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Almost the entire two and half lakhs Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) workers, who runs the Postal Services in the rural areas and partially in the cities, are completely on strike for the last two weeks since 22nd May 2018, demanding implementation of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee report on the wage and service conditions of the GDS. The report was submitted on November 2016 to the Government, which have some favorable recommendations. While the government implemented the recommendations of the VII Central Pay Commission, which are mostly retrogressive, for the regular employees stating that the committee reports are treated as ‘Awards’, the GDS Committee report is not implemented.
The entire rural postal service is paralyzed. No letters, money orders, parcels, speed posts, registered articles delivered. About 1,30,000 Sub and branch Post Offices in the country closed due to strike. Still the government is silent and is not prepared to meet the unions, discuss and settle the issues.
Despite their difficulties, the common people support the striking workers, well knowing under what conditions and negligent low wages they are working without any benefits that the workers are eligible. They understand the wage slavery imposed on the GDS workers.
All the trade unions in the country and political parties are supporting the poor underpaid GDS workers’ strike; But the government is still silent and unresponsive. It was in the same way when it dealt with the demands of the kisans and other workers.
The GDS workers are firm in their decision to continue the indefinite strike till their fully justified demands are met. The regular employees, who withdrew from the strike after a few days,are fully in solidarity with the striking GDS comrades.
The central government should immediately discuss with the union leaders and concede the fully justified demands, so that the strike can be ended and the Postal services restored.
The All India convention of Central Public Sector Employees was held at New Delhi, yesterday the 30.05.2018. A presedium, consisting of the leaders of the Central Trade Union, presided over the Convention. Leaders, including com. Ashok Singh, National Vice- President, INTUC, com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, com. H. Mahadevan, Working President, AITUC, com. Shanmugam, GS, LPF, com. Swadesh Dev Roye, Secretary, CITU, com. Mahendar Sharma, HMS, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Subhash Lamba, (Electricity) and many others addressed. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, briefly explained about the struggles going on in BSNL, on the issues of Subsidiary Tower Company, Wage Revision, etc. The Convention unanimously adopted a declaration, which calls for a one day strike against disinvestment / privatisation, fixed Term Employment, demanding Wage Revision to all PSU employees, without affordability condition. Date of the strike will be announced shortly.
A generalbody meeting of the NTR Circle branch was held at CTO, Hall, New DElhi on 30-05-2018. Inaugurating the meeting, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri gave a good account of the developments on the issues of pension revision, attack on BSNL and the efforts and struggles for settlement. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary dealt on the organisational issues and appealed to strengthen AIBDPA further. Com.M.C.Malhotra, Circle President presided over the meeting. Com.D.P.S.Shishodia, Circle Secretary welcomed all.
In continuation of the discussion Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary had with Shri.S.K.Jain, DDG (Estt), DoT on 29-05-2018 on the issue of pension revision of BSNL absorbed retirees with 15% fitment, Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor and K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary along with Com. G.L.Jogi, veteran leader and Chairman of SNEA met Shri.Prabash Singh, Memeber (Technology), Telecom Commission who is holding the additional charge of Member( Service) on 31-05-2018. They had a serious discussion on the issue in which Shri. S.K.Jain, DDG (Estt) was also present. The delegation strongly demanded that pension revision be done without waiting for the wage revision as it has nothing to do with BSNL’s finance or the affordability conditions. Shri.Prabash Singh, who had been the General Secretary of ITS Officers Association which joined the Doorsanchar Sangarsh Samithi in the 1990s, was very positive in response and asked the DDG to consider the points. General Secretary suggested that technical issue of 50% of the last pay only could be given for the subsequently retiring officials can be solved by incorporating a formulation in the cabinet note that the fixation be given after one week of their retirement .The DDG then responded that a note with such inputs may be given to him for further action.
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 25th May, 2018
Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.04.2018 to 30.06.2018.
The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01.04.2018 to 30.06.2018, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.6% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2018 dated 11.04.2018, are enclosed.
2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.
3. While these orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 01.04.2018 to 30.06.2018, the Tables already issued for the first quarter from 01.01.2018 to 31.3.2018 are also reproduced for the sake of convenience and consolidation.
4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.
(Amar Nath Singh)
Due to the two day strike of the bank employees on 30th and 31st July, 2018, the government of India has given directions to disbursing authorities to distribute the salary of the central government employees on 29-05-2018. Banks have taken the initiative to credit the pension also on 28th and 29th May, 2018. But in Tamil Nadu the postal authorities have taken an unhelpful stand and refused to distribute the pension on 29th May.
CHQ has taken up the issue with the Secretary, Posts and letter in this regard was handed over to him on 29-05-2018 which was forwarded to DDG (FS) for necessary action. However General Secretary could not meet him as he has gone for a meeting.
Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary met Shri. S.K.Jain, DDG (Estt) DoT on 29-05-2018 and discussed the following issues in detail.
- Pension Revision of BSNL retirees from 01-01-2017.
General Secretary demanded that the pension of BSNL absorbed retirees be revised with 15% fitment, as recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government. Though recommendations are for the employees, it could be made applicable to the pensioners also as in the case of 2nd PRC. The copy of the detailed letter given earlier to Secretary, DoT in this regard was handed over to the DDG. The DDG had a patient hearing and stated that the modalities of pension revision is being finalised. He further clarified that the pension revision could be implemented along with the wage revision in BSNL. General Secretary pointed out that the affordability conditions stipulated by the 3rd PRC are not applicable to BSNL retirees as the full liability of pension lies with the government and therefore need not wait for the wage revision. The DDG argued that then it would create an anomaly to the subsequent retiring officials to which General Secretary replied it could be settled by giving them the same fixation. However DDG stated that it would amount to violation of Rule.37 A according to which 50% of the last pay drawn could be given as pension. He further stated that it would not take much time for the pension revision once the pay revision is finalised.
2. Denial of 78.2% IDA pension revision due to Extra Increment calculation- case of Tamil Nadu
About 500 BSNL pensioners are denied 78.2% IDA pension revision by CCA, Tamil Nadu stating that the extra increment calculated for 68.8% IDA pension revision cannot be calculated for 78.2% IDA pension revision on the basis of a clarification issued by the DoT. The issue had already been taken up with the Secretary , DoT but still pending unresolved. General Secretary requested the DDG to examine the case and do the needful. He stated that he is not aware of the latest position of the case and asked to meet Shri. Sanjay Agarwal, Director (Estt) for details. Accordingly, General Secretary met the Director and discussed the issue and he replied that the clarification issued by DoT in this regard in consultation with competent authority is final.