Thursday, 26 February 2015
Highlights of Railway Budget 2015
|1||The most-expected part about this year's Railway Budget - there is no increase in passsenger rail fares.|
|2||Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.|
|3||'Operation 5 mins', wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.|
|4||Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in trains.|
|5||Surveillance cameras in select coaches and ladies compartments for women's safety without compromising on privacy.|
|6||Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in advance.|
|7||Speed on nine railway corridors to go up to 200 km per hour.|
|8||Wi-Fi in more stations, mobile phone charging facilities in all train compartments.|
|9||Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens.|
|10||Satellite railway terminals in major cities.|
|11||Centrally managed Rail Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2K stations over the next 2 years.|
|12||All india 24/7 helpline - 138 from March 2015 ; Toll free No.182 for security.|
|13||917 road under-bridges and over-bridges to be constructed to replace 3,438 railway crossings; at a cost of Rs. 6,581 crore.|
|14||Four Railway Research Centres to start in four universities.|
|15||Details about new trains and increased frequency will be announced later in this session of Parliament after review.|
What is the investment plan?
The Railway Budget envisages an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years.
How is it going to be mobilized?
The Minister suggested that the money could be raised from multiple sources - from multilateral development banks to pension funds.
What is the action plan in the sphere fund raising?
Go in for partnership with key stakeholders - States, PSUs, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations other governments to gain access to long-term financing. Also, get technology from overseas. The private sector could be roped in to improve last-mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize station infrastructure.
What is the thrust?
The thrust will be on revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources.
What is the proposal on capacity augmentation?
1. De-congesting networks with basket of traffic-generating projects will be the priority
2. Priority to last-mile connectivity projects
3. Fast-track sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines
4. Commissioning 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs. 8,686 crore, 84% higher Y-O-Y.
5. Commissioning 800 km of gauge conversion targeted in current fiscal.
6. 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification, covering almost all States, at a cost of Rs. 96,182 crore, which is over 2700% higher in terms of amount sanctioned.
7. Traffic facility work is a top priority with an outlay of Rs. 2374 crore .
8. Award of 750 km of civil contracts and 1300 km of system contracts in 2015-16 on Dedicated
9. Freight Corridor (DFC); 55 km section of Eastern DFC to be completed in the current year.
10. Preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey (PETS) for four other DFCs in progress.
11. Acceleration of pace of Railway electrification: 6,608 route kilometers sanctioned for 2015-16, an increase of 1330% over the previous year.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER MARCH-2015
MAKE THE 28th APRIL -2015 PARLIAMENT MARCH
ON THE CALL OF NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM
A HISTORIC SUCCESS.
The Central Government is reluctant to settle the justified and genuine demands of Central Government employees i.e. 100% D.A. merger, 25% Interim Relief, Inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC , Date of Effect 1.1.2014 , Scrapping of New Pension Scheme , filing up of vacant posts, in all Department’s , withdrawal of contractrization and out sourcing policy, removal of 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments, Removal of MACP related anomalies , Revision of OTA Rates including some other demands.
Joint Consultative Machinery which was formed for the redressal of grievances of Central Government Employees by negotiations has been made defunct and no meeting has been held after 2010. After constitution of 7th CPC the views of Staff Side N.C. JCM has not been taken into account. The Terms of Reference of 7th CPC were declared unilaterally and agreed draft of Terms of Reference submitted by Staff Side was not given cognizance. The Minister in P.M.O. Shri Jitendra Singh replied in response to the question raised by some MPs that Government is not going to grant 100% or 50% D.A. Merger , 25% Interim Relief and inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.
In the back ground of all these developments a National Convention of all constituents of National Council JCM was convened in New Delhi on 11th December-2014. All the participants’ organizations vehemently opposed the policies of Central Government.
After detailed deliberations it was decided that a massive Parliament March will be organized in New Delhi on 28thApril-2015 in which the date of Indefinite Strike will be declared. Intensive preparation campaign is going on. NJCA was formed at National level in which the top leaders of AIRF, NFIR, AIDEF, NDWF, Confederation, NFPE and FNPO are included. State JCAs have been formed in most of the circles and State conventions have also been held and wherever it has not been formed the state leadership has been asked to complete this work very soon.
It has been decided to mobilize 100000 one lakh Central Government Employees to participate in Parliament March. Quota has been fixed as 50000 for Railways, 30000 for Defence and 30000 for Confederation. Confederation has allotted quota to NFPE as 10000. Accordingly NFPE has also allotted quota to each affiliated union. Comrades, as we know that whatever we have achieved that is because of struggles only. The present government is functioning to give maximum benefit to the corporates and capitalists. It is not at all concerned about the working class. It started disinvestment in PSUs, Declared 100% FDI in Railway and 49 % FDI in Defence. The recommendations of Task Force Committee headed by TSR Subramaniam .are big danger for Deptt of Post which has paved the way of privatization through Corporatization.
Confederation of C.G.E&W and NFPE have given separate programmes of agitation which should be observed with great enthusiasm.
NFPE calls upon the entire Postal, RMS and GDS employees to make all the programmes a grand success and mobilize the maximum number employees, more than the quota allotted to each affiliated union to take part in the Parliament March on 28th April-2015 on call of National Council JCM to make it a historic success.
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Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 - Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) – regarding (Click the link below for details) http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18017_1_2014-Estt.L-25022015.pdf
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
SOME RECENT LETTERS OF CHQ to DTE & MoF
Continuous atrocities of SPOs, Shahjahanpur Division UP Circle — CLICK HERE
Hasty migration to Mc Camish on PLI/RPLI without readiness
Mismatch of PA Vacancies resulting acute shortage of PAs --CLICK HERE
Corrections sought for in Sukanya Sumriddhi Account Rules 2014 -—CLICK HERE
Grant of Special Casual Leave , MP Circle — CLICK HERE
Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of NC, JCM held on 7 th May, 2014
EDITORIAL - DAK JAGRITI - MARCH 2015
CADRE RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT OF GROUP ‘C’ EMPLOYEES. DEPARTMENT’S DELAYING TACTICS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.
POSTAL JCA SHOULD NOT FAIL IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY.
Cadre Restructuring agreement of the Group ‘C’ employees of the Department of Posts was signed by both the official side and staff side on 28.04.2014 after protracted discussions and hard-bargaining by the leadership of NFPE & FNPO. By 30.04.2015 first anniversary of the signing of the agreement will be over. Even after a lapse of nine months the proposal is still pending in the Postal Directorate. In all other departments like Railways, Income Tax, Central Secretariat etc. cadre restructuring is already approved by Government and implemented. Employees got the benefits months back. Postal JCA has included this demand in its charter of demands. The reply given by the Department is really shocking and shameful. After keeping the file in the cold-storage for ten months now the Postal Board says it want six months more time to process the proposal for submission to the DOP&T. Reply given by the Department in the minutes of the strike charter discussion is reproduced below:
“The examination of proposals regarding Cadre Restructuring will be expedited and will be sent to DOP&T within specified period as decided in the JCM meeting (i.e six month from 16.12.2014)”
So, as per the reply, for processing the proposal, the Directorate will take time upto 30.06.2015 i.e. fourteen months from the date of signing of the agreement. It is really shameful. After processing, the proposal is to be submitted to DOP&T for approval. If Postal Board can take 14 months for processing, DOP&T will definitely take minimum six months. After that approval of Finance and Law Ministry’s are to be obtained. Thus minimum it will take one more year from 30.06.2015. By that time 7th CPC report will be submitted and implemented by Government. Once 7th CPC recommendations are implemented the entire cadre Restructuring Agreement signed after 6th CPC report will become infructuous and Government will say fresh cadre Restructuring Committee is to be constituted after the 7th CPC. That means all the effort made by the Postal Federations will go in vain. This should not be allowed to happen under any circumstances. Postal JCA Leaders should rise upto the occasion.
All of us know that the cadre Restructuring agreement is a product of continuous struggle conducted by Postal JCA right from 2010 onwards. Postal Board adopted delaying tactics from the very beginning and everytime we countered it with serious agitations including serving of indefinite strike notice and mobilisation of the workers, which compelled the Postal Board to sign the agreement on 28.04.2014. If the agreement is implemented, the promotional chances of Group ‘C’ employees will increase three fold (three times). Further on completion of two years service in the third promotional scale they will get one more promotion i.e. fourth promotion. Every Group ‘C’ employee will be benefited and the long wait for getting more promotional opportunities will be over.
In the above circumstances, we cannot accept the stand taken by the Postal Board in the JCM Departmental council meeting on 16.12.2014 and also in the strike Charter discussion meeting on 05.02.2015. 6th & 7th Central Pay Commissions are given only 18 months time by the Government for examining the wages and service conditions and giving recommendations regarding 30 lakhs of Central Govt. employees and about 20 lakhs Defence personnel which includes more than 60 departments and hundreds of various cadres and Pay Commissions are completing their work within the specified time. Here in the Postal department for processing an agreement signed by the Department and staff side 14 months time is being taken, that too not for final orders, but for submitting the proposal to DOP&T!!!. It is an insult to the entire employees who are eagerly waiting for orders. Their hope and aspirations cannot be allowed to be shattered, because of the indifferent attitude of the Postal Board.
Postal JCA leaders should take a firm and uncompromising stand and should demand implementation of the cadre restructuring proposals (not merely processing for submission to DOP&T) before 30.04.2015. Orders are to be issued before 30.04.2015. Otherwise we should go for indefinite strike as already decided by Postal JCA.
It is an agreement signed by the Department and it should not be allowed to lapse automatically after 7th CPC finalizing its report. DOP&T will not allow any cadre restructuring Committee Report constituted after 6th CPC to be implemented after 7th CPC recommendations. Once 7th CPC recommendations are submitted to Government, DOP&T will simply reject the agreement and advise Postal Board to reconstitute another Cadre Restructuring committee after implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. So let us understand the seriousness of the situation and rise upto the occasion.
RESULT of LDCE for POSTMASTER GRADE I
COM: M. KRISHNAN ELECTED TO THE DIRECTIVE COMMITTEE OF TRADE UNION INTERNATIONAL-- PUBLIC SERVICES (WFTU)
Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers and Ex-Secretary General, NFPE is elected to the Directive Committee of the Trade Union International (Public Services) which is a part of World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in the international Congress held at Kathmandu (Nepal) on 13th & 14th February 2015. Full report of the International Congress will be published shortly. A delegation of six comrades including Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President, Confederation), Com M. S. Raja ( SG, Audit & Accounts Association), Com. K. P. Rajagopal (SG, ITEF), Com. R. N. Parashar (SG, NFPE), Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee (Civil Accounts Employees Association) & Com. M. Krishnan attended the Congress representing Confederation.
GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS – REVISION OF WAGES AND SERVICE CONDITIONS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN 7TH CPC
WE DON’T WANT SEPARATE COMMITTEE
JOIN INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 2015 MAY 6TH
In the discussion held on 05.02.2015 with the Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS), Secretary, Department of Posts has assured that the demand for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC will again be referred to the Government by the Postal Board. If all the Postal Federations and Unions/Associations join together and go for an indefinite strike from May 6th as decided by the PJCA, Government will be compelled to include GDS under 7th CPC.
But the recognised GDS Union is demanding separate committee and conducting separate strike, breaking the unity of five lakhs Postal employees. Separate strike for a separate committee will weaken the demand for grant of civil servant status to GDS and will help the Government only.
When NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE), NUGDS, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, JCM National Council staff side including Railways & Defence are demanding inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, why recognised GDS Union alone is demanding separate committee and conducting separate strike. Gramin Dak Sevaks should understand the hidden agenda of the recognised GDS union and defeat the demand for separate Committee.
All Gramin Dak Sevaks are requested to join the joint indefinite strike of Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS) from 2015 May 6th. Our demand is inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC and grant of civil servant status. We don’t want a separate committee..
R. N. Parashar D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE Secretary General, FNPO
P. Pandurangarao P. U. Muralidharan
General Secretary, General Secretary
AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) NUGDS
EXEMPTION FROM PHYSICAL APPEARANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIFE CERTIFICATE (CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS)
REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS- INCLUSION OF NON-PRACTICING ALLOWANCE (NPA) IN REVISION OF PENSION OF RETIRED MEDICAL OFFICERS. (CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS) http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWA_18022015.pdf
REVISION OF CGHS RATES CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
7th PAY COMMISSION HAS INVITED NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM/STAFF SIDE FOR A MEETING ON 25.02.2015 CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
CBS GO LIVE AT KHURDA HO
Khurda HO under PURI Divn was on CBS roll out successfully on 16.02.2015.Chief PMG O Sri Tilak De esqr,inaugurated the ceremony.Head Postmaster Sri S Satapathy and other supervisors,staff were present in the function.I personally congratulate the CBS Supervisor and the operators,above all the hard work of the system administrator,Sri Sambit Mishra and Sri Braja behera is praiseworthy.
C B S Roll out of Jaleswar HO under Balasore Division ( Odisha Circle ) on 16.02.2015
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