Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Indefinite Strike from July 11 - NJCA not yet decided

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Indefinite Strike from July 11 - NJCA not yet decided

DATED – 06.07.2016

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) met at the Staff Side office, JCM, New Delhi today at 11:30 AM as scheduled. During the discussions, the Convener received an invitation from the Honourable Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh. The following members of the NJCA met the Home Minister in a delegation.

1. Dr. M. Raghavaiah (NFIR), 2. Shiv Gopal Misra (AIRF), 3. Rakhal Dasgupta (AIRF), 4. Guman Singh (NFIR), 5. K. K. N. Kutty (Confederation), 6. C. Srikumar (AIDEF), 7. M. Krishnan (Confederation), 8. Ashok Singh (INDWF), 9. R. Srinivasan (INDWF), 10. M. S. Raja (Confederation), 11. J. R. Bhosale (AIRF), 12. Bhatnagar (NFIR), 13. R. N. Parashar (NFPE), 14. Giriraj Singh (NFPE), 15. Satish Chander (FNPO), 16. Shiv Kumar (FNPO), 17. N. Kannaiah (AIRF).

The issues in the Charter of demands were discussed with special reference to the 7th CPC related demands. The delegation brought to the notice of the Honourable Home Minister that the NJCA has not received a communication from the Government over the assurances held out on 30th June, 2016, when the NJCA delegation met the Honourable Home Minister, Finance Minister and the Railway Ministers. On 30th June 2016, the Government had assured to refer the revision of Minimum wage and fitment formula to a Committee. The Finance Minister has also clarified that the Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of the 7th CPC to bring about parity between the past and present pensioners. They added that such a communication in confirmation of the assurances will enable them to take a decision over the strike action which is to commence from 11th July, 2016.

The Honourable Home Minister assured the delegation that the Government will honour the assurances held out to the NJCA leaders on 30th June, 2016 and accordingly the Honourable Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitly will issue a Press Statement today, with copy to NJCA.

After receipt of the copy of the Press Communique issued by the Honourable Finance Minister, the NJCA will take a final decision.

M. KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation

Source: Confederation

Recovery of excess payments made to pensioners

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Recovery of excess payments made to pensioners

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
WWW.rbi.org.in

RBI/2015-16/340
DGBA.GAD.NO.2960/45.01.011/2015-16
March 17,2016
The Chairman/chief Executive Officer
All Agency Banks

Dear sir,
Recovery of excess payments made to pensioners

We have been receiving complaints from pensioners stating that the recovery of excess/wrong pension payments are being made in a manner that is not in keeping with the extant guidelines. In this connection, the instructions contained in circular Nos. CO.DGBA (NBS) No.44/GA.64 (11-CVL) 90/91 dated April 18, 1991 and CO.DGBA (NBS) No.50/GA.64 (11-CVL) 90/91 dated may 6, 1991 laying down a uniform procedure in consultation with the controller General of accounts and various non- civil ministries for recovery are reiterated below:

a) As soon as the excess/wrong payment made to a pensioner comes to the notice of the paying branch, the branch should adjust the same against the amount standing to the credit of the pensioner’s account to the extent possible including lumpsum arrears payment.

b) If the entire amount of over payment cannot be adjusted form the account, the pensioner may be asked to pay forthwith the balance amount of over payment.

c) In case the pensioner expresses his inability to pay the amount,the same may be adjusted from the future pension payments to be made to the pensioners. For recovering the over-payment made to pensioner from his future pension payment in instalments 1/3rd of net (Pension + relief) payable each month may be recovered unless the pensioner concerned gives consent in writing to pay a higher installment amount.

d) If the over payment cannot be recovered from the pensioner due to his death or discontinuance of pensioon then action has to be taken as per the letter of undertaking given by the pensioner under the scheme.

e) The pensioner may also be advised about the details of overpayment/wrong payment and mode of its recovery.

The above uniform procedure may be strictly adhered to while effecting recovery of excess/wrong pension payments made to pensioners.

2. As regards the issue of refund of excess/wrong payments to the government, banks may be guided by the guidelines laid down in our circulars Nos. DGBA.GAD.H-10450/45.03.001/2008-09 dated June 1, 2009 and DGBA.GAD.H.4054/45.03.001/2014-15 dated March 13,2015 which have been incorporated in our master circular on disbursement of government pension by agency banks dated july 1, 2015.

Yours faithfully

(Manish Parashar)
Deputy General Manager

Revision of Pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies Cabinet Approves

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Revision of Pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies Cabinet Approves

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

05-July-2016 17:20 IST

Cabinet approves Revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment, and (ii) Modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees. 

The pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 has been revised w.e.f. 01.01.2007 notionally with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013, by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment at par with the serving employees of BSNL. However, increase in the amount of DCRG, leave encashment and commutation of pension in respect of these pensioners shall not be increased on this account. 

The pension liability in respect of employees of Department of Telecommunications (DOT) / Department of Telecom Services (DTS) / Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) who retired prior to 01.10.2000 is solely borne by Government of India and the BSNL will have no liability in respect of these employees. In respect of employees who are absorbed in BSNL, the liability on account of pensionary benefits shall be fully borne by Government while BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR-116 for the period they so work/worked. 

The revision entails an estimated recurring annual expenditure of approximately Rs 129.63 crore for pensioners and Rs 24.93 crore for family pensioners and arrears from 2013-14 would be Rs 239.92 crore approximately for pensioners and Rs 44.62 Crore approximately for family pensioners. Approximately118500 pensioners all over India will be benefitted by this revision. 

This revision will fulfill the long pending demand of revision of pension of BSNL absorbed employees who retired prior to 10.06.2013 and will bring the pensioners at par with the serving employees of BSNL by removing the anomalies. It will help in reducing the financial burden of BSNL and removing prospects of industrial unrest in BSNL while fulfilling the commitment of Government. 

Background: 

The decision of the Cabinet has come in the wake of an anomalous situation created in the difference of pension formula among the BSNL retirees who retired before and after 10.06.2013. Further, the decision regarding pensionary liability is on persistent demand from various quarters and a series of deliberations at different levels to fulfill the assurance given by the Government before corporatization i.e. before formation of BSNL. 

Source:-PIB

Implement 7th CPC recommendations to Pensiners in full deleting the words “Subject to feasibility"

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Implement 7th CPC recommendations to Pensiners in full deleting the words “Subject to feasibility" 

Implement the pay commission recommendations concerning pensioners in full deleting the words “Subject to feasibility".

With reference to comrade KKN Kutty Genl. Secy Central Govt Employees Confederation following email to S C Maheshwari Secy. Genl. BPS : All BPS Affiliates ,Associates, MOU Partners, members ,friends & supporters are once again requested to rise to the occasion and send Appeals to PM & FM to implement the pay commission recommendations concerning pensioners in full deleting the words “Subject to feasibility.

Comrade KKN Kutty Genl. Secy Central Govt Employees Confederation email :

Dear Comrade.  I have seen your letter to the Finance Minister on the need to implement the pay commission recommendation  concerning pensioners in full.  We are thankful to you for the same.  In this connection, I am to inform you that I had the opportunity to see the group of Ministers on 30th night along with the leaders of the NJCA. We have specifically mentioned this issue before the FM.  He  has categorically stated that the Govt. has accepted the recommendation in toto.  But you know how the Indian Bureaucracy can even negate an elected Government's decision.  

The wording in the Press Statement ie. "subject to feasibility" will always hang as a democles' sword on pensioners. Kindly consider whether it would be possible for you to give a direction to all unit under BPS  to send in a similar letter you have written or send a small communication demanding that the words " subject to feasibility" to be   removed or replaced by "after sorting out the difficulties in implementation of the different options.   

with greetings, 

yours fraternally, 
KKN Kutty 

Source: BPS

NJCA says No to implementation of 7th CPC, until Govt increase the Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor

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NJCA says No to implementation of 7th CPC, until Govt increase the Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor

The NJCA will be meeting today to decide the future course of action on Indefinite Strike and Government decision on implementation of 7th Pay commission recommendation. The Leaders of NJCA are so discontented with Government’s unilateral decision on implementing 7th Pay Commission.

The Leaders told, “Just Rs.2250 hike recommended in 7th CPC minimum pay has been hyped by Govt and Media as multi folded increase is given to CG Employees in 7th Pay Commission. They obviously tried to create a false public opinion that the CG employees are overpaid. It is totally irrelevant and wrong news being publicized excessively by the Government and Media”.

They further told that arriving Minimum Pay need to be justified by Dr. Akhroyd Formula and 15th ILC norms. But this Rs.18000/- minimum pay recommended by 7th pay Commission is not at par with the Minimum wage to be paid to meet the living standard prescribed by WHO or by Dr. Akhroyd Formula and 15th ILC Principles.

It is said that when NJCA Leaders met the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016, they actually conveyed their views to GOM to postpone the implementation of 7th Pay Commission until negotiated settlement is arrived at the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment factor. Because they feel that if recommendations of 7th pay commission are implemented without any increase, it would be difficult to force or convince the Government to revise the Minimum Pay after implementation

It seems that the Central Government Employees and their Federations won’t compromise on this Minimum Wage and Fitment factor issue.

Since the Leaders of NJCA are meeting today (6th July 2016) at 11:00 hrs., in JCM Office at New Delhi, the expectations are at high to know the recent development in implementation of 7th CPC recommendations and of course about Indefinite Strike also.

Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr during 2016 for all Central Government Offices

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Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr during 2016 for all Central Government Offices

F.No.12/10/20 16-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 05 July, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry’s 0.M.No.12/7/2015-JCA-2 dated the 11th June, 2015, the holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr falls on Wednesday the 6th July, 2016. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on 7th July, 2016. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the Id-ul-Fitr holiday to 7th July, 2016 in place of 6th July, 2016 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committee or Head of Offices (Where such committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(DEBABRATA DAS)
Under Secretary

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

FM suggested out on the issue of Minimum Pay and Multiplication Factor may be referred to a committee - INDWF

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FM suggested out on the issue of Minimum Pay and Multiplication Factor may be referred to a committee

“On 30.06.2016, the NJCA was informed to meet Finance Minister and some ministers at Home Minister residence. Accordingly, few NJCA members met the ministers at 09.30 p.m. The views of NJCA and the disappointment of Central Government employees placed before them. Then Finance minister suggested out on the issue of minimum pay and multiplication factor may be referred to a committee. But NJCA leaders said that if any official meeting is convened or official communication issued, it may be placed before the NJCA and consider to meet and discuss otherwise, we do not agree and continue with our Strike proposal.”

CONTINUATION OF STRIKE ON 11.07.2016

INTUC 
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION

R. Srinivasan 
General Secretary

INDWF/Circular/025/2016
Date 05.07.2016
To
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF,
Office Bearers & Working Committee members of INDWF

Dear Colleague,

INDWF vide its circular No.24 Dt 28.06.2016 communicated to all our affiliated unions to continue the momentum generated, to hold demonstrations, rallies etc in all work places every day from 4th July, 2016 to 10th July, 2016 to intensify the Indefinite Strike w.e.f.11.07.2016 from 0600 Hrs as per the decision of NJCA.

After the Cabinet meeting of Government of India held on 29.06.2016 approved the 7th CPC recommendations without any change in the Empowered committee’s recommendations which has disappointed the Central government employees as a whole. The Cabinet further considered appointing committees for the following issues to a committee to decide within a period of 4 months.

1.)The commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide ranging implications the cabinet decided to constitute a committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances. The committee will submit its report within 4 months in a time bound manner. Till a final decision, all existing allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

2) Cabinet decided to constitute two separate committees.

a) To suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS).

b) To look into anomalies like to arise out of implementation of the commission’s report.

Main features of the adverse recommendations of VII CPC and cabinet approval.

Minimum pay increased from Rs.7000/- to Rs.18000/- only against Rs.26000/- increase of total pay on revision is 7000 + 125% of DA Rs.8750 =Rs.15750/-. Total minimum pay Rs.18000 —Rs.15750 = increase only Rs.2750/-. Out of Rs.2750/- 10% Pay towards NPS = Rs.1800 – balance Rs.950/- Total increase amounts only Rs.950/- for next 10 years. No increase in allowances, All interest free advances abolished. This has caused very serious discontentment among Central Government employees.

* CCL — 1st year 100% salary 2nd year only 80% salary

*Meagre increase in minimum pay.

*Fitment Factor is 2.57 to apply for pay revision.

* CGIES (insurance) no change.

* Rate of annual increment retained at 3%.

After the approval of VII CPC report by Government of India on 29.6.2016, the NJCA met on 30.06.2016 at Delhi and unanimously decided to continue the Indefinite Strike w.e.f.11.07.2016.

On 30.06.2016, the NJCA was informed to meet Finance Minister and some ministers at Home Minister residence. Accordingly, few NJCA members met the ministers at 09.30 p.m. The views of NJCA and the disappointment of Central Government employees placed before them. Then Finance minister suggested out on the issue of minimum pay and multiplication factor may be referred to a committee. But NJCA leaders said that if any official meeting is convened or official communication issued, it may be placed before the NJCA and consider to meet and discuss otherwise, we do not agree and continue with our Strike proposal.

Then the NJCA met on 01.07.2016 again the above views were adopted and decided to meet on 06.07.2016 awaiting for any official communication from the Government of India.

Hence, it is intimated to all our affiliated unions, the attitude of Government of India without holding any discussions and not willing to settle the demands through mutual discussions and deciding unilaterally ignoring the National Council JCM is considered a highly objectionable and not agreeable. Thus, NJCA decided to proceed with our decision to commence Indefinite Strike w.e.f.11.07.2016 from 6.00 a.m. onwards.

Any progress before 10.07.2016 takes place, it will be accordingly intimated but till such time you have to proceed with all action for the success through Indefinite Strike.

Yours Sincerely,

Sd/- 
(R.SRINIVASAN) 
General Secretary

Source: INDWF

SRMU has intensified its campaign for strike – SRMU General Secretary N.Kanniah

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SRMU has intensified its campaign for strike – SRMU General Secretary N.Kanniah

AFTER MASSIVE PROTESTS, CADRE OF SRMU HAS INTENSIFIED ITS CAMPAIGN FOR STRIKE – GENERAL SECY/SRMU

"After our Massive Protest on 30th June all over Southern Railway, the Group of Ministers headed by Hon’ble Home Minister Shri.Rajnath Singh had a meeting with our beloved General Secretary / AIRF and Convenor of NJCA Shri.S.G.Mishra, who is also the Secretary/JCM, Staff side & others, in that meeting the GOM has agreed to consider our Major Demands on enhancement of Minimum Pay of Rs.18,000/- upward revision of Fitment Formula, revision of Pay Matrix, besides Committees on New Pension Scheme and on Allowances and Anomalies in respect of all categories in Railways and in other Central Government Organisations……"

SOUTHERN RAILWAY MAZDOOR UNION
(Registered No.3067, Recognised & Affiliated to All India Railwayme’s Federation and The Hind Mazdoor Sabha)

Central Office
M.NAMASIVAYAM – PATRON

N.KANNIAH – GENERAL SECRETARY, WORKING PRESIDENT/AIRF/NEW DELHI, MEMBER/JCM(NATIONAL COUNCIL), NEW DELHI

C.A.RAJA SRIDHAR- PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT/AIRF/NEW DELHI

Date: 4.7.2016

To
All Divisional Secretaries,
All Central Office Advisors/GOC, PER & HQrs,
All Central Office Representatives and Secretaries of Loco Running Staff

Dear Brother,
I am aware, as per my direction, you are all busy organising meetings and preparing our Brothers and Sister Railwaymen for an Indefinite General Strike which starts from 6.00 A.M. on 11.07.2016.

After our Massive Protest o 30th June all over Southern Railway, the Group of Ministers headed by Hon’ble Home Minister Shri.Rajnath Singh had a meeting with our beloved General Secretary/AIRF and Convenor of NJCA Shri.S.G.Mishra, who is also the Secretary/JCM, Staff side & Others, in that meeting the GOM has agreed to consider our Major Demands on enhancement of Minimum Pay of Rs.18000/- upward revision of Fitment Formula, revision of Pay Matrix, besides Committee on New Pension Scheme and on Allowances and Anomalies in respect of all categories in Railways and in other Central Government Organisations.

As such the NJCA has decided to meet on 6th July, 2016, to decide about the future course of action, I hereby direct all of you to intensify our campaign till the Government of India response to our demands or else we will abide by the directions of the Convenor / NJCA.

With warm regards,
sd/-
(N.KANNIAH)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

NFIR clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA

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NFIR clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railways
3, Chelmasford Road, New Delhi – 110 055

No.IV/NJCA/(N)/20l4/Part II
Dated: 02/07/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,
Sub: Charter of Demands – Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016-reg

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No.II/95/PartlX dated 30/06/2016
(ii) GS/NFIR’s letter No.IV/NCJA (N)/2014/Part II dated 01st July 2016

It has since been learnt from some of our cadres that reports appeared in the Media (Thiruvananthapuram etc.) that a union/Federation has withdrawn from the strike decision. This report is not only false but also misleading. It is reiterated that the NJCA in its meeting held at New Delhi on July 1, 2016 has decided to meet on 06th July 2016 at New Delhi for taking appropriate decision.

It is hereby clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA.

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Central has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration – NJCA

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Central has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration – NJCA

Latest Update – NJCA has issued a statement on 01.07.2016

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

No. NJCA/2016 
Dated: July 1, 2016
Dear Comrade!

We are to inform you that the NJCA had a discussion with the Government of India yesterday, i.e.30.06.2016 over certain demands contained in our Charter of Demands. In the meeting, following ministers were present: –

Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minster
Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister
Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS Railway

On behalf of the NJCA, the following participated in the discussion:
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA (AIRF)
Shri M. Raghavaiah, Chairman NJCA (NFIR)
Shri K. K. N, Kutty Member NJCA (Confederation)
Shri C. Srikumar, Member NJCA (AIDEF)

The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration.

The NJCA will await communication in the regard from the government.

The NJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00 hrs., in JCM Office, 13-C, Feorzshah Road, New Delhi, for taking appropriate decision.

With Fraternal Greetings!

Sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Source: NC JCM Staff Side Official Website



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