Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 dealing with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) requires companies under its purview to spend at least two percent of its average net profit made in the three immediately preceding financial years to be spent on its CSR policy. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister Of Corporate Affairs, Shri Sachin Pilot, said that the corporate sector has not expressed any reservations/ objections for spending towards CSR and as such there is no proposal to change this percentage. He also informed the House that Rules concerning CSR are being finalized under the Act.
Friday, December 6, 2013
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Finally, someone is taking note of India Post and that someone is no small fry. It is global online retail giant Amazon. According to a report in The Economic Times, Amazon India is piloting a project to try out cash-on-delivery model through India Post. If everything goes well, our humble postman/woman will be delivering your Amazon order and taking cash from you in the near future. The big lure for the global giant is India Post’s vast network–about 1.55 lakh of them. Amazon will be able to reach out to remote areas in the country leveraging on the network. The company is already sending its packets through India Post, says the ET report. The plan is to make use of its speed post service. Customers in certain cities like Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune can also opt for the One Day Delivery service for an additional charge of Rs 99, with no minimum order value required. Mumbai and Pune customers will be able to place their last orders until midnight and still receive their items the next business day, while other cities have a 3pm deadline for expedited delivery. There is also the recently launched Amazon India app for tablets and smartphones that lets customers shop on the go. It is a win-win. “Amazon would gain reach while India Post would benefit from the company’s aggressive growth plans,” says the report. As many as 1.4 lakh of India Post’s offices are in rural areas. There is virtually no corner in the country where an postman or woman would not reach. If Amazon manages to use this efficiently, it will change the geographies of the Indian online retail, which is now in the cusp of a revolution. According to a recent report in Reuters citing a Technopak research, online retail sales in India are forecast to grow more than a hundred-fold to $76 billion by 2021 from just $600 million at the end of 2012. But the sector is plagued by issues. Most Indians do not own a credit card, and less than half the 152 million Internet users have shopped online, the report said. But Amazon is trying to win customers by offering free and on-time delivery. As far as India Post is concerned, it has been struggling for the past few years after emails and cell phones made letter writing redundant. Very few people depend on it even for sending money. There are a lot of other electronic means to send money rather than depending on costly money orders of India Post. Remember, lack of customers had forced the postal department to shut down its telegraph services. Not surprisingly, India Post posted a Rs .6346 crore loss in 2011-12, according to this report in Mint.
India Post has been looking at ways to find new revenue streams. A recent Business Today article said it plans to bring in Rs 100 crore of annual revenue from its two newly launched parcel services – Express Parcel and Business Parcel. The biggest hope is the banking licence. India Post is one of the 26 aspirants and hopes to cash in on its network. The ground work is being done. But the Cabinet has thrown a spanner in the works on the pretext that it does not have the necessary expertise. The Cabinet may not have faith in its abilities, but Amazon has.
Source : http://www.firstpost.com
Posted by M Krishnan, General Secretary at 5:28 PM
Monday, December 2, 2013
ORGANISE DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF NFPE
IN ALL CIRCLES AND DIVISIONS
All General Secretaries, Circle Secretaries and Divisional/Branch Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions are requested to organize at least one grand programme in their Circle/Divisions to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of NFPE during the one year period from 24.11.2013 to 24.11.2014. Conventions, Seminars, Cultural programmes, sporting events, honouring of leaders, class on history of Postal Trade Union movement, Exhibitions, Eassay/Poem/Drawing competitions etc. etc. may be organized by ensuring maximum participation of employees and their family members.
Posted by M Krishnan, General Secretary at 10:24 AM
7th CPC – NO COMPROMISE ON TERMS OF REFERENCE
GET READY FOR STRIKE IF GOVERNMENT REJECTS DA MERGER,
GDS INCLUSION & INTERIM RELIEF
Eventhough Government has announced constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission, the appointment is yet to take place. In the meanwhile one round of discussion was held with Secretary, DOP&T on terms of reference. Subsequently, the staff side, JCM National Council has submitted a unanimous proposal on the items to be included in the terms of reference of the 7th CPC, which includes (i) date of effect as 01.01.2014 (2) merger of DA with pay (3) grant of interim relief (4) inclusion of GDS under the ambit of 7th CPC (5) statutory pension for those entered into service on or after 01.01.2004 (6) settlement of anomalies of 6th CPC (7) cashless/hassle-free medicare facilities etc.
Government while announcing the 7th CPC has made it clear that the date of effect will be 01.01.2016. Further nothing has been mentioned about DA merger and interim relief. Regarding GDS the declared stand of the Government is that GDS are not civil servants and in the past also every time when CPC is appointed, the Government refused to include them in the Pay commission. Last time also inspite of the strong protest and agitational programmes conducted by NFPE and Postal JCA, the Government has appointed a bureaucratic committee. Regarding statutory pension to those who entered into service on or after 01.01.2004, the Government’s stand is well known and it may refuse to include this item also in the terms of reference.
This being the position, our past experience shows that unless and until the demands raised in the staff side proposal submitted to Government on terms of reference of the CPC is backed by serious agitational programmes, rallying the entire Central Government Employees and create compulsion on the Government to accept our justified stand, there is every possibility of Government rejecting the above proposal.
Further all of us are aware that the political situation in the country is gradually getting in election mode. This is bringing forth before the working class movement a crucial task of front-loading our class issues in the ensuring political battle. We have to keep in mind that the corporate class and corporate controlled media has started making effort for relegating the working class issues and the economic policy related issues in particular to the background. It is our duty to bring the demands of the working class to the fore-front and conduct intensive campaign against those policies and also against those who are supporting the neo-liberal globalization policies. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and NFPE being the part and parcel of the mainstream of the working class of our country has got an added responsibility to rally the entire Central Government Employees in the struggle against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Government which shall ultimately lead to a change in the political equation ensuring implementation of pro-people, pro-worker alternative policy.
It is in this back the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers met at new Delhi on 28.11.2013 has decided to go for strike if the Government refuse to accept the staff side proposal on terms of reference. Confederation further decided to organize series of phased programme of action and campaign from now onwards so that the employees will be ready to go for strike on short notice.
NFPE call upon all the Postal, RMS and GDS employees to implement the call of the Confederation at all levels and be prepared to go for strike at any time, if situation warrants. We further make it clear that NFPE and Confederation will not go for any compromise on the demands raised in the proposal submitted by the JCM Staff side on terms of reference of 7th CPC.
Posted by M Krishnan, General Secretary at 10:23 AM
Saturday, November 30, 2013
GDS CIVIL SERVANT STATUS
IMPLEMENT 1977 SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT
NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) FILED
WRIT PETITION IN THE
HON’BLE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) has filed a Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1003 of 2013 in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Writ Petition is likely to be listed for “ADMISSION HEARING” before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 13.12.2013 or any day thereafter. Our main submission before the Hon’ble Supreme Court is implementation of the 1977 Judgment and grant of Civil Servant status and all other benefits of Departmental Employees to Gramin Dak Sewaks as per the 1977 judgment. Let us hope that the Writ Petition will be admitted.
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REPORT ON 2ND NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONVENTION
OF CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
2nd National Women’s Convention of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers was held from 25th November, 2013 to 26th November, 2013 at Multi purpose hall, Civic Centre, New Delhi. Pro. Usta Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University inaugurated the Convention. Com. Amarajit Kaur, Secretary, AITUC delivered the key-note address. The inaugural Session is presided by Com. Gita Ghosal, Chairperson of the Women’s Committee. Com. C. P. Shobhana, Convenor of Women’s Committee, Com. S.K. Vyasji, Advisor, Confederation of Central Government Employees And Workers, Com. KKN Kutty, President of CCGEW and Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, CCGEW were on the Dias. The Convention commenced with progressive songs by West Bengal delegates. Chairperson announced the constitution of the Credential Committee consisting of Com. Seetha Lakshmi (NFPE), Com. Manisha Mazumdar (Printing & Stationery) Com. Jyothi Samal (Atomic Energy) Com. Jaitha (Audit & Accounts), Com. Nirmala (ITEF) and also the Minutes Committee consisting of Com. Mausumi Majumdar (NFPE) and Com. Laxmi Swaminathan (Civil Accounts).
Prof. Usta Patnaik, in her inaugural address provided a bird’s eye view of the economic model designed by the neo-liberal policies and the resultant misery heaped on the mass of Indian population. In her classic presentation she demolished the arguments of some economists, who glorified the benefits of neo-liberal policies, by quoting the statistics from the database of the National Sample Survey. Undoubtedly top 25% of Indian population enjoyed the goodies as enjoyed by their counterparts in USA and Europe due to the EMI (equated monthly instalments). This is one of the rosy pictures the hegemonists of neo-economic policy present in support of this economic model. If income distribution is analyzed, it will be clear, that majority of the population is exploited for the benefit of the miniscule. The mass of the rural and urban population is pushed to malnutrition. The required calories per day in the rural areas and urban areas are 2200 and 2100 respectively. But the 90% of people living in urban areas are sustaining with below 1800 calories. Compared to the year 1983 the mass of the population is cutting down their food intake of their families and diverting their incomes to meet the raising cost of health, education and transport. This reflects the disgraceful state of affairs even after more than 60 years of Independence. The women employees working in garment factories in the Export Zones are being exploited to the hilt. The daily targets of work are high and hence, the women employees are forced to work for more than 10 hours per day to complete the targets. The toilet break is only for 10 minutes. Frequently drinking of water is not allowed so that no more toilet breaks. No identity cards are given, so that no one establishes the permanency of the job. All these woes came out in a public hearing of women employees who work in garment export zones of Tamilnadu. Agrarian crisis is compounded since the implementation of these neo-liberal economic policies. Compared to the years 2004-05 the economic growth by the year 2009-10 collapsed. Unemployment is in raise. The FRBM Act (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act) introduced in the year 2003 at the behest of World Bank led to the cut in Governmental expenditure. It is estimated that every Rs.100 less spent by Government will result in Rs.500 less in the income of the people. That means the budgetary support will spurt the economic growth. This was killed by FRBM. Agrarian crisis worsened due to non-availability of easy credit for agriculture. Even the nationalized banks replicated the US model of easy credit to buy the consumer goods. Thus the consumer credit is pushed. It aggravated the crisis. All these policies directly or indirectly affected the common people of rural and urban areas including the women. Prof. Usta Patnaik called upon all the women employees to realize these aspects and fight to stop these policies.
With her fiery and powerful keynote address Com. Amarjit Kaur, Secretary, AITUC made a strong case for more and more participation of women employees in Trade Union activities. Taking the cue from Prof. Usta Patnaik speech, she reminded the participants of the Convention of their role as a privileged class in emancipation of the drudgery of large mass of women employees working in unorganized sectors. The women and children working in the slate-manufacturing units of Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are deprived of their basic necessities of life. The children are driven out of schools in search of daily lively hood for the family. The silicosis disease engulfed the prime age of the people of these regions. No health-care for them. No permanent employment for them. The plight of women workers in the Export Zones of Fisheries is horrible. Continuous and untimely work in the saline and cold seawaters has even disturbed the biological order. These contract workers have no rights and even attempt to unionize will not be spared. The women employees working in many such sectors have no maternity leave, not to think of Child Care leave. The crisis in agrarian sector pushed the life of rural population below animal state of living. The “gobar anaj” the grain collected from the dung of the animals for human consumption in areas like Bundhelkhand is the reflection of the shattered Indian economy under the neo-liberal policies of the Rulers. The entire Working Class, keeping the banner inhibitions aside, came together and is waging a battle to defeat these policies. The Women has inherited a rich tradition of fighting spirit from the First Independent battle fought by Rani Jhansi and from the Indian freedom movement. They should assert their role and fight not only for their rights but also fight for the under privileged. Com. Amarjit Kaur exhorted the women employees to take this challenge. She advised the women employees to strengthen the unions and work in the unions. She suggested to organize the women employees by conducting exclusive trade union classes to equip them with the knowledge of the various legislations enacted to safe guard the women employees.
Com. S.K. Vyasji, the Advisor of the CCGEW also opined that the women employees should have the knowledge of all the Acts to defend them selves against the harassment in work places. The grievance cell formation for women in each establishment should be insisted. The unity among the employees is important to fight out the harassment of women employees. He wished the Convention a great success.
Com. KKN Kutty, President, CCGEW has extensively spoken on the charter of demands including the wage revision and merger of D.A. He delved on the situation after the announcement of constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission. Com. KKN gave a Clarion call to all women employees to unite and participate in the future struggles under the banner of CCGEW to realize the Charter of Demands.
Com. Shobana, Convenor, Women’s Committee submitted her report. She told that the Confederation is a strong organization representing the 13 lakh Central Government employees. The restrictions imposed on the grant of CCL are removed to some extent because of the efforts CCGEW. Whatever achievement so far made is possible because of the united struggles waged under the banner of CCGEW. She narrated how the GDS, Casual and Contract workers in the Postal Department are discriminated. The decisions taken in the first Women’s Convention held at Kolkata have been implemented. She requested all the women employees to participate in large number in the ensuing March to Parliament at Delhi on 12-12-2013 and also in all the campaign and struggle programmes of Confederation.
Com. K. P. Rajagopal, Secretary General, Income Tax Employees Federation, Com. M.S.Raja, Secretary General, Civi Audit and Accounts Employees Association, Com. I.S.Dabas, Deputy Secretary General, NFPE, Com. Brigu, Secretary General, Civil Accounts Employees Association, greeted the Convention.
About 117 women delegates representing various Organisations from the nook and corner of the country participated in the Convention. The remarkable feature of this 2nd Convention as observed by Com. S.K.Vyasji, is that the women representatives have become more vocal and assertive. In the discussions more than 20 delegated participated and given their suggestions and brought the problems to the notice of the leadership. Removal of age restriction of the children under CCL, extension of CCL on remarriage, grant of CCL to look after the grand children, providing basic amenities at the work place, problems of casual, contract and out-sourced women employees, attacks on women employees in West Bengal, enhancement of minimum age of employment, inclusion of two women representatives from casual and contract workers in the mahila committee, posting women in day shifts, apart from the policy demands of reservation for women in all All India Committees, holding of periodical meetings of the Mahila Sub-Committee are some of the issues raised by the women delegates. Many Women delegates emphasized the need for strengthening the unions and need for inculcation of union spirit among the women employees.
Karnataka Women delegates led by Com. Chandramma Linga Raju, AIPAEA, honoured Com. S.K. Vyasji over a standing ovation given by the entire delegates and guests present in the Convention.
Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, CCGEW, summed up the entire proceedings and told that the aim of formation of Mahila sub committee is to encourage the more and more women employees to participate in the decision making process. The Chairperson and the Convener of the Mahila Sub-Committee are members of the National Executive of the Confederation and they are part of decision-making body. He assured that in the coming days more and more women members will be included in the Executive Committees of All India Organisations. He touched all the issues raised in the discussion by the delegates and assured that each and every problem and demand raised by the delegates will be discussed in the Confederation and a separate Women Charter of Demands will be prepared along with the Memorandum to be submitted to the Government and 7th CPC. This Charter and Memorandum will be circulated and published on all the web sites of all organisations and will be given wide publicity and a feedback will be obtained before finalization. He thanked the Delhi CoC for the excellent arrangements made to conduct the Convention in a very good environment.
The new panel for the Mahila sub-Committee has been elected unanimously. Com. Usha Bonepalli, ITEF, Andhra Pradesh has been elected Chairperson and Com. Seetha Laksmi, NFPE, Karnataka, has been elected Convener.
The 2nd National Convention of Women ended successfully with a resolve to work for the strengthening of the Confederation and mobilize the entirety of women employees in the future activities of the Confederation. The confidence and strong determination generated among the women comrades will go a long way for the success of all the future struggles.
NEWLY ELECTED OFFICE BEARERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairperson : Com. Usha Boneppalli (ITEF) Andhra Pradesh
Vice Chairperson : Com. Manisha Mazumder (Printing & Stationery) West Bengal
Convenor : Com. R. Seethalakshmy (P4-NFPE) Karnataka
Asst. Convenors : Com. Jyoti Girish Samel (NFAEE Atomic Energy) Mumbai
Com. Gita Bhattacharjee (P-3 NFPE) Delhi
Executive Committee: -
1. Com. Rina Saha, P-3 NFPE (West Bengal)
2. Com. Mausumi Mazumder, P-3 NFPE (Assam)
3. Com. Anitha Thakur, P-4 NFPE (West Bengal)
4. Com. Usha, P-4 NFPE (Kerala)
5. Com. Swathi Roy Bera, R-3 NFPE (West Bengal)
6. Com. Anu Dadiyal, R3 NFPE (Delhi)
7. Com. Meera Vithal Kamble, R4 NFPE (Maharashtra)
8. Com. D. K. Bharathi, Admn Union NFPE (Karnataka)
9. Com. Chandramma Linga Raju, Postal Accts, AIPAE, NFPE (Karnataka)
10. Com. Asha Ben Joshi, AIPEU GDS Union, NFPE (Gujarat)
11. Com. Janaki, AIPEU GDS Union, NFPE (Kerala)
12. Com. Reba Gupta, ITEF (West Bengal)
13. Com. Beena Sharma, ITEF (Delhi)
14. Com. Mandira Ganguly, ITEF (Karnataka)
15. Com. Anju P. Nair, ITEF (Kerala)
16. Com. Neelu Gautham, ITEF (Uttar Pradesh)
17. Com. Jaitha, Audit & Accts Association (Kerala)
18. Com. Vidya Sinha, Audit & Accts. Association (Karnataka)
19. Com. Somas Das, Audit & Accts. Association (West Bengal)
20. Com. Romila Xess, Audit & Accts. Association (Delhi)
21. Com. Nina Kumari Kujur, Audit & Accts. Association (Odisha)
22. Com. Kamalesh Kumari, Civil Accts Emplyoees Assn (Delhi)
23. Com. Aparajitha Roy Choudhari, Civil Accts Emplyiees Assn (West Bengal)
24. Com. Swathi Mangrulkar, Civil Accts Emplyiees Assn (Nagpur, Maharashtra)
25. Com. N. Durga, Civil Accts Emplyiees Assn (Tamilnadu)
26. Com. Beena Ravishankar Nair, NFAEE Atomic Energy (BARC, Mumbai)
27. Com. Nilakshi Y. Gaikward, Civil Accts Emplyiees Assn (BARC, Mumbai)
28. Com. T. Bhakiavady, Health Department (Confederation of Pondicherry State Government Employees Association)
29. Com. A. S. Baby, Sreechitra Medical Centre Staff Union, Trivandum, Kerala
30. Com. Ambika Devadas, Employees Provident Fund Employees Union, (Kerala)
31. Com. Subhadra V. K, Central Industrial Machinery Employees Assn. (Kerala)
32. Com. Jyothi Naidu, IBM Employees Association (Nagpur, Maharashtra)
33. Com. Pushpeshwari Devi, C-O-C, Andhra Pradesh
34. Com. C. Lilly, C-O-C, Kerala
35. Com. Rosamma Thomas, C-O-C, Kerala
36. Com. Angle Satyanathan, C-O-C, Tamilnadu
37. Com. Chanchal Kumar, C-O-C, Jammu & Kashmir
38. Com. Manju Srivastava, C-O-C, Madhya Pradesh
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