Thursday, 14 January 2016

OROP – UFESM WRITES TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

OROP – UFESM WRITES TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

Dear Veterans,
Letter to Members of Parliament regarding One Rank One Pension (OROP) dated 11 Jan 2016 is enclosed herewith for your information and widest circulation please.

With Regards
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Advisor United Front of ESM & Chairman IESM

UNITED FRONT OF EX –SERVICEMEN (UFESM)
ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)

Dear Members of Parliament,
You are all aware of the issue of One Rank One Pension of Armed Forces. This issue is being debated since 1984 and finally OROP was strongly recommended by Koshyari Committee in 2011
As per Koshyari Committee Report, and the deposition by Secretary (ESW), Ministry of Defence, before the Committee One Rank One Pension is defined as.

Definition
“One Rank One Pension implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces Personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.

The above definition of OROP has been accepted by both houses of the Parliament. Honourable Supreme Court has also ruled in favour of OROP in many judgments. The same definition was included in the Executive Order of the Govt of India for the Implementation of OROP vide its letter No- 12(01)/2014-D (Pen/Pol) dated 26 Feb 2014 (Copy enclosed).

The One Rank One Pension which has been announced on Sep 5, 2015 and notified on Nov 7, 2015 is not the real OROP. It has many anomalies illustrated below which if not corrected will completely destroy the definition of OROP approved by the Parliament.

1. Revision every 5 years instead of every year: This defeats the very concept and definition of OROP.
Illustration: 20 YEARS OF SERVICE FOR THE FOLLOWING 2 SEPOYS:
Sepoy A and Sepoy B join army on 1 July 1991
Sepoy A- retires in Nov 2011- Rs.4000/- as basic wage. Pension = Rs.2000/-.
Sepoy B – retires in March 2012- Rs 4500/- as basic wage (Increment as per Jan 1st). Pension = Rs. 2250/-
A is getting Rs 250+ DA = Rs. 600/- less than B and having served for the same length of service of 20 yrs.
Loss incurred – Rs.7200/- per year or Rs 36,000/- in 5 years.
2. Govt has announced that Benefit of OROP will be effective with effect from 1.7.2014: Instead of 01 Apr 2014, thereby causing a loss to the ESM of 2100 Crores that is presuming annual expenditure of Rs 8400/ crore on OROP.
Illustration: All articles approved in any budget are applicable from 1st April each year. Hence OROP should also be effective from 1st April 2014.
By making it effective from 1st July 2014 government is putting ESM at a loss of Rs.2100/-Crores for three months
3. Govt has announced that Base year for award of OROP to be the calendar year of 2013 instead of Financial Year of 31 March 2014.This defeats the definition of OROP and puts the old pensioners at loss as compared to the present pensioners. This will also mean that a pensioner holding senior rank will get pension less than his junior rank.
Illustration: if Base year for pension is likely to be 2013 as against 31 Mar 2014 when OROP is applicable from 1st April 2014. This put a soldier behind by one year / annual increment which is Rs. 500/-. However if the effective date for implementation is planned to be 1 July 2014 then the pension should be based on 30 June 2014.
4. Fixation of pension as the mean average of the pay band instead of the top level: This adds insult to injury and defeats the definition of OROP. Puts the old pensioners at loss as compared to the present pensioners.
Illustration: By making it the mean of the year 2013 the defence personnel retiring with pension above the mean will be at disadvantage. This would require application of protection clause for a large number of retirees.

Supposing A soldier retires in 1980 on completion of 20 years of service.
OROP means his pension should be brought at par with the pension of the soldier retiring on 31st March 2014 with 20 years of service. By taking mean of min and max pension of 2013, the soldier will be put to financial loss. This loss can only be calculated once pension tables are declared by CGDA.
5. One person judicial committee instead of a five person committee: This commission will not have representative from ESM but will have a member from IAS as secretary. Hence, it is expected that the recommendations of the committee will be influenced by IAS lobby (based on inputs from the IAS lobby). Recommendations of 7 CPC are indications wherein Armed Forces have not been given due justice. However announcement of judicial committee by GOI along with the notification is a clear indication that GOI is sure that this notification is faulty and will not be accepted by the Defence Fraternity.

In the age of smartphones and Social Media, no person is left unaware of the happenings in any part of the country. The serving members of the Armed forces are well aware of the acts of the government and the Protest Movement by the Ex-Servicemen at Jantar Mantar and across the country. The present Prime Minister made a promise to the Armed Forces at Rewari before the General Elections in 2014 that his Government will deliver OROP on taking oath of office if elected to form Govt. Implementation of OROP was also included in the President address to both houses of Parliament when the NDA Govt took over. That promise has not been fulfilled by this Government even after one and half year.

It is a common knowledge that more than 70% of serving soldiers are relatives of the Ex-servicemen. Ill treatments of veterans will have direct de-motivating effect on the serving soldiers.

It is also noteworthy that there is shortage of 30% in the Armed Forces. Policies adopted by the government have led to a situation where the youth of today is de-motivated to join the Armed Forces. Clearly, this shall lead to more reduced number than existing today. These deficiencies are serious nature and have direct bearing on National Security.

May we request you to ponder over the situation and think about the security of India in coming years. May we also request you to ask for serious discussion in Parliament on National Security and nail the Government so that every Indian is educated about the fraud being played on the nation by the GOI. May we also ask you to raise questions in the Parliament and ask the government to Implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) after removal of the seven shortcomings pointed out and issue fresh Notification exactly as per approved definition of OROP.

With Regards
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Advisor United Front of ESM & Chairman IESM
Tele No : 0124-4110579,09312404269
Email : satbirsm@gmail.com

Central Government approved to set up Empowered Committee to process the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in an overall perspective

Central Government approved to set up Empowered Committee to process the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in an overall perspective

Constitution of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet
13-January-2016 16:37 IST
Constitution of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for setting up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, in order to process the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in an overall perspective.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will function as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the 7th CPC in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion.

NFIR writes to JCM Secretary regarding the discussion points in the meeting with DPPW

NFIR writes to JCM Secretary regarding the discussion points in the meeting with DPPW

Issuance of revised PPO,  Settlement file to the Pensioners at the time of retirement, Pension Adalats

Issues to be considered for discussion in the meeting to be held with Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. IV/NC/JCM/COR (PENSION)
Dated: 12/01/2016
The Secretary
JCM (Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi

Dear Brother,

The following issues be considered for discussion in the meeting to be held with the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare:-

(i) Issuance of revised PPOs:-
Representations are received that the revised PPOs have not been issued to the Pensioners in Railways and other departments. It would therefore be necessary to obtain status report from each ministry and fix target date for completion of the issuance of revised PPOs to all pensioners.

(ii) Supply of complete copy of settlement file to the Pensioners at the time of retirement
– Instructions to Ministries may be issued.

(iii) Pension Adalats are not conducted regularly as per laid down policy. Action needs to be taken to see that pension Adalats are held regularly.
Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr.M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Dopt published the proposed ‘Executive Assistant Scheme’ in Central Secretariat on 13.1.2016 and expect comments from stakeholders

Dopt published the proposed ‘Executive Assistant Scheme’ in Central Secretariat on 13.1.2016 and expect comments from stakeholders. 

Introduction of Executive Assistant Scheme in the Central Secretariat regarding

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.7/1/2010-CS.I(P), 13.1.2016

Introduction of Executive Assistant Scheme in the Central Secretariat regarding

A proposal is under consideration of this Department for introduction of Executive Assistant Scheme in the Central Secretariat. The propsed Scheme is attached.

2. The stakeholders concerned viz. Ministries/Departments and Officers of CSS/CSSS/CSCS may furnish their comments, if any, on the porposed scheme within a period of one month of issue of this O.M.

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Raising of Bonus Payment Ceiling to the Central Government Employees

Raising of Bonus Payment Ceiling to the Central Government Employees

Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
No. NC-JCM-2015/S.C
January 11,2015
The Secretary
Government of India
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi- 110 001

Subject: – Raising of Bonus Payment Ceiling to the Central Government Employees.

Reference: – The payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015.

Sir,
The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed by both the houses of the Parliament. The amendment provides that the existing Ceiling limit of Bonus for 30 days Rs. 3,500/- is enhanced to Rs. 7,000/- for 30 days. This amendment will take effect from 01.04.2014 (A copy of the Bill passed in the Parliament is enclosed for your kind ready reference).

You are aware that any change in Bonus Act would be an indicator while deciding the Payment of Bonus to the Central Government Employees. Accordingly, every time when Bonus Act is amended raising the payment ceiling limit, it is extended to Central Government Employees also. This issue was also raised by the Staff Side in the Standing Committee Meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 09th October, 2015.

It is therefore requested that steps may be taken for issuing Government Orders for enhancing the Bonus Payment Ceiling limit of Central Government Employees both PLB and Adhoc Bonus to Rs. 7,000/- w.e.f 01.04.2014 and arrears of PLB and Adhoc Bonus for the year 2014-2015 may be paid to the employees.

An earlier and favorable action is solicited.

Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,
Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Who is a Central Government Employee? - Definition given by 7th Central Pay Commission

Who is a Central Government Employee? - Definition given by 7th Central Pay Commission
Defining a Central Government Employee : The III CPC had attempted to define who is a Central Government employee. It stated that “All persons in the civil services of the Central Government or holding civil posts under that government and paid out of the Consolidated Fund of India.”
The Commission is in broad agreement with what has been stated in the III CPC Report.
For the purposes of its work, the Commission defines Central Government employees as all persons in the civil services of the Central Government or holding civil posts under that government and paid Salaries out of the Consolidated Fund of India. This however, does not include such persons appointed to serve Parliament or the Union Judiciary.
The Commission has obtained data regarding 33.02 lakh Central Government civil personnel, in Civil Ministries/Departments, Defence (Civilians), Posts and Railways5. The analysis includes 0.77 lakh personnel of Delhi Police, who are paid salaries from the Police grant of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Views of Important Stakeholders on Central Government Personnel
The Commission has received representations/memoranda on issues that broadly involve the strength, deployment and expenditure on Central Government personnel.
Joint Consultative Machinery-Staff Side: On the size and nature of government, the JCM-Staff Side has made the following submissions to the Commission:
i. Majority of Central Government employees (88 percent) are either industrial or operational staff and therefore the contention that wage bill of the Central Government is for administrative purpose is ill conceived.
ii. Existence of a large array of personnel employed by the government through contract, pushing a major segment of government functions into informal sector.
iii. Expenditure on pay and allowances over the years as a percentage of revenue receipts and revenue expenditure has been falling.

Source: 90paisa

Clarification on Child Care Leave – Dopt needs comments on this instructions from all Ministries/Departments.

Clarification on Child Care Leave – Dopt needs comments on this instructions from all Ministries/Departments.
Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government Employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations – Clarification regarding
No. 13018/6/2013-Estt.(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
JNU (Old) Campus, New Delhi
Dated the 12th January, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject : Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government Employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations – Clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.13018/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 11/09/2008 regarding introduction of Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government women employees. Subsequently, clarifications have been issued vide OMs dated 29.9.2008, 18.11.2008, 02.12.2008, 07.09.2010, 30.12.2010, 03.03.2010 & 05.06.2014.
Child Care Leave at present is allowed for women employees to facilitate them to take care of their children at the time of need. This Department is considering issuing the following instructions:-
`In cases where a female Government servant applies for Child Care Leave for at least five working days, she should normally not be refused leave citing exigencies of work unless there are grave and extraordinarily compelling circumstances that warrant refusal’.
2. Ministries/ Departments are requested that their views/ comments may be forwarded to this Department latest by 27.01.2016. A soft copy may be forwarded to email of US (Allowance.) i.e. sunil.mandi@nic.in
sd/-
(S.K. Mandi)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Claiming Children education Allowance is made simple in 7th Pay Commission

Claiming Children education Allowance is made simple in 7th Pay Commission
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE IN 7TH CPC – SOME PERSPECTIVES
The 7th pay commission, which is much expected by all the Central Government Employees, has submitted its report to the government. In its report, the commission has specified that the new pay commission has to be implemented from 01/01/2016 onwards.

The expectations of all the Central Government Employees is focused on: Dearness Allowance, House 
Rent Allowance and Children Education Allowance.

The fact that the 6th Pay Commission revived the CEA can never be repudiated. Although there are various problems in getting the reimbursement of the allowance, the 6th Pay Commission stands first when it comes to CEA.

7th CPC recommended CEA Rs 2250 pm from existing Rs 1500pm.

The 7th Pay Commission has taken great pains to do away with the practical problems in 6th CPC (Reimbursement).

Particularly, the recommendation that getting a letter from the schools where the children of the Central Government Employees studying is enough will be certainly welcomed by all.

In order to get CEA for those children, who study in the same school from class 1 to class 12, is it necessary to get a certificate for every year? Or is it enough to get a certificate when the child is transferred to another school?

Questions like these naturally arise in our minds.

Getting good education is depends upon getting admission in standard schools. Naturally fees struture is high in these schools.So education expenses get important place in employees monthly budget.

The fact that same amount of CEA will be given for children who study in class 1 and class 12 is irrational. From class 1, every year when the child goes to higher classes, the minimal sum of Rs 2250 has to be increased by atleast 5%.

As per the recommendation of the 7th CPC, when DA exceeds 50%, the CEA increases by 25%. In this case, even to get the first CEA increase one has to wait for at least four or five years. We have to keep in mind that the pay commission is set up only once in ten years.

In spite of all these, the CEA announcement of the 7th CPC is a certainly a laudable one. If it had included the above aspects if would have been even more appreciable.

S.Ratheesh

Central Government Staffs to share photos, nuggets of holidays

Central Government Staffs to share photos, nuggets of holidays

All Central government employees will soon be sharing their photos and interesting details of holidays.
Besides, they will be exempted from informing their controlling officers before going on holiday and a self-certification from them would suffice.

These are some of the changes the Centre has decided to make in the relevant rules for availing leave travel concession (LTC).

All LTC claims will be settled in a maximum of one-month’s time, as per the new rules. An additional ten days will be given to settle dues related to LTC travels by an employee in case he is posted away from the headquarters.

“Employees may be encouraged to share interesting insights and pictures, if any, of the destination he or she visited while availing LTC on an appropriate forum,” the rules finalised by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

“Sometimes, the government servants claim that failure to follow the correct procedure was on account of a lack of knowledge of the rules or instructions while in the other cases the delay is caused in the late processing of LTC claims.

“To remove these bottlenecks, this department has decided to simplify the procedure of application and make the procedure of processing of LTC claims time-bound,” the DoPT said.

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