NJCA Circular dtd. 09-02-2019
National Joint Council Of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055
All Constituents of NJCA
A delegation of the National JCA
consisting of Com. M. Raghaviah, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Com. Guman
Singh, Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Com. Ashok Singh, Com. L.N. Pathak, and Com.
R.N. Parasar met the honourable Home Minister on 8th February, 2019 at
9.30 Am. The delegation conveyed to the honourable Home Minister, the
discontent and anger of the central Government employees over the
dishonouring the assurance held out by the group of minister headed by
him on 30 th June, 2016 in the matter of the upward revision of the
minimum wage and fitment formula.
They pointed out the honourable home
minister that on all previous occasions, the Government had revised the
minimum wage recommended by the respective pay Commission after
negotiation with the Staff Side JCM. The growing concern of the Central
and state Government employees manifested in large scale mobilisation of
the newly recruited employees over the new contributory Pension scheme
was also brought to his notice.
The employees and officers who are
recruited in Central Government service after 1.01.2004 are extremely
agitated over the meagre amount of annuity they are entitled to receive
even after paying huge amount of subscription to the scheme devoid of
cost indexation. Family pension protection ect. The delegation also
brought to the notice of the honourable Minister that the number of
employees and officers who are presently covered by the new scheme has
crossed over 50% of the total strength and the demand for bringing back
the old Pension scheme has gained momentum. It unfortunate
that the Government did not heed even to
the modest suggestion made by the Staff Side before the pension
committee to the effect to guarantee a minimum amount of annuity to
those who are covered under the new scheme. The delegation also stated
that they are constrained to belive of a concerted effort on the part of
the Government to kill the negotiating forum JCM as repeated pleading
made to revive the joint consultative Machinery has not been responded.
They pointed out that the National
Council of the JCM met about 9 years back and the meetings of the
Standing committee and national Anomaly Committee has been few and far
between . Since no meetings are convened at the apex level, the
departmental Councils had also become defunct, they added. In other
words, they said that there has been virtually no interaction worth the
name between the Government and the employees organisation , which has
proliferated the litigation and in most of the cases, the Government has
lost out in the Courts. They also pointed out that the official side
had been taking extremely nugatory attitude and had not been acting upon
even on the verdicts of the Supreme Court.
The Honourable Home Minister gave a patient hearing and recalled the
interaction he had with the Staff side earlier, when an assurance to revisit the quantum of minimum wage and fitment formula had been held out . He assured the delegation that he would cause a discussion of the matter with the Honourable Prime Minister.
The National JCA met later at the Staff
side office when Com. M.S. Raja and Com. Giriraj Singh joined the
meeting. The issues were discussed at length, especially taking into
account the ensuing general Election in the country. The meeting finally
decided to organise the following programme of actions.
13th March 2019
A massive demonstration cum dharna will
be organised under the auspices of the National JCA to highlight and
focus the demand for the withdrawal of the new Pension scheme and
restoration of the old Pension scheme for Central Government employees.
The National JCA will simultaneously write to all Political parties to
make their stand clear on the issue of the New Pension scheme in their
respective manifesto. The National JCA will spcarhead a campaign amount
the employees for the acceptances of the demand by the political
parties. The dharna will be at jantar Mantar and the same will be
participated by the employees working in and around Delhi besides the
NJCA leaders. On the same day, similar dharna and demonstrations will be
held in front of all Central Government offices throughout the country.
The employees will also be requested to wear black badges projecting
the demand for the withdrawal of the NPS.
28th MARCH 2019
A protest day long dharna will be
organised at jantar Mantar on 28.03.2019, in which all the National
council members will take part. A huge demonstration will also be
organised on the same day in front of the dharna venue in which the
employees working in and around Delhi will take part. The dharna will
highlight the need to revive the JCM forum and thus constant and
continuous inter action between the Government and the employees. It
will also focus the intolerable attitude of the official side even in
issuing orders, where the supreme Court has given the verdict in favour
of the employees. The Cabinet Secretary will be informed of this
decision well in advance.
Copy of the letter addressed to the
Cabinet Secretary is enclosed. All participating organisations are
requested to make the programme a grand success. The NJCA will meet
again on 28.03.2019 to discuss of the future course of action to be
mounted in the days to come.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)