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Friday, June 20, 2014


Friday, June 20, 2014


PHOTOS OF 30th  AIC OF AIRMS & MMS EMP.UNION GROUP `C` HELD AT TIRUPATI  (AP) FROM 15th  TO 18th JUNE,2014



















IDENTIFICATION OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS UNDER THE PENSIONERS' PORTAL- A MISSION MODE PROJECT UNDER NeGP. (Click he link below for details)

ENGAGEMENT OF CONSULTANT UNDER THE PLAN SCHEME PENSIONERS PORTAL (Click he link below for details)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

DOPT ISSUES REVISED GUIDELINES ON COMMENCEMENT OF PENSION 
The Government has streamlined procedures for retiring employees so that delays may be overcome in earliest commencement of pension. This follows directions issued by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions to the workshop held with the Pension Secretaries of various State Governments here on June 12, 2014. 
Delegates pointed out during the course of deliberations that the release of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. Primarily, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and secondly, delay on the part of pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking that he shall refund any amount paid to him to which he is not entitled.
 As per the new guidelines, the Government has decided that the requisite undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring employee and forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order (PPO). The bank shall credit the pension to the account of the pensioner as soon as this undertaking is received along with the pension documents
This change in procedure has an added advantage that the PPO can now be handed over in person to the retiring employee along with other retirement dues. Earlier the pensioner had to approach the bank for PPO.
 With this change in rules and procedures, the pensioners would be saved of considerable inconvenience and delay and his pension will commence as soon as he retires. 
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(Release ID :105712) 18 June,2014
GUIDELINES REGARDING HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS IN MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT

New Central Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has taken charge with a clear majority in the Lok Sabha election.  People of the country and the Central Government employees who suffered a lot under the UPA Government, have voted for a change.  Now it is the turn of NDA Government.  Coming days will prove whether the selection made by the voters is correct or not.
               Central Government employees have to take a cautious approach towards the new Government.  As the new Government has just taken over charge and expectations are very high, jumping into any sudden conclusion may not be correct on our part.  We have to give reasonable time to the new government to make its stand clear on the issues agitating the minds of the Central Government employees.  Let us hope that our past experience in the 2000 December 14 days Postal strike when the NDA Government was in power, the support extended by the party leading NDA to the UPA Government for introducing and passing the PFRDA Bill in Parliament, the infamous downsizing order of 2001 issued by the NDA Government which paved way for abolition of thousands of vacant posts in Central Government Departments and refusal to concede any of the main demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks will not be repeated by the new Government.
               The maiden budget of the new Government to be presented in Parliament in July 2014 may give us an idea on the thinking of the Government and also the attitude of the Government towards the problems faced by the common people and the Central Government employees.  Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has placed our demands before the new Government.  JCM National Council staff side has also written to the Finance Minister and Cabinet Secretary.  Our demands are not new.  Demands raised before the UPA Government are again placed before the NDA Government.
               While constituting 7th Central Pay Commission the UPA Government has refused to include the main demands of the Central Government employees in the terms of reference viz: (1) Grant of merger of DA (2) Grant of interim relief and (3) inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC.  Confederation has conducted 48 hours strike in February 2014, just before the General Election is declared, demanding settlement of the 15 points charter of demands which includes the above three main demands also.  As General Election was declared we could not move further.  Central Government employees expect that the new Government will consider positively, the demands raised in the 48 hours strike.
               If the new Government also take the same stand as that of previous UPA Government and refuse to concede our genuine demands, the Central Government employees will be forced to tread the path of struggle again.  Before embarking upon such a struggle, our prime duty is to build up largest unity among all sections of the Central Government employees.  Confederation is making all out effort in this direction especially to build up total unity among JCM staff side organisations.  We are even ready to make certain compromises for the sake of unity.
               We have to give enough time to the new Government and we are ready to wait.  But we cannot wait indefinitely.  7th CPC has already commenced its work and has fixed target dates for submission of memorandums by Federations and Unions/Associations.  Chairman, 7th CPC, has also made it clear that unless the Government refer the issues of DA merger, Interim relief and GDS issues to the Commission, it will not consider these issues.  Hence the ball is now in the Government’s court.  Let us see how the things move.  Let us also be ready to face any situation.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
MASSIVE DHARNA AT CHENNAI POSTAL ACCOUNTS OFFICE - NFPE COORDINATION COMMITTEE SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM TO CPMG


SPONTANEOUS AND STRONG RESENTMENT ON THE ACTIONS OF GM(FINANCE) CHENNAI IS EVIDENT IN AIPAEA DHARNA HELD ON 13-06-2014. ALL THE CONSTITUENTS OF NFPE PARTICIPATED AND EXPRESSED THEIR DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE TILL THE PUNITIVE ACTIONS ARE WITHDRAWN AND NORMALCY IS RESTORED. COORDINATION COMMITTEE IS PREPARING ITSELF FOR AN INDUSTRIAL ACTION. DDG(PAF) HAS SENT A LETTER TO GM ADVISING HER ON ALL THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE CHQ.

GENERAL SECRETARY, AIPAEA ATTENDED AND ADDRESSED THE DHARNA. CHQ CONGRATULATE COM. SANTOSH, PRESIDENT CHQ, COM. SHANKER, C.S. AND EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF CHENNAI PAO FOR THEIR DETERMINED STRUGGLE ON THE FACE OF SEVERE REPRESSION LET LOOSE BY GM(FINANCE). CHQ THANKS ALL THE LEADERS OF NFPE COORDINATION COMMITTEE, TAMILNADU CIRCLE.

IMAGES FROM DHARNA CAMP

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LIST OF CPIOS AND APPELLATE AUTHORITIES - ESTATES & M M DIVISION, DEPT OF POSTS, DAK BHAWAN (Click the link below for details)http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf/Circulars/cpio_MM_div_1149_12062014_pub_upload.PDF

CLARIFICATION FOR ADDITIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE OFFICERS / OFFICIALS WHOSE DATE OF INCREMENT FALLS BETWEEN FEB TO JUNE 2006 & RETIRED BEFORE THEIR DNI IN 2006 (Click the link below for details)
CHANGE IN THE NOMENCLATURE OF SPEED POST SORTING HUBS

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hon'ble PM releases commemorative postage stamps on 2014 FIFA World Cup



Feedback of the meeting held between the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and Secretary(Staff Side), NC/JCM Holding of meeting of the National Council(JCM): Secretary, NC JCM writes to Cabinet Secretary Centre may hike Income Tax Exemption Limit from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh Revised Delivery Norms for Speed Post Interactive Conference with Secretaries (Pension) of State Governments Revision of Medical Reimbursement Claim (MRC) Form for CGHS beneficiaries Department of Personnel and Training mulls incentive plans for ministries, departments Introduction of Provisional Demand Certificate of Licence fee Recoveries in respect of the Allottees of GPRA. Filling up of Vacancies in Seventh Pay Commission in the various grades regarding Duties and responsiblities of various Canteen employees working in Non-statutory Dpeartmental Canteens functionig from the Central Government Offices IPEU GDS(NFPE) - ODISHA CIRCLE UNION SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM TO THE CENTRAL CABINET MINISTER
AIPEU GDS(NFPE) CHQ CONVEYS THANKS TO ODISHA CIRCLE UNION & GDS COMRADES :

THE CIRCLE UNION SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM TO SRI JUAL ORAM , HON'BLE UNION MINISTER, TRIBAL AFFAIRS ON 8TH JUNE 2014.

THE CIRCLE UNION OF ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION - GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (NFPE) ODISHA CIRCLE BRANCH HAS SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM TO SRI JUAL ORAM HON'BLE MINISTER OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS GOVT. OF INDIA ON 8TH JUNE 2014 AT STATE GUEST HOUSE BHUBANESWAR, REGARDING DEPARTMENTALIZATION OF GDS & INCLUSION OF GDS IN 7TH CPC ETC,.



PBI NEWS----TRADE UNIONS DEMAND DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF

Union Finance Minister Holds Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting With the Representatives of Trade Union Groups; Skill Development to be Given Priority for Generating Employment Opportunities 


TRADE UNIONS DEMANDS DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF


            The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that skill development would be given priority so that more and more trained workers join the Indian economy. He said that the Government will give due consideration to the Ten Point Joint Charter of Demands given by the Central Trade Unions while formulating the budgetary proposals. The Finance Minister was speaking here today while interacting with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions as part of his Pre-Budget Consultation meetings.
Along with the Finance Minister, the meeting was attended by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Ratan P. Watal, Expenditure Secretary, Shri Rajiv Takru, Revenue Secretary, Smt. Gauri Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance among others.

The participating Central Trade Unions gave a joint memorandum to the Finance Minister for his consideration and positive response. Some of the specific proposals contained there in are given below:

·Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; universalize and strengthen the Public Distribution System(PDS); ensure proper check on hoarding; rationalize, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.
·Massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. Public Sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan and non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.
·Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index (CPI) must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference . It should not be less than Rs. 15,000/- p.m.
·FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.
·The Public Sector Units (PSUs) played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith. Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable sick CPSUs.
·In view of huge job losses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Government departments, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. Condition of surrender of posts in government departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.
·Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief and 7th Pay Commission.
·The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference.
·The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Vidya volunteers, guest teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalization of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.
·Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for social security to all unorganised workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The word BPL redefined and redistributed at the earliest.
·Remunerative prices should be ensured for agricultural produce and Government investment, public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only.
·Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche, health care etc, to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s Hostels should be set-up where there is a concentration of women workers.
·Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like jute, textiles, plantation, handloom, carpet and coir etc.
·Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘Right to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.
·The system of computation of Consumer Price Index (CPI) should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.
·Income tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs. 5.00 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances should be exempted from income tax net in totality.
·Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under the EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Government should be restored. Government and employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs. 3000/- p.m.
·New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of Central And State Governments on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;
·Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Government and PSU employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget.
·All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of ILO Convention on domestic workers.
·The Cess  management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.

In regard to resource mobilization, the Trade Unions have emphasized on the following:

·A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities.
·Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs. 5.00 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.
·We welcome the constitution of SIT for black money and urge for speedy action.
·Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Provisions be made to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.
·Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.
·Tax on long term capital gains to be introduced, so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.
·The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc to be expanded and enhanced.
·ITES, outsourcing sector, educational institutions and health services etc run on commercial basis should be brought under the Service Tax net.
·Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing commission agents of these scheme.

Other suggestions include holding of post budget consultations with the representatives of Central Trade Unions, need for directional change in policies such as stopping of mindless deregulation, encourage entrepreneurship to tackle problem of unemployment, more spending on education and skill development, removal of ceiling on gratuity, bonus and pension etc of workers and following the principle of “Same work, same wages” among others.

Representatives of different Central Trade Union groups who participated in today’s meeting included Shri B.N. Rai, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Shri Chandra Prakash Singh, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Shanta Kumar, INTUC, Ms Amarjeet Kaur, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri D.L. Sachdeva, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Sharad Rao, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Shri Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS),  Shri Swadesh Devroye, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Tapan Sen, MP (RS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Dilip Bhattacharya, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sankar Saha, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sheo Prasad Tiwari, Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), Shri V.Suburaman, Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), Shri M. Shanmugum, LPF, Shri Prechandan, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), Shri Abni Roy, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and Dr. Virat Jaiswal, National Front of Indian Trade Unions among others.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



Friday, June 13, 2014


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


LGO EXAMINATION 2014

Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion of Lower Grade officials to the cadre of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants for year 2014 will be held on 21st September 2014.








UNION FINANCE MINISTER HOLDS PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF TRADE UNION GROUPS

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance 
06-June-2014 15:31 IST

Union Finance Minister Holds Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting With the Representatives of Trade Union Groups; Skill Development to be Given Priority for Generating Employment Opportunities.

            The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that skill development would be given priority so that more and more trained workers join the Indian economy. He said that the Government will give due consideration to the Ten Point Joint Charter of Demands given by the Central Trade Unions while formulating the budgetary proposals. The Finance Minister was speaking here today while interacting with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions as part of his Pre-Budget Consultation meetings.

            Along with the Finance Minister, the meeting was attended by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Ratan P. Watal, Expenditure Secretary, Shri Rajiv Takru, Revenue Secretary, Smt. Gauri Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance among others.

            The participating Central Trade Unions gave a joint memorandum to the Finance Minister for his consideration and positive response. Some of the specific proposals contained therein are given below:

            Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; universalize and strengthen the Public Distribution System(PDS); ensure proper check on hoarding; rationalize, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.

            Massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. Public Sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan and non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.

            Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index (CPI) must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference . It should not be less than Rs. 15,000/- p.m.

FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.

            The Public Sector Units (PSUs) played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith. 

Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable sick CPSUs.

            In view of huge job losses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Government departments, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. Condition of surrender of posts in government departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.

Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief and 7th Pay Commission.

            The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of 
Indian Labour Conference.

            The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Vidya volunteers, guest teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalization of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.

            Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for social security to all unorganised workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The word BPL redefined and redistributed at the earliest.

            Remunerative prices should be ensured for agricultural produce and Government investment, public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only.

            Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche, health care etc, to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s Hostels should be set-up where there is a concentration of women workers.

Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like jute, textiles, plantation, handloom, carpet and coir etc.

            Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘Right to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.

            The system of computation of Consumer Price Index (CPI) should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.

Income tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs. 5.00 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances should be exempted from income tax net in totality.

            Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under the EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Government should be restored. Government and employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs. 3000/- p.m.

New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of Central And State Governments on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;

Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Government and PSU employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget.

            All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of ILO Convention on domestic workers.

            The Cess management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.

In regard to resource mobilization, the Trade Unions have emphasized on the following:

            A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities.

Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs. 5.00 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.

            We welcome the constitution of SIT for black money and urge for speedy action.

            Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Provisions be made to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.

            Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.

            Tax on long term capital gains to be introduced, so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.

The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc to be expanded and enhanced.

            ITES, outsourcing sector, educational institutions and health services etc run on commercial basis should be brought under the Service Tax net.

            Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing commission agents of these scheme.

            Other suggestions include holding of post budget consultations with the representatives of Central Trade Unions, need for directional change in policies such as stopping of mindless deregulation, encourage entrepreneurship to tackle problem of unemployment, more spending on education and skill development, removal of ceiling on gratuity, bonus and pension etc of workers and following the principle of “Same work, same wages” among others.

            Representatives of different Central Trade Union groups who participated in today’s meeting included Shri B.N. Rai, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Shri Chandra Prakash Singh, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Shanta Kumar, INTUC, Ms Amarjeet Kaur, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri D.L. Sachdeva, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Sharad Rao, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Shri Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS),  Shri Swadesh Devroye, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Tapan Sen, MP (RS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Dilip Bhattacharya, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sankar Saha, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sheo Prasad Tiwari, Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), Shri V.Suburaman, Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), Shri M. Shanmugum, LPF, Shri Prechandan, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), Shri Abni Roy, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and Dr. Virat Jaiswal, National Front of Indian Trade Unions among others.

Source: PIB News