Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Expected DA From July 2015 – AICPIN for the month of Feb 2015

Expected DA From July 2015 – AICPIN for the month of Feb 2015

The Labour Bureau just now released the index of CPI(IW) for Industrial Workers for the month of February 2015.

According to the press release, the index is decreased by one point and pegged at 253.

No.5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
`CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 31st March, 2015
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – February, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2015 decreased by 1 point and pegged at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.39 per cent between January, 2015 and February, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.42 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 0.66 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was neutralised by Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Tea (Readymade), etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.30 per cent for February, 2015 as compared to 7.17 per cent for the previous month and 6.73 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.42 per cent against 7.81 per cent of the previous month and 7.56 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Tiruchirapally recorded the highest decline of 7 points followed by Guntur (4 points), Mysore, Chhindwara Siliguri and Puducherry (3 Points each) Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 15 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Belgaum and Kodarma centres reported a highest increase of 3 points each followed by Kanpur, Bokaro and Doom-Dooma Tinsukia (2 points each). Among others 1 point increase was observed in 13 centres. Rest of the 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Vishakhapathnam centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2015 will be released on Thursday, 30th April, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

sd/-
(S.S.NEGI)
DIRECTOR
 Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/press%20note%20eng%20feb%202015.pdf

AICPIN for Feb 2015 – Labour Bureau Publishes today

AICPIN for Feb 2015 – Labour Bureau Publishes today

One of the important nodal department of Central Government, the Labour Bureau is today releasing the statistics of consumer price index for the month of February 2015.

This index particularly used for the calculation of Dearness Allowance in respect of Central Government employees and Pensioners.

The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is an important statistical/economic indicator. It was first introduced on scientific lines with base 1960=100 which was based on the results of Family Living Survey conducted in 1958-59 at 50 industrially important centres.

The series was then, updated on base 1982=100 and a revision in 1999-2000 has further updated the base on 2001=100. The current series of CPI-IW with base year 2001=100 covers 78 industrially important centers spread across the country.

Tags: AICPIN for Feb 2015, Expected DA, Additional DA, AICPIN, Merger of DA, Central Government Employees News, Labour Bureau

7th Pay commission may drop the Pay Band-Grade Pay System

7th Pay commission may drop the Pay Band-Grade Pay System

The All India Audit & Accounts Association has met the 7th pay commission on 27-3-2015  to tender its Oral evidence. The Association observed that the 7th pay commission was of the view to discard the Pay Band – grade pay system. The feed back of the Meeting is posted in its Blog. The text of feedback report is given below
All India Audit & Accounts Association
CSV Warrier Bhawan
Ghaziabad
Reference : AIA /Circular-10/2015,
dated 28.03.2015
To
Unit Secretaries
Members & Spl Invitees NE & Members of Women’s Committee
Dear Comrades,
Tendering of Oral Evidence before 7 CPC
The 7th CPC had invited the All India Audit & Accounts Association for tendering oral evidence on 27th March 2015 at this office at Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. In addition to the Secretary General, Coms M.Duraipandian, V.Nageswara Rao, KL Gautam and Anilkumar appeared before the Commission for the oral evidence. The Commission was present in full strength

The following demands were placed before the Commission:

1. Upgradation of LDC of GP 2400

2. Correcting the distortions in the implementation of 6 CPC recommendations with respect to IA & AD and organised Accounts Viz.
i) grant of GP 4200 to Auditor / Accountant
ii) grant of GP 4600 to SA, granting parity with Assistants of CSS
iii) grant of GP 5400 to AAO on completion of 4 years
3. Grant Promotion to SA to GP 4800 and higher starting pay of PB 2, 5400 to AAO and space for further career advancements for these orders

There was detailed discussion on each of our demands. It was pointed out by us that CAG of India has also recommended each of above demand and also grant of GP 6600 and 7600 to AOs and SAOs. The Chairman appreciated it. The Commission assured to take a positive look on our demands which are also supported by CAG.

The demands were explained in its historical background and also on functional basis. The recommendations of the past pay commissions were also brought to the notice of the CPC. The award by the Central Board of Arbitration in favour of the employees in respect of parity between SA and Assistants in CSS was particularly pointed out. Chairman expressed his unhappiness on the non implementation of the award by the employees and workers.

On our demand for career progression for SA and AAO, the Commission stated that though it is sympathetic it is not sure what could be done, given the hierarchical structure available in IA and AD.

We also raised the issue of re-introduction of Touring Special Pay and pointed out to the Award that was won by the All India Audit & Accounts Association from the Board of Arbitration and its rejection by the Parliament in 2002.

We further requested for introduction of 4 advance increments on passing of Departmental confirmatory examination, explaining the system prevailed before 3rd CPC, recommendation of 3rd CPC following which it was discontinued and its re introduction in 1981 an amount equivalent to 3 increments. We pointed out that the conversion of this qualification pay into deemed allowance after 5 CPC and requested for its re-introduction.

During the discussion the Chairman observed that the commission is of the view to discard the PB-GP System.

ORAL EVIDENCE BY STAFF SIDE NC, JCM

On 23-24 March 2015, the Standing Conïnittee of Staff Side, NC, JCM, tendered the oral evidence before the 7 CPC. The delegation was led by Shri Raghavaiah, Leader, Staff Side and Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side.

Com KKN Kutty presented the memorandum on behalf of the NC, JCM. The gist of discussion is given in the enclosed Circular issued by Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side.

The Pay Commission stated that the principle that vuld guide to determine the minimum wage shall be Dr Aykroid formula on it (ie 15 ILC norms). It has further stated its intention to do away with pay band/grade pay system. On some other issues, the Pay Commission has sought the views of the Staff Side (which shall be conveyed to the Commission shortly).

With greetings,
Your Fraternally
sd/-
(M.S. Raja)
Secretary General
Source: All India Audit & Accounts Association

What central government employees can expect from the 7th Pay Commission

What central government employees can expect from the 7th Pay Commission

Sounds odd, but the highest paid Indian bureaucrat till 1959 was the railway board chairman and not the cabinet secretary. The top rail bureaucrat, who was earlier called chief commissioner of railways, drew a basic salary of Rs 3,250 per month, a smart 8.3% more than that of the cabinet secretary, the senior-most bureaucrat in India. But as the fortunes of Indian Railways dwindled over the years — its market share in freight movement has shrunk from 90% in 1950 to 30% now — the clout of the rail bosses and their corresponding rank and pay have also slipped.



Today, the railway board chairman and eight other top rail babus receive a salary equivalent to a government of India secretary, a scale which as many as 230 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and 40 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers also draw. For good measure, the cabinet secretary now not only draws a higher salary than the railway board chairman, his superior rank comes with better perks including a bungalow at Prithviraj Road located in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), a 5,541 officers-strong cadre responsible for collecting direct taxes in India, now claims that IRS should get better pay and perks than IAS. The entry-level salary for all Group A Central services is the same now, but thanks to two more increments and faster promotions, IAS maintains an edge over others. The basis for this claim? "Today, IRS — not IAS — is the revenue collector for the government. So, it's logical that that the edge given to IAS  should be given to us," says Jayant Misra, Income-Tax commissioner and general secretary of IRS Association. In a 58-page-long memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), which is now examining a pay hike for Central government employees, the IRS Association argued that the primary reason for higher pay to the Indian Civil Service (ICS) of the British era and its successor service, IAS, was that they were revenue collectors. But now, the dynamics have changed, they claim.



IRS has argued that the net direct tax collection has grown 9.35 times between 2000-01 and 2013-14, an impressive piece of statistics in the backdrop of only 5.4 times expansion of GDP during the corresponding period. Also, the cost of revenue collection in India is one of the lowest in the world, which according to IRS officers is yet another reason for demanding a good deal from the CPC. For every Rs 100 they collect, the tax department spends merely 57 paisa. In percentage terms, the cost of  revenue collection in India is one of the lowest in the world, which according to IRS officers is yet another reason for demanding a good deal from the CPC. For every Rs 100 they collect, the tax department spends merely 57 paisa. In percentage terms, the cost of revenue collection in India is 0.57% as against 1.58% in Japan, 1.35% in France, 1.17% in Canada and 1.05% in Australia.



Welcome to the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring before the Big Sarkari Pay Hike. With a new pay scale for 36 lakh Central government employees, and also pensioners, likely to come into effect from January 1, 2016, the officers and non-gazetted staff of various services have been lobbying hard to get a good deal from the 7th CPC. Unlike in the private sector, the pay hike in government is a once-in-10-years-affair, making every CPC, right from the first that submitted its report in 1947, a hugely powerful agency. No doubt, government employees have to undergo an annual appraisal process called Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), but that exercise is important only for promotion, and not for any pay hike. Government employees do get a regular hike in dearness allowance, a measure meant for offsetting inflationary pressure on their earnings, but at the end of the day it is the CPC that fixes the bureaucrats' pay for 10 long years.



That's precisely why officers and staff of every service can't afford to ignore the CPC. Constituted in February 2014 under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Mathur, the 7th CPC has an economist and two bureaucrats as its members. Most of the employees' associations have already had at least one round of talks with the Commission. And some are waiting for Round II.



The Ripple Effects

A cursory glance at the memorandum submitted by IPS Central Association on behalf of Indian Police Service (IPS) will throw light on the importance attached to a pay commission. The 137-page memorandum, a copy of which was reviewed by ET Magazine, is well designed and comparable to any standard report prepared by a global consultancy firm. PV Rama Sastry, an Inspector General of Police at National Investigation Agency (NIA) and secretary of IPS Central Association says the memorandum  is the result of intense in-house research, factoring in the macro environment of growth, development, equity and justice vis-a-vis the role of a police officer. Though Sastry is the spokesperson of 4,720 IPS officers, the memorandum prepared by his team encompasses the role and needs of 30 lakh police personnel across India out of which 10 lakh come under the gamut of the pay commission. As the CPC recommendations are often accepted by the state governments as well, the remaining 20 lakh  police personnel too may eventually benefit.


The IPS memorandum has quoted a number of reports to suggest that the tough life of a cop justifies the demand for a fatter hike. For example, it has quoted articles published in two journals — Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health and International Journal of Pharma and Bio-Sciences — to conclude that one of two cops in India suffers from sleep disturbances and anxiety whereas chances of cardiovascular problems increase by 38% after a person joins as a police officer. Among other demands (see What it Expects), IPS wants better life and health insurance cover, an overtime allowance and also a new perk called allowance for "un-social" hours (for duty between 8 pm and 6 am).

Railway officers too cite round-the-clock work demands as a reason for better salary. "A railway officer may be called to join duty any time during the night. The pressure always remains as it's a 24x7 work," says RR Prasad, an Indian Railway Personnel Service officer and secretary general of Federation of Railways Officers' Association. The Indian Railways is a gigantic organisation with over 13 lakh employees, 16,000 of whom are officers. Both the officers and staff associations have made their representations to the 7th CPC. The officers want non-gazetted staff to get their dues but they demand the proportion of the pay of the lowest and the highestpaid employee should increase from current 1:12 to 1:18



To be sure, a formula towards pay parity has been the hallmark of the last few pay commissions. A government entry-level peon now gets a monthly pay of Rs 14,000, if dearness allowance is factored in. Similarly, a mid-level government driver's monthly salary, including allowances, is Rs 30,000, at least two times that of his counterpart in a private sector company. And that's why the salary gap between the lowest and highest paid government servant has drastically decreased over the last three decades.


The pay commissions have also reduced the disparity among the officers of various services. Till the late 1980s, an IAS officer used to receive a salary that's 25% higher than that of a Group A service officer. Today, the pay for all officers, at least at the entry level, is same. But IAS and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers still maintain an edge over others as their empanelment process (a step to get higher posts) is much faster.


Balancing Act

An IPS officer can become a joint secretary to government of India only two years after an IAS of the same batch can reach that level. Similarly, there has been a nine-yearlong gap in joint secretary empanelment between IAS and IRS, something many services claim is a continuation of the British legacy. Today, IAS officers at the level of deputy secretary and director at the Centre constitute about only 13% of the total officers. But as the hierarchy goes up, the percentage of IAS vis-a-vis others also rises. For example, 75% joint secretaries to government of India belong to IAS and IFS, and the percentage of IAS and IFS goes further up to 95 in case of government of India secretaries.

"The edge that the IAS has must continue. Why will a person join the IAS after quitting a job in HSBC Bank if that edge is missing? IAS officers have work experiences at Tehsil, sub-divisions, district, state and Central government levels. We interact with the political executives at all levels. IAS should remain a premium service," says Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, a joint-secretary-ranked officer and secretary to IAS (Central) Association.

On its part, the Indian Economic Service (IES) which has a cadre strength of 511 officers, represented in 55 Central government departments, has demanded parity in pay, perks and promotions of all services, including IAS, so that the "officers deliver what they have been employed for rather than fret over their pay and promotion prospects".

The question is how far the 7th CPC will go in changing the pay and associated service conditions like empanelment and promotions. IAS officers have pulled out a 1991 Supreme Court judgement (Mohan Kumar Singhania and Others vs Union of India and Others) where it was said that other services should not approach the pay commissions and attempt to change the rules of career progressions and push for a case for parity with the premier service. But other services are continuing their demand for pay parity and also for the creation of more departments where the IAS can't dictate. At present, only three major ministries — railways, external affairs and post — are not headed by IAS but run by their own cadres. Now, IPS wants a new department of internal security headed by a cop and IRS wants a separate direct tax department headed by a taxman.

Will the 7th CPC venture into such nuances? Or will it, like the past few pay commissions have, adopt a simple formula of Multiplier 3 under which the basic salary is hiked by three times or more depending on the economic health of the nation. If that is the case, it won't be too hazardous to make a prediction: A secretary to government of India will get a basic monthly salary (excluding DA) of Rs 2.4 lakh (current basic salary multiplied by three) and the cabinet secretary Rs 2.7 lakh from  January 1, 2016. And, yes, perks, DA and other allowances will be extra.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

Monday, 30 March 2015

All central government employees are waiting for the announcement of DA.

All central government employees are waiting for the announcement of DA.

Dearness Allowance is not only important for Central Government employees but also for all the State Government employees.

As we all know, generally, Dearness Allowance is given twice a year based on the inflation rates.
Mostly, this DA has been released at end of February or March. Occasionally, it has been released in the month of April.

Only after the DA for the Central Government employees is announced, most of the State Governments will make DA announcements. After the approval of the Cabinet, the Finance Minister will announce the DA order.

The pensioners have placed a plea to the government to release the DR Relief order also when it announces the Dearness Allowance in order to avoid possible delays in getting DR Relief.

In this scenario, it is natural for the employees to expect the announcement of DA every day. Let us hope that the announcement will come soon.

Past years announcement of Dearness Allowance date vised table below.

Dearness
Allowance
Effect Date
Percentage of
Dearness
Allowance
Announcement
Date
01/07/2011 58% 15/09/2011
01/01/2012 65% 23/03/2012
01/07/2012 72% 24/09/2012
01/01/2013 80% 18/04/2013
01/07/2013 90% 20/09/2013
01/01/2014 100% 28/02/2014
01/07/2014 107% 04/09/2014
01/01/2015 May be 113% (6%) ?

Source: http://www.geod.in/

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Proposal to 7th CPC: Minimum Wage for 7th Pay Commission Rs.26000- and Open Ended Pay Scales - NCJCM

Proposal to 7th CPC: Minimum Wage for 7th Pay Commission Rs.26000- and Open Ended Pay Scales - NCJCM

JCM Delegation proposed before the 7th Central Pay Commission: Open Ended Pay Scale, 3.7 multiplication factor, Minimum Wage of Rs.26000/-, 5% Increment rate, 5 promotions, HRA - 60%, 40%, 20%, Wage ratio 1:8, CEA for Higher Studies, Minimum Pension 67%....

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
Minimum Wage of Rs.26000- and Open Ended Pay Scales
JCM DELEGATION PROPOSED BEFORE THE 7th  CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

During 2 days deliberations on 23rd & 24th March, 2015, the JCM (Staff Side) delegation have pleaded before the 7th Central Pay Commission to recommend minimum wage of Rs. 26,000/- per month on the basis of 15th ILC Norms/ Aykroyd Formula. Some of the important submissions made before the Pay Commission are listed below:
. Wage ratio between the lowest and highest should be 1:8.
. Revised pay scales and allowances should be given effect from 01/01/2014.
. 3.7 multiplication factor should be applied to arrive at the revised pay. Special Pay concept should be restored back.
. HRA should be revised to 60%, 40% and 20% of pay for ‘X’ ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ class localities/ cities respectively.
. Children Education Allowance should be revised and extended to cover higher studies
also.
. Increment rate should be 5% of pay.
. Five promotions during service.
. Special Duty Allowance for North Eastern Region be revised to 37-1/2%.
. House Building Amount should be increased and interest rate should be reduced.
. 6th CPC Anomalies may be got addressed through a special mechanism.
. Flexi timings for women employees besides additional leave facilities etc.,

Pension
. Pay Commission was urged to recommend panty in Pension.
. Minimum Pension should be fixed at 67% of last pay drawn.
. Gratuity amount should be upwardly revised.
All the issues contained in the JCM memorandum were explained to the Commission with cogent logic, merits and Precedents. S/Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader JCM (Staff Side), Guman Singh. NFIR President, R.P. Bhatnagar, Working President and B.C. Sharma, Joint General Secretary have participated in the deliberations.

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated : 28/03/2015

Forwarded to Affiliates & Media Centre/NFIR. .
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Friday, 27 March 2015

Promotion of USs of CSS to DS Grade on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director- Furnishing of fresh personal information in terms of revised vacancy position

Promotion of USs of CSS to DS Grade on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director- Furnishing of fresh personal information in terms of revised vacancy position

No.4/2/2015-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi -110003
Dated the 25th March, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director of CSS on their return from leave etc. – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

In partial modification of this Department’s OM of even number dated 18.03.2015 on the subject mentioned above, revised vacancy postion alongwith revised list of officers who are likely to be promoted/posted are given in Annex.1 and Annex.I respectively.

2. All the officers concerned are requested to exercise their revised options in terms of revised vacancy position till 26.03.2015 by  1 P.M.

( Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax: 24629413
To
1. Officers listed at Annex.II
Annex-I

Tentative vacancies in DS/Director grade as on 01.04.2015

Group A
Sno Ministry/Deptt Vacancy Retention Next Vacancy
1 DOPT 2 2 0
2 Defence 1 0 1
3 Home 1 1 0
4 Panchayti Raj 1 0 1
5 Science & Tech. 1 1 0

Total 6 4 2

Group B
Sno Ministry/Deptt Vacancy Retention Next Vacancy
2 Food & PD 1 0 1
3 Health & FW 2 0 2
4 Niti Ayog 1 0 1

Total 4 0 4

Note: The vacancies mentioned above are only indicative/tentative in nature and subject to change.

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/aprpromo.pdf

7CPC: POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION, GDS (NFPE)
NATIONAL UNION GDS
No. PJCA/2015
Dated: 26th March , 2015
CIRCULAR
To
All Office Bearers of both the Federations.
All General Secretaries
All Circle/Divisional and Branch Secretaries.
Dear Comrades,
P.J.C.A. MEETING

As decided earlier PJCA meeting was held at NFPE office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building New Delhi-110 001 on 24.03.2015. at 2 P.M The meeting was Presided over by Shri. D.Theagarajan, Chairman, PJCA and Secretary General FNPO.

The meeting attended by both Secretary Generals and General Secretaries of both the Federations.
Before commencement of meeting homage was paid to Com. S.K. Vyas, a Veteran & legendry leader of Central Government Employees & Pensioners Trade Union Movement by observing one minute silence.
In the meeting Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary PJCA and Secretary General NFPE presented the position of action and development on the 40 points Strike Charter of demands after PJCA meeting with Secretary (P) on 05.02.2015.

All General Secretaries presented their views and after a detailed discussion, the following decisions were taken:

1. Disagreement was recorded on items No. 1,2,11,12,13,14,15,16,21, 25,27, 30, 31,33,34, 35,36,37, and 40 of PJCA Strike Charter of demand as the progress is not being noticed on all these items. Secretary (P) will be addressed to settle these issues as per the assurance given in meeting on 05.02.2015.

2. Due to some unavoidable circumstances the date of Dharna in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi by All India leaders of both Federations is rescheduled as 29th April-2015 instead of 15th April.

3, Notice for Indefinite Strike to be organized from 06th May 2015 will be served to the Secretary, Department of Posts, New Delhi on 06th April-2015. All Circle /Divisional and Branch Secretaries will also submit Strike Notice at all levels by organizing demonstrations in front of all important offices.

4 Campaign programme by All India Leaders of both the Federations affiliated unions has been finalized and it will be completed between 05th April to 15th April, 2015 to mobilize entire rank and file. All concerned will fix the dates in consultation with Circle leadership and conduct the programme to mobilize maximum employees to participate in Parliament March to be conducted on 28th April 2015 under banner of National Council JCM and to make them ready for the Indefinite strike from 06th May 2015 onwards . (Campaign programme is enclosed)

5. Next Meeting of PJCA will be held on 29th April, 2015 on the day of Dharna by All India leaders in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

MEETING WITH PAY COMMISSION

1. Meeting of NFPE leaders with 7th Central Pay Commission was held on 25th March, 2015 at Pay Commissions Office at Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi. Secretary General NFPE and all General Secretaries participated in the meeting and presented the issues very nicely submitted in the memorandums. Chairman and members appeared courteous and co-operative with positive attitude.
GDS issues were also discussed by Secretary General NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao General Secretary, GDS (NFPE) and Memorandum on GDS issue was also presented again to Chairman 7th CPC by General Secretary GDS (NFPE) . Chairman assured all possible help to this most exploited and deprived section of Postal Workers within his capacity.

2. Meeting of FNPO leaders was also held with 7th CPC on 26th March 2015 at CPC office at New Delhi. Secretary General & all General Secretaries presented the issues effectively and Pay Commission was also of positive views on most of the items. FNPO & NUGDS also discussed GDS related issues to Pay Commission and submitted memorandum.

D. THEAGARAJAN
R.N. PARASHAR
Secretary General, FNPO
Secretary General NFPE

Source: http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Meeting of NC JCM Staff Side with 7CPC – Detailed report including about DA Merger, Interim Relief

Meeting of NC JCM Staff Side with 7th Pay Commission – Detailed report including about DA Merger, Interim Relief

 Feedback of the meeting of NC JCM Staff Side with 7th CPC
No.NC/JCM/2015
Dated: March 25, 2014
Dear Comrades,

The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission.

We have discussed the memorandum, chapter wise and the Commission made a very patient hearing and interacted with us seeking clarifications on certain matters. It is not possible to provide a detailed account of the discussions. However, we are to inform you that we came out of the discussion with a very good impression and satisfaction.

1. The Commission will adopt Minimum Wage Concept(Dr. Aykhrod Formula) as the principle of wage determination. They will however, collect the retail rates of the commodities that go into the basket.

2. We have pleaded for the adoption of the best international practices while fixing the highest salary.

3. On the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA, the Commission finally said that those can only be considered if Terms of Reference are amended.

4. The Commission agreed that there had been reduction in the sanctioned strength and working strength over the years despite the increased workload.

5. They have also noted that there was substantial reduction in percentage terms of the expenses on salary and wages over the years.

6. The Commission enquired, as to how multiplication factor of 3.7 was arrived at. The same was explained in detail.

7. Fitment Formula and the demand on Fixation of Pay on Promotion, were appreciated as the rationale was explained.

8. Date of effect: No commitment or comment was made by the Commission. The Staff Side explained, as to how they compromised by shifting the date from. 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014.

9. The institution of Special Pay, especially in the wake of de-layering was explained.

10. Common Categories: We have requested the upgradation and amalgamation of the cadres of LDC with UDC and the need for bringing about parity in pay scales of the Subordinate Offices with the Central Secretariat. The problems of Staff Car Drivers were also elaborated. The contractorisation and casualisation at lower level positions and the consequent exploitation of the labour were discussed at length. The Commission has made a proposal to do away with the contractorisation/casualisation. Staff side will discuss the proposal and will send its views to the Commission in due course.

11. Classification of Posts: Our proposal has not been found favour.

12. GDS: While sympathizing with the Staff Side, the Commission wanted them to approach the Government with a view to amend the Terms of Reference.

13. Allowances and Advances: Detailed discussions were held on HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, CEA and Special Allowance for personnel posted at North East Region. Chapters dealing with the facilities was also discussed at length, including compassionate appointment. On holidays, we have requested to include May Day in the list of holidays. The background of observance of May Day was enquired by the Commission and explained.

14. Pension and Retirement Benefit – NPS: Commission stated categorically that NPS being an Act of Parliament, they will not make any comment thereon.

Pension Computation: The rationale of 67% was explained and appreciated.
Minimum Pension: our demand for 2/3rd of the Minimum Wage was also explained.

Parity in pension of past and present pensioners was fully explained, linked with one rank -one pension scheme for Defence Personnel. We have pleaded that Civilian Pensioners should not be discriminated against. Demand for Additional Pension for both Pensioners and Family Pensioners was explained. All matters concerning Family Pension were also discussed. So also, gratuity to be computed in accordance with the Gratuity Act.

There was good response for the demands from the Commission.
Restoration of commuted value of pension: The Commission will enquire the views of the Government as to what is their objection to the demand.

Medical facilities for pensioners and discrimination between Pensioners in CGHS area and CCS(MA) Area as also the Postal Pensioners was brought home including the higher Fixed Medical Allowance for ESI persons.

Certain clarifications/elucidations have been asked for by the Commission. To provide such clarifications, another meeting with the Commission might be held after the Commission’s interaction with other organizations. The Staff Side may meet the Commission after their interaction with the other organizations are over.
With greetings,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary/Staff Side NC JCM
PDF file regarding feedback of the meeting is reproduced underneath:-

Closed Holiday on 14th April 2015 on account of the birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar: Railway Board

Closed Holiday on 14th April 2015 on account of the birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar: Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2012/F(LR)IIJ/HL1/1
New Delhi, Dt: 25.03.2015
The General Managers.
All Indian Railways
(As per standard list)

Sub: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015- Birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

In the above matter. Department of Personnel & Training vide 0M No. 12/6/2015/JCA-2 dated 19th March. 2015 has advised as under:

“it has been decided to declare Tuesday, the 14rn April 2015, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881(26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.”

The above may be noted for information and necessary action.
(Nirmala Tirkey)
Dv. Director Estt (LR)II
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E(LR)/Ambedkar_Jayanti_Holiday_140415.pdf

MEETING OF NFPE LEADERS WITH 7CPC

MEETING OF NFPE LEADERS WITH 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION AT NEW DELHI

A meeting of NFPE Leaders consisting Coms. R.N. Parashar Secretary General , Giriraj Singh , General Secretary-R-III, N. Subramainan General Secretary P-III, R. Seethalaxmi General Secretary P-IV, P. Suresh  General Secretary R-IV , Pranab Bhattacharya General Secretary Admn., T. Satyanarayana General Secretary Postal Accounts, Virendra Tiwari General Secretary AIPSBCOEA, Pandu Ranga Rao General Secretary GDS(NFPE), R. Shivanarayana President P-III, S.K. Bardhan President R-III, S.P. Kulkarni President AIPSBCOEA, Balwinder Singh Treasurer P-III, Manohar Lal  Vice President P-IV, was held with Chairman of 7th CPC Justice A.K. Mathur alongwith Smt. Meena Agrawal , Secretary, Shri Jayanyt Sinha Jt. Secretary , Shri Vivek Rae Member, Shri Y. Shukla, Director, Shri Rajeev Mishra Advisor, Shri Mudit  Mittal Director, at 7th CPC Office Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan Qutab Institutional Area , New Delhi.

Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General NFPE after welcoming Chairman & other members initiated oral evidence on memorandum submitted by NFPE. He narrated all important points related to Postal, RMS, MMS, Admn, Offices, Postal Accounts, SBCO and GDS issues alongwith Casual Labourers issues. All General Secretaries of NFPE affiliated unions presented their sectional issues very nicely.

The most important thing of this meeting was that Chairman gave a patient hearing on GDS issues. Com. P. Panduranga Rao General Secretary, GDS (NFPE) presented the case of GDS in perfect manner and again submitted a copy of memorandum to Chairman, Hon!ble  Chairman  also gave positive assurances on most of the issues.

Meeting was ended in a very co-ordial environment.

Source: NFPE

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 1989 – Selection Grade / special Grade scales of pay in the revised pay scales – Revised orders

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 1989 – Selection Grade / special Grade scales of pay in the revised pay scales – Revised orders

TN Government Finance Department has issued an Abstract for Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 1989 for the Selection Grade/ Special Grade Scales also applicable to Secondary Grade Teacher and Headmaster Primary School.

ABSTRACT

Tamil  Nadu  Revised  Scales  of Pay Rules,  1989 — Selection  Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay in the revised pay scales –  Revised orders –  Issued.

FINANCE (CMPC)  DEPARTMENT

G.O.Ms.No.62                                                        Dated:09-03-2015.
Maasi-25,
Thiruvalluvar Aandu, 2046.
Read:
1.     G.O.Ms.No.210, P&AR(S) Department, dated: 11-03-1987.
2.     G.0.Ms.No.666,  Finance (PC) Department, dated: 27-6-1989.
3.     G.O.Ms.No.304, finance (PC) Department, dated: 28-3-1990.
4.     G.O.Ms.No.216, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 22-3-1993.

ORDER:

In the Government Order third read above, orders were issued re-introducing the Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay and indicating the same in the annexure appended therein.     It has also been ordered therein that the Selection Grade/Special Grade scales of pay should be restricted to the level of first level and second level promotion posts scales of pay.

2)      Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu Administrative Tribunal in O.A.No.1625 of 1991 setting aside the entire para-4 of the Government Order third read above.   Consequently, necessary fresh orders were issued to protect certain special categories in the matter of award of Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay like Office Assistants in all departments and Secondary Grade Teachers in School Education Department.

3) Consequent on the issue of the above Government Order, the following deviations have been brought to the notice of Government:–
a)  The spirit of the Government Order  is to award Selection Grade/ Special Grade to the Secondary   Grade   Teachers   by   counting   the   services   rendered prior  to  1-6-1988    on  identical  scales  of  pay.    But the  services  rendered beyond 1-6-1988    on lower scales of pay has also been taken into account which is against the general guidelines issued by Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department on award of Selection Grade/ Special Grade.
b)  In respect of awarding of Selection Grade/ Special Grade in High Schools I Higher Secondary Schools in the post of Secondary Grade Teacher, the services were counted and they were granted the scale of pay applicable to the promotion post of Primary School Headmaster, eventhough there is no scope for all the Secondary Grade Teachers to become Primary School Headmaster.
c)  The  Special Teachers and Physical Education Teachers who do not form part of a feeder category to the post of Primary School Headmaster have also been granted the scale of pay of Primary School Headmaster without considering the financial implications due to Judgement Orders and on wrong misconception of the orders issued in the Government Order third read above.

4)   Subsequent Pay Commissions   have   been   implemented  with   effect from  1-1-1996 and  1-1-2006    and  the  scales  of  pay  of  Secondary  Grade Teacher and Primary School Headmaster are fixed on two different pay scales are as follows:-


Pre-revised scale of
pay (01-01-1996)
Revised scale of pay
(01-01-2006)
Rs.
Rs.
Secondary Grade Teacher 4500-7000 5200-20200 +
Grade Pay of Rs.2800
Headmaster Primary School 5300-8300 9300-34800 +
Grade Pay of Rs.4300

As such, the services rendered in the post of Secondary Grade Teacher on a lower scale of pay cannot be counted for awarding Selection Grade/ Special Grade in the higher post of Primary School Headmaster on or after 01-01-1996.

5) Persons who are not entitled to get the benefit of higher Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay applicable to  Primary School  Headmaster such as Secondary Grade Teachers in High Schools / Higher Secondary Schools as well as Special  Teachers / Physical Education Teachers filed writ petitions in the Hon’ble High  Court  seeking  legal  remedies.    In   all  such  cases  the  court  has  passed favourable orders.    It is observed that such orders were passed on the following grounds:–
(i)         Counter Affidavits were not filed properly resulting in ex-party orders passed by the Hon’ble High Court.

(ii)      Appeals were not filed in time.

(iii)     Consultation of Personnel  and Administrative Reforms Department, Finance
Department and Law Department for filing effective counter affidavits .

(iv)      Delays  in  filing   of  Writ  Appeals   or   Special   Leave  Petitions  resulted confirmation of the orders of the Hon’ble High Court.

(v)       Such court orders have been implemented and the undue benefits have been extended to the Secondary Grade Teachers as well as Special Teachers I Physical Education Teachers, consequent on filing of contempt petitions without examining the merits of individual cases which has caused a huge financial  commitment to the State Exchequer running to several crores of rupees.
6) As per the general orders in vogue, as ordered in  the Government Order first read above, the services rendered on identical and as well as higher scales of pay in the lower post can alone be taken into account for awarding Selection Grade/ Special Grade in the promotion post and no dispensation can be made in respect of any  Government  employee  including  Teachers  for  award  of  Selection  Grade/ Special Grade due to misinterpretation   of the orders  issued in the  Government Order fourth read above. Government have therefore decided to issue necessary amendment to the said Government Order to regulate the grant of Selection Grade/ Special  Grade  scales  of  pay  of  the  employees  including  Teachers  to  avoid re-opening of settled issues.

7) Accordingly,  the  following  amendment  is  issued to  para-3    (ii) of  the Government Order fourth read above:–
(1) In  respect of Secondary Grade Teachers in  High Schools I Higher Secondary Schools there is no promotion post for them.  Whereas, there is a promotion post for   the   Secondary   Grade   Teachers   in   Primary   Schools   viz.   Primary School Headmaster which envisages the restrictive proviso in para–4   of G.0.Ms.No.304,  Finance (PC) Department, dated: 28-3-1990.    As a measure of uniformity in the Selection Grade/ Special Grade  scales of pay of Secondary Grade Teachers  Government directed that the Secondary Grade Teachers in all schools be made eligible for the  Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay as indicated in the Annexure-1 to the Government Order third read above.
(2) The Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay indicated in the Annexure-1 to the G.O.Ms.No.304, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 28-3-1990    is applicable for the Fifth Tamil Nadu Pay   Commission period only i.e. from 1-6-1988    to 31-12-1995.     As such, the benefit of Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay as contemplated   in para-3   (ii) of   G.O. Ms.No.216, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 22-3-1993    shall be made applicable  only to the cases of Secondary Grade Teachers and other employees who were awarded Selection Grade/ Special Grade between 1-6-1988    and 31-12-1995     and  the   same  cannot   be  extended   beyond  this   date   as subsequent    Pay Commission    revisions   were    implemented   with    effect from 1-1-1996 and  1-1-2006 respectively on par with the counterparts in Government of India.
(3) As the Secondary Grade Teachers in Primary schools is the feeder category for the post of Primary School Headmaster, they were allowed to count the services rendered  on  identical  scales  of  pay  prior  to  01-06-1988     in   the  post  of Secondary Grade Teachers for awarding Selection Grade/ Special Grade in the promotion post of Primary School Headmaster.  In the case of Special Teachers and Physical Education Teachers they have no chance for promotion as Primary School Headmaster and are not considered as a feeder category to the post of Primary School Headmaster with reference to Rule-2 of Tamil Nadu Elementary Education Subordinate Service Special Rules.   Hence, the Special Teachers I Physical Education Teachers are not entitled for Selection Grade/ Special Grade applicable to the post of Primary School Headmaster considering the services rendered in the post of Special Teachers/ Physical Education Teachers.
8) The  above  revised  order  shall  not  be  applicable   to  the  cases  where  orders have  already   been  issued  by  the  competent   authority   in  pursuance   to  the  court orders  and in cases where the court verdict  reached  finality.
(BY ORDER  OF THE GOVERNOR)
K.SHANMUGAM,
PRINCIPAL  SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT.

Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014

Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014

No. 416/2008-Esft. (Pay II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
dated the 24th March, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014

References are being received from various Ministries with regard to the amount of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1 st January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/1/2014-E-II (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. This Departments O.M. 4/6/2008-Est(Pay II) dated 1.10.2008 provides that the rates of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.

3. All Ministries/Departments are therefore, again advised to take necessary action accordingly.
( A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/4_6_2008-Estt.Pay-II-24032015.pdf]

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Supreme Court: Government Welcomes Court Decision on 66A

Supreme Court: Government Welcomes Court Decision on 66A

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
24th March, 2015

Following is the text of the statement made by the Union Minister for Telecom & IT, Sh Ravi Shankar Prasad on Supreme Court judgement on section 66-A of IT act:

“The Union Government welcomes Hon’ble SC’s decision on 66A. When the UPA Govt came out with draconian provisions under 66A, BJP in opposition firmly opposed it and said that ’66 is unacceptable in current form’. BJP resolutely stood up against the censorship and blocking on social media done by UPA Govt.
Once in Govt, it took its opposition to the draconian provisions of 66A on record in Court Proceedings. New Affidavits filed by NDA Govt in Hon’ble Supreme Court clearly show the marked difference in the approach from UPA Govt.

NDA Govt, in what can be dubbed as a landmark moment in India’s Internet history, has accorded the same amount of freedom of speech and expression that a citizen of India is granted in normal life under our constitution by our founding fathers .

After detailed discussion with the Central Government at the highest possible level, the Central Government filed an Affidavit before the Hon’ble Supreme Court making its stand absolutely clear that the Government respects the freedom of speech and expression. The relevant paragraphs are verbatim quoted:
A. “This counter affidavit is being filed only for the purpose of assisting this Hon’ble Court and to satisfy this Hon’ble Court that the impugned Sections of the IT Act neither seeks to curtail nor the Central Government desires any interpretation which seeks to curtail any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens including the right under Article 19(1)(a) i.e. fundamental right to free speech and expression.

B. This counter affidavit seeks to point out the necessity and desirability of the provisions which are challenged in these petitions and to bring it on record that the usage of cyber space either by social media or otherwise is not even remotely intended to be curtailed either totally or partially at instance of Union of India.

C. Central Government encourages beneficial use of cyber space and the Act only seeks to regulate the use of cyberspace which would fall within any of and/ or all categories stipulated under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India.

D. That the penal provisions of the Act can never be interpreted so as to take within its sweep political debate, any form of honest decent, decent humour, political satire etc. With a view to avoid possibility of any misconstruction of the expressions used in the penal provisions of the Act, the Central Government has prepared an advisory / guidelines to be strictly followed by law enforcement agencies which would ensure that the honest and legal use of cyber space does not result into any harassment to any citizen of the country.”
Thus in a layman’s language, the Government absolutely respects the right to freedom of speech and expression on social media and has no intention of curbing it. Only reasonable restrictions apply on social media, as they do in routine normal day to day life in the physical world under Article 19 (2) of the constitution of India. We will have to understand that we cannot set a different standard of Public Morality for Speech & Expression in Cyberspace from Speech in other mediums and in the Public Domain
It is important to understand that Section 66A is in several parts and only a portion of it deals with issues which can raise question of freedom of speech and expression.

During the course of oral submissions also, it was categorically pointed out that the Central Government shares the anxiety that expressions like “grossly offensive” etc. referred above may be abused at some local level. The Central Government, therefore, requested the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the said expressions be read confined to Article 19(2) of the Constitution only and to ensure that no right of any citizen is scuttled, the said phrases be narrowly tailored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court itself to obviate any possibility of any abuse of any law enforcing agency to scuttle the free speech and expression of the citizens.

There can be no parallel of our stand on this matter with that of the previous UPA regime. We have in writing confirmed that we stand for freedom of speech and expression, while the previous UPA Govt tried to make this law an instrument to curb dissent, satire and anything else which did not suit it. “

I have myself set an example by standing up for free speech and rights of a teenager recently arrested at the complain of Azam Khan for posting on Twitter and Facebook.

https://twitter.com/rsprasad/status/578921257376165888


https://www.facebook.com/RaviShankarPrasadOfficial/photos/a.10150653350208329.407036.68315058328/10153108500593329/?type=1&theater

Nomination of Shri.M.S.Raja as a Staff Side Member of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) – Dopt Order

Nomination of Shri.M.S.Raja as a Staff Side Member of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) – Dopt Order

F.No.1/1/2011-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 19th March, 2015
To
Secretary, Staff Side,
National Council (JCM)
13-C, Ferozeshah Road,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Nomination of member of Staff Side in the Standing Committee National Council (JCM).

Sir,
Kindly refer to your letter No. NC-JCM-2015 (Nomination) dated 26th February, 2015 on the subject above cited above. The nomination of Shri.M.S.Raja as a Staff Side Member of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) vice late Shri.S.K.Vyas has been approved by Secretary (Personnel) as Chairman of the Standing Committee of National Council (CJM).
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(K.Kipgen)
Director (JCA)
Source: NFPE

7th pay commission calculators give imaginary answers

7th pay commission calculators give imaginary answers

There is lot of calculators available in blogs and social media to calculate pay and allowance of 7th pay commission. People who saw these calculators wonder ‘did the 7th pay commission submit its Recommendation to the Government?’. OMG… When did the 7th pay commission submit its report to the central government? The Babus started enquire about these calculators from everybody who are in Federations and Associations. Even they don’t know how the pay scales would be recommended by 7th pay commission? How much percentage of increase the 7th pay commission would recommend in its report? But calculators do keep coming in day to day basis. Does it worth to calculate our basic pay through this so called 7th pay commission calculators?

Everybody should understand that to review and recommend the revised pay scales for 30 Lakhs Central Government employees is not a joke. It is just more than serious business.
The 7th pay commission comprises many Bureaucrats and many officials headed by renowned Supreme Court Judge, require more than 18 months’ time to interview hundreds of officials from Departments / Ministries and Representatives of Unions /Federations to get their views. The whole team of the 7th pay commission has to handle huge volumes of data to analyse the Service Condition and Socio Economic Conditions of the government servants before it start to recommend Pay and Allowance to entire community of the central government employees. The pay commission while recommending revision in pay and allowances has to take into account various factors like the economic conditions in the country, the resources of the Central Government and the global economic scenario as well as the impact upon the finances of the States, if the recommendations are adopted by them.

To recommend revised pay scales for 30Lakhs Central Government Employees is indeed an arduous Journey to perform. The 7th Pay commission, since its constitution, is doing commendable job. The Commission issued a Questionnaire and invited comments for their questionnaire invariably from government organizations, unions/ federations and from the Public also. Federations and Unions and Govt organization have been asked by the pay commission to submit the Memorandum to the commission.

The Seventh pay commission engaged with a variety of stakeholders, on issues which it has been mandated to cover, through series of Meetings from 16-6-2014. The Commission so far held 235 Meetings in 38 days from the Month of June 2014 to February 2015 with various Association/ Federations/Unions and Representatives of Ministries/ Departments. They have to go through all the inputs received from the above sources. All the Federations and Associations have been meeting with the 7th pay commission for the past eight months submitted their views and proposals to the commission. Since the federations, who knew their service conditions and department issues very well, have come across many pay commission, they would have discussed about their service condition and their departmental specific issues with 7th pay commission and discussed about their expectation over pay and allowances. So the only reliable source to tell anything about the Pay commission’s perspective is Pay commission officials or those who met with them. But none of them come forward to say anything about the views of 7th pay commission and never disclosed anything about the Pay Structure since they are not supposed to do so.

But so many 7th pay commission calculators keep coming in blogs. Did the Calculators do anything said above before it was made? Have these so called 7th pay commission calculators taken all the above factors in to the account before it was made? The Principles Applied for revising pay scales in each pay commission was entirely different. But, as for as sixth pay commission is concerned, the pay Structure itself was entirely different from previous Pay Structures of last 5 pay commissions. All the Unions, Associations and Federations have insisted 7th Pay Commission, through their memorandum, that the Running Pay Band and Grade Pay system to be dropped and Pre Revised Pay scale system to be adopted. So until now nobody knows what would be the principle to be adopted for revising pay scales for 7th pay commission? And what is the pay structure that 7th pay commission would recommend?

Read at: Gservants

Monday, 23 March 2015

7CPC: NC JCM (Staff Side) writes to 7th Pay Commission to extend the time limit for oral evidence

7CPC: NC JCM (Staff Side) writes to 7th Pay Commission to extend the time limit for oral evidence

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)
Dated: March 20, 2015
The Secretary,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A,
Outab Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110016

Dear Madam,

Sub: Oral Evidence of the AIRF before the VII CPC
Ref: Secretary, VII CPC’s letter No.7CPC/158/Meetings/2015 dated 19.03.2015

We are very much thankful to Seventh Central Pay Commission for giving an opportunity to the Constituent Organizations of the National Council(JCM) for Oral Evidence before the Seventh Central Pay Commission, but at the same we submit that, the time allotted is quite short, particularly for the Railways and Defence.
It is worthwhile to mention here that the VI CPC had given us sufficient time to represent 136 categories and 13 lakh Railwaymen, spread throughout the Indian Railways as well as to other Central Government Organizations.

We do hope, the VII CPC will appreciate our viewpoint and allot sufficient time to represent the views of the Central Government employees of different categories.
With regards,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary NC/JCM (Staff Side)
Source: AIRF

Change of designation of ECG & Holter Technicians working in Railway Hospitals – allotment of Qualification based pay structure-reg.

Change of designation of ECG & Holter Technicians working in Railway Hospitals – allotment of Qualification based pay structure-reg.
NFIR
National Federationf Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI . 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No.II/49/Part. II
Dated: 23/03/2015
The Secretary (B),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,

Sub: Change of designation of ECG & Holter Technicians working in Railway Hospitals – allotment of Qualification based pay structure-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 6012012.
(ii) Railway Board’s letterNo. 20I2lH-1110/6 dated 22/08/2013.
(iiii) NFIR’s letter No. II/49lPt. II dated 7/10/2013, 18/03/2014,16/10/2014,17/11/2014.

NFIR desires to invite kind attention of the Railway Board to the discussions held in the PNM meeting on 1.9th/20th December 2014 relating to allotment of qualification related Grade pay/pay Band to ECG & Holter Technicians working in the Railway Hospitals (appearing under PNM item No. 60/2012) wherein the Federation was apprised that the matter will be referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission with full justification thereof.

2. Further the Federation wishes to state that the issue of revision of designation of ECG & Holter Technician to “Cardiac Technologist” has also been pending in the Railway Board. In this connection, Federation desires to add that majority of Zonal Railways have since suggested for revision of designation of this category to “Cardiac Technologist” as the same is reported to the in vogue in Central and State Government Hospitals. lncidentally NFIR states that this proposal tias NIL financial implications and hence there should be no difficulty to revise the designation.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges upon the Railway Board to send copy,of proposal relating to allotment of qualification based pay structure sent by Railway Board to 7th CPC to the Federation and also issue instructions for revision of designation of ECG & Holter Technician to “Cardiac Technologist” working in the Railway Hospitals at an early date. Federation may please be provided with the copy of the instructions.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Copy to Director General/RHS, Railway Board, New Delhi for information and necessary action.
Copy to Executive Director/PC-lI, Railway Board, New Delhi.
Coov to General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Copy to Media Centre/NFIR.
Copy to File No. 60/2012 (PNM) &7th CPC file – Medical Department.

Source: www.nfirindia.org

Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations

Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
March 23, 2015
Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations

The Ministry of Railways has decided to upwardly revise the rate of platform ticket to Rs.10/- per ticket from Rs.5/- per ticket. The revised rate of platform ticket will be charged on platform ticket to be issued from 01.04.2015. Directions have been sent to All Zonal Railways to print the revised tickets on top priority and ensure supply to all stations well in time. However, till such time the tickets are printed, the existing stock of tickets may be used with the rate corrected with a stamp. Wherever platform tickets are issued through SPTM & UTS or other machines, their software may to be modified to collect the revised rate.

Further, the Ministry of Railways has delegated the power to Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) to increase the rate of platform tickets beyond Rs.10/- to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc.

NFIR’s Meeting with 7th Central Pay Commission on the 13th & 14th April 2015

NFIR’s Meeting with 7th Central Pay Commission on the 13th & 14th April 2015

 MEENA AGARWAL
SECRETARY
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
D.O No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015
19th March, 2015
 Dear Shri Raghavaiah,

The Seventh, Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on the 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 this period, 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 Federation in May 2014. A meeting was also held on 25 February 2015 with the National Council (Staff side) wherein it was agreed that the Commission would have a detailed engagement with the Staff side as part of its final deliberations.

Accordingly, a meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the Federation on two successive days viz. 13 and 14 April 2015. between 10.30 am and 1 pm in the Conference Room 1st floor B-14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi,
With Regards
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Meena Agarwal)
Shri. M.Raghavaiah
General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road
New Delhi – 110055

Source: NFIR

One Rank One Pension – 1st Payment will be made on 1st week of May, 2015 & Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments – Minister assured

One Rank One Pension – 1st Payment will be made on 1st week of May, 2015 & Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments – Minister assured
LATEST ON OROP IMPLEMENTATION : MESSAGE FROM SHRI THANESWARSEN, CHAIRMAN, NEXCC.
Shri Manohar Parikkar, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India, met representative of our organization(NEXCC) led by Shri V.N.Mishra, Secretary General (as Chairman is indisposed).

Where 20/25 minutes cordial discussion had in connection with implementation One Rank One Pension(OROP). He has assured our delegation, that by 1st week of April,2015, modalities will be finalized & 1st payment will be made on 1st week of May, 2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.
Considering the deferred assurance given by the Hon’ble Defence Minister, available Central Committee Member in Delhi, decided to defer our agitational programme on 6th & 7th April, 2015. It is further to intimate that Central Executive Committee to a later date.

The representative also brought to the knowledge of the Hon’ble Defence Minister about the ECHS meeting scheduled to be held on 05th April, 2015,at New Delhi, also & Military Service Pay(MSP)anomalies, which he assured to look into.

Source: www.ex-sergeant.blogspot.in

Saturday, 21 March 2015

7th Pay Commission to meet leadership of AIRF on 7and 8 April/2015 to seek the views of Federation

7th Pay Commission to meet leadership of AIRF on 7and 8 April/2015 to seek the views of Federation

A meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the AIRF for two successive days viz. 7 and 8 April, 2015 at the office of 7th Pay Commission, New Delhi.

7th Pay Commission to meet leadership of AIRF on 7and 8 April, 2015 to seek the views of Federation.
MEENA AGARWAL
SECRETARY
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

D.O No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015
19th March, 2015
Dear Shri Mishra,
The Seventh, Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on the 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 this period, 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 Federation in May 2014. A meeting was also held on 25 February 2015 with the National Council (Staff side) wherein it was agreed that the Commission would have a detailed engagement with the Staff side as part of its final deliberations.

Accordingly, a meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the Federation on two successive days viz. 7 and 8 April 2015. between 10.30 am and 1 pm in the Conference Room 1 floor B-14/A Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi,

With Regards
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Meena Agarwal)
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
General Secretary
All India Railwayrnens’ Federation
4, State Entry Road
New Delhi- 110055

Source: http://www.airfindia.org/

Friday, 20 March 2015

Meetings Schedule of 7th Pay Commission with stake holders

Meetings Schedule of 7th Pay Commission with stake holders – AIRF

7th Pay Commission to meet leadership of AIRF on 7and 8 April/2015 to seek the views of Federation
A meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the AIRF for two successive days viz. 7 and 8 April, 2015 at the office of 7th Pay Commission, New Delhi.

Sl. No.Name of the BodyDate & Time of meeting
1.National Federation of Postal Employees1030 hrs to 1300 hrs, 25 March
2.Federation of National Postal Organisation1030 hrs to 1300 hrs, 26 March
3.Income Tax Employees Federation1030 hrs to 1200 hrs, 27 March
4.All India Audit & Accounts Association1200 hrs to 1330 hrs, 27 March
5.Confederation of Defence Recognised Associations1030 hrs to 1200 hrs, 30 March
6.All India Defence Employees Federation1200 hrs to 1330 hrs, 30 March
7.Indian National Defence Workers Federation1030 hrs and 1200 hrs, 31 March 2015
8.Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh1200 hrs and 1330 hrs,  31 March 2015
9.National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees1030 hrs to 1200 hrs, 6 April
10.Central Secretariat Non-Gazetted Employees Union1200 hrs to 1330 hrs, 6 April
11.All India Railwaymens’ Federation1030 hrs to 1300 hrs, 7 & 8 April
12.National Federation of Indian Railwaymen1030 hrs to 1300 hrs, 13 & 14 April
Meeting Schedule of 7th CPC
Source: www.airfindia.org

Promotion in the various grades of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) – Clarifications orders issued by Dopt

Promotion in the various grades of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) – clarifications in respect of officers on mandatory training regarding

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg. O.M.F. No.21/3/2015-CS.I(P), dated 19.3.2015

Subject: Promotion in the various grades of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) – clarifications in respect of officers on mandatory training regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the promotions made in various levels of posts in the Central Secretariat Service. In a few instances the officers promoted on ad hoc basis subject to the conditions mentioned in the respective orders, are on long term mandatory training. References have been received from various quarters for allowing promotion while on training.

2.As per FR 9(6)(b)(i), a Government servant may be treated as on duty during a course of instruction on training in India. Conditions for treating a period of training as duty are given in the Ministry of Finance OM No. F. 2(71)-Estt.III/60 dated the 3rd December, 1960. As the officer continues to be on duty during training and occupies a cadre post, the Ministry of Finance OM No. F. (17)-E.III(A)/78 dated the 14th March, 1978 provides that a Government servant while on training may be promoted to the next higher grade with effect from the date he would have been approved for promotion to the next higher grade, and all his seniors who are available and fit for promotion have been so promoted.

3.Training Courses under CSS (Cadre Training Plan) are linked to promotion, and are mandatory in nature. It has been decided that the CSS Officers who are promoted on ad hoc basis shall be permitted to submit their joining report for joining the promotional post during such training Courses. These officers shall be deemed to have assumed charge of the promotional post from the date of submission of their joining report. The Ministries/Departments may however check their vigilance status before issuing the orders.

4.This issues in consultation with the Establishment Division vide their Note No. 2/1/2015-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 12.03.2015.

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YOGA TRAINING PROGRAMME IN ALL GOVERNMENT COLONIES

YOGA TRAINING PROGRAMME IN ALL GOVERNMENT COLONIES

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
M1MSTRY OF PERSONNEL & GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK. NEW DELHI – 110001
File No. 11012/2/2014 -Welfare
20.03.2015
Circular

YOGA TRAINING PROGRAMME IN ALL GOVERNMENT COLONIES

Department of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India is organising regular Yoga Training Sessions from 1st April 2015 for the benefit of Central Government Employees and their dependents at Grih kalyan Kendra (GKK), Samaj Sadan as per enclosed list in assoaciation with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. No registration/ training fees will be charged.
Timing – 06.30 AM to 08.30 AM
04.30 PM to 06.30 PM
2. For registration for the Yoga Sessions kindly contact the officials of Grih kalyan Kendra (GKK) present at the respective venues.

3. For inquires kindly contact:-
Phone Numbers – 24616219, 24648081, 24616218
Mobile Nubers – 8750070303, 9811770184
E-mail – grihkalyankendra@rediffmail.com
4. Its is requested that this circular may be given wide publicity.
(N.Sriraman)
Director (Welfare), DOPT
To,
i) AdminiSlralion Section, DOPT, Ministry or Personnel, PG and Pensions – The obove circular may kindly be uploaded on DOPT website.
ii) All A WOs/RWAs. } for dissesmination among all govt. employees
iii) Welfare Officer o fall Ministries / Department of Government of India. } all subordinate / field offices may also be informed of the above activity.

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/sunil0001.pdf

NFIR Objects the Views of Committee on evolving New formula for PLB

NFIR Objects the Views of Committee on evolving New formula for PLB

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
No. I/10 Part-IV
Dated: 12/03/2015
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi.
Dear Sir,

Sub: Committee for evolving a new formula for Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on Indian Railways – reg.

Ref:
(i) Railway Board’s letter No. ERC-1/2014/23/15 dated 21/03/2014.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. I/10/Pt. IV dated 09/04/2014.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2013/PLB-8 dated 11/02/2015 and 03/03/2015.

At the outset, NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Federation’s letter dated 09/04/2014 wherein Federation had conveyed its disagreement to the Railway Board’s decision for disturbing the bipartite agreement and proceeding with formation of a Committee of AMs for evolving new formula for calculation of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) in Railways.

2. NFIR also takes strong objection to the views of the AMs Committee who feel that the Scheme for PL Bonus for Railway employees was introduced in consultation with the two Federations. In this connection, NFIR desires to clarify that the bipartite agreement for payment of PL Bonus to Railway employees was signed jointly by the Railway Board and Federations on 22nd November 1979. Federations further desires to state that the agreement can only be modified with mutual consent of the stake holders.

3. From the above it could be seen that the PL Bonus agreement was reached in the year 1979 for providing substantial motivation to the workforce for achieving higher production by way of enhancing their output and improved quality of service. Over the years the freight loading has been improved as a result of dedicated efforts of workforce.

4. It is further stated that since the last two years, the Railway Board has been attempting to reduce the number of days of wages towards payment of PL Bonus in the name of Capital Input. There were strong protest and the Federations did not agree for any reduction of 78 days wages. The Railway Ministry had accordingly paid PL Bonus to Railway employees equivalent of 78 days wages with notional calculation of salary @ Rs. 3500 p.m. during two previous years. A bench mark “78 days wages” needs to be adopted in any case when a formula is required to be finalized in consultation with us. Equally the salary calculation ceiling should be removed as the payment of bonus for Railway employees is linked to the productivity as enunciated in the agreement dated 22 November 1979.

NFIR hopes that the Railway Board would give serious consideration to the above points and take steps towards reaching an agreement with the Federations in the interest of preserving healthy industrial relations in the Railways.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS

Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.35011/1/2014-Estt.(D), dated 19.03.2015

Subject: Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS.

The undersigned is directed to say that a revised Model Recruitment Rules (RRs) for the post of staff car driver has been issued vide this Department OM No. AB-14017/10/2014-Estt (RR) dated 4.7.2014. Accordingly Ministries / Departments have been advised to review the existing rules to bring them in conformity with the model RRs. It may be observed from column 10 of the model RRs that the method of recruitment prescribed for filling up the post of staff car driver (ordinary grade) is “Deputation/absorption failing which by direct recruitment”. With regard to Deputation / Absorption following criteria has been prescribed:-

“From amongst the regular Dispatch Rider (Group C) and Group C employees in Pay Band I Rs. 5200-20200 Grade pay Rs. 1800 in the same Ministry / Department who possess valid Driving License for Motor Cars on the basis of a Driving Test to assess the competence to drive Motor Cars failing which from officials holding the post of Dispatch Rider on regular basis or regular Group C employees in Pay Band 1 Rs. 5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs. 1800 in other Ministries / Department of the Central Government who fulfil the necessary qualifications as mentioned in column 7/’

2. To encourage filling up of the post of Staff Car Driver through the method of Deputation/Absorption of Despatch Rider and Group ‘C’ employees in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-, it has been decided to reimburse the expenditure incurred on account of acquiring Driving Licence for Motor Cars to Despatch Riders (DR)/MTS subject to the condition that reimbursement is allowed to only such DRs/MTS who otherwise fulfil the criteria laid down in the RRs for appointment as Staff Car Drivers.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their OM FTS No. 16056/E.Coord-2015 dated 13th February, 2015.

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