UNITY FOR STRUGGLE, AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY - UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL
34th All India Conference of All India RMS & MMS Employees union, Mailguards and Multi Tasking Staff Group’C’ was held from 13th to 16th December 2015 New Office Bearers elected for the next session. President Com. N.R.Malivya MTS Indore RMS ( Madhya Pradesh) Vice-President 1 Com. Tirath Prakash MTS Delhi Stg Division ( Delhi) Vice-President 2 Com. I.P.Shaik MTS RMS ‘L ‘ Division ( Maharastra) Vice-President 3 Com. M. Chick Lakshmana MTS Bangalore Stg Division ( Karnataka) General Secretary Com. P. Suresh MG Hyd Sorting Sorting ( Andhra Pradesh) Assistant General Secretaries. 1 Com. C.M.Ravindernath MTS RMS ‘CT’ Division ( Kerala) 2 Com. Goutam A More MTS Mumbai Sorting Division (Maharastara) 3 Com. G.Vijay Kumar MTS Hyderabad Sorting Division (Andhra Pradesh) 4 Com. Ashok Kumar Ghosh MTS Kolkata Airport Sorting ( West Bengal) 5 Com. Sanjay Dhar Dubey MTS RMS ‘A’ Division Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) 6 Com. R.K.Pagi MTS RMS ‘W’ Division Vadadora ( Gujarat) 7 Com. R.Santhanam MTS Chennai Sorting Division ( Tamilnadu) 8 Com. T.Kannaiah MG RMS ‘TP’ Division Tirupathi ( Andhra Pradesh) 9 Com. SajibKumar Biswas MTS MMS Kolkata ( West Bengal) Treasurer Com. K.K.Sharma MTS Air Mail Division ( Delhi)
R4 NFPE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE HELD FROM 18TH TO 19TH DECEMBER 2016 AT PURI (ODISHA)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

REVERTING OF NPS EMPLOYEES TO OLD PENSION SCHEME FROM THE DATE OF ARISING VACANCY - GOVT. WILL FILE APPEAL IN THE HIGH COURT AGAINST CAT JUDGMENT: RAJYASABHA Q&



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1506
ANSWERED ON-29.11.2016

Revision of NPS employees to Old Pension Scheme

1506 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar

(a) whether Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam bench has ordered the Central Government to revert the employees who had joined after 1st January, 2004 under NPS to Old Pension Scheme and has observed that date of vacancy should be the basis for inclusion under NPS or Old Pension Scheme instead of date of joining, if so, details thereof;

(b) whether Government has reverted them to Old Pension Scheme, if so, details thereof, if not, reasons therefore; and

(c) whether Government would issue notification for all Central/State Governments and Autonomous Organizations employees in this regard, as per the above orders, if not reasons therefore?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

(a) The Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in its judgment has declared that the applicants of Original Application No. 20/2015 are deemed to have been appointed from the date of vacancy arose and they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

(b) No Sir. It has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.

(c) No Sir, as it has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.

APPOINTMENT OF GDS CANDIDATES TO VARIOUS POSTS VIZ., GrD/MTS, POSTMAN & PA/SA etc,.

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DECLARATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES BY PUBLIC SERVANTS UNDER AMENDED SECTION 44 OF THE LOKPAL AND LOKAYUKTAS ACT, 2013 - REGARDING.

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CCS (CCA) RULES, 1965 - CLARIFICATION REGARDING EFFECT OF WARNING, CENSURE ETC ON PROMOTION.

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CHANGE OF DATE OF HOLIDAY ON ACCOUNT OF MILAD-UN-NABI OR ID-E-MILAD DURING 2016 FOR ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES LOCATED AT DELHI/NEW DELHI.

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Memorandum Submitted to Hon’ble Finance Minister conveying our views and demands for inclusion in General Budget 2016-17.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

POSTAL JCA (NFPE FNPO) CIRCULAR -NON SETTLEMENT OF LONG PENDING DEMANDS

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Death Claims to be Processed within 07 Days and Retirement Claims to be Settled on the Day of Retirement

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Death Claims to be Processed within 07 Days and Retirement Claims to be Settled on the Day of Retirement
Payment of Statutory Contributions Henceforth only through Internet Banking
The Prime Minister of India during the PRAGATI review meeting held on 26th October desired that claims related to death cases be prioritized and expedited and retirement claims may be settled on the day of retirement. In accordance, the processes have been reviewed and instructions have been issued to field offices to settle death claims within a period of 07 days from the date of receipt of proposal and retirement claims on the day of retirement. The officials in the facilitation centre of field offices have been instructed to scrutinize the claims and guide the claimant regarding submission of required documents in appropriate shape. An official has been posted in the facilitation centers of EPFO this category of claims.

Employers are now increasingly using internet banking to deposit statutory EPF dues since EPFO made it mandatory to use internet banking as the mode of receipt of EPF dues. 96.03% contributions in October 2016 were received online.


In an important judgment delivered by the High Court of Madras in the matter of writ petition filed by Builders Association of India, Madurai, the High Court dismissed the petition praying non enforcement of EPF & MP Act, 1952 every employee employed in or in connection with the work or that factory or establishment, other than an excluded employee, who has not become a member already shall also be entitled and required to become a member of the Fund from the date of joining the factory or establishment.

To expand the reach of convenience offered to EPF members, EPFO has joined the network of Common Services Centers (CSC). A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between EPFO and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC SPV) on 25th October 2016. The MoU is initially for a period of five years. Every year on 14st November, pensioners were required to submit their life certificates. From this year onward, pensioners can submit digital life certificates via Jeevan Pramaan Patra programme through a large number of points of Presence (PoP) of CSC network in addition to those available at EPFO offices. The pensioners living in remote areas can avoid cost and inconvenience of travelling down to the EPF offices or their banks for filing paper based life certificate through this arrangement.


7th Pay Commission: Final touches given to Allowances, may soon see disbursal - Zee News Report

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Seventh Pay Commission Allowances to Govt Employees: Official Answer by Finance Minister in Lok Sabha

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Seventh Pay Commission Allowances to Govt Employees: Official Answer by Finance Minister in Lok Sabha

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Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

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Retirement of Government Servant under Central Civil Service Pension Rules 1972 and Central Civil Service Extraordinary Pension Rules

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PROMPT HOLDING OF DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING – SECRETARY, DOP&T WRITES TO ALL DEPARTMENTAL HEADS AS ASSURED IN JCM STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING ON 25.10.2016.

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FINANCE MINISTRY ISSUED ORDERS TO PAY RS.10,000 IN CASH AS SALARY ADVANCE FOR NON-GAZETTED EMPLOYEES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2016

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Enhancement of bonus to Casual Labourers - Reply from Ministry of Labour & Employment

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

CONFEDERATION CAMPAIGN AND MOBILISATION PROGRAMME

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MEETING ON ALLOWANCES

  A meeting on Department of Posts specific allowances was held with the Committee on allowances under chairmanship of Secretary Finance and secretary Expenditure. From Department of Post, Secretary (Post), Member (Personal), DDG (Personal), DDG (Estates) , DDG(Estt. & SR), Director Estt. attended the meeting. From Staff Side Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General NFPE,Shri Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO & Shri S.K. Mishra , Secretary General, BPEF, participated in the  meeting. Many other officers of DOP&T, Finance, Health Ministries also participated. 

            Three meetings were held with Department and Administration and Unions after discussing threadbare came to conclusion and accordingly presentation was prepared which was presented before the Committee. Secretary (Finance) shown much interest and he asked so many questions and raised queries on each allowance and asked the Department to submit a report on financial implications.
            The meeting was concluded in a very co-ordial manner and we should hope for positive outcome. On the following allowances we submitted our proposal which is mentioned below:

          Fixed Monetary Compensation to Postman:

            Proposal: Not to abolish the allowance. It is proposed to grant Rs.300/- per            day for additional full beat and Rs.150/-  per day for sharing of beat(half beat)     and further proposed to increase by 25% every time when DA  reaches at    50%.(Department earlier proposed that allowance as Rs.200/- and Rs.100/-         but on the demand of Federations, now it is proposed  same as Rs.3oo/- and         Rs.150/-

          Special Allowance to PO & RMS Accountants:
            Proposal: The allowance is required to be continued as this special            allowance has been sanctioned in lieu of higher pay scale. If abolished, one           increment is to be allowed on promotion which costs more to the Department.        Therefore, it is proposed to grant special allowance equivalent to one     increment which will be kept separately and not to be added in the basic pay.         Other conditions applicable to present allowance will remain in force. (i.e. if      this allowance  is drawn for three  years it will be  added to basic pay while          pay fixation on promotion.)
          Cycle Allowance to Postman:
          Proposal: Must be retained while doubling the amount to Rs.180 p.m. and         further increase by 25% every time the DA increases by 50%

          Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance:

            Proposal: The Cash Handling Allowance should be retained and     need to           be doubled and further increase by 25% every time the DA increases   by        50%.

          Fixed Medical Allowance:

            Proposal: 33 Postal Dispensaries may be merged with CGHS.

      All Postal Pensioners irrespective of their participation in CGHS while in     service should be covered under CGHS after making requisite subscription.

      Till such time, the FMA may be allowed @ Rs.2000/- per month enhancing            from Rs.500/- p.m.  being paid at present.


Headquarter Allowance:

Proposal: Proposes to retain the Headquarters Allowance at the uniform rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to ceiling of Rs.9000/- per month.

Overtime Allowance:

 Proposal: Department recommends to grant additional duty allowance in lieu of OTA in operative offices only  for performing additional duty of absentee official.

It is proposed  Rs. 100/- per hour maximum of three  hours in a day and further  increase by 25% every time the DA increases by 50%.

Besides these we demanded S.B.  Allowance and Supervisory allowance to be continued and enhanced proportionately.

Children Education Allowance (CEA) Clarification received regarding submission of eReceipts - Department of Posts

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WITHDRAWAL OF THE PROPOSED INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST IN FRONT OF DAK BHAWAN FROM 3rd NOVEMBER, 2016 AND TWO DAYS STRIKE ON 9th & 10th NOVEMBER 2016.


POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION – GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
NEW DELHI - 110001
No.PF-PJCA-12/2016                                                                              Dated : 01.11.2016

To,
            The Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001

Sub: Withdrawal of the proposed indefinite hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan from 3rd November, 2016 and two days strike on 9th & 10th November 2016
                                                
Sir,
            While expressing our sincere thanks to you and the Postal Board for taking positive action for settling the demand for bonus parity to Gramin Dak Sevaks, we would like to request your sympathetic and immediate intervention for implementing the Directorate orders for payment of revised wages to Casual, Part time Contingent employees working in the Postal Department with effect from 01.01.2006. 

      The Directorate has issued orders for payment of revised wages (6th CPC minimum) to casual labourers in the month of January 2015. Subsequently the queries raised by some Chief PMGs were also clarified by Directorate. Even though 21 (twenty-one) months are over, the Directorate orders are not yet implemented in some circles. We have already brought the case to your notice and the notice of the concerned Chief PMGs several times, but the issue still remains unsettled. Hence we were compelled to include this demand also as the second demand of the proposed indefinite fast in front of Dak Bhawan from 3rd November and two days strike on 9th & 10th November 2016.

         As you have assured us that the grievances of this poor and most downtrodden section of workers will be settled in a time-bound manner, we hereby inform you that we have decided to withdraw the proposed hunger fast from 3rd November and two days strike on 9th & 10th November 2016.

          We once again request you to issue strict instructions to all Chief PMGs to implement the Directorate orders in a time bound manner, say, before 30th November 2016.
        
              Thanking you in anticipation

                                                    Yours faithfully
                                                                                                                        
R. N. PARASHAR                                                                             D. THEAGARAJAN
Secretary General                                                                              Secretary General
      NFPE                                                                                                        FNPO
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
P. PANDURANGARAO                                                            P. U. MURALEEDHARAN
General Secretary                                                                              General Secretary
      AIPEU-GDS                                                                                             NUGDS

Copy to:

1.         The Director General, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.
2.         The Member (P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001
3.         The Director (SR & Legal) Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001

Sunday, October 30, 2016

IPPB operation through Postman

India Post Payment bank gives the facility for its customers especially in rural areas to deposit or withdraw the money from their IPPB account without going to the IPPB branch. The Postman will operate the accounts with help of bio metric device at the door step of customers.


Crediting of enhanced Medical Allowance to the pensioners account by Banks: CPAO Order

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Couduct of Llmitcd Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group'B'from 2012-13 onwards regarding

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GDS Compassionate Appointments - Guidelines about engagement on compassionate grounds against GDS posts - clarification.

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Kiran Parmar -(MTS) A RMS employee and a member of Indian Kabaddi Team which won the 2016 World Cup

Thirty-one-year-old Kiran Parmar from Ahmedabad is a member of Indian Kabaddi team which won The Kabaddi World Cup, 2016. But Kiran’s is not a regular story. What makes his journey special is how he overcame various obstacles to achieve this feat.Kiran is a resident of Jamalpur area in Ahmedabad. He started playing at a fairly young age, and at 16, represented his schools in national tournament. But success didn’t come easy.His father, Lakshmanbhai Mafatlal Parmar, was a national-level kabaddi player who had to take up sewage cleaning to feed his family of five. Lakshmanbhai works at Nikol, Naroda, where he cleans the local society drains, and now manages a group of cleaners. He is just three years away from his retirement.Kiran’s first break came when he was selected to represent his school at a national tournament in 2001. That got him an admission to the Sports Authority of India’s hostel. “My son has achieved what I dreamed for myself. I always told him not to lose focus, keep playing and luck will follow,” says Lakshmanbhai.In 2007, Kiran secured a job with Railway Mail Service (RMS), Bhavnagar. When that left him with hardly any time to practice, he got a transfer to his hometown Ahmedabad and has since been working at the RMS, Kalupur. Meanwhile in 2008, Kiran married the love of his life, Kusum, a former national kabaddi player. She was recognised as the Best Player of Gujarat in 2003 in the national-level Kabaddi Tournament in J& K.“I catch up with practise two hours in the morning near the river front and an hour and a half in the evening. The Indian Kabaddi Federation selected me for the Pro Kabaddi League after I represented the RMS speed post kabaddi team at the nationals,” says Kiran, who never had to look back since.Kiran at play Kiran is a defender and raider. He was part of the winning side Hyderabadi Horses in Karnataka Premier League in 2011. He has also been part of the Ahmedabad Kabaddi team, which has been winning at state level since 2010.He played for Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro Kabaddi League in 2014. Kiran only played a single season for Bengaluru Bulls as he suffered an injury that season.
All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Mailguards & MTS Group `C` CHQ congratulates Com. Kiran for his achivements

7th CPC Allowances & Standing Committee Meeting on 25th Oct, 2016: Feedback by NCJCM

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SPECIAL CIRCULAR CHALO DELHI – CHALO PARLIAMENT MAKE THE 15TH DECEMBER 2016 PARLIAMENT MARCH A HISTORIC SUCCESS 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

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CONFEDERATION CIRCULAR DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2016 REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA 2ND MEETING OF THE GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS WITH JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

ORGANISE MOBLISE & SUCESS PJCA PROGRAMMES

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Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission - Clarifications regarding exercising option and grant of increment

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Reservation in Promotion: Corrigendum to DOPT’s OM dated 30.09.2016

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Secretary, NC JCM writes to Secretary DoE for grant of D A w.e.f. 01.07.2016

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REVISION OF BONUS PAYABLE TO CASUAL LABOURERS - SECRETARY, JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE WRITES TO GOVERNMENT

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Duties of Secretary (Posts), Director General Postal Services and Additional Director General(Co-ordination) in the Department of Posts

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Creation of a new Region named 'Varanasi Region' at Varanasi (UP) by re-organizing existing Regions

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Identification of the Sensitive and Non-sensitive posts in Department of Posts-regarding.

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Additional Agenda item for the JCM (NC) Standing Committee Meeting – Confederation Items forwarded by JCM Staff Side Secretary to Government.

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PROPOSAL TO EXEMPT RAILWAY FROM NPS – REPLY FROM GOVERNMENT

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NFPE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT MEETING

The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE was held at New Delhi on 27.09.2016 under the presidentship of Com. Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE. Representatives of all affiliated organisations attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General & Secretary General, Confederation also attended and guided the discussion and decisions. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE reported the non-grant of enhanced bonus to GDS and the efforts made by NFPE leadership to settle the issue. He also reported the non-settlement of payment of arrears to casual Labourers inspite of orders issued by Directorate. Com. Parashar, reported the details discussion he had with Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO and placed the following proposal of PJCA before the Secretariat meeting.
1.      Phase programme of action culminating in two days nation wide strike on 9th & 10thNovember 2016 exclusively on the bonus demand of GDS and revision of wages of casual labourers.
2.      The Secretariat after detailed discussion decided to implement the decision of PJCA. Accordingly the Federatl Secretariat calls upon all Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions/Associations and also AIPEU-GDS to make the agitational programmes and two days strike cent percent success. (NJCA Circular published separately)

HOMAGE TO COM. DES RAJ SHARMA
Before commencement of the meeting, the National Secretariat paid respectful homage to Late Com. Des Raj Sharma, Ex-General Secretary, P-IV CHQ & Ex-Deputy Secretary General, NFPE. The Secretary General and all other participants mentioned about the unforgettable contributions made by Com. Des Raj Sharma and also his sufferings for strengthening P-4 Union, NFPE and Confederation. The National Secretariat expressed it heart-felt condolences and offered two minutes silence.

DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Secretary General reported the communication received from the Department regarding constituition of Departmental Anomaly Committee. The following will represent NFPE in the Committee against the 5 seats allotted to NFPE. Com. R. N. Parashar (SG & GS – P3), Com. Giriraj Singh (GS-R3) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (GS-P4), Com. P. Suresh (GS-R4) Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee (Admin Union).
It is decided that all General Secretaries should submit the items to be included in the agenda of the Anomaly Committee to Com. Giriraj Singh, Secretary, JCM (DC) staff side on or before 15.10.2016. Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries should submit the items to their respective General Secretaries before 12.10.2016.

FINAL MEETING WITH CHAIRMAN GDS COMMITTEE
Chairman GDS committee has invited NFPE for final interaction before finalizing the recommendations. Accordingly, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, shall attend the meeting on 7th October 2016.

Fraternally yours,


(R. N. Parshar)

Secretary General

PJCA CIRCULAR

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

VALIANT FIGHTER AND BRILLIANT ORGANIZER COM. DESRAJ SHARMA PASSED AWAY ON 24-09-2016 - GREAT LOSS TO POSTAL MOVEMENT

Com.Desraj Sharma. Ex.Dy.S.G.NFPE and former G.S. P-4 union expired on 24th September 2016 at his Delhi Residence. He was a very good organiser and fighter. His contribution towards Trade Union movement and NFPE will ever be remembered. CHQ R4 NFPE conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray eternal peace to the departed soul.                                                             CHQ R4 NFPE dips its banner in respect of Com. Des Raj Sharma.

Friday, September 16, 2016

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION CIRCULAR

GRANT OF BONUS TO GDS WITH REVISED CEILING @ RS.7000- FROM 2014-15

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
    PF-No.PF-PJCA/2016                                                       Dated: 16th September, 2016
To
            The Secretary
            Department of Posts
            Dak Bhawan
            New Delhi – 110 001
SUB: - GRANT OF BONUS TO GDS WITH REVISED CEILING @ RS.7000- FROM 2014-15 – REQ – REG.
Respected Sir
            The Government of India, Ministry of Finance issued order on revised ceiling limit of PLB from Rs.3500- to Rs.7000- from the year 2014-15 (OM No. 7/4/2014-E-III A dated 29-08-2016) to all Central Govt. Employees. It is apparent to note that the calculation of  Productivity Linked Bonus  for the year 2014-15 with revised ceiling limit @ Rs.7000-to regular departmental employees in the Department of Posts  has been granted vide letter No. .26-01/2015-PAP dated  02-09-2016 and the arrears have also been drawn in favour of the regular employees.
            The case of 3 lakh GDS employees regarding applicability of revised ceiling limit @Rs.7000- is yet to be finalized by the Department.
            Therefore, it is requested to kindly expedite the grant of Bonus to 3 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks at the revised ceiling @ Rs.7000- from 2014-15 prospectively.
            Early action is highly solicited.
Yours faithfully
                                                                                    
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                                            (R.N. Parashar)

Secretary General  FNPO                                                              Secretary General NFPE
NOTE ON ALLOWANCES
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS 
PF-No.PF-PJCA/2016                                                               Dated:16th September, 2016
To
          The Secretary,
          Department of Post,
          Sansad Marg,
          Dak Bhawan,
          New Delhi-110 001
NOTE ON ALLOWANCES
1.   The recommendation of the 7th CPC that Tough Location Allowance will not be admissible alongiwth Special Duty Allowance (SDA) should not be accepted by Government.
In para 8.10.62 of the 7th CPC the following recommendation is made –
Para 8.10.62 -  There are some “Special Compensatory” Allowances that are based on geographical location and are meant to compensate for hardship faced by employees posted in such places. It is proposed to subsume these allowances under the umbrella of “Tough Location Allowance”.
In Para 8.10.63 the Commission made the following recommendations –
“The Tough Location Allowance will, however, not be admissible along with Special Duty Allowance”.
At present, special allowances are paid in the following places along with Special Duty Allowance.
(a)  Assam and North Easter Region – Special Compensatory allowance paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance.
(b) Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Special Compensatory Allowance paid alongwith Island Special Duty Allowance.
(c)  Tripura Special Compensatory Remote Locality Allowance paid along with Special Duty Allowance.
Demand of the staff side:       In all the above cases “Tough Location Allowance” may be paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance. Withdrawal of any of the above allowances, will result in substantial financial loss to the employees. An existing benefit should not be withdrawn, under the pretext of 7thCPC’s unjustified recommendation.
2.   Special Duty Allowance in N. E. Region should be uniform for all at 30%.
In Para 8.17.115 the 7th CPC made the following observation –
“Special Duty Allowance (SDA) is granted to attract civilian employees to seek posting in North Eastern and Ladhak Regions, in view of the risk and hardship prevailing in these areas. Currently the rate of SDA is 37.5% of Basic Pay for AIS officers and 12.5% of Basic Pay for other employees.
In para 8.17.118 the Commission made the following recommendation –
“Accordingly in line with our general approach of rationalizing the percentage based allowance by a factor of 0.8, SDA for AIS officers should be paid at the rate of 30% of Basic Pay and for other civilian employees at the rate of 10% of their basic pay.
Demand of the staff side:  The discrimination between AIS officers and other civilian employees in payment of SDA should not be there and all may be paid at the same rate i.e. at the rate of 30% recommended by the pay commission for AIS officers.
3.   Allowances which are not reported to 7th CPC by the concerned departments.
In para 8.2.5 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation.
“We have considered all allowances reported to us, in this chapter. Any allowances, not mentioned here (And hence not reported to the commission) shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified by the ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain”.
Demand of the Staff Side: The above recommendation should not be accepted, as it amounts to penalizing employees for the fault of the departmental heads. The following allowance which are not reported to the commission should be retained and enhanced.
(a)  PO & RMS Accountants’ Special allowance
Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants of Postal department are posted as PO & RMS Accountant after passing a qualifying examination. Taking into consideration their work which require much skill, application of mind, and knowledge of all rulings, Special allowance is granted to them. This allowance may beretained and enhanced.
4.   Savings Bank Allowance in Post offices:
In Department of Posts, Savings Bank Allowance is granted to Postal Assistant working in Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) for shouldering strenuous and complicated nature of Savings Bank work. Postal Assistants need to qualify an aptitude test to get this allowance. The current rates are Rs.300/- per month for fully engaged staff and Rs.150/- per month for partially engaged staff.
In para 8.10.80 of the report, the Commission recommended as follows:
“Savings Bank Allowance be abolished as the justification provided by the concerned ministry for the grant of this allowance is not sufficient for their continuance”.
Demand of staff side:        Savings Bank Allowance should be retained and enhanced in view of the justification given above.
5.   Special Compensatory (Hill area) Allowance
In para 8.10.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation – “There is hardly any hardship involved at altitude of 1000 meters (more than 3000 feets) above sea level. Hence, it is recommended that the allowance should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:            The above observation of the commission is not based on ground realities but based on presumption. Hence the above allowance should be retained and enhanced.
6.   Family Planning Allowance
In para 8.17.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendations – “The commission recognizes the fact that most of the benefit related to children viz. children Education Allowance, maternity Leave, LTC etc. are available for two children only. Moreover, the level of awareness regarding appropriate family size has also gone up among Government servants. Hence, a separate allowance aimed towards population control is not required. Accordingly, it is recommended that family planning allowance should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:  The above allowance may be retained. In any case, the Family Planning Allowance already granted should not be withdrawn.
7.   Fixed Medical Allowance
In Para 8.17.51 of the report the 7th CPC observed as follows –
It is granted to pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization, presently payable at the rate of Rs.500/- p.m. Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to Rs.2000/-.
In para 8.17.52 the Commission made the following recommendation-
The Commission notes that the allowance was enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- p.m from 19.11.2014. As such, further enhancement of this allowance is not recommended.
Demand of the staff side:   in the memorandum submitted to 7th CPC, the staff side had elaborately explained the justification for enhancing the FMA to Rs.2000/-. As everybody knows, old age persons are suffering from many deceases and as the cost of medicines has increased manifold the expenditure on outdoor medical treatment has also gone up like anything. With Rs.500/- p.m no pensioner can meet the medical expenses. The commission has not conducted any scientific and realistic study, but simply rejected the demand stating that it is enhanced recently. It is once again requested that the FMA for pensioners may be enhanced to Rs.2000/- p.m as in the case of EPF pensioners.
8.   Cash handling Allowance
In para 8.10.9 of the report, the 7th CPC observed as follows: -
It is paid to cashiers working in Central Government departments, for handling of cash. The current rates are –
Average amount of monthly cash disbursed
Rate per month
Below Rs. 50000
230
Over Rs. 50000 upto 200000
450
Over 200000 upto 500000
600
Over 500000 upto 1000000
750
Above 1000000
900
Again in Para 8.10.57 the commission observed as follows: -
Treasury Allowance – This allowance is granted in Department of Posts to Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers working in Head Post offices and large Sub Post offices for handling cash. The present rate is Rs.360/- p.m for handling cash upto Rs.2 lakhs and Rs.480/- p.m. for handling cash more than Rs.2 lakhs.
In para 8.10.80 the commission made the following recommendation
Assistant cashier Allowance, Cash handling allowance and Treasury Allowance –
With technological advances and growing emphasis on banking, these allowances have lost their relevance. Hence it is recommended that not only all salary be paid through banks, but Ministries/departments should work out plans to first minimize and then eliminate all sorts of cash transactions.
Demand of the staff Side:  The recommendation of the Commission is not realistic. Till that time the cash transactions are eliminated the Cash handling allowance and Treasury allowance should be retained and enhanced.
9.   Cycle Allowance
In para 8.15.10 of the report the 7th CPC made the following observation.
“It is paid where the duties attached to the post require extensive use of bicycle and the official concerned has to use and maintain his own cycle for official journeys. The existing rate is Rs.90 p.m.
In para 15.11 the commission made the following recommendation –
“The Commission is of the view that amount of this allowance is megre and the allowance itself is outdated. Hence it should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side:            This allowance is at present given to more than 40000 Postmen staff and about 50000 GraminDakSevaks of the Postal Department. When the commission itself observed that an official using his own bicycle for official duties has to incur expenditure for maintenance of the cycle. When the maintenance work is done for performing official duties, the amount should be reimbursed to the official, whether the amount is megre or not – Hence this allowance should be retained and enhanced.
10.  Overtime Allowance
In para 8.17.97 of the report the 7th CPC made the following recommendations -
Hence while this commission shares the sentiments of the predecessors that Government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency and recommended that OTA should be abolished (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) at the same time it is also recommended that in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for these categories of staff for which it is not statutory requirement, then the rate of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50% from their current levels.
Demand of the staff side:            OTA rates are revised in the year 1987. For the last 30 years no revision has taken place. Eventhough an arbitration award for enhancement is given, the same is also pending implementation for the last 20 years. After 7th CPC revision, one hour wage of an MTS is Rs. 75/- where as rate for one hour OTA is Rs.15.85 only!!! Hence it is requested that overtime allowance wherever sanctioned must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.
11.    Dress Allowance
(a)  Para 08.16.14 may be referred. The 7th CPC recommended four slabs of Dress allowance per year for various categories of employees. In the Department of Posts there are about 75000 Postmen and Multi-Tasking staff wearing uniform. Their name is not mentioned in the category of employees shown in the table. Even if it is included in the other categories of staff, then the Dress Allowance per year will be Rs.5000/- only. At present the Postmen/MTS staff of Postal department are getting more than Rs.5000/- for uniform plus washing allowance. Hence it should be made clear under which category the Postmen and MTS staff of Postal department are to be included, in the dress allowance table recommended by the 7th CPC. These official may be granted Rs.10000/- as dress allowance.
(b) It is further demanded that the Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs.32400 per annum.
     (c) If cloth for dress is provided stitching charges should be revised reasonably.
     (d) Washing allowance should be increased from Rs.90/- to 150/- Rupees per month.
Yours faithfully
                                                                               
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                                            (R.N. Parashar)

Secretary General  FNPO                                                            Secretary General NFPE.