7th Pay Commission: Government all set to clear revised allowances for central staff from April 1

7th Pay Commission: Government all set to clear revised allowances for central staff from April 1

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended HRA of 24% of the basic pay for those cities with population over 5 million.

New Delhi, Feb 18: The Union Government is all set to clear revised allowances for the central government staff, precisely after a year of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. As per reports, one year after the implementation of the new pay and pension scheme, as recommended by the 7th central pay commission, the central government employees might have something to rejoice about after the assembly elections in 5 states are over. Reportedly, the revised allowances are likely to be effective from April 1. (ALSO READ: Committee on Allowances likely to raise HRA to 30 per cent)

House rent allowances (HRA) accounts for about 60% of the total allowances bill, as The Financial Express stated and according to the revised allowance scheme, the employees, mostly in the metropolitan cities are expected to receive greater HRA than the 7th Pay Commission actually recommended. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended HRA of 24% of the basic pay for those cities with a population over 5 million. But the revised HRA which is being looked at by the Finance Secretary-led panel is 30%. Notably, in the 6th Pay Commission, the HRA was at 30% as well for the cities with more than 5 million people. A draft of the cabinet note for implementation of the revised allowance is expected to be circulated soon.

As per reports, the financial implication of these revised allowances will be in line with the Central Pay Commission’s estimate of around Rs. 29,300 crores, which shall also include the railways, in the first year. The panel led by the Finance secretary is also reviewing the CPC’s recommendation regarding allowances. The pay panel has also recommended scrapping of 52 benefits while merging 36 already existing benefits.

Notably, there has been only an additional allocation of Rs. 4,500 crore in the Budget for allowances and it has been assumed that the Railways will bear Rs 7,600 crore of expenditure. But as per sources stated by FE, still, the additional allocation which will be required from the General Budget could be somewhere around Rs. 17,000 crores.

The Government has, reportedly, enough leg space, thanks to the demonetisation move and the extra taxes the people had to pay under the income disclosure schemes. But according to experts, the Budget assumptions were based on optimistic estimates of nominal GDP growth for financial year 17 (FY17) and thus for FY18.

Many have been complaining about the delay in the decision of allowances to the government employees, with some claiming the formation of the panel led by the Finance Secretary as a delaying tactic itself. But this has helped to boost the spending of the government in various programmes by around Rs. 36,000 crores in FY17.

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Revision of HRA as per 7th CPC – More expectation on the report of Allowance Committee

Revision of HRA as per 7th CPC – More expectation on the report of Allowance Committee

All Central Government employees are eagerly waiting for the report of Allowance Committee, which is going to be submit today to the Government.

Reports suggests that the Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017 and it will be notified with effect from 1st April 2017. Federation sources told that It is unacceptable and we will fight it out until the revised allowances implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

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Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01.11.2013 – Case of AC Escorting staff of South western Railway

NFIR letter to Railway Board regarding Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01-11-2013

N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110055

No.I/8 Part I

Dated: 14th Feb 2017

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01-11-2013 – Case of AC Escorting staff of South western Railway – reg.

The Railway Board have granted upgradation under cadre restructuring for Technicians category w.e.f 01-11-2013 vide Board’s letter dated 08-10-2013. Implementation of these orders has taken fairly long time so much so on some Zonal Railways, the benefit of upgradation was practically implemented in the year 2015, giving effect from 01-11-2013.

In the above context, the Federation brings to the notice of the Railway Board that on South Western Railway the Technicians Gr I performing the AC escorting duties have been paid Over Time wages on the basis of their rate of pay at the given time. These Technicians-I were however granted upgradation benefit as Sr Technicians (GP 4200 PB-2) w.e.f. 01-11-2013, consequently they have demanded that they be paid difference of OT arrears for the period from 01-11-2013 on the basis of their revised pay in the St.Technicians Grade Pay 4200 (PB-2). The demand of these staff is genuine and covered under the rules. But the S.W.Rly has not taken action to arrange difference of OT amount duly taking into account the rate of pay of Sr.Technician with retrospective effect.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to kindly issue instructions to GM/SW Rly., to arrange to ensure payment of OT arrears to the eligible staff in the above situations. Federation also requests that instructions may be issued to GMs of other Zonal Railways also to arrange to pay OT arrears wherever due.

Also, kindly connect its letters of even number dated 27-06-2016 and 10-08-2016 and provide action taken status on the said letters early.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

 Source: NFIR

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A revisit on 7th Pay Commission recommendations on Allowances and demand of Staff Side

A revisit on 7th Pay Commission recommendations on all Allowances and demand of Staff Side (Confederation / NJCA) in respect of these Allowances.

It is widely expected that the committee formed by the Govt to study 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on all allowances payable to Central Government Employees including Railway Employees and Defence Personnel will be submitting its report soon.

In this background, 7th CPC recommendations on all Allowances and demand of Staff Side (Confederation / NJCA) in respect of these Allowances have been revisited and a brief on the same is as follows.

Out of 196 types of Allowances taken for consideration by 7th Pay Commission,

  • 12 allowances pertaining to running staff of Railways were not included as Railways wanted to consider the same based on bi-lateral discussions
  • 52 allowances have been proposed to be abolished
  • 36 allowances have either been subsumed in to existing allowances or proposed as new one.
  • 12 Allowances have been proposed to be retained as such with out any change.
Sl. Name
of the Allowance
Recommendation
1 Accident Allowance Not included in the report.
2 Acting Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Additional Post Allowance.”
3 Aeronautical Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
4 Air Despatch Pay Abolished.
5 Air Steward Allowance Abolished.
6 Air Worthiness Certificate Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
7 Allowance in Lieu of Kilometreage (ALK) Not included in the report.
8 Allowance in Lieu of Running Room Facilities Not included in the report.
9 Annual Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%. Extended to some more categories.
10 Antarctica Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell RH-Max of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
11 Assisting Cashier Allowance Abolished.
12 ASV Allowance Abolished.
13 Bad Climate Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in Tough Location Allowance-III. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
14 Bhutan Compensatory Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
15 Boiler Watch Keeping Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
16 Book Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
17 Breach of Rest Allowance Not included in the report.
18 Breakdown Allowance Abolished.
19 Briefcase Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
20 Camp Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Territorial Army Allowance.
21 Canteen Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
22 Caretaking Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”
23 Cash Handling Allowance Abolished.
24 Children Education Allowance (CEA) Retained. Procedure of payment simplified.
25 CI Ops Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
26 Classification Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
27 Clothing Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
28 Coal Pilot Allowance Abolished
29 COBRA Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
30 Command Allowance Abolished
31 Commando Allowance Abolished
32 Commercial Allowance Abolished
33 Compensation in Lieu of Quarters (CILQ) Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed provisions for Housing for PBORs.
34 Compensatory (Construction or Survey) Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H2 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
35 Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance (CPMA) Retained. Rationalised. Enhanced by 50%. Extended to some more categories.
36 Condiment Allowance Abolished.
37 Constant Attendance Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
38 Conveyance Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
39 Cooking Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H3

of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.

40 Cost of Living Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
41 Court Allowance Abolished.
42 Cycle Allowance Abolished.
43 Daily Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
44 Daily Allowance on Foreign Travel Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
45 Dearness Allowance (DA) Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
46 Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Civilians Retained. Ceilings enhanced by 50%.
47 Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel Retained. Ceilings enhanced by 50%.
48 Desk Allowance Abolished.
49 Detachment Allowance Retained. Rationalized. Enhanced by 50%.
50 Diet Allowance Abolished.
51 Diving Allowance, Dip Money and Attendant Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
52 Dual Charge Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Additional Post Allowance”.
53 Educational Concession Retained. Rationalized. Extended to some more categories.
54 Electricity Allowance Abolished.
55 Entertainment Allowance for Cabinet Secretary     Abolished.
56 Entertainment Allowance in Indian Railways            Abolished.
57 Extra Duty Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”.
58 Family Accommodation Allowance (FAA) Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed provisions for Housing for PBORs.
59 Family HRA Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
60 Family Planning Allowance Abolished.
61 Field Area Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
62 Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
63 Fixed Monetary Compensation Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Additional Post Allowance”.
64 Flag Station Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”.
65 Flight Charge Certificate Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”.
66 Flying Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
67 Flying Squad Allowance Abolished.
68 Free Fall Jump Instructor Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R2H2 of the newly

proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.

69 Funeral Allowance Abolished.
70 Ghat Allowance Not included in the report.
71 Good Service Good Conduct-Badge Pay Retained. Enhanced by a factor of 2.25.
72 Haircutting Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance.
73 Handicapped Allowance Abolished.
74 Hard Area Allowance Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
75 Hardlying Money Retained. Rationalised. Full Rate to be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
76 Headquarters Allowance Abolished.
77 Health and Malaria Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
78 High Altitude Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
79 Higher Proficiency Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by Language Award or Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians.
80 Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians Retained. Rationalized.
81 Holiday Compensatory Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by National Holiday Allowance.
82 Holiday Monetary Compensation Retained. Rationalized.
83 Hospital Patient Care Allowance Patient Care Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
84 House Rent Allowance (HRA) Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
85 Hutting Allowance Abolished.
86 Hydrographic Survey Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
87 Initial Equipment Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
88 Instructional Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by Training Allowance.
89 Internet Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
90 Investigation Allowance Abolished.
91 Island Special Duty Allowance Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
92 Judge Advocate General Department Examination Award Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel.
93 Kilometreage Allowance (KMA)   Not

included in the report.

94 Kit Maintenance Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
95 Language Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
96 Language Award Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
97 Language Reward and Allowance Abolished.
98 Launch Campaign Allowance Abolished.
99 Leave Travel Concession (LTC) Retained. Rationalized.
100 Library Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”.
101 MARCOS and Chariot Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
102 Medal Allowance Retained.
103 Messing Allowance Retained for “floating staff” under Fishery Survey of India, and enhanced by 50%. Abolished for Nursing Staff.
104 Metropolitan Allowance Abolished.
105 Mileage Allowance for journeys by road  Retained.
106 Mobile Phone Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
107 Monetary Allowance attached to Gallantry Awards Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
108 National Holiday Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
109 Newspaper Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
110 Night Duty Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
111 Night Patrolling Allowance Abolished.
112 Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA)    Retained. Rationalized

by a factor of 0.8.

113 Nuclear Research Plant Support Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
114 Nursing Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
115 Official Hospitality Grant in Defence forces Abolished.
116 Officiating Allowance Not included in the report.
117 Operation Theatre Allowance Abolished.
118 Orderly Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
119 Organization Special Pay Abolished.
120 Out of Pocket Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by Daily Allowance on Foreign Travel.
121 Outfit Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
122 Outstation (Detention) Allowance Not included in the report.
123 Outstation (Relieving) Allowance Not included in the report.
124 Out-turn Allowance Abolished.
125 Overtime Allowance (OTA) Abolished.
126 Para Allowances Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R2H2 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
127 Para Jump Instructor Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R2H2

of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.

128 Parliament Assistant Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
129 PCO Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
130 Post Graduate Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
131 Professional Update Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%. Extended to some more categories.
132 Project Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H2 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
133 Qualification Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%. Extended to some more categories.
134 Qualification Grant Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel.
135 Qualification Pay Retained. Enhanced by a factor of 2.25.
136 Rajbhasha Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”
137 Rajdhani Allowance Abolished.
138 Ration Money Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
139 Refreshment Allowance Retained. Enhanced by a factor of 2.25.
140 Rent Free Accommodation Abolished.
141 Reward for Meritorious Service Retained. Enhanced by a factor of 2.25.
142 Risk Allowance Abolished.
143 Robe Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
144 Robe Maintenance Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
145 Savings Bank Allowance Abolished.
146 Sea Going Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R2H2 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
147 Secret Allowance Abolished.
148 Shoe Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed

Dress Allowance.

149 Shorthand Allowance Abolished.
150 Shunting Allowance Not included in the report.
151 Siachen Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell

RH-Max of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.

152 Single in Lieu of Quarters (SNLQ) Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed

by the newly proposed provisions for Housing for PBORs.

153 Soap Toilet Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in

Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance.

154 Space Technology Allowance Abolished.
155 Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities Retained. Enhanced by 100%.
156 Special Allowance to Chief Safety Officers Safety Officers Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
157 Special Appointment Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance”.
158 Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance Abolished.
159 Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed Tough Location Allowance-I, II or III.
160 Special DOT Pay Abolished.
161 Special Duty Allowance Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
162 Special Forces Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
163 Special Incident Investigation Security Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
164 Special LC Gate Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
165 Special NCRB Pay Abolished.
166 Special Running Staff Allowance Retained. Extended to some more categories.
167 Special Scientists’ Pay Abolished.
168 Specialist Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
169 Spectacle Allowance Abolished.
170 Split Duty Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
171 Study Allowance Abolished.
172 Submarine Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
173 Submarine Duty Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H1 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix, on a pro-rata basis.
174 Submarine Technical Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix. Extended to some more categories.
175 Subsistence Allowance Retained. Status Quo to be maintained.
176 Sumptuary Allowance in Training Establishments Abolished.
177 Sumptuary Allowance to Judicial Officers in Supreme Court Registry Abolished.
178 Sunderban Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in Tough Location

Allowance-III. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.

179 TA Bounty Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Territorial Army Allowance.
180 TA for Retiring Employees Retained. Rationalized.
181 TA on Transfer Retained. Rationalized.
182 Technical Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel.
183 Tenure Allowance Retained. Ceilings enhanced by 50%.
184 Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance Retained. Rationalised. To be paid as per Cell R1H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
185 Training Allowance Retained. Rationalized by a factor of 0.8. Extended to some more categories.
186 Training Stipend Abolished.
187 Transport Allowance (TPTA) Retained. Rationalized.
188 Travelling Allowance Retained. Rationalized.
189 Treasury Allowance Abolished.
190 Tribal Area Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in Tough Location Allowance-III. To be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
191 Trip Allowance Not included in the report.
192 Uniform Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.
193 Unit Certificate and Charge Certificate Allowance Retained. Enhanced by 50%.
194 Vigilance Allowance Abolished.
195 Waiting Duty Allowance Not included in the report.
196 Washing Allowance Abolished as a separate allowance. Subsumed in the newly proposed Dress Allowance.

Staff Side (Confederation / NJCA) demands in respect of Allowances payable to Central Government Employees

(a) Retain the rate of house rent allowance in place of the recommendation of the Commission to reduce it.

(b) Restructure the transport allowance into two slabs at Rs. 7500 and 3750 with DA thereof removing all the stipulated conditions.

(c) Fixed conveyance allowance: This allowance had no DA component at any stage.. This allowance must be enhanced to 2.25 times with 25% DA thereon as and when the DA crosses 50%.

(d) Restore the island Special duty allowance and the Tripura Special compensatory remote locality allowance.

(e) The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%. {f) Overtime allowance whenever sanction must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.

(g) Cash handling/Treasury allowance. The assumption that every transaction in Government Departments are through the bank is not correct. There are officials entrusted to collect cash and therefore the cash handling allowance to be retained.

(h) Qualification Pay to be retained.

Restore:

(i) Small family norms allowances.

{j) Savings Bank allowance.

(k) Outstation allowance.

(1) P.O. & S. Accountants special allowance.

(m) Risk allowance.

(n) Break-down allowance.

(o) Night patrolling allowance.

(p) Special Compensatory hill area allowance.

(q) Special allowance for Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff.

(r) Restore the allowances abolished for the reason that it is either not reported or mentioned in the Report by the Commission.

(s) Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs 20,0001- p. a.

(t) Nursing Allowance to be raised to 2.25 times of Rs 4800/-.

(u) All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission.

(v) The erroneous statement in Para 9.2.5 to be conected. Vide OM No. 1301 81112009-Estt (L) dated 22.07.2009, DOP, P&W, the leave period for Child adoption has been increased to 180 days.

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Retired paramilitary veterans to protest in Delhi tomorrow

Retired paramilitary veterans to protest in Delhi tomorrow

New Delhi: A group of retired paramilitary forces officials will hold a day-long protest at Jantar Mantar here tomorrow demanding grant of special pay, OROP and restoration of old pension scheme for lakhs of personnel.

Alleging “discrimination” by the government, the association of veterans of forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB is also demanding sanction of a number of welfare benefits to both the serving and retired personnel of these forces tasked with the maintenance of internal security in the country.

“We have some genuine demands like the One Rank One Pension, paramilitary special pay, restoration of the old pension scheme that was stopped for those who joined these forces beginning 2004.

“These forces toil very hard to ensure the country’s security and the government should ensure the welfare of these personnel and their families,” General Secretary of the Confederation of Ex-Paramiltary Forces Welfare Association Ranbir Singh said.

He said apart from the dharna protest at Jantar Mantar, the veterans will march towards the Parliament in support of their demands and will submit a memorandum to the Home Ministry.

The wife and family of BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who recently raised allegations of poor quality food being served to jawans, are also expected to join the protest, Singh said.

There are about 9 lakh jawans and officers in these forces, also called Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), that work under the command of the Union Home Ministry and they are tasked to not only conduct operations within the country but also to secure the borders.

PTI

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LIST OF CHENNAI CGHS HOSPITAL : Private Health Care Organizations under CGHS PANEL AS ON 08.02.2017

Updated list of CGHS Hospitals in Chennai (8.2.2017)

LIST OF HCO’S IN CGHS PANEL AS ON 08.02.2017

CHENNAI CGHS HOSPITAL LIST : Private Health Care Organizations under CGHS

UPDATED ON 8TH FEBRUARY 2017

Latest and updated list of Chennai CGHS empanelled hospital name, address, facilities and contact details are given below…

1. CSI KALYANI GENERAL HOSPITAL
15, DR.RADHAKRISHNAN SALAI, MAYLAPORE CHENNAI-4
Telephone: 044-28473306, 044-28475870

NON NABH
NABL VALID UPTO 07.09.17
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE, INCLUDING DIALYSIS, LITHOTRIPSY, NEUROSURGERY, ORTHOPEADIC JOINT REPLACEMENT, GASTRO-ENTROLOGY, AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


2. CSI RAINY MULTI SPECIALITY HOSPITAL
45, G.A.ROAD, CHENNAI-21
044-40405050, 044-25957668

NON NABH NON NABL
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

CCNTNAI PURPOSE INCLUDING DIALYSIS, ONCOLOGY, NEUROSURGERY, ORTHOPEADIC JOINT REPLACEMENT, GASTROENTROLOGY, LAPROSCOPIC SURGERY AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


3. MIOT HOSPITALS LTD
4/112, MOUNT POONAMALLEE ROAD, MANAPAKKAM, CHENNAI-89
044-22492288, 044-22491188 / 1155

NABH VALID UPTO 18.05.17
NABL VALID UPTO 29.03.18
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING CARDIOLOGY, ONCOLOGY, DIALYSIS , LITHOTRIPSY, TURP, IOL, LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY, JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


4. NOBLE HOSPITAL
4, AUDIAPPA STREET, PURASAWALKAM, CHENNAI-84
044-40042222, 044-26403300
Reinstated w.e.f. 28.04.2016

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE, UROLOGY INCLUDING DIALYSIS AND LITHOTRIPSY, ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY INCLUDING ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY AND JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


5. SOUNDARAPANDIAN BONE AND JOINT HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE PVT. LTD.
AA-16, 3RD MAIN ROAD, ANNANAGAR, CHENNAI-40
044-43407363, 044-42066667

NABH-12.01.15 to 11.01.18
NON NABL
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY INCLUDING ARTHROSCOPY AND JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


6. SUGAM HOSPITAL
349, THIRUVOTRIYUR HIGH ROAD, THIRUVOTRIYUR, CHENNAI-19
Reinstated w.e.f. 27.07.2016

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY, IOL IMPLANT, JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


7. FRONTIER LIFELING HOSPITAL
R-30C, AMBATTUR INDUSTRIAL ROAD, MOGAPPAIR, CHENNAI-101
044-42017575
044-26564224

NABH : 09.09.16-08.09.19
NABL: 05.05.16-04.05.18
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION, CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY AND VASCULAR SURGERY ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


8. PARVATHY ORTHO HOSPITAL PVT. LTD.
241, GST ROAD, CHROMPET, CHENNAI-44
044-22382248
044-223834s6

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 17.11.2014
Extended upto 16.05.2017

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY INCLUDING ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


9. Kauvery HCG Cancer Centre, Chennai
MBC TOWER,199/90, MBC TOWERS, 5TH FLOOR, LUZ CHURCH ROAD, MYLAPORE, CHENNAI- 600 004
044-43419999

NON NABH
Notified on 02.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017

CANCER CENTRE AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


10. GLOBAL HEALTH CITY
(A unit of M/s. Ravindranath GE Medical Associates Private Limited)
439, CHERAN NAGAR, SHOLINGANALLUR – MEDAVAKKAM ROAD, PERUMBAKKAM, CHENNAI- 100
044-44777000, 044-44777100

NABH UPTO 25.10.16
NON NABL
Notified on 27.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING CARDIOLOGY, ONCOLOGY, DIALYSIS, LITHOTRIPSY, ORTHOPEADIC JOINT REPLACEMENT NEUROSURGERY, GASTRO-ENTROLOGY, LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


11. KAUVERY HOSPITAL CHENNAI
(UNIT OF SRI KAVERY MEDICAL CARE TRICHY LTD)
MBC TOWER,199/99 LUZ CHURCH ROAD, ALWARPET JUNCTION, MYLAPORE, CHENNAI – 600 004
044-40006000

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 27.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING CARDIOLOGY, DIALYSIS, LITHOTRIPSY, ORTHOPEADIC JOINT REPLACEMENT NEUROSURGERY, GASTRO-ENTROLOGY, LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY & ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


12. K.K.R. ENT HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
827, POONAMALLEE HIGH ROAD, KILPAUK, CHENNAI-10
044-26411444, 044-26411987

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 27.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017

ENT CARE AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE. Reinstated w.e.f. 13.05.2016


13. TRINITY ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL
33, DESIKAN ROAD, MYLAPORE, CHENNAI-4
044-24671166
044-24991488
044-24990880

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 28.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017

GENERAL PURPOSE INCLUDING ONCOLOGY, DIALYSIS, LITHOTRIPSY, ORTHOPEADIC JOINT REPLAcEMENT NEUROSURGERY, GASTRO. ENTROLOGY, LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


14. VEE CARE HOSPITAL
106, PILLAYAR KOIL STREEI THIRUMANGALAM, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU SALAI, ANNANAGAR WEST, CHENNAI-40
044-39245454, 044-39245455

NON NABH
NON NABL
Notified on 28.02.2015
Extended upto 16.05.2017
GENERAL PURPOSE AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL. Reinstated w.e.f. 25.07.2016


15 Hospital Name – Address – Contacts – Validation – Treatment
BILLROTH HOSPITALS
43, LAKSHMI TALKIES ROAD, SHENOY NAGAR, CH – 30.

NABH UPTO 03.05.2018
NABL from 26.10.2015 to 25.10.2017
Notified on 29.02.2016

GENERAL PURPOSE AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITAL


Sri Devi Hospital – Suspended with effect from 20.01.2016


Srushti Hospital Pvt. Ltd. – Suspended with effect from 20.01.2016

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7th Pay Commission : Centre Approves 300% increase in Salary for UPSC chief, members

7th Pay Commission : Centre Approves 300% increase in Salary for UPSC chief, members

After the salary hike, as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was okayed for Bureau of Indian Standards, it is now the UPSC chairperson’s turn to get a massive three-fold hike in salary.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday cleared the proposal of salary hike of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) chairperson as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. After President’s approval, UPSC chairman shall receive a pay of Rs 2,50,000 and each of the other members shall receive a pay of Rs 2,25,000 per mensem under the 7th Pay Commission.

Before the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, chairman and members of the UPSC, a constitutional body that conducts the prestigious civil services examination, used to get a monthly salary of Rs 90,000.

“The hike in salary was necessitated due to implementation of the 7th Pay Commission (7CPC) recommendation that has resulted in increase of salaries of all Central government employees,” a senior government official said. “The salary of UPSC chief will now be that of Cabinet Secretary and members’ monthly remuneration will be that drawn by a secretary-level officer,” he said.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14 per cent hike in salary to government officials, which has been accepted by the government. As per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the minimum salary of a central government employees has been increased from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The salary of cabinet secretaries has been increased up to a minimum of Rs 2.5 lakh per month against the current salary of Rs 90,000. The gratuity ceiling has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

The chairperson and members will also be entitled for travel allowance, medical facilities, Leave Travel Concession, conveyance allowance and such other conditions of service as are for the time-being applicable to equivalent pay in the Central government, the norms said.

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Ministry of Health instructs all hospitals to buy only Khadi products

Ministry of Health instructs all hospitals to buy only Khadi products

New Delhi: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) which has, in the last six months, bagged large orders from several public and private sector companies since the Narendra Modi government came to power, has bagged the largest ever order from the Ministry Of Health on February 16, 2017.

According to the order issued by the Ministry of Health, its 23 Central Government hospitals and Medical research institutions across the country, such as AIIMS, NIMHANS and others, will buy Khadi products only. The 46 Khadi products which are approved by the Ministry ranges from bed sheets, abdomen sheets , dressing towels, surgeon gown , surgical patient gown to soaps , Khadi phenyl and herbal shampoo. The total procurement cost of these items will be over Rs. 150 crore. The items will be supplied by KVIC over a period of seven to eight months times as per the individual requirements.

“Ministry of Health adopting Khadi for hospitals and staff is a significant symbol of Khadi being the most natural and organic skin friendly fabric. The Prime Minister’s vision and support in promoting Khadi on ever newer horizons is a matter of great pride to KVIC,” said KVIC Chairman, VK Saxena.

A list of 45 items has been circulated for the exclusive use of hospitals and autonomous institutes associated with the health ministry. The list was finalised based on the recommendation of a committee set up by the Ministry after Saxena met Health Minister J.P. Nadda in November 2016.

Last year, the sale of Khadi products was at Rs 1,510 crore and is projected to grow by 35 percent in the current financial year. Sales have boomed over the last few years as the government has pushed Khadi.

On October 2, 2016, KVIC launched ‘Khadi Institutions Registration and Certification Sewa’ (KIRCS), an online portal for registration of new Khadi institutions and for bringing more and more people to join Khadi activities in the rural areas. This has reduced time taken for registration of a new Khadi institution from three years to just 45 days.

ANI

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MACP and National Anomaly Committee Issues: Confederation

MACP and National Anomaly Committee Issues: Confederation

“VERY GOOD” BENCH MARK FOR MACP AND DENIAL OF PROMOTIONAL HEIRACHY

Eversince, the MACP scheme was introduced in 2008, confederation and the JCM staff side has been demanding promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy. Govt, instead of considering this genuine demand, suddenly issued orders imposing “very good” bench mark condition for MACP. The JCM staffside was not even consulted. JCM staff side, secretary wrote a letter to cabinet secretary on 28-07-2016 as follows:

“The Govt. has accepted one of the adverse recommendations of 7th CPC without holding any consultation with the staff side. The recommendation of the 7th CPC regarding bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPs, to be enhanced from “Good” to “very good”, has been accepted by the Govt. without considering the implication on the morale of the Central Government employees… We are of the firm opinion that Govt. should reconsider their decision on the above issues and we request you to kindly withdraw the same.”

Subsequently the case was discussed in the JCM standing committee meeting also on 25-10-2016, as an agenda item given by staff side. Inspite of all these, the Government is not ready to withdraw or modify the orders.

This shows the attitude of the BJP led NDA Govt. towards JCM staff side and Central Govt. employees.

NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE

The National Anomaly Committee was constituted on 09-09-2016. Two meetings are held to discuss the anomaly regarding calculation of Disability Pension for Defence force personnel. As per the definition of anomaly notified by the Government no genuine “anomaly” can be termed as “anomaly”. Hence the JCM staff side has demanded to modify the definition of anomaly, as defined in earlier National Anomaly Committees constituted by Govt. at the time of previous pay commissions. But till this day, Govt. has not conceded the request of the staff side.

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Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017

Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017

Federation Leaders associated with National Council JCM are keep telling that Allowance Committee might submit its report on 20th February 2017. The CG Staff are already very much upset over the Government’s deliberate attempt to delay the payment of Allowances by constituting many committees. Because the payment of revised Allowances is considered will impact the Governments Exchequers.

Lot of Committees formed and Meetings held after the Notification issued for implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations. But there is no any fruitful outcome from these meetings. No sign of making decisions which satisfy the Central government employees.

Had the Allowance like HRA is paid in revised rates from the date of Notification ie 25th July 2016, it seems more beneficial than waiting for the subcommittee reports. Because if revised allowances are not given retrospective effect, it will be a huge loss for Central Government Servants.

Reports suggests that the Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February 2017 and it will be notified with effect from 1st April 2017. Federation sources told that It is unacceptable and we will fight it out until the revised allowances implemented with effect from 1.1.2016

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Withdrawal of NPS is not within the purview of NPS Committee – Confederation

Withdrawal of NPS is not within the purview of NPS Committee – Confederation

GOVT MADE IT CLEAR THAT WITHDRAWL OF NPS IS NOT WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF NPS COMMITTEE.

YOUNGER GENERATION EMPLOYEES CHEATED: Withdrawal of NPS or exemption from NPS was one of the most important demand of the NJCA in the 11th July 2016 deferred indefinite strike. In the statement issued by NJCA on 06-07-2016 after deferring the indefinite strike, it stated as follows:

“The NJCA particularly notes that the Government has set up a separate committee for reviewing the New Pension Scheme, which has been a matter of concern to all employees and workers who are recruited to Government service on or after 01-01-2004″.

It is true that Government has constituted an NPS Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension). This created a lot of hope among the younger generation employees as they have been made to believe that the committee will consider the demand of NJCA to scrap the NPS or at least exempt Central Government employees from NPS. But to the dismay of all, in the agenda notified by NPS Committee for discussion with staff side (JCM) on 10- 02-2017, the main issues such as (1) Scrapping of NPS (2) Guaranteed minimum pension to NPS subscribers ie; 50% of the last pay drawn should be guaranteed by Government as minimum pension, even if the returns from the annuity insurance scheme is less than 50% and (3) exemption of Central Government employees from the purview of NPS, are not included as agenda for discussion in the meeting. During the discussion with staff side on 10-02-2017, Additional Secretary (Pension) informed the following:

(1) Withdrawal of NPS is not within the purview of NPS Committee.

(2) There are three sub committees constituted on NPS (i) Committee chaired by Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services to look into investment, benefit and taxation, (ii) Committee chaired by Joint Secretary (Expenditure), Finance Ministry, with regard to finalising the accounting, implementation procedure and grievance redressal. (iii) Committee chaired by Additional Secretary (Pension) to formulate Rules and Regulations with regard to various benefits from NPS.

Thus it is made clear without any ambiguity that NPS Committee is constituted by the Government for further strengthening NPS and not for scrapping NPS or exempting from NPS as demanded by NJCA. Everybody knows that whether it is pay commission or NPS Committee, it cannot and will not make recommedations on any issue which are not included in the terms of reference of the Commission/Committee, specifically by the Government. Submitting memorandum to the NPS committee demanding scrapping of Page 2 of NPS or exemption from NPS may not serve any purpose, unless Government give clear mandate to the Committee to examine such a demand also. Thus, NDA Government has rejected the demand of NJCA either to scrap NPS or exempt from NPS. This is the real fact and there need not be any confusion in the mind of the employees. In order to compel the Government to accept the demand, there is no short-cut, other than reviving the indefinite strike.

Railway Federations demand also rejected: Railway Federations have demanded exemption of Railway employees from the purview of NPS. Railway Ministers of UPA and NDA Government had forwarded the demand to the Government with their recommendations stating that Railways is second line of defence and as Military Personnel are already exempted from NPS, Railway employees should also be exempted from NPS. Earlier in a letter dated 15th May 2015 addressed to Railway Board, the Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services has informed as follows:

“It may kindly be noted that, earlier a proposal to exempt paramilitary forces (ie. CRPF, BSF etc.) from the ambit of NPS was referred to a Group of Ministers (GoM) and was finally not approved by the Government………… You will agree that moving away from the earlier defined benefit based pension system was a concious decision of the Government taken in view of the unsustainable pension liability of the Central Government……. In view of the above, request of the recognised Federations (AIRF & NFIR) for seeking exemption of the Railway Servants appointed on or after 01-01-2004 from the application of the NPS does not seem to be a feasible proposition.”

From the above reply, it is clear that Government is not going to exempt Railway employees or other Central Government employees from the purview of NPS, unless NJCA revive the indefinite strike and compell the Government to negotiate and settle the demand.

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Option -1 for Pre-2016 Pensioners Rejected – Confederation

Option -1 for Pre-2016 Pensioners Rejected – Confederation

OPTION-I FOR PRE-2016 PENSIONERS REJECTED: In the meeting held on 30-06-2016, with Group of Ministers by JCM staff side, the Finance Minister had also clarified that Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of 7th CPC to bring about parity between past and present pensioners. (Vide NJCA Statement issued on 06-07-2016). Finance Minister categorically assured the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 that the Government has accepted the recommendation in to and Pension department has only been asked to sort out the difficulties in implementation of Option-I, if any.

NJCA wrote to Finance Minister on 16-07-2016, as follows: “The issue of acceptance of Option-I and II was discussed with your goodself at the residence of Hon’ble Home Minister (Govt. of India) wherein Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Hon’ble MoS Railways were present. You had categorically agreed our demand that no dilution would be made in the options given to the Pensioners by the 7th CPC. It is unfortunate that a rider “subject to feasibility” has been imposed on Option-I. Sir, this is very unfair and we will appreciate, if you kindly get the sentence “subject to feasibility” removed from that order, to keep your promise also”.

But, Finance Minister had gone back from his assurance to JCM Staff side leaders and he refused to withdraw the condition “subject to feasibility”. In the letter dated 17-10-2016, addressed to Chairman of the “Pension Option-I Committee”, the Secretary, JCM staff side requested as follows:

“The attempt therefore must be to explore the ways and means of implementing the said recommendation which is beneficial to a large number of pensioners, especially those retired prior to 1996. In view of this, the staff side is of the firm view that the Government issue orders for implementation of Option-I as there is no room for stating that the recommendation is impossible to be implemented for those who are benefitted by the said option”.

Finally NJCA wrote a letter to Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Rajnath Singh on 17-01-2017, requesting intervention. The letter reads as follows:

“The Central Government Pensioners numbering presently more than the working employees are aggrieved of the fact that the one and the only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was in their favour ie; Option-I have been recommended to be rejected by the Pension Department to the Government”.

Inspite of all these, the proposal is submitted to cabinet to reject Option-I. This underlines the fact that unless NJCA revive its deferred indefinite strike, the Government will not allow Option-I to pensioners, as assured by Finance Minister.

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Confederation: Revision of minimum pay, fitment formula – high level committee not yet constituted

REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY, FITMENT FORMULA – HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE NOT YET CONSTITUTED:

While deferring the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016, as per the assurance given by the Group of Ministers, the NJCA in its statement dated 06-07-2016, stated as follows:

“The committee set up to look into the matter of minimum wage and fitment formula is expected to submit their report to the Government in the given time frame of not more than four months”.

Finance Ministry’s press statement issued on 06-07-2016 also stated as follows: “The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee”.

After one month, the NJCA wrote letters on 28-07-2016 to Hon’ble Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Cabinet Secretary in which it conveyed the following:

“It is a matter of concern that, despite elapsing of a pretty long time, nothing has been heard in this regard from the Government of India, which is leading to serious resentment amongst the Central Government employees.”

Again after two months the JCM staff side, Secretary, wrote a letter on 12-08-2016, to Shri. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister – “We are expecting a quick action on the part of the Government to operationalise the assurance of setting up a High Level Committee to go into the Minimum Wage, Multiplication factor etc. However, we are disappointed that even after a lapse of more than a month, no orders have been issued by the Government in this regard ………. we therefore appeal to you that the concerned authorities may be asked to expedite the issuance of orders setting up the committee and finalisation of the report within the available time of remaining three months.”

A group of Senior Officers invited the JCM staff side on 30-08-2016 to discuss the grievances arising out of the recommendations related to 7th CPC. No High Level Committee was constituted and no terms of reference was notified. The second meeting with Group of seniors was held on 24-10-2016.

Eventhough the group of senior officers held two round of discussion with JCM staff side, surprisingly they had not come prepared to discuss increase in minimum wage and fitment formula. They made a mockery of the meeting by disclosing in the first meeting that they are not fully aware of the details of the issues to be discussed and in the second meeting they told that they came for discussing allowances (though another committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary is constituted for allowances) and not minimum wage and fitment formulas. The JCM staffside leaders felt humiliated.

After that meeting, the JCM staffside wrote the following letter on 26-10-2016, to Hon’ble Finance Minister…..

“We (staff side) interacted with the said committee headed by Shri. P. K. Das, Addl. Secretary (Expenditure) on 24-10-2016. It would be quite appropriate to bring to your kind notice that, we have felt, during the course of meeting, that the proceedings of the committee are extremely disappointing and are left with the impression that committee is dilly-dallying the issue…………….. we are, therefore, left with no option, but to address this communication with the fervent hope that, your goodself will direct the said committee to interact with the staff side in a fruitful manner and arrive at a mutually agreeable proposal on the issue of minimum pay and fitment formula…. We have full trust and believe that, the Government would honour the decision taken in the meeting held on 30-06- 2016 in your benign presence and suitable direction will be given to the committee to complete the assigned task within the stipulated time frame in a satisfactory manner…. It would be the most unfortunate development, we regret to state, if we are constrained to tread the path of struggle once again in the event of the committee not coming up with a satisfactory settlement.”

Inspite of all these, after that (ie after 24-10-2016) no meeting of the group of senior officers was held and no discussion on minimum wage and fitment formula took place. The four months time fixed for the High Level Committee (which is yet to constituted) expired on 30-10-2016. Government has gone back from the most important assurance given to the NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016 by the Group of Cabinet Ministers. NJCA decided to defer the strike mainly because of this assurance of the Govt. that the Minimum pay and fitment formula will be enhanced. Now that Govt. has gone back and betrayed the entire Central Govt. employees and pensioners. NJCA has no other option but to revive the indefinite strike.

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Arrears on Allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance is going to be rejected – Confederation

Confederation: Arrears on Allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance is going to be rejected

ARREARS ON ALLOWANCES INCLUDING HRA AND TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE IS GOING TO BE REJECTED:

Now it has become clear that the Government has constituted the Allowance Committee headed by Finance Secretary, mainly to delay the implementation of enhanced allowances and finally deny the arrears by implementing the revised allowance either from 01-01-2017 or from 01-04-2017. The four months time fixed for the Allowance Committee is already extended to six months upto 22-02-2017. Reserve Bank Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel had hinted to the media that the burden of payment of arrears during this financial year will not be there, meaning that Government may not give retrospective effect to the revised allowances. The RBI Governor, Dr. Urjit Patel made the following observations, which is published in the RBI website.

“The extension of two months given to the Ministry of Finance to receive the notification on higher allowances under the Pay Commission’s award could push its fuller effect into the next financial year rather than this financial year”.

Further, the Allowance Committee has not held any negotiation with the JCM Staff Side. It just heard the views of the staff side. The request of the JCM staff side to hold one more meeting with staff side NJCM was not favourably considered by the Finance Secretary, who is the Chairman of the Allowance Committee. No indication is given as to whether the percentage of HRA recommended by 7th CPC will be enhanced to 30%, 20% and 10%. The fate of other allowances are also the same. Unless NJCA take a firm stand and negotiate with the Government by reviving the indefinite strike, the employees will be placed in a desperate and helpless situation, if Government is allowed to unilaterally declare the HRA and other allowances, without retrospective effect from 01-01-2016, and also without much modification, thereby denying crores of rupees as arrears.

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General Provident Fund (Tamilnadu) : Rate of interest for the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017

General Provident Fund (Tamilnadu) : Rate of interest for the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017
PROVIDENT FUND : General Provident Fund (Tamilnadu) : Rate of interest for the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 – Orders – Issued.

Read the following:- 1. G.O.Ms.No.276, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 24.10.2016.
2. From the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, (Budget Division) New Delhi, Resolution No.5(1)-B(PD)/2016, dated 18.01.2017.

ORDER:
In the Government Order read above, orders were issued fixing interest for the accumulation at the credit of the subscribers to the General Provident Fund (Tamil Nadu) at 8.0% for the period from 1st October 2016 to 31st December, 2016.

2. In its order second read above, the Government of India has announced that during the year 2016-2017 accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.0% with effect from 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2017.

3. The Government now direct that the rate of interest on the accumulation at the credit of the subscribers to the General Provident Fund (Tamil Nadu) shall carry interest at the rate of 8.0% (Eight point zero per cent) during the period from 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2017.

4. The rate of interest on belated final payment of General Provident Fund accumulations remaining unpaid for more than three months of its becoming payable shall be at the same rate as ordered in para 3 above.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM ADDITIONAL
CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

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Minutes of the meeting: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP)

Minutes of the meeting: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP)

F.No.42/16/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-l10003
Date: 16th Feb, 2017

To
All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOV A vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

Subject: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Minutes of the meeting

Please find enclosed herewith minutes of the 29th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 12.01.2017 for your kind perusal and necessary action. The minutes of the meeting are also available on this Department’s website www.pensionersportal.gov.in.

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Director(P)

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Draft Recruitment Rules for the Post of Multi Tasking Staff in Staff Selection Commission

Draft Recruitment Rules for the Post of Multi Tasking Staff in Staff Selection Commission.

Draft Recruitment Rules for the post of Multi Tasking Staff in Staff
Selection Commission are attached herewith for perusal of all concerned.
Comments of stakeholders, if any, may please be sent to this Department on or
before 15.03.2017 at the address Section Officer, Estt.(B.I), Department of
Personnel & Training, Room No.215-C, North Block, New Delhi. A soft copy of
the comments may also be sent to this Department at selvakumar.m13nic.in .
[ TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, PART II, SECTION 3,
SUB-SECTION (i) ]

No.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the

NOTIFICATION

G. S .R In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution and in accordance with DOPT O.M.No. AB.14017/6/2009- Estt.(RR) dated 30.4.2010 and in supersession of the Staff Selection Commission (Group ‘D’ posts) Recruitment Rules, 1978; Staff Selection Commission (Examination Work Attendant) Recruitment Rules, 1989 and Staff Selection Commission (Senior Gestetner Operator and Senior Peon) Recruitment Rules, 1996 notified on 31.05.1980, 09.10.1989 and 04.10.1996 respectively, the President hereby makes the following rules regulating the method of recruitment to the post of Multi Tasking Staff
(Group ‘C’) in the Staff Selection Commission, namely :-
1. Short title and commencement:-  These rules may be called the Staff Selection Commission Group ‘C’

“Multi Tasking Staff’ Recruitment Rules, 2017.

They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official
Gazette.

2. Number of Posts, Classification and Scale of pay :- The number of posts,
its classification and the Pay Level in Pay Matrix attached thereto shall be
as specified in Column 2 to 4 of the Schedule annexed to these rules.

3. Method of recruitment, age limit and other Qualifications, etc.:- The
method of recruitment to the said post, age limit, qualification and other
matters relating to thereto shall be as specified in column 5 to 13 of the
said Schedule;

4. Disqualification:- No person,
(a) Who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having
a spouse living, or
(b) Who, having a spouse living, has entered into or contracted a
marriage with any person,
shall be eligible for appointment to the said post.
Provided that the Central Government may, if satisfied, that such marriage
is permissible under the personal law applicable to such person and the
other party to the marriage and that there are other grounds for so doing,
exempts any person from the operation of this rule.
5. Power to relax :- Where the Central Government is of the opinion that it
is necessary or expedient to do so, it may, by order, and for reasons to be
recorded in writing, relax any of the provisions of these rules with respect
to any class or category of persons.
6. Saving:- Nothing in these rules shall affect reservations, relaxations of
age limit and other concessions required to be provided for the Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Ex-Servicemen or any
other special category of persons in accordance with the orders issued by
the Central Government from time to time in this regard.
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CGA Orders: One day Strike on 16th March 2017

CGA Orders: One day Strike on 16th March 2017

No.A-12017/1/2010/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/Assoc-Agi/1224
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan
E Block, GPO complex, INA
New Delhi-110023

Dated: 13th February, 2017

Subject: One Day Strike on 16th March, 2017.

Reference is invited to this office 0M of even no.502 dated 18th January, 2017. All India Civil Accounts Employees Association has intimated that the proposed One Day Strike on 15th February, 2017 has been to 16th March, 2017.

2. Attention is invited to the provisions of Government of India (Ministry of Home Affairs) 0M No.25/23/66-Estt(A) dated 09.12.1966 (reproduced as G.l. decision No.2 below Rule 7 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, which inter-alia provides that under Rule 7 (ii) of rules ibid, a Government servant shall NOT resort to or in any way abet any form of strike in connection with any matter to his service or the service of any other Government employees. If any Government servant resorts to any action in violation of Rule 7 (ii) of CCS (Conduct) Rules, disciplinary action would have to be taken against him.

3. Attention is also invited to proviso to FR 17(I) according to which any employee(s) who is absent from duty without permission shall not be entitled to any pay and allowances during the period of absence. Further, unauthorized absence shall be deemed to cause an interruption or break in service Of the employee under FR 17(A).

4. In this regard, the following decisions of the Supreme Court may also be brought to the of the employees under your Ministry/Department. The Supreme Court has held in the Case Of T.K.Rangarajan Vs. Govt. of Tamil Nadu that no right exists with the Govt. employees to strike, whether fundamental, statutory or an equitable right. In All India Bank Employees Association Vs. National Industrial Tribunal & Ors„ (1962 (3) SCR 269) the Constition Bench of the Suprerne Court specifically held that even very liberal interpretation of sub-clause (C) of Clause (1) of Article 19 of the Constitution cannot lead to the conclusion that the trade unions have a guaranteed right to strike, either as part of collective bargaing or otherwise. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court also agreed that going on strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by Government Employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with law. Hence, once it is proved that an employee has committed the of going on a strike in any form, the Supreme Court has held in Bank of India vs. TS Kelawala [1990 (4) SLR 249] that he will have to face the consequences which may include deduction of wages and even dismissal from service.

5. In this context, it is clarified that strike means refusal of work or stoppage or slowing down of work by a group of employees acting in combination and includes:-

vii) mass abstention from work without permission which is wrongly described mass Casual Leave.

viii) refusal to work on overtime where such overtime work is necessary in public interest.

ix) resort to practice or conduct which is likely to result in or results in the cessation or substantial retardation of work in any organization. Such practice include what are ‘go-slow’, ‘sit-down’, “pen-down’, ‘stay-in’. ‘token’, ‘sympathetic’ or any other similar strike as also absence from work for participation in a ‘Bandh’ or similar movements.

6. Accordingly, Casual Leave or any other kind of leave, if applied for, should not be sanctioned to the officers and employees during the period of proposed One Day Strike on 16th March, 2017 and it should be ensured that the striking activities are not allowed inside and around the office premises. It may also be ensured that the employees, who intend to attend their office work despite the call for the strike, are not prevented from attending the office by the striking employees. Suitable contingency plan may be worked out for carrying out the various functions in field offices and Principal Accounts Offices.

7. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of staff working under your control. All the Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs are requested to deal with the cases in respect of employees, Who resort to action as above, in the light of above referred instructions.

8. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

sd/-
(Sandeep Malhotra)
Sr. Accounts Officer

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Grant of Advances- 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants

Grant of Advances- 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

No.I/11-Part I
PC-VII No : 15/2017

RBE No. 10/2017
No. F(E) Spl./2016/ADV.4/1(7th CPC)

The General Managers and FA&CAOs
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per standard list)

Subject: Grant of Advances- Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No. 12(1)/E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016 have amended the eligibility criteria in the existing provisions relating to the grant of Personal Computer Advance.

2. Amendment conditions of grant of Computer Advance are as follows:

Advance Quantum Eligibility Criteria
Personal Computer Advance ƻ50,000/- or actual price of PC, whichever is lower. All Government Servants
The Computer Advance will be allowed maximum five times in the entire service.
The other terms and conditions governing the grant of Personal computer advance shall remain unchanged.

3. Further, Ministry of Finance in their ibid OM have also decided that the other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle/Scooter/Moped Advance will stand discontinued.

4. The above mentioned OM of Ministry of Finance relating to grant of interest bearing advances will apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees also.

4.1 So far as the interest free advances are concerned, Bicycle and Warm clothing advances stands abolished for Railway employees also in terms of MoF’s decision.

4.2 Orders relating to other interest free advances will be issued separately by concerned Directorates.

5. Necessary Advance Correction Slip to the chapter XI of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I Revised Edition, 1989 will follow.

6. The revised orders are effective from 07.10.2016 i.e. the date of the issue of the aforesaid OM of the Ministry of Finance. Past cases where the advances have already been sanctioned under the provisions of earlier rules on the subject need not be reopened.

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

8. Hindi version will follow.

(A.C. Jain)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

AIRF

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Enhancement of Maternity Leave – Lok Sabha Q&A

Enhancement of Maternity Leave – Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 672
ANSWERED ON: 06.02.2017

Maternity Leave

SHASHI THAROOR
Will the Minister of

LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether the Government proposes to extend the time span of the compulsory paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks in private organizations;
(b)if so, the details thereof;
(c)whether the Government also proposes to amend section 4 of the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961, to ensure that women employed in various public sector undertakings receive the same benefit; and
(d)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The Government has decided to enhance the paid maternity leave from existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks and an Amendment Bill in this regard was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha has already passed the Bill on 11.08.2016. With regard to women workers covered under Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, such enhancement has already been effected by amending the ESI (Central) Rules,1950.

(c) & (d): There is no proposal to amend Section 4 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The benefits under this Act are already applicable and available to women employed in various public sector undertakings.

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