STATUS ON DEMANDS OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
||Action taken / Government’s view
||Demand for regularization as Government servant.
||Gramin Dak Sevaks, about 2,65,000 in number are a distinct category of employees, who do not form part of the regular civil service. They are governed by a separate set of conduct and engagement rules. They are engaged for 3 to 5 hours in a day. Their livelihood is not solely dependent on the allowances paid by the Postal Department. They are mandatorily required to possess independent sources of income for adequate means of livelihood. They are discharged on attaining the age of 65 years and while in employment are required to have residence mandatorily within the post village/delivery jurisdiction of the post office. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices vs. PK Rajamma (1977)(3) SCC has also held that the Extra Departmental Agents [now called Gramin Dak Sevaks] are holders of the civil post outside the regular civil service.
||Demand for restoration of parity in bonus ceiling with departmental employees
||Bonus ceiling stands revised at par with departmental employees vide DG Posts letter No. 26-04/2013-PAP dated 04.10.2013.
||Demand for cent percent compassionate engagement to GDS posts from dependents of Gramin Dak Sevaks dying while in employment
||Compassionate engagement is allowed in only hard and deserving cases. The term, ‘hard and deserving cases,’ is defined as cases earning more than 50 points designed from a point based criteria based on indigence. There is no justification to allow compassionate engagement in cent percent cases in cases of death of Gramin Dak Sevaks irrespective of indigence.
||Request to ban direct recruitment to Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS)/Postman posts and filling up of 25% posts of MTS/Postman based on seniority by GDS employees.
||Statutory Recruitment Rules for MTS provide for direct recruitment/absorption directly to MTS against 25% of the direct recruitment vacancies on the basis of selection cum seniority & another 25% by direct recruitment on the basis of competitive examination restricted to GDS. Statutory Recruitment Rules for Postman provide for direct recruitment from amongst GDS to the extent of 50% of the vacancies on the basis of limited departmental examination.
||Request for filling up of all vacant posts in all categories of GDS in Postal and RMS.
||Instructions have been issued to all Circles to fill up all vacant posts of GDS Branch Postmaster and justified posts of all other approved categories.
||Request for extending one more option to GDS for enrolment under the service Discharge benefit Scheme (SDBS) and allowing GDS to make contribution to the Scheme
||Existing GDS have already been provided one more and last option for their enrolment under the Scheme before 31.01.2014. GDS beneficiaries have also been allowed to contribute towards the scheme at the rate of Rs. 200 per month per GDS effective from October, 2013.
||Request for merger of 50% DA to the remuneration of GDS.
||This is based on the similar demand made by Central Government Employees. The Government has not taken any decision on the issue for the Central Government employees either.
||Demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks within the purview of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
||The Government has successively constituted Committees for revision of the wage structure and other service conditions of GDS from time to time after each Central Pay Commission. The last such Committee was constituted by the Department in the year 2007 named Shri RS Nataraja Murti Committee. The latest request for their inclusion in the 7th CPC stands referred to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.
The above statement was attached as Annexure I with the reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
QUESTION NO 2511
ANSWERED ON 01.08.2014
Demand to absorb Grameen Dak Sevaks as Postman
2511 SHRIMATI GUNDU SUDHARANI
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to satate:-
(a)whether it is a fact that undivided Andhra Pradesh was the second largest State having 2.7 lakh Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) working;
(b whether there have been demands for absorbing them as Postman;
(c) if so, how many GDSs have been absorbed as Postman during the last ten years, year-wise and State-wise with a particular reference to Andhra Pradesh; and
(d) the other demands being made by Grameen Dak Sevaks and the action taken by the Ministry on those demands?
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & LAW AND JUSTICE (SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a) The number of Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana taken together is 27,087 (Twenty Seven Thousand Eighty Seven). In terms of strength of GDS as on 01.07.2014, it is 2nd largest in the Country.
(b) The issue of demand by Gramin Dak Sevaks for absorption to Postman cadre does not arise as provision already exists for their absorption to the cadre of Postman, based on limited departmental competitive examination.
(c) Details of Gramin Dak Sevaks absorbed to the cadre of Postman during the last 10 years, year-wise and State wise with particular reference to Andhra Pradesh are as under:-
(d) Status of other demands made by Gramin Dak Sevaks is as per Annexure I [As above].
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Upgradation of LDC as Accounts Assistant, Merger of Accounts/Sr. Accountant, GP 5400 to AAO and Projected 7th CPC Pay by NFCCA. Following is the extract of Brief Resume and Decisions of extended Federal Executive Meeting held on 17th & 18th July, 2014 of National Federation of Civil Accounts Association :-
Initiating the discussion, Secretary General reported about the pay scales devised and recommended by the staff side National Council (JCM) to the 7th CPC. Further, he stated that as per the demand adopted by the apex JAC necessary documents had been placed before CGA.
The demands are:-
1. Upgradation LDC as Accounts Assistant with grant of Grade Pay of Rs:- 2400/-.
2. Merger of Accountant/Sr. Accountant and grantof Grade Pay of Rs:-4600/-.
3. Grant of Grade Pay of Rs:- 5400/- to AAOs.
Accordingly CGA vide letter dated 14.07.2014 recommended to Ministry of Finance to Grade Pay of Rs:- 4600/- to Sr.Accountant and Rs:- 5400/- to AAO with effect from 1.1.2006.
The apex JAC meeting held on 28th May 2014 reversed its earlier stand and decided to demand following Pay Scales to different categories before the 7th CPC.
||LDC(Redesignated as Audit/Accounts Assistant)
||GP 1900, PB1
||GP 2400 PB1
||GP 2800, PB 1
||GP 4200 PB2
||Sr. Auditor/Accountant - 80% & Stenographer Gr. I/Steno Gr. II (P. S.)
||GP 4200, PB 2
||GP 4600 PB2
||Sr. Auditor/Sr Accountant- on completion of 4 years
||GP 4800 PB 2
||Asstt. Audit/Accounts Officer/
Supervisor/ Sr. Private Secretary & DivisionalAccountant (35% existing & reduce to 20% for DA Cadre)
|GP 4800, PB 2
||GP 5400 PB2
||AAO Grade II on completion of 4 years /Divisional Accounts Officer Gr II (25%)
||GP 5400, PB3
||Audit/Accounts Officer (20%)/DAO Gr I (25%)
||GP 5400, PB2
||GP 6600P B3
||Sr. Audit/Accounts Officer (80%)/DAO (15% existing & enhance to 30% for DA Cadre)
||GP 5400, PB 3
||GP 7600 PB 3
It was also reported by the Secretary General to the house that the representatives of NFCAA held repeated dialogue over this matter with the leaders of other constituent of apex JAC, but there could not be any common understanding.
On this agenda item, 26 (twenty six) Federal Executive members took part in the discussion. 25 members were of the opinion that the earlier stand of merger of Accountant and Senior Accountant was most justified and reasonable. Merger would be more beneficial and carrer boosting for all cadres of Civil Accounts Organization as a whole.
However, after hours long discussion, following decisions were taken by the meeting
1. A resolution shall be forwarded to CGA conveying the resentment against forwarding the half hearted proposal of cadre restructuring to Ministry of Finance and that too without taking the Associations into confidence. In the same resolution it shall also be demanded to make suitable recommendations for rest of the cadres.
2. In the National Convention of Accounts and Audit Employees on 19th July 2014, the representatives of AICAEA and AICAEA Cat-II would unitedly place their views with regard to merger of Accountant and Senior Accountant and also plead for taking this approach before 7th CPC by the apex level JAC. However, in case the proposal is not accepted in the convention, the AICAEA and AICAEA Cat-II shall obey the majority decision of the National convention so that total unity among the officers and employees and officers of Accounts and Audit departments is maintained.
Secretary General informed that, so far as departmental memorandum for submission to 7CPC in concerned, draft of the same was circulated to all seeking suggestions and proposals from Federal Executive members, Branches and even individuals. Further, Presidents and Secretary General of both Associations and President NFCAA are Co-ordinating among each other on this matter.
The meeting observed that the discussion on this item of agenda had already taken place while discussing the previous agenda. It was therefore decided that, the memorandum shall be finalized after finalization of the approach taken by the National Convention of Accounts and Audit Employees and Officers Organization on 19thJuly 2014. The meeting also directed Presidents and Secretary Generals of both AICAEA and AICEA Cat-II to finalize the memorandum.
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Demands from the Central Indian Administrative Service Officers Association for the Seventh Pay Commission: Government reply in Lok Sabha:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2347
ANSWERED ON 25.07.2014
DEMAND OF OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
2347 . Shri NARASIMHAM THOTA
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has received a comprehensive and united representation of demands from the Central Indian Administrative Service Officers Association for the Seventh Pay Commission;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether the Government has agreed to consider the demand of the Central Indian Administrative Service Officers Association; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SMT. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)
(a) to (d) : The 7th Central Pay Commission would independently devise its own procedure for consideration of the matters included in its Terms of Reference. If the 7th Central Pay Commission invites memoranda from various Service Associations, then such memoranda are to be sent directly to them for their consideration. Any action in the Central Government shall commence only after the report of the Commission is received.
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MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION BY THE NON-GAZETTED GOVERNMENT OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
1. 1 RESTORATION OF ANDAMAN SPECIAL ALLOWANCE AT PREVIOUS RATES AND ENHANCEMENT OF COMPENSATORY ALLOWANCE
Consequent on the implementation of the 4th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the hard earned Andaman Special Allowance/Pay has been arbitrarily withdrawn along with Compensatory Allowance and in its place Special Compensatory Allowance has been introduced on slab basis which has resulted in great financial loss to the government employees and workers working in the islands.
The Andaman Special Pay was granted for the first time in 1945 at the rate of 33 1/3 % of basic pay to all employees of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, irrespective of their area of recruitment. This special Pay was paid for the unhealthiness of this place under FR 9(25) (c). Although the Ministry of Home Affairs vide their letter No. 4-22/49-AN DATED 22.1.1951 dis-continued this, subsequently the same was sanctioned to one and all irrespective of their area of recruitment and domicile, changing the nomenclature as Special Allowance.
In addition to Special Pay/Allowance, a Compensatory Allowance at the rate of 7 1⁄2 % was sanctioned in the year 1962 which was subsequently enhanced to 12 1⁄2 % from October, 1973, as a result of additional high cost of living in these islands.
The 4th, 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions, in the name of bringing uniformity in the grant of Allowance, recommended a slab rate of Special Compensatory Allowance, in lieu of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance, which was most unjustifiable. There is no justification, whatsoever, to discontinue with the Special Allowance at the rate ranging from 20% to 30% and Compensatory Allowance at 12 1⁄2 % already enjoyed by the government employees of these islands which were granted after protracted truggles. Grant of Special Compensatory Allowance, on slab basis, can in no way compensate the hard-earned Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance aforesaid. On the one hand the Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance have been clubbed together and on the other, the allowances granted earlier on percentage basis on basic pay have been changed to slab system which amounts to perpetual loss to the employees and is a sheer injustice.
The Seventh Central Pay Commission may kindly like to recommend restoration of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance at the rates as existed prior to 1.1.1986 for the government employees working in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
1.2 GRANT OF HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE AT PAR WITH Y CLASS CITY THROUGHOUT THE ISLANDS.
The entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are treated as Y class city for the purpose of daily allowance to government servants who undertake official tours to various islands. This was sanctioned by the Govt.of India due to high cost of living prevalent in this territory. Recently, the Government of India has announced that Port Blair city will be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of HRA.
Further, there is a recommendation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission that cities/towns which are tourist centers may be declared as high class cities irrespective of population, in view of high cost of living in tourist centers. The entire Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a tourist center, as such the entire union territory has to be treated as Y Class city. The Association demands that the Seventh Central Pay Commission may consider it and the entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands may be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance considering the exorbitant rent for private residential accommodation prevailing in the entire union territory of A & N Islands.
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Annual ceiling for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for CG Employees
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament regarding the details of Children Education Allowance as follows…
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child.
The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month.
These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognised institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.