The new Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been changed with effect from 1/1/2015. The net effect will be felt when the CPI is calculated for the Jan 2015 in Feb 2015. The food and beverages has been reduced from 47.86 to 45.86 % , no weightage for rural housing and importantly the miscellaneous has been increased from 26.31 to 28.32 %. This will reduce the CPI and thereby the DA percentage will be also being affected marginally.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
17th January 2015
The Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Govt. of India,
North Block, New Delhi
We thank you for inviting the central trade unions representing the working people in the country in both organized and unorganized sector for this pre-budget consultation.
In the previous pre-budget consultation meeting with you held on 6th June 2014, we urged upon you to please consider a directional change in the economic policy regime from that pursued during the previous government which, you have also admitted, had landed the country’s economy in a bad situation. In fact, we had articulated our views and proposals on that premise. But we like to submit candidly that our proposals did not receive a positive response and the economic policies followed the same trajectory and made situation worse for the mass of the people during the intervening period.
Sir, the Mid Term Economic Analysis (2014-15) by Govt of India itself admitted that for the period under review despite increase in GDP growth rate, and a much bigger increase in profit of the corporate sector and big business lobby, the wages for the working people who actually create the GDP in both rural and urban areas plunged on the average. Overall standard of living of people deteriorated and unemployment situation in the country has not improved in the least. Much more jobs were lost owing to closure/lockout, retrenchment than created during the intervening period. And in the midst of such situation, the Govt has already decided to cut already budgeted expenditure in the social sector such as MNREGA, Health, Education etc which we strongly deplore. Such a phenomenon warranted serious reconsideration on directional change in the economic policy regime and we again urge you for the same.
We express our serious concern and dismay over the manner the Govt have been pushing various major economic policy related decisions through promulgation of Ordinances. At least eight Ordinances were promulgated during last eight months of the new Govt. We record our determined opposition to such practice of Ordinance route of governance. In particular we also oppose the Ordinance on coal sector, insurance sector and on Land Acquisition Act and want you to please take note of the rousing opposition and struggles by the workers and the farmers against such disastrous exercises. We demand all such Ordinances should be withdrawn forthwith.
We wish that our candid observations, considered views and concrete proposals are taken in the right spirit and responded with all seriousness and given appropriate reflections in the ensuing budget 2014-15.
Some of these specific proposals have time and again been placed by us in various policy making fora including the earlier pre-budget consultations. However, we would like to reiterate them, urging your positive response:
Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; Universalise and strengthen the Public Distribution System; Ensure proper check on hoarding; Rationalise, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.
There must be massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. The Mid Term Economic Analysis(2014-15) published by Govt of India has clearly mentioned about the failure of the PPP experiments in infrastructure development and opined for public investment. It is our considered view that the Public sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan & non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.
Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference as enriched by Apex Court of the country as reiterated in 44th ILC in 2012. In any case, it should not be less than Rs.15,000/- p.m.
FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, Railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.
The public sector units played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith. Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable Sick CPSUs
In view of huge joblosses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Govt. deptts, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rdSession of Indian Labour Conference. Condition of surrender of posts in govt. departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.
Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief of 20% and 100% DA merge with basic pay and allowances including neutralization percentage be paid on merged DA in view of 7th CPC to all Govt. employees. Similarly, 100% DA of PSU employees be also merged with basic pay.
The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and urban areas as well and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The drastic cut already inflicted on the MNREGA allocation should be restored.
The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid-day meal scheme, Vidya volunteers, Guest Teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalisation of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.
Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for Social Security to all unorganized workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference.
Remunerative Prices should be ensured for the agricultural produce and Govt. investment public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only;
Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche health care etc. to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s hostels should be set up where there is a concentration of women workers.
Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like Jute, Textiles, Plantation, Handloom, Carpet and Coir etc.
Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘Right to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.
The system of computation of Consumer Price Index should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.
Income Tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs.5 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances, Railways Running Staff and a staff in other deptts should be exempted from the income tax net in totality.
Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Govt. should be restored. Govt. and Employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs.3000/- p.m.
New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of central and state govts on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;
Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Govt. and PSUs employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget;
All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of the ILO Convention on domestic workers.
The Cess Management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.
In regard to resource mobilization, we would like to emphasize the following:
A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc. should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities as at present the overwhelming majority of the populations are subjected to Indirect taxes that constitute 86% of the revenue.
Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs.5 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax-evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.
The SIT constituted for unearthing black money must deliver visible result which is yet to be seen. Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Finance Minister should make provisions to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.
Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system which is on the increasing trend again from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and Executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.
Tax on Long term capital gains to be introduced; so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.
The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc. to be expanded and enhanced.
ITES, outsourcing sector, Educational Institutions and Health Services etc. run on commercial basis should be brought under Service Tax net. Govt.
Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing commission agents of these scheme
OUR SERIOUS CONCERN:
We would like to express our strong resentment that the previous Govt. failed to positively respond to the collective voice of the Central Trade Unions on the very important issues concerning the working people of India, both organized and unorganized, consistently repeated in the form of a ‘10 point charter’ backed by several collective nationwide programmes. We expect that this Govt. will take initiative to discuss these issues with the Central Trade Unions in order to find a solution.
We also express our opposition to the so called Banking Reforms encouraging private sector/capitalists banking at the cost of public sector banks which saved the economy to an extent during the last global financial meltdown. We also oppose increase in limit of FDI and disinvestment of equity in insurance sector and FDI in pension. We strongly oppose the FDI in Defence and Retail Sector. Several such measures against the working men and women in this country including anti workers proposals contained in the New Manufacturing Policy have our strong opposition, as in our experience these kinds of measures have helped the growth of only a small section of the capitalists while the larger sections of the working population continue to be marginalized and impoverished.
We also oppose the hectic measures of changing labour laws in the name of labour reform both by the central and the state governments which are basically aimed at legitimizing ongoing widespread violations by the employers’ class and also throw out overwhelming majority of the workforce of the purview of the labour laws themselves at the total mercy of the employers.
POST BUDGET MEETING WITH TRADE UNIONS
Successive Finance Ministers have agreed to hold post budget meetings / consultations with the central trade unions. However, it has not been materialized except for one occasion. We understand such meetings did take place with the Corporate Associations/Employers Federations. We would like to importunate upon you to arrange such post budget meeting with trade unions also.
Brijesh Upadhyay BMS S Q Jama INTUC Harbhajan Singh Sidhu HMS D L Sachdeva AITUC Tapan Sen CITU
R K Sharma AIUTUC S P Tewari TUCC Monali SEWA Santosh Roy AICCTU Ashok Ghosh UCTU Shanmugan LPF
Monday, January 19, 2015
The meeting of the State level JCA of CG employees is being held on 22/1/15 at AIRF office, as such the meeting of the COC Karnataka will be held on 29th Jan 2015 ( Thursday ) at 6.30 pm at Income Tax Office Queens Road Bangalore to discuss the following agenda .
1) The review of study camp held at Bangalore on 5th and 6th Jan 2015.
2) The outcome of JCA meeting and its implementation.
3) The CGHS problems and other local issues.
All affiliates of COC Karnataka are requested to attend the COC meeting to be held on 29th Jan 2015 ( Thursday ) at 6.30 pm at Income Tax Office Queens Road Bangalore without fail.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Recently the international crude oil prices have come down from 145 dollars a barrel to 45 dollars a barrel. This shows how much reduction of 320 % in prices of crude oil, but the petrol and diesel prices have reduced by just 20 to 30%. The reduction in the international crude oil price has not been completely passed on the Indian consumer, the cess on oil has been increased four times and Central Government has already earned a revenue of more than Rs 20,000/- crores. The oil companies have also made enough money by not completely transforming the effect of the international crude oil price fall.
The inflation level has been at 5 %, in actual terms the prices of all commodities should have been reduced due to transportation cost reduction, many public transporters including the Railways , State Road Transport Companies have not passed the reduction in diesel prices. The Consumer Price Index from last five months has been stagnant at 253 points and by this DA expected is 6%. On the ground level the prices of vegetables, fruits and pulses are rising. Enough damage is done on the prices from last decade the prices have risen by over 250% and actual DA we got is just 107%.
To bridge this gap the pay rise should be more than 3.5 times the present wages of Central Government employees and immediate merger of DA and IR for CG employees is the need of the hour. Coming to the paying capacity of the Central Government it is noted that from past six months the revenue of the union of India has increased and due to the fall international crude oil price, the subsidy expenditure on fuel has reduced a lot. The expenditure on Central Government Employees wages has reduced in last decade from 8.8 % of total Expenditure of Central Government in 2001 to just 7.5 % in 2014 just 1.1 % of GDP.
The present overall revenue of the Central Government has also increased to 17.5 lakhs crores and Fiscal deficit of the budget has union budget is contained at just 4.1 % and also industrial growth has also improved in last six months, the climate is very good for 7th CPC recommendations implementation, now it’s right time we strike for our demands.
1 1) DA Merger with effect from 2011.
2) Date of Effect of 7th CPC from 2014 and grant of IR.
3) Minimum wage of Rs 27,000/-
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees-NC JCM
Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
Dated: January 11, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Rashtrpati Bhawan Annexe,
I solicit your kind attention to my letter in No.NC/JCM/2014 dated 16 th December, 2014, wherein we had conveyed the decisions taken at the National Convention of representatives of the organisations participating in the JCM. We are distressed that you have chosen not to respond to our letter till date. We have so far not received any communication from any quarter of the convening of the National Council of the JCM. No effort has also been taken by any Ministry to convene the Departmental Councils.
We have now been given to understand that the Government has taken serious steps to set up a corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance Factories, presently functioning under the Ministry of Defence. We have also noted that the report of the Committee set up by the Government to corporatize the functions of the Postal Department. The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees. The Railwaymen are particularly agitated over the decision of the Government to induct FDI to the extent of 100% in Railways, which we are aware cannot be done without privatisation of the Railways. The declaration of the Convention, which we had forwarded to you vide our letter cited had amply explained the anguish of the Central Government employees.
In order to register our opposition to the recent decision of the Government to corporatize the functions of the Ordnance factories, we have amended Item No.2 of the charter of demands. We send herewith the revised charter of demands.
The National JCA met today and took note of the silence on the part of the Government to our pleadings. The meeting has, therefore, decided to go ahead with the agitational programmes, the first phase of which will culminate in a massive March to Parliament by Central Government employees on 28th April, 2015. If no settlement is brought about on the 10 point charter of demands, we will be constrained to go for an indefinite strike action, the date of commencement of which will be decided on 28 th April, 2015.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
Monday, January 12, 2015
CGEWCC – KARNATAKA
(Central Government Employees Welfare Co-ordination Committee)
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX
Central Revenue Building, Queen’s Road, Bngalore – 560 001
Tel : 080-22867472 or 22864273 Extn : 103 Fax : 080-22861923
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
F.No. CGEWCC/INCOMETAX/2014 Dated : 12.01.2015
In view of Government of Karnataka declaring 15.01.2015, Thursday
as Uttarayana Punya Kala-Sankranti festival as also in view of request received from the Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers, Bangalore(COC), Central Government Employees Welfare Co-ordination Committee (CGEWCC) has decided that Central Government Offices in Karnataka will be observing 14th January, 2015 on account of Sankranti as Restricted Holiday and 15th January, 2015 on account of Pongal as closed holiday. This is in partial modification of the earlier communication sent by CGEWCC on 03.12.2014. It is also requested to give wide publicity amongst all the employees that 14.01.2015 is only a Restricted Holiday and not a Closed Holiday.
Secretary, CGEWCC, Karnataka &
Commissioner of Income-tax - 3
Monday, January 5, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NORTH AVENUE, NEW DELHI - 110 001.
TRADE UNION WORKSHOP 2015
5th, 6th JANUARY 2015 - BANGALORE
10.00 AM to 11.30 AM Inauguration & Class I
International-National situation & : Com.A.K.Padmanabhan,
Task of the Trade Unions National President, CITU
11.30 to 11.45 - Tea Break
11.45 AM to 1.15 PM Class II (Interactive Session)
Subject: 7th CPC Memorandum & : Com.S.K.Vyas, Advisor
Related issues - Interation of Delegates : Com.K.K.N.Kutty, President &
with CHQ Leaders. : Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General
will attend the session.
1.15PM to 2.00 PM -Lunch Break
2.00 PM to04.00 PM Class III
Media and Politics : Com. P.Rajeev, MP, Rajyasabha.
04.00 PM to 04.30 PM - Tea Break
04.30 PM to 07.00 PM Class IV (Interactive Session Continues)
Central Govt. Employees Charter of : National Leaders of Confederations will
Demands - Future Course of Action - attend the session.
Role of Confederation.
9.00 AM to 11.00 AM Class V
Two decades of Globalisation and its impact : Dr.Venkitesh Athreya (Economist)
on working class.
11.00 AM to 11.15 AM - Tea Break.
11.15 AM to 01.00 PM Class VI
Human Rights and Working Class : Prof.G.Haragopal (ICSSR, National Fellow,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Visiting Professor, National School of Law, Bangalore.
01.00 PM to 02.00 PM - Lunch Break
02.00 PM to 04.00 PM Class VII (Interactive session continues)
Subject: How to further improve the
functioning of Confederation : National leaders of Confederation will attend
04.00 PM to 05.00 PM
Camp Review and conclusion.
- 05.00 pm - END –
Venue of the Camp : Income Tax Office, Bangalore.
“Cauvery Hall, 4th Floor of Income Tax Office located on Queens Road, which is opposite to GPO building and near to Vidhan Soudha (State Assembly Hall).
Registration : 0800 AM to 09.30 AM
Attendance of all delegates in the camp from 05-01-2015, 10 AM to 06-01-2015, 05.00PM is compulsory. No exemption will mbe granted to any delegate. Late coming and early leaving not permitted.
K.K.N.Kutty, M. Krishnan,
President. Secretary General.