Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Delegation of SATB meets the Secretary-cum-Director of Education to discuss various issues of teachers

A delegation of the South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association met the Secretary-cum-Director of Education   on 13th May, 2016 and discussed with her various issues concerning the teachers working under the Education Department which included (i) Ad-hoc regularization of teachers from initial date of appointments (ii) Grant of ISDA to teachers during summer vacation, (iii) Grant of Part-B upgraded pay to the remaining categories of teachers (iv) Proper utilization of Teacher’s Welfare Fund (v) Posting of regular Principals, Vice Principals & Head Masters in schools (vi) Preparing an yearly Academic Calendar for schools , etc. The Secretary-cum-Director of Education assured the delegation for taking necessary steps to resolve the issues and sought more time for a detailed discussion on certain issues which require policy decisions. She informed the delegation that certain issues like promotion in various categories, confirmation of teachers etc. are already under consideration. The members of the delegation were Shri P.Satyapal, President, Shri R.Surendran Pillai, Asst. General Secretary of the Association and Shri S.L.Vinjit, Secretary, Shri H.B.Choudhary, Joint Secreatry & Shri Sasi Kumar, Treaurer of the South Andaman Teachers’ Branch. 

MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 17.5.2016

No. 22034/04/2013-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievance & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 17.05.2016
Office Memorandum
Subject :- References/Representations/Court Cases in various Ministries / Departments / Organisations for grant of MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – reg.
In continuation of Department of Personnel Training’s earlier O.M. of even no. dated 20.01.2016 and dated 01.03.2016 on the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to forward a copy of the decision dated 28.04.2016 of Hon’ble CAT, Calcutta Bench in OA No. 351/00195/2014 filed by Shri S.H.K. Murti & Others Vs. UOI &Ors whereby the demand of the applicant for MACP in promotional hierarchy has been dismissed, for necessary action and compliance. The Hon’ble Tribunal in the aforesaid decision dated 28.04.2016 has held that the MACP benefit would be given in the hierarchy of next higher Grade Pay and not in Grade Pay of promotional hierarchy which will be payable on actual promotion.
2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to upload it on their websites for wider publicity.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

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DOPT : Revision of time limit for drawal of advance for the purpose of LTC journey by train

F. No. 31011/8/2015-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated May 13, 2016
Subject:- Revision of time limit for drawal of advance for the purpose of LTC journey by train.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/5/98-Estt.(A) dated 30.03.1998 regarding relaxation of time-limit for drawal of LTC advance, wherein it has been stated that a Government employee can draw advance for LTC journey for himself and his family members sixty-five days before the proposed date of the outward journey.
2. Since, the Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking accommodation in trains from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 1st April 2015, the time-limit for drawal of LTC advance by the Government servants may be increased from 65 days (i.e. 2 months & 5 days) to 125 days (i.e. 4 months and 5 days) in case of journey by train.
3. Cases where the LTC journey is proposed to be undertaken by other modes of transport viz. air/sea/road, the time-limit for drawing LTC advance shall remain 65 days only.
4. In all the cases, where an advance is drawn for the purpose of availing LTC, it will be mandatory for the Government servant to produce the outward journey tickets to the Competent Authority within ten days of drawal of advance in order to verify that he has actually utilised the amount to purchase the tickets.
(Surya Narayan Jhb)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


It seems that Modi Govt. is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues with the staff side. The Seventh CPC report was submitted on 19th November 2015. Six months are almost over since then. Till date the Govt. has not come forward for a negotiated settlement. Instead, Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary conducted a meeting with the staff side on 1st March 2016. In the meeting Govt. did not disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staf fside in the charter of demands submitted to Govt. Staf fside explained the justification for each demand but official side didn’t make any comment, either positive or negative. The concluding paragraph of the minutes of the meeting reads as follows:
“After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped ECoS in understanding the major concerns of the staff side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking final views. He further stated that the ECoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stake holders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.”
It may be seen that, neither did the Govt. side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands. It seems that the Modi Govt is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride.
The JCM staff side Secretary, in his letter dated 2nd May 2016, addressed to Cabinet Secretary, has made the stand of the staff side clear, without any ambiguity. The letter reads as follows:
“I have been directed to draw your attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to Govt. in the matter of Report of 6th CPC.
You will kindly find that it was not only a general discussion, but also official side explained their views on each and every issue.
I would therefore request your good self to kindly arrange for similar type of meeting for bi-lateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the staff side, NC/JCM before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”
Thus the picture is clear now. The Govt, it seems, has a hidden agenda to take the staff side for granted without giving any further opportunity for a negotiated settlement. The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the Govt. Employees have faith in the NJCA and they believe that the NJCA leadership shall assert itself and shall not compromise on major demands.
The coming days are crucial. If the Govt. adopts delaying tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable. The stand taken by the then Nehru Govt. that “Pay Commission report is an award and is not negotiable” has resulted in the historic indefinite strike of 1960, which commenced on July 11th midnight.
The NJCA leadership should be ready for a showdown, if Modi Govt refuse to arrive at a negotiated settlement with the staff side as demanded by Secretary, JCM(NC) staff side.
Secretary General
Source: Confederation Website

Friday, April 15, 2016


            The two-day Annual Conference of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, began at Kerala Samajam Hall, Port Blair today the 09th April, 2016 at 4.30 p.m.  Inaugurating the Conference, Shri M.Krishnan, Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers’, New Delhi and Member, Standing Committee of JCM National Council, Govt. of India explained in detail about the 7th Pay Commission and its recommendations submitted to the Govt. of India. He discussed in length various retrograde points and shortcomings in these recommendations. Shri Krishnan said that the 7th CPC has recommended only Rs. 18000/- as minimum wages while the Staff Side, JCM, on the basis of scientific calculation demanded Rs. 26000/- as minimum wages for the lowest grade in the Central Service. Referreing to the New Pension Scheme, Shri Krishnan expressed serious concern over the fate of the employees who entered the service after 2003 as there is no assurance from the government that the 10% of the salary deducted from these employees will be paid to them when they retire from service. Addressing the gathering, Shri M.Krishnan urged upon the government employees to stand united against the fight in support of the 15 Point Charter of Demands made by the National Joint Council of Action and prepare themselves for the upcoming struggles. He applauded the efforts of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association for their united struggle in these islands.Earlier, Shri G.Sujathan, Vice President of the Association hoisted the Association’s flag and the Chief Guest, and others paid tributes to the martyrs at the specially erected Martyrs Memorial Column at the Kerala Samajam premises. Shri Ashok Kumar Sharma, Chairman, Reception Committee while welcoming the gathering recalled the sacrifices made by the leaders of the Association particularly Late PKS Prasad under whose leadership a number of demands of govt. employees working in these islands were achieved. Shri K.G.Das, Former General Secretary of the Association, Shri D.Ayyappan, General Secretary, A & N Gazetted Officers’ Association, Shri S.P.Kalairajan, Circle Secretary, BSNL Employees Union and Shri Steephen Fernandez, Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union, Port Blair also addressed the gathering. A large number of govt. employees and workers and former leaders of the Assocaition attended the inaugural session. Shri R.Raji, Joint Secretary, Reception Committee proposed the vote of thanks.

The Delegate Session of the Annual Conference of the Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association was held today (10.04.2016) at Kerala Samajam Hall, Port Blair. In his presidential address, Shri S.N.Misra, Vice President of the Association recalled the struggles conducted by the leaders to achieve the facilities govt. employees are enjoying today and called upon the government employees to be united in the fight against the forces that are trying to weaken the government structure. The Delegate Session, at the outset, paid homage to the memory of trade union leaders and other government employees, who passed away during the period since last Conference in April, 2015. Thereafter, Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary presented the working report of the Association for the last year while Shri CH. Ramamoorthy, Finance Secretary of the Association presented the Audited Accounts. General Secretary’s report contained an overview of the international, national, local situations and details of the programmes conducted by the Association during the intervening period. Delegates from various Branches and Sub-Committees actively participated in the discussion on the General Secretary’s Report and Audited Accounts which were later on adopted unanimously. The draft resolutions on various issues and problems affecting the government employees were presented in the meeting which were adopted after addition of various other issues made by the delegates during the discussion. About 140 delegates and observers from various outstations and Port Blair/South Andaman, representing thousands of employees, attended the Delegate Session. A presidium comprising Shri S.Surender, Shri N.K.Paul and Smt Suma Nair conducted the proceedings of the Delegate Session.
Addressing the Delegate Session, Shri M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi urged upon the Association members to work together for the struggle to strengthen the working class movement around the world. Shri Krishnan assured the Conference of all possible help from the Confederation to settle the pending issues with the Govt. of India. He gave proper reply to all the issues and concerns that were raised by the delegates during the session. Shri S.Surender and Smt Ripa Biswas who have been active members of this Association since long and superannuated from govt. service were felicitated during the session. Shri Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Secretary, Reception Committee, proposed the Vote of Thanks. 


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Annual General Body Meeting of the Diglipur Branch

The Annual General Body meeting of the Diglipur Branch of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held on 21st  February, 2016(Sunday) at Rabitirtha Hall, Diglipur Bazar, Diglipur. Shri H.L. Prasad, President of  NGOs’ Association Inaugurated the Annual General Body meeting. In his inaugural address Shri H.L. Prasad, recalled many historical struggles conducted by the  Govt. employees of  A & N Administration under the banner of NGOs’ Association. He further exhorted employees to keep unity in the present situation, for the achievement of various  demands. Shri S. Arumugam, Secretary of the Diglipur Branch presented the  working report of the working of the Diglipur Branch and Shri Dasrath Mistry, Treasurer  placed  financial report in the meeting. Shri Gopal Chandra Dey, Vice President of the Branch presided the meeting. Later in the evening a public meeting was also  organised at the Diglipur Bazar. Addressing the Annual General Body and  public meeting Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary of the Association explained in detail about  various negative recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission and ongoing  struggle of 48 lakhs central Govt.  employees under the National Joint Council of  Action(NJCA), New Delhi. He also expressed serioud concern over large scale quarry activities in North Andaman which may lead to environmental destruction. Shri G.P. Mondal and Shri D. N. Banerjee also  addressed the General Body and public meeting among others.

Annual General Body Meeting of the Billiground Branch

The Annual General Body meeting of the Billiground Branch of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held on 20th February, 2016 at Billiground. Government employees working at Billiground area attended the meeting. Shri S. Gain, Secretary of the Billiground Branch presented the report of the working of the Billiground Branch. Addressing the meeting, Shri TS Sreekumar, General Secretary of the Association said that the central government employees all over the country are going for a total strike during the month of April, 2016 demanding improvement in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission so that government employees will get some benefits of the pay revision which is happening after 10 years. He assured the government employees posted at Billiground that their local issues will be taken up with the A & N Administration by the Association. Shri DN Banerjee, Organising Secretary and Shri Santhosh Kumar Roy, another senior leader of the Association addressed the general body meeting. The General Body meeting elected Shri Satyaban Gain as Vice President and Shri Subhankar Bawali as Secretary of the Billiground Branch Committee.