Saturday, February 9, 2019

Circular 03-2019


15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-03/2019                                                          Dated: 9th February 2019

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee


Dear Comrades,

NJCA CALLS FOR PROTEST ACTION DEMANDING
* WITHDRAWAL OF NPS
                                                             ** REVIVAL OF JCM

            The NJCA delegation met Shri Rajnath Sing, the Hon’ble Home Minister on 8th February 2019 as reminded him that it was on his assurance that the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 was deferred and that none of the assurances – such as upward revision of minimum pay and fitment factor, other 7 CPC related grievances – have been honoured. The Home Minister was also apprised of the large scale discontent amongst the employees on account of the NPS.  Home Minister assured the NJCA leadership to apprise the Prime Minister of the disquiet amongst the central government employees.

            The NJCA met thereafter and reviewed the situation. It noted that the National council, JCM has not been convened for nearly 9 years and the meetings of the Standing Committee have also become quite few. The JCM, grievance redressal machinery for the central government employees, has been made totally nonfunctional since 2014. It was therefore decided to organise a dharna at Jantar Mantar by the Staff Side Members in the National Council, JCM on 28th March 2019.

            Considering the negation of social security to central government employees due to denial of assured pension since the introduction of the NPS, it was decided to massive protest dharna on 13th March 2019 at New Delhi as well as at all stations under the banner of NJCA demanding withdrawal of NPS and restoration of Old Pension Scheme to all government employees. It was also decided to write to all political parties to commit restoration of old pension scheme by including it in their election manifestos.

            NJCA Circular and letter to Cabinet Secretary are attached.

            All our units should take lead in revitalizing the NJCA at their stations and start campaigning amongst the membership on the need to get the NPS scrapped by massive mobilisation and education of the membership to exercise enough pressure on the political parties and candidates to commit withdrawal of much hated NPS.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally


M. S. Raja
Secretary General

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.NJC/2019/7th CPC                                                                                                  February 9, 2019
To
All Constituents of NJCA

Dear Comrades,

A delegation of the National JCA consisting of Com. M. Raghaviah, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Com. Guman Singh, Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Com. Ashok Singh, Com. L.N. Pathak, and Com. R.N. Parasar met the honourable Home Minister on 8th December, 2019 at 9.30 AM .  The delegation conveyed to the honourable Minister, the discontent and anger of the Central Government employees over the  dishonouring the  assurance held out by the Group of Minister headed by him on 30th June, 2016 in the matter of the upward revision of the Minimum wage and fitment formula.  They pointed out to the Honourable Home Minister that on all previous occasions, the Government had revised the minimum wage recommended by the respective Pay Commission after negotiation with the Staff Side JCM. 
            The growing concern of the Central and State Government employees manifested in large scale mobilisation of the newly recruited employees over the New contributory Pension scheme was also brought to his notice.  The employees and officers who are recruited in  Central Government service after 1.01.2004 are extremely agitated over the meagre amount of annuity they are entitled to receive even after paying huge amount of subscription to the scheme devoid of cost indexation, family pension protection etc.  The delegation also brought to the notice of the Honourable Minister that the number of the employees and officers who are presently covered by the new scheme has crossed over 50% of the total strength and the demand for bringing back the Old Pension scheme has gained momentum.  It was unfortunate that the Government did not heed even to the modest suggestion made by the Staff Side before the Pension committee to the effect to guarantee a minimum amount of annuity to those who are covered under the new scheme.
            The delegation also stated that they are constrained to believe of a concerted effort on the part of the Government to kill the negotiating forum JCM as repeated pleadings made to revive the Joint Consultative Machinery has not been responded.  They pointed out that the National Council of the JCM met about 9 years back and the meetings of the Standing committee and National Anomaly Committee had been few and far between.  Since no meetings are convened at the apex level, the Departmental Councils had also become defunct, they added.  In other words, they said that there has been virtually no interaction worth the name between the Government and the employees’ organisations, which has proliferated the litigation and in most of the cases, the Government has lost out in the Courts.  They also pointed out that the official side had been taking extremely nugatory attitude and had not been acting upon even on the verdicts of the Supreme Court .
            The Honourable Home Minister gave a patient hearing and recalled the interaction he had with the Staff Side earlier, when an assurance to revisit the quantum of Minimum wage and fitment formula had been held out.  He assured the delegation that he would cause a discussion of the matter with the Honourable Prime Minister. 
            The National JCA met later at the Staff Side office when Com. M.S. Raja and Com. Giriraj Singh joined the meeting.  The issues were discussed at length, especially taking into account  the ensuing General Election in the country.  The meeting finally decided to organise the following programme of actions.
            13th March 2019
            A massive demonstration cum dharna will be organised under the auspices of the National JCA to highlight and focus the demand for the withdrawal of the New Pension scheme and restoration of the old Pension scheme for Central Government employees.  The National JCA will simultaneously write to all Political parties to make their stand clear on the issue of the New Pension scheme in their respective manifesto.  The National JCA will spearhead a campaign amongst the employees for the acceptance of the demand by the political parties.  The dharna will be at Jantar Mantar and the same will be participated by the employees working in and around Delhi besides the NJCA leaders.  On the same day, similar dharna and demonstrations will be held in front of all Central Government offices throughout the country.  The employees will also be requested to wear black badges projecting the demand for the withdrawal of the NPS. 
28th March 2019
            A protest day long dharna will be organised at Jantar Mantar on 21.02.2019, in which all the National Council members will take part.  A huge demonstration will also be organised on the same day in front of the Dharna venue in which the employees working in and around Delhi will take part.  The Dharna will highlight the need to revive the JCM forum and thus constant and continuous inter action between the Government and the employees.  It will also focus the intolerable attitude of the official side even in issuing orders, where the Supreme Court has given the verdict in favour of the employees.  The Cabinet Secretary will be informed of this decision well in advance.
            Copy of the letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary is enclosed.  All participating organisations are requested to make the programme a grand success.  The NJCA will meet again on 28.03.2019 to discuss of the future course of action to be mounted in the days to come 
            With greetings,
                                                                                                                                Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                                            Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
                                Convener

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055

No.NJC/2019/7th CPC                                                                            February 9, 2019

To
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India &
Chairman,
National Council/JCM
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

We invite your kind reference to the representations made by the Staff Side both in writing and orally during discussions bilaterally and otherwise on innumerable occasions  over the need to convene the National Council meeting of the JCM,  which met last about 9 years back.  Since there had been no meeting of the National Council the directive issued by the Department of Personnel to various Ministries of the Government of India to convene the Departmental Council meetings had also not been heeded.  We regret to write that inspite of our persistent persuasion you have unfortunately not found time for holding the meeting.  There had been no reason whatsoever for such inordinate delay in convening the meeting. This apart, the periodicity with which the National Standing committee used to meet has also been dwindled.  The National Anomaly Committee set up in the wake of the 6th CPC is still to finalise its business. 

The Staff Side, which met on 8th December, 2019 at New Delhi, has come to the inescapable conclusion that it must tread the path of struggle to get the negotiating forum revived.  We are therefore, constrained to take recourse to agitational pagrammes and have decided that all the Staff Side members of the National Council will sit on dharna on 28th March, 2019 at New Delhi.

We hope you will take note of the growing discontent in the matter and take corrective steps to revive the JCM and to convene the meetings immediately.

Thanking you,
                                                                                                                       Yours faithfully,     
Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
                                   Convener