FLASH

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NCCPA launches a series of Nationwide Programmes!

NATIONWIDE PROGRAMME OF ACTION BY NCCPA ON 10 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS



NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13-C  Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi.110 001

President:                           Shiv Gopal Misra:             Ph: 9717647594
Secretary General:          K.K.N. Kutty                       Ph: 9811048303

Dated: 12th November, 2018.
To
All affiliates and State Units.

Dear Comrades,
As you are aware, the NCCPA National Executive meeting held at Chennai on 5th August, 2018 had resolved to organize  Programmes of Actions on 10 Point Charter of Demands of CG Pensioners. Mainly the following Programmes were finalized.

Post Card Campaign to Hon’ble Prime Minister:

A Post Card Campaign has been finalized to be organized amongst the entire rank and file membership of NCCPA. The Campaign may be undertaken from 1.12.2018  and 31.12.2018 the Post Cards may be organized to be sent to the Prime Minister between 1.01.209 and 15.01.2019. All Pensioners may be approached to write the following sentences in the Post Card and the same may be posted to the Hon’ble Prime Minister:

I solicit the kind attention of the Honourable Prime Minister to the memorandum dated 15.11.2018 submitted by the National Co-ordination Committee of pensioners in which I am a member  on certain pension related issue.  I seek the intervention of the Honourable Prime Minister to ensure settlement thereof. 
_____________________________________ (Signature)
________________________________________ (Name)
______________________ (Pensioner’s of Department)
___________________________________PPO Number

1.       Mass Dharna Programme in 11 Centres:

As reported earlier, the meeting had decided to hold mass dharnas by the CG Pensioners in the following 12 Centres. The Dharna Programme is to focus attention on our 10 Point Charter of Demands. In our earlier circular letter we had indicated that which of the states will deploy comrades to the Dharna Centres.  Kindly take note of the same and advise the comrades to reach the dharna venue on the appointed date.
Sl>NO.
Centre
States to participate
Proposed OB name
Proposed Date.
1
Chandigarh orAmbala
J&K,HP,Punjab, Haryana Chandigarh UT.
H.S. Sidhu, Treasurer and S.K.Sharma of Jaipur
11.12.2018. The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
2 
Lucknow
U.P & UK
VAN Namboodiri
11.12.2018. The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
3
Guwahati
Assam and NE regions
S.S.Roy
11.12.2018. The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
4
Mumbai
Maharashtra excluding Vidharba and including Gujarat
K. Ragavendran.
11.12.2018. The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
5
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
Somayya
11.12.2018. The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
6
Nagpur
Vidharbha
K.Ragavendran
12.12.2018.  The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
7
Kolkata
West Bengal, Odisa & Bihar
Com.Rehman and Pavitra Chakraborty
13.12.2018. Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
8
Jaipur
Rajasthan, & Delhi
Com I.S. Dabas.
13.12.2018. Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
9
Hyderabad
A.P and Telengana.
Co m. K.G. Jayaraj
19.12.2018.  The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
10
Chennai
Tamilnadu & Karnataka
Com.K.G.Jayaraj
20.12.2018.  The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.
11
Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala
KKN. Kutty
20..12.2018.  The Sectt members of  the States mentioned inCol.3 will attend the Dharna at the Centre.



2.      NCCPA leaders organizational tour to meet the members:

NCCPA Office Bearers will be attending these Mass Dharna Programme in 11 centres by dividing these centres in such a manner that the Office Bearers of Home States will be attending these Centres and also one extra centre nearest to their States as indicated in the above chart.   On successful completion of the first phase of the programme, the National Sectt. of NCCPA will meet at Delhi to finalize the campaign programme to be mounted in the month of February, 2019.( The date of meeting at Delhi will be finalised in consultation with Com.President and will be communicated later.) The  National Sectt. will also discuss the ways and means to strengthen the finance of the NCCPA to carry out the programme. The idea behind the second phase of the programme is not only to campaign over the demands but also to widen the base of NCCPA. Besides, the State Capitals, the presence of office bearers may be utilized for campaign in other important centres of the respective States.

3.      Hunger fast Programme  at New Delhi:

In  culmination of all the above programmes, there shall be a hunger fast from 11.00 A.M to 3.00 P.M on 15.03.2018 at  New Delhi. We expect to mobilize more than 2000 comrades in the said programme. Quota for each affiliate and State Centre is as under:

AIBDPA: 800 (including Delhi), AIPRPA: 800 (including Delhi), ITPF=100, Autonomous body Associations: 50, Other affiliate: 10 each.

State Centres:   Jaipur CGPA: 200, Nagpur CGPA: 50, Hyderabad CGPA: 50, Kolkata CGPA: 50, Kerala CGPA: 50, MP=50, UP=50 ,Odissa=25, Tamilnadu=20, and Karnataka=20.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
KKN Kutty
Secretary General.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS.

As finalized at the Chennai NE meeting
On 05.08.2018

1.       Implement Option No. 1 as  a pension fitment formula as recommended by the 7th CPC and Grant MACP benefit w.e.f 1.01.206 as per the Supreme Court  judgment.

2.    Revise the Pension of BSNL absorbed retirees immediately with 15% fitment, recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government from 01-01-2017, delinking the wage revision in BSNL.

3.    Revise  pension of Central Autonomous Body pensioners.

4.    (a) Provide notional fixation of pension under Option No. 3 on the basis of the pay scale/pay level of the cadre or grade from which the pensioner retired. (b) Provide fixation of pension in the case of all pre 2006 pensioners on the basis of the grade pay/pay level or pay scale of the post or cadre from which one has retired as per the judgments of Courts.

5.    Extend the benefit of CS(MA) Rules  to all pensioners who are not covered by CGHS.

6.    Increase the FMA to Rs. 2000 as has been granted to PF Pensioners and introduce the health insurance scheme as suggested by the 7thCPC.

7.    Raise the minimum pension to 60% of the Minimum wage. i.e. Rs. 10,800 p.m.

8.    Restore the commutation portion of pension after 10 years.

9.    Provide increased rates of pension on attainment of 70 years onwards.

10. Scrap the New Contributory pension scheme and restore the defined benefit pension   to all CGEs irrespective of their date of entry into the Government service. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Important Communication with Government on MACP


NCCPA Writes to Pension Secretary on grant of MACP from 01.01.2016 as per Court Orders

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13-C  Feroze Shah Road,                                         Website: www.nccpahq.blogspot.com
New Delhi.110 001                                                   Email. nccpahq@gmail.com




Dated: 25th October, 2018.

To
Secretary,
Pension,
Department of Pension and Pensioner Welfare.
Ministry ofPersonnel andTraining.
Government of India,
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi 110 001.

Dear  Sir,

                                Sub:Modified assured Career progression Scheme- date of implementation
                                Decision of the Supreme Court of India- issuance of orders regarding.

                We  solicit your kind attention to the order issued by the DOPT introducing  MACP scheme, which came into effect from.1.9.2008 onwards.  Aggrieved by the  provision concerning the date of effect,  the Staff Side, National Council JCM had both on behalf of the working employees and Pensioners introduced items in the agenda of the National Anomaly Committee for making the scheme effective from 1.01.2006  The issue was considered as an anomaly for the reason that while  the pay structure was implemented with effect from 1.1.2006, the date of effect for MACP was  unfortunately determined to be 1.09.2008.  No decision was taken by the Government on that item  Rather the official side dilly dallied the issue indefinitely. Even if they would have disagreed, the item would have as per the scheme of things been got referred to the Arbitrator.

                The matter was taken up by a few Defence Personnel before the Armed Forces Tribunal, whose orders were clearly against the stand taken by the Government. Instead of accepting the decision of the Honourable Tribubnal, the petitioners were dragged first to the High Court, and later to the Supreme Court  The Honourable Supreme Court vide their order in W.P.No.3744/2016 dated  8.12.2017 directed the Government to accept the verdict of the Armed Forces Tribunal as that was rightly pronounced.  Having left with no alternative,  the Ministry of Defence issued the orders vide their letter in 14(1)/99-d(ag) dated 25.7.2018 making the decision of the Armed Forces Tribunal applicable only in respect of Defence armed personnel, leaving out the Civilian employees and pensioners  from the ambit of the order.

                We have been given to understand that the Secretary, Staff  Side National Council  had taken up the issue of giving effect to the MACP from 1.1.2006  with the Government  through correspondence first on 16th January, 2018 i.e. immediately after the verdict of the Supreme Court and once again on 7th August, 2018, after the issuance of the orders by the Ministry of Defence  extending the benefit of the verdict to the Defence personnel.   To the best of our information and knowledge, the Department of Personnel did not even acknowledge these communications from the Staff Side, leave alone responding to it.

                Recently, the Mumbai High Court in their order in WP no. 1763 of 2013 dated 15.10.2018
In the case of..Shri M..P Joseph Vs. Union of India and three others has directed the Government to  immediately refix the pay and pension of the petitioner on the basis of the Supreme Court Verdict cited ,  failing  which to pay him interest at the rate of 6%.

                There are number of pensioners who will stand to financial benefit, if the Supreme Court verdict is implemented.  The Honourable Supreme Court on more than one occasion has ruled that the decisions of general nature must be extended to all similarly placed employees/pensioners.   In the case of Inderpal Yadav Vs. Union of India,(1985)SCC 648, the Supreme Court had stated :

“Those who could not come to the Court need not be at a comparative disadvantage position to that who rushed in here if they are otherwise similarly situated, they are entitled to similar treatment.”
               
                We appeal to you on behalf of the pensioners that the matter concerning the date of effect of the MACP may be taken up with the Department of Expenditure and Department of Personnel and ensure that orders are issued making the verdict of the Supreme Court in the case of Armed personnel are made applicable to all similarly placed civilian employees/Pensioners without further loss of time.   In other words, the MACP scheme may be made operative from 1.01.2006 to all Central Government employees/pensioners.  We expect to receive a  reply from your end.

                Thanking you,
Yours faithfully, 


K.K.N.Kutty
Secretary General


Monday, October 22, 2018

Attention Affiliates!


Published hereunder Circular Letter of NCCPA addressed to All affiliates and State Units

Dear Comrade,

Kindly refer to the decisions we had at our National Executive meeting held at Chennai on 05.08.2018.. In accordance with the deliberations, we have contacted advocates over the filling petition before CAT Delhi, in the matter of MACP and Option No.1. In so far as MACP is concerned, as per the advise tendered,   we have placed a write up on our website last month. The same is being published the in this bulletin. We request to the effect, comrades to response to that letter immediately.

In respect of Option No.1; there are two possibilities. To file a petition challenging the very decision of the Govt in the rejection of the Pay Commissions Recommendation is one possibility. Another is to file a petition by the aggrieved pensioners, who lost out monetarily due to the stand taken by the Govt.

The CGPA Kerala has given a case of individual comrades, who had lost out in the process. We waited some more identical cases to make a comprehensive petition before the Tribunal.

In the last Central Working Committee meeting has reported earlier to interpretation emerged of what Option No. 1 is. The advice we received from our advocate is to subject the two interpretations to judicial scrutiny when we challenged the order.  What is specifically needed is to provide to examples of pension fixations computed on the bases of the two interpretations.

Kindly favour US with copies of petitions by the affected comrades through email to proceed furthe in the matter.

With greetings.
Yours fraternally
KKN Kutty
Secretary General


Sunday, September 30, 2018

National Convention of Indian Working Class

National Convention of Workers




Press Release
28/09/2018
Central Trade Unions call for
Nationwide General Strike on 8th and 9th January 2019

National Convention of Workers decides to go for Nationwide General Strike on 8-9 January 2019 against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the BJP-led NDA Government.

The National Convention of Workers held today, the 28th September 2018, in Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi, decided to go for two days’ Nationwide General Strike on 8-9 January 2019 against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the BJP-led NDA Government.

The convention was jointly called by the ten Central Trade Unions (INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC,TUCC, AICCTU, SEWA, LPF, UTUC), in association with all independent National Federations of Workers and Employees, of both Industrial and Service sectors, Central Government and State Government employees, including Railways, Defense, Health, Education, Water, Post, Scheme Workers etc; in the public sector undertaking such as Banks, Insurance, Telecom, Oil, Coal, Public Transport etc, Factories, and from the unorganised sectors-Construction, Beedi, Street vendors, Domestic Workers, Migrant Workers, Scheme workers, Home based workers, rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, agricultural workers etc., expresses serious concern over the deteriorating situation in the national economy due to the pro- corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies pursued by the Central Government and some of the States ruled by the BJP, grievously impacting the livelihood of the working people across the country.
The Presidium of the Convention consisted of Ashok Singh, Ramendra Kumar, S. N. Pathak, K. Hemlata, R. K. Sharma, Probir Banerjee, Lata, Santosh Rai and Shatrujeet Singh.
Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), Amarjeet Kaur (AITUC), Harbhajan Singh Sidhu (HMS), Tapan Sen (CITU), Satyavan (AIUTUC), G.R.Shivshankar (TUCC), Manali Shah (SEWA), Rajeev Dimri (AICCTU), Sanmugham (LPF), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) addressed the Convention. Shivgopal Mishra( AIFR) and Guman Singh (NFIR) also addressed the convention.
The Convention noted with utter dismay that the Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status and including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization of public and government sector including financial sectors and mass scale contractorisation, ratification of ILO Convention 87, 98 etc. being jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country. The ILO Convention 177 on Home Work and 189 on Domestic Work are also yet not ratified.

The Convention expressed its grave concern on scraping of hard-won 44 Central Labour Laws and replacing them with 4 employer-friendly Labour Codes and introduction of Fixed Term Employment through executive order. The Convention also expressed its anguish over New Pension Scheme and demand restoration of the old Pension Scheme. The Convention expresses solidarity with the fighting farmers and the Transport Workers of Rajasthan who are on an indefinite strike since 16th September, 2018.

This National Convention of Workers recorded its strong denunciation against the communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the Government machinery. The BJP Governments are using draconian UAPA, NSA as well as the agencies of CBI, NIA, IT to harass and suppress any dissenting opinions.  The peace loving secular people in the country are facing a stark situation of terror and insecurity all around. Working Class will raise its strong voice of protest.

In order to serve the interests of the multinational companies with Indian corporate, the present Government is pursuing blatantly anti-people, anti-workers and anti-national policies at the cost of severely damaging the national economy and destroying its indigenous productive and manufacturing capabilities. Such a regime must be defeated squarely to force the pro-people changes in policies on all fronts. This united platform of the working class resolves to heighten its struggle to that end.

The National Convention of workers adopted the following programmes:

1.    State level, district level and industry/sector level joint conventions  to be held during October/November 2018
2.    Joint Industry-level gate meetings, rallies etc. during November and December,2018
3.    Submission of strike notice jointly with demonstrations during 17-22 December, 2018
4.    Two days countrywide General Strike on 8th and 9th January 2019.

The National Convention called upon working people across the sectors and throughout the country irrespective of affiliations, independent unions, federations, associations to make the above programmes a total success.