Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Providing option of more Life Cycle Funds to the NPS subscribers

Norms relaxed for Selvamagal scheme

In a bid to generate more interest among people in opening Selvamagal Semippu accounts (SSA) in the names of their daughters, the postal department has relaxed certain norms.

Now, people can pay deposits for 15 years towards SSA from the time of opening of the savings account. Earlier, it was restricted to 14 years. At present, long-term saving schemes like Public Provident Fund scheme too accept deposits for 15 years. The SSA scheme was launched in February last year for the welfare of girl children. Currently, there are over 12.34 lakh accounts across the State, with nearly 4.38 accounts in Chennai city.

Restrictions on withdrawal were a hitch in attracting more investors to the scheme. Customers could opt for partial withdrawal only when the applicant turned 18 years old. Now, account holders can withdraw up to 50 per cent of the balance accrued till the previous financial year for higher education once the girl child completes class X.

Officials of postal department said the account holder had to produce documentary proof like fee receipt to withdraw from their balance, including an option of withdrawing in five instalments. People will have to pay a minimum of Rs.1,000 to avoid penalty charges. However, depositors in SSA have to wait for 21 years for the amount to mature. They also have an option to close the account one month before or three months after the wedding date.

Another norm relaxed now is the option for premature closure after five years of opening the account in case of medical expenditure of account holder or death of guardian. “There has not been any dip in new accounts because of the reduction in interest rate and it continues to be one of the popular savings scheme. On an average, nearly 18,000 SSAs are being opened in the city post offices. Nearly Rs. 324 crore has been deposited through SSA so far,” said an official.
Source :  http://www.thehindu.com

Employees Contributions to EPF

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
25-April-2016 15:20 IST
Employees Contributions to EPF
As per the Audited Consolidated Annual Accounts of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) for the year 2014-15, the closing balance of Funds managed by EPFO is Rs. 6,34,174.33 crore.
Regarding EPFO being the eleventh largest pension fund in the world, no such information is available with EPFO.
The fresh accruals in 2015-16 in the three Schemes framed under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952 as per the revised estimates is Rs. 1,01,538.54 crore.
The revised estimates for the year 2015-16 are projected to be 13.81 per cent higher than the Budget estimates. The details of revised estimates of the three Schemes are as under:
(i) Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 : Rs. 71,398.25 crore
(ii) Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995: Rs. 29,000.00 crore
(iii) Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme, 1976: Rs 1,140.29 crore.
This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Concessions to startups regarding Labour Laws - digging grave to the working class

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
25-April-2016 15:20 IST

Concessions to startups regarding Labour Laws

In order to promote the Start-Up ecosystem in the country and incentivizing the entrepreneurs in setting up new start-up ventures and thus catalyze the creation of employment opportunities through them, the Ministry of Labour & Employment has issued an advisory to the States/UTs/Central Labour Enforcement Agencies for a compliance regime based on self-certification and regulating the inspections under various Labour Laws.

It has been suggested that if such start-ups furnish self-declaration for compliance of nine labour laws for the first year from the date of starting the start-up, no inspection under these labour laws, wherever applicable, will take place. The nine labour laws, included in this advisory are:

·        the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947;

• the Trade Unions Act, 1926;

• the Building and Other Constructions Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996;

• the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946;

• the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979;

• the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972;

• the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970;

• the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952; and

• the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948.

• From the second year onwards, up to 3 year from the setting up of the units, such start-ups are required to furnish self-certified returns and would be inspected only when credible and verifiable complaint of violation is filed in writing and approval has been obtained from the higher authorities.

The advisory to State Governments is not to exempt the Start-ups from the ambit of compliance of these Labour Laws but to provide an administrative mechanism to regulate inspection of the Start-Ups under these labour laws, so that Start-ups are encouraged to be self-disciplined and adhere to the rule of law. These measures intend to avoid harassment of the entrepreneurs by restricting the discretion and arbitrariness. Punitive action shall, however, be taken whenever there is a violation of these labour laws.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.



No. CONF/NE/2016                                                                                                    Dated: 05-04-2016



An urgent meeting of the National Executive of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers will be held at Dehradun (Uttarakhand) on 24th May’ 2016 (Tuesday). The meeting shall commence at 05.00 PM and continue till close. National Secretariat members, Chief Executives of the affiliated Organizations, General Secretaries of all State level C-o-Cs and main Office bearers of the Women's Sub Committee are requested to attend the meeting.

The following shall be the agenda of the meeting:


1.   7th CPC related issues and proposed indefinite strike from 11 July 2016 by NJCA.
2.   Proposed One day General Strike by Central Trade Union on 02nd September 2016.
3    Two days All India Workshop of Confederation at Dehradun - Review.
4.   All India Conference of Confederation & All India Women Convention at Chennai (Tamilnadu).
5.   Financial position of Confederation – Decision for improvement.
6.   Issues relating to the affiliated Organizations.
7.   Any other item with permission of the Chair.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
1. All National Secretariat Members.
2. Chief Executives of all affiliated Organizations.
3. General Secretaries of State C-o-Cs.
4. Main office bearers of Women's Sub Committee (Not Committee members)


Two days Trade Union Education Camp of Confederation will be held at Dehradun on 24th & 25th May 2016. Separate Circular enclosed herewith. Please ensure participation of delegates as per quota fixed in the circular.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General.

Com. Sitaram Yechury, MP (Rajya Sabha) & Leader, CPI(M) Group writes to Chairman, Gramin Dak Sewak Committee

EPFO Amendments: Government should learn the lessons


D.G. Posts O.M. No.1-20/2008-PCC (Pt) dated 08.04.2016.

Sub: Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- to Group ‘D’ /MTS who retired /expired from service after 29.08.2008, without having been imparted training.

            Reference have been received in this Directorate seeking guidelines as to how to determine the Grade Pay of those non-matriculate  Group-D employees who retired or dies in harness after the  notification of Revised Pay Rule,2008 but before  being imparted the requisite training to be eligible  for grant  of Grade Pay of rs.1800/- in Pay Band-1.

2.         The matter was referred to DGP&T/Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their ID No. 250446/15 dated 29.01.2016 has clarified the issue as under:

“ In this regard , it is clarified that if a non-matriculate Group-D employees  appointed  prior to 1/1/2006, died in harness or retired  before  being imparted  the required training as per training programme issued by D/o Posts vide its letter no. I-55/2009-Trg dated 06.04.2009  due to delay attributable to administrative  reasons and not  due to factors attributable to him, he may be granted  the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- if the retrained  non-matriculate  Group-D employees have been  given the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-“

3.         In view of the above, it is therefore requested to take further necessary action to regulate the Grade Pay of all affected Group-D employees who died or retired after implementation of Revised Pay Rules, 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training accordingly

4.         This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

                                                          (R.L. Patel)

                                                             Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)





            We are happy to inform that Regional Co-ordination Committee of Postal Employees unions, Assam & N.E, finally decided to hold Xth Federal Council Meeting of NFPE at Guwahati from 7th to 9th September ’2016. In this connection a broad based Reception Committee with the leaders of both the circle of Assam & N.E  has been formed in a broad based meeting  held at Meghdoot Bhawan  on 27-03-16 with  Sri Indibor Dewri Retd. IPOs & Eminent Intellectual as Chairman, Com. M.R.Das Ex. Convenor, RCC of P& T  E.U. Assam & N.E, as Working Chairman, Com D.K.Debnath  Convenor, RCC of Postal Employees Union Assam & NE as General Secretary  & Com. Bishnu Ram Rabha as treasurer respectively. Detail list of Reception Committee will be published later on.

              It is also decided in the meeting that not to pay no TA/ DA will be paid to the Office bearers and Federal Councillors by the Reception Committee. However, free fooding & lodging will be provided by the Reception Committee. But Delegate fee @Rs.1500/-will have to be paid by the visitors.

           It is also proposed to hold Inaugural session, procession, open session & Cultural programme on 7th Sept’16 at District library Auditorium, Guwahati. On 8th & 9th Federal Session & Seminar if any as decided by the Federation will be held at BSNL Multipurpose Hall, Pan Bazer, Guwahati.

Yours Comradely,
                                                                                     (D. K.Debnath )
                                                                                    General Secretary &
                                                              Convenor, RCC of postal EU Assam 
& NE


Friday, April 22, 2016

Duly filled-in Customs Declaration form is mandatory for each and every outward International Mail item

As per UPU regulations, it is mandatory to attach duly filled-in Customs Declaration form to each and every outward International Mail item.

If the requisite Customs Declaration form is not attached to an International Mail item, it can result not only in delay in delivery of such item but also return by Customs Authorities at the stage of Customs Examination.

Foreign Postal Administrations have also reported receipt of International Mail items booked in India to which duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms were not attached. Ensure that duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms (as mentioned below) are attached to the International Mail items while being accepted for booking: 

1. Letters / LCAO - CN 22 (for declared value up to Rs 26,000/-)                       
                            - CN 23(for declared value above Rs 26,000/-)
2. Parcels             - CP 72

3. EMS                  - E1 

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Comrade Arun, Advocate, Madras High Court and younger son of comrade D.Sivagurunathan, CHQ Treasurer  and State President of All India Postal Casual labour Federation getting married to Ms.Sukanya today at Palakkad Kerala. We convey our wishes for a long and happy married life.






       Mother of Dr. Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Circle passed away on 19.04.2016  at Chennai and lifted to Mangalore for last rites.

      TN P3 CIRCLE UNION convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

Action should not be taken on Anonymous/Pseudonymous Complaints - Govt. and Postal Department reitrates its stand

அரசிடமிருந்தும், இலாக்காவிடமிருந்தும் எத்தனை உத்திரவுகள் வெளியிடப்பட்டாலும், 'மொட்டை' புகார்கள்  அடிப்படையில் ,  அடிமட்ட ஊழியர்கள் மீது மட்டும் நடவடிக்கை  எடுக்க  நம் அதிகாரிகள் விரும்பு கிறார்கள். இது ஊழியர்களை மிரட்டி  'அடிமைகளாக வைத்திட' ஒரு திட்டமே அன்றி வேறு ஒன்றுமில்லை. பல கோட்டங்களில் அதிகாரிகளே ஊழியர்களை  பிளவு படுத்தி  'மொட்டை' புகார் அளித்திட தூண்டுகிறார்கள்.

ஆனால் எந்த ஒரு அதிகாரி மீதான ' மொட்டை ' புகார் மீதும்  நடவடிக்கை எதுவும் எடுக்கப்படுவதில்லை - இதுவரை எடுக்கப்பட்டதும் இல்லை. இந்த தவறான  அணுகுமுறை உடனடியாக நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டும் என்று வேண்டுகிறோம். இல்லையெனில், இதுவரை அவ்வாறு எடுக்கப்பட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் குறித்து  தகவல் அறியும் உரிமை சட்டத்தின்படி விபரங்கள் பெற்று மத்திய  புலனாய்வு அமைப்புக்கு  நாம் புகார் செய்ய வேண்டி இருக்கும் என்பதை  இந்த  வலைத்தள செய்தி  மூலம் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம்.

Prepare for strike we are sure the of getting better wage hike - See the Historic strike by Garment Factory Workers and other Industrial Workers of Karnataka State

                 The flash strike against the recent PF Rules, 2016 of the Central Government (i.e., Centre’s new rule on Provident Fund withdrawal) by large section of Garment Factory Workers and other Industrial Workers of Karnataka State on 18th and 19th April 2016 received immense response and there was a massive protest which resulted in road blocks for hours together, thereby the entire traffic of Bengaluru City was paralyzed.  The traffic was also severely affected on Mysore, Tumkur and Hosur roads. 

             The COC Karnataka extended moral support and sympathy for this Labour Movement.  The February 10thnotification was under attack from trade unions from the beginning.  The notification was published in the gazette on February 26 and created technical problems.

            The violence in Bengaluru prompted the Labour Ministry, Govt. of India to cancel the February 10 notification which put restrictions on 100% withdrawal from the PF account.

        Within few hours of protest in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka state , the Hon’ble Minsiter for Labour, Shri.Bandaru Dattatreya acted upon and withdrawn the notification issued on February 10th and informed that the old system will continue. This is a victory for the workers of the country.

           This clearly shows that the Government of India does not want to antagonize the workers.  If the Central Government employees also participate in trade union action against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC similar to the Garment Workers of Karnataka, we too can get similar results and hope for a better wage revision and a decent wage hike.

This Labour movement of the Garment Workers of Karnataka state is an eye-opener for all other working class in the entire country, Comrades if one state and one particular working class movement can bring changes to the policy of the Central Government, if the entire the entire country the Central Government employees agitate against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC (where only 14 % wage hike was provided against the staff side demand of 80% wage hike and also reducing the number of allowances and reduction in HRA rates)  then the Central Government shall provide the decent wage hike by settling the issue of wage hike with the staff side NJCA like the PF issue being settled.

    Comrades it is high time to prepare for 11th July strike of Central Government employees under the banner of NJCA.  We shall get good results and Central Government shall grant better wage hike than the 7th CPC recommendations. Better we prepare for 11th July strike better wage hike we get.   

                                                                                                                                    Comradely yours                                                                                                                 (P.S.Prasad)
                                                                    General Secretary,
Confederation of Central Government 
Employees and Workers Karnataka State

No Compassion For Govt Employee Who Has No Will To Work: HIGH COURT

New Delhi: No compassion can be shown to a person who neither has the will to work, nor respect for the directions given by authorities, the Delhi High Court has observed while dismissing the plea of a temporary government employee against termination of her service.

The court noted that sufficient opportunity was given to the woman petitioner who appeared to be absenting from work at her “own whims and fancies” without bothering for the consequences.

“Further, no compassion can be shown to a person who has no will to work and no respect for the directions/warnings issued by authorities. It is absolutely clear that sufficient opportunity was given to the petitioner (woman) but she showed no improvement,” Justice V P Vaish said.

The court’s order came on a petition filed by the woman, appointed as a lower division clerk on temporary basis in a district court here in September 1992. Her service was terminated in 2002 under the Central Civil Services (Temporary Service) Rules, 1965.

She had approached the high court against the termination claiming that neither was any opportunity of show cause was given to her, nor any reasons for termination conveyed.

Counsel appearing for the office of District and Sessions Judge, the incharge of district court, opposed her plea saying the termination order was legal and valid, as she was a temporary employee and her service was not yet confirmed.

The lawyer also claimed that she was not performing her duties with due diligence as she had regularly absented, even when her leave applications were rejected.

While dismissing the petition, the court referred to the provision of Central Civil Services (Temporary Service) Rules, 1965 under which her service was terminated and observed that it “postulates that no enquiry is to be held prior to passing of termination order in case a temporary government servant is not found suitable for the job.”

“It is pertinent to mention here that even after issuance of repeated memos, the petitioner neither reported back to duty nor submitted any satisfactory explanation for her absence which shows that she was absolutely incorrigible and did not mend her ways despite repeated warnings,” it said.

“In these circumstances, any employer would have taken the same action because it was absolutely clear that the petitioner was not interested in her job. If the petitioner has been terminated, she is to blame herself,” it said.


LTC 80 Air Fare with effect from 1st April 2016

LTC Rules stipulates that Central Government Employees entitled to Air Travel while availing LTC will have to travel only by Air India on purchase of Air India LTC 80 Air tickets, a concessional air ticket applicable to Central Government Employees, State Government Employees, PSU Employees etc., when they travel under LTC.

In the event of Travel by private airlines or non-purchase of Air India LTC-80 air ticket, the employee concerned will not be reimbursed with the Air fare claimed under LTC.
However, in case of non-availability of Air India Flights to destination for which travel by LTC is planned, travel under LTC 80 Air tickets can be relaxed on case to case basis
Documents required by Air India for purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets:
Official ID card. In the case of purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets for Family members they have to carry the copy of the Identity Card of the employee.

Validity of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

One Year from the date of Issue

Discount applicable to Children and Infants for LTC 80 Air Fare:

Normal discount on the class of travel in respect of Children and they are not entitled to any additional discount. In the case of Infants (Under 2 years) 1st accompanying Infant – Rs.1000 per coupon, Plus applicable taxes. 2nd and more Infants, no discount permissible.

Change of Date and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

Change of Date of Travel and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets are allowed subject to payment of fee applicable.
Author’s Note: Government insists for purchasing Air India LTC 80 Air tickets for the reasons that these tickets are entititled to Change of dates and cancellation by default. So, neither the Govt nor the employee will incur loss in the event of change of date or cancellation of Travel Plan. In fact, there are many types of Air Fares are available in Air India itself which will be lesser than LTC 80 Air fare after dicounts. However, Air Tickets in discounted price will not be allowed for changing date of travel or cancellation of tickets.

Verification of Membership for recognition of service Association under CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993- Declare results of verification

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/Verification/2016                                    Dated :  20/4/2016

The Director (SR & Legal),
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Verification of Membership for recognition of service Association under CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 – Instructions - Regarding.

Ref.        : Directorate Memo No. 13-1/2015/SR dated 9/6/2015, 23/6/2015 and 5th August 2015

Respected Sir,

      Your kind attention is invited to above captioned letters and it is requested to kindly intimate the final outcome of re-verification process Union / Association wise for the information to the members of this Association.   
                Hoping for positive action and line in reply.
                                                                                 Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
All India Association of IPs/ASPs (CHQ)

Government employees as good as those in private sector: Suresh Prabhu

NEW DELHI: Emphasising on rewarding performers to improve performance, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said government employees do not lack talent and they are as good as those working in the private sector.

Addressing a large number of civil servants in a function here, he said there is a need to create a system where people will perform with all their ability.

"I do not think that getting people from outside or from private sector will solve all our problems. Also I am not convinced that government lacks any talent. What I am convinced about is the commitment of the people to work despite biggest challenges.

"It is not the private or public sector which is the solution. The solution lies in creating the organisation with the good people and at the same time working with the system. The systems are very important. Therefore we need to look at the system as a whole so that people will have the ability to perform well," Prabhu said inaugurating 10th civil services day here. 

He said there is a need to identify performers and suitably reward them. "How do you get the best of talents available within the country in the system? That is something we need to think about. How do you reward a good performer. Today there is nothing like rewarding a performer. 

"You have to think of a system where a good performer is properly identified. They get properly rewarded. They are properly promoted and those who are not doing good they need not be thrown out but how to actually make them doable that is the challenge," he said during the function being attended by senior officials of central government ministries and state governments.

Prabhu said people in the government are as good or as better as those working outside the government. "The challenge is how to use that huge human capital and how to harness it at the time when challenges are mounting," the Minister said.

"We need to develop a system where our delivery is better or at least at par with citizen expectations. Need to build systems and teams that can address today's challenges and future needs as well," Prabhu said.

He said no one can deny that the country has not done progress. "No one can say that nothing has been done in the country. We have done progress and we should be proud of that," Prabhu said.

The Minister hoped that the India will become world's largest economy in some years. "It is a matter of time whether it is 20 years, 25 years or it may be 30 years. There is no doubt about the fact that we will be one of the largest economy in the world," he said.