Communications and financial services in the village and are located in remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large sums while making payments to customers; hence accountability is already built into his work. The enhanced remuneration will increase the sense of responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out of the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected to play a key role in the process of financial inclusion of the rural population.

Background:
The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346) Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-1W) — April, 2018 and DA

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2018 increased by 1 point and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). 

The DA as on April 2018 is 9.15 .

Excepted DA for July 2018 is 9% . 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

GDS Strike -


Govt. of India has not included 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Postal department under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission. Govt’s stand is that GDS are not Civil Servants but are Extra Departmental Employees. After much pressure and agitations by Postal Federations finally Government appointed a separate Committee for revision of wages and service conditions of GDS, headed by a retired Postal Board Member Shri Kamalesh Chandra.

2.         Service conditions of GDS are pathetic. No pay scale is granted instead Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) is granted. Minimum monthly allowance for 3 hours is Rs.2295- plus DA and maximum monthly allowance for hours is Rs.3635 plus DA. No other allowances such as HRA, Children Education Allowance etc., are granted. Rent of the building in which Branch Post Office is housed is to be paid by the Branch Post Master (BPM) from his pocket. No maternity leave is granted instead 90 days leave salary is granted from Welfare Fund. No medical reimbursement or Medical Insurance Scheme.  Only 20days paid leave is granted in a year. No time bound promotion except examination based promotion to limited number of Postmen & Group-D vacancies. No pension is granted and GDS service is not counted towards pension.

            In 2011 a Contributory Pension Scheme is introduced with contribution of Rs.200/- each by the employee and the department. But the pension from this insurance annuity based scheme is meager, less than Rs.1000/- per month. In short the wages and service conditions are deplorable.

3.         It is this background; the Kamalesh Chandra Committee submitted its report on 24-11-2016. Most of the recommendations of the Committee are positive. Minimum pay recommended was Rs.10,000/- and maximum Rs.14,500/- plus DA. Composite Allowance in lieu of building rent & Children education Allowance were recommended. Maternity leave for 26 weeks and one week paternity leave, Time bound three promotions on completion of 12,24 & 36 years of service, 30 days ordinary leave, five days emergency leave etc., are also recommended.

4.         Even though the Committee Report is submitted to Govt. on 24-11-2016, even after a lapse of 18 months, the report is not yet implemented. In the case of departmental employees, wage revision as per 7th CPC Report was already implemented from 01-01-2016. Unjustified discrimination is shown towards GDS. As a result, the discontentment and protest among the GDS is growing day by day. NFPE & AIPEU-GDS has conducted various agitational programmes including one day strike on 23-08-2017 and five days continuous dharna at Delhi demanding immediate implementation of positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report. Other Federations and GDS Unions too conducted their own agitational programmes. Inspite of all these, implementation of the Committee Report is delayed inordinately. The All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS held at Allahabad in March 2018, reviewed whole situation and decided to organize indefinite strike in the month of May 2018.

5.         It is in this back ground, the indefinite strike notice was served by four GDS unions. First BEDEU (BMS) served notice for indefinite strike. Then AIGDSU and NUGDS (INTUC) gave notice for indefinite strike from 22-05-2018. As other GDS Unions had given indefinite strike notice, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) also decided to service indefinite strike notice from the same date i.e., 22-05-2018 in consultation with NFPE.
Simultaneously, NFPE issued instructions to all Branch / Division / Circle Unions to extend full support and solidarity to the GDS strike by organizing daily protest demonstrations and attending duty by wearing black-badges. In five States viz., Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & West Bengal departmental employees’ Unions also joined the strike from 22-05-2018.

6.         Indefinite strike commenced on 22-05-2018. 100% GDS in all States went on strike. Out of 1,55,000 post offices, 1,29,500 post offices are Branch Post Offices manned by GDS. All the 1,29,500 Post offices remained closed. Out of five lakhs postal employees 2.76 lakhs are Gramin Dak Sevaks 90 – 95% of GDS went on strike from 22-05-2018 and their percentage increased day by day and came to near total. Regarding Departmental employees, the solidarity strike from 22-05-2018 conducted in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Telangana and West Bengal withdrawn on the fourth day due to compelling reasons, but the entire GDS in these States are continuing their Strike. In Kerala, departmental employees are continuing their solidarity strike even today.

7          .After giving the strike notice, till, date four round of negotiations took place. First round discussions held with Additional Director General, Department of Posts. Second round of talks held with Secretary, Department of Posts. Third and fourth round of conciliation proceedings was held by Regional Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi. All these discussions failed due to the totally negative and adamant attitude of the Govt. and Postal Authorities and hence the strike is continuing. All the four GDS Unions are on strike and it is near total in almost all States. The functioning of the rural postal services is paralyzed as 80% of the post offices are closed and 100% GDS are on strike.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Revision of Minimum Pay and Fitment formula due to increased revenue collections of the Central Government



Comrades,
                  Today none of the 7th CPC related demands of Central Government Employees are settled. The assurance given by the Group of Ministers to the NJCA leaders regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is in paper even after a lapse of 20 months. Now the Finance Minister has replied in Parliament that “no change in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is at present under consideration”. 

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

Pay Commission Objective: It is the endeavour of every pay commission to ensure that the pay and allowances of employees should be ‘fair and reasonable’. The pay structure should also motivate the employees to reasonable levels of performance in the tasks assigned to them, so that the general public derive the benefit of their service as intended.

Our demand of revision of Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is quite justified.

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

Comparative picture of pay of Central Government and State Government in regards to minimum wage as on  1.7.2017

Many of the State Governments are following the Central Government pay scales, but a few state Governments have improved upon the Central Government pay scales. The examples are as under:
Government Agency
Group “D” Basic pay in Rs
Add Skill 25% from Group “D” to Group “C”
Group “C”
Basic Pay in Rs
DA %
Add DA Amount in  Rs
Basic Pay in Group “C” in Rs
Govt. of India


Nil
18000
5
900
18900
Andhra  Pradesh &  Telangana 

13000
3250
16250
24.1
3916
20166
Kerala
16500
4125
20625
14
2887
23512
Karnataka

17000
4250
21250
Nil

21250








  

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%.  


Direct tax collections in 2017-18 at Rs 9.95 lakh crore, exceeded the revised budgetary target of Rs 9.8 lakh crore. Also, 6.84 crore income tax returns filed in the year against 5.43 crore in the previous year signalling a rise of 26 %  . A net of 99.5 lakh new assesses were added to the tax net.

Net collection from corporate tax went up 17.1 per cent while that from personal income tax rose 18.9 %.

The revenue collection from Goods and Services Tax (GST) exceeded Rs 1 lakh crore in April 2018, GST revenue collected in April 2018 came at Rs 1,03,458 crore.

With the improved economic climate, introduction of e-way bill and improved GST compliance, GST collections would continue to show a positive trend.

The wage bill of the Central Government on in its employees is less than 10% or 3.4% of the GDP,  which is less compared to various countries world wide .  


Vacancy of the Central Government is about 15 % , more than 4 lakhs vacancies are existing in the Central Government the work load is being carried out by the existing employees. The Government being a model employer should pay for its employees and motivate them to work more for implementation of its policies. 
   
Hence due to the improved revenue earning of the Central Government, as assured to the staff side JCM by the Group of Ministers in respect of increase of Minimum Pay and Fitment formula, the Central Government should increase the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula.


Issued by COC Karnataka