Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Central Government Officers, Employees & Pensioners Pledge

We, the Central Government Officers, Employees and Pensioners express our strong protest and discontentment against the totally indifferent and negative attitude of the Govt. at the Centre towards the genuine and legitimate demands of Central Government Officers, Employees and Pensioners. 

We strongly condemn the betrayal of Hon’ble Home Minister and Finance Minister who during the negotiation with the staff side categorically assured increase in Minimum pay and also increase in fitment formula of the Central Govt. officers, employees and Pensioners.

It is shameful that the Cabinet Ministers failed to honour their assurance even after twelve months.

We demand immediate increase in minimum pay and fitment formula.

 Revised allowances including HRA and Transport allowance are still not granted to Central Govt. officers & employees.

 We demand immediate revision of allowances from January 2016.
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One and the only favourable recommendation of the 7th CPC Option -1 parity for the past pensioners mercilessly rejected by the Government.

We demand implementation of Option -1 parity for pensioners.
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We strongly oppose privatisation of social security and pension. We demand scrapping of contributory pension system. We want defined benefit pension for all.
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More than six lakhs posts are lying vacant in Central services. Downsizing and outsourcing has become the order of the day. We demand stop outsourcing and privatization. We demand settlement of charter of demands. 
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We demand immediate revision of wages of three lakhs Gramin  Dak Sevak employees  and grant of civil servant status to them.
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Inspite of historic judgment of the Supreme Court, equal pay for equal work is denied to lakhs of casual and contract workers.
------------------------------------------------------------------------Autonomous body employees and pensioners who are integral part of the Central Government are humiliated by denying their pay revision and pension revision. We demand immediate implementation of their pay and pension revision.
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We, the central Govt. officers, employees and pensioners jointly with other sections of the working class, resolve with firm determination. We shall continue our uncompromising struggle against the anti-labour and anti-people policies pursued by the Govt. at the Centre. We declare that we shall not surrender before aggressive policy offensives of the Govt.  We shall also not surrender our right to collective bargaining and strike under any circumstances.

We pledge that we shall not rest till the retrograde neo-liberal policy offensives of the Central Government are defeated. 

We shall fight and fight and fight till our legitimate demands are achieved.
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 Unity for struggle and struggle for unity 




Tuesday, 13 June 2017

No increase in Minimum Pay and fitment formula.



JOIN HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS ON 22nd JUNE 2017

AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

MASSIVE PROTEST AGAINST THE BETRAYAL OF GOVERNMENT

·         High Level Committee, assured by the Group of Ministers, not yet constituted. First anniversary of the Hon’ble Cabinet Minister’s assurance will be on 30.06.2017. No increase in Minimum Pay and fitment formula.

·      VII CPC took 18 + 2 months only for submitting report after examining the entire service conditions, pay scales, allowances, Pensionary benefits of about one crore Employees and Pensioners including military personnel. Allowance Committee took almost 12 months for examining only 52 allowances !! Government is deliberately delaying the revised allowances to deny arrears.

·      Option-I parity for pensioners recommended by 7th CPC and accepted (??) by the cabinet, mercilessly rejected by appointing a feasibility Committee.

·      NPS Committee is for further strengthening NPS and not for withdrawal of NPS or for guaranteeing minimum pension as 50% of last pay drawn.

·      MACP promotion denied to thousands of employees by imposing stringent conditions on bench mark.

·       Gramin Dak Sevak Committee Report submitted to Government on 24.11.2016 (Seven months over) still under process.

·      Exploitation of casual and contract workers continue. Equal pay for equal work denied.

·       Autonomous body employees and pensioners cheated by Government by denying their legitimate wage revision and pension revision.

·      No negotiated settlement on the charter of demands submitted to        Government by JCM (staff side), CCGEW, CCGGOO, AIDTOA etc.

ORGANISE HUMAN CHAIN TO DEMONSTRATE OUR STRONGEST PROTEST, ANGER AND DISCONTENTMENT

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

OPPOSE THE RETROGRADE MOVE OF THE GOVT. TO PRIVATISE THE NATIONAL CARRIER –THE AIR INDIA



All India DRDO Technical Officers’ Association denounces the retrograde move of the Central Govt. to privatise the National Carrier-the Air India Ltd.

Following comments of the Finance Minister justifying privatization of Air India, the NITI AAYOG missed no time in recommending outright privatization of Air India with a clean slate, i.e., by writing off Rs 30000 crore debt burden.

This dubious exercise of selling out the National Carrier is being justified on the ground that Air India is loss making entity and privatization is needed to save public money. The decision has been taken at a point of time when Air India, after prolonged losses since 2008, has just started achieving operating profit of Rs 105 crore from the year 2015-16 and for 2016-17; estimated operating profit is going to be around Rs 300 crore. And, in reality the accumulated loss of Air India has been due to its huge debt burden; rather the burden of debt servicing is the main component of Air India’s accumulated loss and so far operational efficiency is concerned, Air India did indeed make a marked improvement by making operating profit since 2015-16 and by reducing accumulated loss since 2008, by 34.5% in the same year. And despite continuing loss, the Air India never defaulted payment of bank dues unlike the private corporate bosses.

The Air India which has been a profit making company till 2007 had been pushed to loss and debt- burdened by the bungling and disastrous experiments by successive Govts. at the centre on the National Carrier Company’s organizational structure. For this, the Company management cannot be held responsible.

And now, after making substantial capital investment in Air India from national exchequer, infusion of Equity of Rs 24723.74 crore through budgetary support, procurement 23 new aircrafts with another 7 aircrafts being on the way of receipt, which through concerted effort of the Air India collective, has brought Air India to operating profit covering up Rs 2636.18 crore of operating loss previous year, the Govt. is actively processing handing over the National Carrier to private sector. And the offer for outright privatization of Air India is being made with a bonus to the prospective private buyer,--the writing off of Rs 30000 crore debt burden. Altogether, privatization of Air India is going to be bonanza of Rs 50,000 crore plus to the prospective private buyer, if the latest budgetary support and written off debt liability are taken together. Had the same magnanimity of writing off debt been offered to Air India, it could very well eliminate its huge accumulated losses substantially.

Therefore the privatization of Air India is not for saving public money but for frittering away national asset and exchequer for the benefit of private corporate and private airlines, both domestic and foreign. This is an exercise with a dubious intent, totally against the national interest.

AIDTOA congratulates entire ISRO fraternity for successful launch of GSLV Mk III- D1



Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisations (CCGGOO),All India DRDO Technical Officers Association (AIDTOA) & All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) congratulate the entire ISRO fraternity for successful launch of GSLV Mk III- D1 and placing communication satellite GSAT-19 into a precise orbit.

Though the US sanctions on India in 1992 prevented the country from getting cryogenic engine technology from Russia, it failed to halt ISRO’s relentless effort to develop indigenous rocket and cryogenic engine technologies.

The Indian Space Research Organisation has crossed a significant milestone with the successful developmental flight of the country’s heaviest Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, the GSLV Mark-III. This is the first time a satellite weighing over 3.1 tonnes has been launched from India to reach the geostationary orbit about 36,000 km from Earth. The Mk-III can launch satellites weighing up to four tonnes, which almost doubles India’s current launch capacity. 

With communication satellites becoming heavier (up to six tonnes), the capability for larger payloads is vital. This can be done by switching over to electric propulsion for orbit rising and to keep the satellite in the right position and orientation in the orbit through its lifetime (that is, station keeping). The switch-over would reduce the weight of the vehicle as it can do away with nearly two tonnes of propellants and carry heavier satellites. Towards this end, ISRO has started testing electric propulsion in a small way; the South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) that was launched last month used electric propulsion for station keeping.

 On 05.06.17, an indigenously developed lithium-ion battery was used for the first time to power the satellite. Another key achievement is the use of an indigenously developed cryogenic stage, which uses liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen; the 2010 GSLV launch using an indigenous cryogenic stage ended in failure. It can now be said without hesitation that India belongs to the elite club of countries that have mastered cryogenic technology. In the December 2014 experimental flight of the GSLV Mk-III, a passive cryogenic stage was used. Though the cryogenic stage was not meant to be ignited, the launch provided invaluable data on aerodynamic behaviour of the vehicle.

The Mark-III will be operational with the success of one more developmental flight, which is set to take place within a year. This will make India self-reliant in launching heavier satellites, bringing down costs substantially. Till now, heavier communication satellites have been launched on Europe’s Ariane rockets; in fact, ISRO will soon be using Ariane rockets to launch two of its heavier satellites. But as has been the case with lighter satellites, it is likely that other countries will soon turn to ISRO for the launch of heavier satellites at a lower cost. With fewer propulsion stages and, therefore, control systems, the Mk-III is far more reliable than the GSLV and the PSLV. 

Combined with its ability to carry eight to 10 tonnes into a low Earth orbit, the Mk-III can be considered for human-rating certification (to transport humans) once some design changes are made. Compared with the two-member crew capacity of the GSLV, the Mk-III can carry three astronauts and have more space to carry out experiments. The next developmental flight, therefore, will be crucial. CCGGOO, AIDTOA & AIPSN wish all the ISRO officers & employees success in all their future endeavours.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

SBI should withdraw the steep hike in service charges immediately.



State Bank of India (SBI), the largest public sector bank in India and the largest bank in the world with regard to network, has set a bad precedent last week by announcing a steep hike in service charges on various categories and introducing certain new service charges.

The announcement was that from June 1, 2017, Rs 25 will be charged for every withdrawal from ATM without allowing any mandatory free withdrawal as stipulated by the RBI.  In view of huge protest from the Bank Employees Federation of India & other unions, general public through electronic and social media, SBI changed its earlier stand and informed that it was applicable for withdrawals for the buddy accounts through e-wallet which SBI is yet to introduce.

Apart from this, SBI introduced new charges for exchange of soiled notes exceeding 20 pieces and Rs 5000 by value at the rate of Rs 2 per piece or Rs 5 per Rs 1000 (plus service tax) whichever is higher from June 1, 2017.

SBI has already increased its charges steeply effective from April 1, 2017.
·         For non maintenance of average monthly balance ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 in rural to metro areas, fine ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 100.
·         For duplicate pass book Rs 100 and Rs 50 per page of 40 entries
·         For duplicate interest certificate Rs 150
·         For balance certificate Rs 150
·         For signature verification Rs150
·         Enquiries relating to old records (beyond 12 months old) Rs 200 per item up to two years and thereafter additional Rs 100 per additional year for each item
·         For each cheque leaf beyond 25 leaves in a financial year Rs 3 per leaf
·         For closure of savings bank account (after 14 days of opening) Rs 500 etc.
·         All these service charges/fine will attract 15 per cent service tax

Levying of these charges and fine on the ordinary customers by the SBI management is highly deplorable and should be withdrawn forthwith. 

SBI which was already in control of 25 per cent of the total business of the banking industry has now improved the same to 33 per cent of the total business from April 1, 2017 after annexing five subsidiaries in the name of merger with almost no competitor. The next public sector bank is Punjab National Bank with around 5 per cent of the business volume. The central government which always used to advocate competition and took that as a ruse to allow payment banks and small private banks, is fully behind this forcible merger which has been consistently opposed by the bank employees’ movement as it would harm the interest of the customers and the general public.

Due to this monopolistic character, SBI management has begun a war on the common man and the SBI clients numbering around 25 crores, in the name of service charges and fine.  This would set a bad precedent for other public sector banks to follow in the name of earning profit and survival in the market.  Altogether the economically weak clients of the public sector banks will be put to untold sufferings and miseries. The minimum average monthly balance of Rs 5000 in metro cities is equivalent to five months’ old age pension or widow pension or one month wage of an unorganised worker.  Does the SBI want these people to keep this balance forgoing their livelihood for months together? Or else will it fine them with Rs 100 per month?  This is really cruel.

In the middle of the year 2012, SBI waived minimum balance for the saving bank customers and as a result there was no fine for not keeping minimum balance. Due to this move, crores of people opened new accounts and also switched over to SBI from other banks. Now this steep increase in charges will drive them away from SBI.  But SBI management would not leave them without levying a fine of Rs 500 plus service tax totaling to Rs 575.  This is a clear infringement on the rights of the citizens to choose a bank of his/her choice.
The argument of the SBI management that “it resorts to this increase in service charges due to maintenance of jan dhan accounts” does not hold water. It is not only SBI but also other public sector banks and regional rural banks which have opened crores of jan dhan accounts and have been maintaining them successfully without resorting to this kind of steep hike in service charges. The unanimous report of the standing committee on finance headed by Veerappa Moily submitted in February 2016 with far reaching recommendations to recover non-performing assets from the corporate sector has almost been dumped by this government. If the SBI management and other bank managements diligently attempt to recover non-performing assets from the huge corporate firms in co-ordination with government of India and RBI, there is no need for this at all.

The concept of nationalisation is to extend bank service to the crores of common people without any cost. The act of levying of heavy charges by SBI is totally against the very aim of bank nationalisation. There is an apprehension that this may be an attempt by the SBI management combined with the RBI and central government to resort to this steep hike of charges with a view to blur the difference between public sector banks and new generation private banks. This may be a prelude to privatisation of public sector banks to lessen the resistance from the general public.

The central government and the RBI have to instruct SBI management to withdraw this steep hike in service charges immediately.