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Wednesday, January 29, 2014



Saturday, January 25, 2014


Railways - Unions to decide on indefinite general strike on February 17th, 2014

he unions under the railway will meet on February 17 to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposed indefinite general strike.

The unions under the railway will meet on February 17 to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposed indefinite general strike.
The unions under the railway will meet on February 17 to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposed indefinite general strike.
A strike ballot conducted during December 20-21 at over 1,000 voting centres, saw majority of the railway men - nearly 90% favoring the strike (Read : Railway secret ballot : Strike likely as majority favor) The ballot was conducted as a preliminary step towards an indefinite strike to force the government to accept the federation’s 36 demands. (Read : AIRF : 38 Point Charter of Demands for Strike Ballot). However the crucial decision on the general strike that will have major impact on the railways and the nation will be taken at the meeting scheduled at Kota, Rajasthan, said N. Kanniah, general secretary of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), which is affiliated to the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).

The AIRF and the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen are the two parent trade unions representing an estimated 1.3 million railwaymen. 

Though the Railway Board had offered to negotiate on Railway-specific demands at meetings held over January 16 and 17 in Delhi, the AIRF leadership has taken the view that some of the key demands such as merger of DA with basic pay and guaranteed pension scheme in place of new pension scheme, could only be resolved by Government of India, Mr. Kanniah said. The union leadership feels that the Railway Ministry needs to facilitate negotiations with the Centre in order to avert the strike, he said.

It may be recalled that during the strike ballot, over 96 per cent of railwaymen in the country voted in favour of an indefinite general strike.

In the six divisions across Southern Railway, 86.8 per cent of railwaymen endorsed the strike plan.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Com. Secretary 
 Cuttack Unit is going to hold Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration on 21-1-14 and Serve Strike Notice.

With Regards

SMS from T Satyanarayan General Secretary AIPAEA (CHQ)


Please hold massive Lunch Hour DEMONSTRAION on 21-1-2014 and Serve Strike notice.

T Satyanarayan

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Merger of 50 percent DA may soon be considered by Central Government –Sources

Sources close to the Central Government Employees Federations told that Merger of 50% DA will soon be considered by Central Government before the budget session of Parliament in February 2014. According to the sources, the central government is likely to consider the central government employees  demand for merging of 50 % DA, for the reason that the DA will be crossing 100% level after January 2014.

The rate of dearness allowance to be paid to govt servants has been increasing consistently due to the rise in the prices of essential commodities for the past two years. In 2011 the rate of DA was at 50 % level. Since then all the Federation demanded the central government to merge the 50 Percent DA with basic Pay. But the government did not accept this demand to merge the DA with basis pay, as it was not recommended by sixth CPC.

The demand would be considered in view of parliament elections

But federations kept on demanding the government that raising dearness allowance alone will not help to compensate the alarming rate of price rice. So they urged the government to consider their demand favorably. It is believed that after the defeat in the election of four state legislative councils, the UPA government has decided to reconsider about its decision on the issues which directly affects the common public. The high command of the ruling party thought that the reason for their defeat in the state election is mainly because of their government failed to contain the price rise. The gap between common public and UPA government has been considerably increased. To correct these failures the UPA government decides to do something to attract the voters.

After announcing the government’s proposal to constitute the 7th pay commission, the community of central government employees has been convinced to have soft view on this government. Further the 50 lakh central government employees would be made happy if the 50% DA is merged with Basic Pay. It is told that , as the central government staff association and federations demanding it very seriously, in case the government decides go with this demand, there will be around one crore voters will be in favour of UPA government. So the government may consider the demand of merging of 50% DA with basic Pay in view of forthcoming Parliament elections.

Allowances will have no impact on merging DA with basic Pay

The sources, associated with National Council JCM, said that the government initially was not willing to consider this demand as some allowance and advances have been raised by 25% whenever the DA crosses 50% level as per the sixth CPC recommendation. But federations insisted that the allowances, which are raised to 25 % level when DA crosses 50%, will have no impact on merging DA with basic pay. The only allowance will have an increase when Basic Pay increases are HRA. No other allowances will be increased and other entitlement of the respective Grade Pay will not be revised as the 50% DA to be merged will be kept under separate component like it was treated in 5CPC as Dearness Pay. “There is no need to worry about financial implications, as the 50% DA will be paid by just changing its nomenclature as Dearness Pay”, said sources.
50% DA merger to be declared before DA crosses 100%
Further, it has been informed that it is good enough for the government to announce its decision before declaring the next additional installment of DA. Because the AICPIN for Industrial workers for the Month of December 2013 is awaited to determine the rate of dearness allowance to be paid from January 2014.The result of last 11 months AICPIN shows that DA will definitely be raised by 10 % from existing 90% level. So the rate of DA will be 100% with effect from 1st January 2014. After the DA increased to 100%, the demand for 50% DA merger will have to change its avatar. Probably the demand would be for 100% DA merger. So the federations expect the government may consider 50% DA merger soon.

However, decision if any in this regard should be taken before the announcement of election for parliament. It is expected that election announcement for parliament will be made by the end of February 2014. Before that,  the announcement of 50% DA merger is expected from central government.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Aadhaar is adequate to open a bank account: RBI

The Reserve Bank of India’s committee on comprehensive financial services for small businesses and low-income households headed by Nachiket Mor on Friday said that the Aadhaar process was adequate to enable every Indian to get a bank account by January 1, 2016.

“Target is dependent on our perception of what is happening to Aadhaar. The bank account target is really an electronic target, as we have articulated it. The big task in really opening a bank account is verifying all the documents and the customer. This is all being done by Aadhaar. The thought was that banks make use of the verification being done by Aadhaar. As soon as an Aadhaar is issued, only an instruction has to be issued to a willing bank to go ahead and open an account. So, opening the account should not be a difficult task unless you argue that Aadhaar accounts will not be done by 2015,” said Mr. Mor, while addressing a press conference here.

“We had discussion with Nandan Nilekani also….. So, we fixed January 1, 2016, as a target,” said Mr. Mor adding, “if you think of it as an independent process, where banks have to go back and open these accounts, it will take a longer time. It also takes Rs.200-300 to open an account otherwise.”

The committee, while laying down its vision statement for financial inclusion and deepening, has suggested providing a universal bank account to all Indians above the age of 18 years by January 1, 2016. He said that the account opening process should be totally automatic and free. “But people will be happy to pay the money if you give them the service.”

Desk Calendar from India Post

India Post has issued Table Desk calendar for the year 2014 on Children's Day subject and same is available for sale at Philatelic Bureaux in the country for Rs. 80/-.

Proposed Postal Strike on 12th & 13th Feb 2014




M.KRISHNAN                                     D.THEAGARAJAN
        NFPE                                                         FNPO

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Banks want to cap free ATM use at five visits a month

The Indian Banks' Association has suggested to the Reserve Bank of India that free use of automated teller machines (ATM) should be capped at just five transactions a month, including that of the bank in which the account is active. 

The recommendation follows overzealous state governments' order to banks to install security guards at all ATM booths after a woman banker was assaulted by a burglar in Bengaluru. 

"Even now, five free transactions are enough to meet the withdrawal requirements of most of the account holders. For balance enquiries, sms is a more convenient option," said M Tanksale, CEO of IBA, the lobby group. 

Now, there is no limit on the number of free transactions an account holder can do at the ATMs operated by the bank in which he has an account. 

Free transactions at ATMs operated by other banks are capped at five a month. The decision not to levy any charges on customers for doing transaction at their own bank ATMs has not been imposed by RBI on banks, but was an initiative taken by banks in a bid to reduce workload at branch and improve customer service. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How India Post plans to stay relevant as emails take over

India Post has grand plans for 2014. It launched two new parcel services recently - Express Parcel and Business Parcel - which it hopes will generate Rs 100 crore in annual revenue. It is working closely with e-commerce players. It has also begun a campaign urging people to send New Year greeting cards by post.

P Gopinath, Secretary, Department of Post, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, lists out India Post's plans for 2014. "We will complete the networking of almost 25,000 departmental post offices across the country. The roll out of core banking solutions in the post office savings bank and an ATM network across the country is also on the cards. The other new initiatives include central server based applications for post offices, mail offices, administrative offices and pay and accounts offices and setting up of 28 new parcel hubs across the country to handle the e-commerce traffic."

There has been a lot of buzz around India Post's new positioning. Under Project Arrow, 2,515 post offices across the country have been modernised under a branding programme.

"In the current financial year, 110 Post offices are being modernised under Project Arrow. The project, which has a core operations monitoring system for savings banking and mail services, has played an important role in enhancing the image of the Post office in the minds of the people," adds Gopinath. Project Arrow received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration for year 2008/09.

India Post, among its other new initiatives, plans to open 21 more Village Post Offices in 2013/14. By the end of 2015, it will add 80 more village post offices.

With snail mail diminishing and emails taking over, what does India Post plan to do to retain its relevance? "There is no doubt that personal communication in printed form has declined and will further decline in the years to come," says Gopinath. "This is a global phenomenon and India is no exception.

Mail, however, is being re-invented in its e-avatar. We are going to launch the e-Summons service for the judiciary wherein the acknowledgment for the delivery of court summons shall be transmitted and delivered through e-Post.

The court server will be automatically updated after a particular summon has been delivered on a particular date. This will help speed up court cases as proof of those who have been summoned will be available with the judiciary in real time and no excuse for non-receipt of summons will come in the way of delay in court hearing." He adds: "Similarly, through e-post the education department can send communications to all its teachers who are located in various parts of a district/state."

Gopinath is also banking on physical greeting cards. "Greetings sent through email or SMS/MMS are generally deleted as these choke the inbox," she says.

"The emotions conveyed through printed greeting cards are precious particularly if these are sent by near and dear ones and will be cherished by the receiver long after the sender may have forgotten them. The greeting card to a grandchild becomes more valuable if a My Stamp [personalised stamp] postage stamp containing the grand mother and grand father's photo is affixed. If a child is born, parents should affix his/her photo on a My Stamp and send a card announcing the new arrival. Not only will near and dear ones get the information about the new addition to the family, but they will also see the photo of the new born in My Stamp."

-As told by P. Gopinath, Secretary, Department of Post, to Business Today's Arunima Mishr