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Thursday, November 13, 2014

NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) STAND ON GDS ISSUES :

WHY WE ARE DEMANDING INCLUSION OF GDS IN 7thCPC……...?

WHY WE ARE OPPOSING SEPARATE COMMITTEE FOR GDS……….?

‘Recognized’ GDS Union has signed a ‘respectful’ agreement with the Govt. accepting separate Committee for GDS. NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU GDS(NFPE), NUGDS, Confederation of Central Govt Employees, JCM National Council (staff-side) all are demanding inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks’ issues under the 7th CPC. Now Govt is moving ahead to appoint a separate Committee for GDS with the consent of recognized GDS Union.

NFPE, FNPO, AIPEUGDS (NFPE), NUGDS have decided to oppose the move of the Govt and decided to declare indefinite strike from third week of February 2015. Date of the strike will be announced in the Parliament March to be held on 4th December 2014. 20,000 Postal & RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks will participate in the Parliament March.

Why we are opposing separate Committee for GDS … 
Read below.............

RECOMMENDATIONS OF JUSTICE CHARANJIT TALWAR COMMITTEE FOR GDS (REPORT SUBMITED TO GOVT ON 30-04-1997)

.......... in its Report Chapter-IX para-1.1 “It is therefore recommended that when ever it required to review the service conditions and wage structure of the employees of Department of Posts, ED Agents be bracketed along with departmental employees. There is no need to set up a separate Committee or Commission for the Extra Departmental Agents”

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FOURTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN JUSTICE (RETD) SHRI SINGHAL OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA 

“‘the matter is beyond controversy after the decision of Supreme Court of India in Gokulanda Das’s case where it has been declared that ‘an Extra Departmental Agent is not a casual worker but holds a post under the administrative control of the State and that while such a post is outside the regular civil service, there is no doubt that it is a post under the ‘State’. In view of this pronouncement we are unable to accept the contention that “extra departmental employees are outside the purview of the terms of reference of our Commission”


STAND TAKEN BY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS IN DO LETTER No.17-13/2014-GDS dated 17-02-2014 ADDRESSED TO DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING – 

“The demand for inclusion in 7th CPC based on the definition of the expression ‘Central Govt. Employees adopted by 4th Central Pay Commission in para 1.11 of the report “as all persons in the Civil Services of the Central Government or holding Civil Posts under the Government and paid out of the consolidated fund of India” and its observations in para 1.17 & 1.18  - besides Apex Court’s judgement dated 22-04-1977 in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices Vs. P.K.Rajamma regarding Gramin Dak Sevak services (earlier called Extra Departmental Agents) as holders of the civil post outside the regular civil service”….. 4th Central Pay Commission has categorically stated in para 1.10 that the expression ‘Central Govt Employees’ has not been defined in the Constitution or any other Law. It thus seems appropriate, if this term is duly defined based on which a final view over the inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks with in the purview of 7th CPC becomes possible”

REPLY GIVEN TO SECRETARY GENERALS OF NFPE & FNPO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS (Letter No.08/01/2014-SR dated 18-02-2014) – 

“your demand for inclusion of GDS in the 7th Central Pay Commission has been referred to DoP&T for a decision in the matter”

REPLY GIVEN TO NFPE & FNPE, AIPEU GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS (Postal Joint Council of Action) BY THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF POSTS (Letter F.No.9-10/1997-SR dated 29-10-2014) – 

“Request for inclusion in the 7th CPC stands referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide Department of Posts ID No.17-13/2014-GDS dated 17-02-2014.”

Where as ……….

RECOGNIZED GDS UNION’S STAND (Printed in their office journal ‘Rural Postal Employees for the month of April 2014: page-2) – 

“One man GDS Committee more independent than a Judge heading a Pay Commission with other members”

Further ……

“Mr. Destructor (i.e., Com. M. Krishnan, then Secretary General, NFPE), if you can’t do any good to employees, please do not mislead GDS employees”.

Now, recognized GDS Union General Secretary submitted memorandum to Communications Minister and Secretary, Department of Posts, demanding separate committee for GDS. Further he wrote to the Department not to allow NFPE & FNPO to take up the GDS cases with Department.

WHO IS MISLEADING GDS.......?

NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) is not misleading GDS. It is the recognized GDS union General Secretary who is misleading GDS, by signing a ‘respectful’ agreement with the Govt accepting separate Committee for GDS. The recognized GDS Union has cheated three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks.

NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) FIGHTING LEGALLY ALSO ….

While continuing our organizational fight for emancipation of three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks by conducting series of agitational programmes including Parliament March and indefinite strike NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) is conducting legal battle also for departmentalization of GDS. We have filed a Writ Petition [No. WP (C) 1003 of 2013] in the Supreme Court of India praying for Departmentalization and grant of Civil Servant Status for GDS as pronounced by the Supreme Court in the landmark judgement of Rajamma’s case in 1977.

Hon’ble Supreme Court, after hearing the Writ Petition directed Delhi High Court to hear the case on behalf of three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks and deliver judgement.

Now the case is transferred by Supreme Court to Delhi High Court and registered under No..WP(C) 168 of 2014. Two sittings are already over. Govt of India, Department of Posts has submitted their reply statement. Now we are filing our rejoinder to the reply statement. Case is listed for hearing in Delhi High Court on 04-02-2015.

LET THE EMPLOYEES DECIDE WHO IS THE REAL CHAMPION FIGHTING FOR GDS
 AND 
WHO IS CHEATING THE GDS IN THE NAME OF ‘RECOGNIZED’ GDS UNION.

.......  YOU  CAN CHEAT SOMEONE FOR SOME TIME  ….... 
 BUT  YOU CAN NOT CHEAT EVERY ONE FOR EVER  
NFPE CIRCULAR
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
NFPE * FNPO * AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) * NUGDS
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANIZATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GDS (NFPE)
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEWAKS (FNPO)
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEW DELHI – 110001
                                                                                                               Dated – 11.11.2014
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECIDES TO GO FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2015. DATE OF STRIKE WILL BE DECLARED IN THE
2014 DECEMBER 4TH PARLIAMENT MARCH
Government and Postal board are totally negative and insensitive towards the demands of five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-Time Contingent employees.

EVERY DEMAND IS EITHER REJECTED OR INDEFINITELY DELAYED
1
Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7thCentral Pay Commission and grant of civil servant status
Rejected. Government decided to appoint separate committee with the approval of recognised GDS union.
2
Casual Labour wage revision and regularistaion
Pending for the last six years. Revision of wages due from 01.01.2006. File still pending with Government. Poor employees are starving.
3
Cadre restructuring of Postal, RMS, MMS, Admin, Postal Accounts employees
Long pending in the Directorate. No improvement.
4
Merger of DA with Pay
Rejected by Government
5
Grant of Interim Relief
Rejected by Government
6
Date of effect of 7th CPC from 01.01.2014
Government not ready to give any direction to 7thCPC.
7
Scrap New Pension Scheme.
Rejected by Government
8
Remove 5% ceiling for compassionate appointments
Government not ready to remove the condition.
9
GDS Medical reimbursement scheme
Pending for last six years
10
MACP anomalies including promotees case
Rejected inspite of several CAT/Court Judgment
11
Postmaster Cadre related issues including permission to write IP/PS Group ‘B’ exam and parity with LSG, HSG-II regarding service length for promotion.
Still pending. Attitude of the Department is totally negative.
12
System Administration case
Rejected. Not ready to consider the demands on its merits.
13
RTP service regularization
Rejected. Inspite of CAT orders not ready to issue general order
14
SBCO related issues
Rejected on flimsy grounds.
15
Postmen related issues
No progress
16
Parity in cash handling allowance
Rejected.
17
Counting of Accountants special Allowance for pay fixation on promotion
Rejected.
18
Computer and Technology related several issues
No progress. Situation worsening day by day. Employees are suffering. Public agitated
19
Harassment of staff on account of CBS & CIS
Still continuing
20
Allotment of funds for sanctioning all pending Medical, TA, OTA and RPLI/PLI incentives
No progress. Bills pending for months together
21
Overtime allowance revision
Pending for 27years
22
Circle processing centers (CPO) of PLI/RPLI at CO/ROs and stop redeployment of posts
Rejected
23
Sunday, Holiday compulsory working
Still continuing in certain circles
24
Office Building and staff quarters cases
No progress. Situation worsening. Staff are suffering
25
MNOP related issues
Suggestion of staff side rejected
26
Quality of uniforms, Chapplas and kit-items
No improvement
27
Chennai Postal Accounts victimization
Still pending
28
Stop Postmen/MTS open market outside recruitment
Still pending. No progress
29
Filling up of all vacant posts including canteen employees
Slow progress
30
Creation of justified new posts
Total Ban imposed on creation of new posts
31
Prompt convening of Monthly meeting, Bi-monthly/four monthly meetings, JCM Regional Council meeting, JCM Departmental Council meeting, Formal meeting with Secretary (Posts)
Periodicity is not maintained. In many divisions. Circles no meeting is held for months together
32
Prompt holding of Departmental promotion committees (CPCs)
No progress


Dear Friends and Comrades,

Meeting of the Postal Joint Council of Action was held on 11.11.2014 at New Delhi. Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO presided. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE presented agenda items for discussion. General Secretaries of affiliated Unions/Associations of NFPE & FNPO attended. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General of NFPE was also present in the meeting. PJCA reviewed the progress in settlement of 39 points charter of demands submitted to Secretary, Department of Posts on 28.08.2014. PJCA came to the unanimous conclusion that not even a single issue is settled by the Government and Department. Employees are suffering but authorities are turning a deaf year towards their genuine demands. Rome is burning but Neros are fiddling.

None of our demand is unjustified. Five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-time, contingent employees cannot remain as mute spectators. There is a limit for our patience. Government and Postal Board are treating our patience as our weakness.

Taking into consideration all the above aspects, the PJCA unanimously took the following decision.
1.      Entire five lakhs employees of the Department of Posts will go on indefinite strike from the third week of February 2015, if the demands are not settled before 31.12.2014.
2.      The date of the indefinite strike will be declared in the 4th December 2014 Parliament March.
3.      Every effort should be made by all All India/Circle/Divisional Unions to ensure maximum participation of employees in the Parliament March. Minimum 20000 employees should participate in the March. All should bring flags and banners.
4.      Leaders of INTUC, CITU, AITUC & JCM National Council staff side will be invited to address the Parliament March.
5.      Next PJCA meeting will be held on 03.12.2014 at 5 PM to decide the date of indefinite strike.

Let us march ahead with Determination and courage. This is time to show your sincerity towards the cause of five lakhs employees of the Department of Posts. Let us make the parliament March a Historic success. Let us unite together and make the indefinite strike a Thundering success. Let the Government and Postal Board understand that we are not Dumb-Driven cattle. We are workers and not beggars.

AWAKE! ARISE!! UNITE!!
Come in the Thousands to the Parliament March
Let us declare the indefinite strike in the presence of 20000 Postal Employees on 4th December 2014

Yours sincerely,

R. N. Parashar                                                                        D.  Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                       Secretary General, FNPO       

P. Pandurangarao                                                                      P. U. Muraleedharan
General Secretary                                                                       General Secretary
AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                    NUGDS (FNPO)
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North avenue Postal Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110001
 No.PJCA/AGTN/2014                                                    Dated – 12.11.2014

To,

Ms. Kaveri Banerjee
Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Madam,

Sub: -  Reply to Charter of Demands Submitted by Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA) on 28.08.2014.
Ref: -   Your office letter F. No. 9-10/1997-SP (SR Section) dated 29.10.2014.

Please refer to your office letter cited above wherein Action taken Report on the items included in the Charter of demands submitted by PJCA on 28.08.2014 is furnished. Actually the Charter of Demands submitted by us on 28.08.2014 contains 39 items. Charter of Demands attached to our earlier letter dated 01.08.2014 intimating the decision of PJCA contained only 38 items. But when memorandum is submitted on 28.08.2014 the following item was also added as item no. 39.

Item No. 39 -  Revise Postmen/Mail Guard/MTS Recruitment Rules. Stop open market recruitment. Restore seniority quota promotion.

This item was earlier discussed in the JCM (DC) and it is assured by Secretary (Posts) that the Recruitment Rules will be reviewed after one or two Recruitment/Promotional exam are over, as DOP&T may not approve immediate revision of Recruitment Rules already approved by it. Now more than two Postmen/MG/MTS recruitment/examination is over and hence it is requested to take action to revise the Recruitment Rules and stop open quota recruitment. Entire vacancies may be earmarked for GDS and Casual Labourers as existed in the pre-revised Recruitment Rules.

You are requested to include the above mentioned item also in the charter of demands and “Action Taken Report” may be furnished on the above item also.

Yours faithfully,


R. N. Parashar                                                                         D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                         Secretary General, FNPO

Copy to: -
Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR & Legal), Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

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