Friday, August 28, 2015

Strike on 2nd Sep, 2015: Govt assured on Bonus enhancement, Wages formula and Union agreed to reconsider the proposed strike

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

27-August-2015 21:05 IST

Inter Ministerial Committee Holds Wider Consultations with Trade Unions on Charter of Demands Appeals to Reconsider Proposed Call for Strike in View of Discussions


The Second meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) continued discussion on 12 Demands Charter of Trade Unions for the second day here today in continuation of discussions held yesterday. The Committee comprises Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS(IC) Labour and Employment, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, MOS(IC) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Jitendra Singh, MoS DOPT, and Shri Piyush Goel, MoS (IC),Power. During the discussions Trade Unions expressed concern and asked for clarifications on their demands. Addressing their concerns and expectations, the Finance Minister explained policies on which the Government is working and assured that the Government is committed to welfare of labour. Underlining the importance of role of Trade Unions, Shri Jaitely assured the Central Trade Unions that all labour laws reforms will be done with due discussions and tripartite consultations.

In view of the discussions held in conducive and cordial atmosphere, the IMC appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider the proposed call for strike on 2nd September, 2015.The Trade Unions have agreed to consider the appeal.

In view of the suggestions given by Central Trade Unions in the meetings held on 19th July, 26th August and 27th August, 2015, the Government assured the following :

1. Appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable to all employees across the country.

2. For the purposes of bonus the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. Earlier in 2006-07 the calculation ceiling was decided at Rs.3500/- and eligibility limit was wage of Rs.10,000/- per month which is proposed to be revised to Rs.7,000 and Rs.21,000 respectively.

3. The Government is expanding the coverage of social security and working out ways to include construction workers, Aanganwari workers ,ASHA workers and Mid Day Meal workers.

4. Regarding contract workers the Government assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. Moreover, the Government is working out ways so that workers of industries will get sector specific minimum wages.

5. Government has already enhanced minimum pension for EPFO members and every pensioner gets minimum pension of Rs.1000/- per month perpetually.

6. Labour laws reforms will be based on tripartite consultations as already stated by the Prime Minister. The States are also being advised to follow the tripartite process.

7. For strict adherence to labour law enforcement, advisory has been issued to the State/UT Governments and strict monitoring has been initiated by Central Government.

8. For employment generation Mudra Yojana, Make in India, Skill India and National Career Service Portal initiatives have been taken.

9. Abolition of interviews for all primary jobs which do not require any special knowledge/expertise, is being done for transparency and expediting the process of recruitment.

10. Inflation is lowest in the last many years excepting two items onion and pulses. Government is taking necessary steps to contain the higher prices of these two commodities also.

It was further clarified that there is no ban on filling up of vacancies in Government jobs and all concerned Departments are taking necessary action to fill-up these vacancies. It was further assured that the Government is committed to job security, wages security and social security to the workers. The issue of equal wages for equal work for contract workers is an issue requiring wider consultations and a committee will be constituted, if required.

Some Ruling files in PDF format

                             


1.CCS (CONDUCT) RULES




2.CCS(CCA) RULES



3.CCS (Leave) Rules



4.Fundamental & Supplementary Rules



5.Pension Rules



6.New Pension Scheme



7.Provident Fund Rules



8.Medical Attendance Rules 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

26-08-2015 DHARNA PHOTOS

కేంద్ర JCA పిలుపు మేరకు గుంటూరు పోష్టల్ JCA ఆధ్వర్యంలో గుంటూరు పోస్టల్ సూపరింటెండెంట్ ఆఫీసు వద్ద ది 26-08-2015 న ధర్నా నిర్వహిమ్హ్చటం జరిగింది . ఇందులో JCA నాయకులూ అందరు పాల్గొని తమ సందేశాలతో సోదర మిత్రులకు విషయాలన్నీ తెలియ చేసారు ..






Revision of Variable Dearness Allowance and increase in Minimum Wages in Mines and establishments falling under Govt. of India w.e.f. 01.04.2015



Cabinet clears four-month extension to 7th Central Pay Commission


The Union Cabinet today cleared a four-month extension to the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission today.

Set up by the UPA government in February 2014, the 7th Central Pay Commission was to make its recommendations within 18 months. Its term would have expired on August 27.

“In view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations, the 7th Central Pay Commission had made a request to the Government for a four month extension up to December 31, 2015,” a government statement said.

Constituted almost every 10 years, the Pay Commission’s main task is to revise the pay scale of its employees. The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission—slated to come into effect from January 1, 2016, would impact around 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services and is in the process of finalising its recommendations.

7th CPC will submit its report by September end :Justice A K Mathur



Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.K.
Mathur, Former Judge
Seventh Central pay panel to submit report next month
PTI New Delhi, Aug 25: 

Seventh Pay Commission set up by the government to revise pay scales of central government employees will submit its report by September end, said its Chairman Justice A K Mathur here today.

The Commission, which was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, was required to submit its report by August end.

“The Commission will submit its report by the end of September” Justice Mathur told PTI.

The government constitutes pay commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.


The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders including organisations, federations, and groups representing civil employees as well as Defence Services.

It is now in the process of finalising its recommendations.

The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2016.

The other members of the Commission are Vivel Rae, Rathin Roy and its secretary Meena Agarwal.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.

Read at: The Hindu

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Payments banks:

Payments banks: Not corporate biggies but India Post will emerge the dark horse in race for market

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has chosen just 11 out of 41 applicants to set up payments banks in the country. Payments banks are institutions that will offer most of the banking services except loans and credit card products to retail customers. Customers can deposit money up to Rs 1 lakh in these banks, transfer money, make payments and buy financial products such as insurance and mutual funds.

The 11 names include India’s postal department, two telecom players (Airtel and Vodafone), three large corporate houses (Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Aditya Birla Nuvo and Tech Mahindra), two financial services firms (Fino Paytech and Cholamandalam), two individual entrepreneurs (Dilip Sahnghvi and Vijay Sharma) and National Securities Depository Ltd, a surprise winner.

The names that are absent in the list are equally notable. These include Kishore Biyani of Big Bazaar, George Muthoot of Muthoot Financial Services, prepaid payment instrument issuers (PPIs) such as Oxigen and Itz cash and few other mobile payment services such as My mobile payments, Pay Point and One MobiKwik Systems.

The exclusion of several PPIs from the list is a bit surprising since these entities were originally projected as the deserving candidates to become payments banks from the very beginning - when the idea of payments banks was conceived by an RBI panel headed by Nachiket Mor in early 2014. PPIs are firms that provide cards, which customers can use to make payments with the money that’s stored in them. There are around 24 PPIs in India. “This will be a gradual conversion for them,” Mor had said then.

The reason why the RBI chose not to admit majority of these firms in the list could be the regulator’s apprehensions on their past record, financial strength and apprehensions on the security of transactions once these entities are allowed to become banks and begin collecting deposits from public. Similarly, the exclusion of large hypermarket chain like Big Bazaar indicates that the RBI isn’t yet comfortable with permitting retail chains to do banking.

Having said this, one must note that the central bank has indicated its willingness to issue more licences in the future, when the licensing process will be made based on a continuous (on tap) basis. Companies that failed to get into the current list can apply again then. As the RBI has indicated, it has currently chosen firms from different segments and would want to learn from the experience of their operations.

Most of the companies selected to set up payments banks will hit the ground running since they already have systems in place.

For instance, both Airtel and Vodafone have fund transfer services. Airtel already partly undertakes the functions of a payments bank by offering fund transfer services under Airtel money that has over 1.7 million users. Vodafone too has a similar offering. RIL has a tie-up with State Bank of India (SBI) for the payments bank roll-out. The partnership between India’s largest commercial bank and largest corporate entity comes with huge promises and will be keenly watched.

But as Firstpost has mentioned before, the biggest revolution in the offing is the entry of India Post to the banking sector.

The postal department, which failed to get into the list of full service banks when the RBI gave permits to IDFC and Bandhan in April 2014, has been trying for long to get into the banking business. The department has begun to set up ATMs and connect its offices through core banking solution network. The post expects to connect about 25,000 branches under CBS in next one year.

The India Post has already been active in the deposit-taking activity through its various savings schemes.

As of 31 March 2014 the outstanding balances under the post office savings scheme stood at Rs 6.05 lakh crore, which is nearly equivalent to half the deposits of government-owned State Bank of India, the country's largest commercial bank, and double that of the largest private lender, ICICI Bank Ltd. The department has a network of about 1,55,000 branches across the country, of which about 1,39,040 are in rural areas.

Going by a 2011 estimate of the postal department, about 6,000 people are covered on average by post-offices in rural areas and about 24,000 in urban areas. It also already offers insurance products. Backed by its existing outlets across the country and a gigantic depositor base already in various post bank schemes, Post Bank can offer a stiff competition to State Bank of India and other public sector banks in the deposit market.

Given the fact that India Post is present in many far-flung areas of the country, where even nationalised banks do not have branches, a Post Bank can change the way people save in these parts. Post is a trusted brand name in India’s households and hence, would find it relatively easy to convince customers keep their savings with the new entity.

The only area, where the Post needs to improve is technology. But a lot of work has already gone into this part as well. A senior department official told this writer that the India Post will have to formally approach the government for its permission to set up payments banks.

Since payments banks do not require huge amount of capital (the initial capital requirement set by the RBI for these banks is Rs 100 crore as against Rs 500 crore for full-service banks), India Post will not have to struggle much to seek the capital assistance from the finance ministry, which, in the past, had opposed India Post’s plan to become a full-service banks citing higher capital requirement and lack of experience in offering credit. But, this time, capital shouldn’t be an issue.

Once the whole network of post offices is connected with adequate technology, the biggest bank of India for the poor is ready.

Postal JCA struggle programme on 26-08-2015


Postal JCA
NFPE & FNPO – AIPEU GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS
one day dharna
in front of all DIVISIONAL OFFICES
REGIONAL OFFICES
CIRCLE OFFICES
On
26-08-2015
Demanding :-
Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters
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Implement cadre restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts & MMS in Department of Posts
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Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department (i.e., PA / SA / Postmen / Mail Guard / GDS Mailmen, Mailmen, MMS Drivers and other staff in MMS, PACO, SBCO, PO Accounts & Civil wing.

REVISION OF FIXED MONETARY COMPENSATION (FMC) TO DELIVERY STAFF AND REMUNERATION TO OTHER STAFF


REVISION OF FIXED MONETARY COMPENSATION (FMC) TO DELIVERY STAFF AND REMUNERATION TO OTHER STAFF 


·         D.G. Posts No. 10-7/2001-PE-II dated 14th August, 2015.

 I am directed to refer to Directorate letters of even number dated 04.09.2002, 20.01.2003 and 24.11.2010 on the above mentioned subject.

2.           The Department has revived a number of references from the staff Associations requesting for upward revision of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) admissible to Postman Staff. A Committee of Senior Officers  was constituted for looking into the issue and the  report of the Committee has been examined  carefully in consultation with Integrated  Finance  Wing  and the Competent Authority has ordered enhancement of the  Fixed Monetary  Compensation (FMC) admissible  to Postmen staff. The details are as under:

S.L. No.
Item
Existing Rate
Revised Rate
(a)
When one Postman performs duty of an absentee Postman by combination of duties.
Rs.50 per day
Rs. 94 per day
(b)
When two Postmen perform duty of an absentee Postman by sharing the beat.
Rs.24 per day
Rs.47 per  day

3.           The Competent  Authority  has also ordered fixation / revision of Holiday/Sunday Monetary  Compensation payable to Postmen  Staff and other  Departmental Staff brought on duty on 2nd consecutive Holiday if three consecutive  holidays occur or duty performed on Sunday as shown under:

Cadre
Item
Existing Rate
Revised
Remarks
Postmen/Sorting Postmen
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.85
Rs.282/- per day for full day duty.
Nil
MTS
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.60
Rs.29/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
If duty performed above 3 hours, the employee is eligible to claim for 3 hours pay only.
Postal Assistant
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.85
Rs.41/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
Supervisor
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.85
Rs.47/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours

4.           All other conditions for payment of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) issued vide OM No. 10-23/87-PE-I dated 21.12.1993 and delivery of Unregistered letters on Holidays issued  under 9-25/92-C1 dated 10.09.92 will remain unchanged.

 5.          The expenditure on account of revision has to be met from the allocated funds of the units under the prescribed Head of Account.

  6.         These orders will take effect from the date of issue.

7.           This issues in consultation with the Integrated Finance Wing vide their diary number 118/FA/2015/CS dated 14.08.2015.
                                                                                                                              Sd/-
(Maj)S.N.Dave)

Assistant Director General (Estt.)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AIPEU GDS (NFPE) & AIPEU PM & MTS - JOINT CIRCLE COUNCIL MEETING - A.P CIRCLE at GUNTUR

AIPEU GDS (NFPE ) & AIPEU Postmen & MTS Unions of Andhra Pradesh Circle convened a joint Circle Council meeting in Guntur for two days  22nd & 23rd August 2015.

The Council meeting is organized by the NFPE unions of Guntur Divsion under the leadership of Com.R.Sivannarayana, former All India President, AIPEU Gr.C.

22-08-2015

National flag Com.R.Sivannarayana, P4 flag Com. S.K.Humayun, GDS (NFPE) flag Com.P.Pandurangarao were hoisted.

Com.K.Manohar, President, GDS (NFPE) A.P Circle presided the  GDS Council meeting. 

Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU GDS (NFPE) inaugurated and Com.R.Sivannarayana addressed the GDS Council meeting today. 28 divsions from 5 Regions and about 50 GDS representatives and 11 Circle Office bearers were attended the meeting.




P-4
Com.K.Chandrasekhar, Asst. General Secretary, AIPEU PM&MTS(CHQ) invited as Chief Guest and addressed the meeting. Com.S.K.Humayun, former all India President, P4, Com.S.Dasu, veteran leader of NFPE also attended and addressed the P4 Council Meeting today.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

RBI grants in-principle nod for 11 payments banks




Payment banks allow mobile firms, supermarket chains, and others to cater to individuals and small businesses.


The Reserve Bank on Wednesday granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 entities, including Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone and Airtel, to set up payments banks and proposed such licences ‘on tap’ in future.

The other entities which have been given ‘in-principle’ approval are Department of Posts, Cholamandalam Distribution Services, Tech Mahindra, National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), Fino PayTech, Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shantilal Shanghvi and PayTM’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

“The ‘in-principle’ approval granted will be valid for a period of 18 months, during which time the applicants have to comply with the requirements under the guidelines and fulfil the other conditions as may be stipulated by the Reserve Bank,” RBI said in a statement.

Going forward, RBI said the central bank would use the learning from this licensing round to appropriately revise the guidelines and move to give licences more regularly, virtually “on tap”.

Payment banks allow mobile firms, supermarket chains, and others to cater to individuals and small businesses.

The Payments Bank will be set up as a differentiated bank and shall confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, Internet banking and other specified services.

Payments Banks will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 1 lakh per individual customer.

They will be allowed to issue ATM/debit cards as also other prepaid payment instruments, but not the credit cards.

These banks can also distribute non-risk sharing simple financial products like mutual funds and insurance products.

They will not be allowed to undertake lending services and non resident Indians will not be allowed to open accounts.

RBI further said that on being satisfied that the 11 applicants have complied with the requisite conditions as part of ‘in-principle’ approval, it would consider granting to them a licence for commencement of banking business.

Until a regular licence is issued, the applicants can not undertake any banking business, the central bank added.

Draft guidelines for licencing of payments banks were released for public comments and the final guidelines were issued on November 27, 2014.

A total of 41 applicants had applied for payments banks.

Differentiated banking entails going beyond the current universal banking framework to serve specific purposes.

The move to allow such differentiated banks came after RBI had found just two entities — infra player IDFC and micro-lender Bandhan from among over two dozen applicants — eligible for setting up commercial banks.

The central bank issued this limited set of licences on April 1, 2014, after a decade. Both applicants are yet to begin operations even after a year as they have time till October.

Commercial banks comprise 27 public sector banks, 20 private, 44 foreign, 4 local area banks and 56 regional rural banks.

On the selection process, RBI said a detailed scrutiny was undertaken by an External Advisory Committee (EAC) under the chairmanship of Nachiket Mor, Director, Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India.

The recommendations of the EAC were an input to an Internal Screening Committee (ISC), consisting of the Governor and four Deputy Governors.



Source : http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/rbi-grants-inprinciple-nod-for-11-payments-banks/article7557908.ece

Postal Department Should Become Vehicle of Financial Inclusion: Ravi Shankar Prasad


NEW DELHI:  Armed with a payments bank licence now, the postal department should gear up to become a vehicle of financial inclusion in the country, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
     
The minister said that the postal department should prepare itself properly and effectively for this opportunity.
     
The payments bank licence will enable the Department of Post (DoP) to offer banking services to the masses through its vast network of 1,54,000 post offices, of which 1,30,000 are in rural areas.
     
"This is a very proud moment for the postal department. I have been trying since I became minister to energise and make the vast network of the department for financial digital inclusion and e-commerce activity," Mr Prasad told PTI.
     
"I am very happy to learn that the postal department has been given a payment banking permission by the RBI. I thank the RBI, governor and his team," Mr Prasad said.
     
RBI today decided to grant "in-principle" approval to 11 applicants, including DoP, National Securities Depository Ltd and RIL, to set up payments banks.
     
As per RBI guidelines, payments banks would offer a limited range of products such as demand deposits and remittances. They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per individual customer.
     
They will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as also other prepaid payment instruments, but not credit cards.

Source: NDTV