A NOINO delegation consisting of Smt Anagha Sant, GS, NOINO; Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, Resident Secretary, NOINO; Shri Sanjay Ramdasi, Treasurer, NOINO & Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor, NOINO met ED(Personnel) Shri M R Kumar today, i.e. 29th November 2013 to discuss the pending issues of the officers and employees. Shri T Mendiratta, Chief(Personnel) was also present at this meeting. Following issues were discussed:-
1. One more option for pension: - We once again inquired about the current status of this issue. ED (P) said that the issue was high on their agenda & all efforts were being made.
2. Discussions on charter of demands: We once again forcefully demanded the commencement of talks on wage-revision. We also pointed out that there was no official dialogue with unions since 19.3.10. ED (P) said that they were waiting for the go-ahead from the government. We have insisted that the preliminary discussions can begin even without the go-ahead, wherein a consensus can be arrived on the common points of the unions so that the time-lag is reduced.
3. Late sitting and working on holidays: We again raised this issue & pointed out that the situation in our offices, particularly in branches was deteriorating as far as late-sitting was concerned. In this context we raised the following issues: - a) Monetary compensation for late sitting b) No work on holidays c) Recruitment of Class III employees at the earliest d) Security of officers especially female officers—we demanded that the respective division should arrange for conveyance facilities for safe escorting to home. We have suggested that in case of cluster of branches in the near vicinity, minibuses can be arranged by the office. e) No proposals should be registered on the day of completion. ED replied that a possibility of first fortnightly closing in time can be explored after talking to Marketing department. He also said that recruitment of Class III was also on the cards. He further said that the management was sensitive & serious about the security of female officers & would definitely look into the demands that we have made. He was also positive about our suggestion of no registration of proposals on the day of completion.
4. PLLI: - You are aware that NOINO has raised this issue continuously. We once again raised this issue & stressed the following points:- 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 d) Giving credit of premiums collected through alternate channels to respective branches/divisions. E) Making parameters known to the employees before the commencement of the year. ED was positive about the issue of current basic to be counted for calculation purpose (however, this is likely to materialize in the next PLLI). He was also positive about the issue of giving credit of premiums collected through alternate channels.
5. Promotions 2014: You are aware that this issue was raised by NOINO earlier too. We once again raised this issue & reiterated the following points:- a) promotion by application b) Identifying areas of hard postings & relaxation of transfer norms for those posted there. C) declaring areas of posting as in HGA promotion for promotion from HGA to AAO. D) posting ADM where SBM is posted(just as AO is posted where BM is posted) E) Abolish DOPA. ED was not positive about these points. However, he said that all aspects were being considered to accommodate maximum officers.
(Promotion Batches have not been decided yet. Are likely to be declared soon.)
6. Election duty- We once again raised this issue & said that many employees were drafted for election duty in Central Zone. We reminded the management that we had raised this issue on 12.7.13 & had urged that CO should write to all Zones giving reference of the judgments of Mumbai High Court Division bench on 25th September 2009 & 20th June 2013 & give suitable instructions to tackle this issue. ED said that they would be talking to the legal department & thereafter would instruct the Zones accordingly.
7. Mini Offices: The following points were raised :- a) Only Class I Officers have been posted though service is not of a supervisory or managerial nature. b) Forced transfers. C) Inadequate infrastructure-e.g. toilets not available d) No proper connectivity. E) Hardly any enquiries or collection in a day.
We strongly demanded for a review of all mini offices and also for infrastructure available there. ED assured to look into these demands.
8. Sabbatical leave/Child care leave to female employees: - ED said that the management was working on this issue, but it would take time.
9. Restoration of NGI postponed due to Strike dated 18th February 2010- ED was not positive on this issue.
10. Remuneration to SDC staff on migration to Efeap: --ED assured to look into the matter.
11. .Accumulation of PL up to 300 days:- ED was not positive on this issue.
12. 5 days week---ED said that the management was thinking on this issue, though it may take time.
13. LTC & Transfer TE:- We raised the usual points:- a) Airfare to officers b) Cash Re-imbursement if journey not undertaken c) Simplification of rules d) Farthest point of India to be the distance allowed. E) Transfer incidentals not revised for 27 years f) Transportation/packing charges not revised for 16 years. ED said that they were working on all these issues. He was positive on simplification of rules. He was also positive about the revision in transfer incidentals & transportation/packing charges.
14. Revision in limits of high cost treatment:- a) 10 lakhs each time total 20 lakhs should be the limit b) Removal of condition of fixed percentage of re-imbursement. ED was positive about the removal of condition of fixed percentage of re-imbursement.
15. Restriction on mail recipients:- ED was not positive on this issue.
16. Premium for GI scheme & service tax on the same: - We asked as to why the premium seemed to be on the higher side. ED replied that it was due to factors such as increasing average age of the group(due to lack of recruitment) & also due to the fact that the scheme has to go to the re-insurer when the sum assured is more than 10 lakhs. We also demanded that the Corporation should bear the service tax. ED was not positive about this issue.