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Thursday, April 30, 2020

MAY DAY Greetings ..........

98th International Workers' Day Celebration
In India, the first May Day was celebrated in Madras (now known as Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923. 

It was also the first time when the Red Flag which symbolizes Labour Day was used in India for the first time.

It is also known as Labour Day or Workers' Day in some countries and often referred to as May Day.

This day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that reflect the importance of labour.

May Day Greetings!

'Tax the Super rich; Save the poor'
'No to 12 hours work'
'No retrenchments;
No wage cuts'


Courtesy :: CITU




Central Trade Union's message in connection with MAY DAY ......



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DoP :: PM CARES Fund - Issue of cheque for recovery towards Donation of One day salary ....


Confederation Circular in c/w May Day


No. Confd.-2020                                                                                         Dated: 29.04.2020
CIRCULAR

OBSERVE MAY DAY
HOLDING PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS
IN FRONT OF OFFICES
AGAINST DA & DR FREEZING
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Confederation National Secretariat calls upon the entirety of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks and also Central Govt. Pensioners to observe MAY DAY (01.05.2020) holding protest demonstrations in front of offices with playcards against the unilateral decision of the Central Government to freeze DA & DR due from 01.01.2020 to 30.06.2021.

While conducting protest demonstrations , it should be ensured that all instructions of Central and State Governments during lockdown period such as social distancing , wearing of masks , limiting the number of participants to permissible  minimum (not more than the number permitted by District Collector or local police authorities) should be strictly observed . Don't violate any COVID - 19 related precautionary measures and instructions of the District Collectors and Police.

                                                                                   R. N. Parashar 
                                                                           Secretary General.
                                                                Confederation of CGE & Workers

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DoP :: Payment of wages to outsourced persons of Ministries / Departments and other organizations of Government of India during lockdown period due to COVID-19 ....




IPPB Circular :: reduction in interest rates (from 3.0% p.a to 2.75%p.a) (27-04-20)


Balance enquiry methods of Banks .........


Effective use of "Aarogyasetu" App for breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19 .......... DoPT


Monday, April 27, 2020

No deduction in allowances of Central Government employees, PIB Fact Check busts fake news

Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau has today clarified in a tweet that Central Government is not going to deduct allowances of Central Government Employees. The tweet was a fact check on a media report speculating that Government was planning such a move in response to the corona virus crisis.

हिदुस्तान अखबार की एक मीडिया रिपोर्ट पर फेक की मोहर जिसमें दावा किया गया है कि Covid19 के मद्देनज़र केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों को मिलने वाले भत्तों में कटौती का सामना करना पड़ेगा

In another post, Fact Check has busted a rumour on Facebook that blamed ICMR for allegedly buying COVID19 testing kits and a significantly inflated price when cheaper options were available. ICMR has since clarified that it has fixed rate brackets for the kits and is open to any company that can provide the kits at a still cheaper rate.


एक फेसबुक पोस्ट पर फेक की मोहर जिसमे दावा किया गया है की ICMR द्वारा  #Coronavirus परीक्षण किट बढ़े हुए मूल्य पर खरीदे गए हैं

Background
In order to check the spread of fake news on social media and following observations of the Supreme Court, PIB set up a dedicated unit to bust rumours getting viral on the social media. ‘PIBFactCheck’ is a verified handle on Twitter that continuously monitors trending messages on social media platforms and conducts comprehensive review of its contents to bust fake news. Besides, PIB_India handle and various PIB regional unit handles on Twitter are posting official and authentic version of any item on Twitter using the hashtag #PIBFactCheck for the benefit of the Twitter community at large.
Any person can submit to PIBFactCheck any social media message, including text, audio and video, to verification of its authenticity. These can be submitted online on the portal https://factcheck.pib.gov.in/ or on Whatsapp No. +918799711259 or email: pibfactcheck@gmail.com. The details are also available on PIB website: https://pib.gov.in


SS
(Release ID :202611)

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MHA :: Guidelines for Home Isolation of very mild / pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases ......




RICT DARPAN CBS App New Version 1.4.1.3 Roll Out Schedule





BPMs may be directed to pull notification so that the app is installed.
Below mentioned changes are made in the application :
1. Daily transaction report generated through RICT- CBS App will be reflecting scheme code as header of report.
2. Issue with respect to RD default fee getting rounded off in RICT CBS application is handled.




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Heartfelt Appreciation From CM, Kerala || Kerala Postal Circle News

A great appreciation received from Honorable Chief Minister, Kerala. A first CM in India has expressed his appreciation widely and hopefully to the employees working in field during COVID19 outbreak and lockdown situation. Great Salute to All. I am very happy and honored to be part of Postal Family. Thank you....



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India Post is more than just the ubiquitous res boxes -- NEWS

Open IPPB Account and start using "IPPB Mobile Banking" app

IPPB Mobile Banking App provides quick, convenient and simple access to your bank account. Download the app, activate the IPPB account and setup login credentials by choosing MPIN of your choice in 3 easy steps. T&C apply.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

India Post Keeps Delivering during COVID-19 crisis -- Poster


No move to reduce the retirement age of government employees, nor such a proposal discussed or contemplated at any level in the government: Dr Jitendra Singh

Strongly refuting the reports in a section of media that Government has moved a proposal for reducing the age of retirement of government employees to 50 years, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh categorically stated here today that there is no such move to reduce the retirement age nor has been such a proposal discussed or contemplated at any level in the government.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, there are certain motivated elements which have been over the last few days, time and again planting such disinformation in a section of media and attributing it to the government sources or DoP&T. He said, each time a prompt rebuttal is sought to be made in order to clear the confusion in the minds of stakeholders. He said, it was unfortunate that at a time when the country is going through Corona crises and the entire world is praising Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi for his proactive handling of the pandemic, there are certain elements and vested interests which try to underplay all the good work done by the Government by planting such media stories.

On the contrary, right from the beginning of the emergence of the Corona challenge, Government and the DoP&T have, from time to time taken prompt decisions to safeguard the interests of the employees. For example, he said, even before the lockdown was officially announced, DOPT had issued an advisory for the offices to work with “absolutely necessary or minimum staff”. Even though the essential services were exempted from this guideline, DOPT had issued directions to exempt the “Divyang employees even from the essential services”.

Considering the constraints of the lockdown, he recalled that DOPT had postponed the last date for filling of the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) by the government officials.

At the same time, he referred to the UPSC’s decision to reschedule the dates of IAS/Civil Services interview/personality test and also announced that the Civil Services Preliminary Test will be done after May 3rd. Similarly, on the same line, SSC has also postponed its process of recruitment.

As for the Department of Personnel in the Ministry of Personnel, Dr Jitendra Singh said that last week there was fake news that the government had decided to impose a 30% reduction in the pension and discontinue pensions for those who are above the age of 80. However, contrary to this, the truth is that on the 31st of March there was not a single pensioner whose pension did not deposit in his account. Not only this, services of the Postal Department were sought to deliver the pension amount at the residence of the pensioners, whenever required.

As for the Department of Personnel, in the last four weeks, the Ministry of Personnel has had Video Conference consultations for Pensioners and Senior Citizens across 20 cities where pulmonary advice was given by experts like Dr Randeep Guleria, Director (AIIMS). Similarly, Yoga Sessions on Webinar are also being organised.

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VG/SNC
(Release ID :202587)

PIB



Interest Rate on National Savings Schemes -- W.e.f 1st April 2016 onwards ...........


Corrigendum :: Third Gender / any other category -- DoPT OM F. No.39028/02/2016 - Estt(B) dated 20-04-2020



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Special Set Of Postcards: "WE SALUTE THE CORONA WARRIORS " -- Coimbatore Postal Division -- Tamil Nadu


India Post Delivers Rs.412cr Cash In Doorstep Banking Revolution - NEWS

Friday, April 24, 2020

DoP :: Uploading videos / audios / texts on Social Media platforms against the interests of Department of Posts by Union Representative / Members during COVID-19 ....


AP Circle :: Functioning of POs in containment areas in c/w COVID-19 -- o/o CPMG (23-04-20)


Over 15 lakh AePS transactions valued at Rs. 300 Crores carried out during lockdown period

Shri Sanjay Dhotre asks Postal Department to continue their untiring efforts for serving the people during Covid-19 crisis

Over 15 lakh AePS transactions valued at Rs. 300 Crores carried out during lockdown period
The Minister of State for Communications and HRD, Shri Sanjay Dhotre reviewed the initiatives taken by   the Department of Posts during Covid-19 lockdown through a Video Conference. The Minister expressed satisfaction at the various measures undertaken and exhorted the Postal Department to exert itself to the utmost in the service of the Nation while observing all norms of social distancing.

Shri Sanjay Dhotre further said that many government departments may also be requiring to make use of the robust delivery system of Department of Posts and inter departmental coordination can offer new opportunity to Department of Posts. The Minister emphasized that the AePS should be widely popularized by the Postal Department and that Divisional heads of Postal  Divisions  may coordinate with District Collectors and State Administrations for doorstep delivery of cash.

 The Minister was informed that most of the Post Offices across the country except those in containment zone are functional and delivering services. Special priority is being given to delivery of essential items including medicines, COVID-19 test kits, masks, sanitizers, PPEs and medical equipment including ventilators and defibrillators.

 The Minister was informed that during the lockdown period till the 20th April 2020, around 1.8 Crore Post Office Saving Banks transactions with a value of Rs. 28000 Crores apart from IPPB transactions numbering 84 lakhs with a value of Rs. 2100 Crores have been carried out. Further, ATM transactions numbering 4.3 lakhs with a value of Rs. 135 Crores have been carried out across the country.

 Aadhaar enabled Payment Systems (AEPS) of India Post Payment Bank, enables withdrawal of money from accounts standing in any scheduled banks at the doorstep. 15 lakh AEPS transactions valued at Rs. 300 Crores have been carried out during this period. Around 52 lakhs Direct Benefit Transfer payments valued at Rs. 480 Crores have been made during the lockdown period. The Aadhaar enabled Payment System has been of great help to old, divyangjan and pensioners, apart from people living in rural areas.

 Shri Sanjay Dhotre was further apprised of special interstate and intra state mail arrangements made to deliver essential items to the customers. India Post has been using cargo flights, parcel trains and its own fleet of Red Mail Motor Vans and road transport networks to ensure timely delivery of essential items. All employees of the Department of Posts have been sensitized so that no one faces difficulty in sending and receiving medicines during lockdown. Several State Postal units like Gujarat, UP, Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal have entered into tie-ups with Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, Director General of Health Services, online pharmaceutical companies and suppliers of COVID-19 test kits.

The Minister was further informed about the Post Offices on wheels which are functioning in various parts of the country providing basic Postal services as per requirements. Food and dry rations are also being supplied to the less advantaged by the Postal Department through voluntary contributions and by partnering with NGOs and District administration to provide logistic services. Stitching of masks is being carried out by some Circles for distribution among Postal employees, Sanitation workers and general public.

The Minister was further apprised of the various individual initiatives taken up by some Circles. For instance, in Ratnagiri the Department is providing Mango farmers logistic services including pickup of mango produced from their farms and loading, transportation and unloading at destination points. In Karnataka the farmers have been provided facilities of booking mango boxes at Bangalore GPO for delivery within the city. All deliveries are being made within the time frame. On 17th April 2020, the Karnataka Circle of India Post launched ‘Anche Mitra’, a bilingual web application for the benefit of people who are unable to come out of their houses due to the lock down.

'Dak Mitra' App developed by IT Team of Haryana Circle has been integrated with the Portal of Haryana Government launched by the Chief Minister of Haryana on 21st of April. The purpose of this portal is crowd management in Banks and it gives option to the people to get their money from Post Offices through AEPS. 310 requests were already received in this App. through this portal.

The Minister asked various Circles/ State units to widely disseminate the helpline numbers among the public so that they can avail the services easily. He concluded on the note that everyone especially the staff on the field must take all precautions like use of masks , sanitizers and social distancing norms and that the senior officers should endeavour to take care of the foot soldiers and keep them motivated.
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(Release ID :202526)


PIB



CITU :: PRESS RELEASE (24-04-2020)

                                                                     
CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (CITU)

CITU DENOUNCES CENTRAL GOVT DECISION TO FREEZE AND CONFISCATE INCREASE IN DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounces the Central Govt’s decision to freeze, rather confiscate the increase in Dearness Allowance payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners falling due from January 2020 and also future dues, falling due on July 2020 and January 2021 on the plea of financial crisis arising out of COVID 19 vide Finance Ministry Order no 1/1/2020-E-II(B) dated 23rd April 2020.

No doubt, the country has been passing through a financial crisis but why should the workers and employees be made the sacrificial item for the same who themselves suffer most owing to Covid-19 followed by lockdown. Quite a number of employees are deployed and consequently are involved in various governmental activities and services meant to combat the spread of the pandemic  Covid-19 especially of those departments declared as emergency services viz, health, postal, defence, railways etc. While taking such decision Govt did not bother to consult the unions and federations of the central govt employees, displaying rabid authoritarianism.

CITU strongly urges that response to financial crisis by the central govt must start with measures to garner resources where it is there aplenty at the disposal of handful of ultra rich class. As Per OXFAM Report, combined wealth amassed by only 63 billionaires in India is more that the total Union Budget in 2018-19 which was at Rs 24, 42, 200 crore. Top 10% of population cornered 77% of national wealth. Wealth of India’s richest 1 per cent is 4 times more than the bottom 70%. Govt must tap this huge accumulation of wealth with barely 5% of ultra-rich, amassed mostly through undue and illegitimate patronization of the economic policy regime, through appropriate direct taxation/wealth tax measures instead of brutally pouncing on the working peoples’ earnings and livelihood. And this right is vested with the Central Govt only

CITU strongly condemns this retrograde decision of the Central Govt to confiscate outright the legitimate dues of the employees and pensioners on account of increase in DA till January 2021, although prices of all essentials will continue to increase to further increase the profit of the big-business/corporate.

CITU demands withdrawal of this DA Confiscation order by the central government also demands that the state governments be extended financial help to enable continuity of variable DA payment to their employees. CITU calls upon the Govt employees’ movement in particular and the trade union movement in general to unitedly oppose this retrograde anti-worker measures.

(Tapan Sen)
General Secretary


Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)
B. T.  Ranadive Bhawan, 13 A, Rouse Avenue, New Delhi- 110 002
Phone nos 91-11-23221288,23221306, Fax- 91-11-23221284


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CONFEDERATION OF CGE&WORKERS ADDRESSED TO THE CABINET SECRETARY


FREEZING OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND DEARNESS RELIEF TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS AT CURRENT RATES TILL JULY, 2021.




No. Confd./DA-2020                                                                                Dated :24.04.2020

To
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

            Sub: Freezing of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and                         Dearness relief to Central Government pensioners at current rate till July, 2021.

Dear Sir,

            We solicit your kind reference to the O.M. No. 1/12020-E.I (B) dated 23rd April, 2020issued by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance  on the above subject in view of the crisis arising out of the pandemic Covid-19.

            The Central Government employees throughout the country noted the contents of the above cited O.M. with surprise and anguish.  As you are aware, the Central Government employees responded admirably the call of the Honourable Prime Minister to donate one day’s salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief fund to enable the Government to meet out the financial exigencies arising out of the pandemic.  This apart, both the employees and pensioners have contributed immensely to the Prime Minister’s and respective Chief Minister’s public relief funds voluntarily. 

            It was unfortunate that the Government did not cause any consultation with the standing committee of the JCM, the negotiating forum of the Central Government employees and took an arbitrary and unilateral decision on a vital matter like freezing the wages.

            The Government are aware that quite a number of employees are deployed and consequently are involved in various governmental activities and services meant to combat the spread of the pandemic Covid-19 especially of those departments declared as emergency services viz, health, postal, defence, railways etc. endangering even their life.   Not taking into confidence the employees’ representatives before taking decision to impose a mandatory freeze of dearness allowance is in utter disregard to the norms and procedure followed by the previous Governments when such situation had arisen.  Besides at no previous occasion, the Government of India had resorted to impounding the dues arbitrarily.  We, therefore, oppose the arbitrary decision of the Government to impound the DA .

            Further, we are to inform you that the decision to deny the payment of the freezed amount even after overcoming the crisis is totally unacceptable to the employees.  We are


pained to note that the Government has been shifting the financial burden of the crisis on to the employees and workers, when in fact they require the financial assistance from the Government to face the crisis caused by the pandemic.

            In the circumstance, we request you to direct the Ministry of Finance to rescind the decision to impound the DA and withdraw the O.M., as the Government has no legal or moral authority to take such a decision.   The refusal to accede to this demand will only pave the way for an avoidable confrontation and agitation. 

            Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,
                                    
                                                                                 (R N  Parashar)
                                                                              Secretary General
Copy to:
The Secretary, Personnel,
Department of personnel and Training,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi. 110 001

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National Council - JCM :: Protest against the freezing of DA to Central Govt Employees & Dr to CG Pensioners ...

No.NC-JCM-2020/CS/PM                                                                       April 23, 2020

The Cabinet Secretary
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Sub:   Protest against freezing of Dearness Allowance  to Central Government   Employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government  Pensioners.

            Ref: Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2020-E-II(B), Dt: 23/04/2020

Dear Sir,

            The constituent organizations of the National Council(JCM) are very much shocked to note the arbitrary decision taken by the Government to freeze the DA to Central Govt. Employees and Dearness Relief to the Central Govt. Pensioners up to 30/06/2021. Before taking such a major policy decision the Govt. has not bothered to consult the staff side of the NC(JCM) and without even hearing the views of the staff side, the decision taken especially on a policy matter which effects the wages of the employees and the pension of the senior citizens is against the spirit of the JCM scheme. The entire 48 lakh Central Govt. Employees (including Armed Forces Personnel) and the 65 lakh Pensioners are very much disappointed against the  most drastic decision taken by the Govt. against is own employees.

           The Central Govt. and State Govt. employees are the one who are playing their front line role in the fight against COVID-19 Virus, by taking all risk and working in the field exposing themselves without any sufficient Personal Protective Equipments. The Railway employees, Defence Civilian employees, Postal employees and all other Central Govt. employees have already contributed their one day wages to the PM-CARES Fund. The Ordnance Factory Employees have contributed their two days wages, In the Railways , Employees belonging to different categories are deployed for various activities such as PW Tracks, signaling, Electrical and Mechanical assests, running freight trains, parcels special trains, Transport essential goods etc. Almost all the Central Government Departments are involved in one or other activities during the entire lockdown period. The Ordnance Factory Employees are directly involved in manufacturing of various Protective Equipment required for the Doctors, Nurses & Health Care Workers and for other Civil Authorities. Ignoring all these contribution of the Govt. Employees, the Govt. is targeting them on the plea of “Crisis arising out of COVID-19”.  The Staff side of the National Council (JCM) is of the firm view that the 48 Lakh Central Govt. Employees (including Armed Forces Personnel) and 65 lakh Pensioners do not deserve such a treatment from the Government.

          A part from that many of all our affiliates of JCM Staff Side have contributed to PM-CARES Fund crors of rupees. As well as  they are providing shelter, Food, Transport etc to mitigate the problem of poor employees / workers who have lost their job and everything in this Lockdown.

           Moreover the freezing of DA will have a serious impact of the HRA of the Central Govt. employees. In accordance with 7th CPC recommendations and as approved  by the Govt. the HRA rates will be revised from 24% to 27% in “X”  cities, and from 16% to 18% in “Y” Cities and  8% to 9% in “Z” cities. The manner in which the price for the essential commodities are rocketing sky high, DA is expected to cross 25% from 01/07/2020 onwards. Since the DA is freezed the employees will loose this hike in the HRA also.

           You will appreciate that the Pensioners who are senior citizens are most vulnerable in the fight of the COVID-19 virus and any stoppage of DA in their case at this juncture is not an appreciable decision on the part of the Government.

           The decision of the Govt. has subjected the Central Govt. Employees and the Pensioners to unnecessary financial hardship and mental agony when they all are on the field fighting from the frontline against the spread of COVID-19 Virus through various official activities. Therefore we request you to convey our feelings to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and also our request to reconsider the above decision of the Govt. and withdraw the same, so as to motivate the Central Govt. employees to perform their responsibilities, especially in this crisis period.
      
Yours faithfully,

                                                                               (Shiva Gopal Mishra)
                                                                                                Secretary

Copy To:-
              The Secretary, Department of Personnel &Training, for  information & necessary Action

              The Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for   information & necessary Action



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