Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the VII CPC issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.


It seems that Govt. is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues. Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.

The Seventh CPC report was submitted on 19th November 2015 after a delay of about 3 months. The Government especially the Finance Minister had assured that the final decision over the report will be taken within 4 months. On 19th June 2016, the delay has crossed seven months. Till date the Govt. has not come forward for a negotiated settlement. Instead, Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary conducted a meeting with the staff side on 1st March 2016. In the meeting Govt. did not disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staff Side in the charter of demands submitted to Govt. Staff Side explained the justification for each demand but official side didn’t make any comment, either positive or negative. The concluding paragraph of the minutes of the meeting reads as follows:

“After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped ECoS in understanding the major concerns of the staff side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking final views. He further stated that the ECoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stake holders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.”

It may be seen that, neither did the Govt. 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 Govt. is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride.

The JCM staff side Secretary, in his letter dated 2nd May 2016, addressed to Cabinet Secretary, has made the stand of the staff side clear, without any ambiguity. The letter reads as follows:

“I have been directed to draw your attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to Govt. in the matter of Report of 6th CPC.
You will kindly find that it was not only a general discussion, but also official side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would therefore request your good self to kindly arrange for similar type of meeting for bi-lateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the staff side, NC/JCM before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”
Thus the picture is clear now. The Government, it seems, has a hidden agenda to take the staff side for granted without giving any further opportunity for a negotiated settlement. 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 Govt.

The coming days are crucial. If the Govt. adopts delaying tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable. The stand taken by the then Nehru Govt. that “Pay Commission report is an award and is not negotiable” has resulted in the historic indefinite strike of 1960, which commenced on July 11th midnight.

Central Government Employees and Officers comprising Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments are demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, filling up of vacancies, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc.

The NJCA & CCGGOO had already given strike notice to Government. As the Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement, the Central Government employees and Officers have to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success.

About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees and Officers will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuses to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also.

On the one hand NJCA & CCGGOO are fighting for the cause of Central Government Employees and Officers and on the other hand rumour mongers are spreading false news through social media. Rumour mongers are coming out daily with different kind of news and pay scales about 7th Pay Commission. Please don’t believe rumour mongers on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media sources.

There had been no meaningful discussions with the NJCA & CCGGOO so far. The computation of Minimum wage by the 7th CPC deserves to be rejected as the commission has, in a bid to suppress the entitlement doctored the formula itself. The wages of an MTS in civil service, who is a group C employee cannot be less than Rs 26000 on the basis of the formula evolved in 1957 to which the Government is a party. There cannot therefore be any question of reduction in the quantum of minimum wage.

The NPS, which the Government introduced for those joined after 1.1.2004 in Government service has to be construed as a fraud perpetuated and deserves to be abandoned. There cannot be two classes of civil servants in the country; one making contribution but still not getting any assured pension and the other entitled for a statutory defined pension without any contribution. Those who are covered by the NPS in Central Civil Service are now more than 40% of the total personnel. The Government must be bold enough to address this issue.

It is high time, that the Government comes forward, hold meaningful and fruitful discussion with NJCA & CCGGOO and settle the Charter of demands. The continued procrastination is a sure step to confrontation and the Central government employees in the Country will certainly commence the strike action from 11.7.2016.

The entire civil services, which include the Railways, Postal, Defence and all other services of the Government of India, will come to a grinding halt on 11.7.2016.

Government likely to give its nod to Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

Government likely to give its nod to Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

According to information, the central cabinet is very likely to give its approval to the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission, during its meeting to be held on June 29.

Finally, after a long wait, there will be some official developments in the much-delayed issue of pay revisions for Central Government employees.

For the past few weeks, there were multiple reports and speculations about the pay revisions. This has also created massive confusion among the employees. With the Seventh Pay Commission recommending a minimum basic pay of Rs.18,000, unconfirmed reports claim that it could be as high as Rs.20,000, 21,000, 23,500, or even Rs.24,000.

Also rampant are false reports on the Fitment Factor calculation methods that are used for revising the salaries. To put an end to this never-ending series of rumours and speculations, official news is expected tomorrow on the developments regarding the Seventh Pay Commission.

It has to be mentioned that a high-level committee, created under the leadership of PK Sinha, has submitted its report to the central government. The Ministry of Finance will choose its course of action based on the recommendations of the report.

All the central government workers union, under the common name of NJCA, have announced nationwide indefinite strike from 11.07.2016 onwards. Also part of this association are the Railway workers’ unions.
Here are some of the announcements that created great expectations among the Central Government employees –
  • Implementation Date
  • Minimum wages
  • Fitment Factor
  • Pay Matric Table

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow

New Delhi: The Cabinet tomorrow is likely to approve higher increase in basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent.

“Considering the tight fiscal position this year, the government may improve upon the Pay Commission recommendation for basic pay to 18 per cent or at best 20 per cent,” a senior official said.

The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.

A secretaries’ panel, headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has already vetted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and its report is being translated into a note for Cabinet.

“It in most likelihood will come up before the Cabinet tomorrow,” the official said.

The government had in January set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.

The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.

The secretaries’ panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.

While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.

Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, the official said.


Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act – Release of Grants

Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act – Release of Grants

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 17th June, 2016
The Pay & Accounts Officer
Pay & Accounts Office
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi

Subject:- Centrally Sponsored Scheme on ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act’ — Release of Grants to Manipur IC.

I am directed to convey the sanction of the President to release a grant of Rs.3,00,000/- (Rupees Three Lakhs only) to Manipur Information Commission, Imphal towards Celebration of RTI Week during 5th _ 12th October, 2016.

2. The details of grant, being released, alongwith the conditions attached thereto are furnished in the Annexure.

3. The expenditure of Rs.3,00,000/- will be met from the Major Head 2070 — Other Administrative Services, 41.01-Propagation of Right to Information Act, 41.01.31 — Grants-in-Aid under Demand No.64 for the year 2016-17.

4. The grant of Rs.3,00,000/- may be released electronically through RTGS as per the Bank details mentioned below.

State Bank of India, Account No. 30951775224, IFSC Code: SBIN0004562

5. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide their Dy. No. 3123586/Dir(F/P)/2016 dated the 09.06.2016.
Yours faithfully,
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel: 23040401
Annexure to Sanction Order No.14/6/2016-IR
Dated 17th June, 2016

The grant of Rs.3,00,000/- is subject to the following terms and conditions:

(I) This grant is released towards Celebration of RTI Week during 5th-12th October, 2016;

RTI Activities
I. Awareness Generation for RTI RTI Week Celebration:
(i) One State Level Workshop on RTI for SPIOs/RTI Activists/Media Persons/ Resource Persons etc. – Amount (Rs.) 1,20,000
(ii) State Level Seminar cum Workshop on RTI for SPI0s/RTI
Activists/ Persons/ Students etc. – Amount (Rs.) 80,000
(i) Press Meet, Essay Writing/Quiz competition for college students
on RTI related matter – Amount (Rs.) 1,00,000

Total Amount (Rs.) 3,00,000

(ii) The General Financial Rules, 2005 should be followed while incurring the expenditure.

(iii) Manipur Information Commission, Imphal should furnish to this Department for record and audit, Utilization Certificate in GFR 19-A Form duly countersigned by the Head of the Commission along
with Achievement-cum-Performance Report as required under Rule 212 of General Financial Rules, 2005.

(iv) The unutilized amount of grant, if any, may be surrendered to this Department by a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Under Secretary (Cash), DOPT payable at New Delhi.

(v) There should not be any overlap of activities under any other scheme.

(vi) Expenses on lunch should not exceed Rs.150/- per head.

(vii) TA/DA to non-official, wherever applicable, should be paid after establishing their equivalence with government officials.
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Bhavishya soon

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Bhavishya soon 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said all Central Ministries and Departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ very soon. Chairing the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that with this step, the pension release to the retired employees will be expedited and it will also help quick resolution of pending issues.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. India has a large number of pensioners today and to make best use of them is a challenge, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’ scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners.

Earlier, the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri C. Viswanath directed that all the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) should be digitized. The 28th SCOVA meeting was attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has taken various initiatives for the welfare of the pensioners. The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners. The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/e-mail. In the year 2015-16, the scheme has been scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing & Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country.

‘Sankalp’ is an initiative for motivating retiring employees and pensioners to take up voluntary work after retirement so as to channelize their experience and skill towards productive work for society and nation building. The Department has so far registered 1,812 Pensioners, 16 Organisations and 19 Pensioners Associations under this project. Some Pensioners Associations have done exemplary work under the initiative.

‘Anubhav’ was launched in February, 2015 on the direction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This initiative is to showcase the outstanding work done by retiring employee that contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in Government functioning. It is envisaged that over a period of time this will create a wealth of information, institutional memory and innovative ideas and will motivate employees.
‘Jeevan Pramaan’ is a facility created for submission of Aadhaar based digital life certificate. This scheme was initiated by the Prime Minister on November 10, 2014. This scheme provides an excellent facility for the benefit of pensioners to submit their digital life certificate from the comfort of their homes. The Pensioners Associations are actively involved in motivating their fellow pensioners to get their pension accounts seeded with Aadhaar Number. Due to continuous efforts, as on date around 34 lakh i.e 71% of Central Government pensioners have seeded their bank accounts with Aadhaar Numbers.


7CPC: Bonanza for babus! 23.55% Salary hike likely for central government employees

Bonanza for babus! 23.55% Salary hike likely for central government employees

The total outgo if this award is implemented from January 1, 2016, is pegged at Rs 1.02 lakh crore, providing a bid demand boost to the economy.
NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated Seventh Pay Commission bonanza for the government employees is likely soon with the Union Cabinet set to consider the panel’s recommendations on Wednesday.

The committee of secretaries tasked with reviewing the recommendations has given its report that would be considered by the government before deciding on the final award.

The Seventh Pay Commission has announced 23.55% increase in pay and allowances of serving central government employees and 24% increase in pension of retired officers.

A government official confirmed that the proposal is on the cabinet agenda for Wednesday.

The total outgo if this award is implemented from January 1, 2016, is pegged at Rs 1.02 lakh crore, providing a bid demand boost to the economy.

However, in view of fiscal constraints, the government is likely to go for a lower increase and also delay the implementation of the increase in allowances.

In the budget for FY17, the government has budgeted 32% increase in salary of its employees but only a meagre 1.9% rise in allowances.

Finance ministry officials have said that the budget has adequate provision for pay commission and the fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP will not be under stress from implementation of the award.
In a report after the budget, Moody’s had said “Pay Commission recommendations of a 24% hike in public sector salary, allowances and pensions, is not fully accounted for in the budget” and will be a source of spending pressure.

The government can delay the implementation of increase in allowances to a later date but the salary increases will have to be given from January 1, 2016, which means employees will get arrears for these month, a potential boost to economy.

Car and property sales tend to rise after pay commission awards.


Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

15-20 % hike likely in Seventh Pay Commission, decision on Wednesday

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

In what promises to be a big bonanza for central government employees, a hike of 15-20 per cent in salaries is expected to be proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission.

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

Sources say that government employees are likely to get a pay hike of between 15-20 per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. This figure includes 52 lakh pensioners

Source: www.indiatoday.in

Pre-2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years service – Check with the Table

Pre-2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years service – Check with the Table!

What should be your Minimum Pension?

Delinking of 33 years of service for full pension for all Pre-2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years of service including those with just 10 years service are now guarenteed a minimum pension of 50% of the minimum of the pay scale and the appropriate Grade Pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale of pay in which the Pensioner had retired.
Now you may verify your basic pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 with the following Table and if the figures in the Table is more than your basic pension as per your PPO, then you are eligible for refixation of pension with effect from 1.1.2006 and full arrears:


Sl. No Grade 5th CPC Pay Scale 6th CPC Pay Scale Grade Pay Minimum Basic Pension ordered w.e.f 1.1.2006 to Pensioners with less than 33 years of service
1 S-4 2750-4400 PB-1: 5200-20200 1800 3665
2 S-5 3050-4590 PB-1: 5200-20200 1900 3890
3 S-6 3200-4900 PB-1: 5200-20200 2000 4030
4 S-7 4000-6000 PB-1: 5200-20200 2400 4920
5 S-8 4500-7000 PB-1: 5200-20200 2800 5585
6 S-9 5000-8000 PB-2: 9300-34800 4200 6750
7 S-10 5500-9000 PB-2: 9300-34800 4200 7215
8 S-11 6500-6900 PB-2: 9300-34800 4200 8145
9 S-12 6500-10500 PB-2: 9300-34800 4200 8145
10 S-13 7450-11500 PB-2: 9300-34800 4600 9230
11 S-14 7450-12000 PB-2: 9300-34800 4800 9375
12 S-15 8000-13500 PB-2: 9300-34800 5400 10140
13 New 8000-13500 PB-3: 15600-39100 5400 10500
14 S-16 9000 PB-3: 15600-39100 5400 11070
15 S-17 9000-9550 PB-3: 15600-39100 5400 11070
16 S-18 10325-10975 PB-3: 15600-39100 6600 12905
17 S-19 10000-15200 PB-3: 15600-39100 6600 12600
18 S-20 10650-15850 PB-3: 15600-39100 6600 13205
19 S-21 12000-16500 PB-3: 15600-39100 7600 14960
20 S-22 12750-16500 PB-3: 15600-39100 7600 15660
21 S-23 12000-18000 PB-3: 15600-39100 7600 14960
22 S-24 14300-18300 PB-4: 37400-67000 8700 23050
23 S-25 15100-18300 PB-4: 37400-67000 8700 24195
24 S-26 16400-20000 PB-4: 37400-67000 8900 24295
25 S-27 16400-20900 PB-4: 37400-67000 8900 24295
26 S-28 14300-22400 PB-4: 37400-67000 10000 23700
27 S-29 18400-22400 PB-4: 37400-67000 10000 27350
28 S-30 22400-24500 67000-79000 0 33500
29 S-31 22400-26000 75500-80000 0 37750
30 S-32 24050-26000 75500-80000 0 38883
31 S-33 26000 80000 0 40000
32 S-34 30000 90000 0 45000

Source : http://postalpensioners.blogspot.in/

Highlights of Action Taken Report of SCOVA ON 27.06.2016

Highlights of Action Taken Report of SCOVA ON 27.06.2016


The postponed meeting of SCOVA will be held tomorrow. The ATR (Action Taken Report) on the old agenda items has been released by the Ministry of Pension. The same can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Highlights of the ATR:

1. Grant of Grade Pay 4600 to HSG-I Pre-2006 Pensioners has been rejected by the Department of Expenditure.
2. Defense, Railways and Postal Departments have declared that all Pre-2006 Pensioners have been issued with revised PPOs.
3. Health Insurance Scheme to all Pensioners including the Pensioners live in non-CGHS area is pending for final EFC Note to be circulated by the Ministry of Health.
4. On “Extension of CGHS to all P&T Pensioners” the Department of Expenditure has advised the Ministry of Health to link the issue with the recommendation of the 7th CPC on this issue and to take a final decision.

5. On Merger of 78.2% IDA to Pensioners of BSNL, a Cabinet Note has been submitted to the Honourable Minister of Communications.
6. On extension of CGHS to Telecom Pensioners the ward entitlement etc once the DOT provides the information of equivalent scale of pay on par with the pay scales and IDA available in the BSNL/MTNL.

7. Health Ministry is examining opening of CGHS in Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula. In Ambarnath the renovation work of CGHs dispensary will be over in three months. The process to appoint regular staff to Dehradun CGHS has been initiated.

Source : http://postalpensioners.blogspot.in/

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