Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Fraud Corporation of India ( FCI ) ?

No , I have not given that name to the Food Corporation of India

It is none other than the Supreme Court of India , which seems to think so !

Following are the " reasons " ( as reported in Times of India , a few weeks back ) :

On Jan 09 , SC said, " there was something seriously wrong with the FCI where 370 departmental labour
    were each paid Rs 4.5 lakh a month , a salary much more than the President of India "

Report of a high level committee said ,

    *   Rs 1800 crore salary bill for labourers in FCI , was unacceptable

    *   Apart from these 370 , there were other departmental labourers who earned a monthly average salary of
        Rs 80,000  and that in contrast, the Contractual Labourers doing the same job earned Rs 10,000 per month

Vikram Singh Jangra ( advocate for FCI ) admitted that the average cost per month per worker was Rs 80000/-

Supreme Court remarked :

   " They are just loading and unloading sacks of food grain. How are they paid so much when the Contractual
     Labour for the same job gets paid Rs 10,000 ? This means there must be many who must be subletting the
     work to the Contractual Labourers and drawing salary without doing anything "

#  The Government admitted :

    Those drawing salaries in lakhs had actually engaged Contractual Labourers .

Amit Sibal ( advocate for FCI Workers Union ) said :

    * Since the salaries could not be paid to the Contractual Labourers , the departmental labourer who engaged
      them was collecting the entire money for their behalf, showing erroneously that a single departmental labourer
      was drawing hefty salary

Earlier , the Bombay High Court had passed following directions to FCI :

    *    Reduce the mind-boggling incentive scheme prevalent in FCI

    *    Make the labourers jobs transferable

    *    Abolish depots

    *    Abolish the system of departmental labourers in phases

#   Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar informed SC :

     The Centre has issued a notification on July 06, to revert to Contractual Labourers for loading and unloading
     of food grains sacks at FCI depots


#   What punishment , if any , was handed out to those " Labour Department Supervisors " who ,

     *  failed to mark as " absent " those departmental labourers and instead marked them as " present "

     *  allowed entry to those Contractual Labourers , who were NOT engaged " directly " by FCI

#   Does the Central Government notification , violate the " Contract Labour  Abolition and Regulation Act "  ,
     which stipulates monthly wages to Contract Labourers equal to those paid to regular workers at the bottom of
     the scale ?

#   If regular workers are to be replaced by the Contract Labourers , what will those 370 regular workers do ?

     I suppose , they will continue to draw their wages ( obviously , much higher than the monthly average of
     Rs 80,000 ) for playing cards in FCI premises !

#   Do FCI have any established ," Productivity Standards" for " Tons of grains loaded / unloaded per work-day " ?

#   What are the " Permanent Workers / Contractual Workers / Total Wage Bill / Ave wage per worker per month "
     scenarios in other Government Corporations such as STC / MMTC / ASI / GSI and hundreds of PSUs ?

It is high time , our decades old " National Productivity Council - NPC " is requested to carry out an exhaustive work-measurement study of ALL such Corporations and establish clear OUTPUT PER WORK-HOUR norms

#  Annual Salary Bill of the Central Government ( for 39 lakh employees in 2016-17 ) is Rs 183,936 Crore

    Government could easily save 5 % of that bill ( = Rs 9,197 Cr ) , by simply implementing MAD ( Mobile
    Attendance Device ) described in my following email to the NDA Ministers / MPs on   01 June 2016 :


03  Aug  2016

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