INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION,
A/2/95, Rajouri Garden,
New Delhi 110 027
Telephone No : 2510 5324 Telefax 2513 1593
Mobile 98110 48303
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ITEF /21/2009 17th November, 2009
The leaders of the 4 organizations on behalf of which we submitted the Strike Notice on 5th November 2009, intimating the Government that the employees and officers of the Revenue department would be on strike on 26/11/2009 met today at the ITEF(CHQ). In view of the decision taken by the Govt., to grant higher Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- to all those who were in the pre-revised scale of 6500-10500. The meeting decided to withdraw the Strike Action slated for 26/11/2009. We send herewith the copy of communication intimating the withdrawal of the proposed strike action. It is quite heartening to note that ultimately the Government took the decision to concede the demands for revised Grade Pay for Inspectors and other similarly placed officials even before the commencement of the Strike.
We take this opportunity to convey our sincere gratitude and congratulations to every one of you for the strenuous efforts you had undertaken in mobilizing the members for the strike action. The month long campaign undertaken by our Federation during August and September in the wake of our decision to go on Strike on 09/09/2009 had created an electrifying atmosphere and determination in the minds of our members to fight out the unjust denial of higher grade pay for Inspectors, A.O.s and P.S. As you are aware, our Federation had been making serious efforts to settle this issue without resorting to an industrial action. In the initial stages we were under the natural impression that the Government having notified that it would revise the Grade Pay of all those who were in the erstwhile pay scale 6500 - 10500 and whose functions were distinct from that of the cadres carrying the pay scale of 5000 - 8000 and 5500 - 9000, the demand for higher Grade Pay for Inspectors, Administrative Officers and Private Secretaries would become a reality without much loss of time.
We came to the inescapable conclusion after the last rounds of discussion with the Official Side of the Dept. of Expenditure held on 7th October 2009 that this simple issue had been complicated in order to delay the grant of legitimate benefit to the employees of the department of revenue. We are extremely thankful to the leaders of the All India Central Excise Inspectors Association and the All India Customs Preventive Staff Federation for having expressed their readiness to go alongwith the JCA comprising of ITEF and ITGOA for an eventual Strike Action. But for the serving of the Strike Notice and the mobilization unleashed by us this demand would not have been possible to be achieved. We are also happy to note that our decision to go on strike has not only benefited our members but all those employees and officers in the departments of Govt. of India who had been on the pay scale of 6500 - 10500 prior to the 6th CPC recommendations came into existence.
It indeed confirm that the struggles are the precursor for achievements and building up a militant Trade Union movement and retaining it vibrant at all times is the pre-requisite. We have taken the firm resolution in conference after conference that we shall fight against all injustices and will tread the path of struggle in pursuance of our demands.
We once again congratulate all of you for demonstrating this firm commitment in no uncertain terms which has emboldened us to take the decision to go on strike action. We hope that it would not be inappropriate on our part to call upon the comrades who are in the cadre of Inspectors and who are the beneficiaries of the decision presently taken by the Government to contribute for sustaining the financial health of our organization. Accordingly, we request Circle General Secretaries to approach every Inspector of their charge to contribute a minimum of Rs. 500/- towards the working fund of our Federation Headquarters.
There are several other issues which require consideration and settlement.. In our submissions made to the CBDT immediately after the notification on the pay commission was promulgated we have demanded an up gradation of the post of Tax Assistants as Executive Assistants and Office Superintendents as Administrative Officers. The disparity between the employees of the revenue department and that of the Accounting Organizations have been widened after the 6th CPC. Sooner or later we will be confronting the CBDT and the Govt., over these issues. These anomalies presently are the subject matter of discussion at various levels. Assuring you of our continued efforts in finding resolutions to these issues and with greetings.
Ashok B Salunkhe
Encl: Copy of the Strike call off letter to Revenue Secretary.
Income Tax Employees Federation
Income tax Gazetted Officers Association
All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association
All India Customs Preventive Services Federation
Address for correspondence:
A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,
New Delhi. 110 027.
Dated: 17th November, 2009
The Secretary, Revenue
Govt. of India,
New Delhi-110 001.
We write this with reference to the notice dated 5th November, 2009 intimating to you of our decision to organize one day strike on 26/11/2009.
We express our gratitude and sincere thanks for all your efforts which has paved the way for issuance of orders settling our legitimate demand for Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- for all those who were in the pre-revised pay scale of 6500 – 10500.
Since the major demand is settled ,we call off the One day Strike slated for 26/11/2009. We request you to kindly advice the Chairman CBDT and the CBEC to negotiate and settle other demands contained in our above referred letter.
Sd. Sd. Sd. Sd.
(Ashok B Salunkhe) (Rajesh D.Menon) (Kaushik Roy) (I.B. Mishra)
Secretary General Secretary General Secretary General (Secretary General)
I.T.E.F. I.T.G.O.A. A.I.C.E.I.A. A.I.C.P.S.F.