Friday, 4 December 2015

Railway engineers condemn 7th Pay Commission, present 27 demands – Protest at Jantar Mantar area of central Delhi on 1st and 2nd December 2015

Railway engineers condemn 7th Pay Commission, present 27 demands – Protest at Jantar Mantar area of central Delhi on 1st and 2nd December 2015

7th Pay Commission AIREF


Members from across the Country of All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF), gathered at the Jantar Mantar area of central Delhi on 1st and 2nd December 2015 to voice their objections to the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Mr. Sanjib Kumar, the president of the AIREF, told that , “Due to the faulty policies made by railways and erroneous report given by Seventh Central Pay Commission, the railway engineers have been frustrated seriously for which there will be a tremendous threat to railway safety in the future.”

Mr. Sanjib Kumar, elaborated that the AIREF represents about 80,000 degree and diploma engineers of Indian Railways, all of whom play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and efficient running of trains, construction and production, design, repair and maintenance of tracks, bridges and buildings, rolling stock, locomotives, coaches, electrical services, OHE, signals, telecommunications.

 Mr. Kumar also revealed that the railway engineers also take more responsibility for the safe movement of 23 million passengers daily. The striking railway engineers said that they have submitted a charter of 27 demands for the government to implement, failing which they warned that their strike could turn into an indefinite one.

The demands are as follows:

  1. Group ­B/Gazetted status to all railway engineers (JE, SSE, SE/IT, CMA/CMS & DMS/CDMS) as per DOPT Gazette Notification No­605 dtd. 09.04.2009 as implemented in all other departments of Central Govt
  2. Recognition of All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF) and its affiliated Zonal Railway Engineers Associations as per Khanna Committee recommendation.
  3. To remove anomaly of 6th CPC: Grant upgraded Pay matrix equal to Rs. 5400 (PB­3) to JE and Rs. 6600 (PB­3) to SSE with standard designation of Assistant Engineer.
  4. Time bound promotion from JE to Junior Administrative Grade Officer.
  5. Scrap new pension scheme in Railways or make it optional.
  6. Grand Technical Allowance @ 30 percent to all railway engineers.
  7. Inclusion of father and mother in definition of family as per Indian culture.
  8. Remove anomaly of Modified Assured career progression (MACPS)
    a. Counting of apprentice period for MACP for regular service since it is qualifying service for pension and increment.

    b. Financial up­gradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Graduate Engineers (head Draftsman) Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4,600/­ for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates and treating GP­ 4200 to diploma engineers recruited as Asstt Draftsman in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres, those recruited one stage lower at that time.

    c. Third financial up­gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment whichever is earlier. 03/12/2015
  9. Stop immediately implementation of integrated seniority as per Rly Bd. Letter no. RBE 92/2015 for the purpose of promotion/selection to Group­B posts.
  10. Open a promotional channel to qualified loco pilots to become JE / SSE through LDCE / GDCE.
  11. Provide entitlement in Tatkal ticket through privilege / duty passes/ PTOs.
  12. Provide e­ticket facility to Railway employees on pass/ PTOs / e­pass.
  13. Remove restriction of no. of tickets in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi / Duranto express trains on passes / PTOs.
  14. Provision of accidental insurance of Rs. 20 lakhs to all railway engineers.
  15. Provision of LTC to railway engineers on inland or foreign tours once in two years.
  16. No corporatisation in Indian Railways and its Production Units.
  17. Provision reimbursement of tuition fee of children studying in higher education ( Engg. / Medical / MBA etc)
  18. Provision improved rest house facilities at all major railway stations for Railway Engineers or provide hotel / retiring room facility as admissible to all Central Govt. employees.
  19. Rename the training institutes as Railway Engineers’ Training Institutes instead of Supervisors’ Training Institutes.
  20. Ensure CUG facilities to all Railway Engineers and increase the CUG utility amount to minimum Rs 500/­ for JE and equivalent and Rs 1000/­ for SSE and equivalent.
  21.  Provide brief case to all Railway Engineers irrespective of any condition.
  22. Set up technical library in all divisional / HQ office including workshops, loco sheds under functional management of Engineers Associations of the unit.
  23. Stop unnecessary inspections on Sundays & holidays by higher officers except during unusual incidences like accidents, derailments. etc.
  24. Ensure compulsory weekly rest to field staff and to implement 8 hours duty schedule, sanction additional night duty posts of Engineers where it is not yet exists
  25. Fill up all existing vacant posts to stop short­cut method.
  26. Create new posts as per new assets.
  27. Increase exemption limit Income tax to Rs 8 Lakhs and exemption of all allowances from Income tax.

AIREF expresses that the seventh CPC has ignored all factors i.e. education, duties and responsibilities of the railway engineers, and only concentrated on upgrading the pay structures of non­core, non­technical and non safety categories, Engineer Sanjib warned that it will affect seriously the government’s dream project to run a bullet train in the future.

He said that when several railway safety committees such as the Justice Khanna Committee, the Justice Wanchoo Committee and the Justice Sikiri Committee have categorically recommended giving railway engineers separate recognition in view of their separate nature of duties, responsibilities, mode of recruitment and training etc., why was this government shying away from granting it.

“We have had a good meetings with the commission at several places at different cities of the country. The chairman has assured to give justice by giving Group­B status and good pay structures with perks. But now, we have found that the commission has betrayed us,” Engineer Kumar said.

AIREF Secretary General Engineer Ashok Kumar Tyagi described the lot of railway engineers as disappointing and unfortunate.

“It is the worst ever pay commission report among seven pay commissions,” he maintained.

A.V. Swamy, Member of the Rajya Sabha from Odisha and a member of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Water Resources, and a former engineer, justified the railway engineers protest.

He said, “When the rights and demands of railway engineers are denied, the chance of technical advancement of the railways is remote.”

Lok Sabha Member B. Majhi and ex­engineer­in­chief of E. Co. Railways, said, “Pay commissions have continuously ignored the just demands of the railway engineers.”

Rajya Sabha Member A.B. Rapolu said, “The Railway Board has denied justice to its technocrats. Junior engineers and SSEs must be granted Group B gazetted status at par with other central government departments

The AIREF said that the railway ministry has been giving only conventional replies and this would eventually affect the safety and economy of the railways seriously.

Source : Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association

Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission are very disappointing – BPMS

Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission are very disappointing – BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

REF: BPMS / OFB / 7th CPC / 251 (8/2/M)
Dated: 01/12/2015
To,
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Kind Attention : Shri S K Sinha, DDG/IR

Subject : Views / Comments of BPMS on the recommendations of 7th CPC

Reference : OFB letter No. 11/7th CPC/2015, Dated 27.11.2015

Respected Sir,
With due regards, it is submitted that this federation has gone through the recommendations of 7th CPC and found that the recommendations are very disappointing. It appears that the 7th CPC has not considered the genuine demands of the OFB in correct perspective. Hence, OFB is requested to examine the following matters related to the Cadres:-

1. Industrial Cadre :-

(i) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of Skilled employees should be enhanced from Rs. 1900/- to Rs. 2400/-.
(ii) Further, Highly Skilled Gr-II in GP 2400/- and Highly Skilled in GP 2800/-should be merged in a single GP of Rs. 2800/-

(iii) Inter Grade ratio should be same in MOD, Railways & other ministries which is as under in Railways-

Skilled – 20%
Highly Skilled – 64% (HS-II 20%, HS-I 44%)
Master Craftsman – 16%
(iv) To retain the experienced employees in industrial cadre without financial hardships, it has been demanded that Master Craftsman may be promoted to MCM (Selection Grade) in the same GP of Junior Works Manager.

2. Supervisory Staff :-

(i) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of Junior Works Manager should be upgraded from Rs. 4600/- to Rs. 4800/- so that after completion of 04 yrs regular service incumbents may be placed in the GP 5400/-.

(ii) Inter Grade ratio (Chargeman & JWM) should equal for Technical, Non-Technical & Store Cadre.

3. Clerical Cadre :-
(i) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of LDC should be upgraded from Rs. 1900/- to Rs. 2400/- at par with Skilled.
(ii) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of UDC should be upgraded from Rs. 2400/- to Rs. 2800/-.

(iii) BPMS has demanded that the benefit of Non Functional Upgradation to 30% UDC in Secretariat in GP 4200/- on completion of 05 yrs should be extended to the UDCs posted in the Subordinate Offices/Establishments.

4. Store Keeping Cadre :-

(i) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of Store Keeper should be upgraded from Rs. 1900/- to Rs. 2400/- at par with Skilled / LDC.

(ii) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of Supervisor should be upgraded from Rs. 2400/- to Rs. 2800/- at par with UDC / HS.

5. Stenographers Cadre :-

(i) BPMS has demanded that the Grade Pay of Stenographer should be upgraded from Rs. 2400/- to Rs. 2800/- at par with UDC / HS.

(ii) BPMS has demanded that the benefit of Non Functional Upgradation to 30% Steno GM!! in Secretariat in GP 4200/- on completion of 05 yrs should be extended to the Stenographers posted in the Non-Secretariat/Subordinate Offices/Establishments.

6. Fire Fighting Cadre :-

(i) Recommendations of 6th CPC on Fire Fighting Cadre have not been implemented in OFB at par with other Directorates of MOD. 07 CPC has recommended in Para 7.7.24 for drafting of Model Recruitment Rules for the Firefighting Staff of all Central Government Departments and UTs with similar designation and pay structure.

7. Motor Transport Cadre :-
(i) 07th CPC has stated in Para 7.7.16 that Ministry / Departments maycreate supervisory posts as Motor Transport Officer, Transport Supervisor, depending upon the Cadre strength and functional justification. Hence, OFB should create the post of Transport Officer & Motor Transport Officer.

8. Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) :-
(i) Contrary to the recommendations of 07th CPC mentioned in Para 7.7.37,BPMS demands that promotional quota should be enhanced from existing 5% and non-functional upgradation at promotional level should be granted to MTS.

9. Hospital Staff :-

(i) Laboratory Technicians :- As per 07th CPC recommendations, OFB/MOD should take appropriate action for aligning the Laboratory Staff in the line of cadre structure finalized by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The existing incumbents not possessing the revised qualification (BSc plus DMLT) may be granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- w.e.f. 01.01.2006 if they have completed 05 yrs regular service.

Considering their job requirement, the incumbents should be granted Conveyance Allowance for visiting Pathology Laboratory outside of the normal duty hours.

(ii) Radiographers :- The existing hierarchy of Radiographers in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (as mentioned in Para 7.6.88 of 07th CPC) should also be implemented in OFB.

(iii) Pharmacist :- 07th CPC has mentioned in Para 7.6.102 that sufficient justification does not exist to upgrade the pay levels scales of Pharmacist.

Considering the proper justification annexed with this letter, the Entry Grade Pay of Pharmacist should be upgraded to Rs. 4200/-. The Existing hierarchy of Pharmacists in Ministry of Railways / Ministry of Health & Family Welfare should also be implemented in OFB.

(iv) Medical Assistant :- Dressers of Ministry of Railways are equivalent to Medical Assistant of OFB. 07th CPC has recommended (in Para 7.6.108) that entry level qualification of Dressers is Class XII with 03 yrs experience of dressing of wounds. Hence, a higher Grade Pay of Rs. 2000/- from Rs. 1800/- would be granted to the incumbents. It further states that the existing incumbents not possessing the revised qualification may be granted the replacement pay level for the time being but on completion of 05 yrs regular service in GP 1800, they may be granted the GP of Rs. 2000/-. This should also be implemented for Medical Assistant in OFB.

(v) Mid Wife :- The entry level qualification of Mid Wife is 10+2 or equivalent with Science and 02 yrs Auxiliary Nursing Mid Wife Course and must have working knowledge of computers as per SRO 88, dated 03.08.2005. The 05th CPC has recommended the pay scale of Rs. (4000-6000) but it has not been granted to the incumbents in OFB. Hence, the existing incumbents not possessing the revised qualification may be granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 2400/- w.e.f. 01.01.2006 if they have completed 05 yrs regular service.

10. Security Staff :-
(i) The existing hierarchy of Security Staff in Department of Atomic Energy (as mentioned in Para 11.2.18 of 07th CPC) or Security Staff in DRDO under Ministry of Defence (as mentioned in Para. 11.12.129 of 07th CPC) should also be implemented in OFB.



11. Rajbhasha Cadre :-

(i) The 07th CPC has mentioned in Para 11.22.126 that the incumbents of Rajbhasha Cadre has demanded for creation of new posts, merger and upgradation of existing posts and re-designation of various posts with upgraded pay scales but the Commission is not dealing with issues relating to cadre restructuring.

(ii) However, considering the stagnation in the Official Language Cadre in OFB, number of posts of Senior Hindi Translators and Assistant Director/Official Language / Hindi Officer should be equated to provide adequate promotional prospects to them.

12. EDP Staff :-

(i) Senior Data Entry Operators may be merged with Chargeman (Tech) and this cadre may be abolished.

13. Canteen Staff :-
(i) Though 07th CPC has not upgraded the Grade Pay of this cadre, however, OFB should prepare a Cadre Review so that Canteen Employees may be promoted and stagnation may be removed.

Further, comments/views on the general recommendations are being offered separately for kind consideration.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS

7th Pay Commission recommendations are far beneficial than all the Pay Commissions so far except few flaws

7th Pay Commission recommendations are far beneficial than all the Pay Commissions so far except few flaws

VII CPC RECOMMENDATIONS ARE FAR BENEFICIAL THAN ALL THE PAY COMMISSIONS SO FAR EXCEPT FEW FLAWS

Financial benefits to be reaped by central government employees through the recommendation of seventh central pay commission are going to be in leaps and bounds : Criticizing the recommendations of the VII Central Pay Commission without fully studying the report and jumping to the conclusion that the pay commission has done injustice to the central government employees is not fair.

The Seventh Central Pay Commission have done an excellent job by presenting the VII CPC Report within the scheduled time and without much anomalies that were vastly found in VI CPC Report. Abolition of Pay Band and Grade Pay System deserve appreciation. Pay matrix have been worked out with brilliance which provide minimum entry scale as well as fitment table for existing employees according to the increments drawn unlike the 3 methods of fixation adopted by VI CPC among new recruits, promotees and existing employees which caused great disparity and anomaly in pay fixation. The hike granted is also quite substantial which in fact is more than what VI CPC had granted.

While the increase granted by VII CPC actually come to 32% of the pre-revised existing Basic pay, the increase is projected as 15% wrongly by the media including the VII CPC in its comparison table which unnecessarily have been paving the way for resentment and unrest among the central government employees who would not have fully studied the report. While projecting the percentage of increase the VI CPC,had taken into account only the basic pay . Whereas the VII CPC had reckoned D.A. element also to project the percentage of increase which gives a wrong picture of around 15% hike.

A clear analysis of the recommendations shall throw insight on the vast financial benefits that the central government servants are going to reap for years to come. Let me analyse the salient features of the recommendations thread bare in an unbiased mind to present a true picture:

1. Basic Pay: The VII CPC has arrived at a factor of 2.57 for multiplication with the pre-revised pay and pay band to arrive at new Basic Pay. While the pre-revised Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay is to be deemed as 100%, the D.A. as on 1/1/2016 constitute 125% totaling to 225% in other words 2.25 factor. This is the actual Pay, Grade Pay and D.A, a government servant would be drawing as on 1/1/2016 under the VI CPC pay pattern. The VII CPC added 32% hike uniformly to all the employees as fitment benefit to the existing pay and grade pay and raised it to 257% or 2.57 factor.

What is to be noted here is although the VI CPC had granted 40% of the maximum of the basic pay scale of the pre-revised V CPC pay as fitment benefit and shown it separately as Grade Pay, yet the present hike of 32% in pay and grade pay is more than that because the existing basic pay containing pay and grade pay already contain 1.86 factor +40% fitment benefit offered by V CPC i.e. 72% D.A as on 1/1/2006, in other words 86% D.A as on 1/1/2006(i.e 50% Dearness Pay and 24% DA and 24% D.A on 50% D.P which come to 12% totaling to 86% plus Grade Pay of 40% totaling to 226 or 2.26 factor Therefore virtually 32% of increase presently granted by VII CPC on the 6th CPC Pay consisting of 1.86 factor plus Grade Pay of 40% totaling to 226 or 2.26 factor actually come to 72.32% hike (226 x 32% = 72.32%) when we have to compare the hike of VII CPC with VI CPC and in terms of the amount.

2. Dearness Allowance: The VII CPC had rightly added 6% D.A. notionally for the period 1/7/2015 to 31/12/2015 to the existing 119% D.A and merged 125% of D.A. on the pre-revised pay and Grade Pay in its revised Basic pay. What is more – the future D.A payable every 6 months as per the All India Consumer Price Index is going to be calculated retaining the same formula of 115.76(Base year 2001=100). Continuance of D.A calculation formula as per the existing rate for the revised Basic Pay which include 125% of D.A as on 1/1/2016 and 32% fitment benefit certainly is going to increase the salary level hugely as the D.A. increase every 6 months may continue to be in the range of 6% to 7%.

3. House Rent Allowance: Although the existing percentage of HRA has been reduced to 0.8 factor i.e. to 80 percent which comes to 24%, 16% and 8% for the X, Y and Z cities respectively, yet there is more than 100% increase in the present HRA rate as a result of payment of HRA on the revised basic pay which include 125% D.A. and 32% fitment benefit totaling to 257 or 2.57 factor. The percentage of increase of HRA come to 61.68% of the existing pre-revised pay and grade pay for X cities which carry only 30% at present(257 x 24%=61.68). The HRA come to 41.12% of the existing pre-revised pay and grade pay for Y cities which carry only 20% at present(257 x 16%=41.12).. Similarly the HRA come to 20. 56% of the existing pre-revised pay and grade pay for Y cities which carry only 10% at present(257 x 8%=20.56).. Thus the present hike in HRA is more than 100% of the existing HRA amount drawn. Further when D.A crosses 50% HRA will be raised to 27%, 18% and 9% and when D.A. crosses 100% HRA will be raised to 30%, 20% and 10%. It must be seen that HRA rate recommended by VII CPC at present itself is very huge.

4. Transport Allowance: 125% of D.A. as on 1/1/2016 have been merged to the existing slab and revised Transport Allowance slabs have been arrived at on exact basis. For example the Transport Allowance after merger of D.A to the existing slab of Rs.3200, 1600 and 600 gets raised to 7200, 3200 and 1350 respectively. Further The D.A gets added once in every 6 months as per the CPI index. Therefore there will be steep increase in Transport Allowance amount every 6 months as the D.A rate enhances.

5. Annual Increment: Retaining 3% increment is quite okay because the 3% increment is granted on revised basic pay which constitute pay, grade pay D.A. at 125% and 32% hike in the existing basic pay as fitment benefit. Of course the benefit is marginal only from the existing monetary benefit that accrue on increment.

6. Children Education Allowance: Hiked by 25% i.e. to Rs.2250 per month with simiar rise in hostel fee.

7. Child Care Leave: Recommended for single male parent also. 80% salary for the next 365 days of the total 730 days is a welcome measure to discourage misuse of Child Care Leave.

8. House Building Advance raised from a meager limit of 7.5 lakhs to 25 lakhs

9. Group Insurance Schme: Increasing Group Insurance limit to such a stupendous level of Rs.50.00 lakhs, 25 lakhs and 15 lakhs shall provide adequate succor to the bereaved family of the government servants who die while in service.

10. Retirement Benefits:

i. Pension: 32% hike in the basic pension(2.57 factor) with one more option for ensuring equal pension for equal number of years of service as in the case of defence which perhaps was not demanded by any central government employees forum is a milestone of the recommendation.

ii. Gratuity: Retention of Gratuity at 16.5 months of revised basic pay and D.A . shall increase the take home gratuity amount. Doubling of Gratuity amount from Rs.10.00 lakhs to Rs.20.00 lakhs with provision for raising the Gratuity limit by 25% when D.A. crosses 50% i.e. to Rs.25 lakhs is a great relief to middle level and higher level employees whose remuneration for 16.5 months are much higher than the existing Rs.10.00 lakhs and who would be saved from losing several lakhs as a result of enhancement of gratuity limit.

iii. Commutation of Pension: Retention of Pension commutation at 40% of the revised basic pension which stands increased by 2.57 times as a result of merger of 125% D.A and 32% fitment benefit shall correspondingly increase the take home pension commutation by 2.57 times. For example, an employee who may be otherwise getting only Rs.5.00 lakhs as pension commutation on the existing Pay+Grade Pay under VI CPC recommendation, may get Rs.12.85 lakhs as pension commutation under VII CPC recommendation.

iv. E.L. encashment: Retention of E.L encashment at the existing 300 days is also a welcome gesture.
Surely there will be 60 to 70 percent increase in the overall take home retirement benefits when compared to the existing retirement benefits

All these monetary benefits recommended by the VII Pay Commission, shall definitely provide an insight about the genuine concern of the Hon’ble Chairman and the Members of the VII Pay Commission to improve the financial situation of the central government employees. The criticisms raised against the Pay Commission’s recommendations are totally unwarranted.

SOME FLAWS OBSERVED IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH NEED RECTIFICATION BY GOVERNENT:

1. Retention of 3% increment on basic pay in case of promotion leads to lower financial benefits than the existing benefits: In the matter of increment on promotion, the Chairman and the Members of the VII CPC have erred, since the financial benefit would be much lower than what a government servant would have got under VI CPC recommendation on promotion, because the existing benefit on promotion carry change in grade pay apart from 3% increase in Pay+Grade Pay. The following illustration shall show the huge difference:

Suppose an employee whose Pay is Rs.24210/- and the Grade pay is Rs. 5400 totalling to Rs.29610(in the Pay band of 15600-39100), gets his next promotion to the Grade Pay of Rs.6600/- he will be entitled to the following hike in total remuneration under the existing VI CPC recommendation:

Rs.29610 x 3% increment =Rs.890

Difference in Grade Pay from Rs.5400 to Rs.6600= Rs.1200

Total increase of increment in basic pay and Grade Pay= Rs.2090

D.A. at 125% as on 1/1/2016 on Rs.2090 = Rs.2613

HRA at 30%(assuming X city) on Rs.2090 =Rs.627

Total monetary benefit = Rs.5330/-

Whereas the net monetary benefit under VII CPC recommendation, as a result of promotion in the above case will be much lower than the above illustraion as shown under:

Equivalent Basic Pay for Rs.29610 come to Rs77700 as per pay matrix

Rs.77700 x 3% increment =Rs.2331(rounded to 2300)

D.A. at 0% as on 1/1/2016 on Rs.2300 = 0

HRA at 24%(assuming X city) on Rs.2300 =Rs.552

Total monetary benefit = Rs.2852/-only as against the existing Rs.5330/- leading to shortage of Rs. 2478/- This is a big blunder committed by the VII Pay commission.

Therefore the increment on promotion should be atleast 5 to 6% to bring the benefit of increment on promotion to the existing level.

2. Non recommendation for merger of 50% of D.A. with basic pay when D.A. crosses 50% is a great disappointment:

The long standing demand of the central government employees for merger of 50% D.A with basic was not implemented by the government on the excuse that the VI CPC had not made such a proposal. The VII CPC is totally silent about this aspect. It appears no one has demanded the same before the VII CPC for consideration.

It is quite surprising that such a vital issue of non-recommendation of merger of D.A with basic pay when D.A crosses 50% is not being opposed by any central government associations or pointed out by the the media. Had it been recommended by the VII CPC, the government would have implemented the same and the benefit of hike in salary as a result of merger of D.A with basic when it cross 50%, would be so vast that no government servant would crave for a need for timely setting up of next VIII Central Pay commission.

3. Disparity in fitment factor among existing and new recruits at various pay levels: The grant of higher percentage of fitment benefit to new recruits at 2.62 factor(37% increase on Pay+Grade Pay), 2.67) factor(42% increase on Pay+Grade Pay) and 2.72 factor(47% increase on Pay+Grade Pay) etc., is reminiscent of VI Pay Commission’s recommendations which led to disparity among promotees and new recruits. Uniform method should have been adopted. There are chances of persons with more service in a particular pay level getting equal salary with his junior by one or 2 year. This needs rectification.

4. Likely disparities in pension fixation whereby junior may get more pension than the seniors as a result of recommendation under option 2:
The VII CPC has recommended a factor of 2.57 for multiplication of existing basic pension to arrive at revised basic pension. This of course shall not lead to any disparity in pay fixation.
Where as the 2nd option to get the pension fixed as per the number of increments drawn in the particular pay level prior to retirement, may result in great disparities whereby the juniors may get much more than senior pensioners who retired in a higher pay with more basic pension, but with less number of service in the promoted post which he would have held at the time of retirement. Because for arriving at pension under the 2nd option, only the number of years served by a government servant in the particular level of pay at the time of retirement should be taken into consideration as per VII CPC recommendation for exercising the second option.

Therefore in order to arrive at a correct picture to ensure equal pension for civilians for equal number of years, the number of years of service at various level should be taken into account in all the levels from the date of joining the government service till retirement.

5. Suggestion of the Chairman, VII CPC, to do away with setting up of future central pay commissions and give proportionate hike annually to avoid financial burden is a wrong proposal:
The Pay Commissions are set up by the government, to look into the current salary structure and to recommend the hike needed in the pay and other allowances on the basis of the current economic scenario. The Pay Commissions recommendations are not meant for providing financial benefit for the past 10 years, but for future 10 years. The additional financial implication of about Rs.1,02,100 crore i.e. 23.55% in the existing financial liability for implementation of the recommendation is only for one year. i.e.2016-17 which proportionately gets increased every year for the next 10 years. Therefore the suggestion of the Chairman to do away with setting up any more pay commissions and instead to grant proportionate rise in salary every year is a big flaw. It is not clear what the Hon’ble Chairman of the VII CPC really want to suggest. Such a suggestion really shall baffle all the financial experts since the very quantum of additional increase in salary every year comes on the basis of recommendation of the pay commission. Does the Chairman suggest to government to grant further increase in salary every year over and above what the VII CPC have recommended?

6. Questions that need to be answered by the Pay Commission/Government:

a). While adequate amount is provided out of the minimum basic pay of Rs.18,000/-for monthly food items for 3 persons of a family unit which is quite sufficient even for 6 members in a family, but adequate provision is not made towards house rent and educational aspects. The House Rent admissible in X Cities at 24% for Rs.18000/- comes to only Rs.4320/- No family can get a good accommodation for this rate even in Z category cities. There should be a minimum of at least Rs.8000/- as House Rent Allowance in X category cities and a maximum ceiling of Rs.25000/- should be imposed, since persons in higher basic pay stand to get hefty amount as House Rent Allowance which is not advisable.

b). There is no point in granting Children Education Allowance only upto 12th Standard. Any one with 12th Std. qualification can at the most go for a helper job or MTS in government offices. Certainly no welfare government will have such a narrow concept of making the wards of government employees limit their education upto 12th Std. with a view of providing them menial jobs. Therefore government should encourage high level education and pay Children Education Allowance upto Post Graduation level.

CONCLUSION:

Except for the above flaws which need to be rectified, the recommendations of the VII CPC are by and large beneficial and therefore there should be no cause for resentment among the central government employees. They should rejoice over the benefits offered by the VII CPC since the recommendations of the VII Pay Commission are going to yield huge financial benefits in the long run. However, there is a need to take up the matter with the government on the issues which really need intervention by the government to set right the anomalies.

In a nutshell the Chairman and Members of the VII CPC have done a commendable job and fulfilled their mission successfully ensuring justice to all levels of central government employees without any need for worrying about their bread and butter. They really deserve appreciation for presenting an employee friendly report which surely is far beneficial in the history of pay commissions constituted so far.

M.DORAI
Deputy Director
ESIC Model Hospital
(Ministry of Labour, Government of India)
Rajajinagar,
Bangalore

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