Friday 30 September 2016
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER OCTOBER-2016
MESSAGE OF Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL
Xth Federal Council of National Federation of Postal Employees was held at Guwahati (Assam) from 7th September to 9th September, 2016. A galaxy of Trade Union leaders admired the struggling nature of NFPE moving on the path with a slogan “Unity for struggle and struggle for unity”. The Federal Council reviewed the Political, economical and social condition of India and its impact on working class. It was discussed in detail that during the period under review, higher administration of the Department of Posts and Government of India tried to make some structural changes in the Department of Post which was fought by NFPE and defeated and NFPE established its might. There is significant change in the mindset of Bureaucracy and our membership has gained faith a lot in union which has been reflected in last membership verification.
The Federal Council reviews the recommendations of 7th CPC and it was the view of most of the delegates that the recommendations of 7th CPC are most retrograde and disappointing. More anomalies are appearing in implementation of the 7th CPC. The Committees formed on allowances, advances, NPS and so called High Power committee to review the minimum wage and consequently change in pay matrix , have to submit their reports within 4 months i.e. upto 31st Oct, 2016.
It was the view of most of the delegates that NJCA should take proper action to achieve the demands and without breaking the unity, Confederation and NFPE should also chalk out their separate programme of action in phased manner.
It was also discussed and decided that we as NFPE should also launch agitational programmes in phased manner to achieve our sectional demands i.e. Cadre restructuring for left out Categories, Filling up of vacant posts, enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS . GDS Committee,streaming the functioning of NCJCM, DCJCM and RJCM. Regularization and wage revision of casual labourers, All Cadre related problems, problems arising out of implementation of CBS and CSI and to oppose the move to outsource any function of Postal services.
Policy and programmes resolution was also adopted in the Federal Council unanimously in which it is decided that the NFPE being in the main stream of working class will fight against the neo-liberal economic policies which are adversely affecting the life of all working people and common man.
This Federal Council viewed with grave concern the growing right Wing offensives under NDA Government and aggressive activities of the communal forces and deliberate efforts to divide the people including workers on the basis caste and religion and took unanimous decision to defeat such move by organizing united struggles and shall stand finally with the secular and democratic forces.
Thus the Xth Federal Council has given a very common message to the Postal workers particularly and common worker in general that NFPE will march forward on the path of struggle to save the interests of workers and achieve the genuine and justified demands by united struggle.
The Xth Federal Council has also adopted a resolution on common and specific demands of Postal Employees and decided further course of agitaional programmes in phased manner
NFPE calls upon the entire Postal, RMS, and MMS employees to get ready for future struggles to achieve the genuine demands and resists the attacks and dangers unlashed by the Department of Post and Government of India which are against the Postal Workers.
LIST OF NEWLY ELECTED OFFICER BEARERS OF NFPE ELECTED IN Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL HELD AT GUWAHATI (ASSAM) FROM 07th to 09th 2016 : APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi- 110001.
Dated the 28th September, 2016.
1. All Heads of Postal Circle.
2. All Postmasters General.
3. Director of Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad (UP).
4. CGM, PLI Directorate, Chankyapuri PO, New Delhi.
5. CGM, (BD&M) Directorate, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.
6. Postmaster General, Foreign Mails, Mumbai.
7. All Directors, Postal Training Centres.
8. Directors Foreign Mails, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
9. All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (Postal).
Subject:- List of new office bearers of National Federation of Postal Employees elected in 10th Federal Council of the said federation held at Guwahati (Assam) from 07-09-2016 to 09-09-2016.
I am directed to state that fresh election of National Federation of Postal Employees has been conducted and a list of new office bearers elected in 10th Federal Council of the said union held at Guwahati (Assam) from 07-09-2016 to 09-09-2016 is as under:-
Name of the Office Bearer (Shri/Smt.)
Official Designation & Working Place
Sh. Giri Raj Singh
SA (MACP-III) R-3 (Delhi).
Sh. A. Manoharan
1. Sh. K.K. Sharma
Mail Man, S.J. Stg. Office Air Mail Stg. Dn. New Delhi.
2. Sh. Umashankar Chakraborti
Supervisor (HSG-II), O/o DPLI Kolkata.
3. Sh. S.B. Yadav
Sr. Accountant, O/o DA (P) Lucknow (U.P.)
Sh. R.N. Parashar
APM Accounts, Mathura HO (U.P.).
Deputy Secretary General
Smt. R. Seethalakshmi
Post woman, Bangalore City H.O.-560002 (Karnataka).
Asstt. Secretaries General
1. Sh. S. Raghupathy
ASPM, Perambur Barracks P.O., Chennai (TN)
2. Sh. Janardhan Mazumdar
PA, Princep Street PO Kolkata (WB)
3. Sh. M.V. Janardanan
Postman, Kannur H.O. (Kerala).
Sh. Raj Kumar
Stg., Postman, Karol Bagh P.O., New Delhi – 110005.
2. This is for information and taking necessary action as per existing instructions on the subject.
ADG (SR & Legal/ Pension)
Copy to: 1.Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, 1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001.
2 All Sections in the Department of Posts.
ADG (SR & Legal/ Pension)
Thursday 29 September 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Regarding grant of enhanced bonus of 7000 to GDS, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE discussed with Chairman, GDS Committee, Shri Kamalesh Chandra today (29.09.2016). Chairman informed that he had recommended for payment of bonus to GDS at the enhanced calculation ceiling of Rs. 7000/- and the file returned to Postal Board. (Last time Nataraja Murthy Committee has recommended that GDS should not be paid enhanced bonus and their bonus should be reduced to 50% of the departmental employees). Now that, GDS committee has recommended 7000, Postal JCA has demanded Postal Board to issue bonus orders of GDS with calculation ceiling of 7000/- without any further delay.
Wednesday 28 September 2016
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001
NFPE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE was held at New Delhi on 27.09.2016 under the presidentship of Com. Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE. Representatives of all affiliated organisations attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General & Secretary General, Confederation also attended and guided the discussion and decisions. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE reported the non-grant of enhanced bonus to GDS and the efforts made by NFPE leadership to settle the issue. He also reported the non-settlement of payment of arrears to casual Labourers inspite of orders issued by Directorate. Com. Parashar, reported the details discussion he had with Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO and placed the following proposal of PJCA before the Secretariat meeting.
1. Phase programme of action culminating in two days nation wide strike on 9th & 10th November 2016 exclusively on the bonus demand of GDS and revision of wages of casual labourers.
2. The Secretariat after detailed discussion decided to implement the decision of PJCA. Accordingly the Federatl Secretariat calls upon all Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions/Associations and also AIPEU-GDS to make the agitational programmes and two days strike cent percent success. (NJCA Circular published separately)
HOMAGE TO COM. DES RAJ SHARMA
Before commencement of the meeting, the National Secretariat paid respectful homage to Late Com. Des Raj Sharma, Ex-General Secretary, P-IV CHQ & Ex-Deputy Secretary General, NFPE. The Secretary General and all other participants mentioned about the unforgettable contributions made by Com. Des Raj Sharma and also his sufferings for strengthening P-4 Union, NFPE and Confederation. The National Secretariat expressed it heart-felt condolences and offered two minutes silence.
DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Secretary General reported the communication received from the Department regarding constituition of Departmental Anomaly Committee. The following will represent NFPE in the Committee against the 5 seats allotted to NFPE. Com. R. N. Parashar (SG & GS – P3), Com. Giriraj Singh (GS-R3) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (GS-P4), Com. P. Suresh (GS-R4) Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee (Admin Union).
It is decided that all General Secretaries should submit the items to be included in the agenda of the Anomaly Committee to Com. Giriraj Singh, Secretary, JCM (DC) staff side on or before 15.10.2016. Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries should submit the items to their respective General Secretaries before 12.10.2016.
FINAL MEETING WITH CHAIRMAN GDS COMMITTEE
Chairman GDS committee has invited NFPE for final interaction before finalizing the recommendations. Accordingly, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, shall attend the meeting on 7th October 2016.
(R. N. Parshar)
COM. DES RAJ SHARMA – THE UNCOMPROMISING FIGHTER
M. Krishnan. Ex-Secretary General, NFPE
Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
On 24th September I was at Chennai, on the way to Gudur (AP) to attend the Circle Conference of AIPEU Postmen & MTS Union. At about 09.25 PM, Com. R. Seethalakshmi, General Secretary, P-IV union called me and informed – “Com. Des Raj Sharma passed away.” After a few minutes Com. V. A. N. Namboodri also called. On the previous day, i.e., on 23.09.2016, at 11.30 AM myself and Com. Seethalakshmi had visited Com. Des Raj Sharma at his house at Karol Bagh, New Delhi and was with him for about 2 hours. He had a heart attack and had undergone angioplasty surgery for removal of five blocks. He was recovering fast. He discussed with us about Com. Adi and his association with many great leaders of P&T Trade union movement. He recollected his experiences while he was in the movement and also after his retirement. As he was continuously talking, I asked his wife who was sitting near, whether doctor has advised to restrict talking. His wife told no such restriction. When we were about to leave, both of us told him to take care of his health as per the advice of the doctor. Then Com. Des Raj Sharma smilingly made a comment – “Don’t worry about my health. Doctor has given me another five years guarantee. Now I am seventy one”. But while completing the sentence his sound was shaken and eyes were full of tears. May be, he was aware that death is nearing. We tried to console him and wished him long life. Next day when the sad news came I was really shocked.
Com. Desraj Sharma was a symbol of dedication, commitment and an uncompromising fighter. He truly represented the tradition of Postmen, Group D & ED staff union lead by Com. Adi. He worked as a CHQ office bearer under the dynamic leadership of the legendary leader Com. K. Adinarayana for a long time. He stood firmly with Com. Adi during the periods of trials and tribulations. It is Com. Adi who moulded Com. Desraj Sharma as a leader.
Com. Desraj Sharma never compromised with the enemies of NFPE and sometimes openly burst out against those who want to break the unity of NFPE. In the Kolkata Federal Council, it is the P-IV union which saved NFPE from a split and also helped NFPE to get recognition. He succeeded in vacating all the stay orders against conducting the Federal Council and also ensured rock-like unity among the P-IV Federal Councilors. He was outright and never say one thing and act another. The enemies of NFPE were afraid of Com. Desraj Sharma and they turned their guns against him always
After his taking over as the General Secretary of P-IV union, he concentrated in streamlining the organisational functioning of the union and helped the Branch/Divisional and Circle Unions to overcome their weaknesses. He effectively intervened and settled all the organizational disputes existed in many circles and consolidated the organizational unity and militancy of P-IV union. He championed the cause of not only Postmen and Group-D but his service was fully dedicated to the cause of GDS employees and for their emancipation. As Deputy Secretary General of NFPE he fought for safeguarding the unity of NFPE and also for settling the genuine demands of the entire Postal employees. He was also in the forefront of all activities of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. In the negotiations with the administration he never compromised and was very particular about result-oriented settlement.
Com. Desraj Sharma cannot be compared with any other leader of Postal Trade union movement. “Desraj Sharma is Desraj Sharma”. He will remain forever in the minds of the Postal employees and Central Government employees.
Long Live Com. Desraj Sharma!
Long live, Long live!
Tuesday 27 September 2016
9th Joint Divisional Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C & AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Koraput Divisional branch conducted successfully in Jeypore (K) on 25.09.2016
The 9th Joint Divisional Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C & AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Koraput Divisional branch conducted successfully at Vedika in Jeypore (K) on 25.09.2016 with participation of hundreds of members.
The Open Session was inaugurated by Com. Ramesh Chandra Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C and Vice-President CHQ with lighting of lamp and the State Song of Odisha, “Bande Utkal Janani……….” under the musical guidance of Com. Sukumar Suna, SPM, Nawarangpur Bazar S O and Sri Nihar Mohanty.
The following dignitaries addressed the Open Session.
1. Sj. Daitary Rana, SSPOs, Koraput Division
2. Com. Debabrata Mohanty, Circle Secretary, P-IV, Odisha Circle
3. Com. B Samal, Vice-President, AIPEU, Gr.- C, Odisha Circle
4. Com. H K Sial, Org. Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.- C, Odisha Circle
5. Com. Nisamani Sahoo, Treasurer, P-IV, Odisha Circle
While the programme was presided by Com. Uma Maheswar, the stage was nicely managed by Com. Sunita Dash, SPM, Jeynagar S O.
AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division headed by its Divisional Secretary was fortunate to attend the above Conference with the following members.
1. Com. Pramod Kumar Pattnaik, President
2. Com. Anil Kumar Mohanty, Vice-President
3. Com. Lingaraj Sahoo, Vice-President
4. Com. Diptiranjan Mohanty, Asst. Secretary and
5. Com. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik, Organizing Secretary.
The arrangement made and hospitality rendered by Koraput Division are worth praising.
Sunday 25 September 2016
Govt is actively considering central D.A. increase from 01.07.2016
- Sources close to Finance Ministry told that the initial installment of DA to central government employees on the revised pay structure w.e.f 1.7.2016 is under consideration.
- There is a confusion about percentage of D.A. payable from 1st July 2016 to Central Govt. employee and pensioners. There may be a hike of 2 to 3 percentage point, which is to be announced very soon, probably in this week.
- Meanwhile Govt asked the Pay Research Unit to calculate exact financial implication for every percentage of D.A. increase, which is a routine matter.
Com.Desraj Sharma. Ex.Dy.S.G.
NFPE and former G.S. P-4 union expired on 24th September 2016 at his Delhi Residence. He was a very good organiser and fighter. His contribution towards Trade Union movement and NFPE will ever be remembered. P IV Odisha Circle conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray eternal peace to the departed soul.
P IV Odisha Circle dips its banner in respect of Com. Des Raj Sharma.