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2 years’ bonus for central govt workers, says Jaitley

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New Delhi, Aug 30, 2016: Its time to celebrate for some 33 lakh central government workers on Tuesday with the government announcing their annual bonus that has been pending for two years.

“The bonus entitlement for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be released on the revised norms for central government employees. This was pending for two years. After this, the bonus will be covered under the 7th Pay Commission,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told media.

The Bonus Amendment Act will be implemented strictly, Jaitley said at the press conference on charter of demands of Central Trade Unions.

The conference was also attended by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Power Minister Piyush Goyal.

As a measure to dissuade trade unions from going on strike on September 2, the government has also decided to raise the daily minimum wage for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas to Rs 350 from the earlier Rs 112.

Further, Jaitley said the government will write to all states regarding compliance of contract workers law.

The registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory as per law and states will be advised to strictly implement the same.

The issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (e.g., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, Asha, Volunteers etc.) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the earliest, Jaitley said.

Advisories will be issued to all the state governments to ensure that registration of trade unions takes place within 45 days.

“We have had meeting with trade unions individually and collectively. We have had discussions with trade unions. We have had meeting with all trade unions,” Jaitley told reporters.

Jaitley also allayed fears of the public sector bank employees who are opposing the merger of State Bank of India with associate banks, saying that the merger will not affect the service conditions of bank workers.

A spokesperson for the BJP-affliated trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) told IANS that they have called off the September 2 strike as the government has conceded a number of their demands in the charter.

BMS, in a statement separately, also directed all its affiliate unions, members and well wishers not to participate in any strike on September 2.

“BMS strongly feels that the outcome of the talks was the most fruitful and great achievement for Indian workers in the recent past. The BMS expresses its sincere thanks to the Government of India for taking right decisions,” the trade union said.

Tuesday’s announcements by the government were the outcome of an emergency meeting here on Monday, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to decide on the demands of the trade unions to pre-empt the September 2 strike.

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CRPF’s CoBRA Officer Killed in IED Blast Triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma

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An Assistant Commandant of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) unit, Nitin P Balerao, succumbed to his injuries from an IED blast triggered by naxals near Tadmetla area in Sukma district on Saturday night.

Ten personnel of the CRPF’s CoBRA unit were injured in an IED blast triggered by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on late Saturday evening. The Improvised Explosive Device went off in the forest near Tadmetla village when a team of security forces was out on an anti-naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

From among the injured, 8 personnel were lifted from a helicopter to Raipur during the midnight for further treatment. Two injured personnel are getting treatment at the CRPF Hospital in Chintalnar.

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Special ‘angavastram’ awaits PM Modi in Varanasi

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Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 29: A weaver from Varanasi has woven a special silk ‘angavastram’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to visit his constituency on Monday.

The ‘angavastram’ carries the Buddhist mantra “Buddham Sharanam Gachchami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchami” along with a leaf of the ‘Bodhivriksha’.

The weaver, Bachche Lal Maurya, said that he wants Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to gift the ‘angavastram’ to the Prime Minister during his visit to Varanasi on November 30.

Maurya said, “There are reports that Prime Minister Modi may go to Sarnath during his proposed visit to Varanasi, I started weaving the ‘angavastram’ with a Buddhist mantra and a leaf of ‘Bodhivriksha’ especially for him.”

Modi is likely to visit the holy site of Sarnath to watch the light and sound show which shows the transformation of prince Siddhartha into Lord Buddha, his first preaching and then chronicles his journey.

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Don’t want food from Badal’s supporter: Farmers tells Sirsa at Tikri

As the situation tensed up a bit, Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) leader Sirsa beat a hasty retreat. The protesters soon calmed down and got busy with their other activities.

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New Delhi: SAD’s Delhi leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Saturday faced embarrassing situation when he went to offer ‘langar’ or community kitchen food to farmers rallying at Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border, as protesters dubbed him a ‘chamcha’ or obsequious supporter of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

As soon as Sirsa, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President, moved towards the protesting farmers, they protested his presence and climbed on the concrete block and police barricades to raise slogans against him as he stood there with folded hands.

“Badal de chamcheyan da langar nahi chahida (we don’t want to eat langar handed over by Badal’s obsequious follower),” the farmers shouted amid sloganeering against the Centre’s farm policies.

As the situation tensed up a bit, Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) leader Sirsa beat a hasty retreat. The protesters soon calmed down and got busy with their other activities.

On Saturday, a day after their stand-off with security forces over entry into Delhi, farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued to rally and shout slogans at the Tikri interstate border entry/exit point, without any interference from the policemen who preferred to look on.

Various farmer leaders addressed the protesters even as the situation was more relaxed compared with what was witnessed on Friday, as policemen armed with a water cannon and tear-gas shells remained stationed in vicinity.

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