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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Budget 2013 Government Employees View

Highlights of General Budget-2013

* No revision in the tax slabs
* To continue with education cess at 3%
* Tax credit of  Rs 2,000 for income up to 5 lakh
First housing loan up to Rs 25 lakh would get additional deduction of interest of up to Rs 1 lakh 
* Contributions made to central and state government health scheme eligible to tax benefit.
* Pension funds and provident funds can invest in exchange traded funds and asset backed securities
 * Direct Taxes Code (DTC) bill to be introduced in current Parliament session.
FM: The insurance amendment bill and the PFRDA bills are before the house; 
        hope that they will be passed soon


 Demand  Tax Slab Revision in General Budget-2013 

In the Union Budget 2013-14 presented by the Hon'ble Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram, it is stated that the inflation is just 6.9 %, and further it is stated, there is no need to change the income tax slab from the present Rs 2 lakhs to 3 lakhs.  In fact, the Trade Unions have demanded Rs 5 lakhs as minimum tax limit.    

The Consumer Price Index has shown an increase of 23 points in the last one year from 198 points in January, 2012 to 221 points in the January, 2013 as per the Labour Bureau, Government of India STATISTICS.  Refer the link  If the prices have gone up by 23 points and the DA we are getting is 16% increase in last year, in such a case, the minimum income tax slab should have been increased from 2 lakhs to Rs 2.5 lakhs as prices have gone up by 23%.  instead of that, a small tax savings of Rs 1100 is provided for the income upto Rs.5 lakhs. Earlier for income of Rs 5 lakhs, we used to pay Rs 30,000 as income tax.  Now we shall pay an income tax of Rs 28,840/-.

Everywhere across the country, salaried class are paid an increase in salary in the range of 15% to 25 % to compensate the price rise partially.  Hence, with the additional salary we some how compensate for the price rise.  The Hon'ble Finance Minister should have taken this point into consideration for revision in tax slabs. Now workers and employees have to pay additional tax for the additional salary due to inflation and also the additional burden to the higher prices.  

There is also a danger in regard to passing of PFRDA bill in this session. 

CGHS Tests

 Regarding tests investigations at private hospitals/diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Budget 2013: 7 expectations of the salaried class

According to a survey by Assocham, a majority of salaried people want Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to raise the exemption limit on income-tax and increase deductions under various allowances so that they are left with more purchasing power.
  1. Exemption limit on income-tax: Over 89 per cent of the respondents said that the slab oftax free income has not moved up in line with real inflation. The current basic exemption limit of Rs. 2 lakh should be increased to at least Rs. 3 lakh, while the limit for women should go up to Rs. 3.5 lakh. This will increase the purchasing power of individuals and stimulate demand.
  2. Medical re-imbursement limit: With increasing healthcare costs, the existing tax free limit of Rs. 15,000 should be increased to Rs. 50,000, 89 per cent of the respondents said.
  3. Transportation allowance: Currently, this is tax-free to the extent of Rs. 800 per month. This limit was fixed more than a decade ago, and definitely needs to be revised upwards to at least Rs. 3,000 per month, given the rising commuting costs across the country, according to the survey.
  4. Interest on home loanThe deduction limit for payment of interest (on self-occupied property) has remained constant at Rs. 1.5 lakh since 2001. Since then, property prices have gone through the roof, increasing the quantum of home loan. An increase in the exemption limit to Rs. 2.5 lakh will be a welcome change, the survey found.
  5. Investments under Section 80C: This IT Act provides a deduction of Rs. 1 lakh for certain investments. The provision helps people in making forced savings that helps them in the future. A common man expects this limit to be increased to Rs. 2 lakh with a sub-limit of Rs. 50,000 exclusively for insurance and pension.
  6. Infrastructure bonds: Over 82 per cent respondents favoured the restoration of infrastructure bonds, considering that the government needs massive funds for the development of the infrastructure sector and also the lock-in period should be restricted to five years.
  7. Pension: Over 71 per cent of the respondents demanded that the national pension system (NPS) be brought under the EEE (exempt-exempt-exempt) as against EET (exempt-exempt-tax) at present. This means that investors get a tax exemption at all the three stages of investment, appreciation and withdrawal.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 21st Strike Photos


It has been reported that the  February  20th & 21st  General Strike has been a  success in Karnataka thanks to all one and all for their joint effort, more than 70% of the Central Government Employees  have participated in the Strike all over the Karnataka State.  Bank, Insurance offices were closed, many industries were closed in Karnataka State .   
Photos of the JCTU Meeting  & Rally  held from  Town Hall to AG's office Bangalore on February 21st 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 20th General Strike a Success


It has been reported that the  February 20th General Strike has been a  success in Karnataka thanks to all one and all for their joint effort, more than 70% of the Central Government have participated in the Strike all over the Karnataka State.  Bank, Insurance offices were closed, Transport services were also crippled as 90% of the Transport Employees participated in strike, many industries were closed.   

Please keep up this tempo till 21st evening and ensure cent percent success

Photos of the JCTU Meeting  held at Town Hall Bangalore on February 20th


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


FEBRUARY 20th  TO 21st , 2013 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Trade Union Rally

The General Secretaries / Circle Secretary ,
All Affiliated Members of COC Karnataka

Dear Comrades,

        Support to “General Strike” proposed by the Central Trade Unions  which is supported by the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.  on  20th & 21st February, 2013 on the 25 charter of demands. 

     It has, therefore, been decided by the  COC Karnataka to extend its fullest support to the countrywide two days “General Strike” proposed by the Central Trade Unions on 20th and 21st February, 2013. by participating   in strike and rallies  

   You are, therefore, advised to conduct gate meetings, demonstrations, dharnas, protest rallies etc, at all the important places in all Districts, Taluks,  & in front of Government offices  of the Karnataka State  to ensure our solidarity to Central Trade Unions  call of two days’ "General Strike”.

Program at Bangalore on 20th Feb is centralized Meeting  at  Town Hall at 10.30 am.
 Program at Bangalore on 21st Feb is centralized rally starting from Town Hall at 9.30 am onwards to  AG's Office & public meeting near RC college from 11 hrs onwards . All are requested to join in large numbers in the rally on 21st feb 2013.   

Comradely yours,
General Secretary

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Support to “General Strike” by AIRF


4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055
Dated : February 13, 2013

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Coms,

Sub: Support to “General Strike” proposed by the Central Trade Unions

As you are aware that the 88th Annual Conference of All India Raliwaymen's Federation, met at Vishakhapatnam from 18th to 20th December, 2012, had decided to reiterate its all out support to the programme drawn in the National Convention of all the Central Trade Unions, held on 4th September, 2012 at Talkalora Stadium, New DeIhi (Resolution No.5). It has, therefore, been decided by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation to extend its fullest support to the countrywide two days “General Strike” proposed by the Central Trade Unions on 20th and 21st
February, 2013 on the following demands:

1. No contractonsation of works of permanent/perennial nature of wages and benefits to the contract workers
at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry/establishment.
2. Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs. 10,000 linked with Cost Price Index.
3. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund: Increase the quantum of gratuity.
4. Assured pension for all.
5. Compulsory registration of the Trade Unions within a period of 45 days and mediate ratification of the ILO Conventions Nos.87 and 98.

You are, therefore, advised to conduct gate meetings, demonstrations, dharnas, protest rallies etc, at all the important places to ensure our solidarity to CTUs’ call of two days’ "General Strike”.

In this connection, we are also enclosing herewith a copy of the appeal made by all the Central Trade Unions.

End: As above

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Report on Com S.K. Vyas visit to Benagluru


Com S.K Vyas President  Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers New Delhi was on a visit to Bangalore on 7 February 2013. His visit was to mobilize the CG Employees to participate in large number in the General Strike of workers on 20 & 21 February 2013.  All the Central Trade Unions including INTUC & BMS have called upon the workers to observe All India General Strike for two days on 20 & 21 February on a 10 point charter. All most employees organizations like Banks, Insurance sector, PSUs, State Govts have endorsed the call.  The Confederation has also called upon all its affiliates to join the strike.  Confederation has included 8 demands in its charter in addition to 10 demands of trade unions. 

Meeting at AG’s Office:  Com Vyas programme commenced with a meeting of workers in AG’s Office at 11 AM.   In this meeting Com Vyas in addition to Confederation demands touched upon certain issues which were of relevance audit and accounts employees.

RALLY DURING LUNCH HOUR: Joint Rally of Central and State Government Employees was held in the premsis of Income Tax office. which was attended by leaders of  NFPE(AIPEU,RMS,Postal Accounts), FNPO, ITEF, Ground Water, Civil Accounts, Survey of India ,AG'S, CGHS, State Goverment( Okkuta) etc   Com Satyanarayana General Secretary All India Postal Accounts Employees Association, Com Matapathi  President State Government Employees Federation (Okkutta)  addressed the rally.  Com Vyas explained the genesis of each demand and the need for constituting 7th CPC.  He called upon the members to make strike of 20 & 21 February big success. It was deceided that Central and State Goverment Employees will jointly particpate  in strike of 20 & 21 February.

The Next Joint meeting of Central and State Government Employees will be held in the premsis of Vidhan soudha (LH) on 11/2/13 at 5pm 

Confederation Meeting: In the evening meeting of confederation and Joint Action Council of Postal Employees was held in city RMS office. which was attended by leaders of  NFPE(AIPEU,RMS,Postal Accounts), FNPO, ITEF, Ground Water, Civil Accounts, Survey of India, CGHS, NREU, ALRSA, etc The meeting was presided over by Com S.Radhakrishna Working President of the State unit of confederation. Com R.Srinivas Circle Secretary of RMS  unit welcomed the gathering. 

  Com Satynarayana General Secretary AIPAEA addressed the meeting.The members wanted clarification regarding the need of another strike in February when already we have observed strike in 12-12-2012 on the same demands.  Further they wanted to know why February was chosen for strike. Com Vyas in his speech explained the importance of charter. He further explained that Confederation decided in April 2012 for strike in December  2012, JCTU had not decided for any strike. Decision of JCTU for strike in February came only in August 2012.  When a review meeting of confederation executive was held all affiliates felt that strike of december has to be observed and also join general strike as focus of our demands through our own strike is an urgent necessity.  Choosing dates for strike in February was decision of JCTU and we are endorsing the same.   He also said as result of our action in december AIRF in its conference held in Vishakapatnam has adopted the demand of constitution of 7th CPC in its charter and is going for indefinite strike ballot on this demand.  He appealed to the Confederation leadership of State unit to make all efforts for the success of strike.  

Com S.S.Manjunath, Circle Secretary  NFPE Com Shivakumar, General Secretary FNPO & Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary of state unit of COC addressed the meeting and pledged their  support for the  20 & 21 February  2013 strike.  Com Rajan of NREU also addresed the meeting and expressed solidarity for strike. The meeting concluded with an unanimous determination to make the strike in  february a massive success.  

The meeting ended with vote of thanks by  Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary of state unit 

Comradely yours

General Secretary 

Friday, February 1, 2013


All India Consumer Price Index Number for December 2012 is 219 points 

DA is 80.83% as on 1/1/2013. Hence DA is 80%.