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Sunday, August 29, 2010

7th September strike

A brief note, on the major demands included in the ten point charter of demands of the 7th September strike, published by the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers is given below: All Unit Secretary/Members are requested to download it and circulate amongst the members and well wishers.
CHATER OF DEMANDS
On price rise and the PDS.
The Economic crisis in nineties caused primarily by the indiscriminate borrowings indulged in by the Government of India especially from the world bodies like IMF and the adherence to their conditionalities) created a conducive climate for the proponents and champions of market economy to advocate the globalization path of economic development. The State began to withdraw itself from various sectors and the least governance was considered as the virtue and synonym for good governancne. In other words, the Government withdrew itself from the concept of welfare governance and opted for faster economic development through privatization, liberalization and globalization. The agony and misery of common multitude, the consequence of adoption of market economy was considered by the rulers as the price to be paid in the process. The various subsidies provided to ensure that the essential commodities needed for human existence is made available to the common people was treated as a profligacy and concerted efforts were made to cut them drastically in budget after budget presented to the Parliament. The media both print and electronic which had gone into the hands of large corporate houses by then propagated the liberalization and globalization policies to the hilt and inside the Parliament various legislations were moved and enacted by the ruling class supported by the dominant opposition parties, with the sole exception of the Left parties.

The Working class organizations except those affiliated to INTUC and BMS realizing the dangerous impact on the lives of the common people decided to oppose the neo-liberal economic policies by strike and other demonstrative actions. Between the period 1991 and 2008, the sponsoring committee of Central Trade Unions along with the different Federations of employees organized strike actions on 12 occasions which indeed made deleterious impact over the pace with which the Indian ruling class wanted to usher in these policies. Not only the common people, but also the intellectual and the middle class had to admit albeit reluctantly that but for the consistent opposition of the left parties and the working class organizations, the global financial crisis that engulfed the American and European Continents and many other parts of the world would have destroyed the Indian economy. To tide over the ripple it created in the Indian Economy, the Government had to make outflow of crores of rupees in the name of bail-out packages to Indian Industry. Once the crisis is blown over, the Government has gone back to its good old days of implementing these discredited policies with a vengeance.

The unbridled accumulation of wealth in a few hands, the cardinal consequence of the capitalist economic development bring about a pyramidal society giving no room for the poor people at the base even to eke out an existence. This aspect became more and more pronounced over the years and reached a stage that it became impossible for anybody who is supposed to be representing the workers to continue to ignore this phenomenon. Those organizations which had taken a contradictory stand against the sponsoring committee had to come together to voice their concern against the marginalization of the working people. Both BMS and INTUC had to join in the concerted efforts of the workers to oppose, if not the policies, at least the manifestation of it, especially the escalation of prices of essential commodities. The inflationary impact in the economy created by the pursuance of the neo-liberal economic policies mostly engineered was conceived to effect a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. The inflationary impact reached an intolerable stage in as much as its incremental rate from quarter to quarter was in two digits .Never in our post independent era had it assumed the dimension of today with the result that all opposition political parties in the country had to rally round inside and outside the Parliament to denounce the Government of inaction and the 5th August Nationwide bandh became total and resonant.

In the immediate years after independence, in order to ensure food security to the people of India, the Indian ruling class under pressure created the universal public distribution system especially for food articles. It became an effective instrument in the years to contain the artificial rise of market prices of essential commodities especially in the face of hoarding and black market operations of unscrupulous traders. The sweep and range of commodities made available through these outlets, known as ration shops in the common parlance even though beset with innumerable problems connected with leakages and corruption, was the most effective welfare measure of the Government of India, which in no small degree arrested and stopped the starvation death in rural India. The advent of neo liberal economic policies ensured that this singular welfare measure of universal public distribution system was discarded.

Both inside and outside Parliament our Present day rulers advocated that the higher prices are inevitable given the shortfall in domestic production and prevailing higher prices of rice, wheat, pulses and edible oil globally. Far from truth the statement was, as the production of food-grain in 2006-07 in our country was 9.3 cr. tonnes, 9.6 crores in 2007-08 and 9.9 crores in 2008-09 despite the fact that our investment in agricultural sector in the last ten years was less than 2% of the GDP and constantly year after year the Government had been withdrawing subsidy to the farm sector.

Primarily to ensure that the universal PDS is in operation, and the peasants do get remunerative price for their produce, the Government had created a buffer stock of food-grains. The statutory norm fixed was to have 200 lakh tonnes of wheat and rice as buffer stock. Presently the FCI godowns carry 475 lakhs of food-grains. Of it 3 million tones are reported to be rotting for want of space in the warehouses and rats the beneficiaries. This made the honourable Supreme Court to ask the Government as to why that which cannot be stored properly be distributed to the poor.

While dismantling the PDS destroyed the food security enjoyed by the poor, the permission granted to speculators to indulge in forward trading in food articles with an intent to artificially boost the statistical growth of economy resulted in the soaring of prices in the market. The fervent appeals made by the informed public, intelligentsia in the society and the Parliamentarians belonging to the left parties to ban forward trading fell in the deaf ears for that would have entailed in the slowing down the reforms, which course the UPA II Government had vowed to intensify. Despite the reportedly enviable growth rate of 8 to 9% over the past few years and the consequent rise in the per capita income of our country, vast majority of our countrymen have become poorer while the number of dollar billionaires were doubled. According to Shri Arjun Sengupta report, 77% of Indian population have a daily income of less than Rs. 20. And the Tax concessions, deduction and exemptions given away in the last budget to those who can afford to pay the levies was of the order of Rs. 5.18 lakh crores.

It is on the top of all these, the GOI recently hiked the petrol prices perhaps the nth time the UPA is in power on the specious plea of helping the Public Sector Petroleum marketing companies out of the under recoveries. In the context of IOL making a profit of 10998 Crores in 2009-10 and the respective figure for HPCL and BPL being Rs. 544 Cr and 874 crores and the Govt. of India making a neat additional tax of Rs.86,000 crores (Rs. 110000 Crores minus State share of Rs. 24,000 crores), this fiscal, only an insensitive Government alone can resort to these measures.

This being the general scenario which must be of concern to us rather of grave concern, it would be pertinent to note the erosion in our real wages brought about by the unprecedented escalation of retail prices of commodities of daily consumption. The 6th CPC determined the minimum wage on the basis of the retail prices of various commodities as existed on 1.01.2006. (Please see page 53 of the 6th CPC report). We are unlike those in the unorganized sectors in the company of those segment of the working class, who get their wages cost indexed, howsoever, defective, trivial and insufficient it is. Therefore, we get 35% addition to our wages in the form of DA ( raised to 45% by the recent hike). From the table given hereunder we can see that the average rise in the prices of those commodities which are taken for the computation of minimum wage has been of the order of 175%.

Sl.No Name of articles Price as 1.1.2006 Price as on date % increase
1 Rice 18 38 120
2 Dhall 4 varieties; average 40 87 120
3 Raw vegetables 10 40 400
4 Green veg. 10 56 560
5 Other veg 10 40 400
6 Fruits 30 100 330
7 milk 24 32 40
8 Sugar,jiggery. average 24 43 95
9 Edible oil.3 varieties.average 50 95 95
10 Fish 120 300 150
11 meat 120 240 100
12 egg 2 3 50
13 Detergents/soap 200 350 75
14 Cloth 80 120 50
Average increase : 174

Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment. Stop outsourcing contractoisation of Governmental functions.

The VI-CPC had recommended the abolition of Gr. D. posts numbering about 9.4 lakhs in the Government of India.. The CPC raised all the Gr. D employees existing in the Govt. sector to the status of a skilled worker and placed them in Gr. C pay scale. The suggested pay scale of the upgraded personnel is a pre-revised pay of Rs 2750-70-3800-75-4400. In fact the said pay scale was the fourth grade of pay suggested by the V-CPC for the unskilled workers. In para 3.7.7 of the Pay commission recommendations the commission has observed that:

"Increasingly' basic work relating to cleaning, sweeping, maintenance etc. is being outsourced. This is a welcome trend that needs to be encouraged by bringing about systematic changing in the existing scheme so that the employees in Govt. are only utilized for requiring a certain levels of skills".

It is a fact that majority of the functions presently carried out by the Gr.D. employees across the Board is unskilled. What had actually been done by the Commission is to abolish the unskilled functions in the Governmental sector and pave way for more and more contractorisation of these jobs while the existing employees (whose working strength has become less than 50% of the sanctioned strength) might be classified as Gr.C. and assigned to do functions which are of skilled nature with lesser emoluments than what it could have been even as per the V-CPC recommendations. It is therefore, a disastrous recommendation. In the days to come the unskilled nature of jobs would be either outsourced or would be contractorised. This recommendation therefore, is not for the benefit of the existing employees who are recruited as unskilled workers. Now the recruitment will hereafter become unavailable in the Governmental sector for those who are in the lower strata of the society who could not afford or who are not provided even the primary education even though the universal primary education is stated to be the objective and goal of a welfare Government as per our constitution.. In fact they are being punished for the social inability or abdication of the responsibility on the part of the Government to provide them with a decent standard of living or the nascent requirement of primary education. The recommendation is therefore, a by-product of the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the Govt. since 1991 which we have been fighting against all these years along with other segment of the working class.

As has been feared, the Government has now decided to ensure that all unskilled jobs are contractorised. The guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel for the Mutlti-tasking staff makes it mandatory that the future recruitees to the government service has a minimum educational qualification of matriculation. The recruitment will be done through the Staff Selection Commission. These personnel may not be deployed for the unskilled jobs like that of sweeper, farash, mali, watchmen etc. These functions would naturally be contractorised. The Department of Personnel has already advised all concerned to go in for contractorisation of these functions. The workers so recruited by the contractors are not to have any job security as they will be liable for the hire and fire system.

Outsourcing

In the background of the continuing ban on recruitment, many of the Government organizations has resorted to outsourcing of their functions which are of permanent and perennial nature to agencies on fixed rates. The very fact that the Government has made available funds for the Departmental heads to resort to outsourcing establishes the policy being pursued by the Government. The functions hitherto being carried out by the Group C employees and the Group B Non gazaetted are liable to be outsourced. Once the system is established, there will be no likelihood of any fresh creation of posts in these cadres. The large scale computerization has helped the outsourcing as a fesible proposition.

Regularise the Daily rated workers, GDS, remove ceiling on compassionate appointments end discrimination in the grant of bonus to GDS employees.

In the background of the continuing ban on recruitment, quite a number of workers had been recruited in Government service on daily rated basis. Many of them have completed more than a decade in Government service. They had been on the pay roll of the Government to carry out the functions of a permanent and perennial nature of jobs. The resort to recruitment of daily waged workers to carry out the functions which are clearly permanent and perennial nature is in clear violation of the extant instruction in the matter. Having elicited their service for the past several years, they should be regularized as permanent employees with all concomitant benefits. Retrenching them to be replaced with fresh daily rated workers is impermissible.
Similar is the case of GDS employees in the Postal Department. The system a colonial concept ought to have been discarded long time back. The functions entrusted to the GDS in the Postal Department are of permanent nature. Some of them are required to do more than 8 hours work a day. Many of the post offices, especially in rural areas are manned by the GDS and the postmen are required to function continuously for more than 8 hours a day but still paid as a part time employee. There should be a system by which these employees who are recruited as GDS are absorbed as regular employees after a pre determined number of years of service. Another issue pertaining to the GDS is the unjust denial of the benefit of the raised quantum ceiling on bonus calculation. While the Bonus Act was amended by the Government, raising the emoluments ceiling for the purpose of calculation of bonus from Rs. 2500 to 3500, it was extended to all civil servants except the GDS. Most of the GDS has a monthly emoluments beyond the limit of Rs. 3500. There is no justification for denying this benefit to them.

Remove the arbitrary 5% ceiling and 3 years condition on compassionate appointment and withdraw court cases and absorb all waitlisted RRR .

On the pretext of the directive of the Supreme Court, Govt. introduced the concept of a 5% ceiling on the compassionate appointment. The fact was that there had been no such directive from the Honourable Supreme Court. There had been no rhyme or reason for this stipulation. Despite the repeated discussion on the subject at the National Council and its Standing Committee and the solemn assurance given by the Cabinet Secretary in the wake of the last strike action, nothing has been done in this regard to resolve the issue. It is pertinent to mention in this connection that the compassionate appointments in the Railways continue to be operated without any such ceiling. Moreover in the Department of Posts hundreds of compassionate appointment candidates selected by Selection Committee are being denied jobs and attempt to oust them is on. Through legal stay orders these candidates known as RRR Candidates are fighting the battle. The Government should withdraw the SLP filed against them and absorb them all as regular employees and withdraw the orders imposing and arbitrary ceiling of 5% and non-consideration of the case of candidates whose applications are pending for more than 3 years.

Grant statutory defined pension scheme to the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 and withdraw the PFRDA Bill from Parliament.

The present defined benefit scheme of pension was introduced replacing the then existing contributory system. As part of the neo liberal economic policies, the Government decided to reconvert the same into contributory and make the fund available for the stock market operations. It is the vagaries of the stock market which will determine the pension returns from this fund. Before the introduction of the PFRDA bill, the Government had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Shri Bhattacharya, Chief Secretary of the State of Karnataka. The bill has been drafted and presented to the Parliament disregarding even the recommendation of the said committee to the effect that the Govt. should consider introducing a hybrid system by which the employees will have a defined benefit, if they choose to be satisfied with the said return and can opt for a higher return through stock exchange investments. The Bill could not be passed in the Parliament as the Left Parties took the principled position that they would not support a proposal detrimental to the interest of the employees. Despite the non passage of the bill and the consequent absence of a valid law to support the Pension Regulatory authority, the Govt. has converted the existing pension scheme into a contributory one and invested a percentage of the fund so generated from the employees contribution in the Stock market, whose index has crashed to one third of the value at the time of investment.

Pension is earned by an employee by rendering service and therefore there is no requirement of any payment by the employee for earning pension. This statutory right of the employee is enforceable through courts. The Supreme Court has declared pension as one of the fundamental rights. The government should therefore retrace from its avowed position, which is detrimental to the interest of the employees and ensure that the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 is covered by the existing statutory defined benefit scheme by withdrawing the PFRDA bill from the Parliament.

Right to Strike;

Continuing with the colonial concept of denying the Civil servants the privileges enjoyed by the other sections of the society is a matter of great distress. Article 309 of the Constitution makes it incumbent upon the Government of India and the Provincial Government to make enactments to regulate the service conditions of the civil servants. The Indian Parliament had no time to make such enactment. In fact the Indian ruling class wanted no such enactments. The transitory provisions empowering the President of India to make rules till such time the enactment is made has been employed to regulate the service conditions of the Government employees.

Once recruited as an employee, the ILO's conventions provide all trade union rights. India is a signatory to those conventions. Despite all these legal and moral obligations on the part of the Government, the Government employees continue to be denied the right to collective bargaining. No negotiation is worth the meaning, if the employees have no right to withdraw their labour in case of a non satisfactory agreement on their service conditions. It is this legal lacuna which was employed by the Supreme Court to justify the arbitrary dismissal of lakhs of employees by the Tamilnadu State Government when they resorted to strike action. In the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court, it was observed that the Government employees do not have any legal, fundamental or moral right to resort to strike action. It is all the more an injustice especially when the Government considers that strike is a right of the workers in the Public Sector undertaking and that of the private enterprises in the country. It is paramount that the Government employees do have the right to strike in order to force upon an agreement for better wages and service conditions.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Placed hereunder is the strike notice being served by the Association to the MoS&PI on 20/08/10.

No. 2/Assn/GS/2010 Bhopal, dated 20/08/10
To
The Secretary,
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
Sardar Patel Bhawan,
Sansad marg,
New Delhi-110001

Sir,

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, to which the All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Group C) Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is affiliated have decided to organize a day’s strike on 7th September 2010 in pursuance of the following demands and accordingly have served the notice for the strike on the Government.

I in my capacity as General Secretary am to inform you that the Ministerial Staff of the Ministry of Statistics who are members of the All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Group C), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation will be on strike on 7th September 2010.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully

(T.K.R. Pillai)
General Secretary
Encl: As above
Copy to:
1. The Additional Director General, NSSO (FOD), New Delhi.
2. The Deputy Director General, NSSO (DPD), Kolkata.
3. The Deputy Director General, NSSO (SDRD), Kolkata.

(T.K.R. Pillai)
General Secretary


Charter of demands.
1. Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.

2. Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.

3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4. Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.

5. Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.

6. Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.

7 Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions

8. Regularize all daily rated workers/employees/;Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.

9. Withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees.

10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees.

11. Merger of the pre-revised pay scales of LDC & UDC and granting of Grade Pay Rs.
2800/
12. Upgradation of the Grade Pay of the Assistants of Field Offices to Rs. 4600

(T.K.R. Pillai)
General Secretary

Monday, August 16, 2010

Non deduction of yearly subscription of Assistants in NSSO Offices

No. 2/Assn/GS/2010 Bhopal, dated 13/08/10
To
The Secretary,
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
Sardar Patel Bhawan,
Sansad marg,
New Delhi-110001

Sub: Defining categories of employees for the purpose of CCS (Recognition of Service Association) Rules.

Sir
This Association is recognized under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993. The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation vide letter No. B-12011/4/2009-Ad. III dated 20/11/2009 has informed us that consequent to the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission some existing group C posts have been classified as Group B by the DoPT and we have been asked to amend the constitution for getting fresh recognition. Consequently, the Assistant with Rs. 4200 grade pay in NSSO Offices, an integral part of the Ministerial Staff and members of this Association, has been declared Group B (Non-Gazetted) and these categories of employees have been excluded from the membership of the Association. In is worth mentioning here that the Government of India after implementation of the 6th Pay Commission has directed the concerned Ministries/Departments to categorise the group of employees for the purpose of RSA Rule 1993. However it is seen that the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation has not got divulged the method/basis adopted for the categorisation of the employees of the Ministry. This Organisation was also not taken into confidence by the Ministry before arriving in such a decision

Since the working conditions of the Assistants and other Ministerial Staff in NSSO Offices are common, this Association had decided to re-name the All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Group C) as All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Non Gazetted) and necessary changes have been made in the Constitution accordingly. But the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation has declined to accept this common interest category as a distinct category and our request has been turned down.

Meanwhile, employees drawing Grade Pay Rs. 4200 & 4600 have been categorized as part of Group C for the purpose of verification under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 by other Ministries/Departments. It is to be pointed out here that after the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission in pursuance to the DoPT OM dated 29/04/09 the following categories of employees drawing grade pay Rs. 4200 and 4600 in their requisite Department, have not been excluded from the membership of the respective organisation so far.

1. Income Tax & Excise Inspectors in the Department of Revenue.
2. Post Masters in the Department of Post.
3. Senior Accountants of Civil Audit & Accounts Department.
4. Assistants of Central Ground Water Board.
5. Junior Technical Assistant (Rs. 4600) & Assistants (Rs. 4200) of Geological Survey or India.
6. Electronic Data Processing Staff & Statistical Assistant Grade III in the Directorate of Census Operation, etc.

This has been permitted on the specious plea that the categorisation of these employees as group B has been contested and the matter has been taken up before the National JCM for further and review on certain points. Such a decision is applicable to all Ministries/Departments under Government of India. Therefore no deviation from that position is allowable /acceptable till a final decision has been taken on the matter in the National JCM. Accordingly the present directive/decision of the MOS&PI is violation of the principle of natural justice & horizontal equality among the various Departments of the Government of India.

Besides, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, which is the apex body of the Central Government Employees, had already demanded to include all categories of staff that come under Pay Bands I & II for recognition of Association under JCM scheme and the same is under consideration of the Government.

Similarly, this Association has sent a letter to the Director (JCA) DoPT vide letter of even number dated 10/06/10, a copy of the same was endorsed to the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation also, which is under consideration of the DoPT.

Meanwhile the NSSO (FOD) has instructed its offices to not deduct yearly subscription of the members of this Association with Grade Pay 4200 and as a result subscription for the year 2010-11 of the Assistants has not deducted from the pay roll so far. This is in contravention of the position taken/adopted in other Departments of Government of India.

It is therefore requested that the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation letter No. B-12011/4/2009-Ad. III dated 20/11/2009 may please be revived to allow deduction of subscription of membership of Assistants till a final decision is taken by the National JCM on the matter. It is also requested that NSSO Offices may please be advised to deduct the yearly contribution of the Assistants for the year 2010-11 from pay roll.

An early action is requested please.
Yours faithfully


(T.K.R. Pillai)
General Secretary
Copy to:

1. Shri K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, New Delhi.

(T.K.R. Pillai)
General Secretary

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Upgradation of 1467 posts of UDCs to Assistant Grade in CSS

No.4/3/2010-CS.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 003
Dated, 5th August, 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Promotion of UDCs of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) to the Assistant’s Grade of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) on ad-hoc basis.

The undersigned is directed to say that while approving the Cadre Restructuring of CSS, Cabinet had inter-alia decided upgrading of 1467 posts of UDCs to Assistant Grade of CSS. These posts are to be filled up on as is where is basis and hence there would be no change in the overall strength of Assistant/UDC in each cadre unit. Additional posts to the extent necessary to accommodate ad-hoc appointees, as per above scheme of things, would be deemed to have been upgraded in each Cadre. Since the regular promotion for the Select List year 2007, 2008 & 2009 have still not been finalized, it has been decided to make ad-hoc promotions from the Grade of UDC of CSCS to Assistant Grade of CSS of the following category : i) All eligible UDCs upto Select List Year 2001, in case of General and SC categories; ii) All eligible UDCs upto Select List Year 2005, in case of ST category. 2. All the Cadre Units are requested to consider the cases of above category of UDCs for ad-hoc promotion to Assistant Grade and to issue promotion orders subject to their fitness and clearance from vigilance angle. These ad-hoc promotion would be initially for a period upto 31/12/2010 or until further orders or till regular. Assistants become available through the normal mode of recruitment as prescribed under the CSS Rules, whichever is earlier. 3. The above category of officials may be promoted/appointed as Assistants on ad-hoc basis, after assessing their suitability for promotion by screening the records (ACRs) of the officials by the appointing authorities and also after ensuring that no vigilance case is either pending or being contemplated against the officials. The ad-hoc promotion/appointment is subject to following conditions: - i) the ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List or to claim seniority in the Assistants Grade of CSS: ii) ad-hoc appointments may be terminated at any point of time without giving any reason therefor; iii) the appointment on ad-hoc basis will take effect from the date of taking over charge of the post of Assistant of CSS: iv) the ad-hoc appointment in Assistant Grade would he continued only if they attend and qualify the mandatory training as and when nominated by CS.I (Training) Section of this Department failing which their ad-hoc appointment would be terminated. 4. If any of the officials, who are covered, are on deputation, he/she may he given the option to revert within one month to avail of the ad-hoc promotion. 5. All the Cadre Units are requested to take necessary action and the whole process may be completed on top priority basis within a period of one month latest by 6th September 2010. A copy of the appointment order may be endorsed to this Department. A report indicating the name and details of the UDCs who have been appointed/promoted to the post of Assistant on ad-hoc basis as well as those who have not been found fit, with reasons therefore may be sent to this Department by 15th September 2010 in the prescribed proforma enclosed. 6. It is likely that less than 1467 UDCs would be available upto the select list of 2001. Further zone will be issued as soon as information about promotions is received as per para 5 above. Revised cadre strength of Assistant and UDC will be notified ensuring that combined strength of Assistants and UDCs remains unchanged in any cadre unit, after the exercise is complete.

(J.MINZ)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
The order can be down loaded from DoPT web site

Friday, August 13, 2010

Confederation served strike notice for 7th Sept strike

Dear Comrades,
Confederation has served strike notice to the Cabinet Secretary on 13th August 10. Copy enclosed.


CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
Manishinath Bhawan
A/2/95 Rajouri Garden
New Delhi. 110 027
Website:confederationhq.blogspot.com.
E mail: confederation06@yahoo.co.in.
Phone: 011 2510 5324
Fax: 011 2510 5324
Mobile: 98110 48303

Conf/D-9/2010 Dated: 13th August, 2010

To
The Cabinet Secretary
Rashtrapathy Bhawan Annexe
New Delhi. 110 001

Dear Sir,

This is to give notice that the employees who are members of the affiliates of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers will go on one day's strike on 7th September, 2010. The charter demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one day strike action is enclosed.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General

Encl: charter of demands.


Charter of demands.

1. Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.
2. Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
4. Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.
5. Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.
6. Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.
7 Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions
8. Regularise all daily rated workers/employees/;Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.
9. Withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees
10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees.
O0o

Confederation's decision on participation of 7th Sept Strike

The minutes of the CEC of the Confederation, in the connection with the participation of the impending strike on 7th September 10, held on 11th August at Delhi is given below:

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
Manishinath Bhawan
A/2/95 Rajouri Garden
New Delhi. 110 027
Website:confederationhq.blogspot.com.
E mail: confederation06@yahoo.co.in.
Phone: 011 2510 5324
Fax: 011 2510 5324
Mobile: 98110 48303


Conf/ 16 /2010
Dated: 12th August, 2010

Dear Comrades,
The National Executive of the Confederation met today as scheduled; discussed the steps to be taken to ensure large participation of Central Government employees in the impending strike action of 7th September, 2010 organised by the joint platform of Central Trade Unions and Federations of employees and took the following decisions.
(1) To organise joint conventions at all State Capitals and other important places under the auspices of the State Units of Confederation, AISGEF and AIDEF. The tentative dates on which the conventions will take place at different places are indicated in the joint communication, copy of which is enclosed;
(2) The charter of demands on which the Strike will be organised is enclosed. (The suggestions made by the participants and accepted at the meeting arte incorporated)
(3) The Confederation will serve the strike notice on 12th inst. And all affiliates and their units are requested to serve the strike notices on their respective of Heads of Department/Office by 20th inst. (Copy of the strike notice will be placed at the Website on 13th.)
(4) The affiliates may add as an annexure described as Part II demands which are department specific and which are pending settlement for a long time.
(5) The State Committees and affiliates will chalk out campaign programme to cover the districts and other regions.
(6) The Confederation CHQ will prepare campaign material in the form of brief note on each of the demands in the charter and place the same on its website.
(7) Demonstrations will be organised at all State Capitals and other regional centres jointly by all participating affiliates on 6th September, 2010 and the members advised to participate in the joint rally organised on the same day by the Central Trade Unions.
(8) The Confederation and its affiliates will participate in the March to Parliament programmes organised by the Central Trade Unions after the strike in pursuance of the acceptance of the demands by the Government.
(9) Confederation will take independent initiative in organising campaign and action programmes in pursuance of the common issues of the Central Government employees after the strike action.
(10)The Confederation CHQ will ensure that the Dharna programme decided upon earlier to protest against the vindictive actions in the IA & AD Department is staged in those State Capitals, which could not be organised on 5th. The National leaders will go over to such State Capitals along with the National leaders of the All India audit and Accounts Association.
(11)The affiliates will make the subscription dues pertaining to the F.Y. 2009-10 immediately.
(12)The Nationals Council of the Confederation will be held at Mumbai in December, 2010.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General


ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.

Dated: 21.7.2010.
Dear Comrades,
7th September Nation wide General Strike.
As you are aware, the Central Trade Unions, except the BMS, jointly held a National Convention at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi on 15th July, 2010. The convention was also attended by the representative of all Federations and Associations of employees and workers. The leaders of AISGEF, AIDEF and Confederation of CGE and workers also participated in the Convention. The said convention unanimously adopted a declaration calling upon the workers and employees in the country to organize a One day General Strike on 7th September, 2010 to oppose primarily the neo-liberal economic policies of the Government of India and its impact on the working class. The copy of the declaration adopted is enclosed. The convention has decided to highlight five important issues that affects the livelihood of workers in particular and poor people of the country in general.
In the wake of the unprecedented unity of the working class of our country we have decided to ensure that every member of our organizations do take part in this historic strike on 7th September, 2010. In order to mobilize the Central and State Employees and Defence workers it is decided to hold conventions at all State capitals and other important workplaces jointly by the three organizations. The State Committee of the three organizations are requested to kindly interact and ensure that the joint convention is organized at their respective places on the dates indicated. It will be difficult to entertain any request for a change of date for it will jeopardize the schedule and affect adversely the conduct of conventions elsewhere.
It is also decided that along with the demands adopted by the National Convention of Central Trade Unions, five important issues of importance to all Government employees should be included in our Charter. The charter of demands in pursuance of which the strike would be organized is as under:- These issues may be popularized amongst the employees and may be explained at the State/District wise conventions. The State leaders of all the three organizations are also requested to organize such conventions at other important towns and cities in their respective States.
Charter of demands.
1. Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.
2. Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
4. Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.
5. Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.
6. Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.
7. Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions
8. Regularise all daily rated workers/employees;Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.
9. withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees
10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees.
Sl. No. Name of the State/Capital National leaders of the three
Date of convention. organizations deployed to attend the convention.
Leaders who will attend the conventions
2. Tamilnadu. 3.8.2010.(concluded) Confdn. AISGEF AIDEF
3. A.P. 25.8.2010 Com.K.Raghavendran
4. Karnataka.26.8.2010 Com.Narasimhan
5. Maharashtra. 25.8.2010(tentative)Com.S.K.Vyas.
6. Vidharba. Nagpur.18.8.2010 Com.M..S.Raja
7 Gujarath 18.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas
8 Rajasthan. 19.8.2010 Com.Vrigu Bhattacharjee & S.K.Vyas
9. Delhi. 12.8.2010 Com.K.K.N.
10. ` U.P. East. Allahabad. 23.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas
11 U.P.West. Lucknow. 24.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas
13. Bihar. 27.8.2010 Com.K.K.N
14. Assam. 22.8.2010 Com.M,S.Raja
15. Orissa. 27.8.2010 Com.K.P.Rajgopal
16 M.P. 22.8.2010 Com.Somayya
17. Chattisgarh. 17.8.2010 Com.M.S.Raja
18. Jharkhand 29.8.2010 Com.K.V.Sridharan
19. Uttarakhand 10.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas
20. Haryana.Punjab.19.8.2010 Com.Giriraj Singh
With greetings,
O0o

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Granting parity between the Assistants of CSS & Field Offices

To

Dr. T.C.A. Anant,
Secretary,
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
New Delhi.

Sub: Granting Parity between analogous posts of Ministerial Staff in the CSS & Field Offices as per the recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission.

Sir,
It is bring to your kind notice that 6th Central Pay Commission had recommended for granting parity between analogous posts of Ministerial Staff employed in field offices and in the Secretariat till the grade of Assistant. In this respect the Commission observed that: “Higher pay scales in the Secretariat offices may have been justified in the past when formulation of proper policies was not paramount importance. The present position is different. Today, the weakest link in respect of any Government policy is at the delivery stage. This phenomenon is not endemic to India. Internationally also, there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and decentralization with greater role being assigned at delivery points which actually determines the benefit that the common citizen is going to derive out of any policy initiative of the Government. The field offices are at the cutting edge of administration and may, in most cases, determine whether a particular policy turns out to be a success or a failure in terms of actual benefit to the consumer. Accordingly, the time has come to grant parity between similarly placed personnel employed in field offices and in the Secretariat. This parity will need to be absolute till the grade of Assistant.” And the Government had accepted the recommendation of the Commission in toto.

It is to be mentioned here that the Staff Associations of the Field Organizations under Government of India have been demanding parity between the Assistants in CSS & Field Offices for several years. The Staff Side of the National JCM in its memorandum to the Pay Commission had also demanded parity to the post in Government of India offices as a whole.

But Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M. F. No.1/1/2008-IC dated 13.11.2009 has upgraded the grade pay of the Assistant in CSS to Rs. 4600/ and the same has not been granted to the Assistants posted in field offices. Moreover 1467 posts of UDCs have been upgraded to Assistant grade of CSS by the Government vide DoP&T O.M; No. 19/1/2008-CSI(P) dated 20/7/10 and proposed a further cadre re-structuring of the CSS Ministerial cadres after 3 years of the implementation of the present cadre re-structuring. Whereas parity between the Assistants of CSS & Field Offices and also the cadre re-structuring of the Ministerial Staff of the NSSO Offices of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation have not been considered so far. Thus the long pending dream of parity between the Ministerial Cadres of CSS & Field Offices has been denied to the Ministerial Staff of the Field Offices even after the 6th Pay Commission has given ample justification for the same.

It is therefore requested that considering the facts and figures put forth by the Pay Commission for recommending parity between the Assistants of CSS & Field offices, the grade pay of the Assistants in the Field Offices may be upgraded to Rs. 4600 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and also the upgradation of the UDC of the Field Offices may be made to Assistant on the line of DOPT OM No. 19/1/2008-CSI (P) dated 20/7/10.

A favorable action on the matter is requested please.

Yours faithfully

(TKR Pillai)
General Secretary

Copy to:
1. The Additional Director General, NSSO (FOD), New Delhi.
2. The Additional Director General, NSSO (DPD), Kolkata.
3. The Additional Director General, NSSO (SDRD), Kolkata.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Grant of Rs. 1800 grade pay to Non-Matriculate Group D employees, retired between January 06 & August 2008.

F. No. 7/19/2010-E.III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 2nd August 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Clarifications regarding pay fixation of existing Group D Employees in the revised pay structure.

Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 24th December, 2008 wherein clarifications were provided regarding various aspects of placement of the existing Group D employees in the revised pay structure.

2. As per the clarification at Sl. No. 1, those Group D employees who did not possess the minimum qualification and who have retired/died in harness between 1.1.2006 and date of notification of Revised Pay Rules will be granted pay band -1S and the grade pay corresponding to their pre-revised pay s ale as notified in CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

3. The aforesaid issue was raised in the 46th Ordinary Meeting of the National Council (JCM) held on 15th May, 2010 and the Staff Side had requested that the cases relating to the non-matriculate class IV employees who retired or died between January 2006 and August 2008 without any re-training be re-considered and such employees should be granted the benefit by re-fixing their pension/family pension at par with those employees who were retrained and whose pay was fixed in PB-1 with a grade pay of Rs. 1800/.

4. The request of Staff Side on the subject has been considered and it has been decided that the Group D non-matriculate employees who died in harness or have retired between 1.1.2006 and the date of notification of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 from those Ministries/Departments which have since re-trained all the eligible serving non-matriculate Group D employees and have placed them in PB-1 with grade pay of Rs. 1800, would be placed in PB-1 with grade pay of Rs. 1800 with effect from the same date that the retrained eligible employees were placed in this pay band and grade pay.

Sd/
(Renu Jain)
Deputy Secretary to Government of India

To

All Ministries/Department of Government of India

Sunday, August 1, 2010

10% DA from 01.07.2010


All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 value has been released by Labour Bureau. The value of the index stands at 174 level. As such, the Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees will be raised 10% and total of 45% (35% + 10%). All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2010 has been increased by 2 points and stood at 174 (one hundred and seventy four).

Upgradation of the post of OS to AO/SO and grant of Rs. 4800 grade pay



Given hereunder is the copy of the letter, sent to the NSSO Divisions by the Ministry

No. B-12011/1/2010-Ad.III
Government of India
Ministry of Statistics & P.I.
Sardar Patel Bhavan, Sandad Marg,
New Delhi-110001 dt 8.07.2010.

To

1.The Director(Admn.), Data Processing Division/ S.DR.D, NSSO,
Mahalanobis Bhavan, 164, G. LT. Road, Kolkata-700108.
2. Director (Admn.), Field Operations Division, East Block No. 6, level
6&7,R.K.Puram, New Delhi.

Sub:-Renaming of the Office Superintendent as Administrative Officer/Section Officer
in NSSO Offices and granting of Rs. 4800/- grade pay accordingly.

Sir,

I am directed to forward a copy of letter No. 2/Assn/GS/2010 dated 14.6.2010
Received from the General Secretary of the All India Association of Ministerial Staff
(Group C) on the above cited subject for your comment in the matter at an early date.

Yours faithfully
sd/
(Yashodhara Vijayan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India