Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme-NPS and Restore Old Pension Scheme-OPS
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS
1ST FLOOR, NORTH AVENUE POST OFFICE BUILDING, NEW DELHI-110 001.
Dated 8th January, 2019
About thirteen (13) lakhs Central Govt. Employees commenced nationwide two days strike today (8th January 2019) as per the call given by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. The main demand of the strike is “Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) & Restore Old Pension Scheme (OPS)”. In fact, the share market oriented NPS is nothing but “No Pension Scheme”. The strike is also to express the anger and protest of the Central Government employees and Pensioners against the betrayal of the NDA Government by not honouring the assurances given by Group of Ministers headed by Sri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, to leaders of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) on 30th June 2016 that the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased. Even after a lapse of two and a half years, the BJP Government has not implemented the assurance. The indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 was withdrawn believing the assurance.
Other demands include :
- Grant of Option-I parity to Pensioners,
- Grant of HRA arrears from 01-01-2016,
- Grant of MACP promotion from 01-01-2006 and removal of bench mark,
- Filling up of vacant posts,
- Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sevaks,
- Regularization of Casual/Contract Workers,
- Grant of equal pay for equal work and parity in pay scales,
- Revision of wages and pension of Autonomous body employees and Pensioners,
- Stop outsourcing, downsizing, contractorization, corporatization, privatization and closure of Government departments and functions,
- Removal of 5% condition on compassionate appointments,
- Grant of five assured career progression and
- Stop attack on trade union rights.
In Postal department about five lakhs employees participated in the strike all over the country under the banner of two major Postal Federations viz, NFPE & FNPO. 1,55,000 Post Offices and about 400 RMS offices remained closed. Gramin Dak Sevaks of rural post offices also went on strike. Delivery work also affected as Postmen joined the strike.
In Income Tax Department the strike is total in all the States. Work of all Income Tax Offices came to a stand still. Employees of Audit & Accounts department, Civil Accounts, Atomic Energy, Geological Survey of India, Customs and Central Excise, Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Central Ground Water Board, Postal Accounts, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Medical Stores Depots, Film Division of India, Indian Council for Medical Research, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Central Food Processing Laboratory, Census Department, National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Defence Accounts, Rehabilitation Department, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Canteen Employees, Institute of Physics, LNCPE, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Passport Department, Zoological survey of India, Patent Office, Central Drug Laboratory, NATMO, National Library, Marketing Inspection, Commercial Intelligence, Homeopathy and various other autonomous and Scientific Research Institutions participated in the nationwide strike.
Strike is total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, North Eastern States including Tripura. 70 to 80% participation in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. 60 to 70% strike in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujrat and J & K.
Solidarity demonstrations were conducted by Central Government Pensioners Organizations in various states.
National Secretariat of the Confederation thanked and congratulated the Central Government employees for their massive participation and for making the two days nationwide strike a resounding success National Secretarial called upon the entire employees to continue the strike on 9th January also.
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