Thursday, 13 August 2015

7th Pay Commission likely to abolish gazetted holidays

7th Pay Commission likely to abolish gazetted holidays

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is expected to reward the central government by its recommendation on abolishing 18 days gazetted holidays and to provide three days national holidays to central government employees to reform the work culture in central government offices.

Pay commission sources said the number of holidays should come down to improve work culture.
The sources also added, “A survey has revealed that India has the highest number of gazetted holidays per year and close on her heels are her Asian neighbours like Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia. We need to cut down on holidays to facilitate more work culture.”

The sources argued that the government offices worked only for 196 days in India in a year. Besides, whenever there was election, the government servants were pressed into election work. This affected the routine government business, sources contended.

Earlier, the sixth central pay commission recommended that central government offices should remain closed only on three national holidays (Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti) and all other gazetted holidays should be abolished and the number of restricted holidays (optional) depending on one’s religious persuasion should be increased from two to eight days.

The Seventh Central Pay Commission is also likely to make suggestion for flexible work hours for women and employees with disabilities.

Flexible working gives them greater choice over when and where they work, allowing them to better manage their work-life balance

“As flexi working hours will allow women central government employees to strike a balance between her professional and family responsibility, maintain healthy lifestyles and contribute to parenting well, it is recommended for the same and urge upon the government to work out the modalities in this direction,” the pay panel source said.

“Flexible working can also provide central government employees with disabilities with a ‘bridge’ into retirement. Many of surveys show that often the complete loss of professional work account of disability can leave employees with disabilities feeling depressed and unmotivated, even to the point of affecting mental health. Flexible working time can help employees with disabilities delay retirement without giving up too much of their hard-earned freedom.” said an official.
TST

3.37 lakh women employees in central government

3.37 lakh women employees in central government

New Delhi: Over three lakh women employees are working in various central government departments across the country, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to a question, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said there are various historical and social reasons for women employees being lesser in number.

“Estimated women employment in major central government offices as on March 31, 2011 is 3.37 lakh,” he said in a written reply.

There are about 48 lakh central government employees.

“There are various historical and social reasons for the women employees being lesser in number,” the Minister said.

In reply to another question, Singh said there was no proposal under the consideration of the government to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in central government offices.
PTI

Central Government employees working in the State of Kerala will get August 2015 Salary on 18th August 2015 on account of Onam

Central Government employees working in the State of Kerala will get August 2015 Salary on 18th August 2015 on account of Onam

Department of Expenditure has issued an OM for the Disbursement of salary/wages to the Central Government Employees in the State of Kerala for the month of August, 2015 on account of ONAM festival on 18th August 2015.
No.3(2)/2012/TA/443
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
 Dated: 10.08.2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Disbursement of salary/wages to the Central Government Employees in the State of Kerala for the month of August, 2015 on account of ONAM festival.

In view of the ‘ONAM’ festival this Government has decided that the salary of all Central Government employees in the State of Kerala for the month of August, 2015 may be drawn and disbursed by the Central Government offices (including Defence, Posts, Railways & Telecommunications) on  18th August, 2015.

2. The pension of all Central Government pensioners in the State of Kerala for the month of August, 2015 is to be disbursed by Banks/ PAOs of Civil Ministries/ Departments including Railways, Defence & Telecommunications on 18th August, 2015.

3. The wages for August, 2015 of the industrial employees of Central Government serving in the State of Kerala may also be disbursed in advance on 18th August, 2015.

4. The salary/wages so disbursed are to be treated as advance payments and will be subject to adjustment after the full month’s salary/ wages of each employee is determined. The adjustment, if any, will be made without exception from the salary/ wages as the case maybe from the month of September, 2015.

5. The concerned Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of their offices located in the State of Kerala for necessary action immediately.

(T.C.A. Kalyani)
Joint Controller General of Accounts

Download Finance Ministry OM No.3(2)/2012/TA/443 dated 10.08.2015

FM speaks on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission report in Parliament

FM speaks on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission report in Parliament
FM speaks on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission report in Parliament and tables Medium Term Expenditure Frame Work Statement – Central Government Employees Salary Expenditure to cross Rs. 1 lakh Crore.
Central government’s salary expenditure will exceed Rs 1 lakh crore in the current fiscal and is projected to increase further with the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, posing risk to public finances, Finance Ministry said today.

According to the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework Statement tabled in Parliament, the salary outgo of central government employees will go up by 9.56 per cent to Rs 1,00,619 crore in current fiscal.
The pace will increase further in 2016-17 at 15.79 per cent to Rs 1.16 lakh crore with the likely implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award, said the statement tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament.

The outgo towards salary will further rise in 2017-18 to over Rs 1.28 lakh crore.

“The award of VII Central Pay Commission (CPC) and its impact on government finances poses a risk,” said the statement.

It also raised concerns about the rising pension bill of government employees saying it will rise to Rs 88,521 crore in current fiscal. It has been pegged at over Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17, and over Rs 1.12 lakh crore in 2017-18.

“Like in salaries, higher than normative growth has been provided for the projection of outlay on pensions during 2016-17. For the second year of the projection (2017-18), a normative growth has been assumed. Award of VII CPC and its impact on Government finances poses a risk,” it added.

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which was set up by in February 2014, is likely to be implemented from January 1, next year.

Source: The Economic Times

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