Sunday, September 28, 2014

1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001
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No. JCA/AGTN/2014                                                                                              Dated – 26.09.2014

20000 Postal & RMS Employees Including Gramin Dak Sevaks will March Towards Parliament on 04.12.2014

A meeting of the Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA) was held at New Delhi on 25.09.2014 under the Presidentship of Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO. General Secretaries and Other leaders of all affiliated unions of NFPE & FNPO attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General, NFPE was also present. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE placed the review report regarding the implementation of the phased programmes of action of JCA conducted so far. After detailed delebrations the following decisions are taken.

1. Secretary, Department of Posts, has informed that it will furnish the item-wise reply to the demands raised in the charter of demands to the PJCA shortly. After receipt of reply from the Department, the JCA will meet again and future course of action will be decided.

2. It was decided to organize as massive Parliament march on 4th December 2014 (04.12.2014 Thursday) demanding immediate settlement of Charter of demands. More than 20000 Postal & RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks will be mobilized in the March to Parliament (Date changed from 10.12.2014 to 04.12.2014 as the Central Trade Unions are organizing Parliament March on 05.12.2014).

3. It is further decided that NFPE will mobilize 15000 employees and FNPO will mobilize 5000 in the Parliament March.

4. It is decided to invite all Central Trade Union leaders to address the Parliament march on 04.12.2014.



Dear friends and comrades,

NFPE & FNPO calls upon all Circle/Divisional/Branch Unions to start intensive campaign and mobilization at all levels to make the Parliament March a historic success. Let us prepare for an indefinite strike if Government refuses to settle our legitimate demands.

D. Theagarajan                                                           R. N. Parashar                                    
Secretary General                                                       Secretary General                              

FNPO                                                                           NFPE


23RD & 24TH NOVEMBER 2014

Circle Secretaries and CHQ office Bearers of all affiliated Unions/Associations shall compulsorily attend the final celebration of Diamond Jubilee of NFPE at Dwarka (Gujarat). It will be a wonderful unforgettable, magnificent and historic event.

Please book your up and down travel tickets today itself. There are only limited reservation tickets available to Dwarka. Don’t delay Book today itself. CWC meeting of all affiliated Unions will be notified by the General Secretaries. Delegate fee is Rs. 1000/- All Circle Secretaries and CHQ office Bearers should pay the delegate fee. Reception Committee has only limited source of income and huge amount is required for two days celebration including food and accommodation.



No PF/o1 (e)/2014                                                                 Dated 26th September 2014


            All General Secretaries/Office bearers (NFPE)
            All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries


            A meeting of Postal JCA consisting NFPE & FNPO was held at NFPE office New Delhi on 25.09.2014 which was attended by the leaders and General Secretaries of both Federations. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General, NFPE also attended the meeting. A review of agitational programmes was taken and action on Charter of Demands was discussed in the meeting and following decisions were taken:

            1.         The Department has informed that it will send reply on the Memorandum & Charter of Demands submitted by JCA within a week. After             receipt of reply from the Department JCA will meet again and will decide further course of action.

2.         It was decided that the Postal JCA will organize a massive Parliament March on 4thDecember, 2014. 20000 Postal employees will be mobilized to participate in the Parliament March. The quota was allotted 15000 to NFPE and 5000 to FNPO. Respective Federations will make accommodation arrangements for their members. Central Trade Unions are conducting Parliament March on 5th December 2014.
            3.         In the Parliament March Central Trade Union leaders will be invited.


                        Just after JCA meeting Federal Secretariat Meting of NFPE was held at NFPE office New Delhi. Available NFPE CHQ Office Bearers and General Secretaries participated in the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General, NFPE also attended. The following decisions were taken in Federal Secretariat:

            1.         Decisions of Postal JCA were endorsed.

            2.         The quota of participation in Parliament March to be held on 4th            December 2014 was allotted as under:

                        P-3                              -          4000              
                        P-IV                             -           4000
                        R-III                              -           1500              
                        R-4                              -            700
                        Admn.                         -             200              
                        Postal Account          -             300
                        SBCO                         -             100              
                        GDS (NFPE)             -          5000

            All General Secretaries are requested to allot the quota to each Circle and ensure participation as per quota allotted.

            Accommodation to the participants will be arranged by the respective unions.

            All General Secretaries are requested to issue separate circular and send to Circle and Branch Unions directing them to participate in Parliament March as per quota allotted to them and it should be given wide publicity to make the Parliament March a grand success.

Please instruct all Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries to book the travel tickets of participants well in advance i.e.; from 3rd October onwards.

Yours Comradely,

(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General


The union Government is going to amend labour laws without prior discussion with Trade Unions. Bilateral forums and tripartite bodies made for maintaining relations by way of discussions between Government,Workers and employers are being dissolved only to implement neo-liberal reforms for the benefit of multinational and national corporates and curtailing workers rights and trade union facilities.

            The Rajasthan Government lead by Vasundhara Raje is being utilized as test laboratory as it has taken first step to amend labour laws i.e. Industrial disputes Act, Factories Act and contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act incorporating anti worker provisions without discussion with Trade Unions. All the amendments were placed in Rajasthan Assembly on 1st August, 2014 and were got passed on the same day. The industrial dispute act amendment empowers employers to retrench the workers without prior permission of government upto establishment of 300 and it also denies the rights of formation of Trade Union unless they have at least 30 % membership.

            The amended factory act increases the coverage from 20 workers to 40 workers in the factories without power and 10 to 20 with power? This amended Act has come as a protection cover for employer as the court cannot take cognizance on the complaints of violation of laws against the employer without written permission from the State Government. The amendment to contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act keeps the employer out of purview of the Act in the establishment where up to 49 workers are employed. The amendment in apprenticeship act also gives the opportunity to employer to replace a regular worker by apprentices.

            After passing these amendments in Rajasthan Assembly the Central Government Labour Ministry posted in its website the proposals to amend all these acts and introduced the Factories amendment Bill 2014 and the apprenticeship Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 in Lok Sabha and brought back in business the Labour Laws (Exemption from furnishing returns and maintaining of Registers by certain establishment) Amendment Bill 2011 in Rajya Sabha This shows that the Modi Government is also following the path of Vasundhara Raje Government of Rajasthan.

            This trend of Govt. is alarming as it is developing the unilateralism and authoritarian practices . All these so called reforms and amendments in Labour Laws will empower the employers and will keep them out of purview of labour laws and this  paves the way of more exploitation of workers in so many ways.

            So this is the need of the hour that all the workers whether they are in Govt. sector, in public sector or in organized or unorganized sector, require to be educated about all these changes and must be ready to fight all these onslaughts unleashed by the Govt. unitedly and compel the Govt. to reverse back the so-called reform policies which are being made in the favour of capitalist class.

            It is in this background, all the Central Trade Unions including BMS,INTUC,HMS,AITUC,CITU,UTUC etc. has decided to unitedly oppose this anti-labour policies of the NDA Government . The National Convention of Workers held at New Delhi on 15th September 2014 has decided to organise nationwide campaign against the labour law amendments. The resolution adopted unanimously by all Central Trade Unions and Federations calls upon the entire working class of the country to fight out these policies at any cost. NFPE calls upon the entirety of  Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks to rally behind the banner of joint plat form of Central Trade Unions and fight unitedly the unsought unleashed by the Narendra Modi Government.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brief Note on the attack on Printing and Stationery Department

Brief Note on the attack on Printing and Stationery Department
The origin of Govt. press in India can be traced during the regime of the then Imperial Government as
early as in 1863 when Central Press at Kolkata was established another Press was set up at Shimla. With
the growing needs some other presses were established in the different part of the country. In mid 70's
three text book presses were set up with the help of German Democratic Republic under U.N.O. project.
Up-to 1973, Printing, Stationery and Publication were under the control of Chief Controller of Printing
and Stationery under different ministries from time to time.
Similarly, Govt. of India Stationery Office was established in the year of 1850 and under the then
provincial Govt. of Bengal. In due course three other Regional Stationery Depots were set up at New
Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
 After 1973, this department was trifurcated as office of Directorate of Printing, Controller of
Stationery and Controller of Publication. After 12-13 years declination of all three newly created
departments has started. In last 20-25 years these departments have faced varieties of experiments in
the name of E.R.C., closure, shifting of HQ office and curtailment in staff strength and likewise on regular
intervals. Due to stiff resistance from the organized forces of employees and workers under the banner
of N.F.P.S.P.E. and other democratic forces of the country those attacks could not materialize.
 In two recent developments on 10th and 15th September,2014, Min. of U.D., G.O.I., has
conveyed the unilateral decision of the Ministry of winding up of these two departments to the
Directorate of Printing and Controller of Stationery. Min. of U.D. has referred to the suggestions of the
former Secretary, U.D., Dr. Sudhir Krishnan on restructuring of Min. of U.D. and Ministry of Housing and
Urban Poverty Alleviation. Ironically, Addl. Secretary, U.D. has reportedly commented on the
suggestions of Dr. Sudhir Krishnan that instead of transferring the Directorate of Printing and Govt. of
India Stationery Office to any other ministry it would be justified if these two departments are wound up
and the staff may be declared surplus. Accordingly, the present Under Secretaries in charge of PSP - I &
PSP - II have asked both the Head of the Departments to furnish detailed information with facts and
figures as well as submit their views/suggestions on the proposal of winding up within 2 days. The
matter was further communicated to respective subordinate offices. Knowing the intention of the
Ministry, this Federation took immediate steps and asked the affiliates to start agitation immediately
which was carried out effectively.
 Again it is an irony of the fact that this attack has come when an initiative is on for filling up of
large number of vacancy in the various presses and a lot had been done to modernize the presses in
recent past. It is also surprising that during the meeting of the Joint Secretary (U.D.) and the leadership
of this Federation official side asked the staff side for a concrete suggestion on the "Future Roadmap of
PSP Division" which is nearly completed and would be submitted shortly.
 The official role of Director of Printing and the Govt. of India Presses are to execute important
printing jobs undertaken by Directorate of Printing includes Union Budget, Railway Budget, Session
papers of both the Houses of Parliament, Import and export policy announced by Ministry of Commerce,
Gazette of India / Delhi Gazette, Secret / Confidential Publications, Standard forms, Income Tax forms,
Postal forms and Annual Reports of Ministries / Departments. But, this huge and pro-nation role has
been intentionally undermined by the Min. of U.D. in its said O.M. wherein it has been claimed that
most of the printing is being done by Ministries/Depart ment outside except for the Gazette
notifications which are of confidential nature and therefore, most of the set up of Directorate of Printing
may be wound up and only a small set up which could take care of the Gazette notifications may be left
out under this Ministry or could be transferred to MSME.
 Similarly, Govt. of India Stationery Office is entrusted with the highly sensitive job of
procurement, storage and supply of Stationery articles including Paper and Paper-made articles to the
Central Govt. Offices/Departments/Ministries termed as indenters within the stipulated period subject
to the availability of ready stock. It is a well known fact that during the introductory chapter of Liberal
Market Economy in India in 1987 the closure order on G.I.S.O. was issued but the conspiracy of the then
Govt. could not succeed due to stubborn resistance of the unions/associations under the leadership of
N.F.P.S.P.E., COC (W.B.) and Confederation.
 National Federation of PSP Employees, being the born fighter organization and the sole
bargaining agent of the PSP Division is looking forward to take up this challenge and is sure that the
ultimate win will belong to the working class. The timely co-operation and valuable suggestions of the
Confederation will enrich and reinforce us in this battle.
                                                                                               Subrata Ganguly
                                                                                              General Secretary

Current Affairs Updates : 17 September 2014

1) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for three-day India visit: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a three-day visit, which is expected to define the relationship between the two neighbours who have had a troubled past. Jinping, who arrived here from Sri Lanka, was welcomed by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as well as the state Cabinet ministers. The Chinese President is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan. He is the first important foreign dignitary to begin his India visit from Gujarat.

2) Boxer Manoj Kumar to finally get Arjuna Award: Forced to take the legal route after being denied the honour initially, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the sports ministry has finally accepted his nomination. Manoj, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, told that he was informed of the ministry's decision this morning. The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the Arjuna Awards had led to Manoj approaching the sports ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to a list of 15 athletes in a review meeting.

3) Indonesia set to be awarded 2018 Asian Games: Indonesia is poised to be selected as the host of the next Asian Games in 2018 after Vietnam withdrew because of financial concerns. The decision will be formally ratified at an OCA General Assembly in South Korea on Saturday but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told that there was an agreement in place to give the multi-sports event to Jakarta. Sheikh Ahmad acknowledged that Hanoi's pullout had posed problems the OCA had never faced before, but they had not been left in the lurch for long.

4) Lalitha Kumaramangalam appointed NCW chairperson: The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has appointed BJP national executive member Lalitha Kumaramangalam as the new chief of the National Commission for Women (NCW). Hours after the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Menaka Gandhi announced her appointment Ms. Kumaramangalam spoke of her keenness to mainstream the gender issue in a holistic manner. Ms. Kumaramangalam also stressed on creating an atmosphere of “respect” for women. She said while there are many terms like “empowerment, autonomy and freedom” used to vis-à-vis gender issues and equality, there is need to ensure that women are treated with respect.

5) Advani Appointed Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha: Veteran BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, who was sidelined totally in the NDA government and the BJP, finally bagged a post in Parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday appointed L K Advani as the Chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee on Ethics, which oversees the moral and ethical conduct of its members. Advani was recently removed from the party Parliamentary Board and party Central Election Committee. Interestingly enough, the Speaker had recently appointed L K Advani as a member of the Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by one of the youngest members of his party, Anurag Thakur. Advani will also be a part of the Committee on Public Undertakings headed by the BJP’s Shanta Kumar.

6) Rajasthan first state to ratify Judicial Appointments Bill: Rajasthan on Wednesday became the first State to ratify the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014 which was passed by Parliament last month. The Bill needs to be endorsed by at least 15 States before it can be sent for Presidential assent and brought into effect. The 121st Constitutional Amendment was also adopted by the House simultaneously.

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