Friday, August 16, 2013

General Strike in Indian Railways: AIRF will decide the date in General Council Meeting to be held on 13th September, 2013

General Strike in Indian Railways: AIRF will decide the date in General Council Meeting to be held on 13th September, 2013

A.I.R.F.
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi, 12th August, 2013: Aggrieved with the stony silence of the Ministry of Railways. All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) has decided to call is General Council Meeting on 13.09.2013 at New Delhi to decide the date of Strike Ballot.

The above is next step towards their decision taken in the 88th Annual Conference which was held at Visakhapatnam from 18 to 20 December, 2012.

The aforementioned decision was taken in the Standing Committee Meehng of the AIRF, attended by all the zonal railway unions’ Presidents and General Secretaries, which was presided over by Shri Umraomal Purohit, President AIRF.


Giving details here on the decision taken in the Standing Committee of the Federation, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF stated that he has written and personally handed over letters along with the Resolution passed in Visakhapatnam to all the ministers, Chairman and Member Staff, Railway Board who were in office since January till today. Not only that, reminders were also given, and the above have been reminded repeatedly. The railwaymen are frustrated for non-fulfillment of their long pending genuine demands of removal of anomalies of VI CPC, non.merger of Technician Gr.II with Technician Gr. I, arrears to running staff w.e.f. 01.01.2006, GP Rs.4800 to Sr. Supervisors, forcing raliwaymen to work beyond 8 hour-a-day, non-maintenance of railway colonies, etc. etc.

Shri Mishra further added that, it has also been decided by the Standing Committee that the AlRFs’ affiliates will organize massive agitations by organizing gate meetings, dharnas and rallies on the next day of introduction of PFRDA Bill in the Parliament. He said that in our stake agenda "Scrapping of New Pension Scheme and appointment of VII CPC" are the main issues.

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For General Secretary/AIRF

Source: AIRF

50% Dearness Relief Merger or Interim Relief for Central Government Pensioner: Bharat Pensioners Samaj's letter to Finance Minister

50% Dearness Relief Merger or Interim Relief for Central Government Pensioner: Bharat Pensioners Samaj's letter to Finance Minister

"Consider granting 50% DR Merger or some other equivalent benefit/interim relief pending setting up of VII Central Pay Commission to provide the much needed immediate relief to central government pensioners in the country" - BPS


BHARAT PENSIONERS' SAMAJ
(All India Federation of Pensioners' Associations)

No. BPS/SG/FM/031/1
Dated: 06.08.2013

To
Shri P. Chidambaram,
Hon'ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi.

Sub: Relief to C.G. Pensioners.

Sir,
The pension of central government pensioners' was revised last w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as per the recommendations of VI Central Pay commission.  Though central government employees and pensioners were granted 50% DA/DR merger benefit w.e.f. 1.4.2004 as per V CPC recommendation, this benefit was not granted after DA/DR crossed 50% w.e.f. 1.1.2011 on the ground that the VI CPC did not recommend this.  It may kindly be seen that the VI CPC had not recommended an alternative benefit to pensioner.  They had also overlooked the spirit behind V CPC recommendation in the above regard.

This organization had been demanding for long either granting of 50% DR merger or an alternative benefit to pensioners in order to protect them against rigours of ravaging inflation.  Pensioners have been facing grave financial hardship due to the galloping and unbridled inflation for the past several years.  It is becoming increasingly difficult for them to make their both ends meet with steady and continuous fall in the real values of pensions against ever increasing prices of essential commodities and general cost of living.  It may also be seen that while several state governments in the country have been revising salaries and pensions of their employees and pensioners once in every five years, it is more than seven years since VI CPC recommendations had come into effect and the government has unfortunately been apathetic to the sufferings of the pensioners.

Bharat Pensioners Samaj therefore, request your kind-self to consider granting 50% DR Merger or some other equivalent benefit/interim relief pending setting up of VII Central Pay Commission to provide the much needed immediate relief to central government pensioners in the country.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

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S.C. Maheshwari
Secy. Gen Bharat Pensioners Samaj
Source: Bharat Pensioners Samaj Blog

Dearness Allowance: Additional 8% DA to the State Government employees and pensioners of Himachal Pradesh

Dearness Allowance: Additional 8% DA to the State Government employees and pensioners of Himachal Pradesh

Latest news on DA from press stating that the Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has announced an additional 8% DA to his State Government employees and pensioners. The announcement has been made on the occasion of Independence Day after the ceremonial march past.

It would be an additional burden of Rs.400 crore on the State exchequer with an immediate effect.

The Chief Minister has recently pleaded with the Finance Commission team for removing the cap fixed by the 13th Finance Commission of only 35% expenditure of the total revenue on the salaries of government employees.

The employees and pensioners have been given a raise of over 15% DA per year against the 6% DA presumed by the Finance Commission while fixing a cap.

Another major announcement by CM, on the scheme of ‘Skill Upgradation Scheme’ for youth has also been made stating that the age to be reduced to 18 years from 25 and educational qualification to Class 10 from Class 12 and no proof of being unemployed by the magistrate.

CM said that these amendments were made to enable more youth to develop and upgrade their skills in the sector of their choice, to obtain employment and that would eventually lead to their empowerment.

CM also announced the increase in honorarium from Rs.7,500 to Rs.10,000 for the freedom fighters of the State and an increase to Rs 5,000 from Rs 3,500 for their widows. He said the social security pension has been enhanced to Rs.500 from Rs.450 earlier and for citizens above 80 years to Rs.1,000 per month.

Retirement Age - Extended from 60 to 62 to CHHATTISGARH State Govt employees

Retirement Age - Extended from 60 to 62 to CHHATTISGARH State Govt employees

As per the latest news from press, Mr Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, has announced the retirement age of government employees of this state from 60 to 62 years on the occasion of Independence Day.

Also, this notice applies to all those who were to retire by the end of August this year.

He also announced creation of a new revenue division, taking the total of number of administrative divisions to five in the tribal-dominated state.

For more details: TOI

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