Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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

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

Sub: Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

18. Rectify Sixth CPC anomalies.

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

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

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

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

23. Remove hardships being faced by Train Controllers.

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

25. Create ticket checking staff posts for manning trains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

41. Grant Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

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

43. Induct Course Completed Act Apprentice against vacancies.

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

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

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

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

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

49. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

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

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

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

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

54. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers.

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

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

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

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

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment ‘D’ Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Compassionate Appointment

Definition of a Dependent Family Member

S.No. Question and Answer

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

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

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

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3, Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Delhi, the 25th February, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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