Wednesday, 18 May 2016

7th Pay Commission – Centre on Defensive Mode – Advantage Employees

7th Pay Commission – Centre on Defensive Mode – Advantage Employees

7th Pay Commission – Centre on Defensive Mode – The central government is trying to balance out the burden of the 7th pay commission payout on the exchequer.

The Prime Minister’s Office is keenly awaiting the final touch up to the 7th Pay commission panel’s recommendations, and is keen that inflationary trends be kept in perspective while finalising the salary structure of the government employees.

The trade unions, while protesting the 7th Pay Panel’s recommendations, said that the proposed 7th Pay Commission hike was the lowest in many decades and not in sync with inflation.

The central government is trying to balance out the burden of the 7th pay commission payout on the exchequer. As per reports, though the salaries of the government employees will be paid in July as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the arrears from January 2016, will be disbursed only August onwards.

The employees are anticipating at least Rs 24,000 take-home salary per month. In a meeting with the BJP’s labour wing Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Jitendra Prasad, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, had told the delegation that government would positively look into the demand of the central government employees. “The minister said we will consider the proposal of minimum pay of 24,000”, said Pawan Kumar, Regional Organizing Secretary.

The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh is the largest central trade union organization in India, and claims to have more than 10 million members.

The trade union also sought increase in the Multiplication Factor and changes in the HRA.

Other than the pressure of trade unions, the results of the Assembly election in five states, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, are likely to have an influence on the final pay out.

The notification towards implementation of the 7th pay commission will be announced only after the result of the elections. If the mandate goes totally in favour of the Opposition, the government will be under greater pressure to keep the dissatisfaction related to salary hike in check.

The Govt went on back foot in previous policy decisions on the proposed EPF changes, and their subsequent rollback showed government in a bad light. Sources say the centre is keen not to repeat the same with the 7th pay commission Implementation.

Source: gconnect.in

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) Calls for Strike on May 20

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) Calls for Strike on May 20

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) Calls for Strike – As per reports, State Bank of India (SBI) is all set to merge its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself.

Opposing the decision of boards of directors of five associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) to close down and merge with SBI, the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) has called a strike on May 20.

As per reports, State Bank of India (SBI) is all set to merge its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself to emerge as a financial behemoth, with assets worth Rs 37 lakh crore ($550 billion).

Its five associates are State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT). BMP, started in 2013, is a Delhi-based public sector lender.

In a statement Tuesday, AIBEA said it has called an all-India strike in the five SBI associate banks — State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), and State Bank of Patiala (SBP) — on May 20.

According to AIBEA, at the board meetings of the five SBI associate banks held in Mumbai on Tuesday, an agenda was brought to close down the associate banks and for acquisition by SBI.

“Despite opposition and protest by all the AIBEA’s Workman Directors and a few other independent directors about the proposal and the procedure adopted, the resolution has been approved in this regard,” the statement said.

“It is shameful that when the government is talking of corporate governance and good governance, board agenda is brought without intimation on such a serious matter and decision is taken,” AIBEA added.

According to the statement, the decision of the five banks is not in consonance with what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had suggested to the union at their meeting on March 23 and April 25 this year.

“He opined that all the five banks can be made into one single entity. But what SBI and the Associate Banks are trying to do is the opposite to what the FM (finance minister) had suggested,” AIBEA said.

Source: BS

Implementation of 7th CPC and Enhancement of Minimum Wage/Multiplying Factor – NJCA

Implementation of 7th CPC and Enhancement of Minimum Wage/Multiplying Factor – NJCA

“A Cabinet Note is being prepared and is likely to be submitted to the Cabinet, Government of India, very shortly. We are not very sure that, the demands raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM have been incorporated in that Cabinet Note”. – NJCA

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi-110055
Ph: 011-23365912, 23343493, Fax: 23363167

NO.NJCA/2016

Dated: May 17, 2016

All Constituent Organisations,
National Council (JCM)

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary

On 5th May, 2016 I met the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, and once again draw his attention towards my letter NO.NC/JCM/2016 dated: May 2, 2016, a copy of the said letter was also handed over to him.

During discussion I also mentioned about the anguish of the Central Government employees because of inordinate delay in implementation of VII CPC recommendations and also their anxiety about enhancement in Minimum Wage as well as Multiplying Factor etc.

I also demanded a meeting with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on all the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM and demanded that, views of the Official Side should also be made known to the Staff Side.

The Cabinet Secretary agreed to hold a meeting with some of the Secretaries, particularly with the Secretary(Exp.), Secretary, DoP&T and whosoever is required, particularly for discussion.

It has been assumed that, a Cabinet Note is being prepared and is likely to be submitted to the Cabinet, Government of India, very shortly. We are not very sure that, the demands raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM have been incorporated in that Cabinet Note.

In these circumstances I believe that, we should call a meeting of the NJCA and discuss about the strategy and future course of action, particularly in regard to Strike Notice on 9th June, 2016 and “Indefinite Strike” from 11th July, 2016.

The meeting of the NJCA will be held on 3rd June, 2016 at 16:00 hrs. in JCM Office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.

Hope, all members of the NJCA will make it convenient to attend the meeting.

Comradely yours,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Source: Confederation Blog
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MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 17.5.2016

MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 17.5.2016

No. 22034/04/2013-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievance & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 17.05.2016

Office Memorandum

Subject :- References/Representations/Court Cases in various Ministries / Departments / Organisations for grant of MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – reg.

In continuation of Department of Personnel Training’s earlier O.M. of even no. dated 20.01.2016 and dated 01.03.2016 on the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to forward a copy of the decision dated 28.04.2016 of Hon’ble CAT, Calcutta Bench in OA No. 351/00195/2014 filed by Shri S.H.K. Murti & Others Vs. UOI &Ors whereby the demand of the applicant for MACP in promotional hierarchy has been dismissed, for necessary action and compliance. The Hon’ble Tribunal in the aforesaid decision dated 28.04.2016 has held that the MACP benefit would be given in the hierarchy of next higher Grade Pay and not in Grade Pay of promotional hierarchy which will be payable on actual promotion.

2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to upload it on their websites for wider publicity.

sd/-
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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NFIR: Supply of subsidized meal/food to the Running Staff-reg.

NFIR: Supply of subsidized meal/food to the Running Staff-reg.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VI
Dated: 16/05/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Supply of subsidized meal/food to the Running Staff-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNMM Item No. 9/2015.
(ii) Railway Board's letter no. 2006/M(L) /467 12 dated 12/08/2015 .
(iii) NFIR's letter No. IV/RSAC/Conf/Part V dated 19/08/2015, 25/08/2015, 05/10/2015, 09/11/2015 and No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VI dated 22/02/2016.
(iv) Railway Board's letter No. 2006/M(L)/467/2 dated 26/04/2016 addressed to GS/NFIR.

With reference to NFIR's PNM Item No. 9/2015, the Railway Board vide letter dated 12/08/2015, had issued instructions for revision of the amount of subsidy per meal at Rs.4l or 90% of the cost of meal, whichever is less for Running Staff, considering the prices of food items. In the subsequent letter dated 26/04/2016 addressed to the GSAIFIR, the Board has conveyed that the rate of meal was increased from Rs.30 to Rs.46 out of which, 90% of the cost of meal or Rs.41, whichever is less, would be subsidized.

The reports received by the Federation however reveal that the Running Staff are disappointed very much as the supply of subsidized food suffers with number of flaws as listed below:-

  • the option of Veg/Non-Veg food is no longer available, thus the staff are compelled to eat whatever food prepared by the contractor,
  • sub-standard food is supplied by the contractor,
  • The contractors secure contract on the basis of 'lowest bidder' at far below the cost of Rs.46/-. These contractors utterly fail to maintain quality for fear of incurring losses and they manage to make up the losses with the other contracts like 'Safai', House keeping etc., of Running Rooms. There are cases wherein the contracts of "Supply of food to Running Staff have further been entrusted to sub-contractors who are not the genuine caterers.
  • System of bidding needs review so that the reputed firms/hoteliers with back ground of hotel management or owning good hotels in the area can only take part in the bidding process.
  • Regular inspections by the Committee of Divisional Officers (Sr.DME, Sr.DEE, Sr.DOM, Sr.DSO etc) not being done, consequently quality suffers.
  • The practice of preparation of food one time only taking place instead preparing food like dal/curries as and when staff arrive in Running Room.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly arrange to review the matter in the in text of growing dissatisfaction among Running Staff for ensuring that quality food items are served by the caterer/contractor.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Copy to the General Secretaries of Zonal Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR.
File No.9/2015 (PNM).

Source: nfirindia.org

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Unilateral decision by Government will not be accepted – Staff Side

Staff Side is ready for resorting to indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, if Govt did not call NJCA for talks before implementing 7th Pay Commission Report

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Unilateral decision by Government will not be accepted – Staff Side JCM writes to Govt for conducting negotiation with Staff Side Associations before taking a decision on 7th Pay Commission recommendations

Though the central government employees are ardently waiting for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, reports suggest that it will not be done before the results for the Assembly elections are announced. If reports are to be believed then the proposal of minimum pay of 24,000 will be taken into consideration and the reasonable expectations of central government employees will be met while announcing the salary hikes in accordance with the 7th pay commission.

According to a Zee news report, “Other than the pressure of trade unions, the results of the Assembly election in five states, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, are likely to have an influence on the final pay out.

The notification towards implementation of the seventh pay commission will be announced only after the result of the elections. If the mandate goes totally in favour of the Opposition, the government will be under greater pressure to keep the dissatisfaction related to salalry hike in check.”

‘No unilateral decision on salary hikes under 7th Pay Commission acceptable’ The central government employees lead by the National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery have said that they will not accept unilateral decision on salary hikes under the seventh Pay Commission and would like to have more say in the way their monthly salaries and allowances are shaped up by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries. “Neither did the Government side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands.

It seems that the Modi Government is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride”, M Krishnan, Secretary General of the central government employees confederation was quoted as saying in the Zee report. “The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the government”, Krishnan further added in the report.

An empowered committee of Secretaries was formed under the Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the pay panel.

This committee also invited the Joint Consultative Machinery which is the group representing the Staff side (central employees union) to understand their view point. The central employees union has clearly said that they will not accept any unilateral decision on the issue and needs a bilateral negotiation on the matter.

Source: One India

Finmin constitutes Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management panel, N K Singh to be chairman

Finmin constitutes Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management panel, N K Singh to be chairman

The Union Finance Ministry on Tuesday constituted a five member Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) panel.

The panel would be headed by former Revenue and Expenditure Secretary and Member of Parliament N K Singh. Former Finance Secretary Sumit bose, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Rathin Roy and Deputy Governor of RBI Urijit Patel will be its members.

The panel will examine fiscal deficit range instead of fixed targets and look into feasibility of fiscal expansion or contraction in relation to credit expansion and contraction.

The FRBM Act deals with matters of fiscal discipline, such as spending and deficit, along with management of macro-economic factors and public funds.

The FRBM committee would submit its report to the government by October 31.

The panel, which was announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech, will look into factors that influence the country’s fiscal targets.

ANI

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