OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13/c Feroze shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Shri Devendra Chaudhary.
Secretary, Pension & Pension welfare
Lok Nayak Bhavan,
New Delhi,Delhi,110001(e. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The “National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations” is the apex organization of the various Central Government pensioners Associations viz, the pensioners Associations in the Railways, Defence, and Postal, BSNL and erstwhile Telecom department and other Central Government Departments. The need for such an all India organization was felt by the Pensioners Associations functioning either at the regional or State levels or at the Departmental levels to channelize the common grievances of the Central Government pensioners in the country. In the founding convention that was held at Jaipur, Rajasthan, in 2008, Com. U.M. Purohit, the then Secretary, Staff Side National council and the President of the All India Railwaymen Federation was elected as the Patron along with Shri V.A.N.Namboodiri, the erstwhile Secretary General of the BSNL Employees association. Shri R.L. Bhattacharya, former (Officiating) Secretary General of the National Federation of Postal Employees took over as the President and Shri S.K. Vyas, a long time Secretary General of the All India Audit and Accounts Association and a Standing Committee member of the National Council, JCM, right from its inception was elected as the first Secretary General. All these leaders were veterans of the Trade Union movement of the Central Government employees and had the rich experience of formulating the demands and issues of the employees including their retirement benefits before the successive Pay Commissions.
Due to the sad demise of both Shri. U.M. Purohit and Shri S.K.Vyas in succession, and due to the failing health of Shri R.L. Bhattacharya, the all India Conference of NCCPA which was held at Kolkata elected Shri Shiva Gopal Misra, the Staff Side Secretary of the JCM. National Council as the President and Shri K.K.N. Kutty, former Secretary General of Income-tax Employees Federation for many years and presently a member of the Standing Committee of the National council as the Secretary General. Shri R.L. Bhattacharya and Shri V.A.N. Namboodiri were requested to be the patrons to help and advise the functioning of the NCCPA.
The NCCPA in its functioning as an apex organization of all Central Government Pensioners in the country during its short period of existence has been able to channelize the grievances and demands of the pensioner in general before the authorities. The NCCPA’s memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission stand testimony to this fact. The Staff Side, JCM which submitted an elaborate memorandum on all issues concerning both the working employees and pensioners had almost adopted the views and suggestions made by the NCCPA in respect of retirement benefits. Not only did it try to present the demands of the pensioners before the Government and other agencies effectively, it could through frequent interaction with its affiliates bring home the points of view of the Government expressed through the official side and the constraints of the Government in meeting out certain demands despite appreciating the genuineness of them. In fact it functioned as an effective conduit, beneficial for all concerned. The democratic manner of the functioning of the NCCPA gives room for all to express and advance their views and take decisions on the basis of a consensus.
We write this to bring to your kind notice that while many of our affiliates and the State level organizations do receive communications from the Ministry of Pension asking them their views on matters concerning pension, the NCCPA was not favoured with a formal communication to enable us to present before the Ministry the consensus view of the Pensioners at large. Recently the Department of Pension solicited the views of the pensioners on the question of linking Aadhar Card with pension payment and their suggestions on the recommendations of the 7th CPC. While it is highly appreciated that the Government and the Department of Pension solicit the views of even smaller organizations, we strongly feel that it would have been equally good, if not better, to elicit the views and opinions of the Apex organizations like NCCPA whose submission by virtue of its very functioning shall have a pan-Indian touch; tempered by reasonableness and generality of approach. It is the avowed endeavor of NCCPA to build bridge between the Government and the Pensioners and discuss the issues and problems in a conducive atmosphere and arrive at conclusions mutually beneficial.
In this background, May we request you to kindly register our name in your list of Pensioners organizations to seek out our opinions and views on various pensioner-related matters, invite us formally for attending the seminars, conventions, conferences and meetings, organized by the Department of Pension in frequent intervals.
Thanking you and in anticipation of a favourable response,
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Department of Pension & Pensioners welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi. 110 001