Saturday, 11 November 2017

7th Pay Commission Latest News Today: NAC Meeting on Minimum Pay Hike Likely in December; Here’s What to Expect



New Delhi, Nov 8: The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to resolve all matters related to the anomalies in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, is likely to hold a crucial meeting on a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission of 7th CPC in December. The NAC is expected to submit its report on higher minimum pay, which would be accepted by the government. (Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Centre Hikes Allowance For Differently-Abled Kids of Government Employees to Rs 54,000 Annually)
The NAC meeting on raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, scheduled for October, was postponed. If media reports are to be believed, the meeting is likely to take place only after the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are over. The result of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly polls will be declared on December 18.

The NAC may suggest hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. Fitment factor will be raised to 3.00 times from the existing 2.57 times. However, central government employees are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and they are pressurizing to raise fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. Upset over the delay in raising minimum pay, the central government employees sought Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s intervention in the matter.

According to the Finance Ministry, Jaitley will keep his promise to raise minimum pay beyond the Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. “Government is making sure that its policy is targeted to where there are specific issues, where government need to make sure to keep FM Arun Jaitley’s promise, but also where the government does need to make sure that pay cap will not cost for government exchequer. However, employees deserved pay hike to keep up with inflation,” a Finance Ministry official was quoted as saying.

On June 30, 2016, Arun Jaitley held a meeting with representatives of central government employees unions at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh where he reportedly promised them to consider their demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The government had approved a hike in salary and allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. The 14.27 per cent hike in basic by the 7th Pay Commission — the lowest in 70 years — has left the central government employees unsatisfied.

Fixation of Pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay



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NFPE, Odisha salutes our warriors who participated in the march to Parliament on 11.11.2017
NFPE CIRCULAR
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                                    e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                      website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com


  No.PF-01(a)/2017                                                              Dated: 10th November, 2017

CIRCULAR
To
            All General Secretaries / NFPE Office Bearers     
           All Circle Secretaries of NFPE Unions


Dear Comrades,

            The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE with available General Secretaries and NFPE office bearers held at NFPE office North Avenue Post Office. Building New Delhi has reviewed the whole situation arisen out of so many policy offensive and attacks unleashed by the Government of India by the way of authorizing  nationalized banks and private banks for doing business of National small savings schemes, making  the IPPB (India Post Payment Bank) as a corporate entity proposal of closure of A.P.S appointment of out sourced Postal Delivery  agents, cancellation of G.D.S membership verification Delay in implementation of  GDS Committee  Report , Amendment in Rectt. rules of P.A. non filling up of vacant posts in all cadres, non implementation of  cadre restructuring  proposals for other categories and non declaration of result of regular membership verification and so many other issues.
            After a detailed and threadbare discussion the Federal Secretaries has reached to a conclusion that it is the need of hour to resist all these policy offensive and attacks by way of struggles and serious agitational  programmes culminating in to indefinite strike.
            The federal secretariat has decided the following programme of action to achieve the demands as mentioned in charter of demands.
1. Two days Relay hunger fast in front of all Divisional offices on 28th and 29th November 2017 (All Employees will wear Black Badges containing demands and will send resolution addressed to Prime – Minister. 
2. Mass Dharna in front of All C.P.M.G offices on 20th December 2017
3. 5 Days Relay Dharna in front of Parliament from 12th to 16th February 2018. (All Circles will participates in Dharna day wise)..
4. After that Indefinite Strike will be declared

CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Implementation of positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report for GDS

2. Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular membership verification.

3. Filling up of all vacant posts in all Cadres of Deptt of Post i.e P.A.S.A, Postmen, Mail guard, mailmen, MTS,MMS Drivers and artisans, P.A CO. P.A SBCO, Postal Actts and GDS.

4. Implement CSI, and RICT only after providing all required infrastructure including band width and stop harassment , victimization in the name of new schemes   , technology induction, under contributory negligence factor and trade union victimization.

5. Stop out sourcing privatization and Corporatization.

6. Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part time, contingent and daily rated mazdoors as per  6th & 7th CPC  and settle other issues of Casual Laboures.

7. Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO Postmaster Cadre, Postal Actts etc and accept the modifications suggested by federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

8. Withdraw N.P.S (contributory Pension Scheme) Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.

9. Implement 5 days week in Postal Operative offices.

10.  Stop move of diversion of business of P.O SB Schemes to Banks (Nationalized and Private)

11. Stop move of closure of Army Postal Service.

12. Grant OSA and OTA to RMS staff and special allowances for P.O & R.M.S Accounts.

13. Finalization of Recruitment Rules of AAOS IN Postal Accounts with 40% S.C.F quota as approved by DOPT.

14. Status of Audit to SBCO.

15. Benefit of SDBS to retried GDS employees.
Yours Comradely,


                                                                                                     (R N Parashar)
Secretary General
_________________________________________
RESOLUTION

To
           
            The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
            Government of India,
            New Delhi-110 003

Hon’ble Sir,

            The Postal Employees are very much aggrieved and agitated due to the policy offensives and attacks unleashed on Postal Services and Postal Employees. The genuine demands of Postal, RMS and GDS employees are not being settled by the Postal Administration.
            Being aggrieved  we the Postal Employees _____________________ (Name of Division & Circle) have conducted 2 days relay hunger fast on 28th & 29thNovember -2017 for settlement of 15 points  charter of demands (Copy enclosed).
            We on behalf of entire Postal employees request you to kindly bestow your personal attention on the problems of Postal employees  and cause suitable  action to settle those problems.
With regards
Yours Sincerely

Signature of all Divisional Secretaries


 _______________________________________________________________________

CIRCLE WISE AND DATE WISE PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME FOR 5 DAYS RELAY DHARNA AT NEW DELHI
FROM 12th TO 16th FEBRUARY-2018

DATE
CIRCLES
QUOTA FOR EACH CIRCLE
REMARKS
12.02.18
Andhra  Pradesh
100



(1) All NFPE Unions Circle Secretaries should convene meetings and allot quota to each union and book the tickets to and fro journey in advance to avoid inconvenience.




(ii) All General Secretaries /NFPE Office bearers and All India leaders of All NFPE unions will remain present all the  days. Respective CHQ will make their arrangements for stay.
Telengana
75
J&K
15
Himachal Pradesh
30
Punjab
50
Delhi
100
13.02.18
Kerala
100
Karnataka
100
Haryana
50
Uttarakhand
30
Rajasthan
100
14.02.18
Tamilnadu
100
Maharashtra
100
Assam
30
North East
15
UP(Eastern)
75
15.02.18
West Bengal
100
Odisha
75
Bihar
75
Jharkhand
50
16.02.18
UP (West)
100
Madhya Pradesh
100
Chhattisgarh
50
Gujarat
100

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11.11.2017















Lakhs of workers storm Delhi



            The thousands of workers who stormed the national capital and assembled at Parliament Street in the national capital Delhi, to participate in the first day of the three days ‘mahapadav’ on 9th November 2017 enthusiastically endorsed the call of the speakers to intensify the struggle against the anti worker, anti people and anti national policies of the BJP led government and prepare for a countrywide indefinite general strike if the government fails to concede their demands.

            Workers from all over the country representing many sector - public and private, permanent employees and contract, casual workers, state and central government employees, banks, insurance, telecom, railways, defence, and the various schemes of the government of India participated in the ‘mahapadav’ on the first day.

            Ashok Singh (INTUC), Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC), HS Sidhu (HMS), Tapan Sen (CITU), Satyawan (AIUTUC), G Devarajan (TUCC), Manali (SEWA), Rajiv Dimri (AICCTU), M Shanmugam (LPF) and Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) addressed the gathering in the first session presided over by Sanjay Singh (INTUC), Ramendra Kumar (AITUC), Raja Sridhar (HMS), Hemalata (CITU), RK Sharma (AIUTUC), Naren Chatterjee (TUCC), Sonia (SEWA), Santosh Rai (AICCTU), Subbaraman (LPF) and Shatrujit Singh (UTUC).

            Leaders of the federations spoke in the second part of the first session. It was most significant that the leaders of the two major national federations of the railway employees - Shiv Gopal Mishra, general secretary of All India Railwaysmen’s Federation and Raghavaiagh, general secretary of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen - have announced that they would join the indefinite strike whenever the joint trade union platform gave the call. Leaders of several other all Industrial federations including Venkatachalam, general secretary of All India Bank Employees’ Association, Subhash Lamba, additional general secretary of All India State Government Employees’ Association and secretary of Electricity Employees’ Federation of India, KK Divakaran, general secretary of All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation, C Sreekumar, general secretary of All India Defence Employees’ Federation, Jagdeesh Sreemali, VS Dahiya, GR Shiv Shankar, Ravi Sen, Peelimuthu, Kalyan Sengupta, also joined them in endorsing the call addressed the huge gathering and announced they would join the indefinite country wide general strike whenever the joint trade union platform took the decision. Thampan Thomas (HMS), Vijay Pal Singh (AIUTUC), Anil Sharma (TUCC), Sonia (SEWA), Mahendra Parida (AICCTU), Natarajan (LPF) and Thomas Joseph (UTUC) also addressed

            H Mahadevan (AITUC), Raghunath Singh (CITU) Shyamlal (AICCTU), Bashir Abud (LPF) replaced their colleagues in the presidium in the second part of the first session. The second session was presided over by Gurnam Singh (INTUC), C Singh (AITUC), SN Pathak (HMS), Anadi Sahu (CITU), Shiv Shankar (UTUC), Lataben (SEWA), Shyamal Prasad (AICCTU), Basheer Ahmed (LPF) and PG Prasanna Kumar (UTUC)

DISPENSING OF ARMY POSTAL SERVICES FROM ARMY UNDER APPROVED REFORMS OF GOVERNMENT CAUSING BITTER INJUSTICE TO THE TROOPS


National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                                  e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                 website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com

 N0.PF-67/24/2017                                                              Dated:   09   November, 2017    


To

            Shri Manoj Sinha,
            Hon`ble Minister of Communications & IT,
            Government. of India,
            Sanchar Bhawan,
            New Delhi-110 001
             
SUB:  DISPENSING OF ARMY POSTAL SERVICES FROM ARMY UNDER APPROVED REFORMS OF GOVERNMENT CAUSING BITTER INJUSTICE TO THE TROOPS
Hon`ble Sir,
                        It has come to our notice from some reliable sources that Govt of India is going to take decision to dispense with the services of Army Postal Services.
            In this connection it is pertinent to mention that APS personnel mostly deputed from the Postal Department serving in the Army were meant to provide all postal services very close to their barracks even to those troops serving very far flung border area.  The APS personnel arrange their lectures to guide them for collocating habit of  small savings schemes and Postal Life Insurance helping them for deduction their premium from the accounts maintained by respective PAO(OR).  Prior to APS the troops were in darkness and there was no way for their troops for guidance for savings purposes. 
2.         The Army Postal Service (APS), functions as a government-operated military mail system in India. A primary feature of Army Postal Service systems is that normally they are subsidized to ensure that military mail posted between duty stations abroad and the home country (or vice versa) does not cost the sender any more than normal domestic mail traffic. In some cases, Indian military personnel in a combat zone may post letters and/or packages to the home country for free, while in others, senders located in a specific overseas area may send military mail to another military recipient, also located in the same overseas area, without charge. Officers are deputed primarily from the Indian Postal Service and from the Army Corps. Army Postal Service is the only service that enables civil service officers to work in the armed forces.
3.         APS is a unique organization in the sense that it is a happy blend of the Department of Posts, India and Indian Army. APS functions as a part of the countrywide postal setup but administratively it is under Army. Though a part of the Army, APS also extends its services to Air Force and other Paramilitary Forces. APS also provides limited cover to the Indian Navy. It also provides cover to Indian troops deployed with UN Peace Keeping Forces abroad.APS is also providing the Postal and remittance facilities to Border Road Organization cutting and maintaining roads in the various parts in remote areas on mountains .
4.         Origin of APS dates back to 1856 when the first FPO accompanied the British Expeditionary forces to Persia. FPOs continued to be requisitioned by the Army from the Dept of Posts to accompany Expeditionary Forces till World War I. During World War II volunteers from the Dept of P & T were drawn as combatants to run the FPOs. In 1947 when Indian troops were rushed to J & K, the handful of personnel, who remained with the occupation forces in Japan, were sent to provide postal services to the troops. This group germinated into the present Army Postal Service. Army Postal Service joined the World War-1 in 1914 and accompanied various forces continued to function till 1923.
5.         The Army official mail Scheduled Despatch Service (SDS) was carried from one Formation to another through Signal Regiment engaging First Class compartments in mail trains which was handed over to APS in 1969.APS Corps emerged as Independent Corps in 1972.
6.         Gallantry Awards Vir Chakra to L/NK Perinmbam on 26 Jan 1952 and Shaurya Chakra to Col R K Bansal on 26 Jan 1986.

7.         Army Postal Service provides Postal, Remittance, Savings & Insurance services to Army, Indian Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary forces personnel through 500 Field Post Offices established across the country. It also provides cover to Indian troops deployed with United Nations Peace Keeping Forces abroad including Bhutan.
8.         The head of Army Postal Service is the Additional Director General Army Postal Service at Army Headquarters in the rank of Major General. He is assisted by Deputy Director General Army Postal Service in the rank of Brigadier at Army Headquarters.[4]
            The two Command Based Post Offices at Delhi and Kolkata 1CBPO56 APO
2CBPO29 APO and Army Postal Service Centre at Kamptee Nagpur are commanded by Commandants in the rank of Colonel. The Officers Commanding Corps/Divisional/Area/Border Roads/Assam Rifles/Air Force Postal Units in the rank of Lt Col/ Major/Captain monitor the functioning of Field Post Offices under their control and discharge the functions of the Postal Advisor to the General-Officer-Commanding. Two Central Base Post Offices and Section Base Post Offices serve as the nodal points for mail processing.
            Army Postal Service is a Postal Circle of India Post working under the technical control of Indian Army.

            Hundreds of Packers, Postman and Postal Assistants LSG & HSG Supervisors Inspectors/Assistant Superintendents are on deputation to Army Postal Service Corps from Department of Posts. These are the permanent employees of Department of Posts and in place of these employees temporary employees are working in the Civil Post Offices. On disbanding of APS Corps these APS personnel will be repatriated to their civil wing as such temporary employees will be unemployed causing a great injustice with these employees. Civilian Employees of Department of Posts voluntarily served the nation as combat in peace and war at remote and far flung snow bound areas, disbanding the APS Corps will also not justice with them.


9.         On hearing the abrupt decision of Govt. of India for dispensing with such services to the troops is a matter of grave concern. It is felt that the dispensing of services on the basis of new technology appears to have been misunderstood. The postal services were under strict security over the correspondence of troops made between their families and kith and kin.  Though it is admitted that the troops can use mobile and send their money to their families by Banks etc. But will not be possible when the actual war starts. The services of modern technology in many circumstances are banned due to security point of view. After through and serious deliberations, the services of APS are very essential.  After II World WAR the APS was found very indispensable on many counts.

10.       The troops serving in the Army mostly belonging to far flung area where their family can neither get bank facilities and other postal facilities will feel depleted and distressed and this would hurt their morale. The booster of morale of every soldier is very essential to maintain their morale boosting chain among them.

11.       (a) SB Schemes are being operated by APS  and there  are about 9 lakh SB   Accounts 86%  and expenditure  of  APS is met  with  these  SB Schemes.
            (b) APS is also doing business under PLI and having about 13 lakh     policies which is a good source of income to meet out the expenditure of      APS.
12.       APS is well maintained and proving back bone to the troops for providing morale booster for the above obvious reasons.  In case it is felt that present scenario does not find suitable to keep permanently APS Corps would prove bitter repentance over the past.  However if it is the need of the hour to overlook the services and postal facilities being provided to troops may and  totally uprooting/dispensing would prove a bitter injustice to the troops while flashing back over the past.

            It is therefore requested to kindly bestow  your personal attention   on this matter and influence  your good office to convenience  Government of India not ro close  Army Postal Service (APS)  whose service  are very much required  for the India Army.

With regards
Yours faithfully,
(R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General

Copy to : Shri A N Nanda , Secretary Department of Posts  for necessary action.