“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”

Sub: Brief on the meeting of the NAC held today under the chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(E), DoP&T, Government of India
As per notification No.11/1/2015-JCA dated 12.05.2015 of the DoP&T(Government of India), meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(Estt.), Jt. Secretary(Pers.) and officials from other establishments and Ministry of Railways were also present.
At the outset, Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), Myself, expressed anguish for communication gap and non-finalization of the issues raised by the Staff Side JCM at various levels, and that is the reason, the staff working in the Central Government is quite agitated.
I also mentioned that, when we met the Secretary, DoP&T, we were given assurance that very soon meeting of the NC/JCM would be held, but unfortunately could not.
NAC was formed seven years back, and up-till now whatsoever had been agreed, that is not implemented, and wherever disagreement, items have not been sent for arbitration. Out of 60 items, only 48 were discussed, and most of them are under review, and there are 12 items which are still pending.
The J.S.(E) assured that the meeting on the pending items would be held soon. On the insistence of the Secretary(Staff Side), she agreed for the meeting on the pending items in the afternoon of 9th June, 2015. She also agreed for giving status papers.
Agenda Items Item No.1 – Review of MACP to GP of Rs.2000 where there is no such grade pay in Railways Though the Official Side was not in the mood to make any change, but on the insistence of the Staff Side, they agreed to review the matter once again.
Item No.2 – Granting of Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic Running Staff The Jt. Secretary(Pers.) asked the Railways to give some more logical arguments, so that they can reconsider the issue of Additional Pay to Loco Pilots and Guards of the Goods Trains.
Item No.3 – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme The Official Side informed that, they have already sent a letter on 27.09.2012, that whatsoever benefit is available to the employees selected under LDCE and GDCE in the ACP, that will continue in the MACPS also. The item is closed.
Item No.4 – Grant of minimum entry pay meant for Direct Recruits to Promotees There had been lots of arguments and when the Staff Side insisted that, in the JCM Scheme, once the items have been finalized and we reach to an agreement in the Standing Committee, there is no provision of referring back the issue to JCM again. The Secretary Staff Side told pointblank to the Official Side that we are not going to yield on this issue, and if the Official Side feels that the Hon’ble Finance Minister has some specific objection for implementing this issue where Promotee should get bottom of the grade where Direct Recruitment is available, we would like our meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister. The Official Side agreed that they will put up the case to the competent authority to approach the Hon’ble Finance Minister once again.

Declaration of Results of direct recruitment of PA/SA - Reg.

10 (+2) Points Charter of Demands of Central Trade Unions
Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) writes to all Central trade unions with reference to the 10(+)2 Point Charter of Demands submitted by Trade Unions, that after consultation of Prime Minister he is detailed to discuss with the all trade unions. The Inter ministerial committee will held 2 day's meeting after International Labour Conference organizing in June in Geneva. The text of MoS Labour & Employment (IC) is reproduced below:-

NEW DELHI - 110119
23rd May, 2015
All Central Trade Unions
This is with reference to the 10(+2) point charter of Demands submitted by Central Trade Unions to the Government on 24th June, 2014 and 15th September 2014.  In pursuance of the said demands, a meeting was held on 15th May, 2015 with the Central trade Unions, which was chaired by me alongwith Hon'ble Minister of State (IC) for Petroleum and Hon'ble Minister of State(IC) of Power.  Prior to the said meeting, a meeting was also held with all Central Trade Union along with Hon'ble Minister of State for Finance.

Consequent to the said meeting, I had met with Hon'ble prime Minister and informed him about the charter of demands and issues & concerns raised by the Trade Unions.  Hon'ble Prime Minister advised me that detailed discussions be held with all Central Trade Unions through a Committee of Ministers.  I am happy to announce that the Prime Minister Office has constituted a committee comprising of Finance Minister, Minister of State Independent Charge for Petroleum and Natural Gas an Minister of State Independent Charge for Power, Minister of State Prime Minister office and myself to address all issues raised by the Central Trade Unions.

We shall be visiting Geneva for the International Labour Conference in June and immediately after return from Geneva, we shall organize two days meeting with the Central Trade Unions to carry out threadbare discussions on each of the charter of demands given by the Unions.  

I would like to reiterate that the amendments of labour laws are taken up only after detailed deliberations and discussions with the Central Trade Unions in the Tripartite meetings and the suggestions of the Trade Unions are given due consideration.  I am enclosing a copy of the press note being released by me which indicates action taken so far on the Charter of Demands.

In view of above, I would expect your full cooperation in the Government's endeavor to achieve not only the twin objectives of transparency and accountability but also safe guard the interest of the workers.

Yours sincerely,
(Bandaru Dattatraya)
Encl. as above  

The above letter was attached with NFIR's undermentioned correspondence:-
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (lTF)
No.IV/NFIR/INTUC/Corres/Part. I
Dated: 28/05/2015
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR
Sub: 10 (+2) Points Charter of Demands of Central Trade Unions-reg.

The Government has constituted the Inter Ministerial Committee to hold threadbare discussions with representatives of Central Trade Unions on Charter of Demands and other issues:-

The Inter Ministerial Committee consists of the following:-
1. Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minster,
2. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya. Minister ofState (I/C) Labour & Employment,
3. Shri Dharmendra Pradhani Ministerial of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas.
4. Shri Piyush Goel, Minister of State (I/C) for Power,
5. Dr. .Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office.

The above is for information and necessary action.
Yours fraternally

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

The Department of Posts can become a game changer in the socio-economic sector for driving growth, particularly in the rural areas

GURGAON: The Union Minister for Communications and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday said that around 48,000 rural BPOs will be distributed in states. He reasoned that a lot of data like MNREGA and village banks, etc., is available in the states.

Prasad was chief guest at the concluding function of the two-day annual Heads of Circles' conference. The minister also felicitated the top four performing postal circles - Assam, Bihar, Delhi and Maharashtra - by giving each 'speed post' awards for their outstanding revenue contribution in different segments.

The conference, attended by senior officers of the Department of Posts, attempted to set the agenda of the Government in terms of targets, focus areas, challenges and strategy for the department for the current financial year.

During the conference, panel discussions were held on issues of prime concern, including 'e-commerce - emerging scenario', 'rural business and strengthening financial inclusion', 'postal life insurance: prospects and way forward', 'postal financial services: issues and strategies', 'IT modernization and quality improvement' and 'training and capacity building'.

The Union Minister also reviewed the performance of the Department of Posts during the last year. He stated that the department, with its history of being the Government's largest, most well-known and most accessible institution, will play a critical role in furthering the endeavour of the Government for all-round growth in the social and economic sectors.

The Minister also said that leveraging the post office network for more - and better - citizen-centric services would be the major focus in the coming years, riding on the trust that Indians have in the 150-year-old organization. With its accessibility and reach, conferred by its vast network of more than 155,000 post offices, the Department of Posts can become a game changer in the socio-economic sector for driving growth, particularly in the rural areas.

Pondichery P3& P4 Joint Division conference.