Monday, 11 July 2016

Supreme Court seeks government response on ex-servicemen plea on OROP

Supreme Court seeks government response on ex-servicemen plea on OROP

New Delhi: Supreme Court today sought the government’s response on a plea of an ex-servicemen’s body seeking implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) as recommended by the Koshyari Committee with an automatic annual revision, instead of the current policy of periodic review once in five years.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan issued notice and sought the response from the government in eight weeks.

The Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) and others have challenged the government’s policy of periodic review of pension once in five years, saying such an approach was dilution of the February 26, 2014 announcement by which the revision in pension was to automatically pass on to the past pensioners on an annual basis.

They have contended that five-yearly periodic review did not meet the demand of the ex-servicemen seeking OROP for the service personnel who had retired with same length of service in the same rank.

“OROP is the uniform desire of all three defence services. Ex-servicemen are presently drawing pension that is not consistent with their rank and/or length of service. In fact, some ex-servicemen are even drawing lesser pension than other ex-servicemen who retired with a subordinate rank or (in the same rank) which is unjust and unconstitutional,” the petition said.

It said that the Centre’s February 3, 2016 letter sent to the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force on OROP was “unjust, arbitrary and violative of Article 14 and 21 of the constitution.”

The plea sought a direction to the Centre “that the pension of past pensioners be automatically and contemporaneously enhanced, whenever there is any future increase or enhancement in the rates of pension.”
It further said the government should be directed to fix the pension on the basis of highest pension of financial year 2014-15 and not 2013.

IESM in its petition has referred to the December 19, 2011, report of Rajya Sabha’s Petition Committee then headed by Bhagat Singh Koshyari which rejected all reservation advanced by the government while “strongly recommending” OROP.

In its 142nd report, the Koshyari Committee had said, “the Committee strongly recommends that Government should implement OROP in the defence forces across the board at the earliest”.

PTI

Government in oscillation over 7th pay commission notification

Government in oscillation over 7th pay commission notification

The Finance Ministry official involved with the process of pay hike told The Sen Times on condition of anonymity that government is facing the classic dilemma on the subject of issuing of notification of implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations.

He lamented that the 7th pay commission recommendations has been approved by the cabinet on June 29, but has yet to implement because it takes time for hiking of minimum pay, which has been demanded by the central government employees unions.

The Finance Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) are seeking to issue the notification of implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations shortly as approved by cabinet.

On the other hand, if faced with the dilemma of having to accept central government employees unions demands of hiking minimum pay and fitment factor through a high-level committee, the government would likely opt for the latter. The Finance ministry in its statement said, high-level committee will submit its report within four months with assistance from Finance ministry, but it appears that it may take time more than four months.

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu assured the unions leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by the High Level Committee, which will soon be set up.

The Cabinet ditto with the 7h Pay Commission recommendations, the commission recommended 23.55 per cent hike in salaries, allowances and pensions and a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay for Central government employees, the lowest in 70 years.

The cabinet has increased the minimum pay from existing Rs 7000 to Rs 18,000 while the central government employees’ unions are demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000. The cabinet took fitment factor 2.57 to hike basic pay only 14.27 per percent but the employees’ Unions are demanding 3.68 fitment factor.
This is despite the fact that pay hikes have a greater impact on the exchequer, the government is bound to accept the unions demands.

Now, the government tactic is to delay implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations, so it is likely to have a ripple effect and devaluation of Indian currency likely to hit in coming months.

TST

Nationwide Bank Strike for 2 days starting tomorrow

Bank Strike – The government is diverting the attention of the people by such steps like privatisation and consolidation as a means to improve efficiency and profitability of the banks.

Nationwide Bank Strike for 2 days – All India Bank Officers’ Association and State Sector Bank Employees’ Association will also participate in the strike.

Banking operations could be hit for two days this week as a section of public sector bank employees have threatened to go on a nationwide bank strike beginning July 12 to protest against the proposed merger of SBI associates and privatisation of IDBI Bank.

“As the conciliation meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner failed, we would continue with our strike call,” All India Bank Employees’ Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam told PTI.

All India Bank Officers’ Association and State Sector Bank Employees’ Association will also participate in the strike. The strike would be observed by five SBI associate banks on July 12, followed by other public sector banks next day on July 13.

In the event of the Bank strike taking place, the normal banking operations may get affected on July 12 and July 13, State Bank of Mysore said in a statement. Services like cheque clearances, cash deposit and withdrawal at bank branches and other facilities would affected too in case of the strike.

Venkatachalam said unions have explained the issues involved in Bank strike notice in detail as to why the proposed closure of Associate Banks and their merger with SBI, proposed privatisation of IDBI Bank and so on are unwarranted. He emphasised that effective measures to recover the alarmingly increasing bad loans is the real top priority for banks.

“We stated that instead of taking stringent measures against wilful and deliberate defaulters, the government is diverting the attention of the people by such steps like privatisation and consolidation as a means to improve efficiency and profitability of the banks,” he said.

Source: DNA

Jammu and Kashmir government employees demand implementation of 7th Pay Commision

Jammu and Kashmir government employees demand implementation of 7th Pay Commision

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government joint consultative committee (JCC) has urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti not to defer the recommendations of the seventh Pay Commission and implement the same at the earliest.

“It is very unfortunate that the state government decided to defer the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission by two years, we urge the state government to implement the recommendations at the earliest,” JCC member Amrik Singh said today.

He said while the state government has enhanced the salaries of the MLAs and MLCs, the reluctance to implement the recommendation of the seventh pay commission for the employee was an “injustice” with the working community.

Singh said that the JCC would be left with no other option but to launch an agitation for the implementations of the recommendations of the pay commission.
PTI


Status of Cadre Review proposals processed in DoPT as on 05/07/2016

Status of Cadre Review proposals processed in DoPT from 1st January. 2011 to 30th June. 2016 (status as on 05/07/2016)

A. Approved by Cabinet (17)

B. Pending Proposals (19)
  1. With Concerned Ministry – CRC meeting held and Cabinet approval pending (6)
  2. With Cabinet Secretariat (2)
  3. With Department of Expenditure (9)
  4. With Department of Personnel & Training (0)
  5. With Ministry concerned for clarifications (2)
A. Approved by Cabinet
S.No.
Name of the Service
CRC* Meeting Cabinet Approval
1. CPWD Central Engineering Service, Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service and Central Architecture Service 27/06/2011 03/01/2012
2. Military Engineering Services (Indian Defence Service of Engineers, Architect Cadre and Surveyor Cadre) 22/09/2011 and 23/01/2012 18/04/2013
3. Indian Revenue Service 19/02/2013 and GoM** on 29/04/2013 23/05/2013
4. Indian Radio Regulatory Service 19/02/2013 03/07/2013
5. Central Labour Service 19/02/2013 17/07/2013
6. Indian Customs & Central Excise 27/08/2013 05/12/2013
7. Indian Cost Accounts Service 29/10/2013 02/01/2014
8. Central Power Engineering Service 11/12/2013 13/05/2014
9. Indian Ordnance Factory Service 19/03/2014 29/10/2014
10. Indian Civil Accounts Service 17/07/2013 16/01/2015
11. Border Road Engineering Service 26/02/2015 07/04/2015
12. Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service 08/01/2015 06/05/2015
13. Indian Trade Service 06/05/2014 01/07/2015
14. Indian Statistical Service 24/06/2014 29/07/2015
15. Indian Skill Development Service 10/04/2015 07/10/2015
16. Indian Postal Service 28/12/2015 25/05/2016
17. CRPF 15/12/2015 29/06/2016
 * CRC - Cader Review Committee **GOM - Group of Ministers


B. Pending Proposals
S.No Name of the Service Status
1. With Concerned Ministry – CRC meeting held and Cabinet approval pending (6)
1. Railway Protection Force CRC meeting held on 29/07/2013. Decision with the approval of MaS (PP) and FM has been communicated to the Ministry of Railways on 09/10/2013 for taking Cabinet approval.
2. Indian Naval Material Management Service The CRC meeting held on 24/10/2013. Comments of DoPT on Cabinet Note have been provided to Ministry of Defence on 21/1/2015.
3. Indian P&T Acctt. and Fin.Service CRC meeting held on 17/09/2015. Approval of MaS (PP) and FM has been conveyed to Department of Telecom on 17/11/2015 for taking Cabinet approval. DoT has circulated draft Note for the Cabinet. Comments of DoPT on Cabinet Note have been provided to DoT on 07/1/2016.
4. Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) CRC Meeting held on 28/12/2015. Approval of MoS (PP) and FM has been obtained. MSME has to take the approval of Cabinet.
5. Indian Information Service CRC Meeting held on 05/05/2016. Approval of MoS(PP) & FM has been obtained and conveyed to MoI&B for approval of Cabinet
6. Central Engineering Service (Roads) CRC Meeting held on 24/05/2016. Approval of MoS(PP) & FM has been obtained and conveyed to MoRTH for approval of Cabinet
2. With Cabinet Secretariat (2)
7. Indian Telecom Service As per recommendation of CRC meeting of Group of Officers held on 06.06.2016/15.06.2016 and distribution of posts have been finalized
8. Border Security Force Approval of Secretary(P) & Secretary (Expenditure) has been obtained and proposal sent for consideration of CRC.
3. With Department of Expenditure (11)
9. Indian Railways Personnel Service Approval of Secretary (P) has been obtained and proposal sent to DoE for approval of Secretary (Expenditure) on 31/05/2016.
10. Indian Railways Traffic Service -do-
11. Indian Railways Stores Service Approval of Secretary (P) has been obtained and proposal sent to DoE for approval of Secretary (Expenditure) on 02/06/2016.
12. Indian Railways Service of
Mechanical Engineers
-do-
13. Indian Railways Accounts Service Approval of Secretary (P) has been obtained and proposal sent to DoE for approval of Secretary (Expenditure) on 03/06/2016.
14. Indian Railways Service of Electrical Engineers Approval of Secretary (P) has been obtained and proposal sent to DoE for approval of Secretary (Expenditure) on 06/06/2016.
15. Indian Railways Service of Engineers -do-
16. Indian Railways Service of Signal Engineers -do-
17. Indian Defence Accounts Service Approval of Secretary (P) has been obtained.  The proposal has been sent to DoE on 21.06.2016 for approval of Secretary (Expenditure).
4. With Department of Personnel & Training (0)
5. With Ministry concerned for clarifications (2)
18. Petroleum Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) Proposal from DIPP to form a new Organised Group A Service has been examined and the observations of DoPT have been sent on 19/04/2016. Clarifications awaited from Ministry of Commerce.
19. Indian P&T Building Works Clarifications are awaited from DoT on the cadre strength.


Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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