Monday, April 20, 2015

NOINO submits protest letter on transfer / posting norms

NOINO submitted a protest letter to the ED(Personnel) today, i.e. 20.04.2015 on the recently issued transfer/posting norms. The letter is reproduced below:


The Executive Director(Personnel),
L.I.C. of India.

Dear Sir,

Re: Norms for Transfers & Postings-2015-16

           We have information that certain norms have been specified vide Instructions dated 8.4.2015 sent to all Zonal Managers. After reading those, we have concluded that the management is bent on implementing the draft transfer policy that had been proposed & circulated to the unions/associations on 24.1.2015. In the subsequent individual discussions with the unions/associations on 11.2.2015, we had raised several objections regarding many clauses of the draft transfer policy & opposed the haphazard implementation of the same. We were given an assurance that the matter will be once again discussed with us & our suggestions would be taken into account while finalizing the policy.

       However, it seems that the management has gone back on its word & has decided to implement the policy which will neither benefit the Officers nor the Corporation. We consider this decision as arbitrary & high-handed. We strongly protest this attitude & demand that these norms should be withdrawn immediately.

      Let us examine some of the ‘norms’ that have been specified:-

  1. No retention on promotion in the same station except for officers aged 58 & above:-. Since this does not specify the cadre, it is implied that this is for all cadres. This is bound to discourage officers from accepting the promotion. E.g. whether an officer of the age 55 will be posted out of station on his promotion as AO? We have time & again made our views clear on this matter. Till now, though there was some displacement on promotion, officers by & large accepted it since the displacement was not out of their bounds (except if it was out of Zone).  We fail to see what would be achieved by such massive displacement. A disturbed mind cannot be effective in work.
  2. Request transfers to be considered after 3 years at a station for male officers:-  We strongly differ with this. Request transfers in the case of male officers should be considered after 2 years. In the case of request transfers of female officers, the Zone-wise practices should be followed which have been in vogue till now but not exceeding two years.
  3. Officers working in ZO/DO for more than 5 years to be transferred from their positions/departments:- We have made our views clear on this subject too. Transfer just for the sake of transfer will not help. No purpose will be served by this. We strongly oppose this move.

  These are only some of our objections. The point is that without discussing with the unions/associations this policy is sought to be implemented. We strongly protest this & once again demand to withdraw such instructions immediately.

Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Circular on NOINO's meeting with FM on 13th April 2015



NOINO delegation led by its President & Union minister Shri Prakash Javadekarji met Union Finance minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 13.4.2015. He was accompanied by All India GS Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar & senior NOINO leader Dr. S.B. Sharan.

The delegation pointed out the inordinate delay in settlement of wage revision & also insisted that the wage revision should be according to the paying capacity of LIC. Jaitleyji discussed the issue in detail with our delegation. He inquired about the minimum percentage rise that we expect.

We apprised him about our legitimate demand of 40% rise to LIC Class I Officers. We also briefed him in nutshell the capacity of LIC management to pay the desired wage rise.  While discussing Shri Jaitley mentioned that Banks had been given 15% rise, so, 40% or like that would not be possible. He enquired the percentage of increase in last wage revision and showed indications of thinking somewhat nearer to that. We clarified that the wage-revision in the Banks has been finalized at 15% which is on salary slip components only. This does not take into consideration the retirement & other benefits which were being considered while giving any offer till the previous wage-revision. If these are added, the total goes up to 21 to 22%.  LIC has performed far better than others in the teeth of stiff competition and hence we deserve much more than the banking industry.

The Finance minister listened to all our arguments positively. We expect favourable results soon.

We also strongly insisted on the demand for one more (final) option for pension & also that it should be settled outside wage revision. This demand was also viewed seriously by Finance minister and Javadekarji emphasized that a small few percentage of employees & officers have remained to opt for pension option. LIC management has shown their interest in settling this demand.

Shri Arun Jaitleyji has assured to look into these issues positively and also insist management to start the discussions for wage settlement immediately.

NOINO will continue its efforts till the legitimate demands of employees are met.

 Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NOINO meets ED(Personnel)

A delegation of NOINO led by its Working President Shri Pulak Kumar Dey met ED(Personnel) Shri M R Kumar today. The Working President was accompanied by Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor; Smt. Trupti Bramhe & Smt. Neeta Prabhavalkar, both All India EC members.

It was a courtesy visit by our Working President who is based at Kolkata. However, wage revision and allied matters were discussed briefly. The delegation also apprised ED(P) regarding NOINO’s meeting with Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 13th April 2015.

The delegation requested for early resumption of wage-revision talks as also allowing one more option for pension. The ED(P) replied that wage-revision talks would resume after the current promotion-transfer round was over. He further informed that the management was following up these issues (including one more pension-option) with concerned authorities.

NOINO will continue to pursue these matters.

Monday, April 13, 2015

NOINO delegation meets Finance Minister

A NOINO delegation led by its President & Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar met Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today i.e. 13th April 2015. Shri Javadekar was accompanied by NOINO’s General Secretary Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar and senior leader Dr S.B.Sharan.

The delegation submitted a memorandum pointing out the inordinate delay in settlement of wage revision and requested for early settlement. The delegation insisted that the wage revision in LIC should be according to the paying capacity of the Corporation.

The delegation also submitted a separate memorandum demanding one more option for pension. NOINO strongly insisted that this option be given separate from wage revision.

Shri Jaitley was positive in his responses on both issues and assured to look into these.

The NOINO President also discussed with the Finance Minister other miscellaneous issues related to the industry.

NOINO will continue its efforts till the legitimate demands of employees are met.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NOINO writes to ED(P) on working on holidays etc.

NOINO today wrote to ED(P) demanding compensation for late sitting and working on Sundays & holidays. The letter is reproduced below:

7th April, 2015

The Executive Director (Personnel)
Central Office,

Respected Sir,
                        Sub: Late sitting & working on Sundays & holidays

            You are aware that for the last several years, late sitting as well as working on Sundays & Holidays have become a regular feature in our Corporation. NOINO has been demanding for regulated hours of working since long. We have suggested some measures to curb this menace on one hand & have also suggested certain measures to compensate for such late sitting & working on Sundays & Holidays. We have also drawn your attention to the security issue while working late in the office as well as travelling back home at unearthly hours. We regret to say that precious little has been done to recognize & address this problem which affects the family life & the mental/physical health of the officer/employee.

To some extent, one can understand the need for such late-sitting as well as working on Sundays & Holidays at the time of year-end closing. However, it should not be the case for almost all the year. There is no compensation whatsoever to the overburdened officers. Adding fuel to the fire is the browbeating & arm-twisting tactics adopted in many divisions to compel the officers to attend even on Festivals of religious importance.

Two recent instances can be quoted. A large part of the country celebrated Hindu New year (known by several names according to the region) on 21st March 2015. However, the officers were threatened in some divisions saying that if they don’t attend the office on this day, they should give it in writing and/or talk to the SDM of the division. The petrified officers had to fall in line against their wishes. We strongly protest such tactics which are also an affront to our religious beliefs as we are not allowed to celebrate.

The officers were also called on Sunday, 5th April 2015 for DCB closing (for submission). Then again they were asked to report on time on the next day, i.e. Monday to complete further regular jobs. Such type of work without respite or relief is dangerous. However, our officers have endured it for the cause of the Corporation. They should be compensated & rewarded for it.

We, therefore, demand that compensation worth overtime should be paid to all the officers who have worked late & on Sundays & Holidays. We request you to issue immediate instructions in this regard.

Yours faithfully

Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NOINO Gandhinagar Divisional Unit formed

We are pleased to announce that NOINO Gandhinagar Divisional Unit (Gujarat, WZ) has been formed.
The following office bearers have been elected:
1. President : Shri B F Parmar, AO, DTC
2. Divl Secretary : Shri K D Makwana, AO, P&GS Unit
3. Org. Secretary : Shri V P Parmar, AO, Mahesana B O
4. Vice President : Shri R D Chavda, AO, Chanasma B O
5. Vice President : Shri H D Chauhan, AO, Palanpur-II B O
6. Jt. Secretary : Shri A M Solanki, AAO, Chankheda B O
7. Jt. Secretary : Shri B B Dafda, AAO, Prantij B O
8. Treasurer : Shri K A Rathod, AAO, Direct Marketing
9. E C Member : Shri V B Parmar, AO, Kadi B O
10. E C Member : Shri R V Solanki, AAO, SO Gandhinagar B O
11. E C Member : Shri H H Makwana, AAO, Sidhpur B O

Congratulations to all the office bearers and Zonal team!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

20th EC meeting of NOINO

It has been decided to hold 20th EC meeting of NOINO at Kolkata (Eastern Zone). The meeting will be for one day on 22nd June 2015.

All Central office-bearers and EC members are eligible to attend this meeting. All Zonal Presidents have also been invited to attend this meeting.

Communications have been sent to all eligible office-bearers. They are requested to please book their tickets for to & fro journeys. Their travel details may please be sent to All India Working President & General Secretary.

Venue details and Agenda will be sent and published in due course.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


     As scheduled, the individual discussions with NOINO took place on 11th February 2015 at Yogakshem. The management was represented by Shri M R Kumar, ED(Personnel); Shri T Mendiratta, Chief(P) & other officials of the Personnel department. NOINO was represented by Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, GS, NOINO; Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor, NOINO; Shri Vivek Verma, ZS, NOINO, CZ; Shri Kamal Kishore, DS, NOINO, Amritsar, NZ; & Shri Brahmesh Hardikar, NOINO Mumbai Unit.

     Shri Kumar asked us to submit our views on the draft transfer policy. We submitted our broad views as under:-

  • It is heartening to note that an attempt has been made to formulate a Codified Transfer policy. NOINO has been demanding the same since inception.
·         It has taken nearly 60 years to formulate a Codified Transfer policy. For the response, we would require some more time.

·         We demanded that at least a two days’ workshop should be convened on this issue.

·         There should be complete transparency in all procedures & the unions/associations should be taken into confidence before framing any policy. The concept of participative management should be introduced.

·         Logically, first Promotion policy should be framed. Only then, Transfer/posting policy should follow. If officers get promoted regularly, there will be an automatic churning.

·         Transfers should only be effected where vested interests are likely to develop. Otherwise, they should be only on promotion or on request.

·         A consensus should be formed on the common agreed points by the associations representing the Class I Officers. Only those common agreed points should be implemented first. The policy can be expanded, if necessary, after thorough discussions.

·         The officers promoted in the supplementary round should also be considered for request transfers along with the officers promoted in the main list when they(officers promoted in the main list) complete the requisite number of years.

·         If government guidelines/instructions/policies are to be strictly followed, then other policies like child-care leave & posting of Women employees near their places of residence should be implemented first.

·         Regulated work hours should be implemented. Similarly training/meeting/conferences should be conducted during office hours only. There should be no work on Sundays & holidays.

·         There should be a specific time-frame for transfer/promotion round & this should be declared at least three months in advance to all officers.

·         The promotion/transfer lists should be issued only within office-hours.

·         The formula of staff strength should be made known.

·         The position of number of Class I officers in each cadre, Zone-wise should be made known. Whether any imbalance exists in any Zones (e.g. ratio of number of branches to the number of officers). The number of vacancies & the number of eligible candidates for promotion should also be made known.

           We would be giving our specific response on the draft transfer policy in writing shortly. The ED(P) was positive on our views & said that our views will be taken into consideration while finalizing the policy. He also said that the issue of posting of female employees will be given due consideration. He said that if necessary, the unions/associations will be invited once again for discussions on this specific issue.

               After this, we proceeded to discuss the following issues:-

1.    Biometric login:- We submitted that there were apprehensions in some quarters that the biometric login will give way to biometric attendance. The ED(P) categorically assured that the biometric login will be only for access to efeap.

2.    One more option for pension:-  We once again raised this demand. ED(P) said that efforts are on to convince the government authorities, though, till now, they have not succeeded.

3.    Anomaly after computer increment: - We again raised this demand & reminded that SBI has settled this issue in 1996(i.e. 19 years back) by granting one more increment to all the affected employees. We submitted that the anomaly is crystal clear & it was a clear case of injustice to the affected employees. Though the ED(P) was not positive on this matter, after our strong insistence, he assured to explore the possibility of the same.

4.    Running scales: - We once again raised this demand since the officers were stagnating due to lack of opportunities for promotion. The management agreed to examine the issue at a later stage.

5.    Grade pay:- We once again demanded that the concept of Grade Pay(in addition to the increment on promotion) on the lines of  Sixth Pay commission & RBI to be introduced in LIC. (As submitted in our Charter : AAO -> 3000, AO -> 5000, ADM -> 7000, DM -> 9000, SDM -> 11000, ZM(O) -> 13000,  ZM(S) -> 15000).  This will be a motivating factor for accepting promotion. (Grade pay is, in the nature of fitment benefit. At the time of promotion from one post to another, the grade pay (being a fixed amount attached to each post in the hierarchy) attached to posts at different levels within the cadre of officers will change. The management was positive on this issue.

6.    PLLI:-  We once again demanded:- a) equal percentage to all b) Simplification of parameters & including those parameters on which the employees have control  c) Current basic to be counted for calculation. Management was positive on PLLI being paid on current basic.

7.    Recruitment in Class III:- We once again raised this demand. ED (P) replied that the legal impediments owing to the litigations will be removed shortly (say within six to eight weeks) after which the process would be started. We also demanded that the staff strength formula should be revised so that enough number of employees can be recruited. Management has agreed on this issue.

8.    Late sitting & security of (particularly) female employees:- We urged the management to give a serious thought to the whole issue of late sitting & most importantly the security of female officers & their safe transit to their respective homes. We also demanded monetary compensation. We also demanded to restrict the period of inquiry to enable the employees to concentrate more on their work. Management was positive on this issue(restriction of Inquiry timings) & assured to take action by talking to the concerned department.

9.    Child care/Sabbatical leave:-  We once again raised this demand. We submitted that the banks/central government had already introduced this leave. We demanded that this leave should be introduced at the earliest in LIC after proper discussions & requisite modifications. Management was positive on this issue & said that the groundwork for this has already begun.

10.  5 days week: - We once again raised this demand. Management replied that though right now it was not on the agenda, it would definitely look into it in the near future.

11. Excess & Wrong payments: - We once again raised this issue. We submitted that the officers were unnecessarily harassed for system errors. As earlier, we also suggested Fidelity Insurance or a reserve fund specifically for this purpose as the other options. We also demanded System Audit prior to the payments. The management was positive on the issue of System Audit & assured to take steps for the same.

NOINO will continue to follow-up the issues of Wage-revision as well as other pending issues.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Bank News

Today’s meeting of subgroup on service conditions of workmen concluded this evening. Leave Rules, LFC, Staff Loans, Disciplinary Rules, Retired Employees & Ex-servicemen issues were discussed. Talks remained incomplete. It will resume on 10th February 2015.

To discuss quantum / percentage of wage-rise, full negotiating team will meet on 3rd February 2015.

Consumer Price Index & DA

All-India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) are:

  October 2014 – 253,
  November 2014 – 253, and
  December 2014 – 253.

As such, Dearness Allowance (DA) will rise by 2 slabs (0.30%) w.e.f. 1st February 2015.