Circulars

 

JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

OF

INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION &

INCOME TAX GAZETTED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

A-2/95, ManishinathBhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027

        Email: itefcentral@gamail.com: Tel: 98682 77455 & 89021 98888 Fax: 011 2510 5324

Joint Convenors

KP  Rajagopal    &   Bhaskar Bhattacharya

No. M-12/12-15                                                                      Dated: 9th November, 2014

To

All Circle/ Unit General Secretaries

Income Tax Employees Federation,

Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association.

Dear Comrades,

Sub:-    Implementation of the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of NR Parmar [CA No. 7514-7515 and others] -Request for amendments to the advisory Regarding-

Ref:`    Letter in F.No. HRD/CM/220/14/2013-14/4275 dated 29.09.2014-

            2. Letter in F.No. HRD/CM/220/14/2013-14/6672 dated 07.11.2014-

This has reference to our letter No. N-1/M-12/2014, dated:  29th Sept. 2014 addressed to the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes, New Delhi, and copy endorsed to all the Unit/Circle General Secretaries of ITGOA/ITEF.   In the endorsement of the above letter we had conveyed the decision not to cooperate with the administration in the task of revisiting the seniority of only one cadre until the above Advisory is amended as required by the JCA.

As already communicated to you all through telephonic messages, the Board has issued the revised “Advisory” as demanded by us for implementation of the decision of the  Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of NR Parmar [CA No. 7514-7515 and others] vide their letter referred at (2) above.   In view of the same, the decision of the JCA communicated as above i.e. “not to extend any cooperation to with the administration in the task of revisiting the seniority until the above Advisory is amended as required by the JCA, is withdrawn and all the Circles/Units are requested to cooperate with the Administration in completing the task within the time stipulated.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal) (Bhaskar Bhattacharya)

Joint Convenors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION &

INCOME TAX GAZETTED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

A-2/95, ManishinathBhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027

Email: itefcentral@gamail.com: Tel: 98682 77455 & 89021 98888

 

Joint Convenors

K.P. Rajagopal  &  Bhaskar Bhattacharya

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No. M-12/N-1/12-15/                                                             Dated: 9th April, 2014.

 

To

Shri R.K. Tewari,

Chairman,

Central Board of Direct Taxes,

North Block,

New Delhi-110 001.

Sir,

Sub:     Protest against the attitude of the of the Authorities towards the demands of     Promotee Officers and Employees- Regrding-

In the meeting of the Permanent Grievance Redressal Committee held today, the 09.03.2014 co-chaired by the Member (P&V) and Member (R), the representatives of ITEF and ITGOA had to stage a walk out.  This extreme step had to be taken by us to bring forth the anger, anguish and frustration of our members towards brazen, chicanery in some cases and insensitive and nugatory attitude on certain others taken by the Board.

The report of the Cadre Restructuring was jointly made by all organisations.  There had been unanimity of opinion in all respect and in all matters except in the case of manpower computed in Directorates (Table 7.1 was a later interpolation by the DIT (HRD).  The report had the approval and signature of all Federations.  The Board was visibly reluctant to have the same approach at the implementation stage when the proposal received the assent of the Cabinet.  When the sub-committees were constituted, the representatives of ITEF and ITGOA did not find a place though on insistence, members of the Federations were co-opted/invited, their views/suggestions were totally disregarded.  The Committee’s report received alround criticism from a wide spectrum of emvers of staff and Officers.  When the Federations brought this to the notice of the Chairperson and Member (P&V), we were assured that

i)                 The Board will independently look at the allocation issue and would not go by the recommendations of the Committees.

ii)               Only the additional posts created in the CR proposal alone will be taken for allocation. The existing strength of each region will not be disturbed.

iii)             Table 5.4 will be the basis of allocation of posts to the Directorates and newly created posts will be under the control of the Pr. CCIT, Delhi.

iv)              No reduction of the existing sanctioned strength, and

v)               The final proposal of the Board will be subjected to discussion with the Federation before the same is submitted to the higher authorities viz. Revenue Secretary and Finance Minister for their approval.

None of the above assurances were honoured.  The final notification was issued on 31.03.2014, which was a bolt from the blue.  If we presume that the notification was kept pending issuance upto 31.03.2014, only to avert a probable instantaneous agitation from the Officers and Staff, we cannot be faulted.  We do believe that the whole exercise have been done with the sole purpose of meeting out the interest of IRS Officers, their posting preferences and he likes.

Only for promotions to the Cadre of Assistant Commissioners, out of 20751 posts created on account of Cadre Restructuring, the approval of the cabinet had been sought to phase it out in five years.  If this is not to safeguard the interest of directly recruited IRS Officers, what purpose it serves is beyond our comprehension. 

The Board must note the fact that there had been no promotion to the cadre of Assistant Commissioners even for the RY 2013-14 which became due more than a year back and the vacancy for promotion in ACIT cadre stands to be around 550 today, as calculated in Notification dated                      31-05-2013, for RYs 2013-14 & 2014-15 considering both regular and CRC vacancies and thus making the ITOs in the Department to wait for more than 13 years for the next promotion whereas the residency period stipulated in the RR is only three years.   

            Ever since the Supreme Court judgement in the case of Union Vs. NR Parmar, the Federations had been demanding issuance of certain instructions to the field formations to be adopted uniformly in revising the seniority.   The case before the Supreme Court itself was the product of partisan attitude of the authorities and the neglect of monitoring the seniority list of officers/officials periodically.  Despite several assurances, the matter has not been addressed till date making it impossible for the Cadre Controlling Authorities to effect the promotions.

The IRS recruitment rules were drafted and submitted to the Board without addressing the objections of ITGOA. The rules have been finalised by the Board and sent to the Finance Minister for his approval. We demanded for further discussion before its finalisation, especially in the light of the DoPT OM dated 04.03.2014, which is not granted.

           We do not propose to present a catalogue of issues, discussed on several occasions in the last three years but did not have settlement till date.  Suffice to say that even the orders issued by CBEC, the other wing of Department of Revenue in the matter of fixation of pay on promotion as OS/Stgr.  is not available for the employees in the Department.   Long pending and legitimate demand for entitlement of Advance Increment Scheme to Sr. Tax Assistant and Stenographer Gr. II on passing Departmental Examination for higher posts is pending for years in the CBDT.  Further the CBDT has been taking different stance on this matter on the orders of the Central Administrative Tribunals thereby making every individual to seek legal remedy.

 

            The Board has agreed to grant NFSG to the left out officers of 2001 batch from 01.01.2014 but the delay in implementing it causes denial of the effect to some of the officers while in service.

 

            We were assured that matching number of posts in the cadre of AO/PS commensurate to the posts of Pr. CCIT/Pr.CIT would be created immediately. Though some posts are created in the cadre of AO, that too not in matching number, no scheme of creation of higher posts in the cadre of PS is conceived. 

 

The Authorities were assuring us to expedite the implementation of the schemes approved from the incentive fund for increasing the infrastructural facilities in the Department some of which are approved in the year 2012.  The pendency of the following schemes is indicative of the lackadaisical way the Board is taking up the issues for getting approval from the concerned authorities.

 

a)     Six Air Conditioners per Range for staff rooms approved in the year 2012

b)     Laptops to Inspectors approved in  the month of April, 2013

c)      Replacement of laptops to Officers

d)     Mobile handsets to All personnel approved in the month of April 2013

e)     Increase in the reimbursement of local travel expenses to IITs and Notice Servers.

 

The Changed attitude of the Board is reflected in the revised norms finalised for allotment of Guest Houses.  The Entitlement hitherto available to the employees have been removed and reduced to only dormitory, as in nowhere air-cooled rooms are available whereas the expansion and modernisation of Guest Houses were possible only from the grant of incentive funds sanctioned by the Government for general infrastructure development in appreciation of the efforts put by the entire personnel of the Department for its overall performances.

Under these circumstances and in spite of the protest registered by us today in the above meeting, we hope that as head of the family your goodself and the Member (P&V) shall make a sincere efforts to cause a meaningful and serious discussion on the legitimate and long pending issues raised by us and shall instruct the concerned to put earnest efforts to implement the decisions taken.  We also bring to your notice that for lack of serious efforts to settle our issues, if the discontentment of the officers and staff brew to a situation of breakdown of industrial peace in the Department, the whole responsibility shall lie on the Head of the Department.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(KP Rajagopal)  (Bhaskar Battacharya)

Joint Convenors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANISHINATH BHAWAN

A2/95 RAJOURI GARDEN

NEW DELHI-110027

Cir No. 41/12-15 Dated: 27th February, 2014.

Dear Comrades,

Cadre Restructuring and Allocation of Post. Please recall the CHQ message send on 20.02.2013 informing you the discussion we had with the Chairperson and Member (P) on the subject wherein we have been assured that the allocation of posts and other matters will be finalised and discussed with the ITEF by this week. Till penning of this communication at late evening, it is learnt, the CBDT is still working on the matter. As soon as we get call for discussion, the same will be informed. To discuss all other pending issues, the Member (P&V) has convened the Grievance Redressal Committee meeting with JCA on 4th March, 2014.

Confederation National Convention. After the huge success of two-day strike of Central Government Employees on 12th and 13th Feb. 2014, the Confederation Secretariat met at New Delhi on 18.02.2014. The Secretariat after taking into consideration the anger and anguish of the employees demonstrated through the massive participation in the strike, decided to carry on with the struggle to achieve the 15 point Charter of Demands. The resolution adopted in the said meeting is enclosed which is self explanatory. As a prelude to the future course of actions, the Secretariat decided, among other things, to organise a national Convention. The same will be held on 4th April, 2014 at Nagpur. The Confederation Circular in this regard is also enclosed. Apart from the Convention, the Meeting of the Confederation Secretariat and Women’s Committee meeting will also be held at 4PM on the same day at Nagpur.

The ITEF being one of the important affiliates of the Confederation has been allowed to depute 35 delegates to the Convention. It is therefore, decided that every ITEF Circle should send two delegates to attend the Convention. Since the conventions main objective is to spearhead the campaign programme for the ultimate action of indefinite strike, the circles may ensure that the delegates from their circle include the ITEF Chq. Secretariat Member, and one of the Principle Office bearers from that circle. In case there is no Sect. Member in the Circle, Two Office bearers may be deputed. Since the entire Women’s Committee members are delegates to the Convention, the Circle General Secretaries may ensure their participation also in the Convention and later in the Secretariat meeting. As the convention is scheduled to start at 10.30AM and may continue till 6 PM on 04.04.2014 the Circle General Secretaries may plan the travel and book the tickets accordingly and intimate the same to the CHQ or to Com. B.N. Chikate,( bn_hikate@yahoo.com) Circle General Secretary, ITEF, Vidharbha Circle, Nagpur.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General

Copy to: 1. Com. Usha Bonepally, President, Women’s Committee of Confederation of CG Employees and Workers, New Delhi, and President, ITEF, AP Circle, with a request to ensure the participation of all Women’s Committee members from ITEF viz. Com. Reha Gupta (Bengal), Com. P. Anju (Kerala), Com. Beena Sharma (Delhi), Com. Mandira Ganguly (Karnataka) and Com. Neetu Gautham (UP- Lucknow).

CONFEDERATION DECIDES TO GO FOR NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, 2014.

Two days mass Dharna of confederation leaders

In front of Parliament

On 24th and 25th February, 2014.

To protest against the total neglect and negative attitude of Central Government in the Budget towards Central Government employees.

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON 4th APRIL, 2014 AT NAGPUR. NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN DURING THE PERIOD FROM MARCH TO MAY, 2014.

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Dear Comrade,

The National Secretariat met today. It reviewed the strike participation on the basis of the reports received from the States and the affiliates. The meeting noted with appreciation the efforts undertaken by the affiliates and the State leaders in making the stake a grand success. On the basis of the deliberations, the meeting adopted the enclosed resolution and took the following decisions.

1. To organise 48 hour Dharna on 24th and 25th Feb. 2014 at Delhi against the attitude of the finance Minister in not conceding the demand for Interim relief and merger of DA etc. , while presenting the Vote on Account. The National leaders along with the active workers of Delhi will participate in the programme.

2. To organise a National Convention at Nagpur on 4th April, 2014 from 11 AM to 5 PM to mobilise the employees for the task for accomplishment detailed in the enclosed resolution, especially in the coming general election.

3. The State Committees will organise such conventions in all State Capitals for the same purpose.

4. Campaign meetings will be organised in front of all Central Government offices, where the District level and State level leaders will detail the decisions taken by the National Secretariat.

5. The Confederation National Secretariat will meet in May 2014 and decide upon the indefinite strike action in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands to be organised in June, 2014.

6. The Tamilnadu State Committee will be requested to explore the possibilities of organising campaign against Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister in the Constituency from where he would seek election to the Lok Sabha.

7. The State Committees will make arrangements for translating the resolution in vernacular and circulate amongst the mass of the employees.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

M. KRISHNAN.

Secretary General.

CONFEDERATION RESOLUTION

The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its appreciation and gratitude over the massive and magnificent participation of the largest number of our members in the 48 hour strike on 12thand 13th Feb. 2014. It was a great manifestation of the confidence, the members had reposed in the organization and their determination to win the demands through struggles. The reports, the Confederation CHQ received both from the affiliates and the State Committees indicate the massive participation of the employees in the strike action throughout the county. In some of the affiliates, the participation had been cent percent. This must embolden the Confederation to pursue the issue with determination and organize further action programmes to ensure that the demands are got settled

The Secretariat has noted that the Government had pretended to ignore the massive action of the employees. There had been no response from them so far. In the wake of the strike action, it announced the composition of the 7th CPC disregarding the united demand raised by the Staff side of the JCM National Council for the inclusion of a labour representative. The Government also chose not to convene the meeting the staff side to discuss the draft terms of reference submitted,. It did not make any announcement on the question of merger of DA, Interim Relief, inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the Commission and rejected the demand for making the recommendation of the Commission effective from 1.1.2014.

On every issue, which is included in the 15 point Charter of demands, the Govt. continued with its nugatory attitude. In the last session of the Parliament, they ensured that the PFRDA bill becomes an Act despite the strongest objection and resistance of the employees by eliciting and receiving the support and patronage of the dominant opposition party, the BJP. Even on comparatively smaller issues like compassionate appointments, no positive response emerged. The period witnessed increased outsourcing of governmental functions. Almost a third of the workforce is presently casual and contract workers with abysmally poor wages taking advantage of the acute unemployment situation in the country. There had been no settlement of any issue raised by the Staff Side in the National Council JCM. In fact no meeting of the council was convened and no issue discussed or settled during this period.

The plight of the three lakh Gramin Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department is highly deplorable. They constitute almost half of the Postal workforce. But for them, the functioning of the Postal system will come to a grinding halt. Their service conditions are presently worse off than even a causal/daily rated worker. Despite the Supreme Court’s decisions that they are holders of Civil Posts and consequently are entitled to the benefits and privileges of a civil servant, there had been no improvement in their service conditions worth mentioning. In spite of repeated presentation of their case both inside and outside the Parliament by people from all walks of life irrespective of party affiliation, the Government had been silent to the pleading for bringing them within the ambit of the Pay Commissions. Confederation is duty bound and determined to change the situation and to bring them within the purview of the 7th CPC.

During its five year tenure, the UPA II was in power, it intensified the neo-liberal reforms, phased out all welfare measures introduced to benefit the poor by the previous Governments; accentuated the unemployment situation by various job killing devices; divested the PSUs; allowed unbridled entry of Foreign capital to subjugate the Indian people; ruined the indigenous industry, destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers, allowed the prices of all essential food items to soar, privatised education and health care services, ensured that each of its decision was to favour the rich, granted huge tax concessions to the corporate, indulged in large scale corruption, squandered away the national wealth, siphoned off the poor man’s earning into the hands of a few rich in the country, sided with the entrepreneurs in all labour disputes, took each and every political decision to sub-serve the interest of the imperialist powers, especially the USA. The pursuance of the neo liberal policies at the behest of the advanced capitalist countries drove the majority of Indian population to be below the poverty levels. In the comity of nations, our country became the poorest and the last ranking in all fields. Our youth were driven to be beggars at the doors of transnational corporations and developed countries

Those who were responsible in driving our country men to unprecedented deprivation has to now seek mandate, for their tenure is to end shortly. No different is the approach of the major opposition party, BJP. There is nothing to chose from these two political dispensations. They were hand in glove together to demolish the sovereignty of the country; pauperisation of the people and supported every legislation to intensify the neo liberal exploitation of the common people. They supported to the hilt the corporate houses. But for the support extended by the BJP, the PFRDA would never have been made into a law. The Act now provides for the extension of the new contributory pension scheme to those who were recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the existing pensioners. Despite the refusal of the Government to accept their suggestion to guarantee minimum pension, the BJP unashamedly supported the Bill, for they were the proponents of the neo liberal economic policies. They supported this Government to increase the FDI and FII in all sectors of economy and announced that they would intensify the reform process if elected to power. The conglomeration of Corporate in the country has now appointed the leader of that party to be the next CEO to run the country. They have no use for the discredited UPA howsoever subservient it could be. They know in a democratic system demagogy can play a vital role. They are certain that BJP and its allies if elected to power will be much more pliant and compliant

It is in this background that the workers must assess the political situation. In the forthcoming electoral battle, every worker must discharge their salutary responsibility. Since the present state of affairs is the product of the neo liberal policies and since both the UPA and the NDA are the proponents of those policies, he/she must have clear vision and exercise the franchise effectively to ensure that a pro worker, pro people combination of parties is in governance. He/she must discharge that responsibility for his/her own sake and for the sake of this great nation.

The Secretariat came to the inescapable conclusion that the settlement of the demands in the charter will only be possible through intensification of the struggles. It recognised the need for larger unity. It will strive for bringing about such a united platform for joint action. The inevitability of an indefinite strike action has to be emphasised. The Confederation and its affiliates must prepare its members for such an eventual and unavoidable action, if the proposed 7th CPC is to really revise the wages. It is needed to ensure the withdrawal of the pernicious contributory pension scheme. It only will ensure that there are no casual or contract system of employment in Government service. The Government employees must be bestowed with democratic rights and above all must enjoy the facility for collective bargaining and right to strike. The Gramin Dak Sewak system is a colonial legacy and no civilised country must endure such brutal exploitation. All is possible through united and sustained action. The Confederation has proved beyond any iota of doubt that it has built up an organisation capable of out such an action. Such action must be planned to take place after the electoral battle is over. Every active worker of the Confederation must fan out and reach out the rank and file of the workers. Since the task is stupendous, the endeavour and effort must also be equally persisting.

The meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation has decided to call upon all its affiliates, the State Committees, District Committees and units to work in consonance with the understanding depicted in this resolution; mobilise the rank and file for the eventual indefinite strike action in June, 2014 and strive to bring about a revolutionary change in the governance of our polity.

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style=”text-align: center;”>INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

Cir. No. 40/12-15                                                                        Dated: 14th Feb. 2014

 

Dear Comrade,

We thank you very much for the great efforts undertaken by all of you in carrying out the month long agitation of non-co-operation action against the nugatory attitude of CBDT in settlement our long pending demands. We were informed by our circle secretaries of the tremendous participation of our members in the black flag demonstrations and walk out organised at the time of visit of the Board authorities to the State capitals and elsewhere. These actions had its salutary impact even though some of our circle could not carry out the programme as effectively as others.

            The undersigned along with Com. President had met chairperson and Member(P&V) today. In the matter of allocation of posts, the Chairperson informed us that the internal discussions in the Board are yet to reach finality.  She has indicated that the said discussions might be concluded during the next week, where after, the issue will be subjected to discussion with ITEF  to reach an amicably agreed proposition.

In view of the directions of DOPT to refer the clarifications on implementation of Supreme Court Order in Union of India & Ors vs. N.R.Parmar & Ors. to Law Ministry for their approval, the Board has decided to keep the earlier instruction in abeyance.   Also since the CAT principal Bench has stayed the Board’s order stopping payment to daily rated workers, the Board will issue appropriate orders in the matter.

In the light of above discussions and conclusions we may advise you to suspend the ongoing non-co-operation movement for the time being but be prepared to recommence the same at short notice.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General

 


 

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

Cir. No. 39/12-15                                                                       Dated: 13th February, 2014.

Dear Comrade,

ITEF MEMBERS AGAIN CREATED HISTORY BY UNPRECEDENTED PARTICIPATION IN THE TWO DAY STRIKE OF 12TH AND 13TH FEB. 2014.

The ITEF Central headquarters warmly congratulate the Leaders of the Circles, Branches and Members who have made the two-day general strike on February 12th and 13th a magnificent success. The reports received by the Central Headquarters of Income Tax Employees Federation indicated cent percentage participation of the employees in the two-day strike making it a historic one.  In all the Circles the strike was 100 percent success. The only exception to this and for the first time is the non-implementation of the call by the ITEF Western UP (Kanpur Circle). The reports received by the Circle General Secretaries from the branches were collated, and we are proud to inform that in many stations even Officers either did not come to office or preferred to return after seeing the total strike by the employees.  In Kerala the entire members of ITGOA were on mass casual leave  for the two days in support and solidarity with the striking employees.  In Tamilnadu, the members of the Income Tax Pensioners Federation held a massive demonstration in front of Aayakar Bhawan and also in front of the GPO.   Invariably in all places the Casual/contract workers and contingent paid employees either remained absent or joined the striking employees making virtual closure of offices in many places.

             The strike call given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers against the attitude of the Government in settling our issues indeed  highlighted the anger and anguish of the Government Employees.  The Central Govt. employees under the confederation demanded the date of effect of the 7th Central Pay Commission for wage revision from 01.01.2014, Merger of DA for all purposes, Grant of Interim Relief, Removal of conditions on compassionate ground appointment, Raising the Bonus ceiling, Stoppage of outsourcing of Governmental functions, Contractorisation, privatisation etc. Regularisation of Grameen Dak Sewaks, contingent, casual and daily rated workers, lifting the ban on creation of posts, filling up the vacant posts, Revival of the negotiating forum, JCM etc. The anger and anguish of the Government Employees was demonstrated with massive and larger participation across the country and Departments, than past industrial actions in spite of its longevity of 48 hours.  We are sure, no Government of sensitivity can ignore the anger of itds employees demonstrated during the two days and will have to reconsider its stand on various demands raised by them.  

            We place our gratitude to the leaders of all the Circles of ITEF  for  the great efforts taken by them in reaching out to the rank and file of the membership.  The massive preparation made by them and the efforts taken by the branch/unit level leaders has resulted in the historic success and making a glorious chapter in the History of ITEF.

            With Red Salute and greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General.

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

 

Cir No. 38/12-15                                                        Dated: 18th January, 2014

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting with Member Personnel on 16th and 17th January, 2014 on Cadre Restructuring-

As intimated in our last circular a meeting was convened by the Member (P&V),CBDT with the representatives of ITEF and ITGOA on 16th and 17th January, 2014 to discuss the report of the Core Committee on allocation of posts.  The meeting was chaired by  Ms. Deepak Krishan, Member (P&V) and attended by Shri S.K. Lohani’JS (Admn), Shri Debjyoti Das, Director of IT (HRD) and Ms. Swati Joshi, Addl.  DIT(HRD) from the Official side.  Following ITEF representatives presented our views on various issues.  Coms. Ashok B Salunkhe (President), KP Rajagopal (Secy. General), Ashok Kr. Kanojia (Addl. Secy), Raveendran B Nair, Yashwant Purohit (Jt. Secretaries) & Rupak Sarkar (Finance Secretary.

The discussion mainly cantered around the different yardsticks adopted by the  Sub-Committee No. 1 and core committee and that of the ITEF.   Further the stand taken by the Sub-Committee to consider the entire sanctioned strength (Existing SS and Addl. Post sanctioned by the Government) for determining the allocation. Thirdly, the modification carried out by the Core Committee.   There was unanimity in both sides that the decision of the Union Cabinet and mandate of the Sub-committee and Core Committee were only with regard to the additionally sanctioned post.  Though the broad yardsticks adopted by ITEF and the Official Committee were similar viz. Work load, Revenue Collection, Stagnation and Geographical area, the percentage and basis adopted to formulate the entitlement were different.   The representatives also put forth to the authorities that we are inclined   to have minor adjustments in the percentage adopted if the authorities divulge their stand, and ready to work out the allocation after carrying out required adjustments with regard to major changes taken place after the 2001 cadre restructuring.  We have also emphasised our stands with regard to the Directorates of Delhi, Shifting CIT Charge of Haldwani, CCA for Chhattisgarh, abnormal stagnation in certain charges etc.  The meeting was concluded with the assurances of the Member (P&V) to discuss the outcome in the Board meeting and reverting back to us at the earliest. 

From the nature and outcome of the discussion, we hope that sooner than later an understanding can be arrived in the matter and the process of allocation started without further delay.   Undoubtedly the allocation of posts is not  the only issue requiring urgent action and  immediate resolution by the authorities.  The issues like Clear cut instruction as to how the Inter-se seniority is to be fixed as per Supreme Court order, Reversal of the instructions on Casual Labours, Implementation of already approved projects like lap tops to Inspectors, Increased Local Travel expenses to ITI/NS, Mobile handsets, Incremental benefit on promotion, advance increment to STA/Stgr., 6 Air-conditioners per range for staff etc.etc. are still pending.  It is in this background the extended Secretariat Meeting arrived at the decision to step into the path of agitation.  Therefore, all the Circles are requested to carry out the programme of agitation outlined in the Circular No. 37 dated 14.01.2014 from 21st January, 2014.

Nationwide two day strike by Central Govt. Employees.  As intimated, the Central Govt. Employees are embarking on a two day strike on 12th and 13th February, 2014 on the call of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers.  The extended Secretariat Meeting of the ITEF on 13.01.2014 decided to call upon all circles to make the strike in Income Tax Department a total success and to put all efforts for the same.  The importance of the time selected for the action and  issues on which the employees are going on strike need no emphasis, yet these have been detailed in our Circular No. 27 and the Circular of the Confederation enclosed therewith.  Further, the Resolution adopted in the National Executive Meeting  of the Confederation and the Press Statement issued are also enclosed herewith to enable you  a proper  and effective campaign.  All Circles are requested to put all their efforts for campaign and mobilisation by educating the mass on the significance of the strike and the need to make it glorious.  Confederation has put the model Poster in its website (www.confederationhq.blogspot.com) to be used on this occasion. The Circles either under State COCs or independently make wide publicity about the two day  strike.  The ITEF CHQ (on the Central Board of Direct Taxes) and all other affiliated organisations (on the  Departmental Heads), will  serve the strike notice on 21st January 2014, as decided by the  Confederation.  All Circle General Secretaries are requested to intimate their respective Cadre Controlling Authorities about the strike on the same day after a general meeting/demonstration during lunch recess.  The copy of the strike notice which CHQ will be serving on the CBDT and model intimation letter to the CCAs are enclosed.

            With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

KP Rajagopal

Secretary General.

INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION,

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                                                                                                Dated: 21st  January, 2014

To

The Chief Commissioner of Income Tax(CCA)

_________________.

Sir,

                  This is to give notice that all the members of Income Tax Employees Federation, will go on two days strike on  12th and 13th February, 2014.  Copies of the notice given to the Chairperson, CBDT, New Delhi, by the Central Headquarters of the  Federation and the Charter of Demands in pursuance of which the ITEF has given notice for the  strike action are enclosed.

                   Thanking you,                                                                             

Yours faithfully,

(                             )

Circle General Secretary    

 

 

 

 

INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION,

Manishinath Bhawan, A/2/95, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi 110 027

Telephone No : 2510 5324 – 098682 77455

e-mail : itefcentral@gmail.com<> Website: itefcentralhq.org

 

President: Ashok B Salunkhe           Secretary General: KP Rajagopal

 

No. N-1/12-15                                                 Dated:  21nd January, 2014.

 

 

 

To

The Chairperson,

Central Board of Direct Taxes,

North Block,

New Delhi- 110 001.

 

 

Madam,

 

 

Sub: Two Days strike by Central Govt. Employees on 12th and 13th Feb. 2014-  Notice

 

                                      This is to give notice that all the members of Income Tax Employees Federation, which is affiliated to the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, will go on two days strike on 12th and 13th  February, 2014.  The Charter of Demands in pursuance of which the Confederation has given notice to the Cabinet Secretary for the strike action is enclosed.

 

                                      Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

                                                                        (KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General

Enclosure as above.

RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT THE

EXTENDED MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE

HELD AT NEW DELHI ON 10TH Jan. 2014

 

 

The extended meeting of the National Executive of Confederation of Central Government employees and workers held at New Delhi on 10th January, 2014 had deliberated upon the  course of negotiation the Staff Side of the JCM National Council had with the Government on the terms of reference of the proposed 7th Central Pay Commission and noted that despite assurance, the Government had not convened the meeting to finalise the same.  The meeting recalled the discussions at the 24th National Conference of the Confederation held at Kolkata in May 2013 and the consequent resolution on Policy and Programme adopted at the Conference.. Through the said resolution which was adopted after analysing and evaluating the political and economic situation in the country and various other factors, the Conference had directed the National Executive as under:-

The Indian ruling class continued with their obsession and pursuance of the neo-liberal policy of Globalisation, despite the crisis.  We are presently confronted with a regime which is wholly subservient to the interest of the monopoly capital and the imperialist powers.   Free from the dependence of the Left Parties, the UPA II intensified the reform agenda.  It resulted in the abject surrender of all that this Nation achieved in the post independent era. The phasing out of all welfare measures, divestment of PSUs;  the systematic withdrawal from large areas of governance, privatisation  of Government organisations; closure of Industrial establishments; outsourcing; Contractorisation; curtailment of Trade Union rights, allowing unbridled entry of foreign capital; the ruination of indigenous industries, consolidation of land  and wealth in a few people’s hand; privatisation of health care and education, unfettered permission to exploit the water sources of the country to the soft-drink giants; gifting away mines, mineral and metal deposits were a few of the things, the Government did during this period to pauperise the Indian people. While this being one side of the picture, we are witness to the surging protest actions by the common people against the capitalist exploitation and imperialism. The political upheaval in Latin America, in West European Nations, in the Middle East, North African countries provides us not only courage and enthusiasm but also a sense of confidence that we are not alone.

In this scenario, we must strive our best to forge unity with the broadest mass of the working people as we must know that we cannot fight against this menace single handedly. We must realise that unless we remain united and build joint struggles along with the suffering millions of our countrymen, the situation is bound to be worse.

We have taken the resolve that we shall stand firm against the Neo-liberal policies; against the divisive forces; against the forces of religious fundamentalism; against the caste and communal organizations and  we have lived up to that solemn pledge. The 24th conference asserts that the Confederation and all its affiliates will be in the forefront of all struggles against the neo-liberal economic policies of Globalization.

We had been proud partners in the struggles of the working class against these policies. In all the Strike actions, rallies demonstrations and other trade union actions, the central Government employees have taken part and we are proud of our commitment and involvement. Along with the State Government employees, Defence workers, School and University Teachers, we fought against the PFRDA Bill and pension fund privatisation. 

We made independent initiative and organized series of agitational actions, including one day strike on 12th December 2012. The large scale participation of our members in these struggles must embolden us to pursue the 15 point charter of demands with much more intensity.

The 24th Conference calls upon the newly elected secretariat and the National Executive to Strive to forge Unity and  bring into existence a wider platform for  action with the Railway and Defence Workers and Chalk out programmes including Strike actions to pursue the 15 point charter of demands and generate requisite sanctions   to compel the Govt. to negotiate and settle.   

            The meeting noted that despite the submission of the draft terms of reference by the Staff Side JCM National Council, the Government has been dilly dallying the finalisation thereof.  The Government in its press statement issued in September, 2013, had indicated that the 7th CPC recommendations would be effective  only from 1.1.2016, which had been in direct contravention of the demand for a five year wage revision in the Government sector, as is the case of Public Sector workers and the employees in Banking and Insurance Industry and in most of the private Sector firms.  The Government has been silent on the demand of the employees for merger of Dearness allowance and interim relief, a practice normally follows the setting up of the Pay Commissions.  No indication has been given by the official side during the first round of discussion as to its stand on the demand of the Staff Side to bring the Grammen Dak Sewaks of Postal Departments within the ambit of the 7th CPC treating them as Civil Servants as per the observation of the Supreme Court. The Government has also not responded so far to the demand for inclusion of a labour representative in the Commission, a practice followed upto the setting up of the 4th Central Pay Commission, but discarded from the 5th CPC onwards.  The non-inclusion of a labour representative, the meeting noted, resulted in suppression of wages of the low paid employees whereas hefty pay packets were awarded to the personnel in Group A cadres both by the 5th and 6th CPCs.     The meeting was of the firm view that the 7th CPC must have a member from the working class and there must not be any compromise in the matter.    The meeting noted that the earlier Pay Commissions had recommended for the grant of Interim Relief at the rate of 20% of the pay and the Government must either suo motu decide upon this demand or refer the same to the proposed Pay Commission to decide the same within a specified time schedule. 

            The meeting noted that the very announcement of the intention of the Government to effect wage revision of Central Government employees was to obtain political mileage in the scenario of the five States going for election in November/December, 2013   The Central Government employees and their suffering family members have however emphatically registered their anger and protest over the gimmicks as was evidenced from the election results, especially of Delhi where large number of Central Government  employees are located. 

            The meeting took note of the fact that the Indian Parliament has passed the PFRDA Bill, which the ruling class could not do for the past ten years due to the stiff opposition of the Left Parties inside the Parliament and the workers outside.  The UPA II Government could get it passed in the Parliament by soliciting the support of the main opposition party in the country, the BJP. The PFRDA Act now contains the provision empowering the Government/Authority to extend the ambit of the contributory pension scheme to those who are presently stand exempted i.e. the Government employees recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the defence personnel. In spite of the recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Parliament, the Government has refused to guarantee a minimum pensionary benefit to the contributors. This apart, the Government has gone ahead and allowed 49% FDI in Pension fund permitting  not only the Indian business men but also the foreign monopoly companies to access  the   huge pension fund created through the savings of Indian working Class.

            The unbridled inflationary pressure on the economy and the consequent steep rise in the prices of essential commodities jacked up by the forward trading in food grains and other neo liberal policies have made the life of common people of our country miserable.  It has eroded the value of wage beyond tolerable limit.  The UPA II and many other State Governments in the country have sided with the entrepreneurs when the workers were on agitation demanding wage rise.   It was noted that the erosion of the value of wages of Central Government employees during the period had been of the order of 175% despite the grant of DA compensation.

            It was pointed out by most of the speakers at the meeting that the JCM  conceived as an instrument for negotiation and ongoing consultation with the employees have been made totally non functional by the official side.  The National Council has not met for several years.  No different is the situation at the Departmental level. The 6th CPC anomalies despite several rounds of discussions spanning a period of more than 5 years have remained unsettled.  No demand of the employees, be it the compassionate appointment, regularisation of GDS/daily rated workers or even trivial issues like fixation of pay etc. was addressed by the Government during the 9 years it was in office, whereas various functions of the Government were outsourced, contract labour system was introduced to replace the jobs carried out by the lower strata of employees, pruned the size of the Government machinery by resorting to abolition of posts, ban on recruitment, winding up, privatisation etc.  The meeting also noted that no intervention was made by the political authority despite repeated pleadings in the matter of unprecedented vindictive measures and actions initiated by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India against the employees and leaders of the Association for legitimate trade union actions. 

            The meeting recorded its appreciation and gratitude to lakhs of Central Government employees who took part in the various struggles organised by the Confederation during  the period , especially on 12th December, 2012  one day strike which alone was instrumental in compelling  the Government to announce the 7th CPC.  It also took note of the yeomen efforts on the part of the State Committees and affiliates in educating and mobilising the rank and file of the membership to tread the path of struggle.

            The meeting after listening to the leaders of the efforts undertaken by them to forge unity of all Central Government employees and taking into account the futility in waiting indefinitely for the unity to emerge decided that the ongoing phase of struggle must be intensified. The meeting decided to caution the Central Government employees that both the UPA with Indian National Congress as the leading partner and the NDA which is led by the BJP, if voted to power will certainly pursue the neo-liberal policies, which will further pauperise the working people  in the country .

            The meeting taking into account the above stated facts and with a clear understanding that  incessant struggles alone can bring a revolutionary change calls upon the Central Government employees to organise 48 hour strike (two days) on 12th and 13th
February, 2014, when the present Parliament is expected to be in its last session. 

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL  GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS.

Chq:Manishinath Bhawan,

A/2/95 Rajouri Garden, New Delhi.110 027

E mail: confederation06@yahoo.co.in

Website:confederationhq.blogspot.com.

Dated: 15th January, 2014.

PRESS NOTE

Twelve lakh Central Government Employees will be on 48 hr. Strike on 12th and 13th Feb. 2014 demanding settlement of 15 point Charter of Demands, the major issues being immediate wage revision and repealing the new contributory Pension Scheme by reintroducing the Statutory Defined Benefit Pension Scheme which was in vogue for more than a century.

The Government in September 2013 announced the setting up of  VII-Central Pay Commission to effect Wage Revision from 1.01.2016.  The employees have made it clear that prospective date of effect is not acceptable to them and the VII-CPC recommendations must of effective from 01.01.2014.  The Government is yet to take a decision on the Terms of Reference of the VII-CPC viz.  the merger of Dearness Allowance, composition of the VII-CPC with a labour representative, Interim Relief, the need to bring the Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal Department within the ambit of the CPC.etc.

The employees are agitated over the introduction of the New Pension Scheme, passing the PFRDA Bill in the last session of the Parliament, the denial to guarantee minimum pension and the provision of the new enactment to cover even the existing employees in the new contributory pension Scheme.  The employees covered under the new pension scheme are apprehensive of having no pension at the end of their service career of 35 years for the return on their contributions is presently linked to the market. 

The Confederation of the Central Government Employees and Workers in their National Executive Meeting held at New Delhi on 10th January, 2014 expressed their total dissatisfaction over the closure of JCM, the negotiating machinery and the consequent non-settlement of any of their demands in the last nine years.  The introduction of contract labour system in carrying Governmental functions, the indiscriminate outsourcing, closure of many institutions, the total ban on creation of posts and recruitment have made regular employment inCentral Services impossible.  The Confederation has therefore, decided to organise the two day strike on 12th and 13th February, 2014. The resolution adopted at the meeting of the National Executive (copy of which is enclosed), explains in detail  the major issues.                                                                                                              

M.Krishnan

Secretary General.

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INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir.No. 37/12-15                                                              Dated: 14th January, 2014

Dear Comrade,

Secretariat Meeting & decisions:

            The extended Sect meeting was held, as scheduled, on 13th Jan. 2014 at Manishinath Bhawan.  Apart from Secretariat Members, the Advisory Committee Members and Circle General Secretaries who are not members of the Secretariat were also present. The following decisions were taken.

  1. Discussion on the reports of various sub-committees for implementation of the Cadre Restructuring and to decide our approach.

The President and Secretary General in their initial remarks presented the scenario prevailing in various circles after the submission of the report of the Sub-Committee No. 1 (allocation of posts and jurisdiction) and appealed to all that the paramount concern should be our unity.  The house was told the reason for vast difference in the allocations made by the Sub-Committee and that  adopted and presented by the ITEF.  The main reasons for the same were identified as (i) allocation of the posts on the basis of total sanctioned strength instead of allocation of additional posts sanctioned by the Govt. (ii) adoption of unrealistic yardsticks and (iii) total rejection of the parameters suggested by ITEF.  After detailed discussion it was decided to pursue the proposal on the basis adopted by the  Central Working Committee with necessary changes to the extent of issues pointed out by various circles and decided in the CWC meeting.

            The meeting also deliberated in detail the dilly dallying attitude of the CBDT in solving the situation created by the issuance of the instructions dated 15.10.2013 in respect of implementation of Supreme Court order on inter-se seniority, and instructions dated 13.5.2013 for stop payment to daily wage/casual workers etc.  Taking into consideration the above situation and non-settlement and implementation of other issues pending with the Board for quite long time, the house came to the conclusion that no option is left out other than embarking upon serious agitational programme.  According it was decided to launch the following agitational programme, on the under mentioned issues.

  1. To settle the issues arising out of the Sub-Committees reports on Cadre restructuring proposal after discussion with the Representatives of ITEF and immediate implementation thereafter.
  2. Immediate withdrawal of the instruction dated 15.10.2013 in the inter-se seniority matter and issuance of  clear & unambiguous instructions to implement the Supreme Court order in the matter, and
  3. Withdrawal of the instructions to stop payment to Casual/daily paid workers on the basis of the stay granted by the Principal Bench of CA Tribunal and sanction of funds for payment of wages to these workers.

The Secretariat decided to call upon all circle to implement the following agitaional programme to bring about necessary sanction on the CBDT authorities to settle the above and other pending issues immediately.

  1. Mass Dharna on 21.01.2014 at all stations where Chief Commissioners Offices are located.  (in multi CCIT Stations the Dharna may be carried out in front of the Main Office).
  2. Non-Co-operation in the following areas 22.01.2014.

a)     Search & Survey Operations.

b)     Not to submit any kind of statistical reports

c)     Not to attend/work on holidays and after office hours

  1. Black Flag demonstration against  Chairperson and Members of Central Board of Direct Taxes on their visit to any station and walk out from office on that day.

The Secretariat also decided to implement with full success the decision of the Confederation to go for a  two days strike on 12 and 13th February,2014 on the Demands related to Setting up of VII Pay Commission and other demands contained in the 15 point Charter of Demands.  The circumstances under which the Confederation has decided to embark upon on the strike action, Charter of Demands and Campaign programme of Confederation is contained in the enclosed Circular No.11  Dated 12.01.2014 of the Confederation     The Secretariat called upon all concerned to take all necessary steps required to make the strike total and a historic one.   The Circle General Secretaries are requested to present the copy of the strike notice to the Head of Offices after holding massive demonstration on 21.01.2014.

The Secretariat also decided to seek legal recourse on the following two demands rejected by the Government and authorised the CHQ to take necessary steps in the matter including raising funds for the same.

  1. Extension of Pay Fixation formula allowed to CSS/CSSS services to  Inspectors/ AOs/PSs in the Income Tax Department  who are promoted between 1.1.2006 and 30.8.2008 and opted to the Revised pay from the date of promotion.
  2. Inequality in the initial pay of Promotees and Direct Recruitees.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

   KP Rajagopal,

Secretary General

NOTE:  After conclusion of the Secretariat meeting, we have received intimation from the CBDT that the Member (P & V) will hold discussion with ITEF and ITGOA on 16th and 17th January, 2014 on the report of the Core Committee on Implementation of Cadre Restructuring.  The Progress and outcome of the meeting and stand of the CHQ will be intimated.  All are requested to prepare for the agitation as outlined above.

    INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION

Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org : email: itefcentral@gmail.com.

Telefax. 2510 5321; 25937462

President: Ashok B Shalunke.       Secretary General: K.P. Rajagopal

No. N-1/E-72/12-15                                                        Dated: 13th January,2013

To,

Dr. Sudha Sharma,

Chairperson,

Central Board of Direct Taxes,

North Block,

New Delhi 110 001.

Madam,

            Sub:     Delay in Implementation of Cadre Restructuring and other matters-

The Secretariat of this Federation with the Circle General Secretaries met at New Delhi on 13.01.2014.  The Meeting considered the situation prevailing in the Department, due to the delay in settling the variations in the formulation & suggestions of various sub-committees,Implementation of the Cadre Restructuring, the confusion and chaos created by the instructions dated 15.10.2013 issued by the CBDT for implementation of the Supreme Court order on inter-se seniority and the plight of the poor casual employees working in the department for years together due to stoppage of wages on instructions from the CBDT.  The Secretariat also took note of the  attitude of the CBDT in not honouring the assurances laid out on the two issues of Inter-se seniority and Casual Labours wages.    It also seriously took note of the total rejection of the formula suggested by this Federation for allocation of posts by the Sub Committee No. 1.

The meeting, therefore, came to the inescapable and unavoidable conclusion that settlement of the long pending issues and for a just and equitable allocation of  the additional posts created through Cadre Restructuring requires agitations.  It has therefore, decided to embark upon a series of progamme commencing with a dharna in front of all CCIT Offices on 21st January, 2014 to be followed by non cooperation in Search & Seizure operations, non-submission of statistical reports etc.

We therefore, request you to kindly commence negotiation on allocation of posts and other relevant issues connected with the Cadre Restructuring and issue instructions in the matter of inter-se seniority for implementation of the Supreme Court judgement and effect stay on the arbitrary orders issued by the Board in the matter of Daily paid/casual workers.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(KP  Rajagopal)

Secretary General

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

      1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001

      Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com

            Email: confederationhq@yahoo.co.in

Circular No. 11                                                                       Dated 12.1.2014 

WORKERS ARE NOT BEGGAR

Dear Comrades,

Confederation declared 48 hours nationwide strike of Central Government Employees on 12th &13th February 2014 demanding settlement of 15 point Charter of Demands including DA Merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks in 7th CPC, Regularization & Revision of wages for casual labourers, Date of effect of 7th CPC as 01.01.2014. Rescind the PFRDA Act etc.

Start campaign and preparation now onwards. Each Affiliated organization should issue separate circulars to all the State and District units and conduct Department wise campaign. Strike notice should be served by each organization to their Head of the department.

MAKE THIS STRIKE A THUNDERING SUCCESS

MASS DHARNA AT JANTAR  MANTAR, NEW DELHI on 9th JANUARY, 2014

In culmination of the first phase of our agitation programme a mass dharna was organized at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 9th January, 2014 in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands.   As per the decision of the National Secretariat, all Secretariat members along with the leaders and workers of Delhi State was to take part in the Dharna.  However, quite a number of comrades from various other parts of the country volunteered to participate in the programme, despite the chilling weather conditions of Delhi, which reflected the growing determination of the rank and file of the workers to fight for the demands and to win the same. Com. K. K. N. Kutty National President presided. The Dharna was inaugurated by Com. S. K. Vyas,  Adviser, Confederation which preceded by a welcome speech delivered by Com. Vrighu Bhattacharya, Secretary, Delhi State Committee.  Leaders of almost all major affiliates of the Confederation and other Secretariat. Members addressed the participants.  Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU while greeting the participants in the Dharna, stressed the need for a long and sustained struggle to win the demand. While concluding and congratulating the participants for the large turnout, Com. Secretary General said that a meeting of the National Executive of the Confederation is scheduled to meet on the next day.  He added that National Executive will evaluate the developments of the last few months and will decide upon the date of commencement of the impending strike action. The Dharna programme which was commenced at 11.00 AM was concluded at 3.00 PM, when Com. Parashar on behalf of the National Secretariat. Thanked the participants and the Delhi State Committee.

National Sectt. Meeting on 9.1.2014

The Secretariat Members who took part in the Dharna programme met in an emergent meeting at 5.00 PM to finalise the proposal to be presented to the extended meeting of the National Executive the next day.  Com. Vyas narrated the efforts undertaken by him and the President to interact with the leaders of the AIRF and AIDEF to bring about a common approach both in the matter of 7th CPC and other issues in the charter.  When the Staff Side of the National Council met to finalize draft terms of reference, there had been few takers for the five year wage revision proposed by the Confederation.  He explained as to how the Confederation representatives had to agree with a compromise formula for the date of effect being 1.1.2014 (instead of 1.1.2011), with the clear understanding that the question of periodicity of wage revision of Central Government Employees must be a matter of contention before the 7th CPC.  Despite the overwhelming response from the Railway workers, (more than 90% is reported to have voted in favour of strike in the strike ballot conducted by AIRF) Com. Vyas said that the leaders of the Railway Federation have not indicated their willingness to pursue the demands with a strike action.  The Defence Federation leaders have also indicated that it would be difficult for them to pursue the issues with strike action, unless the same is organized under the auspices of a joint platform of all Federations of Central Government employees.

In the deliberations that followed the introductory remark of Com. Vyas, the following points emerged:

(a)   The announcement of the setting up of 7th CPC by the UPA Government was to be considered as a ploy to obtain electoral mileage;

(b)        The compulsion has been brought about by the Confederation through sustained struggles including the one day (12.12.2012) strike action.

(c)   The need for organizing strike action before the commencement of the election process

(d)        The leaders of the Confederation might make another attempt with the Railway and Defense Federations before the National Executive meeting.

(e)        The possibility of inordinate delay in the setting up of the 7th CPC if not done before elections notified

(f)    Apprehension was expressed by the participating comrades that the Government might go ahead and issues the requisite notification without taking into account the view points of the Staff Side contained in the draft terms of reference submitted.

The meeting, therefore, came to the conclusion that (a) the strike action is the need of the hour and must be organized before the election process commences; (b) the indefinite strike for which  the Secretariat had earlier taken decision must be attempted under the auspices of the joint platform of all Central Government Employees organizations; (c) the Secretary  General might make a proposal for two days strike in the first fortnight of the February for the consideration of the National Executive.(d) A few comrades were of the view that in view of the paucity of time for campaign etc, the proposed strike action might be in the last week of February; (e) fear of the election code of conduct coming into operation immediately after the Parliament session was also expressed by some comrades at the meeting.

The Secretariat authorized the Secretary General to present the proposal for two days strike in the first fortnight of February 2014 to the extended meeting of the National Executive.

Extended meeting of the National Executive and decisions – 10.1.2014

The extended meeting of the National Executive was held at MP Club, North Avenue, New Delhi on 10.1.2014.  In the inaugural address, Com. S. K. Vyas, Advisor briefly placed the developments after the announcement of the setting up of the 7th CPC by the Government.  He particularly referred to the electoral reverses of the UPA in the five State Assembly elections held in November/December, 2013. He considered the electoral reverses as an expression of anger of the common man against the policies pursued by the UPA-II Government. He advised the members to take note of the inescapable conclusion emanating from the election result that the common man given an opportunity will throw out the perpetrators of injustice and anger agony on them.  According to him, whoever follows the neo liberal policies are bound to be the victim of the ire of the working people. 

He then narrated the course of discussions on the terms of reference both at the Staff Side meeting as also at the official meeting chaired by the Secretary Personnel.  In his opinion, the Government may not accept any of the suggestions made by the Staff Side unless it is backed up by sustained struggles. The very announcement of the Pay Commission itself was due to the compulsion brought about by the Confederation and its affiliates through struggles.  He reminded the comrades that the Government had consistently refused to meet in the JCM at the National and Departmental levels. The negotiating machinery has almost been closed down.  He said that whenever the meeting takes place, it was with a clear view to defer decisions on the legitimate demands of the employees.  He also explained the efforts undertaken by the Confederation leaders to bring about a united platform of all organizations participating in the JCM in the background of the nugatory attitude of the Government and its failure.  He added that in the given circumstances, hoping for the emergence of a joint platform would be a grave mistake and the Confederation as had been its historical approach, must pursue the charter of demands, which include the setting up of the 7th CPC, through a strike action. 

Com. Secretary General presented the proposal emerged at the meeting of the Secretariat a day before, i.e. on 9th and the various viewpoints that came up for consideration at the meeting.  While presenting the proposal he asserted that the announcement of the 7th CPC has come about only on account of the initiative taken by the Confederation. He recalled how the Confederation leaders were ridiculed in 2011 when the demand for the 7th CPC and five yearly wage revision was first raised.  He said that the common employees who are members of the affiliates of the Confederation deserve congratulations for the magnificent response to the call for the March to Parliament on 26th  July, 2012 and the subsequent one day strike action on 12th December, 2012.  He cautioned that the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side would remain in paper if the same is not pursued by militant actions.  He told the participating members that the Confederation should not allow the setting up of the 7th CPC without a labour representative and must ensure that its Chairman is not one who is obsessed with the neo liberal economic reforms. He explained that the proposed struggle was not only for wage revision, though that being an important issue, but also to ensure that the neo liberal policies are not allowed to be pursued whoever comes to power. He reminded the comrades that the 15 point charter of demands include the important and significant issues like (a) withdrawal of the new contributory pension scheme, (b) stoppage  of contractorisation, outsourcing, privatization etc, (c) regularization of daily rated workers and GDS, (e) to bring the GDS within the ambit of the 7th CPC treating them as Civil servants, (f) revival of appointments on compassionate ground without conditions (g) filling up of vacant posts (h) functioning of the negotiating machinery and above all (i) arresting the ever rising prices of essential commodities.  He requested the members to appreciate the position explained and decide upon an inevitable strike action before the election process is begun.

Thereafter the house deliberated upon the proposal placed on behalf of the Secretariat.  Several Comrades took part in the discussions.  The decision to go on strike was welcomed by one and all. Some comrades forcefully pleaded that the Confederation must give a call for an indefinite strike action.  In the end, the house adopted a resolution indicating the following course of action to pursue the 15 point charter of demands.  (Full Text of the resolution, the press statement issued after the meeting, the details of the campaign programme at the National level will be placed on the website within a day or two).

(i)    Strike will be of 48 hours (2 days) duration.

(ii)   The two days strike will commence on 12th February, 2014 at 00 hours and will be concluded at 00 hours on 14th. i.e. Strike will be on 12th  and 13th  February 2014.

(iii)       Strike notice will be served by the Confederation on Cabinet Secretary; all affiliates on their respective heads of Departments and copy of the same will be handed over to the respective heads of offices on 21st January, 2014. Prior to the serving of notice to the heads of offices, the unions will organize massive demonstration with cent per cent participation of members in front of all offices on 21.1.2014.

(iv)       Nationwide campaign will be organized covering all State Capitals and other important cities and towns in January, 2014.

(v)        State Committees will organize state wise campaigning programme covering all District Head Quarters in the first week of February 2014.

(vi)       Hold Press conferences; issue press statements and take steps to ensure media converge for the ensuing strike action.

The resolution received unanimous approval of the house, which was followed by thunderous slogan shouting.

Com. Secretary General then informed the house that the FNPO has agreed to synchronize their strike action for two days on the same dates and with the same charter of demands.

The house then took up the applications received from ARIES Employees Confederation (ARYABHATTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF OBSERVATIONAL SCIENCES) DEHRADUN and the DOT Employees Association of India, KOLKATA for grant of affiliation.  The house approved the proposal for the grant of affiliation to the two organizations.

Com. President before declaring the closure of the session requested the affiliates to take immediate steps to clear off the subscription dues for; lack of finance should not hinder the functioning of the CHQ.  Com. Parashar on behalf of the Secretariat had welcome the participants in the beginning.  Com. R. Seethalakshmi, Convener, Women Committee of the Confederation and the newly elected General Secretary of All India Postal Employees Union, Postmen and MTS/Group ‘D’ proposed vote of thanks.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1.      Accept the terms of reference of 7th CPC, submitted by the staff side, National Council JCM.

(a)      To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits of various categories of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Postal Department.

(b)      To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees including GDS as on 1.1.2014.

(c)       The Commission shall determine the pay structure, benefits, facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

(d)      To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees including GDS.

(e)       To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension including GDS.

(f)        To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.

(g)      To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

(h)      To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.

2.      Ensure every five year revision of wages of Central Government Employees in future.

3.      (a) Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department and grant of Civil Servant status, statutory pension and all other benefits at par with regular employees.

(b) Regularisation and revision of wages of casual and contract workers.

4.      Compassionate appointment – removal of restrictions imposed by Government.

5.      JCM and Anomaly Committee Functioning.

6.      Fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.

7.      Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization of Government functions.

8.      Stop the move to introduce performance related Pay (PRP) system, Extend PLB Bonus for all, removing bonus ceiling.

9.      Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance rates and clothing rates.

10.  Implement arbitration awards.

11.  Five promotions to all.

12.  Rescind the PFRDA Act. Ensure statutory Pension for all.

13.  Stop price rise. Revive and extend public distribution system for all.

14.  Stop trade Union victimization.

15. Ensure Right to strike.

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INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 35/12-15                                                                   Dated: 4th December, 2013

Dear Comrades,

Confederation Secretariat Meeting and decisions.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers met at New Delhi on 28.11.2013 and reviewed the situation arising out of the Government’s announcement of Seventh Central Pay Commission and the subsequent developments thereon.  As has been reported earlier, the JCM staff side finalised and submitted the terms of reference to the VII-Pay Commission which includes our suggestions for- Date of Effect from 1.1.2014; Merger of Dearness Allowance; Grant of Interim relief; Inclusion of Postal GDS under the ambit of CPC; Statutory Pesion for all; Settlement of anomalies of VI-CPC etc.

Considering the past experience of the staff side in the matter of “terms of reference” to the  earlier CPCs, that the Government making  the “consultation with the staff side” a mockery in the matter and went on finalising the terms of reference” as suited to its design, the Confederation has every reason to believe that the scenario may not change this time also until sufficient pressure is built up.  Further the nonchalant attitude of the Government towards the settlement of other demands contained in the 15 point Charter of Demands on which the Government Employees under the auspices  of Confederation of CG Employees and Workers were on agitation was seriously taken note by the Secretariat.  In this situation the National Secretariat felt that no alternative is left with the employees other than reverting to the agitation and the following programmes of agitation including strike action were chalked out.  The Confederation Circular No. 10 dated 29.11.2013, detailing the situation and agitation programmes is enclosed herewith. 

  • Hold Executive; Secretariate; General Body; lunch hour

Meetings to popularise our Charter of demands

  • Day Long Dharna on 19.12.2013 at State

Capitals and other Important places

  • Mass Rallies at State Capitals
  • Relay Dharna for five days (30.12.2013 to 03.01.2014)
  • Mass Dharna at New Delhi on 09.01.2014 by All India

Leaders and Leaders of Affiliates and COC

The National Executive of Confederation will meet at New Delhi on 10.01.2014 to decide the dates of Strike.

All the Circle General Secretaries of ITEF are requested to carry out the programme in its required vigour and strength in coordination with the State Committees of Confederation or independentlyLunch Hour Demonstration be held on 09.1.2014 when the leaders will be sitting on Dharna at New Delhi.  A report on the implementation of the Programmes may be sent to the ITEF, CHQ.

Implementation of Supreme Court order on Inter-se Seniority:

On our persistent demand and discussions with the Chairperson and Member (P&V), for withdrawal of the Instructions issued by the CBDT on 15th October, 2013 and issuance of clear instructions to CCAs regarding the manner of implementation to bring about uniformity in the matter in all Charges, a meeting of ITEF and ITGOA representatives were convened by the DGIT (HRD) and other Officials on 3rd December, 2013.  In the meeting broad consensus were reached on many of the points to implement the Judgement.  In order to convey a clear cut and uniform instructions to the CCAs, the meeting felt that some more details are to be obtained from various agencies of the Government/sections of CBDT etc. and decided to meet again on 11th December, 2013 to finalaise the issue.  We are hopeful that the matter will be resolved in the said meeting and proper instructions issued thereafter to CCAs to implement the judgement in a uniform manner in all Charges and in all Cadres.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

      1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001

      Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com

CIRCULAR NO. 10                                                                                            DATED – 29.11.2013

GET READY FOR STRIKE

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDES TO ORGANIZE PHASED AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES CULMINATING IN STRIKE

NO COMPROMISE ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF 7th CPC SUBMITTED BY THE STAFF SIDE

1.         The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers met at New Delhi on 28.11.2013 and reviewed the situation arising out of the Government’s announcement of Seventh Central Pay Commission and the subsequent developments thereon.

2.         Eventhough Government has announced constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission, the appointment is yet to take place. In the meanwhile one round of discussion was held with Secretary, DOP&T on terms of reference. Subsequently, the staff side, JCM National Council has submitted a unanimous proposal on the items to be included in the terms of reference of the 7th CPC, which includes (i) date of effect as 01.01.2014 (2) merger of DA with pay (3) grant of interim relief (4) inclusion of GDS under the ambit of 7th CPC (5) statutory pension for those entered into service on or after 01.01.2004 (6) settlement of anomalies of 6th CPC (7) cashless/hassle-free medicare facilities etc

Government while announcing the 7th CPC has made it clear that the date of effect will be 01.01.2016. Further nothing has been mentioned about DA merger and interim relief. Regarding GDS the declared stand of the Government is that GDS are not civil servants and in the past also every time when CPC is appointed, the Government refused to include them in the Pay commission. Last time also inspite of the strong protest and agitational programmes conducted by NFPE and Postal JCA, the Government has appointed a bureaucratic committee. Regarding statutory pension to those who entered into service on or after 01.01.2004, the Government’s stand is well known and it may refuse to include this item also in the terms of reference.

This being the position, our past experience shows that unless and until the demands raised in the staff side proposal submitted to Government on terms of reference of the CPC is backed by serious agitational programmes, rallying the entire Central Government Employees and create compulsion on the Government to accept our justified stand, there is every possibility of Government rejecting the above proposal.

Further all of us are aware that the political situation in the country is gradually getting in election mode. This is bringing forth before the working class movement a crucial task of front-loading our class issues in the ensuring political battle. We have to keep in mind that the corporate class and corporate controlled media has started making effort for relegating the working class issues and the economic policy related issues in particular to the background. It is our duty to bring the demands of the working class to the fore-front and conduct intensive campaign against those policies and also against those who are supporting the neo-liberal globalization policies. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers being the part and parcel of the mainstream of the working class of our country has got an added responsibility to rally the entire Central Government Employees in the joint struggle against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Government which shall ultimately lead to a change in the political equation ensuring implementation of pro-people, pro-worker alternative policy.

Taking into Consideration all the above facts and circumstances, the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers met at new Delhi on 28.11.2013 took a unanimous decision to go for strike if the Government refuse to accept the staff side proposal on terms of reference. Confederation further decided to organize series of phased programme of action and campaign from now onwards so that the employees will be ready to go for strike on short notice.

It is further decided that Confederation shall not go for any compromise on the demands raised in the proposal submitted by the JCM Staff side on terms of reference of 7th CPC.

3.      The following are the important decision of the National Secretariat.

1.      The earlier decision to defer the strike ballot after the announcement of the 7th CPC by the Government is ratified. Under the given circumstances the decision taken to defer the ballot was perfectly right.

2.      The modification made in the Confederation Charter of Demands regarding date of effect of the 7th CPC (i.e. from 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014) is approved as it was necessitated for arriving at unanimity among the staff side on term of reference which will strengthen further the unity of all Central Government organizations including Railways and Defence.

3.      Approved the modified Charter of Demands of the Confederation which includes the terms of reference submitted by the Staff side to the Government (copy enclosed Annexure – I

4.      Decided to conduct the following phased programme of campaign and agitational programmes.

(a)   Convening the Managing bodies/Executive Committees of all affiliated organizations to discuss and ratify the Confederation decision to go for agitational programmes culminating in strike.

(b)   Sector-wise/organisation-wise intensive campaign among the employees by conducting squad work, General body meetings, conventions, postering and issuing printed pamphlets, lunch hour meetings etc, explaining the demands raised in the charter of demands and also the necessity to go for strike if our demands on terms of reference are not accepted. All India/State Leaders of the affiliated organizations shall under-take extensive tour as part of campaign programme.

(c)    The campaign tour programme finalized by the Secretariat meeting earlier is to be implemented. Whereever State level and C-O-C level conventions are yet to be held, it should be held before 20.12.2013. All State Committees and C-O-Cs are requested to organize conventions immediately. The name of the Confederation National leaders who are attending the conventions is given in the enclosed circular. Date of the Conventions may be fixed in consultation with the concerned comrade.

(d)   Decided to conduct nationwide day-long dharna programme at maximum centres, particularly at the state capitals on 2013 December 19th (19.12.2013) with massive participation of employees. Effort is to be made for maximum media coverage of the programmes.

(e)   Decided to organize mass rallies at all State capitals (and if possible at District Capitals also) before 31.12.2013. National leaders of the Confederation and other trade Union leaders may be invited to address the rallies. All effort should be made to make the rally a grand success ensuring maximum participation of employees.

(f)     Decided to conduct press conferences at all State capitals (other centres also if possible) by the State committees/C-O-Cs to explain the justification of demands and also the proposed strike action.

(g)   Decided to organsie nationwide five days relay dharna at various centres of each city during the period from 30th December 2013 to 3rd January 2014 (30.12.2013 to 03.01.2014)

(h)   Mass dharna at New Delhi on 9th January 2014 by All India Leaders of Confederation and leaders of all affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs and also maximum number of employees from Delhi and nearby states.

(i)     Extended National Executive meeting of Confederation will be held at New Delhi on 10.01.2014 (10th January 2014) for declaration of the strike date and also the duration of the strike. All the National Secretariat members of the Confederation, All the C-O-C Representatives and all the Chief Executives of the affiliated organizations of Confederation shall attend the mass dharna on 9th January and the Extended National Executive meeting on 10th January 2014 WITHOUT FAIL. (Please book the up and down ticket immediately to ensure the participation on both days i.e. on 9th & 10th January 2014) If any organisation or C-O-C wants participation of more comrades in the extended National Executive as observers it will be allowed subject to a maximum of five) Participation in the Dharna is allowed without any limit

5.      Decided to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed strike action of NFPE & FNPO on demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) and Casual, Part-time, Contingent employees. It is decided to request the Postal JCA to adjust the date of the strike so that it will be a strike of all Central Government Employees.

6.      Decided to file a case in the Kolkata High Court challenging the PFRDA Bill passed by the Parliament jointly with the All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF). The methodology for raising funds for meeting the expenses for the conducting of the case up to Supreme Court will be decided in the next meeting. C-O-C West Bengal is authorized to assist the National Secretariat in completing the formalities for filling the case in the Kolkata High Court in consultation with AISGEF.

7.      Decided to mobilize maximum employees for participating in the 12th December Parliament March organized by the Central Trade Unions against the anti-people, anti-worker policies of the Central Government. C-O-C Delhi and C-O-Cs of nearby states and also all affiliated organizations are requested to ensure large scale participation of the employees in the 12th December Parliament March. It is decided that each organisation shall conduct workers meeting at all important centres in Delhi and nearby states for mobilizing maximum employees to participate in the march.

8.      Decided to extend maximum support and solidarity to the 11th December 2013 Parliament March organized by the AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) demanding settlement of GDS demands. Delhi C-O-C is requested to extent maximum support for the successful conduct of the GDS Parliament March.

9.      The National Secretariat placed on record its sincere thanks to all the state committees/C-O-Cs and also all the affiliated organisations for making the All India Trade Union Education Camp conducted at Mumbai on 14th & 15th November 2013 and also the All India Women’s Convention held at Delhi on 25th & 26th November 2013 a grand success, especially to the C-O-C Mumbai and C-O-C Delhi for providing all the infra-structural facilities in an excellent manner.

10.  Decided to appeal to all affiliated organisations to clear the quota dues towards Confederation CHQ before 31.12.2013.  Financial Secretary shall issue separate notices to each organisation indicating the total dues to be remitted.

11.  It is decided that Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General shall represent the Confederation as an official delegate in the International Congress of Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR) to be held at Perth, Australia from 2nd to 6th December 2013.

The National Secretariat meeting was presided over by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, the National President. Com. S. K. Vyasji, Advisor, was present and gave his valuable guidance for arriving at correct conclusion and decisions on each agenda items. Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, presented the organizational report.

Yours Comradely,

(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General

ANNEXURE – I

MODIFIED CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION

1.      Accept the terms of reference of 7th CPC, submitted by the staff side, National Council JCM.

(a)      To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits of various categories of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Postal Department.

(b)      To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees including GDS as on 1.1.2014.

(c)       The Commission shall determine the pay structure, benefits, facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

(d)      To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees including GDS.

(e)       To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension including GDS.

(f)        To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.                                               

(g)      To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

(h)      To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.

2.      Ensure every five year revision of wages of Central Government Employees in future.

3.      (a) Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department and grant of Civil Servant status, statutory pension and all other benefits at par with regular employees.

(b) Regularisation and revision of wages of casual and contract workers.

4.      Compassionate appointment – removal of restrictions imposed by Government.

5.      JCM and Anomaly Committee Functioning.

6.      Fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.

7.      Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization of Government functions.

8.      Stop the move to introduce performance related Pay (PRP) system, Extend PLB Bonus for all, removing bonus ceiling.

9.      Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance rates and clothing rates.

10.  Implement arbitration awards.

11.  Five promotions to all.

12.  Rescind the PFRDA Act. Ensure statutory Pension for all.

13.  Stop price rise. Revive and extend public distribution system for all.

14.  Stop trade Union victimization.

15.  Ensure Right to strike.

ANNEXURE – II

 

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS DEPLOYED FOR CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME

S.No

Territorial area to be covered

Name of CHQ Office Bearers

Mobile Nos.

1 Kerala K. K. N. Kutty,

M. Krishnan

C. P. Sobhana09811048303

09447068125

09446721330,2TamilnaduM. Krishnan,

T. Narasimhan09447068125,

094400569693Karnataka & GoaK. K. N. Kutty

M. Krishnan

V. Venkatasubramanian

R. Seethalaxmi09868145667

09440056969

09443735356

094488198214Andhra PradeshM. Krishnan

M. Duraipandian

B. Krishna Gaud

Mani Achari09447068125

09789833552

09866618391

094421551285MaharashtraK. K. N. Kutty

Ashok B Salunkhe,

Giriraj Singh,

R. P. Singh,

Nilesh Nasre09811048303

09969233999

09811213808

09969080996

098503548986GujaratK. P. Rajagopal

I. S. Dabas,

K. V. Jayaraj09868277455

09968099272

098695011897RajasthanGiriraj Singh,

M.S. Raja09811213808

098681456678Madhya PradeshK. P. Rajagopal

I. S. Dabas

N. Somaiya

Nageshwar Rao09868277455

09968099272

09704562781

099123482339ChhattisgarhM. S. Raja

P. Suresh

Yeshwant Purohit09868145667

09885077451

0940671719110New DelhiM. Krishnan

Ashok Kr. Kanojia,

Giriraj Singh

V. Bhattacharjee09447068125

09810206426

09811213808

0986852092611BiharGiriraj Singh

V. Battacharjee09811213808

0986852092612JharkhandK. K. N.Kutty

Pijush Roy09811048303

0943357557713Uttar PradeshS. K. Vyas,

R. N. Parashar,

V. Bhattacharjee

T. Satyanarayana09868244035

0986819295

09868520926

0991234850014OrissaK. P. Rajagopal

P. Suresh09868277455

0988507745115BengalK. K. N. Kutty

M. Krishnan

Pijush Roy09811048303

09447068125

0943357557716AssamK. K. N. Kutty,

Pijush Roy09811048303

0943357557717Meghalaya & TripuraK. P. Rajagopal

V. Bhattacharjee09868277455

0986852092618Haryana & NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Gaziabad, Noida, Meerut etc.)R.N. Prashar

A. K. Kanojia

I. S. Dabas

V. Bhattacharjee

N. Somaiya0986819295

09810206426

09968099272

09868520926

0970456278120PunjabK. K. N Kutty

Giriraj Singh09811048303

0981121380821Himachal PradeshM. Krishnan094470681222UttarakhandS. K. Vyas

M. S. Raja

Arup Chatterjee09868244035

09868145667

09874408310

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 34/12-15                                                                      Dated: 28.11.2013

Dear Comrades,

  MARCH TO PARLIAMENT ON 12.12.2013

The Central Trade Unions have  called for a March to Parliament on 12.12.2013 in pursuance of the Charter of Demands on which the entire workers have organised a two days strike on 2oth & 21st February, 2013.   The Confederation of CG Employees and Workers, being an important part of the joint movement of Workers in the country, has called for massive participation of the employees in the March.   The ITEF, therefore, calls upon the Circle leaders to ensure participation in large numbers.  Due to the expected chill weather during the month of December, it has been decided to mobilise more members from the Delhi  and nearby circles like NWR, UP West and East, Rajasthan and MP & CG.  Other Circles are requested to send volunteers to participate in the progamme.  The details of the volunteers’ viz. Number, arrival, departure etc may be intimated to the Chq by 8th December, 2013.  All the Secretariat members are requested to compulsorily participate in the programme.

Implementation of Cadre Restrucutring & Secretariat Meeting

As has been informed by the Member (P&V),CBDT in the meeting held on 22.11.2013, the report of the Sub-Committee No. 1 dealing with the  subject of Jurisdiction and allocation of posts is expected to be in our hand in the first week of December, 2013.  A meeting of the Secretariat of the ITEF will be held on 12.12.2013 at 2.30PM to discuss and formulate our approach for discussion with the CBDT.  Notice for the same is enclosed.

Working Women Convention

The National Convention of the Working Women of Confederation of Central Govt, Employees and Workers were held at New Delhi on 25th and 26th November 2013, as scheduled.  The convention was held at Pratyaksha Kar Bhawan ((Income Tax Building), Civic Centre, New Delhi.  Delhi COC had made good arrangement for the event.  The remarkable Role of the ITEF Delhi Circle in organising the convention in an  impressive manner was appreciated by one and all.  ITEF could make a notable presence with participation of 19 delegates from Bengal (2); UP East (1); UP West (2); Delhi (8); Andhra Pradesh (2); Karnataka (2) and Kerala (2).  The Convention was inaugurated by Prof. Utsa Pathnaik and Com. Amarjeet Kaur, Secretary, AITUC was the Chief Guest.  Com. SK Vyas( Advisor) and Com. KKN Kutty (President) addressed the convention.  On behalf of ITEF, Com. KP Rajagopal, Secretary General, extended greeting.

Com. Geetha Goshal (ITEF) the Present Chairperson and Com. C.P. Shobana (Convenor) were given a fitting farewell.  A new team of Office Bearers were elected in the Convention.  Com. Usha Bonepally (Circle President, ITEF, AP Circle) and Com. Seethalakshmi (NFPE) were elected as Chairperson and Convenor respectively for the next three years.  The Following Comrades from ITEF were elected to the All India Committee.  

Com. Reha Gupta (Bengal), Com.P. Anju (Kerala), Com. Beena Sharma (Delhi), Mandira Ganguly (Karnataka) and Com. Neetu Gautham (UP- Lucknow).

            With Greetings,

Yours fraternally,

Sd/

KP Rajagopal

Secretary General.

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 33/12-15                                                                          Dated: 22.11.2013.

Dear Comrades:

Quarterly Review Meeting with Chairman- Deferred- Regarding-

             The meeting was scheduled to be held on 22.11.2013 at 3PM.  The meeting was convened after a gap of nine months on our persistent demand.  To our utter disappointment, we were informed at the last moment that the Chairperson is engaged in some urgent meeting and the QRM has to be rescheduled.  We were then invited by the Member (P) and the meeting took place in her office in the presence of JS (Admn) and US (Ad-IX) from the Official side. From the ITEF side Coms. Ashok B Salunkhe (President), KP Rajagopal (SG), Ravi B Nair, Yeshwant Purohit ( Joint Secretaries) and Rupak Sarkar (Finance Secretary) were present in the meeting.  ITGOA was represented by Coms. Sita Rama Rao (President), Rajesh Menon (Secretary General), R.S. Meel and Divakar Singh.    In the meeting the following issues only could be discussed.

  1. Implementation of Supreme Court Order in Union of India & ors vs. N.R. Parmar & ors. We demanded, as decided in the CWC meeting held at Jaipur on 19 & 20th Oct. 2013 the withdrawal of the instructions issued by the CBDT in F No. C-18012/26/2003-V&L dated 15th October 2013 and issuance of clear and unambiguous instructions to CCAs for implementation or otherwise in a uniform manner in all Charges and all cadres.  The Member (P) assured us that the said instruction will immediately be withdrawn.  We were also requested to provide inputs with regard to its implementation.
  2. 2.      Allocation of Cadre Restructuring Posts for effecting promotions in the month of December, 2013.  It was informed that the Sub-committee for Allocation of Posts and Jurisdiction has been asked to submit its report by 29th Nov. 2013 and the manner of its implementation can be discussed and worked out in the rescheduled QRM on 9th December, 2013 after discussion with the staff side.
  3. 3.      Stoppage of payment to Daily Paid/casual labours who are engaged and working in the Department continuously for years and withdrawal of the same. We have requested to withdraw the above instructions issued by the Board in this regard taking into account their long service in the Department; the assurances given by the Finance Minister to these workers to regularise the eligible candidates in the newly created posts of MTS and in the light of the stay granted by the Principal Bench of the CA Tribunal.  We were informed that all efforts were being made by the Board to help the casual labours but for the instructions of the DOPT.  We were also assured that if the Principal Bench of the CA Tribunal has stayed the operation, efforts will be made to implement the same in all cases.

Anomaly in pay fixation for Promotees and Direct Recruitees at entry stage.  As you are aware that this point, taken up  in the National Anomaly Committee was not accepted by the Government other than allowing stepping up of pay wherever possible.  Further the ITEF had separately taken up the issue of fixation of pay of Inspectors/AOs/PS, on the lines of clarification issued in the case of personnel in the CSS/CSSS (Central Secretariat Staff).  The same was turned down by the Department of Expenditure.  Upon the objections of the Accounting Department and directions to recover the alleged excess payments, we again persuaded  the CBDT to take up the matter with the DOE. The Board, with the approval of the Revenue Secretary resubmitted the proposal with additional inputs, sought the approval of the Department of Expenditure. Now the Department of Expenditure have conveyed their disagreement and turned down the claim for the second time.  On this issue, in similar circumstances, some other major organisations affiliated to the Confederation of CG Employees and Workers, are contemplating legal recourse.  Some organisations have already filed Petitions in the Principal Bench of CA Tribunal.  ITEF CHQ feels that we may also join or separately file similar Petitions in the Principal Bench of CA Tribunal.  Since the matter requires immediate steps, in order to take a formal decision, all the Secretariat Members and Circle General Secretaries are requested to convey their opinion in this matter by 30th November, 2013.  The opinion may be conveyed through SMS or Email in the following format to the CHQ to contemplate further necessary action in this matter.

“Legal Approach for Pay Fixation Benefit- “ YES” or “NO”.

Increase of Local Travel Expenses to Inspectors and Notice Servers. Our demand for increase in the quantum of reimbursement equivalent to the cost of 50 Ltr and 30 Ltrs of petrol to Inspectors and Notice Servers was accepted by the CBDT.  Additional inputs with regard to justification of our demand was provided to the authorities vide our letter No. N-1/O-2/12-15 Dated: 30th Sept.2013.  It is learnt that a reference has been made by the Board to all the cadre controlling authorities as to what should be the quantum of increase.  Copy of the above letter of ITEF is enclosed herewith.  The Circle General Secretaries are requested to air opinion in similar line, with the cadre controlling authorities and pursue the CCAs to send their views at the earliest.

            With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General

No. N-1/O-2/12-15                                                               Dated: 30th Sept.2013

To

Ms. Roli Khare, IRS,

Dy. Director of Income Tax (Infra) Unit II,

IInd floor, A-Wing, HUDCO Vishala Bldg.

Bhikaji Kama Place,

New Delhi.

Madam,

Sub:       Reimbursement of Local Conveyance allowance equivalent to the cost of 30/15 Lr Petrol to Income Tax Inspectors and Notice Servers-

Ref:        Your letter in F. No. DIT(Infra)/U-II/PM-24/2012-13/955 dated 13.09.2013.

            This has reference to the above letter wherein we have been asked to provide further justification for enhancement of the Local Travel Expenses.  We give under further justification to our demand for increasing the limit of the above reimbursement. 

               The proposal for reimbursement of Local Travel Expenses of Income Tax Inspectors was first approved by the Government in August, 1997 and for Notice Servers in the year 2008.  The decision was taken in the back ground of  (i) frequent travel requirement of Inspectors for discharging Official duties and (ii) the amount admissible under the Conveyance Allowance was found to be too insufficient to cover the amount spent by the Officials.  It was also found that the Inspectors had to often bear the expenses from their salary for discharging their official functions.  After taking into consideration all these factors the Government sanctioned the above scheme of reimbursement of Local Travel Expenses with a maximum rider of equivalent to the cost of 30 ltr. petrol.

                              After switching the economic policy over to the present one and extending a wide range of incentives for rural Industrialisation, the economic activities then confined to only cities and major towns have expanded to even far off places and remote villages.  In order to cover such areas of income generating activities to tap the potential Tax payers and catering to the requirement of tax collection, the Department also had to extend its arms to such areas.  It is well known and an acknowledged fact that in such cases the role and responsibilities of Inspectors are pivotal and only through the medium of Inspectors the arms of the Department is reached out to such places.   Further in the background of all-round increase in the conveyance expenses all over the country, the expansion of business/Industrial activities spreading from main cities/towns to sub-urban and remote areas etc. had necessitated  travel of Inspectors to far more places within the cities and remote areas, the Conference of this Federation demanded the increase of reimbursement of the Local Travel Expenses equivalent to the cost of 50 and 30 litres of petrol to Inspectors and Notice Servers respectively.

               Further, there had been a phenomenal increase in the fare of various local travel means during the last fifteen years viz. from the time of introduction of the scheme in 1997.  There had not been a review of the cost effectiveness of the scheme during this period.  It is also a fact that the price of petrol has also increased during the period, but the increase in the rate of local travel means like Taxi fare, Auto Fare is disproportionately higher to that of the increase of petrol price.  This increase in the rate of local travel means are due to various factors like cost of Vehicles, Maintenance expenses, high cost of spares, Wages etc.   The following tables illustrate the trend of increase in the Conveyance Expenses  vis a vis that of the petrol during the period.

  1. 1.      TAXI Charges of selected cities.
City Minimum Charge

In 1997/98 (in Rs)Minimum Charge

2012-13 (in Rs)IncreaseDelhi6/ Ist KM

3/ Subsequent Kms25/ Ist KM

16/subsequent Kms4.16 times

5.33 timesBangalore4/2km

2.50/subsequent kms20/1.8 KM

11/subsequent kms5 times

4.4 timesChennai20- Minimum fare100 minimum.5 timesMumbai7- minimum Charge19 minimum Charge2.71 times.Average increase of the four cities:4.2 times

  1. 2.      Auto Charges of Selected cities.
City Minimum Charge

In 1997/98 (in Rs)Minimum Charge

2012-13 (in Rs)IncreaseDelhi3/1.5 km11/1.4 km3.66 timesBangalore4/2km20/1.8km5.6 timesChennai5/2km25/2km5 timesAverage increase of the three cities4.73 times.

  1. 3.      Rate of petrol per litre.
In 1997/1998 (**) In 2013 (**) increase
26/litre 68/ litre 2.61 times

(**) average rate of the whole year is taken.

From the above, it could be seen that the increase in the Conveyance expenses is far more than the increase in the Petrol price, thus making the Official to foot more than double the amount of entitled reimbursement.

               Worse is the condition of the employees using their own vehicles for discharging the official duties.  There had been a vast increase in the cost of spares and maintenance charges.  This apart the area that could be covered and distance travelled on vehicle during the last 15 years has decreased abnormally due to traffic snarls and other related issues.  The table below shows that the time taken on roads without exception of cities or town, to reach a specified distance/destination is three times that of the situation obtained in 1997-98.              

  1. 4.      On usage of own vehicle:
Vehicle Average mileage/ltr Average time taken/10KM Increase
1997/98 2013 1997/98 2013
Motor Car 12 12 20 min 75 min 3.75 times
Motor Cycle 30 30 25 min. 75 min 3 times

This means, the distance that could be covered per litre of petrol has come down to 1/3rd during the last 15 years.  In other words the expenses incurred by the officials using their own vehicles for discharging official responsibilities have to not only suffer economically but also valuable time. The following tables are illustrative of the phenomenal increase in maintenance cost of vehicles.

  1. 5.      Cost of vehicle & cost of Maintenance.
Description 1997/98 2013 Increase
Average cost of a two wheeler 12000 to 15000 60,000 to 75000 5 times
Average cost of maintenance  As per the index of Automobile industry, there had been an increase of 400% in the cost of automobile spares during the 2000-2010 periods.  This is the case of other components of maintenance of vehicles too.  Without taking the increase for 1997/98- 2013, period, the increase in the cost of maintenance is taken as above. 4 times.

               From the above, it is clear that the Inspectors and Notice Servers are required to pay out much more than what is being reimbursed for discharging their official duties.  If the average increase of all the above five components are taken together (Taxi, auto fare, fuel consumption, vehicle cost, maintenance cost) and reduced by the increase in the petrol price, the real entitlement of increase in the travel expenses is equivalent to 1.5 times of the present entitlement viz. equivalent to the cost of 75 and 37 ltr of petrol to Inspectors and Notice Servers.  Our demand for increase to the cost of 50/30 ltr petrol for Inspectors/Notice Servers was based on the index of 2008-2009.  Thus there is not only sufficient justification for our demand already placed and approved by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, a clear case for under taking further review of the matter exists. Therefore, we request you, taking into all aspects into consideration, to pursue the matter urgently with the Department of Expenditure for early clearance.  We shall be taking up the issue of review for further increase separately with the CBDT after clearance of the present proposal pending with the DOE.

               Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General,

 

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 32/12-15/                                                                                          Dated: 26.10.2013

Dear Comrades,

Central Working Committee Meeting at JAIPUR ON 19-20 Oct. 2013 and decisions.

The Central Working Committee Meeting was held at Jaipur (Rajasthan) as scheduled on 19th and 20th October, 2013 at Hotel Priode Amber, Sanganeer.  The ITEF Rajasthan Circles have made elaborate and excellent arrangements for the Working Committee Meeting and stay of the WC Members and guests.  The unbelievable hospitality in true Rajasthan tradition and the team work of the committed comrades of Rajasthan Circles  will surely be remembered for all time to come.

The Working Committee had an Inaugural session on 19th October, 2013.  The Inaugural Session commenced with the Flag Hoisting by Com. President, Ashok B Salunkhe.  Com. S.P. Sharma, General Secretary, ITEF, Rajasthan Circle-C, welcomed the Chief Guest, Shri Atulesh Jindal, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCA), Jaipur, CHQ leaders and CWC Members and invitees.  In his presidential address Com. Ashok B Salunkhe spoke about the delay in settlement of our demands and convening the Quarterly Review Meeting by the authorities.  In his inaugural address the Chief Guest, touched upon the settlement of grievances at his level.  The Chief Guest lamented the increasing tendency of seeking judicial intervention by the personnel of the Department.  The President of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Com. KKN Kutty, spoke about the common demands of the Central Govt. Employees especially in the wake of the announcement of the Government to set-up the VII-CPC.  The Secretary General in his address touched upon the historical movement of the Rajasthan Circle.  The Zonal Secretary, CHQ and President of Rajasthan Circle Com. Rajendra Meena proposed vote of thanks.

In the Inaugural function the following veteran comrades of Rajasthan Circles were honoured. Coms. P.V. Varghese, Suresh Ajmera, Govind Verma,  S.L. Jangid, M.C. Rastogi, R.L. Sharma, S.K.Garg, Sohanlal, Jai Narain, Pradeep Sharma, R.S. Shekawat,Ranbir Singh, Panchu Singh, Badri Narain, Ram swaroop Nagar, Inder Singh, Gopal Singh Jadoo and Com. Rameswar Pd. Choudhary.

Decisions on agenda items:

Item No. 1Confirmation of minutes of the CWC meeting held at Puri on 1 & 2 Feb. 2013 and Extra Ordinary CWC held at New Delhi on 27th July, 2013 at New Delhi.

The draft minutes of the above two CWC meeting circulated was confirmed by the house.  The action taken report presented to the house was also approved by the house.

Item No. 2. Discussion on implementation and our approach towards cadre restructuring.  Com. KKN Kutty, Chairman of the sub-committee appointed by the Secretariat, presented the draft allocation worksheet and calculation sheet on the basis of the formula decided by the CWC meeting held at New Delhi on 27th July, 2013.  In his report presented to the CWC on behalf of the Committee, the efforts taken by the committee during the last four months in collecting, collating the data obtained by the Secretariat from the circles as also from the various Directorates of the CBDT; determining the probable entitlement of additional posts sanctioned by the Government on the basis of the formula adopted by the CWC are,   vividly mentioned.  He also, on behalf of the Committee appealed to the house the Report and the allocation chart should be, after approval of the House, communicated to the authorities at the earliest.  Com. President, while initiating the discussion on the draft report stated that the issues of yardstick and the deficiencies in the draft calculations were discussed twice in the Extra Ordinary CWC Meeting and the extended Secretariat Meeting and therefore, appealed to the house that only very serious omission/discrepancy should be discussed. 

The following Comrades pointed out certain omissions and discrepancies in the draft worksheet. Com. Nirmala, GS Karnataka (Separate S/S for CPC, Bangalore), Com. D.P. Acharya, GS, Orissa (differences in the post allocated to comparable Circles) Com. Ombir Singh, GS, Delhi ( for allocation for DsG (Exemption, Intl. Taxation, Criminal Investigation etc) Com. Narayana Hari, Addl. Secy, Kerala ( Reduction in posts from the last draft allocation); Com. SP Sharma, GS, Rajasthan (deficiency in CCIT Posts) Com. Ajay Tiwari, GS, Kanpur ( Delay in submission, Posts for MSTU Agra), Com. Yashwant Purohit (Indication of Newly Created Posts).

The Secretary General explained the basis of Allocation, separate allocation for Directorates and other newly created sections etc.  He also assured the genuine omissions pointed out by the house will be incorporated in the final communication to the Board.  The house on the appeal of the President, approved the proposal.

The house was informed about the functioning of the Official Sub- Committees by the Representatives of ITEF nominated to the Committees.

Item No. 3: Discussion on Departmental &amd; Organisational Issues. The President and Secretary General briefed the house about the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities in settling of our issues pending before the Board and issues agreed upon and pending with various authorities of Govt. of India. The Representative of all the Circles participated in the discussion and raised many Departmental and common issues.  They lamented on the present situation and demanded action programme.  Accordingly it was decided to wait for another fortnight for the response of the CBDT on our demand for immediate talks, and to launch agitational programme in case of no positive outcome.  The house authorised ITEF Representatives in the negotiating body (QRM) will decide upon the course of action.  It was also decided to seek immediate clear cut, unambiguous instructions to Cadre Controlling Authorities with regard to the Supreme Court Order on inter-se seniority and implement it in all cadres wherever the element of Direct Recruitment exist.

On the organisational issues the Secretary General informed the house the decision of the Confederation to conduct Trade Union Class ( 15 and 16th November, 2013 at Mumbai) and Working Women Convention (25th & 26th November, 2013 at New Delhi).  It was also informed that the ITEF is to ensure participation of minimum 20 members for both the TU Class and WW Convention.  The Circle General Secretaries are requested to ensure the participation of two lady comrades from each circle to the Working Women Convention to be held at Delhi on 25th and 26th Nov. 2013.  Their stay will be arranged by the CHQ in coordination with ITEF Delhi Circle.  The Delegates fee fixed by the Confederation for the participants is Rs 600/ per delegates.

Item No. 4: Indefinite strike programme and preparation for the same:  It was reported to the House that since the Government has announced the setting up of VII-CPC, (partially accepting one demand out of 15 points Charter of Demand), the programme of indefinite strike action stands deferred.  Further programme of action on other 14 points of demands and date of effect of the VII-CPC, will be decided by the Confederation in its next Secretariat Meeting.

Item No.5: Adoption of Receipt & Payment for the years ending 31.3.2012 and 30.3.2013.  The Secretary General informed the house that for the absence of the Office Secretary for last one month due to Domestic problem, the Receipt & Payment for the period ending 31.3.2013 could not be presented to the house.  The same will be placed in the Next CWC.  The R & P Accounts for the year ending 31.3.2012 was adopted by the House. 

Item No 6: Any other Matter with permission of the Chair.  In the discussion also all the Comrades participated and in the sum-up the Secretary General explained the present status of various issues and assured the house that other issues raised by the members will be collated and taken up at appropriate level.

Com. Yeshwant Purohit, Joint Secretary proposed vote of Thanks and with the appeal of Com. President for maintaining our unity at all cost, the CWC meeting was adjourned.

            With greetings

yours fraternally

(K.P.Rajagopal)

Secretary General

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS,

North Avenue Post Office Bldg., New Delhi -100 001.

7TH CPC – TERMS OF REFERENCE – LATEST POSITION

Dear Comrades,

VII-CPC – Terms of reference-

               The members of the National Secretariat of the Confederation available at New Delhi met on 23rd Oct. 2013 and again on 24th October, 2013 to discuss and formulate our views on the 7th CPC terms of Reference.  On the basis of the discussions, we prepared a draft terms of reference and submitted it for consideration of the Staff Side.  The important points we placed in our draft for the consideration of the staff side were:-

(a)    The Commission to examine the present structure of pay and allowances and suggest changes.

(b)    To give effect to its recommendations from 1.1.2011 i.e. wage revision must be after       every five years.

(c)    D.A (50%) to be merged with pay with effect from 1.1.2011.

(d)    To determine Interim relief taking into account the erosion in the value of wages over the years,

(e)    To include GDS within the ambit of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

(f)     To revise the retirement benefits and accord pension maintaining parity in quantum in respect of past, present and future pensioners.

(g)    To extend the statutory defined benefit pension to those who have entered service after 1.1.2004.

(h)    To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM on a priority basis and within a specified time frame.

(i)      To provide cashless/hazzle free Medicare to employees and pensioners.

The Government of India had convened a meeting of the Staff side representatives on 24.10.2013 to discuss the terms of reference.  The meeting took place at 3.00PM on 24th under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Personnel.  Besides the points mentioned above, the staff raised many other matters connected with the setting up of the CPC. viz. the inclusion of labour Representative as a Member of the Commission; the anomalous  situation brought about by the Grade pay based MACP Scheme; the requirement of a mechanism to settle the 6th CPC related anomalies;  the need to allow the proposals of Cadre Review to be examined by the Government independently without referring it to CPC;  to have members in the Commission who have gained  expertise to impart to the Commission the nuances and functional requirements of various Departments;  to relook at the new Pay Structure brought in by the 6th CPC in the light of the experience between 2008 to 2013 etc.  In conclusion the staff side requested the Government to provide it with a draft terms of reference taking into account the views placed by them.  It was also proposed by the Staff Side that on exchange of the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side and the Official Side, a meeting with the Secretary, Personnel and Secretary, Expenditure could be arranged to iron out the differences, if any.

The Staff Side met again on 25th at its office and deliberated upon various views presented by different organisations and finalised the draft terms of reference. We shall publish the said draft terms of reference as and when the same is submitted to the Government.

It is obvious that despite the unanimous position taken by all the organisations, the Government may not necessarily agree with many of the basic issues, viz. Date of effect, merger of  DA, Interim Relief, Coverage of GDS etc.  We appeal to our affiliates/ State COCs to continue the campaign amongst the employees to generate necessary sanctions.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

(M.Krishnan)

Secretary General.

TERMS OF REFERENCE 7th CPC:

Finalized by the Staff Side at the meeting of 25.10.2013.

A.To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits etc. to the following categories of employees.

1       Central Government employees – industrial and non industrial;

2       Personnel belonging  to  All India services;

3       Personnel belonging to the Defence Forces;

4       Personnel called as Grameen Dak Sewaks belonging to the Postal Department;

5       Personnel  of Union Territories;

6       Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;

7       Officers and employees of the Supreme Court;

8       Members of Regulatory bodies (excluding RBI) set up under Act of Parliament.

B. To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees mentioned in (A) above as on 1.1.2014.

C.The Commission will determine the pay structure, benefits facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

E.To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees  and  Pensioners mentioned in (A) above;

F.To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension

G. To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.

H. To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

I.To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.

*****

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 31/12-15                                                              Dated: 20.09.2013.

Dear Comrades,

            The Confederation Secretariat met at Delhi on 19.9.2013 and decided to change the dates for the Strike Ballot to 11,12& 13 November, 2013 and to undertake massive campaign programme prelude to the strike ballot.  The date for conducting the same in the ITEF will be communicated after the ensuing Secretariat Meeting on 27th September, 2013.     

            In the name of austerity measures, the Govt. has decided and notified complete ban on creation of Posts and filling up of vacancies once again.  Even the filling up of existing vacancies that are lying vacant for various reasons for more than a year is also brought under the ambit of the orders issued on 18.9.2013.  The Confederation has decided to oppose the retrograde steps of the Government by organising massive protest demonstration in front of all office on 25th September, 2013.  Since we are in the process of allocation and filling up of the posts sanctioned by the Cabinet under Cadre Restructuring, it is far more important for us to resist such moves with all force at our command. All the Circle General Secretaries are requested to carry out Lunch hour demonstration in front of IT Offices or in a common place along with other organisations participating in the Confederation. The Circular No. 7 of the Confederation issued on 20.09.2013 is attached.

            Cadre restructuring and its implementation:  The various Sub-committees constituted by the Board to suggest the method of implementation are yet to finalise their report.  The One committee which has submitted their report (Committee for merger of Directorate) has totally rejected our views in this regard.  The committee did not even consider to record and provide the minutes of the meetings.  The matter has been brought to the notice of the Chairperson and Member (P&V) today, who have assured us to look into the matter and amicable settlement.  The Committee looking after the Allocation of posts and Jurisdiction also indicated different yardstick for allocation and jurisdiction.  Our stand with further justifications has again been placed before the committee which is reconsidering all aspect in this regard and assured due consideration of our views before finalisation of the report.

            Additional DA from 01.07.2013. The Government has released additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to CG Employees and Pensioners raising the DA from 80 to 90% w.e.f. 01.07.2013.

 

            Central Working Committee Meeting: The Next Central Working Committee will be held at Jaipur on 19th and 20th October, 2013.  The notice for the same is issued and is also attached to this Circular.  All the CWC members are requested to intimate their travel plan to the Reception Committee before 10th October, 2013. Copy of the letter addressed to you all by the Rajasthan Circle is attached.

            Donation to Uttarakhand Fund: As per the decision of the Central Working Committee Meeting upon the call of the Confederation, we had requested the Central Board of Direct Taxes to effect the deduction of One Day salary from our members and remit the funds to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.  The Board vide F No. B-12020/10/2013-Ad.IX dated 6th September, 2013 requested all the Cadre Controlling Authorities to effect the deduction and remittance of the same to the PM’s Relief Fund.  The Circle General Secretaries are requested to monitor the deduction and remittance to the said fund during the month of September, 2013 itself.

Recognition of ITEF & Verification of Membership: As intimated to you in our circular No. 27/12-15 dated 8th July, 2013, the recognition of ITEF under CCS RSA) Rules 1993 is to expire shortly.    On our request the Board has requested all Cadre Controlling Chief Commissioner vide their letter F No. B-12020/07/2013-Ad.IX dated 5th April, 2013, to verify the membership of the Income Tax Employees Federation through check-off system and intimate the board the following information for extending the recognition of the Federation:

(1)  Total Number of non-gazetted employees of Income Tax Department,

(2)  Total number out of (i) who are members of the Income Tax Employees Federation.

                   We have been informed by the authorities that in spite of three reminders vide even No. dated 17.05.2013, 17th June 2013 and dated 10th Sept. 2013, the requisite information has not yet been furnished by the following CCIT(CCA) charges.

Chandigarh; Chennai; New Delhi; Guwahati; Hyderabad; Jaipur; Kanpur; Kochi; Kolkata; Lucknow; Nagpur; Patna; Pune.

                   The Circle General Secretaries of the above Charges are requested to take necessary steps and pursue the concerned to furnish the information at the earliest.

            With Greetings,

Yours fraternally,

 

(KP Rajagopal)

Secretary General.

 

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

NOTICE

X.5(xxxxiii)                                                                 Dated :  20th  September, 2013.

            Notice is hereby given for of the Central Working Committee Meeting of the ITEF on 19th t and 20th  October, 2013 at Jaipur (Rajasthan) to discuss the following agenda.  The meeting will commence at 10.00 AM on  19th Oct. 2013 and will continue upto 2 PM on 20.10.2013 (Exact venue of the meeting and other details will be intimated by ITEF, Rajasthan Circles).

Agenda:

1. Confirmation of minutes of the CWC meeting held at Puri on Ist & 2nd Feb.  2013 and Extra ordinary CWC held at Delhi on 28th July, 2013.

2. Discussion on Implementation and our approach towards cadre restructuring.

3. Discussion on Departmental & Organisational matters,

4. Implementation of indefinite Strike programme of preparation for the same.

5. Adoption of Receipt & Payment for the year ending 31.3.2012 and 31.3.2013.

6. Any other matter with permission of the chair.

   KP Rajagopal,

Secretary General

 

To

  1. All  members of the CHQ Secretariat, the Circle General Secretaries, Circle Presidents, Members of Advisory Committee,
  2. The Chairmen Disciplinary Committee and Election Commission are invited and requested to attend the CWC Meeting.

Pl.Note:

  1. The CWC Members are requested to intimate their travel plan viz. arrival/departure mode, date & time etc. to the Reception Committee of Rajasthan Circle.  The Letter of ITEF, Rajasthan Circles in this regard is enclosed for convenience.
  2. With regard to the participation in the CWC meeting, the following decisions taken in the PURI CWC meeting held on 1st & 2nd Feb, 2013 shall apply.

a)                    To Restrict the participation in the CWC Meeting only to the CWC Members-

b)                   In case either or both the President and General Secretary of any Circle happens to be the Secretariat Member(s), such Circles can nominate that number of persons as observers to the CWC Meeting.

c)                    Any other person to be considered as observer and allowed to come to the place of CWC meeting, it shall only be after approval of the CHQ upon a request from the Circle Secretariat.  They shall also bear themselves or the Circle, all the cost of their boarding, lodging, travelling, transportation etc.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

NEW DELHI.

CIRCULAR  NO. 7/2013                                             DATED – 20.09.2013

Dear Comrades,

STRIKE BALLOT

DATES CHANGED TO 11, 12 & 13 NOVEMBER 2013

MAKE CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME BY CHQ LEADERS A GRAND SUCCESS

The available members of the Confederation National Secretariat met at New Delhi on 19.9.2013 to review the preparation made for the strike Ballot campaign, which is, scheduled to be organised on 25th, 26th and 27th September, 2013.  The meeting took note of the fact that certain states and some organisations have not yet initiated steps to conduct the programme with full participation of the members.  It was also reported at the meeting that some of the affiliates have practical problem in adhering to the dates and the house was of the unanimous opinion that the date might be deferred.  Accordingly the dates for strike ballot have now been shifted to 11th, 12th and 13th November, 2013 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and the Confederation National Secretariat members will undertake intensive campaign programmes to mobilise the rank and file of the membership.  The names of Comrades who are deployed to various States are indicated in the list enclosed.  The State Secretaries and the affiliated organisations are requested to get in touch with the concerned Secretariat members to fix up the dates.  The National Secretariat will meet at Mumbai on 15th November, 2013 to review the strike ballot campaign programme and chalk out future course of action.

 AUSTERITY DRIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT

BAN ON CREATION AND FILLING UP OF POSTS  

 CONDUCT MASS DEMONSTRATION ON 25.09.2013

The Government on recognition of the serious economic crisis that engulfed the Indian economy has decided to abide by the IMF prescription of imposing austerity measures.  They have now imposed a total ban on recruitment, Creation of Posts and abolition of the posts which lie vacant for more than a year and such other anti-people measures.  We should react to this wanton attack immediately and the Secretariat has decided to call uypon all the affiliates and State Committees to organise a massive demonstration on 25th September, 2013. At all work places and at all important centres.

With greetings,

Fraternally Yours,

(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General.

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS DEPLOYED FOR CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME

S.No

Territorial area to be covered

Name of CHQ Office Bearers

Mobile Nos.

1 Kerala K. K. N. Kutty/C. P. Sobhana 09811048303/09446721330,
2 Tamilnadu M. Krishnan,/T. Narasimhan 09447068125 / 09440056969 /
3 Karnataka & Goa M. S. Raja/T. Narasimhan/V. Venkatasubramanian/R. Seethalaxmi/ 09868145667 /09440056969 /09443735356 /09448819821 /
4 Andhra Pradesh M. Krishnan/M. Duraipandian/B. Krishna Gaud/Mani Achari/ 09447068125 /09789833552 /09866618391 /09442155128 /
5 Maharashtra K. K. N. Kutty/Giriraj Singh/R.P. Singh/Nilesh Nasre/ 09811048303 /09811213808 /09969080996 /09850354898 /
6 Gujarat K. P. Rajagopal /I. S. Dabas /K.V. Jayaraj / 09868277455 /09968099272 /09869501189 /
7 Rajasthan Giriraj Singh /M.S. Raja / 09811213808 /09868145667 /
8 Madhya Pradesh K. P. Rajagopal /I. S. Dabas /N. Somaiya /Nageshwar Rao / 09868277455 /09968099272 /09704562781 /09912348233 /
9 Chhattisgarh M.S. Raja /P. Suresh /Yeshwant Purohit / 09868145667 /09885077451 /09406717191 /
10 New Delhi M. Krishnan /Ashok Kr. Kanojia /Giriraj Singh /V. Bhattacharjee / 09447068125 /09810206426 /09811213808 /09868520926 /
11 Bihar Giriraj Singh /V. Battacharjee / 09811213808 /09868520926 /
12 Jharkhand K. K. N.Kutty /Pijush Roy / 09811048303 /09433575577 /
13 Uttar Pradesh S. K. Vyas /R. N. Parashar /V. Bhattacharjee /T. Satyanarayana / 09868244035 /0986819295 /09868520926 /09912348500 /
14 Orissa K. P. Rajagopal /P. Suresh / 09868277455 /09885077451 /
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ITEF -ZINDABAD                OURS UNITY ZINDABAD                              LONG- LIVE- ITEF

INCOME-TAX EMPLOYEES FEDEREATION

RAJASTHAN CIRCLE, GROUP ‘C’& ‘D’

Room No. 21, NCRB, Statue Circle

JAIPUR

 Dated: 20.09.2013

All  Circle Secretaries,

Dear Comrade,

We feel immense pleasure to host the CWC Meeting of ITEF, scheduled to be held at Jaipur on 19th and 20th Oct. 2013. We convey our sincere thanks to CHQ for providing this valuable opportunity to our circle. 

Comrade, on behalf of ITEF we take this opportunity to cordially invite you to attend this CWC Meeting of the ITEF at Jaipur the ‘Pink City’. We will put our all efforts to ensure that your stay in Jaipur will be pleasant and memorable.

The meeting is scheduled on 19th and 20th Oct. 2013. The venue of the meeting will be Hotel Pride Amber Vilas, Vatika Mod, Sanganer, Jaipur.  It is therefore requested to please finalise your travel plans accordingly and the same may kindly be intimated to us latest by 10th Oct. 2013 so as to enable us to make proper arrangement for your comfortable arrival.

            The details may be forwarded to the following comrades:

Com. Rajendra Kumar Meena, Circle President, Rajasthan Circle Group ‘C’ Jaipur,Ph.NO. 095304 00031

Com. S.P. Sharma,  Circle General Secretary, Raj.Circle Group ‘C, Jaipur.

Ph. No. 095304 01021.        mail  sp.sharma.jpr@gmail.com

Com. Ramesh Hotla, Circle President, Raj. Circle Group ‘D’ Jaipur.

Ph. 095304 01154

 Com. Nathuram Meena,  Circle General Secretary, Raj.Circle Group ‘D, Jaipur.Ph. No. 095304 00270

                     Yours sincerely S/d                                                                                                      S/d

( Nathu Ram Meena)                                              (Satya Prakash Sharma)

Circle General Secretary Gr. ‘D’.                    Circle General Secretary Gr. ‘C’        

………………end of Cir. No. 31 dated 20.09.2013………………………..

 

INCOME TAX  EMPLOYEES  FEDERATION

     Manishinath Bhawan A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

www.itefcentralhq.org  email: itefcentral@gmail.com

Cir. No. 30/12-15                                                                                                        Dated: 25th August, 2013.

Dear Comrades,

Decisions of the extended Secretariat Meeting.

  1. Allocation of newly created Posts.

            The Extended Secretariat meeting was held as scheduled on 24th August, 2013 to consider, among other things, the principle of allocation of newly created posts in the cadre restructuring.  Prior to the Secretariat meeting, the sub-committee formed for this purpose met and finalised the draft allocation.  The draft allocation was prepared on the basis of the formula adopted and other suggestions approved by the Central Working Committee Meeting held on 28th July, 2013 at New Delhi.  The draft proposal was subjected to detailed discussions in the Secretariat meeting.  Some circles pointed out discrepancies in the figure of work load adopted by the Committee.  Though the Committee has adopted the figures available on official records, it was decided to verify the same further from the official figures of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.  If any major discrepancy is found in the figures adopted, the same will be considered by the Sub-Committee and required steps will be taken after consulting all concerned.

            The Secretariat has also decided to allocate certain number of posts to the newly created areas viz. ASK, SEWOTTAM, CPCs, LTUs etc The Secretariat also decided that the issue of creation of cadre controlling authority at Chatisgarh will be taken up with the Board with a brief note along with the proposal.

            The Secretariat also decided that allocation of the new posts will be based on the Cadre Restructuring proposal and posts projected for the newly created/expanded areas will be separately considered for charge wise allocation.

2.         Merger of Directorates.  The CWC meeting held on 28.7.2013 decided to oppose the merger of Personnel of all Directorate ( created after 2001 and proposed new ones) under the Cadre Controlling Authority of DG (Admn).  Except in the case of 6 directorate of pre-2000 period, where distinct categories of personnel are working,  in all other directorates the personnel drawn from the sanctioned strength of CCIT(CCA),Delhi is working.  In view of the above, we have taken up the matter with the sub-committee constituted for this purpose by the Board and demanded that atleast the staff strength required for the post-2001 Directorates and the Directorate proposed to be created should be placed under the CCIT (CCA) strength.  It was reported to the Secretariat that the said sub-committee has not accepted our proposal.  The Secretariat therefore, decided to lodge our strong protest through agitations against the move of the Board and the attitude of the Sub-Committee. 

3.                     Casual/contingent workers. Over the teeth of our demand and agitations carried out, the Board has directed all the CsCIT(CCA) to stop payment/engagement of the casual labours from the month of June 2013. The sudden stoppage of wages to these poor workers engaged for carrying out perennial and permanent functions of the Department, for no fault of theirs is against the principles of natural justice and the spirit of the judgment of their lordship, the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court,in the case of Umadevi Vs. UOI.  In many circles, the poor employees who were engaged by the authorities and working in the department for more than a decade, had to approach various judicial authorities for their intervention and continuation of their services.  Though there is no specific direction from the Government for the sudden stoppage of their engagement, the reason for the decision of the board is very obvious viz. outsourcing the work of permanent nature.  The stand of the Board has come out openly as he Board recently stayed the earlier order for three months on the precise ground that some of the Chief Commissioners requested for more time to engage persons through outsourcing/contracturisation. The board has also not taken any action on the demand raised by this federation through a resolution passed in the Secretariat meeting dated 13.06.2013.  

The Secretariat therefore, decided to call upon all the circles/Regions/Branches to