Saturday, 19 December 2015

Former Defence Secretary R K Mathur appointed new CIC

Former Defence Secretary R K Mathur appointed new CIC

New Delhi: Former Defence Secretary R K Mathur has been appointed as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), breaking away from the convention of appointing the head from among the serving Information Commissioners.

The post had fallen vacant after Vijai Sharma completed his tenure on December 1.

“R K Mathur has been selected as Chief Information Commissioner,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told PTI.

He will have tenure of about three years, till he attains the age of 65 years.

62-year-old Mathur, a retired IAS officer of Tripura cadre, was made Defence Secretary for a fixed two-year term on May 28, 2013.

Mathur, who did his graduation from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and post graduation from IIT, Delhi, has held various positions in his cadre state and at the Centre.

He had been Secretary in both Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Defence Production and Supplies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee, which has Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjuna Kharge, as its members, had on Wednesday finalised Mathur’s name.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent for appointment of Mathur as CIC, official sources said.
As per RTI Act, CIC is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the selection committee.
The Central Information Commission had been headless twice since the BJP government came into power in 2014.

Earlier, it was without a chief for nearly 10 months after completion of the tenure of the then Chief Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur in August 2014.

At present, there are seven Information Commissioners– Basant Seth, Yashovardhan Azad, Sharat Sabharwal, Manjula Prasher, M A Khan Yusufi, Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu and Sudhir Bhargava.
As per convention, the senior most Information Commissioner is chosen as chief. Presently, Seth is the senior-most Information Commissioner.

The Commission comprises of one chief and ten Information Commissioners. There is still vacancy of three Information Commissioners.

A total of 33,724 complaints and appeals are pending in the Commission, as per official data.

“It is for the first time that government has appointed somebody other than a serving Information Commissioner to the post,” said Commodore (Rtd.) Lokesh Batra, RTI activist.

PTI

Monetary Compensation to Martyred Army Soldiers’ Families

Monetary Compensation to Martyred Army Soldiers’ Families

COMPENSATION TO FAMILIES OF MARTYRED ARMY JAWANS

While answering multiple questions asked by the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Defence Shri.Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written form that the here has been no ambush on Army personnel in J&K in the year 2015 till October, 2015. However, 80 terrorists have been killed and 06 apprehended from 01st January to 31st October, 2015 in J&K. The apprehended terrorists are handed over to State police.

Compensation/benefits being paid to the Next of Kin of Army soldiers (Fatal Battle Casualties) is annexed.

MONETARY COMPENSATION TO ARMY SOLDIERS’ FAMILIES

I. Ex Gratia Lump Sum Compensation from Central Government to Next of Kin (NoK) of Battle Casualty:

(i) Death occurring due to accidents in the course of duties – Rs.10.00 lakh.
(ii) Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc.- Rs.10.00 lakh.
(iii) Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against militants, terrorists, etc.- Rs.15.00 lakh.
(iv) Death occurring during enemy action in International war or war like engagements specifically notified – Rs.20.00 lakh.
(v) Death occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions – Rs.15.00 lakh.

II. Other Monetary Benefits
(i) Liberalised Family Pension: as applicable to Battle Casualty that is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
(ii) Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity: that is based on length of service rendered and emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
(iii) Army Group Insurance Fund:-
a. Officers : Rs. 50.00 lakh
b. JCO/ORs : Rs. 25.00 lakh
(iv) Army Group Insurance Maturity that is based on the contribution made by the deceased Army personnel.
(v) Army Wives Welfare Association Fund:-
a. Officers : Rs.10,000/-
b. JCOs/ORs : Rs.15,000/- (w.e.f. 01 Apr, 2015)
(vi) Army Officers Benevolent Fund : Rs.50,000/-
(vii) Army Central Welfare Fund: Rs.30,000/-

III. Other Benefits:

(i) Education Concession
(ii) Air Travel Concession
(iii) Telephone Concession

Assistant Archivists, Archivists and Scientific Officer to get Higher Grade Pay -7th CPC recommendation

Assistant Archivists, Archivists and Scientific Officer to get Higher Grade Pay -7th CPC recommendation

7th Pay Commission has recommended higher Grade Pay for National Archives of India Posts – Assistant Archivists (GP 4200 to GP 4600), Archivists(GP 4600 to GP 4800) and Scientific Officers (GP 4600 to GP 4800) and a non-functional upgrade to GP 5400 (PB-2) after four years. These employees should be placed at the appropriate level in the Pay Matrix.

7th Pay Commission has recommended higher Grade Pay for Assistant Archivists, Archivists and Scientific Officer of National Archives of India

Seventh Pay Commission has recommended higher Grade Pay for Assistant Archivists (GP 4200 to GP 4600), Archivists(GP 4600 to GP 4800) and Scientific Officers (GP 4600 to GP 4800) of National Archives of India


National Archives of India

Assistant Archivists


Assistant Archivists, presently in GP 4200 are being currently recruited through the Staff Selection Commission. They are the feeder cadre for Archivists who are in the GP 4600.

The Commission has received representation for a higher entry pay scale with GP 4800 for Assistant Archivists. To advance their case they have stated that the entry level education qualification for the post is post-graduation and one year diploma in archival studies or two years experience of research in modern Indian History.

Analysis and Recommendations

The Commission notes that that Assistant Archivists are being currently recruited through the Staff Selection Commission. The ministry in its reply to the Commission have supported the demand of the Association of Indian Archivists and suggested a GP 4800 for Assistant Archivists which is slightly higher than the GP 4600 available for the Assistants of CSS. For the post of Archivists, the ministry has suggested GP 5400 (PB-3).

The Commission taking note of the demands made, reply of the ministry, the role of Archivists and the entry level qualifications recommends as under:

  • The existing cadre of Assistant Archivists should be upgraded to GP 4600 from the existing GP 4200, and then placed at the appropriate level in the Pay Matrix.
  • Accordingly, the Commission recommends upgradation in the pay for the cadre of Archivists to GP 4800 from the existing GP 4600. After upgradation, these employees should be placed at the appropriate level in the Pay Matrix.

    

Assistant  Microphotographist/Assistant  Chemist  and  Microphotographist/ScientificOfficer

The Commission has received representation for a higher entry pay scale with GP 4800 in place of the current GP 4200 for Assistant Microphotographist and Assistant Chemists.

To advance their case they have stated that they are professionals in conservation/preservation of records and have lower entry level pay scales than their counterparts in the National Museum. Similarly for the post of Micro-photographist and Scientific Officer a higher GP 5400 (PB-3) has been sought.

Analysis and Recommendations

The Commission notes that that Assistant Microphotographist and Assistant Chemist are being currently recruited through the Staff Selection Commission and their entry level qualification is graduation. They are the feeder cadre for Microphotographist and Scientific Officer respectively who are in the GP 4600. The essential qualifications for a Scientific Officer is post graduation/Bachelor of Engineering in paper technology with three years experience in research/teaching in a recognised educational institution etc.

The ministry in its reply to the Commission have endorsed the demand of the Association for revision to GP 4800 for the cadre of Assistant Microphotographist and Assistant Chemist. For Microphotographist/Scientific Officer the ministry has recommended GP 5400 (PB-2).

The Commission taking note of the entry level qualification of graduation does not recommend any upgradation in the pay of Assistant Microphotographist and Assistant Chemist.

The Commission is recommending upgradation in the pay for the post of Scientific Officer from the existing GP 4600 to GP 4800, and a non-functional upgrade to GP 5400 (PB-2) after four years. After upgradation, these employees should be placed at the appropriate level in the Pay Matrix.

Issue of Pensioners Identity Card to pensioners – Pension Portal Issued Orders on 17.12.2015

Issue of Pensioners Identity Card to pensioners – Pension Portal Issued Orders on 17.12.2015

No.41/2/2000-P&PW(D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS WELFARE
LOK NAYAK BHAVAN, KHAN MARKET,
NEW DELHI, DATED THE 17TH December, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Issue of Pensioners’ Identiy Card to Pensioners

The undersinged is directed to say that the revised instructions laying down guidelines/specifications for issue of Identiy Card for pensioners have been issued vide this Department’s OM of even no. dated 12.08.2015 and 20.08.2015. Meetings were also taken on this issue by Secretary (Pension) with the representatives of all Ministries/Departments on 3rd/4th September 2015. A copy of the minutes of the meeting is again sent herewith.

2. This Department has procured a duplex thermal Colour Printer. This printer was launched by Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 26.11.2015 at Vigyan Bhawan in the Awareness Workshop on Bhavishya. Plastic Identity Cards generated through Bhavishya Software were issued to the retiring/retired employees of the Departments under MOS(PP). Specimen copy of Identity Card is enclosed.

3. It is requested that necessary action to issue Plastic Identity Cards to the employees retiring from your Ministries/Departments and attached and subordinate offices under your control may be taken. Inhouse / ourside printing facility may be used as appropriate depending on the requirements.

Enclosures : as above
sd/-
(Harjit Singh)
Dy. Secretary to the Govt. of India

Minutes of the meetings held in the Conference Hall, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi on 3rd and 4th September, 2015 to discuss the issues regarding Pensioners’ Identity Card and verification of qualifying service for pension.

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Proposed guidelines on reiteration of instructions on verification of claims of candidates belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs for purpose of appointment to posts/services

Verification of claims of candidates belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs for purpose of appointment to posts/services – Dopt orders

No.36011/1/2012-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Reservation — I Section
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated the 7 December, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Proposed guidelines on reiteration of instructions on verification of claims of candidates belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs for purpose of appointment to posts/services-reg.

It is proposed to reiterate instructions to State Governments/Union Territories regarding verification of claims of candidates belonging to reserved categories for the purpose of appointment to posts & services in Central Government.

2. It is requested that draft instructions may be posted on the website of the Department for inviting comments/suggestions from various stake-holders including M/o Social Justice & Empowerment. Comments/suggestions received up to 8.1.2016 will be considered before the issue of instructions.

sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
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Authority : www.persmin.gov.in

Pay Revision for Kerala Government Employees would be implemented by February

Pay Revision for Kerala Government Employees would be implemented by February

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today told the state assembly that new pay scales for government employees would be implemented by January end or in February next.

Replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue moved by CPI(M)-led LDF opposition, Chandy said the cabinet sub-committee, set up to study the 10th Pay Revision Commission report,had already considered the report two times.

The report was submitted in July last.

Government would not delay implementing salary revision, the chief minister said, adding, “UDF government would take employees into confidence before implementing the revision.”

Seeking notice for the motion, A K Balan (CPI-M) said UDF was trying to sabotage the recommendations by delaying it even though the report was submitted six months ago.

More than five lakh government employees and four lakh pensioners would benefit by the revision, he said.

PTI

Pay of Central Government Employees and Bank Employees after 7th Pay Commission Report

Pay of Central Government Employees and Bank Employees after 7th Pay Commission Report

Comparison of Pay of Central Government Employees and Bank Employees after 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement and 7th Pay Commission Recommendations

No doubt, careers in both Central Government as well as PSU Banks are much sought after among job aspirants. Then, which one is better among these two?

It would be an effort of comparing and apples and oranges if these two are set against each. Both these careers have different service conditions and have their own merits and demerits. While Bank Employees Pay and allowances are revised every five Years, Central Government Employees are due for pay revision every ten years.

However, salary at various levels in these sectors are being compared regularly. Prior to implementation of 10th Bipartite Settlement many bank unions and individuals from banks demanded for equating salary of bank employees with that of government employees. To justify their demand they had come up with a comparison of salary of Group C & D employees in PB-1 of Central Government Service and Sub-Staff in Banks. Like wise pay and allowances of a Graduate Assistant (clerical staff) and officers in both of these organisations were also compared.

The following tables provides those comparisons (Salary before implementation of 10th Bipartite wage Settlement)

MONTHLY SALARY OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STAFF AND BANK STAFF (OTHER THAN OFFICERS) AS ON 01-08-2013



Central Govt. Staff (in Pay Band –1) Sub-staff in Banks
Basic Pay 4,860 5,850
Grade Pay 1,800 N I L
Special Pay (at the minimum for bank staff) N I L 340
Total 6,660 6,190
Dearness Allowance 5,994 (@90%) 5,506 (@88.95%)
H.R.A. 1,998 (@30%) 619 (@10%)
C.C.A. N I L N I L
Transport Allowance 1,140 (600+90% DA) 225
Staff Welfare/Provisions N I L 500
Newspaper N I L 100
Gross Monthly salary 15,792 13,140

Pay and Allowances Central Govt. Graduate Assistant (in Pay Band – 2) Clerical staff in Banks
Basic Pay 8,700 7,200
Grade Pay 4,200 N I L
Special Pay (at the minimum for bank staff) N I L 500
Total 12,900 7,700
Dearness Allowance 11,610 6,849
H.R.A. 3,870 770
Transport Allowance 3,040 (1,600+90% DA) 225
Staff Welfare/Provisions N I L 500
Newspaper N I L 100
Gross Monthly salary 31420 16,144

MONTHLY SALARY OF OF OFFICERS IN BANKS AND CENTRAL GOVT AS ON 01-08-2013
Various Components of Monthly Pay Central Government Officers (in Pay Band – 3 –Stage I) Bank Officers in JMGS I
Basic Pay 15,600 14,500
Grade Pay 5,400 N I L
Total of Basic + Grade Pay 21,000 14,500
Dearness Allowance 18,900(@90%) 12,898(@88.95%)
H.R.A. 6,300(@30%) 1,233(@8.5%)
C.C.A.(Maximum@4% for bank officers) N I L 540
Transport Allowance / Monthly Conveyance 6,080(3,200+90% DA) 2,200(30 litres of petrol)
Staff Welfare N I L 500
Staff Entertainment Expenses (prorata) N I L 300
Gross Monthly salary 52,280 32,171

Present Position of Salary after implementation of 10th BPC for bank employees and release of 7th Pay Commission Report In May 2015, IBA accpted to grant overall 15% increase in pay slip component of bank employees with effect from November 2012 which will be valid for five years. Also, we have the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in black and white now. 7CPC has proposed an increase of 14.29% in Basic Pay alone and overall increase in Pay and allowances will be 23.55% as per Finance Ministry official press release.


In this background we have attempted here to compare the revised pay and allowances of Bank Employees and 7CPC proposed pay and allowances of Central Government Employees.

It may please be kept mind that this exercise is merely an arithmetical comparison and the same do not advocate anything relating to conclusion that one is better than the other.  As we mentioned earlier, nature of work, service conditions and intrinsic benefits involved in respect of employees of these organisations are not comparable.

Pay and Allowances as on 01.01.2016 7CPC proposed entry pay for PB-1 (Rs) Sub-staff in Banks (Rs)
Basic Pay 18,000 10,535 **
Special Allowance – 7.75% N I L 817
Total 18,000 11,352
Dearness Allowance 4,518 (@39.80%)
H.R.A. 2,880 (@16%) *** 1,053 (@10%)
Transport Allowance 900 *** 425

Gross Monthly salary

21,780

17,348


Pay and Allowances in 2016 7CPC proposed entry pay for PB-2
(Graduate Assistant and Equivalent)
Graduate Clerical Staff in Banks
Basic Pay 35,400 13,730 **
Special Allowance – 7.75% N I L 1,064
Total 35,400 14,794
Dearness Allowance 5,888 (@39.80%)
H.R.A. 5,664 (@16%) *** 1,373 (@10%)
Transport Allowance 1,800 *** 425

Gross Monthly salary

42,864

22,480


Pay and Allowances in 2016 7CPC proposed entry pay for PB-3
(Group-1)
Officers in Banks (Scale-1)
Basic Pay 56,100 27,620 **
Special Allowance – 7.75% N I L 2,141 (grade pay)
Total 56,100 29,761
Dearness Allowance 11,855 (@39.80%)
H.R.A. 8,976 (@16%) *** 2,489 (@9%)
Transport Allowance 3,600 *** 870

Gross Monthly salary

68,676

44,975


 ** As 10th BPS was implemented with effect from 2012, Basic Pay of sub-staff, Clerical Staff and officer as on 2016 will be basic pay with four increments, which are calculated to be 10,535/-, 13,730/- and 27,620/- respectively.

*** HRA proposed by 7CPC for X,Y, and Z cateogory cities is 24%, 16% and 8% respectively. We have taken 16% in this case as most of Central Government Employees would be entitled for the same. Like wise, Transport Allowance rate for which most of PB-1 and PB-2 employees would be entitled to has been taken in to account.

Source: gconnect.in

Wage hike in 7th Pay Commission and Trade Union Action

Wage hike in 7th Pay Commission and Trade Union Action

Wage hike and trade union action

Comrades ,
The 7th CPC has cheated the 35 lakhs Central Government Employees and 50 lakhs pensioners, by announcing meagre 14.29% wage hike, in actual term of increase for serving employees after deduction of Income tax, enhanced subscription of CGEIS, licence fee, CGHS etc the net increase is actually varies from 1% to 4 % increase.

The similar situation was existing for central Government employees during the 5th CPC , as the 5th CPC had recommended 20% wage hike after strike notice was served then the Third Front Government agreed to provide 40% wage hike, recently the 6th CPC had provided 54% wage hike.This is lowest wage hike by any pay commission.

The Central Government Employees are having 10 years wage revision against the basic principle of 5 years wage revision adopted by all other Government agency such as Banks Employees, PSU employees etc. The bank employees were initially offered around 10% wage hike , after sustained trade union action they got 15% wage hike from with effect from 1st November 2012. Cumulatively it works out to more than 35 % wage hike for 10 years. The AP and Telangana state government employees got recently 40 % wage hike the pay commission of AP had also adopted Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms and fixed at Rs 13,000/- minimum wage as on 1st July 2013 , if we calculate the minimum wage on this basis for the Central Government Employees the minimum wage works out to Rs 25,000/- and fitment formula of 3.57 .

Comrades let us fight united under the NJCA banner to achieve a decent wage hike, the 7th CPC has erred in the calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees it has fixed at Rs 18000/ against the staff side demand of Rs 26,000/-. while calculating the minimum wage as per Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms the 7th CPC has taken wrong prices of the essential items for example the price of one kg of pulses as Rs 97.84 against the market price of Rs 180/- , similarly the price of one kg of rice and wheat as Rs 25.93 against the market price of Rs 50/- & Rs 40, and 7th CPC has modified the Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms. The 7th CPC has taken 125% DA into consideration, at present the DA is likely to cross 125% , the prices of essential commodity including rice and pulses are showing increase in last month and further rise due to floods and draught in many states.

Overall the 7th CPC has erred in calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees there by denying the correct fitment formula and justify wage hike. Comrade it is time to mobilize, educate and prepare for trade union action. Like bank employees we should also get justify wage agreement.

Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

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