Friday, 20 October 2017

Mobilize to NCCPA Dharna on 25th!

NCCPA Dharna in front of Meghdoot  Bhawan! 


Our Dharna scheduled on 25.10.2017 in Jantar Mantar area is not allowed by Delhi Police in the wake of prohibitory orders by National Green Tribunal. Alternate arrangements have been made and permission obtained permission to hold it at Meghdoot Bhawan (Delhi Chief PMG office) near 'Jandewalan' metro station. Dharna will commence at 10.30 a.m. As advised by NCCPA CHQ, for comrades coming to Delhi from AIPRPA are provided accommodation at Chug Dharmsala in Golmarket area. The accommodation is available on 24th and 25th (for two days) and comrades should vacate it on 26th morning by latest. Chug Dharmshala is in Udyan Marg, near CNG gas station (only CNG gas station in golmarket area) reachable by auto or taxi from New Delhi Railway Station (around three kilometers) and venue of Dharna is nearer by city bus. 20 Rooms and basement hall is booked for AIPRPA and three comrades per room to stay. Around 80 comrades can stay in basement hall. Climate is enjoyable with 35 degrees in day time and 20 degrees in night. Sweater not needed generally but those senior citizens require it may please bring one half sweater along.
Comrades Deep Chand (08377926636/08396811621/ 09711795486) and Shankarpal Singh (07838170852 ) may be contacted on arrival if need any more guidance - KR GS AIPRPA

Saturday, 30 September 2017

International Day of Fight for Pensioners!

TUI P&R Call for International Day!


As already resolved by the NCCPA and endorsed by the 2nd AIC of AIPRPA the call of Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retired) is coming up on 1.10.2017. The day is to be observed as "International Day of Fight for Pensioners". The rank and file District / Divisional Associations are requested to observe the programme with other NCCPA affiliates jointly wherever feasible. Already the CHQ is informed that several District / Divisions are in preparations for holding the demonstrations etc on 1.10.2017. In Cities like Chennai the day is going to be observed on 3.10.2017 jointly by the State COC of Central, State Government and Public Sector Pensioners Associations and in several other districts on 1.10.2017.
It is our task to observe the day in a befitting manner!

-KR GS AIPRPA -


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Dearness Relief order released by Pension Ministry! 



It is only 1% but however the Orders are released for Dearness Relief! Order of MoP&PW placed in pensioners portal website is No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 28.09.2017. Our comrades are once again reminded that as per the standing instructions of Postal Directorate, there is no need for endorsement by DoP. DR payment can be effected just by downloading the Pension Ministry orders - KR GS AIPRPA

Let us go to streets and Struggle for justice!

Pensioners Programmes in October & November 2017



1) 1.10.2017: Observe 'International Day of Fight for Pensioners' at the call of TUI P&R. NCCPA & AIPRPA CHQ endorsed the call. Unite with other affiliates if NCCPA and observe. In Tamilnadu observe along with Pensioners associations under 'State COC of Central, State Government and Public Sector Pensioners Associations.

2) 5.10.2017 to 10.10.2017: Hold Demonstrations in front of HPOs or Divisional Offices for Postal Pensioners Demands including early implementation of 12.05.2017 orders for refixation of pension to Pre-2016 pensioners.

3) Hold state level Dharna in front of office of GM Finance or DAP or CPMG as per convenience for the above demands.

4) Join NCCPA Dharna at Jantar Mantar New Delhi on 25.10.2017 for CG Pensioners issues including for Option Number 1. Bring pensioners as per quota allotted to each circle already.

5) Three days Dharna at New Delhi by Central Trade Unions and independent Federations including Confederation from 8-10 November. Join on 9.11.2017 by mobilising greater number of pensioners from Delhi and adjoining States.

6) Organize maximum strength - Attend with commitment - Bring your banners and flags - Issue Notices and Circulars - Hold GB meetings to enlighten members and organising them.

7) Kindly don't forget sending reports with photos to CHQ by email etc.

 - KR GS AIPRPA.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

CHQ Calls upon to an all India Programme of Action

AIPRPA CHQ Calls for Programme of Action: 

Organize for Local Demonstration between 5th and 10th October!

Mobilize statewide for mass Dharna in front of GM Finance or DAP or CPMG office on 11.10.2017!



Dear comrades / colleagues,

The task of refixation of pension to all Pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners is veryy. The present arrangements are totally inadequate to complete the implementation of 12.05.2017 orders to more than 3,00,000 postal pensioners and family pensioners. 

The Directorate's order to complete the work before 30.09.2017 will remain only in paper. By any pragmatic estimate, at the current speed and arrangements, it will take more than six months to accomplish the work. 

CHQ has written to DOP to make effective arrangements by even drawing expert retired AAOs, AOs, APM Accounts staff to form implementation cells at all levels to hasten the refixation work. It seems there is reluctance in many places to invite retired staff. Alternatively implementation cells with more regular staff also not formed. 

Under the situation, as per decision of 2nd AIC, let us organise a Programme of Action on this issue and also for demanding settlement of correct fixation to pre-2006 pensioners; early merger of Postal Dispensaries with CGHS; Medical insurance cards to Pensioners; and immediate family pension sanction to spouse of deceased pensioners within one month of death.

Programme of action:

1. Organize demonstrations at the convenience of Districts / Divisions on any date between 5th and 10th October in front of HPOs or Divisional Offices. 

2. Mobilize postal pensioners in huge number on 11.10.2017 in a massive Dharna in front of either GM Finance office / or DAP office/ or CPMG office at the convenience of respective State Association. Pensioners from all over the state be mobilised in this programme. 

All are requested to plan effectively for successful implementation. 

- KR GS AIPRPA


Inadequate arrangement for implementation of 12th May orders!


AIPRPA CHQ Emails to Secretary DoP on inadequacy in arrangements for implementation of 12.05.2017 Orders!

The CHQ has emailed to Secretary Department of Posts about the inadequate arrangements for completing the pension re-fixation to all Pre-2016 Pensioners before 30.09.2017. The CHQ also communicated that there will be demonstrations by Postal Pensioners between 5th and 10th of October in front of HPOs / Divisional Offices and a mass dharna mobilisation in front of Office of GM Finance / or DAP / or Chief PMG on 11.10.2017 to focus the attention on this issue as well as on other important postal pensioners issues. The copy of the email addressed is reproduced below:


All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

(Registered No: 83/2015 under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975)
Chennai HQ: 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai - 600007
New Delhi HQ: First Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, North Avenue, New Delhi - 110001

AIPRPA /1/9/2017 Dated 27th September 2017
To
The Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001
Sir,
Sub: Implementation of 12th May orders of Pension Ministry – Inadequate arrangement of implementation – regarding.

This All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association is constrained to bring to your kind notice that the arrangement to implement the 12.05,2017 pension refixation orders of Pension Ministry to all Pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners of Department of Posts is quite inadequate and insufficient. Another order of the Department of Posts to complete the implementation before 30.09.2017 may not be fulfilled on the face of large number of Pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners for whom only a handful of staff are assigned the work.

The small number of staff in DAP Offices are not going to complete the work in time despite the availability of software to work out the fixation. The earlier suggestion of this Association for considering formation of ‘Implementation Cells’ with expert retired APM Accounts and retired AAOs and AOs in sufficient number employed by the Department under the supervision of serving AOs etc is not being followed in all places. It may take several months to complete the work at the present speed with the present small team of staff attending to the refixation work. The Pensioners and Family Pensioners are very much worried about the possible time it may consume before they could actually get the increased fixation.

This Association in the circumstances has no other option but to focus the issue by organising demonstrations in front of HPOs / Divisional Offices from 5th to 10th of October and a massive dharna in front of Office of GM Finance / or DAP / or Chief PMG on 11.10.2017 by the Postal and RMS Pensioners. Incidentally the Dharna will focus other important issues of Pensioners also.

This Association will be grateful if the Postal Directorate could ensure adequate measures for completing the refixation of pension to all Pre-2016 Pensioners / Family Pensioners within a strict time frame of 31.10.2017.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(K.Ragavendran)
General Secretary 

Monday, 25 September 2017

1.10.2017 - International Day of Pensioners - TUI P&R Call!

Trade Union International call!

Hold Hall Meetings / Demonstrations/ Open Rallies / etc to observe the call jointly! 





Dear comrades,

The TUI (P&R) has called to observe 1st October as 'International Day of Fight for Pensioners'. NCCPA National Executive and 2nd AIC of AIPRPA have endorsed the call. The call shows the intensification of attacks in all countries over pension and social security. It also shows the significance of growing unity of pensioners at international level under TUI (P&R). All our State and District/Divisional/Branch Associations to observe the call with other affiliates of NCCPA in their respective centres. As far as Tamilnadu is concerned (see the Tamil circular below) the call given by State COC of Central, State Government and Public Sector Pensioners Associations be observed jointly. All are requested to send report with photos to CHQ in email ID aiprpachq@gmail.com or pensionerspost@gmail.com after holding the programme with hall meetings or open demonstrations or any other programme decided as per local situation - KR GS AIPRPA

(Tamilnadu COC circular for the information of TN State comrades:)

மத்திய மாநில அரசு மற்றும் பொதுத்துறை ஓய்வூதியர் அமைப்புகளின் ஒருங்கிணைப்புக்குழு
தமிழ் மாநிலம்
***
1.10.2017 – ஓய்வூதியர் உரிமைகளுக்கான
சர்வதேசப் போராட்ட  நாள்

தோழர்களே!

உலகத் தொழிற்சங்க சம்மேளனத்தின் (WFTU) அங்கமான சர்வதேச தொழிற்சங்கம் (ஓய்வூதியர் & பணிநிறைவானோர்) [TUI (P&R) வரும் அக்டோபர் முதல் நாளை “ஓய்வூதியர் உரிமைகளுக்கான சர்வதேசப் போராட்ட நாளாக” அனுசரிக்குமாறு அறைகூவல் விடுத்துள்ளது.

ஓய்வூதியர்களின் பென்ஷன் மற்றும் சமூகப் பாதுகாப்பு உரிமைகள் உலகம் முழுவதும் எண்ணற்ற நாடுகளில் கடும் தாக்குதல்களுக்கு உள்ளாக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றன. உலகமயம் மற்றும் தாராளமயத்தின் பெயரால் ஏவப்பட்டுள்ள இத்தாக்குதல்களின் பின்னே அரசுகளால் உலகக் கார்ப்பரேட் குழுமங்களின் நலன்கள் உயர்த்திப்பிடிக்கப்படுகின்றன. அரசு ஊழியர்கள் மற்றும் பொதுத்துறை ஊழியர்களின் ஒரு பகுதியினரை கட்டாயமாக NPS திட்டத்தின் பெயரால் அரசு ஓய்வூதியத்திற்கு உரிமையற்றவர்களாக ஆக்குதல்; சமூகப் பாதுகாப்பும் பென்ஷனும் உத்தரவாதப்படுத்தப்பட்ட அரசு ஊழியர்கள் மற்றும் ஓய்வூதியர்களின் தலைக்கு மேல் தொங்கும் ஆபத்தான கத்தியாக PFRDA சட்டம் போன்றவை இந்திய நாட்டில் நமக்கெதிராக வந்துள்ள தாக்குதல்கள். உலக அளவில் பல நாடுகளில் இது போன்ற தாக்குதல்களுடன், பென்ஷன் அளவையே பல முறை வெட்டிக் குறைத்தல்; அரசு ஊழியர்கள் பணி நிறைவு பெறும் வயதை அதிகரித்தல் போன்ற தாக்குதல்களும் தொடுக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.

இந்நிலையில் தான் உலக அளவில் ஓய்வூதியர்களையும் பணிநிறைவு பெற்றோரையும் திரட்டிப் போராடும் அமைப்பாக TUI (P&R) எனும் அமைப்பை WFTU உருவாக்கியுள்ளது. அந்த அமைப்பின் சார்பில் தான் 1.10.2017 அன்று சர்வதேச போராட்ட நாள் அனுசரிக்குமாறு அறைகூவல் விடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

தமிழ் மாநில மத்திய, மாநில அரசு மற்றும் பொதுத்துறை  ஓய்வூதியர் அமைப்புகளின் ஒருங்கிணைப்புக்குழுவின் சார்பில் அக்டோபர் 1 – சர்வதேசப் போராட்ட நாளை அனைத்து மாவட்டங்களிலும் சக்தியாக அனுசரிப்பதென்று ஒருங்கிணைப்புக்குழு முடிவெடுத்துள்ளது. அனைத்து ஓய்வூதியர் அமைப்புகளும் ஒவ்வொரு மாவட்டத்திலும் பொருத்தமான இடத்தில் ஒன்றுபட்ட ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்கள் – சிறப்புக் கூட்டங்கள் போன்ற வடிவத்தில் இந்த சர்வதேச போராட்ட நாளை சிறப்பாக அனுசரிக்குமாறு வேண்டுகிறோம்.

சென்னை தலைநகரைப் பொருத்தமட்டில் அனைத்து மாநில மற்றும் மாவட்ட அமைப்புகளால் போக்குவரத்துத் துறை தலைமையகமான பல்லவன் இல்லத்திற்கு முன்பு 3.10.2017 அன்று காலை 10.00 மணி முதல் 1.00 மணி வரை ஆர்ப்பாட்ட இயக்கம் நடக்கும். அனைத்து அமைப்புகளும் தம் கொடிகள் மற்றும் அமைப்புப் பதாகைகளுடன் கலந்துகொள்வது சிறப்பு.

சர்வதேசப் போராட்ட நாளை வெற்றிகரமாக அனுசரிப்போம்!
ஓய்வூதியர் உரிமைகளைப் பாதுகாக்கக் குரல் கொடுப்போம்!!

அன்புடன்,

N.L.சீதரன்  K.ராகவேந்திரன்
தலைவர்   பொதுச்செயலர்

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Inspiring 2nd All India Conference of AIPRPA at Vijayawada!

Inspiring 2nd All India Conference of AIPRPA



The 2nd All India Conference of AIPRPA was held at the impressive M.B.Vingnana Kendram named as Comrade S.K.Vyas Nagar in honour of the departed veteran leader of the CG Employees and Pensioners at Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) from 17th to 18th September, 2017. The AIC was held in the massive auditorium of the premises named after the departed former Secretary General of NFPTE Comrade D.Gnaniah. The inaugural session and the subjects committee of the Conference was presided over by the CHQ President Comrade D.K.Rahate. Prior to the commencement of the inaugural session the National Flag was hoisted by Comrade M.Krishnan Secretary General of Confederation; the AIPRPA flag was hoisted by Comrade S.S.Roy the Working Chairman of NCCPA and floral respects were made to the martyrs’ column amidst renting slogans.

The Reception Committee headed by the Mangalagiri M.L.A as its Chairman and Comrade Y.Naghabhushanam as its General Secretary had taken the responsibility to arrange the AIC. The AIC was attended by 561 Delegates including the Office Bearers and Executive Members besides large number of Visitors. Delegates representing Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarpradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhyapradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telengana, Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu participated in the Conference. The participation of Delegates from the North Eastern States and Assam despite cancellation of several trains caused by flood situation was inspiring.

The inaugural address in the jam packed hall was made by the National Vice President of CITU Comrade A.K.Padmanabhan who elaborately spoke on the militant tradition of the Postal and CG Employees movement in India since the days of pre-independence and the role played along with the Central Trade Unions against the nefarious policies of liberalization and on the importance of Pensioners movement along with the working class. His speech touched on aspects of the attacks on labour laws and Pension and Social Security by the Central Government and exposed the hollowness of the false claims of the Rulers about the publicized growth of the economy. His speech also dealt at the role of the Indian Government in not ratifying the important conventions of ILO on grant of basic rights to organization and collective bargaining by the Civil Servants in India. He praised the militant participation of CG Employees movement in strikes despite the declaration of strikes illegal by the Government. He pointed out that on 19th September it will be the fiftieth year of 1968 glorious strike of CG Employees and soon we will be celebrating the centenary of the birth of the first formal trade union in India in the year of 1918. He called upon the Pensioners who are imbibed with the rich experience and knowledge of the trade union movement to play an active role in the general working class movement and fight for issues of common people in addition to our own economic issues.
The inaugural session of the AIC was also graced and addressed by the eminent leaders of the CG Employees and Postal Employees movement as well by the leaders of the International and Indian Pensioners movement including Comrades KKN.Kutty (Secretary General NCCPA); M.Krishnan (Secretary General Confederation); R.N.Parashar (Secretary General NFPE); D.Gopalakrishnan (TUI P&R Asia Pacific Region’s Organising Secretary); K.G.Jayaraj (General Secretary AIBDPA); S.S.Roy (Working President of NCCPA); C.C.Pillai (Ex-SG NFPE and CHQ Advisor); K.V.Sridharan (Ex-GS P3 and CHQ Advisor) and senior veteran leader A.G.Pasupathy (Patron AIPRPA Tamilnadu). The speeches were made by the leaders on different topics that enlightened the participating delegates and observers.

Comrade KKN.Kutty deliberated on the topic “NCCPA’s Role in unifying CG Pensioners & Settlement of Pensioners’ issues after 7th CPC”. Comrade M.Krishnan presented his views on the topic “Role of Confederation in solving Employees & Pensioners issues after 7th CPC”. Comrade D.Gopalakrishnan presented paper on the topic “Building TUI & PR in the Asia Pacific Region”. The topic of “Building NCCPA – AIBDPA & AIPRPA as the fulcrum” was dealt by Comrade K.G.Jayaraj. The “Role of NFPE & Service Associations in building NCCPA” was presented by Comrade R.N.Parashar. Comrade S.S.Roy deliberated on “Unification of All Pensioners Associations – Need of the Hour”. Comrade C.C.Pillai covered the topic “NPS – A dangerous device to divide the workers & the Community of Pensioners”. Comrade K.V.Sridharan spoke on “Rights of Pensioners and the power of knowledge on Rulings”.

The National Secretary of AITUC Comrade T.M.Murthy could not attend the Conference to deliver his Special Address. But the Telengana State President of AITUC and the National Vice President of AITUC as well as the Vice President of AIPRPA (CHQ) Comrade T.Narasimhan spoke on the attitude of the Government on worker related issues and the Pensioners problems as well as the immediate organisational issues confronting the AIPRPA organization. He also communicated the greetings on behalf of Comrade T.M.Murthy. 

The Stage during the inaugural session was also graced by  other leaders of NCCPA Comrades T.S.Parameswaran; C.P.Shobana, S.Rahman and Ishwar Singh Dabas; BCPC Deputy Secretary General Comrade D.D.Singh; and the Chair Person of Confederation’s Mahila Committee Comrade R.Seethalakshmi.

The Report that was placed by the General Secretary of AIPRPA Comrade K.Ragavendran was followed by a discussion amongst the Delegates. The discussion was absorbing and helped the organization to resolve its position on different issues of Pensioners. The major issues confronting the CG Pensioners in general and the Postal Pensioners in particular received prominence in the debate besides the efforts to build the AIPRPA as a stronger organization. The stand of Officialdom on Option Number 1 and the rejection by the Government on the grounds of infeasibility; The denial of grant of fixation based on the pay scale implemented to the post or cadre from which the pensioner was retired under 12th May Orders of the Government; the rejection of fixation to Pre-2006 Pensioners in accordance with the judgments of different courts to all similarly placed pensioners; the delay in accepting and implementing several health related recommendations to Pensioners etc received prominence both in the Report submitted by the General Secretary and in the debate that followed.

The progress made notwithstanding the above negative stand of the Government was looked into as a product of success attributable to the birth and the subsequent sincere efforts of AIPRPA. The role of AIPRPA along with different Pensioners Organizations to submit a common  memorandum to 7th CPC;  the consistent role to attempt the get Option Number 1 implemented; its role that created pressure on the Government to grant Option Number 3 in lieu of Option Number 1;  the positive recommendation of the Pay Commission to end the age-old discrimination against the Postal Pensioners on the matter of admittance in CGHS after retirement and the subsequent campaign to get the above recommendation quickly implemented etc had been  looked as the initial successes of the organization of AIPROA.

The AIC endorsed the line of continuing the struggle as resolved by the NCCPA’s National Executive held at Nagpur on 19th August and called upon the rank and file to mobilize and participate in full strength in the 1.10.2017 Programme of ‘International Day of Fight for Pensioners’ called by the TUI P&R; and in the ‘Massive Dharna’ of Pensioners on 25.10.2017 at New Delhi. The AIC also endorsed the call of moblisation of pensioners in the massive dharna of Central TUs on 10th November during the three days dharna of 9-11 at New Delhi in which the pensioners of Delhi and surrounding Circles shall be mobilized in larger numbers. 

The All India Conference also resolved to organize a Postal Pensioners Mobilization Programme in front of GM Finance offices or Director Postal Accounts Offices or Chief PMG offices on a Charter of Demands in the event of any undue delay caused in completing the implementation of 12.05.2017 orders of refixation of pension. The AIC recognized that struggles’ on the issues of Postal Pensioners is the only means to expand the membership base of AIPRPA as the scattered Postal Pensioners are wooed towards the organization only in the event of struggles focusing their interest.

The importance of building a stronger organization of AIPRPA by enrolling thousands of Postal Departmental Pensioners was recognized by the AIC. In addition, through an amendment it had paved way for enrolling the Postal Department Family Pensioners, Postal Department NPS Pensioners and Postal Gramin Dak Sewaks Pensioners.

The All India Conference also resolved to take initiative to found NCCPA COCs in States and Districts by joining hands with other affiliates of NCCPA like AIBDPA.

The enrollment of more subscriptions to the monthly journal of AIPRPA the ‘Pensioners Post’ and also of the monthly of NCCPA the ‘News Letter’ was stressed by the AIC.

The AIC elected the following Comrades as the Organization’s Advisors and the following team of Office Bearers for the ensuing term:
Advisors: Comrades C.C.Pillai and K.V.Sridharan.
Office Bearers:
President: D.K.Rahate (Maharashtra)
Vice Presidents:
(1)    T.Narasimhan (Telangana)
(2)    T.P.Mishra (U.P)
(3)    B.M.Sunda (Rajasthan)
(4)    H.V.Kurup (Kerala)
(5)    Rajendra Prasad Varma (Delhi)
(6)    K.P.Panigrahi (Chhattisgarh)
(7)    N.Nageswararao (Andhra)
General Secretary: K.Ragavendran (Tamilnadu)
Joint Secretaries:
(1)    Surinderpal (Punjab)
(2)    G.C,Joshi (M.P)
(3)    N.C.Pillai (Kerala)
(4)    R.N.Dhal (Odisha)
(5)    S.K.Humayun (Andhra)
(6)    M.Z.Khan (Jharkhand)
(7)    D.K.Debnath (Assam)
Treasurer: Shankarpal Singh (Delhi)
Executive Committee Members:
(1)    M.Krishnan (Kerala)
(2)    Mangesh Parab (Maharashtra)
(3)    Deep Chand (Delhi)
(4)    CH.V.Ramarao (Telangana)
(5)    R.Seethalakshmi (Karnataka)
(6)    Arya Devi (Kerala)
(7)    V.Janakiraman (Karnataka)
(8)    S.Santhanaraman (Tamilnadu)
(9)    S.Shanmugasundar Raj (Tamilnadu)
(10) V.A.Mohanan (Kerala)
(11) B.P.Shastri Ganak (Madhyapradesh)
(12)H.L.Sidhu (Haryana)
(13)N.D.Sharma (Himachal)
(14)Kaushik Chakraborti (Meghalaya)
(15) R.K.Maipak Sana (Manipur)
(16) H.Rangthuama (Mizoram)
(17) Achudananda Das (Assam)
(18) K.Rajarao (Andhra)

The All India Conference adopted Resolutions unanimously on many issues including the following issues of Pensioners:

(1)    Policy and Programme.
(2)    Endorsing the Programmes of TUI (P&R), NCCPA and Central TUs.
(3)    Organising a Programme on Postal Pensioners issues.
(4)    Against rejection of Option 1.
(5)    Pre-2006 Pensioners issue.
(6)    Filing Court Case on Pre-2006 Pensioners issue.
(7)    Medical related issues.
(8)    FMA.
(9)    Delay in implementation of GOs.
(10)Against NPS
(11)On Solidarity with the Central Trade Unions.

(12) On different State Specific issues. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mobilize for the Delhi Dharna!

NCCPA Circular

Dear Comrades! We reproduce below the latest Circular issued by the Secretary  General NCCPA on our 2nd AIC and also about the 25.10.2017 Dharna Programme of Pensioners to be conducted in New Delhi. AIPRPA CHQ once again reminds all our rank and file organizations to mobilize at least as per the quota allotted to them by the CHQ and bring the Postal Pensioners in large number to NCCPA Dharna. It is paramount to raise our voice!

_ -K.Ragavendran General Secretary AIPRPA-


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS.
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
20.9.2017
President:                           Com. Shiv Gopal Misra.
Secretary General:          Com. KKN. Kutty.

Dear Comrades,

                The 2nd Conference of the All India Postal and RMS Pensioners association, an affiliate of the NCCPA was held at Vijayawada on 17th and 18th September, 2017.  The Conference was inaugurated by Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice President, CITU and was addressed among others, the leaders of the various Service Associations and Federations.  Those who addressed the conference included, Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation, Com. KKN Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA,  Com  D. Gopalakrikshnan, Organising Secretary of TUI(P&R) of WFTU Asia Pacific region, Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE., Com. K.V. Jayaraj, Secretary General, AIBDPA, Com.C.C.Pillai, Com. K.V. Sridharan, Com. T.Narasimhan, Com. A.G.Pasupathy.,  veteran leaders of the P & T movement and many others.  We have published a brief report of the Conference in our latest NCCPA bulletin, which would be in your hands in a few days time.  A new team of Office Bearers led by Comrades D.K.Rahate (President); K.Ragavendran (General Secretary); and Shankarpal Singh (Treasurer) was unanimousy elected in the conference.  The Conference had the presence and participation of about 600 delegates representing various States in the country. 

                Mass dharna on 25th October, 2017 at Delhi.
               
                Arrangements for the successful conduct of the mass dharna programme slated to be held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi as per the decision of the National Executive of the NCCPA is on the anvil.  In our last circular letter, we have conveyed to you the quota fixed for each affiliate and State Unit.  We request and appeal to all concerned to adhere to the quota, rather make efforts that the same exceeds so that the first independent organisational programme we have decided upon could be made into a grand success. We have set up a small committee to oversee the programme and make necessary arrangements and logistics from among the leaders of the AIPRPA at Delhi.  We give here under the names and telephone Numbers of the members of the Committee. As indicated in our last circular letter, the State Units and the affiliates should take the responsibility for the comfortable stay of the comrades who come to Delhi to participate.  Since every one of them being above the age of 60, they must not face any problems at Delhi.  Therefore, kindly enlist the names of the participants and book their accommodation through on line booking of hotels or other Guest rooms.   The members of the Committee will render help in the matter of booking the accommodation. You may indicate the extent of expenditure you would be able to spend in this regard to the committee and request them to book the accommodation accordingly.  Money may be sent to them in advance so that they would not face any problem in booking the accommodation. 

                Delhi in October will be cold in the night and warm during day time.  It is advisable that those who are not accustomed to the cold climate keep a shawl or a half sweater for comfort. The dharna will commence at 11.00 A.M and is expected to be wound up at 3.30 PM at the latest.  It must be our endeavour to keep the time schedule and be punctual.   It will be desirable if the General Secretaries of the affiliates and the state COCs are present at least two days prior to 25th October, 2017 at Delhi for mutual consultation as also to help the comrades who come from various parts of the country.

                Com.Rajinder Prasad.                               9873162960
                Com. Deepchand.                                      8377926636
                Com. Iswar Singh Dabas                           9711988027
                Com. Shankar Pal Singh                           7838170852
                Com. Jagdish Prasad                                 9910628097

Pension revision.

We have been receiving complaints from number of pensioners over the delay in the pension revision necessitated by the GOI order in No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th May, 2017.   The delay is attributed due to the fact that the said order has not made any specific authority to finalise the pension revision despite the issuance of the concord tables. We held discussions with some of the officials as to the details needed by the Accounts officers in finalisation of the revision   On the basis of the advice tendered by them we have prepared an application format which may kindly be filled in and submitted to the concerned accounts officers from whose jurisdiction, the pensioner had retired.  Therefore, even though the earlier order was categorical that no individual application from pensioner was necessary, we suggest that wherever necessary, pensioners may be guided to submit such an application. We have also decided to request the Pension department to ensure that the final authority in the matter is decided to be the concerned Zonal accounts officers.
 With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
KKN . KUTTY.
Secretary General.

Application format:

1.       Name
2.       PPO No./PI No.
3.       Date of birth
4.       Date of retirement
5.       Pay scale/PB + Grade Pay as the case may be
6.       Last Pay drawn
7.       Level (of 7th CPC) in which the notional pay will have to be fixed.
8.       Aadhar No.
9.       PAN No.
10.   Phone No
11.   E mail ID.
12.   Postal Address:

13.   Bank Details: Name of the Bank / Name of the Branch / SB Account No. In which pension is received. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Reception Committee to 2nd AIC releases its Circular!

CIRCULAR OF RECEPTION COMMITTEE 

Dear Comrades!

The Reception Committee to our 2nd All India Conference at Vijayawada (Andhra) has released its Circular. Important contact numbers of office bearers of the Reception Committee; the guidance to reach the RMS Office in Platform No.6 on arrival at Vijayawada by train etc are given out in the Circular. Earlier it was circulated by the CHQ that the delegate / visitor fee to the AIC is 500/-; However due to availability of air-conditioned accommodation for staying of delegates the Delegate Fee has been fixed as 600/- by the Reception Committee. This enhanced Delegate / Visitor fee will be only for the Delegates staying in air-conditioned accommodation. 

The Reception Committee has requested all Delegates / Visitors to bring their Aadhaar Cards / Photo ID Cards while coming to AIC for the requirement of authorities at the staying accommodation. Ofcourse all of us are Senior Citizens and naturally for availing senior citizen concessions in train journey as well as for other purposes, the ID Cards are must. Please do not forget to bring.

The Invitations and the Circular are being posted to all CHQ Office Bearers, State General Secretaries, and VIPs today. 

The Circular of the Reception Committee is hereunder: 




Monday, 28 August 2017

Uttarpradesh State AIPRPA Conference at Allahabad on 10.09.2017! 


The AIPRPA State Conference of U.P will be held at the historic city of Allahabad on 10th September. Arrangements to hold the one-day conference successfully is on. Notification circular has already been issued and Postal Pensioners Delegates from many districts are expected to participate in the conference. Comrade K.Ragavendran GS AIPRPA is attending. This conference will give fillip to broaden the base of organization in this biggest state of India!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

AIPRPA SHALL PLAY ITS DUE ROLE IN THE NCCPA PROGRAMME!

NCCPA CALL FOR MASSIVE DHARNA AT DELHI ON 25.10.2017

TASK OF AIPRPA FOR MOBILIZTION!

COMRADES! Please mobilize in full swing to the Delhi Chalo Massive Pensioners Dharna called by NCCPA. While Delhi and surrounding States should mobilize maximum pensioners and the distant States are to bring at least the District / Divisional Secretary + one or two comrades, the following quota shall be accomplished at best – This is a must as we have to show our strength before the Government in order to build pressure for our demands including Option Number 1; Improvement on Option Number 3; Pre-2006 Pensioners issue; Medical related issues etc - KR GS AIPRPA

MINUMUM QUOTA TO 25.10.2017 DHARNA AT DELHI

DELHI – 150
HARYANA – 10
PUNJAB – 25
H.P – 10
U.P – 50
M.P – 50
CHHATTISGARH – 20
JHARKHAND –10
BIHAR – 5
ASSAM – 10
NE STATES – 5
ODISHA – 10
RAJATHAN – 25
MAHARASHTRA – 20
KARNATAKA – 10
KERALA – 20
TAMILNADU – 50
ANDHRA – 20

TELANGANA - 10

The CHQ Office Bearers / State General Secretaries / State General Convenors / District Secretaries / Divisional Secretaries are requested to ensure at least the above quota from their respective States. Pensioners cannot remain silent spectators when their issues are at risk! 

K.Ragavendran
General Secretary - AIPRPA

DELHI CHALO PENSIONERS!


NCCPA CIRCULAR ON NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS

NCCPA CALL FOR A MASSIVE DHARNA AT NEW DELHI ON 25.10.2017

MOBILIZE AIPRPA MEMBERS - DELHI FULL STRENGTH - PUNJAB, HARYANA, HIMACHAL PRADESH, RAJASTHAN, UTTAR PRADESH, MADHYAPRADESH, BIHAR, JHARKHAND, AND CHHATTISGARH MAXIMUM MEMBERS - & OTHER DISTANT STATES THE STATE GENERAL SECRETARY & PRESIDENT + DISTRICT / DIVISIONAL SECRETARY WITH ONE OR TWO COMRADES - MUST ATTEND THE DHARNA. 

THE CIRCULAR AND THE CALL AS WELL AS THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED IN THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ARE AS UNDER: 

-- KR GS AIPRPA - 

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS..

Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
PRESIDENT:       COM.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA.(97176 47594)
SECy. GENERAL:          COM.K.K.N.KUTTY. (98110 483030)

Dated 26th August, 2017
Dear Comrades,
National Executive Committee
meeting and decisions.

The National Executive Meeting of NCCPA was held at Nagpur on 19.08.2017 under the Chairmanship of Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra.. Excellent arrangements were made by the Reception Committee headed by Comrades Dhaktod and Petekar.

Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra elaborately dealt with the attitude of the Government and the official side on 7th CPC related issues of both employees and pensioners. He also narrated that Option Number 1  has been taken up as an anomaly in the NAC for discussion. Several other issues including the NJCA meeting scheduled in September and the impending indefinite strike by the Central TUS and Federations of Central, State Government and PSUs were covered by him during his speech.

The subject session that commenced thereafter was chaired by Com. S.S.Roy, working president, NCCPA. The discussion on the items of agenda was initiated by the Deputy Secretary General Comrade Pavitra Ranjan Chakraborti ably supplemented by the other Deputy Secretary General Comrade K.Ragavendran. The Secretary General Comrade KKN Kutty could not attend the meeting due to his sudden illness. More than 90% of the Office Bearers and National Executive Members attended the meeting despite the situation of flood and torrential rains in different parts of the country. A lively discussion on the agenda items followed.  The following decisions were taken at the meeting Com. K. Raghavendran moved the resolution which contained the crux of discussions at the meeting and on the future course of NCCPA functioning.

Decisions and Resolution:

1.       Option 3  being the belated acceptance of the demand of parity by pensioners is welcome. However, fixing the notional pay of Pre-2016 Pensioners in the replacement scales instead of actual pay scale provided for to the serving employees by successive pay commissions is an irritant and requires to be removed.

2.       Option 1 as recommended by the 7th CPC  being feasible to be implemented ought to have been retained as it would provide better pension for those who stagnated in the part for no fault of theirs. Rejection of option.1 as infeasible is not only unprecedented, untenable but unethical too especially viewed from the angle that the top bureaucracy had a personal axe to grind in its rejection. The meeting endorsed the correct stand taken by the Staff Side JCM National Council to treat the same as another option for pensioners. 

3.       The continued adamancy of the Government in refusing to grant the benefit of fixing pension to Pre-2006 Pensioners from 1.1.2006 based on the pay scales implemented to the post or cadre in which the Pensioner had retired or dead is unjustified. The rejection by Department of Expenditure even after several courts decision in favour of higher pay scales instead of replacement scales and the acceptance and implementation of the judgment in the case of the litigants shows the double standard of the Government. This benefit should be granted to all Pre-2006 Pensioners.

4.       While welcoming the orders for admission of P&T Pensioners in CGHS Scheme without any conditions by withdrawing the retrograde orders of the Health Ministry, it is found that the decision  that the beneficiaries must make the one time lump sum  payment @ post 7th CPC rate is unjustified. The late admission in to CGHS belatedly after two decades delay should not result in penalizing the past Pensioners. The rate of subscription at the time of retirement should alone be the charges.

5.       The discrimination against some other departmental pensioners who are continue to be denied entry into CGHS must be ended.

6.       While ending discrimination to P&T Pensioners, the Directorate General of CGHS has issued another discriminating order to preclude the CG Employees and CG Pensioners in Union Territories from joining CGHS. This order also aims to send out those employees and pensioners wrongly admitted in to CGHS. This stand of the Government is totally unjust and should be withdrawn.

7.       Many important positive recommendations of the 7th CPC on health related issues like (1) Merger of existing Postal Dispensaries with CGHS; (2) Issue of Medi-insurance Cards to employees and pensioners to facilitate cashless medical treatment; (3) Merger of all existing different medical systems into one single large umbrella medical system for CG Employees and CG Pensioners; (4) Extending the benefit under CS MA Rules 1944 to Pensioners also to end the disparity between the employees and pensioners needs to be expedited for positive implementation.

8.       While the doubling of the existing rate of Fixed Medical Allowance from 500/- to 1000/- is welcome, the fixing of FMA @ 1000/- after 7th CPC while the employees of PF Department are being paid @ 2000/- per month even during 6th CPC period is very less in comparison to the mounting medical costs. The FMA must be enhanced to 2000/- per month.

9.       Many orders are not being implemented in a time-bound manner. Due to this the aging pensioners cannot get the benefits in time. The GO on extending full pension to Pre-2006 Pensioners who had retired without putting 33 years of qualifying service; the GO on fixation of pension on the basis of ‘pay in the pay band’ instead of ‘minimum of pay band’ w.e.f. 1.1.2006 for all Pre-2006 Pensioners;  the issue of revised PPOs to all Pre-2006 Pensioners etc were either inordinately delayed or still being delayed. The main reason for such non-implementation or slow implementation is due to staff shortage in accounting offices. Under such circumstances the recent 12th May, 2017 orders also is likely to be delayed in many departments. Therefore drawing of the services of qualified retired officials to function as ‘implementation cells’ to speed up the work under the supervision of serving Accounts Officers in all accounting offices may be considered to facilitate completion of work of Refixation of pension to all Pre-2016 Pensioners before 30.09.2017.

10.   The Pay Commission and also the Government have not come forward to consider the issues of rationalizing the additional pension and reducing the period of commutation of pension. The additional pension system should be improved and the period of commutation should be reduced to 10 years.

11.   The grant of additional pension should be given on attaining the age of 80, 85,90,95,100 instead of waiting for the completion of the above ages as per the verdict of Bengaluru CAT.

12.   The recovery of income-tax from Pensioners is most unjustified. The Government should immediately consider payment of pension net taxes. 

13.   The National Executive has resolved to authorize the National Secretariat to chalk out appropriate Programme of Action on the above demands.

The under-mentioned organisational decisions are also taken 

unanimously:

1.       NCCPA organization should be strengthened by approaching new organizations for affiliation; strengthening the existing affiliates with more membership; forming State COC of NCCPA in all States.

2.       The State units of affiliates will get in touch with other Pensioners Associations operating in the State and get them associated with NCCPA.

3.       This National Executive Committee meeting of NCCPA calls upon all its affiliates to take all possible steps to join the agitational programmes chalked out by all organisations of serving employees and the Central trade Unions.

4.       Extending total solidarity to NFPE sponsored strike on 23.08.2017 for getting the GDS Committee recommendations immediately implemented.

5.       NCCPA units and affiliates will take all possible steps to take part in the mass Dharna programme stated for 9,10,11 Nov. 2017 at Delhi under the auspices of the joint platform of Central Trade Unions.

6.       NCCPA will organize an independent programme to project the CG pensioner related issues and most  prominently against NPS

Massive Dharna at the National Capital: DELHI.

In deference to  the decision of the National Executive, consultations were held amongst the Secretariat members about the feasibly of organizing an independent programme by NCCPA. The consensus is that the NCCPA must organize a massive Dharna at Janter-Manter, New Delhi on 25.10.2017 from 11.00 AM to 3.00 PM eliciting participation of members of all affiliates and from all states. To make the programme successful, a serious campaign will be undertaken by the National Leadership consisting of President, Working President, Vice President Secretary General, two Deputy Secretary Generals. Detailed circular will be issued shortly. Affiliates and unites are requested to convey the issues/ demands to be included in the Charter immediately on receipt of this letter.
 The Office bearers and the National Executive Members especially the Chief Executives of affiliated organizations and the State CGPA organizations are requested to mobilize and ensure the participation of the largest number of pensioners in the Programme to highlight our issues before the Government. The Charter of Demands will be circulated shortly after causing consultation with the members of the National Sectt. 
With Greetings,
Comradely Yours,
Sd/-


KKN Kutty
Secretary General

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF NCCPA HELD AT NAGPUR ON 19.08.2017 ON SOME BASIC ISSUES OF CG PENSIONERS AFTER THE IMPLEMENTEATION OF 7th CPC RECOMMENDATIONS:

The National Executive of the National Coordination Committee had discussed various aspects of the 7th CPC recommendations and the implementation of them by the Central Government. The attitude of the Government viz., rejecting some of the recommendations made like the Option Number 1 of pension fixation in favour of the pensioners on the grounds of non-feasibility but accepting many recommendations made by the CPC against the interests of the employees without any modifications like rejection of many allowances etc is deplorable. The attitude of the Government is not only retrograde but also time consuming. The tactics to form committees and delay the matters for several months in order to tire out the employees and pensioners is condemnable.

The Central Government has finally rejected Option Number 1 fixation of pension to Pre-2016 Pensioners after much delay. The recommendation of the Pay Commission for giving the benefit of number of increments earned by the Pensioner in his last stage of employment would be more beneficial to a section of Pensioners than the Option Number 3 offered and implemented by the GO dated 12.05.2017. There were scores of Government Employees who stagnated for years without any promotion before their superannuation. This type of stagnation was pronounced to those sections for whom the MACP system was not extended before 2008. The Option Number 1 would have been more beneficial to those Pre-2008 retirees. The Option Number 3 is no doubt an improvement to Option Number 2 of fixation by applying 2.57 fitment factor; but still the better benefit under Option Number 1 to those Pensioners has been out-rightly rejected by the Pension High Level Committee and the Government in the name of non-availability of records of increments for nearly 18% of Pensioners. The stand taken to reject Option Number 1 despite the arguments of the Staff Side and Pensioners Associations to convince the authorities that reconstruction of records is not impossible even for those 18% cases of pensioners is unjust. This National Executive is of the considered opinion that the rejection of Option Number 1 of pension fixation is authoritative and unjustified and based on wrong notions and arguments.

Secondly, the Option Number 3 implemented in lieu of Option Number 1 contains a basic flaw. The Option Number 3 is nothing but the recommendations of 5th CPC for pension fixation by notionally fixing the salary in the fitment table of successive pay commissions to the Pre-2016 Pensioners also and finally fixing 50% of the notionally arrived last pay drawn with reference to the Pay Matrix Table of the 7th CPC. In doing so the important aspect of 5th CPC to fix the salary in the new scale of pay implemented to the post or cadre in which the pensioner had retired or died is ignored by the Government. Instead the pension is calculated only on the basis of the replacement scales. Unless and otherwise the full aspect of 5th CPC recommendation is implemented, the Option Number 3 formula also is denying the full benefit to many pensioners in whose cases their cadre or post got any upgraded pay scale through successive pay commissions. As the Government had agreed to implement OROP to Veteran Pensioners, similar fitment benefit to Civilian Pensioners also by calculating notionally in the same pay scale granted to the serving employees would have rendered justice. This National Executive urges the Government to reconsider this aspect and issue necessary orders to set right the flaw.

In nut shell, this National Executive resolves to reiterate its considered opinion that the Pensioners should be given the choice to opt between the Options 1, Option 2, and Option 3 with the element of higher pay scales granted to the cadre or post.

This National Executive notes with concern that the Government is obstinate in refusing the fixation benefit of pension in the higher scales of pay implemented to the post or cadre despite several court cases went in favour of the Pre-2006 Pensioners. The Pre-2006 Pensioners were denied the benefit of higher scales of pay given to the serving employees from 1.1.2006 and on approaching the court of law many pensioners got the benefit implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2006. The Executive notes that based on this fact the Department of Pension & Pensioners welfare had recommended to Finance Ministry for extending the benefit to all similarly placed Pre-2006 Pensioners. Unfortunately the Department of Expenditure had showed adamancy and refused to grant the benefit even today. It is also unfortunate that when this issue was taken to the PMO for redressal, the PMO had also taken an unjustified position that since the Finance Ministry had taken a position it cannot be reversed. This Executive notes that PMO is the final authority for all issues and the opinion of Department of Expenditure cannot be supreme against the directions of several courts of the land. This National Executive resolves to urge upon the Government to come down from the adamant position and extend the benefit of fixation of pension to all Pre-2006 Pensioners based on the upgraded pay scale if any was implemented to the post or cadre in which the Pre-2006 Pensioner had retired or died.

This National Executive of NCCPA notes with satisfaction that at last the P&T Pensioners also are allowed to enter the CGHS system without any discrimination through the GO dated 19.07.2017. However, we note that since this is a very belated step taken after two decades of discrimination that prevented many P&T Pensioners retired between 1998 and 2017 from joining the CGHS on payment of subscriptions at the prevailing rate at the time of their retirement. The present order ending the discrimination of the P&T Pensioners demands them to pay at the post-7th CPC rate of subscriptions. We all know that the post-7th CPC rates are fixed based on the new higher pay scales after 7th CPC. Fixing the same rate of subscription to all Pre-2016 pensioners irrespective of the year of their retirement is unjustified and exorbitant. This National Executive of NCCPA resolves to urge upon the Government for necessary reconsideration to order to fix the rate of subscription commensurate to their year of retirement.
At the same time this National Executive notes that the Health Ministry’s objection to P&T Pensioners alone was withdrawn to facilitate inclusion of willing P&T Pensioners into CGHS while some other smaller departments are still out of the ambit of CGHS. This discrimination shall go. There shall be no discrimination for any Pensioner of any department in the matter of joining CGHS on the untenable plea that a separate Dispensary System is in existence for that department. In addition the CGHS Directorate General has issued a  recent order on 21st July declaring the CG Employees and CG Pensioners in Union Territories are not entitled to join CGHS and those who were erroneously admitted also have to be sent out. This order is most unjustified and while correcting an injustice the Government is trying to introduce another injustice to the employees and pensioners of Union Territories. This Executive urges for immediate withdrawal of 21st July orders also.

There are many other health related recommendations of the 7th CPC that requires immediate decision by the Government. The recommendations (1) to merge the existing Postal Dispensaries with CGHS; (2) to issue Medi-insurance Cards to employees and pensioners to ensure cashless treatment in authorized private hospitals; (3) to merge various departmental vise health systems to form one broad medical system for the Government Employees and Pensioners; and (4) all pensioners also to be made eligible to medical treatment on par with the serving employees under CS MA Rules 1944, require positive approval by the Government. The Pensioners are the senior citizens whose medical requirements are very important at their old age. The present flaws in the existing medical systems should be removed by accepting the recommendations of the Pay Commission to end any discrimination between the serving employees and the Pensioners.

The National Executive of NCCPA notes that the Government has come forward to double the Fixed Medical Allowance from 500/- to 1000/- per month. This increase is a welcome step no doubt. But one cannot deny the fact that when a section of the Government Employees like the PF Department were granted 2000/- per month as FMA even under 6th CPC time, fixing the FMA after 7th CPC to only 1000/- is not meeting the requirements of today’s medical cost. This National Executive therefore resolves to urge upon the Government to reconsider and enhance the FMA to not less than 2000/- per month.

This National Executive wishes to bring to the notice of the Authorities that several orders are not implemented in a time-bound manner by all departments so that the aging pensioners can get the benefits earlier. The GO on extending full pension to Pre-2006 Pensioners who had retired without putting 33 years of qualifying service has not been implemented to all eligible such Pensioners in many States. The implementation of GO on fixation of pension on the basis of ‘pay in the pay band’ instead of ‘minimum of pay band’ w.e.f. 1.1.2006 for all Pre-2006 Pensioners took a lot of time. The issue of revised PPOs to all Pre-2006 Pensioners is still not completed in many States despite the position reflecting in the SCOVA meeting minutes that almost all Pensioners had been issued with revised PPOs. The main reason for non-implementation or slow implementation is because of the existing staff shortage in accounting offices. This may adversely affect the implementation of the recent 12th May, 2017 orders also. Therefore this National Executive resolves to urge upon the Government to cause to order drawing of the services of qualified retired officials to function as ‘implementation cells’ to speed up the work under the supervision of serving Accounts Officers. This Executive also urges that this Refixation work under Option Number 3 shall be completed to all Pre-2016 Pensioners before 30.09.2017.

The National Executive also notes with concern that several issues like the revamping of additional pension; release of commuted portion of pension after 10 years have neither been considered by the 7th CPC nor by the Government. This Executive resolves to urge upon the Government to come forward to refix the quantum of additional pension in a more rationalistic manner. This Executive also urges the Government to come forward to pass the order in consonance with the order of Bengaluru CAT that the additional pension is payable on attaining the age of 80, 85, 90, 95, 100 instead of on completing the above ages. This Executive also urges the Government that persisting with the present time limit of 15 long years for returning the commuted portion of pension is fully unjustified and it requires to be revisited to reduce the time to 10 years.

The demand for exempting the pension from income tax is not at all receiving the attention of Government despite the fact this demand has been vociferously raised by the Pensioners Organizations for long. It is highly unjustified to tax the pension of the government servants who had toiled for the nation throughout his working life. The Refixation of ceiling for income-tax now and then was only temporary solution to the problem. It is observed that recently that trend also has stopped and we could not find any change of ceiling for income-tax. This National Executive of NCCPA urges the Government to come forward to accept the demand for payment of pension net taxes.

The National Secretariat is hereby authorised by this National Executive to fix up appropriate Programme of action on all the above issues.

RESOLUTION ON BUILDING THE ORGANISATION OF NCCPA

The National executive of NCCPA is of the firm opinion that the growth of the united platform of pensioners’ movement alone is the guarantee to face the onslaught of the Government on pension and social security. NCCPA is the only class conscious apex organization for unifying all CG Pensioners under one roof and effectively project the issues of CG Pensioners for appropriate settlement. The need to strengthen the NCCPA is therefore paramount.

Both strengthening NCCPA at the CHQ level and strengthening it at State level are important though both are complimenting each other. The strengthening at CHQ level can be concentrated by approaching the existing pensioners’ organizations for affiliating with the NCCPA. The strengthening of the existing affiliates of NCCPA also can contribute to the strengthening of NCCPA CHQ. As far as the States are concerned, it is our responsibility to found State COC of NCCPA with the state organizations of our affiliates (both CGPA and Departmental wise Affiliates). Various state level functioning CGPA organizations also can be approached for joining in the State COC of NCCPA. We are witnessing that for lack of a strong platform of CG Pensioners many issues of Pensioners are unable to be effectively projected before the Government. The solution of pensioners’ issues is left to the mercy of the Government and Authorities through SCOVA and by approaching the doors of courts that takes a longer time. Even after favourable judicial pronouncements the Government is in the habit of denying the benefit to all similarly placed candidates, again against the Supreme Court Judgment. A stronger voice of united pensioners alone can guarantee earlier solutions to many vexed issues.

There are also issues like the NPS, Attack on Pensioners and the danger of bringing all existing employees and pensioners also under the NPS in future with the help of PFRDA Act that gives the Government the power to do so at its will.

This National Executive therefore calls upon all its Affiliates (both CGPA and Departmental wise Associations) to take all the initiative for founding State COC of NCCPA as a measure of strengthening the united movement of CG pensioners on one hand and to work for broader unity of all Pensioners like the Central, State and PSU Pensioners Associations on the other.

RESOLUTION ON NATONAL PENSION SCHEME

This National Executive meeting held of 19.08.2017 at Nagpur notes with utter dismay and expresses its grave concern on the stand taken by the Government of India on the National Pension Scheme introduce from 01.01.2004. A demand was placed before the 7th CPC to scrap that contributory pension scheme and to bring all the CG Employees and others in defined and assured pension scheme. The 7th CPC refrained itself on the plea that the issue is not available in their term of reference. The Government formed a Committee with a view to strengthen the NPS.

This meeting observes with hope that Confederation of CG Employees & Workers and the All India State Government Employees Federation had decided some phased programme of action to fight back the situation.

This National Executive Committee meeting of NCCPA calls upon all its affiliates to take all possible steps to join the programmes on this issue and to generate public opinion by staging dharna, rallies, street corner meetings etc in the coming days.

RESOLUTION ON IMPLEMENATION OF GDS COMMITTEE REPORT

The National Executive Committee meeting of NCCPA held at Nagpur on 19.08.2017 notes with grave concern that the Government of India is following the tactics of delaying the implementation of GDS Committee Report by way of setting up Committees on various pleas. National Federation of Postal Employees is going to stage one day strike on 23.08.2017 demanding implementation of GDS Committee recommendations. This National Executive Committee meeting of NCCPA is whole heartedly supporting the proposed strike and calls upon all the affiliates to stand by the striking employees on the day of strike by staging solidarity type of programme on 23.08.2017.

ON IMPLEMENTING INTERNATIONAL PENSIONERS DAY ON 1st OCTOBER

The WFTU Trade Union International (Pensiones & Retired) has issued a call to observe the 1st October 2017 as the international day of fight for pensioners’ Rights. It is the regular practice of WFTU to observe October 1st every year on some important social causes and the selection of this year October 1st as the International Day of fight for Pensioners’ rights by the WFTU TUI (P&R) clearly marks the danger to which the pensioners of all the countries are exposed under liberalization. This National Executive meeting of NCCPA resolves to call upon all our affiliates to observe the 1st October 2017 as International day of fight for Pensioners’ Rights.

RESOLUTION ON SOLIDARITY WITH THE CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS

The National Executive Meeting of NCCPA held at Nagpur on 19.08.2017 welcomes the decision taken by the Central Trade Unions and Federations and Confederations and Associations of Central Government, State Government and Public sector like the BSNL, Banks, Insurance etc to organise a series of Programmes against the economic policies and the onslaught on the working Class. This National executive expresses its total solidarity with the Programme of Action of Indefinite strike to be launched by the Indian Working Class unitedly. This Executive also calls upon all our affiliates to mobilize maximum membership to Delhi to participate on 10th November in the three days dharna programme to be organised in Delhi from 9th to 11th of November, 2017 as a prelude to the impending indefinite strike. All our affiliates will concentrate full mobilization on the second day of the three days dharna in order to focus the total solidarity of pensioners as a community to the struggle of the working class.