Monday, June 16, 2014

Demand for 50% DA Merger presented to the new government

Demand for 50% DA Merger presented to the new government

It looks as if this time all the Central Government Employees Federations are seriously committed to getting 50% Dearness Allowance added to their basic pay!

All the CG employees federations have strongly made this demand to the newly formed Government at the Centre. They have all explained the reasons and submitted the justification, why they have made this demand and have requested that it be implemented.

The demand was first put forth in the middle of last year. It was hoped that the demand would be implemented before the general elections. Everybody expected an announcement in this regard at the end of the last cabinet meeting that was held on February 28, 2014. The disappointment they felt wouldn’t be easy to forget.

In order to renew this demand and present it to the newly formed government, all the federations have presented memorandums. Mr. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary of National Council JCM Staff Side, has sent a detailed letter to the Government explaining this demand.

One will have to wait and watch if the newly formed government, under the leadership of Modi, accepts this demand of more than 50 lakh employees.

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/06/demand-for-50-da-merger-presented-to-the-new-government/]

General Budget 2014-15: NFIR Presents list of proposals to be considered

General Budget 2014-15: NFIR Presents list of proposals to be considered

NFIR has made a list of all the proposals that Central Government employees expect in the 2014-15 General Budget.

On the 11th of this month, Mr. Raghavaiah, the General Secretary of NFIR, sent a letter to the Finance Ministry, containing certain proposals that are worth considering.

The letter contains nine points that deserve serious consideration from the Ministry. These points were formulated based on the needs and demands of about 34 lakh Central Government employees, including 14 lakh Railway workers.
Income tax exemption should be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs for individuals and Rs. 7 Lakhs for senior citizens.

The 7th CPC should be instructed to submit an Interim Report on the DA Merger.
Maximum bonus limits should be raised to Rs. 10,000.

The New Pension Scheme must be discarded in accordance to the request by the Railway Ministry.

Additional pension must be granted to pensioners over the age of 70.

The longstanding demand, for exempting Transport Allowance from Income Tax calculations, must be granted.

MACP Scheme should also be extended to teachers and lecturers working in Central Government institutions.

Earned Leave and LAHP should be granted to teachers and lecturers working in Central Government institutions.

All allowances should be exempted from income tax calculations.

Source: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/06/general-budget-2014-15-nfir-presents.html]

Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways-reg.

Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways: NFIR writes to Railway Board

NFIR
Railwaymen National Federation of Indian
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI 110055
Affiliated to : Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. II/57
Dated:10/06/2014
The Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways-reg.
Reft (i) NFIR’s refter No. II/28/Pt.III dated 04/01/2012, II/57 dated 11/04/2002, 30/11/2012, 16/08/2013 & 31/03/2014.

(ii) Railway Board’ s letter No.2013/ E(LL)AT/CNR/8 dated 26/02/2013.
NFIR vide series of letters quoted under reference have brought to the notice of the Railway Board a number of irregularities in regard to payment of wages, working hours, holidays etc.,of contract workers. The Federation has also conveyed vide letters cited under reference, that there has been gross violation of contract labour (Regulation and Abolition)Act, 1970 by the employers.

2. In this connection, NFIR further wishes to convey following irregularities committed in the similar way by the Contractors in various other Departments on the Railways:-

(a)1. Engineering Department:
Minimum wages are not paid to the workers and Attendance Register of workers is also not maintained. Identity Card, Medical facilities, payment slips, Accommodation for their stay and water facilities are also not provided. The contract Labourers are working on Railway Tracks in peak period are putting their lives in dangers as no safety measures taken. Railway Contractors are not making accident insurance for these labourers.

2. Mechanical Department:
Railway Contractor’s workers are sweeping and cleaning all the compartments of the coaches of trains. ESIC facility is not provided by the contractors but amount is recovered from their payment. Pay-slip is not given regularly. Their P.F. is deducted but where it is deposited is not known to the workers. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. account of workers.

3. Operating Department:
Railway Contractor’s workers are sweeping and cleaning Railway Stations, Railway Tracks, surrounding areas and offices in Railway premises. ESIC facility is not provided by the contractors though money is recovered from their wages. Pay-slips are not given regularly. Their RF. is deducted but where it is deposited is not known to the workers. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. accounts of workers. After finishing the tender. Railway Administrationis engaging these labourers to do the above work in three Railway Stations i.e. Kalyan, Panvel & Lonavala of Central Railway. The Railway Administration is unable to make payment to the labourers. After the protest rally by CRMS in February 14, the Railway Administration made payment to the labourers working in Kalyan & Lonavala, Payment but however those working in Panvel station the payment is not done.

4. Commercial Department (Central Railway):-
Railway Contractors are running Tea Stalls, Refreshment rooms, etc., in Railway Stations and contract workers are working as cooks, vendors helpers etc. Railway Contractors are not making payment to them. They are deputed to work on commission basis. Since the labourers are working on commission basis, they are loosing the benefit of P.F. Also unauthorized hawkers are working at the stations, thus authorised vendors are unable to manage their families in these hard days.

There are more than 50% vacancies of luggage and parcel porters, Loading and unloading work has increased, thus the labours are facing lot of difficulties. It is requested to restore clearing & forwarding Agents as existed earlier.

5. Electrical Department (Central Railway):-
The Railway Contractor labour are working as AC Attendants in AC Coaches in the passenger carrying trains. They are not paid their wages and travelling allowance as per rules. Their P.F. is deducted but where it is deposited not known to them. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. accounts of workers.

3. Federation further wishes to convey to the Railway Board that the Act under section 23 provides for penal action against the defaulters if contravention of the Act continues and the Departments employing the contract labour are liable to be imposed punishment.

Incidentally, it is mentioned that the provisions of Contract Labour (R & A) Act 1970 & Rules 1971 were circulated by the Railway Board to all Zones, Production Units etc., vide letter dated 26/02/2013 quoted under reference for enforcement in letter and spirit. But unfortunately no action has been taken and the Federation has been compelled to bring these issues to the notice of the Railway Board.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges the Railway Board (MS) to kindly arrange to undertake immediately investigation into the above irregularities for ensuring that contract workers are not exploited by the contractor/employer. Federation may please be advised of the action taken early.

Yours faithfully,
(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
[https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UeVZjV2p3Z0ttS2FFT0R3VmNqQXJ2ZThZN09N/edit]

BSNL Order: BSNLMRS guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CG HS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure

BSNLMRS – guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CG HS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure: BSNL Order

Admn. Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
(A Govt. of India Enterprise)
No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-3/11(Vol.II)
Dated: June 13th 2014
To
To All CGMS, BSNL

Sub: BSNLMRS – guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CGHS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure.

Cases are referred to Corporate Office for settlement of medical claims where CGHS rates are not available. Where CGHS rates are not available, the cases are settled as per AIIMS rates. On seeking rates from AIIMS for various implants/devices and procedures, Administrative Office (H) of AIIMS has informed that the rate list of AIIMS is avaiiable on their website – www.aiims.edu I www.aiims.ac.in (link Hospital Zone-patient care service), wherever the rates of a particular disease are not available, the concerned Department/specialist doctor may be contacted [copy enclosed].

All the field units are requested to refer the rate list of AIIMS at their website and in case of non-availability of rates in the rate list they may directly refer their cases to concerned department of the AIIMS.
sd/-
(Raj Kumar Kushtwar)
Assistant General Manager (Admn.III]
Tel. No. 23037241 Fax No. 23734260
Source: bsnleuchq.com
[http://www.bsnleuchq.com/AIIMS%20rates%20(1).pdf]

Court cases regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation.

Court case related to CPWD regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation [Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension]:-

No. C-18013/4/2013 -EC VI/643-58
Government of India
Directorate General
Central Public Works Department
Nirrnan Bhavan, New Delhi,
Dated June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Court cases regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation.

In a court case for grant of pension for employee who was at the time of resignation from service of Central Government, the court ordered for grant of pension-where as per rules, prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Brief of the case is enclosed for perusal. To process this case, Ministry has desired following information:-
.
(i) How many such are pending in courts under your region?

(ii) Is there any precedent case in under region where pension has been allowed to a temporary employee before 26.2.1988?

(iii) What would be the financial implication on allowing pension and to all other persons similarly placed?
You are therefore, requested to collect information from zones under your jurisdiction and furnish the same as to the directorate within one month.

(B.B. Makkar)
Chief Engineer (HQ)

Brief history of this case is as under:-

Shri P.P. Bhaskaran joined in this department on 20.11.1964 as Section Officer (later designated as Junior Engineer). He went to IAAI on deputation on 08.07.1975 and later on he got absorption in the regular service of IAAI. He was absorbed in IAAI in 01.09.1977. His service was not confirmed in CPWD (Central Government) as his turn for confirmation had not yet come. He superannuated from IAAI in December 2000. As per service record of the petitioner he was entitled for gratuity only and not pension. Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Shri P.P.Bhaskaran filed O.A. No. 1008 of 2012 before the CAT, Madras Bench, to declare that he is entitled to receive pension for the period of service rendered in CPWD from 20.11.1964 to 30.08.1977. Along with the said application he also filed M.A. No.408 of 2011 to waive the waiting period of 6 month from the date of representation for filing OA. The CAT dismissed the OA as well as the MA by its order dated 22.8.2012 holding that the cause of action arose in the year 1977 and therefore it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application.

The Petitioner filed WP. No. 32214 of 2012 challenging the aforesaid order of the CAT before the Hon’ble High Court, Madras. The Hon’ble High Court by an order dated 18.11.2013 allowed the WP and directed CPWD to calculate the pension payab1e to him on pro-rata basis and disburse the arrears a period preceding three years from the date of the O.A. till date of payment.

Source: CPWD
[http://cpwd.gov.in/WriteReadData/other_cir/10702.pdf]

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