Remember the Programme of AIPRPA CHQ on 11.05.2022!
Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Thursday, 28 April 2022
May Day Communique from the AIPRPA CHQ
Dear Comrades! Every year, May Day used to infuse fresh enthusiasm in us to fight the injustices of the existing system and to change the system into one free of any exploitation of man by man. We know that changing the system may not be a practical solution within the life time of contemporary comrades like us. But we know that the struggle to change the system is a continuous process and tomorrow or day after it will be achieved by the future generation. The struggles that we launch today and all the sacrifices of yesterday by our predecessors will act as the fertilizer for the change tomorrow. The dawn of a new society that will have no exploitation is imminent whether we could see it or not.
Our task is to struggle against all injustices. The advent of liberalization and the disintegration of the camp of Socialism is a temporary victory reaped by the Corporates of the world. But they could not bring any remedy to the maladies of the society. They could not bring total peace to the humanity and wars are indeed breaking out between different nations and we can see that these corporates are reaping huge profits from them. The usual maladies like the un-employment, price rise, poverty, flesh trade, lack of medical attention etc are much prevalent in the system and the corporates have no solution to any of these deep rooted problems.
The pandemic of Corona that ravaged the world for more than two years had proved one thing crystal clear. Only the countries where the public health system is strong could face the pandemic squarely and save the population without much loss of life. The path of privatization which encouraged even the health sector in most of the world countries has resulted only in making super profits by using the fear of life by the people. The privatization has proved to be futile but many governments are blind to the development because of their ideological marriage with the Corporates that encourages LPG polices in each country.
The Pensioners, who are generally the Senior Citizens, for whom many Governments are shedding crocodile tears, are in practice put into great sufferings. Economically they are further exploited by denying their dearness relief arrears for 18 months. The reply of the Government that it is not in a position to pay the arrears of 18 months DA/DR is laughable because every second it is working for the super profit of handful of corporates in the country. The Government is unmindful of the tragedy that the new entrants of Government and Public Sector employees numbering lakhs and lakhs in the name of NPS. There is no guaranteed pension to the NPS section of the employees who work for many years, while the Parliament and State Legislature members are happily taking the pension ensured to them even if they serve as the MP or MLA for a single day! These representatives of people have no compunction to vote to deny the pension for the Government employees! The stand taken by the State Governments of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to revert back to Old Pension System by scrapping the NPS and the stand of the West Bengal Left Front Government earlier and continued even today by the present Mamta Banerjee Government to not to introduce NPS in the State of West Bengal are giving us hope that our fight will ultimately win provided we are able to stand up unitedly.
The Pensioners and the Family Pensioners and all senior citizens shall be able to live in peace. They should be able to live in a convenient house; live without any worry for medical requirements including hospitalization; move freely from one place to another in free transportation; have unlimited access to potable drinking water; in short, they should have financial freedom by sufficient payment of monthly pension to take care of all needs.
The life of pensioners and family pensioners cannot advance if the working employees’ movement of the concerned industry is not ready to voice the demand of pension and social security. Perfect unity of employee’s trade unions and pensioners associations is the need of the hour. We pledge that we shall establish a strong unity of pensioners and working employees and while supporting every struggle of the workers for their advancement try to ensure the support of the workers for our emancipation. We pledge that we shall struggle to see that all the recommendations of the 110th Report of the Parliament Standing Committee are translated into reality earlier.
The Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees), one of the TUIs of the class conscious WFTU, is fighting to unify all the pensioners and retirees of the world under one umbrella and launching struggles for a peaceful tomorrow to all the pensioners and retirees of all the countries. TUI (P&R) is also insisting for the alignment of working class and the retired. Let us pledge on this May Day of 2022 that we shall build a stronger platform of unity of all pensioners in our country and link up with the international body to continue our justified struggle for a peaceful life in our old age. AIPRPA CHQ calls upon all our rank-and-file Associations to befittingly celebrate the present May Day by taking all the initiative to unite with NCCPA affiliates, other Pensioners Associations and with the Working-Class Trade Unions. This year May Day slogans should reverberate loudly that we, the senior citizens, are awakening like a sleeping giant and shall be ready to sacrifice for a better tomorrow. – KR GS AIPRPA -
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
MACP and Promotees of Postal - Advocate Arun arguments in High Court of Madras completed - Judgment Reserved!
Advocate Arun had filed 21 Cases on appeal in High Court of Madras. Arguments are over today. All supportive judgments in various courts were referred by our Advocate. The important line of argument that LGO to PA involves no DPC and therefore it should not be construed as a promotion was also raised. The Government side brought judgments including Bengaluru High Court in its favour. The honourable Judge has reserved the judgment in this important case. - KR GS AIPRPA
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
AIPRPA CHQ Calls for Nationwide Demonstrations / Dharna on 11.05.2022
· Hold the programme according to local conditions
· Send emails to Honourable Health Minister (Text given Below)
· Immediately settle all dues to the empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres.
· Revise the rates fixed as back as in 2014 and fix new enhanced rates.
· Nationalize the health sector immediately or control Private Hospitals with necessary laws.
· Open discussion and enrol all reputed hospitals in the empanelled list without delay to ensure cashless medical treatment to pensioners.
· Recruit regular Specialists, Doctors and Para Medical staff including Nurses to man all the Wellness Centres without delay.
· Open one Wellness Centre at least in all revenue districts.
· Finalize “Medi Insurance Scheme” to non-CGHS areas without further delay.
· Implement all recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee regarding “Additional Pension, FMA, MACP, 30th June Increment and all other Pension related issues”
Text of Email to Honourable Health Minister:
Honourable Minister of Health & Family Welfare
GOI, New Delhi
“ Senior Citizen Pensioners are suffering greatly due to lack of in-patient treatment in many hospitals as they wriggle out of empanelled list of CGHS AAA Please settle all dues to the empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres and enhance the rates fixed as far back as in 2014 AAA Implement all recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee immediately AAA Implement cashless Medi Insurance Scheme to all non-CGHS pensioners without delay AAA Open one Wellness Centre in each revenue district for the benefit of Beneficiaries”
Name of Secretary of Member: ______________________________________
District / Division: ________________________________________________
Sunday, 20 March 2022
NCCPA Circular Dated 18.03.2022
· * Hold Dharna / Demonstrations in front of Offices on 25th March and send Email to Honourable Minister (Draft in the Circular) Pension in solidarity with the two-days Strike.
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
(Registered under the
T.U. Act.No. RTU01/2021.Dated.7.01.2021
PAN No. AAEAN8586F
E mail: email@example.com.
13.c Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
President: Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra. (97176 47594)
Secretary General: Com. K.K.N. Kutty. (98110 48303)
As you know, the working class in the country will be on two days strike on 28th and 29th March, 2022 against the present economic policies of the Government of India, which has harmed the workers in the country tremendously. The standard of living of the workers have gone down so deeply that none of the segments gets a fair wage today. By dismantling the public health care system, public distribution system and the Pubic sector undertakings, the user charges levied for various services have gone up leaps and bounds . The pension emoluments, which at one point of time, we had thought good enough to meet our basic requirements have become too meagre given the growing expenses. Many of the services for which huge amounts are levied including the GST, had been either free or provided at nominal charges in the past. Concessions granted to the Senior Citizens are all withdrawn. Above all, the dearness relief which is an integral part of the pension was first freezed and then denied. The Government has kept back the arrears amounting to crores of rupees with no justification as the economy is reported to have picked up momentum of growth and the tax collections both from direct and indirect taxes have surpassed the budgetary estimates . The various phases of corona pandemic affected severely the pensioner community. Many are suffering from the post- covid complications and the consequential ailments.
We must, therefore, express our support to the strike and engage ourselves in the solidarity action as decided earlier. We take this opportunity to remind you of the need to participate in large numbers in the proposed dharna in front of all offices on 25th March, 2022 (this decision of NCCPA having been communicated earlier) to express our solidarity with the striking workers. A small memorandum addressed to the Honourable Minister of State, Department of Personnel and Pension, North Block, New Delhi is appended hereto. Kindly send the same to him after the dharna programme is over.
Please go through the letter addressed to the Honourable Minister placed on our website covering comprehensively all issues concerning the grievances and demands of the Pensioners. The Standing committee of the Parliament in their 110th report to the Lok Sabha has recommended to the Government to grant additional pension of 5% at the age 60, 10% at 70 and 15% at 75 instead of the present 20% on attaining the age of 80 years, increase the FMA to Rs. 3000 p.m. to reimburse the cost of hospitalization even if the treatment was from a non- empanelled private hospital and to cover the pensioners under CCS(MA) Rules. Coming from such an exalted body, we must mow demand that the Government take cognizance of the recommendation and implement the same as quickly as possible. It is, therefore, decided that the Pensioners Associations must organise demonstration in front of all offices on 5th April, 2022 and send the following E- mail to the honourable Minister.
“Solicit your kind reference to the 110th report of the Standing Committee of Parliament on pensioner related problems and appeal to you that the concerned officials may be directed to take immediate steps to implement those recommendations.” .
Memorandum to the Honourable Minister of State
for Department of Personnel and Pension,
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
We submit the following charter of demands containing issues and grievances of pensioners of various sectors. We had been, as is the case with many pensioner Associations, raising these issues before various authorities but regretfully submit that steps were not taken to resolve those. We feel that even reasonable issues, which do not have financial outflow are not addressed. Besides, the Pensioner community feels that they are being dragged to litigation which has of late become extremely costly and unbearable. They are perforce to bear the injustice. Even when the courts favour decisions upholding the contention of the petitioners, Government against their own policy decisions, drags the Pensioners to higher courts.. Even the Supreme Court decisions are not made applicable to the similarly placed personnel. We fervently appeal to you to ensure that the Pensioners are not dragged to court; their grievances are attended to within a reasonable time frame and they are replied with the reasons as to why the Government was not able to accept the contentions made by them. We also request you to kindly cause consideration of the following demands and the authorities are asked to have bilateral discussions with the representatives of NCCPA so as to have a proper appreciation of the demands raised.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS.
1. Implement Option No. 1 as one of the pension fitment formulae as recommended by the 7th CPC.
2. Revise the Pension of BSNL absorbed retirees immediately with 15% fitment; recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government from 01-01-2017, delinking the wage revision in BSNL. Clear all pending medical bills and medical allowance;
3. Evolve a policy for automatic grant of pension and other pensioner’s benefits to the pensioners and retirees of the autonomous bodies on par with the Central Govt. Pensioners.
4. Provide (a) notional fixation of pension under Option No. 3 on the basis of the pay scale/pay
level of the cadre or grade from which the pensioner retired. (b) Provide fixation of pension in the case of all pre 2006 pensioners on the basis of the grade pay/pay level or pay scale of
the post or cadre from which one has retired as per the judgments of Courts.
5. Extend the benefit of CS(MA) Rules to all pensioners who are not covered by CGHS.
6. Increase the FMA to Rs. 3000 as has been granted to PF Pensioners.
7. Raise the minimum pension to 60% of the Minimum wage. i.e. Rs. 10,800 p.m.
8. Restore the commutation portion of pension after 10 years.
9. Provide increased rates of pension on attainment of 65 years onwards as recommended by the Parliamentary panel.
10. Scrap the New Contributory pension scheme and restore the defined benefit pension
11. Revise the pension of the Bank pensioners on line with Govt/RBI/Military and settle the anomalies in pension and other benefits arising out of the amalgamation of Banks.
12. Provide the benefits arising from the court judgements to all similarly placed pensioners. Viz. the court order for the grant of one notional increment for those who retire on 30th June and 31st December
13. Introduce medical insurance scheme for all pensioners including the Bank pensioners whoever opts for such a scheme.
14. Restore the train fare concession to senior citizens withdrawn by the Govt. during the covid period.
15. To create a welfare fund for all retired personnel on par with the working employees
16. Equalise the DA payment for all bank employees without distinction between pre and post 1.11.2002.
17. To increase the ex gratia payment to bank employees retired prior to 1986.
18. Provide medical and para medical facilities to cover up the shortages to the Railway hospitals catering to the Railway pensioners.
19. Issue revised PPOs to all Railway pensioners to enable them to draw the revised pension as per the 7th CPC.
20. Remove 2.5.km distance restriction for the grant of FMA.
(Name of the President/Secretary .)
Name of the Association/Federation.
Friday, 18 March 2022
ALL INDIA POSTAL & RMS PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION
AIPRPA / Strike / 2022 - Dated 20.03.2022
All Office Bearers of CHQ / State General Secretaries / District, Divisional Secretaries – AIPRPA
TWO DAYS STRIKE BY INDIAN WORKING CLASS – TOTAL SOLIDARITY
The entire working class of India is going on a two-days strike on March 28-29 at the call of united Central Trade Unions and independent Federations and Associations. Confederation of Central Government Employees and NFPE are part of the strike decision. The FNPO also joined the strike decision and it is going to be a united strike organized by the Postal JCA of NFPA & FNPO. The Apex organization of Pensioners “NCCPA” has already endorsed the strike call and called for solidarity with the strike by all measures like web meeting and dharna etc.
AIPRPA CHQ had organized a national web meeting in which Comrade VAN Namboodiri the Patron of NCCPA had presented the key note address on the subject and the role of Pensioners and Retirees. Various united Pensioners organizations like the Tamilnadu State Central, State and Pubic Sector Pensioners Associations have endorsed the call and called for all types of united support to the strike.
We call upon all State Units and District / Divisional Units to propagate that on 20.03.2022 at national level there is going to be webinar organized jointly by the NCCPA & Confederation. Three leaders including Comrades A.K.Padmanabhan (CITU); R.N.Parashar (Confederation); and KKN Kutty (NCCPA) will address the webinar. The webinar will start around 7.00 P.M on 20.03.2022 and the time will be intimated in the poster to be released on web shortly. In addition to that wherever feasible, dharna programme by the pensioners unitedly with other pensioners associations shall be organized in all places. AIPRPA comrades may take the initiative and organize effectively these programmes as the role of Pensioners and Retirees is very important in the success of the strike. We should understand that without the involvement of working class, we cannot fight the pernicious policies against the Pension and Social Security at our old age. Unity with the Working Class and the Employees of our own industry is the paramount need of the hour.
AIPRPA CHQ calls for a total solidarity and support to the two-days strike action.
With warm greetings,
Tuesday, 22 February 2022
NCCPA CIRCULAR ON WEBINAR WITH CONFEDERATION ON TWO-DAYS STRIKE OF
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS..
(Registered undder the T.U. Act.No. RTU01/2021.Dated.7.01.2021
PAN NO AAEAN8586F
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
13.c Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi. 110 001
PRESIDENT: COM.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA.(97176 47594)
SECRETARY GENERAL: COM.K.K.N.KUTTY. (98110 48303)
Dated:22ND February, 2022.
In order to strengthen the campaign programme for the preparation of the ensuing general strike slated for 28th and 29th March, 2022, the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers met in their National Sectt. meeting on 20th inst. The meeting inter alia decided to mount campaign both physically and on virtual platform and associate with the affiliates and units of NCCPA. Comrades, you will recall that in our last National Sectt meeting one of the decisions we had taken was to organise a National Webinar on the strike issues. The Confederation has similar decision and they will fix the date convenient to all of us. The webinar will present three issues before the participants:
1. General demands and issues of the workers; and the reason as to why the strike had to be deferred to 28th and 29th March, 2022.
2. The Central Government Employees Demands;
3. The New Pension scheme and the issues and demands of the Pensioners as formulated by the NCCPA
On hearing from the Confederation about the arrangements made to broadcast the webinar, we shall get in touch with experts as to how to simultaneously reach out to our members. It is decided, that while participation of minimum 5000 employees and 1000 pensioners must be ensured by the respective organisations, they must embark upon a venture to exceed the minimum. In the annexure to this letter we have made an allocation state-wise. The affiliates will get in touch with their state units and request that the members are linked in to the webinar. The COCs and CGPAs will also take care to ensure that as many number of pensioners participate in this webinar. 28th and 29th are Monday and Tuesday. As per our earlier decision, we must organise a dharma programme prior to the strike. Since the preceding two days are holidays, the proposed dharna must be organised on 25th March, 2022. (Friday). In between the National webinar, the affiliates and State Units might organise webinars especially using the vernacular medium to convey the strike message to as many number of members as possible. The Pensioners organisations representing the Bank retirees will organise the dharna in front of any bank as they decide. They might also get in touch with the Bank employees Associations and extend solidarity and support to the strike action. Similarly, the pensioners of the autonomous bodies may either choose to be with the CG pensioners or organise dharna in front of any of the autonomous organisation of the Govt. of India. So may be the case with the members of AIBDPA
We are hopeful that our members will remember the endeavour chalked out by the TUI (P &R) of the WFTU of the need to align our activities with the working class. In India, as you are aware, the joint platform of Central Trade Unions barring the BJP led BMS is spearheading the struggle against the neo- liberal policies, the intensification of which peaked during the present regime. Not only the standard of living of the working class has fallen considerably, the entirety of the common people suffers from its pernicious impact. The Oxfam report (India supplement), which was released recently tells the sordid story of the Indian people that has come about in the last 6-7 years. The number of people who were driven to below the poverty line, (despite the engineering done by the Government in computing the poverty) had been huge. The Corporates had been the biggest beneficiaries of the dispensation of this Government. Not only they received tax concessions, they could also enjoy the largest chunk of bail out packages doled out by the Government to combat the covid related recession. Nothing was done to increase the purchasing power of the common people, which was the most important intervention expected of from a government, who is concerned of the misery of the people in pandemic period. The denial of dearness relief to the Pensioners for 18 months is a fitting example as to how the policy perceptions of the Government works even on retired personnel. The pensioners and retirees suffered most during the covid period due to their propensity to be affected by the virus infection; but nothing was done to help them out. But for the intervention of the people and courts in the country, the vaccination would have also been a marketing commodity available only for those who can afford. In a democracy public opinion matters and galvanising that in the right direction is the responsibility of the middle class who are benefited by the education they have received. Apart from this, our country is fast emerging as one of the most intolerant society in the world The way in which the government abets, engineers and helps those who indulge in disruption of the social fabric is unprecedented. Since such actions in the past have given them rich electoral dividends, they continue with it merrily at the cost of the working people. In the situation in which we are placed, the need for an intensive and effective campaign need not be emphasised. I, therefore, appeal to all of you to do everything possible to campaign amongst the people, make the workers and retirees realise the need for struggle and make the general strike action slated for 28th and 29th March a grand success.
In a few days time, we will prepare a pamphlet explaining the demands, we have agreed upon in our last meeting.
Annexure : Allocation amongst state for participation in the National webinar.
Kerala. 100 MP 40
Tamilnadu 100 Jharkhand 10
Karnataka 50 Chattisgarh 10
AP &Telengana . 50 Vidharba 20
Maharashtra. 50 Pune 10
Gujarat ... 25
Punjab. . 25
Haryana. . 20
W Bengal 150