Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2nd September 2015 Strike – Additional pressure on the 7th CPC to accept our justified demands – COC Karnataka

2nd September 2015 Strike – Additional pressure on the 7th CPC to accept our justified demands – COC Karnataka
7th CPC Report & 2nd September 2015 Strike
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COC Karnataka

The latest information is that the 7th CPC report will be submitted only in last week of September, we should not be too worried about this as the 7th CPC report was expected to submit its report in first week of September , the delay is only by few days only and that too the 7th CPC period is upto end of September 2015 as the 7th CPC was constituted on 28th Feb 2014 and allowed 18 months time the 7th CPC has started functioning only in April 2014 onwards.
The COC Karnataka meeting held on 4th August 2015 at RMS office has decided to participate in the 2nd September 2015 strike program as per the directions of the Confederation of CG Employees New Delhi. Now due to many reasons the 7th CPC report release has been postponed, now let us to utilise the postponement period and put additional pressure on the 7th CPC and the Government of India to accept our justified demand’s of Central Government Employees such as minimum wage of Rs 26,000/- with effect from Jan 2014, fitment formula of 3.72 , five promotion scheme , date of effect of the 7th CPC from 1/1/2014 etc.

Comrades if the 2nd September 2015 strike by the Central Government Employees is a success, then we can get more financial benefits from the 7th CPC and the Government of India apart from other important issues of unwanted labour reforms will be solved.

I request all comrades to prepare and educate the grass root leaders and employees on our demands. Conduct gate meetings / general body meetings from 11th August onwards.
Comradely yours
General Secretary
Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

NFIR: Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways

NFIR: Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Dated: 10.8.2015
The Member Mechanical,
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways reg.

The concept of bio-toilets in passenger carrying coaches was given shape by the Railway Ministry some time in the year 2011 when in a few coaches of’ passenger carrying mail/express trains, the bio-toilets were first introduced. NFIR understands that the Railway Ministry plans to fit bio-toilets in all passenger coaches by 2021.

Federation has been receiving number of complaints from the C&W Staff on malfunctioning vis-a-vis disadvantages of the bio-toilets. In this connection, NFIR having gone into the complaints received from the C&W Staff, noticed the following problems which may cause serious health hazards to staff.

The bio-toilet system is very sensitive. It has more than 100% chances of choking even with a bit of ‘Pan Gulka’ spitted in the toilets by the passengers knowing or unknowingly if not flushed properly by the passenger in the moving or stationary trains. Choking in these toilets also takes place due to throwing of Napkins, Cigarette buds, Gutka Pouch, Ladies pads, Plastic Water Boltles or their covers, liquor boltles and garbage of food stuff by the passengers resulting toilet pans and leading to public complaints. This situation has been causing tremendous pressure on staff for no fault of theirs.

The ball-valve provided which should function to drain out the waste to the ground by operating a connected pedal, never works due to faulty design. It is also reported that designs differ from one manufacturer to another, causing problems in procurement of spares.

The RDSO designed simplified standard mechanism to operate the ball valve be not compatible with old designs.

It has been further complained that improper trials of revised versions/modifications before implementation has been the real problem in procurement of spares and has been creating confusion among the Supervisors and Staff in the course maintenance.

The C&W Supervisors and staff working in pit lines have been facing lot of inconvenience during under gear maintenance, examing brake beam, brake block hanger, brake shoe assermbly, brake blocks, Safety wire rope & their pins, bogies frames and also facing serious inconvenience in piston stroke brake cylinder which faces tank of quite a big size and leaves narrow gap.

Bio-toilets required inspection & maintenance to ensure working of Ball-Valve & its operation linked with p-trap and Hose Connector, mounted and fitted in the narrow gap of the top surface of the tank and trough floor of the coach. C&W Engineers and Staff have been put to lot of difficulties during maintenance and have been subjected to more physical mental stress in day-to-day working. While working are being compelled to inhale foul smells emanating from the choked tanks containing human waste and have started acquiring diseases.

The process of draining out or the choked tanks generates unbearable filthy smell creating inconvenience to other technical staff working on other under gears and at times diverts their attention and Compels to ignore the necessary safety repairs due to bad work environment.

At present we have this system only on 10% of the coaches, causing serious problems. ‘The height of the problems can be measured when 100% coaches will have this system and will it be possible for staff to function? The C&W Supervisors and Staff are reported to have become like human scavengers. It is worth-mentioning that the Government of India had banned scavenging in the year 1993 consequent to the directions given by the Apex Court through various judgements.

Federation has further been given to understand that as per Railway Board’s guidelines effluent test is required to be conducted to over 5% population of each type of coaches at an interval of 3 months and is to be conducted by the expert laboratory Staff. Unfortunately, the Railway Authorities, instead of using Lab Staff for the said purpose, have been pestering C&W Staff to collect effluent from Bio-Tanks for conducting test in some Depots like Gwalior, despite the fact that this job is not related to C&W staff.

Federation notes with disappointment that the ‘Bio-toilet’ system introduced on the I.R. is claimed to be environment friendly but it is not so. particularly for the C&W Supervisors & Technical Staff of Mechanical Department.

NFIR, therefore. requests the Railway Board (MM) to kindly see that thorough review is conducted before proceeding further for introducing Bio-toilets in coaches.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Implementation of One Rank One Pension : Modi may declare on 15th August 2015

Implementation of One Rank One Pension : Modi may declare on 15th August 2015

More than 25 lakh veterans all over the country are expecting the announcement of OROP on 15th August 2015.

Media reports are highlighted that the PM Modi may announce implementation of long pending demand of OROP Scheme on August 15 when India celebrates its 68th Independence Day.

The relay hunger strike of Ex-Servicemen has completed the 57th day today at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Protests are also being held by ex-servicemen in many parts of the country. The series of protests is jointly organized by 30 ex-servicemen welfare organizations, under the leadership of Chairman of IESM, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh.

More than 30 lakh veterans including war widows all over the country are hoping that their pensions will be revised based on the 6th Pay Commission, and that pensions will be issued based on their ranks and the number of years that they had served.

Benefits of Sixth Pay Commission to the employees who retired before 1.1.2006

Benefits of Sixth Pay Commission to the employees who retired before 1.1.2006

In Rajya Sabha on 6.8.2015, Minister of DoPT Shri Jitendra Singh replied in a writeen form to the subsequent questions regarding the benefit of minimum pension to the pensioners retired before 01.01.2006.

He said, In its order dated 01.11.2011, Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench allowed some petitions granting the benefit of minimum pension to the pensioners retired before 01.01.2006 as per the fitment tables applicable to the employees serving as on 01.01.2006. The order dated 01.11.2011 of Hon’ble CAT was upheld by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide its order dated 29.04.2013 in Writ Petition (C) No. 2348-50/2012.

The Special Leave Petition No.36148-50/2013 filed by the Government against the order dated 29.04.2013 of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has been dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 17.03.2015.

Following the dismissal of the SLPs filed by the Government, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued orders vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30.07.2015 in implementation of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved – General Secretary Maheshwari Sc

BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved – General Secretary Maheshwari Sc

Full Pension to Pre 2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years of service but morethan 20 years QS – at par with Post 2006 Pensioners

Dear All affected,

For the information of every body,BPS is pursuing this issue justify from the beginning through different Forums.We have pleaded it before 7th CPC also.On 30.7.2015 only we said that the DOPPW OM dated 30.7.2006 is not implementation of CAT judgment but an extension of OM dated 28.01.2013 which was a result of BPS negotiations.

We have been informed that the issue of Full Pension to Pre 2006 Pensioners with more than 20 years of service but less than 33 yrs is still subjudice. Sometimes, over eagerness to file court cases becomes hurdle in negotiations & gives chance to administration to avoid or delay the issues.

I may assure you all that BPS wks for real achievements & not for gaining extra millage, neither BPS believes in inciting unjust inspirations.

I can only assure that BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved. Courts are the very last resort for pensioners.

Secy Genl. BPS

Source: BPS

Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) – Disbursement of Pension to Ex-Servicemen

Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) – Disbursement of Pension to Ex-Servicemen
Pension to Ex-Servicemen
The Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to a question in Parliament on 31.7.2015 that the complaints regarding incorrect payment of pension, incorrect revision / underpayment of pension etc. are being received and action is taken to redress the grievances by taking appropriate action in coordination with Pension Sanctioning Authorities & Pension Disbursement Agencies.
The number of complaints received during each of the last three years and the current year are as under:-
 No. of complaints received
2015(Upto 22.7.2015)

The Government is considering to implement a system of Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) to facilitate credit of pension directly to Pensioner’s bank account.
The new system is likely to be implemented from the next financial year.
For ensuring quick and seamless disbursement of pension to Ex-Servicemen, following projects are undertaken by the Government.
Digital life certificate through Jeevan Praman Portal.
Digitization of records to enable prompt pension revision in future.
Submission of e-Pension claim and issuance of e-PPO.

Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners: Jeevan Pramaan

Jeevan Pramaan: Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners

Pension is an essential source of income after retirement for senior citizens. It supports them financially during emergency and helps them look after their needs at this stage of life. One of the main requisites for the pensioners post their retirement, was to provide life certificates to the authorised pension disbursing agencies like the bank, following which their pension got credited to their account.

For obtaining a life certificate, a pensioner earlier needed to present himself/herself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or had the life certificate issued by authority where they served and had it delivered to the disbursing agency. This very requirement of personally being present in front of disbursing agency or getting a life certificate often became a major hurdle in the process of seamless transfer of pension amount to the pensioner. It was noted that it causes a lot of hardship and unnecessary inconvenience particularly for the aged and infirm pensioners who cannot always be in a position to present them in front of the particular authority to secure their life certificate. In addition to this a lot of government employees post their retirement choose to move to different location either to be with their family or other reasons, hence causing a huge logistical issue when it comes to accessing their justifyful pension amount.

Digital Life Certificate – External website that opens in a new window for Pensioners scheme of the Government of India known as Jeevan Pramaan – External website that opens in a new window seeks to ease this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing the life certificate. It aims to streamline the process of getting this certificate and making it hassle free and much easier for the pensioners. With this initiative the pensioners requirement to physically present himself or herself in front of disbursing agency or the certification authority will become a thing of the past benefiting the pensioners in a huge way and cutting down on unnecessary logistical hurdles.

Jeevan Pramaan – External website that opens in a new window is a biometric enabled digital service for pensioners. Pensioners of Central Government, State Government or any other Government organization can take benefit of this facility.

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