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.
New Delhi, June 30 : The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The pay hike for Central government employees announced by the Central government has been disappointing. Based on the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations, there is only an increase of 14.2 per cent in the emoluments in terms of gross salary and the increase in the take-home pay is just 7.4 per cent for the lowest category. The Central Government has deferred the decision on the revision in allowances.
The ratio between the lowest and the highest scale continues to be wide with the ratio being 1:14.
It is unfortunate that the government did not consider it worthwhile to have discussions with the employees’ organizations before making the announcement on salaries and pension.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the government hear the views of the employees organizations in the matter and on that basis to make a revised announcement.
The Modi government has once again proved that it is pro-corporate and completely against the working class. It has rejected all the fully justified demands of the CG employees and decided to implement the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC with out any positive modifications. The 33 lakh of central government employees under the National Joint Council of Action will march ahead to get their full demands achieved.
The working class in the country will fully support the strike from 11th July 2016. The common people will support the strike.
7th CPC – GOVERNMENT REJECTED ALL THE MODIFICATIONS SOUGHT BY THE NJCA
NO INCREASE IN MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA
HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS; RALLY IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES AND AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES
NJCA will meet at 04:00 PM on 30th June 2016 to decide future course of action. Continue in full swing mobilization for indefinite strike from 11th July 2016. (Courtesy: Confederation)
The National Secretariat meeting of NCCPA held today, 27th June, 2016 at AIRF office, New Delhi has called upon the pensioners through out the country to organise Mass Dharna on 11-07-2016 in support of the indefinite strike of central government employees and for the pensioners issues.
Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra , Chairman, NCCPA presided over the meeting. In his opening remarks he detailed the discussion NJCM leaders had with the Cabinet Secretary on modifications sought about the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The government has not come out with its decision and hence the NJCA is going ahead with serious preparations of the indefinite strike. We have to support the strike and should have a solidarity action. Com. K. K. N. Kutty, Secretary General also briefed the developments in connection with the strike issues. As far as pensioners issues are concerned,we have demanded pension parity with necessary modification of the pay commission’s recommendations. But the government has taken a stand that even the recommendation of the Pay Commission is not possible to implement.
Thereafter serious discussion took place and the important office bearers including Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Patron, NCCPA and Advisor, AIBDPA and Com. K. G. Jayaraj, Assistant Secretary General, NCCPA & General Secretary, AIBDPA participated. After the discussion the Secretariat decided to support fully the strike and organise country wide Mass Dharna by pensioners on 11-07-2016 demanding the pensioners issues also including pension parity.
AIBDPA units are requested to take initiative for the successful implementation of the decision with maximum participation of AIBDPA members.
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!
The National Executive of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will be held at Dehradun, Uttarakahand on 24th May 2016 to discuss about the proposed strike of the Central Government employees protesting against the retrograde recommendations of the VII Central Pay Commission. The Confederation has taken already taken decision to go on strike from 11th July 2016 on demands connected with Minimum Wage etc.
The central government has appointed an Empowered Committee Of Secretaries (ECOS) on 27-01-2016, headed by Cabinet Secretary to look and finalise the implementation of the VII Central Pay Commission recommendations. The Secretaries of various departments have been asked to get the views of the staff associations in this respect which also will be considered before any final decision is taken.
The Confederation of CG Employees and Workers has asked its affiliates to submit their notes to the concerned Heads of Departments.