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.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

NGOs' Association submits memorandum to the Seventh Central Pay Commission



The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has submitted a Memorandum to the  Seventh  Central Pay Commission in New Delhi  which contains  some of the common issues of government employees working in these islands and demands of the employees working in various departments under the A & N Administration.  The common demands  included in the Memorandum are (1) Restoration of Andaman  Special Allowance and  Compensatory Allowance as it existed prior to the implementation of 4th Central Pay Commission, (2) Grant of House Rent Allowance at the rate of Y class city throughout the islands  (3)  Hard Area Allowance for the entire  union territory of A & N Islands (4) grant of Risk Allowance for the employees serving in A  & N Islands  (5)  revision of rates of overtime allowance (6) Medical Reimbursement facilities to retired government employees (7)  12 days of Casual Leave for all  the employees  (8)  Revision of rates of Night Duty Allowance, etc. 
In the department-specific demands,  the  Memorandum contains the  demands (1) upgraded pay for Lower Grade Clerks and Higher Grade Clerks (2)  upgraded pay for various categories of Statistical Cadre  (3) upgraded pay for various posts of  Stenographers’ Cadre (4)  revision of pay of  IT Cadre Staff  (5)  upgraded pay for  the left-out categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers in the Education Department (6) restoration of Earned Leave to teachers (7)  restoration of Teaching Allowance to Teachers  (8)  enhanced Medical Allowance to Teachers (9)  revision of pay for  various categories of  employees of Rural Development Department, Fisheries Department, Shipping Department, Health Department,  Social Welfare Department,  Survey & Settlement,  APWD, Agriculture Department, etc.   The memorandum has been sent to the Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission, New Delhi by Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association.  The last date for receipt of Memorandum by the Seventh Central Pay Commission in New Delhi is 31st July, 2014. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

SATB delegation meets Secy-cum-Director of Education


          A delegation  of the South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association led by Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary, today (24.07.2014) met the Secretary-cum-Director of Education, A & N Administration and discussed  with him various issues concerning the teachers working under the  Education Department.   The Secretary-cum-Director (Edn) agreed to pursue with the Govt. Of India the issue of extending upgraded Pay under Part B to the left-out categories of teachers. The Secy-cum-Director (Edn) assured the Association delegation that the issue of grant of ISDA to teachers during summer vacation will be examined by the Administration afresh.   

 On the issue of   regularisation of adhoc services from the date of initial appointments of teachers, the Secy-cum-Dir(Edn)   informed that the matter is under process. The Association delegation brought to the notice of the Secy-cum-Dir (Edn) the delay in granting the financial upgradation under MACP.   On the question of  sanctioning of  Child Care Leave to  eligible teachers,  the Secy-cum-Director (Edn)  informed  the Association delegation that  while the Department  has no hesitation to sanction leave to the employees as per rules,  the  studies of  children should  also not  hamper and  agreed to examine the suggestion of the Association to engage  teachers on  leave vacancy/contract basis from the available Panel   as and when  Child Care Leave for  long duration  was granted to eligible teachers. The Secy-cum-Director (Edn) agreed to the request of the Association to restore the power of granting leave for more than 15 days to the Heads of Offices in the Education Department. 

The Secy-cum-Director (Edn) agreed with the Association delegation that those teachers whose tenure has been completed in a particular zone should get all the transfer benefits when he/she is transferred to the choice place of posting.   The Association delegation requested the Secy-cum-Dir (Edn) to utilise the fund available in the Teachers’ Welfare Fund maintained by the Education Department for the needy teachers. The Secy-cum-Director (Edn) agreed that while finalising the school holiday list in future, Service Associations functioning in the Education Department will be consulted. 

 Shri Shashikumar, Deputy Director of Education (Planning) was also present in the meeting. The other members of the delegation of the Association were (1) Shri HL Prasad, Vice President, (2) Shri TS Sreekumar,  Asst. General Secretary and  (3) Shri Venkat Rama Rao, Vice President,  (4) Shri R. Surendran Pillai, Secretary and (5)  Shri SL Vinjit, Joint Secretary of South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of the Association.           

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CONDOLENCE

The South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of the Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association condoles the sudden demise of Shri Ganeshan, Graduate Trained Teacher attached to Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Mohanpura,  Port Blair,  at GB Pant Hospital today (23.07.2014).   He was 49 years old. He is survived by wife and 02 children.  His cremation will take place tomorrow (24.07.2014). The Association expresses its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members of late Shri Ganeshan.    

Meeting of the Employees of Agriculture Department


          A meeting of the employees working in the Agriculture Department was held at Port Blair today (19.07.2014) under the chairmanship of Shri Mahanand Biswas.  The employees expressed their willingness to join the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association and accordingly decided to form a Sub-Committee of the Association in the name and style Agriculture Department Sub-Committee. The meeting discussed in detail the issues to be included in the Memorandum for the 7th Central Pay Commission to be submitted by the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association in respect of Agriculture Department.  


          Addressing the employees, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association said that the central government’s proclaimed policy of privatisation and outsourcing of government work will go against the interest of   government employees. The ban on creation of posts and recruitment in central government services lead to increasing unemployment among educated youths while the employees are denied of their legitimate promotion to higher posts.    Shri HL Prasad, Vice President of the Association called upon the employees of Agriculture Department to organise themselves under the banner of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association to achieve their various demands.  Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary assured the employees that their issues will be taken up by the Association in a proper manner.    Shri Sanjeev Kumar Singh also addressed the meeting. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meeting of the Clerical Cadre Sub-Committee

A meeting of the Clerical Cadre Sub-Committee of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held at Port Blair on 12.07.2014 in which various issues of employees belonging to the Clerical Cadre were discussed.  The meeting among other things discussed and finalized the issues of Clerical Cadre employees to be included in the Memorandum for the 7th Central Pay Commission to be submitted by the Association.  The meeting observed that successive Central Pay Commissions as well as central governments in the past had neglected the demands of the clerical cadre employees.   
Addressing the meeting, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary said that none of the demands of the central government employees placed before the government has found mention in the recently introduced General Budget by the Finance Minister.  Nominal increase in the Income Tax exemption will not be of much benefit for the government employees.  The General Budget has not proposed any concrete step to contain price rise.  He further said that the Budget will intensify the privatization of  public sector in the country.  

  Shri S. Surender, Vice President, Clerical Cadre Branch, presided over the meeting.  

General Body Meeting of the Shipping Department Sub-Committee

A General Body meeting of the Shipping Department Sub-Committee of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held at Port Blair today (28.06.2014) in which various issues of employees belonging to the Shipping Department were discussed.  The meeting among other things discussed and finalized the issues of Shipping Department employees to be included in the Memorandum of the Association for the 7th Central Pay Commission.  Addressing the meeting, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary  said that  a number of  issues which cropped up following the implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission  and which were  taken up by  Service Associations and Unions in the country with the central government  are yet to be resolved.   Pay anomalies of a number of posts are yet to be resolved by the government, he said.   Referring to the sky-rocketing prices, Shri D. Ayyappan, demanded immediate grant of interim relief and merger of DA with pay.   

  Shri S. Surender, Vice President, Clerical Cadre Branch, Shri R. Rajendran, Organising Secretary, Shri Biswajith Biswas, Secretary, Shipping Department Sub-Committee and S. Sashikumar Pillai also spoke.   Shri MP Shaktivel, Vice President, Shipping Sub-Committee of the Association presided over the meeting.