Saturday, 5 March 2016

Struggle Over 7th Pay Commission

Struggle Over 7th Pay Commission

In what has given a fresh impetus to distrust between the armed forces and the government an RTI has come to fore further exacerbating the ongoing agitation over implementation of one rank one pension policy.

“We thought it was the pay commission that was selling us short, but this RTI actually revealed it was the Ministry of Defence officials,” said an officer at army headquarters, requesting not to be named.

In their presentations to the pay commission the three services raised a number of issues, but when the pay commission sought the defence ministry’s comments and recommendation, the ministry negated most of the demands of the services, the officer said.

On the issue of pay to Lt Colonels and Colonels, a major cause of concern among the armed forces, the defence ministry said in its reply to RTI application, “The basis of this demand i.e. merger of rank pay in basic pay was examined in a detailed matter by the Pranab Mukherjee committee report and the same was not accepted hence the case is not supported.”

Similarly, on the demand for equal work for armed forces personnel and civilians working side by side, the ministry said the concept of equal pay and equal work in this case is not feasible since the service conditions and the nature of job of services personnel and defence civilians are totally different.

On the issue of parity between civilians and central armed police forces, the ministry said that the army being a fighting force has its own command and control functions in its hierarchy and hence no comparison can be made with the civilians.

The ministry’s views, when read alongside the recommendations of the pay commission, do little to win the confidence of the armed forces, a senior army officer said, especially since the hardship allowances, disability allowances and basic pay scales of Colonels and Brigadiers have been reduced as compared to their counterparts in IAS, IPS and other allied services.

“I will have young officers and men fighting heavily armed terrorists in counter-insurgency areas and getting 5,000-10,000 rupees for their risk, while a bureaucrat posted at Guwahati will get five times for his hardship,” the officer said.

The anomalies of the Sixth Pay commission have been left unaddressed by the Seventh Pay Commission to further disadvantage of the armed forces, he said.

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Deduction of Income Tax on withdrawal of Provident Fund 60%

Deduction of Income Tax on withdrawal of Provident Fund 60%

Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail:
No. NC-JCM/2016
Dated:- 1st March, 2016
The Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
North Block,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,
Sub: Deduction of Income Tax on withdrawal of P.F. 60%

We are deeply shocked to learn about imposing of tax on withdrawal of P.F.(Provident Fund) which is our hard earn money which used to be utilized in all emergencies for medical, educational, building of house, marriage of daughters etc.

Imposition of tax on that had created all round agitation among govt. employees.

On behalf of National Council/JCM it is very humbly requested that this tax proposal should be withdrawn immediately to stop the mental agony of government employees.

I hope Central Govt. will not give any chance of serious agitation on this issue and will not disturb industrial peace as a whole.
Thanking you ,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)

Raising flag every morning in KV Schools – KVS Orders including Do’s and Dont’s

Raising flag every morning in KV Schools – KVS Orders including Do’s and Dont’s


18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi-110016
No. F.11029/2014/KVS(HQ)/Misc./401-33
Dated : 24-02-2016
The Deputy Commissioner,
Kendriaya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices and ZIETs

Subject: Strict compliance of the provisions contained In the Flag Code of India, 2002 and Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 – reg.

As you are aware that the National flag of India Is a symbol of honour and freedom for the country. It is of great significance to us. We should respect and know everything about our national flag.

You are directed to ensure raising the flag every morning and its lowering before sunset on the buildings of Kendriya Vidyalayas and regional offices. Further the Principals of your regions may be directed to position the flag post at prominent places preferably in the Morning Assembly Area so that all the students shall be able to salute the Tricolour every day.

Besides the following Do’s and Don’ts should also be observed to honour the National Flag :-

• When the flag is hoisted, it should be flat and horizontal.
• Saffron panel should be on the top.
• When flag is hoisted in open, it should be flown from sunrise to sunset.
• Always hoist the flag briskly and lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
• All people should face the flag and stand at attention, when the flag is being hoisted or lowered.

• Damaged or crumbled flag should not be hoisted or displayed.
• It should not be flown half-mast (represents depressed and mourning).
• Any other flag or emblem should not be placed either above or right to the national flag.
• It should not be used as a decoration or banner In any form.
• It should not be used as a costume or uniform.
• It should not be used as a toy by children.
• It could not be printed or embroidered upon handkerchiefs, dresses or on cushion.
• After cultural or sport events, flags made of paper or any materials should not be thrown or discarded on the ground. Damage or Soiled flag, paper made flags should be disposed in private with the dignity of the flag.
• No one should bum, mutilate, deface, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts).
• It is advisable not to use plastic tags as they are non-biodegradable and harmful to the atmosphere.

You are, therefore, requested to ensure compliance of the Flag Code (enclosed) in all Regional Offices as well a Kendriya Vidyalayas.
Yours faithfully
Addl Commissioner (Acad.)

Revision of Pension of Pre 2006 Pensioners who retired from posts where pay scales have been merged /upgraded: BPS writes to PM

BPS appeal to the Prime Minister Regarding Revision of Pension of Pre 2006 Pensioners – Reg: minimum pension for Pre 2006 Pensioners who retired from posts where pay scales have been merged /upgraded
(All India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations)
(Registered No. 2023 of 1962-63)
Member International Federation on Ageing.
Tornto (Canada)
2/l3-A – LGF Backside, Jangpura – ‘A’.
New Delhi – 110014
Mobile : 09868488199
No SG/BPS/016/01
dt: 01.03.2016
Shri Narendra Modi,
Hon. Prime Minister of India
South Block, New Delhi.

Dear Sir,
Sub: Revision of Pension of Pre 2006 Pensioners – Reg: minimum pension for Pre 2006 Pensioners who retired from posts where pay scales have been merged /upgraded.
Refz-i) Resolution of GOI No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 29-8-08 & OM Dated 1-9-08,
ii) DOP&PW OM. F.No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 3-10-08, 14-10-08 & 11-2-09
iii) DOP&PW OM. F.No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 30-7-2015

We seek your benign intervention in the following matter of injustice with a section of Pre-2006 Central Government Pensioners:
1. Sixth Pay Commission recommended for “Modified Parity” between Pre-2006 & post-2006 Pensioners. Its Recommendations were accepted by the Cabinet vide Resolution dated 29-8-08 cited above, which inter-alia provided that “The fixation (of Pension) …… will be subject to the provision that the revised pension, in no case, shall be lower than 50% of the sum of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.” DOP&PW issued the orders thereon vide OM dated 1-9-08.

2. Later on, DOP&PW made changes in the above said orders (vide Para 5 of OM dated 11-2-09 cited above) & inter-alia laid down the condition that “benefit of up-gradation of posts subsequent to their retirement would not be admissible to the pre-2006 pensioners in this regard.”

3. The above said condition changed the very nature and content of the decision of the Cabinet notified vide Gazette Notification dated 29-8-2008 as the said Resolution did not provide for it.

4. DOP&PW’s OM dated 11-2-09 has since been quashed by the CAT New Delhi vide OA 655/2010 directed for fixation of Pension as per Resolution dated 29-8-2008.

5. All SLPs of the Government in this regard, against the judgements of the CAT and High Courts, had been conclusively been rejected by the Apex Court vide its judgement dated 17-3-15.
 a) DOP&PW vide OM dated 28-1-2013 ordered for Revision of Pension of Pre-20006 Pensioners to 50% of minimum of the Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay of the Corresponding to Pre-revised scale w.e.f. 24-9-2012 whereas the decision of the Cabinet on 24-9-2012.
b) This order was modified and implemented w.e.f. 1-1-2006 vide DOP&PW OM dated 30-7-15 – as per Orders of the Supreme Court on 17-3-2015.

6. The order dated 30-7-15 only partially implemented the orders of the Courts and the orders are yet to be issued in respect of revision of Pension as per pay scales of merged/upgraded posts.

7. DOP&PW OM No. 38/77-A/09- P&PW(A) Pt. of 5.3.2015 (para 2) says “Hon’ CAT/PB in orders dt. 1.1 1 .201 1 directed that the past pensioners may be granted w.e.f. 1.1.2006 revised pension with ref. to Fitment Table for the Post, as adopted for pay fixation of serving employees.”

8. Delhi High Court in W.P.(C) 8012/2013 had held that “policy decision of the Government in the OM dated September 01 , 2008 to fix pension for all category of pensioners did not classify post of pre January 01, 2006 retirees and all were entitled to pension as per a common formula”

9. All the above said judgements have been conclusively upheld by the Supreme Court.

10. It is, therefore, requested that Pre-2006 Pensioners be given the benefit of upgraded Pay Band and Grade Pay of the post from which they retired so that, minimum pension be not lower than 50% of the pay in the revised pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the post from which the pensioner retired.

Yours faithfully,
Bharat Pensioners Samaj


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