An Organisation for the welfare of postal employees

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Arrange demonstrations in front of all divisional offices on 05/07/2016, evening  by FNPO to propagate all India strike.

                  

JOHNSON AVOKKARAN ( CIRCLE CONVENOR FNPO)


                                                

NO CHANGE INSTRIKE PROGRAMME.STAY AWAY FROM RUMOURS….


           JOHNSON AVOKKARAN 

(CIRCLE CONVENOR FNPO)

Friday, July 1, 2016

7th CPC Recommendations


7th CPC Recommendation on CGEGIS is not accepted by Govt and the old scheme and rates continues:The 7th Pay Commission has recommended the following rates for Central government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) . The subscription amount has been increased considerably to increase the Insurance amount .

Level of Employee     Monthly Deduction ()     Insurance Amount ()
10 and above                           5000                             50,00,000
6 to 9                                           2500                              25,00,000
1 to 5                                          1500                               15,00,000

This has been objected by NCJCM in its memorandum. The demanded to reduce the monthly deduction as it is much higher than the Premium rates available for Term life Insurance in Open Market. The Central Government accepted this demand and rejected this recommendation and asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

” The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

2)Cabinet accepts both two options for fixation of 7th CPC Revised Pension
7th CPC Recommended following Two options for fixation of Revised Pension:

1. Pay Scale on Retirement and Number of Increment Earned in the scale of Retiring Grade will be taken for fixation of PensionIn this method Pension will be fixed in the Pay Matrix on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired

2. Using Multiplication Factor 2.57Existing Basic Pension to be multiplied by 2.57

When the NJCA met the Cabinet Secretary, they observed that Govt is not going to accept second option due to non-availability of Records to verify their Pay Level at the retiring stage. Objections were raised by Pensioners Association to this move and they requested the government to retain both two options to avoid disparity between Pre 2016 and Post 2016 Pensioners.The Central government in principle accepted the two options recommended for fixation of Revised Pension. But to address the issues anticipated when implementation in process, govt decided to constitute a committee to examine the feasibility of using First Option for fixation of Pension. It said, if found feasible, it will be implemented. The Committee has been given four months’ time to submit its report.The govt decision on Pension related issues is given below“The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.”

3)Cabinet decided to retain LTC advance and Medical Advance in 7th Pay Commission:7th Pay commission in its report, recommended that all the interest free advances should be abolishedWe have already raised concerns about abolishing the Advances for Medical Treatment and LTC

Since these advances are reimbursable in nature, the government has now considered to restore four advances out of 12 Interest free advances which 7th CPC recommended to abolish.After Cabinet Approval Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained.

4)The Central Government decision on the Advances is given below:“The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished”Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approvalThe Pay commission has recommended HRA should be rationalized by using the factor 0.8 which is used for rationalising the percentage based allowances. The 7th CPC recommended 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommended that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent

5)The cabinet committee reviewed the recommendations on Allowances and they are not able to give a decision over the Allowances. Hence the Union Cabinet  decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. And it is said that the Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months.

In the press release issued by government said the following” The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.”The above press release  concluded with a statement of ” Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates”Since the House Rent Allowance also listed among one of these 196 Allowances, the status HRA is not clear now. The existing rates of HRA is 30%, 20% and 10% for class X, Y and Z respectively. Whether these existing rates of HRA will be paid based on revised pay or pre revised pay..? 
It needs to be clarified when implementation of 7th pay commission is in process.”




7th pay commission worst pay hike in country’s history, says Congress



NJCA DECIDED TO GO ON STRIKE


THE NJCA MET IN THE JCM STAFF SIDE OFFICE AND DISCUSSED THE STRIKE ISSUE,FNPO IS REPRESENTED BY THE, PRESIDENT FNPO, SG FNPO & DEPUTY SGFNPO NJCA UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO  GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11TH JULY 2016.
THE PJCA CONSISTING OF NFPE& FNPO MET SEPARATELY AND ENDORCED THE DECISION OF NJCA.

TOMORROW THERE WILL BE PRESS CONFERENCE FROM NJCA.WAIT FOR THE FURTHER DETAILS

Thursday, June 30, 2016

NJCA MEETING HELD TODAY UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 6AM ON 11th JULY 2016.

As all of you are aware that the Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC today.

It has been noticed that there is no improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor as well, which was our hard pressed demand. Instead, wages, as recommended by the VII CPC have been accepted as it is, which is highly disappointing. Only two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and another for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months time.

It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016.

You are also advised -to intensify the mass mobilization.

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission



The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits.   It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.I

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year.
The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Highlights:


1.            The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

2.            All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

3.            The minimum pay has been increased from Rs.  7000 to 18000 p.m.  Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now beRs.  18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs. 56100.  This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

4.            For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices.


5.            Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

6.            The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

7.            Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

·               Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs.  10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
·               A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
·               Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs.  1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
·               Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
·               Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

8.            The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs.  7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

9.            The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

10.        The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

11.        The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.  The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

12.        The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

13.        Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.


14.        As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

7th CPC – GOVERNMENT REJECTED ALL THE MODIFICATIONS SOUGHT BY THE NJCA NO INCREASE IN MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS & RALLY IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES NJCA will meet at 04:00 PM on 30th June 2016 to decide future course of action. Continue in full swing mobilization for indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.S.G.FNPO.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PROTEST AGAINST 7 TH PAY COMMISSION IMPLEMENTATION

Our Federation strongly protests against the decision of the Government implementing 7 th pay commission recommendations rejecting all genuine modifications sought by NJCA. NJCA will decide future course of action at 4 pm on 30/6/16.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


If not now then when?
Our strike date is July11


Charter of Demands


(PART-A)

1.         Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC             sent     to Cabinet secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.

2.         Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety         categories etc., IN Railways & Defence, different categories in other Central Govt.      establishments by the 7 CPC.

3          Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to LL cg   employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.

4.         i) No Privatization/outsourcing /contractorisation of governmental functions.

            (ii)Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and       allowances to the GDS.

5.         No FD in Railways & Defence: No Corporatization of Defence Production Units       and Postal Department.

6.         Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments lift the ban on creation         of         posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.

7.         Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.

8.         Extend the benefit of Bonus Act 1985 amendment on enhancement of payment       ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with  effect       from the Financial year 2014-15.
9.         Ensure five promotions in the service career of an employee.

10.       Do not amend Labour Laws in the  name of Labour Reforms which  will take            away   the  existing benefits to the  workers.

11.       Revive JCM functioning at all levels.


(Part-B)

1.         Implement Cadre Restructuring  in all  wings of Postal Department i.e. SA, Postmen, Mail Guard, Mailmen, MTS, MMS,PA SBCO,PA CO, Postal Accounts , Civil Wing and Postmasters Cadre etc.

2.         Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Post.

3.         Stop all types of harassment and victimization including Trade Union victimization in the name of implementation of CBS/CIS and other  matters.



Recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants

GOVERNMENT OF INDIAMINISTRY OF RAILWAYS(RAILWAY BOARD)                                    F.No.2016/F(E)II16/3 The General Managers/FA&CAOs,All Indian Railways & Production Units incl. RDSO,(As per Standard Mailing List) RBE No. 72/2016New Delhi, dt. 22.06.2016


Sub:- Recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants.

The issue of recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants has been circulated by DOP&T vide their 0.M.No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014 wherein certain conditions were stipulated to deal with the issue. Further, DOP&T vide their 0.M No 18/03/2015-Estt , (Pay-I)dated 2nd March, 2016, in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) and the Department of Legal Affairs has enumerated certain situations wherein recovery by the employee would be impermissible in law. A copy each of these instructions is sent herewith for information/guidance. These will apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees also.

2. The date of applicability of these orders would be the date of issue of DOP&T’s letters.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Vaidehi Gopal)
Jt.Director Finance (Estt.)

Railway Board.

Monday, June 27, 2016

SB Order No. 5/2016 : Steps to be taken for smooth functioning of POSB operations and prevention of frauds in CBS Offices.






Holidays for Central Government Employees during year 2017 – Dopt Orders

 Holidays for Central Government Employees during year 2017 – Dopt OrdersHolidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 201712/8/2016-JCA-2 

Government of IndiaMinistry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions(Department of Personnel and TrainingJCA-2 section


North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th June. 2016

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017- reg.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2017. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself / herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list or Restricted Holidays in Annexure — II.

2.Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3. below:

1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI IDEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2 , three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to Central Government offices within the concerned State shan be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicate.

1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI IVAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTEA
7. MAKAR SAKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAN
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAML / BASANT PANCH.AMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BKHU / MASHADI UGADI / CENTRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDL PADAVA 1st NAVRATRA /NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAVTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I .B /T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2017, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday , October 19, 2017 (Ashvina 28). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on- “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2017, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 11(Eleven) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti, Id-ulZuha (Bakrid), Vijay Dashmi, Muharram, Guru Nanak Birthday and Miladun-Nabi(Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(K.Salil Kumar)

Under Secretary (JCA)

NJCA Rally rightly warned Govt of Consequences if 7th CPC delayed further.


The NJCA congratulate the Central Government Employees for the massive and most impressive  rally and demonstration held before the Parliament house on 24th June 2016. It was a magnificent demonstration of the determination of the Central Govt Employees and workers to win their demands through struggle. The preparation for the indefinite strike action, commencing from 11 th July 2016, was reverberated throughout the rally which was an unending flow of workers at the parliament Street at Delhi. The rally has rightly warned the Govt of the consequences of dilly dallying decisions on 7th CPC recommendations any further. The rally has called upon the Govt to withdraw immediately the anti employee New Pension Scheme which in effect is a no pension scheme to workers after robbing of their hard earned wages. The Press Statement issued by the MCA after the rally is appended.

The NJCA met today and came to the conclusion that the preparation for the strike has reached its peak and noted with great appreciation and gratitude that the workers at the grass root level have responded admirably well and beyond expectation.
The meeting decided to call upon all its affiliates, its branches, State and District Level Units, in a bid to continue the momentum generated, to hold demonstrations, rallies etc in a I work places every day from July 10th July 2016.

The NJCA will meet regularly at Delhi to monitor the developments and shall communicate with the Units through its website. The meeting has advised the members of NJCA to be available at Delhi at a very short notice to keep pace with the preparations of strike and take appropriate decisions.

The NJCA thanks all leaders and workers once again for the vibrant mobilization and demonstration on 24th June 2016.