Saturday, 28 February 2015

Meeting with 7CPC and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with 7CPC and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with Chairman 7th Pay Commission & Discussion with Govt. on NJCA Strike Charter of Demands – 25.02.2015 – Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President), Com. M. S. Raja (Working President) & Com. M. Krishnan (Secretary General) attended both the meetings on behalf of Confederation.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
No. NC-JCM/2015/S.C
February 26, 2015
Dear Comrade

The Standing Committee of the Staff Side, National Council has interaction with the 7th CPC on 25th Feb. 2015 followed by the Standing Committee meeting of National Council (JCM) with the Secretary DOPT in the afternoon. The meeting with the Secretary Personnel came as a result of the decisions that we have conveyed for organizing March to Parliament and other programmes, culminate as a pre pretretory meaure for an indefinite strike. The agenda for discussion with the Secretary Personnel was, therefore, the charter of demands (10 points) we had submitted to the Government after the National Convention of all Central Government Employees Organizations on 11th December, 2014. The response from the Government undoubtedly establish the fact that ultimately they have taken note of the growing discontentment of the Central Government employees manifested through various programmes we have jointly carried out by this time. We, therefore, earnestly request the affiliates and leaders of various organizations at the field formations to intensify the ongoing programmes to compel the Government to settle our demands. We give hereunder a brief resume of the discussions we had with the Pay Commission and the Secretary Personnel, which is indicative of the reflections of both the entities.

Meeting with the Pay Commission:
The Chairman informed of his inability to take a final decision on the question of merger of DA and Interim relief as the Government has not referred this matter to them and further stated that this Govt. can take decisions on the two issues, without any report from the CPC. He added that the memoranda received from the staff Side on these two issues had been forwarded to the Government. He wanted the staff side to take up the matter with the Government and assured that on receipt of the reference from the Government they would consider the matter without any loss of time. However, they indicated that the Commission would strive to submit their report to the Government within the stipulated time frame and therefore, the question of Interim relief, in his opinion should not arise at all. The Staff side requested him to appreciate the fact that the matter concerning merger of DA and interim relief has been raised by them not on account of the possible delay on the part of the Pay Commission but emanated from the fact that the erosion in the real value of wages of the Central Government has been eroded during the period drastically.

On Oral Evidence:
The methodology to be adopted by the 7CPC in the matter was discussed at length. It was ultimately decided that the Staff Side after considering the viewpoints expressed by the CPC will draw out a plan both for the National Council Staff Side and for the organizations at the Departmental levels. The scheduled date for meetings with the Pay Commission will be finalized after Holi festival i.e. 5th March, 2015. The Staff Side will discuss the matter and will submit its consensus view to the Commission soon in this regard. In any case, the staff side would require the following information immediately at its office.
1. Name of the organization which has submitted its memorandum to CPC with date of submission.
2. Underwhich Ministry the Department function
3. Whether the organization is recognized or not
4. The number of employees, whom the organization represents
5. The total – Group C and Group B Non Gazetted – strength of the concerned Department.
Inclusion of GDS
The Chairman assured that he would go through the Supreme Court Judgment in the matter. However, fie added that the inclusion or otherwise of the GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC is the prerogative of the Government and except making its opinion clear on the subject he might not be able to do anything further in the matter.
Standing Committee meeting with Secretary Personnel: There had been no tangible result in the discussions. The impression gained was that the staff side was invited to show that the dialogue continues, However, we give here under the response of the Government in respect of the issues subjected for discussion. The rest of the issues in the charter will be discussed later on at another meeting, for which the date has not been indicated.

1. Interim relief, Merger of DA, Date of effect, Inclusion of GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC; Settlement of anomalies; The views expressed by the official on each of the above items are as under
a). Interim relief is normally given if there is an apprehension of abnormal delay. Government has been informed by the 7th CPC that they would adhere to the time schedule.
b). DA merger: Since the Pay Commission would be submitting its report soon, the question of merger of DA would automatically be in-built in their recommendation.
c). It is the prerogative of the CPC to recommend the date of effect. Govt.’s role will come only after the recommendations are received.
d). GDS: Govt. has not considered the GDS as Civil Servants. However, the latest recommendation received from the Postal Department in the matter is said to be under the consideration of the Govt.
e). The National Anomaly committee will meet again shortly and the resolution on agreed items would be expedited.
2. FDI and Privatization of Railways and Defense factories and Corporatization of Postal: The Staff Side was advised to take up the issue at a higher level as the issues raised were said to be policy matters.

3. No ban on recruitment.: The official Side clarified that the Govt. has not instituted any ban on recruitment. There is only ban on creation of posts. However, for operational posts, exemption has been provided in compelling situation.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act.: The official side will look into the letter received from the Railway and Defence Ministers. The scrapping of the Act was said to be not within the scope of discussion. The Joint Secretary Financial Services explained the various provisions of the Act and as to how the contributory pension scheme would be beneficial to the subscribers. The Staff Side requested the Government to make it optional that anybody who feels that the new scheme would be beneficial would opt for it and others will have the opportunity to opt out and adopt the old defined benefit scheme scheme of Pension.

5. Closure of Medical Stores Depots and Printing and Stationery Departments : It was categorically cleared by the Govt that there had been no decision to close down the Printing Presses and Stationery Department. In view of the new situation in which all Departments are permitted to purchase the requisite stationery items from the market, the Urban Development Ministry has suggested certain modernization and restructuring the of Stationery Department. The Govt. was prepared to discuss the details thereof and arrive at an amicable settlement, acceptable to the Staff Side. The official side expressed willingness to discuss the matter with the staff Side of the concerned Department along with the 3 (three) members of the standing Committee. In respect of Medical store depots also, the official side clarified that the department would not be closed down and no employee will be retrenched. They also wanted the staff side to meet and discuss the issue with them to clear the doubts and suspicion in the matter.

6. Active Functioning of JCM : The Government will convene the meeting of the National Council soon. the convening of the Departmental Councils would be taken up with the concerned Departmental heads. The delay in the grant of recognition may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel for corrective action at their end

7. Compassionate Appointment : Government will consider lifting of the ceiling of 5% but no assurance was held out. The other issues in the charter will be subjected to discussion later on.
With Greetings
Yours fraternally,
sd/-
Shiv Gopal Mishra
Convenor
Source: Confederation

AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau

AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau

One of the most expected statistics amongst Central Govt employees and Pensioners for the purpose of additional Dearness Allowance calculation has been released by Labour Bureau today on its official portal.
The index of CPI-IW for the month of January 2015 is increased by one point and stands at 254. After a long time, the index is moved from the existing point of 253.

All India Consumer Price Index for the month of Jan 2015 is used for the first step of additional dearness allowance calculation which will be effect from July 2015 to all Central Govt employees and Pensioners.

Central Govt employees

Friday, 27 February 2015

Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief

Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief

PUDUCHERRY: The Confederation of Pondicherry State Government Employees Associations has urged the Central government to announce an interim relief and merger of Dearness Allowance with the basic pay.
Confederation honorary president, C H Balamohanan, told reporters that the BJP-led Central government is yet announce the interim relief for the employees ahead of the implementations of the recommendations made by the pay commission.

The Seventh pay commission which was set up on January 1, 2014 by the previous Congress government will take at least 18 to 24 months to submit the final recommendations. In the meantime, the government should have announced the interim relief with retrospective effect, but steps were not taken in this direction, Balamohanan said.

Meanwhile, the Confederation honorary president, Balamohanan added that steps were not taken to merge the Dearness Allowance (DA) with the basic pay as in the last announcement, it was 7 per cent hike, taking it to 107 per cent of basic pay.

The Confederation honorary president also informed that on March 2, a dharna will be held in front of Head Post Office by the activists of the confederation and will hand over memorandum consisting of charter of demands to the Chief Secretary.

He added that the representatives of the confederation will take part in the parliament march on April 28 pressing the central government for the implementation of the pay commission recommendations.

Meanwhile, it may be noted that the Union Territory of Puducheryy has 25,000 government employees, who are having the same service conditions as that of the Central Government.

Read at: The New Indian Express

Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.AIRF/60
Dated: February 24, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Feedback of meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Today, We met pay commission and demanded for interim report on merger of DA and Interim relief.
The pay commission told us that it has no such reference from Government and wanted us to demand the same from central government. However they agreed to write DO letter to Government of India in respect of our demands.

They informed us that Pay Commission will submit its report within stipulated time to Government. They proposed to us to send small groups from various departments for submission of their demands to them and asked JCM to make small groups to discuss important items in JCM memorandum for which we have agreed.
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: NRMU

Thursday, 26 February 2015

JCM Staff Side Meeting with 7CPC – Discussion about DA Merger and Interim Relief

Discussion about DA Merger and Interim Relief - JCM Staff Side Meeting with 7th Pay Commission

The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The detailed report as follows…
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI . 110055

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated 25/02/2015
Sub: JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.
 
The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The following issues were raised :-
 
i. Merger of DA with Pay and grant of Interim Relief :-
The JCM Staff Side insisted that the Pay Commission should consider Staff Side memorandum submitted in the month of June 2014 and recommend DA merger. The Chairman, 7th CPC replied that there is no communication from the Government of India to give interim report on DA merger demand. After discussion, the Chairman 7th CPC has decided to send D.O. letter to the Government today conveying the strong protest of Staff Side/JCM.
With regard to grant of Interim Relief, the Chairman heard the point of view of the Staff Side JCM that it is only “provisional payment in view of market situation and urged upon the Commission to send suo-moto recommendation to the Government.
ii. Allotment of time slots for explaining the case of Central Government Employees as well ‘ Departments like Railways, Postal, Defence (Civil side) etc.,
The Chairman suggested that small committees may be constituted by the Staff Side for meeting the Pay Commission for deliberations and enough time will be given. He also said that the Memorandums given by JCM, Federations/Unions/Associations have been gone into by the Pay Commission fully. He further said that VII CPC will meet the teams from each department and hear their proposals.
 
Responding to this, the JCM Staff Side has agreed to make out the proposal for the purpose of facilitating the Pay Commission to hear the views/submissions of the Federations/Unior/Associations. The deliberations may commence somewhere after 15th March, 2015. Staff Side JCM will prepare time schedule proposal and send to Pay Commission accordingly.
 
iii. Gramin Dak Sewaks – The case was explained. The Pay Commission was suggested that the copy of Supreme Court Judgment may be made available for examination.
On behalf of NFIR S/Shri M.Raghavaiah (JCM Staff Side/Leader), Guman Singh, R.P.Bhatnagar and B.C. Sharma have participated in the meeting.
sd/-
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.02.2015 – Memorandum including Minimum Wages, Retirement Benefits, Allowances

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.02.2015 – Memorandum including Minimum Wages, Retirement Benefits, Allowances
AIRF
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.AIRF/60
Dated- February 24, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Seventh Central Pay Commission is going to hold a meeting with Staff Side Members of NC JCM on 25th February 2015 at 11.00 am in the Conference Room, 1st Floor B­14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi.

Main agenda of the meeting will be on the memorandum submitted to 7th Pay Commission by JCM, Fixation of minimum wages, Retirement benefits and allowances paid to the central government employees. Feedback of the meeting will be intimated soon after.
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF

Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR

Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR
No.AIRF/60
Dated: February 23, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR

Today Presidents and General Secretaries/Secretary Generals of all the Recognized Federations of the Railwaymen met Hon’ble MoSR and handed him over following significant suggestions for including the same in the forthcoming Rail Budget 2015-16:-

The government is concerned about the safety and welfare of its workers and officers, serving round-the-clock to transport passengers and freight from one end to other end of the country.
The following burning issues may be considered favourably:-

  • Maintenance/repair cost of more than 60% over-aged staff quarters has gone considerably higher. As such, present allotment of budget for maintenance of railway quarters may be increased by 30%. Please take steps to improve the condition of the Drivers/Guards Running Rooms, Barracks, TTEs Rest Rooms, Subordinate Rest Houses also.
  • Smart Card Medical Facilities are requested to be extended to all the Railwaymen.
  • Vacancies of Safety Category posts may be filled-up in the larger interest of safe-rail operation.
  • Scope of the LARSGESS for Safety Categories, which has been found to be very useful, may be extended to all Group `C’ categories.
  • The government proposes to introduce “House and Education for all”. For this purpose, vacant railway land at various stations may be utilized, and the Ministry of Urban Development be approached to construct houses for the Railwaymen, and easy home loans may be provided through the Banks and Railway Schemes.
  • The government has decided to open Medical and Engineering Colleges, Universities for the children of its workforce. The same may be extended to the Railwaymen as well.
  • The government is concerned about the welfare of the Railwaymen and their families and dependants. Parents of the Railwaymen may be granted Railway Pass and Medical facilities.
  • Quasi-administrative staff, working in the Federation/Union Offices, who are availing Railway Pass and Medical facilities may kindly be absorbed in the Railways.
  • As the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways has already written a letter to the then Hon’ble Finance Minister to implement Old Pension Scheme in place of National Pension Scheme(NPS), and for that it has also been written that financial provisions will be made by the Railways itself. Therefore, it is requested that provisions for the same should be made in this Rail Budget.
  • Repealing of RPF Amendment Act, 2001 should be implemented to give powers to the RPF.
  • Railway Federations and Associations have been expressing their concern on outsourcing and FDI in the Railways. This has been considered by the government, and the Hon’ble Prime Minister has already announced that there is no intention for privatization of the Indian Railways. Keeping in view prevailing cordial industrial relations, it is requested to re-call the instructions of the government on FDI in the Indian Railways.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishara)
General Secretary

NFIR’s 55 Point Charter of Demands Including DA Merger, Interim Relief and Scrap NPS

NFIR’s 55 Point Charter of Demands Including DA Merger, Interim Relief and Scrap NPS

1. Withdraw FDI, PPP in Railways – Stop Out Sourcing, Contractorisation and Privatization.

2. Scrap New Pension Scheme in Railways and restore liberalised pension scheme.

3. DA merger with pay with retrospective effect and payment of Interim Relief to Central Government employees (serving and retired).

4. Calculation and payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual wages.

5. Transport Allowance be exempted from the purview of Income Tax.

6. Increase contribution to Group Insurance Scheme (GIS) by atleast 10-times for all Government employees.

7. Merge Technician-II with Technician-1 with Grade Pay Rs.2800/- (PB-I) in Railways.

8. Revise entry grade pay of Station Masters as Rs.4200/- in PB-2.

9. Replacement of Grade Pay Rs.4600/- with Rs.4800/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.

10. Revise upwardly the kilometrage rates of Running Staff w.e.f. 01/01/2006 – Settle Running Staff issues as per agreement dated 7th February, 2014.

11. Implement agreement for Up-gradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted in Railways.

12. Allotment of higher Grade Pay to the Loco Pilots and Guards.

13. Count Temporary status Casual Labour Service in full as qualifying service for retirement and other purposes.

14. Allot entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to the Group ‘B’ Gazetted staff.

15. LARSGESS be extended to GP Rs. 2400/- and above.

16. Track patrolling – Support man provision be complied with.

17. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

18. Rectify Sixth CPC anomalies.

19. Enhance Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.500/- p.m. to not less than Rs.2000/- p.m., for all retired employees.

20. Extend special privileges and facilities for Women employees for their empowerment.

21. Ensure full implementation of the report of Joint Committee for career growth of Track Maintainers.

22. Abolish 12/- Hours duty in Railways – Introduce 8 hours duty roster for Running and Safety categories staff. Classify Running Staff working high speed trains as “Intensive” – NFIR’s proposals on the recommendations of High Power Committee (R&S) be considered for reaching negotiated settlement.

23. Remove hardships being faced by Train Controllers.

24. Reduce Duty Hours of Nursing Staff, thus honour Government’s decision.

25. Create ticket checking staff posts for manning trains.

26. Casual Labour acquired temporary status prior to 01/01/2004 should be covered under Liberalised Pension Scheme.

27. Implement norms approved by Railway Board and sanction new posts of SSE/JE (Signal), ESM, Helper (Signal) etc.

28. Amend Rules for providing employment to Wards of Employees.

29. Provide quality Health care to employees, their families besides retired employees.

30. Fill vacancies of Doctors, Para Medical Staff and provide Super specialists in all Railway Hospitals — enhance superannuation age of Railway Doctors.

31. Cover all Railway employees under Incentive Scheme in Workshops, PUs etc., wherever not covered.

32. Grant parity in Pay Structure for Stenographers in Railways at par with CSS/RBSS.

33. Training Allowance should be revised to 30% of pay in all Training Centres/Schools.

34. Implement agreement on stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors.

35. Review SPAD definition – Prevent harassment and victimisation of Running and safety categories staff.

36. Make upward revision of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of running staff.

37. Running Rooms should be improved, air-conditioned and upgraded on priority.

38. Grant Project incentive allowance to the staff working in projects on Indian Railways.

39. Negotiating foras of PNM, DC/JCM & NC/JCM should be made effective for resolving issues speedily – Implement agreements reached in PNM, DC/JCM & special meetings etc., immediately.

40. Ensure creation of posts in safety/operational/public image categories for manning new services and maintaining new assets without linking to matching surrender.

41. Grant Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

42. Absorb quasi administrative units/offices staff against posts in GP Rs. 1800/- PB-1.

43. Induct Course Completed Act Apprentice against vacancies.

44. Ensure quality Uniform to all employees and supply of quality protective gears — concede NFIR’s proposals.

45. Grant Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical staff.

46. Provision of single woman Hostel facility at all Divisional Headquarters and important stations.

47. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute for imparting training in rail related electronic technologies for the wards of Railway Employees.

48. Extension of medical facilities to the dependent parents of railway employees.

49. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

50. Remove restrictions on payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy.

51. Allot adequate funds for maintenance of Railway Quarters as well as construction of new quarters.

52. Introduce warning/ Hooter system to prevent deaths of Track Maintainers etc., while on duty.

53. Grant Study leave with attendant incentives liberally o the employees for pursuing higher studies.

54. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers.

55. Allot Pay Band-4 to Junior Administrative Grade Officers in Railways.

Dopt Clarification on Definition of a Dependent Family Member – Whether ‘married son’ can be considered for compassionate appointment?

Dopt Clarification on Definition of a Dependent Family Member – Whether ‘married son’ can be considered for compassionate appointment?

G.I., Dep.of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.14014/02/2012-Estt(D), dated 25th February, 2015

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment ‘D’ Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Compassionate Appointment

Definition of a Dependent Family Member

S.No. Question and Answer

60. Whether ‘married son’ can be considered for compassionate appointment?

Yes, if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department’s O.M. dated 16th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013, may not be reopened.

Sr.No.13 of the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013 may be deemed to have been modified to this extent.

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

DOPT has invited NC JCM Staff Side for a meeting on the issues raised in Charter of Demands.

DOPT has invited NC JCM Staff Side for a meeting on the issues raised in Charter of Demands.

Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) – Order sent to all Secretaries

G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.N0.3/1/2015-JCA, dated 23.2.2015

Subject: Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

This is in continuation of this Department’s letter of even no. dated 20th February, 2015 forwarding therewith the letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 received from Staff Side, NC (JCM). A copy of the Charter of Demands received vide their letter dated. 2nd February is also enclosed.

2. In this connection, I would like to inform you that a meeting is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Ministry of Personnel & Training, North Block under the chairman ship of Secretary (Personnel) to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands of Staff Side NC(JCM).

3, Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

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Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m – Order sent to all Staff Side Members of NC JCM
G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.3/ 1/2015-JCA, dated 20.2.2015

Subject: Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m. – regarding.

This is with reference to your letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 and 16/2/2015 enclosing therein a copy of Charter of Demands.

2. In this connection, I am directed to inform you that a meeting, under the chairmanship of Secretary (DOPT), is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of demands. The meeting will be held at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Department of Personnel & Training, North Block

3. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001
D.O.No.4/3/2009-JCA
Dated 17th February, 2015
Dear sir/Madam

Kindly refer to D.O. letter of even number dated 23rd July, 2012 regarding holding of meetings of Departmental Councils regularly with a view to making effective use of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) Scheme. Secretary, DoPT had also vide his d.o letter of even number dated 3rd December, 2012 & 26th September, 2013 requested to promote this interaction more proactively through regular meetings of Departmental/Office Councils under your Ministry/Department.

2. The JCM Scheme provides for Departmental Councils at the level of individual Ministries/Departments including their attached and subordinate offices and instructions have been issued by this . Department from time to time for making effective use of the JCM scheme. The Staff Side of JCM however has been remonstrating that regular dialogue with the Staff Side through the mechanism of Departmental Councils at Ministry/Department level is not happening frequently. You would kindly appreciate that this is essential as it helps in resolving differences and stimulates an atmosphere of trust.

3. It is therefore requested that the Departmental Councils should be constituted in those Ministries/Departments where they have not been constituted and where they are already in existence, the meetings of the Departmental Councils should be held more frequently to resolve Staff Side grievances.

Yours sincerely
sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)
Authority : www.persmin.gov.in

Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) – regarding

No.18017/1/2014-Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 25th February, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding

The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 were amended vide the Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. 13026/1/2002-Estt(L) dated the 15/16thJanuary, 2004 consequent to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) which came into force from 7thFebruary, 1996.

2. Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 provides that services of no employee can be terminated nor can he be reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. The first proviso to the Section 47 lays down that if such an employee is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post.

However, his pay and service benefits would be protected. The second proviso provides that if it is not possible to adjust such an employee against any post, he would be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. Further, the Clause (2) of Section 47 provides that no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on ground of his disability. In Kunal Singh v. Union of India, [2003] 4 SCC 524, Hon’ble Supreme Court has observed that the very frame and contents of Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 clearly indicate its mandatory nature.

3. The issues relating to leave or absence of Government servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The case of a disabled government servant who is declared fit to resume duty but who may not able to perform the duties of the post he was holding earlier may be dealt with as per the first proviso to Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995. The second proviso shall apply if it is not possible to adjust him against any existing post. In all such cases, the Government servant so adjusted shall be entitled to the pay scale and other service benefits attached to the post he was holding.

4. A disabled Government servant who is not fit to return to duty shall be adjusted as per second proviso to the Section 47 mentioned above, until he is declared fit to resume duty or attains the age of superannuation whichever is earlier, with the same pay scale and service benefits. On being declared fit for resuming duty, the Government servant who is not fit for the post he is holding, may be adjusted as per the first proviso to Section 47.

5. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 12 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.

6. For a government servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an  application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted. The provisions relating to examination of  disabled Government servants and the Medical Authorities competent to issue such certificates are also being amended.

7. Necessary amendments to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 are being notified separately.
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director
Tel: 23093176
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18017_1_2014-Estt.L-25022015.pdf

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Bank Employees to get 15% increase in wages – Strike from 25th Feb called off – 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement

Bank Employees to get 15% increase in wages – Strike from 25th Feb called off – 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement
 PSU bank employee unions withdraw strike call, settle wages: Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Employee unions of public sector banks today withdrew their strike call following an agreement with the management on 15 per cent wage hike.

“In today’s talks, wage revision settled at 15 per cent with effect from November 2012,” United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) Convener M V Murali said.

The bank unions had threatened to go on 4-day nation-wide strike from February 25 demanding 19 per cent hike in wages. The wage hike was due from November 2012.

At a meeting today in Mumbai, PSU banks employee unions and bank management, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), agreed on 15 per cent wage hike and entered into an agreement for it.

National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) Vice President Ashwini Rana said: “We are not happy as our expectation was that bank staff would get what was given to them last time — 17.5 per cent increase in wages”.

The bank employees will now also get holidays on two Saturdays in a month.

“Long pending demand of holiday on second and fourth Saturdays for the bank employees have also been reached,” AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had appealed to bank employee unions to call off their strike as talks were on for a revision of wages of employees.

The Minister said banks are already in negotiations with their unions and associations for wage settlement and “the bipartite negotiations in a cordial manner is the only available tool for settlement”.

The wage revision of public sector bank employees has been due since November 2012.

Earlier, unions had deferred one-day strike scheduled for January 7 as IBA improved the wage hike offer to 12.5 per cent from 11 per cent earlier.

There are 27 public sector banks in the country with a combined employee strength of about 8 lakh. There are about 50,000 branches of these banks across the country.

Malpractices in Recruitment of Soldiers

Malpractices in Recruitment of Soldiers

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel. It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.

Complaints relating to alleged irregularities / malpractices in recruitment of soldiers have been received from time to time. In cases of complaints of involvement of touts, FIRs, where applicable, have been lodged. During the last three years (2012 to till date), three cases of involvement of Service Personnel were found. Court of Inquiry has been instituted in one case; preliminary investigation has been ordered in another case and in third, the CBI has registered a case.

Proactive measures have been taken on a continuous basis to streamline the recruitment process. These include deployment of vigilance teams, involving police and Government intelligence sources, introducing additional checks and balances in documentation procedure, online verification of documents where feasible, conducting awareness campaigns against falling prey to touts, in-house printing of Question Papers to obviate leakage.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. T.N. Seemain Rajya Sabha today.

FDI in Defence Sector – Introduction of FDI in the defence sector

FDI in Defence Sector

The Government vide Press Note 7 of 2014 Series dated 26.08.2014 has notified revised FDI Policy in defence Sector, according to which FDI upto 49% is allowed in the sector through Government route and above 49% through approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on case-to-case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and state-of-the-art technology in the country. Further, FDI in Defence Sector is subject to obtaining Industrial Licence under the IDR Act, 1951.

The introduction of FDI in the defence sector will not pose any threat as some of the major conditions governing Licensing in Defence Sector are as follows:
(a) The management of the company / partnership firm owning the Industrial Licence should be in Indian hands with majority representation on the Board as well as the Chief Executive of the Company / partnership firm being Resident Indians. This condition is, however, not applicable to cases of foreign investment above 49%.

(b) Adequate safety and security procedures would need to be put in place by the licensee. The Indian Licensed Defence Companies (ILDC) shall comply with the security guidelines applicable to them as per security instructions / architectures prescribed in “Security Manual for Licence Defence Industries” available at www.ddpmod.gov.in based on their categorization. Some of the important guidelines of the Security Manual includes External Security Audit of the ILDCs by Intelligence Agencies once in two years and Cyber Security Audit by CERT-IN empanelled Auditors once every year.

(c) The licensable defence items as mentioned in the license, produced by the private manufacturers will be primarily sold to the Ministry of Defence. These items may also be sold to other Government entities under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and other valid Defence Licensed Companies without prior approval of Department of Defence Production (DDP). However, for sale of the items to any other entity, the licensee shall take prior permission from DDP, Ministry of Defence.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Naresh Agrawal in Rajya Sabha today.

National Commission for Ex-Servicemen – Setting up of Veterans Commission

National Commission for Ex-Servicemen – Setting up of Veterans Commission

Setting up of Veterans Commission

In pursuance of Hon’ble President’s statement made in the joint session of parliament on 9th June, 2014 regarding Government’s decision to appoint a Veteran Commission, the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen Bill, 2015 has been drafted in order to set up the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen. The comments of Department of Legislative Affairs have been obtained on the Bill and the follow-up action is being taken in accordance with the guidelines / procedure laid down for legislative proposals to set up such Bodies. No funds have been allocated for setting up of the Commission during the year 2014-15

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singhin a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekharin Rajya Sabha today.

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme – Defence Minister replied in Parliament

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme – Defence Minister replied in Parliament

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Avinash Rai Khannain Rajya Sabha today.

New Pension Scheme in Railways may be scrapped

New Pension Scheme in Railways may be scrapped, It is expected that Railway Minister may announce this during his budget speech. If this happens this will be a great news for young railway employees who have been appointed after 01.01.2004. Please read this news paper report published in dainik jagran:-

new pension scheme

Source: http://www.govemployees.in

MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
23-February-2015
MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and State Bank of India (SBI) on the Defence Salary Package on 23 Feb 2015. The signing in ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma and was attended by top dignitaries of SBI Bank, headed by Dr Vaidyan MG, Dy MD (Retail Strategy).

The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years. The revised MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. A number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after concerted efforts spanning over a year.

The basic features of the MoU include a number of free / concessional services like free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards etc. The provision also includes the Nepal Express Remittance Scheme which enables instant fund transfers to Nepal for the benefit of the Nepali Domicile Gorkha Soldiers serving in the Indian Army.

Additional improved features are linking of the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) to the Savings account instead of the debit card, enhancement of the PAI amounts, enhancement of the exemption percentage of margin money for house and car loans and waiving off of the processing charges on the loans. The revised MoU will benefit almost 19.5 lakh pensioners and 10 lakh serving personnel who hold Pay or Pension accounts with SBI and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)
PIB

IBA Official Minutes of meeting dated 23.02.2015 for 10th Bipartite Wage Revision – Bank Wage Revision from 01.11.2012

Indian Banks’ Association
Minutes of the discussions held on 23rd February 2015 between IBA representing 
Management of banks which are parties to the Bipartite settlement and 
Workmen Unions and Officers Associations on wage revision
Discussions were held between the Indian Banks’Association representing Managements of banks and the authorized representatives of Workmen Unions and Officers Associations on wage revision for officers in banks. After holding several rounds of discussions, the parties have mutually agreed as under:
  1. The wage revision will be effective from 1.11.2012
  2. The annual wage increase in salary and allowances @ 15% which works out to Rs.4725 crores on salary slip components.
  3. The new scales will be constructed after merging dearness allowance corresponding 4440 points as on November 2011, which works out to 60.15% and adding a load factor of 2% on Basic pay plus Dearness Allowance as on 31st March 2012 amounting to around Rs.597 crores.
  4. Distribution of annual wage increase between workmen unions and Officers Associations will be worked separately based on breakup of establishment expenses as on 31-3-2012.
  5. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month will be a holiday and the other Saturdays will be full working days.
  6. All other issues of the Managements and Unions/Associations discussed during the process of negotiation will be settled to the mutual satisfaction.
  7. The parties will meet on mutually convenient dated to draw out a detailed Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note on the various issues on which consensus positions have been reached. The parties will endeavour to finalise the Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note within a period of ninety days from the date of this minutes.
Signed at Mumbai on 23rd February 2015

FOR MANAGEMENT FOR OFFICER’S ASSOCIATIONS/ WORKMEN UNIONS


T M Bhasin All India Bank Officer’s Confederation


V R Iyer All India bank Officers Association


Arundhati Bhattacharya Indian National Bank Officers Congress


Rajeev Rishi National Organisation of Bank Officers

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Second and fourth Saturdays will henceforth be holidays for banks. The remaining Saturdays in a month will be full working days.

Second and fourth Saturdays will henceforth be holidays for banks. The remaining Saturdays in a month will be full working days.

This was one of the agreements arrived at the meeting of the Indian Banks’ Association with associations of bank employees and staff in Mumbai on Monday.

The agreement, primarily settling the long pending negotiations over the wage revision, led to the United Forum of Banking Unions (UFBU) deferring its four day strike plan later this month.

“It is a balancing act,” UFBU (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) Convenor VVSR Sarma told The Hindu about the agreement on the additional holidays. The influential body of the bank staffers was insisting that all Saturdays should be holidays.

By limiting it to two Saturdays and making other Saturdays full working day, the banks have ensured that the impact on the customers due to the additional holidays is less.

On the key wage revision component, Mr.Sarma said 15 per cent increase is what the IBA has agreed. The negotiations had hit a stalemate after the banks struck to 13 per cent, while the UFBU demanded 19 per cent. According to Mr.Sarma, the cost for the banks due to the 15 per cent hike that has been agreed works out to Rs.4,725 crore.
The agreement on the wage revision would be implemented with effect from November 1, 2012, he added.

Read at: The Hindu

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes

Says it is collective responsibility of all parties to ensure effective functioning of Parliament
PM assures leaders of several parties all their concerns will be discussed
Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu says broad consensus on Ordinances; Land concerns can be discussed
Several parties call for smooth functioning of Parliament at All Party Meet on Budget session
Leaders welcome Prime Minister’s statement on religious freedom

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has stressed on the importance of the Budget sesson of Parliament beginning February 23, 2015 saying that the people of the country look at the session with lot of hopes and expectations. He addressed the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the Government for mutual consultations on the Budget session today.

Prime Minister said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfill their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Shri Modi assured the leaders that all the issues and concerned raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. He expressed the hope that there would be a collective effort during the Budget session in the interest of the common man.

Prime Minister has attended the leaders’ meeting for over an hour and later had lunch along with all the leades.

In his opening remarks, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs gave detailes of the 44-item agenda of the Government for the Budget session including financial, legislative and non-legislative business. He said that of the six Ordinances to be converted into Acts of Parliament by April 5, 2015, there has been a broad consensus on five of them relating to Citizenship for Overseas Indians, Introduction of e-rikshaws, allocation of coal blocks and non-coal mines through open bidding. On the Insurance Ordinance, he said that further to the suggestion of opposition parties, a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha has been set up and the same had submitted its report which amounts to a broad view of the House and there is no reason for two views in the matter.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the Government is willing to address concerns if any, on the Land Acquistion Ordinance. He noted : “Several state governments cutting across partyline have expressed difficulties in land acquisiton for development projects under the Act of 2013 and sought modifications. Subsequently, the central government sought to facilitate land acquistion for notified puposes like infrastructure and affordable housing projects etc., in an easy manner without compromising on the remuneration to be paid to farmers and rehabilitation measures to be taken up for displaced persons. The Government is ready to address apprehensions, if any in this regard’.

Shri Naidu further said at the all party meet : “I would like to assure you all that the government is always willing to sit with opposition to resolve any differences on any issue. I don’t think there is any issue that can’t be resolved if approached with open mind. What is required is the spirit of mutual cooperation in the true spirit of Parliamentary democracy. Let us collectively strive to build a conducive environment for effective functioning of Parliament during the Budget session’.

Over thirty leaders from both the Houses of Parliament expressed their views with most of them highlighting the need for smooth functioning of Parliament to enable discussion on all issues of concern both for the Government and the Opposition.

Several leaders have welcomed Prime Minister’s recent statement on religious freedom and justify to promote one’s religion and his call for respecting all religions.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge said, “Parliamentary democracy is all about deciding on issues through discusssion. Different parties will convey their views on Ordinances and other issues whenever taken up’.

Leader of Nationalist Congress Party Shri Sharad Pawar said, “Budget session is important and we need to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.”

BJD leader Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab noted :”There has been undue focus on the Ordinaces in the media in general while it should have been on the Budget and economic issues. We need to focus on budget issues. We want both the Houses to function smoothly and decide on major issues. Efforts shall be made to move forward on important issues throgh rapproachment’.

Leaders of different parties from Tamil Nadu suggested that during the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka, a conducive atmosphere may be created for protecting the justifys of Tamil fishermen and Tamils in Sri Lanka.

People’s representatives from Andhra Pradesh sought necessary action for fulfilling the assurances given to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act including the Special Status and Special Package for the state. TRS leaders also spoke of the need for doing the needful for the state of Telangana.

Leaders from North-East suggested that they be given sufficient time in both the Houses putting aside the principle of time allocation based on numerical strength.

Issues suggested for discussion during the ensuing Budget session by leaders of different parties include: agrarian crisis, safety and security of women, espionage issue, communal harmony, free academic environment, passing on the benefit of declining international oil prices to public, Swine flu outbreak, Election reforms, price rise, natual calamities, development of North-East, reservation for women in legislatures etc.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu later said that the all pary meet concluded on a very positive note and thanked the leaders for their views and suggestions.

Source: PIB News

Monday, 23 February 2015

Confederation of Central Government Employees request for early implementation of seventh pay commission

Confederation of Central Government Employees request for early implementation of seventh pay commission
 
M. Duraipandian, State general secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sought the implementation of the seventh pay commission at the earliest.
 
While talking to the newsmen here on Saturday, he said it was a prerequisite that the employees should be provided with interim relief along with 50 percent merger of dearness allowance in salaries prior to approving any pay commission.
 
But even after a long period, the pay commission that was announced earlier by the central government has not yet been implemented.
 
Besides, Gramin Dak Sevaks numbering 2,65,000 across India should be brought under the much awaited seventh pay commission.
 
He said they had been working for almost 30 years for a meagre payment.
 
Moreover, the new and existing pension scheme should be scrapped and replaced with the old pension scheme. Since the launch of the new pension scheme, fund managers had not been appointed and the employees had been raising their doubts whether they could be entitled to avail such monetary benefits after their service period.
 
March to Parliament
 
To draw the government’s attention to fulfil these demands, the confederation members would stage a demonstration in front all district headquarter offices on March 2 and as the next step the confederation would stage a massive march towards the parliament in New Delhi on April 28, he said.
 
If these demands were not met, the employees would go on indefinite strike, which would be announced in July, he added.

Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff

Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 10 /2015.
No.E(P&A)II-2011/RS-20
New Delhi, dated 12.02.2015
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.I&II).
Sub: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.
Board have issued instructions vide letter No. F(E)III/2008/LE-I/I dated 29-10-2008 on encashment of leave while in service.

2. Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification whether 30% pay element is to be reckoned for the purpose of leave encashment upto 10 days of LAP to the running staff.

3. The matter has been considered by the Board and it is clarified that in the case of Running Staff, the calculation of leave encashment upto 10 days wil be done in the same manner as in the case of leave salary in terms of Rule 25(i)(k) of “The Rules for the payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways, 1981″

4. An illustration of the above is shown below:
(i) Basic Pay in general = Basic in Pay Band + Grade Pay = BP
(ii) Basic Pay of running staff = 130% of BP = (A)
(iii) DA rate in general = DA%
(iv) DA for running staff = DA% of (A) =(B)
(v) Leave encashment for 1 day = (A + B)/30
5. Other terms and conditions on encashment of leave will remain the same.

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

7. Please acknowledge receipt.
sd/-
(K.Shankar)
Director/E(P&A)
Railway Board
Source: www.airfindia.com
[http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202015/RBE%20No.10%20of%202015%20of%20Ministry%20of%20Railways.pdf]

Revision of rates for various treatment procedures under ECHS

Revision of rates for various treatment procedures under ECHS
Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Qefence (Army)
Maude Line’s
Delhi Cantt-110010
B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
10 Feb 2015
REVISION OF RATES FOR VARIOUS TREATMENT
PROCEDURES UNDER ECHS
1. Ref this office letter No B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy dt 07 Oct 2014 and B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy dt 19 Nov 2014

2. CGHS has revised the rates for various treatment procedures vide their OM No S-11011/48/2014-CGHS (HEC) dt 18 Feb 2015. The rates of under mentioned treatment procedures alongwith their CGHS code are as under:-

Sr. No. CGHS Code Treatment Procedure Current Rate Revised Rates
Non-NABH NABH Non-NABH NABH
Gynae & Obst
1 648 RVF Repair 140000 16100 18975 21821
2 1590 USG for Obstetrics –Anomalies scan 323 380 770 887
Nephrology & Urology
1 793 Epididymectomy 8000 9200 15938 18750
2 888 Lithotripsy Extra corporeal shock wave 19000 21850 19550 22483
3 746 Ureteric Catheterization 690 794 8278 10950
4 807 Kidney transplant (Related) 3500 4025 200000 230000
5 808 Kidney transplant (Unrelated including immunosuppressant therapy) 143000 164450 300000 345000
General Surgery
1 372 Secondary suture of wounds 290 334 3400 4000
2 390 Haemorrhoidectomy 2500 2875 20720 24375
3 391 Stappler Haemorrhoidectomy 4025 4629 38000 43700
4 393 Varicose vein surgery; Trendelenburg operation with suturing or ligation. 8625 9919 10000 11500
5 18 Catheterization 83 95 425 500
6 477 Fissure in Ano-Fissurectomy 5750 6613 13800 15870
7 506 Laparoscopic Paraumblical Hernia Repair 12580 14800 17500 20125
Ophthalmology
1 32 Pterygium Surgery 86 99 5500 6325
2 34 Conjunctival wound repair or exploration following blunt trauma 115 132 3300 3795
Imaging Investigations
1 150 CT-orbit and brain 173 199 1600 1840
2 991 Foramen magnum decompression for Chari Malformation 1100 1265 93750 107813
Cardiology
1 534 DVR 53000 60950 155422 178735

2. Reimbursement to beneficiaries/ empanelled hospitals shall be limited to ceiling rate or as per actuals, whichever is lower. The other terms and conditions as regards to CGHS package rates remain unchanged.

3. The revised rates shall come into force for ECHS from the date of issue and shall be in force till further orders and are applicable in all cities.
(Vijay Anand)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS
Source: http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/med/med128.pdf

Income Tax Expectations: Here’s What India Wants

Income Tax Expectations: Here’s What India Wants

A survey carried out by industry body Assocham has found that a majority of salaried employees want Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to increase the income tax exemption in the forthcoming Budget.

A hike in income tax exemption from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh will lead to savings of up to Rs. 5,000 for those who fall in the Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh tax bracket. Those in the Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh tax bracket will save up to Rs. 10,000, while those in the highest tax bracket can save up to Rs. 15,000.

Any increase in exemption in income tax would leave more money in the hands of people and will increase their purchasing power, Assocham said.

If Mr Jaitley hikes income tax exemption limit, it will be for the second time in two years that salaried employees will get a relief on taxes.

The other big expectation is about exemption on housing loans. 78 per cent of those surveyed want interest exemption on home loans to go up to Rs. 5 lakh from Rs. 2 lakh.

Property prices in the country have gone up sharply over the years and many individuals have to pay large amounts as interest for home loans. Exemption on interest on home loan was hiked by Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakh in the previous Budget.

A large number of respondents in the survey also voted for hiking exemption limit under section 80C of the Income Tax Act; the section makes investments worth Rs. 1.5 lakh on saving instruments such as fixed deposits, national saving certificates and public provident funds exempt from taxes.

“Hike in exemption limits will boost the savings rate in the Indian economy to 35 per cent of GDP from below 30 per cent currently,” said Assocham secretary general D S Rawat.

88 per cent of respondents want the government to reduce the record-high duty on gold import. Import duty on gold was hiked to 10 per cent in 2013 when the economy was struggling with a high current account deficit and volatile rupee.

Nearly 82 per cent of the salaried class expects a separate deduction of Rs. 50,000 for the payment towards annuity or pension plans. Deduction of the amount paid towards annuity plans u/s 80CCC and NPS u/s 80CCD come under the threshold limit of section 80C currently.

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents were between 25 and 29 year-old; 26 per cent fell between 30 and 39 years; 16 per cent were between 40 and 49 years. The survey was carried out among employees from 18 broad sectors, with maximum share contributed by employees from IT/ITes sector (17 per cent). It was conducted across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. About 500 salaried employees from the different sectors were covered by the survey from each city on an average.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

7th Pay Commission has invited National Council JCM/Staff side for a meeting on 25.02.2015

7th Pay Commission has invited National Council JCM/Staff side for a meeting on 25.02.2015

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

D.O. No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015
18th February, 2015
Dear

The Seventh Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on issues which it has been mandated to cover in accordance with its terms of reference. Based on the wide ranging interaction the Commission has had in the recent months, certain broad issues have emerged before the Commission. The Commission has also been seeking from individual Ministries/Departments their views on the issues posed, in relation to matters that are relevant to the Ministries.

The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the National Council and its constituents in May 2014. Before the Commission firms up its views on the major issues it is mandated to cover, a discussion with the National Council would be very useful.

Accordingly, a meeting of the National Council with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled at 11.00 am on 25 February, 2015, in the Conference Room, 1st floor, B-14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional , Area, New Delhi
Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi – 110001

Click here for original letter from 7TH PAY COMMISSION

MACP Promotion Benefits to Govt Employees at right time – Granting MACP upgradation without delay – Dopt Instructions on 18.2.2015

MACP Promotion Benefits to Govt Employees at right time –  Granting MACP upgradation without delay – Dopt Instructions on 18.2.2015
The nodal agency of Indian Government, Department of Personnel and Training has instructed to all the Ministries/Departments on 18th Feb 2014 regarding the promotional scheme for Central Govt employees is called MACP. Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Civilian Employees which is operational w.e.f. 01.09.2008. MACP Scheme envisages the three financial upgradations at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service to all regularly appointed Group “A”, “B”, and “C” Central Government Civilian Employees.
As per para 6 of DOPT’s O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009, the Screening Committee would follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in the first week of January and first week of July of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half (April-September) of a particular financial year would be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year would process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same financial year.
It has come to notice of this Department that the benefits of MACPS are not being granted as per the schedule/provisions in the MACP Scheme leading to dissatisfaction and grievances among the employees. Therefore, Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure strict compliance to the time limits indicated in MACPS for grant of benefits under this scheme as and when the employees become eligible for such benefits.

CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today

CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today
Demand that recruitment be conducted for 2,000 vacant positions
Throwing almost 37 lakh beneficiaries into jeopardy, employees of the central government health scheme (CGHS) dispensaries have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Friday, unless their demand to fill 2,000 vacant posts is met by the Union health ministry. On Thursday, employees, who also staged a demonstration on Thursday, submitted their demands to health minister J P Nadda.

Mirror was told that for 37 lakh beneficiaries across India, there are only 4,000 employees. In Pune, 117 employees are deputed to handle nine dispensaries, two homoeopathy clinics and two laboratories.
Francis Ellis, general secretary of all-India CGHS, told Mirror that out of the 117, 30-odd are set to retire in the next one month. “While beneficiaries keep increasing, we are suffering a lack of manpower. There are 6,000 sanctioned posts, of which 4,000 are occupied. We need at least 5,000 employees to cater to all beneficiaries,” Ellis said.

“If the ministry fails to act, it will leave beneficiaries — who are on regular medicines for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. — stranded,” said Jaidev, president of the all-India CGHS employees association.
Those who visit dispensaries for routine health check-ups and to buy medicines will be left with no choice but to resort to private hospitals or chemist shops, said Madhav Bamne, the past president of all-India central government pensioners association.

“A good amount of money will then be needed to be spent. Us pensioners, who are paid a paltry amount of money, will find it difficult to afford private treatment. The CGHS employees association should think twice before calling a strike, which will affect us severely,” said Bamne

All efforts to reach Nadda were futile, as his secretary insisted that the minister was busy at a meeting on this issue.

Read at: Pune Mirror

Budget: Government may relax LTC norms to boost tourism

Budget: Government may relax LTC norms to boost tourism

NEW DELHI: In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit.
The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow employees to avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC)/ Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) every year as against the current practice of two times in a block of four years.

At present, LTA or LTC covers only economy class air travel or first class (AC I Class) rail fare. An announcement in this regard is likely to be made in the Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier expressed his keenness to promote tourism. Experts are of the view that encouragement to the tourism sector will promote development of different regions and create employment opportunities.

“To boost domestic tourism and also provide some tax relief to the individuals, the Leave Travel Concession benefit should be increased to one visit for every financial year,” KPMG (India) Partner Vikas Vasal said.
He further suggested that tax concessions should also be made available for stay in hotel may also be covered to help families avail of a holistic benefit.
The LTC/LTA is available to the individual and his family including spouse, two children, parents, brothers and sisters, who are wholly dependent on the assessee.

“There is a huge scope for developing the tourism industry in India which provides direct and indirect employment to millions of people. Therefore, an enhanced tax relief to individuals on LTC will benefit the overall economy,” Vasal said.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendations of the VI CPC-Clarification regarding

Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendations of the VI CPC-Clarification regarding
No. 9(6)/2014/D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Sena Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated, 30th December, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendations of the VI CPC-Clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the above mentioned subject and to state as follow:
As per MoH&FW ()M No. S-11012/1/98-(‘GHS‘(P) dated 10.12.2008 issued with the commence of Deptt of Expenditure vide ID No. 566/EV/2008 dated 4.11.2008- “It has been decided, in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, to revise the income limit for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to the family members of the CGHS covered Central  Government employees to “Rs. 3500/- glus the amount of dearness relief on basic pension of Rs. 3500/- as on the date of consideration.
The income limit for dependency of Rs. 3500/- plus amount of the deamess relief on the basic pension of Rs. 3500/- as on the date of consideration Shall also be applicable for the cases covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for the purpose of examining divisibility of family members of the Central Government emplqvee for medical facilities under the Rules.
2. However, the Note 1 below sub-section 1(1) of Section 4 of Swamy’s Compilation of the Medical Attendance Rules as amended vide Deptt of Expenditure ID No. 566/E.V/2008 dated 4.11.2008 states that “A member of the family is treated as dependent only if his/her incomes from all sources including pension/family pension is less than Rs. 3500/- (excluding dearness relief on the basis pension of Rs. 3500/)”.
3. Since, the Note 1 below sub-section 1(1) of Section 4 of Swamy’s Compilation of the MA Rules is contradictory to the MoH&FW’ OM dated 10.12.2008, it is requested that the necessary clarification on the dependency of family members may be furnished to this Ministry immediately.
(Gurdgep Singh)
Under Secretary to e Govt. of India
To
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
[CGHS(P) Section],
Nirman Bhavan New Delhi.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
(MS Section),Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi.

Copy to: Shri Mukesh Singh, Secretary, Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS), 2-A Naveen Market, Kanpur -20001

Inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners

Inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners

G.I., Pensioners Portal,
O.M.No.38/31/11–P&PW(A)(Vol.IV),
dated 18.2.2015


Subject :- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers

The undersigned is directed to say that in accordance with para 4.2 of this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 (as clarified vide OM dated 3.10.2008 and 14.10.2008), the revised pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall, in no case, be lower than fifty per cent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be fifty per cent of the minimum of the revised pay scale. Further, in accordance with OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013, the normal pension in respect of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners as revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the aforesaid OM dated 1.9.2008 would also be further stepped up w.e.f. 24.9.2012 to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale in which the Government servant had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008. In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above OM dated 30.8.2008 of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure).

2. In its judgment dated 27.11.2013 in Civil Appeal No.10640-46/2013 and other connected matters, Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that in accordance with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s OM No.45012/11/97-CHS.V dated 7.4.1998, NPA counts as pay for all service benefits including retirement benefits. In implementation of the aforesaid judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court, orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No.38/31/11-P&PW(A)(Vol.IV) dated 14.10.2014 read with OM dated 21.10.2014 that in the case of pre-1996 retired medical officers, NPA @ 25% shall be added to the minimum of the revised scale of pay as on 1.1.1996 corresponding to the pre-1996 pay scales from which the pensioner had retired, in cases where consolidated pension/family pension was to be stepped up to 50% / 30% respectively of the minimum of revised pay-scale in terms of OM No.45/10198-P&PW(A) dated 17.12.1998 read with OM No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) (Pt.) dated 11.5.2001.

3. In this Department’s OM of even number dated 14.7.2009, it was clarified that in the case of pre-2006 pensioners, Non-Practicing Allowance is not to be added to the minimum of the revised pay band+Grade Pay/revised pay scale in cases where consolidated pension/family pension as on 1.1.2006 is to be stepped up to 50% / 30% respectively in terms of para 4.2 of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 (as clarified vide OM dated 3.10.2008 and 14.10.2008).

4. In the OM No. A.45012/2/2008-CHS.V dated 29.9.2008 of Ministry of Health & FW, it is provided that NPA will be treated as pay for the purpose of computing Dearness Allowance, entitlement of Travelling Allowance and other allowances as well as for calculation of retirement benefits. Therefore, the ratio of the said judgement dated 27.11.2013 in CA No.10640-46/2013 would be applicable for revision of pension/family pension of pre-2006 retired civilian medical officers w.e.f. 1.1.2006 also. Accordingly, the OM dated 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 14.7.2009 is hereby withdrawn. In the case of pre-2006 retired medical officers, NPA @ 25% would be required to be added to the minimum of the pay in the revised pay band plus grade pay (or minimum of pay in the revised pay scale in the case of HAG and above) as on 1.1.2006 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which they retired, in cases where pension family pension is to be stepped up to 50%130% of the minimum pay respectively.

5. Similarly, for revision of pension family pension w.e.f. 24.9.2012 in terms of OM dated 28.1.2013, NPA @ 25% would be required to be added to the minimum of the pay in the revised pay band plus grade pay (or minimum of pay in the revised pay scale in the case of HAG and above) corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which they retired as arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the Department of Expenditure’s OM dated 30.8.2008 subject to the condition that the basic pay plus NPA does not exceed Rs.85,000/- .

6. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No. 7211E-V/2014 dated 2.1.2015 and Ministry of Law F.No.213/Advice’A’/2015 dated 29.1.2015.

Source:  www.pesnionersportal.gov.in

Rule 5 of Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension

Railway Board Order: Rule 5 of Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension
RBE No. 12/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(D&A) 2014 RG6-35
New Delhi, 18.02.2015
The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).
Sub: Rule 5 of Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension

Rule 5 of the Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 deals with the provisions of suspension. As per the rule, a Railway servant may be placed under suspension in the following circumstances:

(a) where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or

(b) where, in the opinion of the authority competent to place a Railway servant under suspension, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the state; or

(c) where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence, is under investigation, inquiry or trial.

2. A Disciplinary Authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Railway servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:-
(i) Cases where continuance in office of the Railway servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry (e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents);

(ii) where the continuance in office of the Railway servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the Railway servant is working;

(iii) where the continuance in office of the Railway servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by (i) and (ii)] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Railway servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;

(iv) where allegations have been made against the Railway servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or his being proceeded against in departmental proceedings, and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and/or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.
3. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Railway servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:-
(i) any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;

(ii) corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;

(iii) serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Railways;

(iv) desertion of duty;

(v) refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers. In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses (iii) to (v) herein above, discretion has to be exercised with care.
4. Rules 5(6) and 5(7) of RS(D&A) Rules, 1968, deal with the review of suspension cases. The provision of review within ninety days is applicable to all types of suspensions. However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Railway servant in such a situation has to be continued to be kept under deemed suspension. A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases during this period. Therefore, in all such cases the first review of suspension becomes due on completion of ninety days counting from the date, the Railway servant was released from detention, unless suspension has already been revoked. Subsequent reviews shall become due before completion of currently continuing period of suspension. During each such review, suspension can be extended for a period not exceeding 180 days at a time.
5. It has come to notice that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of Railway Board’s instructions, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Railway is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Railway has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc. It is therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.

6. The zonal Railways etc. may bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice of all concerned.
7. Please acknowledge receipt.

(S. Modi)
Dy. Director Estt. (D&A)
Railway Board
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