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Thursday, January 31, 2019


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019


George Mathew Fernandes, a former Union Minister of Defence in the Vajpayee Government, died on Tuesday, 29th January 2019 in New Delhi. He was 88. He was a former Trade Unionist, Politician, Journalist, Agriculturist and a Member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar. .Fernandes, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, had swine flu for the last few days.
A Veteran Parliamentarian who was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967, Fernandes served several times as a Union Cabinet Minister, holding portfolios such as Communications,. Industry  and Railways, besides Defence. Fernandes won nine Lok Sabha elections from 1967 to 2004.
       Arrested during the emergency, Fernandes was the Industries Minister in the first non-Congress Government that came to power after the Janatha Party defeated  Mrs. Indira Gandhi - whom Fernandes once called a “Congenital liar”.
      A native of Mangalore, Fernandes was sent to Bengaluru in 1946 to be trained as priest. In  194, he moved to Bombay, where he joined the Socialist Trade Union movement. Becoming a trade union leader, Fernandes organized many strikes and bandhs in Bombay in the 1950s and 1960s while working with the Indian Railways. He defeated S.K..Patil of Indian National Congress in the 1967 Parliamentary elections from the South Bombay ( now South Mumbai) constituency. Close after the struggle of Loco men under the leadership of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) IN August, 1973, Annual Conference of All India Railway Men’s Federation (AIRF) was held. Sri Fernandes who was inducted from Central Railway by the National Railway Trade Uion (NRMU) gave the slogan of UNITED STRUGGLE  for achieving the basic demands of Railway men., Sri Fernandes was that time Convener of United Council of Trade Unions (UCTU) which had already been heading some state wise industrial struggle and popular among the working class. He was the Chairman of Socialist Party. Sri Peter Alvares, who was a Member of national Executive of Socialist Party and had been functioning as President of AIRF opposed this slogan. Fernandes won the election against Peter Alvares as President of AIRF.
          In this background the AIRF gave call of holding a convention in Delhi on 27thFebruary 1974 for considering the steps to be taken for securing justice. The response was beyond expectation. National Coordination Committee of Railway men’s  struggle (NCCRS) was formed. AIRF, AILRSA, AIREC, AITUC, CITU, BRMS and around 125 Railway Trade Unions joined hands with the biggest labour strike ever seen by the country, since the leaders called for conciliation were arrested strike pre-opened from 8th to 2nd May 1974.14 lakh employees participated and entire Railway traffic paralyzed . Around 1 lakh employees were removed from service under 14(ii)/149. 50,000 Casual Labourers were terminated without any notice, 30,000 employees kept under suspension – various type of harassment. The Railway Bureaucracy was able to mobilize a section of reformist leadership of AIRF and weaken the struggle. Finally the strike ended on May 28th, making a number of “alive martyrs’’ contributed by one or other. The leadership was under the illusion that successful strike even for 7 days would force the Government to come to a settlement. They never took into account the fact that the authorities were equally prepared for holding out in any strike for about 3 weeks or even more. Later in June 1975 internal emergency was declared by Smt. Indira Gandhi and the political background was changed.
           Fernandes went underground during the emergency era of 1975, giving a call to railway men to oppose emergency. The second leadership of AIRF disowned his instruction and as per the direction from Railway Board, George Fernandes has been removed from the post of President at the Annual General Body meeting held at Guwahati in his absence.
He was challenging Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for imposing a state of emergency but in 1976 he was arrested and tried in the infamous Baroda dynamite case.
           In 1977, after the emergency had been lifted, Fernandes won the Muzaffarpur seat in Bihar in absentia and was appointed as Union Minister for Industries. During his tenure as Union Minister, he ordered American multinationals  IBM and Coca Cola to leave the country, due to investment violations. He was the driving force behind the Konkan Railway project during his tenure as Railway Minister from 1989 to 1990. He was a Defence Minister in the NDA Government  (1998 – 2004) when the Kargil Was broke out between India and Pakistan, and India conducted its nuclear test at Pokhran. A veteran Socialist, Fernandes has been dogged by various controversies including Barak Missile Scandal and the Tehelka affair. He was accused in the 2002 coffin scam, following allegations that 500 poor quality aluminum caskets were bought from the United States at rates 13 times more than the actual price, to transport the bodies of slain soldiers, after the Kargil war…..

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

MEETING OF NJCA

IMPLEMENTATION OF 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION – GRANT OF SPECIAL COMPENSATORY ALLOWANCES SUBSUMED UNDER TOUGH LOCATION ALLOWANCE

No.3/1/2017-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 17th January, 2019.
CORRIGENDUM
Subject:- Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 19th July, 2017 regarding grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. In this regard, in Annexure-1 to the O.M., where places/areas have been mentioned, Part ‘A’ SI. No. 4 — Jammu and Kashmir – “Illaqas of Padder and Niabat Nowgam in Kashmir Tehsil” under Doda District may be read as “Illaqas of Padder and Niabat Nowgam in Kishtwar Tehsil“.
(Nirmala Dev)
Dy. Secretary to the Government of India
No.12035/4/2015-Pol. II
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi-110108
Dated: 9th January, 2019
Office Memorandum
Subject: Clarification on facility of concessional retention of General Pool Residential Accommodation at the last place of posting to Central Government employees transferred to NER, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and the State of J&K.
The undersigned is directed to refer to DoE’s O.M of even Number dated 24.5.2016 on the above mentioned subject and subsequent O.M of even Number dated 10.4.2018 regarding retention of GPRA by Central Government Civilian employees (including CAPF employees) and to say that para 3 of the said O.M dated 10.4.2018 which was based on the clarification issued vide O.M dated 24.5.2016, reads as under: –
“It is clarified that the facility of concessional retention of GPRA at the last place of posting for Central Government Civilian Employees (including CAPF employees), and Officers of All India Services is permitted only when the allottee of GPRA is transferred to Non-Family stations from other places and is not permitted to the Central government employees who are repatriated back to his/her parent office in Non-family stations on completion of their deputation from other places.”
2. Various representations have since been received from officers who have joined NSG and SPG on deputation requesting for permitting them retention of GPRA for their families at their last place of posting i.e Delhi at par with other CAPF personnel keeping in view the nature of duty performed by them. The requests have been considered and it has been decided that CAPF personnel on deputation to NSG and SPG shall be extended the facility of retention of GPRA at the last place of posting for a maximum period of 3 years, as per the provision of Rule 43 of CGGPRA Rules, 2017, on their transfer to Non Family stations. Para 3 of O.M of even Number dated 10.4.2018 stands amended to this extent accordingly.
3. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Sd/- (K.K.Acharya)
Deputy Director of Estates(Policy
)

SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION RELATING TO GRANT OF TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES(Click the link below to view)
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,  Department of Health & Family Welfare,
Directorate General of CGHS
No.S-11011/01/2016/CGHS-III, Dated 25th January 2019,
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Friday, January 25, 2019

National Secretariat meeting of Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers - on 15-02-2019

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
Central Head Quarters: 1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110 001

No.CONF/GEN/2016-19                                                          Dt.20-01-2019

NOTICE FOR THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING

Dear Comrades,

National Secretariat Meeting of Central Govt Employees & Workers will be held on 15thFebruary 2019 (15-02-2019-Friday)at NFPE office, 1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 100 001 at 03.00pm.

All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting

The following shall be the agenda of the meeting.

Agenda

1.2019 January 8th & 9th All India Strike  -- Review

2.Confederation 10 points Charter of demands – Future course of action.

3.NPS – Building up of joint movement of like-minded organizations and future course of action.

4.All India Trade Union Camp – Finalizing venue and dates.

5.Financial Review.

6.Any other items with the permission of the Chair.

Yours fraternally,

M.KRISHNAN

Copy to:-
1.Com.K.K.N.Kutty, President, Confederation.
2.All National Secretariat members  - Refer previous intimation through whatsapp/SMS.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

ENHANCEMENT IN AGE LIMIT OF CONTRACTUAL DOCTORS FROM 67 YEARS TO 70 YEARS FOR CONTRACTUAL ENGAGEMENT IN CGHS DELHI.

F.No.4-07/2018/CGHS/GE
GOVT OF INDIA
OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
C.G.H.S. (HQ), Estt (G) Section
Sector-12, Rama Kraishna Puram,
New Delhi – 110022
Sub: Enhancement in age of contractual doctors from 67 years to 70 years for   contractual engagement in CGHS Delhi reg.
In continuation to this office letter of even no. dated 12.12.2018 it is informed that the age limit for contractual engagements of doctors in CGHS is enhanced from 67 years to 70 years. Those medical officer who have completed 67 years of age but are less than 69 of years as on 31.01.2019 may apply a fresh to this office by 31.01.2019 either by post or by hand.
sd/-
Additional Director
Central Government Health Scheme
 Delhi
WAITING TIME IN CGHS DISPENSARIES AND TREATMENT OF SKIN DISORDERS UNDER CGHS
Medicines are normally available at CGHS Wellness Centres and in case any medicine is not readily available, the same are procured through Authorized Local Chemist (ALC) and are supplied to the CGHS beneficiary.
In case any medicine is required urgently, there is a provision for issue of Authority Slip to CGHS beneficiaries to collect medicines directly from ALC without payment.
Medicines for chronic illness are issued upto 3 months for the convenience of CGHS beneficiaries.
Further, following steps have been taken by the Government to augment the availability of medicines at CGHS Wellness Centres:-
Indents have been placed through HLL Life Care Ltd. to procure rate contract generic medicines as an interim measure.
Additional Director of concerned CGHS City has been authorized to procure day to day required generic medicines from nearby Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) stores till 31st March, 2019.
Treatment of Skin disorders under CGHS
CGHS empanels private General Hospitals, Eye Care Centres, exclusive Cancer Hospitals and Dental Clinics. The private General hospitals are empanelled for all facilities available in the hospital and CGHS does not empanel Specialty wise like Dermatology.
CGHS beneficiary can consult Dermatologist in empanelled hospitals having Dermatology Specialty after referral from CGHS Wellness Centre.
There is no such list of non-listed treatment procedure/investigations; which are not available in CGHS empanelled hospitals/diagnostic centres, under CGHS.
The listed treatment procedure/investigations along with its rates are available on CGHS website and any treatment procedure/investigation not included in such lists are considered unlisted for treatment/investigations in CGHS empanelled hospitals/diagnostic centres. Approval of Competent Authority i.e. from the Ministry/Department in case of serving employees and through Additional Director, CGHS in case of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries is required.
Following are the admissible items included under ‘CGHS package rate’ for empanelled hospitals:-
i)          Registration Charges, ii) Admission Charges, iii) Accommodation charges including patient diet, iv) Operation Charges, v) Injection charges, vi) Dressing charges, vii) Doctor/consultant visit charges, viii) ICU/ICCU charges, ix) Monitoring charges, x) Transfusion charges, xi) Anaesthesia charges, xii) Operation theatre charges, xiii) Procedural charges/surgeon’s fee, xiv) cost of surgical disposables and all sundries used during hospitalization, xv) cost of medicines, xvi) Related routine and essential investigations, xvii) Physiotherapy charges etc., xviii) Nursing care and charges for its services.
In addition to the above mentioned items, some patients may require additional facilities/ provisions, which are admissible with proper justification in deserving cases. Therefore, it is not possible to give a comprehensive list of items, which are not admissible. However, the following items are not admissible for reimbursement:-
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Talcum powder
  • Mouth fresheners
CGHS DISPENSARIES
The number of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) Dispensaries/Wellness Centres functioning and proposed to be set up in the country are at Annexure-I and Annexure-II respectively.
The norms for establishment of new Wellness Centre under CGHS are as under:-
(i)         In an existing CGHS City:- For opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in an existing CGHS City, there has to be a minimum of 2000 Card holders (serving employees of Central Government and Central Civil Pensioners).
(ii)        Extension of CGHS to a new City: – For extension of CGHS to a new City, there has to be a minimum of 6000 Card holders.
This information was given by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 4.1.2019.

MACP from 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008: Clarification by Finance Ministry in consultation with DoPT on applicability of the judgment & MoD Order

Jan 23, 20190 comments

MACP from 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008: Clarification by Finance Ministry in consultation with DoPT on applicability of the judgment & MoD Order

PROVISION OF SMARTPHONE TO GDS WORKING AT SUB POST OFFICES - PBI DIVISION [DOP]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Computer Skill Test (CST) stands omitted in LDCE for LGOs
 for promotion to PAs/SAs from Postman/MG and MTS
RESERVATION FOR ECONOMICALLY WEAKER SECTIONS (EWSs) in CIVIL POSTS AND SERVICES IN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (Click the link below to view)
PROVISIONAL GRADATION LIST OF AAO AS ON 01.01.2019
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2019 JANUARY 8th & 9th HISTORIC TWO DAYS NATIONWIDE STRIKE AND OUR FUTURE TASK
M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & workers

WE SHALL NOT STOP, TILL OUR GOAL IS ACHIEVED
WE SHALL MARCH TOWARS BIGGER STRUGGLE IN THE COMING DAYS
TO  SCRAP  NPS  &  TO  RESTORE  OPS
TO  DEFEAT  THE  PERPETRATORS  OF  DISASTROUS  NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES.
   
      Congratulations and big salute to all those leaders and workers who worked tirelessly and organised the most wide-spread and largely participated two days nationwide strike under the banner of Confederation, which is the vanguard of the Central Government employees movement.

          Central Government employees had created history again.  The two days nationwide strike on 2019 January 8th & 9th was not only widespread but a thundering and magnificent success in all respect, surpassing all the recent past strikes in percentage of participation.  Of course, there was weakness in some sections and in some areas, but that didn’t affect the overall success and impact of the strike.

           When the dominant leadership of the JCM National Council staffside and National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) ie., Railway Federations, are reluctant to go on strike against the betrayal of the BJP-led NDA Government on Minimum Pay & Fitment formula, NPS, Option-I of Pensioners, HRA arrears etc, inspite of the fact that Confederation and Defence Federation has authorised the Railway Federations leadership to serve strike notice reviving the deferred indefinite strike of 2016 July 11th, it is Confederation, Confederation alone, has shown its commitment to the cause of the 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners, by organising two days historic strike along with the 20 crores workers of Indian working Class.    Confederation organised one day strike on 12-12-2012 and two days strike on 2014 February 13th & 14th demanding appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission, One day strike on 16-03-2017 demanding scrapping of NPS and honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers and one day strikes on 2nd September 2015 and 2016 along with the mainstream of the working class against the neo-liberal economic policies.  We decided to go on strike, demanding 10 points charter of demands of which the first and the main demand is “Scrap NPS & Restore OPS” in the mass convention of Central Government employees held at Hyderabad on 10th June 2018.  Intensive campaign for the strike started from July 2018 onwards.  The message of the two days strike went to every nook and corner of the country and reached almost all central Govt. Offices and employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual/Contract Workers and Autonomous body employees and Pensioners.  We are proud that we have stood with the workers and peasants of our country as a class-oriented militant trade union and Confederation represents the hope and aspirations of lakhs and lakhs of Central Government Employees and Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.

NDA GOVERNMENT AND CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES - OUR EXPERIENCE:
(1) NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS):

Everyone of us is aware that it is the previous BJP-led NDA Government which introduced the NPS in 2003 through a Gazette Notification dated 22nd December 2003, to all new entrants recruited on or after 01-01-2004.  We are also aware that the Congress-led UPA-II Government passed the PFRDA Bill in Parliament to legalise NPS, with the full support of opposition BJP MPs in 2013 and thereafter PFRDA Act came into effect from 18th September 2013.  Only 43 MPs of Left Parties, TMC, JDU, BSP, SP & RJD opposed the bill in Lok Sabha against 125 votes of Congress & BJP.  In Rajya Sabha 25 MPs opposed while 115 supported.  Confederation along with All India State Govt. Employees Federation (AISGEF) conducted series of agitational programmes against NPS from 2003 onwards including National Convention, Parliament March, signature campaign and strikes.

7th Central Pay Commission headed by Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Justice of Supreme Court of India, in Para 1.24 of its Report made the following observations:
          “Almost a whole lot of Central Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004 were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme.  While National Pension System (NPS) did not form a part of our Terms of Reference; we have recorded the sentiments of the affected employees.  The Government should take a call and step into to look into their demands”. 

In Para 10.03.11, the 7th CPC again made the following comments:
          “The larger Federations and Staff Associations advocated scrapping of the NPS on the ground that it discriminate between two sets of Government employees.  Individuals covered under NPS have pleaded for reverting to Old Pension Scheme (OPS) on the grounds of uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension, on the face of market related risks.”

Naturally, in tune with the recommendations of 7th CPC, when the NDA Govt. decided to appoint a High Level Committee called “NPS Committee”, the Central Government employees, especially the younger generation, expected that their anxiety and concerns will be taken into account by the Central Government and NPS will be scraped and OPS will be restored.  But the final decision of the Government not to scrap NPS but only to increase the percentage of contribution by the Government from 10% to 14% was a great blow to the NPS employees.  Their hopes are shattered, “their legitimate aspirations are guillotined” and a situation is created where their “hopes ended in despair”.

Their hope faded further when Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, in his letter dated 3rd January 2019 addressed to Shri. Nitin Gadkari, another Cabinet Minister in the NDA Government, justified the continuation of NPS as follows:

“NPS is expected to provide old age income security to subscribers besides providing capital for the social and economic development of the economy”. 
The final blow came when the NDA Government made its stand clear without any ambiguity in a reply dated 25-12-2018 given in Parliament stating that - “Representations have been received which inter-alia also include the demand that Government may revert to Old defined benefit pension system. However, due to the rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with Old Pension System (OPS) in respect of Central Govt. employees recruited on or after 01-01-2004”.

During the past 2-3 years many NPS employees, mainly Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers promoted to departmental posts after 01-01-2004 (as their previous service is not treated as regular service) and also aged dependents of deceased employees who got compassionate appointment after 01-01-2004 etc, retired from service after completing 10 to 13 years service.  Their Annuity Pension under NPS is Rs.700/- to Rs.2700/- maximum per month, thus confirming our apprehension that “NPS is nothing but No Pension System”.

Unlike the BJP led NDA Government at the Centre, certain State Governments understood the seriousness of the situation and they have declared that they want to scrap NPS.  (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu during Jayaalitha’s time, Karnataka and Kerala Governments).  Some of them appointed expert Review Committees to work out modalities for coming out of NPS.  From the stand taken by the above State Governments it can be seen that it is the political stand of the ruling party that matter.  At the centre, it is the political stand of the Political Party ruling the country which is crucial.

2.      Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula:
After the continuous struggle by Confederation including strikes from 2011 onwards, the then UPA Government was compelled to announce appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission. Gujarat State Government objected the decision of the UPA Government to appoint 7th CPC.  Shri. Narendra Modiji was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time.  After coming to power at the Centre in 2014, the BJP led NDA Govt. made deliberate attempt and intervention to delay and deny the legitimate demands of the Central Govt. employees and Pensioners including the demands relating to Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, HRA from 01-01-2016, Option-I for pensioners etc.
When the entire Central Government employees ,under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) decided to go on indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 a Group of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister and the then Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu, gave categorical assurance on 30-06-2016 that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and for that purpose a High Level Committee will be constituted.  Even after a lapse of 2½ years neither High Level Committee was constituted nor Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula is increased.

The Finance Ministry in its Lok Sabha reply dated 11-12-2018, categorically stated as follows:
          “The fitment factor for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission is 2.57 which is uniformly applicable to all categories of employees.  As the same is based on the specific and considered recommendations of the 7th CPC, no change, thereon is envisaged”.

Thus the BJP led NDA Government has betrayed 32 lakhs Central Govt. employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Bhupendra Nath Hazarika and Another Vs. State of Assam and others (reported in 2013(2)Sec.516) observed as follows, which is quoted by 7th CPC in its preface -
          “It should always be borne in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a situation is not created where hopes end in despair.  Hope for everyone is gloriously precious and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and treacherous......  A sense of calm sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected in every step.  An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed and they shall be treated with dignified fairness, then only the concept of good governance can be concretized.  We say no more”.
The NDA Government has “guillotined” our aspirations.  NDA Govt. has betrayed the employees and Pensioners and created an atmosphere where “Hopes ended in despair”.  NDA Govt. converted our hope to be “deceitful and treacherous”, “Dignified Fairness”, “Calm sensibility” and “Concerned Sincerity” in treating our case is lacking on the part of NDA Government.  Hence we have no alternative but to defeat the betrayers in the coming biggest battle of democracy.

The fate of the following other demands raised by the Confederation are also met with the same fate from the NDA Government:

*   Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers.  Implementation of the remaining favourable recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee on GDS. 

*      Grant of HRA arrears from 01-01-2016, removal of bench mark for MACP and grant of promotional hierarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.

*      Fill up of all vacant posts.  Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B and C Posts.

*       Implement Option-I formulation of 7th CPC for Pensioners.

*       Settle anomalies arising out of 7th CPC.

*     Parity in Pay scales between Central Secretariat Staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.

*       Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses.  Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing of Govt. functions.  Stop proposed move to close down salt department.

*    Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision in remaining  Autonomous bodies.  Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.

*      Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointment and grant appointments in all deserving cases.
*   Grant five Assured Career Progression to all Group B and Group C employees.

*    Stop attack on Trade Union rights.  Ensure prompt functioning of all JCM forums.  Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

ELECTION AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:
                   In a democratic country like in India, elections to the Legislative bodies are also part of the struggle against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the ruling class.  Com. K. G. Bose, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees movement has observed as follows:

                   “It is a common say, particularly among the Government employees that the Unions should remain aloof from the politics.  All the confusion has arisen because of the fact that the correct definition of the “Politics and Trade Union” has not been understood by most of us.  Those two things are not separate from each other rather they are inseparable.  Politics do not mean the policies of a particular political party.  Each and every demand of the Govt. employees is linked with the politics of the country.  It is high time that the age old confusions be removed from the minds of the Govt. employees and their unions.  Collective thinking on the problems of life in the context of a nation is a fundamental right of every section of the people and therefore, the Central Govt. employees cannot be deprived of their birth right on the plea of “Political influence”.

                   It is in the above background, we have to take position in the coming General Elections.  Our experience during the last five years have proved that BJP-led NDA Government is the most anti-worker and anti-people Government the country had since independence.  This Govt. is by the corporates, of the corporates and for the corporates.  The working class, including Central Govt. employees, should be made aware of this challenge and prepared to defeat it.  It should be kept in mind that defeat of this Government is not the end, but our struggle for reversal of the neo-liberal policies has to continue with increased vigour even after ensuring defeat of the anti-worker government.  In any case, continuation of this Government is against the interest of the working class, especially the Central Govt. employees.  Change is the need of the hour.

        As a class-oriented militant trade union, it is our responsibility to channelize the discontentment and anger of the employees on proper direction with the objective of strengthening united struggles to defeat the neo-liberal policies and ultimately pave the way for taking the struggle towards an exploitation free society.  Let us make 2019 that started with the two days historic strike, a year of heightened struggles leading to decisive struggles against the neo-liberal policies.  Let us be prepared for a bigger struggle in coming days to “SCRAP NPS & RESTORE OPS” and also for the realisation of our long pending demands.

           Let us not forget that the ruling class may use all tricks at their command, all weapons in their armoury to divert the attention of the people and workers, away from their burning day to day livelihood issues, to divide and disrupt their unity to engineer polarisation of the society on caste and communal lines for their electoral gains.  We should be prepared to defeat all such machinations and should preserve our unity.

            Let us remember the following lines from the famous speech of Late Martin Luther King, Jr –

“Change does not roll in the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle, and so, we must straighten our backs and work for our goal.”