NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1ST FLOOR NORTH AVENUE POST OFFICE BUILDING
No. PF-01(e)/2012 DATED 31.07.2012
All General Secretaries / NFPE office bearers /All All India office bearers of affiliated unions all Circle/Divisional /Branch Secretaries
MORE THAN 20,000 MARCH IN THE CONFEDERATION RALLY
At the call of the Confederation of CG Employees and Workers, more than 20,000 employees and workers of various organisations of Central Government marched in the rally before Parliament on 26th July, 2012. Thousands and thousands of employees surged into the national capital to take part in the March to Parliament demanding implementation of 15 Point Charter of Demands including immediate formation of 7th CPC to revise the wage structure of Central Government Employees once in five years with the revision with effect from 1.1.2011; Merger of 50% DA with the basic pay for all purposes as was done from 1.1.2004 based on the recommendations of IV CPC; Revision of wages of three lakhs of Grameen Dak Sevaks of Postal Department through the 7th CPC itself; Regularisation of both GDS and Casual labourers through formation of appropriate schemes of regularisation; Ending the discrimination in grant of Compassionate appointments between Railways and other CG Departments; Scrapping PFRDA Bill; Grant of five promotions in the career of an employee etc.
The response to the call of the Confederation for the rally before Parliament was so intense that employees from all States and belonging to all affiliates of Confederation in thousands reached the Jantar Mantar venue of the beginning point of the rally even before the scheduled time of start of the Rally. Later with all leaders of Confederation and its affiliates leading the rally under the banner of Confederation at the head of the procession, the rally reached the designated spot.
Veteran Parliament Members Comrade Basudev Acharya; Comrade Tapen Sen and AITUC All India Leader Comrade Amarjit Kaur addressed the rally. The rally was presided over by the President Comrade S.K.Vyas. The rally was addressed by Comrades K.Ragavendran Working President of Confederation; M.Krishnan Secretary General of NFPE; and several other leaders.
Comrade K.K.N.Kutty Secretary General of Confederation declared the decisions of the national secretariat that if within three months the demands are not accepted by the Central Government and 7th CPC not constituted, the entirety of CG Employees under the Confederation will launch an all India Strike on 12th December, 2012. Other decisions of the Secretariat about holding of State level Conventions and District level Conventions as well as holding of Mass Dharnas and Mass Rallies to Raj Bhawans /Chief Ministers etc to submit memorandum before the Strike etc were also pointed out by the Secretary General in his address.
A Memorandum to the Honourable Prime Minister of India with the explanatory note on all the items of 15 Points of Charter will be submitted to the Prime Minister by the delegation of the Confederation along with the senior Parliamentarian Comrade Basudev Acharya. The full text of the Memorandum can be obtained from the website of Confederation.
ROLE OF NFPE ORGANISATIONS IN CONFEDERATION STRIKE CALL
NFPE organisations from several circles including from the distant circles like Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra, Assam and NE, West Bengal, Maharashtra as well as from many other circles surrounding Delhi like U.P, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, M.P etc representing all affiliates of NFPE constituted the major contingent of the Confederation rally. The participation of thousands of regular employees as well as Grameen Dak Sewaks under the banner of the newly formed GDS [NFPE] Union including casual workers under the banner of Casual Labour Union ensured the role of NFPE as a major constituent of Confederation. NFPE congratulates all the leaders who took serious attempts to mobilize our rank and file in large numbers to the rally and calls upon the leadership at all levels to take up this task of organising for the intended strike on 12thDecember very seriously, keeping in mind that the role of the Postal Organisations is very vital in converting the call of the Confederation a huge success.
NFPE All India Convention on 26th July
After the rally was over, a national convention of NFPE was organised at Dr.Ambedkar Bhawan in the afternoon of 26th July. The All India Convention was presided over by Comrade K.V.Sridharan Ex-General Secretary P3 and addressed by large number of leaders including the General Secretaries of different affiliates of NFPE and other All India leaders. The Convention was addressed by Comrades M.Krishnan [Secretary General]; B.G.Tamhankar [Ex-President NFPE]; R.Sivanarayana [General Secretary P3]; Ishwar Singh Dabas [General Secretary P4]; Giriraj Singh [General Secretary R3]; P.Suresh [General Secretary R4]; Pranab Bhattacharjee [General Secretary Admn]; Sathyanarayana [General Secretary Postal Accounts]; P.Panduranga Rao [General Secretary GDS (NFPE)]; Appanraj [General Secretary SBCO]; Mohan [General Secretary Casual labour]; Com.K.K.Sharma Vice President of NFPE R.N.Parashar [Assistant Secretary General NFPE]; R.Seethalakshmi [Assistant Secretary General]; S.Ragupathy [Assistant Secretary General NFPE]; S.K.humayun [President P4]; Samir Bardhan [President R3]; Bijoy Gopal Sur [President GDS(NFPE)]; Y.Nagabhushanum [Working President Casual Labour]; Balwinder Singh [Finance Secretary P3]; C.P.Shobana [Chair Person Confederation Mahila Committee]; Amaresh Thakur [Ex-General Secretary Postal Accounts] and others.
The All India Convention endorsed the decisions of the Confederation to launch a strike on 12.12.2012 to win the 15 Point Charter of Demands and called upon the entire rank and file of NFPE organizations to take allorganizational efforts for the total success of the strike action. Various decisions to organize struggles.
GDS DHARNA ON 27.07.2012
A massive Dharna in which more than a thousand GDS employees and also from the regular employees organizations under the banner of the AIPEU GDS(NFPE) was held at Dr.Ambedkar Bhawan on 27th July, 2012. The Dharna was organised as per the decisions of the CWC of the GDS [NFPE] union to focus attention on a 32 Point Charter of Demands pertaining to GDS employees. The demands like 7th CPC going into the issues of GDS instead of any formation of a separate committee etc; grant of 50% DA with Basic Pay to GDS on par with the regular employees; Departmentalization of GDS by evolving a scheme; Ending the discrimination on Bonus Ceiling between the GDS and other employees; and many other demands were given effective focus in the Dharna.
Comrade Basudev Acharya senior Parliament Member addressed the Dharna and assured all support inside the Parliament to the cause of GDS and advised the leadership to prepare a comprehensive memorandum on the important GDS problems and submit it to the Honourable Speaker of Parliament. He assured that there will be serious follow up action by him with the Speaker.
Comrade R.N.Parashar Assistant Secretary General NFPE anchored the proceedings of the Dharna. Comrade P.Panduranga Rao General Secretary GDS(NFPE) elaborately spoke on all the demands of the GDS Charter and called upon the GDS all over the country to get prepared for greater movement and struggle under the guidance of the mighty National Federation of Postal Employees. Comrade M.Krishnan [Secretary General NFPE] who declared that the NFPE will not rest until the basic problems of GDS are fully sorted out and that there will be greater struggles of united postal employees’ movement in this regard in future. Comrade S.K.Vyas [President Confederation] assured total support to the GDS(NFPE) Union and assured that the Confederation will seriously take up the issue to include the GDS wage review by the 7th CPC itself. Comrade K.Ragavendran [Working President Confederation] traced the developments like disruption of a united joint movement of Postal Employees that contributed to the failures of major issues of GDS including permitting the Nataraja Murthy Committee and the consequential negative recommendations implemented on the GDS. Comrade K.V.Sridharan [Ex-General Secretary P3] spoke in detail about the ways and means of departmentalization of GDS. Comrade K.P.Rajagopal [Secretary General ITEF]; VAN Namboodiri President BSNLEU; R.Sivannarayana [General Secretary P3]; Ishwar Singh Dabas [General Secretary P4]; Giriraj Singh [General Secretary R3]; Pranab Bhattacharjee [General Secretary Admn]; Sathyanarayana [General Secretary Postal Accounts]; Bijoy Gopal Sur [President GDS (NFPE)]; Y.Nagabhushanam [Working President Casual labour] and other leaders spoke extending total support to the cause of GDS.
BUILD STRONGER THE GDS (NFPE) UNION:
All appreciated the role of the newly formed GDS (NFPE) Union in taking up the agitational path as soon as its formation. The participation of all regular employees’ organisations in the GDS Dharna enthused all the GDS participants. NFPE Headquarters stresses once again that in line with the decision of the NFPE Secretariat to accord ‘Associate Membership’ to the AIPEU GDS(NFPE) Union and the Central Working Committee Meetings of both P3 and P4 resolving to strengthen the newly formed GDS (NFPE) Union at all circles by extending total cooperation and help in building that union, all should on priority basis take up this task also to complete the formation of this GDS (NFPE) Union within a period of two months to facilitate emerging as the ‘First Union’ in the Postal Services.
ONE DAY STRIKE DATED 12.12.12
Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers has decided for one day strike on 12.12.12 and NFPE in its Federal Secretariat has endorsed the decision of confederation.
Campaign programme for preparation of strike from Confederation and NFPE will be sent separately.
All are requested to start preparations for strike.
FINANCIAL POSITION OF NFPE
Financial position of NFPE is going to be weak day by day as most of the branches are not remitting due quota and subscription of Postal Crusader. All General Secretaries All India Office bearers, Circle, Divisional and Branch Secretaries are requested to cause full remittance of quota and Postal Crusader subscription so that NFPE HQ may function effectively and efficiently to serve the membership to the maximum extent.
With revolutionary greetings
CGHS-GUIDELINES FOR REFERRING THE CASES TO HEALTH MINISTRY
Department of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has observed that issues relating to CGHS Matters are referred by various Ministries and Departments to Department of Health in a routine manner which could have been settled at the CGHS beneficiary’s own Ministry or Department. Hence, it is informed by Department of Health and Family Welfare that cases related to CGHS matters are to be examined thoroughly as per the CGHS guidelines and instructions and clarification on CGHS policy matter or relaxation of rules is required, the administrative Ministry/Department may refer the case to Department of Health and family welfare with specific recommendation of Joint Secretary/Head of Department with justification along with all supporting documents.
The Office Memorandum dated 27.06.2012 issued in this regard is as follows.
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 27th June, 2012
Sub: Guidelines to be followed by Ministries/Departments while referring cases to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on CGHS matters — reg.
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) was introduced in 1954 to provide comprehensive medical care for serving/retired Central Government employees and their family members. Instructions have been issued from time to time to regulate this medical facility to ensure that Ministries and Departments of Government of India including the CGHS beneficiaries have a clear idea on different aspects of CGHS.
2. Various instructions on eligibility, dependency, CGHS contributions, issue of CGHS cards, medical advance, settlement of medical claims and medical facilities provided under CGHS have been issued. These instructions are by no means exhaustive but an effort has been made to ensure that most cases are settled at the beneficiary’s own Ministry / Department.
3. Despite issuing a number of guidelines on settlement of reimbursement claims and delegation of powers for referral and approval cases, it has been observed that cases are being referred to this Ministry in a routine manner without adequate examination. Instances of cases have come to notice where despite the lack of documentary evidence, cases have been recommended and referred to this Ministry for examination, with or without the approval of the concerned Joint Secretary/Head of Department.
4. In such cases, it becomes difficult to examine the legitimacy of the claims and much time and effort is spent in collating and verifying the facts of the case. Accordingly, it is impressed upon all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India to ensure that cases are examined thoroughly as per the CGHS guidelines and instructions. If any clarification on CGHS policy matter/relaxation of rules is required, the Administrative Ministry / Department may, if they are satisfied with the justification/merit of the case, refer it to this Ministry with the specific recommendation of the concerned Joint Secretary /Head of Department along with all supporting documents.
5. This issues with the approval of Additional Secretary & Director General (CGHS).
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
* CGHS-DISTRIBUTION OF LIFE SAVING MEDICINES IN WELLNESS CENTRES
Directorate General of CGHS has favourably considered the representations of CGHS beneficiaries residing in NCR towns of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad to make available the life saving medicines and anti cancer medicines at the CGHS Wellness Center itself. Until now, these medicines are to be obtained only from Medical Store Depot (MSD), Gole Market, New Delhi. The full text of the Office Memorandum F.No: 1-32/2012-13/CGHS/MSD/IMP dated 24.07.2012 issued in this regard is as follows.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF CGHS
No: F.No. 1-32/2012-13/CGHS/MSD/IMP
Dated the 24th July, 2012
Subject: Distribution of Life Saving Medicines/Anti Cancer Medicines to CGHS beneficiaries in NCR towns at Wellness Center level.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to state that the Ministry has been receiving requests from CGHS beneficiaries residing in the NCR towns of NOIDA, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad, for providing the delivery of life saving medicines/anti cancer medicines at the CGHS Wellness Centre level as against the present system in which these are provided at the Medical Store Depot (MSD). Gole Market, New Delhi. In view of the hardships faced by the CGHS beneficiaries in collecting the above medicines, it has been considered sympathetically by the Ministry and it has now been decided to arrange delivery of the life saving drugs and anti cancer drugs to the CGHS beneficiaries in the above cities at the CGHS Wellness Centre level.
The life saving medicines and anti cancer medicines will be delivered at the Wellness Centre by the supplier between 11AM to 1 PM on third day of placing the indent. The beneficiaries can collect their indented medicines from the Wellness Centre accordingly. In case of emergency they can also collect medicines from Medical Store Depot (MSD), Gole Market, New Delhi, itself on the next working day after due confirmation from the Medical Store Depot(MSD).
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India