Friday, 13 January 2017

13/01/2017
"It is better to close down the branches for some time than the staff face the ire of the public for no fault of theirs," senior vice-president of AIBOC said.
State Bank of India (SBI) can shut down its branches till the supply of cash gets normalised and staff are not put to risk to face the ire of banking public, a top union leader said. “We have suggested to the SBI management to down the branch shutters till the supply of cash gets normalised. It is better to close down the branches for some time than the staff face the ire of the public for no fault of theirs,” D. Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, Senior vice-president of the All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), told IANS.
Cash Crunch Situation Improving In Urban, Rural Areas: MoS Finance
 
Dev wondered how his comrades in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are saying that cash supplies there are better but such views are not heard from his comrades in other states.“It is strange that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not divulging as to the amount of cash supplied state-wise and bank-wise. What is the big secrecy to be safeguarded after the cash has been distributed to states and banks?”According to Dev, in many SBI branches cash is being rationed amongst the account holders.The RBI has been issuing empty statements about currency supplies being comfortable and currency being sent to rural areas whereas in reality it is not so, Dev charged.He said people in Tamil Nadu will not be able to celebrate Pongal festival properly due to cash crunch.
 

 
13/01/2017

Child care leave to be applied for in advance: High Court


The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that child care leave has to be applied for in advance by a woman employee working with the Haryana Government.

Child care leave to be applied for in advance: High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that child care leave has to be applied for in advance by a woman employee working with the Haryana Government.
Justice Rajiv Narain Raina of the High Court has also made it clear that it can be availed after the go-ahead by the authorities concerned. The permission for child care leave cannot be granted ex post facto (with retrospective force).
The development is significant as Haryana Government rules make it clear that child care leave is admissible to a woman government employee for a maximum period of two years or 730 days during her entire service for taking care of her surviving children.

It is permissible only for the first two children of the government employee. Their age has to be below 18 years for the mother to avail the leave.
The ruling by Justice Raina came on a petition by Shashi Bala against the state and other respondents. A government employee, she moved the High Court after the department concerned refused to grant ex post facto permission for child care leave.
Taking up her petition, Justice Raina asserted that by the very nature of things, child care leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission needs to be accorded. The right was valuable, because a woman employee would get full salary for the period of child care leave.

“It cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted,” Justice Raina asserted.
Before parting with the order, Justice Raina observed that the first request in the case in hand was made on April 6, 2011, for granting backdated child care leave with effect from November 30, 2010, to March 30, 2011. Dismissing the plea, Justice Raina added that there was no merit therein.
Haryana Government rules suggest that child care leave cannot be demanded as a matter of right and no one can, under any circumstances, proceed on child care leave without prior proper sanction by the competent authority.
Child care leave is also admissible during the probation period, provided the probation period is extended by the period of child care leave availed. Besides this, the leave may not be availed for a period of less than 30 days.


IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH
CWP No.26951 of 2016
Date of decision:22.12.2016
Shashi Bala
… Petitioner
Versus
State of Haryana and others
..Respondents.
CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV NARAIN RAINA

Present: Mr.Ravinder Malik (Ravi), Advocate for the petitioner.

RAJIV NARAIN RAINA, J.(Oral)

By the very nature of things, Child Care Leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission accorded. The right is valuable because female employee gets full salary for the period of Child Care Leave. Child Care Leave cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the Department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted. In this case first request was made on 6.4.2011 for granting backdated Child Care Leave w.e.f 30.11.2010 to 30.3.2011.

No merit.

Dismissed.

(RAJIV NARAIN RAINA)
JUDGE
22.12.2016

13/01/2017


Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners
Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners
29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Action Taken Report on the Minutes of the 28th SCOVA meeting held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) on 27.06.2016
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare)
Para 4(iv) of the minutes:- Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners
The representatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the 7th CPC has recommended that all Postal Dispensaries should be covered with CGHS. It was decided to await the decision of the Government within a month.
(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The decision of the Government on the recommendations of 7th CPC is still awaited.
DoPPW
Ministries of Health & Family Welfare to indicate latest status during the meeting as to where the matter is pending. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also been reminded on the same vide DoPPW OM dated 04.01.2017 to expedite the matter.
MOST UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL
PENSIONER’S OPTION – 1 MERCILESSLY REJECTED
It is learnt that the Committee chaired by the Secretary (Pension) has NOT recommended the Option Number – 1 recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission for fixation of pension of pre -2016 Pensioners. Instead, it has recommended extension of the benefit of pension determination recommended by 5th CPC ie ; arriving at notional pay in 7th CPC by applying a formula for pay revision for serving employees in each Pay Commission revision and consequent pension fixation. Now the Implementation Cell of 7th CPC is studying the recommendations of the Pension Committee for processing for submission for approval of Cabinet. Thus , the one and the only favourable recommendation of 7th CPC ie; the real parity in Pension which is also approved by Cabinet with a rider “subject to feasibility” is going to be mercilessly rejected by Government , in spite of repeated requests and demands from NJCA, Confederation and Pensioners Associations

Small Notes and Small Lies: How Truthful Was the RBI’s Cash Circulation Statement?

Deputy governor R. Gandhi’s claims on the quantity of  low-value notes pumped into circulation are false. The ‘giant’ release of small change is just another attempt at spin.

In the ongoing demonetisation saga, the credibility of India’s central bank keeps plunging to new depths.

Repeated contradictory notifications, restrictions on cash withdrawal of deposits, inadequacy of new notes to replace the withdrawn high denomination notes, and a complete lack of transparency are just a handful of examples. What has gone unnoticed, though, is a statement made by R Gandhi, the most senior deputy-governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on December 7, on the supply of small denomination notes during a 26-day-period after demonetisation was announced.
At the monetary policy press conference, shown live on television, Gandhi, deputy-governor in-charge of currency management, read the following statement covering the period November 10 to December 5, 2016: “As regards lower denomination notes of ₹ 100, ₹ 50, ₹ 20 and ₹ 10, the Reserve Bank, over its counters and through bank branches all over the country, has supplied 19.1 billion pieces of denominations in this period. (₹ 100 – 8.5 billion, ₹ 50 – 1.8 billion, ₹ 20 – 3.1 billion and ₹ 10 – 5.7 billion).  This is more than what the Reserve Bank had supplied to the public in the whole of last three years [italics ours].”
Nobody appears to have fact-checked RBI’s amazing claim that in a short span of 26 days, it supplied more small denomination notes than were supplied over the previous three years. In fact, in its own latest annual report, it turns out that over the last three years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) the RBI supplied a total of 50.2 billion small denomination notes.
Could Gandhi have been guilty merely of poor English, i.e., could he have meant that the 19.1 billion pieces supplied in this 26 day period were more than the supply of small denomination notes in any of the last three years?
Both the retracted and the edited versions of the transcript state, “in the whole of last three years”, and not “any” of the last three years. So it stands to reason that the RBI is explicitly stating that supply exceeded the aggregate supply of the last three years. This is confirmed by an even more emphatic statement by Gandhi in the same conference call:
“And that is why just now I mentioned, 19 billion notes which were equivalent to what we supply in three full years, that was in our custody and which we have given to the public.” [italics ours]
That the senior-most deputy governor, at such a crucial juncture can publicly make such a statement without any subsequent clarification or apology and still retain his post indicates the level of competence and integrity at the highest level of the RBI.
Denomination
Notes Issued 10 Nov – 5 Dec 2016
        Notes Issued

Notes Issued
Amount
FY2014
FY2015
FY2016
Total
Rs
Bn
Rs Bn
Bn
Bn
Bn
Bn
100
8.5
850
5.131
5.464
4.910
15.505
50
1.8
90
1.174
1.615
1.908
4.697
20
3.1
62
0.935
1.086
3.252
5.273
10
5.7
57
9.467
9.417
5.867
24.751
Total
19.1
1,059
16.707
17.582
15.937
50.226
Interestingly, the RBI had originally published the whole of Gandhi’s statement in the conference call, but subsequently, the statement was removed from its website  and an “edited”  transcript was uploaded, wherein the details of the quantum of the specific small denomination notes was removed from the original statement.
It remains a mystery why the RBI decided to remove from its website the specific details of small denomination notes supplied in this period. Were the figures inaccurate, although the figure of a total of 19.1 billion pieces has been retained in the edited version? There is no clarity on this to date, as on most things to do with this whole question.
The last-quoted statement contains a curious phrase: It does not say that the RBI printed 19 billion notes in the 26-day period, which of course would have been physically impossible, given the existing capacity of its presses. It says rather that 19 billion notes were “in our custody… which we have given to the public.” It is surprising that, on November 8, the RBI had “in its custody” more small denomination notes than it would normally supply over a whole year. If the RBI’s claim is factual, it suggests that it was hoarding these notes, precisely what it keeps appealing to the public not to do.
A possible explanation of the large stock of small denomination notes in RBI’s “custody” is that instead of destroying soiled notes as it normally does, it hoarded them in anticipation of the shortage of notes following the sudden demonetisation. There were numerous reports after November 10, of customers and bankers complaining about the soiled notes they were receiving (literally “black” money). These were notes which banks had originally sent to the RBI for destruction. (Last year, the RBI had disposed of 12.9 billion pieces of small denomination notes over the course of the year.)

What was the relevance of showering the public with small denomination notes, perhaps mostly soiled, in the wake of demonetising high denomination notes and thus withdrawing 86% of the value of India’s currency? The total value of these small denomination notes was only 1.06 lakh crore, or about 7% of the value of the currency withdrawn. And within this, more than half the notes were of Rs 50 or less, accounting for a little over 1 per cent of the value of the currency withdrawn. The giant release of small change, then, can only be understood as one more attempt at spin.
None of this should have been necessary. No question of national security is involved. The RBI could have simply laid out all the facts about the receipt and release of notes every day on its website. Instead it shrouded the simplest questions in darkness, left it to the public to make calculations and guesses, and at times simply provided misinformation, as in the case of the deputy governor’s claims. The lack of transparency appears to have been a calculated strategy, to prevent any systematic questioning of a catastrophic decision. However, the lack of transparency has itself destroyed the RBI’s credibility.
Under governor Urjit Patel, the credibility and competence of the Reserve Bank of India has touched the nadir of its 82-year history. In a humiliating development, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by a senior leader of the opposition’s Congress party, has demanded the appearance of the RBI governor on January 28, 2017, and has even asked the Governor why he should not be “prosecuted and removed from office”. The credibility of an institution is difficult to establish, but, as we have seen now, it can be destroyed in a month.


12/01/2017

FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS
T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone: 011-23321378
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Ref:9/Nugds/01/2017                                                          12/01/2017

To
Shri B. V. Sudhakar
Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001.
Sub: Indefinite delay in Publishing GDS Commission Report.
                                      ***********
Kindly recall our personal discussion on 20/12/2016  along with my General secretaries& discussion over the phone on 07/01/2017 During the discussion it was assured that the GDS commission report will be published on India post website with a copy to all Federations / Union before 13/01/2017.

Now we have come to know that publication of report may be delayed citing Election code of conduct. In the Past, GDS Committee reports were published on the same day of submission of it to the Department.The GDS Committee report is not a secret or confidential one. However, we agree with the Department when the report was referred to the Minster in the larger of interest of GDS not to satisfy anyone.

Now issues are going different directions. At this stage my Federation cannot remain silent therefore FNPO &NUGDS have decided to go on agitation from 17/01/2017.
The Programme of agitation:-
Circle Secretaries of NUGDS and CHQ office bearers should take part in HUNGER FAST in front of circle offices. The programme should start at10 AM and end at 5 PM.
Lunch hour demonstration at Diratroate on 24/01/2017.
Submission of Memorandum to Hon'ble Prime Minster on 25/01/2017.
The further course of action will be intimated later.
With kind Regards
Yours Sincerely,
D. Theagarajan.

Secretary General.
FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS
T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone: 011-23321378
E-mail: theagarajannachi@hotmail.com
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Circular 01/2017 12/01/2017
To,
All CWC Members,
All Circle Secretaries of NUGDS.
Dear colleagues,
You are aware that we have decided earlier not to go any agitation demanding publication of GDS committee report.We have taken this decision based on the discussion taken place with General secretaries of FNPO affiliated unions and Chairman Postal Board on 20/12/2016.
On 07/01/2017 SG FNPO contacted the Chairman, Postal Board, who assured that the report will be published within a week. We communicated the same to our colleagues and requested them to maintain patience for a another week. 
Meanwhile, on 10/01/2017 we were informed that our Minster cleared file and the report will be published on 11/01/2017. Though we did not post this message on our official website(w.w.w.fnpo.org) this message was posted by our colleagues in their circle website.
On 12/01/2017 evening SG FNPO contacted senior officers in Directorate. He was told that a report will be published within 2days SG FNPO recorded protest immediately saying there is a time limit for our patience. If the Department did not publish the GDS Committee Report as promised before the end of this
week, we have no other alternative except to go on the hunger fast on 18/01/2017 in all the circles. It is not our intention, but we are forced to go on the hunger fast.
On 12/01/2017 we enquired the issue with our officers in Directorate SG FNPO was informed that Minster’s office has delayed the file citing Election Commission code of conduct.
We cannot remain silent at this stage.
In the fast, GDS Committee reports were published on the same day of submission of it to the Department.
The GDS Committee report is not a secret or confidential one. However, we agree with the Department when the report was referred to the Minster in the larger of interest of GDS not to satisfy any officers.
In the above situation, FNPO &NUGDS have decided to go on agitation from 17/01/2017.
The Programme of agitation:-
Circle Secretaries of NUGDS and CHQ office bearers should take part in HUNGER FAST in front
of Circle office. The programme should start at 10 AM and end at 5 PM.
Lunch hour demonstration at Diratroate on 24/01/2017.
Submission of Memorandum to Hon'ble Prime Minster on 25/01/2017.
The further course of action will be announced later.
With kind Regards
Yours Sincerely,
D. Theagarajan.                                          P.U. Muraleedharan,

Secretary General                                General Secretary, NUGDS


FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS
T-24,Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone : 011-23321378
E-mail: theagarajannachi@hotmail.com.
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  Ref;FNPO NUGDS/01                                     Dated 12/01/2017
To.
The Chief Post Master General
................................................ Circle.
Dear Sir,
Sub: Indefinite delay for Publishing GDS Commission Report.
Consequent to the direction of My federation &NUGDS CHQ the undersigned
will go on a hunger fast along with my circle office bearers on 17/01/2017 in
circle office premises in a peaceful manner.
In this connection, my federation and NUGDS CHQ has sent a letter to theChairman, Postal Board (copy enclosed).
This is for your information.
Yours Sincerely,

Circle secretary.


12/01/2017
Indefinite delay of publishing GDS commission report. 
To
All Circle Secretaries and CHQ Members.
Dear Colleagues
Indefinite delay of publishing of GDS Commission report, FNPO/NUGDS is going to conduct one day HUNGER FAST in front of all Circle Offices in Nationwide on 17.01.2017. 

All  NUGDSCircle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to follow the below.
1) Circle Secretaries of NUGDS and CHQ office bearers should take part in HUNGER FAST at their circle office.
2) The programme should start 10 AM and end 5 PM.

3)The further course of action will be announced today evening .
 Kindly communicate this message to all the concerned.
The detailed circular will be sent shortly.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Saturday, 22 October 2016

3rd Phase of programme

Date : 23.10.2016

3rd Phase of programme 

Postal JCA decided to continue its struggle programme in connection with the demands viz., Grant of revised ceiling of Bonus @Rs.7000- to GDS w.e.f 2014-15 and Payment of arrears to Casual/Part-Time/Contingent employees from 01-01-2006.: 

Indefinite hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi from 3rd November 2016 by all Secretaries General, General Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO.

9th & 10th November 2016 -- Two days strike
Nationwide Postal Strike will be organized by 
NFPE - FNPO & AIPEU-GDS - NUGDS 
FNPO Affilated unions Circle office bearers,Branch/ Divisional Secretaries& Branch / Divisional Secretaries of NUGDS are requested to mobilize the cadre by conducting regional meetings / conventions, Circulate the information through pamphlets, SMS & all other sources etc., and make all sincere efforts to success the Postal JCA agitations on our justified demands.

Important Meetings to be held

Date : 23.10.2016

Important Meetings to be held


On 24th October 2016:

The Standing committee staff side meeting at 11:30 am and standing committee meeting with group of senior officers at 04:00 pm to discuss the 7th CPC related grievances. 

On 25th October 2016:


The meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) with the Staff Side, National Council JCM, to firm-up views of the Staff Side (JCM) on various allowances pertaining to DOP&T and also meeting of the Standing Committee. They will be held at 3.00 p.m and 4.30 p.m respectively

RICT Solutions - BOs Device

Date : 23.10.2016


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3%

Written By Admin on Sep 22, 2016 | September 22, 2016

DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3%

DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3% is yet to be confirmed

It seems that the DA from July 2016 in 7th Pay Commission is not yet finalized by Central Government. There is confusion persists on the rate of Dearness Allowance to be paid from 1st July 2016 in revised Pay . The AICPIN average for the year 2015 to be taken as Base Index for calculation of DA in 7th CPC as the DA has been neutralized to arrive the revised Pay.

The actual AICPIN Average for 2015 is 261.33. As per this AICPIN average, the DA to be paid at the rate of 2% from July 2016 in 7th CPC . But the NCJCM has contended that it should be paid at the rate of 3%.

The NCJCM staff side said that as per the practice of fraction is being ignored, 0.75 is ignored from actual DA 125.75 as on 1st January 2016. Since the 125% DA was merged to revise the 7th CPC pay, Accordingly, the AICPIN average of 2015 has to be revised to 260.46 from 261.33 to arrive the exact rate of DA of 125% .

It is obvious that the NCJCM Staff Sides claim has sufficient merits to be considered favorably by the Government. In that case, the DA to be paid from July 2016 will be 3%.

The NCJCM Staff Side should be appreciated for this timely intervention and effort.

The central Government need to take decision in this regard soon, as it has been passed third week of September. Usually the announcement of DA for July every year will be made in the first or second week of September.