Tuesday, October 28, 2014

High air fare between Port Blair mainland sector.

The Non Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has demanded earmarking of certain number of low fare tickets in each flight  operating between mainland and Port Blair sector exclusively for the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.    In a letter sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, New Delhi today (11.10.2014), Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association also demanded to have some kind of mechanism to check the fare system adopted by airlines operating between mainland and Port Blair sectors to end their exploitation of the passengers from these islands.    
By drawing the attention of the Secretary (Civil Aviation) towards the exploitation perpetrated by private airlines operating between mainland-Port Blair sector towards the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands including government employees and workers,   Shri D. Ayyappan said that with the start of tourist season from October onwards, the private airlines as well as the Air India Ltd have been overcharging the passengers from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Having separated by sea from mainland India by 1200 KMs, the people residing in the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands always depend on the air connectivity for reaching mainland and to return to the islands, he told the Secretary (Civil Aviation).    
The Association informed the Secretary (Civil Aviation) that while the entire low fare tickets are booked in advance for the tourists, the remaining tickets are sold by the airlines on exorbitant rates for the islanders who require visiting mainland for various purposes including medical treatment. The Association told the Secretary (CA) that on various occasions, tickets are not available even at such exorbitant fares. Tickets for the Port Blair – Chennai/Kolkatta sectors are sometimes sold at Rs 20,000 or more.  Patients who are referred to mainland hospitals are either forced to wait for some more days or to purchase tickets in these private airlines and Air India Ltd on exorbitant rates in order to save their lives, the Association informed the Secretary (Civil Aviation).

 It has been noticed that in the absence of any fixed maximum rate, the airlines are  charging the passengers at their will and wish, taking advantage of the  emergency situation of the passengers to avail any flight from Port Blair to mainland and  vice versa.  No mechanism is available at present to check the fare being charged by the airlines operating between mainland and Port Blair.  

Shri Ayyappan told the Secretary (Civil Aviation) that requests made by the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association and various other organizations in the islands to earmark certain number of low fare tickets in each flight exclusively for the islanders did not evoke any response either from the airlines or from the Govt. of India.   

NGOs' Association expresses concern over power disruption in the city

The Non-Gazetted Govt.Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has demanded to conduct a study  through  an expert agency from mainland  to find out the exact reason for the  sudden and intermittent power  disruption being occurred at Port Blair and South Andaman areas so that necessary corrective measures can be taken by the Administration.  In a letter sent to the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration,  Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association drew the  attention  of the Chief Secretary towards the widespread power disruption being occurred at Port Blair and rural South Andaman areas for the last few months.  He complained to the  Chief Secretary that power cut is resorted to without making any public announcement by the Electricity Department.  In most of the days electricity disruption has been experienced for half an hour to one hour on different occasions, the Association informed the Chief Secretary.  This has adversely affected the functioning of the offices (except Secretariat) and the government employees are unable to complete their work in time, Shri Ayyappan told the Chief Secretary.   

          Expressing concern over the intermittent power cut, the Association told the Chief Secretary that this has badly affected the studies of students during these days.  Examinations are round the corner, but the Electricity Department continues to resort power cut which causes grave concern and anguish to the parents and students.  Shri Ayyappan brought to the notice of the Chief Secretary the fact that the Electricity Department does not give any explanation to the intermittent power cut resorted to by it.   It is also not clear whether the power cut is due to the failure of the Surya Chakra Power Plant at Bambooflat or the Power Houses of the Electricity Department at Chatham and Phoenix Bay to generate sufficient power. The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association requested the Chief Secretary to review the functioning of the Electricity Department and take immediate steps to fill up the posts of Superintending Engineer, Executive Engineers, etc on regular basis in the Electricity Department in order to put the functioning of the department back to rail.   

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NGOs' Association organises Evening Dharna at Tiranga Park



          At the call of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi, the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has organised an Evening Dharna at Tiranga Park, Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  today (19th September, 2014).  Inaugurating the Dharna, Shri B. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU, A & N State Committee said that the NDA government which came to power during May, 2014 is also following the same anti-working class policies which were followed by the UPA government. Addressing the gathering, Shri KG Das, former General Secretary of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association briefly explained the disastrous consequences of the wrong economic policies followed by the successive central government during the last more than two decades which,   he said, has led to the widening of gap between the rich and the poor in the country.   He called upon the government employees in the islands to remain united under the banner of the NGOs’ Association in order to fight against the anti-working class policies of the government and also to achieve their various demands. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hira Lal Prasad, Acting President of the Association emphasised the need to go for agitation in order to press the government to settle the demands.   Addressing the Dharna, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association criticised the government for not considering any of the major demands of the central government employees’ organisations. He said that Mass Dharna has been organised by the Association and Unions affiliated to the Confederation all over the country today.  Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary addressing the gathering in the Dharna said that issues and demands of government employees working in various departments under the Andaman & Nicobar Administration are being neglected by the authorities in the Administration.   Shri GP Mondal and Shri BN Mondal   also addressed the participants in the Dharna. 

          The 12-point charter of demands are (1)  Merger of DA with pay for all  employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sevaks   and Pensioners (2)  Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and pensioners  (3)  Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of the 7th Central Pay Commission (4) Scrap PFRDA  Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004 (5) Date of effect of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations should be  01.01.2014 (6) Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers  (7)  Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment (8) Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified (9) stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of government functions  (10) Grant Productivity  Linked  Bonus to all without ceiling, compute bonus  as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement (11) Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance  and implement arbitration awards  and (12) Settle all pending anomalies   of 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions.   



Mass Demonstration by Part-B deprived teachers



A mass demonstration was held in front of the Directorate of Education today (9th September, 2014) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. by the affected categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers who have been denied the upgraded pay under Part B of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.  The mass demonstration was organised to protest against the delay in extending the upgraded pay under Part B to teachers and miscellaneous teachers like Headmasters, Physical Education Teachers, Librarians, Primary School Resource Teachers, Craft Instructors, Lab Assistants, etc. numbering about 850 working under the Education Department of Andaman and Nicobabr Administration. 

          While inaugurating the Mass Demonstration, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association said that on implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations in these islands during September, 2008, the above categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers were excluded from the upgraded pay under Part B on illogical grounds. He said that teachers of the above categories working under the Govt. of NCT of Delhi,   UT Government of Puducherry and other UTs and central government schools have already been given the upgraded pay under Part B at par with Post Graduate Teachers, Graduate Trained Teachers, Primary School Teachers, as the case may be.  Instead of settling the issue in these islands, the Administration referred the matter to the Govt. of India where it is lying for the last six years.  He blamed the A & N Administration and Education Department for lack of initiative to pursue the matter with the Govt. of India.

 Shri HL Prasad, Acting President of the Association called upon the affected teachers to continue their struggle. Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary while addressing the participants assured them that the Association will continue to pursue their demand.  Shri R. Surendran Pillai, Secretary, South Andaman Teachers’ Branch, Shri SL Vinjit, Joint Secretary, SATB, Shri SP Bagchi and Shri Jogeshwar Lal addressed the gathering.  The Mass Demonstration was led by Shri Venkat Rama Rao, Vice President, SATB, Shri Mohammed Iqbal, General Secretary, A &N Physical Education Teachers’ Association and Shri Hemant Rao, General Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Library Association.  A large number of teachers and miscellaneous teachers, among them a good number of women, attended the mass demonstration despite unfavourable weather condition.   



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Confederation submits Memorandum to Cabinet Secretary


The   Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi  has  submitted a Memorandum to the Cabinet Secretary, Govt. of India  today (11.09.2014)  urging him to  settle the  Charter of Demands  containing 12 issues concerning the government employees.   At the call of the Confederation, central government employees’ organisations all over the country have submitted Memorandum to the Cabinet Secretary through the Departmental Heads concerned. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a delegation of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association consisting Shri HL Prasad, Acting President, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary and Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary today (11.09.2014) submitted a Memorandum including the 12-point Charter of Demands to the office of the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration to be forwarded to the Cabinet Secretary, Govt. of India, New Delhi. 

          The Charter of Demands   included  (1) Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 1.1.2014 (2) Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks  (3)  Scrap PFRDA Act  and grant statutory  defined pension to all including  those appointed with effect from 1.1.2004,  (4) Date of effect of  7th Central Pay Commission  should be  1.1.2014,  (5)  regularisation  and revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers  (6) removal of  5%  condition for compassionate appointment,  (7)   fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified,   (8) revise OTS and night duty allowance and implement arbitration awards, etc.       

          The Memorandum was submitted to the Cabinet Secretary as part of the proposed agitation by central government employees.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NGOs Association changes the Demonstration programme due to Prime Minister's interaction programme on Teachers' Day



The proposed mass demonstration in front of the Directorate of Education on the Teachers’ Day on 5th September, 2014  by the affected categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers who have been denied the upgraded pay under Part B of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, has been postponed in view of the interactive session of the Hon’ble Prime Minister with the students on the said date.  The Steering Committee of the affected categories of teachers which met at Port Blair on 2nd September, 2014 has decided to postpone the Mass Demonstration to 9th September, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

 On the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, about 850 teachers and miscellaneous teachers like Headmaster, Physical Education Teacher, Librarian, Craft Instructor, Primary School Resource Teacher, Lab Assistants, etc. were denied of the upgraded grade pay under Part B.  The above categories of  teachers and miscellaneous teachers whose scales of pay  were  at par with the PGTs, GTTs and PSTs  as the case may be,  till the  implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission in 2008, have been denied of the  benefit of  upgraded Pay under Part B of  CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 on the plea that the above posts have not been specifically mentioned in the  said rules.   Since 2008, the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association   has been pursuing this matter with the A & N Administration and Govt. of India.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meeting of the left-out category teachers resolved for agitation



A meeting of the left-out categories of teachers viz., Head Masters, Librarians, Craft Instructors, Physical Education Teachers, Music Teachers, PSRTs, Lab. Assistants,  etc.  was held at 4 p.m. today (23.08.2014) at Port Blair in which  the issue relating to the  grant of Part-B upgraded grade pay to the above categories of teachers was  discussed.  The meeting through a resolution adopted noted that the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association has been requesting the A & N Administration and the Govt. of India to extend the Part B upgraded pay to all the above left-out categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers working under the Education Department of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration.  The above categories of  teachers and miscellaneous teachers whose scales of pay  was  at par with the PGTs, GTTs and PSTs  as the case may be,  till the  implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, have been denied of the  benefit of  upgraded Pay under Part B of  CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 on the plea that the above posts have not been specifically mentioned in the  said rules. 

          The meeting discussed the  entire gamut  of the issue  and   came to the conclusion that the correspondences made by this Association  did not  evoke any positive response  either from the A & N Administration or  from the Govt. of   India,  thereby keeping the  above categories of teachers, numbering about 850, denied of their rightful benefit of  upgraded pay. 

The meeting noted that the above categories of teachers working in other union territories including Govt of NCT of Delhi and central government schools have been allowed the upgraded pay under Part B and only in A & N Islands, the said benefits have been denied to these categories of teachers.   

The meeting, after a lengthy discussion, had come to the conclusion that there is no alternative left than resorting to agitation as the persuasion and making correspondences during the last six years did not bring any solution to the issue.  The meeting noted that the 7th Central Pay Commission has been set up and its recommendations are likely to be submitted to the Govt. of India next year. If this issue is not resolved now, the above categories of teachers will be deprived of the benefit permanently.  



          The meeting accordingly, decided to carry out peaceful agitation by mobilizing teachers especially all the left-out categories of teachers working under the Education Department of A & N Administration to press for the above demand.

Shri HL Prasad, Vice President, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary, Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary, Shri R. Surendran Pillai, Secretary, Shri Venkat Rama Rao, Vice President and Shri SL Vinjit, Joint Secretary of South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of the Association addressed the meeting.   Shri Rajeshwar Velu presided over the meeting.   

  A large number of teachers working in the schools of Port Blair and South Andaman areas who are deprived of the above benefit attended the meeting and participated in the discussion.