Thursday, December 24, 2015

NCCPA National Secretariat Meeting on 07.02.2016


13/c  Feroze Shah  Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 22.12.2015.
President: Com. Shiv Gopal Misra
Working President: Com. S.S. Roy.
 Secretary Genl: Com. K.K.N. Kutty.


                Notice is hereby given for a meeting of the  National Secretariat (i.e. the office bearers who were elected at the conference at Kolkata) on 7th Feb. 2016 at New Delhi to discuss the following agenda.  The meeting will be held at the AIRF Library hall, State Entry Road, New Delhi. 110 001.  The  Sectt. members are requested  to make their own arrangements for stay at Delhi.  Any comrade who wanted us to make arrangements for the accommodation; he may  kindly get in touch with Com. K. Ragavendran (Mobile No. 9444919295) Agenda for discussion will be as under; The meeting will commence at 2.00PM. on 7.2.2016.

1.       Enumeration of the Conference decisions and the modus operandi to give effect to those decisions.
2.       7th CPC recommendations, points for improvement, preparation of campaign material and finalization of action programmes.
3.       Widening the organizational base of NCCPA.
4.       State of affairs of finance and the ways and means to improve it.
5.       Increasing circulation of the journal and making it financially viable.
6.       Any other matter with the permission of the Chair.
All Sectt. members are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting. 

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General


Enumeration of the Conference decisions will be made by Com. Pavithra Chakraborty, Deputy Secretary General and the modus operandi will be discussed at the meeting.  He would kindly send a note in this regard to the Secretary General for circulation at the meeting by 31.1.2016.

Note on agenda item No. 2 will be prepared and circulated by the Secretary General.

Note on agenda item No. 3 will be prepared by Com. K. Ragavendran, Deputy Secretary General as a base paper for discussion.

Note on agenda Item No. 4  and 5 will be prepared by Com. S.S. Roy, Working President in consultation with Com. Pavitra chakraborty, Com. R.L. Bhattacharya, Patron and the Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer.

In the agenda “any other matter with the permission of the Chair” the proposal for amendments to constitution received from various units or from the Sectt,. Members and the steps to be taken to get the NCCPA registered with the Registrar of Societies will be briefly discussed. If any member would like to discuss any issues other than mentioned in the agenda, he may do so, by sending a brief note on the issue to the Secretary General, which would be taken up under agenda item No. 6, subject to the constraints of time. 

NCCPA Secretary General Writes to Secretary Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare


13/c  Feroze shah  Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 22.12.2015.

Shri Devendra Chaudhary.
Secretary, Pension & Pension welfare
Lok Nayak Bhavan,
New Delhi,Delhi,110001(e. mail: secy-arpg@nic.in)

Dear Sir,

                The “National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations” is the apex organization of the various Central Government pensioners Associations viz, the pensioners Associations in the Railways, Defence, and Postal, BSNL and erstwhile Telecom department and other Central Government Departments.  The need for such an all India organization was felt by the Pensioners Associations functioning either at the regional or State levels or at the Departmental levels to channelize the common grievances of the Central Government pensioners in the country.  In the founding convention that was held at Jaipur, Rajasthan, in 2008, Com. U.M. Purohit, the then Secretary, Staff Side National council and the President of the All India Railwaymen Federation was elected as the Patron   along with  Shri V.A.N.Namboodiri, the erstwhile Secretary General of the BSNL Employees association.  Shri R.L. Bhattacharya, former (Officiating) Secretary General of the National Federation of Postal Employees took over as the President and Shri S.K. Vyas, a  long time Secretary General of the All India Audit and Accounts Association and a Standing Committee member of the National Council, JCM, right from its inception  was elected as the first Secretary General.  All these leaders were veterans of the Trade Union movement of the Central Government employees and had the rich experience of formulating the demands and issues of the employees including their retirement benefits before the successive Pay Commissions. 

                Due to the sad demise of both Shri. U.M. Purohit and Shri S.K.Vyas in succession, and due to the failing health of Shri R.L. Bhattacharya, the all India Conference of NCCPA which was held at Kolkata elected Shri Shiva Gopal Misra, the Staff Side Secretary of the JCM. National Council  as the President and Shri K.K.N. Kutty, former Secretary General of Income-tax Employees Federation for many years and presently a member of the Standing Committee of the National council as the Secretary General.  Shri R.L. Bhattacharya and Shri V.A.N. Namboodiri were requested to be the patrons to help and advise the functioning of the NCCPA.
                The NCCPA in its functioning as an apex organization of all Central Government Pensioners in the country during its short period of existence  has been able to channelize the grievances and demands of the pensioner in general before the authorities.  The NCCPA’s memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission stand testimony to this fact.  The Staff Side, JCM which submitted an elaborate memorandum on all issues concerning both the working employees and pensioners had almost adopted the views and suggestions made by the NCCPA in respect of retirement benefits.  Not only did it try to present the demands of the pensioners before the Government and other agencies effectively, it could through frequent interaction with its affiliates bring home the points of view of the Government expressed through the official side and the constraints of the Government in meeting out certain demands despite appreciating the genuineness of them. In fact it functioned as an effective conduit, beneficial for all concerned.   The democratic manner of the functioning of the NCCPA  gives room for all to express and advance their views and take decisions on the basis of a consensus.

                We write this to bring to your kind notice that while many of our affiliates and the State level organizations do receive communications from the Ministry of Pension asking them their views on matters concerning pension, the NCCPA was not favoured with a formal communication to enable us to present before the Ministry the consensus view of the Pensioners at large.  Recently the Department of Pension solicited the views of the pensioners on the question of linking Aadhar Card with pension payment and their suggestions on the recommendations of the 7th CPC.  While it is highly appreciated that the Government and the Department of Pension solicit the views of even smaller organizations, we strongly feel that it would have been equally good, if not better, to elicit the views and opinions of the Apex organizations like NCCPA whose submission by virtue of its very functioning shall have a pan-Indian touch; tempered  by reasonableness and generality of approach.  It is the avowed endeavor of NCCPA to build bridge between the Government and the Pensioners and discuss the issues and problems in a conducive atmosphere and arrive at conclusions mutually beneficial. 

                In this background, May we request you to kindly register our name in your list of Pensioners organizations to seek out our opinions and views on various pensioner-related matters, invite us formally for attending the seminars, conventions, conferences and meetings, organized by the Department of Pension in frequent intervals. 

                Thanking you and in anticipation of a favourable response,

Yours faithfully,

K.K.N. Kutty,
Secretary General.
Copy to :
Smt.Vandana Sharma,
Joint Secretary,
Department of Pension & Pensioners welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi. 110 001

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NCCPA Circular on its deliberations over Pay Commission Recommendations!


13/c  Feroze shah  Road,
  New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 22.12.2015.

Circular No. 2/2015-16.

Dear Comrades,

As you are aware, the 7th CPC submitted its report to the Government on 19th November, 2015.  The National Joint council of action or organizations participating in the JCM at the National level characterized the recommendations as the most retrograde and perhaps the worst ever in the wage increase any Pay commission has ever made in the past. Many affiliates and State committees had sent in their comments on those recommendations pertaining to the Pensioners and other retirement benefits.

We explored the possibilities of convening an emergent meeting of the office bearers of NCCPA elected at its Kolkata Conference.   However, due to paucity of time and other logistics, we had to abandon that idea.  It was then decided in consultation with Com. President to convene a meeting on 8th December, 2015 at New Delhi to discuss the recommendations of the 7th CPC.  Accordingly, besides, the President and Secretary General, all the Vice Presidents, Patrons, Treasurer and the two Deputy Secretaries General attended the said meeting.  Due to the delayed running of the train, the President could not attend the meeting.  Com. S.S.Roy, Working president presided over the meeting. On the first day, the meeting decided upon the issues that must be referred to the Staff Side JCM National Council, for inclusion in their charter of demands.  The demands so formulated are as under:-

I. Revise the pension and other retirement benefits as under:-
(a)   Parity between the past and present pensioners to be brought about on the basis of the 7th CPC recommendations with the modification that basis of computation to be the pay level of the post/grade/scale of pay from which one retired, whichever is  beneficial.
(b)   Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn in the case of all eligible persons who have completed the requisite number of years of service.
(c)    The family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.
(d)   Enhance the pension and family pension by 5% after every five years and 10% on attaining the age of 85 and 20% on attaining the age of 90.
(e)   Commuted value of pension to be restored after 10 years or attaining the age of 70 whichever is earlier. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 25 days in the month
(f)     Fixed medical allowance for those pensioners not covered by CGHS and REHS to be increased to Rs. 2000 p.m.
(g)   Provide one increment on the last day in service if the concerned employee has completed six months or more from the date of grant of last increment.

II.         The full fledged meeting of the NCCPA Sectt. will be held either in the last week of January or in the first week of Feb. at New Delhi. 
III.        NCCPA website will be maintained by Com. K. Ragavendran, Deputy Secretary General in consultation with the Secretary General,
IV.        A joint Bank Account will be opened in any Nationalized Bank at Delhi operated by the Secretary General and Treasurer.
V.         The present arrangement of publishing the journal from Kolkata will continue.  Com. Pavitra Chakraborthy will be in charge of the journal publication.  An Editorial board with Com.K.K.N. Kutty Secretary General as Chairman and Com. S.S.Roy and Com. Pavithra Chatterji will be constituted.  The advice and assistance of Com. R.L. Bhattacgarya Patron will be solicited.
VI.        Remittance of annual subscription by the affiliates, state Committees and other individuals will be made to Com. H.L.Sidhu, Tresurer only in the form of Bank Draft or through Bank transfer. 
VII.       Remittances in respect of the journal will be made over to Com. Pavitra Chakrsborty, Deputy Secretary General at his Kolkata address.  He along with the Assistant Treasurer will maintain the requisite account for the journal.
IX.        The Constitution copy of the NCCPA will be placed on the website.  Suggestions and comments for amendment may be sent to the Secretary General.  The same will be discussed for appropriate action by the next meeting of the National Secretariat.
X          Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron of  NCCPA will help in getting affiliation and registration with the TUI for NCCPA for which a formal decision was taken at the last Conference.
XI.        Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri Patron of NCCPA will take steps to get the NCCPA registered under the Registrar or Societies and a final decision in the matter will be taken at the next meeting of the National Secretariat. 
XII.       The meeting also decided to endorse the call of the NJCA in pursuance of the charter of demands.

            The NJCA in its meeting on 8th  December 2015, accepted the proposal of the NCCPA in so far as the acceptance of the demands pertaining to pensioners were concerned and included the same as Item No. 13 of the Charter of demands.  They have decided to go on indefinite strike if no settlement is brought about on these demands.  As a prologue and in a bid to mobilize the employees, they have also decided the following programmes of action in the month of January and Febraury, 2015.

30.12.2015: Holding demonstrations and hand over copy of the NJCA’s letter dated 10.12.2015 to the Head of the Office for onward transmission to the Cabinet Secretary, demanding for immediate settlement of the issues.

19-21.01.2016: 3-day dharna in all the State capitals and industrial centers/ establishments for educating and mobilizing the employees.

We request all the affiliated Associations and State Committee to part take in the programmes of action  either independently or in co-operation with the working employees and make it s a grand success.  What should be modus of our participation as and when the strike action is decided will be the subject matter of deliberation at our next meeting of the National Secretariat.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General



Wednesday, December 9, 2015





Dear Comrades,

This year 17th December "Pensioners Day" attains significance in the background of certain victory the Pensioners have achieved through the 7th Pay Commission recommendation towards Parity of Pension to the past and present pensioners. But the implementation of the recommendation with some modification to ensure the pension calculation to all Pre-2016 Pensioners based on the pay scale of the post or cadre from which the pensioner had retired. If this is accomplished then it would be a real progress in achieving what we have lost during the past years irrespective of Nakara Judgment. 

The Pensioners must remember the pioneer work done by Comrade D.S.Nakara for getting the highest judiciary of the land give out a historic verdict in favour of right to pension by all Government Employees. The concept that pension was nothing but a charity by the employer was demolished by the judgment of Nakara and the world has come to the senses that Pension is nothing but the unearned portion of the pensioner while in service. The attacks on social security and the pension under the neo-liberal regime and the resultant PFRDA that is dangling like a Damocles of sword over the heads of Pensioners and all the employees recruited prior to 1.1.2004 are always undermining the concept of pension as a fundamental right of the Pensioner. Therefore all our affiliates should observe this year 17th December, 2015 Pensioners Day in a befitting manner to highlight the partial victory we have registered through 7th CPC as well as the arduous path lie ahead of us in defending the right to social security and pension. 

All Affiliates are requested to observe befittingly and kindly send the report to the CHQ about the observance of the Pensioners Day in their organisations. 

With Greetings
Secretary General