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Thursday, July 19, 2018

NCCPA Circular on National Anomaly Committee's 1st Meeting on 17.07.2018

NCCPA Circular on the proceedings of the 1st Meeting of National Anomaly Committee with the comments of the Secretary General NCCPA is given below: 


NATIONAL CO-ORINDATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.

13/C, Feroshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
Date: 18.07.2018.
Dear Comrade,
The first meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of Shri Chandramouli, Secretary, Personnel, Govt. of India, Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances.  As a member of the Standing Committee of the NC JCM Staff Side the undersigned had participated in the deliberations.  The Staff Side had critically examined the items before the same was processed for inclusion.  There had been correspondence between the Staff Side and the Official side as to the admissibility of items in the meeting.  It was clear that the driving force behind the Government’s decision had more often been their willingness or otherwise to agree to the demand on merit of the case.  Therefore, while they admitted almost all items concerning the difficulties that arose out of the decision of ignoring the 3% criterion for increment, (as in many cases it had resulted in less than 3%),  as a matter of gratis, the very item which questioned the wisdom of rounding off to the nearest rather than the next was considered not as an anomaly.  Initially the Department of Personnel took the untenable stand that items pertaining to Pension cannot be included as an agenda in the Anomaly committee, for according to them pension was beyond its purview. Accordingly, the two items, i.e. Minimum pension and Option No. 1, which the Staff Side had introduced on our request, was not considered at all.  This was the stand taken by the Joint Secretary (Estt) during his interaction with the Staff Side.  In the preliminary meeting that was held months back, the Official side had agreed to re-examine their stand on the force of the arguments placed by the Staff Side.  That was how the official minutes of the meeting had indicated against many of the items. It was therefore, surprising that the Official Side intimated the Staff Side only in the late hours of 16th July, 2017, that they would be  taking up six items for discussion at the meeting convened for 17th.   The Staff Side did discuss the said issue and the way in which the meetings are convened and agenda papers were circulated. At the insistence of the Staff Side, the Official side had to agree to part with the reasoning they have for non-inclusion of the rest of the items (Other than 6) for discussion.  It is however, certain that there is hardly any possibility of the Official side conceding any of the issue, irrespective of the fact that very many of them are clear cut anomaly and requires to be addressed.  It could be seen that the type of anomalies that had arisen after the 6th and 7th CPC were the product of the top bureaucrats in the respective Pay Commissions to garner benefits only for them at the cost of the lower level functionaries.   Most of the other difficulties were due to the lack of sufficient time at the disposal of the Commission and the Government’s intervention at the last minute over the computation of Minimum wage. 

                Reverting to the two items concerning the pensioners, viz. the computation of Minimum Pension by the 7th CPC  and the rejection of Option No. 1,   from the reports we receive at the CHQ it is clear that more and more Number of Pensioners have started realising the complexity of the Pension welfare department over the Government’s decision. .  In the case of Minimum pension, we have not gone into the right or wrong of the computation of the Minimum wage though it will have a cascading impact on the very question of the Minimum pension. Unless the Minimum wage is altered on the force of the trade union action by the working employees, the possibility of the cascading impact would not arise.  What we are however, pointing out is the arbitrary manner in which the minimum pension is reduced to 50% of the Minimum wage. While the principle that nobody can exist without a minimum wage including the  pensioner, rather more so by the pensioner, has the incontrovertible position, at the Anomaly Committee our point  is that it must be not less than 60% of the minimum wage as the worker’s  family consisting of three units, whereas pensioner family has 1.8 units.  In the case of Option No. 1., there had been confusion galore at the initial stages.  It is now clear that somebody at the top wanted the parity question to be settled in the manner the 5th CPC had recommended and that would have only been possible if the Option  No. 1 is rejected.  It has been interpreted in such a manner that the computation would become difficult without certain records, which are unavailable. Though both the arguments were demolished, the Committee submitted its report to the Government with the conclusion that the implementation of the said recommendation was not feasible.  The argument that the Service Records of an individual pensioner was not need to act upon the option No.1 was totally glossed over.  However, they had to admit that in 86% of the cases, the requisite records were available.  Even then the Committee suggested for its non-acceptance.  The most reasonable position taken by the Staff Side to have three options was also rejected.  There is no history, where the Government has accepted any suggestion made by the pensioners, their organisations, the JCM Staff side in the past in respect of Pension and Pension fixation.  They were dragged to the Court not once but on many occasions.  The classic example was on the question of the “modified parity”  The  Courts struck down the argument of the  Govt. There had been no grace on the part of the Government to accept the verdict.  They dragged the Pensioners upto  the level of the Supreme Court.  Even after the Supreme Court verdict, they had the cheek to suggest that the benefit should be imparted only for the litigants.  We do not, therefore, pin any hope over the deliberations that might take place in all these fora.  It is our experience that the JCM forum was used by the Govt. as vehicles for dilly dallying.  But we are to take part in these exercises for the sheer requirement of exposing the attitude of the Government and the top bureaucrats, which controls it.   Placed hereunder is the record of discussion, drawn up by the Staff Side of the JCM National Council after  the meeting.  We have no idea when the next meeting would be convened or convened at all. 
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty.
Secretary General.

Copy of the letter of the Staff Side Secretary, National Council, JCM, Staff Side, to all the members of the National Council JCM. Dated 17.07.2018.

Comrades,

The meeting of the 7 CPC National Anomaly Committee was held today (17/7/2018). Shri Chandramouli, Secretary (P), DOPT presided over this meeting. The Department of personnel had identified the following six items only for discussion: 
  1. Item No. 3- Removal of condition of 3% stipulated to grant bunching benefit 
  2. Item No. 4- Fixation of pay on promotion 
  3. Item No. 5- Removal of Anomaly in Pay Matrix 
  4. Item No 8- Lesser Pay in higher level of Pay Matrix 
  5. Item No. 9 - Bunching of steps in the revised pay structure 
  6. Item No. 14 – Grant of GP 5400 to Sr Section Officer of Railways and AAOs of IA&AD and Organised Accounts (Civil Accounts, Postal Accounts and Defence Accounts) 
The above items were subjected to discussions and the following decisions were taken. 

Item No 3 – The Govt. will consider as to how the matter could be resolved after assessing financial implications 

Item No 4 – The suggestion of the Staff Side to fix the pay on promotion at the next higher stage after granting one increment was not accepted. After discussion it was agreed that Govt would address the issue on case by case basis. Those who are covered by the anomaly described under this item have been advised to make representation to Fin. Ministry directly. The staff side however insisted that the entire anomaly would he resolved if two increments are granted while on promotion/MACP. 

Item No. 5 & 8 – it was agreed by the official side that this is an aberration ·and shall be addressed. 

Item No 9- Rejected by official side 

Item No 14 – The matter is under consideration of the Govt.

Alter completing discussions on the above items, the Staff Side insisted that the following remaining items may also be taken up for discussion.

Item No.l  Anomaly in computation of Minimum Wage

Item No.2. 3 % Increment at all stages

Item No.6 Anomaly due to index rationalization

Item No.7 Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No. 1 in pension fixation

Item No. 10 Minimum Pension

Item No.11 Date of Effect of Allowances -HRA. Transport Allowance, CEA etc.

Item No.18 Anomaly in the grant of D.A. instalment w.e.f. 1.l.2016

After discussion on the above items. the official side informed that the DOPT had already examined those issues and have come to the conclusion that those items will not come under the ambit of the definition of Anomaly. The Staff Side contested this. It was decided that the DOPT will convey the reasoning to the staff side and hold meeting with the Staff Side to sort out the differences.

The following items has been referred to Departmental Anomaly Committee of the respective Department/Ministries.

Item No.15. Technical Supervisors of Railways

Item No.16 Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence. Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers

Item No. 17 Anomaly in the assignment of pay Levels in the case of Research Assistants in Ministry of AYUSH. Homoeopathic Department.

The staff side then raised the following other issues.

1. Central Govt employees may be granted one more option to switch over to 7 CPC from a date subsequent to 25th of July 2016 - the official side informed that the matter is under consideration and a decision would be taken shortly.

2. The issue of pay fixation of ex-servicemen in the last pay drawn by them before retirement from armed forces is remaining unsettled - the official side informed that the matter has been referred to Min. of Defence by DOPT for their comments. Decision would be taken after receipt of comments from MOD.

3. The Staff side raised the issue of not convening meetings of the National Council. JCM and Standing Committee.

4. The staff Side also informed of the decision taken by the NJCA in its meeting held on 3-7-2018 of the revival of the deferred indefinite strike by the Central Govt Employees if no settlement is brought about on major demands like upward revision of minimum pay. fitment factor and NPS before 7-8-2018.

With Greetings

Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary




Friday, July 13, 2018

NCCPA National Executive at Chennai

NCCPA National Executive at Chennai on 5.8.2018


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS
13-C-Feroze  Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.
Dated: 10th July, 2018.

President: Com.Shiv Gopal Misra.      9717647594
Secretary General.  Com.KKN Kutty. 98110 48303

NOTICE.

Notice is hereby given for a meeting  of the  National  Executive on 5th August, 2018 at  Chennai. 
The exact venue of the meeting is  :

EB Union Guest house; DJ Ninaivagam; 
Street starts Near Chintadripet Police Station;
Chintadripet,
Chennai 600002 

The meeting will commence at  10.30AM. The following points will be the agenda for discussion.

1.       Review of the last programme of action held at New Delhi. i.e Mass dharna and future course of Action to pursue the demands.
2.       Feasibility of filing court cases in respect of (a) rejection of Option No.1.
(b)MACP to be effective from 1.1.2006 as per the supreme Court decision.
3.       Reporting of the proceedings of the National Anomaly Committee held on17th July, 2018in so far as the pension related items are concerned.
4.       NCCPA journal; financial difficulties; widening circulation; its accounts etc.
5.       Submission of the receipt and payment account of NCCPA
6.       General finances of NCCPA
7.       Venue and date of Next Conference.
8.       Consideration of affiliation applications if any.
9.       Presentation of the NCCPA Constitution to obtain registration.
10.   Any other matter with the permission of the Chair.

The meeting is required to be concluded by 5.30 PM latest. All NE members are requested to kindly get in touch with Com.K.Ragavendran, whose Phone Number is given below. Kindly visit the website regularly to know further about the arrangements made by the host unit for the conduct of the meeting.
K.K.N.KUTTY
Secretary General

PS: Com.K.Ragavendran has informed us of the availability of accommodation as under:- Stay accommodation within the venue itself.  The members who require accommodation for overnight stay for either on 4th or 5th may please contact him immediately and indicate the requirement.  His telephone No.is 0944919295.  If any of the NE member is unable to reach Chennai on 5th, any other member from that State may kindly be deputed to attend the meeting with intimation to the undersigned. The venue is just within 2 Kilometers both from the Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore Railway Stations. 



Monday, November 6, 2017

NCCPA Circular

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
30.10.2017
President:                   Com. Shiv Gopal Misra.
Secretary General:     Com. K.KN. Kutty.

Dear Comrade,

            As per the decision taken by the NCCPA National Executive which met at Nagpur, a massive dharna  programme was organized at Meghdhoot Bhawan, Puza road, New Delhi on 25th October, 2017. 

A meeting of the National Secretariat will be held soon (the date will be communicated on 10th November, 2017) to review the implementation of the programme  and to chalk out further course of action in pursuance of the ten point charter of demands.  We had planned to elicit the participation of about 1000 comrades in the dharna programme on 25th.  We have reached near about that figure, thanks to the strenuous efforts of some of the affiliates and the State Units.  From the register of participants, in which many had not assigned their signature and other details due to some logistical difficulties gives a fair picture of the efforts of the various affiliated organizations It would not certainly be an exaggeration that the dharna was massive and there had been all-round enthusiasm from the members in the programme.  It is to the credit of NCCPA that it took the initiative in organizing a programme exclusively for the pensioners’ demands in the post 7th CPC period.  We take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who took the pains to come over to Delhi and participate in the programme and place our sincere gratitude to all affiliates and State Units for making all out efforts to ensure the success of the programme.  As per the reports, we have received, financial constrains has come in the way of mobilizing large number of comrades to participate and there had been last minute cancellation due to health problems by some of the Units.

            We could commence the dharna only at 11.30 AM due to various transport related problems, though large number of our comrades had assembled at the venue from 9.30 AM onwards.  The organizing committee at Delhi had to face innumerable problems on the eve of the programme.  The Delhi Police refused permission at Janta Mantar citing the NGT decision. We decided not to confront the Government and the Police authorities as we were eager to ensure hassle free event.   We had, with the help of the NFPE leaders obtained permission from the Chief Post Master General to hold the Dharna in the premises of Meghdhoot Bhawan.   However, the Delhi Police and IB contacted our organizing secretary Com. Deep Chand on 24th night to inform of the denial of the permission to organize the programme even  at  Meghdhoot Bhawan. 

            What degeneration has taken place in our democratic polity over the years became obvious on that night.  There was a time when lakhs of people used to assemble at Boat Club (located in front of the Rasht apathy Bhawan and the Parliament house) to voice their grievances and seek solution from the democratically elected Government and the party in power. Discernible was the resentment of the rulers from these vox populi demonstrations.   In the name of maintaining the cleanliness of the place, such demonstrations were first banned at the Boat Club which resulted in the opening the Parliament street-Jantar Mantar junction to air the voice of opposition. Police never permitted any demonstration there in which more than 3000 people participated.  For nearly two decades, that place became the venue for people from all walks of life to assemble and voice their protest.  Now the Green Tribunal has passed the order prohibiting any such demonstration to take place in front of Jantar Mantar on the same ground by virtue of which Boat club was closed down.  The days are not far off when the entire New Delhi would be barred for the Indian people except for the sycophants of the ruling coterie, which would enable the rules to hear only the voice in praise of them and be divorced from the reality of the people’s life who had elected them to power.   The organizing committee could ultimately overcome the difficulties and hold the dharma in a peaceful atmosphere at Meghdhoot Bhawan, for which we are no doubt grateful to the CPMG and the leadership of NFPE.   The programme went on upto 3.00PM.  Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra was the first speaker in his capacity as the President of NCCPA. The programme was inaugurated by the veteran trade union leader and the erstwhile leader of the telecom employees Com.VAN Namboodiri, Patron of NCCPA.  On behalf of the organizing Committee, Com. Deepchand conducted the proceedings of the house and Com. Rajinder Prasad of AIPRPA presided over. Com. KKN Kutty, Secretary General NCCPA informed the participating members of the need to fill up the register with the derails which could be used by the CHQ for a faster and effective communication mechanism in future.   He also drew the attention of the comrades of the Booklet which had been brought out by the NCCPA explaining the ten point charter of demands, which was being sold at the venue for a price of Rs. 10/-.  About 650 copies of the booklet were sold out at the venue itself.  We are proposing to send a few copies to all affiliates and State Committees to ensure that the same is sold and the publication cost realized.  Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU and Member of Parliament were one of the prominent speakers.  The programme was concluded by his address to the members.  There had been a galaxy of speakers who were leaders of various Trade Union organizations and Pensioners associations.  Prominent among them were:
                       
             M.S.Raja (SG Audit and Working President Confederation of CGE &W);
S.C.Maheswari (General Secretary, Bharath Pensioners Samaj)
 D.Balasubramanian (GS All India Federation of Pensioners Associations)
Com. K.G.Jayaraj (GS All India BSNL and DOT Pensioners Association) 
K.Ragavendran (GS All India Postal and RMS Pensioners association.
Com.Swapan Chakraborti (Dy.GS BSNLEU)
Ashok Ghosh (Dy.Secretary West Bengal COC of CGPA)
Com.  Somaiah (GS All India Ground Water Board  Pensioners Association)
Com. A. K. Kanojia (President, Income tax Employees Federation)
Com. Lajpat Rai (Patron,  Income tax Pensioners Federation)
Com. M.N.Reddy (General Secretary,  All Pensioners and Retired Persons Association)
Com. Rajinder Prasad Verma ( All India Vice President AIPRPA)
Com. Deep Chand. (State General Secretary, AIPRPA, Delhi) 

A delegation met the Chief Post Master General to hand over a memorandum addressed to the Honourable Prime Minister.  The CPMG has assured the delegation that the same will be officially forwarded to the Prime Minister’s office. A few photographs of the programme have already been placed on the website. 
            With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty

Secretary General.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Successful Mobilization of Pensioners under the banner of NCCPA



NCCPA holds Massive Dharna!
At 'Meghdoot Bhawan' New Delhi today a massive Dharna at the call of NCCPA is in progress now. Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra President NCCPA is presiding. Comrade VAN.Namboodiri Patron NCCPA is delivering inaugural address. Hundreds of pensioners representing various affiliates are attending. The dais is seen with leaders comrades KKN.Kutty (SG NCCPA); M.S.Raja (SG Audit); S.C.Maheswari (GS BPS); D.Balasubramanian (GS AIFPA); K.G.Jayaraj (GS AIBDPA); K.Ragavendran (GS AIPRPA); and leaders of different affiliates. The Dharna highlighted issues like Option number1; Pre-2006 Pensioners issue; full Medical facilities to pensioners; FMA enhancement etc. The dharna was also addressed by leaders like Comrades Swapan Chakraborti (Dy.GS BSNLEU); Ashok Ghosh Dy.Secretary West Bengal COC of CGPA); Somaiah (GS Ground Water Pensioners); M.N.Reddy (GS Telangana All Pensioners and Retired Persons Association); Kanojia (Income Tax Pensioners Federation); and Rajinder Prasad Verma (AIPRPA).  At the end of the dharna a memorandum was handed over to Chief PMG for onward transmission to the Government. The Memorandum covered all the ten issues that got focus in the programme.

Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra addressing NCCPA Dharna!

President of NCCPA and Staff Side Secretary National Council JCM comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra is delivering his address now at the massive Dharna of NCCPA at New Delhi. He emphasized that without a struggle the demands of neither the employees nor the pensioners will be accepted by the Government. He explained the details of discussions with the Government authorities and the trend of negative attitude in the discussions.

Tapen Sen M.P and GS CITU addressing Dharna of NCCPA
Govt denies pension to those employees who toiled all through his life for the service of people and nation. If the service organisations are vibrant and fighting, then only pensioners issues can be advanced. This important aspect you comrades not to forget. Parliament is coming up. Government is selling the nation. They talk nationalism but do anti-national policies. All central TUs are unitedly organising Dharna in November for three continuous days. That Dharna is against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of govt. The corporates able to fool people and that is why they maintain their grip on people. But if you continue to fight against those policies that harm people, that grip will weaken. It is no more a govt supporting the corporates; it is a govt of corporates! Today all unions are in one platform to oppose privatisation. This is the change that you can't see ten years back. I take this opportunity of Dharna of senior citizens to tell you in addition to fight for your demands, also come forward to unite with all sections in common struggle. You speak about judgments implemented only to litigants! But the govt got power and majority to enact in parliament to reject any judgment! Therefore concentrate on your mobilization and fighting capacity! PF.ESIC like social security organizations have lit of money; this will be pooled under a commission headed by PM to use it elsewhere! Independent experts probably proposed by RSS will be the members instead of employers and employees now in these organisations. This is the kind of situation you are today. Let all join together and protect social security and universal pension. You should join mainstream of working class movement. If we unite and identify our enemy, then no force can defeat us!

























Thursday, October 19, 2017

NCCPA Circular on 25th Dharna in New Delhi

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS..

Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
PRESIDENT:       COM.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA.(97176 47594)
SECy. GENERAL:          COM.K.K.N.KUTTY. (98110 483030)

Dated 18th October, 2017
Dear Comrades,

            Due to the judicial intervention and the unhelping attitude of the Delhi Police,  we are constrained to shift the venue of our Dharna Programme  slated for 25th October, 2017 from Jantar Mantar, New Delhi  to Meghdhoot Bhawan, Puza Road, New Delhi.  Meghdhoot Bhawan is located at Puza Road (Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Road) and on the metro line between Rajiv Chowk (Cannaught Place) and Dwaraka.  The nearest Metro Station is Jhandewalan and is less than 2 kms from Rajiv chowk.   Those who come from Rajiv Chowk may please get down at Jhandewalan and walk back a few steps to reach Meghdhoot Bhawan and similarly those come from Dwaraka side, may also get down at Jhandewalan  and walk a few steps ahead towards Rajiv Chowk.  The Dharna will commence at 11.00 AM and we shall conclude the same latest by 3.30 PM.  Meghdhoot Bhawan is just opposite to Pillar No. 56 of Rajiv Chowk-Dwaraka metro line.  Those who do require accommodation for 25th night, may kindly contact Com. Deep Chand, Com. Shankar Pal Singh, Com. Rajinder Prasad, whose numbers are given in our last circular letter.   Please make the programme a grand success. 

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

KKN Kutty.

Secretary Generl.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

International Day of Fight for Pensioners - TUI Call!

Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retired) Call for International Day of Fight for Pensioners

All our Affiliated All India Organisations and CGPA State Organizations are reminded to observe the call of the TUI (P&R) as resolved by our National Executive held at Nagpur. The TUI (P&R) a wing of WFTU for Pensioners and Retired, has called to observe the day as "International Day of Fight for Pensioners". The day may be observed by joint demonstrations etc to mark the unity of Pensioners at international level - KKN Kutty SG NCCPA







Thursday, September 28, 2017

DR to Pensioners!


Dearness Relief 1% ordered! 

It is only 1% but however the Orders are released for Dearness Relief! Order of MoP&PW placed in pensioners portal website is No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 28.09.2017.

KKN Kutty SG