Sunday 30 September 2018


NCCPA Court Case on MACP date of implementation

Individual Representation from eligible Pensioners Required before filing the case

NCCPA Circular on the model Representation is hereunder; All our members are requested to send their individual representation to the respective SSPOs / SSRMs for the benefit of MACP with effect from 1.1.2006: 

National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Associations
New Delhi
Dear comrades,

As you must have read in our last issue of News Letter, the NCCPA National executive has decided to seek Judicial intervention in the matter of making MACP effective from 1.01.2006. Those who are willing to be participants of the litigation may kindly give the following details to the CHQ. This is needed for the preparation of the attendant and prayer
1.    Name
2.    Date of Birth
3.    Date of entry into Govt Service
4.    Name of the department
5.    Date of Joining the cadre/ Grade from which retired.
6.    Whether MACP is entitled to be awarded and if so the dates from which each promotion was due. Ist, 2nd and 3rd
7.    Date of retirement
8.    Whether MACP benefit was conferred or not and if so how many financial upgradations were given
9.    When was the 3rd MACP due and
10. Whether on 1.01.2006 3rd MACP had become due or not
11. Whether reverting the date of effect of MACP to 1.01.2006 will benefit and if so how: explain briefly

We are appending a petition to be addressed to the Heads of the department from which you retired asking them to act upon the judgement of the Supreme court. Kindly fill the petition immediately with due acknowledgement procedure:






I was recruited to the Department on…….. and joined the office at……. as    ……….(cadre). As per the MACP scheme I am entitled for the financial upgradation 3 times in my service career. I give hereunder the dates on which I should have been conferred  MACP as on those dates I had completed 10, 20 and 30 years of service.

 I also give hereunder the dates on which regular promotions were granted to me.

I solicit your kind attention to the Judgement delivered by the honourable Supreme Court in the case of UOI Vs Shri Balbir Singh dated 08.12.2017. By Virtue of the order in 14(1)/99-D(AG).dated 25.07.2018 the GOI has made it applicable to all Defence personnel. Since MACP is based on the same ratio both for Civilian employees and defence personnel, the said order ought to have covered all similarly placed personnel. By not doing so, the said order of DOPT is discriminating. The honourable Supreme Court Order makes it abundantly clear that the MACP ought to have been effective from 1,1,2006. Accordingly I am entitled for MACP upgradation with effect from
                        1st promotion
                        2nd Promotion
                        3rd promotion

I shall be grateful if the ratio land down by the Supreme Court it made applicable in my case and I am granted the financial benefit from the dates from which I am entitled to be promoted on MACP basis. As I retired from service, on………… pension entitled may also be accordingly revised and the consequent arrears granted to me.
I request you to kindly consider my petition and grant financial upgradation on the following dates and arrears of salary pension.

Thanking you

Strike and Programmes of Action by National Convention

National Convention of Trade Unions 
at New Delhi

Press Release
Central Trade Unions call for
Nationwide General Strike on 8th and 9th January 2019

National Convention of Workers decides to go for Nationwide General Strike on 8-9 January 2019 against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the BJP-led NDA Government.

The National Convention of Workers held today, the 28th September 2018, in Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi, decided to go for two days’ Nationwide General Strike on 8-9 January 2019 against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the BJP-led NDA Government.

The convention was jointly called by the ten Central Trade Unions (INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC,TUCC, AICCTU, SEWA, LPF, UTUC), in association with all independent National Federations of Workers and Employees, of both Industrial and Service sectors, Central Government and State Government employees, including Railways, Defense, Health, Education, Water, Post, Scheme Workers etc; in the public sector undertaking such as Banks, Insurance, Telecom, Oil, Coal, Public Transport etc, Factories, and from the unorganised sectors-Construction, Beedi, Street vendors, Domestic Workers, Migrant Workers, Scheme workers, Home based workers, rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, agricultural workers etc., expresses serious concern over the deteriorating situation in the national economy due to the pro- corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies pursued by the Central Government and some of the States ruled by the BJP, grievously impacting the livelihood of the working people across the country.
The Presidium of the Convention consisted of Ashok Singh, Ramendra Kumar, S. N. Pathak, K. Hemlata, R. K. Sharma, Probir Banerjee, Lata, Santosh Rai and Shatrujeet Singh.
Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), Amarjeet Kaur (AITUC), Harbhajan Singh Sidhu (HMS), Tapan Sen (CITU), Satyavan (AIUTUC), G.R.Shivshankar (TUCC), Manali Shah (SEWA), Rajeev Dimri (AICCTU), Sanmugham (LPF), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) addressed the Convention. Shivgopal Mishra( AIFR) and Guman Singh (NFIR) also addressed the convention.
The Convention noted with utter dismay that the Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status and including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization of public and government sector including financial sectors and mass scale contractorisation, ratification of ILO Convention 87, 98 etc. being jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country. The ILO Convention 177 on Home Work and 189 on Domestic Work are also yet not ratified.

The Convention expressed its grave concern on scraping of hard-won 44 Central Labour Laws and replacing them with 4 employer-friendly Labour Codes and introduction of Fixed Term Employment through executive order. The Convention also expressed its anguish over New Pension Scheme and demand restoration of the old Pension Scheme. The Convention expresses solidarity with the fighting farmers and the Transport Workers of Rajasthan who are on an indefinite strike since 16th September, 2018.

This National Convention of Workers recorded its strong denunciation against the communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the Government machinery. The BJP Governments are using draconian UAPA, NSA as well as the agencies of CBI, NIA, IT to harass and suppress any dissenting opinions.  The peace loving secular people in the country are facing a stark situation of terror and insecurity all around. Working Class will raise its strong voice of protest.

In order to serve the interests of the multinational companies with Indian corporate, the present Government is pursuing blatantly anti-people, anti-workers and anti-national policies at the cost of severely damaging the national economy and destroying its indigenous productive and manufacturing capabilities. Such a regime must be defeated squarely to force the pro-people changes in policies on all fronts. This united platform of the working class resolves to heighten its struggle to that end.

The National Convention of workers adopted the following programmes:

1.    State level, district level and industry/sector level joint conventions  to be held during October/November 2018
2.    Joint Industry-level gate meetings, rallies etc. during November and December,2018
3.    Submission of strike notice jointly with demonstrations during 17-22 December, 2018
4.    Two days countrywide General Strike on 8th and 9th January 2019.

The National Convention called upon working people across the sectors and throughout the country irrespective of affiliations, independent unions, federations, associations to make the above programmes a total success.  

Tuesday 18 September 2018

For the State General Secretaries & District / Divisional Secretaries of AIPRPA


Dear CHQ Office Bearers / State General Secretaries / District & Divisional Secretaries of AIPRPA!

Comrades, As per the decision of the NCCPA National Executive Meeting held at Chennai on 5.8.2018, we have to submit a note on CGHS to facilitate the JCM National Council Staff Side Secretary Comrade Shiv Gopal Misra and the other Standing Committee member Comrade KKN.Kutty (both are the President and Secretary General of NCCPA also) to submit a note to the Health Secretary for a detailed dialouge on CGHS. 

Accordingly we have to submit the note immediately. A draft prepared by the General Secretary based on the discussions in the Central Managing Committee of AIPRPA is placed here under for your study. 

Kindly study the same and email to the General Secretary in the without delay for inclusion or addition or deletion etc in the draft:

CGHS Related issues for redressal with the Health Ministry

1.      CGHS in all Revenue States:

As a matter of rule, all State Capitals should contain a CGHS Centre. There are some States traditionally not having a CGHS centre like the States of North Eastern Region. In addition due to bifurcation of some existing States, a situation has developed wherein some States do not have Additional Director offices and some State Capitals like the Capital City of Andhra have no CGHS Wellness centres even. We propose that as a matter of policy all State Capitals should have CGHS and all major States Should have the office of the Additional Director CGHS. These creations are not to be viewed with the parameters of expenditure involved but on policy.

2.      Recognizing referral hospitals and Clinics in all Districts:
CGHS is now opened for all P&T Pensioners living in non-CGHs areas also. P&T Pensioners are known to be present and living in all districts of the country. We can understand that CGHS wellness Centres cannot be opened in all Districts. But CGHs has a panel of private referral hospitals and in some cities there is a big list of such approved hospitals. Similar is the case with the Clinics and labs for pathological tests for the beneficiaries. The condition is that these hospitals and Clinics should agree to charge at the CGHS rates. We propose that at least one referral hospital and one or two clinics in each district  should be recognized or approved on the same condition. If this is accepted as a policy then the Pensioners Associations can approach different hospitals and Clinics in each district  to ensure at least one renowned hospital  and Clinic enter the list of empanelled hospitals and Clinics. This will go a long way to help the Pensioners to take treatment without straining themselves to undertake a long journey to reach out the CGHS city for any treatment.
3.     Merger of Postal Dispensaries with CGHS:

The 7th Pay Commission has repeated the recommendation to merge the existing Postal Dispensaries with the CGHS. Similar recommendation was made by the 6th CPC also. As a follow up to the recommendation of 6th CPC and the efforts of several organizations, the Government had merged certain number of Postal Dispensaries with the CGHS. But the yardstick applied was that such merger will be made only in those centres where already a CGHS Dispensary is functioning in the same centre. This has caused many more Postal Dispensaries left out of the merger with CGHS. The Postal Dispensaries cannot cater to the needs with equal efficiency like that of the CGHS. Therefore repeatedly the Pensioners were urging for merger of remaining Postal Dispensaries also. Fortunately the 7th CPC recommended such a merger in order to strengthen the CGHS system. We learn that the recommendation is under the consideration of the Government departments. We propose that a favourable decision be expedited and all remaining Postal Dispensaries be merged with CGHs so that these Postal Dispensaries can function as CGHS Dispensary under the CGHS system more efficiently. This will end the prevailing discrimination to the pensioners on the issue of in-patient treatment in addition to the discrimination on payment of subscription for out-patient treatment.

4.      CGHS beneficiary rates commensurate to the year of retirement:
P&T Pensioners living in non-CGHS areas were not allowed to join CGHS due to the prohibitory orders of the Health Ministry and not due to the whimsicalities of the P&T Pensioners. Now after the recommendations of the 7th CPC and due to Court intervention at Kerala, the Health Ministry has taken back the prohibitory circulars. All the P&T Pensioners are not permitted to join CGHS. But the question is they are to remit the subscription at the rate finalised after 7th CPC. The enhanced rate of subscription is understandable for the serving employees and the pensioners retiring now after getting higher salaries of 7th CPC. But fixing the same 7th CPC rates for the past Pensioners especially those who had retired long back is a bit unjustified. We propose that the past pensioners as a one-time measure may be permitted to join CGHS on remittance of subscriptions at the rates prevailing on the month of their retirement.  Without such a gesture, many past pensioners will be hesitating to join the CGHS as the remittance of subscription is huge for most of them.
5.      CGHS Contribution for Postal Pensioners of Andhra &  Telangana:

A peculiar situation has arisen in the State of Andhra and Telangana after the permission for the P&T Pensioners to join CGHS has come about. By virtue of a Court order, the non-CGHS area Pensioners of Postal Department were allowed to join CGHS by a periodical remittance of subscription for six monthly term. Accordingly they were remitting once in six months and getting the benefit of CGHS during the  past years. Actually many pensioners have already remitted subscription for more than a period of 10 years. As per rules of CGHs those who remit subscription for a  period of 10 years are issued with a “Life Card” to take treatment for the entire life time of the Pensioner and his/her spouse. Now after the general permission granted to join CGHS for P&T Pensioners, the remittance once again at the new rates are demanded to be remitted by the Pensioners who have already remitted for more than 10 years. This is totally unjust. We propose that the P&T Pensioners of both Andhra and Telangana should be provided with the ‘Life Card’ in CGHs if they have already remitted subscription through six month terms for ten year period. Similarly those who have not remitted yet for 10 year period may be asked to remit the balance in one lump sum as a one- time measure at the old rates for issue of “Life Card”.

6.      Reconsidering the norms of appointment of Specialists in major metro cities:

The existing norms for appointment of Specialists in major metro cities are totally inadequate to treat the number of patients in CGHS. For example in Chennai City with more than 1,00,000 CGHS beneficiaries, only one Eye Specialist Doctor is in place. This Specialist is being rotated between two Centres at K.K.Nagar and Annanagar Wellness Centres during the week. The number of eye patients are more in number and the rush and the availability of Specialist only on selective days of the week is causing extreme hardship to senior citizens especially octogenarians and septuagenarians. This issue was taken up with the Additional Director CGHS at Chennai City, which was turned down on the basis of existing norms. The issue was represented by AIPRPA to the Director General of CGHS also. But till date there is no progress. We propose that the norms should be liberalized if they are not commensurate with the number of patients to be treated.

7.      Medicines:

Currently in almost all CGHS centres in different States, the patients are not supplied with all the required medicines immediately after consulting the Doctors. Even routine medicines like the tablets for Blood Pressure and Diabetis are not available on the first visit of the patients. Local Purchase is ordered and the patients are asked to come back again after three days for those medicines. This is causing unnecessary travel strain on the aged patients besides the patients remain medicine less for some days. If this is a condition in one city only, we can take up locally with the Additional Director for redressal. But this condition is prevalent in many States like Tamilnadu, Andhra and Telangana etc. Therefore we propose that suitable arrangements as in the past should be made to stock sufficient medicines for supply to the patients on their first visit to the CGHS Dispensaries.

Monday 17 September 2018

Observe 19th September as Golden Jubilee of Strike Day!

Tomorrow the 19th September is the 
Golden Jubilee of 1968 Strike!

Observe Befittingly!

Comrades, 50 years have rolled since the historic one-day token strike of all Central Government Employees was organized on 19th September, 1968. It was historic because the then Government headed by Smt.Indira Gandhi tried to suppress the strike with iron hand, even though the strike was for only one day. 25,000 temporary employees were issued with one-month termination notices for their participation in the strike. Strong punishments were awarded. Leaders and Workers were arrested. Police resorted to firing also. The Central Government Employees movement overcame the attack and faced all the adverse conditions with bravery. Today, on the Golden Jubilee day of the 1968 Strike, we are celebrating the historic occasion. 

AIPRPA CHQ calls upon all our rank and file organization to befittingly celebrate the occassion. Join with other Postal and Central Government Employees organizations in the celebration. Hold independent mobilization also to celebrate and remember the sacrifices of our predecessors. 1968 September Strike is really an unforgettable chapter in the trade union history of Central Government Employees. 

Thursday 13 September 2018

Speedy Response Required!

Comrades! Only two districts / divisions viz., Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Anakapalle (Andhra) have immediately responded to the call of CHQ. These two districts have remitted 350/- each for 5 subscriptions to News Letter journal of NCCPA.

All other Districts / Divisions should respond immediately by remitting 350/- by EMO to "K.Ragavendran 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai 600007". Please don't forget to mention " For News Letter" - K Ragavendran GS AIPRPA

Friday 7 September 2018

Please remit immediately!

News Letter Annual Subscription - Urgent!

As decided in our AIPRPA Central Managing Committee, all Districts / Divisions should immediately remit 350/- towards 5 subscriptions for NCCPA monthly journal - All old subscriptions have ended - So, please send EMO for 350/- immediately to K Ragavendran 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai 600007  with the remark "for news letter'  - I will compile and remit it to Kolkata in Journal Account - This is very urgent - Kindly all State General Secretaries monitor that all Districts/Divisional Secretaries act immediately - KR GS AIPRPA