Thursday, June 7, 2018

'One nation one tax', 'one nation one election', why not 'one nation one retirement age'?

'One nation one tax', 'one nation one election', why not 'one nation one retirement age'?
Our country has replaced its numerous Union and state taxes with the Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to unify the country into a single market. In other words, we may call, the GST brought 'one nation one tax' regime in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and all state assemblies, under the banner of 'one nation one election' citing reasons of massive expenditure; diversion of security and civil staff from primary duties; impact on governance due to the model code of conduct and disruption to normal public life.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pitch for 'one nation one election' has been backed by the opposition parties especially Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav.

However, The Election Commission (EC) has suggested "one year one election" as an alternative to Modi's pitch for "one nation one election".

So,'one nation one retirement age': Why not government employees? Why not now?

The retirement age is different for different states. The retirement age of government employees of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Arunachal pradesh, Maharastra, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Manipur, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Jharkhand is 58 years.
About the rest of states except Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh- government employees retire at 60, but existing Kerala government employees who have to retire on completion of 56 years, as the increase in the superannuation age 60, is cover only new comers, who joined service from the fiscal 2014-15.

The Central government had already raised the retirement age to 60 years in 1998.

However, Madhya Pradesh government has recently been increased the retirement age to 62 years from 60 for its employees and Chhattisgarh government already increased the retirement age to 62 years from 60 for its employees in 2013.

The World Economic Forum said that retirement age must rise as lifespans increase.
The Forum also said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

A parliamentary committee of India in 2014 also recommended that retirement age should be increased from 60 years to 65 years, citing the increase in ageing population and their productivity.
While aging populations and longer lifespans have forced to raise retirement ages but the retirement comes India quite early, when government employees are required to hang up their boots.

According to 'one nation one tax' and 'one nation one election', the central and state governments will require to implement 'one nation one retirement age' for central and state government employees.
"So, the central government is seriously thinking of enhancing the retirement age of the its employees to 62 to cover the cost of ageing population and existing employees productivity," a government official told

"Keeping in mind the national balance if the central government increases retirement age to 62 years, then states should also do the same," he added.

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BIG SALUTE TO ALL THE FIGHTING GDS: GDS Pay Revision

ALL INDIA GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS UNION (AIGDSU)
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION - GDS (AIPEU-GDS)
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (NUGDS)
Central Head quarters, New Delhi

BIG SALUTE TO ALL THE FIGHTING GDS  - HATS OFF
WE HAVE WON THE BATTLE
UNION CABINET APPROVED GDS COMMITTEE REPORT
FULL DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER
GDS UNIONS HAVE COME OUT WITH FLYING COLOURS
16 DAYS INDEFINITE STRIKE CALLED OFF
IF ANY ADVERSE CONDITIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE GOVT ORDERS,
IF MAJOR POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DILUTED,
GDS UNIONS SHALL RESORT TO NATIONWIDE AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME AGAIN
CONDUCT NATIONWIDE VICTORY RALLIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Dear friends / comrades,

Union Cabinet today approved the Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report. Full details given in the PIB Bulletin is enclosed.

An emergency meeting of all three striking GDS unions (AIGDSU, AIPEU-GDS & FNPO) held today at AIGDSU office and after reviewing the entire situation, unanimously decided to call off the 16 days historic indefinite strike of 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks.

The three GDS Unions further decided that, if any adverse conditions are there in the Govt orders, if major positive recommendations are diluted, GDS unions shall resort to nationwide agitational programmes again.

We congratulate the entire GDS who stood unitedly like a rock and defeated all the anti-strike propaganda of the Postal Board and their Agents. We salute the GDS for their courage, bravery and determination. This strike is a history and it will be written in golden letters in the history of Postal Trade Union movement and Indian working class movement. Not only all Central Trade Unions but the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) also extended full support and solidarity to this strike for emancipation of most down trodden section called GDS.

This strike is significant because, it fought against the adamant attitude of the Govt and Postal Board, rejecting their sweet-coated appeals and also threat of "withdraw the strike, then only we will talk" and finally ended in thumping victory and came out with flying colours. All credit goes to the three lakhs GDS who fought heroically and unitedly, even though they are scattered in 1,29,500 rural Branch post offices. This is the great victory of the poor, oppressed, downtrodden and marginalized section of the society who have nothing to loose but chains.

We convey our deep condolences to the families of brave GDS whose shocking sudden deaths and suicide while on strike has shaked the conscience of right thinking persons.

We convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to all Central Trade Unions, WFTU, Political parties, Chief Ministers, people’s representatives in Parliament and State Assemblies, distinguished personalities and all fraternal organizations and their leaders who stood with GDS in the hours of crisis and extended full support and solidarity to the striking GDS till the end of the strike. We also convey our sincere thanks to the electronic and print media of Delhi and all other states. We seek their continuous support and guidance in our future struggles for achieving our prime demand i.e., grant of civil servant status to GDS.

CONDUCT VICTORY RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

All Circle / Divisional Secretaries are requested to organize nationwide victory rallies, demonstrations and celebrations at all places on 7th & 8th June 2018.

Remember this is only one step forward and there are miles to go before we achieve our final goal - "civil servant status to all GDS". Definitely our dreams shall become true one day. Keep the unity intact and march forward. Final victory shall be ours.
With struggle greetings,
Yours sincerely

S.S.MAHADEVAIAH
General Secretary
AIGDSU
  
P.PANDURANGARAO
General Secretary
AIPEU-GDS
  
P.U.MURALIDHARAN
General Secretary
NUGDS
Source: Confederation

Grant of Children Education Allowance to the railway employees implementation of Board's decision - problems

Need Uniform Format to Claim Children Education Allowance - NFIR

NFIR writes to Railway Board to issue proper unifrom format to claims for reimbursement of CEA to avoid delay…

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055

Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers; Federation (ITF)

No.I/13(a)
Dated: 04/06/2018
Sub: Grant of Children Education Allowance to the railway employees implementation of Board's decision - problems - reg.

Ref: Railway Board's RBE No.147/2017 letter No.E(W)2017/ED-2/3 dated 12/10/2017.

Pursuant to Government decision on the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the DoP&T vide No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16/08//2017 had issued instructions revising the amount for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy. The Railway Board vide RBE No.147/2017 dated l2th Oct, 2017 has issued corresponding instructions to the General Managers for ensuring payment of Children Education Allowance & Hostel Subsidy at revised rates from 01/07/2017.

On Zonal Railways, the staff are facing much inconvenience on account of non-issuance of proper proforma/format for preferring claims, consequently the reimbursement is delayed and claims continued to remain pending due to queries being raised at different levels. It is further learnt that the Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Central Railway have issued proforma/format which are however not common. Other Zonal Railways have not at all issued proforma for preferring the claims. It has however been found that the Eastern Railway Administration has not only circulated format, but also issued JPO.

NFIR is of the view that it would be necessary to bring reimbursement to avoid delay as well staff grievances.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to arrange to issue proper format to enable the employees to prefer claims without hassles together with certificate from the Heads of the Institutions. Such uniform format will be advantageous to the Railway Administration as well to staff who are entitled for reimbursement of Children Education allowance/Hostel Subsidy.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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