|Ramanuj Gautam, Sr. Translator|
We all are aware about the initiatives being taken for filing an exclusive case for demand of Rs. 4600/- G.P. for JHT's from 01.01.2006. Our friends who have joined as JHT on or after 01.01.2006 have got the initial basic of Rs. 13,500/- (Rs. 9300 + Rs. 4,200 G.P.), whereas, they should have been given Rs. 17,140/- as their initial basic including the G.P. of Rs. 4,600/-. So, our fresh JHT's are at a loss of Rs. 3,640/- per month in their initial basic salary which in actual terms will be a loss of more than Rs. 8000/- per month adding the implications of D.A. (90%) & H.R.A. (30%).
There is one more twist that any Translator who has joined on or before 31-12-05, his/her initial basic was calculated as Rs. 5,500 multiplied by 1.86 i.e. Rs. 10,230/- whereas, who has joined on or after 01.01.2006 his/her initial basic was calculated as Rs. 5,000 multiplied by 1.86 i.e. Rs. 9,300/-. So, our junior lot is comparatively at more loss in the given scenario.
Similarly, JHT's joining before 01-01-2006 & whose basic were calculated below Rs. 17,140/- as on 01-01-2006 will also get it corrected if the tide turns by our side. And also it will benefit the entire JHT's & SHT's in different aspects & proportion.
The idea to file an exclusive case in this context had been deliberated upon by some of our energetic friends for long. To give their ideas a real shape person to person contacts/meetings were held some time back which we all know. I personally as a mediator tried my best that this case should have been filed by the Association or it should have been atleast provided Associations' umbrella. But despite all kind of efforts nothing materialised.
Therefore, the same active group of our Translators have now been forced & left with no option but to fight this case with their own effort & moral & financial support of JHT's & SHT's. The collection drive is already going on & any doubts or queries are also addressed at the spot & also through the blog. Thorough transparency is adhered with regarding financial aspects. Around 70 persons have contributed so far.
It is my appeal to all my friends that please come forward & make this initiative successful. It is your cause, so your gesture will either embolden the drive or weaken it. Time is running fast because as it is said, once the 7th Pay Commission is constituted no Court will accept this matter.
Also some of our friends have suggested that this case should be filed in Mumbai/Ernakulam. The idea & logic for the same is nice but the difficulty is on practical side. The time factor is also crucial here. Who when how whom all kinds of questions will erupt before us & block our path when we try any different place for filing the case now. So, come on & let us join hands for this cause.
This initiative & drive is for every one of us & against none of us, so it has to be taken in right spirit.
Thanks & with regards to all.