Annual General Body meeting of NFPE, Bhubaneswar to implement 2023 year long programme of NJCA /JFROPS against NPS
A grand General Body Meeting of National Federation of Postal Employees, Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch was held today on 19.03.2023 in the premises of Bhubaneswar GPO under the guidance of Com. Bruhaspati Samal, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers (CCGEW) and Joint Convenor, National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), Odisha. A detailed discussion was held to implement the year long agitational programmes of the Joint Forum for Restoration of Old Pension Scheme (JFROPS) as scheduled by CHQ, New Delhi.
Apart from Com. B Samal, the meeting was addressed by Com. Rabindranath Dhal, President, CCGEW and NJCA, Odisha, Com. Pratap Chandra Dash, President, Odisha State Govt. Retired Employees Federation and Com. Prasanta Kumar Mohanty, President, Odisha State Govt. Employees Coordination Committee and Vice-President, NJCA, Odisha.
Addressing the meeting the leaders stressed upon the historic judgement on 17th December, 1982 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in D S Nakra versus Union of India case which states, "Pension is neither a bounty, nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer, nor an ex-gratia payment. It is a payment for the past services rendered. It is a social welfare measure rendering socio-economic justice to those who in the heyday of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age they would not be left in the lurch". According to the historic observation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, pension creates a vested right subject to CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 which are statutory in character since enacted in exercise of the power conferred under proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India. Thus introduction of NPS just through an Executive Order at the sweet will of the Govt. has not only violated the statutory provision guaranteed under Constitution of India, but also the historic decision of the Hon’ble Apex Court as above.
At last, it was unanimously resolved to conduct a mass rally in the state capital, Bhubaneswar on 26th April, 2023 by NJCA, Odisha with the seven point charter of demands which includes the demand to scarp NPS and restore OPS, Constitution of 8th Central Pay Commission, Payment of 18 months D A Arrear, Regularization of Contractual, Contingent and Part-time Workers including Gramin Dak Sewaks with Status and Pension etc. The proposed rally will be participated by the employees, pensioners and their family members of all Central and State Govt. employees and pensioners including teachers, Railway employees and pensioners of Odisha and to submit a memorandum to the Hon’ble President of India through the Governor of Odisha. Before that a mass public lunch hour demonstration will be held in all work places on 21st March, 2023.
The meeting was successfully conducted under the leadership of Com. Dipti Ranjan Mohanty, Asst. Circle Secretary NFPE (P-III), Odisha Circle and assisted by Com. Lingaraj Sahoo and Com. Gobardhan Barik, President, NFPE (P-III) and NFPE (P-IV), Bhubaneswar Divisional branch respectively.
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