Railwaymen likely to get 78 days bonus
|Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
New Delhi: Railway employees are likely to be given 78-day wages as productivity-linked bonus (PLB) for the fiscal 2014-15, the same as in the last three years, despite the financial crunch.
The proposal to give 78-day bonus to railwaymen is likely to come up tomorrow at the Cabinet meeting, sources said.
If the Cabinet decides tomorrow for a 78-day bonus then about 12 lakh railway employees will get about Rs 8897 as bonus this month, they said.
There will be about 11 lakh railway employees who will get the benefit of PLB and it is estimated to cost more than Rs 800 crores to the public transporter.
In 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 also, 78-day wages were given as PLB to railway employees.
Productivity-linked bonus is paid to railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival.
However, General Secreatry of National Railway Federation of Indian Railwaymen M Raghavaiah said “We are demanding to increase the ceiling of Rs 3,500 per month as Labour Ministry has also advocated for the hike in bonus and we have written to Prime Minister for this.
“But since the election code of conduct is in force, the government has to have special permission from the Election Commission to raise the amount.
Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations and it will soon submit its report to Finance Ministry. The recommendations are to be implemented from January 1, 2016.
The Central Government employees must be curious to know what all are in the store for them in the seventh pay commission’s recommendations.
Seventh Pay Commission
- It was formed by previous UPA Government. The commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur was formed in February 2014.
- The other members of the commission are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978
- batch, and Rathin Roy, an economist. Meena Agarwal is Secretary of the Commission.
- The committee’s recommendations are scheduled to take effect from 1 January, 2016.
- The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.
- Nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners will be befitted by the pay commission.
- Reportedly, there could be a substantial increment in the current salary of the employees (around 30-40 per cent).
- It has been proposed that the salary of the Government employees should be increased every year on July 1.
- According to Dainik Bhaskar exclusive report, IPS, IAS and IRS rank officers’ pay band will be made equal. Currently IPS, IRS officers get less salary than IAS.
- It has been proposed that existing 32 pay-bands should be decreased to 13.
- For Pay band-1, the minimum salary will be 21, 200.
- The Cabinet secretary will get minimum 2 lakh salary.
- There could be an education allowance to employees whose offspring are in the school.
- In last pay commission (6th), the minimum basic salary was increased to Rs 6660 from Rs 2550.
- Experts are having views that employees of lower rank will be benefited the most from the seventh pay commission.
- Seventh pay commission will definitely bring a toll on the exchequer.
- The reason being Government has to manage OROP’s expenditures too.
- Experts say that Central government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore after Seventh pay commission will come into effect.
- According to Mint report, as a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of Union government employees became more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-1-from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore.
Past pay commissions and the minimum basic salary:
- First pay commission came in year 1946 and the basic salary at that time was decided to be of Rs. 35.
- Second pay commission came in year 1959 and basic salary was of Rs. 80.
- In 1973, third pay commission came into effect which decided the basic salary of Rs. 185.
- Fourth pay commission came in year 1986 which recommend basic salary of Rs. 750.
- In year 1996, fifth pay commission came, recommending basic salary of Rs. 2550.
- Sixth pay commission came into effect in year 2006. UPA Government at that time, fixed minimum basic salary of Rs. 6660.
7th Pay Commission will be mindful of fiscal concerns: FinMin
New Delhi: Finance Ministry today said the Seventh Pay Commission will be mindful of the fiscal concerns of the government while giving its report on new pay scales and remunerations for central government employees and pensioners.
|Finance Secretary Ratan Watal
The Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, has been given time up to December 2015 to submit its report on revising emoluments of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.
“We have communicated our concerns with regard to sustainability of public expenditure to Pay Commission. I am sure the members and chairman of the commission are aware of and will be sensitive to our concerns,” Finance Secretary Ratan Watal told reporters here.
The Commission has time till December to submit its report, he said, adding thereafter it would be scrutinised by a secretariat to be set up in the Finance Ministry.
Watal said although the recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016, the burden on the exchequer would not be much in the current financial year.
However, he added, it would have implications in next fiscal.
The Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, was appointed by the previous UPA government in February 2014 for 18 months. Its terms was extended in August 2015 by four months till December 31, 2015.
The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.
As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.
Bonus 2015 – Removal of Eligibility and Calculation Ceiling ; NFIR writes to PM
NFIR writes to PM Narendra Modi on 5th October 2015 regarding the announcement of bonus for Central Government employees on 1st September 2015 by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Productivity Lined Bonus for Railway Employees is made every year, prior to Dussehra Festival. Employees throughout the Country are anxiously awaiting for Government’s decision as already promised for revision of wage eligibility and calculation ceiling limits on BONUS.
Payment of Bonus to workers — removal of eligibility and calculation ceilings-reg
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Shri Narendra Modi,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
South Block, Raisina Hills, New Delhi
Sub: Payment of Bonus to workers — removal of eligibility and calculation ceilings-reg.
Vide Press Information Bureau dated 1st September 2015, the Government of India (Ministry of Labour & Employment) has announced that the Government has been seriously considering amendment in the wage eligibility for payment of Bonus to the employees from Rs.10,000 to Rs.21,000 and equally for revising the calculation ceiling from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 or the minimum wage notified by the appropriate Government for that category of employees, whichever is higher. Although more than a month passed from the date of announcement, the Government is yet to give decision for upward revision of wage eligibility and calculation ceiling limits.
2. In this connection, NFIR desires to bring to your kind notice that in the Railways, productivity Linked Bonus Scheme was introduced in the year 1979 by an agreement with the Railwaymen’s Federations. Pursuant to the said agreement, payment of productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) is made every year (prior to Dussehra festival) by notional calculation of salary at Rs. 3500/- per month. NFIR has been pressing the Government since long to remove calculation ceiling for ensuring payment of P.L. Bonus on actual salary of employees.
3.The employees throughout the Country are anxiously awaiting for Government’s decision as already promised for revision of wage eligibility and calculation ceiling limits on Bonus.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to kindly intervene and see that the commitment made on September 1, 2015 for revision of wage eligibility and calculation ceiling limits for payment of Bonus is implemented before commencement of Puja Holidays.
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National Council JCM Meeting with DoPT on 9.10.2015
After a very long gap, Central Government has decided to conduct a meeting between NC JCM Staff Side and Official Side. The meeting is scheduled to be held on 9.10.2015. Discussion on the issues raised in the Charter of Demands.
Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the Joint Chairmanship of JS(AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 5th October 2015
Subject: Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side
The undersigned is directed to inform that a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Ms.Archana Varma, Joint Secretary, DOP&T with Joint Secretary (Pers.).
Department of Expenditure and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour is scheduled to be held on Friday, the 9th October 2015 at 1500 hours in Room No.190, Conference Room, North Block, New Delhi, to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands.
2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Observance of “All India Demands Day” – 13th October, 2015
This 91st Annual Convention of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Jodhpur(NWR) from 3-5 October, 2015, after reviewing all the situations, has decided to intensify the struggle of the AIRF, and as a first step, to observe 13th October, 2015 as “All India Demands Day” through processions/dharnas, mass rallies, mass meetings demonstrations, etc. all over Indian Railways to put pressure on the government on the following legitimate long pending demands of the Railwaymen
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
Dated: October 4, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Sub: Observance of “All India Demands Day” – 13th October, 2015
This 91st Annual Convention of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Jodhpur(NWR) from 3-5 October, 2015, after reviewing all the situations, has decided to intensify the struggle of the AIRF, and as a first step, to observe 13th October, 2015 as “All India Demands Day” through processions/dharnas, mass rallies, mass meetings demonstrations, etc. all over Indian Railways to put pressure on the government on the following legitimate long pending demands of the Railwaymen:-
(i) Publish the report of the VII CPC without any further delay.
(ii) Remove ceiling of Rs.3500 p.m. and pay enhanced PLB to the Railwaymen well before Durga Pooja.
(iii) Inclusion of All Railway employees in pension and family pension schemes irrespective of their date of appointment
(iv) Scrap proposal of inducting FDI/PPP in the Railways.
(v) Scrap report of the High Level Railway Restructuring Committee, constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Deb Roy.
(vi) Resolve all the outstanding demands of the Railwaymen.
Reports of observance of “All India Demands Day” day should be sent to AIRF Office on the same day through email.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
DA Orders for the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revise scale
G.I., Dept. of Expenditure, O.M.No.1(3)/2008-E.II (B), dated 1.10.2015
Subject: Rates Of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1/7/2015 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revise scale as per 5th Central Pay Commission
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. Of even No. dated 24th April, 2015 revising the rates of Dearness Allowance in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.
2. The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 223% to 234% w.e.f. 1/7/2015. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M. of even number dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.
3. The contents of this Office Memorandum also be brought to the notice of the Organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Centra Government scares of pay.
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Confusion on ceiling of bonus for Central Government employees continues
“Doubts and debates over the ceiling of Productivity Linked Bonus to Central Government employees this year continue to plague the minds.”
The word ‘Bonus’ continues to powerfully attract the employee communities.
Given once every year, bonus or honorarium could sometimes be even bigger than the monthly salaries.
But Central Government employees are given only small amounts as bonuses each year. With the highest prescribed ceiling limit fixed at Rs.3500, the bonus is calculated based on the number of days announced.
Last year, Railway employees were given bonuses of 78 days, employees of the postal department received 60 days’ bonus. Civilian employees of the defence were given a bonus of 40 days.
Employees of the public and private sectors wrongly assume that 60 days bonus implies tow months’ salary.
In simple terms, a 30 days bonus indicates a sum of Rs.3500 approximately. 60 days bonus implies that the worker will be given Rs.7000. in case of 75 days’ bonus, the worker makes Rs.8750. The amount is equal to one-fifth the salary of the employee.
In 2007, the calculation ceiling of bonus was increased from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500pm , and the eligibility limit for bonus was raised from Rs.3500 to Rs.10,000 pm. For a number of years, all federation of Central Government employees have been demanding that the calculation ceiling limit be raised from Rs.3500. You can see its impact on all the ‘Charter of Demands‘ presented by the federations to the government.
Recently, the Government requested the trade unions to withdraw their September 2 strike notice. During the negotiations that were held between the ministers and the trade union representatives, it was reported that the Government had accepted to raise the bonus ceiling limit from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000. Sources also said that the eligibility of bonus was raised from Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000. But, no announcements in this regard were made by the Government.
Meanwhile, Shri Vijesh Upadhyay, the General Secretary of BMS, created quite a flutter with his letter. The letter mentioned the ceiling of bonus as Rs.10,000.
The Railway workers federation, NFIR, wrote a letter to the Railway Minister on September 8. The letter demanded that the ministry take action based on the bonus announcement issued by the authorized government information bureau, PIB, on September 1, 2015.
Unless the Government clarifies its stand in the bonus issue, the social media are going to overflow with false information, and some cooked up orders too. Since the information is being eagerly awaited, Central Government employees tend to get drawn to them and some are very likely to be misguided by these rumours.
Productivity Linked Bonus Order for 28 days for the civilian employees of the EME
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, dated the 21st September, 2015
The Chief of the Army Staff,
Subject: Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) for the civilian employees of the EME for the Year 2014-15.
I am directed to refer to the Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme already circulated vide this Ministry’s letter No.F.24(8)/80/D(JCM) dated 28th September, 1983, as amended from time to time, and to convey the sanction of President to the payment of 28 days (Twenty Eight days) wages in cash as PLB for the year 2014-15 to the eligible civilian employees of the EME
2. The entitlement has been worked out on the basis of the working results for the year 2014-15 in accordance with the agreed formula.
3. The PLB shall be paid to all eligible Gp. ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted), Gp. ‘C’ and Gp. ‘D’ civilian employees of the EME who are covered under PLB Scheme for the accounting year 2014-15. The calculation ceiling of Rs.3500/- (3500×32/30.4) and other terms and conditions of the PLB Scheme will remain unchanged.
4. Productivity Linked Bonus to the casual labour will be paid at the assumed wages of Rs.1200/- p.m. (1200×32/30.4) for the accounting year 2014-15. However, in cases where the actual wages fall below Rs.1200/- pm, the amount will be calculated on the actual monthly wages. The other conditions remain unchanged.
5. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to Defence Services Estimates under respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited. The entire expenditure on the payment of PLB is to be met out of the sanctioned budget grant for the year 2015-16.
6. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their ID. No. 176998/E.111.A dated 15.9.2015 and MoD (Fin/AG/PB) vide their Dy. No. 141/AG/PB dated 18.9.2015.
Under Secretary to the Government of India.
Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from Open market- Employment Notices shall also get the uploaded on the websites of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Personnel and Training, Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities: Railway Board Order
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated 16 .09.2015
The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways/PUs,
Sub: Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from Open market- Employment Notices – reg.
As the Railways are aware, three percent of the vacancies in direct recruitment to non-Gazetted posts are to be reserved for persons with disabilities of which one percent each shall be reserved for persons suffering from (i) blindness or low vision, (ii) hearing impairment and (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified suitable for each disability. Further, in terms of Board’s instructions as contained in letter No. E(NG)-Il/98/RC-2/8 dated 17/9/1998, in addition to the Employment Notices being supplied to the Employment Exchanges, Special Employment Exchanges, Vocational Rehabilitation Centres & National level Rehabilitation institutes, such notices are also to be published in Employment News. It has now been decided that recruiting agencies whether RRBs/RRCs/ Railway Administrations shall also get the Employment Notices/Advertisements uploaded on the websites of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Personnel and Training, Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and any other Ministry/Department as deemed necessary through NIC or other means for information of all concerned. This will be in addition to, hoisting the same on the websites of the recruiting agencies concerned.