Monday, 6 July 2015

7th CPC News – Media require specialised approach rather than a hype

7th CPC News – Media require specialised approach rather than a hype
Need for quality information while reporting actual increase out of 6th CPC and Projection in 7th Pay Commission Pay
After 7CPC itself announced in last week of June 2015 to the effect that it has started finalising the report to be submitted to the Govt, News on 7th Pay Commission has started becoming popular.

It would be Needless to say all Government Employees would be interested in 7th CPC report. Though common man may not show much interest in the elaboration and technicalities of 7CPC report, he/she will also be curious to know the quatum of increase in Pay of Central Government Employees in General. At the same time, a common man will always be depending on various News media such as News Prints and Television channels to get these type of news.

But we could see that Pay Commission related news provided by News Media nowadays are misleading in the sense that they are only projecting the number of times the pay was hiked by previous Pay commissions and likely hike by 7th Pay Commission.

Missing information will always be misleading

Media reports on Pay Commission For instance, it was reported by a daily news paper recently, which was quoted later by many blogs that Govt Salaries are set to increase by 2 to 3 times and that 6th Pay Commission suggested 3 times increase in Salaries. It was also reported that 5th CPC recommended 2.6 times in increase in pay of lower Grade Officials.

A common man who is reading this news would be easily mislead and he/she would come to a conclusion that Salary of Government Employees was increased by 3 times by 6th CPC.

But the factual information’s such as 86% of basic Pay paid as Dearness Allowance separately was merged with Pay and increase in pay by 1.86 times is only because of merger of DA with Pay, are missing in this media report.

It is not expected that a news item should report all the intricacies of a pay commission report. But the fact that the net increase in the Pay of Central Government Employees after implementation of 6th Pay Commission report which was around 25% and 40% for most of lower / middle level employees and Higher level employees respectively, should have been correctly reported in the public interest.  This net increase in Pay was made effective from 01.01.2006 after 10 years as the earlier pay revision for Central Government Employees was made on implementation of 5th CPC in 1996.

Even this net increase in pay was only due to introduction of a new pay head called Grade Pay and as far as pre-revised basic Pay is concerned (now called as Pay in Pay band) there is no real increase except merger of DA with Pay.

In the case of Bank Employees wage revision after 10th Wage Settlement signed recently, it was correctly reported in news media that Bank Employees would be getting net increase in pay to the extent of 15%.  This net increase in Pay is exclusive of merger of Dearness Allowance as on Nov 2012 with Pay.  Salary Revision of Bank Employees as per 10th Bipartite Settlement is effective from 01.11.2012 and the same will be valid for 5 Years.

Media Report on Bank Employees Salary revision as per 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement


Hike in Retirement age of Kerala State Employees – 10th Pay Revision Commission may recommend to hike to 58 years

Hike in Retirement age of Kerala State Employees – 10th Pay Revision Commission may recommend to hike to 58 years

According to recent reports published in the ‘Manoramaonline’, the 10th Kerala Pay Revision Commission expected to recommend to hike in retirement age for Kerala State Govt employees by two years from 56 to 58.

Kerala may raise retirement age to 58

“Thiruvananthapuram: Increasing the retirement age for Kerala government employees by two years to 58 may be one of the recommendations of the 10th Kerala Pay Revision Commission. The commission, led by Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, will submit its report on July 10.

The commission is expected to recommend the increase of retirement age to balance the extra burden on the treasury due to a pay rise across the board. The report recommends a minimum salary of Rs 16,000 and a maximum salary of Rs 1 lakh for employees.

The youth wings of all political parties are against increasing the retirement age in the government service. Even the United Democratic Front government’s policies do not favour later retirement. The retirement age was raised to 56 from 55 during the previous Left Democratic Front rule.

Other recommendations include lowering the minimum eligibility for full pension to 25 years in service from the present 30. Full pension is equivalent to half of the basic pay. The report would also have recommendations intended to raise the efficiency of the employees along with their pay scale.”


Officers thank MoS DoPT for speedy promotions

Officers thank MoS DoPT for speedy promotions

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

04-July-2015 20:02 IST
Officers thank MoS DoPT for speedy promotions

A delegation of officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, here today, to thank him and convey their gratitude for speedy disposal of their promotion cases leading to empanelment of as many 37 officers in one go to the post of Joint Secretary to the Government of India and consequent promotion of 27 officers to the level of Joint Secretary on in-situ basis.

Acknowledging their gratitude, Dr. Jitendra Singh congratulated them and reiterated Shri Narendra Modi Government’s resolve to make governance easy and at the same time make the environment work-friendly for the officers. The government is in favour of doing away with avoidable delays in promotions and empanelments so that the officers can work with enthusiasm and a positive frame of mind.

With the passage of time, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the pressure on officers has increased because of the increased expectations on one hand and on the other hand increased scrutiny by public as well as media. But, instead of grudging this changing scenario we would have to learn to adapt to it and do our best because transparency and accountability are prime areas of emphasis of Shri Narendra Modi Government.

Meanwhile, in order to deal with the stress of the officers, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has, of late, started a number of new measures including regular daily ‘Yoga’ for officers across the country from 1st of April. Similarly, the DoPT will also contemplate various steps to improve the facilities and privileges available to IAS Officers coming on deputation to union capital so that they need not find themselves at a disadvantage on account of issues related to transport facility, admission of their children in schools, etc.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the launch of “Digital India Week” by the Prime Minister on 1st July is also a step towards making the governance easy and reducing the file work pressure on the officers, besides also avoiding unnecessary delays or harassment to the common citizen.

Source: PIB News

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