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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Congratulations to Tamilnadu RRR candidates

KUDOS TO RRR CANDIDATES OF TAMILNADU CIRCLE FOR THEIR LEGAL VICTORY


The long battle over a decade against the injustice caused to the wards of the deceased and retired on medical invalidation by scrapping the wait list of the approved candidates under the relaxation of recruitment rules is now over. This is the delayed justice but not the denied one. The Supreme Court dismissed the SLP and delivered a favourable judgment in the case filed by the comrades of Tamilnadu Circle. We record our sincere appreciations and greetings to the comrades of Tamilnadu circle led by Com Krishnakumar of Anna Road HPO and his team. The Supreme Court directed the department to absorb all the 204 applicants who filed the cases with notional fixation of pay but without arrears and also further directed to keep them under the Old pension scheme.

There are more than 700 approved candidates under the RRR rules in Tamilnadu alone. The candidates who have not contested the decision of the department in the Court should not be deprived the same benefits. The Department should come forward with broad mind ao absorb all the candidates without driving them to approach court for similar orders. This is our fervent appeal to the Secretary, Department of Post who was very much interested in their cause and forwarded proposals for their absorption while she was holding the charge of Principle Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu circle


10% D.A FROM 01.07.2010


All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 value has been released by Labour Bureau. The value of the index stands at 174 level. As such, the Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees will be raised 10% and total of 45% (35% + 10%). All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2010 has been increased by 2 points and stood at 174 (one hundred and seventy four).

20% SUPERVISORY POSTS & 6% OPERATIVE POSTS SURRENDERED FOR TBOP/BCR ARE RESTORED

The Department of Post has now clarified that reduction of staff earlier implemented as matching savings for implementation of TBOP/BCR promotions stands withdrawn from 01.09.2008.

After switching over to MACP from TBOP/BCR promotions, we are persuading the Department either to revive the posts or adjust the same at the time of cadre restructuring. Now the Department has issued orders for revival of the surrendered posts and it will certainly be helpful for cadre review proposals.

The Postal Board’s action is highly appreciated. We fervently appeal the Secretary to restore the charge Allowance and other allowances, which we surrendered at the time of implementation of TBOP Scheme during 1983.

The copy of the Order is furnished below
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(Copy of letter No. 25-5/2010-PE.I dated 19.07.2010 of Department of Posts)

Sub: - Reduction of staff under TBOP/BCR schemes stands withdrawn w.e.f 01.09.2008 consequent upon implementation of MACP.

The undersigned is directed clarify the position in respect of reduction of staff under TBOP/BCR schemes w.e.f 01.09.2008 during periodical Establishment Reviews consequent upon implementation of MACP and withdrawal of TBOP/BCR Schemes as under:
“Consequent on implementation of time Bound One Promotion (TBOP) Scheme and Biennial Cadre Review (BCR) Scheme, Department of Posts had imposed cuts of 5% in operative staff and 15% in supervisory staff w.e.f 30.11.1983 under TBOP Scheme and later on, additional cuts of 1% in operative staff and 5% in supervisory staff were introduced w.e.f. 01.10.1991 under BCR Scheme. These cuts were introduced as measure of matching savings to offset the financial implications on account of grant of financial upgradations to staff and for obtaining additional productivity. The number of posts reduced under this matching savings/productivity provisions were kept in view at the time of periodical reviews or establishment of augmentation proposals.

The said TBOP and BCR Schemes have now been withdrawn w.e.f 01.09.20087 consequent upon implementation of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP). Consequently, the number of operative/supervisory posts existing as on 01.09.2008 will be taken into consideration for the purpose of periodical reviews or augmentation proposals of Post Offices establishment. Thus, provisions relating to reduction of staff under TBOP/BCR Schemes stand also withdrawn w.e.f 01.09.2008.”

This issues with the approval of Secretary (P)

Sd/-
(Raj Kumar)
Director (Estt. & DE)



COUNTING OF APS SERVICE FOR TBOP/BCR

The adhoc services of erstwhile RTPs who were deputed to Army Postal Services and those approached judiciary had been taken for promotion under TBOP/BCR earlier.

We are demanding since then that it should be applied to all the similarly situated persons. This is one of the demands, we placed in the JCM Departmental council meeting.

The Department has now issued orders to apply the same to all the similarly situated persons who are deputed to APS for counting their past adhoc services in APS as regular service for TBOP/BCR promotion.

We are seeking justice to all the erstwhile RTPS with similar orders.

(Copy of Letter No 93-25/2003-SPB-II dated 21.07.2010 of Department of Posts)

Sub: - Counting of ad-hoc services rendered in Army Postal Service (APS) for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under Time Bound One Promotion (TBOP) Scheme – Reg.

I am directed to refer to the references received regarding the issue of counting of ad-hoc services rendered in Army Postal Service (APS) for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under Time Bound One Promotion (TBOP) Scheme introduced by the Department.

2. It is observed that the issue under reference was considered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in C.A No. 5739 of 2005 in the case of UOI Vs Shri Mathivanan. The Apex Court in their judgment dated 09.06.2006 held that the official has completed 16 years of service (after taking into account his adhoc service rendered in APS) and would be entitled to the benefit of paragraph 1 of TBOP scheme and the action of the authorities in not granting the said benefit was illegal and contrary to law. Hon’ble Court observed that so far as placing of an officer in the next ‘higher grade’ is concerned, what was relevant and material was that such official belonging to basic grades in Group ‘C’ and D must have completed ‘sixteen years of service in that Grade’. They pointed out that it no where uses the connotation ‘regular’ service. It was also inter-alia observed “The scheme merely perused that any person having rendered 16/26 years of service without obtaining any promotion could be entitled to benefit therefore. It is, therefore, not a case where promotion to the higher post is to be made only on the basis of seniority.
3. In view of the dismissal of Civil Appeal No. 5739 of 2005-UOI & Ors Vs M. Mathivanan by the Hon’ble Supreme court on the above grounds vide their order dated 09.06.2006, the order dated 03.04.2002 of the Hon’ble CAT, Madras Bench pronounced in OA No. 1094 of 2001 was implemented subject to condition that the official will not be entitled to claim any seniority over those absorbed in the Postal Departmental before he was absorbed, for any purpose whatsoever.
4. It had been brought to the notice of the Directorate that a number of cases have been filed by the officials who have rendered adhoc service in APS seeking the benefit of above stated Apex court order in their cases also. The Department has considered the matter. Department of Personnel & Training and D/o Legal Affairs have also been consulted in the matter.
5. Keeping in view the Apex Court’s decision in M. Mathivanan’s case and the fact that TBOP is not to be granted on the basis of seniority. it has been decided with approval of competent authority to extend the benefit of the Apex Court’s order to similarly placed serving officials.
6. The TBOP scheme now stands withdrawn w.e.f. 01.09.2008 after introduction of Modified Career Progress Scheme (MACPS). It is, therefore, advised that all the cases of officials similar to the case of Shri. Mathivanan for grant of TBOP/BCR upto the period 31.08.2008 may be decided by counting the adhoc service rendered by them in APS.
7. This issues with the approval of Secretary (Posts)
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Suraj Bhan)
Asstt. Director General (SPN)





Friday, July 30, 2010

POSTAL BILL LIKELY TO BE PLACED FOR ADOPTION IN PARLIAMENT

New Delhi: A new regulator on the cards for India Post and private courier firms would fix the tariffs for their services. The government has comprehensively re-drafted an earlier Bill on postal regulation with a view to bringing the entire communication industry under a regulatory regime similar to the one for the telecom sector.

As per the re-drafted Bill —the Post Office and Courier Services Bill, 2010—which was reviewed by FE, the courier firms would need to register themselves with the regulator—Postal Regulatory Authority of India (PRAI)— and adhere to a set of guidelines for quality of services framed by it. The firms will also have to contribute to a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to enable delivery of postal services to financially unviable areas at affordable rates.

However, the government has dropped the controversial provision in the original (2006) draft of the Bill which sought to bar private courier firms from carrying packets weighing below 500 gm. Also, in a departure from the original draft, which specified the fee structure for the players, the new Bill has left such matters for the regulator to decide.

The size of the Indian courier industry is over Rs 4,000 crore with major players being DHL, FedEx India and DTDC.

As per the latest proposal, PRAI will have functions similar to that of telecom regulator TRAI. It can suo motto recommend to the government policy measures on the entire gamut of the postal sector. On its part, the government can seek its recommendations on issues of importance.

Once PRAI is constituted, all existing courier firms would have to register themselves with it for a 10-year period on payment of a fee. The registration, of course, can be renewed once it expires.

The regulator would set eligibility criteria for those wanting to enter the sector in the new regulated regime. It would have powers to recommend to the government revocation of licences of any firm which fails to meet the criteria set out by it.

The government (read the department of post and a reinforced Postal Board) would retain the powers to make policies and provide licences.

A Postal Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal would be set up to arbitrate on disputes between the industry and the regulator, the regulator and the government, industry and the government; and between industry players.

Financial Express 26.07.2010

ORDERS ON FILLING UP OF ALL EXISITING VACANT AND ANTICIPATING VACANCIES ISSUED

One of the major demands we put forth in the strike charter is to fill up all vacant posts including residual vacancies and the vacancies which are unnoticed by some divisional administrations in many circle or due to wrong assessment of vacancies.

The department has earlier sought information’s recently about the pending vacancies in all cadres and instructed that if a post is managed even for a single day within one year that post should be taken as a clear vacancy. The said instruction has cleared many doubts prevailing in the midst of many circles and divisions.

Now the Directorate has issued instructions to fill up all the EXISTING as well as anticipatory vacancies of the year 2010 vide its letter no 60-9/2010-SPB-I dated 22.7.2010 with time schedule. The copy of the orders is reproduced hereunder.

ALL CIRCLE SECRETARIES AND DIVISIONAL SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THE NOTIFICATION OF ALL EXISTING VACANCIES AS PER THE ESTABLISHEMENT SANCTIONED STRENGTH OF THE DIVISIONS. IN THE EVENT OF FAILURE PL TAKE UP IMMEDIATELY WITH THE CIRCLE HEADS AND IF THE INTERVENTION FROM DIRECTORATE IS REQUIRED PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO WRITE TO US.

Appeal to the Secretary, Department of Posts
As assured in the conciliation meeting held on 12.7.2010, we are expecting your effective intervention through video conference for ensuring to fill up all the vacant posts as per the establishment register. Further we seek immediate release of orders removing the application of bench mark for MACP promotions as per the railway pattern as assured to release on the same day.


60-9/2010SPB-1

Government of India

Ministry of Communication & IT

(Department of Posts)

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi -110001

Dated 22nd July, 2010

ToAll Chief Post Masters General.

All Post Master General

CGM, PLI

Subject: - Filling up of the posts of Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant by Direct Recruitment.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter No 60-16/2009-SPB-1 dt. 12.11.2009 on the above subject and to say that the matter regarding filling up of the posts of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 has been reviewed and it has been decided that the direct recruitment vacancies of the year 2009 and existing as well as firm anticipated vacancies of the year 2010 may be filled up by direct recruitment as per the existing instructions issued vide this Department’s letter No 51-2/2003-SPB-1 dated 10.11.2004. It may please be ensured that the recruitment process is finalized and results declared by 16th December 2010.

2. In order to finalize the recruitment process by the said target date all are requested to ensure that following steps leading to the selection of the candidates are taken/completed not later than the dates indicated against each:

Advertisement/Circulation of vacancies for the years 2009 and 2010 20th August, 2010

Last date for receipt of the applications 05th October, 2010

Holding of written examination and completion of computer test November, 2010

Declaration of final result/Select list 16th December, 2010

If any circle so desires it may continue to follow the system of holding the computer test after or before holding the written/aptitude test but it must be ensured that the process of holding of written examination and computer test is completed by 14th November, 2010 and the time limit prescribed for declaration of final result is strictly adhered to.

3. The receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

Yours faithfully

(V.C.KAJLA)

DIRECTOR SPN

Tel No. 23096092

MODERNISATION OF POST OFFICES – MINISTER’S STATEMENT IN THE PARLIAMENT

Project Arrow has been launched with objective of modernizing the post offices and making visible, tangible and noteworthy differences in the Post Offices’ operations that matter to “Aam Aadmi”. The project envisages upgradation of Post Offices in urban and rural areas both in terms of upgrading and enhancing the quality of service in ‘core areas’ and improving the ‘look and feel.’ The project aims at creating a conducive and friendly work environment both for the staff and the customers visiting the Post Offices, providing all IT enabled services through secure connectivity, improving the service quality levels in the core business areas e.g. Mail delivery, Remittances both electronic and manual and Postal Savings Scheme.

The Project was launched initially on proof of concept basis in 50 post offices in Phase I. After the successful completion of the Phase I, it was implemented in 450 post offices in Phase II and in 500 post offices in Phase III across the country including rural areas. In the current financial year Project Arrow is being extended to 500 more post offices across the country. Project Arrow aims at comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the Post Office as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken. The response of the general public and the staff of the department to the initiatives have been overwhelmingly positive.

The initiative Project Arrow - Transforming India Post has also won the Prime Minister’s award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2008-09.

Head Post Offices and important Sub Post Offices located in rural areas are being covered under Project Arrow in a phased manner.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Gurudas Kamat in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.


EXTENDED THE TIME PERIOD FOR SENDING COMMENTS ON RESERVATION POLICY

The Govt has extended the last date for the receipt of suggestions if any on the consolidated instructions on reservations up to 25.8.2010

OM No.36011/6/2010-Estt (Res) of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Department of Personnel and Training dated the 26th July, 2010.

Subject: - Issue of instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Government of India.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 25/6/2010 whereby a draft O.M. containing consolidated instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Central Government was posted on this Department’s website for soliciting suggestions thereon by 12.7.2010. Several letters have been received requesting to extend the date for sending suggestions / comments. The matter has been considered and it has been decided to extend the time period for sending comments up to 25.8.2010.

2. All concerned are informed that comments/ suggestions on the draft OM, if any, may be sent to the undersigned by 25.8.2010 positively.

Small Savings Interest may reduce - Government considereing to link with prevailing market rate.

The government is considering to deregulate interest rates on small savings schemes like public provident fund (PPF) and post office deposits, linking them to the prevailing interest rates in the markets.

The move will reduce returns on such schemes. At present, the interest rates on small savings schemes are fixed by the government, which are normally higher than the prevailing interest rates in the market. For example, the interest rate on PPF is 8%, which is tax-free, while that on the other similar instruments like bank deposits are lower.

The post-tax return on bank deposits is around 5.5% for those who fall in the highest tax bracket of 30%.

Towards this end, the government has set up a committee under the Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Shyamla Gopinath — to suggest the ways and means — for deregulating interest rates on small savings schemes. Small savings schemes mobilise huge amount of funds as they offer higher interest rates.

According to the Budget estimate, in 2010-11, these schemes may fetch Rs 50,300 crore, taking the total mobilisation to Rs 7,57,000 crore.

Funds mobilised under small savings schemes are disbursed to the central and state governments as debt. As the cost of the small savings funds are high, state governments pay higher interest rates (9.5%-10%) on the loans taken from these schemes compared to other sources in the market.

The 13th Finance Commission headed by former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar had suggested to bring down the interest rates on outstanding loans to 9% by the end of 2009-10.

But for this, the interest rates on small savings should also be brought down.

At the same time, according to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, states cannot borrow from open market beyond 4% of their fiscal deficits. Therefore, states are not able to benefit from prevailing lower interest rates in the market and take higher-interest loans from small savings.

The committee will also examine the new investment opportunities for the funds mobilized under small savings schemes. At present, the funds could be invested only in the central and state governments special securities. Committee will also review the administrative arrangement including the cost of operation.

Source : Times of India

Not taking care to write/maintain CRs - Department failed to ensure fair and efficient career management for their employees- CIC Decision

CIC Appeal No. CIC/DS/A/2010/000298 dated 26/05/2010The appellant Shri R.K. Talwar,

vide his RTI request, enclosed as per Annexure-I, dated 14/09/2009, sought information from CPIO, Department of Posts through 23 points largely pertaining to the non-traceability of his ACRs. Due to this, his son Shri Amit Talwar, Architectural Assistant Grade I, could not be considered for promotion by the Screening Committee which met on 26/03/2008.

2. The CPIO, vide his order of 09/10/2009 asked the appellant to deposit the prescribed fee of Rs.42/- for copies of documents sought by him. He, however, informed that documents sought under Sl.Nos.6,7,20&21 were not available in the office of the Senior Architect(P).

3. In respect of para 23, the CPIO clarified that ACRs of officials working under the office of enior Architect(P) were written in duplicate and original copies were forwarded to DOT from ime to time.

4. Not being satisfied by the order of the CPIO, the appellant preferred first appeal dated 4/11/2009 to the first Appellate Authority.

5. The first Appellate Authority vide order dated 01/12/2009 provided additional larifications in respect of information sought through paras 2(b)&(c), 20, 21&22.

6. Being aggrieved and not be satisfied, the appellant has come before the Commission.

7. The matter was heard today. The appellant and respondents were present as above. Both arties presented arguments before the Commission. The appellant provided copy of Department f Personnel & Training OM No.22011/5/86-Estt.(D) dated 10/04/1989 – para 6.2.1 which clearly rovides for action to be taken in case CR for a particular year(s) is not available – para (c) of the aid OM.

8. The appellant also drew the attention of the Commission to Annexure VI and Annexure X f his appeal wherein he has enclosed relevant paras of the P&T Manual which prescribe custody nd handling of confidential reports which procedure was evidently not followed in this case thereby leading to loss/un-traceability of Shri Amit Talwars CRs and for which reason he was not considered for promotion in the fore-mentioned DPC thereby denying him promotion opportunity along with his peers.

9. The respondents could not offer any explanation as to why these procedures had not been followed. They neither could provide copy of dispatch and movement register vide which the duplicate CRs of Shri Amit Talwar had been forwarded to DOT.

DECISION

10. After hearing the arguments presented by both sides and after perusing the facts on records, it is evident that the Department has not adhered to the prescribed procedure in respect of maintenance and movement of ACRs. The Commission drew the attention of the respondents to the 27th Report for the year 1976-77 by the UPSC wherein it is observed “It is the considered view of the Commission that the question of systematic recording and maintenance of character rolls should receive the urgent and careful attention of the Government, so that Government servants are not denied their legitimate promotions on account of administrative lapses. It will be appreciated that the character rolls form the basis of selection for promotion and would, therefore, have a significant effect on career management. It is also necessary to take steps to ensure the utmost objectivity in the writing of character rolls, so that uniform standards could be applied in assessing the officers and selecting them for promotion. The Commission suggests that in order to attend to these matters and to ensure that no Departmental Promotion Committee meeting is delayed due to the absence and incompleteness of character rolls, a Special Cell should be set up in each Ministry/Department entrusted with the task of maintaining up-to-date seniority lists and character rolls of all officers.”

11. Department of Posts may like to re-visit the procedure currently followed by them in this matter keeping in view the guidelines issued by the Government and the UPSC from time to time and take action accordingly.

12. In keeping with the spirit of the RTI Act, the Appellate Authority has offered to write to BSNL regarding non- availability of the missing CRs and urge them to take action as per the above mentioned Department of Personnel & Training OM of 10/04/1989.

13. The CPIO is directed to provide an affidavit to the Commission in respect of the missing information sought vide points 20, 21 & 22 of the RTI application, within 04 weeks of receipt of this order.

14. A copy of the same may be provided to the appellant.

15. It would be in fitness of things to note that it is unfortunate to see a young executive of Department of Posts/BSNL running from pillar to post in his quest to complete an administrative requirement to ensure his career progression whereas the responsibility of the same lies squarely with the public authority to ensure fair and efficient career management for their employees. There has been considerable apathy in handling this case by the public authorityfor which the appellant has had to pay dearly in terms of losing time and opportunity for timely promotion.

16. Accordingly, the matter is closed at the Commission’s end.

(Smt. Deepak Sandhu),Information Commissioner (DS)

CIC Decision No CIC/DS/A/2010/000298 dated 26/05/2010

- Courtesy: Postal Staff Corner

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


GOVERNMENT FINALIZES A NEW SCHEME FOR INTEREST SUBSIDY FOR EDUCATION LOANS

Ministry of Human Resource Development has finalized the modalities for implementation of a new Central Scheme to provide full interest subsidy during the period of moratorium on educational loans for students belonging to economically weaker sections (with parental family income from all sources of less than Rs.4.5 lakh annually) from scheduled banks under the Educational Loan Scheme of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for pursuing courses of studies in professional/technical streams from recognized institutions in India. The modalities have been finalized in consultation with the Indian Banks’ Association. The Scheme is effective for all IBA approved educational loans sanctioned in form of eligible students’ in respect of approval course of studies from the academic year 2009-10.

Under the Scheme, proof of income is required to be certified by authorities to be designated by the State Governments. Accordingly, the Ministry has written to all Chief Secretaries of States/Union Territories to intimate the designated authority/authorities (at the District/Sub-District/Block, etc. levels) to the District Level Consultative Committee (DLCC) so that banking authorities at the branch level where students would be approaching for availing the benefit of the scheme would be aware of the same.

All Scheduled member banks of the IBA have also been advised to take necessary action to adopt and implement the Scheme so that the benefits of the Scheme accrue to the eligible students. Canara Bank is the nodal Bank, for the member Banks of IBA, for claiming reimbursement of interests credited to student accounts.

The details of the Scheme as well as the above communications are available on the website of this Ministry at www.education.nic.in.

All eligible students who wish to avail of the benefits of the Scheme are advised to approach the respective bank branch from where they availed of the education loan and complete the necessary formalities including obtaining the certification in respect of annual family income from the competent authority at the Block / Tehsil / District Level, so that the individual student accounts could be credited with the interest due on the Loan for the academic year 2009-10 onwards.

NPS HAS A TAX EDGE, BUT WATCH OUT FOR ANNUITIES

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) is likely to get a makeover if the revised Direct Tax Code is implemented. However, the government is doing its bit tolure investors to take a close look at the NPS. Recently, the government announced the ‘Swavalamban’ scheme through which it would add Rs 1,000 co-contribution every year for the next three years for everyone who joins the New Pension Scheme in this financial year. Any NPS subscriber who invests Rs 1,000-12,000 per annum between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, will get Rs 3,000 free from the government.

The likely DTC impact
The revised DTC, if implemented without any changes, will keep the NPS out of the tax net. This new change will make the NPS an attractive investment opportunity. The government has proposed EEE (exempt-exempt-exempt) method of taxation for NPS, which implies the NPS will be exempt from taxes at all the three stages of deposit, appreciation and withdrawal. Earlier, the NPS proceeds were taxable at maturity
.

Advantages
One of the major advantages is also the lowest fund management charge, which is Rs 99 per lakh (0.0009%) compared to charges of a pension plan offered by an insurance company, which is around 0.75-1.75% per year. This low-cost structure makes it more attractive than most annuity/pension plans offered by insurance companies, financial advisors say. The custodian charges are in the range of 0.0075% to 0.05%. Despite all charges, the cost of investment is cheaper than charges of mutual find and ULIPs.

How does it work?
Investors have an option to choose their investment mix among three categories. The first one (E) refers to high investment exposure in equity, which targets investors with a high risk appetite. Equity investment, however, is capped at 50%, which mainly comprises index funds. The second option (C) is high exposure in fixed income instruments, which targets investors of a moderate risk profile. These instruments include liquid funds, corporate debt instruments, fixed deposits and infrastructure bonds. The last option is pure fixed investment products (G) which offer low returns. Ideally, you should start investing for your retirement in your early thirties. If you have the advantage of longer investment horizon (20 years plus), equity is the best option to start with. But in the case of the NPS, you have to buy a life annuity offered by life insurance companies. The NPS requires the investor to use the retirement corpus to buy annuities to avoid taxation. As per the existing stipulations, you have to invest 40% of the corpus in annuities.

Other alternatives
Annuity plans which don’t return the purchase price offer 8-9% and the ones that return the purchase price offer 50% a year are other options. Any bank deposits over five years, which offered 10% a couple years ago, offer around 8-8.5% today because of a decline in interest rates. There are other assured monthly income options like the Senior Citizens’ Savings Scheme (SCSS) which offer 9%, PPF at 15% and the post office monthly income scheme at 8%.

Courtesy : Economic Times

Saturday, July 24, 2010

COMBINATION OF DUTY TO GDS - CLARIFICATION NOTHING NEW

No.6-1/2009-PE-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi-110001
Dated 15-07-2010

The Chief Postmaster General
UP Circle
Lucknow—226001

Sub: Combined Duty Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees who perform the duties of Gramin Dak Sevaks Branch Postmasters in addition to their own duties.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to your letter no.Estt/M-377/34/GDS/Corr./2009/1 dated 24-06-2010, on the above mentioned subject.

2. The issue has been examined. DG Posts letter no.14-11/1988-PAP dated 16-07-1990 provided for payment of Rs.50 as combined duty allowance to GDS MD/MC who perform the work of EDBPM in addition to their normal charge of duties. It was also clarified that, GDS Mail Deliverer/Mail Carrier are not eligible for this Combined Duty Allowance if they perform duties other than that of GDS BPMs

3. As per the recommendations of One—man Committee and approved by the government, the GDS MD/MC attached with the addition duty of another Gramin Dak Sevak, revised rate of allowance will be at the rate of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.625 per month. Accordingly, the Mail Deliverer/Mail Carrier entrusted with the duties of BPMs in addition to their own work, are eligible for this additional remuneration as compensation. However, they will not be eligible for any Combined Duty Allowance which is now paid to Branch Postmasters towards delivery and conveyance work

To cite an illustration, if a Branch Post Office has one BPM and one GDS MD/MC on its establishment. In the event of GDS MD/MC performing the duties of Branch Postmasters in addition to his own, he will be eligible for a compensation of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.625 per month in addition to his normal Time Related Continuity Allowance. However, he will not be eligible for further Combined Duty Allowance paid to Branch Postmasters.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG(Establishment).

Yours faithfully

(K Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

Clarification not to benefit the GDS workers

A Real Face of Selective officers in Department of Posts

No.6-22/2010-PE-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi-110001
Dated 15-07-2010

The Chief Postmaster General
Kerala circle,
Thiruvananthapuram. 695033

Sub: Implementation of Recommendations of Shri R.S. Nataraja Murti Committee.

Madam,

I am directed to refer to your letter no.Est/66-2/2009-dlg dated, 11-5-2010 on the above mentioned subject.

2 The points raised by the Circle have been examined and the following
clarifications are provided.

Points on which clarification sought
1.Whether the benefit of fitment is admissible to Gramin Dak Sevaks officials whose scale of pay changed after 1-1-2006 due to transfer of redeployment. Similarly the above order is silent on protection of allowances

Position
The order dt. 9-10-2009 makes it clear for providing fitment at the time of fixation based on the TRCA drawn as on 1-1-2006 and it can not be applied to the GDS for change of pay scale after crucial date either due to transfer or redeployment. Such cases of fixation have to be guided by Dte letter no.14-16/2001-PAP (Pt) dt. 11-10-2004. Further, the OM dated 09-10-2009 is only about revision of TRCA and it has not revised or annulled the earlier order issued regarding protection of allowances in the case of reduction of workload or redeployment. The instructions issued in the letter no. 14-16/2001-PAP(Pt) dt.11-10-2004 are still in vogue and not Superseded or modified.

Points on which clarification sought
2.Prior to introduction of he above order GDS SPM/BPM doing mail conveyance are not entitled for combined duty allowance it the work is entrusted due to short fall n workload for justifying retention of Higher TRCA. Similarly, if the incumbent is working on protection of allowance they are not entitled to combined duty allowance. But the latest order is not clearly stated the position.

Position
The contention of the Circle appears to be not in order. The earlier order issued on 17-12-1998 provides that “the delivery and conveyance allowance to EDSPMs/EDBPMs who have been entrusted the additional work of conveyance of mails or delivery will be increased form the existing Rs.50 per month to Rs.75 per month. The flat rate of Rs.75 may be paid to all EDSPMs/EDBPMs to attend to conveyance/delivery or both.”

Therefore, payment of combined duty allowance is not connected to workload on account of delivery or conveyance or both. But the same is paid as compensation towards entrustment of additional work of conveyance/delivery or both. One—man Committee recommended revision of combined duty allowance to Branch Postmasters and separated conveyance work/delivery work and recommended payment of combined duty allowance for each item of work. Again, this was not related to workload of BPMs but towards entrustment of additional work of delivery/conveyance or both.

As per the order dated 11-10-2004, if the BPMs who is in a higher TRCA gets dropped in the workload, Combination of duties or mail delivery/mail conveyance has to be examined and to ensure that total workload of the post does not exceed 5 hours and in such cases only where the allowance is protected and additional work is given to him in such cases only combined duty allowance was not admissible.

However, One—man Committee recommended revision of combined duty allowance. This is applicable even in the cases of BPMs whose allowance has been protected and if they are doing conveyance/mail delivery work or both..
Points on which clarification sought

3. Kindly clarify whether GDS MDs are also entitled for combined duty allowance.
Position

As per the recommendations of One-man Committee and approved by the Government, the GDS MD/MC attached with the addition duty of another Gramin Dak Sevak, revised rate of allowance will be at the rate of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs. 625 per month. Accordingly, the Mail Deliverer/Mail Carrier entrusted with the duties of BPMs in addition to their own work, are eligible for this additional remuneration as compensation. However, they will not be eligible for any Combined Duty Allowance which is now paid to Branch Postmasters towards delivery and conveyance work.
To cite an illustrations, if a Branch Post Office has one BPM and one GDS MD/MC on its establishment. In the event of GDS MD/MC performing the duties of Branch Postmasters in addition to his own, he will be eligible for a compensation of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.625 per month in addition to his normal Time Related Continuity Allowance. However, he will not be eligible for further Combined Duty Allowance paid to Branch Postmasters.

In regard to clarification sought at item no. 4 of your letter, it is not clear whether he is exchanging mail with Account office or at an Intermediary office. The Circle is therefore requested for providing full details as to how a Branch Postmasters can make exchange in one way, and whether exchange is at a Bus stand or Railway station, or at Account office. The circle has to provide specific instances of four or five cases for further detailed examination.

This issue with the approval of Member (Personnel)

Yours faithfully

(K Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

TRANSFERS OF GDS - REVISED ORDERS CONTAINS NO NEW THING
File no. 19-10/2004-GDS (part)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)
Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi-110001
Dated 21-07-2010
All Chief Postmaster General
Postmaster General


Sub: Limited transfer facility to Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to this office letter no. of even dt 17-7-2006 on the above mentioned subject.

2. One-men Committee with Shri R.S. Nataraja Murti as Chairman, for examining Gramin Dak Sevaks system, studied the above issue and made recommendations in para 16.12.1 of the report.

3. The recommendations of the Committee were examined by the Department and after a careful consideration, the Competent Authority has ordered the following:
(i) All the five grounds stipulated for allowing the Transfer of Gramin Dak Sevak in para 2 of letter no. 19-10/2004-GDS dt. 17-7.2006 will be retained. The transfer facility can be availed by Gramin Dak Sevaks only once in whole career. However, an exception has been made for women Gramin Dak Sevaks, who availed the transfer facility on the ground of extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment before their marriage, can avail the facility for a second time in the event of their marriage/remarriage.

(ii) Past service of Gramin Dak Sevaks will be counted for the eligibility for appearing in the Departmental Examinations and for Ex-gratia gratuity and will rank junior in the seniority list of new unit.
(iii) However on transfer to a new post, the Gramin Dak Sevaks cannot have any claim for protection in their Time Related continuity Allowance drawn in the old Post. His/her Time Related Continuity Allowance will be fixed at the minimum of the Time Related Continuity Allowance slab of the transferred post, depending upon the work load of the aid post. In the case of Mail carrier/ Mail deliverer/packer, the work load has to be assessed on cycle beat. The transfer has to be approved only if the Gramin Dak Sevkas is willing for the new post, and an undertaking to the effect has be obtained and kept on record. This condition is provided to prevent the misuse of the limited transfer facility so that it can be availed only by those who genuinely need it.

4. All the other conditions laid down in letter no. 19-10/2004-GDS dt. 17.7.2006 will continue to apply.

5. The Heads of circle are requested to keep the above modifications in view while deciding the cases of transfer application of Gramin Dak Sevaks.

6. The contents may be communicated to all concerned for wide circulation amongst the Gramin Dak Sevaks in vernacular understanding.

7. This issues with the approval of Secretary (Posts)

Yours faithfully,

(K. Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General (Estt)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

MEETING ON MAIL NETWORK OPTIMIZATION HELD ON 15.7.2010

A meeting for the introduction of the project on the Mail Network optimization to the staff unions was organized by the department on 15.7.2010. The staff side representatives of both the NFPE & FNPO federations and General Secretaries of P3, R3 & R4 unions were invited for discussion by the department. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Department of Posts. The in charge of the Mckensey consultants for the India post was also present.

During the presentation, the official side intimated the following programmes are proposed to be implemented in the mails operations.

1.The main object of the project is to get the core right by’ End to end net work optimization, Significant quality improvement & Rigorous performance management.

End to end network optimization: Optimise India Post’s mail network from collection to delivery.

Significant quality improvement: Standardize and improve processes and reduce network complexity.

Rigorous performance management: Establish an effective management structure using KPIs and regular reviews

2. India Post shall be a trustworthy organization with high quality reliable service with improved working conditions.

3. First start with few projects for big cities and thereafter add more products for the same cities. Finally expand the same to all products across the country. Constant monitoring may be introduced by the Directorate like Project arrow.

4. Speed Post and International Mails were first taken for the project and introduced in six metros viz Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad. The project has brought some significant improvements over the last six months and improvement could be felt in the process of speed post articles. The Bangalore SPC is the example.

5. While revamping the Speed post operations ( collection to delivery), the consultancy will be suggested about the network design, right processes, network schedule, cut off times, processing windows etc for speed post articles at first and then it will be extended to first class mails in order to ensure the maximum D+ 1 quality.

6.The look feel factors like Uniform branding as well as consistency, standardized interiors and exteriors of buildings and supportive infrastructure, identifying new technologies, upgrading the existing to ensure faster and better services, recognizing star circles, performers and ensuring 100% trained staff on field are the components, the department proposed.

7. The Project team Mckensey has been sought involvement in the process at all levels. Officers from Directorate and circle levels are visiting and personally involving. They are meeting the staff to understand the problem and making changes in the project on the ground itself.

8. The impact of the project is to ensure easier sorting by minimum handling, less workload by reducing the number of bags & missorts between different locations, better equipment, higher throughput by higher processing with improved process design, streamlined workflow by having optimized inflow of mails in the processing centers, prioritized processing based on the time of the day for maximum connectivity, regular interaction and display of SPC’s daily performance, suggestions and feedback encouraged and providing adequate training and incentives for high performers etc.

9.It will reduce the sorter distress ensuring minimum multiple handling from the present large multiple handling; ensuring maximum sorting with only one handling from the present position of pre sorting for all items before final sorting; priority to TD/NTD mails in the sorting reducing the number of bags and missorts between different locations within one city etc.

10. It will ensure 100% scan compliance, both for receipt and delivery. No article can enter or leave sorting area unless scanned. Optimizing sorting cages, reducing multi level sorting and revising sorting logic are in the agenda. Similarly uniform volume inflow will be ensured which leads to less pressure for staff on ground and better connectivity which results therefore better quality.

The following 18 KPIs are developed to create transparency in the process of the scheme.

1. Transit analysis within city.

2. Transit analysis across city

3. Time per leg of transit within city

4. Time per leg of transit across city.

These measures speed and reliability of processing of Speed Post articles from booking to delivery.

5. Scans compliance in the entire network

6. Scan analysis per leg of transit within city.

7. Scan analysis per leg of transit across city.

These measures for each processing step whether articles got scanned as prescribed.

8. percent of F scans in Speed Net vs. F Scans in IPS1

9. Percent of F scans in IPS vs. D scans in IPS.

10. Share of Speed Net Delivery Scans vs. IPS F scans (TBD)

These measures for international inbound article with the efficiency of movement at every step before merger with Speed Post.

11. Articles processed per hour per FTE

12 .Staff absenteeism

13. Share of bags without bag labels

14 .Share of articles not processed in SpeedNet

15. Share of articles closed after cut off time

16. Share of missorted articles

17. Share of articles with missing pin codes

18. Share of articles not dispatched same set

These supports achieving better D+x and scan performance.

At Present this project was introduced in six cities. During September, it will be extended to fifteen cities further led by eight Directors (Mail & Speed post). Thereafter the Project team will start working on first class mail. A Speed post manual for further rollout is now developed by the Directorate.

On the above points, the suggestions and view points of the staff side was invited by the chairperson of the meeting. On behalf of NFPE, we posed the question before the Secretary that other than the above, whether was there any hidden agenda in the project. We recorded our apprehension whether the project is with the aim of privatization or corporatization of the postal services. The Secretary replied that there is no hidden agenda and there is no privatization or corporatization programme of any services.

She asserted that the project is only to improve the services and there will be no closure of any sorting offices without consulting the staff unions in case if warranted. The project is similar to that of Project Arrow in order to monitor the mail operations by introducing RFID system and avoiding duplication of work.

We asked the view points of the in charge of Mckensy to detail his experience in the project. He replied that the geographical conditions and functioning are entirely different from Latin America, South East Asian countries and the present Indian system requires some modernization and they are practically studying with the consultation of officers and officials in the work spot.

We informed that after deep study of the materials and discussions among the unions, NFPE will offer our comments and reaction to the department at the earliest.

The opinions of the viewers and the activists on the above points are invited immediately to have a deep study of the above along with the proposals of the department.

Confederation Circular

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT.EMPLOYEES & WORKERS.

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Conf/15/2010

Dated: 17/07/2010

Dear Comrades,

The National Secretariat of the Confederation met at New Delhi (at Mavalankar Hall, Rafi Marg) on 16th July, 2010 at 3.30 PM immediately after the convention organized jointly by the AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 12th July, 1960 indefinite strike action of the Central Government employees. The meeting took the following decisions.

A. (i) To participate in the strike action slated for 7th September, 2010, for which call was given by the Central Trade Unions at the Convention, held at New Delhi on 15th July, 2010. The Convention was attended by the representatives of all Central Trade Unions, barring BMS and the independent Federations and Associations (including the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers). The Confederation and its affiliates will serve the strike notice after the National Executive Committee meeting scheduled to be held at New Delhi on 11.8.2010. (Copy of the declaration adopted by the Convention is enclosed. Annexure A)

(ii) The Strike Charter will include the 5 demands adopted by the 15th July convention of the Central Trade Unions and another 5 demands which are common to all Central and State Government employees. (The charter of demands is enclosed)

(iii) The campaign for the strike action will be jointly organized by the Confederation, All India State Government employees Federation and the All India Defence Employees Federation.

(iv) For making the campaign effective, joint conventions will be organized at all State Capital and other important centres in which the National leaders of all the three Organisations will take part.

(v) The dates for the proposed State Conventions is being finalized and the same will be intimated in a few days' time.

B. The Secretariat has decided to convene the National Executive Committee meeting of the Confederation on 11th August, 2010 at New Delhi to give impetus to the campaign for the strike preparation. The meeting will be held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation Auditorium, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, (Near ITO) New Delhi. (Notice for the meeting is enclosed. Annexure B)

C. (i) The meeting considered a report from the Secretary General of the all India Audit and Accounts Association on the brutal vindictive actions taken by the Audit Bureaucracy against the employees who participated in the 8th April, 2010 Mass Casual leave programme. According to him about 20,000 comrades have been issued with the charge sheet invoking Rule 14 and 16 of the CCS(CCA) Rules. He also informed the house that there had been no respite to the ongoing victimization against the union functionaries in Kerala, Rajkot, Kolkata and other places. Penalties like reduction in rank, reduction in emoluments, withholding of increments, stoppage of increments etc. were being awarded to a large number of employees, especially in Kerala in culmination of the disciplinary proceedings initiated, besides the dismissal of two comrades who were off bearers of the Kerala Unit. The Accountant General, Shri Ravindran who was the cadre controlling authority in Kerala and who was responsible for the mayhem created in Kerala is presently the Principal Accountant General, Hyderabad and it was reported that he has continued his anti union activities in Andhra Pradersh. The Union in A.P has not been allowed to hold its General Body meeting, the Union is not allowed to function at all, 300 comrades have been issued with charge sheet besides serving show cause notice under Rule 14 and 16 to all the comrades who participated in the Mass Casual leave programme. The meeting has come to the inescapable conclusion that the Audit bureaucracy has replanted itself to the mindset of the 17thCentury and is presently carried by the insensitive bureaucrats like Ravindran . The meeting has, therefore, decided to adopt a resolution to place before the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. (Copy of the resolution adopted is enclosed. Annexure C)

(ii) In view of the developments reported by the Secretary General of the All India Audit and Accounts Association, the meeting has decided to call upon the State Committees to organize massive dharna programme on 5th August, 2010 at all State Capitals in front of the office of the respective Accountant General. It was also decided that a minimum number of 300 comrades must participate in the Dharna programme in each centre of which 100 must be from the IA & AD department. All Affiliated Association./Federations of the Confederation should deploy comrades (the number decided by the State committee) to participate in the Dharna. The Honourable Members of Parliament of the respective State may be invited, apprised of the situation, requested to address the Dharna and take up the issue of victimization with the Government and the C& AG. The Note detailing the vindictive actions in the I A & A. Department as prepared by the Secretary General, All India Audit and Accounts Association is enclosed.(Annexure D) The State Committees will send the following telegram to the Comptroller and Auditor General on 5thAugust, 2010 after holding a massive demonstration at the Dharna Venue in which the participation of large number of the Central Government employees may be ensured.

VACATE VICTIMISATION IN ALL OFFICES OF THE IA & AD

(iii) The National executive Committee which is scheduled to meet on 11th August, 2010 will decide upon the date of the National Dharna Programme before the Office of the C & AG at New Delhi. The National Dharna programme will have the participation of minimum one thousand activists drawn from different affiliated Associations/Federations of the Confederation.

COMMEMMORATIVE CONVENTION

ON 16TH JULY, 2010 AT MAVLANKAR HALL, NEW DELHI

As was informed in our circular No.14, the National Convention to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 12th July, 1960 All India indefinite strike action of the Central Government employees was held at Mavalankar hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi on 16th July, 2010. The convention was jointly organized by the All India Railway men Federation, All India Defence Employees Federation and the Confederation of Central Govt. employees and workers. The convention was presided over by a presidium consisting of Com. Umraomal Purohit, President, AIRF, Com. S.K.Vyas, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, Com. Sailo Bhattacharya, General Secretary, All India Defence Employees Federation. More than 1000 delegates participated in the convention. On behalf of the Presidium, Com. Umraomal Purohit made the introductory speech, followed by the presentation of the Declaration by Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General, and Confederation. In his presentation, Com. Kutty highlighted the issue of Minimum wage, the concept of DA and the extreme brutality with which the Government suppressed the strike. Com. Srikumar, Secretary General, AIDEF seconded the declaration. Com. Pathak, President, AIDEF presented the Hindi version of the declaration. Com. Shiv Gopal Misra, General Secretary, AIRF,Com. Harbajan Singh, from AIRF, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, Com. M.S. Raja, Secretary, Confederation, Com. Parasar, Officiating Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees addressed the convention. Thereafter the following veterans were honoured.

Com. J.D. Suryavanshi, AIDEF, Com. Sadasiva Misra, AIDEF, Com. U.M. Purohit (AIRF), Com. Rakhal Das Gupata (AIRF), Com.S.K. Vyas (Confdn.), Com. K.L. Gupta (AIRF), Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri (BSNLEU), Com. R.L. Bhattacharya. (NFPE), Com. Diwakar (NFPE), Com. Rajnath Srivastava, (Confdn) and Com. Pabitra Ranjan Chakraborty (BSNLEU)

The convention unanimously adopted the enclosed declaration and decided to observe the year commencing from 16th July, 2010 to 15th July, 2011 as the commemorative year of 1960 strike. The State Committees may take necessary action to carry out the directive contained in the declaration. (Annexure E)

The house observed two minutes silence in memory of those comrades who led the 1960 struggle who passed away and specially in respectful memory of those who laid down their life being the victims of the police brutality.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

Sd/-

K.K.N. Kutty,

Secretary General

Annexure A

Declaration adopted at the National Convention of Workers

on 15th July, 2010 Mavlankiar Hall, New Delhi.

Declaration

Representatives of Central Trade Unions and workers and employees federations having assembled in the 2ndNational Convention of the workers on the 125th July, 2010, reviewed the joint action programme over five commonly agreed demands as decided in the first historic convention of workers on 14th September, 2009. This convention considering the review of joint actions, All India protest day on 28th October, 2009, Massive dharna on 18th December, 2009 and Satyagraha/jail bharo on 5th March, 2010 -10 lakh workers participated and also considering the situation arising thereafter adopts the following DECLARATION.

Despite trade unions demanding effective steps to curb price rise, particularly food price inflation, food prices escalating as high as 17 per cent, inflation rising to double digit, government continued to remain totally unresponsive to migrate the deep sufferings of the working people;

Despite the trade unions expressing deep concern at the uninterrupted violation of labour laws and trade union rights, situation becoming grim and repressive every day.

Despite trade union protesting against job loss, underpayment, unbearable living condition, increasing working hours, rampant contractorisation, casualisation and outsourcing, nothing is being doen to prevent the declining living condition and inhuman exploitation of working masses.

Desptie the trade union opposing the disinvestment in the profit making public sector, the latest disinvestment being pushed through in Coal India Ltd. BSNL, SAIL, NLC, Hindustan Coper, NMDC etc, the pernicious policy of reckless disinvestment is continuing with impunity.

Despite the Trade union earnestly asking for the setting up of a massive welfare fund for universal comprehensive social security coverage for the unorganized sector workers without any restriction, the fund allocation remained nominal and restrictive provisions continued.

The convention notes with concern, not only protest of the trade unions is being ignored, the policy that accentuates increase in the prices of food grains is being constantly bulldozed, the latest is the deregulation of petroleum pricing linking it with the international market leading to hefty increase in the prices of Kerosene, cooking gas, diesel, and petrol.

The convention reiterates the unanimously formulated demands once again as under:-

Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.

Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulus package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.

Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of coverage of the schemes under the unorganized workers social security act, 2008 and creation of National Fund for the unorganized sector to provide for a National Floor level social security to all unorganized workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in unorganized sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.

Disinvestment of shares of Central Public sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting the budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is sued for expansion and modernization purposes and also for revival of sick public sector undertakings.

This National Convention of workers, while exercisi9ng its constitutional and democratic right seeks to further its legitimate protest and call for immediate correct of the patently wrong policies that dangerously hurt the interests of the working people and the society as a whole, and to give vent to the feeling of the growing indignation of the working people.

The Convention therefore resolves to call for an All India General Strike on 7th September, 2010.

The Convention calls upon the entire working people of the country, irrespective of affiliations to make the all in united call for countrywide general strike a total success. If the Govt. does not concede the demands the trade unions will intensify the struggle further and prepare for a March to Parliament.

INTUC AITUC HMS CITU AIUTUC TUCC

AICCTU UTUC LPF.