out of a total number of 30.87 lakh employees in the central services, only 3.37 lakhs are women. The ratio works out to an abysmal 1: 9.15. The information was given in Parliament by Jitendra Singh MoS in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Copy of the same is given below. The government should provide special reservation for women in jobs to increase the ratio and give justice to women.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 5172
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.04.2017)
EMPLOYEES IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES
5172. SHRI JITENDRA CHAUDHURY:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
(a) the number of female employees in Government Service in rural and urban areas; and
(b) the ratio of male and female employees in the service?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) & (b): No data is maintained centrally regarding the number of female/male employees in Government service in rural & urban areas as sought in the question.
However, as per the Census of Central Government employees brought out by Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour, total number of employees in various Central Ministries/ Departments was 30,87,278 out of which 3,37,439 employees were women as on March, 2011. The ratio between men and women employees works out to be 9.15:1 as per the above Census. The publication of the report on the Census of Central Government employees has since been discontinued from 2011.
Lakhs of Central government employees, as per the call of the Confederation of CG Employees and Workers, are on strike today, 16th March 2017, protesting against the denial of Minimum Wage, adequate fitment in pay, restoration of various allowances etc. They are also protesting against non-implementation of promises by the Central Government, on which the indefinite strike was deferred last year. A government which does not keep its promises given to its own employees have lost all credibility.
The strike has started with massive participation. State government employees’ organisations, PSU organisation and others have extended full solidarity and support to the fully justified strike.
Government has decided to increase the period of maternity leave. The answer given in the Parliament on 06-02-2017 is given below:
672. DR. SHASHI THAROOR:
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:
(a)whether the Government proposes to extend the time span of the compulsory paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks in private organizations;
(b)if so, the details thereof;
(c)whether the Government also proposes to amend section 4 of the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961, to ensure that women employed in various public sector undertakings receive the same benefit; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefore?
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)
(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The Government has decided to enhance the paid maternity leave from existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks and an Amendment Bill in this regard was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha has already passed the Bill on 11.08.2016. With regard to women workers covered under Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, such enhancement has already been effected by amending the ESI (Central) Rules,1950.
(c) & (d): There is no proposal to amend Section 4 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The benefits under this Act are already applicable and available to women employed in various public sector undertakings.
Modi Government is moving towards privatisation of railways and defence Production, which are national assets and have high security risk.An extract from the Website post of Confederation of CG Employees and Workers is given below for information. The Central Government employees are going on strike on 16th March 2017 on demands including the above as also against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC and demanding minimum wage etc.
ATTACK ON RAILWAYS.
After the Narendra Modi Government coming to power 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed in Railways. A committee headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy , Member , NITI Ayog (National Institute for Transformation of India Ayog) was appointed for restructuring of Railways. The committee recommended complete privatisation of Railways. AIRF in its resolution adopted in the 92nd Annual Conference held at Allahabad from 8th to 10th December 2016, stated as follows:
“NDA Government assumed power on 26th May 2014. The General Body meeting of AIRF held on 3rd and 4th July 2016 at Chennai, decided to defer the strike decision to provide time to the new Government to settle and resolve grievances. But the same Government by a notification dated 22nd August 2014, decided to induct 100% FDI in Indian Railways, Defence establishments etc. The Government appointed a high level Railway Restructuring Committee, on 22nd September 2014, headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy, for restructuring Railways. The same committee had drawn a road map for privatisation and went ahead gradually, despite all out protest by AIRF. ”
The merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget was one of the key recommendations on Bibek Deb Roy committee, as an important step towards privatisation of Railways. Government has implemented the decision from this year onwards, on top priority basis. It is also reported in the media that Government has decided to privatise heritage and tourist Railways like Kalka – Shimla, Siliguri – Darjeeling and Nilgiri (Ootty) railways. BIBEK DEB ROY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE BEGIN ING OF THE END OF THE GOVT OWNED INDIAN RAILWAYS.
To add insult to injury, the Railway Board has issued orders curtailing the basic trade union rights of Railway employees. AIRF circular issued on 2nd February 2017 reads as follows:
“In continuation of our earlier letter of even no. dated 1st February 2017, you are advised to observe “Black Day” on 6th February 2017 wearing black badges/ribbons, right from branch to zonal levels, at all important offices of your Railway administrations, DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY BOARD’S LETTER DATED 31.01.2017, WHEREIN THE BOARD HAVE DECIDED TO DEBAR SUPERVISORS (IN ERSTWHILE GRADE PAY OF 4200) WORKING IN SAFETY CATEGORIES FROM TRADE UNION.
ATTACK ON DEFENCE SECTOR
The situation in Defence sector is also not different. All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) in its circular dated 04.02.2017, has conveyed the following developments to its rank and file:
“The ordnance factories are under severe attack due to the policies being adopted by the BJP – led NDA Government. Instead of developing and strengthening the ordnance factories, the Govt. is disowning the same and is planning fully to proceed to weaken the ordnance factories. Licences are being given to private companies for defence manufacturing including for those products which are being manufactured in the ordnance factories.”
In a meeting of Senior Officers held on 5th January 2017, the Secretary, Ministry of Defence made the following comments –
“You have to reduce the cost, otherwise you will not get workload in future, you have to compete with the private sector for getting workload. Two years is the period for ordnance factories.”
Recently Sri Manohar Parikar, Defence Minister , who visited AFK Pune , in the meeting held with unions has stated that —” Factories which are manufacturing clothing and leather items are not required in the Government. These items can easily be procured from private sector.”
The proposal of corporatisation (which is a step towards privatisation) is also under consideration with Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Govt has constituted another committee to identify low technology/noncore items. It is seen from the press reports that a committee constituted by Defence Minister under the chairmanship of one retired IIM Professor has recommended for creation of a new independent organisation outside the Ministry of Defence to undertake defence procurement. It is understood that a new organisation tentatively called the “DEFENCE ACQUISITION AUTHORITY” will be fully responsible for the entire process of acquisition.
A MAJOR VICTORY OF THE STRUGGLE OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES:
Confederation of central Govt Employees & Workers have been continuously fighting against pension reforms implemented by Govt in tune with the neo-liberal policies and demanding SCRAPPING OF THE NEW PENSION SYSTEM (NPS). Further we have been demanding that those employees who are covered by NPS should be eligible for payment of Death cum Retirement Gratuity (DCRG) and Family Pension and also Govt guaranteed Minimum Pension and Compensation for price rise (Dearness Relief). Now the Govt has conceded one of our demand. Govt of India has issued orders to extend the benefit of Gratuity to all NPS Employees. Further the Cabinet has decided to constitute a committee for streamlining the implementation of NPS. We shall present the remaining issues before that Committee also. Scrapping of NPS is one of the main demand of 2016 September 2nd General Strike also. No struggle will go in vain. Let us make the strike a grand success. (Courtesy:Confederation News)
July 11th, 2016 is the 56th anniversary of the Historic Five Days Strike of the Central Government employees.
The strike was against the retrograde recommendations of the II Central Pay Commission, which did not recommend minimum wage as per the 15th Indian Labour Conference approved formula as also no automatic DA as demanded by the unions was accepted. The increase in the wage was minimal.
Under the Joint Council of Action of the Central Government employees Federations (AIRF, AIDEF, Confederation and NFPTE), the biggest Indefinite strike in independent India started on the night of 11/12th July 1960. The government refused to negotiate despite the continued efforts of the JCA as also many Members of Parliament including Firoze Gandhi ( Husband of Indira Gandhi). The government was adamant. Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru called the strike as ‘Civil Rebellion’ and utilised the entire government machinery to crush it. Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) was promulgated and thousands of workers were arrested, convicted, dismissed, suspended, terminated and charge sheeted. All India leaders were arrested and put in Tihar Jail. Never before India has seen such brutal attack on any strike in the country.
It is to the credit of the workers and their loyalty to their organisation that the strike continued for five days. The entire train running system, the postal and telecom services were all badly affected. Unable to continue against the brutal attack of the government machinery and victimisation, the strike was called of on the fifth day.
5 Railways workers in Dohad were killed by police firing. 2 comrades in Kerala (one from postal and one from telephones) committed suicide unable to face the termination from service. Many were punished with rigorous imprisonment. Public, trade union leaders and outsiders were arrested for supporting the strike. Recognition of the striking federations/unions were withdrawn.
The workers faced these attacks with full confidence in their organisation and leaders. They knew there is no other way to defend their rights and justified demands. They saw the most cruel face of the so called ‘democratic government’.
PTTI and many international and foreign trade unions supported the strike and demanded the government to vacate victimisation. In the Parliament, Nehru government was put on the dock by eminent Members of Parliament like A.K.Gopalan, S.M.Banerjee, Nath Pai and many others, who demanded vacation of all victimisation.
It took more than three years for the vacation of victimisation and re-recognition of the unions and federations. But the scars remained for a long time.
Though crushed, the 1960 strike was not in vain. For that matter, no struggle is in vain. The government was compelled to act against the price rise, appoint two committees one after another on the issue of DA and has to start discussion with the unions on the constitution of negotiating machinery, which later became the Joint Consultative Machinery(JCM).
As a participant of the historic strike, I have my own experience, which I may narrate some time later.
The 1960 strike has many lessons for the working class. The determination, dedication and sacrifice of the leaders and workers who were part of the great struggle will ever be remembered.
The Central Govt. employees are once again on the struggle path. The indefinite strike called for from 11th July 2016 against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC is deferred at present on the assurance of the government. The workers are waiting for the government decisions. Any failure on the part of the government will result in another great strike.
Secretary, National Council JCM, Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra has written to the Prime Minister on 14-06-2016 to intervene on the issues of the strike notice issued by the Central Government employees. The National Joint Council of Action has given notice for Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016 in which 33 lakhs of CG Employees including railway employees are going to participate.
The Prime Minister should look in to the genuine demands of the CG employees and ensure that they are settled thus not compelling the workers to go on indefinite strike.
The National JAC of central government employees has decided to call for indefinite strike w.e.f. 11th July 2016 against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC and on the major 11 demands raised by the JAC. 33 lakh central government employees will participate in the strike.
We extend full support and solidarity to the proposed strike!