Monday, 28 July 2014

CONFEDERATION SUBMITTED THE COMMON MEMORANDUM FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF 7TH PAY COMMISSION

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY CONFEDERATION TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001
(Central Head Quarters)
Website: confederationhq.blogspot.com
E mail: confederationhq@gmail.com

No. CONF/7th CPC/Memorandum
Dated: 28th July, 2014

To The Member Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission, PO Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas Post Office New Delhi – 110016

Madam,

Sub :- Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission on issues common to All Central Government Employees – Submission of -

On behalf of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, we submit the memorandum for the consideration of the Commission.

The staff side, National council, JCM vide their letter in NC-JCM-2014/7th CPC dated 30th June 2014 have submitted a memorandum in respect of issues common to all Central Government Employees. We are in agreement with the views canvassed therein and endorse the same fully.

As indicated in detail in the introductory Chapter, we have made certain additions to elucidate the views and contentions in respect of some matters and added a paragraph on certain other issues under the Chapter Miscellaneous. We request that the 7th CPC may consider our submissions and make appropriate recommendations to the Government.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M. KRISHNAN)
Secretary General
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DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF – CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF – CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
Central Headquarters
1st floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.

Dated : 23.07.2014
Com. Shiv Gopal Misra,
Secretary,
Staff Side, National Council, JCM
13 C Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Dear Comrade, Sub: Memorandum of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers places on record its appreciation over the efforts of the Staff Side, JCM, National Council in preparing and submitting the memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission, which has received the widest acceptance and admiration of the Central Government employees. Since the last date for submitting the Department-specific memorandum has been got extended by your efforts uptill 31st July, 2014, the first phase of our endeavour and interaction with the 7th CPC will come to a conclusion in a few days’ time.

I have been directed by the National Secretariat of the Confederation which met on 17th July, 2014 to solicit your kind reference to the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side on behalf of all Federations, Unions, Associations on Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance. We are of the view that the Staff Side, in pursuance of the said memorandum, must seek an audience with the Pay Commission immediately to know the course of action the Commission would like to take in the matter. We must also seek an appointment with the honourable Finance Minister thereafter so as to ensure that a decision on our demands is taken by the Government without any further delay. We hope we need not emphasise the fact that the Central Government employees do expect financial benefit on this score as the erosion in the real value of wages as on date is phenomenal.

We shall be grateful if you will indicate to us your line of approach in the matter.

Thanking you and with greetings,
Yours fraternally,
M. Krishnan
Secretary General.

Copy to 1.Com. Raghaviah, Leader Staff Side, National Council, JCM 2. Com. Srikumar, Secretary General, All India Defence Employees Federation.

Source: Confederation

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules…

While answering to a question in Lok Sabha on 16th July 2014 about misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession by the Central Government employees, Dopt Minister said that the “Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) by the public servants in the Central Government, its Public Enterprises (PSEs) and Public Sector Banks, in violation of the guidelines.

The matter is being investigated by CBI.

Government of India formulates the policies and schemes keeping in mind the various service requirements of the employees and their welfare. Various Ministries/Departments & other agencies of the Government of India are responsible for the proper implementation of these policies. These policies are reviewed from time to time and also amended when situation demands.

In case of Leave Travel concession if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim which may result in imposition of the any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal Rules), 1965. If found guilty, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings”.

Source: CGEN.in

Friday, 25 July 2014

7th CPC did not agree to discuss the issue in the preliminary meeting held on 23.7.2014 – BPS : DA/DR Merger

7th CPC did not agree to discuss the issue in the preliminary meeting held on 23.7.2014 – BPS : DA/DR Merger
7th Pay Commission did not agree to discuss the important issue of DA/DR Merger in the preliminary meeting held on 23rd July 2014.
Brief feedback on BPS Preliminary meeting with 7th CPC on 23rd July 2014

Friends,

BPS and BCPC were the first Pensioners’ organizations to be called for preliminary meeting with 7th CPC on 23rd to discuss the reply to questionnaire, the Memorandum & the allied issue submitted by them. Only 45 minutes were given to each organization. S.C.Maheshwari G.S. BPS /Chairman BCPC had the opportunity to discuss the issues from both the Forums:

Following issues were discussed & explained to the full satisfaction of the Chairman & the members of 7th CPC who were very receptive, patient & themselves actively participated in deliberations which ensued.
At the end Chairman remarked that NC JCM Memorandum is very exhaustive, includes most of the issues raised today & that he will take it as a base for consideration. 1.New Pension Scheme: Response of commission was negative. Commission was apprised of the back ground, its failure in other countries & the fate of EPS 95.They were also informed that it will be acceptable if 50% of last drawn is ensured.

2.Reasonable ratio to be maintained between maximum & minimum salary & Pension and adoption & adoption of common multiplication factor for revision

3.Ratio between maximum & minimum paid to be 5:1 for Defense Personnel and re-employment of ex servicemen as well as raising status of defense civilian pensioners to ex servicemen.

4.Inclusion of full DA in emoluments for calculating Pension. There was a very lively discussion on the issue in which the entire penal of 7th CPC participated & cross examined Secy. Genl BPS. Finally they agreed to BPS point of view.

5.100% neutralization of inflation : It was explained to the Commission that 100% neutralization is illusionary and DA is not sufficient, as the very system of calculation is faulty & unrealistic,

6. Payment additional pension to start from the age of 65 years. Chairman agreed that age of 100 years for Pensioners was illusionary.

7. Parity in Pensions : It was explained to the commission that full parity exists for High Court Supreme Court Judges, Govt. has agreed to OROP in case of Defence pensioners & Sr Bureaucrats (S32 & above ) have achieved it through modified parity formula of 6th CPC but for others who too are citizens of same category & same country even the formula for parity given by 5th CPC & accepted by Govt. is not being honored.

8. Pension to BSNL pensioners : It was submitted that since they are governed by CCS(Pension) Rules 1972. They be treated at par with C.G.Pensioners for the purpose of revision of Pension, Chairman advised to submit separate Memorandum

9. Discrimination in medical facilities to pensioners of Postal department & merger of 33 Postal dispensaries with CGHS.

10. Medical facilities :  To Pensioners following issues raised in BPS memorandum were discussed in detail & the Chairman was agreeable to BPS views. (i) “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”. It is a Fundamental justify of all present & past Employees! To ensure hassle free health care facility to Pensioners/family pensioners, Smart Cards be issued irrespective of departments to all Pensioners and their Dependents for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in
  • all Govt. hospitals
  • all NABH accredited Multi Super Specialty hospitals across the country which have been allotted land at concessional rate or given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt.
  • all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empanelled hospitals across the country.
Medical attendants : For reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization . No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases Doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental justify of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39for a, 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922) The Supreme court has held that the justify to health to a worker is an integral facet of meaningful justify to life to have not only a meaningful existence but also robust health and vigour.

Therefore, the justify to health, medical aid to protect the health and vigour of a worker while in service or post retirement is a fundamental justify-to make life of a worker meaningful and purposeful with dignity of person. Thus health care is not only a welfare measure but is a Fundamental justify. We suggest that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retiral class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogenous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par .

(ii). Hospital Regulatory Authority: To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt. agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates may be revised keeping in mind the workability as per market conditions.

(iii). Fixed Medical allowance (FMA): As is recorded in Para 5 of the minutes of Committee of Secretaries (COS) held on 15.04.2010 (Reference Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan No 502/2/3/2010-C.A.V Doc No. CD (C.A.V) 42/2010 Minutes of COS meeting dated 15.4.2010) which discussed enhancement of FMA. “CGHS card estimates for serving Personnel: Since estimates are not available separately for pensioners M/O Health & Family Welfare had assessed the total cost per card p.a. in 2007-2008 = Rs 16435 i.e. Rs.1369 per month for OPD”.

Adding to it inflation, the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health, Adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility which will reduce overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt. As such the proposal for raising Fixed Medical allowance to Pensioners is fully justified and is financially viable.

We suggest that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2000/- PM without any distance restriction linking it to Dearness Relief for automatic further increase. We further suggest that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to reimburse the medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.

11. DA /DR merger commission did not agree to discuss the issue as it is not covered byTOR

12.Interim relief Commission response did not appeared to be very positive on our stressing the issue they said they will look into.

13. 6th CPC anomalies : Chairman asked for submission of detailed list through supplementary memorandum.

14.Plight of those born on 1.1.1938/46: Commission said, they will look into.

15. Plight of those retiring on 30June Commission said, they will look into.

16. Restoration of Commutation in 12 years: commission said thy will look into the details provided.

17. Grievance redressed. Chairman was critical of the functioning of the system already existing & remarked “ you will not be benefited. Court is the only alternative”
Friends, BPS has done its duty well, issues raised by us has received due attention from NCJCM as well as the 7th CPC.
S.C.Maheshwari
Secy Genl BPS
Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/07/brief-feedback-on-bps-preliminary.html]

Thursday, 24 July 2014

ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

All Central Government employees will now have to compulsorily submit a detailed report on their properties and debt owed by them…

Already, each year, the Group-A officials are required to submit information about the immovable properties owned by them. Now All categories of Central Government employees too have been asked to submit these details. The DOPT has issued relevant orders to this effect.

The Government has issued this order in accordance with the Lokpal rules. According to this rule, Central Government employees will now have to submit all details regarding the cash-in-hand, bank investments, share certificates, stocks and bonds, mutual fund investments, insurance policies, P.F. details, loans, motor vehicles, gold and silver ornaments, and precious metals, to the Government.

The employees have to also submit details of movable and immovable properties owned by their spouses and children. Application forms will be given to all the employees, to be filled up and submitted before the 31st of July for each financial year.

There are more than 50 lakh Central Government employees, including IAS, IPS and IFS officers, all over the country. All of them will have to henceforth submit details of their properties. If the total property owned by the employee is less than his/her four months’ basic salary, or if the total amount is less than Rs. 2 lakhs, then he/she could be considered for exemption from submitting the information.

Those who have already submitted the details will have to re-submit the form for the current financial year on or before September 15, 2014. Information also has to be furnished about the properties owned by the spouse and children.

On January 1, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval for the Lokpal Act and regulations. Following this, amendments were made to the Lokpal Act to make it compulsory for all Central Government employees to furnish their property details.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.

List of Holidays for Central Government offices 2015
MOST IMMEDIATE
F.No.12/5/ 2014-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014
Office Memorandum

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure – I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2015. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
to. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANICARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1ST NAVRATRA / NAUROZ/CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B./T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about

6. During 2015, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Kartika 20). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading  establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2015, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 9(Nine) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Rama Navami, Id-ul-Fitr, Janamashtami and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Encl.: Lists of holidays
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
Ph: 2309 2589
Original PDF: List of Holidays 2015
Source: confederationhq.blogspot.in

Consolidated instructions on Probation/Confirmation in Central Services - regarding.

Consolidated instructions on Probation/Confirmation in Central Services

No.28020/1/2010-Esst(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Deli
Dated the 21st July, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Consolidated instructions on Probation/Confirmation in Central Services - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been issuing Instructions!/guidelines from time to time laying down principles to be followed in probation / confirmation of persons appointed to service and posts in Central Government.

All such instructions issued till date have been consolidated under easily comprehensible headings for the facility of reference and placed as Annexure to this O.M. The number said date of the original O.M’s has been referred in the relevant instructions for easy reference in the context. All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned.

2. There may be posts in various where the norms specified in the Recruitment Rules are different from those prescribed in the Annexure. In such cases, the norms specified In those Recruitment Rules shall prevail.

3. Hindi version will follow.


sd/-
(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Direct (Establishment)
 


Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/28020_1_2010-Estt-C-21072014.pdf]

Monday, 21 July 2014

7CPC: 7th Pay Commission Collects Various Data of Central Government Employees

7CPC: 7th Pay Commission Collects Various Data of Central Government Employees

 7th Pay Commission recently called for information from all the Ministries and issued a format which requires various data about the central government employees working in Ministries / Departments. All the Ministries directed their respective departments to submit the information as required by Seventh central Pay Commission immediately. Many departments told that they have submitted the desired data/information in the prescribed format to seventh pay commission. The central government departments were asked to submit the fallowing information about central government employees.

1. Data on Personnel

Group wise Sanctioned Strength and Number in position of all Group Employees as on Pre 01-01-2014 and post 01-01-2014 also required to be submitted

2. Age Profile of employees

The total number of personnel in position as on 01/01/2014
Those less than 20 years of age
20 or more but less than 30 years of age
30 or more but less than 40 years of age
40 or more but less than 50 years of age
50 or more but less than 60 years of age
60 or more years of age

3. Autonomous bodies under the Ministry/department(As on 01/01/2014)
Number of Central Autonomous bodies :
No of personnel in Central Autonomous Bodies:

4. The fallowing Data on Expenditure on salaries & Allowance for Three financial years from 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13
1.Total Plan expenditure
2.Plan expenditure on Salaries & Allowances
3. Total non plan expenditure
4. Non plan expenditure on Salaries & Allowances
5. Total expenditure (1+3)
6. Total expenditure on salaries& Allowances (2+4)
7. Expenditure on Grants in aid Salaries

5. Data on Contractual Employees

           Ministry/Departments have in the recent past, outsourced various services through personnel engaged on contractual basis. In this regard the following data is sought:

Man months of deployment at various remuneration levels i.e in four categories
a) 10000 and less per month
b) From 10001 to 20000 per month
c) From 20001 to 50000 per month
d) Over 50000 per Month
Expenditure incurred on contract employees

6. Data on Training of Employees.

            The prescribed Format which requires all the above information has been sent to all the Departments by 7th pay commission and directed to submit the information with in the stipulated date

Source: http://www.gservants.com/2014/07/20/7th-pay-commission-collects-various-data-central-government-employees/

Merger of DA & Interim Relief: Strong Argument before 7th CPC by Karnataka CG Pensioners Association

Merger of DA & Interim Relief: Strong Argument before 7th CPC by Karnataka CG Pensioners Association

The Karnataka Central Government Pensioners’ Association writes to 7th CPC on Merger of DA, Interim Relief, Re-employment as Consultant, Pensioner Grievances, Court cases pertaining to Pensionary benefits etc.:-
THE
KARNATAKA
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (REGD.)

( Estd: 1974; Regn. S.No.143/1983-84 d/ 9th August 1983 ) “Swarna”, 120/1,
2nd Main, Gayatri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Bangalore 56000
(Affliated to BPS New Delhi, AIFPA Chennai & KCCCGPAs Bangalore)
Email ID: cgpakarn@gmail.com Tel: 23468438

RNI Regn No: KRENG/2008/27233 Postal Regn No: KRNA/BGE/200/2012-14
President S SRamanatha Rao
Tel: 2661 9394
Vice-President S SKargudri
Tel:
25837178
Secretary Ashok S Kololgi
Tel:
9448469351
Treasurer K S Menon
Tel: 9743771933
Respected Chairman and Members of the 7th CPC –
At the outset, I wish the Commission easy going in its work and hope the Commission comes out with useful recommendations. Presumably, the recommendations apply to the members or some of the members of the Commission too.

Wherever we go and whenever we approach officers for certain help or concessions, as pensioners’ associations; in majority of the cases, the reply has been that they (the presently serving officers) too retire at some time, and that they would like to help out. But help does remain afar. The Ministry of Personnel & Pensions has been doing a great deal to liberalise the situation; but they have their handicaps, as the duty-departments remain lethargic. Not much can be done in this domain, perhaps.
The Point
Several pensioners’ associations/pensioners have written to the Commission on the pensioners’ interests and requirements – I refrain from calling them as ‘demands’ as this is the lot of the beggars. The two imminent issues for favourable consideration by the Commission, nay, the Government are: the Grant of Interim Relief, and the Merger of 50% of DA/DR with pay/pension, both retrospectively.
Both these requirements in principle have been acceded to in the past by the past Pay Commissions as well as the Government; and hence there should be no qualms at all in recommending/granting the two Requirements, in the interest of social justice, whether the Government has specifically made provision for this or not in the Terms of Reference.

(To recall, the Terms of Reference to the Commission by the Government stated clearly “(Item) (h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above. The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised. The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.”

About a year back, the Tamil Nadu Government, while constituting its Pay Commission, granted two months’ pay as Interim Relief. One of the Central Pay Commissions in the past announced two instalments of Interim Relief. This explains the need for Interim Relief. As such, the two Appeals should be sanctioned without much time being wasted, as there are many pensioners in advanced age-rangewho desire to have this benefit.

The other point
I write this from experience. Over the last 50 (fifty) years,there has been a high and steady rise in the number of posts created in several departments of the Government, particularly so in the Class I senior-cadre, who belong to the All-India Services, in contrast to the number of creation of posts in the junior cadres. There is rise in the volume of work admittedly; but not as much as to have a high number of senior officers. Earlier, the Departments functioned with Section Officer (who managed office), Deputy Secretary (who initiated notings), Joint Secretary(who gave opinions) and Secretary (who took decisions), in the higher rank; and they did well in dealing with papers and in deciding the issues. The file-notings used to be clear, committed, fast and final.

In the past few decades, the ranks of Additional Secretary, Special Secretary and Consultants have crept into the Govt service, with more number of Joint Secretaries. It is my contention that these posts are superfluous and their salary/allowance bills are a dent on the Exchequer. More routine tasks are done after consultations over phone. Too many officers and too much time in dealing with disposal of papers – has been the practice in the Government. I therefore strongly opine that the number of such Class I officers in all the Departments of the Government, including the Ministries, must be drastically brought down. The work will be faster, and the responsibility for decisions is fixed on limited number of officers. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has shown the way. He has cut down on the number of Ministries.

There is a whisper that thirty percent of the retired officers are re-employed in their respective departments/offices after retirement, as Consultants or other-wise, continuing to do the same job! This is something difficult to be gulped. Perhaps, this should be examined and checked. The Dept of Personnel & Training in the Ministry of Personnel may help to know the facts. The Commission may kindly take a decision.

The third
Heading the Karnataka Central Government Pensioners’Association, Bangalore, during the last 12-15 years, the Assn has recently projected many Grievances of the pensioners/members with us; and none of them has been conclusively solved. Various Ministries have come up with Grievances cells; and these have become show-cases or postoffices, with just forwarding the complaints to some nodal officers, who remain unhelpful. The Ministry of Personnel and Pensions contemplated on time-frame for redressal of such grievances; but this has been a far cry. The mechanism to get Redressal to the home of the aggrieved pensioners must therefore be fast and satisfactory. It must be remembered that the pensioners are aged, and they need results quick. A good debate on this is required within the Government, and a result-orientation infused into these Grievances cells/portals.

The fourth point
In the last few years, it is experienced that the pensioners have been forced to go to different Courts in respect of their dues and needs. These mainly refer to fixation of pension, fixation of cut-off dates and implementation of Court verdicts by the Governments. This is a situation that the pensioners cannot happily face. A good lot of time and money is wasted. The Government must rationalise and liberalise its attitude, when the learned Judges of the Court have given their verdicts after due hearings from both the parties involved. Can the Commission say something on this point, please?

Grateful Regards to a Great Commission.
n S SRamanathaRao,
n President,
n Karnataka CGPA.
Bangalore,
D/ July 18, 2014.

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/07/presiden-karnataka-central-government.html

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Government to take disciplinary action and cancel future LTC benifits for fake LTC claims

Government to take disciplinary action and cancel future LTC benifits for fake LTC claims

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh while replying to a question at Lok Sabha via written reply informed that any government employee found guilty in preferring a fraudulent LTC claim may be imposed penalty and barred from getting travel allowance for next two or three years.
The minister said “in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of the CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim,”

The minister added “if found guilty, the government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings,”.

The Department of Personnel and Training ( DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing LTC by the public servants in the central government, its public enterprises and public sector banks, in violation of the guidelines, he said, adding that the matter was being investigated by CBI.
 

Friday, 18 July 2014

7CPC: About Seventh Central Pay Commission

7CPC: About 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: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/

Thursday, 17 July 2014

7TH CPC COMMON MEMORANDUM – AT A GLANCE

7TH CPC COMMON MEMORANDUM – AT A GLANCE

Highlights of the Memorandum submitted on issues common to all Central Government employees to Secretary 7th Pay Commission.
JCM NC has also submitted Interim Memorandum on interim relief and Merger of DA.
1. Pay scales are calculated on the basis of pay drawn pay in pay band + GP + 100% DA by employees as on 01.01.2014.

2. 7th CPC report should be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2014. In future five year wage revision.

3. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all employees under Old Pension and Family Pension Scheme.

4. JCM has proposed minimum wage for MTS (Skilled) Rs.26,000 p.m.

5. Ratio of minimum and maximum wage should be 1:8.

6. General formula for determination of pay scale based on minimum living wage demanded for MTS is pay in PB+GP x 3.7.

7. Annual rate of increment @ 5% of the pay.

8. Fixation of pay on promotion = 2 increments and difference of pay between present and promotional posts (minimum Rs.3000).

9. The pay structure demanded is as under:- (open ended pay scales – Total 14 pay scales)
Existing Proposed(in Rs.)
PB-1, GP Rs. 1800 26,000
PB-1, GP Rs. 1900
PB-1, GP Rs. 2000 33,000
PB-1, GP Rs. 2400
PB-1, GP Rs. 2800 46,000
PB-2, GP Rs. 4200 56,000
PB-2, GP Rs. 4600
PB-2, GP Rs. 4800 74000
PB-2, GP Rs. 5400 78,000
PB-3, GP 5400 88000
PB-3, GP 6600 102000
PB-3, GP 7600 120000
PB-4, GP 8900 148000
P4-4, GP 10000 162000
HAG 193000
Apex Scale 213000
Cabinet Secretary 240000

9 (a) Wages and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks is to be examined by 7th CPC itself.

10. Dearness Allowances on the basis of 12 monthly average of CPI, Payment on 1st Jan and 1st July every year.

11. Overtime Allowances on the basis of total Pay + DA + Full TA.

12 Liabilities of all Government dues of persons died in harness be waived.

13. Transfer Policy – Group `C and `D Staff should not be transferred. DoPT should issue clear cut guideline as per 5th CPC recommendation. Govt. should from a Transfer Policy in each department for transferring on mutual basis on promotion. Any order issued in violation of policy framed be cancelled by head of department on representation.

14. Transport Allowance -
X Classified City Other Places
Rs. 7500 + DA Rs. 3750 +DA
The stipulation for TA that the Govt. employee should be on duty in his headquarters for certain number of days during the calendar month should be removed.

15. Deputation Allowance double the rates and should be paid 10% of the pay at same station and 20% of the pay at outside station.

16. Classification of the post should be executive and non-executive instead of present Group A,B.C.

17. Special Pay which was replaced with Special/Allowance by 4th CPC be bring back to curtail pay scales.

18. Scrap downsizing, outsourcing and contracting of govt. jobs.

19. Regularize all casual labour and count their entire service after first two year, as a regular service for pension and all other benefits. They should not be thrown out by engaging contractors workers.

20. The present MACPs Scheme be replaced by giving five promotion after completion of 8,15,21,26 and 30 year of service with benefits of stepping up of pay with junior and also hierarchical pay scales.

21. PLB being bilateral agreement, it should be out of 7th CPC perview.

22. Housing facility:- 
(a) To achieve 70% houses in Delhi and 40% in all other towns to take lease accommodation and allot to the govt. employees.
(b) Land and building acquired by it department may be used for constructing houses for govt. employees.
 23. House Building Allowance :-
(a) Simplify the procedure of HBA
(b) Entitle to purchase second and used houses

24. Common Category – Equal Pay for similar nature of work be provided.

25. Compassionate appointment – remove ceiling of 5% and give appointment within Three months.

26. Traveling Allowance:-
Category A1, A Class City Other Cities
Executive Rs. 5000 per day + DA Rs. 3500 per day + DA
Non-Executive Rs. 4000 per day + DA Rs. 2500 per day + DA

27. Composite Transfer Grant: -
Executive Class 6000 kg by Goods Train/ Rate per km by road 8 Wheeler Wagon Rs.50+DA(Rs.1 per kg and single container per km)
Non-Executive Class 3000 kg – do – -do-

28. Children Education Allowance should be allowed up to Graduate, Post Graduate, and all Professional Courses. Allow any two children for Children Education Allowance.

29. Fixation of pay on promotion – two increments in feeder grade with minimum benefit of Rs.3000.

30. House Rent Allowance
X Class Cities 60%
Other Classified Cities 40%
Unclassified Locations 20%

31. Compensatory City Allowance.

`X’ Class Cities `Y’ Class Cities
A. Pay up to Rs.50,000 10% 5%
B. Pay above Rs.50,000 6% minimum Rs 5000 3% minimum Rs.2500

32. Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical and staff working in hospitals.

33. All allowances to be increased by three times.

34. NE Region benefits – Payment of Special Duty Allowance @ 37.5% of pay.

35. Training: – Sufficient budget for in-service training.

36. Leave Entitlement 
(i) Increase Casual Leave 08 to 12 days & 10 days to 15 days.
(ii) Declare May Day as National Holiday
(iii) In case of Hospital Leave, remove the ceiling of maximum 24 months leave and 120 days full payment and remaining half payment.
(iv) Allow accumulation of 400 days Earned Leave
(v) Allow encashment of 50% leave while in service at the credit after 20 years Qualifying Service.
(vi) National Holiday Allowance (NHA) – Minimum one day salary and eligibility criteria to be removed for all Non Executive Staff.
(vii) Permit encashment of Half Pay Leave.
(viii) Increase Maternity Leave to 240 days to female employees & increase 30 days Paternity Leave to male employees.

37. LTC 
(a) Permission to travel by air within and outside the NE Region.
(b) To increase the periodicity once in a two year.
(c) One visit outside country in a lifetime
 38. Income Tax: 
(i) Allow 30% standard deduction to salaried employees.
(ii) Exempt all allowances.
(iii) Raise the ceiling limit as under:
(a) General – 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh
(b) Sr. Citizen – 2.5 Lakh to 7 Lakh
(c) Sr. Citizen above 80 years of age – 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh
(iv) No Income Tax on pension and family pension and Dearness Relief.

39. (a) Effective grievance handling machinery for all non-executive staff.
(b) Spot settlement
(c) Maintain schedule of three meetings in a year
(d) Department Council be revived at all levels
(e) Arbitration Award be implemented within six month, if not be discussed with Staff Side before rejection for finding out some modified form of agreement.

40. Appoint Arbitrator for shorting all pending anomalies of the 6th CPC.

41. Date of Increment – 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same.

42. General Insurance: Active Insurance Scheme covering risk upto Rs. 7,50,000/- to Non Executive & Rs. 3,50,000/- to Skilled staff by monthly contribution of Rs. 750/- & Rs. 350/- respectively.
43. Point to point fixation of pay.

44. Extra benefits to Women employees (i) 30% reservation for women.
(ii) Posting of husband and wife at same station.
(iii) One month special rest for chronic disease
(iv) Conversion of Child Care Leave into Family Care Leave
(v) Flexi time

45. Gratuity:
Existing ceiling of 16 ½ months be removed and Gratuity be paid @ half month salary for every year of qualifying service.
Remove ceiling limit of Rs.10 Lakh for Gratuity.

46. Pension:
(i) Pension @ 67% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD) instead of 50% presently.
(ii) Pension after 10 years of qualifying service in case of resignation.
(iii) Increase pension age-based as under:
65 Years – 70% of Las Pay Drawn (LPD)
70 Years – 75% of LPD
75 Years – 80% of LPD
80 Years – 85% of LPD
85 Years – 90% of LPD
90 Years – 100% of LPD
(iv) Parity of pension to retirees before 1.1.2006.
(v) Enhanced family pension should be same in case of death in harness and normal death.
(vi) After 10 years, family pension should be 50% of LPD.
(vii) Family pension to son upto the age of 28 years looking to the recruitment age.
(viii) Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.2500/- per month.
(ix) Extend medical facilities to parents also.
(x) HRA to pensioners.
(xi) Improvement in ex-gratia pension to CPF/SRPF retirees up to 1/3rd of full pension.

NB: The above is only gist. All points raised by us not included. For understanding the entire demands raised by us, Please read the full memorandum published in our website.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
NFPE/Confederation

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

AIRF secretary writes a letter to Railway Minister in protest against the Railway Budget

Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra GS/AIRF has written letter to Railway Minister in protest against the Railway Budget.
A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi.-110055
D.O.No. AIRF/60
Dated: July 14, 2014
Resp. Shri Sadananda Gowda Ji,

Sub: Rail Budget 2014-15

We are very much pained and constrained on the Rail Budget 2014-15, presented by you in the floor of the Lok Sabha.

I had given you a memorandum consisting of suggestions related to Rail Budget, but unfortunately none of them could get place in this Rail Budget, and by and large there is nothing motivational and inspiring for the Railwaymen in the said Rail Budget. This has happened after a long time.

Moreover, direction of the said Rail Budget is towards privatization, and the announcement of Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) in the Railways has created lot of resentment among the Railwaymen. All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) in its General Council Meeting, held at Chennai on 3-4 July, 2014, unanimously adopted a resolution to oppose all kinds of privatization in the Railways.

AIRF is a recognized federation and having a wider support among 13 lakh Railway employees. We always expect from the Railway Board that before making any announcement, which may change the face/ownership of the Railways, the matter must be discussed transparently with the Federation. But in the matter of FDI and PPP, no discussion has been made with the recognized federations.

If any decision detrimental to the interest of Railway Industry, Railwaymen in particular and the Rail users in general, takes place, we will have no other alternative, but to organize sustained struggle to save the Indian Railways.

In this Rail Budget, something also has been said about the Restructuring of the Railways. Earlier also there had been similar talks of Railway Restructuring through Rakesh Mohan and Prakash Tandan Committees and also under various modes.

We know that, the Planning Commission in the past also tried to privatize the Indian Railways but they could not do so because of pressure from the Railway workers as well as rail users.

I know that, as “Opposition”, at that time, the BJP had also opposed the idea of Privatization and FDI. There should not be any change in that stand on coming into power.

Since lot of demoralization and de-motivation are going down the line among the Railway employees, who are very sensitive and working round-the-clock to keep operative country’s lifeline. It would be appreciated, if a dialogue is organized with the recognized federations, representing 13 lakh Railway employees, at an earliest to clarify various issues, taking the Railways to a different direction.

I do hope, you will take this communication in a very justify perspective because the AIRF throughout the years, after 1974, has tried to maintain industrial peace and still stands for the same, but such announcements may create a breach of industrial peace.

Therefore, an early dialogue is requested.
With kind regards!
Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source : AIRF

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

DRAFT MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO 7TH CPC - TKR PILLAI

DRAFT MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO 7TH CPC - TKR PILLAI

SECRETARY ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NON GAZETTED) - INCORPORATING THE ISSUES OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, INCLUDING LDC, UDC, STENOGRAPHERS, OFFICIAL LANGUAGE STAFF AND OTHER COMMON CADRE...

SUGGESTIONS MAY BE SENT TO THIS ASSOCIATION BY 15TH OF THIS MONTH...

DRAFT MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO 7TH CPC
Dear members,
The draft memorandum to be submitted to the 7th Pay Commission on the side of our Association, incorporating the issues of Administrative Staff, including LDC & UDC, Stenographers, Official language Staff and other common cadre have been prepared and placed below:

Since this memorandum has been prepared by me single hand, there may be mistake. I request you to please discuss each and every suggestion of this memorandum in our units and inform me the change wherever needed by 15th of this month so that this Memorandum may be sent to the 7th CPC by 16th of this month.

Readers of this website other than the members of our Association can also send their suggestion regarding the description, documents in support of the up-gradation, pay structure proposed etc.
All our friends are therefore requested to give maximum contribution to improve this memorandum.
With regards
TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob 9425372172
PART -I
Chapter I

Function and organizational set up of National Sample Survey Office
1.1 National Sample Survey Office(NSSO), a technical Organisation of   Government of India, conducts nation wide sample survey in socio-economic parameters viz. Employment– Unemployment, Consumer Expenditure, Land-holding & livestock, ‘Debt, Investment and capital formation’, Migration, Disability, Morbidity, service sector, Unorganized Trade/ Manufacturing etc. to facilitate socio-economic planning, development, policy framing, research & other economic/Administrative decision.
 
National Sample Survey (NSS) was established in the year 1950 to conduct large-scale continuous survey operation in the form of successive rounds to fill up data gaps for socio economic planning and policy making of the country. In the year 1970 the NSS was re-organised and brought under the Government of India as a single Organisation namely NSSO with a Governing Council for the overall direction to impart objectivity and autonomy in the matter of collection, processing and publication of the NSSO data.
 
The NSSO Investigator (Statistical Officer) is the first Government Employee, who reaches the farthest and remote villages of the country to collect data for the purpose of the economic planning and social re-organization of the country. Thereby NSSO become instrumental in collection compilation of information thereby to assist the Government to solve several of the socio-economic problems, faced by the country. Here the contribution of the NSSO for the five year plans of the country is specially mentioned. United Nations Organisation and other International Organisations acclaimed the services of the NSSO and the NSSO figures take a prominent role in the UNDP and other reports of the UN. Here, in the Universities and Research Institutes of the country NSSO reports are the main sources of teaching economy and statistics. It is evident how the NSSO data are valuable for the overall economic and social development of the country.
The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation of Government of India, with its two main functional organs -the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)-acts as the nodal agency for coordination of statistical activities and maintenance of statistical standards in the country. As a result, now the responsibility of conducting large scale statistical surveys, making provision of data and production of estimates on different aspects of Indian Society and Economy rests with the Ministry of Statistics.
 
1.2  Organizational set up
The NSSO is headed by a Director General  has four Divisions viz. Field Operations Division, Survey Design & Research Division, Data Processing Division and Co-ordination & Publication Division.

The Field Operations Division has its Headquarters at Delhi and Faridabad with a network of six Zonal Offices, 48 Regional Offices and 117 Sub-regional Offices spread throughout the country. The Data Processing Division has its Headquarters at Kolkata with 5 DP Centers in various part of the Country. The other offices are Survey Design & Research Division has its Hqrs at Kolkata and the CPD at Delhi.
 
1.3  SANCTIONED STRENGTH OF OFFICERS AND STAFF IN NSSO

Division ISS Officers Technical/Field Staff Admin./Hindi & Other Staff Total
SDRD 31


FOD 158 3227 915 4300
DPD61


Total250



Chapter II 
Modernization in the NSSO by extensive use of computer. 

Since the age is of computerization and online operation of work, the responsibility and quality of work to be dealt with are high nature. Fifth & Sixth Pay Commissions in its reports had given more stress for doing work in the offices of Government of India in computer and recommended pay scale in accordance with volume modernization programme done.

In NSSO modernization by extensive use of computers and modern instruments has been started since last twenty five years. All Administrative Staff even MTS have been trained to handle the computer. As a result all the work in Administration and Accounts branches, including preparation of pay bills and related work are done in computer with the facility given in various packages in it. As a result now-a-days, web sites and e-mail are become medium of communication and the Administrative Staff of NSSO Offices are fully trained and developed to take up the challenge.

Chapter III 
Role of Administrative Staff in NSSO Offices 

2.1 The quality control of the NSSO data and overall management of the NSSO office are rest with the highly qualified & trained technical officers of Indian Statistical Service. In order to assist them in the collection and compilation of the statistical data, a subordinate statistical service, consisting group B technical officers, has been constituted by the Government of India.

Being a technical department, the Administrative Staff posted in the NSSO offices have multifarious functional role to play. Since the overall control and management of the Administration rests with the technical ISS Officers, the administrative staff has a very prominent role in the decision making and other matters of routine administration for which level of understanding to handle the rule and other routine Administration should be high. In addition, Administrative staff assists the ISS Officers in correspondence, table work, Inspection report, report writing, compilation and finalization of data, report analysis and survey design and preparation of various statistical directives for field survey, scrutiny points, data entry of several plan schemes etc which require specialized attention and skills. Having smaller offices with independent Administrative set up; expansion of field set up, field work & Field Staff; the four fold increase of ISS Officers together with the decrease of the person meant to handle these work in administrative branch by 33% during the last 25 years in a phased manner, increased the burden of Administrative Staff in NSSO Offices. As a result the per capita work load in these offices especially in FOD Regions has increased manyfold and therefore the Administrative Staff posted there has to do work with additional burden.

Administrative Staff in NSSO Offices have been trained to handle the computer and all the work are doing in computer in addition to their normal duties, which to an extent, helped to equalize the increased work load, but no pay parity has been given to them. Considering the nature of work attended by the Administrative Staff in NSSO offices, they cannot compare or equalize with similarly placed staff elsewhere. Existing pay scale allowed to the Administrative Staff including group B Gazetted posts which are promotion post of the group C Ministerial Staff along with the Hindi Translators and other cadres related to this Association are given below:

S.No Category of post Pay scale Grade Pay Sanctioned strength




FOD
DPD
SDRD
1. CAO 15600-39100 7600 1

2. DD Admn 15600-39100 6600 1

3. Sr. AO 15600-39100 5400 2

4 AO 9300-34800 4600 15

5. Office Superintendent 9300-34800 4200 58

6. Assistant 9300-34800 4200 65

7. UDC 5200-20200 2400 137

8. LDC 5200-20200 1900 202

9. Steno Grade I 9300-34800 4200 26*

10 Steno Grade II 9300-34800 2400 41*

11. Junior Hindi Translators 9300-34800 4200 31

12. Sr. Hindi Translator 9300-34800 4600 1

13. Hindi Officer 15600-39100 5400 1

14. Data Entry Operator 9300-34800 2400 3

15. Lib. Inf Assistant 9300-34800 2400 1*

16. Driver I 9300-34800 4200 1

17. Driver II 9300-34800 2400 5

18. Driver III 5200-20200 1900 8

19 MTS 5200-20200 1800 316


Chapter IV 
Administrative cadres 

Seventh Pay Commission must bring uniformity in the pay scales of Administrative Staff in various Ministries of the Government of India. The pay scale recommended for each cadre in the Administrative branch should be in accordance with the responsibility actually attached with the posts. The duties and responsibilities attached to the LDC & UDC in NSSO Offices are much higher quality than the duties of their counterpart in Central Secretariat Offices. LDCs NSSO Offices have been allocated with independent section worth to do by UDC/Assistants. Similarly the Assistant are doing the work of Section Officer/Administrative Officer. In the NSSO Regions Grade II Stenographers with Rs. 2400 Grade Pay Assists Joint Secretary Rank Officers. In the NSSO (FOD) SRO Offices MTS are doing the work of Ministerial Staff as there is no Ministerial Staff posted there. No cadre review has been conducted for the Administrative Staff since the inception of the Organisation. And the recommendation for conducting cadre review in every 5 years by successive pay Commissions have been ignored.

3.1 Multi tasking staff 

Sixth Pay Commission has recommended to merge the existing 5 pay scales (S1, S2, S2-A, S3 & S4) of Group D staff to a single pay band and granted Rs. 1800 Grade Pay and named the post as Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) i.e. amalgamating the posts with unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled functions without any scientific basis or logic. The educational qualification for direct recruitment for the post has been raised to Matriculation and the status of the post has been raised from group D to Group C. But a person who passed matriculation might have also been passed 12th standard. And most of the persons who passed 12th standard may be a graduate and applies for the post of MTS and other competitive examinations simultaneously. As per the work allotment of MTS, circulated by the DoPT an MTS who has been appointed through SSC has to do the work of Office peon, Mali, Cobbler, sweeper and many other functions. Thus most of the candidates passed the SSC examination for the post of MTS do not join the post and those who joined do not do several of the works earmarked in the recruitment rules for the MTS with devotion. Thus the MTS may be paid special allowance in addition to pay as much as to attract a person with more than matriculation to join the post.

3.1.1 Since the educational qualification for the post of MTS has been raised to Matriculation and most of the persons who are applied for the post are holding the qualification of Higher Secondary/Graduation and as such they are qualified for getting recruited higher posts. Thus it is suggested that 50% post of the administrative post next higher to the MTS may be filled through promotion/Departmental Examination.

As has already been given in Para 1.2 above NSSO FOD has 117 Sub Regional Offices (SRO) and in each SRO around 15 to 25 Technical Staff viz. Assistant Director, Senior Statistical Officer and Junior Statistical Officers are posted. Since no Ministerial Staff is posted in SROs, the duties of Ministerial Staff viz. Diary of Dak, Dispatch, typing of letters in computer etc in these offices is discharges by the only MTS posted there. Most of these MTS posted in NSSO SROs are holding higher educational qualification. Similarly, the MTS posted in NSSO Regional Offices also assisting the Ministerial Staff in day to day Administrative matters, for which training has been given to them by the office. Hence the MTS in NSSO Offices are working as substitute to the Administrative Staff particularly in NSSO SROs and as such their Grade Pay may be upgraded to Rs. 2000 and revised pay may be granted accordingly.

3.2 Lower Division Clerk 
3.2.1 Having the strength of Administrative staff in NSSO Offices especially in their fields offices are small in number the LDCs posted there are engaged to do the skillful and quality work. They have been allocated with major administrative sections worth to do by the UDC/Assistants because sanctioned strength of UDC/Assistants are very less. All LDCs are doing their respective work in computer. LDC/UDC has also to assist the technical officers in work relating to the field matters. Major duties and responsibilities assigned to the LDCs are as given below:
a) Maintenance and up keeping of service books, grant of annual increment, leave cases and other work viz. noting, drafting, correspondence related to the service matters of the staff.
b) Scrutiny of TA Bills, Medical Bill, LTC, Tuition fees, overtime bill etc..
c) Preparation and maintenance of GPF accounts Registers.
d) Preparation of bills (Pay, Medical, TA, LTC, GPF, Tuition fee, GPF etc...) & contingent expenditure,
e) Maintenance of store including purchase and disposal of the articles etc. Maintain the receipt, proper storage, distribution, safe custody, accounting of stores, procurement of stationery item etc.
f) Maintenance of registers and files in all subjects.
g) Dealing the work of Income Tax
h) Preparation of seniority lists.
i) Typing (on computer) of Inspection report, scrutiny notes, data entries and all typing related all administrative matters
j) Processing of records/documents including technical data, noting drafting, typing etc.
k) Dealing the cases of monthly/quarterly/half yearly/yearly returns.
l) Assist the ISS Officer and other technical officers in correspondence, table work, report writing, data entry of several plan schemes, compilation and finalization of data etc.
m) Despatch and dairying of the letters and all other document related to the entire office, including technical section.
n) RTI Matters o) Discharging the duties and responsibilities of Cashier; and several other duties.

3.2.2 LDC & DEO 
The pay scale of Data entry operator (DEO) during 5th CPC was 4000-100-6000 and that of LDC was 3050-4950. The difference in pay scale between DEO & LDC was due to the reason that the educational qualification required for data entry operator prior to 6th CPC was 12th standard & Computer proficiency and the educational qualification for LDC was Matriculation with manual typing. But Sixth Pay Commission has increased the educational qualification for the post of LDC equal to Data entry operators.

And the technical qualification/skill for the candidates appear for the post of LDC requires typing speed 10500 Key depression per hour (KDPH)/9000 KDPH English and Hindi respectively on computer whereas the candidate appearing the DEO requires 8000 KDPH (Since the issue has been raised by this Association for the last 2 years and filed a case in the Jabalpur CAT, now the DoPT thorough a notification has changed the 8000 KDPH to 15000 KDPH). 

Please see table 1 below:
Name of post/Educational Qualification
3rd CPC
4th CPC
5th CPC
6th CPC
DEO (10+2) &
Typing 8000 KDPH
in computer(now 15000 KDPH).
NA 1200-30-1560-40-2040 4000-100-6000/(EDQ: 10+2)
(EDQ: 10+2)
5200-20200(GP 2400)
(EDQ: 10+2)
LDC(up to 6th CPC
Matriculation &
35 words per minute in
manual type writers and
6th CPC onwards 10+2 and
Typing 10500 &
9000 KDPH English &
Hindi respectively in computer.
260-6-326-8-390-10-400
(EDQ: Matriculation)
950-20-1150-25-1400
(EDQ: Matriculation)
3050-75-3950-80-4590
(EDQ: Matriculation)
5200-20200
(GP 1900) (EDQ: 10+2)
EDQ=Educational qualification. 

3.2.3 As regards the work assignment, the DEO has only to entry the data given to them whereas the LDC has multiple task and discharge a very responsible & decisive role in subordinate offices in addition to computer work.

3.2.4 LDC & Postman: 
The postman in postal Department with matriculation has been granted Rs. 2000/ Grade pay by the 6th Pay Commission. During the 3rd & 4th CPC Postman was a Group D post with pay scale Rs. 210-4-270 & Rs.825-15-900-20-1200 respectively and educational qualification required for the post was 8th Standard. Fifth Pay Commission has leveled the pay scale of Post man i.e. Rs. 3050-75-3950-80-4590 to the post of LDC after increasing the educational qualification for the post to Matriculation.

3.2.5 LDC & Police Constable: 
The Police Constable with matriculation has been granted Rs. 2000/ Grade pay by the 6th Pay Commission. During the 3rd & 4th CPC Police Constable was a Group D post with pay scale Rs. 210-4-270 & Rs.825-15-900-20-1200 respectively and educational qualification required for the post was 8th Standard.

3.2.6 Notice Server of Income 
Tax The Notice Server of Income Tax was also Group D officials during 3rd and 4th Pay Commission and was getting pay scale lesser than the pay scale of LDC. But similar to the Post Man & Police Constable, the pay scales of this post has been upgraded to the level of LDC after raising their educational qualification to Matriculation during 5th CPC. And 6th CPC upgraded the pay scale of these posts and granted to Rs. 2000 Grade pay in the pay band Rs. 5200-20200.

Please see table 2 below:
Name of post/ Educational Qualification
3rd CPC
4th CPC
5th CPC
6th CPC
Post Man/Police Constable/ Notice Server of Income Tax (8th Class till 5th CPC and thereafter Matriculation ) 210-4-270
(EDQ: 8th)
825-15-900-20-1200
(EDQ: 8th)
5200-20200 (GP 2000)
(EDQ: Matriculation)
3050-75-3950-80-4590
(EDQ: Matriculation)
LDC (up to 6th CPC Matriculation & 6th CPC onwards 10+2 & Proficiency in Computer. 260-6-326-8-390-10-400
(EDQ: Matriculation)
950-20-1150-25-1400
(EDQ: Matriculation)
3050-75-3950-80-4590
(EDQ: Matriculation)
5200-20200 (GP 1900)
(EDQ: 10+2)

3.2.7 Action taken by the Government to remove the anomaly: 
In order to remove disparity, a request was sent to the DoPT by our Association and the DoPT termed the case related to anomaly and sent to the JCA for disposal (Letter enclosed in Annexure I). JCA returned the case to DoPT directing them to consider the case at their level in consultation with Ministry of Finance. And finally Ministry of Finance vide OM No 58 (2)/E. III (B)/2014 dated 12th November 2013 has directed the Ministries/Associations for sending proposals to the Ministry of Finance through FA, DoPT for approval (Copy enclosed in Annexure II). Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation was also directed to do action for necessary upgradation of LDC vide Ministry of Finance OM No.58 (2)/E. III (B)/2014 dated 18th February 2014 (Copy enclosed in Annexure III) But the directions contained in the aforesaid OM were insufficient to consider the upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC w.e.f. 1.1.2006 i.e. the date of implementation of the 6th CPC and that is why this Association has filed a case in the CAT Jabalpur (Application No.200/00205/2014-submitted in Annexure IV)

3.2.8 JCM Staff Side Proposal:
JCM Staff side has proposed the upgradation of LDC to the post of UDC (Para 12.6). It is requested to please grant upgradation of the Grade Pay of LDC to the Grade Pay of UDC. The present Grade Pay of UDC as granted to the Army Ordinance Corps by the DoPT is Rs. 2800. Thus the pay the LDC may be granted accordingly.

3.3 Upper Division Clerk 
3.3.1 UDCs are the first level supervisory staff in subordinate offices, the link between LDCs, who have been allocated responsible sections, and section officer. The pay structure given to the post by the 6th Pay Commission was very meager in view of the role played by them in the Administrative Offices of the Government of India. And as such the demand for upgradation of the Grade Pay of the UDC in subordinate offices have been raised immediately after the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission. Even though the Government has not taken a common decision to upgrade the Grade Pay of UDC for all Central Government office, DoPT has revised he Grade Pay of UDC in Army Ordinance Corps vide letter No. A/26576/CPC/Clerks/OS-20/268/D(O-II)/2011 dated 23rd September 2013 (Copy enclosed in Annexure I).

The average time period in NSSO, for the promotion from LDC to the post of UDC is 15 to 18 years. In NSSO Offices the number of post of Assistant are very less and as such the work earmarked for the post of Assistant have been allocated to UDCs.

The details of work assigned to the UDCs are given below: a) Preparation of pension papers and allied correspondence.
b) Preparation of budgets.
c) Processing cases under Right to information act 2005.
d) Scrutiny of TA Bills, Medical Bill, LTC, Tuition fees, overtime bill etc...
e) Preparation of bills (Pay, Medical, TA, LTC, GPF, Tuition fee, GPF etc...) & contingent expenditure and all other works related to accounts.
f) Maintenance of store including purchase and disposal of the articles etc.
g) Dealing with Recruitment matters h) Dealing with Audit matters.
i) Dealing with legal matters
j) Preparation and maintenance of GPF accounts Register of Group D employees.
k) Maintenance of registers and files in all subjects related to the work allotted to them.
l) Maintenance and up keeping of service books, grant of annual increment, leave cases, correspondence related to the service matters of the staff and all other works related to Establishment.
m) Noting, drafting etc related to their section and additional assigned to them from time to time.
n) Dealing the cases of various times of monthly/quarterly/half yearly/yearly returns.
o) Typing (on computer) of work related to their section and also assigned by the concerned officer from time to time.
p) Discharging the duties and responsibilities of Cashier
q) RTI Matters r) All other works allocated from time to time by the superior officers.

3.3.2 In addition, the UDCs are responsible for the scrutiny of important documents/ registers maintained in various sections of the office and held accountable for all lapses at their level. The UDCs should have full knowledge of the rules and regulations and updating of the same with latest circulars issued by the Government from time to time. The vigor and vitality is mandatory for the post to handle complex nature of work. In contrast, the UDCs working in Central Secretariat is less accountable and work-load bearing with the UDCs of subordinate offices

Thus the Grade of UDC in NSSO may be upgraded to that of Assistant to get Rs. 4200 Grade Pay.

3.4 Assistant 
In NSSO Offices, Assistants are doing valuable supervisory work and training a team of UDC/LDC in day to day administrative work. In addition, preparation of Budget, MPER, Pension papers, Monthly Reconciliation Statement, handling the court cases, doing DPC matters, Income Tax, inspection of service books and other matters related to employees periodically, audit work, noting & drafting relating to important cases etc are the part of their job.

There was historical parity amongst the Assistants in Central Secretariat and subordinate offices. On this matter Fourth Pay Commission’s observes that:

8.41 The scale Rs.425 (pre-revised) covers posts of Assistants and Stenographers in different Ministries/ Departments, auditors under C & AG. The recruitment is either through competitive examination or by promotion from the scale of Rs.330-560.

8.44 Considering the duties and responsibilities of these posts and the fact that promotions to these are made from more or less similar levels, we recommend that all categories of posts presently covered by the scales a) 425-800 b) 425-700 c) 440-750 d) 470-750 and e) 440-750 may be grouped together and given the scale of Rs.1400-2300.

And the recommendation was accepted by the Government. These positive recommendations have been bypassed by the Government to give higher pay scale to the Assistants in Central Secretariat .

Again, 6th Pay Commission observed that “Earlier, the respective pay scales of Rs.5500-9000 and 5000-8000 existed for Assistants in Secretariat and in Field offices. This disparity was aggravated in 2006 when the Government further upgraded the pay scales of Assistants belonging to Central Secretariat Service to Rs.6500-10500”.

6th CPC in its report Para 3.1.3 further observes that “higher Pay Scales in the Secretariat Offices may have been justified in the past when formulation of proper policies was not paramount importance. The present position is different. Today, the weakest link in respect of any Government policy is at the delivery stage. This phenomenon is not endemic to India. Internationally also there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and decentralization with greater role being assigned at delivery points which actually determines the benefit that the common citizen is going to derive out of any policy initiative of the Government. The field offices are at the edge of administration and may, in most cases, determine whether a particular policy turns out to be a success or failure in terms of actual benefit to the consumer. Accordingly, the time has come to grant parity between similarly placed personnel employed in field offices and in the Secretariat. This parity will need to be absolute till the grade of Assistant.” And accordingly the pre-revised pay scales Rs. 5000-8000 to 6500-10500 have been merged and granted Rs. 4200 Grade Pay. But later, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide O.M. F. No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 13/11/2009 has upgraded the grade pay of the Assistant in CSS to Rs. 4600/ and the Assistants in the subordinate offices has been left out. In this way, the parity up-to the post of Assistant as recommended by the 6th CPC and accepted by the Government overturned. 

On this subject, All India MES Clerical Cadre & Group D Employees Association has filed OA No. 2389/2012 before Central Administrative Tribunal Principal Bench against the two different pay structure for subordinate and Central Secretariat Ministerial Staff. The court observed that while doing their right for fixation of pay scales, the employers should ensure that these fixations have been done on the basis of some rational grounds and the traditional parity reinforced by the recommendations of the Pay Commission should not be disturbed. The court further observed that

“What is not understood is as to how a higher scale of pay or grade pay which is justified on the ground of direct recruitment is extended to the promotees also. If that is justified on the ground that both direct recruits and promotes are doing the same work and, therefore, differential can be introduced, then how can it be justified that the same treatment cannot be given to a cadre which hitherto enjoyed parity with the Assistants/PAs of CS/AFHQ only on the ground that they are appointed 100% by promotion”. 

The Court directed the respondents to constitute and Expert Group to consider up-gradation of grade pay of Assistant/Office Superintendent/Stenographer Grade I to the level of Assistant/Steno Grade I in Central Secretariat. The expert group constituted by the Ministry of Defense has recommended upgradation of grade pay of Assistant/Steno I/Office Superintendent equal to Central Secretariat. Now the case is under consideration of the Ministry of Finance.

Thus parity between Central Secretariat Assistant and the Assistant subordinate offices should be restored.

3.5 Section Officer 
Section Officers (No post of Section Officer is sanctioned in NSSO office in place the duties of Section Officer is discharge by the Administrative Officer with a meager grade pay Rs. 4600 i.e. equal to the Grade pay of Assistant in Central Secretariat) next above the level of Assistant is the real in-charge of administrative matters in subordinate offices. They are responsible for finalizing all Administrative, Accounts, Court and all other matters related to Administration/Accounts in field offices of the subordinate offices and put up to the Controlling Officer for his approval. Administrative Officer with Rs. 4600 Grade Pay in most of the offices are functioning as Head of Office as well. Since the Controlling officers are from All India Service they are mostly concentrating technical or field matters. Looking to the heavy responsibilities assigned to the Section Officers or equivalent post, the 6th Pay Commission has granted Rs.4800 Grade Pay in PB II with a provision to automatic upgradation of the grade pay to Rs. 5400 after completion of 4 years service(Para 3.1.14 of 6th CPC Recommendation). But the same has not been implemented in NSSO Office despite of repeated requests.

Thus the post of Administrative Officer Grade II with Rs. 4600/ Grade pay in NSSO Offices may be upgraded to Rs. 4800 and named as Section Officer.

3.6 Higher Administrative Posts: 
In NSSO Offices no post of Administrative Officer above Rs. 5400 Grade Pay is allocated. However, posts of Deputy Director (Admn), Chief Administrative Officer etc have been allocated in the promotional hierarchy of the Administrative Staff. But Staff Side JCM in their Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission has proposed Cadre of Administrative Officers in three Grades above Rs. 5400 Grade Pay. It was also proposed that wherever the three Grade are not available they may be granted the next three successive pay scales i.e., Grade A entry scale, senior time scale of pay, and the one next above. Staff side (JCM) has also recommended for uniformity in the pay scales of Administrative Staff in various Ministries of the Government of India in view of the fact that lack of common cadre structure the administrative Staff posted in the smaller Department face heavy stagnation and retires on the post of UDC/Assistant itself.

It is proposed that recommendation for creation of 3 Administrative Grade above Section Officer commencing from Rs. 5400 Grade Pay may kindly be made to bring the administrative staff posted in smaller offices to the mainstream.

3.7 Stenographers 
The recruitment of Stenographers for various offices of Government of India is being done by SSC through tough competitive Examination. A person with vast General knowledge, command in English/Hindi Languages and the competence do very good stenography can only succeed the examination of the SSC.

Direct recruitment of Stenographers both in Central Secretariat and Subordinate offices are done through SSC only. Stenographers in Central Secretariat get frequent career progress because of their placement in Central Secretariat at the entry level. For Central Secretariat Stenographers, promotional posts are being created in frequent intervals through periodical cadre restructuring and accordingly they get frequent promotion. Since in subordinate offices there is no promotional avenue for stenographers and therefore most of them are do not get more than one promotion during the service period. In NSSO Offices, not a single cadre restructuring is done since its inception and as such the stenographers posted there are in constant stagnation.

It is pertinent to mention here that both Central Secretariat and Subordinate Office Stenographers are working with All India Cadre Officers who work both in Central Secretariat and Subordinate offices. Hence the level of work output as Stenographic Assistant done by the Stenographer in Central Secretariat and Subordinate Offices are the same.

As per the provision given in the Hand Book of Personal Officers published by the DoPT the Stenographic entitlement of the officers posted in Attached/Subordinate offices is as follows:
1. Joint Secretary or equivalent Private Secretary with Rs. 4800 Grade Pay with automatic upgradation to Rs.5400 after 4 years.
2. Director/Deputy Secretary Steno Grade I with Rs. 4600 Grade Pay
3. Deputy Director Steno Grade II with Rs. 2400 Grade Pay
4. Section Officer/equivalent Steno Grade II with Rs. 2400/ Grade Pay

In most of the FOD Regional offices and also in Zonal Offices Deputy Director General with Joint Secretary Rank has been posted. In the Hqrs offices of FOD, DPD & SDRD also large number of DDG, Director and Deputy Directors are posted. Moreover, one Deputy Director in addition to DDG is posted in every Regional Offices as well as Zonal Offices. According to the norms given above, posts of Private Secretary with Rs. 4800 Grade Pay should have been allocated to DDGs and Stenographer with Rs.4600/ Grade Pay has to be allocated to Directors/Joint Directors. But none of these DDGs have been provided with Private Secretary and in place Steno Grade II is working in these offices. Since Deputy Director is also posted in all Regional/Zonal Office the only steno Grade II posted is compelled to assist both of the officers in their day to day office work.

On the other hand, DoPT vide OM no. No.20/49/2009-CS.II (8) dated 22nd June, 2011 has ordered to upgrade the Grade Pay of 30% UDC and Steno (NFSG) of Central Secretariat to Rs. 4200/ after completion of 5 years service on the grade and the same was not made applicable to the UDC & Steno Grade II in subordinate offices which have virtually demoralized all the UDCs/Stenographers Grade II in subordinate offices.

In view of the above, we suggest the following structure for Stenographers in NSSO Offices.
Sr. No. Name of Officer Post demanded
1 Additional Director General Personal Secretary with Rs. 5400 Grade Pay
2. Deputy Director General Private Secretary with Rs. 4800 Grade Pay
3. Director/Joint Director Steno Grade I with Rs. 4600 Grade Pay
4. Deputy Director/SO/Asstt. Director Steno Grade II with Rs. 4200 Grade Pay

A person appointed initially as Stenographer in the Central Secretariat often goes beyond the post of Senior PPS. But in subordinate offices the stenographers appointed are stagnating years together due to lack of sufficient promotional avenue. And as such even though presently NSSO Offices have not the requirement of personal staff above the grade given in the table, provision for granting next two successive time-scales may be made to bring the stenographers of subordinate offices equivalent to the Stenographers of Central Secretariat.

CHAPTER V 
Official Language Staff 

While passing the Official Language Act, the Parliament adopted a resolution on the Official Language policy according to which the Central Government is committed to accelerating the spread of Hindi. Accordingly the posts of Junior Hindi Translators, Senior Hindi Translators, Hindi Officer and Assistant Director, Deputy Director, Joint Director & Director (OL) have been created in the offices of the Central Government. The qualification for recruitment for the post of Junior Translator is Post graduation in Hindi or English and having studied as vice versa subject at Graduation level. The post is a challenging one and requires multifaceted talents. They have to possess a sound knowledge of two languages and should have linguistic ability to comprehend and also require skill of quality translation. The translator has to play a role of motivator, orator, leader, editor, conductor of various meeting and also should have the ability to teach the Hindi and organize Hindi workshops.

Fifth Pay Commission laid down the principle that the post requiring Post graduation as minimum academic qualification should be placed in the scale of Rs. 6500-10500. Even after, the 6th CPC has recommended a poor Rs. 4200 grade pay to Junior Translators.

According to the Model Recruitment Rules for the various posts in Official Language Cadre for Subordinate Offices, circulated vide DoPT O M No. AB-14017/46/2011-Estt (RR) Dated 19th September, 2013 Educational and other qualifications required for direct recruits as Junior Translator is Master Degree in Hindi & English, the extract of the same is given below:

“Master's degree of a recognized University in Hindi with English as a compulsory or elective subject or as the medium of examination at the degree level OR 

Master's degree of a recognized University in English with Hindi as a compulsory or elective subject or as the medium of examination at the degree level OR 

Master’s degree of a recognized University in any subject other than Hindi or English, with Hindi medium and English as a compulsory or elective subject or as the medium of a examination at the degree level OR 

Master’s degree of a recognized University in any subject other than Hindi or English, with English medium and Hindi as a compulsory or elective subject or as the medium of a examination at the degree level; OR 

Master’s Degree of a recognized University in any subject other than Hindi or English, with Hindi and English as compulsory or elective subjects or either of the two as a medium of examination and the other as a compulsory or elective subject at degree level; AND 

Recognized Diploma or Certificate course in translation from Hindi to English & vice versa or two years’ experience of translation work from Hindi to English and vice versa in Central or State Government office, including Government of India Undertaking.” 

It is regretted to note that while a person with graduation are being selected to the post of Assistants with Rs. 4600 Grade Pay in Central Secretariat, the Junior Translator with Post Graduation in two languages get less Grade Pay than a Central Secretariat Assistant i.e. Rs. 4200. We feel the Pay Structure of Official Language Staff should be upgraded in accordance with the educational qualification. Restructuring of the posts of Official Language Staff may be recommended so as a person initially appointed as Junior Translator may get 5 promotions during the service career.

In view of the above we propose the following changes in the pay scale/Grade Pay of Hindi Staff.
1. Junior Translator Grade Pay Rs. 4600/
2. Sr. Translator Grade Pay Rs. 4800/(Automatic upgradation to
Rs. 5400/ after 4 years in the
Designation as Hindi Officer)
3. Hindi Officer Grade Pay Rs. 5400/ (Group A)
4. Deputy Director (OL) Grade Pay Rs. 6600/
5. Joint Director (OL) Grade Pay Rs. 7600/
6. Director (OL) Grade Pay Rs. 8700/

Chapter VI 
Career Prospects/Promotional avenues: 

High level stagnation de-motivates the employees. For the efficient functioning of an organization, the primary pre-requisite is the systematic career progression of the workforce. But in most of the Departments especially smaller Departments stagnation has come to stay for the last two decades. Considering the fact 5th Pay Commission had recommended two ACP in a time bound manner. The Sixth Pay Commission had awarded 3 time bound MACP in replacement of previous ACP. But the scheme was found less beneficial especially for lower category staff because the MACP was granted on grade pay hierarchy and not promotional hierarchy. This created large scale anomaly and as a result dozens of cases have been filed in various courts all the court judgments were delivered in favour of implementation of MACP on hierarchical basis but the Government has not implemented the same till date.

6.1 Career Advancement of Officers: 
Till 1996, the FOD, NSSO used to be headed by a Director, Regional level Offices were headed by Deputy Directors and SRO level offices were headed by Superintendents. But now, the quantity and quality of work has increased considerably and as such the ISS posts at Regional/Zonal level have been upgraded to the level of Deputy Director General. Simultaneously, the strength of total ISS cadre was increased manyfold. In the year 1961 the total strength of ISS cadre was 185 (116 primary posts with 69 promotion posts) which was increased to 690 and 799 respectively in the year 2002 & 2006. Today the position is 808 (232 primary posts and 576 promotion posts). Besides a further upgradation of the posts of the posts are under consideration.

6.2 Upgradation of the pay structure of SSS staff: 
The pay structure of the Group B & Group C Field Staff has improved considerably, in comparison with our cadres, by the recommendation of pay scale by the 4th & 5th Pay Commissions, by implementation of Arbitration awards, court decisions and re-structuring of the posts twice since 2002. Besides subsequent to the merger of the Pay Scales during 6th Pay Commission, three increments in the form of additional MACP have been granted them. Recently, through yet another cadre review, several post of Assistant Directors have been created in cooption of the posts of Senior Statistical Officers. Besides a considerable increase in the post of Senior Statistical Officers are also registered.

6.3 Bleak career prospects of Administrative/Official Language staff: 
The discontent amongst the Administrative Staff in NSSO due to stagnation is in high magnitude today. Successive Pay Commission have recommended periodical cadre review of the staff and asked to conduct cadre review in every 5 years. Despite of these recommendations and its acceptance by the Government no cadre review has been conducted for the Administrative Staff in NSSO Offices since the inception. As a result the person holding the posts of LDC, UDC, Stenographer, Junior Translators all are stagnated for more than 20 years on the same post. And in this way majority of the Ministerial Staff in the NSSO hardly reach the post of Assistant at the time of their retirement and many of them are retiring on the post of UDC itself.

Even though NSSO Offices are committed to promote official language its offices and all efforts are being done for the same, the Official Language Staff who are instrumental to implement the official language policy are being ignored; a clear picture of same has been given in Chapter V above. A person appointed as Junior Translator in FOD, NSSO hardly reach to the next promotion post till his retirement as only one Senior Translator is available. The position of other Divisions is not different.

In view of the above, a strong policy for promotional avenues to the employees especially the Administrative Staff and Official Language Staff should be formulated. The VII CPC therefore, should recommend the implementation of cadre review strictly to ensure five hierarchical promotions to all employees in their career on the pattern obtaining for Group A Officers. The qualifying period for the 1st promotion for an LDC may be reduced to 5 years from the present 8 years.

CHAPTER VII 
7.1 Existing & Proposed Pay Scales for Ministerial Staff
Sl. No. Categories Existing Pay Band Grade Pay Proposed Minimum Pay Remarks
1. MTS 5200-20200 Rs. 1800/ Rs. 33000+ Rs. 5000 Spl Pay/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 2000 & Grant Special Pay to MTS in NSSO
2. LDC 5200-20200 Rs. 1900/ Rs. 46000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 2800/
3. UDC 5200-20200 Rs. 2400/ Rs. 56000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 4200/
4. Assistant 9300-34800 Rs. 4200 Rs. 66000/ Upgradation of Grade equal to Central Secretariat Assistants
5. Section Officer 9300-34800 Rs. 4800/ Rs. 74000/ Upgradation of the Present Administrative Officer is proposed.
6. Admn Officer 9300-34800 Rs. 4600/ Rs. 88000/ After completion of 4 years as Section Officer
7. Deputy Director 15600-39100 Rs. 6600/ Rs. 102000
8. Chief Admn Officer 15600-39100 Rs. 7600 Rs. 120000/

7.2 Existing & Proposed Pay Scales for Stenographers
Sl. No. Categories Existing Pay Band Grade Pay Proposed Minimum Pay Remarks
1 Stenographer Grade II 5200-20200 Rs. 2400/ Rs. 56000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 4200/
2. Stenographer Grade I 9300-34800 Rs. 4200 Rs. 66000/ Upgradation of Grade to Rs. 4600/ proposed
3. Private Secretary 9300-34800 Rs. 4600 Rs. 74000/ Upgradation of Grade Rs. 4800/ proposed
4. Sr Private Secretary 9300-34800 Rs. 4800/ Rs. 88000/ Automatic upgradation of Private Secretary after 4 years service
5. Principal Pvt Secretary 15600-39100 Rs. 6600/ Rs. 102000
6. Sr. Principal Pvt Sec 15600-39100 Rs. 7600 Rs. 120000/

7.3 Existing & Proposed Pay Scales for Official Language & Other Staff

Sl. No. Categories Existing Pay Band Grade Pay Proposed Minimum Pay Remarks
1. Junior Hindi Translator 9300-34800 Rs. 4200 Rs. 66000/ Upgradation of Grade to Rs. 4600/ proposed
2. Senior Hindi Translator 9300-34800 Rs. 4600 Rs. 74000/ Upgradation of Grade Rs. 4800/ proposed
3. Hindi Officer 9300-34800 Rs. 4800/ Rs. 88000/ Automatic upgradation of Sr. Hindi Translator after 4 years service
4. Deputy Director (OL) 15600-39100 Rs. 6600/ Rs. 102000
5. Joint Director (OL) 15600-39100 Rs. 7600 Rs. 120000/
6. Director (OL) 15600-39100 Rs. 8700/ Rs. 139000/
7. Library Inf. Assistant 5200-20200 Rs. 2400/ Rs. 56000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 4200/

Driver(Ord. grade) 5200-20200 Rs. 1900/ Rs. 41000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 2400/

Driver grade II 5200-20200 Rs. 2400/ Rs. 56000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 4200/

Driver Grade I 9300-34800 Rs. 4200 Rs. 66000/ Upgradation of Grade Pay to Rs. 4600/

CHAPTER VIII 
Requirement of Effective Grievance Redressal Procedure 

Joint Consultative Machinery and Compulsory Arbitration with an intention to redressal of the grievances of the employees has been functioning since 1966. All non Gazetted officials in the Government of India Offices were allowed to be a member of the Association working under JCM Scheme. Group B officials of the Headquarters Organizations have been covered under this scheme whereas the Group B officials in subordinate offices have been kept out of the purview of the JCM Scheme which is discriminatory.

Even though there is no provision for re-identification of the cadres already identified under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993, the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation has re-identified the cadres without seeking opinion from the concerned Association. And re-recognized the lone Association which have the support of more than 70% staff.

Moreover, the same cadres, which have been removed in the name of Group B through the above exercise, are members of the Association working under JCM Scheme in other Government of India Department and that Department allowed them to function. For example: The Assistant or equivalent posts with 4200 Grade Pay working, in Central Ground Water Board, Census, CPWD, Income Tax, Central Excise and many other offices are allowed to function as part of JCM. The Income Tax Inspector/Excise Inspector with Rs. 4600 Grade Pay, Senior Accountant with 4600 Grade Pay in CAG, Post Master with 4200 and above and all are allowed the Government of India to function under JCM scheme in their respective Departments.

It is, therefore, necessary that all categories and cadres of employees and officers, who were covered under the JCM Scheme in 1966 (i.e. the year in which the JCM came into existence), must continue to be covered under the scheme irrespective of the change of classification or revision of pay scales that have been ordered from time to time. In the present context all employees drawing grade pay up to and including Rs. 4800 (PB2) must be converge by the JCM Scheme.

Conclusion: 
It is re-iterated that in NSSO the Administrative Staff are an integral part of the technical management. And with their active participation only the collection and processing of the statistical data can be successfully conducted. Also under the modernization the NSSO has fully computerized and the Administrative staff does work in computer only. And also the MTS, LDC, UDC all cadres in NSSO Offices are forced to do duties prescribed for higher posts due to lack of sufficient higher posts and yet they have

Considering the entire special feature discussed above the proposal of restructuring of the Ministerial and other staff may please be considered and the pay scale proposed therein may be awarded.

PART II 
Allowances and advances, facilities and miscellaneous demands: 

This Association has concentrated only on the issue of the pay structure of the Administrative Staff of NSSO Offices. For all other issues/grievances related to our staff viz. allowances and advances, facilities, miscellaneous issues, we endorse the provisions given in the General memorandum of the National Council (JCM)/Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers.

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