CSS demands status equivalent with IAS officers
New Delhi: The Central Secretariat Service (CSS) is demding for a status equivalent with the IAS officers (Indian Administrative Service officers).
A team of CSS officers met Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, seeking a new pay package, perks and promotion.
The Central Secretariat Service (CSS) is one of the earliest organized services in the country. The origin of the service can be traced back to the year 1919.
The CSS Officers at the middle and lower management levels of the administrative machinery are responsible for assisting in the formulation and monitoring implementation of policies concerning subjects, which are the main responsibility of the central government.
There are around 2,200 CSS officers in the Government starting from Under Secretaries to Additional Secretaries.
FM Jaitley to meet officials again to keep Income Tax Return forms simple
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
New Delhi: Facing criticism over the new Income Tax Return (ITR) forms that seek details on bank accounts and foreign trips, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will hold another round of meeting with officials to simplify the procedure.
Soon after his trip from Washington yesterday, Jaitley had held a meeting with tax officials on the new ITR forms that have evoked sharp reactions from experts and others alike.
“The Finance Minister will be taking another meeting to finalise changes in the new forms,” said a source.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy-making body of the Income Tax department, had notified the forms for the current assessment year, seeking additional details to check the menace of black money.
As it stands, the new ITR forms, including the ITR-1 and ITR-2, require an assessee to furnish the number of bank accounts held by the individual “at any time (including opened/closed) during the previous year” with the last balance in the account as on March 31 of the just-concluded fiscal.
The assessee will also have to furnish the name of the bank, account number, address, IFSC code and any possible joint account holder’s name.
On Saturday, Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das had said the government will reconsider the new ITR forms to make it simple. Jaitley had called him up from Washington, asking him not to proceed further on the matter.
Experts and consultants have criticised the new forms, saying the government was seeking too much of data. They felt that the addition of new information would make the process of filing returns difficult.
Submission of Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission – Request for oral evidence – AICAEA
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
(RECOGNISED BY GOVT. OF INDIA)
Dated 30th March 2015
The Member Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi 110016
Tel Number:- 26517097
Subject:- Submission of Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission – request for oral evidence regarding.
This Association, vide its forwarding letter No.AICAEA/HQ/A-41/7CPC/2014/988 dated 28th July 2014 has submitted a “Memorandum” to the 7TH Central Pay Commission.
This Association is a part of the JCM Scheme and one of the members of the Departmental Council of Ministry of Finance.
This Association represents nearly 7000(Seven thousand) employees belonging to the cadres of MTS, LDC, Staff Car Driver, DEO, Computer Operator, Accountant, Senior Accountant, Stenographer, Private Secretary, Hindi translator/officer etc. of the Departmentalized Accounts organization functioning under the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.
I, on behalf of this Association, request you to kindly extend us the opportunity of tendering oral evidence in support of the Memorandum submitted by us. We may kindly be intimated the date for tendering oral evidence at least a fortnight ahead so that our representatives from other stations are able to take part.
Bharat Pensioners Samaj writes to Prime Minister
Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj writes a letter to Prime Minister as reply for his letter dated 31.03.2015. The content of the letter is reproduced and given below for your information…
BHARAT PENSIONERS’ SAMAJ
(All India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations)
2/13-A, LGF Backside, Jangpura ‘A’, New Delhi-110014
BPS writes to Prime Minister
The Hon’ble Prime Minister
Government of India
Ref: Prime Minister’s letter dated 31.03.2015 to Elderly
On behalf of Bharat Pensioners Samaj, a conglomeration of around 650 Pensioners organizations, the undersigned extends gratitude for the feelings conveyed through your letter dated 31-03-2015 addressed to Elderly. BPS is not only delighted but proud that the country has a Prime Minister who truly believes in Indian ethos, cares and respects his elderly. Sir, you justifyfully deserve the blessings of the Elderly of the country.
Encouraged by your open heartedness, undersigned on behalf of BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ avail the privilege writing follow lines for your consideration:
Rightly Prime Minister Sir, Present day Elderly which includes the fraternity of Civil Pensioners, belongs to the privileged generation which has had the honor of contributing of both India’s independence, &consequent Nation building. Forgoing 8.33% matching Govt. contribution to PF and accepting salaries which were intentionally designed at lower level to cater to the pension to be paid after retirement. The Civil Pensioners’ of today, during their productive years worked hard for the development of the country with the hope that the Nation will take care of them during the evening of their lives. Even today whenever need arises due to natural calamities or otherwise, they are first to come forward with monetary as well as physical support & stand shoulder to shoulder with the administration and the fellow citizen to the extent of donating organs & even the whole body so that others may live to serve this beautiful country. Despite old age they make endless contributions to their families, communities and society. They contribute as family care givers, as workers, consumers, volunteers and taxpayers. In-fact they are the ones who have been & are still paying Taxes most honestly.
Earnestly they look forward to a peaceful and healthy life. And a life of dignity and respect where they are free from want and able to live with the standard they were used to. Prime minister Sir, Civil Pensioners only aspire for uniform & discrimination-free application of what is laid down in the constitution, what the supreme court has pronounced, what is covered by their service conditions and to what they have contributed.
Sir, in this country Supreme court / high court judges, CAG, Cab, Secy & Secys, enjoy 100% parity of pension between pre & post retirees. You have also promised One Rank One Pension to Defense Personnel. Why then the other civil Pensioners are being discriminated against. Are they 2nd class Citizens?. At least for them carry forward the modified parity formula enunciated by Vth CPC & accepted by the then Govt. but discontinued due to disillusioned recommendations of 6th CPC. And reduce the Ratio between minimum & maximum paid to the international level with equal % rise in pension of all.
Health care: Sir you will agree “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”. India may be a young Nation today but is fast getting old. From govt, staff alone, over a lac are retiring every year at 60yrs. Demographic forecast suggest, every 5th Indian to be 60+ by2050, over 30% of whom will be ex govt/PSU employees. 90% 60+Indians suffer from one or other old age ailment/disability and every year millions are being pushed below poverty line due to out of pocket expenditure on health care. If adequate immediate corrective steps are not taken India will be a Nation of limping poor oldies.
As per the law laid down by the apex court, healthcare is a Fundamental justify of all present & past Employees Bharat Pensioners Samaj request the honorable prime Minister to sensitize his Govt, on-
Ensuring hassle free health care facility to all Pensioners/family pensioners without discrimination of departments & distances ; issuing Smart Cards irrespective of departments, to all Pensioners/ Family Pensioners and their Dependent for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in:
all Govt. hospitals
all NABH accredited Multi Super Speciality hospitals across the country which have been allotted land at concessional rate or given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt. all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empanelled hospitals across the country.
Medical attendants: For reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization: No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases, doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/ State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.
The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental justify of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39 a, 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922) The Supreme court has held that:
“the justify to health to a worker is an integral facet of meaningful justify to life to have not only a meaningful existence but also robust health and vigour. Therefore, the justify to health, medical aid to protect the health and vigour of a worker while in service or post retirement is a fundamental justify -to make life of a worker meaningful and purposeful with dignity of person. Thus health care is not only a welfare measure but is a Fundamental justify”.
We suggest that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retrial class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogenous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par. BPS also request the Hon’ble PM to recommend to his govt. to make preventive health care an essential ingredient of all health care schemes for retired Persons. CGHS & RELHS should be expanded/improved and also CMSA Rules 1944 be extended to pensioners residing outside CGHS area.
Hospital Regulatory Authority:
To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt.agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates may be revised periodically keeping in mind the workability as per market conditions.
Fixed Medical allowance(FMA):
As is recorded in Para 5 of the minutes of Committee of Secretaries (COS) held on 15.04.2010 (Reference Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan No 502/2/3/2010-C.A.V Doc No.CD (C.A.V)42/2010 Minutes of COS meeting dated 15.04.2010) Which discussed enhancement of FMA. “CGHS card estimates for serving Personnel: Since estimates are not available separately for pensioners M/O Health & Family Welfare had assessed the total cost per card p.a. in 2007-2008 = Rs 16435 i.e. Rs.1369 per month for OPD”. Adding to it inflation, the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health, adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility reducing overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt.
We suggest that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2500/- PM without any distance restriction as distance restriction is discriminatory to those who do not choose Govt. schemes/ hospitals. Further link it to Dearness Relief for automatic increase. BPS also request that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to reimburse the medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.
Lingering Litigation on Pensioners matters due to uncalled for Appeals by Government:
Govt. should not indirectly pressurize courts by appealing again & again to get judgments reversed in its favor & must implement all court judgments in case of all similarly placed persons.
Fifth CPC recommended in para 126.3 that any Court Judgement involving a common policy matter of pay/pension to a group of employees/pensioners, should be extended automatically to similarly placed employees/pensioners without driving every affected individual to the Courts of law. This recommendation is never followed by GOI, with the result Pensioners in the evening of their lives, are forced to approach the legal forums, seeking the same relief. This in turn, bulges court dockets &drain pockets of pensioners.
Honorable Prime minister is requested to advise his Govt. to look into this matter and to take suitable steps.
Sir, aspirations of the pensioners fraternity brought out in foregoing Paras are Just, minimum &well within the constitutional provision &policies of your Govt.
Bharat Pensioners Samaj the oldest & the largest Federation of Pensioners Associations in the country is sure that the honorable Prime Minister will live up to Indian ethos to make evening of elderly civil pensioners’ reasonably comfortable.
Source: Bharat Pensioners Samaj
Nomination of Nodal bank branches under Single Window Scheme (SWS) for reimbursement of Railway Pension
G.I., Railway Board Orders, RBA No.02412015, No. 2010/AC-II/21/8(PART), dated 16.04.2015
Sub:- Nomination of Nodal bank branches under Single Window Scheme (SWS) for reimbursement of Railway Pension.
Please refer to Board’s letter no. 2010/AC-11/2i/2 dt. 31.3.2011(RBA No. 15/2011), 16.5.2012(RBA No. 13, 14/2012), 9.1.2013 (RBA No% 2/2013), 15.1.2013 (RBA No. 3/2013), letter no. 2010/AC-II/21/2(PART) dt. 8.10.2013(RBA No.. 23/2013) and 2013/AC-11/21/8 dt. 28.07.2014(RBA No. 12/2 14), 13.2.2015(RBA No. 12/ 2015) & 7.4.2015( RBA No. 24/2015) where in instructions on implementation of SWS system for pension payment to Railway Pensioners through various Banks were issued. These instructions envisage nomination of nodal branches by the Banks covered under this scheme for submission of Pension Debits by the banks to the designated FA&CAOs. Consequent upon authorization of &CAO/RCF/Rae Bareli and FA&CAO/RWP/Bela for issue of PPOs, the branches as indicated in the Annexure shall be the nodal branches for these units for submission of PPOs.
Kindly acknowledge receipt and ensure compliance.
List of Nominated Nodal Branches
Source: Indian Railways
DA from Jan-2015: Order issued for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)
Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.01.2015 onwards
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment DIvision)/P.A.P. Section
7 Oak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110 001.
Dated : 20th April, 2015.
All Chief Postmaster General
All G.Ms. (PAH/Directors of Accounts (Posts).
Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.01.2015 onwards – reg.
Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance, with effect from 1st January, 2015 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM. No. 1/2/2015-E-ll (8) dated 10.04.2015, duly endorsed vlde this Department’s letter No. 8-1/2012-PAP dated 13.04.2015, the Gramin Dal: Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.01.2015. It has, therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevairs shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from the 1st January, 2015.
2. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.
3. The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head “Salaries” under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.
4. This issues with the concurrence of integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 10/FA/2015-CS
Assistat Director General (Estt.)
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DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) – IESM LETTER TO Sh RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
IESM LETTER TO Sh RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)
Dear Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar
You have been leading the fight for Defence Personnel both serving and ex-servicemen (ESM) inside and outside of Parliament and with every Government. ESM have appreciated your gesture of not accepting increased pay and perks of MP since last two years and your resolve that you will not accept the pay raise and perks till Government grants OROP for ex-servicemen.
IESM on behalf of ESM family thanks you for your unstinted support. OROP, one of the crucial demands of ESM, is close to approval. OROP has the approval of two Parliaments, all political parties and has been approved twice in the budget. Yet OROP notification has not been issued since last one year. The reason for this undue delay in issuing the notification is a common knowledge that Bureaucracy is not happy to give OROP to Armed Forces and veterans. The work on draft GL and the tables will start only after the approval of OROP by the Government. Raksha Mantri has extended full support to OROP and is personally monitoring the progress of the file.
This undue delay in issuance of notification is not good for morale of Ex-servicemen. They have started getting doubts on the Government’s resolve to give OROP. Government has missed three deadlines given to veterans for issuance of GL. Parliament session is about to start and Government will get busy in running the session and notification for OROP will get relegated to yet another date. IESM requests you and your friends to raise pertinent questions which will nail the Government to fixed dead line and Government is not permitted to give stereotype reply on OROP. Some of the questions which come to our mind are
Government has been giving stereotype reply since last three Parliament sessions that OROP is under consideration and will be given as and when it is formalized. Please give firm date for issuance of notification. Ambiguity on such an important demand of Armed Forces is having adverse impact on their morale.
As per principle of OROP a senior rank officer/JCO/OR will not be paid pension less than his junior. Will this aspect be the adhered to and OROP notification will include suitable safe guard for this?
Honorable courts have given many decisions in favor of Defence Personnel. Some of them have been complied with and only litigants have been given the benefits of court decision. Will GL include all decisions given by courts in favor of Defence Personnel whether litigants or not. This will ensure equal justice for all affected ESM and will also save Court’s time and Government’s time. It may be noted that non litigants if not included in GL will definitely move the courts and will get decision in their favor from AFT/High court /Supreme Court.
There are only very few Major rank officers who are drawing pension. Most of them are very senior and 75 and above. This group of officers needs sympathetic consideration as they had all put in service of more 20 years. This group needs to be given Lt Col basic pension with Major’s grade pay, since after 2004 officers with 13 years service one eligible for the rank of Lt Col . Most of them are pre – 96 retired. Government had denied giving them Lt Col pension. One Major Thomas pre 96 retiree has won the case and has been awarded Lt Col Pension. Lt Col pension with Major’s grade pay needs to be given to all Majors pre 96 or post 96 retiree. This will again save Government time on litigations by Majors.
Status of National War Memorial. When will the work start on it and when will nation pay homage to fallen soldier at the National Memorial?
Status of Ex-Servicemen Commission. Government to confirm that it will be headed and manned by Ex-servicemen and will have statutory powers to order Government departments for delay in actions.
Sh Rajeev ji, ESM are getting restive because of this undue delay and shifting of goal post on one pretext or other. IESM is worried that some of the local organizations may get disturbed and may deviate from the non-violent path of IESM and may resort to Rasta Roko or Rail Roko agitations. It will not be good for country and ESM. May I therefore request you to kindly meet PM/RM and confirm the latest position and issue a statement to sooth the nerves of the agitated ESM.
I am sure we will see some of the questions being raised in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the suggested lines in the coming session.
I will be grateful to get a reply giving plan of action and your advice for future course of action.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
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General Provident Fund Interest Rate 8.7% for 2015-16
Government Decides to Fix Interest Rates at 8.7% for General Provident Fund(GPF) and other Similar Funds Including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975(SDS,1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the Financial Year 2015-16
It was decided by the Government to link the interest rates of State PFs (General Provident Fund and other similar funds) including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975 (SDS, 1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the FY 2015-16 to Public Provident Fund (PPF) rates. In pursuance of that decision, the Government has decided to fix the rates 8.7% per annum applicable to the following:-
- The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
- The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
- The All India Service Provident Fund.
- The State Railway Provident Fund.
- The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
- The Indian Ordnance Provident Fund.
- The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
- The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
- The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
- The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
The rate of interest is applicable to the above funds w.e.f. 1st April, 2015 and until further orders.
Recently, the Government had kept the interest rates for PPF and other Small Savings Schemes intact.
However, interest rates for 5 year Senior citizen Saving Scheme and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme have been increased from 9.2 to 9.3% and 9.1 to 9.2% respectively, keeping in view the commitment of the Government towards the welfare of the girl child and the senior citizens.
Source: PIB News
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OROP Latest News : National Ex-servicemen Coordination committee meets Defense Minister 22.4.2015
Office of the Defense Minister invited National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination committee (NeXCC) for having a meeting with Defense Minister Mr. Manohar Parikkar on 22nd April 2015 at 11:30 Hrs to discuss various points of Ex-Servicemen and also on OROP implementation
NeXCC delegation of 10 members under the leadership of our Chairman Mr. Taneswar Sen, including Vice Chairman Mr. John VS ( Kerala), Secretary General Mr. VN Mishra ( UP), Delhi State general secretary Mr. Vilas rai ( Delhi), Western Zonal Chairman Mr. HR Mattu ( Haryana), Orissa general secretary Mr. GC Senapathi, Thelungana General Secretary Mr. Subba Rao and others.
Read also latest news about OROP…
One rank, one pension scheme in this session – Subramanian Swamy : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said he had met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who assured him that the government would introduce the one rank, one pension scheme for all military personnel in the current session of Parliament.The scheme was one of the BJP’s major poll promises for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Read more at : The Hindu
Navy launches stealth destroyer Visakhapatnam; OROP process underway, says Parrikar : One Rank One Pay process underway: Parrikar Speaking to Army Commanders in New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that much-awaited ‘One Rank One Pension (OROP)’ scheme implementation process is underway. The OROP implementation is one of the key promises made by the NDA government in the manifesto. Queries by media are often met with the stock reply that the OROP would be implemented at the ‘earliest.’
Read more at: www.oneindia.com
One-rank, One-pension on the Anvil Parrikar to Defence Men
NEW DELHI: While highlighting key issues and challenges, both external and internal that has an impact on national security calculus, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday assured top Army Commanders that the much awaited One rank One pension scheme was on the anvil.
Read more at www.newindianexpress.com
BSNL Employees Two Days Strike on 21-22 April 2015 – Demanding Revival of BSNL
FORUM OF BSNL UNIONS / ASSOCIATIONS
D-7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market, New Delhi – 110 001.
20th April, 2015
BSNL Employees Two Days Strike on 21-22 April 2015
Demanding Revival of BSNL
As per the call of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, the BSNL Employees, both executives and nonexecutives numbering around 2.25 lakhs, will resort to Two Days Strike on 21-22 April 2015 demanding immediate action from the Government and BSNL Management for the Revival of BSNL.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited was the No.1 telecom company in India and was having an annual revenue of about Rs.40,000 crore and profit of about Rs 8,000 – 10,000 crore till 2006. The non-implementation of the government assurances on financial viability, continued cancellation of the BSNL tenders of mobile equipment, confiscation of the cash balance of the company by the government on one pretext or other, discriminating BSNL in favour of private companies -all these deliberate decisions have pushed BSNL in to loss for the last five years.
The government has withdrawn from its assurance to pay ADC, refund of licence fee and liberal subsidy from the USO fund, for compensating BSNL for the loss of about Rs.10,000 crore per year for providing services to the villages and rural areas in the country which is as per the universal connectivity policy of the government. The present loss of the company around Rs. 7,000- 8,000 crore per year will be covered and there will be profit for BSNL if these assurances are honoured and implemented.
Immediate purchase of various equipments for providing mobile, broadband etc. services are most important. Sufficient funds are required for the same, which BSNL is not having at present. An amount of Rs. 6,700 crore is due to be paid to BSNL by Government towards the cost of spectrum, which the BSNL has surrendered. An amount of Rs. 1,250 crore, allotted to BSNL in lieu of ADC for providing loss making connections for 2012-13, is still pending payment. The employees are demanding that these two amounts be paid immediately so that BSNL can purchase required equipment.
The Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations has suggested various proposals for providing better service to the customers on which also no action is taken.
The Forum also demands that BSNL should start 4G services without any delay. It also has demanded that it should be made mandatory for the Central/State Governments and PSUs to take BSNL service as was done in the case of Air India.
The strike Demands submitted by the Forum are mainly intended to improve the services and to better the financial viability of the company. However, neither the Secretary, Department of Telecom nor the Communications Minister have so far called the Unions/associations for any discussion or settlement of the issues. The entire responsibility for the strike and its adverse affect on the services and difficulties to the public lies upon the Government and the Management.
The Two Days Strike on 21-22 April will start from the mid-night of 20-21 April 2015. We solicit the support of all in our effort to improve the BSNL services and revive it.
UFBU MEET AND SUB COMMITTEE MEETINGS WITH IBA
Discussed Points: Hospitalisation Scheme, 100% D.A.Neutralisation for retirees, 2% of loading on basic pay and DA and Converting of DA series.
“IBA should give the new pay structure immediately and pay scales so drawn should be discussed within reasonable time”
April 17, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
UFBU MEET AND
SUB COMMITTEE MEETINGS WITH IBA,
Preceding the IBA meeting on 16th April, 2015, UFBU met at Maharastra State Bank Employees Federation Office at Fort Mumbai on 15.04.2015 at 18.00 hrs. Our Organisation was represented by Com.Alok.Khare, Vice Chairman, Com.S.S.Shishodia, President besides the undersigned. All the constituents have participated in the meet.
1. The following issues were discussed for taking up the same with IBA.
- Improvements in the proposed Insurance backed Hospitalisation Scheme.
- Four issues concerning the Retirees- [a] 100% D.A.Neutralisation for retirees prior to 1.11.2002; [b].Family Pension; [c]. Updation of Pension; [d]. Coverage of Hospitalisation to Retirees.
- Constraints in construction of Pay scales with the condition of 2% loading
- Feasibility of converting the DA series from the base year of 1960 to 2001.
2. The IBA subcommittee on Hospitalisation Scheme was headed by Shri.Arun Tiwari, Chairman Union Bank of India, Shri.Shailesh Verma CGM, SBI, Shri.B.S.Shekhawat, GM (HRD) CBI, Shri.M.V.Tanksale, CEO IBA, Shri K.Unnikrishnan Dy.CEO IBA besides HR officials of IBA. The representatives of all the eleven unions have participated.
3. There was a detailed discussion on the Hospitalisation based on the documents provided by the IBA to all the unions. Our organisation has forwarded the various suggestions on the scheme to IBA, earlier to the commencement of the discussions, The said communication addressed to the IBA is sent herewith. At the end, there are very many loose ends to be knitted to present a comprehensive and an improved beneficial scheme to the Bankmen at large.
4. In the exclusive sub committee meeting of Officers, IBA team was headed by Shri. Ashwini Kumar Chairman Dena Bank, Smt.Indira Padmini, GM, IOB, Shri.B.S.Shekhwat, GM CBI besides the top officials and also of HR team of IBA,
5. The talks continued on issues listed in the Charter of demands of officers. The discussions are progressing but inconclusive. The Officers’ organisations have requested for one more sitting to take forward the discussions preferably next week.
6. We shall keep the units informed about the progress made to convert the MOU into 7th Joint Note.
7th Pay Commission has been given misleading facts about Allowances and pay elements of Railway staff – NFIR
Railway Board gave misleading facts to 7th Pay Commission claimed by Federation, this has been claimed by NFIR, Federation of Indian Railway employees.
N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI -I 110055
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
IIFT, Block B(B-14/A)
Qutub Institutional Area,
Sub: Information pertaining to Allowance payable to Officers/Staff of Railways – Para-wise views – reg.
Ref: Railway Board OM No. E (P&A) II-2014/Misc.3/7th CPC dated 20.10.2014.
Kindly refer our discussions on the subject of Pay Element and Running Allowances payable to Running Staff during the course of tendering oral evidence before 7th Pay Commission on 14th April, 2015.
We have explained in clear terms that the issues of Pay Element and Running Allowances have been dealt through bilateral negotiations between the Railway Ministry and Federations’ since the last several decades and hence the 7th CPC need not look into these aspects, although Railway Ministry has sent cetain details in this regard.
In this connection, the Federation furnishes below its comments on Railway Board’s OM dated 20/10/2014 for the appreciation of 7th CPC.
We also invite the kind attention of 7th CPC to the following minutes of PNM meeting of NFIR held with the Railway Board on 20th/21st December, 2014.
“NFIR PNM 8/2011: The staff side requested to withdraw the reference on Running allowances sent to 7th CPC as the Federation raised certain objections to the contents thereof”.
We therefore request the Hon’ble VII CPC to leave the Pay Element and Running Allowances subject to be dealt by Railway Ministry through discussions with the Federations.
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
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State PSCs unanimous on Computer Based Recruitment Tests, uniform pay scales
Shimla: The National Conference of chairpersons of state public service commissions has arrived at consensus on introduction of online examination system Computer Based Recruitment Tests (CBRT) and raising the retirement age and uniformity in pay scales and perks of chairpersons and members of UPSC and state PSCs.
K S Tomar, Chairman Himachal PSC
The conference which concluded here today elected K S Tomar, Chairman Himachal PSC as chairman of standing committee of state PSC chairpersons and authorised him to take up these issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Introduction of online examination system/Computer Based Recruitment Tests was discussed in detail and consensus emerged on the CBRT, an online test for selection of candidates for recruitment by various State service candidates in a phased manner, as adhering to IT reforms and keeping pace with changing trends was inevitable,” Tomar said.
The members were unanimous that the retirement age of State Commission members be raised from 62 to 65 years and there should be Uniformity in salary, perks and other incentives and facilities provided to members.
The conference also sought financial autonomy for PSCs and Constitutional protection on the pattern of Supreme Court and High Court Judges to check political interference by State Governments in functioning of PSCs and he would also take up this matter with Prime minister, Tomar said.
The UPSC chairman Deepak Gupta and the Chairperson of all the PSC agreed to introduce new system in a phased manner after creating suitable infrastructures which will protect the secrecy and sanctity of various written competition examinations.
The UPSC had introduced CBRT/Online test as a Pilot Project in 2011 and conducted 22 online tests in nine cities and “with technological advancements, in the field of Hardware, Networking, internet speed etc., the possibility of conducting CBRT in normal examinations would also be explored,” Deepak Gupta informed state PSC chairpersons.
Regarding the various interim orders being passed by High Courts/ Administrative tribunals in favour of the candidates who fail to qualify for interviews, Maharashtra PSC circulated a paper to Chairpersons.
Parliament to resume Budget Session today
New Delhi: The Budget Session of the Parliament is to resume shortly, with the Lok Sabha reconvening its term today, while the Rajya Sabha will begin its second spell on April 23.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu
Among the key legislations to be passed during this period will be the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill and the Constitution Amendment Bill for introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), among others.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (ND) has a clear majority of 335 in the Lok Sabha but is weaker in the Rajya Sabha, with just 63 seats.
The 7th Pay Commission holds talks with NEXCC ( REGD) members on One Rank One Pension and other issues
The Seventh Central Pay Commission as part of its exercise to engage with its principal stakeholders, hold a round-table with certain entities /associations at its Head Office Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, B-14/A, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi at 3.00PM.on 17th Feb 2015. In the said round-table National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi was invited to give feed back to the Commission. National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi has also been invited for preliminary discussion on the subject of Pension & other issues of Armed Forces Veterans and their dependents on 24.07.2014. Shri Govind Singh Adhikari, Secretary General and Maj.(Retd.) Vishwambhar Singh, Chairman of National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi attended the above said Round-Table and submitted the following vital suggestions pertaining to the Armed Forces Veterans and their dependents for the consideration of the Commission. National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi also participated earlier in three Central Pay Commissions.The Meeting was presided over by Hon’ble Justice( Retd.) Supreme Court of India) Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman and conducted by Ms. Meena Aggrawal, Member Secretary of the Seventh Cenral Pay Commission. Apart from National Ex-seevicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi other prominent stakeholders also participated in the deliberartions. The National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi submitted the following issues and suggestions for consideration of the Commission:-
1. ONE RANK ONE PENSION TO STEM THE PROLIFERATION AND RATIONALIZE MILITARY PENSION.
2. SERVICE GRATUITY.
3. COMMUTATION & RESTORATION OF COMMUTED PORTION PENSION.
4. FAMILY PENSION.
5. RETIRING PENSION FOR PBORs.
6. EX-GRATIA PAYMENT-DIES IN HARNESS.
7. SEPARATE PAY COMMISSION FOR THE ARMED FORCES.
8. FORMATION OF NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR EX-SERVICEMEN UNDER ARTICLE 338 OF THE CONSTITUTION WITH POWER VESTED TO NATIONAL COMMISSIONS FOR S.C./S.T.
9. RECOGNITION OF MILITARY SERVICE FOR PAY-FIXATION AND SENIORITY FOR PROMOTION IN GOVT./PSUs/PS BANKS & OTHER AUTONOMOUS BODIES AS RECOMMENDED BY HLC IN 1984.
10. PROPORTIONATE PENSION TO SSOs/ECOs & PBORs SERVED ARMED FORCES FOR MORE THAN 5 YEARS AND PAID GRATUITY AS PROVIDED TO M.Ps / MLAs ETC. OTHER COUNTRIES.
11. LATERAL INDUCTION ON RETIREMENT WITH A VIEW TO UTILIZE SKILLED HUMAN RESOURCES. SELF-EMPLOYMENT AFTER RETIREMENT UNDER SKILL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.
12. ENHANCEMENT OF MAXIMUM AGE FOR ENTRY IN GOVT. JOBS FOR EX-SERVICEMEN UP TO 50 YEARS SINCE THE RETIRMENT AGE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 60/62/65 YEARS.
13. PROVISION OF RESERVATION FOR EX-SERVICEMEN AS PROVIDED TO S.C. & S.T. UNDER ARTICLE-243D, 243T& PARTS- XIV & XVI OF THE CONSTITUTION.
14. REMOVAL OF DISCRIMINATIONS IN GOVT. POLICIES ON PROFESSIONS, TRADES AND BUSINESSES ON THE BASE OF RANK HELD IN ARMED FORCES. ARTICLE- 19(g) OF THE CONSTITUTION & SECTION 27 OF CONTRACT ACT. 1872.
15. PAY-FIXATION OF EX-SERVICEMEN ON RE-EMPLOYMENT AS PER DOPT ORDERS & GUIDELINES.
16. TRANSFER POLICY ON RE-EMPLOYMENT IN CENTRAL/STATE GOVT. / PSUs / P.S. BANKS / S.B.I. / R.B.I. & AUTONOMOUS BODIES UNDER CENTRAL/STATE GOVT.
17. HOUSING SCHEMES FOR ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL & ARMED FORCES VETERANS IN VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES/CANTONMENT & MUNICIPAL AREAS, PROPOSED SMART CITIES ETC.
18 EQUALITY IN MILITARY SERVICE PAY(MSP).
As its organisational action against the apathetic attitude of the Govt. of India and authorities at the helm of the affairs, National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee (Regd.), New Delhi has decided to hold a One Day Dharna & Hunger Strike on 22nd February,2015 at different parts of the country like New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkatta, Chennai, Patna, Raipur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Poona, Bangluru,Siliguri and Hyderabad etc. to highlight the long outstanding grievances of the Armed Forces Veterans, War disabled, War widows and their dependents..
Gobind Singh Adhikari
In the Memorandum submitted to 7th pay commission, the NCJCM demanded the pay commission that the minimum Pay should be fixed at Rs.26000/-. Detailed information with statistical data has been provided in the report for justifying the demand to fix Minimum wage at Rs.26000/-. It appears that NCJCM is firm on its claim for minimum wage. In the Meeting held recently with NCJCM , the 7th pay commission confronted with the price quoted for essential commodities by NCJCM. Hence the NCJCM asked its affiliates to obtain price list from all the Metros to establish their claim on price is correct, so that the minimum wage can be arrived as per Dr. Dr. Aykhrod formula to Rs.26000/-. The Chapter V of the NCJCM’s Memorandum submitted to 7th pay commission describes the need and reasons for minimum wage to be assigned at Rs.26000.
All the Pay Commissions were of the firm opinion that wages cannot be determined on any single principle but has to be based upon a combination of all the enunciated principles or those principles are to be factored into the process of quantification. Since the Government as an employer had not been able to grant the need based minimum wage to its own employees till date we are of the firm opinion that the 7th CPC must endeavour to compute the wage structure on 15th ILC norms. We suggested two other principles to be factored into the quantification of pay beyond the minimum level. We enumerate hereunder the factors to be taken into account:
(1) The Need-Based Minimum Wage concept to compute pay at the minimum level.
(2) The intrinsic value of the job content of each grade and post at the intermediary level to be assessed by an expert committee. Pending finalization of such a study, the Commission may maintain the presently existing vertical and horizontal relativities.
(3) To take into account the outside rates to determine the pay package at senior levels of bureaucracy but maintain the ratio between the minimum and maximum at 1 : 8 (MTS to Secretary to Govt. of India).
5.2. We make the above suggestions as just and reasonable on the following grounds:
(1) The Fair Wage Committee has held that an industry which is incapable of paying minimum wage has no right to exist.
(2) 88% of Central Government Employees are industrial or operational workers.
(3) The need based minimum wage concept formulated by Dr. Aykroyd and approved by 15th ILC was considered the most important principle in computing salary of Government employment especially of lower level functionaries, by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th CPC.
(4) It is only the fear of a heavy financial implication and the incapacity of the Indian economy at the relevant point of time, to meet the extra expenses that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th CPCs were constrained to alter the formula itself, detrimental to the interest of employees, basing their conclusion on the opinion of certain nutritional experts. The legitimacy provided to Dr. Aykroyd formula by the 15th ILC (in which the representative of Labour, Employers and Government participated) was not available for any other conceptual frame work proposed by any other “experts”. The 4th Pay Commission cited the per capita net national product increase over the years to justify lower minimum wage than what could have been as per the ILC norms. It could be seen that the earlier Pay Commissions had adopted a different principle other than the Dr. Aykroyd formula due to financial constraints.
(5) Despite elaborately detailing the concept of living wage and the purport and relevance of the amendment to the preamble of the Indian Constitution, the 4th CPC did not compute the pay structure on the basis of need based minimum wage formula. They stated that since the increase in the per capita net national product is an indication of the health of economy, they may be unable to fix the minimum wage at an amount higher than Rs.750/-.
(6) There had been no indication in the terms of reference by which the 5th CPC could have examined the need based minimum wage concept evolved by the 15th ILC. Still they dwelt upon the said concept in detail in their report. In fact they advocated that the 25% addition suggested by the Supreme Court to enable the worker to meet the expenses, viz., children education, medical requirements, social obligation connected with festivals, marriages, etc. must be added to arrive at the minimum wage. However, while computing the minimum wage, they discarded the theory of Need based Minimum wage. They adopted the percentage increase over ten years of the per capita net national product as the sole criterion to determine the minimum pay. (In other words they advocated the constant relative income criterion as the most equitable norm for fixing the minimum wage of the Central Govt. employees.). In order to arrive at the minimum pay, the Commission thus added 30.9% over the emoluments of a lowest paid employee as on 1.1.1996
(7) The 6th CPC adopted the 15th ILC norms to compute the minimum wage but made several changes to the concept Viz., the retail prices of the commodities which goes into the reckoning was altered; the stipulated 10% for housing and 25% for social obligations, medical, children education, etc. were discarded on the specious plea that separate allowances had been granted. 15th ILC had factored 7.5% as housing component in the computation of minimum wage. The question of incorporating the cost of requirement for medical, education and other social obligation was the subject matter of litigation before the Supreme Court. The Hon’ble Court directed that 25% of the minimum wage so computed must be added as a factor for the above requirement of a worker, which had not been taken into account in the ILC norms.
5.3 The contention of the 6th CPC that since children education allowance, Medical and house rent allowances are specially granted to the Central Govt. employees, the same must be taken out of the reckoning is not only wrong but also amounts to contradiction of a stand taken by the Highest judiciary of the country- Supreme Court. The 6th CPC has failed to take note of the fact that the allowances, be it HRA, Children Education allowance or Medial, granted are awfully insufficient to meet the requisite expenses. Had it not been the case, the 3rd CPC also ought to have taken the similar stand adopted by the 6th CPC. The computation appearing in page No. 60, Chapter 6 (3rd CPC report) establishes our view in the matter. We have given in Table (5.1) the computation of minimum wage as per 15th ILC norms. The retail prices of the commodities/articles are the average of the retail prices ruling as on 1.1.2006 at the following cities:
1, New Delhi. 2. Mumbai, 3 Chennai, 4., Kolkata , 5. Hyderabad, 6. Bhubaneswar, 7. Trivandrum and 8. Bangalore.
5.4 The minimum wage as per our computation works out to Rs.20,861/-. This must be the minimum wage for the unskilled worker as per the ILC norms. In Central Government employment presently there are no unskilled labour. The lowest level of employment is multiskilled worker/employee. The minimum educational qualification prescribed is either ITI or matriculation (10th Standard). The percentage increase of the wages of a skilled worker to that of an unskilled worker on an average had been more than 25% all throughout (2440-3050=610 i.e. 25% of Rs. 2440) We have therefore added 25% to arrive at the minimum pay for the lowest employee in Government service, which comes to Rs. 26,075/- , i.e. Rs. 26,000/- when rounded off. While computing the minimum wage, we have gone strictly as per the norms prescribed by the 15th ILC. However, we must state that the three units norm for the family prescribed by Dr. Aykroyd in the present situation is far below the requirement. The family consists of not only husband, wife and two children but invariably includes the parents of the head of the family. In Indian conditions, they totally depend upon the earning employee. If we factor two more units for the family concept, the minimum wage so worked out will increase by two third. In quantum terms, the pay at the lowest level of the Central Government will then be Rs. 43,330.
PRICES OF THE INGREDINTS SPECIFIED IN TEH 15TH ILC TO CALCULATE THE MINIMUM WAGES AS ON 01.05.2014
20% of the net minimum miscellaneous charges towards fuel, electricity, water charges, etc
Housing at the rate of 7.5% of net minimum
Addition Expenditure at the rate of 25% includes expenditure towards education, marriage etc of the children, Medical treatment, recreation, festivals etc. as per the Supreme Court decision in 1991.
5.5. Incidentally, we may mention that the minimum wages at the level of an unskilled worker as per recent wage agreement in Coal India Ltd. is Rs.29697/-. as per details given hereunder
||Rs. 15, 712
|At the MTS level
||22.844.46 x 125%
5.6 The per-capita Net National Product increase at factor cost between – (2004-05 – 2011-12) years as per the Economic Survey for 2012-13 presented to Parliament is 57.55..%. The exact figures for the years 2012-13 and 2013-14 is not available from official websites. These figures are needed to arrive at a percentage of increase for the last 10 years. On the basis of the present data, the increase registered in quantum terms will work out to Rs. 22857, which is more than the minimum wage computed as per the 15th ILC norms.
(Table 5. 3)
||Per Capita NNP at constant price for 2004-05
||Per capita NNP at constant price for 2011-12
||The increase registered over 8 years.
|| Percentage increase over 2004-05
||Emoluments as on 1.1.2014
||57.55% of Rs. 14,000.
||Wage to be fixed as on1.1.14
5.7. For the reasons stated in the preceding paragraphs and more specifically for the reason that the Government has presently the capacity to pay as detailed in Chapter III of this memorandum, we request the 7th CPC to recommend the minimum pay to be assigned to the lowest level of Group C functionary in Government of India service at Rs. 26,000/-
Expected Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS Officer in 7th CPC
An Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) is one of the key services in India. They receive one of the highest perks and salaries in India. They also enjoy the executive powers, better pension and much other facilities as an IAS officer in India. There are a large number of aspirant candidates in India to become an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS).
In this article, we have provided information on expected pay scale grade pay of IAS officer in 7th Pay Commission. So, let’s read.
Expected Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS Officer in 7th CPC
Current Pay Scale:
- Entry Level Pay Scale/Grade Pay: Rs. 15600- 39100 Plus Pay band Rs. 5400
Expected Pay Scale:
- Rs. 29900-104400 Plus Grade Pay Rs. 16200
The Indian Administrative Services or IAS officers have five scales namely the Junior Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade, Selection Grade and Super Time Scale. The salary of IAS officer is among the highest paying salaries in government sector.
Benefits for IAS Officers
- House Rent Allowance
- Dearness Allowance (It is revised half yearly, mainly being governed by the inflation index)
- Free Water
- Security Guards
- Free Electricity
- Government Vehicle/Cars
- Free Telephone
- Study leave abroad, expenses of which are borne by the Government of India
- Lifetime Pensions
- All Other Benefits
We hope that the information on expected pay scale grade pay of IAS officer in 7th CPC will be useful to all across the country.
Article first published on April 18, 2015.
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Remove legal unfairness, demand ex-servicemen: Article by Moneylife.in
Ex-servicemen demand right to appeal to High Courts as fundamental right exercised by other citizens, against an order of SC making Armed Forces Tribunal the first and last forum for them
The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), which is Federation of Military Veterans’ Movement, has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to abrogate Sections 30 and 31 of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) Act. Abrogation of these sections will help challenge orders of the AFT on the lines of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and make justice accessible and practical for defence personnel, ex-servicemen, widows and their families, IESM said.
The letter sent by IESM refers to a decision on 11 March 2015 by the Supreme Court, which effectively ensures that the AFT becomes the first and the last forum for litigants, including defence personnel, veterans and their families.
In a letter, IESM, said, “The judgement was passed on an appeal filed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and perhaps also the Army Head Quarter (HQ) during the time of the last Government. We also have reasonable information to believe that one of the grounds raised by the MoD/Army in the appeal for denying the right of judicial remedy like other citizens of India, was that Fundamental Rights can be restricted/abrogated under Article 33 of the Constitution for defence personnel and hence a judicial remedy under writ jurisdiction of High Court would not be available.”
“If it is true that this argument was raised by the MoD/Army, then it is the most unfortunate that the system itself is pleading for placing defence personnel on a lower pedestal than other citizens and pleading before the SC that the military community does not deserve the enjoyment of fundamental rights like others. It is a well known fact that Article 33 only operates during performance of duties to maintain discipline and has no connection with right to access of justice,” the letter says.
It is also well known that the majority of cases in the AFT pertain to retired personnel, military widows and their families and hence Article 33 even otherwise has no applicability. This is also against the spirit of Article 39A of the Constitution, which underlines equal justice for all citizens, IESM said.
According to the letter, there was an attempt to convince military community that the decision will lead to ‘quicker’ justice to defence personnel. However, it says, on closer and deeper examination of the issue, the following real facts and fallouts emerge:
- There is actually no right of appeal to the Supreme Court from AFT orders as per the AFT Act since an appeal only lies in exceptional cases involving ‘point of law of general public importance’ vide Section 31 of AFT Act. Hence what has been pleaded before the SC is that AFT should become the court of first instance as well as the court of last instance, leaving defence personnel, veterans and widows remediless since it is well known that 99.9% of cases can never involve ‘public importance’ questions. The decision will not lead to ‘quicker’ justice but in reality remove all chances and channels of challenge/appeal against AFT decisions. Can this bogey of ‘quicker’ justice be raised at the price of fundamental rights of accessible justice and remedy to citizens?
- It is well known that almost all such litigants cannot afford litigation in SC due to its prohibitive cost and the aura itself of being the highest court of the country. It is not understood how the defence ministry expects poor litigants including disabled soldiers and widows from all over the country to travel to Delhi and engage lawyers in SC to fight their cases. Most of the cases in the AFT involve issues such as disability benefits, pension, minor allowances, pay fixation, ACRs etc and litigants would now be expected to suffer in silence if they feel that they have not got justice from AFT.
- Defence personnel, veterans, widows and families have been deprived of their basic right of access to justice due to the plea raised by the MoD/Army wherein while all citizens of the country would have access to multiple tiers of justice, not even one tier would be available to us. Even civil government employees aggrieved by orders of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) can approach the HC if they are dissatisfied and then further the SC, whereas similar access has been denied to us and after an order of the AFT even the SC cannot be approached as a matter of vested right unless there is involvement of a point of general public importance.
- We hereby express our dismay on the attempt of the official system to convey to the SC that fundamental rights of the military community should be restricted or abrogated. We are disappointed that the system itself by raising the plea of Article 33 is attempting to prove that defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their families are lower than the ordinary person on the street. This will have disastrous consequences in the years to come. If the MoD/Army makes such averments pleading for taking away the fundamental rights of their own members and former members and their families, then it is extremely unfortunate.
- It is well known that the AFT functions under the control of the MoD and even Members of AFT are appointed by the MoD and selected by a selection committee, which has the Defence Secretary as its member. AFT has also not been given civil contempt powers to ensure compliance of its orders. In other words, an ineffectual body has been created which functions under the MoD and then now on the plea of the MoD it has been assured that there is no effective appeal making it an all supreme body.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd), Chairman of IESM says, “We express dissatisfaction at the stand and damaging stance of the MoD and the Army in the said case, which has led to such a situation. We request the PM to kindly abrogate Sections 30 and 31 of the AFT Act so that AFT orders can be challenged on the lines of the CAT thereby making justice accessible and practical for defence personnel, ex-servicemen, widows and their families.
Tamil Nadu-based Welfare Service of Ex-Servicemen/Families and Others, also supported the demand made by IESM. “We fully support the ex-servicemen associations from Punjab and Chandigarh. We request you to kindly initiate steps to abrogate and repeal Sections 30 and 31 of the AFT Act in order to make justice accessible to defence personnel on the lines of CAT so that aggrieved parties are able to approach the High Courts, which are independent court unlike the Tribunals, which operate under the control of Ministry of Defence and which do not inspire the confidence of litigants, ” the letter sent by the association to PM Modi says.
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National Holiday Allowance – revision of rate – urged.
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi 110016
Sub: – National Holiday Allowance – revision of rate – urged.
Pursuant to the recommendation of the Jagannadha Das Pay Commission contained in para 45 of Chapter XXXV, the Railway Board with the sanction of the President, had decided to compensate the Railway employees by additional payment, when they are called upon to perform duties on National Holidays every year. Instructions to this effect were issued by the Railway Board vide letter No.PC-60/HL-2/1 dated 10th August 1961, fixing following criteria for payment of additional pay:-
“Basic Pay as defined in Rule 2003 (21) (a) (i&ii) R-II and full Dearness Allowance (inclusive of Dearness Pay), Where the pay plus Dearness Allowance falls in between the two slabs, the rate for the next higher slabs shall apply”.
2. The Railway Ministry had also declared some more important days as “National Holidays” later on. In this connection, NFIR wishes to reiterate that initially additional pay was granted, to compensate to those Railway employees who in the exigencies of services are not permitted to avail National Holidays, by additional payment equal to 1 ½ times of the normal rate of pay plus DA thereon. At the same time, NFIR conveys that over the period of time not only the nomenclature but also the basis of National Holiday Allowance has been changed completely by the Railway Board without going into its genesis and has implemented the decision in most negative and unrealistic manner resulting less payment of National Holiday Allowance towards the so called compensation. There is wide variation between the original provision and the amount paid at present as National Holiday Allowance as can be seen from the following illustration:-
|Pay in the pay band + grade pay as per VIth CPC pay Structure
||Revised rates of NHA
||Actually due to be paid
[*at one and half times of rate of minimum Pay (5200+1800+113%DA) if correctly taken into account.]
3. Incidentally, the Federation desires to mention that the Fifth Central Pay Commission in their recommendations to the Government of India had suggested payment of National Holiday Allowance at the rate of payment of Over Time Allowance.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Chairman, Pay Commission to consider the facts mentioned above and make suitable recommendations to the Government of India for upward revision of the National Holiday Allowance.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
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Personal hearing with VII CPC by National Council JCM and INDWF
PROPOSED NEW PAY SCALES MINIMUM (AFTER MERGER) SUBMITTED TO 7TH PAY COMMISSION – INDWF
Oral evidence submitted by National Council(JCM) Standing committee and the VII CPC on 23.03.2015, 24.03.2015 and on 31.03.2015 respectively.
The JCM(NC), JCM Constitutents including INDWF jointly prepared the memorandum on pay Structure, Pay determination, Allowances, leave, women issues, LTC, TA/DA and Retirement benefits etc., on 30.06.2014. Similarly, on behalf of INDWF, we have submitted matters relating to Defence Civilian Employees on service matters on 28.07.2014.
Defence Federations were invited from 30th to 31st march, 2015. INDWF met the VII CPC on 31.03.2015 in the VII CPC office, New Delhi from 1030 HRs to 1200 HRs.
Proposed new pay scales after removal of existing Grade Pay Rs.1900, Rs.2400, Rs.4600 and Rs.8700 in order to reduction of pay scales from 19 to 14.
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