MORE THAN 15 CRORE WORKERS PARTICIPATED IN THE NATIONAL STRIKE ON 2nd SEPTEMBER, 2015.

Once again history is created. The General Strike today is estimated to have been participated by more than 15 crore workers. The call given by the  10 Central Trade Unions and the federations and associations of various sector unions, including CG Employees, Defence, State Govt. employees, PSUs including telecom/BSNL, have been an unprecedented success.

In BSNL, the strike has been almost complete. BSNL Employees Union had participated in all the strike called by the Central trade Unions till date.

The Casual and Contract Workers all over India participated in a big way. In states like W.Bengal, Kerala, T.Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, the strike has been complete. Reports of successful strike is pouring from all the circles.

BSNL _DOT Pensioners on the call of AIBDPA organised demonstrations/ dharnas in support of the Strike in many places jointly with CGPA, AIPRPA and other pensioners organisations.

The government’s claim that it is addressing the concerns of the workers has been completely rejected by the workers. Modi Government has failed to settle even one demand raised by the CTUs. While lakhs of crores of rupees are gifted to the corporates through tax waival, concessions etc. the workers and the people at large are completely ignored.

The struggle will continue for abetter deal to the workers and the common people!

Revolutionary Greetings to all the participants in the strike! You have once again created history

DUE DATE FOR E FILING RETURNS OF INCOME EXTENDED UPTO 7th SEPTEMBER,2015.

According to the Press release issued by Ministry of Finance to day, due date for e filing returns of Income Extended up to 7th September 2015. The Press release is given below..

Due – Date for E-Filing Returns of Income for Assessment Year 2015-16 Extended up to 7th September 2015 in Respect of all Taxpayers who were Required to E-File their Returns of Income by 31st August 2015

The Government has received various representations that tax payers have faced difficulties in E-filing of returns across the country due to slowing down of certain e-services on 31st August 2015.

Considering these representations, the Central Board Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the ‘due-date’ for E-filing returns of income from 31st August 2015 to 7th September 2015 in respect of all taxpayers who were required to E-file their returns of income by 31st August 2015.

Earlier, the ‘due-date’ for filing of Income Tax return for Assessment Year 2015-16 was extended till 31st August, 2015 in case of those taxpayers who were required to file their tax return by 31st July, 2015.

8.5 LAKH CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED IN GENERAL STRIKE- CONFEDERATION.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.
First Floor, North Avenue Post Office,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Dated: 2nd September, 2015.

PRESS STATEMENT

The initial report received at the Confederation CHQ indicates the participation of about 8.5 lakh Central Government employees in today’s general Strike action of the Indian working Class. Earlier endorsing the call of the Central trade Unions, the Confederation of CGE and workers had called upon the Central Government employees to take part in the one day strike to compel the Govt. to withdraw the anti-people and anti-worker neo-liberal policies pursued since 1991. The report states that the offices of the Postal, Income Tax Ground Water Board, Survey of India Geological Survey of India, , Indian Bureau of Mines. Offices of the Census Departments, ISRO, Atomic Energy, Medical Store Depots, Film Institute of India, Offices of the AGMARK, various other autonomous scientific and research institutions, etc remained closed for the whole day and the work completely paralysed. The strike also paralysed the functioning of various offices of the Indian Audit and Account Department, Printing and Stationary, Census, CPWD, Civil Accounts, Indian Standards Institute etc. Total civilian employees of various Defence Organisations and Defence Accounts Departments participated in the strike. The strike in which lakhs of workers participated has cautioned the Government of the consequences of scrapping the various labour welfare legislations intended to please the Corporate houses.

The Central Government employees were particularly unhappy over the denial of the wage revision for the past 5 years, non grant of interim relief and merger of DA, the continued outsourcing and contractorisation of Governmental functions, denial of the Statutory defined benefit pension to the fresh appointees and above all the closure of the negotiating forum- JCM- since 2010. The Finance Minister’s statement in the Parliament while laying the Medium term Expenditure Framework Statement pegging the additional revenue expenses on account of salary, pension etc for the year 2016-17 at just 5% more than 2015-16 was indicative of the nugatory attitude of the Government towards its own employees’ genuine demand for wage revision. It has no doubt acted as a catalyst to the enthusiastic participation of the employees in the Strike action.

The Strike was total in Kerala, Tamilnadu. Maharashtra, Punjab ,Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chattisgrah, MP, Orissa, West Bengal Assam, North Eastern States w and 80 to 90% in other States.

The Confederation secretariat congratulates the employees and their leaders, who undertook intensive Campaign to make the strike such a grand success. The Confederation Secretariat while thanking all its members for their whole hearted participation in the Strike and making it an unprecedented success, places on record the gratitude and appreciation for the yeomen efforts of the various Central Government Pensioners organizations in supporting the strike action.

KKN. KUTTY
President,
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers

BHARTI AIRTEL, IDEA CELLULAR HIKE POST PAID DATA TARIFFS BY 20% IN DELHI.

NEW DELHI: After increasing data tariffs for pre-paid customers in Delhi, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have now hiked charges for their post-paid users by around 20 per cent in various circles including the national capital.

A couple of months back, the top three operators — Airtel, Idea and Vodafone — had raised pre-paid data tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by up to 47 per cent.

However, there has been no hike in data charges by Vodafone in the post-paid category in Delhi or any other circles.

According to the information available on companies’ website, Airtel has raised data tariffs in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West circles; while Idea Cellular has hiked charges in Delhi, Punjab and UP West.

Post-paid customers of the two operators in the above-mentioned circles will now have to pay Rs 300 for 1GB 3G data, against Rs 250 earlier for the same amount of data usage.

Vodafone continues to offer 1GB 3G data for Rs 250 in Delhi circle.

An Airtel spokesperson though told PTI that the increase is only for new post-paid customers and effected about two months ago.

Queries in this regard sent to Idea Cellular remained unanswered.

Operators generally don’t make public announcement about increase in tariffs and put all information in this regard on their websites. They generally inform their post-paid customers through SMS about change in rates of services before their next billing cycle starts.

Pre-paid customers, which constitute over 90 per cent of market, get to know about the rates revision when they go to recharge their mobile phones or through companies website.

Telecom operators are required to report change in tariffs to sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

(courtesy: Economics Times)