Friday, September 12, 2014

MORE  ACTION  ON  PRESENT  PROVISIONS  OF  LOKPAL  ACT  :  DELHI  HIGH COURT  STAYS  PUBLICATION  OF  ASSET  INFORMATION  IN  PUBLIC  DOMAIN  :  CONFEDERATION  WRITES  TO  CABINET  SECRETARY  AS  REQUESTED  BY  WEST  BENGAL  CIRCLE  UNION  ON  21.8.2014 & 08.9.2014  TO  FEDERATION



    A Division Bench of Delhi High Court has issued stay order on 9th September on the provision of the Lokpal Act to public declaration of assets of spouses and dependent children of Govt staff. The petitioner, Vinita Singla, wife of a Central Govt employee and working in a major IT company of India, termed the Govt dictate in her petition (Writ Petition  (Civil)No. 6010/2014 ) a violation of her 'fundamental rights of equality, life, personal liberty and privacy as flowing from Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.'

    A division bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi issued notice to Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Communications and IT and Ministry of Law and Justice, seeking their replies by November 24.  "Prima facie, there is merit in the petitioner's contention. She is a private citizen and declaration of her assets is violation of the Article 21 of the Constitution. Issue notice. Petitioner is directed to furnish the information in sealed cover which would be handed over to the authorities concerned. This order shall remain in force till final disposal of the case," the bench said.

    The bench also directed the ministries concerned to ensure that the secrecy of documents is maintained. Selaed envelopes reaching all departments will not be opened till further order from the Bench.

    The Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers has also raised the issue through a letter issued yesterday to the Cabinet Secretary requesting to take necessary action not to display asset information in public domain which would leave all staff vulnerable to security threats, kidnapping and demanding ransom etc. 

   It is worth mentioning that West Bengal Circle Union brought the issue into the notice of Federation at very early stage through e-mails on 21.8.2014 and 08.09.2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


LAST  DATE  OF  LOKPAL  RETURN  DEFERRED  THROUGH  GAZETTE  NOTIFICATION ~~~~ NEW  COMMITTEE  FORMED ~~~~ STAND  OF  WEST  BENGAL  GROUP-C  CIRCLE  UNION  IS  AGAIN  PROVED  JUSTIFIED

    In a significant development, Central Govt today has circulated a copy of Gazette Notification (Extraordinary) dated 08.9.2014, deferring the last date of filing Lokpal Return by all staff till 31st December 2014  instead of present 15.9.2014.  

    A committee has been formed on 28.08.2014 to make suitable changes to the forms of Return and the process of the declaration. They will submit their report within 45 days (mid-October). 

      Regarding the threat of security to our staff and their family upon displaying all assets in the website, the observation and demand of West Bengal Group-C Circle Union have been almost reciprocated in the order (Gazette), which reads as ---

   'And whereas, concerns and apprehensions have been raised by some Ministries/Departments, Organisations and individuals about the posting of every information provided by the public servant on public domain and the complexities involved in posting such details in the prescribed formats and also about exacerbation of vulnerabilities of the public servants after filing such details, specifically of movable property and their publication on the websites of respective Ministries/Departments giving rise to apprehension of the safety and security of the members particularly children of the public servant;'

   The entire order has been circulated by our department through Dte. letter no. 20-1/2014-SPG dated 09.09.2014.  See the complete Notification (both Hindi and English versions) with forwarding letter by clicking on the link below :
http://www.docdroid.net/hcqv/lokpalletter090914.pdf.html
       

PRESIDENCY  ZONAL  COMMITTEE  MEETING  HELD  AT  BARUIPUR, SOUTH PRESIDENCY DIVISION

   The Presidency Zonal Committee meeting of the Circle Unions was held at 'Dak Andolan Bhavan', Baruipur in South Presidency Division on 7th September 2014. Leaders of North Presidency, Barasat, Nadia South, Nadia North, Murshidabad, Birbhum and South Presidency participated in the meeting. Circle Secretaries of Group-C, Postmen & MTS, GDS(NFPE), AIPSBCOEA and Postal Workers' Union ---- all were present in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by a presidium led by senior leader Com. Ashok Mondal.

    The inaugural speech was delivered by Com. Nirmal Dey, followed by deliberations of secretaries or their representatives from all divisions of the zone. Problems of the divisions, status of membership, attacks of the administration, review of organisational programs etc. were discussed in details. From Postmaster cadre Com. Sanat Das and on behalf of PO-RMS Accountants Com. Bhaskar Majumder raised relevant points. Com. Mukul Das, Treasurer, P-IV Circle Union, stressed on timely remittance of quota and clearing all dues to Circle/All India Unions. The meeting concluded with the speech of Com. Janardan Majumder elaborating the characteristics and changes of the pattern of administrative attacks on officials and organisations in the backdrop of present political scenario of the state and the country. He emphasised on the unity of the members and putting best efforts to come out of the present days of hardship.

       In the meeting, Murshidabad division has declared their decision to host the Circle Council meeting. Birbhum division is considering the feasibility of holding the next Circle Conference there, the decision is yet to be finalised by their committees.

      The Circle Unions have assessed the outcome of the meeting as very categorical, brief yet effective.      

NEXT INDUCTION TRAINING

NEXT INDUCTION TRAINING AT DARBHANGA PTC WILL BE STARTED FROM 13TH OCTOBER,2014.

Monday, September 8, 2014

NFPE & FNPO ANNOUNCE
MASSIVE PARLIAMENT MARCH OF 20000 POSTAL & RMS EMPLOYEES INCLUDING GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS ON
10th DECEMBER 2014 AT NEW DELHI
                      Demanding settlement of Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO)
                          charter of demands submitted to Govt. and Postal Board.
PREPARE FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE IF GOVT. REFUSES TO SETTLE THE DEMANDS
          Twenty Thousand (20000) Postal & RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks will march to Parliament on 10-12-2014, demanding immediate settlement of charter of demands submitted postal JCA to Govt. and Postal Board. All Branch / Divisional / Circle Secretaries of all affiliated Unions / Associations of NFPE & FNPO (P3, P4, R3, R4, Admin, Postal Accounts, SBCO, Civil Wing and GDS) are requested to start preparations now onwards to ensure maximum participation of members in the Parliament March. Let us make it a historic success.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CENTRAL GOVT  CONSIDERS  TO AMEND  LOKPAL & LOKAYUKTAS ACT 2013  TO  SAFEGUARD  EMPLOYEES  FROM  SECURITY  THREATS : EFFORTS  AND  THOUGHTS  OF  WEST  BENGAL  GROUP-C  CIRCLE  UNION  IS  PROVED  JUSTIFIED
   
    As the department has directed all employees to furnish all immovable and movable assets of entire family including cash in hand, deposited cash in Bank or P.O. savings accounts, fixed deposits, jewellery etc., for displaying these information in departmental website as per the provisions of the above Acts, a panic prevailed among all employees regarding security. There are enough possibilities for using these information by miscreants for extortion, demanding ransom by kidnapping etc.

      Our Circle Union realised the threat of the situation and sent an e-mail to P3 CHQ on 21.8.2014 expressing our concern over the issue. The text of the e-mail was :
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Dear Comrade,
                          You must be aware of the fact that our department has already circulated a 6-page proforma for declaration of assets and liabilities by staff, their spouses and dependent children, as required under Section 44(2) of Lokpal and Lokayukt Act 2013. These information will be made available in the Public Domain of the departmental website as per the provisions of the Act.

         We had a discussion in the Circle Union regarding this. Our comrades are anxious over the issue of security once entire assets aredisplayed in public domain. Everyone is apprehending threat to security as any miscreant would have easy access to such information, and especially in West Bengal, where now it is the hegemony of miscreants for ransom and extortion even by the local clubs to extract money, none would be spared.

         We need to know whether the CHQ or the Federation has pondered over this aspect of the situation and thought of any remedy. As this is an Act now, no local or departmental remedy is feasible. Can we seek a minimum protection of these information in the departmental website under user id and password? The password may then be supplied to Lokpal Officers also.

         Kindly intimate us the stand and thinking of the CHQ and Federation / Confederation on it. We shall decide our stand upon that.
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     We are happy to see a news item appearing in today's 'TIMES OF INDIA' (Kolkata edition) that DoPT has also received various apprehensions from different sources and the Central Govt is seriously considering to amend the Act for not making information pertaining to movable assets available in public domain (departmental website). The scanned copy of the news item is reproduced below (please CLICK on the image to enlarge)
   If this amendment is made, we have to furnish all assets alright, but movable assets will not be available in the website for any public. We welcome the decision of the Govt and request for immediate process for the amendment.

      Meanwhile, West Bengal Circle Unions are going to issue a letter shortly to the Circle Administration for not being hyperactive to upload everything in public domain, and also to the CHQ, Federation and Confederation requesting to take this up with Postal Directorate and DoPT as early as possible.

       Please spread this news among our comrades.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

          PRESIDENCY  ZONAL  MEETING  ON  7th SEPTEMBET 2014  AT  BARUIPUR,  SOUTH  PRESIDENCY  DIVISION

  As per the decision of the Joint Extended Circle Working Committee Meeting on 12-13 July 2014, the Presidency Zonal Meeting of the Circle Unions will be held at Baruipur, South Presidency Division, on 7th September 2014, Sunday.

   The venue of the meeting is 'Dak Andolan Bhavan', Notunpara, Baruipur. It will start sharp at 10 A.M., before that lunch will be completed. There will be arrangements to stay in the night, those who are in requirement to stay have to inform in advance and they are requested to bring mosquito-nets. Beddings will be arranged by hosting unions.

  Please refer to Circle Unions' circular (already despatched) for agenda and other organisational details.

  Please contact Com. Sukumar Mondal (9432128818), Adhir Das (9474093841) or Bijan Chakraborty (9831209684) to inform about night-stay and for other details. 

   Route direction : Baruipur station from Sealdah South section by Baruipur / Diamond Harbour / Namkhana / Kakdwip / Laxmikantapur local (approx 45-50 minutes). Notun Para 'Bibek Sangher Mathby rickshaw from left side of station (fare Rs.15/-).

     

Friday, August 22, 2014

Memorandum submitted to Regional PMG by Circle Union on 20th August’2014



TWO-DAYS’STAY-IN EMONSTRATION  AT  CIRCLE  OFFICE  ON  19-20 AUGUST 2014 ( Round the Clock ):
 Memorandum submitted to Regional PMG by Circle Union on 20th August’2014.
 
All India Postal Employees Union Group-C
All India Postal Employees Union Postmen & Group-D
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union
All India Postal S B C O Employees Association
West Bengal Circle
37, Ganesh Chnadra Avenue, Kolkata – 13.

No: PC – 25/ Joint Movement                                                                   Dated  19-20/8.2014.
MEMORANDUM

This mass stay in demonstration for 48 hours ( round the clock ) under the banner of above organizations held in front of your chamber expresses deep anguish and resentment against the intolerable apathy towards innumerable types of staff problems and limitless reluctance to settle those despite several requests, negotiations and correspondences. Even the decisions taken and implemented beyond departmental rules are not being cancelled/ modified and higher administration appears to protect such malpractices. Our members are becoming victims almost in all cases purposefully and the whole environment suggests a reign of administrative anarchy.

Under this situation, this demonstration strongly protests against present administrative inaction to settle staff problems and victimization of our members in different forms and places / divisions.

Already in last week of July in all divisions of Kolkata Region, our respective organizations submitted memorandum including local issues as well as general issues to different tiers of organizations. But nothing happened till date. In this circumstances we are sub meeting this memorandum which need to be settle without farther delay to avoid any kind of continues and sever trade union action.

DEMANDS  :

1. Replacement of Battery of UPS in different SOs under Kolkata Region. 
2. Change of hours of business of Bolpur SO and surrounding of Bolpur S.O under
    Birbhium  Division.
3. Filling up of vacant GDS posts in different office under Kolkata Region.
4. Replacement of existing computer nods which are 8 years old. Example – Suri, Rampurhat, Bolpur Sainthia, Nalhati, Murarai etc. under Birbhum Division Nabapalli, Bongaon, Ashoknagar, N. Bk, M. gram, Rajarhat, Khantura under Barasat division.

5. Allotment of sufficient fund for medical T/A head in different division like  Birbhum, Barasat, Central Kolkata,South Nadia Division etc.
6. Holding of DPC for promotion to MTS / Postman posts from GDS/ Part time employees in Barasat, South Presidency, North Presidency, Birbhum Division etc.
7. Shifting of Airport Post office from Rajabagan P.O ( Single handed )under North 
    Kolkata Divison to Airport stg.
8. Running of cash van as schedule time of North Kol Division avoiding abnormal delay.
9. Issue of General order from Region office to the Divisions regarding effect of date of joining of newly recruited PAs ( for the year of vacancy 2011-2012 ).
10. Arrangement of unapproved vacant post of postman & MTS from GDS rotationally in South Nadia Division.
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11. Stop anti employees, unilateral and vindictive attitude of postal administration in the n/o disciplinary proceeding. Example North Presidency, Kolkata GPO, South Nadia, Murshidabad.

12. Filling up postman posts of departmental quota vacancy from 2012 onwards.

13. Stop trade union victimization in Kolkata GPO, North Presidency division etc.

14. Grant MACP in every divisions as per Dte guidelines.

15.  Stop favoritism biased and motivated activity of a section of administration in the name of “administrative interest” during issuance of tenure transfer memo, Murshidabad in particular.

16. Hold CRC meeting timely for granting appointment on relaxation ground.

17. Immediate repairing of different PO Buildings in different divisions. 











(B.G.Sur)                                                (N.C.Dey)                                    (J. Majumdar )
    Circle Secretary, GDS                             Circle Secretary, P-IV                      Circle Secretary, Gr-C



                                                                     ( A.Das )
                                                          Circle Secretary, SBCO




To

Sri Subrat Das
Postmaster General
Kolkata  Region
O/o the Chief PMG
West Bengal Circle- for intimation and active persuasion.







All India Postal Employees Union Group-C
All India Postal Employees Union Postmen & Group-D
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union
All India Postal S B C O Employees Association
West Bengal Circle
37, Ganesh Chnadra Avenue, Kolkata – 13.

No: PC – 25/ Joint Movement                                                                   Dated  19-20/8.2014.
MEMORANDUM

This mass stay in demonstration for 48 hours ( round the clock ) under the banner of above organizations held in front of your chamber expresses deep anguish and resentment against the intolerable apathy towards innumerable types of staff problems and limitless reluctance to settle those despite several requests, negotiations and correspondences. Even the decisions taken and implemented beyond departmental rules are not being cancelled/ modified and higher administration appears to protect such malpractices. Our members are becoming victims almost in all cases purposefully and the whole environment suggests a reign of administrative anarchy.

Under this situation, this demonstration strongly protests against present administrative inaction to settle staff problems and victimization of our members in different forms and places / divisions.

Already in last week of July in all divisions of South Bengal Region, our respective organizations submitted memorandum including local issues as well as general issues to different tiers of organizations. But nothing happened till date. In this circumstances we are sub meeting this memorandum which need to be settle without farther delay to avoid any kind of continues and sever trade union action.

DEMANDS  :

1. Replacement of Battery of UPS in different SOs under South Bengal Region. 
2. Reopening of Business office of Howrah Division at Kadamtala and Night Post  office of Howrah HO.  
3. Filling up of vacant GDS posts in different office under South Bengal Region.
4. Holding of DPC for promotion to MTS / Postman posts from GDS/ Part time
    employees in different Divisions.
5. Filling up departmental quota vacancy in respect of Postmen from 2011 onwards immediately.
6. .  Stop favoritism, biased and motivated activity of a section of administration in the name of “administrative interest” during issuance of tenure transfer and posting  memo, particular in Tamluk, Purulia, North Hooghly, Burdwan divisions. Cancel irregular posting order for approved Accountants in general line in Howrah Division. Cancel irregular treasury memo in case of Tamluk H.O and issue modified memo following usual formalities in general. Follow Dte guidelines in this regard.

7. Immediate payment of TRCA to the respective GDS in South Hooghly division, pending for long.

8.  Immediate grant HRA @ 30% to the employees of some offices in South Hooghly/ North Hooghly division.
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9. Immediate release of HRA to respective PA, Sankrail SO and PA, Botanical-Garden SO in Howrah Division.

10. Formation of Groups/ Cluster as per Dte guidelines in case of Posting of SBCO employees in this region, which had not been followed properly. 


11. Stop anti employees, unilateral and vindictive attitude of postal administration in the n/o disciplinary proceeding. Example Purulia, Asansol division.


12. Stop trade union victimization in Tamluk division etc.

13. Grant MACP in every divisions as per Dte guidelines. In Asansol Division it is pending since long and local administration is soldering nothing.

14. Hold CRC meeting timely for granting appointment on relaxation ground.

15. Immediate repairing of different PO Buildings in different divisions, Bandel SO under North Hooghly in particular.   






(B.G.Sur)                                                (N.C.Dey)                                    (J. Majumdar )
    Circle Secretary, GDS                             Circle Secretary, P-IV                      Circle Secretary, Gr-C


                                                                         ( A.Das )
                                                              Circle Secretary, SBCO



To

Sri P.M .Lal
Postmaster General
South Bengal Region
O/o the Chief PMG
West Bengal Circle- for intimation and active persuasion