Friday, July 24, 2015

Re-classification / Upgradation of Cities / Towns on the basis of Cencus-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government Employees

To view please Department of Expenditure OM No.2/5/2014-E.II(B) dated 21/07/2015 please CLICK HERE



JCA WROTES TO SECRETARY ON PENDING ITEMS

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION, GDS (NFPE)
NATIONAL UNION GDS


No.PF-PJCA/2015                                                                     Dated: 22nd July,2015

To
           
            Ms. Kavery Bajerjee,
            Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            New Delhi-110 001

Sub:   Progress on the items of PJCA Strike Charter of Demands.

Ref:   Directorate, SR Division No. 08/07/2014-SR dated 5th May,2015.

Madam.

            Kindly refer to the discussion held in the meeting on 30.04.2015 on PJCA Strike Charter of Demands. There is no remarkable progress on most of the items.
            Though all items are important but two items are most important which are mentioned below and the reply given by the Department is also reproduced below:

            Item -2 Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the terms of reference of      7th Central Pay Commission.  Grant of civil servant status to GDS and grant        of all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis without any       discrimination.

             Reply: It was decided that the proposal will be strongly recommended and           referred to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration. (Action DDG (Estt)

            Item. 9: Implement cadre restructuring in postal, RMS, MMS and Postal            Accounts as per the proposal signed with the JCM (DC) staff side

            Reply:  The proposal for cadre restructuring of Gr. ‘C’ employees, will be sent to DOP&T next week.  The proposal for MMS and DAP will be sent to DOP&T          within a period of two months. (Action DDG (Estt) / DDG(PAF)  

            But it is very sorry to say that no progress is reported on the both items. It is learnt that 7th CPC is now preparing report and may submit its report to Finance Ministry  upto 31s August, 2015 and its report will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016. But there is  no response  about inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC. The poor GDS employees are eagerly waiting the favourable decision but it appears that they are being deprived from their basic rights and natural justice.

            Similar is the position of Cadre Restructuring. After lapse of three months period there is no response from Department. During the meeting it was assured that cadre restructuring will be implemented before 31st July 2015 though later it was not mentioned in the minutes. If the Cadre restructuring proposal is not implemented before 7th CPC report, the entire process will go in vain and Postal employees will be deprived from their benefit.

            It is therefore requested to kindly bestow your personal attention on the matters and cause early redressal of the grievances to maintain co-ordial relations between staff and administration failing which the unions will be compelled to launch agitational programmes.

            Hoping for a positive response,

Yours Sincerely

                                                                                                
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                         (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                                  Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                          NFPE                       

Monday, July 20, 2015

HR & MAIL OPERATIONS SOLUTION



IMPORTANT POINTS OF THE PAY COMMISSION’S MOST EXPECTED RECOMMENDATIONS


According to the Sources the important Points of the Pay Commission’s Recommendations are

1. There will be no running Pay band and Grade Pay System
2. The uniform multiplication factor for arriving revised pay will be 2.86
3. The Pay scales will be open ended to avoid stagnation in the scales
4. The Minimum Pay will be Rs. 21000
5. The CCA will be separated into two components as it was in the fifth CPC
6. Percentage of HRA will remain same.
7. The Criteria for retirement age will be either completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 60 Years whichever is earlier.
8. CGEGIS Insurance Coverage and Monthly premium will be increased
9. Classification of Posts will be Modified
10. The 7th Pay Commission recommendation will be implemented with effects from 1.1.2016.
Further ,the sources told that the Committee of Secretaries will be appointed to study the report and analyze the financial implications upon implementation of 7th pay commission recommendation. An ally of NCJCM Staff Side told that the Staff Side also will be invited by the third week of September 2015 by this Committee before giving its final nod for approval for this Recommendation.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NFPE CIRCULAR



        National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                         e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981            website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
 


                                       NFPE CIRCULAR                     MOST URGENT
IMPORATANT
No. PF-01(e)/2015                                                        Dated-13.07.2015

2015 SEPTEMBER 2

NATIONWIDE ONE DAY STRIKE AS PER THE CALL OF ALL CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS AND INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS

2015 NOVEMBER 23

NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE AS PER THE CALL OF NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF ALL JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING RAILWAY, DEFENCE & CONFEDERATION.



NFPE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT COMMITTEE MEETING DECIDED TO MAKE BOTH THE STRIKES A GRAND SUCCESS.

START INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN AND PREPARATIONS NOW ONWARDS.

CONDUCT GENERAL BODY MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, OFFICE-TO-OFFICE CAMPAIGN AND GATE MEETINGS

CIRCULATE NOTICES, PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AMONG ALL EMPLOYEES. EXHIBIT IN ALL WEBSITES.

STRIKE NOTICE FOR 2ND SEPTEMBER STRIKE SHOULD BE SERVED BY ALL AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS ON 11TH AUGUST 2015.

Dear Comrades,

            The NFPE Federal Secretariat Meeting was held at NFPE Office, North Avenue on 13.07.2015. All General Secretaries of affiliated organizations & available NFPE Office Bearers participated. After detailed deliberations the Federal Secretariat took the following important decisions.


(I)   2nd SEPTEMBER 2015 NATIONAL STRIKE:

1.    NFPE and all its affiliated organizations shall participate in the Nationwide one day strike on 2nd September 2015 as per the call of all Central Trade Unions and independent Federations.

2.    Charter of demands on which the strike is being organised on September 2nd by NFPE shall include
(1)  12 point common charter of demands affecting all sections of the Indian working class and
(2)  12 point charter of demands of the central government employees formulated by the National Joint Council of Action including sectional demands of Postal Department.
(See Charter of demands attached – Annexure-I)
3.    Intensive campaign should be conducted among all offices by each individual organisation by holding General body meetings, conventions, office-to-office campaign and gate meetings. Notices, pamphlets and posters should be printed and circulated to all offices and employees. Wide publicity should be given through print and electronic media. All websites of affiliates shall exhibit the campaign details, photos etc.
4.    From NFPE, All India Leaders of affiliated unions shall visit all important centres throughout the country between 27th July to 10th August-2015 and address Joint Conventions/meetings of the employees. Meetings should be organised by the Circle unions jointly. Advance planning should be made by the Circle unions to make the campaign programmes of All India Leaders a grand success, by ensuring maximum participation of employees from all affiliated organisations Circle/Divisional Unions of the NFPE shall plan and organize their own campaign programmes at Circle/Divisional level..
5.    Strike notice will be served by NFPE to the Secretary (Posts), Government of India on 11th August 2015. On the same day each Circle/Divisional Unions should also serve strike notice to their respective Circle /Divisional Heads . Demonstrations in front of all important offices should be held on 11th August 2015. Copy of the strike notice served by each organisation should be sent by post or by (email) to NFPE HQ.
6.    All Circle/Divisional Unions   shall make maximum efforts to ensure participation of maximum number of employees in the 2nd September strike. More than 10 crores organised and unorganised workers will be participating in the strike.
7.    All Circle/Divisional Unions should issue their own separate circulars in regional languages and send to  each member  to start campaign work immediately and also to ensure maximum participation of employees in the strike.

(II)  23rd NOVEMBER INDEFINITE STRIKE:

1.    NFPE and all its affiliated organizations shall commence their own independent intensive campaign especially among grass-root level workers from now onwards.
2.    At the same time NFPE Circle/Division level leadership) should take initiative to organize joint conventions of National Joint Council of Action at maximum possible centres.
3.    Immediately after the 2nd September strike and after submission of report by 7th CPC, the Federal Executive will meet again and decide further programmes to intensify the campaign programme for the success of 23rd November indefinite strike.
    Yours Comradely,
                        (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General

ANNEXURE – I

2ND SEPTEMBER 2015 STRIKE CHARTER OF DEMANDS

PART-I

1.    Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
2.    Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.
3.    Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measure for violation for labour laws.
4.    Universal social security cover for all workers
5.    Minimum wages of not less than Rs. 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation.
6.    Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs. 3000/- P.M. for the entire working population.
7.    Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs.
8.    Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
9.    Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
10.  Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98.
11.  Against Labour Law Amendments
12.  Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.

PART-II

1.    Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.
2.    Implement Cadre restructuring proposal in all Cadres including MMS.
3.    Implement arbitration awards and revise OTA Rates.
4.    No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways, Defence Establishment and no corporatization of Postal services.
5.    No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.
6.    Scrap PFRDA Act an re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
7.    No outsourcing, contractrisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
8.    Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.
9.    Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointment.
10.  No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
11.  Remove the ceiling on payment on bonus

12.  Ensure five promotions in the service career.

5 Major issues of the CG Employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th Pay Commission

5 Major issues of the CG Employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th Pay Commission

Major issues of the Central Government Employees

Five major issues of the Central Government employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th CPC.

1) Inadequate pay compared to talent.
2) Lack of promotions and better increment rate.
3) Equal pay for equal work.
4) Non-filling up of vacant posts and increased work load.
5) Allowances to be paid as per market rate.

1) Inadequate pay compared to talent:
The person joining a Government Service is not just for the employment is for a whole career, if a person joins a Government Service he will quit/ retire from the job only after putting 30 years service or more. In case of the person joining a private company he will jump from one company to another at least five times in thirty years.

The talented persons from all over the country are moving to IT, BT and private sectors, rather than Central Government sector. Because of the lower salary / pay structure in Central Government sector compared to IT and BT sectors and complex nature of rules and regulations in Central Government sector and also the skill and merit of the worker/ employee is not into account in Central Government sector.

Today, the weakest link in respect of any government policy is at the delivery stage. This phenomenon is not endemic to India. Internationally also, there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and decentralization with greater role being assigned at delivery points, which actually determines the benefit that the common citizen is going to derive out of any policy initiative of the government.

More the talented persons are there in Government services, more the delivery of the government schemes will be there, thus the Government machinery will be more effective and common man will benefit a lot.

Main consideration in the private and public sector being ‘profit’, and in Central Government it is “service” even through Railways, Income Tax & Central Excise are revenue earning departments, hence an equal comparison with the Government is not going to be ever possible. Performance for the Government is usually not measured in terms of profit, but in terms of achieving societal goals.

The time scale gap between one posts to another should be uniform rate from starting to end, starting from Rs 26,000 to Rs 2, 60,000.

The minimum wage should be calculated using Dr Aykroyd formula and following 15th ILC norms and four units should be taken into account not three units as followed by the 6th CPC.

The pay should fixed taking in following factors.
a) The educational qualifications.
b) The level of responsibility.
c) The skill of the work.

The earlier pay commissions were only taking into account only educational qualifications into account.

Only around 8 to 9 % of the total Govt revenue collection is spent on wages of Central Government employees, compared to 20% to 25% of the revenue spent on wages in private sector.

The cost of living (prices of essential items and other items) has gone by over 250% during last 10 years, compared to 113% DA. The prices are continuously rising.

The Government is a model employer, hence the wages should be provided with the needs and to attract the talented and skilled persons.

2) Lack of promotions and better increment rate.
Today there are persons who have not even got two promotions in his entire career, The MACP scheme is not that much effective, lack of promotions in Central Government sector compared to IT and BT sectors.

One should get five promotions in promotional hierarchy during his service to motivate him to work more. As the Government employee put more and more service, he will be more trained to perform his duties in a better befitting manner. Thus the Government is more beneficial as good quality of work can be expected of him.

The family responsibility will increase with age. There should be adequate financial protection for him, the better rate of increment should motivate him to work more from the present 3% to 5%. On promotion one should get a minimum salary increase of Rs 3000/- per month as he will perform higher duties.

3) Equal Pay for Equal work.
For the same post which include similar duties and responsibility. There are different pay scales/ Grade Pay existing for same nature of duties and similar recruit qualifications. This anomaly should be rectified.

Grant of Grade Pay Rs.4800 to all Supervisors cadre. The gazetted Group “B” post should start from Rs 5400/- GP.

4) Non-filling up of vacant posts and increased work load
In 1990 the Population of the country is 85 crores and the Central Government Employees strength is 40 lakhs in the year 2014 population of the country is 125 crores, whereas the Central Government Employees strength is just 31 lakhs.

Non-filling up of vacant posts has resulted in increased work load on the existing employees. The strength of Central government employees should increase considerably.

5) Allowances to be paid as per market rate:
The house rent allowance should be from Rs 7000/- per month to Rs 55,000/- per month. All allowances such as Tour DA, OTA, Night Duty, CEA (tuition fees) , Cashier Allowances, etc should be increased by three times.

The all allowances should also be paid net of taxes which has been examined by 5th CPC in para no 167.

The staff side (JCM) has represented well the above important issues of the Central Government Employees before the 7th CPC, we sincerely hope the 7th CPC will address and resolve the above issues.

Let us wait patiently for the 7th CPC to submit its report and then we can deliberate on the report and do the needful action.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Digital Locker from Govt. of India for securing documents

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1 will launch digital locker facility that will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates.















Digital Locker, one of the key initiatives under the Digital India initiative, is aimed at eliminating the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across government agencies via a mechanism to verify “authenticity” of the documents online. Residents can also upload their own electronic documents and digitally sign them using the e-sign facility. These digitally signed documents can be shared with Government organizations or other entities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the website for accessing DigiLocker?

A1 DigiLocker which is the national Digital Locker System launched by Govt. of India can be accessed at through http://digitallocker.gov.in.

What are the key features of DigiLocker?

A2 Following are the key features of the DigiLocker

For Residents

i. Digital Locker of each resident is linked to their Aadhaar number
ii. 10MB of free space in the locker to securely store resident documents and store links (URI) of Govt. department or agency issued e-documents. The storage space allocation will be increased to 1GB in subsequent release.
iii. eSign online service to digitally sign the documents online without using dongle. For details please refer to the e-Sign brochure available on the portal.
iv. Sharing of e-documents online with any registered requester agency or department
v. Download eAadhaar .
vi. List of issuers which have issued e-documents to residents and list of requesters which have accessed resident’s documents.

For Issuers

i. Facility to upload e-documents in a standard XML format in the digital locker repository or repositories and push e-document URI in the resident’s digital locker.

For Requesters

i. Secure access to documents in repository or in digital locker
For other details on digital locker please refer to digital locker write-up and presentation on the portal

How will DigiLocker help you?

A3 It will minimize the use of physical documents. It will provide authenticity of the e-documents and thereby eliminating usage of fake documents. It will provide secure access to Govt. issued documents. It will reduce administrative overhead of Govt. departments and agencies and make it easy for the residents to receive services.

How can I Sign-up for the DigiLocker?

A4 To Sign-up for the Digilocker you need to have a valid Aadhaar number registered with Aadhaar. Please type your Aadhaar number in the text box against “Enter Aadhaar Number”.  You will be given two options for user authentication. “Use OTP” and “Use Fingerprint”. You can click on any one of the button.
1. After clicking on “Use OTP”, an OTP (One Time Password) will be sent by UIDAI to the mobile number and email-id registered with your Aadhaar.  Enter the OTP and click on ‘Validate OTP’ button. Once the OTP is validated the user is taken to set username/password page to complete sign up
2. After Clicking on “Use Fingerprint” User will have to put the thumb print on the finger print device. If the finger print is valid, then user is authenticated and taken to set username/password page to complete sign up.

What is OTP?

A5 OTP is a one-time password generated randomly by UIDAI system and sent to your registered mobile number and email-id. The OTP is valid only for duration of 30minutes. Post the expiry, the OTP is rendered invalid and if you enter an invalid OTP, you would be prompted to request for a new OTP.

Sometimes I am not getting instant OTP's for login?

A6 OTP service is being operated by UIDAI. There are many other Aadhaar services using the same. For some networks it may take few seconds more. Kindly wait for OTP, the session is valid for 30 min.

What are the different components of a resident’s digital locker?

A7 Each resident’s digital locker has the following sections:

i. My Certificates: 

this section comprises of two sub sections
a. Digital Documents- which contains URI (links) of the documents issued to the resident by the Govt. department or other agencies. Each document will have the following information
• URI
• Document Name
• Issued Date
• Share option
b. Uploaded Documents-List of all the documents which are uploaded by the resident can be viewed in this subsection. Each document will have the following information
• Document Name
• Uploaded Date
• Status: to indicate whether the document is eSigned or not.
• Action: to remove or delete a document from the digital locker.
• Details
• Share: to share the uploaded document via email
• DigiSign option: once a document is eSigned it is shown as ‘√’

ii. My Profile

This section displays the complete profile of the resident (Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Residential Address, email, mobile number) as available in the UIDAI database.

iii. My Issuer

This section displays the Issuer name and the number of documents issued to the resident by the issuer.

iv. My Requester

This section displays the Requester name and the number of documents requested from the resident by the requester.

v. Directories

This section displays the complete list of registered Issuers and Requesters along with their URL.

How can I upload a document in my digital locker?

A8 Upload documents facility is available under ‘My Certificates’ section.
i. You need to first select a document type (SSC Certificate, HSC Certificate, PAN card, Voter ID card, etc.) from a drop down list.
ii. Provide a name for the document
iii. Based on the document type selected, you need to fill in the other details relevant to the document.
iv. Choose the file from your local machine to be uploaded to digital locker. Each file to be uploaded should not be more than 1MB in size and only pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp and gif file types are allowed
v. Provide Description of the document (max 50 characters)
vi. Click ‘Upload’ button.
On successful upload, the document will be listed under ‘Uploaded Documents’ subsection.

what is the maximum size of the document that can be uploaded on digital locker?

A9 Each file to be uploaded should not be more than 1MB in size

Which file types are allowed to be uploaded on digital locker?

A10 Only pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp and gif fie types are allowed.

How can I share the e-documents in my digital locker?

A11 For sharing your e-document (mentioned as URI under ‘Digital Documents’ subsection or under ‘Uploaded Documents’ subsection) you need to click on ‘Share’ link provided against the document you would like to share.
A dialog box will pop up. Please enter the email address of the recipient in the dialog box and click ‘Share’ button.

The document will be shared with the recipient via email. The recipient will receive an email from ‘no-reply@digitallocker.gov.in’. The subject line of the email will mention the document name and document type. The email body will have the URI link of the document and the sender name and Aadhaar number.  The recipient can access the document using the URI link provided in the email.

What is URI?

A12 A URI is a Uniform Resource Indicator generated by the issuer department, which is mandatory for every e-document of the digital locker system. This unique URI can be resolved to a full URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to access the actual document in appropriate repository.

What is an e-document?

A13 An e-document is an electronic document in XML format issued to one or more individuals (Aadhaar holders) in appropriate formats (both as XML and printable) compliant to digital locker technical specifications. You may also upload govt. issued scanned documents and also digitally sign the same, if required.

What is an ‘Issuer’?

A14 Issuer is an entity issuing e-documents to individuals in a standard format and making them electronically available e.g. CBSE, Registrar Office, Income Tax department, etc.

What is a ‘Requester’?

A15 Requester is an entity requesting secure access to a particular e-document stored in the repository (e.g. University, Passport Office, Regional Transport Office, etc.)

What is a ‘Repository’?

A16 Repository is a Collection of e-Documents which are uploaded by issuers in astandard format and exposing a set of standard APIs for secure real-time search and access.
What is ‘Access Gateway’?

A17 Access Gateway provides a secure online mechanism for requesters to access e-documents from various repositories in real-time using e-Document URI (Uniform Resource Indicator). The gateway will identify the address of the repository where the e-Document is stored based on the URI and will fetch the e-Document from that repository. Please refer to the DigiLocker Technical specifications available on the portal for further information.

How can I contact DigiLocker support team in case of any issues or concerns?

A18 You may contact DigiLocker support team via email: support@digitallocker.gov.in

How can I provide any feedback/suggestions on DigiLocker

A19 You can click on ‘DigiLocker Feedback Forum’ on the DigiLocker website to provide any suggestions or feedback.

Which biometric devices are supported by DigiLocker to capture fingerprints?

A19 The list of biometric devices currently supported by DigiLocker to capture fingerprints is as below –

1. Cogent CSD200
2. Mantra MFS100
3. Morpho MSO 1350E
4. Morpho MSO 1350E2
5. Morpho MSO 1300E
6. Morpho MSO 300
7. Morpho MSO 301
8. Morpho MSO 350
9. Morpho MSO 351
10.SecuGen HU20
11. Startek FM220