Sunday, September 30, 2012
The tradition of the Postal Trade Union movement, from the very day of its inception, is the total unity of the entire Postal employees and Central Govt. Employees – Whether they are called Departmental Employees or Extra – Departmental Employees.
Late Comrades: Tarapada Mukherjee, Dada Ghosh, K. G. Bose, N. J. Iyer, Adinarayana, K. L. Moza and all those great leaders stood for the unity of the entire Postal workers. Unfortunately, of late, deliberate attempt is being made repeatedly, from certain quarters, to split and weaken the rock – like unity of Postal employees.
In 2008, all the unions of NFPE took an unanimous decision to go on indefinite strike from 6th January 2009, raising the main demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) i.e.; reject the retrograde recommendations of the Nataraja Murthy Committee report. But suddenly a strike notice was served by the then GDS union General Secretary for indefinite strike from 18.12.2008 i.e, 18 days before the proposed indefinite strike of NFPE. Other unions were not consulted. After serving the strike notice only it was known to others.
What was the need for going on strike in a so hurriedly manner, when NFPE was ready for a joint strike from 06.01.2009. Will be sky come down if the strike is delayed for 18 days to ensure cent percent unity of Postal Employees.
The intention was very clear to divide the unity of the Postal workers. The leadership of the so – called GDS union played in the hands of the Govt. and the Postal bureaucracy who are hell-bound to demolish the rock-like unity of Postal workers. With the help of the so-called GDS union General Secretary, the Government succeeded to some extent in creating a division among Departmental employees and GDS.
Now again, the same thing is being repeated. The entire Central Government Employees, including the National Federation of Postal Employees has decided to go on a nation-wide one day strike on 12th December 2012. One of the major demands of the strike charter is the issues related to the GDS employees – i.e.; 7th Pay Commission to examine the wages and service conditions of GDS, 50% DA merger for GDS and not 5% TRCA increase, Departmentalization of GDS and extending all the benefits of departmental employees, Bonus discrimination, protection of allowance, Health Scheme, time bound promotion etc. Intensive campaign all over the country is taking place for making the strike a grand success. The strike was declared on 2012 July 26th in the historic Parliament March in which about 20000 Central Government Employees participated in which a large majority of them being Postal & RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks.
Again, all of a sudden, the General Secretary of the truncated GDS Union, gave another strike notice for indefinite strike from 16th October 2012. When the entire employees are preparing for a joint strike, what is the need of giving a sudden notice for another strike. Again, the intention is very clear. They are playing in the hands of the Government. The Central Government wants to scuttle the December joint strike by creating division among the Departmental Employees and GDS. The leader is behaving as an agent of the Government and poor GDS are the victims. GDS are not going to be benefited by such sectarian strike.
Shall we allow such leaders to break the unity of Postal workers, by stabbing from the back? Shall we allow the Government to break our unity by joining hands with such leaders? No, we shall not. We shall expose those disruptors and at any cost, shall uphold the unity of the Postal workers and march forward under the banner of NFPE for protecting the interest of the Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks. Let us fight against the policy of the Government and make the 12th December strike a thundering success.
Reproduced from : www.nfpe.blogspot.com
============================================================================= FEDERAL EXECUTIVE MEETING
HELD AT NEW DELHI
Federal Executive meeting of NFPE was held at NFPE office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi on 27.09.2012 from 11.00 A.M.
The meeting was presided by Com. S.P. Mukherjee Vice President- NFPE. Com. R.N. Parashar Assistant Secretary General NFPE welcomed all the leaders and guests who came to participate in the Federal Executive Meeting.
Before commencement of the meeting, condolence message was read out by Com. M. Krishan, Secretary General paying homage to those who lost their lives during the period. After that two minutes Mourn was observed in respect of martyrs.
Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE, presented a brief report on the activities of NFPE since last Federal Executive Meeting held at Delhi on 21.03.2012.
The Federal Executive meeting was inaugurated by Com. S.K. Vyas President Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers who elaborately discussed the need and justification of all the demands mentioned in the 15 point Charter of Demands issued by confederation for the strike on 12.12.2012. He appealed the NFPE leadership to make the strike a historic success mentioning that the NFPE is the biggest affiliate of Confederation. He also praised the participation and role of NFPE in success of Parliament March on 26th July, 2012.
Com. K. Ragavendran Ex. Secretary General NFPE :
described the impact of Globalization policies on working class in general and Postal workers in particular and emphasized the need of united struggle to resist the onslaughts unleashed by the Central Government in the wake of Neo Liberal Economic policies.
Com. K.V. Sridharan Ex. General Secretary P-III and Leader, JCM Staff Side:
mentioned the achievements obtained by NFPE through various struggles. He stated that most of the long pending demands of Postal & RMS Workers have been settled and for remaining demands a memorandum should be submitted to the Deptt.
All General Secretaries viz.,
Com. Giri Raj Singh sing, General Secretary(R-III) ,
Com. R.Sivanarayana, Offg. General Secretary (P-III) ,
Com.I.S. Dabas, General Secretary, (P-4),
Com.P. Suresh, General Secretary, (R-4),
Com.Pranab Bhattacharjee, General Secretary,(AIP AOEU),
Com.T. Satyanarayana, General Secretary, (AIP AEA),
Com.S. Appan Raj, General Secretary (AIP SBCOEA),
Com.P. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE)
and NFPE office bearers
Com.S. Raghupathy, ASG,
Com.Raj Kumar (Financial Secretary),
Com.S.P. Mukherjee(Vice President),
Com.K.K. Sharma (Vice President) and
Com. S.P. Kulkarni, President (SBCO)
expressed their views on Secretary General’s report and emphasized to submit memorandum on pending unsettled demands, they also suggested to observe some vegetarian programmes. They all endorsed the call of Confederation for one day strike on 12.12.12 and assured to make all efforts to make the strike a grand success.
All the leaders emphasized for the need of an agitational programme by the All India leadership for the settlement of demands of GDS and Casual, part time and contingent staff.
Com. M. Krishnan Secretary General NFPE :
summed up the discussion and clarified that most of the major demands related to Postal and RMS employees have been settled during the negotiations on strike charter of demands. Some demands are still pending for which a detailed memorandum will be submitted to Secretary (Posts) and even if these are not settled within stipulated period agitational programme will be launched. For the settlement of demands of GDS, Casual, Part-time and contingent employees, all efforts are being made and agitational programmes will be launched against the Department. He appealed to all to make all efforts for the success of one day strike 12/.12.12 on call of Confederation and two days strike on 20th & 21st, February, 2013 on call of all Central Trade Unions.
Vote of thanks was offered by Com. R.N. Parashar A.S.G. (NFPE).
The meeting was concluded by Com. S.P. Mukherjee (President) by giving thanks to all.
Monday, September 24, 2012
A General Body meeting with the members of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE), M.P Circle was conducted by Com.Vijay kumar Sharma, Circle Convener, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) and held under the Presidentship of Com.Barelal Asati in Damoh Town, Damoh.
A large gathering of more than 300 delegates representing from more than 10 Divisions with 20 women comrades attended and paid their keen attention to the deliberations of the addressing leadership.
The Convention lead by Com.R.K.Choube with his delightful anchoring and witnessed by the leaders viz., Com.R.N.Parashar, Asst. General Secretary, NFPE, Com.K.V.Sridharan, General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C., Com.I.S.Dabas, General Secretary, AIPEU Postmen&MTS/Gr.D., Com.Balwinder Singh, Treasurer, AIPEU Gr.C (CHQ), Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) besides the leaders of the M.P Circle viz., Com.S.C.Jain, Circle Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C, M.P., Com.S.K.Nema, Com.I.S.Jaswal, Circle Secretary, AIP SBCOEA, M.P etc.,
Com.R.N.Parashar in his inaugural speech elaborately narrated the necessary in formation of new GDS union, its role for the last six months and support of NFPE and its affiliated unions and the future program of action by NFPE for GDS in the country.
Com.K.V.Sridharan explained about the GDS system and its vital role in the Department in plight of on-going developments in the Department and need of unity with NFPE and its unions for reaching the best achievements for GDS in a very detailed manner. The General Secretary made an appeal to all the Gr.C & P-IV leadership and well-wishers of NFPE to extend all their support and cooperation for successful gaining of all effective GDS membership under the banner of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) in M.P circle.
Com.I.S.Dabas conveys solidarity from P-IV CHQ and the role of P-IV union for the emancipation of GDS under the leadership of Com.Adi and his successors from NFPE and requested the leadership of P-IV in M.P circle for their fullest cooperation for the upliftment of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) in the Circle.
Com.P.Pandurangarao explained the need of formation of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) and the organization achievements of the GDS union in the recent past, its progress in other Circles and getting ahead of GDs problems with the Dept. & Govt. with the total support of NFPE. The consequences from Department policies, its dangerous effect on GDS system and forgoing achievements gained by NFPE during last decade in a detailed manner.
All the Circle leadership expressed their total support and cooperation to stage all GDS in the Circle under the banner of NFPE and assured to form Divisional unions for AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) soon.
A Unanimous Circle Organizing body is constituted to take the responsibility to form AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) union in all the Divisions of M.P Circle.
President: : Com. Rajendra Prasad Mishra, Kanoja Rewa.
Vice President-1 : Com. Dinesh Maheshwari, BPM, Gungasia Dham.
: Com. Ashok Kumar Dubey, Semra Bujurg.
Circle Secretary : Com. Vijay Kumar Sharma, Damoh.
Asstt. Circle Secy. : Com. Madhusudan, Gosalpur , Jabalpur.
: Com. Aushotosh ,Somad Chirhua.
: Com. Suresh Rai , Datia.
: Com. Rajendra Pal Singh, Patna Kala Chhatarpur.
Treasurer : Com. Virendra Kumar, Bada Bazar, Sagar.
Organizating Secretary : Com. Rakesh Awashti RTI Jabalpur.
: Com. Balram Agrawal , Didori Balaghat.
: Com. Basant Kumar Nema, Chindwara.
Auditor : Com. Smt. Kala Rajak City Post Office , Jabalpur.
AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) CHQ CONVEYS ITS CONGRATULATIONS AND HEARTFUL GREETING TO ALL THE COMRADES AND OFFICE BEARERS OF THE CIRCLE UNION, MADHYA PRADESH CIRCLE.
Friday, September 21, 2012
VARIOUS TYPES OF ALLOWANCES – ALLOWED TO GDS
1) Dearness Allowance (DA) :
The rate of Dearness Allowance is granted at par with Central Govt. employees twice in a year.
2) Office Maintenance Allowance (OMA):
The Office Maintenance Allowance is granted to the BPMs @ Rs.100 per month
3) Cycle Maintenance Allowance (CMA) :
The Cycle Maintenance Allowance is granted to GDS MD / GDSMC (irrespective of distance traversed) who performs the duty on bicycle @ Rs.60 per month (now it is enhanced @Rs.75/- after all other allowances of regular employees raised to 25% when DA crossed 50%.)
4) Cash Conveyance Allowance (CCA) :
The Cash Conveyance Allowance is granted to BPMs @ Rs.50 per month (for cash conveyance to SO to BO vice versa)
5) Combined Duty Allowance (CDA) :
Where the BPM is entrusted with the duty / duties of GDSMD and / or GDSMC the CDA is granted as :
(a) BPM entrusted with the duty of Delivery :
(i) delivery only in cusba village @ Rs.250/- per month
(ii) having delivery in the BO jurisdiction i.e., other than cusba @ Rs.500/-
(b) BPM entrusted with the duty of bag conveyance :
(i) from SO / AO to BO @ Rs.500/- per month
(ii)from Road point / MMS @Rs.250/- per month
If both the duties viz., Delivery & Bag Conveyance are entrusted to BPM, he is eligible for both allowances as reckoned by the duty entrusted..
In case of GDSMD / GDSMC attached with the duties of BPM, @ Rs.25 per day subject to the maximum of Rs.625 per month would be paid (temporary office arrangement for shorter periods)
6) Boat Allowance :
Actual charges paid to the Boatman subject to a maximum of Rs.50 per month for conveyance of mail.
7) Compensation to Mail Carriers :
If the GDSMC detained beyond office hours for mail conveyance are allowed to grant Rs.6/- per hour per day subject to the maximum of Rs.12/-
8) Fixed Stationery charges (FSC) :
(i) In case of BPMs FSC is allowed @ Rs.50/- per month
(ii) In case of GDSMD, GDSMC/MD. GDSSV @ Rs.10/- per month.
9) Training Allowance :
While imparted training to GDS BPMs and other GDSs some allowance is sanctioned according to the TA/DA rules.
10) TIME RELATED CONTINUITY ALLOWANCE (TRCA)
The basic pay itself for the GDS is also called as an allowance.
Is there any provision in our Constitution or CCA Rules or State Laws or any pay rules that the basic allowance of an employee (?) in a Central Govt. department is allowed with many other allowances including 'Annual Increase' besides for calculation of retirement benefits ( eg: ex gratia gratuity) and ex gratia bonus with ceiling.
An employee (?) in this country drawing some amount for his service to the management as is viz., pay, wage, salary, remuneration, allowance, perks etc., perhaps this type of (pay) structure is exceptional to Gramin Dak Sevaks.
After a keen constitutional and judicial observation on the attitude of the Department , Justice Chandrajit sing Talwar(1996) has rightly pointed out that the department is still under ambiguity and confusion to decide the status of the EDAs (now called GDS) and except to accept that EDAs (GDS) are holders of civil post by extending all benefits to them.
source:GDS REFRESHER & CRUSADER TO GDS compiled by Com.K.V.SRIDHARAN, General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C (CHQ)
Thursday, September 20, 2012
IT IS NOT TOO FAR TO GET RECOGNITION FOR
BY THE DEPARTMENT.
AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)IF REVERIFICATION IS ORDERED
BY THE DEPARTMENT.
IT CLEARLY stipulated UNDER CLAUSE (2) OF RULE-6 IN EDA (RA) RULES-1995 VIDE No.13/2/94-SR DATED 27-04-1995, THAT –
The Government may, at any time, order a special verification of membership if it is of the opinion, after an enquiry, that the EXISTING RECOGNIZED Association does not have the membership required under sub-clause (i) of caluse (d) of Rule-4.
(i) The Association represents minimum 35 per cent of total number of Extra Departmental Agents provided that where there is only one Association which commands more than 35 per cent membership, another Association with second highest membership although less than 35 percent may be recognized if it commands at least 15 per cent membership.
UNDOUBTEDLY WE HAVE REACHED THE PERCENTAGE OF MORE THAN 50% ACCRUED FROM 9 (NINE) MAJOR CIRCLES ITSELF OUT OF TOTAL ELIGIBLE MEMBERSHIP. IN THE REMAINING CIRCLES ALSO CIRCLE UNIONS WILL BE FORMED BY THE END OF OCT’2012.
EFFORTS ARE UNDER WAY TO FULFIL THE CONDITIONS FOR REVERIFICATION.
IF VERIFICATION IS CONDUCTED BY THE DEPT NOW, THE AIPEU-GDS NFPE, NO DOUBT, WILL BECOME THE No.1 RECOGNIZED UNION.
THAT IS WHY THE CHQ IS REQUESTING ALL GDS COMRADES IN ALL THE CIRCLES TO MARCH FORWARD UNDER THE BANNER OF AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) IN ALL THE DIVISIONS / BRANCHES TO ENSURE MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION IN THE ENSUING ALL INDIA CONFERENCE.
REGARDING STOPPAGE OF SUBSCRIPTION RECOVERY AFTER WITHDRAWAL OF MEMBERSHIP, SOME DOUBTS HAVE BEEN RAISED AT SOME PLACES, WHICH IS CLARIFIED IN THE EDA(RA) RULES – 1995 WITH REFERENCE TO PARA 4 OF THE SAID RULES.
the copy of eda (RA) RULES, 1995 IS HERE WITH PUBLISHED FOR YOUR READY REFERENCE:
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Post
Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated : 27-04-1995
Subject:- Extra Departmental Agents – (Recognition of Associations) Rules, 1995.
The under signed is directed to say that consequent on framing of fresh rules for Recognition of Service Associations of Central Government Employees vide Department of Personnel & Trg. Notification No.2/10/80-JCA (Vol.IV) dated 05-11-1993, the proposal for framing similar rules for the Extra Departmental Gents in the department has also been considered. Accordingly, the Government have framed the Extra Departmental Agents – (Recognition of Associations) Rules, 1995. The Rules will take effect from 1st May, 1995. A copy of Rules is enclosed.
2. These Rules shall apply to all Associations of Extra Departmental Agents in the Department of Post.
3. Recognition will be accorded by the Department of Post to an Association on fulfilling the conditions prescribed in Rule-4(d) (i) of the Rules in respect of the entire Department. The Association so recognized at the Central level may have branches in the lower formations.
4. Detailed procedure regarding recovery of subscription for the Associations from the pay rolls prescribed for the regular Postal employees as per instructions issued vide Department of Post letter No.13-1/93-SR dated 10-08-1994 as modified from time to time will be applicable to Extra Departmental Agents also.
5. Relaxation of any of the provisions of the EDA (RSA) Rules, 1995 under Rule – 8 of the said Rules should be done only with the prior approval of the Department of Post.
6. Doubts regarding the interpretation of EDAs (RSA) Rules, 1995 should be referred to the S.R Section of the Department of Post.
7. Receipt of this O.M may kindly be acknowledged.
8. Hindi version will follow.
1.All Heads of Postal Circles.
2.Secretary General, NFPE/FNPO/BPEF.
3.All concerned Unions viz., (P-III, P-IV, R-III, R-IV of NFPE, NUDEU(FNPO), BEDEU (BPEF)
4.All members of Departmental Committees of ED Agents.
5.Hindi section for necessary action with the request that cut stencil or Hindi version may please be given immediately.
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Post
Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi – 110 001
No.13/2/94-SR Dated: 27 April ‘ 95
The following Rues are issued under the authority of the Government of India:-
1. Short Title and Commencement :
(1) The Rules may be called the Extra Departmental Agents (Recognition of Association Rules, 1995.
(2) They shall come in to force with effect from 01-05-1995.
In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires :
a)”Government” means the Central Government.
b)”Extra Departmental Agent” means any person to whom P&T EDA Conduct and Service Rules, 1964, apply.
These Rules shall apply to Associations of ED Agents in the Department of Post.
4. Conditions for Recognition of Associations:
An Association which fulfils the following conditions may be recognized by the Government namely:-
(a) An application for recognition of Association has been made to the Government containing Memorandum of Association, Constitution, Bye-laws of the Association, Names of Office bearers, total membership and ay other information as may be required by the Government;
(b) The Service Association has been formed primarily with the object of promoting the common service interest of its members;
(c) Membership of the Service Association has been restricted to Extra Departmental Agents;
(d) (i) The Association represents minimum 35 per cent of total number of Extra Departmental Agents provided that where there is only one Association which commands more than 35 per cent membership, another Association with second highest membership although less than 35 percent may be recognized if it commands at least 15 per cent membership.
(ii) The membership of an E.D Agents shall be automatically discontinued on his ceasing to belong to such category;
(e) Extra Departmental Agents who working as ED Agents shall be members or office bearers of the Service Association;
(f) The Association shall not be formed to represent the interest or on the basis, of any caste, tribe or religious denomination or of any group within denomination;
(g) The Executive of the Association has been appointed from amongst the members only; and
(h) The funds of the Association consist exclusively of subscriptions from members and grants, if any, made by the Government and are applied only for the furtherance of the objects of the Association.
5.Conditions subject to which recognitions is continued.
Every Association recognized under these Rules comply with the following conditions, namely:-
(a) the Association shall not send any representation or deputation except in connection with a matter which is for common interest to members;
(b) the Association shall not espouse or support the cause of individual Extra Departmental Agents relating to service matters;
(c) the Association shall not maintain any political fund or lend itself to the propagation of the view of any political party or a member of such party;
(d) All representations by the Association shall be submitted through proper channel and shall be addressed to the Secretary to the Government/Head of the Oganization or Head of the Department or Office;
(e) A list of members and office bearers, and up-to-date copy of the rules and an audited statement of accounts of the Service Association shall be furnished to the Government annually through proper channel after the annual General meeting so as to reach the Government before the 1st day July each year;
(f) The Association shall abide by and comply with all the provisions of its constitution / bye-law;
(g) Any amendment in the constitution / bye-laws of the Association after its recognition under these Rules, shall be made only with the prior approval of the Government;
(h) The Association shall not start or publish any periodical, magazine or bulletin without the previous approval of the Government;
(i) The Association shall cease to publish any periodical magazine or bulletin, if directed by the Government to do so on the ground that the publication thereof is prejudicial to the interest of the Central Government, the Government of any State or Government authority or to good relations be Extra Departmental Agents and the Government or any Government authority or to good relations between the Government of India and the Government of Foreign State;
(j) The Association shall not address any communication to or enter into correspondence with a foreign authority except through the Government which shall have the right to withhold it;
(k) The Association shall not do any act or assist in the doing of any act which, if done by ED Agents, would contravene any of the provisions the P&T Extra Departmental Agents (Conduct & Service) Rules, 1964 and ;
(l) Communications addressed by the Association by any office bearer on its behalf to the Government or a Government authority shall not contain any disrespectful or improper language.
6.Verification of membership:
(1) The Verification of membership for the purpose of recognition of an Association shall be done by the Check-off system in pay-rolls at such intervals and in such manner as the Government may by order prescribe.
(2) The Government may, at any time, order a special verification of membership if it is of the opinion, after an enquiry, that the Association does not have the membership required under sub-clause (i) of caluse (d) of Rule-4.
7.Withdrawal of Recognition:
If, in the opinion of the Government, an Association recognized under these Rules has failed to comply with any of the conditions set our in Rule-4 or Rule-5 or Rule-6 the Government may after giving an opportunity to the Association to present its case, withdraw the recognition accorded to such Association. On grant of recognition to Association(s) in terms of Rule-4 above all other Associations etc., hitherto recognized for representing EDAs shall cease to be recognized.
The Government may dispense with or relax the requirements of any of these Rules to such extent and subject to such conditions as it may deem fit in regard to any Association.
If ay question arises as to the interpretation of any of the provisions of these Rules or if there is any dispute relating to fulfillment of conditions for recognition it shall be referred to the Government, whose decision thereon shall be final.