Saturday, 2 July 2016

NFIR clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA

NFIR clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA

National Federation of Indian Railways
3, Chelmasford Road, New Delhi – 110 055

No.IV/NJCA/(N)/20l4/Part II
Dated: 02/07/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR


Sub: Charter of Demands – Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016-reg

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No.II/95/PartlX dated 30/06/2016
(ii) GS/NFIR’s letter No.IV/NCJA (N)/2014/Part II dated 01st July 2016

It has since been learnt from some of our cadres that reports appeared in the Media (Thiruvananthapuram etc.) that a union/Federation has withdrawn from the strike decision. This report is not only false but also misleading. It is reiterated that the NJCA in its meeting held at New Delhi on July 1, 2016 has decided to meet on 06th July 2016 at New Delhi for taking appropriate decision.

It is hereby clarified that there is no change on Indefinite Strike decision of NJCA.
Yours fraternally,
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Status of HRA and TA in 7th CPC Salary

Status of HRA and TA in 7th CPC Salary

The Government has decided to Constitute a committee to examine the 7th CPC Allowances. We cannot assume anything about the rates of Allowances until the Committee submit its report on Allowances.

Mainly the HRA and TA are one of the Main component of Salary.

 So the government employees are disheartened by the Government decision to take time to decide on these allowances.

Already it has been reported that 7th CPC will be implemented in a staggered manner.

Now it is clear that, if the 7th Pay Commission come into force with immediate effect after publication of Gazette Notification, the HRA and TA will be paid at Sixth CPC rates in pre revised Scale. It means the amount of HRA and TA paid in Sixth CPC will continue for next few months. The Central staffs will be paid all the allowances in pre revised Scale up to the Committee decides on Allowances. It will take more than four months for Government to decide on HRA and TA.

So actual increase on account of 7th pay commission implementation will be 14.29 percent over Sixth CPC Basic + 125% DA. The increase in Basic Pay only will be reflecting in 7th CPC salary .

Nobody can say that 7th CPC gives 23.45% increase in Pay and Allowance for CG employees at least for some time.

Charter of demands – Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016-reg

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (lTF)
No. IV/NJCA (N)/2014/Part II
Dated: 1st July 2016
Sub: Charter of demands – Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016-reg
Ref: NFIR’s letter No. II/95/Parth IX dated 30/06/2016

In continuation of communication dated 30/06/2016, it is to inform that as a result of General Secretary NFIR’s discussion with Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble MR at 15:30 hrs., on 30/06/2016 on the Charter of Demands in general and major demands i.e. minimum wage’ multiplier factor in particular Hon’ble MR has assured to approach Hon’ble Prime Minister. Pursuant to the efforts of GS/NIFIR, the CRB telephoned Shri Raghavaiah at 18:45 hrs., on 30/06/2016 that the Federations have been invited to meet Hon,ble Finance Minister at the residence of Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister at 21:30 hrs, on 30/06/2016. Accordingly the undersigned reached the residence of Union Home Minister and participated in the discussions. Besides Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely, Shri Suresh Prabhu Hon’ble MR and Shri Manoj sinha Hon’ble MoSR were present during discussions. union Home Minister

Shri Rajnath Singh also participated in the discussions After 90 minutes discussions, it has been emerged that the “Minimum Wage” issue will be referred to the Committee to examine and give report. In view of this development, the NJCA met this date (1st July 2016) and having taken stock of the situation has decided to meet again on 06th July 2016 for taking appropriate decision. In the meanwhile, efforts will be made for obtaining written  communication as a follow up to the meeting held at the residence of Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on 30th June 2016. A copv of letter dated 01st July 2016 issued by NJCA Convener is enclosed.

DA/As above
Yours fraternallY,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
File No. II/95/Part IX.
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055
Dated: July 1 ,2016
Dear Comrades!
We are to inform you that the NJCA had a discussion with the Government of India yesterday, i.e. 30.06.2016 over certain demands contained in our Charter of Demands.

ln the meeting, following ministers were present:-

Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister
Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSR 

on behalf of the NJCA, the following participated in the discussion:-

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA
Shri M. Raghavaiah, Chairman NJCA
Shri K.K.N. Kutty, Member NJCA
Shri C. Srikumar, Member NJCA

The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration.

The NJCA will await communication in this regard from the government.

The NIJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00, hrs-, in JCM office. 13-c Ferozshah Road. Nqw Delhi, for taking appropriate decision

With Fraternal Greetings!
Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
NFIR India

Scheme not be extended beyond September 30 : Revenue Secretary

Scheme not be extended beyond September 30 : Revenue Secretary

The Government has assured complete confidentiality to those declaring their income under the Income Declaration Scheme 2016. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai today, the Revenue Secretary, Government of India Shri Hasmukh Adhia said “no source will be asked and no further proceedings will be initiated against those availing of the opportunity to declare their hitherto undisclosed income under the scheme”. Shri Adhia also reassured that the information contained in the declaration will not be shared with any other law enforcement agency.

The Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) 2016, which was announced by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2016-17, opened from June 1. The IDS provides a four month compliance window up to September 30, to people with undisclosed income in the country to come clean by paying tax, penalty and surcharge of 45 per cent of fair market value latest by November 30, 2016.

Shri Adhia made it amply clear that this is a one time opportunity and the window will not be extended beyond the four month period , ending on September 30. He said this is a last chance for people to declare their unaccounted income, following which, the Income Tax Department would initiate its own action.
The Secretary informed that the Government has received many requests and suggestions with respect to the scheme including a demand to extend the deadline for paying tax and a provision to pay tax in instalments. “These suggestions are being examined by the government and an appropriate decision would be taken in due course of time” Shri Adhia added.

To a query on whether undisclosed income can be passed on as current income and tax paid at a lower 33% rate, the Revenue Secretary replied that it would amount to false verification and the assessee would be required to explain the source of income.

Shri Adhia said that the Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT has posted a fresh set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the disclosure scheme on its website He said CBDT has also launched a massive outreach programme to create awareness about the scheme.

Replying to a query on Indian black money in the Swiss banks, Shri Adhia said India and Switzerland have agreed to conclude a pact on automatic exchange of information by the end of this year. Once the agreement is signed, it will enable India to receive all financial information about its residents, including bank accounts and balances, dividends and interest income from Switzerland from 2018.


Extension of time limit for taking central excise registration of an establishment by a jeweller

Extension of time limit for taking central excise registration of an establishment by a jeweller

The Central Government today announced that the time limit for taking central excise registration of an establishment by a jeweller is being extended up to 31.07.2016.

The liability for payment of central excise duty will be with effect from 1st March, 2016. However, assessee jewellers may make payment of excise duty for the months of March, 2016; April 2016 and May, 2016 along with the payment of excise duty for the month of June, 2016 upto the extended date of 31.07.2016.


Minimum wage for central government employees may be hiked

Minimum wage for central govt employees may be hiked

Union representatives meet Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Suresh Prabhu, demanding increase in minimum monthly pay beyond Rs18,000 suggested by Seventh Pay Commission

New Delhi: Under pressure from the unions, the government has indicated that it may increase the minimum monthly pay of central government employees beyond the Rs.18,000 suggested by the Seventh Pay Commission, seeking to defuse a strike threat.

The assurance has divided several government unions on whether to go ahead with the indefinite strike starting 11 July.

Three cabinet ministers—finance minister Arun Jaitley, home minister Rajnath Singh and railway minister Suresh Prabhu—met representatives of several government staff unions late on Thursday for almost two hours and assured them that their demand would be looked into.

The unions have been demanding Rs.26,000, higher than the Rs.18,000 approved by the cabinet on Wednesday on the Seventh Pay Commission’s report. The government said it was more than doubling minimum pay from Rs.7,000 after accepting the recommendations of the commission, which would put an extra Rs.1.02 trillion in the hands of 10 million government employees and pensioners.

“Three top ministers called us and we met at Rajnath Singh’s house for two hours till 11pm last night. We have been assured that the minimum wage issue is going to be referred to one of two committees that the government is setting up to rectify any anomalies in the pay commission recommendations’ implementation,” said Shiva Gopal Mishra, general secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a confederation of several government staff unions.

The council claims a membership of 3.3 million, including workers of Indian Railways, the country’s largest employer.

Mishra said Jaitley accepted their concern. “He said the government will try to rectify some of our demands, including minimum wage,” the NJCA general secretary said.

Union leaders claimed that the pay commission’s recommendation and the government’s announcement raising minimum pay from Rs.7,000 to Rs.18,000 had glossed over the fine print.

“Now, base pay plus dearness allowance (DA) makes the minimum wage Rs.15,700. They have increased it to Rs.18,000,” said K.K.N. Kutty, national president of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.

“When you are doing away with DA in the new system, the hike cannot be just Rs.2,000,” said C. Srikumar, general secretary of the All India Defence Employees Federation, a union of civilian workers in factories and establishments under the ministry of defence.

Mishra said the home minister assured them that “their interaction with us has the blessings of PM Narendra Modi”.

“On minimum wage, we are for a negotiated settlement and it seems there is some consideration at the highest level,” he added.

An office-bearer at an employees’ union said the government’s offer had posed a dilemma to union leaders, noting that it wasn’t a written assurance, “without which it will be tough to accept that the government is indeed serious in reworking the minimum wage”.

The offer had ended up dividing the unions on whether to proceed with the strike, this person said on condition of anonymity. “And we could not reach a conclusion on Friday on our next course of action,” he said, adding that the railway workers’ union was hesitant about going on strike.

Mishra, who is also the general secretary of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, sounded a conciliatory note.
“We are fighting for the welfare of our own workers…a strike is an option if government does not listen to us. There seems to be a political willingness to solve what we are demanding and that’s what was indicated last night,” Mishra told reporters in New Delhi.

On Friday, NJCA wrote to all unions that “government has proposed to refer the issue of minimum wage and fitment formula (for calculation of salary) to a committee for reconsideration. The NJCA will await communication in this regard from the government”.

It said that it will meet on 6 July again to decide on the proposed strike.

What is interesting is that increasing the minimum pay will change the salary fitment calculations. If the minimum wage is hiked from Rs.18,000 to even Rs.20,000, the fitment rate will be higher than the 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

“If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all segments of employees will go up, putting further stress on the exchequer. So the government has to walk a fine balance and a lot of homework is required,” said a government official, who declined to be named.

The acceptance of the pay commission recommendations is a potential boost to the consumer economy.

A further hike could lift consumption further, but it will be tough on government finances, the official said.

Rating agency India Ratings and Research Pvt. Ltd said the gross impact of pay hike on the economy is likely to be Rs.94,775 crore.

“The central government will receive income tax on this payout and collect excise duty on consumption, after sharing the increase in income tax and excise duty with states. Thus the net impact on the central government finances is estimated to be Rs.80,641 crore,” said D.K. Pant, chief economist of India Ratings and Research.

Letter addressed to Minister for Railways on Charter of Demands – AIRF / NFIR

Letter addressed to Minister for Railways on Charter of Demands  – AIRF / NFIR

Letter addressed to Minister for Railways (Both Federations NFIR & AIRF) on Charter of Demands, mainly minimum wage, multiplier factor, railway specific issues etc. – serious resentment among Railway employees against the Government’s decisions.

No.II/95/Part IX
Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Hon’ble Minister for Railway,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Charter of Demands, mainly minimum wage, multiplier factor, railway specific issues etc., – serious resentment among Railway employees against the Government’s decisions-reg.

The Presidents and the General Secretaries of Federations (AIRF & NFIR) called on you yesterday i.e. 29th June 2016 and conveyed our serious disappointment as well unhappiness among railway employees on the Government’s decisions relating to VIIth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.

We are extremely sad to convey that the Government has not reasonably dealt with our demands mainly minimum wage, multiplier factor, abolition of National Pension System in Railways etc. The railways specific issues mentioned in Part ‘B’ of Charter of demands have also not been settled through discussions.

We have also conveyed to you that the industrial peace is being threatened in railways on account of Government’s unreasonable and illogical decisions. During discussions, we have specially requested to kindly reach Hon’ble Prime Minister for conveying the total disappointment among all categories of railway employees and for finding ways and means to resolve matters to avert untoward developments in Railways. Here it is worth-mentioning that on previous occasion too during the course of discussions, we had requested for our meeting with Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.

We therefore request you to kindly approach the Hon’ble Prime Minister for solving the issues amicably as we are keen to preserve healthy industrial relations in railways.

We trust that the railway specific issues will be resolved through negotiations under your leadership without further delay.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary/AIRF
General Secretary/NFIR
Source: NFIR

House Rent Allowance (HRA) Calculations after implementation of 7th CPC

House Rent Allowance (HRA) Calculations after implementation of 7th CPC…

The Union Cabinet finally cleared the 7th Central Pay Commission for implementation on the 29th of July 2016. The Report which recommended a hike in salaries and pension for employees and pensioners, will be implemented from 1st January 2016. After taking into account dearness allowance at the prevailing rate, the salary, pension to all central government employees and pensioners will increase by at least 14.29 % as on January 2016, and could go up to 23 % in upper categories.
 The union cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension but proposals for allowances was deferred and announced a committee under the finance secretary. The committee will analyse the allowances to be implemented or scraped. So the allowances like HRA, TA etc. will continue at existing rates for now.
 Regarding the HRA at present, it is 30 % for class X cities, 20% for Y cities, and 10% for Z class cities. However, in the 7th CPC report it was recommended that the HRA should paid at the rate of 24%, 16% and 8% of the new basic pay for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. The commission had recommended a rise in HRA when the DA crosses 50% to 27%, 18% and 9% and further increase to 30%, 20% and 10% when the DA crosses 100%.
 Now the allowances including HRA will be kept under the newly formed committee, there will be a huge confusion when calculating allowances including the HRA. On what basis will the HRA be calculated if the new recommendations are implemented?
 For example,
6th CPC Pay in the pay band Grade Pay Basic Pay HRA @30% 7th CPC Basic pay HRA @ 24%
Rs.13690 Rs.4200 Rs.17890 Rs.5367 Rs.46200 Rs.11088
Rs.10000 Rs.2000 Rs.12000 Rs.3600 Rs.30840 Rs.7464

Let us wait and see for the government orders regarding the calculations!!!!

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