Friday, 30 May 2014

AICPIN FOR APRIL 2014 – EXPECTED DA JULY 2014 – 4th STEP COMPLETED

AICPIN FOR APRIL 2014 – EXPECTED DA JULY 2014 – 4th STEP COMPLETED

As per the press release of Labour Bureau, All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial workers Base Year 2001=100) for  the month of April, 2014 increased by three points from 239 to 242.

According to the hike of index for the month of April 14, the Expected DA from July 2014 is also increased by two percent from 3 to 5…

The below table is clearly indicate the movement of AICPIN with increasing additional Dearness allowance month wise…

AICPIN for the month of April 2014 begged at 242

Month/
Year
AICPIN (IW)
Base Year
2001=100
Increased/
Decreased
Points in
AICPIN
Total Points
Increased
Total of
12 Months
12 Months
Average
% Increase
over 115.763
Approximate
DA
Total DA % DA% Increase
Month wise
Jan-14 237 -2
2802 233.5 117.74 101.71 101 1
Feb-14 238 1
2817 234.75 118.99 102.79 102 2
Mar-14 239 1
2832 236 120.24 103.86 103 3
Apr-14 242 3 3 2848 237.33 121.57 105.02 105 5
 
Simple Calculator for Central Government Employees…

Each month, the Central Government announces the AICPIN points based on prices and inflation. It is based on these points that the Dearness Allowance is calculated. A new calculator has been created that calculates the Dearness Allowance based on the AICPIN point given by the user. When you type in your anticipated AICPIN point for the following month at the ENTER VALUE field, the calculator will show you the change in Dearness Allowance.
Source: 90pasisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/05/aicpin-for-april-2014-expected-da-july.html]

Recommendation of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Compassionate Appointment-Regarding.

Recommendation of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Compassionate Appointment-Regarding.
Parliament Committee Matter
IMMEDIATE
No.41013/1/2013-Estt(D)
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
 
Subject:- Recommendation of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Compassionate Appointment – Regarding. 
 
The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum of even number dated 25.03.2013 (copy enclosed) on the above mentioned subject wherein all the Ministries/Departments were requested to furnish an annual report in the enclosed proforma latest by 30th April of every year, indicating the status of implementation of Government instructions on compassionate appointment as on 31st March of that year. Initially separate reports for three years covering the period from 01.04.2010 to 31.03.2011, 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2012 and 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2013 should be sent. Thereafter, an annual report covering the period from 15th April of the preceding year to 31st March of the current years be sent.
 
2. The requisite information from the Ministries/Departments is still awaited. The Ministries/Departments are once again requested to furnish information urgently.
sd/-
(Mukta Goel)
Director(E-I)
 
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/41013_1_2013-Estt-D-.pdf]

Dopt Orders on revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

Dopt Orders on revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate
 
No.36036/2/2013- Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 30th May. 2014
To,
The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/Union Territories
 
Subject: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate
 
Madam/Sir,
The Government of India had issued instructions on 8th September, 1993 vide DoPT OM. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) providing for reservation to Other Backward Classes in the services and posts under the Government of India. The format of the Caste Certificate was prescribed vide Annexure A of the O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15th November 1993. In the said format, the then Ministry of Welfare’s Resolution No. 12011/68/93-BCC(C) dated 10th September 1993 was mentioned, which contained the list of castes and communities treated as OBC’s till that time. Since then, a large number of castes and communities have been added to the Central List of OBCs through various resolutions of the Ministry of Social Jusiice and Empowerment. The details of the resolutions subsequent to the Resolution dated 10th September 1993 do not find mention in the existing format. The said format also prescribes that the certificate issuing authority should certify that the candidate does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid OM. dated 8.9.1993.

2. Representations have been received in this Department wherein candidates belonging to OBC Communities have reportedly faced difficulty in getting the benefits of reservation. This is because of the fact that in the caste certificate issued by the concerned district authorities, although the name of the caste/community is mentioned in the certificate, the specific resolution by which the said caste/community has been included in the Central List of  OBCs is not indicated.
 
3. Keeping in view such problems faced by the candidates, this issue was examined in consultation with the National Commission for Backward Classes and it has been decided to revise the existing format of OBC Caste Certificate. A copy of the revised format is enclosed(Anuexure). All the certificate issuing authorities are requested to invariably mention the details of the Resolution (Number and Date) by which the castec/community of the candidate has been included in the Central List of OBCs and also to ensure that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993 as amended from time to time.
 
4. I am to request that the revised format of the Certificate may please be brought to the notice of authorities under the State Governments/Union Territories who are empowered to issue the Caste Certificate.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Sandeep Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Annexure
 
FORM OF CERTIFICATE TO BE PRODUCED BY OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES 
APPLYING FOR APPOINTMENT TO POSTS UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
 
This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kurnari_______________son/daughter of _______________________of village/town in District/Division __________________________in the State/Union Territory____________________belongs to the __________________community which is recognised as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. _________________dated____________________*. Shri/Smt./Kumari ____ ______________ and/or his/her family ordinarily reside(s) in the ____________________________ District/Division of the__________________________ State/Union Territory. This is also to certify that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93 – Estt.(SCT)dated 8.9.1993.**
 
District Magistrate
Deputy Commissioner etc.
Dated:
Seal
 
* – The authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of
 Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.
** – As amended from time to time.
 
Note:- The term “Ordinarily” used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950.
 
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/36036_2_2013-Estt-Res_30052014.pdf]

NFIR writes to 7th CPC to send Interim Report to the Government along with the aspect of merger of dearness allowance with basic pay…

NFIR writes to 7th CPC to send Interim Report to the Government along with the aspect of merger of dearness allowance with basic pay…
Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR — reg.
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013/Pt.Ii
Dated: 29-05-2014
The Chairman,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi
Respected Sir,
Sub: Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR — reg.
Ref: Seventh CPC’s D.O. No.7CPC/22/Meeting dated 12th May, 2014.
We express our sincere gratitude to the 7th CPC for extending invitation to the NFIR to take part in the inter-action meeting. As this being the first meeting of preliminary inter-action nature. NFIR submits certain facts briefly for appreciation. The Federation would, however submit detailed memorandum separately on various issues as well as the proposed pay structure for Railwaymen/ Women and the need for upward revision of various allowances, incentive etc.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDIAN RAILWAYMEN (N.F.I.R.)
NFIR is one of the major Federations in the railways functioning for the cause of rail workforce (serving & retired) and equally for the growth of Nation as well Railways since the last over six decades.
NFIR is one of the major constituents of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM). M. Raghavaiah, General Sccrctary/NFIR, is also the Leader of Staff Side/JCM.
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Indian Railways is a unique and complex transportation system under the control of Central Government, serving the needs of people since the last more than 160 years. Indian Railways handle over 19,000 regular trains (Freight & Passenger) per day besides about 3000 special trains a day during various seasons. Its route kilometerage is 65,187.
During the year 2012-13, Indian Railways moved more than 1010 Metric Tonnes of freight traffic and joined as fourth member of the select Billion Tonne Club of USA, China and Russia. The operating ratio has been around 90% barring the 3 years period between 2005-06 & 2008. The Indian Railways incur losses as a result of fulfilling the social service obligations. The approximate loss on this account is around Rupees Twenty Thousand Crores per annum.
RAILWAY EMPLOYEES’ ROLE:
The railway employees perform duties for ensuring uninterrupted flow of services. They Work at over 7000 railway stations. Most work places do not have access to facilities and basic amenities for their living. The employees are compelled to work under the open sky and inclement weather conditions. They face hazards associated with the job environment, remoteness. inhospitable terrain etc.,
Although, railway employees are part of Central Government Employees, their nature of work, duties and responsibilities are uncommon and not comparable with any other system/industry. The staff who maintain railway tracks, rolling stock, signal/telecom network, train operations, trains planning, punctuality, safety are skillful and devoted to the system but however, these factors have not been given due weighage by successive Pay Commissions. The running staff i.e. Loco Pilots, Asst. Loco Pilots, Guards. operating staff, station masters, controllers etc.. perform their jobs facing many odds. They are expected lo perform duties even beyond the prescribed duty hours.
We may incidentally cite para 2.3 of the report of the Chairman, High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr.Anil Kakodkar submitted to the Railway Ministry. According tlo the said report the number of railway employees killed in the course of performing duties has been higher as can be seen from the following figures (period 2007—08 to 2011)

Killed Injured
(a) Railwaymen 1,600 8,700
(b) Passenger/Public 1,019 2,110
(c) Unmanned Level Crossing 723 690
The nature of work, duties, responsibilities of railway staff justify grant of better pay structtire and other benefits treating the Railway Workforce as unique and not comparable with other Central Government employees. We shall explain the facts through our memorandum for consideration of Hon’ble 7th CPC.
NFIR‘s MEMORANDAM AND EVIDENCE:
As the NFIR is one of the major constituents of the JCM, our memorandum will be drafted and finalized after the submission of memorandum by JCM (Staff Side). In view of this, we request that we may be given time to submit our memorandum by 31st July, 20l4.
As the Hon’ble Pay Commission is aware that 1.3 million staff belonging to hundreds of caegories are working in the railways, we request that the Federation be given more slots in phases to facilitate us to explain the case of every important category cogently.
SATISFACTION LEVEL OF 6th CPC REPORT:
We may submit that the 6th  report, more particularly the concept of Grade Pay and Pay Band had generated many anomalies. This led to dis-satisfaction among different categories of railway employees. These anomalies are yet to be rectified by the Government. The proposals of Railway Ministry on 6th CPC issues are pending with Finance Ministry. MACPS aberrations have also been very large in number. Our efforts at the level of Railway Ministry as well Ministry of Personnel/MoF have not yielded positive result.
We hope that the Seventh Central Pay Commission would look into these issues in a realistic manner for mitigating the injustice caused to staff.
DEARNESS ALLOWANCE — IT’s MERGER WITH PAY:
Honhle Pay Commission may kindly appreciate that the Dearness Allowance (D.A.) has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014. This scenario was never anticipated by the 6th CPC. It may however be appreciated that in the past, the Government had merged DA with pay when it crossed 50% (In the year 2004). We are expecting 6% DA w.e.f. July 1, 2014, thus the DA% would be 106% of pay in July, 2014.
We therefore, request the Hon’ble Pay Commission to kindly consider this aspect for sending interim report to the Government recommending merger.
CONCLUDING:
NFIR assures its co-operation to the Pay Commission by way providing facts and material & equally hopes that this Pay Commission would render justice to the Railway employees.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/NFIR
Forwarded to the Affiliated Unions of NFIR. lt was explained very effectively the uniqueness and uncommon working of the rail work force justifying different pay package. Speciai thrust was DA merger. The response has been positive.

Source: NFIR

NFIR writes to Finance Minister to merge 50% of Dearness allowance with basic pay – 28.05.2014

NFIR writes to Finance Minister to merge 50% of Dearness allowance with basic pay – 28.05.2014

On 28th May 2014, NFIR General Secretary writes to new Finance Minister Shri. Arun Jaitley to consider the huge anticipated demand of merging dearness allowance with basic pay for Central Government employees and Pensioners…
 
The letter is reproduced and given below for your ready reference… 
 
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No.1/5(A)/Pt.I
Dated: 28/05/2014
Sh. Arun Jaitley
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block
New Delhi
 
Dear Sir,
 
Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-reg.
 
While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter No. 1/5(A) dated 27/09/2013, NFIR desires to bring to your kind notice, the following facts for consideration.
 
2. In the Standing Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Secretary DoP&T, on 7th May 2014, the agenda item pertaining to merger of D.A. with pay was discussed by the JCM/Staff Side representatives. There has, however, been no positive response from the Official Side on the issue probably the VII CPC has started working on the terms of reference.
 
3. Now that the D.A. has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014 and another instalment of D.A. @ 6% of pay is likely to be granted by the Government w.e.f. 01/07/2014 as per the figures of Consumer Price Index, continuing D.A., without merger, is highly unjustified. In the past i.e. during the year 2004, the Government of India had merged 50% DA with pay for all purposes. Similar decision has, unfortunately, not been taken by the previous Government.
 
4. Seventh Central Pay Commission has already sent communications to JCM constituent organisations etc.. to submit Memorandums. At this juncture, it would be proper to convey to the Chairman, 7th CPC to consider the JCM (Staff Side) demand for merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect and send interim report to the Government for consideration.
 
NFIR, therefore, requests you to kindly consider our request and see that the Government makes reference to 7th CPC to consider DA merger with pay and to send its interim report to the Government for favourable consideration.
Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the 7th CPC - AIRF

Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the 7th CPC - AIRF
 
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION
(Estd, 1924)
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055
INDIA
No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)
Dated: May 28, 2014
The Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Coms.,
 
Sub: Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the VII CPC 
 
On the invitation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for having Preliminary Interaction with All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF), a delegation of the AIRF, comprising of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF, Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Working President AIRF, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao, Asstt. General Secretary AIRF and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Treasurer AIRF, met today, i.e. 28th May, 2014, the Seventh Central Pay Commission(Hon’ble Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman, Shri Vivek Rae, Member, Dr. Rathin Roy, Member and Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission) in Hotel Janpath(Camp Office of the VII CPC), New Delhi.
The following points were raised by the AIRF before the VII CPC:-  

(i) Extension and improvement in Railway Services 
(ii) Safety & Training 
(iii) Wages, Dearness Allowance and Other Allowances 
(iv) Living Wage 
(v) Interim Relief 
(vi) Merger of Dearness Allowance 
 
It was asserted by the AIRF that the Railwaymen are Industrial Workers and are governed by the Industrial Disputes Act, Factories Act and Hours of Employment Regulations etc.
 
It was stressed by the AIRF that, out of 7,000 railway stations, over 6,000 are road side stations where staff are bereft of all civic facilities like housing, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, medical facilities etc., and the education of their children suffers.
 
Indian Railways run 19,000 trains daily and additional train services are being introduced without developing
infrastructure and adding manpower, rather manpower is being reduced day-by-day. In spite of all impediments, there has been tremendous improvement in carrying goods traffic and passenger services.
 
AIRF further stressed that, the Railwaymen are working round-the-clock in all weathers and arduous conditions, even sacrificing their lives to keep the lifeline of the nation(Indian Railways) in operation. On the one hand it used to be said that we(the Railwaymen), are the second line of defence, on the other, when the issue of Wage Structure and Allowances comes, the Railwaymen always get raw-deal, saying, they are “Common Categories”. Quoting examples of the Running Staff, Technician, Technical Supervisor, Operating & Commercial Staff, AIRF asked, where we are common? The VII CPC agreed that they would definitely look into these aspects while deciding wages and allowances of the Railwaymen.
 
It was impressed upon to the Seventh Central Pay Commission that AIRF would lead broad categories/ departments’ representation to VII CPC during oral evidence.
 
It was also stressed that the Seventh Central Pay Commission should consider the matter of granting Interim Relief as well as merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay.
 
The Members of the Pay Commission, mainly the Chairman himself, interacted with AIRF’s representatives. The Pay Commission gave patient hearing and assured that they could understand the complexity and gravity of the Railway Industry, devotion and dutifulness of the Railwaymen and would try to administer justice to the Railwaymen by way of their recommendations.
 
Thereafter, representatives of the Staff Side, National Council (JCM), lead by Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM), along with Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Members, Standing Committee, NC/JCM/AIRF, held discussions with the VII CPC.
 
The issues of Fixation of Wages, allowances and the matters of Anomalies of VI CPC, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme, Promotional Policy, General Grade Structure along with the demands of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay were raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. Apart from AIRF representatives, in the delegation, Coms. M. Raghavaiah, Guman Singh, S.N. Pathak, S.K. Vyas, Sri Kumar, K.K.N. Kutty and B.C. Sharma were also present on the occasion.
 
The Chairman, VII CPC, on persistent demand of the Staff Side, NC/JCM, suggested that the Staff Side can submit separate Memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance, so that VII CPC can seek necessary advice from the Government, as to how to deal with these issues since there has been no specific reference in the matter from the Government to VII CPC on these subjects.
 
It was decided that detailed memorandum on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM) should be submitted by 30th June 2014, and all the departments, like Railways and others should submit their memorandum by 15th July, 2014.
 
This is for your information and giving wide circulation amongst all sections of the Railwaymen.
Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source: AIRF

AIRF – Preliminary submission to the 7th Pay Commission

AIRF – Preliminary submission to the 7th Pay Commission

Preliminary submission to the VII CPC 
 
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION
(Estd, 1924)
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055
INDIA 
No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)
Dated: May 28, 2014
Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur,
Chairman,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi
 
 
Dear Sir
 
Sub: Preliminary submission to the VII CPC 
 
I, on behalf of 13 lakh Railwaymen, welcome you and the Members of the VII CPC, would like to submit the following as a preliminary step towards our approach and expectations from the VII CPC.
 
All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) was established in the year 1924, and the leadership of this federation was heralded by the eminent personalities like Shri V.V. Giri, who was one of the founder members of the AIRF and was the General Secretary of the AIRF for long 10 years from 1927-37. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan was the President of this federation from 1947-57. Last President of the AIRF was Shri Umraomal Purohit, from 1980 to till his death in February 2014. He was also Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM) since 1977.
 
All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) participated in the Independent struggle. It also saved Railway Industry from economic depression of 1930 and faced other challenging tasks at different times.
Railwaymen are the second line of defence, and during 1962 Chinese aggression, 1965 Pakistan War and 1999 Kargil War etc., Railwaymen stood firm in the duty post and carried out army and the necessary equipments to war front.
 
During natural calamities, like floods, earthquake etc., the Railwaymen transport necessary helps to the victims, and in far-flung areas in the country for conducting smooth elections. The Railwaymen run thousands of Special Trains, and during the 16th Lok Sabha elections, Indian Railways run 5,000 Special Trains in addition to split coaches for ferrying security personnel and election materials.
 
The Railways is a common man’s transport, cheaper than other modes of transport as also eco-friendly. The Indian Railways is the symbol of national integrity.
 
 
EXTENSION AND IMPROVEMENT IN RAILWAY SERVICES 
The Railways generate resources, internally also to a substantial quantity. The Railways is having 16 Railway Zones, 06 Production Units and Metro Rail, Kolkata(a new Railway Zone).
 
 
INDIAN RAILWAYS 
Comparative Statement of improvement in productivity of the Railwaymen is as under:-
 

2005-6 2012-13 Variation
Net Ton Kilometer (Million) 441762 641849 + 45.29
Passenger Kilometer (Million) 615634 1098103 + 78.37
Staff Strength (In Thousands) 1412.4 1287.3 (-) 8.86%


Traffic Unit for 1000 employees*, which is an indicator of improvement is as follows:-

2000-2001 2011-12
535 1408
 
*Traffic Unit represents Passenger Kilometer and NTKM
Indian Railways working is of belt system. It is not an individual’s performance, but collective efforts of all sections of the Railwaymen, which represents improvement in the performance.
 
 
SAFETY 
Safety gets paramount importance in the working of the Indian Railways. Unfortunately, new trains are being
introduced as per the demands, but without increasing line capacity, rolling stock and manpower. Rather manpower is decreasing violating the provision of the Hours of Employment. A committee in respect of Working Hours etc. of the Railwaymen was appointed by the Ministry of Railways, which had submitted its report to the Railway Board in August 2013, but unfortunately, no decision has yet been taken on the report of the said committee despite repeated representations. National average for training is 2% of the total expenditure, but the Railways spent only 0.50%.
 
Railwaymen are the Industrial Workers and govern under the Industrial Disputes Act and Hours of Employment & Regulations, framed under the Railway Act and Factory Act.
 
There are more than 7,000 railway stations, of them over 6,000 are road side stations. Large-number of stations are in the forest and terrorist infested areas. Staff working at the roadside stations are bereft of housing, potable water, sanitation, medical aid, and children education is a far cry.
 
Railwaymen work round the clock, and they have to remain vigilant all the 24 hours in 365 days. A committee was appointed on the Safety of the Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar. Para 2.3 of the said report is cited below:-
 

Killed Injured
Railwaymen 1,600 8,700
Passenger/Public 1,019 2,118
(Unmanned Level Crossing) 723 690
 
 
WAGES, DEARNESS ALLOWANCE AND OTHER ALLOWANCES 
The wages of the Railwaymen are low in comparison to the workers of the PSUs. This has been constantly agitating the minds of the Railwaymen.
 
1st to 7th CPC appointed only after the series of agitations, submission of Charter of Demands or after the Strike Notice.
 
AIRF had to launch country-wide strike against anti-labour report of the 2nd CPC in the year 1960 and against the report of the 3rd CPC(20-day long 1974 strike).
 
LIVING WAGE was propagated by the 1st CPC as back as 1946-47. It has been embodied in the Article 43 of the Constitution of our country, wherein directive principles have been enshrined. Unfortunately, the same is yet to be achieved after 66 years of the Independence and 62 years of adoption of the Constitution.
The 4th CPC in para 7.32 of its report at page 85 had recommended periodical revision/review of wages through bilateral negotiations.
 
Railwaymen need separate consideration in respect of wages, allowance and other benefits. This matter was
agitated before the VI CPC also, and the VI CPC in para 7.36.100 of its report had observed as follows:-
“Various Railway Federations have demanded a special dispensation for Railway employees keeping in view the profitability of their organization. The demand is not without substance especially as employees have to be rewarded for efficient performance of the entire organization that has yielded continuous profits without resorting to any substantial increase in the passenger/freight fares in the recent years. A separate dispensation in terms of pay scales and allowances is not, however, possible, as long as the organization continues to be a Ministry in the Central Government because it will then need to be governed by the common pay scales and allowances for the entire Central Government. In such a scenario, the optimal solution would be corporatization of Indian Railways as a Public Sector Enterprise. This would allow the Railways flexibility in determining its own compensation package”.
 
The Staff Side, National Council(JCM) Standing Committee, had a discussion with the Government on Terms of Reference of the VII CPC on 24.10.2013 and requested to have another round of discussions in the matter, but unfortunately the government issued the said ToR unilaterally, which was protested by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. A meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was also held on 07.05.2014, wherein the issue of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness Allowance were again raised.
 
It may be mentioned here that, Interim Relief was recommended by the 3rd CPC, and the 4th CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Before appointment of the V CPC, discussions were held on different dates in September 1993 with the Cabinet Secretary, when an Interim Relief of Rs.100 p.m. to Group `C’ and `D’ employees was sanctioned prior to appointment of V CPC and subsequently V CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Interim Relief requires to bridge the gap of erosion in the real wage during interregnum period.
 
 
MERGER OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE 
25% Dearness Allowance was merged in the Pay after series of negotiation with the Cabinet Secretary in September 1993.
The V CPC in its report had also recommended merger of Dearness Allowance when it crosses 50%, and the same was done.
It is necessary to point out here that the inflation trend prevailing during 01.01.1996 to 31.12.2005 and from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2004 inflation was 74%, whereas from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2011, it was 51%, and further raised to 100% on 01.01.2014.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source : AIRF

QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR PROMOTION

QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR PROMOTION

Eligibility for promotion : – It is necessary to fix suitable standards for promotion from one grade to another, including minimum length of service in the lower grade. As far as possible, the minimum length of service in the lower grade prescribed as a condition for promotion to the higher grade should not markedly be different from that prescribed by other Departments for promotion to similar grades involving the same nature of duties and responsibilities.
 
The qualifying service for promotion from one grade to another is necessary so that there is no premature promotion or undue jump in pay and also to ensure that the officer has sufficient opportunity to demonstrate his competence/potential for holding the higher post. The period of qualifying service varies from post to post depending upon the scale of pay and the experience, required for manning the higher post. Broadly, the following qualifying service for promotion from one grade to another may be followed:
 
Field of Promotion
 
From Grade Pay 
 (in Rs.)
To Grade Pay
 (in Rs.)
Qualifying Service 
(in years)
1800 1900 3 Years
1900 2000 3 Years
1900 2400 8 Years
2000 2400 5 Years
2400 2800 5 Years
2400 4200 10 Years
2800 4200 6 Years
4200 4600 5 Years
4200 4800 6 Years
4200 5400 8 Years
4200 6600 10 Years
4600 4800 2 Years
4600 5400 3 Years
4600 6600 7 Years
4800 5400 2 Years
4800 6600 6 Years
5400 6600 5 Years
6600 7600 5 Years
6600 8700 10 Years
7600 8700 5 Years
7600 8900 6 Years
8700 8900 2 Years
8700 10000 3 Years
8900 10000 2 Years
10000 HAG 3 Years
HAG HAG+Scale 1 Year
HAG Apex scale 2 Years
HAG+Scale Apex scale 1 Year

Source: 90paisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/05/qualifying-service-for-promotion.html]

Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims – Confederation

Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims – Confederation
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS 
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi -110001 
Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com 
Email: confederationhq@gmaiI.com
Ref: CONFD/GENL/2014
Dated : 28-05-2014
To
The Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
 
Sir,
 
Sub: Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims.
 
At present the monetary ceiling for sanctioning medical claims is restricted to Rs.2 lakhs for Head of the Department. The Internal finance division is delegated for the sanction of medical claims above two lakhs to five lakhs. Now a days the medical  treatment has become too costly. The claims above two lakhs are increasing and accumulating at Internal finance division of the various Departments/Ministries.
 
Hence, it is requested to enhance the monetary limit for sanction of medical claims as per the prescribed list to five lakhs from the present two lakhs to the Head of the Department.
A line in reply is highly appreciated.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M.Krishnan)
Secretary General
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM TO 7TH CPC EXTENDED

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM TO 7TH CPC EXTENDED

As per the request of the JCM National Council Staff side, 7th Central Pay Commission has granted extension of time upto 15.07.2014 (15th July 2014) for submission of memorandum by individual organizations other than JCM staff side. The following is the revised time schedule (Last date).

1.  JCM National Council Staff side                :  30.06.2014
2.  All other Federations/Unions/Associations  :  15.07.2014

JCM National Council Staff side will be submitting a common memorandum before 30.06.2014 on the common demands of the Central Government Employees. The Copy of the JCM Staff side memorandum will be placed in the website.

All affiliated organizations of the Confederation are requested to prepare their sectional memorandum well in advance and be ready to submit it before 15.07.2014 to the 7th CPC. New Pay scales demanded by the JCM Staff side will be available in the common memorandum of the JCM Staff side.

Confederation National Secretariat meeting will be held on 31.05.2014 at ITEF Head Quarters (Rajouri Garden) at 2 PM as already notified to finalise the common memorandum. (Please note the time change from 11 AM to 2 PM). All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Shri Arun Jaitley Assumes Charge as Minister of Finance

Shri Arun Jaitley Assumes Charge as Minister of Finance



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
27-May-2014 16:32 IST

Shri Arun Jaitley Assumes Charge as Minister of Finance

The newly appointed Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitely assumed charge of his office here today.

After assuming the charge, the Finance Minister was briefed on the key initiatives and policy issues by the Secretaries of the different departments of the Ministry of Finance.

The Finance Minister also held a meeting with the senior officials of the Ministry to have a first hand information regarding the ongoing issues and the forthcoming challenges facing the Indian economy among others.

Later during his brief media interaction, the Finance Minister Shri Jaitely said that his priorities would be to tackle inflation, boost economic growth and follow the path of fiscal consolidation among others.

Source: PIB News

President appoints Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and Ministers of State

President appoints Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and Ministers of State



Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
President's Secretariat 

26-May-2014 22:20 IST

President appoints Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and Ministers of State

The President of India has appointed Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi as the Prime Minister of India. Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has appointed the following as members of the Council of Ministers.
(Updated news...)
PRESS COMMUNIQUE

The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers :-

1 Shri Narendra Modi 
Prime Minister
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

CABINET MINISTERS

1 Shri Raj Nath Singh Home Affairs
2 Smt. Sushma Swaraj External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
3 Shri Arun Jaitley Finance
Corporate Affairs  Defence
4 Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Urban Development
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Parliamentary Affairs
5 Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari Road Transport and
Highways Shipping
6 Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda Railways
7 Sushri Uma Bharati Water Resources,
River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation
8 Dr. Najma A. Heptulla Minority Affairs
9 Shri Gopinathrao Munde Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation
10 Shri Ramvilas Paswan Consumer Affairs,
Food and Public Distribution
11 Shri Kalraj Mishra Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
12 Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Women and Child Development
13 Shri Ananthkumar Chemicals and Fertilizers
14 Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Communications and Information Technology
Law and Justice
15 Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati Civil Aviation
16 Shri Anant Geete Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
17 Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Food Processing Industries
18 Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
19 Shri Jual Oram Tribal Affairs
20 Shri Radha Mohan Singh Agriculture
21 Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot Social Justice and Empowerment
22 Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani Human Resource Development
23 Dr. Harsh Vardhan Health and Family Welfare

MINISTERS OF STATE

1 General V.K. Singh Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge)
External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
2 Shri Inderjit Singh Rao Planning (Independent Charge)
Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)
Defence
3 Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Textiles (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
4 Shri Shripad Yesso Naik Culture (Independent Charge)
Tourism (Independent Charge)
5 Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
6 Shri Sarbananda Sonowal Skill Development,
Entrepreneurship,
Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
7 Shri Prakash Javadekar Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) Environment,
Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
8 Shri Piyush Goyal Power (Independent  Charge)
Coal (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
9. Dr. Jitendra Singh Science and Technology (Independent Charge)
Earth Sciences (Independent Charge)
Prime Minister Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
10 Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
Finance Corporate Affairs
11 Shri G.M. Siddeshwara Civil Aviation
13 Shri Nihalchand Chemicals and Fertilizers
14 Shri Upendra Kushwaha Rural Development Panchayati Raj Drinking Water and Sanitation
15 Shri Radhakrishnan P Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
16 Shri Kiren Rijiju Home Affairs
17 Shri Krishan Pal Road Transport and Highways Shipping
18 Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Agriculture Food Processing Industries
19 Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava Tribal Affairs
20 Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
21 Shri Vishnu Deo Sai Mines Steel Labour and Employment
22 Shri Sudarshan Bhagat Social Justice and Empowerment

Source: PIB News

Promotion from Group ‘B' to Group ‘A’, after CR

CBEC Cadre Restructuring: Chairperson's Note regarding promotion from Gp "B" to Gp "A" after CR


Chairperson's note dated 26.05.2014 regarding Promotion from Group 'B' to Group ' A' , after CR:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE/DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE & CUSTOMS
NORTH BLOCK,NEW DELHI-110001
J.M. Shanti Sundharam
Special Secretary & Chairman
D.O. No. F5/1/2014-CH(EC)
26th May, 2014
Dear Colleagues,
Sub: Promotion from Group ‘B' to Group ‘A’, after CR.

In my previous message dated 19.5.2014, at step No. VII, I had referred to the work relating to promotions of 2,118 officers from Group ‘B’ to Group ‘A’. The Board has since reviewed the work of Committee No. II, Sub-Committee No.1, which is looking after this task, along with the officers from the Ad.II Sections of the CBEC and DG, HRD.

2. After obtaining the tentative consideration zone and the All India seniority list of Superintendents/ Superintendents(P)/ Appraisers from the DG, HRD in December, the Sub-Committee No.1 has obtained around 5000 folders from the various CCAs. Individual folders for each of the eligible officers has been prepared containing the ACRs/APARs for the preceding 5 years. Work is in progress for ensuring that CR/APAR folder is up-to-date which would include availability of vigilance status, integrity certificates, penalty statements (where necessary) availability of part period ACR/APAR, if any, in a particular financial year, completion of action in respect of ‘Below Bench Mark’ cases, No Report/No Review certificates, additional ACRs/APARs in he last mentioned types of cases, etc. Check List has been maintained in respect of each folder. Review of the work revealed that there are 256 dossiers from eight CCAs which are yet to be sent:-

Sl. No.Cadre Controlling Zone/CommissionerateNo. of Dossiers
1.Kolkata Central Excise96
2.Delhi Central Excise54
3.Allahabad Central Excise52
4.Mumbai-I Central Excise37
5.Chandigarh Central Excise12
6.Vadodara Central Excise5
7/8.Bhopal & Indore Central Excise4

3. Though Member (P&N) has been contacting the above mentioned CCAs, it would be appreciated if the Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officers Associations if these zones take up the matter of ensuring that the missing dossiers are forwarded to the Committee without delay. The Sub-Committee has moved forward with the action for completion of the dossiers and same is expected to be completed shortly. However, it is reiterate that unless the pending dossiers are also received and the same rigorous scrutiny done, we would not be in a position to  move the UPSC for obtaining a date for DPC. All CCAs are, therefore, requested ti bestow personal attention in the matter and‘ the Associations re also requested to coordinate with the administration
in this regard

4. At the level of Ad.II Section in CBEC, necessary action is being taken for de ling with all representations received from individuals as also from Associations. The Ad.II Section will also be providing to the DG, HRD the number of carry forward / backlog vacancies which require to be filled so that the same can be included in the DPC proposal. he Ad.II will send the vetted list of the zone of consideration to the Sub-Committee to enable them to properly identify the dossiers required for the DPC. Once the dossiers are completed and forwarded by the Sub-Committee, the same will have to be completely vetted again before being certified by the appropriate authority in Ad.II and submission to the UPSC through the single window.

5. . I would again emphasise that existence of complete and correct dossiers is necessary before the proposal for DPC can be sent to UPSC. Therefore, I could request all CCAs and Associations to ensure that the action, a required at the zonal level, is expedited. It is evident that delay b even one zone would put in jeopardy the legitimate aspirations rid expectations of the officers of remaining zones. Therefore, I look forward to a coordinated and quick response from you.
Best wishes,
Yours
(J.M. Shanti Sundharam)

Source: http://www.cbec.gov.in/deptt_offcr/cadre-restruct/chairprsn-note-26may2014.pdf

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Railway Board Order: List of various allowance enhanced 25% from 01.01.2014

Railway Board Order: List of various allowance enhanced 25% from 01.01.2014

Railway Board Order for Enhancement in the rate of various allowances again by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2014 & List of Allowance enhanced:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 50/2014
No. E(PA)I-2014/SP-1/GenL. 2
New Delhi, dated 19.05.2014.
The General Managers/FA & CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Enhancement in the rate of various allowances again by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2014

In accordance with The recommendations of VI CPC, the rates of various allowances admissible to different categories of railway staff were doubled.  The VI CPC while making recommendations in this regard had also recommended that the rates of these Allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance goes up by 50%. Railway Board accordingly issued instructions in respect of various allowances listed in the enclosed Annexure.

2. Consequent upon the enhancement in the rate of Dearness Allowance to 51% from 01.01.2011 it was reiterated vide Board’s letter No. No. E(P&A)I-2011/SP-1/Misc.1 dated 13.06.2011 that the rates of allowances shall increase by 25%.

3. Therate of Dearness Allowance has now been enhanced to 100% w.e.f 01.01.2014.  In order to dispel any doubts that may arise in the Railways, it is clarified that the rates of allowance listed in the enclosed Annexure shall again increase by 25% (on original VI CPC rates prescribed by Ministry of Railways) with Dearness Allowance now again having gone up ;by 50% w.e.f. 01.01.2014

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5. There is no change in the other terms and conditions for grant of these allowances.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.
sd/-
(K. Shankar),
Direfior Estt.(P&A)
Railway Bayard.
ANNEXURE
LIST OF THE VARIOUS ALLOWANCE5 THAT STAND REVISED W.E.F. 02.01.2014 ON ACCOUNT OF ENHANCEMENT IN THE RATE or DA To 100%
S.No. Name of Allowance
  1.     National Holiday Allowance
  2.     Special Allowance to Gate Keepers of Civil Engineering Level Crossings
  3.     Night Patrolling Allowance
  4.     Uniform Allowance, Nursing Allowance & Washing Allowance for Nursing Staff
  5.     Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance & Washing Allowance (RPF/SRPF Group “A”)
  6.     Special Allowance to various categories of staff:- (i) Health & Malaria Inspectors (ii) Commercial Staff in-charge of Flag Stations (iii) Teachers doing Library work (iv) Announcers – ECRCs/Comml. Clerks/TCs (v) Train Supdts/Dy. Trains Supdts. of Rajdhani Train (vi) Stewards (Dy. Train Supdt.) of Rajdhani Trains (vii) CTIs/TTEs working in HQ Flying Squad (viii) Cook/Cook mate (ix) Sr. Scale, JA Grades & SA Grade Officers entrust with the Administrative control of Hindi works
  7.     Post Graduate and Annual Allowance to Medical Officers
  8.     Breakdown Allowance to (a) Helper Gr.II/Helper Gr.I/Other Gr.’D’ Staff (b) Technician Gr.III (c) Technicians Gr.II/Technicians Gr. I/Supervisors (erstwhile Mistry) (d) Sr. Technicians/Junior Engineers and staff in higher scales
  9.     Risk Allowance to eligible unskilled staff on railways
  10.     Special Allowance to staff working in Central Ticket Checking Squad
  11.     Special Allowance to Track Maintainer deployed for manning any of the Engineering Gates
Source: AIRF
http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/Enhancement%20of%20Allowances%20RBE%2050_2014.pdf

Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014

Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014
 No.12/15/2014-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd May, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014

In connection with arrangements for the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the North Block, South Block and Hutments would be closed early at 13:00 hrs. on 26th May, 2014 (Monday).
2. Hindi version will follow.
sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_15_2014_JCA-2.pdf]

Friday, 23 May 2014

When will the 7th CPC submit its recommendations? When will the recommendations of 7th CPC be implemented?

When will the 7th CPC submit its recommendations? When will the recommendations of 7th CPC be implemented?

These questions are now constantly on the minds of Central Government employees!

Although highly placed sources say that the commission will compile its reports and recommendations in 18 months and that these recommendations will be implemented on 01.01.2016, there are also many who wonder aloud because there are no official confirmations yet.

This is not an exaggeration. The proof lies in the fact that two months ago, the question was raised in the Parliament. While the Terms of Reference make it clear that the Panel Committee has given 18 months time for the 7th CPC to submit its recommendations, a question was raised on when the report would be submitted. The concerned minister’s reply was vague. In other words, there was no concrete announcement.
Let us hope that the Commission submits its reports and recommendations on time.

7th Pay Commission is seeking the considered views of all stakeholders

7th Pay Commission is seeking for suggestions on various issues

The 7th Pay Commission compiled a list of questions and sent it along with a circular to all the Ministries/Departments of Indian Government, inviting their suggestions. It has come to our knowledge that the circular was also sent to all the Central Government employee federations. This could be treated as a irrefutable proof of the fact that the 7th Pay Commission has already started its work! 

Although this is part of the usual procedure, it is a well known fact that Central Government employees treat certain questions as an indication of the mindset of the 7th Pay Commission. 

Let’s see the questions…

What kind of impact did the 6th Pay Commission’s reforms on the Pay Scale structure have, when they were implemented? Do you think such changes were required? The Pay Commission has included questions about the results and procedures of reducing Pay Scale and Pay Bands. 

Has Grade Pay Concept been effective? If no, the Commission wants to know what could be done to get the desired results. 

The questions regarding increments have triggered curiosity and interest. Has the purpose behind making July 1 the date of implementing the annual increment, served its purpose? Or, are there any changes required in it?
With annual increment fixed at 3%, what, according to you, would be a reasonable and acceptable level?

What are the pros and cons of the MACP Scheme?
House Rent Allowance is currently being given according to three categories, based on the population of the city. What criteria should be taken into account for the calculation of House Rent Allowance? This particular question assumes great significance.

Questions have been raised about the ratio of the salary of the lowest level employee and the top management. While debates on this issue have been on for a while now, it is worth pointing out that the question has also appeared on the 7th Pay Commission’s list. 

The list also has questions and a number of sub-questions about raising Government salaries to match the payments given in private sectors. 

Questions have been asked about the possibility of incorporating attributes like talent and performance in job evaluation.  

The sub-list also has questions regarding bonus, variable increments, performance-based schemes, State Government employees’ pay scales, and pensions. 

One thing is for sure – the circular and its questions have become the hottest topic of discussion and countless debates among government employees right now. 

Source: www.90paisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/04/7th-pay-commission-is-seeking-for.html]

7th CPC Report – When is it going to be submitted?

7th CPC Report – When is it going to be submitted

7th Pay Commission Report and the Need for Timeliness 

Background of the 7th Pay Commission

The 7th pay commission report – when is it going to be submitted?
 
The announcement about the 7th pay commission report came out on September the 25th of 2013. This pay commission unlike the 6th pay commission was set up well in advance. This became possible due to significant efforts of various organisations, union lists and the finance commission report. Announcements say that the 7th pay commission will be implemented from 1.1.2016 and it will take approximately 18 months time for the report to be submitted. 

Recently, the 7th pay commission Chairman and the members gave out a public statement on 4.2.2014 and after that on 22.2.2014 the important 7th cpc terms and references were released. Now, the thought that floats on everyone’s mind is whether the 7th pay commission report will be submitted within the 18 months time period and will the employees be able to get the benefits along with their salary from 1.1.2016.
Recently, in the Lok Shaba during the question and answer session, it was pointed out that no specific time limit can be specified as of now for the implementation of the 7th pay commission. However, the finance ministry is now recruiting people for the 7th pay commission pay cell on deputation basis. This is a good attempt which boosts our confidence in the fact that the 7th pay commission will be put into effect on time. 


Reports of the Earlier Pay Commissions

If the employees get the benefits of the 7th pay commission along with our salary on 1.1.2016, then, this will be the first time we are given the pay commission benefits without arrears. I am providing a link containing reports about when the previous pay commissions were set and when they were implemented.

Pay Commission Date of Appointment Date of submission of report Financial impact (Rs. In crores) Time
First Pay Commission May, 1946 May, 1947 N.A 1 YEAR
Second Pay Commission August, 1957 August, 1959 39.62 2 YEARS
Third Pay Commission April, 1970 March, 1973 144.60 3 YEARS (aprx)
Fourth Pay Commission June, 1983 3 reports submitted in June, 1986; Dec. 1986 and May, 1987 1282 4 YEARS(aprx)
Fifth Pay Commission April, 1994 January, 1997 17,000 3YEARS (aprx)
Sixth pay commission July 2006 March 2008 18 months

Arrears of the 6th Pay Commission :- When you see the timetable above, you can understand that none of the previous pay commissions were implemented on time and without the payment of arrears. When the 6th pay commission was implemented, the government paid a huge amount as arrears in two instalments. This impacted the economy considerably and caused changes in inflation rate and GDP. This shocking fact was revealed by the 13th finance committee report. 

The Benefits of the Timely Implementation of the 7th Pay Commission :- What benefits will the employees get if the 7th pay commission is implemented on 1.1.2016? Let us have a look. 

Firstly, all the allowances and benefits can be got on 1.1.2016. When the benefits are paid as arrears the employees will not get some of the allowances due to exclusion. 

Secondly, the government will not have to pay a huge amount as arrears and thereby can avoid economic burden. 

Thirdly, if a National Anomaly Committee is set up and the shortcomings of the 7th pay commission are corrected immediately, employees can receive the benefits easily. We have to note that several points mentioned the anomaly committee report of the 6th pay commission still remain problematic and uncorrected. 

Fourthly, let us have a look at the elements of ACP and MACP. Like the ACP and MACP, the financial up gradation is going to be introduced in the 7th Pay Commission; the issues that may arise due to this have to be resolved in a timely manner so that everyone may be benefitted by it.   In the 5th pay commission, the time limit for promotion through ACP remained at 12 years, and in the 6th pay commission the time limit for promotions through MACP remained at 10 years. In the 5th pay commission, a new method of promotion through hierarchy was introduced. In the 6th pay commission promotions happened through grade pay structure. 

The main aim of introducing ACP and MACP is to make sure that an employee gets minimal promotion at least thrice in his life time of service. If this is the case, the minimal service period of an employee should be at least 30 years. But presently, employees are appointed even at the age of 37 and so their service period is just 23 years. Such problems have to be carefully considered well in advance and solved before the 7th pay commission is implemented. 

Let us believe that the 7th pay commission will be the first arrears-free pay commission and implemented on time as per the guidelines of the 13th finance commission.
 

Will the 7th CPC fulfil the demands of LDCs and UDCs?

Will the 7th CPC fulfil the demands of LDCs and UDCs?
 
For a number of years now, especially after the 6th CPC, the problems faced by LDCs and UDCs have started gaining prominence. The unity and sense of purpose among them makes them look all set for the kind of victory that Pharmacists had. Common sense of purpose, unity and dedication sure make success possible!
 
In order to decrease the number of grades, the 6th Pay Commission combined all the different grades between Grade Pay 1300 to Grade Pay 1800 into a single grade – Grade Pay 1800, thereby wiping out the entire Group ‘D’. As a result, everybody became Group ‘C’ employees. Even those who lacked the minimum education levels, illiterates and everybody else were lumped into Group ‘C’. Their Grade Pay was also raised to Rs. 1800. But, at the same time, employees working as LDCs, who have a minimum educational qualification of Class XII and also possess some technical education, were not given any upgrading. Instead, they now had to share their grade with lesser-qualified former Grade ‘D’ employees.

The next huge trouble originated from the MACP. Those who didn’t get any promotion for years are given career upgradations through MACP. LDCs who didn’t get any promotions for more than 10 years were given their next grade pay, from Rs. 1900, their pay rose to Rs. 2000. The increase of mere Rs. 100 turned out to be a huge disappointment to many. Similarly, those with Grade Pay 2400 were hoping for a jump to Grade Pay 4200, but were instead forced to upgrade with only Grade Pay 2800 as per MACP rules. That anger kept seething too, because the different is 1400.
 
The most important demand of the LDCs and UDCs is to upgrade the current Pay Scale-Grade Pay.
 
Grades are decided based on the educational qualification of the employees. An LDC possesses a minimum educational qualification of Class XII and also has some technical qualifications. The basic salary of an LDC is just Rs. 1900 + 5830 = Rs. 7730.00. They want it revised to Rs. 2400 + 7510 = Rs. 9910.
 
The big question is – will the 7th CPC grant this demand?
 
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/05/will-7th-cpc-fulfil-demands-of-ldcs-and.html]

Why is Annual Increment denied to employees retiring in June?

Why is Annual Increment denied to employees retiring in June?

Until 01.01.2006, the date of implementing employee’s annual increment was fixed on the basis of his/her date of appointment or promotion option. After the 6th CPC, it was decided that 1st July of each year would be the uniform date of implementation of annual increment for all Central Government employees.

Employees who are appointed after January 1st are not eligible for that year’s annual increment on July 1. They qualify for annual increment only the next year.

The revised pay rules said that “If an employee is on leave or is availing joining time on the 1st of July, the benefit of annual increment in pay will be drawn only from the date on which he resumes duty and not from the first of July. Each year, employees who retire in the month of June are not given the annual increment of the year since they do not report to work on 1st July. Only those employees who resume duty on July 1st are eligible to receive the annual increment. Or, the day they report back to work is taken as the date for implementing the annual increment. Since there are no possibilities for the retired employees to return to work, they are not considered as qualified to receive the annual increment.

The revised pay rules states that only those who have been receiving the same basic pay continuously for 6 months are considered as qualified for annual increment. According to the another rule of qualification for increment, the person should have complete one year in service after receiving the annual increment. Therefore, despite being qualified, these employees are denied their annual increment.

There is an order that states that those who retire on July 1st should complete the retirement formalities in the month of June.

Instead of strictly looking into such technicalities, it would be a nice gesture on the part of the Government to extend the benefits of annual increment to those senior employees too who retire from service in the month of June.

Source: 90paisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/05/why-is-annual-increment-denied-to.html]

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Expected DA-Status, as of March 2014

Expected Dearness Allowance from July 2014 for Central Govt Employees and Pensioners...


Expected DA- Status, as of March 2014
Expected Dearness Allowance from July 2014 : This time there is a considerable slackening in the pace of the expected DA. It looks as if there are plenty of reasons for it.

As of March, the AICPIN has increased by one point and is at 239. The rapid increase in Consumer Price Index (IW) has been brought under control now. Election is believed to be one of the reasons for it. Since price rise and inflation are under control, there is not much of an increase in All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers. With a fall in the prices of essential commodities, the AICPIN points have actually reduced.

Another reason is the reduction of AICPIN by 4 points in December 2013. The Consumer Price Index, which was steadily rising till then, slumped by 4 points. It wasn’t much of a shock then because the Additional DA for the month of January 2014 increased by 10% and had touched 100%.
The All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers Base Year 2001=100, which was at 243, fell by 4 points to end up at 239. It again fell by 2 points to touch 237, thus dampening the expectations surrounding the next additional Dearness Allowance announcements. It looks highly unlikely that the AICPIN would rise by 4 points to return to its previous levels.


We are of the opinion that there will not be much of a change in what we had said last time(Expected da from Jul 14 - Feb).

The table given below will easily explain you why…
Month/
Year
AICPIN
(IW) Base Year 2001=100
Increased/
Decreased Points
in AICPIN
Total Points Increased Total of 12 Months 12 Months Average % Increase over 115.763 Approximate DA Total DA % DA%
Increase Month wise
Jan-1322122535211.2595.4982.49822
Feb-1322322559213.2597.4984.22844
Mar-1322412582215.1799.4185.87855
Apr-1322622603216.92101.1687.38877
May-1322822625218.75102.9988.97888
Jun-132313122648220.67104.9190.629010
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Letter from 7th Central Pay Commission to GOI Secretaries for data contribution on OGD Platform

Letter from 7th Central Pay Commission to GOI Secretaries for data contribution on OGD Platform
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
NEW DELHI – 110001
MEENA AGARWAL
SECRETARY
No. 7CPC/21/Secy.’s
Dated: May 2, 2014
Dear
This is further to my DO letter No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire dated 9th April 2014, enclosing a Questionnaire through which the views of your Ministry were sought on the various aspects of the broad issues that the Seventh Pay Commission is mandated to address.

2. While examining the various issues that it is required to look at, apart from the views already sought, the Commission would also need specific data / information on some of the focus areas viz., personnel position, expenditure on salaries and allowances, deployment of contractual staff, training and skill development of personnel, etc. Accordingly, templates for seeking the necessary data have been prepared and are enclosed herewith. Each of the focus areas is covered in a separate Annexure. Data provided by the Ministries / Departments will be crucial in analyzing the key parameters to be studied by the Commission.

3. This composite data template is being shared through the Open Government Data(OGD) platform (data.gov.in). The nodal officers of your Ministries / Department for data collation activity the pre-designed spreadsheets in XLS format and fill them in offline. Once this data collation activity is completed those sheets can be uploaded through the data.gov.in. The Data Controllers of data.gov.in are already familiar with process and methodology of uploading data on to this site. In case your Ministry has not yet nominated the Data Controller, this may kindly be done in accordance with the instructions as contained in the letter of the Cabinet Secretary dated July 18, 2012 in this regard. The weblink of the letter is http://data.gov.in/sites/default/files/CabSect_Letter.pdf.

4. Instructions may please be issued to the concerned Nodal Officer designated to deal with Pay Commission to furnish replies to the template, complete in all respects. All expenditure related data may kindly be got vetted/ obtained from the Principal CCA/CA of the Ministry / Department in ease of Civil Ministries and by the counterpart officers in the case of Defence, Railways and Posts.

5. I shall be grateful if the data as sought for is furnished to the Commission by 10 June 2014.
With regards,

Yours Sincerely,
Sd/-
(Meena Agarwal)

To
All Secretaries in Government of India
Copy to :
DG, National Information Centre, New Delhi
Source: www.data.gov.in
http://data.gov.in/sites/default/files/Seventh_CPC.pdf

Appointment and Submission of Report Dates of all Pay Commissions

Appointment and Submission of Report Dates of all Pay Commissions…
 
The official website of Seventh Central Pay Commission has published the details of all Central Pay Commission’s appointment date and report submission date recently.
 
Seventh Central Pay Commission
 
In a resolution dated 28th February, 2014, Government of India has appointed the Seventh Central Pay Commission comprising Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur as Chairman, Shri Vivek Rae as full time Member, Dr. Ratin Roy as part time Member and Smt. Meena Agarwal as Secretary. The Commission is headquartered in Delhi and has been given 18 months from date of its constitution to make its recommendations. To this end the Commission will set up its team of Officers, Advisers, Institutional Consultants and Experts and call for required information and documents from Ministries and Departments of Government of India and various Service associations.
 
The dates of appointment and submission of recommendations of the previous six central pay commissions are as under :-
 
Central Pay Commissions Date of Appointment Date of Submission of Report
First Pay Commission May, 1946 May, 1947
Second Pay Commission August, 1957 August, 1959
Third Pay Commission April, 1970 March, 1973
Fourth Pay Commission June, 1983 Three Reports submitted in June, 1986;
December, 1986 and
May, 1987 respectively
Fifth Pay Commission April, 1994 January, 1997
Sixth Pay Commission October, 2006 March, 2008

Source: www.7cpc.india.gov.in
[http://7cpc.india.gov.in/about_us.html]

TYPES OF LEAVE ADMISSIBLE: Leave Rules – CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972

TYPES OF LEAVE ADMISSIBLE: Leave Rules – CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 


TYPES OF LEAVE ADMISSIBLE
• Casual Leave
• Earned Leave
• Half Pay Leave
• Commuted Leave
• Leave Not Due
• Extra-ordinary Leave
• Study Leave
• Hospital Leave
• Special Disability Leave
• Maternity Leave
• Paternity Leave
• Child care Leave

General Conditions:- Leave

• Leave – no claim as a right;
• Can be refused/ revoked;
• Kind of leave applied can not be altered by sanctioning authority;
• Commutation of leave within 30 days;
• Can not be granted for more than 5 years at a stretch;
• Prefix / Suffix – Sundays/holidays;
• MC : Govt servants – from AMA/CGHS Dispensary;
• MC: NGOs – from RMP;
• Period of over-stayal debited as HPL with no pay/allowances;
• Disc. Action on willful absence from duty after expiry of leave.

Casual Leave

• Not a recognised form ;
• Can be combined with special CL / vacation only;
• Sundays/holidays falling during a period of CL not counted;
• Sundays / holidays / restricted holidays can be prefixed/suffixed;
• Can be availed for half a day;
• Total 08 days admissible in a calendar year;
• Normally more than 5 days at a time not allowed;
• Joining in middle of year-proportionately or full – at the discretion.

Earn Leave

• 15 days on 1st January/July in advance;
• Credit reduced @ 1/10th of EOL& Dies non in previous half year;
• Rounding – fraction;
• Accumulation up to 300+15 days;
• Fresh appointment , Retirement /removal / dismissal / death in middle of half year – @ 2½ days per completed month;
• 180 days maximum can be availed at a time, exception
• Unavailed joining time credited in EL account.
• Encashment of E.L. during LTC (10 Days ) / On retirement ( Max 300 days)

Half Pay Leave

• 10 days on 1st January/July in advance;
• Credit reduced @ 1/18th of Dies non;
• Rounding – fraction;
• Accumulation – No limit;
• Fresh appointment – @ 5/3 days p.m.;
• Retirement /removal / dismissal / death in middle of half year
• Temp. Employee – grant subject to his return to duty;
• Can be on MC/without MC;
• On MC- Comm. Leave on full pay if applied for.

Commuted Leave

• Not exceeding half of HPL balance on medical certificate;
• up to 90 days during entire service –w/o MC for an approved course of study certified to be in public interest;
• up to 60 days to a female G.S. with less than 02 living children, on adoption of a child less than one year old;
• up to 60 days to a female G.S. w/o MC in continuation of maternity leave;
• Granted only if reasonable prospects of the G.S. returning to duty on its expiry.
• If quits service- period treated as HPL;
• If quits on ill health/death – No recovery.

Leave not due

• To permanent GS with no HPL at credit;
• Only on MC;
• Limited to HPL – G.S. likely to earn in remaining service period;
• Debited in HPL a/c;
• Temp. GS with min. 01 year of service – suffering from TB, Cancer or Mental illness can be granted .
• Not granted as LPR.

Leave not due-Exception

• To female GS w/o MC – in continuation of maternity leave;
• To female GS w/o MC – on adoption of a child less than one year old.
• Max. 360 days during entire service .

Leave Not Due [LND]

• Cancelled if GS does not return to duty – L.S. recovered;
L.S. not to be recovered :
- if resigns due to ill- health incapacitating him for further service,
- if retired prematurely,
- in the event of death.

Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL)

• When no Other leave is admissible; or
• When Other leave admissible, but Govt. servant applies for EOL;
Subject to maximum leave period of 05 years, EOL can be granted to a permanent Govt. servant up to any limit

For temporary officials: -
- Up to 03 months with or w/o MC;
• with a minimum of 01 year’s service- – up to 06 months with MC for common ailments;
- Up to 18 months with MC for cancer, mental illness, pulmonary TB or Pleurisy of Tubercular origine;
• With three or more year’s service
- up to 24 months where the leave is required for studies certified to be in public interest.

Maternity Leave- Female Employees

• Admissible to married/unmarried female G.S.; – Pregnancy: 135 days;
- Miscarriage / abortion: total 45 days in the entire service.
• Leave is not debited to leave account.
• It is granted on full pay.
• It may be combined with leave of any other kind.
• Any kind of leave (i/c 60 days of Comm. Leave/LND w/o MC) up to one year can be sanctioned in continuation of Maternity Leave;
• Not admissible for ‘threatened abortion’

Paternity Leave-Male Govt. Servant

• To male Govt. servant with less than two surviving children.
• It is not debited in leave account.
Leave salary equal to last pay drawn is admissible

 
Study Leave

• Five year’s service (I/c period on probation)
• For higher studies/specialized training in a professional/technical subject capable of widening his mind in a manner likely to improve his ability as a civil servant;
• Study leave can be :
- Granted for maximum 24 months in the entire service and may be granted at a stretch or in different spells;
- not debited to the leave account;
- Requisite Bonds in the prescribed forms are required to be executed
• Finance Ministry’s agreement for release of foreign exchange is necessary for study leave outside India;

• Leave Salary:
- Pay plus DA, HRA, CCA & study allowance admissible outside India;
- No study allowance admissible for course in India.

Special Disability Leave

• When disabled by injury intentionally inflicted or caused in due performance of official duties;
• When disabled by illness incurred in performance of any duty, which has the effect of increasing liability to illness or injury beyond the ordinary risk attached to civil post;
• Period of leave to be certified by AMA;
• Maximum 24 months;
• Not be debited to the leave account;
• First 120 days on full pay , after that on HPL;
• Period counts for pension.

Hospital Leave

• Gr ‘C’ whose duties involve handling of dangerous machinery, explosive material, poisonous drugs or performance of hazardous tasks; and
• Gr ‘D’ while under treatment in a hospital or otherwise for illness or injury directly due to risks incurred in the course of official duties.
• Certificate of AMA necessary;
• Period of leave considered necessary by authority;
• Total period combined with any other kind not exceeding 28 months;
• Not be debited to the leave account;
• First 120 days on full pay , after that on HPL.
• Period counts for pension.

Child Care Leave

Who are entitled for Child Care Leave?
• Child Care Leave can be granted to women employees having minor children below the age of 18 years, for a maximum period of 2 years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service, for taking care of up to two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. Child Care Leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen years of age or older.
• Child Care Leave shall not be debited against the leave account. Child Care Leave may also be allowed for the third year as leave not due (without production of medical certificate)
• No. CCL is not applicable to third Child.
• The Conditions regarding spell of CCL, imposed upon by the Government are that it may not be granted in more than 3 spells in a calendar year and that CCL may not be granted for less than 15 days.
• No. As per the OM of even number dated 7.9.2010, Child Care Leave may not be granted in more than 3 spells. Hence CCL may not be allowed more than 3 times irrespective of the number of days or times Child Care Leave has been availed earlier.

Source: Central Government News
[http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/types-of-leave-admissible-leave-rules-ccs-leave-rules-1972/]

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