HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 TO ALL MEMBERS

Thursday, September 29, 2016


FLASH NEWS



       Regarding grant of enhanced bonus of 7000 to GDS, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE discussed with Chairman, GDS Committee, Shri Kamalesh Chandra today (29.09.2016). Chairman informed that he had recommended for payment of bonus to GDS at the enhanced calculation ceiling of Rs. 7000/- and the file returned to Postal Board. (Last time Nataraja Murthy Committee has recommended that GDS should not be paid enhanced bonus and their bonus should be reduced to 50% of the departmental employees). Now that, GDS committee has recommended 7000, Postal JCA has demanded Postal Board to issue bonus orders of GDS with calculation ceiling of 7000/- without any further delay.

DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

Secretary General reported the communication received from the Department regarding constitution of Departmental Anomaly Committee. The following will represent NFPE in the Committee against the 5 seats allotted to NFPE. Com. R. N. Parashar (SG & GS – P3), Com. Giriraj Singh (GS-R3) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (GS-P4), Com. P. Suresh (GS-R4) Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee (Admin Union).

It is decided that all General Secretaries should submit the items to be included in the agenda of the Anomaly Committee to Com. Giriraj Singh, Secretary, JCM (DC) staff side on or before 15.10.2016. Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries should submit the items to their respective General Secretaries before 12.10.2016.
Fraternally yours,
(R. N. Parshar)
Secretary General


Wednesday, September 28, 2016




 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001


NFPE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT MEETING

The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE was held at New Delhi on 27.09.2016 under the presidentship of Com. Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE. Representatives of all affiliated organisations attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General & Secretary General, Confederation also attended and guided the discussion and decisions. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE reported the non-grant of enhanced bonus to GDS and the efforts made by NFPE leadership to settle the issue. He also reported the non-settlement of payment of arrears to casual Labourers inspite of orders issued by Directorate. Com. Parashar, reported the details discussion he had with Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO and placed the following proposal of PJCA before the Secretariat meeting.
1.      Phase programme of action culminating in two days nation wide strike on 9th & 10th November 2016 exclusively on the bonus demand of GDS and revision of wages of casual labourers.
2.      The Secretariat after detailed discussion decided to implement the decision of PJCA. Accordingly the Federatl Secretariat calls upon all Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions/Associations and also AIPEU-GDS to make the agitational programmes and two days strike cent percent success. (NJCA Circular published separately)

HOMAGE TO COM. DES RAJ SHARMA
Before commencement of the meeting, the National Secretariat paid respectful homage to Late Com. Des Raj Sharma, Ex-General Secretary, P-IV CHQ & Ex-Deputy Secretary General, NFPE. The Secretary General and all other participants mentioned about the unforgettable contributions made by Com. Des Raj Sharma and also his sufferings for strengthening P-4 Union, NFPE and Confederation. The National Secretariat expressed it heart-felt condolences and offered two minutes silence.

DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Secretary General reported the communication received from the Department regarding constituition of Departmental Anomaly Committee. The following will represent NFPE in the Committee against the 5 seats allotted to NFPE. Com. R. N. Parashar (SG & GS – P3), Com. Giriraj Singh (GS-R3) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (GS-P4), Com. P. Suresh (GS-R4) Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee (Admin Union).
It is decided that all General Secretaries should submit the items to be included in the agenda of the Anomaly Committee to Com. Giriraj Singh, Secretary, JCM (DC) staff side on or before 15.10.2016. Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries should submit the items to their respective General Secretaries before 12.10.2016.

FINAL MEETING WITH CHAIRMAN GDS COMMITTEE
Chairman GDS committee has invited NFPE for final interaction before finalizing the recommendations. Accordingly, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, shall attend the meeting on 7th October 2016.

Fraternally yours,


(R. N. Parshar)

Secretary General
COM. DES RAJ SHARMA – THE UNCOMPROMISING FIGHTER

M. Krishnan. Ex-Secretary General, NFPE
Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers

On 24th September I was at Chennai, on the way to Gudur (AP) to attend the Circle Conference of AIPEU Postmen & MTS Union. At about 09.25 PM, Com. R. Seethalakshmi, General Secretary, P-IV union called me and informed – “Com. Des Raj Sharma passed away.” After a few minutes Com. V. A. N. Namboodri also called. On the previous day, i.e., on 23.09.2016, at 11.30 AM myself and Com. Seethalakshmi had visited Com. Des Raj Sharma at his house at Karol Bagh, New Delhi and was with him for about 2 hours. He had a heart attack and had undergone angioplasty surgery for removal of five blocks. He was recovering fast. He discussed with us about Com. Adi and his association with many great leaders of P&T Trade union movement. He recollected his experiences while he was in the movement and also after his retirement. As he was continuously talking, I asked his wife who was sitting near, whether doctor has advised to restrict talking. His wife told no such restriction. When we were about to leave, both of us told him to take care of his health as per the advice of the doctor. Then Com. Des Raj Sharma smilingly made a comment – “Don’t worry about my health. Doctor has given me another five years guarantee. Now I am seventy one”. But while completing the sentence his sound was shaken and eyes were full of tears. May be, he was aware that death is nearing. We tried to console him and wished him long life. Next day when the sad news came I was really shocked.

Com. Desraj Sharma was a symbol of dedication, commitment and an uncompromising fighter. He truly represented the tradition of Postmen, Group D & ED staff union lead by Com. Adi. He worked as a CHQ office bearer under the dynamic leadership of the legendary leader Com. K. Adinarayana for a long time. He stood firmly with Com. Adi during the periods of trials and tribulations. It is Com. Adi who moulded Com. Desraj Sharma as a leader.

Com. Desraj Sharma never compromised with the enemies of NFPE and sometimes openly burst out against those who want to break the unity of NFPE. In the Kolkata Federal Council, it is the P-IV union which saved NFPE from a split and also helped NFPE to get recognition. He succeeded in vacating all the stay orders against conducting the Federal Council and also ensured rock-like unity among the P-IV Federal Councilors. He was outright and never say one thing and act another. The enemies of NFPE were afraid of Com. Desraj Sharma and they turned their guns against him always

After his taking over as the General Secretary of P-IV union, he concentrated in streamlining the organisational functioning of the union and helped the Branch/Divisional and Circle Unions to overcome their weaknesses. He effectively intervened and settled all the organizational disputes existed in many circles and consolidated the organizational unity and militancy of P-IV union. He championed the cause of not only Postmen and Group-D but his service was fully dedicated to the cause of GDS employees and for their emancipation. As Deputy Secretary General of NFPE he fought for safeguarding the unity of NFPE and also for settling the genuine demands of the entire Postal employees. He was also in the forefront of all activities of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. In the negotiations with the administration he never compromised and was very particular about result-oriented settlement.

Com. Desraj Sharma cannot be compared with any other leader of Postal Trade union movement. “Desraj Sharma is Desraj Sharma”. He will remain forever in the minds of the Postal employees and Central Government employees.

Long Live Com. Desraj Sharma!

Long live, Long live!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016



UNDERSTANDING MINIMUM WAGES AND BONUS 

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
24-September-2016 10:35 IST

Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus

A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers or it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labour.

Bandaru+dattatreya

*Bandaru Dattatreya
The concept of minimum wages first evolved with reference to remuneration of workers in those industries where the level of wages was substantially low as compared to the wages for similar types of labour in other industries. As far back as 1928, the International Labour Conference of International Labour Organization, at Geneva, adopted a draft convention on minimum wages requiring the member countries to create and maintain a machinery whereby minimum rates of wages can be fixed for workers employed in industries in which no arrangements exist for the effective regulation of wages and where wages are exceptionally low. Also, at the Preparatory Asian Regional Labour Conference of International Labour Organisation held at New Delhi in 1947 and then at the 3rd session of the Asian Regional Labour Conference, it was approved that every effort should be made to improve wage standards in industries and occupations in Asian Countries, where they are still low. Thus, the need of a legislation for fixation of minimum wages in India received an impetus after World War II, on account of the necessity of protecting the interest of demobilized personnel seeking employment in industries.

The justification for statutory fixation of minimum wage is obvious. Such provisions which exist in more advanced countries are even necessary in India, where workers’ organizations are yet poorly developed and the workers’ bargaining power is consequently poor.

To provide for machinery for fixing and revision of minimum wages a draft Bill was prepared and discussed at the 7th session of the Indian Labour Conference in November, 1945. Thereupon the Minimum Wages Bill was introduced in the Central Legislative Assembly. The Minimum Wages Bill having been passed by the Legislature received the assent on 15th March, 1948. It came on the Statute Book as the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

The Act provides for fixation by the appropriate Governments of minimum wages for employments covered by Schedule to the Act.  The Central Government is the appropriate Government in respect of 45 scheduled employments in the Central Sphere. The minimum wages fixed for Central sphere are applicable to the scheduled employments in the establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administrations, mines, oil-fields, major ports or any corporation established by a Central Act. Employments other than the scheduled employment for Central Sphere come under the purview of the State Government and accordingly State Government wages are applicable in such employments.  The minimum wages for Central Sphere are revised from time to time based on the increase in Consumer Price Index effective from April and October.

According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, “the appropriate government shall review at such intervals, as it may think fit, such intervals not exceeding five years, the minimum rates of wages so fixed and revise the minimum rates if necessary.

The norms recommended by the Indian Labour Conference, in 1957, fox fixing the minimum wages are: (a) consumption units for one wage earner; (b) minimum food requirements of 2700 calories per average Indian adult; (c) clothing requirements of 72 yards per annum per family; (d) rent corresponding to the minimum area provided for under Government’s Industrial Housing Scheme; and (e) fuel, lighting and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20% of the total minimum wage.

In 1991, the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered a historic judgement and directed that children’s education, medical requirement, minimum recreation including festivals/ceremonies, provision for old age, marriage etc. should further constitute 25% of the minimum wage and be used as a guide in fixation of minimum wage.


The Act envisages appointment of an Advisory Board, by the appropriate Government, for the purpose of advising the appropriate Government in the matter of fixing and revising minimum rates of wages.

The Central Government revises the wages in the scheduled employments from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Draft Notifications for all the Scheduled Employments in the Central Sphere were issued on 1st September, 2016 simultaneously, in fact for the first time. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment other than agriculture has been proposed at Rs.350 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.246 resulting in an increase of about 42%. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment “agriculture” has been proposed at Rs.300 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.211 resulting in an increase of about 42%.

The proposed revision in the rates of basic minimum wages would indeed provide much needed solace to the labour fraternity.

Bonus

Bonus payment is an extra payment   given for doing one's job well also known as  performance-related pay or pay for performance.

The practice of paying bonus in India appears to have originated during First World War when certain textile mills granted 10% of wages as war bonus to their workers in 1917.  In certain cases of industrial disputes demand for payment of bonus was also included.  In 1950, the Full Bench of the Labour Appellate Tribunal evolved a formula for determination of bonus.  A plea was made to raise that formula in 1959.  At the second and third meetings of the eighteenth Session of Standing Labour Committee (G.O.I) held in New Delhi in March/ April 1960, it was agreed that a Commission be appointed to go into the question of bonus and evolve suitable norms.  A Tripartite Commission was set up by the Government of India to consider in a comprehensive manner, the question of payment of bonus based on profits to employees employed in establishments and to make recommendations to the Government.  The Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Commission subject to certain modifications.  To implement these recommendations the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was enacted, which came into force on 25-9-1965.

The objective of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 is to provide for the payment of bonus to the persons employed in certain establishments on the basis of profits or on the basis of production or productivity and for matter connected therewith.

It applies to (i) Every Factory; and (ii) Every other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year subject to the exemptions under section 32. Every employee shall be entitled to be paid by his employer in an accounting year, bonus, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, provided he has worked in the establishment for not less than thirty working days in that year. While the minimum bonus is 8.33% of the salary or wage earned by the employee during the accounting year, the maximum bonus is 20% of such salary or wage.

Two ceilings are available under the said Act generally known as eligibility limit and calculation ceiling respectively. Clause 13 of Section 2 of Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 defines an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is usually taken as the “eligibility limit” for computation of bonus. Similarly, Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 provides for calculation of bonus of an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is known as “calculation ceiling”.

The two ceilings are revised from time to time to keep pace with the price rise and increase in the salary structure. At present, the calculation ceiling has been enhanced to Rs.7000 or the minimum wage for the scheduled employment, as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher and the eligibility limit has been enhanced to Rs.21,000/-.

Due to this revision, additional 55 lakh workers would be benefited.  This would indeed, be a good gesture on the part of the Government towards the labour fraternity.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

COM.DES RAJ SHARMA NO MORE

Com. Des Raj Sharma ex Dy Secretary General NFPE and ex General Secretary P-IV expired today due to post heart operation problem. 

On behalf of NFPE and All India RMS and MMS Emp. Union Group ‘C’ I convey heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members

                                     Giriraj Singh
        President NFPE.             &              General Secy R-III

Friday, September 23, 2016



GDS BONUS CEILING ENHANCEMENT CASE

Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General and Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE met Member (P) Postal services Board on 23.09.2016 and discussed the GDS bonus ceiling enhancement case. Member (P) informed that as GDS Committee is functioning it is decided that the case is to be referred to GDS Committee for favourable recommendation. Accordingly the file has been sent to Chairman, GDS Committee.

Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE discussed the case with Shri. Kamlesh Chandra, Chairman, GDs Committee. Chairman assured that Committee will examine the case and give its recommendation without any delay. As Nataraja Murthy Committee has made adverse recommendations, Shri Kamlesh Chandra has told that he has to study the whole case before taking a decision. The issue will be again discussed with Chairman, GDS Committee when Secretary General, NFPE and Com. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS are meeting the Chairman in the first week of October 2016.

After getting recommendation of the GDS committee, the file is to be sent to Finance Ministry for approval.


HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF ALL DIVISIONAL OFFICES AND CHIEF PMG OFFICES ON 3RD OCTOBER 2016

NFPE National Secretariat calls upon all Branch/Divisional/Circle Unions and Co-ordinating Committees to hold protest demonstrations in front of all Divisional offices and Circle offices on 3rd October 2016, protesting against the abnormal delay in granting enhanced bonus to GDs and also demanding immediate issuing orders for payment of enhanced bonus for the year 2014-15.



P. Panduranga Rao                                                                                                            R. N. Parashar
General Secretary                                                                                                       Secretary General
AIPEU GDS (NFPE)                                                                                                                      NFPE

 



Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretay General and Com. Giriraj Singh, President discussed the following issues also with DG (Posts), Member (P), DDG (Estt.) and JS & FA on 22nd and 23rd September 2016.
1.      GDS Bonus case
2.      Cadre Restructuring for left out categories
3.      Declaration of result of Membership verification
4.      GDS Membership verification
5.      Filling up of vacant post sin all cadres.
6.      Immediate holding of JCM Departmental Council meeting.


R. N. Parashar
Secretary General, NFPE


Thursday, September 22, 2016




No. CONF/SECTT/2016-19                                                                      Dated - 23.08.2016

NOTICE

            It is hereby notified that the National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held on 30thSeptember, 2016 (Friday) at 10.30 AM at NFPE office, New Delhi (North Avenue Post Office building). All CHQ office bearers of Confederation and Women Sub Committee office bearers (not women sub-committee members) are requested to attend the meeting in time. The following shall be the agenda of the meeting.

AGENDA

1.    Review of the 25th National Conference of Confederation held at Chennai from 16th to 18th August 2016.
2.    Review of the National Women’s Convention held at Chennai on 17th August 2016.
3.    Review of the 2nd September 2016 General Strike – Campaign conducted and percentage of participation of membership in the strike in each organization/State.
4.    Review of the progress made in settlement of NJCA Charter of Demands including increase in minimum wage and fitment formula as per assurance of Group of Ministers.
5.    Finalization of dates and charter of demands of Confederation for implementing the agitational programmes decided in the 25th National Conference.
6.    Issues relating to the affiliated organisations.
7.    Financial Review.
8.    Any other items with permission of the chair.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

To

            1. All National Secretariat Members (Office Bearers)
            2. Office Bearers of the Women’s Sub Committee












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SEPTEMBER 19th – MARTYRS DAY OBSERVED

            Central Government employees under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, observed September 19th as “MARTYRS DAY” at many places.

            On 19th September 1968, entire Central Government employees went on nationwide strike for one day, demanding Need Based Minimum Wage, unanimously approved and recommended by the 15th Tri-partite Indian Labour Conference held in 1957. The Central Government banned the strike declaring as illegal and promulgated Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) and military and para-military forces were pressed into action to sternly deal with the strike. Inspite of all these, about 36 lakhs Central Government employees participated in the strike. Thousands of employees were arrested and sent to jail. More than 40,000 (forty thousand) employees were suspended, dismissed, terminated from service, chargesheeted and transferred to far off places. Government unleased brutal repressive measures including Lathi charge and firing against the striking employees, at Pathankot, Bikaner, Jorhat Assam, Indraprastha Bhawan Delhi etc. Seventeen Central Government employees were murdered. We are observing every year September 19th as Martyrs Day, remembering the greatest sacrifice of seventeen comrades and paying respectful homage to them.

 (M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
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2nd SEPTEMBER 2016 STRIKE - A WARNING BY THE WORKING CLASS TO PRO-CORPORATE MODI GOVERNMENT
                                                     T.NARASIMHAN, National Vice -President, CCGEW.
            The working class of the country expressed its strong protest against the pro-corporate, anti-Labour and anti-people policies of Sri Narendra Mode Government at the center through its nationwide strike conducted on 2nd September. Whereas  about 15 crore workers and employees participated in the strike of 2nd September last year the number of participants went up to about 18 crores this year. The present strike is being considered to be the biggest among all those so far conducted in independent India.  

            In spite of several attempts by the ruling B.J.P. Government at the center and its trade union B.M.S. to prevent the strike through false propaganda and deception the working class did not yield and registered its strong resentment against the retrograde measures of the Modi Government. Though the Union Labour Minister, Sri Bandaru Dattatreya endeavoured to attain self-satisfaction by stating that the strike was not much effective, the statements of many a federation of trading community which made it clear that the strike resulted in a loss of about 18,000 crore  rupees to the nation belied his statement. The minister's home state, Telangana, itself was severely affected. All transport organizations, both public and private, including state run R.T.C. and autos stayed off the roads and an atmosphere of bundh was witnessed. The coal manning in Singareni Collieries which spreads over four districts of the state came to a grinding halt. Many industries in and around Hyderabad downed their shutters because their work force joined the strike.

            The public life in many states came to a standstill due to  total strike in their transport systems. Kerala and Tripura experienced a state of complete bundh. Many workers who are not affiliated to any organisation in several industrial areas of the country also took part in the struggle. The workers and employees of many key sectors in the country like Banking, Coal, Oil, Insurance etc., and many public sector undertakings including B.H.E.L.  completely struck work.            
       
            The Modi Government is often asserting that the working class has lost its primacy in the country and the stage is ready for the corporate sector to take over. It is earnestly wishing that the fruits of new economic policy which is being pursued for the last 25 years should entirely go only to the corporates. All the moves of the present government are only in that direction. The Modi Government is emphasizing that the working class does'nt require any protection and its duty is only to  produce wealth through its hard labour without aspiring to any profits, as was preached by Lord Sri Krishna in "Bhagavatgita". Government providing 'Z' Class security to Sri Mukhesh Ambani, the country's foremost billionaire and 'Y'Class security to his spouse are to be viewed in that light.

            On the occasion of celebrating the 70th Independence Day all the customers of B.S.N.L. in the country received a message from non-other than the Prime Minister Sri Modi on 15th August with his  greetings and an appeal to listen to his Independence Day  speech that was going to be delivered from the ramparts of Red Fort on that day. The people who listened to it attentively were surprised. Even the Chief Justice of the Apex Court of the country publicly expressed his dissatisfaction over the speech. The judiciary, which has been hitherto turning a deaf ear to the loud cries of the country's intelligentsia, working class and the unemployed that the reforms which are being implemented for the last quarter century are drastically reducing the employment opportunities in the country, is itself feeling the heat of the reforms now. The Chief Justice was critical about the Prime Minister's silence in his speech on the large scale vacancies in the judiciary which are affecting quick dispensation of justice to the needy.
            Recently a survey conducted on the economies of various countries in the world declared that India occupies 7th place in the list of wealthy nations. The N.D.A. Government patted its back on this report. The rulers declared that their policies alone elevated the country to that position and the propaganda of the working class that the country is falling back is not at all true. A country, 50% of whose population falls below poverty line or just above it occupying 7th place among wealthy nations! How ridiculous!!

            The Prime Minister while addressing a seminar in New Delhi recently remarked that some people are still hanging to the out dated theory of 'Capital and Labour' of the 19th century and are trying to infuse it even today. He further commented that in the background of changing economic environment of the world Labour is losing its predominance and technology is to step into its place. However, the Honorable Prime Minister should clearly understand that no country can progress economically in absence of 'Capital and Labour'. He should recognize that without Labour capital alone cannot create wealth and so he should respect the value of Labour power. But unfortunately the central government is found lacking in this respect. The 2nd September strike is a result of such an attitude.

            Similarly, the Prime Minister's Red Fort address was remarkably mum on price rise which is a serious problem that is being encountered by the people every day. There was also no mention of this strike of the working class and its demands. But it was unfortunate that his speech referred to the working women of the country in a belittling tone. He declared that the existing laws would be amended to enable all the malls, huge shops, bars, clubs and pubs remain open 24 hours a day and allow women to work during nights. In this context one should not lose sight of the fact that our country is one among those where security to women is at its least. There is strict condition in U.S.A. which insists that if a woman works in a club during nights somebody who is close to her should also be on duty in the same club during that period. The Prime Minister should have consulted Mr. Obama, the President of U.S.A. who recently turned out to be his close friend, on this matter. The P.M's. foregoing remarks about working women exhibit how scant his respect to them is. 
             
            The Modi Government came to power in 2014 on the strength of 'Swadeshi' and 'Bharat Matha ki Jai' slogans. But it is not lagging behind its forerunners in pursuing  the policy of 'Videshi' from day one. The only difference is that the previous governments put the country on sale in retail market whereas the present government put it to sale in wholesale market. It is selling away the public properties at very low prices to the corporates and multinationals by inviting F.D.Is. into Defence, Railway, Banking, Insurance, Telecom, and Retail sectors as well as public sector undertakings. The patriotic working class of the country went into the 2nd September strike with an aim of protecting the public properties.

            It is unethical to divert the pension funds which provide social security to the employees and workers, to private investments. Same is taking place in National Pension System. The N.P.S. enables the pension funds to be diverted to speculation business comprising of mutual funds, equities and other share market transactions and makes the employees to face its consequences. The longevity of life of employees and workers is being considered a burden by the government. The Ex-M.Ps. and Ex-M.L.As. who were in saddle for just 5 years are being paid lifelong pension. After they cease to exist their wives are paid a monthly pension of about Rs.25,000/- . But an employee or worker who serves for 35 to 40 years and plays his role properly in developing national wealth is denied pension by the government.     
      
            The government is gloating over the development rate and claiming credit for it exclusively. It is arguing that the growth rate of the country is the highest when compared with other nations and that fact underlines the necessity of implementing their present policies at a faster pace. However, it is completely depending on the Rain God for the development rate to increase from the present level of 7.6% to 8%. Whatever may be the growth rate of national economy, the statics of the government itself show that the growth rate of employment generation is a meager 1.7%. Even during the period from 2004-05 to 2009-10 when the growth rate was between 8% and 9% the increase in rate of employment was only 0.8%. Every year about one crore students who are anxious of getting an employment are passing out from colleges and universities. But according to Central Labour Board statistics only 1.5 lakh jobs were created last year. The people and the working class are questioning the usefulness of economic development that does not lead to proportionate increase in employment potential. The corporate sector is asserting that the employment opportunities diminish to the extent of induction of technology and automation into different sectors of economy. The working class is demanding a human resource oriented progress in a country of about 125 crore population.

            A report of the National Sample Survey Organization of the Union Government revealed, on the other hand, that the economic reforms have brought down the purchasing power of the people and so the nutrition values of their food are also on the decrease. Dr. Akroyd formula stipulates that an adult should consume a diet of 2,700 calories value per day. But the percentage of population that is consuming less than 2,700 calories has gone up from 58.52% in 1993-94 to 68% in 2011-12. This precisely is the development that was brought about by the reforms.   
      
            Over and above all the foregoing, the Modi Government is showing a scant respect to the laws of the nation. When 10 central trade unions and more than 40 independent federations served a statutory notice for strike, the government, instead of holding discussions with them, held talks with B.M.S., an R.S.S. affiliate and a pro-B.J.P. organization which was against the strike, with the sole intention of thwarting the struggle. 

            This N.D.A. Government came to power by promising the people a rule quite different from that of its predecessors and unearthing black money which amounts to about Rs.10 lakhs per head. But after coming to power it began to hoodwink them and stand in support of corporates and exploiters. The 2nd September strike took place to remind the government that it is on a contract only for a period of five years and to warn that it would be shown the door in 2019 if it goes ahead with its anti-people, anti-working class and pro-capitalist policies.   

            The heat generated by this strike compelled the sub-committee of ministers to hastily announce some sops. Important among them is an improvement in the minimum wage. The daily wage of a 'C' category labourer was enhanced from the present Rs.246/- to Rs.350/-. That amounts to about Rs.9,100/- per month. But some of the state governments are already giving a minimum wage of more than Rs.10,000/- per month. The minimum wage announced by the central government is miles away from Rs.18,000/- which are being demanded by the working class. The statement of the government that 7 out of 12 demands were settled is nothing other than a falsehood. What, the demands of the workers of Anganwadi, mid-day meal and unorganized sector could elicit from the government are mere assurances and not concrete proposals. The statement of the Finance Minister that the bank employees have nothing to do with bank merger proposals is highly objectionable. In the background of international economy still being haunted by the 2008 debacle of the biggest bank in U.S.A. the pronouncements of our Finance Minister, a Corporate Lawyer, that bigger banks will give a boost to the economy are unwise and bereft of reason.

            Whereas the B.J.P. Government at the center enhanced the ceiling limit on bonus the state governments belonging to the same party approached respective High Courts and obtained stay orders on center’s decision. If the center goes on an appeal to the Supreme Court the B.J.P. state governments will argue against it. The working class of the country should understand this pseudo fight between the center and some states. However, that class is not ready to accept the devious methods that are being adopted by the central government in making amendments to laws through executive orders instead of a parliamentary process.

            In this background the strike of 2nd September, 2016 should be considered as a warning to Modi Government to desist from its anti-people and anti-labour policies. Otherwise the working class of the country will be compelled to wage more bigger and unified struggles in the direction of changing the government.


RED SALUTE TO ALL THOSE WHO MADE THE 2nd SEPTEMBER STRIKE A HUGE SUCCESS.

BUNCHING INCREMENT BENEFIT TABLE
(Prepared by COC Karnataka)


PB – I, 5200-20200+GP 1800
Bunching of stages
next vertical Cell
5410
1800
7210
216.3
220
18529.7
19100
5630
1800
7430
222.9
230
19095.1
19100
19700
PB – I, 5200-20200+GP 1900
7090
1900
8990
269.7
270
23104.3
23800
7360
1900
9260
277.8
280
23798.2
23800
24500
PB – I,5200-20200+GP 2000
6990
2000
8990
269.7
270
23104.3
23800
7260
2000
9260
277.8
280
23798.2
23800
24500
PB – I,5200-20200 +GP2400