MINUTES OF THE SECETARIAT MEETING OF NCCPA HELD AT NEW DELHI On 15.12.2019
The Secretariat of NCCPA was held in the AIRF Office Library Hall New Delhi on 15.12.2019. The meeting commenced at 11.00 Hrs with the Working President Comrade S.S.Roy in chair. Soon the President Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra reached and presided over the meeting. The meeting commenced with homage to the departed leaders. Comrade KKN Kutty Secretary General introduced the Agenda and the same was unanimously approved. 21 Office Bearers and 7 observers from various affiliates attended and took part in the meeting. The discussions were held as per the agenda and the following decisions were taken.
Review of 4th triennial conference of NCCPA. During the debate on the secretary general’s report at the conference, the delegates had pointed out certain omissions and the Sectt. had agreed to include those. They were: (1) Parliament Elections; (2) Role of Media; and (3) Climate Change. The draft paragraphs on these issues as prepared by the Secretary General were presented and circulated and the same was approved for inclusion in the report.
The draft resooutions prepared by the Steering Committee were subjected to discussions. Com.K.G. Jayaraj, Com. S.K.Sharma and Com. Nagabhoshanam made certain suggestions to improve upon those resolutions. After discussions, the following course of action was agreed upon.
(a) Com. K.G. Jayaraj will e mail the addition required ; The suggestion concerning the non deduction of TDS wll be discussed by the Secretary General with the Governmental authorities and appropriate decisions taken; the word “towns” will be added and the demand for inclusion of DD along with on line payment on CGHS will be included.
(b) Comrade Basudeb Sen Gupta the Auditor NCCPA pointed out that the Railway Hospitals in Malda, Asansol and Kharagpur suffer from serious inadequacies and the beneficiaries are affected. Com. President Shiv Gopal Mishra stated that the issue will be taken up by him with the authorities on receipt of details from Basudeb Sen Gupta.
There were detailed discussions on the health insurance scheme as was circulated by the Secretary General. It was concluded that since there had been no sufficient time provided for a wider discussion amongst the members of the decision making fora of the affiliates and state units, that the draft proposal would be subjected to wider discussions and the views would be communicated to the CHQ within 15 days. The final draft after taking into account the views canvassed by the affiliates would be placed on the website. It was also decided that the proposal in its final form must be conveyed to the Govt. by the end of January, 2020.
Solidarity support for the striking workers. The Secretariat decided to launch the following programme:
(i) To organize demonstration or dharna under the banner of NCCPA at all State Capitals in support of the strike of the workers on 7th January, 2020 ( as per the local conditions)
(ii) To take part in the demonstration, procession etc. organized by the central trade unions and employees organizations on 8th January, 2020 in support of the strike action.
It was decided that the name of Publisher and Printer will be changed to ‘Pavitra Ranjan Chakraborti’. Necessary steps will be taken to effect the changes by the West Bengal Unit. Even though the sale price has been increased, it was found to be necessary to increase the circulation. The affiliates were requested to make efforts in this direction. As decided by the NCCPA Conference the rate of subscription shall be 120/- from January but the change will be incorporated in the print after the due process of change of publisher. The Secretary General pointed out that the list of latest renewed subscribers will be intimated by the Kolkata Comrades and the next meeting will take up the issue and fix the quota for each affiliate.
National Executive Committee meeting.
The Secretariat decided to hold the National Executive Meeting in Ernakulam ( Kerala ), which would be hosted by the AIBDPA . The meting will be held in the month of April 2020. Dates will be finalized and intimated later.
Composition and structure of NCCPA.
Comrade S.K.Sharma (Rajastan) reiterated the contention he raised at the National Sectt. Meeting at Jaipur and complained that the stand of the NCCPA presently amounted to encouraging the department-wise pensioners Association and weaken the composite Central Govt. Pensioners Association. He took strong objection over the attendance of the Secretary General in the meeting of the All India Audit and Accounts Pensioners Association at Kolkata and attending and forming the ITPF Rajastan Unit at Jaipur. Quoting Com. Vyas he said that the stand taken by the NCCPA was against the policy of the NCCPA earlier and no decision to deviate from the earlier stand had been taken in any organizational forum by the NCCPA. Com. Secretary General informed the house that Com.Vyas who was then the Secretary General of the NCCPA had gone on record in writing of the need to form department-wise Pensioners Association in order to widen the base of the NCCPA. He added that it was on the clear understanding that the recruitment of Pensioners as members of NCCPA would be better possible if the same is made into a federal set up rather than a unitary one. He also said that the difficulties in the transition stage had been appreciated and the condition to compulsorily affiliate with the NCCPA is made a pre condition for all such department-wise organizations. Com.VAN Namboodiri, Patron explained the background of such decision and wanted the controversy ended by mutual discussions and deliberations. Com. President pointed out that the NCCPA has no intention to weaken its own CGPA Units as alleged. Since the issue requires discussions, deliberations and decision to end the controversy for ever, Com. Secretary General suggested that the issue may be properly placed on the agenda through a note and the same could be subjected to deliberation at the next NE meeting. Accordingly, it was agreed that the Secretary General will prepare a Note and will be circulated well before the next NE meeting.
It was decided that the charter of demands has to be modified by rearranging the issues and including the PNB pensioners’ demands. In view of the ensuing workers strike slated for 8th Jan. 2020, the Secretary General, President and the Deputy General Secretaries will sit together and finalize the charter after getting the requisite feedback from the concerned organizations. It was also decided that Option No. 1 and MACP will delinked and will make into two distinct demands. The Committee consisting of the above stated office bearers will also finalize the programme of action in pursuance of the demands.
Parliament March against NPS
President Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra pointed out that the NJCA had decided to take out a Parliament March in the budget session on the issue of NPS and that the NCCPA should join the programme. This was agreed upon.
Registration of NCCPA
The suggestion to seek registration under the T.U. Act was accepted. Accordingly, Com.M.L. Gupta Vice President was entrusted with the responsibility of seeking such registration from Jaipur.
On Option Number 1 . The Secretariat, on the basis of the legal opinion obtained by the CGPA Kerala, which was not in favour of filing the case , decided to discuss with Advocates of Delhi and proceed with the case. However, the Secretariat found that the prayer made by the present litigants in the principal bench of the Tribunal was not acceptable and accordingly will revise the prayer on the lines made out by the NJCM Staff Side to the Pension committee..
MACP: The President and Secretary General will seek a meeting with the secretary Personnel and Expenditure to explore the possibility of extending the Supreme Court decision to all similarly placed pensioners as assured by the Cabinet Secretary. In case their attempt in this direction fails, the NCCPA wil go ahead and file the case. Such discussion with the Government must be concluded by 15th Jaunary, 2020.
Before the meeting was formally concluded by the President, Com. Secretary General thanked the AIRF CHQ for providing facilities for conducting the meeting as also the sumptuous lunch provided to the members. He also thanked the AIPRPA Delhi Unit in sponsoring the file folder for the members to keep the documents. The meeting thus came to a close at 1.30 PM on 15th December, 2019.