Friday, 2 January 2015

Meeting of 7th Pay Commission with IRTSA – Determination of new Grade Pay / Pay scale by job Evaluation duly taking into account Duties Sought

Meeting of 7th Pay Commission with IRTSA – Determination of new Grade Pay / Pay scale by job Evaluation duly taking into account Duties Sought
Well organised & impressive presentation on the issues of Technical Supervisors/ Supervising Engineers jodhpur, 12th Dec, 2014
IRTSA delegates met 7th Central Pay Commission and presented a strong case on the demands pertaining to Technical Supervisors / Supervising Engineers.
Through an exclusive well organised and impressive Power Point Presentation and an exhaustive inter action with the entire Pannel – including the Chairman and all Members of the Commission.
The team included the following Senior CEC Members of IRTSA:
1. Er.Darshanlal, Working President / IRTSA

2. Er.K.V.Ramesh, Seniorjoint General Secretary/ IRTSA

3. Er.O.N.Purohit, Central Treasurer/ IRTSA

4. Er.M.K.Bhatnagar,Zonal Secretary IRTSA RCF

5. Er.jatana, joint General Secretary/ IRTSA

6. Er.j agatar Singh, joint General Secretary/ IRTSA

1. In his introduction speech Er.Darshanlal, Working President IRTSA thanked 7th CPC for giving the chance for oral evidence and explained about IRTSA & the category. He said that apex category of Technical Supervisors had received raw deal always and their pay scale, promotional avenue are grievously inadequate. Graduate Engineers recruited in the GP of Rs.4600 remains in same Grade Pay without any promotion & 1 Es after getting one promotion to SSE remains in same Grade Pay for many years. He also told that proposal sent by Railway Board to Finance Ministry to upgrade the Grade Pay of SSE has not understood well and returned back. MACPS have not brought expected relief and motivation o the category. Group ‘B’ (Gaz) recommended by Pay Commissions were not implemented in Railways. He also told that SSE scale has been downgraded compared to others and there is heretical confusion.

2. Er.K.V.RAMESH, SeniorJGS / IRTSA made a Power Point Presentation on main demands pertaining to
Technical Supervisors / Supervising Engineers. (A copy of the PPP is placed on the Website of IRTSA)

Following main points were explained in the PP presentation

1. Direct responsibility shouldered by the category in Production, repair maintenance of rolling stock, locos, P.Way, Bridges, Power distribution, Signal & Telecommunication, machinery plant & equipments, Design Drawing, Chemical & Metallurgical lab, Stores, IT etc were explained.

2. Hierarchy of Technical Supervisors in Indian Railways – Supervision of Five grades of Skilled & semi skilled besides ministerial category including Chief Office Superintendent etc.

3. Determination of new Grade Pay / Pay scale by job Evaluation duly taking into account Duties,
responsibilities and accountabilities shouldered by each category / post and Technical categories which shoulder direct responsibilities who should be placed one grade higher than-non technical supporting categories (as prior to 5th CPC).

4. a. Replacement Grade Pay of Rs.4800 to j E and Rs.5400 to SSE.
b. Similarly placed posts of CMA, DMS & j E/ IT should be granted the pay at par with Junior Engineer.
c. Similarly placed posts of CMS, CDMS & SE/ IT should be granted the pay at par with Senior Section Engineer.

5. Disturbance of vertical relativity between JE and Sr.Technician who work under J E in violation of 5th & 6th CPC recommendations were highlighted.

6. Categories which were in the Pay Scale of 425-700 during 3rcl CPC are placed in the GP of Rs.4800] 4600, whereas I E-I who were in the pay scale of Rs.550-750 are placed in the GP of only Rs.4200.

7. Disregard to Duties & Responsibilities shouldered by SSE.

8. Exclusive pay scales (Rs.840-1040 & 840-1200) recommended by 3rd CPC for Technical Supervisors were diluted and many categories who were in two grade below are placed in GP Rs.5400/ 4800 by 6th CPC.

9. Scale of SSE was placed over Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B” posts previously but now degraded.

10. Un-just multiplication factor adopted by 5th CPC and the disadvantage carried through to 6th CPC.

11. Highest Recruitment Qualification of Gradate in Engineering with one year training and stagnation of Engineering Graduates in recruitment grade for more than 20 years.

12. Discrimination in the Grade Pay of CMA-l which has the element of DR with Gradate in Engineering.

13. Incumbents of SSE, CMS, CDMS & Sr.Er/ IT are stagnated in same grade till 4th CPC.

14. Meager number of Posts in Group A & B vis-a-vis Group C on the Railways as compared to all other Central Government Departments.

15. Promotion chances limited to vacancies arising in 4200 Group ‘B’ posts.

16. Non implementation of previous pay commission recommendations DoPT orders on classification of posts as Group-B Gazetted.

17. Posts carrying similar functions have to be given the same classification as per DoPT’s submission to 5th CPC.

18. Cadre restructuring didn’t bring any relief to senior supervisors (SSE/ CMS/ CDMS).

19. Number of Gazetted posts increased by 36% in other Govt. Departments over last 8 years, but not in Railways.

20. Necessity to have combined cadre structure for Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C”.

21. Requirement of higher number of managerial posts to meet out the increased plan outlay of Railways during 12th plan and to manage huge outsourcing.

22. Anomalies and Improvements required to be done in MAPCS & Time bound promotions to Technical Supervisors/ Supervising Engineers.

23. Allowances pertaining to the category.

Source: IRTSA

AIRF General Secretary writes to PM about stopping 100% FDI and Privatization in Railways

AIRF General Secretary writes to PM about stopping 100% FDI and Privatization in Railways.

The letter is reproduced and given below for ready reference for our blog viewers…

Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra writes Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi about stopping 100% FDI and Privatization in Railways

Respected Shri Narendra Modi Ji,

During recent past, Railwaymen had been feeling highly demoralized and disgusted on account of apprehensions of privatization of the Indian Railways owing to 100% Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and constitution of a High Level Railway Restructuring Committee for Restructuring of Ministry of Railways(Railway Board). Yesterday, on 25th December, 2014, while celebrating the 91st Birth Anniversary of Hon’ble Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as “Sushasan Diwas” in Diesel Locomotive Workshop, Varanasi, you publically announced that there would be no privatization of the Indian Railways, rather number of Railway employees shall be increased during the time to come, for which, we, on behalf of around 13 lakh Railway employees, express our heartily thanks for giving this assurance.

Sir, though the assurance given by you that the Indian Railways shall not be privatized, has provided some relief to the Railwyamen, who were feeling hurt and discouraged for the last six months, at the same time you have mentioned that FDI is essentially required in the Indian Railways, still creates some confusion. Although, there have been constructive discussions with the Hon’ble MR, which we hope, shall continue in future also.
AIRF has always supported and contributed a lot in the development and modernization of the Indian Railways through transparent process, as such, we would urge further assurance, so that the moral of lakhs of Railwaymen is kept high. Your goodself very-well know that there has been all round development in the Indian Railways after the Independence, and not only the Indian Railways have expanded a lot, but also have touched new horizons by adopting latest technology in different spheres, by virtue of which, Indian Railways are now running over 19,000 pairs of trains per day transporting more than 20 million passengers and around 35 lakh tonne freight everyday. Obviously, there has been dedicated contribution of the Railwaymen in this endeavour, not only this, but also the dedication of the Railwaymen can be adjudged from the fact that, while performing their duties, they even sacrifice their lives, and it has been established that hundreds of Railway staff loose their lives every year, as endorsed by the High Powered Committee, headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, in it’s report.

We, therefore, once again request you that, with a view to boosting morale of the Railwaymen, there should be clear and specific assurance by the government that the Indian Railways shall in no way be privatized, so that the staff shall be motivated to perform their duties with even more dedication and sincerity.

Wishing you very-very Happy New Year on behalf of all the Railwaymen and their family members!

With kind regards!
Yours Sincerely,
(Shiva Gopal Sharma)
General Secretary
Shri Narendra Modi Ji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi

Copy to: Hon’ble MR(Government of India), Ministry of Railways, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
Copy to: Hon’ble MoSR(Government of India), Ministry of Railways, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
Copy to: GSs, all affiliated unions – for information.

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980: Annual Report for the year 2015

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980: Annual Report for the year 2015

Tel: 011-25665548, 25665583/84, 25665736/37, Jt. CGDA (A&B) Tel-25674789
Fax: 011-23674786, 25674789
No. A/III/14500/CGEGIS/REP/2015
Dated: 02.02.2015
including AO, DAD, ZO (DPD)
& AN-IV Local.

Sub: – Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980: Annual Report for the year 2015.

An annual repon on the above subject has been prescribed by the Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs which is to be rendered to them by 15th March each year. It is requested that Annual Report on the CGEGIS-1980 in respect of DAD personnel and Non-DAD personnel (Defence Civilians) may kindly be forwarded separately to this HQrs by 16th February, 2015 positively in the prescribed format (Annexure ‘D’ copy enclosed). While forwarding the report, it may please be ensured that the number of CGEGIS subscribers for the year 2014 shown in the last report must be correctly reflected in the Part-I of the report.

2. It has been noticed in previous year, the report is generally not forwarded to this HQrs by the prescribed time. This often delays rendition of consolidated report to Ministry. Therefore, it is requested that timely submission of report may please be ensured.
(A.K Sharma)
Sr. Accounts Officer (A/Cs)

Benefits derived by Central Government Employees from 6th Pay Commission

Benefits derived by Central Government Employees from 6th Pay Commission
Although I stand by what I said about the anomalies under 6th Pay Commission in my article “What we expect from 7th Pay Commission?’’ especially with regard to the 3 methods of pay fixation policy, pay band concepts, and vast variations in fitment benefits, but I retreat from the conclusion drawn by me in the above article that the earlier Pay Commission recommendations upto 5th Pay Commission were far better than 6th Pay Commission recommendations because a thorough analysis of the various recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission undoubtedly shows that the 6th Pay Commission actually championed the cause of the central government employees in many matters in providing various benefits and welfare measures. I would like to cite few of those recommendations by which the central government employees have been deriving immense benefits:
1. In earlier Pay Commission recommendations up to 5th Pay Commission, the employees with long years of service in a particular cadre were not given pay fixation in the revised pay at the stage relevant to them for the number of increments earned by them. They got very little benefit in pay fixation because the revised initial pay scale (after merger of Pay, D.A. Interim Relief and fitment benefit) was either almost equal or little higher than what they were drawing. This was because of wrong bunching formula adopted by the earlier pay commissions. The newly joined as well as the employees with very less number of years of service were the real beneficiaries to a large extent. Whereas the 6th Pay Commission had taken care to fix the pay of the employees as on 1/1/2006 at the relevant stage in 6th Pay Commission Fitment Table taking into account the number of increments drawn by an employee in the pre-revised 5th Pay Commission pay scale.

2. Not only that, the employees with long years of service in a particular cadre got very less arrears but the employees with less years of service got more arrears in the earlier Pay Commission recommendations upto 5th Pay Commission because of the unfair bunching formula for employees with long years of service. This was not the case under 6th Pay Commission.

3. The 6th Pay Commission had increased the percentage of HRA from (5%, 7.5%, 15% & 30% under 5th Pay Commission) to (10%, 20% and 30%). Those who were getting 5% HRA got 10%, those who were getting 7.5% and 15% HRA got 20% HRA.

4. The Transport Allowance was increased by 400%(i.e. 4 times than what was provided under 5th Pay Commission. For example those who were getting Rs.800 got Rs.3200/-

5. D.A on Transport Allowance: The 6 monthly increase in D.A as per Consumer Price Index have been granted on Transport Allowance also. This is a very new feature.

6. Children Education Allowance: Steep hike in tuition fee from Rs.40 upto X Std. and Rs.50 upto XII Std to Rs.1000/- per month plus 25% increase every time the D.A. crosses 50%(presently Rs.18000 since D.A. crossed 100%).

7. Hostel Subsidy: Increased from Rs.300 per month to Rs.3000 per month(Rs.36,000/- per annum) under 6th Pay Commission plus 25% increase every time the D.A. crosses 50%.

8. Encashment of 10 days EL during LTC upto 60 days in total career and non deduction of EL encashment period during LTC from the 300 days EL encashment on retirement. Liberalisation in LTC for fresh recruits.

9. Air travel for all cadres of employees( including their members of family) drawing Rs.5400 Grade pay and above for LTCs, Transfers, and Official tours.

10. Child Care Leave for women employees with full pay for 2 years to take care of children upto 18 years of age.

11. Increase of Maternity Leave from 135 days to 180 days.

12. Full pension for 20 years of service by doing away with the 33 years of service condition.

13. Increase in Gratuity amount from Rs.3.5 lakhs to Rs.10.00 lakhs.

14. Steep hike in Insurance Cover under Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme(CGEGIS)

15. Steep increase in Hotel D.A: The Daily Allowance upto 5th Pay Commission were very meagre for food and hotel accommodation. It has been increased by many fold by 6th Pay Commission almost to the extent of Corporate level.
The details of benefits heaped upon the central government employees by the 6th Pay Commission goes on. Therefore the anomaly in pay fixation policy under 6th Pay Commission does not appear to be a deliberate one to put the employees in a disadvantageous position. Perhaps the 6th Pay Commission would not have anticipated the anomalies that may result.
Mr.M.Dorai, Deputy Director, ESIC Model Hospital, Bangalore (Ministry of Labour, Government of India, is the author of this article.

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