Monday, February 29, 2016

Important Announcements made by Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech 2016-17

Dear Comrades,

Important Announcements made by Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech 2016-17 

1.      Big Focus on Agriculture and Farmer’ Welfare
(i)           &nbs p;     Farmer’s income to be doubled by 2022.
(ii)           &nbs p;   28.5 lakh hectares will be brought under irrigation under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
(iii)           &nbs p; 89 irrigation projects, requiring Rs. 86,500 crore in next five years, to be fast tracked. 23 of these projects to be completed before 31st March, 2017.
(iv)           &nbs p; Dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund will be created in NABARD with initial corpus of Rs. 20,000 crore.
(v)           &nbs p;   Total outlay on irrigation including market borrowings is R. 12,157 crore.
(vi)           &nbs p; Major programme for Sustainable Ground Water management proposed for multilateral funding at a cost of Rs. 6,000 crore.
(vii)           5 lakh farm ponds and dug wells in rain-fed areas and 10 lakh copost pits for production of organic manure will be taken up.
(viii)         Soil Health Cards will be given to 14 crore farm holdings by March, 2017.
(ix)           &nbs p; 2,000 model retail otlets of fertilizer companies with soil and seed testing facilities, will be opened in the next three years.
(x)           &nbs p;   Unified Agricultural Marketing E Platform to be dedicated to the Nation on the Birthday of Dr. Ambedkar on 14th April, 2016.
2.      Rs. 27,000 crore including State’s share to be spent on PMGSY in 2016-17. Target date of completion of PMGSY advanced from 2021 to 2019.

Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley spoke on the Key Reform Measures in his Budget speech 2016-17

Dear Comrades,

Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley spoke on the Key Reform Measures in his Budget speech 2016-17
1. The Government is firm on its course towards fiscal consolidation without compromising on its development agenda. 3.5% fiscal deficit is targeted for FY 2017.

2. Total allocation for Agriculture, Farmers’ welfare and Irrigation set at Rs. 47,912 cr, which is nearly twice the allocation of the previous year.

3. New Health Protection scheme will provide health cover up to Rs. 1 lakh per family and additional Rs. 30,000 for senior citizens.

4. Free LPG connections will be provided in the name of woman member of a family to 1.5 cr BPL households in 2016-17 and to continue for two more years to cover 5 cr households in total.

5. Massive increase in public spending on infrastructure to Rs. 2.21 lakh cr, an increase of 22.5% over the previous year.

6. Higher Education Financing Authority set up, with an initial capital base of Rs. 1,000 cr to promote higher education. In addition, 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-class Teaching and Research Institutions.

7. Promoting a tax-friendly regime and minimizing hassles due to litigation through a New Dispute Resolution Scheme with low or zero penalties. Ongoing tax cases can be settled with ease.

8. Increased relief for middle-class tax-payers by raising the ceiling of tax rebate under Section 87A to Rs. 5,000 for individuals with income less than Rs. 5 lakhs and by raising the limit of deduction of rent paid under section 80GG to Rs. 60,000.

9. Directly providing financial and other subsidies benefits to people who deserve them by enacting a new law and developing a social security platform using Aadhar.

10. Boosting formal sector employment by provisioning Rs. 1,000 cr towards contributing 8.33% on behalf of all new employees enrolling in EPFO for the first three years of their employment.

11. Simplified and pro-market tax measures such as laying out the roadmap of phasing out of exemptions under Corporate Taxes, abolishing small cesses, providing complete pass through of income-tax to securitization trusts and reducing period of obtaining long-term capital gains treatment for unlisted companies to three years.

12. Promoting entrepreneurship by increasing the turnover limit under Presumptive taxation scheme to Rs. 2 cr, targeting to disburse loans worth Rs. 1.8 lakh cr under PM Mudra Yojana and providing 100% deduction of profits for 3 out of 5 years for start-ups.

13. Facilitating Affordable Housing by 100% tax exemption for profits from small projects, not subjecting distribution REITs and INVITs to Dividend Distribution Tax and encouraging small first-time home buyers by deducting ¬additional interest of Rs. 50,000.

14. Reducing black money through a scheme to declare undisclosed income by paying 45% tax in a given compliance window.

15. Strengthening the financial sector by allocating Rs. 25,000 cr towards recapitalising Public Sector Banks (PSBs), listing Government-owned General Insurance companies, and spelling out a roadmap for consolidating PSBs.

(Release ID :137004)

Budget 2016-2017: Few items that will turn costlier and items that will turn cheaper

Dear Comrades,

Following is a list of items that will turn costlier:

5.All services like bill payments, eating out, air travel
6.Ready made garments and branded apparel of more than Rs 1,000
7.Gold and Silver; jewelery articles excluding silver
8.Water including mineral water, aerated water containing added sugar or sweetening matter
9.Goods and services above Rs 2 lakh in cash
10.Aluminum foil
11.Air Travel
12. Plastic bags and sacks
13. Ropeway, cable car rides
14. Imported imitation jewellery
15.Industrial solar water heater
16.Legal services
17.Lottery tickets
18.Traveling by hiring stage carriage
19.Hiring of packers & movers
20.E-reading devices
21. Instruments for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
22.Imported Golf Cars
23. Gold bars

Following is a list items that will turn cheaper: 

2.Solar lamp
3.Router, broadband modems and set top boxes, Digital video recorder and CCTV cameras
4.Hybrid electric vehicles
5.Sterilised dialyser
6.Low cost houses with less than 60 sq mt carpet area
7.Hiring of folk artists for performa .. 
8.Refrigerated containers
9.Pension plans
10.Microwave ovens
11.Sanitary pads
12.Braille paper. 


Dear Comrades,



            The 7th Central Pay Commission has submitted its report to Government of India. The recommendations given by the Pay Commission are most retrograde. The Chairman, Pay Commission did not consider even a single demand of unions. The demand of minimum wage as per Dr. Aykhroyid formula has been negated totally. The National Council JCM demanded minimum wage as Rs. 26000/- but the Pay Commission has recommended only Rs. 18000/-. Other demands  like rate of increment  as 5% , upgraded  pay  scales to the various cadres of Postal Department , 5 promotions , Deletion of Bench Mark  in MACP, Revision of wages  and other service conditions  of GDS ,wage revision of Casual part time  and contingent employees, cashless   hassle free Medical   facility , One time LTC to visit abroad, Removal of ceiling of 5% on compassionate  appointments, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme , 67% of pay as pension  on superannuation  along with other  demands have not been considered .Beside this the Pay Commission has  recommended to abolish  52 existing  allowances and advances like HBA, Festival Advance , TA Advance and Medical Advance. The percentage of HRA has been reduced as 24%, 16%, 8% instead of 30%, 20% & 10%.

            This Pay Commission is one of the worst Pay Commission ever seen. It has recommended only 14.29% increase like 2nd Pay Commission.

            The NJCA after  detailed  discussions in  several Meetings with all constituents organizations  of National Council  JCM  has submitted  memorandum and Charter of demands to the Government  of India with the warning  that if the same  is not settled , NJCA (Railway, Defence, Confederation) will  be  forced  to go on indefinite strike  from 11th April -2016 for which the notice will be served  to Cabinet  Secretary  along with all heads of departments and at all levels on 11th March, 2016.

            The Government has set up implementation Cell in Finance Ministry which will work as Secretariat to Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for processing and implementation of recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. First meeting has been taken by the Chairman implementation Cell with NJCA leaders on 19th February, 2016. NJCA leaders have very clearly told that Employees will go on indefinite strike from 11th Apeil, 2016.

            The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and national Federation of Postal Employees along with Postal JCA have endorsed the decision of NJCA.
            All Central leaders will address rallies in the Capital Cities to popularize the strike demands and to mobilize the employees for which campaign programme has been chalked out and circulated among all.

            29th March -2016 will be observed as Solidarity day throughout the country by all constituents of NJCA.

            We as NFPE being on the forefront of all struggles have more responsibility to carry on all agitational programmes more successfully.

            Keeping in view all the above mentioned facts NFPE appeals to the entirety of Postal, RMS and GDS employees to make all the agitational programmes  cent per cent success and make all efforts to make the indefinite strike  from 11th April-2016 a historic success to achieve the genuine  and justified demands.

We have won on so many occasions and this time also we will win.

Unity for struggle and struggle for unity.
Inquilab Zindabad
Workers unity Zindabad.
Dear Comrades,




Thursday, February 25, 2016

Implementation of Recommendation of 7th CPC- Minutes of the Meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with the Members of the Staff-Side of the Standing Committee (National Council-JCM) held on 19.02.2016

Dear Comrades,

Implementation of Recommendation of 7th CPC- Minutes of the Meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with the Members of the Staff-Side of the Standing Committee (National Council-JCM) held on 19.02.2016.


Dear Comrades,


Dear Comrades,

Please see below the list of Nodal officers appointed by various Ministries/Department for processing and submission of proposals for modification of 7th CPC Recommendation to the Implementation cell. Also see Reminder sent by Implementation cell of Nodal officers for expediting the comments. All affiliated organizations are requested to keep in touch with the Nodal officers of their departments and ensure that comments are sent to Implementation cell within the stipulated period in consultation with the staff side of each department. Please treat it as most urgent/important.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General

Railway Budget 2016 : PIB

Dear Comrades,

No Hike in Passenger Fare
65,000 Additional Berths and 17,000 Bio Toilets to be Installed

Operations Audit to Improve Punctuality of trains Proposed

Wi Fi Facilities in 400 more Stations

Stations to be Developed Under PPP Mode

Award of Civil Contracts for Dedicated Freight Corridor to be  Over by the end of this Financial Year

Capacity of E-Ticketing System to be Enhanced

Increased Quota of Lower Berth for Senior Citizens and Women
820 Robs / Rubs constructed

 Operating  Ratio to Increase from 90% to 92% Proposed

Nargol- Hazira Port Connectivity to be taken up under PPP Mode

There is no hike in passenger fare in this year’s Railway Budget.  Presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17  in the Parliament today Railway Minister Shri Suresh  Prabhakar Prabhu said   the budget seeks to fulfil the  long-felt desires of the common man such as   reserved accommodation on trains available on demand, time tabled freight trains, high end technology to improve safety record, elimination of all unmanned level crossings, improved punctuality, higher average speed of freight trains, semi high speed trains running along the golden quadrilateral, zero direct discharge of human waste by the year 2020. He said  Cabinet approval has been received for re-development of stations under PPP mode.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said the Indian Railways budget  proposes to   overcome challenges by Reorganizing Restructuring and  Rejuvenating Indian Railways  with the Slogan “Chalo, Milkar Kuch Naya Karen”.  The strategy  for this will have  three pillars  i.e. Nav Arjan – New revenues, Nav Manak – New norms, and Nav Sanrachna – New Structures.

Gunmen open fire inside Post Office

Dear Comrades,

Dhubri: The guard of Gauripur post office in Dhubri district was injured when two gunmen opened fire in a bid to rob the post office on Tuesday evening, police said. The assailants entered the post office around 6.30 pm when postmaster Rabindra Kumar Biswas was counting the day's collection.

They came on the pretext of depositing money but opened fire soon after. They fled after injuring guard Bengaram Rai, 55. Rai was admitted to Dhubri Civil Hospital. Dhubri ASP Indranil Barua reached spot and a search was launched to nab the culprits.

India Post's Rs 800-Cr Proposal for Payments Bank Cleared by Public Investment Board

Dear Comrades,

New Delhi: The Public Investment Board has approved India Post's Rs 800-crore proposal for setting up a payments bank and it will be placed before the Cabinet within a month for final approval.

PIB, under the Finance Ministry, whets investment proposals by state-run entities.

"The PIB meeting has been held on January 19 and the proposal has been approved. The recommendations of PIB will now be placed before the Cabinet for final approval," a senior official of Department of Post (DoP) told PTI.


Dear Comrades,

Snap shots from the meeting:-

Circle union writes: Ventilation of some crucial problems in CBS rolled out plan which may lead to high degree of frauds and also staff victimization- request for remedial measures

Dear Comrades,
Trilochan Parida                                                 R.C.Mishra
 President                Circle Secretary, Vice-President CHQ & Leader RJCM

No. UN/AIPEU, Gr-C/Odisha/02-2016       Dated-22-02-2016.

          Sri Tilak De, IPoS.
          Chief Post Master General,
          Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001.

Sub-Ventilation of some crucial problems in CBS rolled out plan which may lead to high degree of frauds and also staff victimization- request for remedial measures.

Respected Sir,

Of late, it has come to the notice of the union that due to hasty conversion Non-CBS offices to CBS platform, the PBs with huge difference of balances in the SOs with that of HOs are being settled at the end of SOs only non-officially with-out any intimation to HO. These cases are numerous in numbers and this is being happened as go-live dates are fixed and even in case of incomplete data entry. In nutshell, it can be stated that sufficient time is not given for the offices to be rolled out to CBS to get ready in all aspects.

We have been informed that still huge number of minus balance cases exist at HO level and settlement of minus balance cases at SO level without intimation to HO is nothing but invite frauds and anticipated penalization of our poor staff under contributory negligence.

We request for remedial measures to overcome on the problem for betterment of the Department and for safety of staff from unseen victimization.

       Yours faithfully
Circle Secretary
Copy to- 1- All office bearers/ divisional secretaries
2- Com. R.N.Parashar, SG NFPE & G.S AIPEU, Gr-C for information. It is requested to take up the particular problem at the Directorate level to save staff from unseen danger as reckless rolling to go-live is being implemented without looking to the ground level infrastructure, only to achieve the targets given by the Directorate.                                                                                                                                Circle Secretary

Circle Union wrote: Non-sanction of TA bills in Aska & Koraput divisions on the plea of paucity of funds- request for allocation of funds under the head for their immediate liquidation

Dear Comrades,

                                  N F P E                                                       
            ODISHA CIRCLE, BHUBANESWAR-751007                    
Trilochan Parida                   R.C.Mishra
 President                   Circle Secretary
                                                 Vice-President CHQ & Leader RJCM
No. UN/AIPEU, Gr-C/Odisha/02-2016     Dated-22-02-2016.
          Sri Tilak De, IPoS.
          Chief Post Master General,
          Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001.
         Mrs. Kalpana Rajsinghot, IPoS
         Post Master General
         Berhampur Region, Berhampur-760001.

Sub- Non-sanction of TA bills in Aska & Koraput divisions on the plea of paucity of funds- request for allocation of funds under the head for their immediate liquidation-reg.

Ref- This Union’s letter of even number dated 17-10-2015 through  E-mail and subsequent reminders.

Respected Sir/Madam,
       The above letters on the matter were neither acknowledged nor suitably replied, which causes a concern. The TA bills of both the divisions are pending from 2012-13 onwards.
       Transfers, deputations & training programmes are frequently done for which sanction of TA bills are badly required and update sanction & disposal of pending TA bills is also highly necessary.

      It is requested for allocation of funds to above two divisions for disposal of long pending bills.

       Yours faithfully
Circle Secretary
Copy to- Divisional Secretaries Aska & Koraput division for information                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                             Circle Secretary

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