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.
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.

We strongly oppose privatisation of social security and pension. We demand scrapping of contributory pension system. We want defined benefit pension for all.
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. 

We demand immediate revision of wages of three lakhs Gramin  Dak Sevak employees  and grant of civil servant status to them.
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.
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.
 Unity for struggle and struggle for unity 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

No increase in Minimum Pay and fitment formula.




·         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.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017


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.