Wednesday, 24 August 2016

7th Central Pay Commission – Allowances expected in October 2016

7th Pay Commission: Government employees likely to get revised allowances from October

New Delhi: Central government employees are expected to see new allowances structure starting October.
As per media reports quoting sources in Finance Ministry, Finance Secretary committee is expected to submit its report by September, which is expected to be implemented soon thereafter.

In view of the strong protest staged by the representatives of Employee Associations and other stakeholders, government decided that recommendations on allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, will be examined by a Committee comprising Finance Secretary as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members before taking a final decision.

To the disappointment of government employees, the Justice A K Mathur panel had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others.

The Committee was to submit its report within four months. This Committee has been constituted on 22.07.2016 and the first meeting of the Committee has been held on 04.08.2016.

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission cover 48 lakh Central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

Source : zeenews

Promotion of Group ’A' and Group 'B’ officers to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis: Railway Board Order

Promotion of Group ’A' and Group 'B’ officers to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis: Railway Board Order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(GP)2016/1/9
New Delhi, dated 11.08.2016
The General Managers/Chief Administrative Officers/Director General,
All Indian Railways including CLW, DLW, ICF, DMW, RWF, RCF, COFMOW, MCF/RBL & RDSO.

Sub: Promotion of Group ’A' and Group 'B’ officers to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis.

Ref: Board’s letter Nos. E(GP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85, EV(GP)89/1/8 dated 17.04.90 and 22.08.90.

In terms of Board’s letter No. ElGP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85, Group ‘A’/Junior Scale officers with more than 3 years of service but less than 4 years, were eligible to be considered for looking after the duties in Senior Scale, on payment of Special pay, as fixed from time to time by the Board, in addition to their pay in Junior Scale, and it was only in the absence of Group ’A’ officers who have completed their probation successfully, that Group 'B’ officers who have rendered not less than 3 years of service in Group ’B’ could be considered for ad-hoc appointment to Senior Scale. This was based on the fact that all Senior Scale posts are in Group ’A’ and, as such Group ‘B’ officers, irrespective of their length of service, can have no claim for promotion to Senior Scale, even on ad-hoc basis. However, while the position as contained in Board’s letter dated 31.12.85 basically remaining unchanged, it was decided by the Board vide Board's letter No. E(GP)89/1/8 dated 17.04.90, as a temporary measure in the overall administrative interest, that in cases where a Group 'A’/Junior Scale officer who was eligible for regular promotion to Senior Scale, having completed 4 years’ service, was not available, Group 'B’ officers, who had rendered not less than 6 years' service in Group 'B’, could be considered for ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale, and in case, no such Group ‘B’ officer was available, the provisions contained in sub-paras 3.1(ii) and (iii) of Board's letter dated 31.12.85, would continue to be followed.

2. The matter has since been reconsidered by the Board. After careful consideration, it has been decided that the position as was laid down in Board’s letter No. E(GP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85 which is in consonance with Rule 214(b) of IREC Vol.- I, be restored. Therefore, the order of preference to be followed henceforth, while considering Group ’A’ (Junior Scale/Group ’B' officers for ad-hoc promotion against Senior Scale vacancies, will be sunder:-

i) Vacancies arising in Senior Scale should be filled by Group .‘A’/Junior Scale officers with 4 years of service who are eligible for regular promotion to Senior Scale;


ii) If eligible Group ‘A'/Junior Scale officers are not available but Junior Scale officers with a minimum of 3 years of service in Junior Scale, who have completed the probation successfully, are available, they should be considered for looking after the duties in Senior Scale on payment of charge allowance, as fixed by the Board from time to time, in addition to pay in Junior Scale, subject to the condition that pay plus charge allowance does not exceed the pay admissible on regular promotion to Senior Scale on completion of 4 years of service in Junior Scale;

iii) Failing (i) and (ii) above, by Group ’B’ officers who have rendered not less than 3 years of service in Group 'B’ and have been adjudged suitable by a Committee of HODs for appointment against Senior Scale vacancies.

3. For making ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale, number of vacancies arising during the period 1st July of any year to 30th June of the following year shall be computed and while empanelling Group ’B’ officers for ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale against any such vacancies it shall be ensured that there may be no reasonable likelihood of any such Group B’ officers not getting empanelled for regular promotion to Group ’A’/Junior Scale at a later date by the DPC constituted by the UPSC, and also adequate number of Senior Scale vacancies are available for Group 'A’/Junior Scale officers so as to consider them for ad-hoc promotion on completion of 3 years of service, so that there may be no occasion for Group 'B' officers having to be reverted once they have been promoted to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis.

sd/-
(Suman Sharma)
Director, Estt.(GP)
Railway Board
Order in Hindi

Suspension of government employees accused of corruption cannot continue beyond 90 days

Corrupt employees suspension can’t continue beyond 90 days

New Delhi: The suspension of government employees accused of corruption cannot continue beyond 90 days, the Centre said today.

It has asked secretaries of all departments to ensure that chargesheets against such employees are issued within three months time.

It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched against such employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

Citing a Supreme Court verdict, the DoPT said it has been decided that where a government servant is placed under suspension, “the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the chargesheet is not served to the charged officer”.

As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension, it said.

“As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time,” the DoPT said in the order to all the secretaries.

The apex court while hearing a case has held that the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer or employee.

If the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension, it has said.

PTI

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of Railway Staff: NFIR

Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS: NFIR Reference to Railway Board
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
No.I/11/Part I
Dated: 16-08-2016
The secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi.
Dear Sir,
Sub: Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS- reg.
Pursuant to the decisions of the Government on the recommendations of the VII CPC, the Railway Board vide letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No.93/2016) has circulated “Schedules for revised scales of Pay” in respect of Railway employees to be given effect from 01-01-2006.
II. In this connection, NFIR desires to state that after implementation of 6th CPC grade pay/pay band, the Railway Board had in consultation with the Federations issued instructions vide letter No.2008/M(W)/814/38 dated 29-10-2009 (RBE No.194/2009) revising hourly rates of incentive bonus under CRJ Pattern/GIS for staff in Workshops and production Units and also PCO allowance. Upward revision of rates was also granted vide RBE No.142/99 dated 21-06-1999 (i.e. after implementation of V CPC Pay Scales). A chart showing the revision of hourly rates granted by the Railway Board is placed below:
S. No
DESIGNATION
V CPC PAY SCALES & INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE NO.142/99 Dt: 21-06-1999
VI CPC PAY BAND/GRADE PAY INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE No.194/09 Dt: 29-10-2009
Pay ScaleHourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
(Rs.)
Incentive Bonus Under GIS Pattern
(Rs.)
Pay ScaleHourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
(Rs.)
Incentive Bonus under GIS Pattern at 100% earnings
(Rs.)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1Junior Engineer Grade I5500-900026.4571509300 – 34800
+ GP 4200
49.6513440
2Junior Engineer Grade II5000-800024.006500
3Senior Technician5000-800024.00
4Supervisor4500-700021.6558505200-20200

+ GP 2800
43.3011700
5Technician Grade I4500-700021.65
6Technician Grade II4000-600019.2552005200-20200
+ GP 2400
38.5010400
7Technician Grade III3650-459017.5539655200-20200
+ GP 1900
32.207930
8Technician Grade III3050-357514.65
9Semi Skilled2750-440013.2035755200-20200
+ 1800
25.456760
10Unskilled2550-320012.5033154440-7440
+ GP 1300
24.506630
Note:
  • Incentive Bonus earnings under GIS Pattern on the basis of V CPC structure was arrived at by multiplying minimum pay of pay scale X 1.3 times (in the year 1999).
  • Incentive Bonus earning under GIS pattern on the basis of VI CPC was arrived at by just doubling the values & fixing it a 100% earning level (in the year 2009).
  • In case of Hourly rates earning under CRJ pattern, the Hourly rate values of V CPC were just doubled and fixed as hourly rate earnings after implementation of VI CPC.

III. NFIR now wants the Railway Board to appreciate that similar upward revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus is needed to be granted as the revised pay matrices of VII CPC have been given effect from January 1, 2016. The SSEs of Indian Railways Workshops and Production Units are presently paid incentive allowance on VI CPC pay. This also needs to be revised upwardly duly taking into consideration the revised Pay Matrix allotted to them.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to take action for revision the rates early as was done during the year 1999 and 2009. It is also relevant to take note of the fact that there is already heavy shortage of staff in all Railway Workshops and Production Units with increased activity resulting additional workload burden on the existing staff. This aspect be given due weightage for the purpose of hiking the hourly rates of incentive bonus, PCO allowance and incentive allowance to the staff as well SSEs.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary.
Source: NFIR

7th Pay Commission will Push Gold to Rs.35,000 – India Bullion and Jewellers Association

7th Pay Commission will Push Gold to Rs.35,000 – 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold.

The coming few months dotted with festivals and 7th pay commission can provide a further boost to gold prices in India. Experts believe that festive demand can push gold prices to Rs 34,000-35,000 per 10 grams by the end of the current year.

“Gold prices are expected to remain firm in the coming months. We expect strong demand for jewellery during the upcoming festive season which would include Ganapthi and Dusshera festivals. The marriage season around December should give a further push. Gold should test Rs 34,000-35,000 in the next 4-5 months,” Saurabh Gadgil, CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told FeMoney.

He said that the 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold. “The 7th Pay Commission payout will certainly lead to higher gold sales. We are already seeing some demand from government employees who are coming and making purchases on anticipation of higher salaries due to 7th pay commission,” Gadgil CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told.

Gold, which started year at around Rs 25,000 level closed at Rs 31,720 on August 19 according to prices of Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association quotes, which works out to gains of around 27 per cent year to date.

V P Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Limited agrees that 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold sales. “A part of the payout can reasonably be expected to find its way into gold purchases,” he said.

Source: FE

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