Thursday, 16 October 2014

7th Pay Commission visited Siachen base camp and Daulat Beg Oldie

7th Pay Commission visited Siachen base camp and Daulat Beg Oldie and spent considerable time for  interacting with soldiers and asking them about the conditions in one of the toughest areas of the world…

Pay Commission team visits Siachen to get first-hand experience – India Today article

The 7th Pay Commission visited forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including the world’s highest battlefield on the Siachen glacier, to get the first-hand feel of the freezing temperatures and hardship faced by soldiers.

The 16-member team headed by the panel’s chairman, retired judge A.K. Mathur, spent time at the base camp in Siachen and went to other forward areas. The three services have submitted a joint memorandum to the Pay Commission regarding their “wish list”. The panel will visit other defence installations as it continues its deliberations till January 1, 2016.

The panel spent considerable time at the Siachen base camp, interacting with soldiers and asking them about the conditions in one of the toughest areas of the world. They were also flown over the glacier and landed at a forward post. The soldiers work under extreme climatic conditions where the weather is a constant enemy. The soldiers shared their experience and talked about the harsh climatic condition they face on the line of duty. The punishing weather does not allow a person to spend more than a week at the glacier and the forward posts, they told the panel.

The panel members also witnessed ice craft and mountaineering training being carried out at the Siachen Battle School.

The Pay Commission team also landed at the advanced landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie on the border with China. It is the world’s highest landing strip and air operations in the rarefied high altitude air are a challenge.

During their visits to the forward areas, the delegation laid floral wreaths at the Siachen War Memorial, Kargil War Memorial and the Rezangla War Memorial while paying tributes to our martyrs, a defence PRO said.

At the Line of Actual Control, the Pay Commission members interacted with personnel from the Indian Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Officials said the panel will have to consider the unique situation faced by the jawans, who are exposed to severe medical conditions because of the inhospitable environment. “The climate does not suit human habitation but the army jawans are positioned in the area manning the territory all through the year,” an official said.

This is only the first round of interaction and more inputs would be sought by the team in the coming months.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the All Ladakh Central Government Employees (ALCGE), which comprises staff of Doordarshan, High Altitude Research Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Air Force Authority of India, met Justice Mathur’s team.

Additional DA declared for various State Government employees

Additional DA declared for various State Government employees

Following the declaration of additional DA to the emloyees working in Central Government services, various state governments are implemented the same to its employees and pensioners also.

The Tamilnadu Government issued orders on granting of additional DA of 7% for its employees and pensioners from 1st July 2014.

  • Punjab Government has declared 10% DA to its employees.
  • Bihar Government announced an increase of 7% DA to its employees and pensioners.
  • Odisha Govt granted 7% of DA to its employees with effect from 1.7.2014.
  • Madhya Pradesh hikes 7% DA to its employees with effect from July 2014.

And it is expected to continue to all the employees working under State Government.

Dedication of Portability through Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees Provident Fund

Dedication of Portability through Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees Provident Fund
 
“The minimum pension for employees has been introduced first time so that employees’ pension is not less than Rs. 1000 per month. The wage ceiling has been raised from Rs. 6500 to Rs. 15000 per month to ensure that vulnerable groups are covered under EPF Scheme”.

Under the scheme complete information for approximately 4 crore subscribers of EPF has been centrally compiled and digitized and a UAN has been allotted to all. The UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion of vulnerable section of society and their unique identification.

Camps are being organized to facilitate opening of bank account and Aadhar card for those subscribers who have no bank account or Aadhar card as on date. This will ensure portability of the Social Security Benefits to the labour of organised sector across the jobs and geographic areas. The EPF account of employee will be now be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed through sms.

Finally it will ensure that each of the 4 crore or more EPF account holders have direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts (approximately Rs 27000 Crore are currently lying with EPFO in inoperative accounts). By 16th October, 2014, approximately 2 crore subscribers will have the benefit of portability through UAN. Subscribers have been informed through sms/email immediately on inauguration.

The minimum pension for employees has been introduced first time so that employees’ pension is not less than Rs. 1000 per month. The wage ceiling has been raised from Rs. 6500 to Rs. 15000 per month to ensure that vulnerable groups are covered under EPF Scheme.

Source: PIB News

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