Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cabinet approves additional 2% Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief due from January, 2017

Cabinet approves additional 2% Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief due from January, 2017
2% DA

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017. It has increased by 2% over the existing rate of 2% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs.6,833.50 crore in the Financial Year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2017 to February, 2018).

This will benefit about 48.85 lakh Central Government employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners.

Source: PIB

Historic Strike of Central Government Employees will begin within a few hours - Confederation

Historic Strike of Central Government Employees will begin within a few hours - Confederation

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

16TH MARCH 2017

Historic Strike of Central Government Employees will begin within a few hours - Confederation


BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN
WELL SET FOR ACTION

Within a few hours the historic strike of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual, Part-Time, Contingent, Daily rated and Contract workers will begin. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from North East to Gujarat the strike will be a thundering success. It is an outburst of anger and protest against those who betrayed the central government employees and pensioners.

NDA Govt's Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu cheated and betrayed the cause of 33 lakhs Central Govt. Employees and 34 Lakhs pensioners.
Justice is on our side
Betrayers are on the other side

Ultimate victory will be ours as we believe in
Truth, Justice and Fairplay

We are not ready to surrender the self-respect and prestige of 33 lakhs Central Govt. Employees and 34 lakhs Pensioners. Confederation is not an organization of cowards to run away from the battle field half way.
WE SHALL FIGHT AND FIGHT AND FIGHT AND FIGHT TILL OUR LEGITIMATE DEMANDS ARE SETTLED

COME WHAT MAY, WE SHALL STRIKE, STRIKE, STRIKE AND STRIKE

We are ready for any sacrifice to protect the interest of Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners and also for the larger interest of the toiling masses of our country.

Where other organizations failed and compromised, it is confederation - Confederation alone - which has accepted the challenge to fight against the Government which betrayed the entire Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners.

Confederation is the only glorious organization of hope and inspiration for the entire Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners.
Come one, Come all, Come in Hundreds and Thousands and Lakhs.

Let us make the 16th March 2017 Strike a resounding success.

Let us march forward with determination and courage.

We are not alone, we are not afraid and we shall overcome.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & WhatsApp - 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

DOPT prohibit the Government Employees from participating in any form of strike


DOPT prohibit the Government Employees from participating in any form of strike

DOPT prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike
Strike Notice for 16th March, 2017 - Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules) 1964

DOPT prohibit the Government Employees from participating in any form of strike
MOST IMMEDIATE
OUT TODAY
No. 45018/I/2017-Vig
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block. New Delhi.
Dated the 15th March 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :  Strike Notice for 16th March, 2017 -  Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules) 1964 - Regarding.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. New Delhi has given a notice that the members of the affiliates of the Confederation will go on strike on 16th March, 2017 in pursuance of their 7th Central Pay Commission Demands

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow etc, or any or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules. 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pays and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also ruled in several judgments that going on a strike is a gravy misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which. besides deduction of wages. may also include appropriate disciplinary action. Attention of all employees of this Department is also drawn to this Department’s O.M. No. 33012/I/(s)/2008-Estt.(B) dated 12.9 2008. on the subject for strict compliance.

3. All officers are requested that the above instructions may be brought to the notice of the employees working under their control. All officers are also requested not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to the officers and employees if applied for, during the period of proposed strike. and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises.

4. In case employees go on strike all divisional heads are requested to forward a report indicating the number and details of employees who are absent from duty on the day of strike i.e.16.03.2017
(Suresh Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
DOPT Order 2017

7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances yet to submit report: Minister of State for Finance


7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances yet to submit report: Minister of State for Finance

New Delhi: The Committee on Allowances, tasked with reviewing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances, was given four months to submit its report. Later, the deadline was extended to February 22, 2017, has not yet submitted its report to the government.

In a written reply to a question on 7th Pay Commission in Lok Sabha on March 10, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said the Committee, under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, is yet to submit its report.

The minister said that the deliberations of the committee are in the final stages.

The Committee on Allowances was formed in July 2016 following protests by government employees over recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

In July, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley constituted a committee under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the recommendations. The committee was given four months’ time to submit the report to Finance Minister.

In October, Ashok Lavasa was quoted by some agencies as saying that he was ready with the report.

Later, the Finance Minister extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017. Now, going by Minister of State for Finance’s reply, it seems government employees will have to wait longer before they can hear some news on hike in allowances.

According to some reports, the Committee on Allowances has decided that the current HRA slab, which is 30 per cent of basic pay, for metros would continue against reducing the House Rent Allowance (HRA) for central government employees. The 7th Pay Commission suggested bringing down the HRA to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively depending on type of cities.

The transport allowance is likely to remain constant as certain reports said the Committee on Allowances agreed with 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation, which had already factored in the Dearness Allowance at 125 per cent assuming the date of implementation to be January 1 next year.

TST

Non-payment of gratuity and arrears by HEC


Non-payment of gratuity and arrears by HEC

Department of Heavy Industry has been receiving complaints of non-payment of gratuity and pay revision arrears by the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), Ranchi to its retired employees. These complaints are forwarded to the Company for appropriate action and redressal of grievances.

As reported by HEC, twenty such complaints have been received by them through the Department during the last two years.

HEC has informed that the payment of gratuity to employees separated upto 31st March, 2014 has already been done except in a few deficient cases, due to specific technical reasons. Outstanding liabilities on account of gratuity payable to retired employees are Rs.50.28 crore. The same hasn’t been paid due to acute financial crisis faced by the Company. However, in case of daughter’s marriage, medical treatment of self and spouse, children’s higher education and remittance of bank’s outstanding loans, part payment of gratuity to ex-employees is being done, as per availability of funds.  Regarding the payment of arrears on account of wage revision 1992 & 2007, a total of Rs.3.71 crore and Rs.24.70 crore (Approx.) respectively are outstanding.

HEC is a company registered under the Companies Act, with a separate legal identity under the Law. The Company is primarily responsible for managing all its affairs independently including meeting expenses related to its employees. Government of India being promoter of the company, has provided financial assistance to the Company in past from time to time in the form of loan, with a view to mitigate the hardship faced by their retired employees due to non-payment of gratuity timely. In the year 2014-15, a loan of Rs.47.89 crore was provided to the company for settlement of outstanding statutory dues (like gratuity etc.) of its employees.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Cabinet nod likely to double gratuity cap to Rs 20 lakh


Cabinet nod likely to double gratuity cap to Rs 20 lakh

Besides, the bill seeks to enable the central government to change the ceiling for tax free gratuity after factoring in rise in income levels by an executive order bypassing Parliament route to amend the law.
The Union Cabinet is likely to consider tomorrow a draft amendment bill which seeks to double the ceiling of tax-free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh under the Payment of Gratuity Act.

Besides, the bill seeks to enable the central government to change the ceiling for tax free gratuity after factoring in rise in income levels by an executive order bypassing Parliament route to amend the law.
"The bill to amend the Payment of Gratuity Act is likely to be considered and approved by the Union Cabinet in its meeting scheduled tomorrow," a source said.

After the amendment in the Act, formal sector workers would be eligible for up to Rs 20 lakh tax-free gratuity. Last month, the central trade unions had agreed on the proposal in a tripartite consultation with the Labour Ministry.

However, the unions had demanded the removal of conditions asking to have at least 10 employees in an establishment and minimum five years of service for payment of gratuity.

At present, as per the Payment of Gratuity Act, an employee is required to do minimum service of five years to become eligible for gratuity amount. Moreover, the Act applies to those establishments where the number of employees is not less than 10.

Trade unions had demanded that the amended provision regarding maximum amount should be made effective from January 1, 2016, as done in the case of central government employees.

Besides that rate of 15 days wages for each completed year of service be raised to 30 days wages, the unions had said during the tripartite meeting.

The proposed amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act as circulated by the government only deals with enhancing the ceiling of maximum amount under Section 4(3) of the Act from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
The proposed amendment is being brought to bring the maximum ceiling amount to Rs 20 lakh in line with the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations as accepted by the government.

The relevant amendment for central government employees was notified on July 25, 2016 and the enhanced amount ceiling was made effective from January 1, 2016.

The unions were of the view that the delay of eight months for employees covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act should not result in adversely affecting the interest of the concerned employees.
The employers as well as state representatives had also agreed to the proposal of raising the amount of gratuity to Rs 20 lakh in the tripartite meeting held last month.

Source: Money Control

Concessional telephone facility to Retired/ retiring employees of BSNL - Free Night calling facility

Concessional telephone facility to Retired/ retiring employees of BSNL - Free Night calling facility regarding
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
(A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ENTERPRISE)
1st FLOOR,BHARAT SANCHAR BHAWAN, H. C.MATHUR LANE ,
JANPATH, New DELHI- 110001.
(CORPORATE OFFICE- Admin Branch)
PHA- section
No.2-03/2006-PKA(Pt)
Dated 09.03.2017

CIRCULAR No. 02/2017-PHA

Subject: Concessional telephone facility to Retired/ retiring employees of BSNL - Free Night calling facility regarding.

In continuation to this office Circular No. 11/2007-PHA dated 20 . 07 . 2007; the competent authority has reviewed and approved the extension of Free Night Calling facility to BSNL retired employees having Concessional Telephones as extended to any other subscriber.

All Other terms and conditions of circulars issued earlier regarding the policy remain unchanged.

Hindi version of this circular will follow.

(S.K. Bhardwaj)
Asstt. General Manager (Admin.PHA)
Signed copy

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