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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

UTILIZE 7th CPC HRA ARREARS FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES WELFARE SCHEMES

When we will get our house rent allowance?

This is the question nowadays often raised by the central government employees.

The Central government implemented new 7th pay commission from 1/1/2016.Employees received first 7th pay commission wages in the month of August. The government decided to pay their arrears from 1/1/2016.

Regarding allowances, the government wants to reconsider the recommended allowances submitted by seventh pay commission. Dearness allowance, traveling allowance and house rent allowance is the most important allowance of employees. Because it is holding a major role in the monthly pay.

Hence the employees are totally upset about the government decision on allowances At present, almost fifteen months crossed from the seventh pay implementation. There are thirty-eight lakhs central employees working directly or indirectly under various departments. In that, more than ninety percent belongs to group C. That stands for lower grade employees. They are struggling to obtain a decent life within the wages. Approximately monthly five thousand rupees will be including in the salary in house rent allowance only.

Most of the employees borrowed housing loan. Around forty percent of the salary gone through the EMI.. Apart from that personal loans, marriage expenses, medical expenses also push the employee in the nook. So 7th CPC HRA and other allowances must be admitted in the monthly salaries.

If an employees basic as on 01/01/2016 is 43600.

The below-mentioned table shows the recurring amount of the allowances settled in government hands.
 6th CPC HRA
 7thCPC HRA
 Difference
 4400
 10400
 6000
One month approximate difference=6000
But we take 5000 as average for 38La employees
5000*38 =19000
So 15months from implemented date total fund in govt hands is
15*19000Crores=28500Crores

The honorable central government disburse the huge amount only for central employees welfare or introduce a new scheme to take benefits at their retirement stage.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Government issues Gazette Notification On closure of Associate Banks and Merger with SBI w.e.f. 1st April, 2017.



CIRCULAR No. 28/5/2017/5
23-2-2017
TO ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS:

Dear Comrades,

Government issues Gazette Notification
On closure of Associate Banks and
Merger with SBI w.e.f. 1st April, 2017.
Protecting our members in the Associate Banks – need of the hour
Clarion call from AIBEA’s All India SBI Emp. Association

Our units and members are aware of our prolonged and principled opposition to the process of consolidation and merger of Associate Banks with SBI. There have been innumerable struggles and strike actions on this issue in the last more than a decade. Especially, when there were attempts to close the remaining 5 Associate Banks for merger with SBI, there have been very intensified agitations and progrmames. Our units and members in the Associate Banks have also led many struggles including number of strike actions.

There have been nationwide campaign on this issue because the move to close down the Associate Banks was totally unwarranted, rather there was a genuine need to delink these Banks from SBI and make them autonomous. For a long time, these Banks have been subjugated to the total whims of SBI and hence the real growth of the Associate Banks was in fact thwarted. Many Banks which were smaller in size than these Associate Bank have grown much bigger now. But our demand for delinking Associate Banks from SBI was deliberately ignored and played down by the successive Governments.

However, in the name of Banking sector reforms, privatisation and consolidation have continued to be their agenda and as a part of it, the Associate Banks have been their target. Making SBI a global player has been their fanciful idea notwithstanding the fact that it is neither prudent nor required for Indian situation. Ignoring all our viewpoints, opposition of various political parties, etc. the Government has gone ahead with their decision and after giving final Cabinet clearance few days ago, have now notified the merger with SBI w.e.f. 1st April, 2017.

With this development and reality, the need has now arisen to take all efforts to protect the interests of our membership in the Associate Banks. AIBEA’s union in SBI: Our units are aware that already we have our union in SBI viz. ALL INDIA STATE BANK OF INDIA EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION.

It has been decided that all our units and members in SBT, SBM, SBBJ, SBH and SBP will be affiliated to this union and thus we will have a stronger AISBIEA with nearly 50,000 members all over the country under the banner of AIBEA. It will be the biggest bankwise Union under the banner of AIBEA.

AISBIEA is shortly meeting to decide on all further steps to consolidate our organisation in the changed scenario after the merger with SBI and to take all steps to protect the interests of our members in the Associate Banks so that no injustice will be done to our members in any manner consequent to the merger.

With greetings,
Yours comradely,
C.H. VENKATACHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY

Source:http://aibea.in/upload/circular/C%20-%20005.pdf

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Announcement for higher allowances after Assembly election results


7th Pay Commission: Announcement for higher allowances after Assembly election results
New Delhi, February 25: Almost eight months have been passed now and the Central government employees are waiting to receive higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in their paychecks. Some reports suggest that the government is likely to make an announcement on higher allowances after assembly elections results of five states which will be declared on March 11.

In June 2016, the union government approved the recommendations made by the high-powered committee on 7th Pay Commission and promised to pay higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016. But the hike in allowances other than the Dearness Allowances (DA) is yet to materialise.

The recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was wrapped up in June 2016, but more than 53 lakh central government employees are not given any assurances, as they are still waiting for payments owed them ie: higher allowances.

Some reports suggest that the delays are because the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had recommended to abolish 51 allowances and subsuming 37 other allowances out of 196 allowances.

Earlier the Committee on Allowances were initially given a time of four months to submit its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. In October 2016, Ashok Lavasa was quoted by some media organisation saying he was ready with the report.

However the committee was given an extension till February 22, 2017, to submit its report in the backdrop of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing the higher allowances.

Once the Assembly elections are over in five states, the government is likely to clear the nod to revise allowances. Some reports suggest that the revised allowances are expected to be effective from April 1, which marks the beginning of the new financial year.

According to The Sen Times report, which quoted a source said that the report on Committee on Allowances states the current HRA slab is 30 per cent of the basic pay for metros. An announcement on the same is expected soon.

On the other side, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended reducing the house rent allowance (HRA) to 24 per cent of basic pay as against the 30 per cent of basic pay employees were drawing under the 6th Pay Commission.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-announcement-for-higher-allowances-after-assembly-election-results-1872540/


Subscription rates of RELHS as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix Level


Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

File No: 2017/II/28/1/RELHS

Dated: 23.02.2017

General Manager,
All Indian Railways
(Including Production Units & RDSO)

Sub: Subscription rates of RELHS.
Ref: Railway Board Letter No.97/H/28/1, dated 23.10.1997

1. Ministry of Health vide letter No.11011/11/2016-CGHS(P)/EHS, dated 9 January, 2017 has revised the rates of monthly contribution for availing the CGHS facility. The pensioners also have to make contribution to avail medical facility of CGHS. Pensioner have an option to get their CGHS pensioner card by either making CGHS contribution on an annual basis (twelve month) or by making contribution for ten years for getting a pensioner CGHS card with life time validity.

2. The similar scheme for retired railway employees is “Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme” (RELHS). The subscription rate of join RELHS were laid down, vide the letter under reference, to be equal to the last basic pay of the employees.

3. To bring the policies in sync with MoHFW, Ministry of Railway has decided that in partial modification to Board’s letter dated 23.10.1997, the rate of contribution to join RELHS shall be last month’s basic Pay drawn or the subscription rate indicated at different levels (as per 7th CPC) enumerated in the table below, whichever is lower.
S.NoLevels in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPCSubscription rate to join RELHS ( in Rs.)
1Level: 1 to 530,000
2Level: 654,000
3Level:7 to 1178,000
4Level : 12 and above1,20,000

4. The revised rate of subscription as above shall be applicable to those railway employees who shall be retireing and joining RELHS on or after the date of issue of this letter. Those who have already retired and are not member of RELHS shall be governed by the rules which were prevalent at the time of their retirement.

Dir.H & FW
23.02.2017


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Disbursement of salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017 on account of nationwide bank strike on 28th February 2017.

F.No.S-11012/2/3(17)/RBI/2015/RBD/74-124
Government of India
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan,
E-Block, GPO Complex, INA. New Delhi-110023
Tel: 24665384, Fax: 24649365 E-mail: sao-rbd@nic.in

Dated 23rd February 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Disbursement of salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017 on account of nationwide bank strike on 28th February 2017.

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has given a nationwide strike call on 28th February, 2017. Banks are likely to remain closed on that day and even files for the e-payment of salary for the month of February 2017 which is due for 28th February, 2017 may not get processed resulting in salary of Central Government employees not being disbursed on 28th February 2017.

There being banks holidays on account of Maha Shivaratri (24th February, 2017) at many places, 4th Saturday (25th February, 2017) and Sunday (26th February, 2017), Hence, salary e-payment files processed on PFMS/COMPACT should be uploaded today i.e. 23rd February, 2017 with NPB of 27th February, 2017. If such files have already been uploaded with NPB of 28th February, 2017 the same also would need to be changed to facilitate payment of salaries on 27th February, 2017.

All Ministries/Departments are requested to take necessary action to upload their salary payments e-files latest by 23rd February, 2017 with NPB of 27th February, 2017 so that salary to the Central Government employees are paid in time.

All accredited banks are also requested to follow the above directions and release the salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017.

(Neeraj Kumar Sharma)
Dy.Controller General of Accounts(RBD)

Source:: http://cga.nic.in/

Sources Confirmed 7th cpc Allowance Committee Report Submitted

One of the NJCA leader, On Condition of Anonymity, told that the committee constituted to examine the allowance has finalized its reports and submitted it to the Government on 22nd February 2017.

On asking whether the NJCA knew the details of the committee report, he said that they were not provided with the committee report. But the committee has informed them that their demand on allowance would be considered favorably.

Hence it is expected the HRA will be retained in old rates (Sixth CPC rates) from the beginning itself and will be paid in 7th CPC Pay Scale when revised allowances come into effect. However, the news of revised allowances would be implemented with effect from 1.4.2017 is not reliable. NJCA will not accept this and clearly said that it should be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 retrospectively.

X cities- 30%
Y cities- 20%
Z cities- 10%

hra

Transport Allowance may be split into two elements as CCA and TA as it was paid in fifth CPC. The Rates will be delinked from DA and will Fixed in slab rates.

The Government will announce its decision over the committee report after the last phase of state elections ie after 8th March 2017.

Source: Govtstaffnews.in

Saturday, February 25, 2017

7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION PAY MATRIX TABLE

7TH CPC PAY MATRIX TABLE  FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT 
CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES

Source:7cpc report

7th Pay Commission latest news: Gratuity limit doubled from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 Lakh

New Delhi: In a good news for government employees of organised sector, the central government has decided to increased the gratuity limit to Rs. 20 lakh from Rs. 10 lakh, on the recommendation of 7th pay commission panel.

The decision came after a meeting between the labour ministry and representatives from states, employees and employers which took place on Thursday. “All the stakeholders—states, Centre, unions and the industry representatives were on the same page to enhance the gratuity ceiling from Rs10 lakh to Rs20 lakh,” a labour ministry spokesperson said after the meeting.

The unions demanded the removal of conditions asking to have at least 10 employees in an establishment and minimum five years of service for payment of gratuity. Business portal NDTV profit quoted Manoj Nagpal, CEO of Outlook Asia Capital, saying it is not advisable to put money entirely into debt as, “chances are that one might run out of his/her corpus.” He added, “They have to plan for next 20-25 years as the life expectancy has increased significantly. It is advisable that a person puts at least 20-25 per cent in equities.”
“While accepting the maximum payment limit of Rs 20 lakh as an interim measure, the unions demanded that the ceilings/ limit with respect to number of employees and years of service should be removed,” the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said in a statement. “The central trade unions have been urging the government that the ceiling in the amount of gratuity should be removed,” the statement further read.

At present, as per the Payment of Gratuity Act, an employee is required to do a minimum service of five years to become eligible for gratuity amount. Moreover, the Act applies to those establishments where the number of employees is not less than 10.The statement said the application of amended provision regarding maximum amount should be made effective from January 1, 2016 as done in the case of central government employees.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-latest-news-gratuity-limit-doubled-from-rs-10-lakh-to-rs-20-lakh-1871247/
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

7th CPC implementation- KVS NEWS

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institutional Area
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi – 16

F.No.110239/51/Cir./2016/KVS (Budget)

Dated: 15.02.2017

A copy of OM No.1/1/2016-E.III(A) dated 13th January, 2017 issued by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance, Dept. of expenditure regarding Pay revision of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies etc. set up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government – Guidelines regarding is forwarded herewith for information.

Guidelines/Orders for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan/Kendriya Vidyalayas will be issued separately in a later date. Revised Pay & Allowances should be drawn only after receipt of orders from KVS (HQ)

(S.Muthusivam)
Deputy Commissioner (Fin.)
Tel.No.: 26523070

Source:http://kvsangathan.nic.in/

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Seventh Pay Commission: Talks On HRA Held Today, Report Likely Soon - NDTV Profit

A union body of central government employees today met members of the Ashok Lavasa committee over HRA or housing rent allowance related to Seventh Pay Commission. Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing central government employees, said the union body held final round of talks with the panel members on HRA related to Seventh Pay Commission. The panel on allowance related to HRA will soon finalise its recommendations to the government, the union leader said.

The panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa is reviewing Seventh Pay Commission allowances. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the committee. The Seventh Pay Commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

The committee on allowances was initially given a time of four months to submit its report to the finance minister. Till a final decision is taken, all existing allowances are being paid at the Sixth Pay Commission rates.  

The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new Basic Pay, depending on type of cities.

The Seventh Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.

Typically, in case of housing allowance, arrears are not paid.

Allowances form a significant chunk of government employees' salary. Some analysts had earlier said that implementation of the housing allowance portion of the Seventh Pay Commission as well as GST or Goods and Services Tax could push up average inflation.

"At worst, if the government is under pressure, this allowance can be pushed to the next year, as was done in the previous pay commissions. The housing allowance does not attract arrears," HSBC Securities had said in an earlier report.

The Cabinet had also decided to constitute two separate committees to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission's Report.

Read at: ND TV

UGC pay hike plan

New Delhi, Feb. 22: The UGC today recommended a 20 per cent pay hike for university and college teachers.

A performance-linked promotion system has been suggested with stress on research. The retirement age will remain unchanged at 65.

The recommendations, made by a five-member committee, have to be accepted by the HRD ministry. If approved, the hike will be the first such revision in more than a decade and cover nearly 30,000 teachers in central universities and over four lakh in state varsities and colleges.

The panel has suggested that the new salaries be paid with retrospective effect from January 2016. The UGC cleared the report without changes.

According to the recommendations, a teacher's starting package will be revised by a multiplier of 2.72, applied to the basic salary and another component called academic grade pay (AGP).

For instance, a directly recruited professor who gets around Rs 43,000 as basic salary, Rs 10,000 as AGP and dearness allowance now will be entitled to a basic salary of Rs 1.44 lakh which would subsume the present dearness allowance.

The Seventh Pay Commission, whose report was accepted last year for civil servants and other central staff, had used the 2.72 multiplier.

The last revision for teachers in 2006 had put their package higher than that of civil servants at the entry level. Teachers may continue to retain the edge even under the revised structure, sources said.

Furqan Qamar, the secretary-general of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), said university and college salaries had been kept higher to attract talent.

On promotions, the current determinants are indicators like teaching and research output. The UGC panel, headed by Prof. V.S. Chauhan, has suggested that more stress be laid on quality research, such as papers published in reputable journals, the sources said.

The UGC has forwarded to all central universities a finance ministry order suggesting the Centre will bear no more than 70 per cent of the additional expenses arising out of the revised pay. This order covers autonomous institutions, including central universities.

The higher education regulator has asked the 40-odd central universities to specify how much internal resources they can generate, indicating the possibility of a hike in tuition fees.

The new pay proposals are not binding on state universities, which have to fund the higher salaries from their own resources. But they have usually adopted such suggestions in the past.

The Union HRD ministry has set up a separate committee for salary revision of teachers in technical institutions like the IITs and the IIMs.


Read at: https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170223/jsp/frontpage/story_137313.jsp#.WK7gdm997IV

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commissions recommendations.


No.11/2/2016-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 20th February, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoPT’s OM of even number dated 16/8/2016 and to incorporate the following modification in the definition of anomaly:

“Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relativities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.”

2. With the incorporation of the above para in the O.M., the definition of anomaly will read as follows:

(1) Definition of Anomaly
Anomaly will include the following cases;

a) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Sixth Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason; 
b) Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Pay Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS(RP Rules 2016, is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules; 
c) Where the Official side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relativities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.

3. The rest of the content of the O.M. dated 16.08.2016 shall remain unchanged.

sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA

Source:: http://dopt.gov.in/

7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees may receive revised allowance in April

Seventh Pay Commission panel that reviews allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, is likely to submit its revised report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by next month, a report said.

Apart from Holi mood, giving one more reason to central government employees, the Centre is expected to make official announcement on the allowances soon after the State assembly elections get over. The last day of state polls is March 11, as reported by Hindu Business Line.

Hence, the revised allowances are expected to be effective from April 1.

As per the report, the panel has recommended that the rate of house rent allowance to be revised and allow higher allowance in order to balance higher cost of living.

Moreover, NDTV report had said that the 7th Pay commission had recommended that HRA be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% respectively when Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 50%. While the rates should be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%.

Quoting a senior official, The Hindu report added that the impact of revised and higher allowances has already been added in the the Union Budget 2017-18. This has increased the allocation for allowances by 7%.

Reportedly, the 7th Pay Commission had examined 196 existing allowances. It had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

Last year in June, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the much-awaited 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Read at:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-7th-pay-commission-central-govt-employees-may-receive-revised-allowance-in-april-12708

7th Pay Commission: A look on all allowances and demand of central government employees

Reports claim that the financial implication of the revised allowances will be within the Central Pay Commission’s estimate of around Rs. 29,300 crores. In the first year it shall also reportedly include the railways. Due to the demonetisation move and the extra taxes the people had to pay under the income disclosure schemes, the Government has a kind of safety valve.

In this background, 7th CPC recommendations on all Allowances and demand of Staff Side (Confederation / NJCA) in respect to these Allowances have been revisited and a brief on the same is as follows.

Out of 196 types of Allowances taken for consideration by 7th Pay Commission,
12 allowances pertaining to running staff of Railways were not included as Railways wanted to consider the same based on bi-lateral discussions

52 allowances have been proposed to be abolished

36 allowances have either been subsumed in to existing allowances or proposed as new one.

12 Allowances have been proposed to be retained as such with out any change.

Remaining Allowances have been retained but with some changes.

The HRA has been raised to 30 per cent opposed to the recommendation of the CPC of 24 per cent.

A grievance hearing has been set up by the Anomaly Committee to listen to the grievances of the Defence personnel.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-a-look-on-all-allowances-and-demand-of-central-government-employees-1854166/

Monday, February 20, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances likely to present its report tomorrow

It has been nearly eight months since the Narendra Modi government cleared the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission .

After a long wait, the Committee on Allowances is likely to submit its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.

The committee, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, was given time till February 22 to table its report.

The revised allowances are likely to be effective from April 1.

The house rent allowance (HRA), which forms a crucial part of government employees' salary, is expected to be fixed at 30 per cent of the basic pay for employees in metros which have a population of 50 lakh and above.ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Government starts releasing arrears for defence pensioners

HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended 24 per cent of the basic pay as HRA against the 30 per cent of basic pay under the Sixth Pay Commission.

The Committee on Allowances was formed in July last year to review the recommendations of the pay commission after employees protested against the proposed slash in the HRA. The pay commission also recommended doing away with 53 of the 196 allowances and merging a few others.

The committee was initially given four months to table its report, which was later extended to February 22, 2017. If reports are to be believed, the Central government is likely to move ahead with the committee's report after March 15 when Assembly elections will be over.

If the government decides to pay a 30 per cent of basic pay as HRA to its employees, the cost estimate comes to Rs 29,300 crore in the first year.

The hiked salary is given in two parts to government employees, in the form of basic pay and allowances.

While the increase in basic pay is calculated on a back-date basis, making employees eligible for arrears, the hike in allowances is applicable from the date the government implements it. As a result, employees are not entitled to arrears in this case.

It is widely believed that the government has effectively saved a lot of money this financial year by not making an announcement on allowances. Government employees, on the other hand, have expressed their disappointment over being denied their full remuneration over a prolonged period.

Source::http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/7th-pay-commission-committee-on-allowances-report-hra-hike/1/886656.html

7th Pay Commission: Government all set to clear revised allowances for central staff from April 1

New Delhi, Feb 18: The Union Government is all set to clear revised allowances for the central government staff, precisely after a year of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. As per reports, one year after the implementation of the new pay and pension scheme, as recommended by the 7th central pay commission, the central government employees might have something to rejoice about after the assembly elections in 5 states are over. Reportedly, the revised allowances are likely to be effective from April 1.

House rent allowances (HRA) accounts for about 60% of the total allowances bill, as The Financial Express stated and according to the revised allowance scheme, the employees, mostly in the metropolitan cities are expected to receive greater HRA than the 7th Pay Commission actually recommended. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended HRA of 24% of the basic pay for those cities with a population over 5 million. But the revised HRA which is being looked at by the Finance Secretary-led panel is 30%. Notably, in the 6th Pay Commission, the HRA was at 30% as well for the cities with more than 5 million people. A draft of the cabinet note for implementation of the revised allowance is expected to be circulated soon.

As per reports, the financial implication of these revised allowances will be in line with the Central Pay Commission’s estimate of around Rs. 29,300 crores, which shall also include the railways, in the first year. The panel led by the Finance secretary is also reviewing the CPC’s recommendation regarding allowances. The pay panel has also recommended scrapping of 52 benefits while merging 36 already existing benefits.

Notably, there has been only an additional allocation of Rs. 4,500 crore in the Budget for allowances and it has been assumed that the Railways will bear Rs 7,600 crore of expenditure. But as per sources stated by FE, still, the additional allocation which will be required from the General Budget could be somewhere around Rs. 17,000 crores.

The Government has, reportedly, enough leg space, thanks to the demonetisation move and the extra taxes the people had to pay under the income disclosure schemes. But according to experts, the Budget assumptions were based on optimistic estimates of nominal GDP growth for financial year 17 (FY17) and thus for FY18.

many have been complaining about the delay in the decision of allowances to the government employees, with some claiming the formation of the panel led by the Finance Secretary as a delaying tactic itself. But this has helped to boost the spending of the government in various programmes by around Rs. 36,000 crores in FY17.

Read at::http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-government-all-set-to-clear-revised-allowances-for-central-staff-from-april-1-1851855/

Sunday, February 19, 2017

“VERY GOOD” BENCH MARK FOR MACP AND DENIAL OF PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY

Eversince, the MACP scheme was introduced in 2008, confederation and the JCM staff side has been demanding promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy. Govt, instead of considering this genuine demand, suddenly issued orders imposing “very good” bench mark condition for MACP. The JCM staffside was not even consulted. JCM staff side, secretary wrote a letter to cabinet secretary on 28-07-2016 as follows:

“The Govt. has accepted one of the adverse recommendations of 7th CPC without holding any consultation with the staff side. The recommendation of the 7th CPC regarding bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPs, to be enhanced from “Good” to “very good”, has been accepted by the Govt. without considering the implication on the morale of the Central Government employees… We are of the firm opinion that Govt. should reconsider their decision on the above issues and we request you to kindly withdraw the same.”
Subsequently the case was discussed in the JCM standing committee meeting also on 25-10-2016, as an agenda item given by staff side. Inspite of all these, the Government is not ready to withdraw or modify the orders.

This shows the attitude of the BJP led NDA Govt. towards JCM staff side and Central Govt. employees.

Source:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0rqvSYMJv2ITGxpbEUteXRYZnM/view

7TH CPC ARREARS ON ALLOWANCES INCLUDING HRA AND TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE IS GOING TO BE REJECTED:CONFEDERATION NEWS

Now it has become clear that the Government has constituted the Allowance Committee headed by Finance Secretary, mainly to delay the implementation of enhanced allowances and finally deny the arrears by implementing the revised allowance either from 01-01-2017 or from 01-04-2017. The four months time fixed for the Allowance Committee is already extended to six months upto 22-02-2017. Reserve Bank Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel had hinted to the media that the burden of payment of arrears during this financial year will not be there, meaning that Government may not give retrospective effect to the revised allowances. The RBI Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel made the following observations, which is published in the RBI website.

“The extension of two months given to the Ministry of Finance to receive the notification on higher allowances under the Pay Commission’s award could push its fuller effect into the next financial year rather than this financial year”.

Further, the Allowance Committee has not held any negotiation with the JCM Staff Side. It just heard the views of the staff side. The request of the JCM staff side to hold one more meeting with staff side NJCM was not favourably considered by the Finance Secretary, who is the Chairman of the Allowance Committee. No indication is given as to whether the percentage of HRA recommended by 7th CPC will be enhanced to 30%, 20% and 10%. The fate of other allowances are also the same. Unless NJCA take a firm stand and negotiate with the Government by reviving the indefinite strike, the employees will be placed in a desperate and helpless situation, if Government is allowed to unilaterally declare the HRA and other allowances, without retrospective effect from 01-01-2016, and also without much modification, thereby denying crores of rupees as arrears.

Source:Confederation

OPTION – I FOR PRE-2016 PENSIONERS REJECTED-CONFEDERATION

 In the meeting held on 30-06-2016, with Group of Ministers by JCM staff side, the Finance Minister had also clarified that Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of 7th CPC to bring about parity between past and present pensioners. (Vide NJCA Statement issued on 06-07-2016). Finance Minister categorically assured the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 that the Government has accepted the recommendation in toto and Pension department has only been asked to sort out the difficulties in implementation of Option-I, if any.

NJCA wrote to Finance Minister on 16-07-2016, as follows: “The issue of acceptance of Option-I and II was discussed with your goodself at the residence of Hon’ble Home Minister (Govt. of India) wherein Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Hon’ble MoS Railways were present. You had categorically agreed our demand that no dilution would be made in the options given to the Pensioners by the 7th CPC. It is unfortunate that a rider “subject to feasibility” has been imposed on Option-I. Sir, this is very unfair and we will appreciate, if you kindly get the sentence “subject to feasibility” removed from that order, to keep your promise also”.

But, Finance Minister had gone back from his assurance to JCM Staff side leaders and he refused to withdraw the condition “subject to feasibility”. In the letter dated 17-10-2016, addressed to Chairman of the “Pension Option-I Committee”, the Secretary, JCM staff side requested as follows:

“The attempt therefore must be to explore the ways and means of implementing the said recommendation which is beneficial to a large number of pensioners, especially those retired prior to 1996. In view of this, the staff side is of the firm view that the Government issue orders for implementation of Option-I as there is no room for stating that the recommendation is impossible to be implemented for those who are benefitted by the said option”.

Finally NJCA wrote a letter to Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Rajnath Singh on 17-01-2017, requesting intervention. The letter reads as follows:

“The Central Government Pensioners numbering presently more than the working employees are aggrieved of the fact that the one and the only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was in their favour ie; Option-I have been recommended to be rejected by the Pension Department to the Government”.

Inspite of all these, the proposal is submitted to cabinet to reject Option-I. This underlines the fact that unless NJCA revive its deferred indefinite strike, the Government will not allow Option-I to pensioners, as assured by Finance Minister.

WHY NJCA SHOULD REVIVE THE DEFERRED INDEFINITE STRIKE

SIGNIFICANCE OF CONFEDERATION’S ONE DAY STRIKE ON 16-03-2017

An article by M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation “We had been patiently waiting for a meaningful discussion on the matter ever since then. Not only there had been any worthwhile or meaningful discussions thereafter, but no settlement was also brought about till today, though more than six months have been elapsed……. Incidentally we feel that it must be our responsibility to convey to you that the Central Government employees throughout the country are extremely critical of the fact that the Government had not found it possible to accept even a single issue taken up by the staff side JCM after the 7th Central Pay Commission submitted its recommendations to the Government”.

= Excerpts from the letter written by Com. Shiv Gopal Misra, Secretary, National Council, JCM Staff Side and Convenor NJCA to Shri. Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister on 17-01-2017.

BJP-LED NDA GOVERNMENT SHOULD REMEMBER

You can fool some employees and pensioners for all times. You can fool all employees and pensioners for some time. But you cannot fool all employees and all pensioners for all times.

Employees and Pensioners are intelligent and they have the common sense to understand who is betraying them. History will not forgive those who are betraying the cause of 33 lakhs Central Govt. employees and 34 lakhs civilian pensioners.

1. GOVT. MADE IT CLEAR THAT WITHDRAWAL OF NPS IS NOT WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF NPS COMMITTEE. YOUNGER GENERATION EMPLOYEES CHEATED: Withdrawal of NPS or exemption from NPS was one of the most important demand of the NJCA in the 11th July 2016 deferred indefinite strike. In the statement issued by NJCA on 06-07-2016 after deferring the indefinite strike, it stated as follows:

“The NJCA particularly notes that the Government has set up a separate committee for reviewing the New Pension Scheme, which has been a matter of concern to all employees and workers who are recruited to Government service on or after 01-01-2004”.

It is true that Government has constituted an NPS Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension). This created a lot of hope among the younger generation employees as they have been made to believe that the committee will consider the demand of NJCA to scrap the NPS or at least exempt Central Government employees from NPS. But to the dismay of all, in the agenda notified by NPS Committee for discussion with staff side (JCM) on 10- 02-2017, the main issues such as (1) Scrapping of NPS (2) Guaranteed minimum pension to NPS subscribers ie; 50% of the last pay drawn should be guaranteed by Government as minimum pension, even if the returns from the annuity insurance scheme is less than 50% and (3) exemption of Central Government employees from the purview of NPS, are not included as agenda for discussion in the meeting. During the discussion with staff side on 10-02-2017, Additional Secretary (Pension) informed the following:

(1) Withdrawal of NPS is not within the purview of NPS Committee.

(2) There are three sub committees constituted on NPS (i) Committee chaired by Joint Secretary, Department of

Financial Services to look into investment, benefit and taxation, (ii) Committee chaired by Joint Secretary (Expenditure), Finance Ministry, with regard to finalising the accounting, implementation procedure and grievance redressal. (iii) Committee chaired by Additional Secretary (Pension) to formulate Rules and Regulations with regard to various benefits from NPS.

Thus it is made clear without any ambiguity that NPS Committee is constituted by the Government for further strengthening NPS and not for scrapping NPS or exempting from NPS as demanded by NJCA. Everybody knows that whether it is pay commission or NPS Committee, it cannot and will not make recommendations on any issue which are not included in the terms of reference of the Commission/Committee, specifically by the Government. Submitting memorandum to the NPS committee demanding scrapping of Page 2 of NPS or exemption from NPS may not serve any purpose, unless Government give clear mandate to the Committee to examine such a demand also. Thus, NDA Government has rejected the demand of NJCA either to scrap NPS or exempt from NPS. This is the real fact and there need not be any confusion in the mind of the employees. In order to compel the Government to accept the demand, there is no short-cut, other than reviving the indefinite strike.

Railway Federations demand also rejected:

Railway Federations have demanded exemption of Railway employees from the purview of NPS. Railway Ministers of UPA and NDA Government had forwarded the demand to the Government with their recommendations stating that Railways is second line of defence and as Military Personnel are already exempted from NPS, Railway employees should also be exempted from NPS. Earlier in a letter dated 15th May 2015 addressed to Railway Board, the Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services has informed as follows:-

“It may kindly be noted that, earlier a proposal to exempt paramilitary forces (ie. CRPF, BSF etc.) from the ambit of NPS was referred to a Group of Ministers (GoM) and was finally not approved by the Government………… You will agree that moving away from the earlier defined benefit based pension system was a conscious decision of the Government taken in view of the unsustainable pension liability of the Central Government……. In view of the above, request of the recognised Federations (AIRF & NFIR) for seeking exemption of the Railway Servants appointed on or after 01-01-2004 from the application of the NPS does not seem to be a feasible proposition.”

From the above reply, it is clear that Government is not going to exempt Railway employees or other Central Government employees from the purview of NPS, unless NJCA revive the indefinite strike and compel the Government to negotiate and settle the demand.

2. OPTION – I FOR PRE-2016 PENSIONERS REJECTED: In the meeting held on 30-06-2016, with Group of Ministers by JCM staff side, the Finance Minister had also clarified that Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of 7th CPC to bring about parity between past and present pensioners. (Vide NJCA Statement issued on 06-07-2016). Finance Minister categorically assured the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 that the Government has accepted the recommendation in toto and Pension department has only been asked to sort out the difficulties in implementation of Option-I, if any.

NJCA wrote to Finance Minister on 16-07-2016, as follows: “The issue of acceptance of Option-I and II was discussed with your goodself at the residence of Hon’ble Home Minister (Govt. of India) wherein Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Hon’ble MoS Railways were present. You had categorically agreed our demand that no dilution would be made in the options given to the Pensioners by the 7th CPC. It is unfortunate that a rider “subject to feasibility” has been imposed on Option-I. Sir, this is very unfair and we will appreciate, if you kindly get the sentence “subject to feasibility” removed from that order, to keep your promise also”.

But, Finance Minister had gone back from his assurance to JCM Staff side leaders and he refused to withdraw the condition “subject to feasibility”. In the letter dated 17-10-2016, addressed to Chairman of the “Pension Option-I Committee”, the Secretary, JCM staff side requested as follows:

“The attempt therefore must be to explore the ways and means of implementing the said recommendation which is beneficial to a large number of pensioners, especially those retired prior to 1996. In view of this, the staff side is of the firm view that the Government issue orders for implementation of Option-I as there is no room for stating that the recommendation is impossible to be implemented for those who are benefitted by the said option”.

Finally NJCA wrote a letter to Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Rajnath Singh on 17-01-2017, requesting intervention. The letter reads as follows:

“The Central Government Pensioners numbering presently more than the working employees are aggrieved of the fact that the one and the only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was in their favour ie; Option-I have been recommended to be rejected by the Pension Department to the Government”.

Inspite of all these, the proposal is submitted to cabinet to reject Option-I. This underlines the fact that unless NJCA revive its deferred indefinite strike, the Government will not allow Option-I to pensioners, as assured by Finance Minister.

3. ARREARS ON ALLOWANCES INCLUDING HRA AND TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE IS GOING TO BE REJECTED:

Now it has become clear that the Government has constituted the Allowance Committee headed by Finance Secretary, mainly to delay the implementation of enhanced allowances and finally deny the arrears by implementing the revised allowance either from 01-01-2017 or from 01-04-2017. The four months time fixed for the Allowance Committee is already extended to six months upto 22-02-2017. Reserve Bank Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel had hinted to the media that the burden of payment of arrears during this financial year will not be there, meaning that Government may not give retrospective effect to the revised allowances. The RBI Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel made the following observations, which is published in the RBI website.

“The extension of two months given to the Ministry of Finance to receive the notification on higher allowances under the Pay Commission’s award could push its fuller effect into the next financial year rather than this financial year”.

Further, the Allowance Committee has not held any negotiation with the JCM Staff Side. It just heard the views of the staff side. The request of the JCM staff side to hold one more meeting with staff side NJCM was not favourably considered by the Finance Secretary, who is the Chairman of the Allowance Committee. No indication is given as to whether the percentage of HRA recommended by 7th CPC will be enhanced to 30%, 20% and 10%. The fate of other allowances are also the same. Unless NJCA take a firm stand and negotiate with the Government by reviving the indefinite strike, the employees will be placed in a desperate and helpless situation, if Government is allowed to unilaterally declare the HRA and other allowances, without retrospective effect from 01-01-2016, and also without much modification, thereby denying crores of rupees as arrears.

4. REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY, FITMENT FORMULA – HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE NOT YET CONSTITUTED:

While deferring the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, as per the assurance given by the Group of Ministers, the NJCA in its statement dated 06-07-2016, stated as follows:

“The committee set up to look into the matter of minimum wage and fitment formula is expected to submit their report to the Government in the given time frame of not more than four months”.

Finance Ministry’s press statement issued on 06-07-2016 also stated as follows: “The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee”.

After one month, the NJCA wrote letters on 28-07-2016 to Hon’ble Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Cabinet Secretary in which it conveyed the following:

“It is a matter of concern that, despite elapsing of a pretty long time, nothing has been heard in this regard from the Government of India, which is leading to serious resentment amongst the Central Government employees.”

Again after two months the JCM staff side, Secretary, wrote a letter on 12-08-2016, to Shri. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister – “We are expecting a quick action on the part of the Government to operationalise the assurance of setting up a High Level Committee to go into the Minimum Wage, Multiplication factor etc. However, we are disappointed that even after a lapse of more than a month, no orders have been issued by the Government in this regard ………. we therefore appeal to you that the concerned authorities may be asked to expedite the issuance of orders setting up the committee and finalisation of the report within the available time of remaining three months.”

A group of Senior Officers invited the JCM staff side on 30-08-2016 to discuss the grievances arising out of the recommendations related to 7th CPC. No High Level Committee was constituted and no terms of reference was notified. The second meeting with Group of seniors was held on24-10-2016.

Eventhough the group of senior officers held two round of discussion with JCM staff side, surprisingly they had not come prepared to discuss increase in minimum wage and fitment formula. They made a mockery of the meeting by disclosing in the first meeting that they are not fully aware of the details of the issues to be discussed and in the second meeting they told that they came for discussing allowances (though another committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary is constituted for allowances) and not minimum wage and fitment formulas. The JCM staffside leaders felt humiliated.

After that meeting, the JCM staff side wrote the following letter on 26-10-2016, to Hon’ble Finance Minister…..

“We (staff side) interacted with the said committee headed by Shri. P. K. Das, Addl. Secretary (Expenditure) on 24-10-2016. It would be quite appropriate to bring to your kind notice that, we have felt, during the course of meeting, that the proceedings of the committee are extremely disappointing and are left with the impression that committee is dilly-dallying the issue…………….. we are, therefore, left with no option, but to address this communication with the fervent hope that, your goodself will direct the said committee to interact with the staff side in a fruitful manner and arrive at a mutually agreeable proposal on the issue of minimum pay and fitment formula…. We have full trust and believe that, the Government would honour the decision taken in the meeting held on 30-06- 2016 in your benign presence and suitable direction will be given to the committee to complete the assigned task within the stipulated time frame in a satisfactory manner…. It would be the most unfortunate development, we regret to state, if we are constrained to tread the path of struggle once again in the event of the committee not coming up with a satisfactory settlement.”

Inspite of all these, after that (ie after 24-10-2016) no meeting of the group of senior officers was held and no discussion on minimum wage and fitment formula took place. The four months time fixed for the High Level Committee (which is yet to constituted) expired on 30-10-2016. Government has gone back from the most important assurance given to the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 by the Group of Cabinet Ministers. NJCA decided to defer the strike mainly because of this assurance of the Govt. that the Minimum pay and fitment formula will be enhanced. Now that Govt. has gone back and betrayed the entire Central Govt. employees and pensioners. NJCA has no other option but to revive the indefinite strike.

5. “VERY GOOD” BENCH MARK FOR MACP AND DENIAL OF PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY

Eversince, the MACP scheme was introduced in 2008, confederation and the JCM staff side has been demanding promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy. Govt, instead of considering this genuine demand, suddenly issued orders imposing “very good” bench mark condition for MACP. The JCM staffside was not even consulted. JCM staff side, secretary wrote a letter to cabinet secretary on 28-07-2016 as follows:

“The Govt. has accepted one of the adverse recommendations of 7th CPC without holding any consultation with the staff side. The recommendation of the 7th CPC regarding bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPs, to be enhanced from “Good” to “very good”, has been accepted by the Govt. without considering the implication on the morale of the Central Government employees… We are of the firm opinion that Govt. should reconsider their decision on the above issues and we request you to kindly withdraw the same.”
Subsequently the case was discussed in the JCM standing committee meeting also on 25-10-2016, as an agenda item given by staff side. Inspite of all these, the Government is not ready to withdraw or modify the orders.
This shows the attitude of the BJP led NDA Govt. towards JCM staff side and Central Govt. employees.

6. NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE

The National Anomaly Committee was constituted on 09-09-2016. Two meetings are held to discuss the anomaly regarding calculation of Disability Pension for Defence force personnel. As per the definition of anomaly notified by the Government no genuine “anomaly” can be termed as “anomaly”. Hence the JCM staff side has demanded to modify the definition of anomaly, as defined in earlier National Anomaly Committees constituted by Govt. at the time of previous pay commissions. But till this day, Govt. has not conceded the request of the staff side.

7. OTHER ISSUES RAISED IN THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS SUCH AS GDS ISSUES, CASUAL-CONTRACT LABOUR’S ISSUES, UPGRADATION OF LDC PAY SCALE, PARITY WITH CENTRAL SECRETARIAT SERVICES, AUTONOMOUS BODY PENSIONER’S CASE, EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK, REDUCTION OF CCL, RESTORATION OF ADVANCES ETC.
None of the above demands are discussed with the JCM staff side.

WHY INDEFINITE STRIKE SHOULD BE REVIVED BY NJCA

From the above it is clear that the Government has gone back from all the assurances and is not ready to take the JCM staffside seriously. All the employees and pensioners are totally disappointed and are voicing their anger and protest through various forums including social media. It is in this background the much awaited meeting of NJCA was held on 17- 01-2017. Unfortunately, no consensus decision for revival of the deferred indefinite strike could be taken in the NJCA meeting. As stated above, the revival of the indefinite strike is the only option left before the NJCA.

SIGNIFICANCE OF 16th MARCH 2017, ONE DAY STRIKE OF CONFEDERATION The 25th National Conference of the Confederation of Central Govt. employees & Workers, held at Chennai had taken a decision to request all constituents of NJCA to revive the deferred indefinite strike, if the Government is not ready to honour its commitment before 30th October 2016, ie; before the four months timeline fixed for fulfilling the assurances given to the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 by none other than the senior cabinet Ministers, Shri. Rajnath Singh, Shri. Arun Jaitley and Shri. Suresh Prabhu.

The AIC further decided that, in case NJCA is not ready to revive the deferred indefinite strike, the confederation should organise independent trade union action including strike. Confederation strongly feels that, now that almost eight months are over after the “sacred” assurances given by Honourable Ministers, there is no meaning in going on waiting indefinitely. Further Govt. has already conveyed its decision that Option-I for Pensioners is rejected and withdrawal of NPS is not within the purview of NPS committee. Govt. had unilaterally imposed “adverse” conditions for grant of MACP. Allowances are already delayed for 14 months (from the date of effect of 7th CPC) and the arrears are likely to be denied. The so called “High Level Committee” is yet to be constituted.

As no consensus decision for revival of indefinite strike could be taken in the NJCA, confederation has decided to organise one day nationwide protest strike on 16th March, 2017. Response from employees & participation in the countrywide demonstrations, Mass Dharnas and 15th December 2016 Parliament March was unprecedented and magnificent. About more than 13 lakhs Central Government employees will participate in the strike. After reviewing the participation, confederation will decide future course of action including indefinite strike, if situation warrants.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation calls upon all Central Government employees to make the one day strike a grand success by ensuring your participation in the strike.

AWAKE, ARISE, UNITE COMRADES!
RALLY ROUND CONFEDETATION!!

“UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY” “An iron-like determination is the guarantee for success of every movement, this should not be forgotten even for a moment. However ruthless may be the ruling class, they cannot change the tide of the history. It is the masses that alone can bring real change through their indomitable strength and courage. It is not the question of appealing to the sense of injustices of the Government, but the relative strength of the organised movements and the forces combating it, that is going to decide the course of history”.

= Late Com. K. G. Bose, the spark that revolutionised the Central Govt. employees movement with the message of “unity for struggle and struggle for unity”.

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M. Krishnan
Secretary General Confederation
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REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY, FITMENT FORMULA – HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE NOT YET CONSTITUTED:

While deferring the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, as per the assurance given by the Group of Ministers, the NJCA in its statement dated 06-07-2016, stated as follows:

“The committee set up to look into the matter of minimum wage and fitment formula is expected to submit their report to the Government in the given time frame of not more than four months”.

Finance Ministry’s press statement issued on 06-07-2016 also stated as follows: “The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee”.

After one month, the NJCA wrote letters on 28-07-2016 to Hon’ble Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Cabinet Secretary in which it conveyed the following:

“It is a matter of concern that, despite elapsing of a pretty long time, nothing has been heard in this regard from the Government of India, which is leading to serious resentment amongst the Central Government employees.”

Again after two months the JCM staff side, Secretary, wrote a letter on 12-08-2016, to Shri. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister – “We are expecting a quick action on the part of the Government to operationalise the assurance of setting up a High Level Committee to go into the Minimum Wage, Multiplication factor etc. However, we are disappointed that even after a lapse of more than a month, no orders have been issued by the Government in this regard ………. we therefore appeal to you that the concerned authorities may be asked to expedite the issuance of orders setting up the committee and finalisation of the report within the available time of remaining three months.”

A group of Senior Officers invited the JCM staff side on 30-08-2016 to discuss the grievances arising out of the recommendations related to 7th CPC. No High Level Committee was constituted and no terms of reference was notified. The second meeting with Group of seniors was held on24-10-2016.

Even Though the group of senior officers held two round of discussion with JCM staff side, surprisingly they had not come prepared to discuss increase in minimum wage and fitment formula. They made a mockery of the meeting by disclosing in the first meeting that they are not fully aware of the details of the issues to be discussed and in the second meeting they told that they came for discussing allowances (though another committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary is constituted for allowances) and not minimum wage and fitment formulas. The JCM staff side leaders felt humiliated.

After that meeting, the JCM staff side wrote the following letter on 26-10-2016, to Hon’ble Finance Minister…..

“We (staff side) interacted with the said committee headed by Shri. P. K. Das, Addl. Secretary (Expenditure) on 24-10-2016. It would be quite appropriate to bring to your kind notice that, we have felt, during the course of meeting, that the proceedings of the committee are extremely disappointing and are left with the impression that committee is dilly-dallying the issue…………….. we are, therefore, left with no option, but to address this communication with the fervent hope that, your goodself will direct the said committee to interact with the staff side in a fruitful manner and arrive at a mutually agreeable proposal on the issue of minimum pay and fitment formula…. We have full trust and believe that, the Government would honour the decision taken in the meeting held on 30-06- 2016 in your benign presence and suitable direction will be given to the committee to complete the assigned task within the stipulated time frame in a satisfactory manner…. It would be the most unfortunate development, we regret to state, if we are constrained to tread the path of struggle once again in the event of the committee not coming up with a satisfactory settlement.”

In Spite of all these, after that (ie after 24-10-2016) no meeting of the group of senior officers was held and no discussion on minimum wage and fitment formula took place. The four months time fixed for the High Level Committee (which is yet to constituted) expired on 30-10-2016. Government has gone back from the most important assurance given to the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 by the Group of Cabinet Ministers. NJCA decided to defer the strike mainly because of this assurance of the Govt. that the Minimum pay and fitment formula will be enhanced. Now that Govt. has gone back and betrayed the entire Central Govt. employees and pensioners. NJCA has no other option but to revive the indefinite strike.

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Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017

Federation Leaders associated with National Council JCM are keep telling that Allowance Committee might submit its report on 20th February 2017. The CG Staff are already very much upset over the Government’s deliberate attempt to delay the payment of Allowances by constituting many committees. Because the payment of revised Allowances  is considered will impact the Governments Exchequers.

Lot of Committees formed and Meetings held after the Notification issued for implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations. But there is no any fruitful outcome from these meetings. No sign of making decisions which satisfy the Central government employees.

Had the Allowance like HRA is paid in revised rates from the date of Notification ie 25th July 2016, it seems more beneficial than waiting for the subcommittee reports. Because if revised allowances are not given retrospective effect, it will be a huge loss for Central Government Servants.

Reports suggests that the Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017 and it will be notified with effect from 1st April 2017. Federation sources told that It is unacceptable and we will fight it out until the revised allowances implemented with effect from 1.1.2016

Read at http://www.gservants.com/2017/02/17/allowance-committee-may-submit-its-report-on-20th-february-2017/15706/

Friday, February 17, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Narendra Modi govt approves 300 per cent salary hike for UPSC chief, members

New Delhi, Feb 16: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday cleared the proposal of salary hike of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) chairperson as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. After President’s approval, UPSC chairman shall receive a pay of Rs 2,50,000 and each of the other members shall receive a pay of Rs 2,25,000 per mensem under the 7th Pay Commission. Before the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, chairman and members of the UPSC, a constitutional body that conducts the prestigious civil services examination, used to get a monthly salary of Rs 90,000.

“The hike in salary was necessitated due to implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s (7CPC) recommendation that has resulted in increase of salaries of all Central government employees,” a senior government official said. “The salary of UPSC chief will now be that of Cabinet Secretary and members’ monthly remuneration will be that drawn by a secretary-level officer,” he said. (ALSO READ: Committee of Secretaries might submit report on higher allowance on February 20)

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14 per cent hike in salary to government officials, which has been accepted by the government. As per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the minimum salary of a central government employees has been increased from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The salary of cabinet secretaries has been increased up to a minimum of Rs 2.5 lakh per month against the current salary of Rs 90,000. The gratuity ceiling has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

The UPSC conducts civil services examination annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview– to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), among others.

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One year after 7th Pay Commission implementation, government set to clear revised allowances for central staff

A year after implementation of the new pay- and pension-related recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), the government is likely to approve the revised allowances proposed by it for central government staff after the ongoing state elections are over, by March 15.

 Taking note of employees’ representations, a finance secretary-led panel is looking at HRA of 30% of basic pay for those in cities with a population of over 5 million, against 24% recommended by CPC, the sources said. (Reuters)

A year after implementation of the new pay- and pension-related recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), the government is likely to approve the revised allowances proposed by it for central government staff after the ongoing state elections are over, by March 15. The reworked allowances are likely to be effective from April 1 and at least in the case of the employees in metro cities, the house rent allowances (HRA) could be a little more generous than the CPC’s award, sources told FE.

Taking note of employees’ representations, a finance secretary-led panel is looking at HRA of 30% of basic pay for those in cities with a population of over 5 million, against 24% recommended by CPC, the sources said. In the Sixth CPC award period (2006-2015), HRA was 30% for these cities. A draft Cabinet note for implementation of the revised allowances would be circulated soon, the sources said. HRA accounts for about 60% of the total allowances bill.

The financial implication of revised allowances would be broadly in line with the CPC’s estimate of around R29,300 crore (including for the railways) in the first year. The secretaries’ panel is reviewing the commission’s recommendations pertaining to allowances including rationalisation of some 196 existing benefits. The pay panel has suggested the abolition of 52 benefits and merger of 36 with existing ones to end their separate identities.

With just R4,500 crore additional allocation in the Budget (factoring in business-as-usual growth) for allowances and assuming R7,600 crore expenditure would be borne by the railways, the additional allocation required from the general Budget could be around R17,000 crore, sources said.

This, they added, could be managed without much stress on other expenditure heads, provided the budgeted revenue receipts hold good. Given that currency notes extinguished (reported estimates vary from R30,000 crore to R1.5 lakh crore) as well as extra taxes to be paid by people under the two income disclosure schemes (IDS and PMGKY), the government has enough cushion next year, the sources said, even as many analysts reckon that the Budget assumptions were based on optimistic estimates of nominal GDP growth for FY17 and hence FY18.

On June 29, 2016, the government accepted the pay- and pension-related recommendations of CPC for over 10 million central government staffers and pensioners, entailing additional cost of R84,933 crore in FY17. In the FY18 Budget, the government has not explicitly provided for additional costs to be incurred after implementation of the revised allowances under CPC. The Centre’s allowance expenditure is pegged at R69,222 crore (excluding defence) in FY18, just 7% higher than R64,677 crore in FY17, factoring in business-as-usual growth in expenditure.

“It was a conscious decision not to provide for additional expenditure towards allowances in the FY18 Budget as the secretaries’ committee had not finalised its report. We will provide for it as and when a decision is taken in this regard,” a senior finance ministry official said.

Some government employees see the formation of the secretary panel itself as a delaying tactic, which helped the government save on additional costs towards allowances in FY17 and redeployed the resources to give a spending boost of R36,000 crore to various programmes.

Unlike pay and pension, allowances are paid prospectively. Salary revision took effect from January 1, 2016. The pay panel had given an overall 23.55% increase in pay, allowances and pensions, including 16% pay rise, 63% surge in allowances and 23.6% increase in pension.

Read at:http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/one-year-after-7th-pay-commission-implementation-government-set-to-clear-revised-allowances-for-central-staff/554784/

Defence services put forth grievances before the anomalies committee of 7 CPC

The anomaly committee on allowances constituted for the 7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) has provided a direct hearing to the defence services for their grievances related to allowances recommended by the Pay Commission. This is probably the first time when an opportunity of hearing has been provided to the defence establishment by an anomaly committee. Sources say the hearing was provided recently by the Committee in a positive backdrop and the views of the defence services were fully supported by the Ministry of Defence.

The views of the three services have been entertained by the committee in compliance with the interim directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a writ petition filed by a serving officer, Col Preet Pal Singh Grewal.

MoD sources also point out that many issues affecting allowances of defence services were placed before the committee including the discriminatory hardship allowances wherein an IPS officer was eligible for approximately Rs 55,000 as hardship allowance in Leh, his military counterpart was entitled only for about Rs 10,000.

Similarly while the civil servants were entitled to the same amount of 55,000 in Shillong, the defence officers were denied any allowance in that area. It was also pointed out to the committee that while many beneficial military allowances were extended to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) over the years, the same reciprocity was not shown to the defence services when allowances admissible to CAPFs were found more beneficial.

It was stated that while many organisations such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) were paid allowances calculated on percentage of pay, the defence services were paid at fixed slabs.

The committee was also informed that while the 7th CPC had favoured providing House Rent Allowance to personnel other than commissioned officers staying at barracks due to functional/administrative requirements, the same was not extended to commissioned officers forced to stay in Officers’ Mess premises due to similar reasons.

The high court had directed the consideration of grievances of the defence services by the anomaly committee on the prayer of the officer who had said in his petition that the views of all stakeholders must be heard before submission of the report. He had pointed out that while civilian establishments were being provided the opportunity to present their cases before the anomaly committee, the said process was not being followed for the defence services.

The Colonel had petitioned that since the armed forces were prohibited from forming associations, it was important to provide an alternative institutional mechanism where the defence establishment could put across their views for resolution of such anomalies.

Sources say that while the Anomaly Committee had more or less finished its job, the report would probably be submitted after elections to the five states have been completed.

Read at http://indianexpress.com/article/india/defence-services-put-forth-grievances-before-the-anomalies-committee-of-7-cpc-4525158/

Notification under Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 for identified schemes of DoPT

 MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 15th February, 2017

S.O. 455(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity;

And whereas, the schemes specified in the Table below involve expenditure incurred from the consolidated fund of India;

TABLE
Sl. No.Name of the SchemeEligible beneficiaries / Service enablers for the purpose of Direct Benefit Transfer
1.Conduct of Yoga Classes at Grih Kalyan KendrasYoga Instructors
2.Annual Grant to Grih Kalyan KendrasStaff of Grih Kalyan Kendras
3.Assistance for come and play schemeGovernment employees availing the facility
4.Coaching Academies and summer camps by the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports BoardCoaches
Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central Government in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training hereby notified the following, namely:––

1. (1) Individuals (eligible beneficiaries or service enablers) desirous of availing benefits under the schemes specified in the Table above are hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

(2) An individual desirous of availing benefits under the schemes specified in the above Table and is not yet enrolled for Aadhaar shall have to apply for Aadhaar enrolment by 28th February, 2017, in case he is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per the provisions of section 3 of said Act and such individual may visit any Aadhaar enrolment center (list available at www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar.

(3) As per regulation 12 of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, Grih Kalyan Kendras and the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board are required to offer enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in absence of such Aadhaar enrolment centers located in the vicinity, the Grih Kalyan Kendras and the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board may provide enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of UIDAI or may provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities by becoming UIDAI Registrar:

Provided that till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, benefits under the said schemes shall be given to the individual, subject to the production of the following documents, namely:––

(a)  (i) Aadhaar enrolment ID slip if he or she has enrolled; or
(ii) a copy of request made for Aadhaar enrolment as specified in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 2; and

(b)  (i) Bank Passbook along with Photo; or (ii) Voter’s ID card; or (iii) PAN card; or (iv) Passport; or (v) Driving License; or (vi) Ration card; or (vii) Photo ID card issued by the Government:
Provided further that the above said documents shall be checked by an officer, specifically designated by Grih Kalyan Kendras and the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board, for their respective schemes.

2. (1) In order to provide convenient and hassle free delivery of benefits, Grih Kalyan Kendras and the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board shall make all the arrangements including wide publicity through notices shall be given to service enablers or beneficiaries to make them aware of the requirements of Aadhaar to receive the benefits under the said schemes and in case they are not enrolled, they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest enrolment centers by 28th February, 2017.

(2) In case beneficiaries are not able to enroll due to non availability of enrolment centers in the vicinity, Grih Kalyan Kendras and Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board are required to create enrolment facilities at convenient locations by coordinating with UIDAI Registrars. The beneficiaries may be requested to register their request for enrolment by giving their details, such as, name, address, mobile number, etc., to Grih Kalyan Kendras and Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board .

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3. This notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in all the States except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

[F. No. 1194940/CWO/2016-DBT CELL]
DEVESH CHATURVEDI, Jt. Secy.
Signed  copy
Filed Under: ,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2017 – DOPT

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 23rd January, 2017

G.S.R. 69(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to the article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Fundamental Rules, 1922, namely : –

1. (1) These rules may be called the Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2017

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Fundamental Rules, 1922, in rule 56, in clause (d), after the sixth proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:–

“Provided also that notwithstanding anything contained in the fifth proviso, the Central Government may, if considers necessary, in public interest, so to do, give an extension in service for a further period not exceeding one year beyond the said period of two years to the Foreign Secretary”.

[F. No. 26012/1/2017-Estt. (A-IV)]

GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.

Source::http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/26012_1_2017-Estt.A-IV-23012017.pdf

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One day Strike on 16th March 2017 – CGA Orders

No.A-12017/1/2010/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/Assoc-Agi/1224
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan
E Block, GPO complex, INA
New Delhi-110023

Dated: 13th February, 2017

Subject: One Day Strike on 16th March, 2017.

Reference is invited to this office 0M of even no.502 dated 18th January, 2017. All India Civil Accounts Employees Association has intimated that the proposed One Day Strike on 15th February, 2017 has been to 16th March, 2017.

2. Attention is invited to the provisions of Government of India (Ministry of Home Affairs) 0M No.25/23/66-Estt(A) dated 09.12.1966 (reproduced as G.l. decision No.2 below Rule 7 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, which inter-alia provides that under Rule 7 (ii) of rules ibid, a Government servant shall NOT resort to or in any way abet any form of strike in connection with any matter to his service or the service of any other Government employees. If any Government servant resorts to any action in violation of Rule 7 (ii) of CCS (Conduct) Rules, disciplinary action would have to be taken against him.

3. Attention is also invited to proviso to FR 17(I) according to which any employee(s) who is absent from duty without permission shall not be entitled to any pay and allowances during the period of absence. Further, unauthorized absence shall be deemed to cause an interruption or break in service Of the employee under FR 17(A).

4. In this regard, the following decisions of the Supreme Court may also be brought to the of the employees under your Ministry/Department. The Supreme Court has held in the Case Of T.K.Rangarajan Vs. Govt. of Tamil Nadu that no right exists with the Govt. employees to strike, whether fundamental, statutory or an equitable right. In All India Bank Employees Association Vs. National Industrial Tribunal & Ors„ (1962 (3) SCR 269) the Constition Bench of the Suprerne Court specifically held that even very liberal interpretation of sub-clause (C) of Clause (1) of Article 19 of the Constitution cannot lead to the conclusion that the trade unions have a guaranteed right to strike, either as part of collective bargaing or otherwise. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court also agreed that going on strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by Government Employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with law. Hence, once it is proved that an employee has committed the of going on a strike in any form, the Supreme Court has held in Bank of India vs. TS Kelawala [1990 (4) SLR 249] that he will have to face the consequences which may include deduction of wages and even dismissal from service.
5. In this context, it is clarified that strike means refusal of work or stoppage or slowing down of work by a group of employees acting in combination and includes:-

vii) mass abstention from work without permission which is wrongly described mass Casual Leave.

viii) refusal to work on overtime where such overtime work is necessary in public interest.

ix) resort to practice or conduct which is likely to result in or results in the cessation or substantial retardation of work in any organization. Such practice include what are ‘go-slow’, ‘sit-down’, “pen-down’, ‘stay-in’. ‘token’, ‘sympathetic’ or any other similar strike as also absence from work for participation in a ‘Bandh’ or similar movements.

6. Accordingly, Casual Leave or any other kind of leave, if applied for, should not be sanctioned to the officers and employees during the period of proposed One Day Strike on 16th March, 2017 and it should be ensured that the striking activities are not allowed inside and around the office premises. It may also be ensured that the employees, who intend to attend their office work despite the call for the strike, are not prevented from attending the office by the striking employees. Suitable contingency plan may be worked out for carrying out the various functions in field offices and Principal Accounts Offices.

7. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of staff working under your control. All the Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs are requested to deal with the cases in respect of employees, Who resort to action as above, in the light of above referred instructions.

8. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

sd/-
(Sandeep Malhotra)
Sr. Accounts Officer

Source:http://cga.nic.in//writereaddata/file/OMStrike122413022017.pdf

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