Friday, 7 July 2017

Major Highlights of the 7th CPC Gazette Notifications Allowances approved by the Union Cabinet


Major Highlights of the 7th CPC Gazette Notifications Allowances approved by the Union Cabinet

The Central Governments decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e. 6th July, 2017; All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017; 

Concerned Ministries advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month's Salary Bills of the Government employees 

Resolution conveying the Central Governments decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances has been published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e.6th July, 2017.
Based on the Report of Committee on Allowances (CoA) and the recommendation of E-CoS, the Cabinet had earlier approved the modifications in 34 Allowances in its Meeting held on 28th June 2017.
All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017.

Concerned Ministries have now been advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month's Salary Bills of the Government employees.

Major Highlights of the Allowances approved by the Union Cabinet are as follows: 
  • Cabinet approved recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances with 34 modifications - revised rates effective from 01.07.2017
  • It will benefit 34 lakh Civilian employees and 14 lakh Defence Forces personnel
  • 7th CPC examined 197 allowances, recommending abolition of 53 allowances and subsuming 37 in others.
  • 7th CPC recommended revised rates commensurate with Dearness Allowance
  • Fully DA-indexed allowances - no raise, not DA indexed raised by 2.25, partially indexed raised by 1.5, % based rationalised by 0.8
  • Risk & Hardship Matrix evolved for allowances linked to risk and hardship
  • 7th CPC projected additional financial implication at Rs.29,300 cr per annum, modifications to have additional implication of Rs.1448.23 cr
  • Combined additional financial implication estimated at Rs.30748.23 crore per annum.
1. Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:
  • Government decided not to abolish 12 allowances in view of specific functional requirements
  • 3 of 37 subsumed allowances will continue as separate identities due to unique nature of these allowances.
2.House Rent Allowance (HRA)
  • HRA will be paid @24%, 16% & 8% for X, Y & Z cities respectively
  • HRA not to be less than Rs.5400, 3600 & 1800 for X,Y&Z cities, calculated @30,20,&10% of min pay of Rs.18000 - to benefit >7.5 lakh employee
  • 7th CPC recommended revision of HRA when DA reaches 50% & 100%, Govt decided to revise rates when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.
3. Siachen Allowance:
  • Rates of Siachen Allowance increased from Rs.14000 pm (Soldiers) to Rs.30000 & Rs.21000 pm (Officers) to Rs.42500 for extreme risk & hardship.
4. Dress Allowance:
  • Government decided to pay Dress Allowance to Nurses on monthly basis due to high maintenance and hygiene requirements.
  • Higher rate of Dress Allowance for Special Protection Group accepted by Govt.
5. Tough Location Allowance:
  •  7th CPC recommended-TLA not to be granted with SDA-Govt decided to give option of SCLRA at pre-revised rates with SDA at revised rates
6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all categories:
  • Children Education Allowance increased from Rs.1500 pm/child (max.2) to Rs.2250/child and Hostel Subsidy increased from Rs.4500 pm to Rs.6750 pm.
  • Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities doubled from Rs.1500 pm to Rs.3000 pm
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians increased from Rs.2000 - Rs.10000 (Grant) to Rs.10000 -  Rs.30000 (Grant)
7. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies
  • Abolition of Ration Money Allowance and free ration to Defence officers in peace areas not accepted, RMA to be credited in bank account
  • Technical Allowance (Tier-II) not to be merged, Govt. decided to continue Technical Allowance (Tier-II) @Rs.4500 pm-courses to be reviewed
  • Aeronautical Allowance increased Rs.300 pm to Rs.450 pm and extended to Indian Coast Guard also
  • Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance for counter - insurgency ops increased from Rs.3000 - Rs.11700 pm to Rs.6000 - Rs.16900 pm
  • MARCOS and Chariot Allowance paid to marine commandos increased from Rs.10500 - Rs.15750 pm to Rs.17300 - Rs.25000 pm
  • Conditionality of 12 hrs reduced to 4 hrs for Sea Going Allowance and rates increased from Rs.3000 - Rs.7800 pm to Rs.6000 - Rs.10500 pm
  • COBRA Allowance granted to CRPF personnel in Naxal hit areas increased from Rs.8400 - Rs.16800 pm to Rs.17300 - Rs.25000 pm
  • Modified Field, Field & Highly Active Field Area Allowances increased from Rs.1200 - Rs.12600 pm to Rs.6000 - Rs.16900 pm.
  • Flying Allowance increased from Rs.10500 - Rs.15750 pm to Rs.17300 - Rs.25000 pm and extended to BSF Air Wing also
  • High Altitude Allowance increased from Rs.810 - Rs.16800 pm to Rs.2700 - Rs.25000 pm
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel increased from Rs.9000 - Rs.30000 (Grant) to Rs.10000 - Rs.30000 (Grant).
  • Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance increased from Rs.1500 / 3000 pm to Rs.4100 / 5300 pm
  • Additional Free Railway Warrant (Leave Travel Concession) extended to CAPFs.
  • Territorial Army Allowance increased from Rs.175 - Rs.450 pm to Rs.1000 -Rs. 2000 pm
  • Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel increased from Rs.2000 - Rs.4500 pm to Rs.4500 - Rs.9000 pm
  • Detachment Allowance increased Rs.165 - Rs.780 per day to Rs.405 - Rs.1170 per day
  • Para Jump Instructor Allowance increased from Rs.2700/3600 pm to Rs.6000/10500 pm
  • Govt. increased Special Security Allowance for Special Protection Group to 55% and 27.5% of BP for ops and non - ops duties
  • Housing provisions for PBORs and their families residing at other stations significantly improved and linked to HRA, process simplified
8. Allowances paid to Indian Railways
  • Additional Allowance increased from Rs.500 / 1000 pm to Rs.1125 / 2250 pm and extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards @Rs.750 pm
  • Special Train Controllers Allowance @5000 pm introduced for Train Controllers of Railways
9. Allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital
  • Government increased rate of Nursing Allowance from Rs.4800 pm to Rs.7200 pm
  • Operation Theatre Allowance not abolished and rates increased from Rs.360 pm to Rs.540 pm
  • Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance increased from Rs.2070 - Rs.2100 pm to Rs.4100 - Rs.5300 pm
  • 7th CPC recommendations modified and HPCA / PCA to continue for Ministerial staff
10. Allowances to Pensioners
  • Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners increased from Rs.500 pm to Rs.1000 pm
  • Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement increased from Rs.4500 pm to Rs.6750 pm
11. Allowances to Scientific Departments
  • 7th CPC recommendations to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance not accepted - rates revised from Rs.7500 pa to Rs.11250 pa
  • Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted staff of DAE will continue at enhanced rate of Rs.11250 pa
  • Antarctica Allowance - Summer rates revised from Rs.1125 per day to Rs.1500 per day, Winter rates from Rs.1688 per day to Rs.2000 per day
12. Allowance paid to D/o Posts & Railways
  • Cycle Allowance not abolished - rates doubled from Rs.90 to Rs.180 pm for functional requirements of Postmen in Posts and Trackmen in Railways.
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7th CPC Allowances Gazette Notification : Transport Allowance (TPTA) and Travelling Allowance


7th CPC Allowances Gazette Notification : Transport Allowance (TPTA) and Travelling Allowance

7th CPC Allowances Gazette Notification : Transport Allowance (TPTA) and Travelling Allowance

Finance Ministry just now released the Gazette Notification on all allowances recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission on its portal.

186.Training StipendAbolishedAccepted
187.Transport Allowance (TPTA) RetainedRationalizedAccepted
188.Travelling AllowanceIndian Railways to reconsider its position regarding air travel to its employeesLevel 6 to 8 of pay Matrix to be entiled for Air travel.Level 5A of Defence forces to be clubbed with level 6 for travelling entitlements.

7th Central Pay Commission - Resolution on Allowances, Dated 6th July, 2017

7th Pay Commission Allowances - Finmin issued Resolution

7th Central Pay Commission - Resolution on Allowances, Dated 6th July, 2017

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Expenditure)

RESOLUTION
New Delhi, the 6th July, 2017

No. 11-1/2016-IC.-The Seventh Central Pay Commission (the Commission) was set up by the Government of India vide Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A), dated the 28th February, 2014. The period for submission of report by the Commission was extended upto 31st December, 2015 vide Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A), dated the 8th September, 2015. The Commission, on 19th November, 2015, submitted its Report on the matters covered in its Terms of Reference as specified in the aforesaid Resolution dated the 28th February, 2014.

2. The Government, vide Para 7 of the Resolution No. 1-2/2016- IC, dated 25th July, 2016, decided to refer the allowances (except Dearness Allowance) to the Committee on Allowances (the Committee). It was also decided that till a final decision on allowances is taken based on the recommendations of the Committee, all allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from 1st day of January, 2016.

3. The said Committee submitted its Report on 27th April, 2017. The Government, after consideration, has decided to accept the recommendations of the Commission on allowances with 34 modifications as specified in Appendix I. The Statement showing the recommendations of the Commission on allowances and the Government’s decision thereon is annexed at Appendix II.

4. Some of the allowances paid to the Indian Navy which are also paid to the Indian Coast Guard at present have not been mentioned in the Report of the Commission. The Government has decided that these allowances which are admissible to the Indian Navy shall also be paid to the Indian Coast Guard at par with the Indian Navy.

5. The rates in respect of 12 running allowances relating to the Ministry of Railways shall be notified by the Ministry of Railways with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance.

6. The revised rates of allowances shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

ORDER

Ordered that this Resolution be published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary.
Ordered that a copy of this Resolution be communicated to the Ministries and/Departments of the Government of India, State Governments, Administrations of Union territories and all other concerned.

R.K.CHATURVEDI,
Jt. Secy.
Click to view the complete order

Minimum Pay should be enhanced to Rs 24000 - Agitation against Central Government


Minimum Pay should be enhanced to Rs 24000 - Agitation against Central Government

Circular for Agitation against Central Government from 17-22 July, 2017
REF: BPMS/ Cir/ 17th TC/ 22
Dated: 04.07.2017
To,
The Office Bearers and CEC Members
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh &
The Presidents/ General Secretaries
Unions affiliated to the federation

Subject: Agitational Programme from 17 July 2017 to 22 July 2017.

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Sadar Namaskar

It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities to uplift the organization.On 28 June 2017, the Cabinet Committee approved allowances as per 7th CPC recommendations with very minor changes or without any change. This time employees were expecting a better remuneration as promised by the Government but the Government did not change its attitude which led to financial loss to Government employees.

Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided to conduct Agitational Programme from 17 July, 2017 to 22 July 2017.Being a constituent of GENC, this federation has decided that all the unions will conduct the Agitational Programme from 17 July, 2017 to 22 July 2107 on the following demands:
1. HRA should be rationalized to 30%, 20% and 10% of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z Cities respectively.
2. All the allowances should be granted from 01.01.2016.
3. All the allowances which have been decided to be abolished should be retained.
4. All other allowances which are statuary in nature as overtime allowance under the Factories Act should be granted without any further delay.
5. Minimum Pay should be enhanced to Rs 24,000/-.
6. Multiplication factor for pay revision should be enhanced to 3.42.
7. Minimum Pension should be guaranteed as per Supreme Court verdict for NPS beneficiaries.
8. 7th CPC related anomalies should be resolved.
9. All cadre review should be completed in time bound manner.
10. There should not be disparity in the common category in various Ministries.
11. None of the Defence Establishments should be closed/ disbanded.
12. Grant of one time relaxation on the 5% ceiling for compassionate appointment.
13. Contract workers in Defence Establishments should be benefitted with Equal Pay for Equal work.

In the Agitation Programme gate meetings, slogan shouting and other peaceful methods as per feasibility are to be organized and a memorandum is to be submitted on the last day of programme to your respective Head of Establishment addressed to Prime Minister so that the Government may be constrained to assuage the discontentment of employees and the copy of the memorandum is to be submitted to BPMS HQ.

Further, you are advised to give wide publicity of this Agitation Programme by propagating through Media, Posters and Pamphlets.

Appropriate Demands may be added related to your directorates/ establishments. Your humongous support is solicited.
With regards,
Brotherly yours
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS

Minimum HRA Calculation will benefit only few thousand employees - Confederation


Minimum HRA Calculation will benefit only few thousand employees - Confederation

"Decision of the Govt. to retain minimum HRA of 5400, 3600 and 1800 as 30, 20 & 10% of minimum pay of 18,000. It will not benefit 7.5 lakhs employees in lower level 1, 2 and 3. It will benefit only few thousand employees."

FALSE PROPAGANDA & UNFOUNDED CRITICISM BY SUPPORTERS OF NDA GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ON ALLOWANCES
FALSE PROPAGANDA & UNFOUNDED CRITICISM BY SUPPORTERS OF NDA GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ON ALLOWANCES

Immediately on announcement of Govt's decision on Allowances a well- orchestrated propaganda was unleashed by the NDA Govt through media and its political machinery and also through some organizations and employees who supported the Government’s decision. The crux of the propaganda is as follows :-

1) It has been decided by the Government that HRA shall not be less than 5400, 3600 & 1800 for X, Y, and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of 18,000-. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakhs employees belonging to pay level 1,2, and 3.

2) It is because of the JCM Staffside Federations who opposed and rejected the HRA rate recommended by Pay Commission, the employees have lost one and half years arrears of allowances. Government was ready to implement HRA and allowances from 01-01-2016 along with Revised Pay.

3) Even in the past Revised HRA and other Allowances were not given from the same date. HRA and other Allowances are implemented from a later date without retrospective effect.

The propaganda and criticism, though not succeeded, should not go uncountered. This is part of a deliberate attempt by the Govt. and its political machinery to misguide the general public and employees.
The following facts will reveal the hollowness of the propaganda of the Govt, and the criticism of those who supports the Govt’s decision.

(1) More than 7.5 lakhs lower level employees ( in pay level 1, 2 and 3) will be benefited due to the decision of the Govt. to retain minimum HRA of 5400, 3600 and 1800 as 30, 20 & 10% of minimum pay of 18,000 -.

It will not benefit 7.5 lakhs employees in lower level 1, 2 and 3. It will benefit only few thousand employees.
In Pay level - I the starting pay is 18,000-. After getting eight (8) increments (eight years service) pay will become 22,800-. An employee drawing 22,800- will get HRA above 5400, 3600, 1800 even if the HRA is 24% (5472) 16% (3648) and 8% (1824).

In Pay level - 2 the starting pay is 19,900- After getting five increments (5 years service) pay will become 23,100-. The official will draw 5544 (24%) 3696 (16%) and 1848 (8%) even if the minimum 5400, 3600, 1800 is not retained.

In Pay level - 3 the starting pay is 21,700-. After getting 2 increments the pay will become 23,100- . 24% (5544), 16% (3696) and 8% (1848) will be above 5400, 3600 and 1800-.
From the above it can be seen that only those officials below 8 years service in Pay level - 1, below 5 years service in Pay level - 2 and 2 years services in Pay level - 3 will be benefited by the decision of the Govt to retain 5400 -, 3600- and 1800- at level 1, 2 and 3 as minimum HRA at X, Y and Z class cities respectively. How many central Govt employees below 8 years service in level -1 and below 5 years service in level -2 and below 2 years service in level - 3 will be working in the Central Govt departments as on date. Only few thousands. All others in level -1,2 and 3 will draw more than 5400-, 3600- and 1800-even if HRA is 24%, 16% and 8%. This being the reality, Govt through its press release given to media made false propaganda that 7.5 lakh employees will be benefited by the Govt’s decision !!! And those who welcomed the Govt’s decision are repeating the same lies.

(2) It is because of the Federation leaders representing JCM National Council Staffside who opposed the HRA rate recommended by 7th CPC, employees lost one and half year arrears.
What is real fact?

Every time when Pay Commissions submit its report to Govt, Implementation Committee or Empowered Committee is constituted by the Govt to examine the recommendations of the CPC and submit report to the Govt for acceptance by Cabinet. The implementation Committee or Empowered Committee will call for suggestions / modifications to the CPC recommendations from all organizations including National Council JCM Staffside. This time also Govt and the Implementation Committee followed the same procedure.
Accordingly, National Council JCM Staffside submitted detailed memorandum to Govt and Implementation Committee / Empowered Committees, seeking 26 modifications in the recommendations including Minimum Pay, Fitment formula, Allowances including HRA, Transport Allowance, Advances, MACP conditions, CCL conditions etc.,. The JCM Staffside also presented their view points before the Implementation Committee headed by Joint Secretary and Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary. Suppose the JCM Staffside leaders / Federations decides not to submit any memorandum seeking modifications in the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC before the Implementation Committee / Empowered Committees and keep quite ( as argued by those who criticize the leaders and support the 7th CPC recommendations), what will be the reaction of the employees ? Will they not blame the leaders for silently supporting the Govt for implementing all the retrograde and negative recommendations of the 7th CPC ?
Inspite of JCM Staffside requesting for modifications the Cabinet on Pay Scale meeting held on 29-06-2016 decided to accept the recommendations of the 7th CPC without any modifications, rejecting the modifications requested by the Staffside. Cabinet also decided to refer all the allowances including HRA to a Committee headed by Finance & Expenditure Secretary.

Cabinet on 29-06-2016 has not decided to grant 24%, 16% and 8% HRA recommended by 7th CPC. Then where is the question of accepting or rejecting the decision of the Govt when there was no such decision by the Cabinet.

Not only JCM Staffside Federations almost all the Unions / Federations / Associations have submitted memorandum to Govt seeking modifications in the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC. What is wrong in it ? The fact is that Govt deliberately constituted the Allowance Committee and referred HRA and other Allowances to the Committee to delay and deny the arrears from 01-01-2016. Instead of protesting against the Govt’s decision (that is what Confederation has done), those who are desperately trying to turn the anger and resentment of the employees against Unions / Federations who demanded modifications, are bound to fail, as Central Govt employees are not that much fools to believe that propaganda
.
(3) Even in the past, HRA and Allowances were not given retrospective effect.
Govt and those who welcomed and thanked Govt for its decision on allowances are continuously repeating the argument that in the past also allowances were not given retrospective effect from the date of Revision of Pay. But what is the actual fact?

In the past, revised allowances including HRA were granted from the month / next month of notification of Revised Pay Rules. Even then JCM Staffside has not welcomed or thanked the Govt but strongly protested and demanded grant of allowances from the same date from which Revised Pay is implemented. Even if the old practice is taken as precedence, this time employees have every right to get revised allowances including HRA from 01-07-2016 as Revised (Pay) Rues was notified on 25-07-2016. Those who welcomed the Govt’s decision are consciously and deliberately hiding this fact as many employees do not know what has happened in the past.

The NDA Govt and its political machinery has made this type of propaganda when the Cabinet approved the recommendations of Pay scales recommended by the 7th CPC on 29-06-2016 without any modifications. At that time the propaganda was "big bonanza" to Central Government employees. This time also the same method of propaganda is adopted and the unfortunate part of it, is that some of our friends representing
employees too contributed to such a false and baseless propaganda.
Yours comradely,
sd/-
(M.KRISHNAN)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob&whatsapp:09447068125
E-mail:mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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