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Monday, 3 August 2020

CMC MEETING OF AIPRPA CHQ



All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

 

(Registered No: 83/2015 under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975)

Chennai HQ: 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai - 600007

New Delhi HQ: First Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, North Avenue, New Delhi - 110001



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AIPRPA Central Managing Committee in Video Conference on 9.8.2020!

Next video conference of AIPRPA CMC will be held as per our earlier decision to meet on 2nd Sunday (9.8.2020) at 11.00 A.M. The link to reach the video conference will be sent by email to all on 9.8.2020 at about 10.45 A.M. You are requested to click on that link. 

CHQ President Comrade D.K.Rahate will preside. The following shall be the agenda:

1. Review of earlier decisions taken in video conferences.

2. Review of observance of NCCPA and AIPRPA CHQ email campaign calls.

3. Any other item with the permission of the chair. 

All CMC Members are requested to attend without fail. They will remember to keep their camera mike in "off" condition and without fail turn it "ON" only when their turn to speak comes. 

They can seek permission to intervene by raising their hand to be noticed by the President. On permission they will turn on their mike and speak.

Comradely yours,
K.Ragavendran
GS AIPRPA

 

                                                                                                                                                                 

Sunday, 26 July 2020

NCCPA Calls for Email to Secretary to Forest and Climate Change!


NCCPA CALL 


NCCPA has issued the undermentioned call to send email to Government of India Secretary to Forest and Climate Change against the move to amend the Act in Parliament to favour Corporates! The move will adversely affect us and our environment! Let us act by sending email to the Secretary by all our States / Districts / Divisions/ and also by members - KR GS AIPRPA 


Indian People and Environment is dispensable to the economic interests of International Corporates!

The proposed amendment to Environment Rules by Central Government is dangerous to us! The lives and environment is more precious than the unquestioned entry of FDI!

Let us voice our opinion to the Government to stop the intended Act in Parliament!

All our Affiliates and Individuals are requested to send the following email to the Secretary of Forest  and Climate Change, Government of India in the Email ID:  secy-moef@nic.in


TEXT OF EMAIL

To

The Secretary,
Forest and Climate Change,
Union Government of India,
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

The Central Ministry has proposed a change in existing Environment Impact Assessment processes (EIA Notification, 2006) through a draft EIA Notification, 2020. The proposed notification will destroy the process of environmental protection and affecting the environment irreversibly, also making it easier for the corporates to get environmental clearances for their projects. Hence, We the people oppose the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2020, and request you to withdraw the same.

Amidst the pandemic situation, it is improper to take decisions that will have an irreversible impact on the environment. However, the Union Ministry is keen on making changes in Environment rules and granting clearances. It is evident from the fact that over 30 projects, located in some of India's most biodiverse forests have been urgently cleared or taken up for clearance in online meetings during the lockdown (April 23). Site inspections are a crucial component of project evaluation and are difficult during a pandemic. Ministry appears to be relying only on digital documents uploaded by the project developers. Even more surprisingly these projects have been cleared at a time when Covid-19 has revealed dramatically how seriously the loss of forest land and biodiversity can increase zoonotic diseases.

Environmentalists also have raised their voice and wrote to Environment Minister regarding how forest and environment clearances were being granted across India during the lockdown. On that note, shockingly, the Ministry has put out a draft notification for public comments amidst global economic and public health emergency when there is restricted public movement.

Major Issues:

• The new amendment poses a serious threat to the environment and there are some areas of concern like granting post-facto clearances to Industries and leaving aside them with Fine alone in case of any violations. For several projects, the whole process of EIA is made simpler and fails to meet the standards of basic environmental protections. However, in an order on April 1, the Supreme Court held that "ex post facto environmental clearances" are contrary to law. It said: "Environment law cannot countenance the notion of an ex post facto clearance. This would be contrary to both the precautionary principle as well as the need for sustainable development".

• A public hearing has been exempted to many industries (those producing acids, paints, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) located in Notified Industrial Zone, this will create serious problems in areas that depend entirely on ground and river water for agricultural usage. Public consultation has also been exempted from a list of linear projects. Projects such as roads and pipelines in border areas will not require any public hearing. The 'border area' is defined as "area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control with bordering countries of India." That would cover much of the Northeast, the region with the country's richest biodiversity. Exemption from public hearing goes against International environmental law and agreements.

• Increased validity of the environment clearance for mining projects and river valley projects from 30 years currently to 50 years and, 10 years currently to 15 years respectively, thus increasing the risk of irreversible environmental, social, and health consequences on account of the project remaining unnoticed for long.

• Through the draft, it is enough for the industries to provide an annual environmental compliance report rather than half-yearly reports. Past experiences show that industries have continued to provide data that are false and inaccurate. Seeking an annual report provides an opportunity for the industries to further underestimate any socio-environmental issues arising in their projects.

• The Public consultation process is diluted. The period for the public to submit their views and responses during a public hearing for any application seeking Environment clearance has been reduced from 30 days to 20 days. It is aimed at denying the proper opportunity to record the objections of the people of the region.
The various provisions of the draft are aimed at facilitating the government's doctrine of "ease of doing business". Hence, we would like to reiterate that it is our generation that will be a victim of the devastating effects of these twisted and diluted laws like the new EIA draft. In this age of high pollution levels in our cities, we need to strengthen the EIA 2006 instead of allowing amendments that will dilute the rules and encourage environmental violations.

The current draft lacks understanding of the adverse effects of activities like disturbances in eco-sensitive zones, extensive minings. The notification was released on 23rd March 2020, surprisingly right before the day of nationwide lockdown. There has been no wide publicity given to the same except being uploaded on the website. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a time to stay safe and protect oneself. Hence, the government must understand it is not the right time to make amendments in EIA Notification for its aspiration of doing business. We sincerely hope that the Environment Ministry will encourage informed public participation as committed through Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration and the principle of Natural Justice. The EIA can be used to bring India out of the Covid-19 pandemic as an environmentally aware country through a green recovery that strengthens the role of environmental and social protection of all people and nature instead of justifying the present forms of harmful development.
So, we request you to kindly withdraw the Draft EIA Notification – 2020, right now.

Thanking you,

Signature:

Name:

Organisation:

District/ State: 

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

AIPRPA CHQ WRITES TO DG POSTS FOR DEVELOPING A PENSIONSEVA WEBSITE FOR PENSIONERS AND FAMILY PENSIONERS OF POSB

All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

 

(Registered No: 83/2015 under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975)

Chennai HQ: 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai - 600007

New Delhi HQ: First Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, North Avenue, New Delhi - 110001


No.AIPRPA / Pension / 2020 /1 Dated 23rd July 2020

To

The Director General

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan

New Delhi – 110001

 

Sir,

Sub: Request for causing to develop a Pensionseva website for Pensioners under POSB System – regarding.

This All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association happily notes that the State Bank of India has developed a Pensionseva exclusive website for Pensioners drawing pension in SBI. This website which is available in the link http://www.pensionseva.sbi/WebPages/Login/PensionerRegistration.aspx is developed to cater to the Pensioners in knowing and downloading their arrear calculation sheets, Pension Slip, Profiles, Investment related details, status of their life certificate, Account transaction particulars etc. This type of Pensionseva website will be highly useful to the Pensioners.

This Association submits that it is not beyond the capacity of the Postal Department to develop an identical website for the Pensioners and Family Pensioners drawing pension through POSB System. This will enable all Pensioners to sign in and check all their pension related details without troubling the authorities. Such action will receive the all round appreciation of the thousands of Pensioners and Family Pensioners. We therefore request your goodself to consider and cause to develop an exclusive website for the benefit of Pensioners and Family Pensioners.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

(K.Ragavendran)

General Secretary


CGHS Payment of Subscriptions

For CGHS Cards hereafter online payment in the "Bharatkosh" Portal only! 
 
 

Newly joining Pensioners CGHS beneficiaries and the existing beneficiaries who are not holding life membership cards have to remit subscription only through "Bharatkosh Portal" online. 

The method or procedure is a bit complicated and therefore follow the instructions in the enclosed Health Ministry Order step by step very carefully!
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Monday, 20 July 2020

Conduct Email Campaign to Secretary (P)

 

 

EMAIL CAMPAIGN OF AIPRPA

21.07.2020 To 31.07.2020

AIPRPA Central Managing Committee held on 12.07.2020 in video conference decided to organize an Email Campaign to Secretary (P) on urgent Postal &RMS Pensioenrs issues. Some State Associations have interacted with the CHQ by email and pointed out important issues to be taken up with the administration in addition to CGHS and Medical related issues. Certain issues of CGHS have been taken up with the Health Ministry by the CHQ recently and many other issues were submitted to NCCPA Secretary General and JCM Staff Side Secretary for taking up with the Health Secretary. Therefore three major issues pertaining to Postal & RMS Pensioners that are taking very long to implement the orders of the Postal Department and certain major issues confronting the Postal & RMS Pensioners in CGHS are covered in this Email Campaign to Secretary Department of Posts.

All State Associations and the District / Divisional Associations of AIPRPA are requested to organize the Email Campaign very effectively from today to the end of this month. They are requested to also encourage individual members to send emails to the Secretary (P). Confirmation of sending the email may be sent to CHQ in aiprpachq@gmail.com or in whatsapp groups for information. The exact draft of Email is given below the letter submitted to the Secretary (P) by the CHQ. All are requested only to send the Email with the exact contents provided. There is no need to send the letter sent by the CHQ, which is only for the information of all.

-K.Ragavendran General Secretary AIPRPA -


All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

 

(Registered No: 83/2015 under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975)

Chennai HQ: 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai - 600007

New Delhi HQ: First Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, North Avenue, New Delhi - 110001


No.AIPRPA/Campaign/2020/1                                                               Dated 21st July, 2020

 

To

 

The Secretary,

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan

New Delhi – 110 001.

 

Respected sir,

 

Sub: Email Campaign on urgent Postal & RMS Pensioners issues for settlement – regarding.

 

The Central Managing Committee of this All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association had met in its video conference session on 12.07.2020 and decided to organize a Email Campaign on the following urgent and long pending issues of Postal & RMS Pensioners:

 

1.       Higher Pay Scale of 3050-4590 to Postman /Mail Guard cadre from 1.1.1996: Department had issued orders for refixing the salary from 1.1.1996 and the pension refixation accordingly. This orders was issued as early as on 23rd May, 2018 itself. Many Postal Circles delayed the issue by asking a lot of clarifications earlier. Despite all clarifications have been issued by the Directorate, the implementation part is unduly delayed in almost all Postal Circles. Many suggestions have been given by this CHQ and our State Associations but in nut shell the majority of retired Postman and Mailguard are yet to be refixed their pension and arrears paid for both the service time and from retirement. Hardly 30 cases are cleared by the Director of Postal Accounts offices and at this rate next pay commission may be constituted before the implementation to all eligible Pensioners. This Association urged in the past also to set a time frame for implementation but not heeded. Therefore we urge for immediate implementation.

 

2.       Counting of induction training period for TBOP / BCR: The Department had ordered as back as on 5th May, 2016 that for direct recruited Pas/SAs, their induction training period shall be treated as duty for the grant of TBOP/BCR. Unfortunately several Postal Divisions have taken an unreasonable stand that this order will be implemented only for those pensioners who submit their copy of order for their initial training at the time of appointment! Ironically many decades have lapsed since eligible pensioners have undergone training and the SSPOs/SPOs/SSRMs/SRMs don’t consider asking the pensioners to produce the copies of their initial training is too much after the lapse of many decades. The order is very clear that those PAs/SAs who were trained before 1.1.1986 are only eligible and therefore it is to be assumed that all PAs/SAs directly recruited before that date were sent for 3 months training before appointment. If necessary there are many other records available with the Department including the copies of training classes organized at PTC level or at other levels. All Pensioners who were direct recruits to PA/SA cadre should be granted this benefit and if eligible should be ordered refixation of pension as well as payment of any arrears. This issue is overdue and we request that there shall not be any more delay under any other grounds.

 

 

3.        Refixation of Pension from 1.1.2006 to HSG-1 on the basis of 4600 GP: The Department and the Government had ordered on 4th January 2019 for payment and refixation of pension at the level of 4600 Grade Pay instead of 4200 Grade Pay to all Pre-2006 HSG-1 cadre on a top priority basis. Unfortunately there are still some pensioners of this cadre not refixed with their pension accordingly. This Association urges for time bound implementation.

 

4.        Medical related issues: The Pensioners are considered as the weakest section to be affected by corona pandemic unless they take all precautions including taking medicines for all their pre-existing diseases. Unfortunately the Postal Pensioners are exposed to high risk nowadays because of several factors. (1) The Postal Pensioners living in non-CGHS areas are recently allowed to join CGHS. More over 33 existing Postal Dispensaries also converted into CGHS wellness centres. But ironically there are no empanelled hospitals or diagnostic centres in major part of the country except in countable CGHS centres. Not only hundreds of districts but even the many revenue States of North East and some other parts do not have either the CGHS wellness centres or empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres. In addition the Postal Dispensaries converted into CGHS centres don’t have adequate Doctors, Para Medical Staff and Medicines. Government had permitted the CGHS beneficiaries only to go to empanelled hospitals earmarked for covid-19 but there are many centres where the empanelled hospitals are not authorised for covid-19 treatment by the State Governments. Even where an empanelled hospital is earmarked for covid-19, the number of beds there are too insufficient in comparison with the number of beneficiaries affected by covid-19. The beneficiaries in non-CGHS centres shall be permitted to approach nearby hospitals and claim reimbursement at CGHS approved charges until empanelled hospitals are identified in all the centres. All other problems also are to be attended to on war footing. The Department of Posts has a role in sorting out the problems with the Health Ministry and cannot take a stand that Health Department affairs are out of its purview.

 

 

This All India Association of Postal & RMS Pensioners would urge upon you to personally intervene so that the first three issues at the command of the DoP shall be disposed of within a short time frame. We also urge upon your good offices to intervene with the Government and the Health Ministry so that the aged pensioners are safe guarded from the trouble of taking treatment for all diseases and to the covid-19 in particular. As the families of Pensioners are not going to get any financial insurance as like the serving employees, the Department shall come forward to protect their lives by suitable trouble free treatment during this risky times.

Yours sincerely,

Sd/-

(K. RAGAVENDRAN)

General Secretary

 

 

COPY OF EMAIL TO BE SENT BY STATES /DISTRICTS / DIVISIONS / MEMBERS ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS IN EMAIL

secretary-posts@indiapost.gov.in

 

To

The Secretary

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan

New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

 

Kindly refer to the email sent by the CHQ of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association on 21.07.2020 on the subject of “Email campaign on urgent Postal & RMS Pensioners issues for settlement”. We urge for immediate settlement of (1) Time-bound Implementation of Department order by the DPA Offices for grant of higher scale of 3050-4590 with arrears to all eligible Pensioners of Postman/Mail Guard cadre; (2) Immediate implementation of Department orders for grant of benefit of counting the period of induction training for TBOP/BCR to direct recruits including all eligible Pensioners by the Divisional Offices based on their own available records without troubling the pensioners to bring records; (3) Immediate clearing of the pending cases of Pre-2006 Pensioners from HSG-1 for grant of 4600 Grade Pay as per the orders of the Government and the Department of Posts; and (4) Ensuring personal intervention in health and medical related  issues including the CGHS for protecting the lives and health of Postal & RMS Pensioners.

Thanking You.

Yours faithfully,

Signature: ______________________________________

Name:            ______________________________________

Designation: ____________________________________

State / District /Division: ___________________________


Missing GPF Credits!

A Pension Ministry order favourable to officials and officers on foreign service / deputation before retirement!