Wednesday, December 17, 2014


KISAN VIKAS PATRA (KVP) RE-LAUNCHED ON 18/11/2014

 SALIENT FEATURES OF RE-LAUNCHED KISAN VIKAS PATRA:

1.Amount Invested doubles in 100 months ( 8years 4 months)
2.Available in denominations of Rs 1,000, 5000, 10,000 and Rs 50,000.
3.Minimum deposit Rs 1000/- and no maximum limit.
4.Certificate can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or by two adults.
5.KVP can be purchased from any Departmental Post office. This facility will also be extended shortly to the designated branches of commercial Banks.
6.Facility of nomination is available.
7.Certificate can be transferred from one person to another and from one post office to another.
8.Certificate can be en-cashed after 2 1/2 years from the date of issue.






2 and half years but less than 3 years
1201
3  years but less than 3 and half years
1246
3 and half years but less than 4 years
1293
4  years but less than 4 and half years
1341
4 and half years but less than 5 years
1391
5  years but less than 5 and half years
1443
5 and half years but less than 6 years
1497
6  years but less than 6 and half years
1553
6 and half years but less than 7 years
1611
7  years but less than 7 and half years
1671
7 and half years but less than 8 years
1733
8  years but before maturity of the Certificate
1798
On maturity of Certificate 
8 Years 4 month  = 100 months

2000





Friday, December 12, 2014






40 years are over after the departure of Comrade K.G.Bose from our midst. It was on 11th December 1974 that our beloved leader Com. K.G.Bose passed away in a London Hospital, at the comparatively young age of 53. 
But the  contribution of Com. K.G.  to the P and T Trade union movement during that period is beyond description. Born on 7th July 1921, he entered the P and T Department as a clerk in the DET Office, Calcutta in 1941. From the date he joined till his death in 1974, he was completely merged in the union activities, leading and guiding thousands of committed workers all over the country. His role in the 1946 P and T Strike, in the formation of NFPTE in 1954, exposing the revisionist leadership and leading the workers on the correct line – all are well known to the P and T workers. Thousands of young comrades  have been inspired by him and became active workers of the union.
Com.KG was a fighter, a revolutionary, a leader who mingled with the workers and understood their aspirations and capabilities and molded them in to dedicated and determined activists. He was elected as President of NFPTE in 1970 and led the movement on the correct line. He was elected to the Bengal Legislature and was a Member of the Pay Commission for the State Govt. Employees.
His last days were in a London hospital, where he was taken for treatment of dreaded cancer. Though expert treatment was given, he could not recover and passed away on 11th December 1974, leaving all of us in
complete darkness.
A few words from his last letter to the comrades in India is reproduced below:” I want to survive and continue my uncompromising fight against all injustices,  and  in this fight  I am not alone, thousands and thousands of comrades are with me and they are the source of my inspiration.”… ” We can not be a party to any proposal which may be considered as surrender of the principled stand by the common workers”.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TASK FORCE REPORT ON POSTAL
BLUE PRINT FOR CORPORATISATION AND PRIVATISATION
- WE SHOULD OPPOSE AND DEFEAT IT -
M. KRISHNAN
Ex-Secretary General, NFPE & Secretary General, Confederation of
Central Government Employees & Workers

1. Finally our apprehension has come true. The report submitted to Government by the “Task
Force on Leveraging the Post office Network” is nothing but a blue print for corporatization and
eventual privatization of different services given to public by the Century old Department of
Posts, strictly in tune with the reforms agenda of the NDA Government. Within three months of
its coming to power, the NDA Government has appointed the high-level Task force headed by
Shri T. S. R. Subramanian, Retired Cabinet Secretary to Government of India as Chairman.
Government acted in a clandestine manner by creating an impression among the general public
and employees, through media, that it is committed to improve the efficiency and productivity
of the services given by the Postal Department by expanding its points of presence and
customer base in rural areas and small towns and also by improving role of Post offices in
financial inclusion. Actually it was an act in disguise and Government’s hidden agenda was to
corporatize the main functions of the Postal Department.
2. When the Task Force was appointed with much fanfare, under the direction of Hon’ble Prime
Minister, many of our well-wishers have asked us that when the Government is attacking other
Government sectors like Railways, Defence, Public Sector Banks, BSNL & LIC etc. by
privatization offensives, why it is keen to do good to the Postal Department alone. Some of the
high level officers of the Postal Department also predicted bright future for India Post through
Task Force. Swayed by the propaganda, many of the Postal employees also believed that good
days are going to come. We have categorically told them that when other Government
departments and public sectors are reeling under the policy-offensives of the Government, we
do not expect that the Postal Department alone will get “good days”.
3. In 2006 while framing the policy matters relating to the formulation of the Eleventh Five year
Plan for communications & Information Sector, the UPA Government and Planning Commission
was straight forward. It constituted a working Group of 22 members to make
recommendations on Postal Sectors (Planning Commission No. M-13040/4/2006-C & I dated
30.05.2006). The Important Terms of reference of the Working Group was as follows:
(i) To make suitable recommendations on restructuring the organisation (Department of
Posts) and corporatizing certain business units and possibility of segregating its
banking and insurance functions.
(ii) To make recommendations on formulation of corporate plan and strategy for
formulation of National Postal Policy.
4. In 2014, the NDA Government constituted the High level Task Force on leveraging the Post
office Network, under the directions of Hon’ble Prime Minister (Office Memorandum No. 84-
04/2014-Coord/O&M dated 21.08.2014 of Government of India, Ministry of Communications &
IT, Department of Posts). Unlike the terms of reference of Working Group constituted in 2006,
nowhere in the terms of reference of the present Task Force it is mentioned about the
reorganization and corporatisation of the services given by the Postal Department, But, in a
pre-meditated manner, the Task Force submitted following sweeping recommendations for
corporatization and eventual privatization of services presently given to the public by the Postal
Department.
5. Gist of recommendations:
5.1 Whole functions (services) of the Department of Posts will be divided into following six units.
(i) Banking and Financial Services (Savings Bank)
(ii) Insurance (PLI, RPLI)
(iii) Distribution of third party products (services on behalf of the private sector/private parties
on payment basis)
(iv) Management of Government Services (all services requiring registration, certification or
Government over-sight including Aadhar Card and Ration Cards, bill collections and
payment on behalf of Government department)
(v) Parcel and Packets (delivery of Parcels and packets, tie-ups and agreements with Ecommerce
players for delivery, return, bill collections and payments for E-commerce
articles and handling of e-commerce delivery operations of India Post deal)
(vi) Communications delivery (Delivering of subsidized letter mails etc.)
5.2 First five units are designated as “Strategic Business Units (SBUs)” which are conceptualized
and will be expected to act as profit centres. Sixth Unit designated as “Communications
delivery Unit” is not expected to make profits and its primary functions is to delivery mails at
subsidized rates as a public good to service the need of the common man.
5.3 Under the Department of Postal Services a Holding Company called “India Post (Financial and
other services) Corporation” will be formed. The Corporation shall consist of such members of
persons (not exceeding sixteen) as Director Board Members. One of the Director Board
members will be appointed as Chairman by the Government.
5.4 In the course of time, the Government of India (Department of Postal Services) may disinvest
part of its holding (share) and allow the new entity (Corporation) to raise resources through
IPO (initial public offer-sale of share) in the share market.
5.5 Five separate subsidiary companies under the main Holding company (Corporation) will be
constituted, converting the five strategic business units (SBLIs) as subsidiary companies.
(i) Company for Banking & Financial Services (Post Bank of India)
(ii) Company for Insurance (India Insurance)
(iii) Company for Distribution of third party products.
(iv) Company for Management of Government Services.
(v) Company for Parcel and Packets (India Parcel)
5.6 Five Subsidiary companies under the main Holding company (Corporation) will have separate
Board of Directors to manage their business. Chairman of each subsidiary company will be a
member of the Main Holding Company’s Board.
5.7 The net profit generated by the subsidiary companies will belong to the Main Holding company
as it will be their sole and 100% owner. In future the subsidiary companies can be listed in the
stock Exchanges to raise capitals as and when this is required.
5.8 Five subsidiary companies will be expected to make profits and contribute towards meeting
the loss of communications Delivery unit (Sixth Unit) and also to delivery substantial revenue
surpluses to the main Holding company.
5.9 India Post would continue to retain its fundamental character of a Departmental organisation.
The physical infrastructure including (1) Post Office Network (2) Operative and supervisory
staff including Gramin Dak Sewaks, and (3) Informations Technology (delivered by CBS etc) will
remain with Department of Posts. These service will be managed at the apex level by three
Board Members of the Department of Posts (Member Infrastructure, Member Human
Resources and Member Technology). All Five subsidiary companies will be required to pay
appropriately for the use of these services to the Department of Posts. The user charges will be
rationally calculated and will be met from the revenue generated by the subsidiary companies.
5.10 Each subsidiary company would be authorized to create new infrastructure or have new staff
as it deem necessary. Banking professional will man the Branches of Post Bank of India
(PBI) and not the Post offices staff (para 13.02.12). Post office staff working in
Head/Sub/Branch Post offices will act as Agents or Banking Correspondence of Post Bank of
India (PBI).
5.11 Sixth Unit designated as “Communications Delivery Unit” dealing with Written
Communications Transmission (WCT) will not be corporatized for the time being and will
continue to be handled by the Department of Postal Services within the Departmental frame
work. India Post would continue to retain its fundamental (basic) character as an
organisation delivering public mails (letters mails) with a social service, but it will henceforth
be organised and run on commercial basis on its own, without depending on the
consolidated fund of India for financial support, i.e. Department of Posts should run the
above service without depending on the subsidy from Government.
5.12 In the proposed new Post office Act Amendment Bill, Department of Posts proposes to
gradually open up the Postal Sector, to private couriers in a phased manners, by removal of
its monopoly over letter mail segment by incorporating 15 years sunset clause, The Task
force recommends that the process of formulating and obtaining cabinet approval for the
bills should be expedited and that a new post office Act should be enacted to replace the
existing Post office Act (6 of 1898).
5.13 The Task force recommended another Postal Act “India Post (Financial and other services).
Corporation Act” for reorganisation of the total work of the Department by creation of new
corporate structure. A Holding company under the purview of Department of Posts to
supervise the new corporate structure is recommended.
5.14 Task Force emphasizes the importance of categorical and unambiguous assurance that
existing salaries and Allowances of the employees will not be affected adversely and that
there will be no retrenchment during or as a result of the restructuring of the Department of
Posts.
6. The following questions will naturally arise
6.1 Why the Sixth unit designated as “Communications Delivery Unit” is not converted into a
subsidiary company?
The answer is very simple. This unit will always remain as loss-making unit due to subsidized
rates of letter mail articles and printed New papers etc. No government will make a loss
making unit into a company. Main hurdle for corporatization of entire Department of Posts as
a corporation was that it is always running on loss. Now the Task force found out a short-cut
method to overcome this hurdle i.e; profit making units of the department may be converted
as subsidiary companies under a separate corporation under the Department of Posts, which
inturn will be privatized later. Loss making unit will remain in the Department of Posts.
Department of Posts will remain as a skeleton with flesh and blood removed from it. Thus the
Government will be fulfilling its long-awaited agenda of Corporatisation of India Post and
there by implementing the “reforms agenda” as per WTO and GATS conditionalities (General
Agreement in Trade in Services) which states that in no service sector there should be
complete monopoly of the Government. It should be opened up for private sector.
6.2 The Task Force states that by forming five separate companies profit of each company will
increase and it will inturn help the Department of Posts to wipe out its loss and make profit.
For increasing the business and profit the existing Departmental set-up is enough. All the
recommendations of the Task Force for increasing business can be implemented by the
Department of Posts, even without converting it into subsidiary companies. While
corporatising of Telecom as BSNL, VSNL and MTNL, the Government has advanced the same
argument. Now those companies are loss-making companies and government wants to
privatise or close down BSNL.
6.3 Why should the Federations/Unions oppose the corporatization, when the Task Force has
given solemn assurance that – “existing salaries and Allowances of the employees will not be
affected adversely and there will be no retrenchment during or as a result of the
restructuring of the Department of Posts? further it is recommended that the Pension
liability of 4000 crores is to be transferred to the consolidated fund of Government.
Telecom was a Government department, just like Postal. During the Telecom corportisation
also government has given this type of “Categorical and unambiguous assurance” that
corporatization will not affect adversely the salary and other benefits including pensin of the
employees. Further Government has granted Rs. 1000 per month interim salary to all BSNL
employees and also signed 5 years wage agreement with public sector wages. Higher Bonus
was also granted. Assurance was given that pension will be paid from the consolidated Fund of
India. Thus corporatization of Telecom was smoothly carried out. All of us know the present
fate of the BSNL Employees. After completing its aim, the Government violated the assurances.
Now for the last five years BSNL employees are not paid Bonus. LTC facility of the BSNL
employees is also stopped for the last five years. Medical allowance stopped. Government
appointed a committee called Sam Pitroda Committee and that Committee recommended
retirement (VRS) of one lakh BSNL employees (voluntary retrenchment!!). Now NDA
Government has declared that the Loss-making BSNL will be closed or privatized. This being the
position, how can we believe the assurance of Task Force or Government?
6.4 What should we do now?
Postal employees should unitedly oppose the dangerous and retrograde move of the
Government to corporatize the main functions of the Postal Department and defeat it.
Otherwise the future of India Post and the job security of the employees will be in danger. In
Telecom, when corporatization took place, Government has succeeded in dividing the
leadership of the Telecom Federations and employees by offering financial benefit and false
assurances and hence the corporatization of Telecom took place without any resistance from
the employees. By the time, employees realized the danger, it was too late. Now all the
Federations and Unions in the BSNL including officers (Executives) are on continuous struggle
for their existence. This should not happen in Postal. The experience of Telecom
corporatisation should be lesson for the Postal employees.
Every Postal employee should understand that corporatization is a first step towards
privatisation. For better understanding we are quoting below the observations made Fifth
Central Pay Commission Chairman Justice SIR. Pandian in Cahpter 8 para 8.17 (a) of its report.
Para 8.17 (a) – Corporatisation
“No activity which involves manufacturing of goods or the provision of commercial services
should be under taken by the Government. All such activities should be transferred to existing
public sector undertakings (PSU) or new PSU be set up to look after them. Corporatization
could also be a necessary half-way house on the road to privatization. There are certain
advantages of privatization which can be achieved through corporatization and corporatistaion
is always less controversial than privatization”.
Nobody should be allowed to misguide the employees on false promises. The rosy picture
portrayed by the Task Force about the future of India Post is to brain wash the employees and
to make them to fall-in-line with the government’s corporatization agenda without any
protest. They want the Postal employees to accept the recommendations of the Task Force
without any protest. For achieving their goal they will say anything and offer everything. It is
the agenda by the corporate for the corporate. And once the corporatization is over, the real
face of the Government will come out. By that time it will be too late. We should also learn
lesson from the experience of Postal employees of other developed and developing countries
also where this policy is implemented. In all those countries where corporatisation of Postal
functions has taken place, employees are now fighting against privatisation and for job-security
and against retrenchment.
Entire employees of the Department of Posts – Postal, RMS, MMS, Administrative, Postal
Accounts, SBCO, Civil wing, Gramin Dak Sewaks and casual, Part-time contingent employees
shall unite together, irrespective of their union affiliation and shall come under one banner of
JCA and unitedly oppose the corporatization of Postal. Officers shall also join this struggle as
they will be the worst sufferers of corporatisation. We should raise the slogan “Save Postal &
Save India Post” and unleash intensive campaign against the corporatization move of the
Government and also educate the rank and file employees about the dangers of
corporatisation and call upon them to be ready for a prolonged and uncompromising struggle.
The decision of the Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS)
to go on indefinite strike from 6th May 2015 should be further strengthened by adding the
demand – “No corporatisation of Postal Services” also as an important item of the Charter of
Demands.
If we allow the NDA Government to corporatize the functions of the Department of Posts, it
will be the beginning of the end of Government run Postal services in India. Multinational
corporations will take over the corporation in the near future and the job security of the
employees will face serious threat.
Let us be ready for a do or die battle
NB: Comments may be sent to mkrishnan6854@gmail.com and nfpehq@gmail.com

Friday, December 5, 2014

UNION NEWS


TWO MORE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR UNION

1) Mazdoor Charges enhanced as follows

    PA Duty                           Rs 300/-
    Postman Duty                  Rs 300/-
    MTS Duty                        Rs 262.50

2) Speed Post booking on holidays at Palakkad HO stands discontinued with immediate effect.




MAZDOOR CHARGES REVISED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Mazdoor Charges revised with immediate effect as follows:

Postal Assistant / Postman                   Rs.   300/-    

MTS / GrD                                           Rs.   263/-



PARTICIPATION OF COMRADES FROM PALAKKAD IN PARLIAMENT MARCH 4 DEC 2014

PALAKKAD COMRADES VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATED IN THE PARLIAMENT MARCH ON 4 DEC 2014.

WARM RED SALUTES COMRADES