Monday, 26 October 2020

Tomorrow may be BLACK! Get Organized!

Hear the Danger Bell! 

Unity is Paramount Need! 




Indian Railways is the biggest civilian government department. It employs 13 lakhs employees. There are 15 lakhs pensioners in the rolls.


The expenditure towards pension liability for 2020-21 is estimated around 53,000 crores. But Railway Board has written to Finance Ministry to take over the pension liability by Government as Railways is facing an economic crisis!


But Finance Minister Ms.Nirmala Seetharaman has rejected to take the responsibility by Government as per media reports. 


Many questions arise now. But two questions are major:


1) Then why the Department offered a huge sum to the tune of 151 crores to PM CARES Fund and spent crores of money  to reshape coaches into a huge 3.25 lakhs COVID-19 treatment beds?


2) If this is the condition of Railways, major earner of Government, then what will happen to pensioners of other departments reportedly making loss and bearing the pension liability from its own budget like Department of Posts? 


Tomorrow is black! Let us get organized quickly now and ready to fight before it is too late! Let us not allow India to become Greece where pension was reduced 17 times and pensioners wait for days to get their monthly pension. 


Consolidate AIPRPA

Consolidate NCCPA

Consolidate Unity of All Pensioners!


खतरे की घंटी सुनो!

 एकता सर्वोपरि है!


 भारतीय रेलवे सबसे बड़ा नागरिक सरकारी विभाग है।  इसमें 13 lakhs कर्मचारी कार्यरत हैं।  रोल में 15 lakhs पेंशनर्स हैं।


 2020-21 के लिए पेंशन देयता के लिए व्यय 53,000 करोड़ के आसपास अनुमानित है।  लेकिन रेलवे बोर्ड ने वित्त मंत्रालय को लिखा है कि वह सरकार द्वारा पेंशन का दायित्व निभाए क्योंकि रेलवे एक आर्थिक संकट का सामना कर रहा है!


 लेकिन वित्त मंत्री सुश्री निर्मला सीतारमण ने मीडिया रिपोर्टों के अनुसार सरकार द्वारा जिम्मेदारी लेने से इनकार कर दिया है।


 अब कई सवाल उठते हैं।  लेकिन दो सवाल प्रमुख हैं:


 1) फिर क्यों विभाग ने PM CARES फंड को 151 करोड़ की बड़ी राशि देने की पेशकश की और कोचों को भारी भरकम 3.25 लाख COVID-19 उपचार बेड में फेरबदल करने के लिए करोड़ों रुपये खर्च किए?


 2) अगर सरकार के प्रमुख अर्जनकर्ता रेलवे की यह स्थिति है, तो अन्य विभागों के पेंशनरों का क्या होगा, जो डाक विभाग की तरह अपने स्वयं के बजट से पेंशन की देयता को नुकसान पहुंचा रहे हैं?


 कल काला है!  आइए हम अब जल्दी से संगठित हों और बहुत देर होने से पहले लड़ने के लिए तैयार हों!  आइए हम भारत को ग्रीस नहीं बनने दें जहां पेंशन 17 गुना कम हो गई और पेंशनरों को अपनी मासिक पेंशन पाने के लिए दिनों का इंतजार करना पड़ा।


 समेकित AIPRPA

 समेकित NCCPA

 सभी पेंशनरों की एकजुटता!

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Email to Finance Minister!

 NCCPA Emails to Finance Minister!


NCCPA Secretary General Emails to Hon'ble Finance Minister Ms.Nirmala Sitaraman requesting Festival Grant or Advance to Pensioners / Family Pensioners!     


Copy of Email as follows:

                                          

NATIONAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS

Dated: 24/10/2020

To

Ms.Nirmala Seetharaman

Hon’ble Finance Minister,

Govt. of India, North Block,

New Delhi. 110 001.

Dear Madam,

Sub: Request for festival grant or advance. 


As you are aware the Pandemic Covid 19 is spreading  unabated, contrary to our expectation.  Since both the preventive and curative remedies are yet to be in operation, the situation is likely to get worsened in the days to come.  The number of people already affected and the number of persons died in our country due to the disease are alarming.  Most of the deaths are reported to be of persons beyond the age of 60.

Life is made more difficult for the Pensioners and Family Pensioners as their physical movement is restricted and that financially they are suffering more than many others. In this situation, we have seen a welcome move that the Government of India has relaxed the condition as a one-time measure and granted Festival Advance to the Government Employees. Even though it is a recoverable advance, the liquid cash at the hands of employees is no doubt will be of enormous assistance to them.

The Pensioners and Family Pensioners, are placed in a very difficult situation due to the denial of the dearness relief which is to continue up-to 1st July, 2021.  The financial burden has increased due to the inflation and phenomenal price rise on essential food items. Considering the dire situation in which the pensioner community is placed,  we request that the Central Government may consider a one-time grant of  Rs.20,000/- to all Pensioners and Family Pensioners. If the Government finds it difficult to bear this additional financial burden, we request the Government might consider taking into account the fact that the coming months are festival months in our country and grant of one-time recoverable advance of Rs.20,000/- to Pensioners and Rs.10,000/- to Family Pensioners through the Banks or POSB, where they receive the Pension and Family Pension. The Banks and POSBs may be asked to recover the amount in 10 monthly instalments.   This Advance should be in addition to any loans the Pensioners and Family Pensioners received from Banks in the past. The Pensioners and Family Pensioners will feel much relieved at this time of financial and mental stress.

The Government may consider our proposals quickly and render invaluable relief to the community of Pensioners and Family Pensioners.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

(K.K.N.Kutty)

Secretary General

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Demonstration on 3rd November 2020 on Sectional Postal Pensioners Issues!

 COPY OF LETTER BY AIPRPA CHQ TO SECRETARY POST

STATE / DISTRICT / DIVISIONAL SECRETARIES MAY SIGN AT THE BOTTOM AND SUBMIT ON 03.11.2020 TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES




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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/CHQ/Programme/1 Dated 22.10.2020


To

The Secretary (P)

Department of Posts

New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub: Programme of Demonstration by Postal Pensioners on 3.11.2020 to focus three demands – regarding.

This All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association in its Central Managing Committee held on 11.10.2020 had unanimously decided to conduct a nationwide demonstration despite corona pandemic threat to focus the concentration of the Department of Posts on three urgent issues.

The Directorate had issued orders as far back as on 25.05.2018 for upgrading notionally the basic pay of Postman/Mailguard staff. Clarificatory orders also was issued by the Directorate on this issue subsequently on  . Similarly order of the Directorate was issued as far back as on 5.5.2016 for including the period of induction training for TBOP/BCR of direct recruit Pas/SAs.

The Postman upgradation of pay scales notionally from 1.1.1996 is still kept pending in many circles. As the Postman/Mailguard scale of pay was upgraded from 1.1.1996 instead of 10.10.1997, the TBOP/BCR employees of the same cadre also automatically stands upgraded to next higher pay scales as the order itself preponed to 1.1.1996 instead of 10.10.1997. But in many circles the higher pay scales are not extended to TBOP/BCR Postman/Mailguard employees and pensioners. Even after more than two years thousands of Postman/Mailguard and TBOP/BCR Pensioners as well as family pensioners are put into mental agony due to inordinate delay in implementation. Circles are not even caring to issue compliance reports as ordered by the Directorate on 31.01.2019.

Similarly the orders of the Directorate issued in 2016 for granting the period of induction training also for calculation of TBOP/BCR to direct recruited PAs/SAs also not fully implemented as unnecessarily the Pensioners and Family Pensioners are demanded with production of their copy of induction training for granting this benefit. It is ironic that the Pensioners and Family Pensioners are asked to submit this copy after decades and as they could not produce, their benefits are denied.

The Pensioners and Family Pensioners are suffering from lack of several health-related issues. The Medical Insurance Scheme is being delayed by the Health Ministry for a long time. The non-CGHS area living beneficiaries are not having the benefit of wellness centres in their districts. There are not even referral hospitals for them to take treatment. Medicines are not timely supplied to beneficiaries in several dispensaries. There is a shortage of Doctors and Para Medical Staff in many Dispensaries. The Health Ministry is not caring to take these genuine issues into consideration and settle them on war footing despite the spread of pandemic warrants urgent health measures.

Therefore, this Association is launching a nationwide programme of demonstration in front of Head Post Offices / or / RMS Offices / or / Divisional Offices / or / DPA offices / or / Chief PMG offices according to the local feasibility. After demonstrating a copy of this letter will be handed over in lieu of a Memorandum with a request for onward transmission to the Secretary Department of Posts.  As all participants are senior citizens and they are participating in the protest despite corona pandemic threat, we urge upon the Postal Directorate to permit them to peacefully demonstrate and submit this letter to the local authorities for onward transmission to you. We also urge upon you to direct the authorities concerned to take urgent measurers on war footing to attend to the implementation of Directorate Orders without further delay.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

(K.Ragavendran)

General Secretary


Date:03.11.2020

Place:                                                                                          Signature:

                                                                                      District / Division:

                                                                                                            State:


Wednesday, 21 October 2020

October PP getting ready!

 Pensioners Post October issue under Print!


The October issue of our monthly journal has gone to print after layout is finished. It will be posted on 27.10.2020. The issue contains besides many usual features, an article on FR56J by Advocate Arun; Pension entitlement bits by Erode R.Subramanian; Our position on Secretary DoP's reply to Kottayam Member of Parliament etc. The above front wrapper of the journal is for your attention!

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Sunday, 18 October 2020

CHQ CIRCULAR


                                             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 / CHQ / 2020 / 2                                                                                         Dated 18th October, 2020

 

          To

          All CHQ Office Bearers / State General Secretaries / District & Divisional Secretaries!

          AIPRPA

 

           Dear Comrades!

          

We have been temporarily separated by COVID-19 that prevented the CHQ from issuing circulars in frequent intervals.  The CHQ is regretting however for the long gap in sending Circulars even though the CHQ is being very active in social media platforms. We understood the circumstances and carrying on our activities uninterrupted through video conferences and other social media platforms. Even during COVID-19 pandemic we did not completely cow down but carried on limited street activities also now and then, braving the dangers. The CHQ is duty bound to congratulate all those brave hearts for making our organization's presence felt among several other pensioners 'organizations which could not think of anything other than paper work.

 

1.       Implementation of TUI Call:

 

The Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees) to which we are affiliated had issued a call amidst corona to observe 1st October as the "Day of Elderly" in accordance with the resolution of the United Nations and highlight the problems of "Pensioners and Retired". Accordingly we have fallen in line. The NCCPA which is the apex body in India for us also endorsed the call. In States like Tamilnadu where we are part of a broader platform of Pensioners called the COC of Central and State Government and Public Sector Pensioners' Associations, we observed the call unitedly in all Districts of the State in which in addition to us the pensioners from State Government, Teachers, Electricity Board, Transportation as well as NCCPA partners like the BSNL, Income Tax, CLTRI etc have also made the call very effective and widespread.

 

The CMC held on 11.10.2020 reviewed the implementation and congratulated the States of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra, Jharkhand, Madhyapradesh, Odisha and Assam for seriously taking the call and organized its implementation in several places of the state. It was reviewed to see that in Uttar Pradesh except Agra there was no implementation. In Maharashtra though the situation is very serious and 144 stay orders are in vogue including in Mumbai no other programmes could be organized but a video meeting on 1.10.2020. Unfortunately in States like Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal, Haryana, Bihar, North Eastern States no programme could be organized partly due to corona and partly due to our organizational existing weaknesses in some states. However, comparing to previous years, the international pensioners' day as called by the TUI has been observed better this year despite COVID-19 pandemic.

 

2.       NCCPA and AIPRPA Email Campaign:

 

NCCPA has given two calls for Email Campaigns during the recent times. As per the decision of the Executive of NCCPA held virtually on 15.06.2020, an Email Campaign to the Prime Minister opposing the DA/DR Freeze by the Central Government was undertaken. Another Email Campaign call by the NCCPA was issued on 26.07.2020 to send emails to the Secretary to Forest and Climate Change opposing the intended Act placed in Parliament to amend the EIA Notification 2020 that will affect the people and favour the Corporates.

 

In addition to Affiliates individual members also were requested to send emails to both the Prime Minister and Secretary Forest. The COC of Central, State Government and Public Sector Pensioners Associations in Tamilnadu also joined in the second email campaign. Many States, Districts, Divisions of AIPRPA in addition to those members who have the feasibility to send emails joined to make the programme effective. But self critically we have to admit that the organizational weakness exhibited in the implementation of TUI call also reflected during these calls. We should consciously apply ourselves to overcome this organizational weakness.


The issue of DA/DR freeze is still on and the efforts of NCCPA should continue organisationally. AIPRPA CHQ will raise the issue in the next executive of NCCPA as and when it takes place.

 

 

3.       AIPRPA CHQ Call for Email Campaign to Secretary DoP:

 

AIPRPA CHQ as decided by its virtual CMC meeting held on 12.07.2020, conducted an Email Campaign to the Secretary Department of Posts on four important issues viz., (1) Implementation of orders on grant of higher pay scale of 3050-4590 from 1.1.1996 to Postman/ Mailguard; (2) Granting of benefit to include the period of induction training for TBOP/BCR as per DoP orders without insisting for production of certificate of training by Pensioners/Family Pensioners; (3) Refixation of Pension from 1.1.2006 with GP 4600 to Pensioners retired in HSG-1 cadre;  (4) Medical related issues of CGHS and Non-CGHS Pensioners.

 

We have received reports and watched the social media that there was a widespread response to the call of CHQ and including members there was a good response to the call. However, we should not fail to self-introspect on our failures in those areas where the response was less.

 

4.      COURT Cases:

 

Many cases are pending in different courts. The COVID-19 has compounded the problem as many courts have declared self lock down during this time. Normal functioning is yet to be resumed. Therefore some important cases already in court of law as under are waiting to be heard:

 

a)       AIPRPA CHQ case for higher pay scales to all pensioners on par with the pay scale implemented to the cadre or post from which the pensioner had retired instead of granting the benefit only on equivalent scales from which the pensioners had retired. This is pending before the two-judge bench of Madras CAT. This case is apart from the implementation of Grade Pay 4600/- to HSG-1 as there are many other cadres other than the HSG-1 is in the fray and that the HSG-1 also not yet paid the higher scale of pay of 7450-11500 like the serving employees.

 

b)      Notional increment to 30th June Retirees filed by our members including the GS AIPRPA was rejected by the Madras CAT despite the fact that Ayyamperumal won his case in both Madras CAT and Madras High Court as well as the SLP against the judgment was dismissed by the Supreme Court. We are moving the High Court of Madras. Meanwhile our Andhra Comrades were given a favourable judgment by the CAT of Hyderabad in which not only the notional increment but also the increment from July 1st is added for pension refixation. We do not know as to whether the Department will be advised to move the High Court of Andhra. Similarly we are aware there are favourable judgments in other courts of the country also. But the position of the Government that the issue will not be accepted not only despite the dismissal of SLP but also the Review Petition dismissed by the Apex Court. We are following all developments and the CHQ will take necessary action but the COVID-19 should end and normalcy to come back for us to pursue the court cases.

 

c)       Compulsory retirement Pensioners are denied due fixation of pension despite the fact they are also granted pension fixation in accordance with the same fixation formula extended to all other pensioners after the pay commission. For example the fixation under 2.57 multiplication factors was granted to them but the fixation under Option Number 3 granted in lieu of Option Number 1 is denied to them. There are some cases in which our pensioners have succeeded in lower courts but the Government is pursuing in higher judicial forums. We are discussing the issue and will take appropriate action after knowing the position in Apex Court.

 

d)      The MACP date of implementation is granted as per Supreme Court verdict to Defence personnel from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008. But raising an illogical argument that the MACP scheme of Civilian Employees is different, the Government is still denying the same benefit. Many Pensioners had retired during 1.1.2006 and 31.08.2008 without next upgradation under MACP. Some other pensioners may be benefited by advancing the date also. The NCCPA has made up its mind to file a case and discussion with the Advocate also was made. The case for MACP date of implementation will be filed by NCCPA immediately after its registration under Trade Union Act together with many other pensioners who stand to benefit by changing the date of effect. The CHQ once again reiterates our State Association to be ready and collect the list of officials with necessary documents of representation and reply by the Department etc together with 1000/- (One Thousand per Petitioner). Soon on restoration of normalcy from corona, we may move the Principal CAT Delhi on this issue.

 

e)      The MACP to Promotees in the Department of Posts is pending because it was referred to a five-judge bench headed by the Chairman of Principal CAT to be heard at Chennai CAT because of opposing judgments delivered by different courts on this issue. This case also will progress only after the end of COVID-19 and restoration of normalcy.

 

 

5.      Important CMC Decisions:

 

As already pointed out, the Central Managing Committee Meetings of the CHQ are periodically being held every 2nd Sunday of the month under video conference. The decisions taken therein also were communicated in the website and through social media. However some important decisions for effective carrying out by us are pointed out here:

 

(a)    A Demonstration either in the morning or in the evening will be held on 29.10.2020 (Date changed as 03.11.2020 as 29th is a Postal holiday) in front of either one of the place of HPOs/RMS Offices/ Divisional Offices / DPA Office / CPMG Office as per the local feasibility. Three demands will be highlighted. They are (1) Immediate implementation of higher pay scale of 3050-4590 to Postman/Mailguard and appropriate higher pay scales to TBOP/BCR Postman / Mailguard notionally from 1.1.1996 and consequential benefits from 10.10.1997 and pension refixation benefits; (2) Grant of benefit of including the period of induction training for TBOP/BCR without insisting for production of copy of training certificate by the pensioners / family pensioners; and (3) Finalizing Medical Insurance Scheme to non-CGHS Pensioners and many CGHS related issues applicable to both CGHS and non-CGHS area residing pensioners including COVID-19 treatment. The difficulties expressed by States like Telangana as well States like Maharashtra on the face of heavy spread of COVID-19 etc were considered and decided that as per feasibility the programme can be held with all COVID-19 protocol like face masking and maintaining social distancing etc.

 

(b)    Demonstration in front of HPOs/RMS Offices on 26.11.2020 in support of Strike action by the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations like the Confederation by observing all COVID-19 protocols.

 

(c)     Centenary year of Babu Tarapada Mukherjee's Presidential Speech in Lahore on 9.10.1921 should be befittingly celebrated by us after the corona.

 

(d)    CHQ will hold a WEBINAR on 17.12.2020 from 4 to 6 P.M to commemorate the Pensioners Day and to remember D.S.Nakara. Comrades K.Ragavendran GS AIPRPA and M.Krishnan Ex-SG Confederation and Executive Member AIPRPA will deliver special addresses on selected topics. Comrade D.K.Rahate CHQ President will initiate and Tamilnadu State GS Comrade P.Mohan will deliver vote of thanks. All States and Districts / Divisions will hold the day in the forenoon only and will participate in the CHQ WEBINAR in the evening hours. Arrangement will be made so that all CHQ Office Bearers, State General Secretaries and important Guests join the WEBINAR directly and can raise questions at the end. All other Comrades including the State Office Bearers and District / Divisional Secretaries and all other members will be able to watch the WEBINAR in FaceBook through the link we all send in emails and facebook and whatsapp groups.

 

(e)    The CMC has also decided to issue an appeal to members for a Special Donation to CHQ/Pensioners Post. It is to be noted that since inception this is the first time the CHQ is appealing for donations taking into account the dire situation of funds in both CHQ and Pensioners Post. It was decided to share the total donations between  the CHQ and Pensioners Post equally.

 

(f)      The State General Secretaries of Telangana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Uttarpradesh, Odisha, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States are requested to send their email without delay in reply to the questionnaire sent earlier on AIPRPA organization. The CHQ will compile all information and will send a consolidated organizational report to all CMC Members by email.

 

(g)    The States will take action to ensure all their Districts / Divisions send due quota to CHQ and States immediately for the financial year 2019-20.

 

(h)    Adhoc Conveners will be identified and approved for States for which no AIPRPA organization exists by the CHQ. Similarly the State General Secretaries are authorized to nominate Adhoc Conveners for those Districts / Divisions for which no AIPRPA organization exists at present. The CHQ also approved Comrade Virendra Tewary ex-GS SBCO Employees Association as the State GS of Uttarpradesh State in place of Comrade T.P.Mishra until the next State Conference after the corona as desired by the Executive Committee of U.P. The CHQ will discuss with Punjab State GS regarding the offer of Punjab retired Postman Pensioners and revamp the State Association of Punjab. RCC will attend the revamping of the State Association of Tripura and Nagaland and help the CHQ in founding the Arunachal Pradesh State Association after corona.

 

(i)      Whatsapp Groups at all State level and at all District / Divisional level will be formed by respective comrades. State GS will be added as the Admn Member in District / Divisional level groups and the All India GS will be added as the Admn Member in State level groups by the State GS Comrades.

 

(j)      On all issues of Pensioners expressed by the CMC Members will be suitably addressed to Government and authorities by the CHQ.

 

Sd/-

(K. RAGAVENDRAN)

General Secretary 

K.Ragavendran
General Secretary AIPRPA

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Demonstration Date Change!

 Corrigendum! Important change!

Demonstration on 3.11.2020!

AIPRPA Programme of Demonstration is on 03.11.2020 (Changed from 29.10.2020 as it is a Holiday in many circles)

Revised Poster / Banner as follows: 

KR - GS - AIPRPA