Thursday, 2 July 2015

Final brief to 7th CPC by NDGBGOA on 01/07/2015


Meeting with 7th CPC on 01.07.2015

Dear members,
                  Office bearers of NDGBGOA could got an appointment to meet Joint Secretary,7 CPC, Shri Jayanta Sinha and Vivek Roy who are dealing Defence. Association highlighted following important issues of Group B Gazetted cadre in front of 7th CPC.
1. Assn. Presentation on JWM Cadre-The total no of post of JWMs are 7694 with negligible promotional aspects to JTS(188).The whole cadre irrespective of Seniors and Juniors are demoralised without any promotional aspects and financial benefit. The cadre is continuously being degraded in pay scale by consecutive 5th and 6th  Central Pay Comission. The highest experienced cadre in the organisation and at the  managerial level who answer to workman and General Manager in a industrial organisation should be honoured with a respectable pay package with good promotional aspects.Assn. requsted for considering minimum Grade pay of 5400 equivalent pay scale  for JWMs .
CPC view- In this regard Jt. Secy. Expressed his concern about the more no of JWMs without any promotional prospects in Ordnance Factory Organisation. He expressed about the proposal of OFB regarding theJWM Cadre. He has assured to make a good proposal and a better pay packge for JWMs.
2. Assn. Presentation on PS Cadre- There is difference in pay packages and promotional  aspects of PS Cadre in Factoties and HQ and Secretariat. The PS, those are in Ordnance Factoties used to work for 6 days in a week attched to SAG Grade. The duty time is more than 08 hrs along with Factories Over time. Even though 6th CPC recommended for pairity in pay scale of PS Cadre but it has not implimented.. Association requested CPC for recommendation of pairity in PS Cadre.
CPC view- CPC assured for recommending  pairity  in PS Cadre  in Factories and HQ Organisation.
3. Incentive scheme in industrial organisation-  Assn. Suggested for making incentive scheme in govt. Industrial Organisation for Group B gazetted cadre.
4. Risk Allowance for Group B Gazetted cadre-   Ordnance Factories produce explosives and ammunition and many hazardous operation being carried out in Manufacturing process which involves risk for all the cadre involves in production. Therefore risk allowance should be extended for group B gazetted cadre. Jt. Secy. accepted the point and assured for granting the same.
5. PLB for Group B Gazetted officer-  Assn. requested CPC ,for consideration of granting PLB to Group B Gazetted Officers.
Other General points like International LTC, Educational Allowance upto graduate level was also suggested.
On behalf of NDGBGOA, Final memorandum in brief was submitted for  consideration of 7th Central Pay Commission.
JAIGOPAL SINGH
GENERAL SECRETARY,
NDGBGOA

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Meeting with Honorable Defence Minister on 30/06/2015



NDGBGOA MEETING WITH HONORABLE DEFENCE MINISTER

Dear members,
                      Today on 30/06/2015 NDGBGOA Offfice bearers met Honorable Defence Minister in his Office at South block at 1150 hrs.  It is honour that Honorable Defence Minister has given more than his Scheduled time.  Following important points were discussed elaborately and other points was assured by Defence Minister for completion with approprite action by MoD, OFB and Association within three month.
1. Cadre Review of JWMs- It was explained by Association that, for the last two decades there is no Cadre restructuring of Group B cadre in Ordnance Factories even after merger of cadre in 5th and 6th CPC. There are many functional problem in Ordnance Factories in the shop floor and Secction level.
 Honorable Defence minister has assured to complete the cadre review of Group B Gazetted Cadre within short period.
2. Incremental Benefit to CM and JWMs -  Association explained the position that after positive recommendation from MOD and the proposal has been forwarded to DOP&T for final aproval.
 Honorable Defence Minister assured his intervention and necesary action at the earliest.

 In this regard our Association has approached  and explained the factual position to the Concerned Officer at  DOP&T.  JS/DOp&T (Pay Division ) could conviced by our Association and  assured to publish General Order on incremental benefit either by DOP&T or through MOD ( Finance) at the earliest.

3, Deliberate transfer of  Office bearers of  NDGBGOA (JWMs ) by OFB - In this regard Association has expressed that OFB is not mantaning  transparent transfer policy and  OFB is making transfer order in pick and choose  basis which is against Organisational interest and  without any progressive prospects in this current scenario of Ordnance Factory Organisation.
 Honorable Defence Minister has taken up the issue seriously and assured for further action at the earliest.

    Following other points was taken up in the Memorandum.

 HONORABLE DEFENCE MINISTER assured to make committee consists of  Official from OFB,MOD and representation from Association to complete all the issues pertaining to Group B Gazetted Officer within three month period. Honorable Minister has marked to The Secretary, Defence Production to complete all the eleven points within three month time. 

4-Grievance Redressal mechanism for Group B  Gazetted officers- Middle management cadre always considered to be the Back bone of Organisation. Group B  Gazetted officers cadre does not have any forum to address the Grievance of the cadres like Joint Consultative Machinery. Group A Officers are representing from Officials side and Group C employees are from staff side but there is no representation from Group B Gazetted Officers which results in the deprived position of the cadre. No opportunity has been assigned to Group B Gazetted Officers to express and short out their grievances.     Therefore, this Association is constrained to pray for the intervention of the Honorable Defence Minister to include our cadre for redressal of our Grievance.

5-Incentive scheme for Group B  Gazetted Officers in Ordnance Factories- It is brought to your kind notice that the pay package of a Group B Gazetted Officers (with Grade pay of 4600 in PB-II) is very low as compared to Group B Non Gazetted and Group C employees in Ordnance Factories resulting demoralization of the cadre. After becoming Group B Gazetted cadre all the allowances like Over Time Allowance, PLB, etc were curtailed as a result the Monthly salary becomes less as compared to Non Gazetted Status. Therefore your kind consideration for extending incentive for Gazetted cadre is requested.

6-Local Account should be empowered to pass TA/DA/LTC and Medical Claim bill  of Group B&C ( Gazetted & Non Gazetted) :- At present Local Accounts of all Ordnance Factories  is passing TA/DA/LTC and Medical Claim and  GPF final claim  of Industrial employees only. All above mentioned bill of Group B&C (Gazetted and Non Gazetted) Staff and Officers is forwarded to PCF&A,Kolkata. Due to such type of policy lot of govt. expenditure (Crores of Rupees) incurring in postal correspondence and Deputations. Hence all Local Accounts to be empowered for settle the claims of    above bills up to GroupBGazetted level so that lot of unwanted govt. expenditure and time can be save.
        
7- PLB& Risk allowance - Group B gazetted cadre are the most experienced cadre in the organization those are directly involved in production planning, work force distribution, achieving production target of a section, quality of products, maintenance of plant and machinary etc but denied for PLB and Risk Allowance. Therefore your kind intervention and consideration is requested for granting the same for a moral boost up of the middle management Grooup.                                      8.. 8-Transparency in Transfer policy of JWMs by OFB- Ordnance Factory Board is deliberately transferring JWMs in pick and choose basis without any proper transfer policy. Most experienced JWMs those were very much useful to the factories being deliberately disturbed by transfer. If such policy is being followed by OFB, then the sincere JWMs will lose their morality and may not show full efficiency in the new station. Therefore your kind intervention is requested for a fair transfer policy of JWMs in OFB.

9. SRO/RR of JWMs - SRO/RR of JWMs has been forwarded by MOD to DOP&T.  Your kind intervention is requested for early approval the same please.
10. One time relaxation on Availed LTC  It is requested to grant one time relaxation to the employees of Ordnance Factory those have availed LTC and visited North East or Jammu and Kashmir with other than Govt. Approved Travel Agency.  

11. Equal percentage of promotional ratio in JWM to AWM in Technical andNon Technical stream-   Promotion from JWM to AWM should be carried with proper pecentages in trade.            
                                                                             
                                                         
                                                  JAIGOPAL SINGH
                                                 GENERAL SECRETARY


                   

Thursday, 25 June 2015

ONE INCREMENT TO CM AND JWM

DEAR MEMBERS,

          NDGBGOA IS CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO MAKE THE ORDER OF ONE INCREMENT FOR CHARGEMAN AND JWM THOSE HAVE PROMOTED BETWEEN 01/01/2006 TO 29/08/2008.  EVEN THOUGH NDGBGOA/AFK BRANCH HAS FILED A CASE AT CAT MUMBAI REGARDING INCREMENT, IT IS BEING TAKEN UP CONTINUOUSLY AT DIFFERENT CHANNEL. FINALLY DOP&T IS CONSIDERING THE CASE.
KINDLY GO THROUGH THE ATTACHMENT IN WHICH REPLY OF  DOP&T IS ENCLOSED.

GENERAL SECRETARY
NDGBGOA




Monday, 18 May 2015

MEMORANDUM TO HONORABLE DEFENCE MINISTER AT OFBA ON 18.05.2015

Ref.No.NDGBGOA/CE/25/RM/2015-05                            Date: 18-05-2015

To,
 The Hon’ble Defence Minister,
 Ministry of Defence,
 Govt. of India,
 Visit at -OFBA. 
                           
                      Sub: - Memorandum- Reg                                                            
                                         
Respected Sir,
                 On behalf of the Central Executive of the National Defence Group’B’ Gazetted Officers Association, we extend our heartiest congratulations on your assumption of charge as Honorable Defence Minister of our great nation. We sincerely hope that India will modernize its Defence force under your esteemed leadership.
                      Sir, this association has formed recently and could recognize by Govt. of India on 5th July 2013. NDGBGO association represent the Group B Gazetted Officers (middle management level) of Ordnance Factories those have got highest experience in all the level (Production, Planning, Procurement, Administration, etc). This Association is not only limited for the cadre interest but also striving to bring back the Golden History of Ordnance                                                                                            
Factories. The middle management cadre who are well known about reality of Ordnance Factories are always neglected by the top bosses and their voice was never been considered in any level (Factories, BOARD or Ministry level). The highest experienced cadre was always being used by top Officers to implement the orders without any discussions. Our Association is working in the interest of nation and cadre and we would like to draw your kind attention towards the following points for a better defence Production in our country.
Points In the interest of Factory as well as Nation

1. Permission for Export of  RDX and Commercial NC from OFBA               
                Ordnance Factory Bhandara is having RDX plant with a capacity of 1000 MT per annum. This is the only available plant in the country in the Private/ Public/Government Sector.  RDX production in O.F. Bhandara is converted into various compounds and supplied to Ammunition Factories for filling.  The Total annual requirement of filling Factories as on date is approximately 600 MT.  O.F. Bhandara can generate supply of 400 to 500 MT of RDX every year.  The approximate cost of RDX compounds of O.F. Bhandara varies between Rs. 11 to 12 lakhs per MT. On similar line, O.F. Bhandara has surplus capacity of Nitrocellulose [NC]. The present capacity is 120 MT per month, which includes both old and new plant, which is in the last phase of its commissioning.  The annual requirement of O.F. Bhandara is around 800 MT of NC per annum.  Therefore, O.F. Bhandara is in a position to export commercial NC to the tune of 300 to 400 MT per annum at a cost of around Rs. 5 lakhs per MT. To strengthen “Make in India and Made in India”, RDX and industrial NC may kindly be permitted for export as per Govt. Policy.

2. Solar Energy in O.F.Bhandara
                   O.F. Bhandara and its estate are spread over an area of around 4800 acres with hillocks.  It is estimated that 700 to 800 acres of land will not be used in the future for any expansion. This area is secure area and Maharastra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited [MSEDCL] Sub-Station having 1100 & 3300 KV set  up has already been available adjacent to the Factory Gate.  Therefore, grid connectivity to solar plant is very easy and cost-effective.  O.F. Bhandara had called M/s Solar Energy Corporation of India [SECI] , they have carried out survey and informed that   105 MW solar energy can be generated from the surplus land which is available at O.F. Bhandara estate.  The required land is cleared from trees and it is adjacent of the boundary wall of the factory. Your kind initiation in this regard is requested at the earliest please.
 3. Request for Granting of  Defence Ministry Award to O.F.Bhandara
          O.F. Bhandara in the last 03 years has done outstanding work.  The issue value of the factory went up from Rs. 160 crores to Rs. 324 crores [with only 5 to 6% escalation in the average issue price of the stores].  On the front economy, the average consumption per MT of the stores manufactured in the last 02 years has gone down by almost 50% in terms of quantity of Furnance Fuel oil, water, electricity, Freon Gas, Acetone etc.  The factory was earlier taking  budgetary  support from the Government of India but from the last 02 years it is generating surplus to the net budget. In the year 2013-14, O.F. Bhandara generated Rs. 12 Crores profit and  in the year 2014-15,  it is expected that it will be Rs. 50 crores [the final account is still under compilation].
          In view of the achieving above, we strongly demand the Prestigious Raksha Mantri Award for the Ordnance Factory, Bhandara.                  
                                                                                                               
Long pending Points of group B Gazetted Officers-
           It is deeply regretted that 5th and 6th CPC has demoralized the middle management cadre due to merging the cadres without any financial benefit. CPC has considered the industrial sectors at par with Office work of Central government Department. It is brought to your kind notice that,                         this cadre does not have any forum to address the Grievance of the cadres like Joint Consultative Machinery.  This scheme was introduced in 1966 with the object of promoting harmonious relationship and of securing the greatest measure of co- operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer, and its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, and further of increasing the efficiency of public service.  However, such Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) scheme has been denied to Group’B’ Gazetted Officers at all the levels. In JCM forum, Group ‘A’ Officers are representing from Officials side and Group C employees are from staff side but there is no representation from Group B Gazetted Officers which results in the deprived position of the cadre. No opportunity has been assigned to Group B Gazetted Officers to express and short out their grievances. Therefore, this Association is constrained to pray for kind intervention of the Honorable Defence Minister in the following matter to undo the injustice that has persisted for decades.                    
1-Cadre Review of Group’B’ Gazetted Officers (JWM T/NT) It is brought to your kind notice that even after completion of two decades, the cadre review of Junior works Manager has not been carried out by OF Board.  As mentioned above, 5th and 6th CPC has merged the middle management cadre in Ordnance Factories resulted not only lack of promotional hierarchy but also created much more confusion in functioning of Ordnance Factories. The promotional channel for 7694 JWMs (Group B Gazetted) has been compressed to 188 AWM (Group A) with ratio of 41:1 which is negligible. The promotional channel for Group B cadre is as follows:
AWM (JTS) (GR ‘A’GAZETTED ENTRY)       
No. of POST - 188(about 50 annual vacancies)        

                                                                                           
JUNIOR WORKS MANAGER(JWM)(GR ‘B’ GAZETTED)                   
No. of POST - 7694
 
CHARGEMAN (GR ‘B’ NON-GAZETTED)
No. of POST – 12085
  
 Our Association has taken up the matter with OF Board as well as MoD many times after which a proposal from OF Board was forwarded to MoD and at present it is pending at Min. of Finance for approval. Your kind intervention is requested in this regard at the earliest please.

2. Incremental Benefit may be given to all CM/JWM who have been promoted between 01-01-2006 to 29-08-2008. As per 6th CPC both post CM II&CM-I and AF,FM,SH to JWM have been merged. But those have been promoted from CM-II to CM-I and AF,FM,SH to JWM between 01-01-2006 to 29-08-2008 their incremental benefit has been withdrawn. But some departments have been given financial benefit and in this regard some court also given verdict in favors of employees. In this connection O.F.Board has forwarded Proposal to Ministry of Defence and at present pending at MoD from last 7 Months.  Your kind intervention is requested in this regard at the earliest please.
3- Grievance redressal mechanism’ for Group B  Gazetted officers – Middle management cadre always considered to be the Back bone of Organisation. Group B – Gazetted officers cadre does not have any forum to address the Grievance of the cadres like Joint Consultative Machinery. Group ‘A’ Officers are representing from Officials side and Group C employees are from staff side but there is no representation from Group B Gazetted Officers which results in the deprived position of the cadre. No opportunity has been assigned to Group B Gazetted Officers to express and short out their grievances.     Therefore, this Association is constrained to pray for the intervention of the Honorable Defence Minister to include our cadre for redressal of our Grievance.  
4-Incentive scheme for Group B – Gazetted Officers in Ordnance Factories- It is brought to your kind notice that the pay package of a Group B Gazetted Officers (with Grade pay of 4600 in PB-II) is very low as compared to Group B Non Gazetted and Group C employees in Ordnance Factories resulting demoralization of the cadre. After becoming Group B Gazetted cadre all the allowances like Over Time Allowance, PLB, etc were curtailed as a result the Monthly salary becomes less as compared to Non Gazetted Status. Therefore your kind consideration for extending incentive for Gazetted cadre is requested.
5. Local Account should be empowered to pass TA/DA/LTC and Medical Claim bill  of G’roup B&C ( Gazetted & Non Gazetted) :- At present Local Accounts of all Ordnance Factories  is passing TA/DA/LTC and Medical Claim and  GPF final claim  of Industrial employees only. All above mentioned bill of Group B&C (Gazetted and Non Gazetted) Staff and Officers is forwarded to PCF&A,Kolkata. Due to such type of policy lot of govt. expenditure (Crores of Rupees) incurring in postal correspondence and Deputations. Hence all Local Accounts to be empowered for settle the claims of    above bills up to Group’B’Gazetted level so that lot of unwanted govt. expenditure and time can be save.           
6. PLB& Risk allowance – Group B gazetted cadre are the most experienced cadre in the organization those are directly involved in production planning, work force distribution, achieving production target of a section, quality of products, maintenance of plant and machinary etc but denied for PLB and Risk Allowance. Therefore your kind intervention and consideration is requested for granting the same for a moral boost up of the middle management Group B Gazetted cadre.
                                                                                                
7.  DOP&T orders  to be amended  for considering Compassionate  appointment in Missing Case:- As per present govt. orders the Secretary of MoD has been empowered to grant appointment in missing case. Whereas in other case General Manager has granted full authority for  compassionate appointment .Due to such type of policy Dependent of missing employees are suffering  since last 18 years in Ordnance Factory Bhandara without appointment. Your kind intervention is requested.
8. Transparency in Transfer policy of JWMs by OFB- Ordnance Factory Board is deliberately transferring JWMs in pick and choose basis without any proper transfer policy. Most experienced JWMs those were very much useful to the factories being deliberately disturbed by transfer. If such policy is being followed by OFB, then the sincere JWMs will lose their morality and may not be show full efficiency in the new station. Therefore your kind intervention is requested for a fair transfer policy of JWMs in OFB.
9. SRO/RR of JWMs – SRO/RR of JWMs has been forwarded by MOD to DOP&T.  Your kind intervention is requested for early approval the same please.                                                                                                    
        Hon’ble Defence Minister is requested for kind intervention and necessary action at the earliest please.
               Thanking You,
          
                                                                                   Yours faithfully.

                                                                                           -Sd-
                                                                                 (JAIGOPAL SINGH)
                                                                               GENERAL SECRETARY