Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Seventh Central Pay Commission's recommendations - revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

Seventh Central Pay Commission's recommendations — revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/13/2016-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi
Dated: 29th August, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Seventh Central Pay Commission's recommendations — revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 9.8.2015 on the above mentioned subject wherein it was requested that as per the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 issued by Department of Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016, consequential amendment in the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules shall be made by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay by the new pay structure i.e. "LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX" straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T)/Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. In this regard, a confirmation meeting is scheduled to be taken by Joint Secretary (Establishment) to take stock of the latest position of amendment in Service Rules/Recruitment Rules. Joint Secretary (Administration/Establishment) of all Ministries/Departments along with the cadre controlling officers is requested to attend the meeting as per the schedule Annexed or depute a senior officer conversant with the matter to brief the progress.

3. The meetings would be held in Room No. 190, Ist Floor, North Block.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-1)
To
Joint Secretary (Administration/Establishment)
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
Annexure
Scheduled of the meeting to be taken by Joint Secretary (Establishment) to take stock of the latest position of amendment in Service Rules/Recruitment Rules
S. No.Ministries starting with alphabets Date and time
1.A - C3rd October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
2.D - E4th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
3.F - H5th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
4.I - L6th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
5.M-Q7th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
6.R-V13th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM
7.W-Z14th October, 2016 at 4.30 PM

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Enhancement of Bonus Ceiling for CG Employees – Finmin issued Orders on 29.8.2016

Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 – enhancement of the calculation ceiling- Regarding.

No.7/4/2014-E-IIIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Expenditure)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 29th August, 2016
Office Memorandum

Subject: Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 – enhancement of the calculation ceiling- Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s 0M No.7/24/2007/E-lll.A dated regarding grant of non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to the Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-2015, whereby the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of ad-hoc bonus was monthly emoluments of Rs.3500. The Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) in case of Central Government employees working under certain Ministries/Departments, where such PLB was in operation in 2014-15, was also paid by the respective Ministries/Departments for the accounting year 2014-15 based on the concurrence of this Ministry with the calculation ceiling at monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500.

2. The question of enhancement of the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of PLB and non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus), as the case may be, to the Central Government employees has been considered and the President is pleased to decide that the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments for the purpose of payment of PLB and ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, shall be revised to Rs.7000 w.e.f. 01.04.2014, i.e., for the accounting year 2014-15.

3. Accordingly, the PLB or ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, as already paid to the eligible Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 in terms of the above 0M dated 16.10.2015 pertaining to ad-hoc bonus and the respective sanctions issued by the concerned Ministries/Departments in respect of PLB under the respective schemes in operation during 2014-15 based on the specific concurrence of this Ministry, shall be re-worked out based on the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs.7000 instead of Rs.3500.

4. While re-working out payment of PLB or ad-hoc orders, as the case  may be, under these orders for the accounting year 2014-15, all the other terms and conditions under which the payment was made shall remain unchanged.

5.  In respect of their application to the employees working in the Indian  Audit and Accounts Departments, these orders are issued in consultation with the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. Hindi version of this order will follow.
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(Amar Nath Singh)
Director
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Central government employees to get their pending 2 year bonus soon: FM

Central government employees to get their pending 2 year bonus soon: FM

New Delhi: Central government employees will get their pending 2 years bonus soon, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said in the press conference on a charter of demands proposed of Central Trade Unions.

“The bonus entitlement for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be released on the revised norms for central government employees. This was pending for two years. After this, the bonus will be covered under the 7th Pay Commission,” Finance minister Arun Jaitley told reporters in Delhi.

The announcement comes at a time labour unions have called a hunger strike on Friday over their demands.

The Left and Congress-affiliated unions have planned the general strike to oppose the NDA government’s economic and labour policies, exempting hospitals, medical stores, milk distribution and other emergency services from the day-long strike.

To discuss the issue with the trade unions, the government had formed a five-member team of Union ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, MoS Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and MoS Home Jitendra Singh.

“Centre has decided to write to all states regarding compliance of Contract workers law,” said the Finance Minister at the press conference. He also added that the government ha not been able to adhere to all the 12 demands raised by unions.

TST

Government hikes minimum wage for workers as union strike nears

Government hikes minimum wage for workers as union strike nears

New Delhi: The Centre today announced a hike in minimum wage for unskilled non-farm workers of the central government to Rs 350 a day, from the current Rs 246, in an attempt to mollify trade unions that have threatened to go on a nation-wide strike on Friday.

Interacting with reporters here, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the bonus for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be paid to central government employees based on revised norms. The Bonus Amendment Act will be implemented “strictly”.

He gave an assurance that the government will also take necessary steps to resolve the cases on payment of bonus pending in high courts and the Supreme Court.

The likely financial implications of the bonus move translate into Rs 1,920 crore per annum.

“In the last one and a half years, the inter-ministerial committee had meeting with central trade unions. Trade unions placed various demands. Some were labour related and some economic policy issues related. The government has taken some decisions with regard to those on the basis of their recommendations,” added Jaitley.

Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal and Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya were also present.

Jaitley said it has been decided to fix the minimum wages at Rs 350 per day for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas keeping in view the modalities of fixing minimum wages.

The decision was taken following deliberations at the meeting of the Minimum Wage Advisory Board under the chairmanship of the labour minister for revising the basic minimum wages in the central sphere.

The registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory and states will be advised to strictly implement the same, the finance minister said.

Errant contractors will face appropriate action for any violation, he warned.

The issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (like Anganwadi, mid-day meal, Asha volunteers) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the “earliest”.

Asked about the strike call, Jaitley said: “I think we have responsible trade unions.”

On the opposition to the government’s plans to merge associate banks of SBI with the parent bank, Jaitley said “the merger is not subject of trade unions”.

“Their service conditions are not being hurt adversely or affected at all. There will be no impact of merger on service conditions of any employee. If government decides that we need strong banks, then unions would have to change their approach to the whole issue,” he asserted.

Dattatreya has held meetings with central trade unions wherein detailed discussions were held with regard to their charter of demands.

The issues have been taken up by inter-ministerial committee haded by the finance minister.

As many as 10 central trade unions have given a call for a one-day pan-India strike on September 2, 2016, to protest against the government’s labour reforms and “not paying heed to their demands”.

PTI

Hike in salaries of MPs under government consideration: Par panel

Hike in salaries of MPs under government consideration: Par panel

New Delhi: The issue of hike in salaries of MPs is under consideration of the government, a Parliamentary panel was informed today.

Deposing before the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, representatives of the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Committee said the issue of hike in salaries of MPs is under the consideration of the government, sources said.

The ministry, sources said, is working on the final draft before it is sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for approval.

At today’s meeting, some members lamented that while the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission have been implemented, the lawmakers are yet to get a salary hike.

The Centre had in September last proposed to constitute a three-member Emoluments Commission to determine salary and allowances of Members of Parliament and it was endorsed at the two-day All India Whips Conference on September 29 and 30.

An MP gets a salary of Rs 50,000 per month. In addition, Rs 2,000 per day is paid as daily allowance when an MP signs the register while attending Parliament sessions or House committee meetings. An MP is also entitled to Rs 45,000 constituency allowance every month — Rs 15,000 for stationery and Rs 30,000 to employ secretarial assistance staff.

In their sitting on October 20 last year, the committee decided to enhance the amount of Constituency Allowance from the present Rs 45,000 to Rs 75,000, which required an amendment in rules.

MPs are also entitled for government accommodation, air travel and train travel facilities, besides three landline telephone connections and two mobile phones. They also get a loan of Rs 4 lakh to buy a vehicle.

PTI

Trade unions stick to Sept 2 strike, reject government wage hike

Trade unions stick to Sept 2 strike, reject government wage hike

New Delhi: Trade unions today said they will go ahead with nation-wide strike on September 2, rejecting as “completely inadequate” the government’s 42 per cent hike in minimum wage to Rs 350 per day.

“The government’s minimum wage announcement is completely inadequate. The strike stands and we demand they should enact a Lawto fix minimum (universal) wage,” All India Trade Union Congress General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a slew of labour-friendly measures including hiking of minimum wage to Rs 350 a day for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas in central sphere.

Calculated monthly, it comes to Rs 9,100 minimum income (for 26 days) which is way below the unions’ demand of Rs 18,000. Initially, the unions had demanded Rs 15,000 as minimum monthly income for daily wagers but the demand was revised after the government accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Asked whether this will be a benchmark wage for the entire country, Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal said that this is for workers in central sphere and states can fix a minimum wage lower or higher than this rate.

Explaining further, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said that an amendment in the Minimum Wage Act is required for fixing a universal minimum wage and an initiative has been taken in this direction.

“Finance Minister’s statement clearly shows that the government has not considered any of the demands in our 12-point charter. The unions have no other alternative but to fight for their rights,” Indian National Trade Union Congress Vice-President Ashok Singh said.

However, RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has lauded the government’s announcements and decided to abstain from the general strike on September 2.

“We welcome it and are satisfied by the increase in minimum wages. BMS will not participate in the strike,” BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said.

PTI

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Three important demands of NJCA

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Three important demands of NJCA which are likely to be discussed in the 7th CPC Meeting to be held on 1st September 2016

To discuss the anomalies related to the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, the high-powered Committee of Secretaries formed by Centre has invited leading employee union National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) for a meeting on September 1.

NJCA would be represented at the meet by it’s current convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra. Aggrieved Central Government employees pin their final hope in the outcome of the Sept 1 meeting. If the Government constituted body fails to incorporate their demand, a large section of the organized workforce would call a strike.

Although, it has not been revealed whether the Committee of Secretaries would attempt to negotiate the demands at the upcoming meet, it has been assured that grievances of the employees, as raised by the Unions, would be noted down in a detailed manner by the Secretaries. Representing NJCA, Shiv Gopal Mishra is expected to show an uncompromising stand on at least the following three demands: 1) Hike in Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA),  2) Revision in the hike of minimum salary, 3) Availability of ‘Option 1′ for pensioners.

Hike in Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA): 

Central Government employees had demanded the 7th Pay panel led by Justice (retd) AK Mathur to raise FMA from current Rs 500 per month to Rs 2,000 per month. The demand appears legit to the employee unions as even many of the private sector companies are paying Rs 1200 to Rs 1800 per month as medical allowance to lower-middle level employees.

Revision of hike in minimum salary: 

NJCA, along with other employee unions have raised the demand to restructure the hike in minimum salary using 3.68 fitment factor. The entry-level pay as per 6th Pay Commission was Rs 7,000. The AK Mathur-led panel increased the minimum salary by multiplying with 2.57 fitment factor. This increased the salary to Rs 18,000. If the 3.68 fitment factor would be used, the minimum salary would be restructured to Rs 26,000.

Availability of ‘Option 1′: 


The All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association (AIPRPA) has demanded the Government to enable Option 1 for hiking their pensions. According to Option 1, the hiked pensions would be fixed in the pay matrix on basis of the grade and and pay band in which they were enrolled at the time of retirement. According to the second option, the pay panel has recommended the pension hike by using 2.57 fitment factor. The second option would multiply their existing pensions by 2.57.

Despite Shiv Gopal Mishra appearing as the leading voice among those who are articulating the cause of aggrieved employees, a number of central government employees have raised doubts against him. His decision to roll back the July 11 mass strike, which was expected to evoke the participation of 33 lakh central government employees, has not gone down well with those among the dissidents. Several employees have straightaway asserted that if the government fails to pay heed to at least the above three demands, a rejuvenated call for strike should be made.

Source: India.com

Revised Pay Matrix Levels as per 7th CPC for Posts in Indian Civil Accounts Cadre

Revised Pay Matrix Levels as per 7th CPC for Posts in Indian Civil Accounts Cadre

No. A-11014/2016/CGA/Gr.A/1837-41
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

7th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110 003.
Dated : 29th August, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Consequent upon the Govt. of India’s decision for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s Recommendations vide Resolution dated 25th July, 2016, Min. of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure has notified the orders for revised pay scales, fixation of pay and payment of arrears etc. Attention is drawn in this regard to Gazette Notification G.S.R. 721(E) dated 25th July, 2016. The details of posts in Indian Civil Accounts Cadre (ICAS) carrying existing Pay Band and Grade Pay corresponding to. the revised Pay Matrix Level are as under:

Sl.
No.
Post Existing (As per 6th CPC) Revised (7th CPC)
Pay Band Grade Pay Pay Level (Matrix)
1. Controller General of Accounts (Apex Scale) Rs. 80,000 (Fixed) Level 17
2. Addl. Controller of Accounts HAG+ Rs. 75,500-80,000 Level 16
3. Pr. Chief Controller of Accounts HAG Rs. 67,000-79,000 Level 15
4. Senior Administrative  Grade SAG PB-4 (Rs. 37,400- 67,000 Rs.10,000 Level 14
5. Selection Grade in Junior Administrative Grade NFSG PB-4 (Rs. 37,400-67,000) Rs. 8,700 Level 13
6. Junior Administrative Grade JAG PB-3 (Rs.15,600-39100 Rs. 7,600 Level 12
7. Senior Time Scale (STS) PB-3 (Rs. 15,600-39,100 Rs. 6,600 Level 11
8. Junior Time Scale (JTS) PB-3 (Rs. 15,600-39,100 Rs. 5,400 Level 10
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(A.K.Bangalia)
Dy. Controller General of Accounts

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