7th Pay Commission: Allowance Report In ‘Ending’ Stage, Committee members are busy in notes preparation
7th Pay Commission: Allowance Report In ‘Ending’ Stage, Committee members are busy in notes preparation
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The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
The Ashok Lavasa committee examining 7th pay recommendations on allowances is in the final stage of preparing its report, which is likely to be submitted to the government soon, a top employee union official said. The allowance committee is in the process of preparing notes for it to be taken up by the government, he added. There has not been any official word on whether the allowance committee has been submitted. The government had earlier said that the decision on allowances will be taken after the committee on 7th pay commission recommendations submits its report. Earlier, another union official had attributed the delay in submission of the report to non-availability of allowance panel members. “I believe that there has been some delay in the finalisation of the report as some allowance panel members were outside the country on an official visit,” the union official said.
The allowance committee had held a meeting in this regard on April 6 which some employee union officials termed as “conclusive”. The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
The 7th pay commission had recommended that house rent allowance or HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.
At a meeting held on March 28, the allowance committee on 7th pay commission recommendations had sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of some allowances. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. But the 7th pay commission‘s recommendations relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee.
Meanwhile, a delegation of faculty members of various universities had on April 19 approached the UGC seeking redressal of their demands including the request to make public a committee’s report on the 7th pay commission. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar had earlier said that a committee to review the recommendations made by a UGC panel on implementation of the 7th pay commission in educational institutions has been formed.
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National Council JCM Standing Committee to be held on 3rd May 2017 – Confederation Items
ITEMS FOR THE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM STANDING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON 3rd MAY 2017 – CONFEDERATION ITEMS.
Coms. K. K. N. Kutty, M. Krishnan and M. S. Raja will represent Confederation in the Standing Committee meeting.
1. Removing the anomalous situation in the representation in the JCM.
The JCM was set up as a machinery to enable the employees to hold discussions with the Government and avoid confrontation and strike. At the beginning all the non-gazette employees had representatives at the JCM, National, Departmental and regional level Councils. However, in the case of CSS and CSSS the Government had permitted even the Group B. Gazetted officers at the level of the Section officers to have representations both at the National and Departmental levels as a special case taking into account the characteristics of their job content. The classification of posts in Central Civil services underwent change thereafter. The Class I, II, III and IV were assigned the nomenclature of Group A B C and D. Later, the Department of Personnel introduced Group B Non Gazetted as another category. They specifically prohibited the Group B Non-gazetted category of officials from the purview of the JCM. Most of them became Group B Non Gazetted due to the assigning of higher scale of pay by the Successive Pay Commissions or by the Government in appreciation of their representations. It could be seen that there had been no change either in the level of responsibilities or in the duties assigned to these categories. They continue to do the job as was the case earlier i.e. at the time of setting up of the JCM. Precluding them from the JCM scheme was therefore not only untenable but also resulted in their grievances not being able to be presented at the highest negotiating forum. After the 6th CPC recommendations were accepted and implemented most of the grades and cadres with the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 and 4600 were classified as Group B.Non-Gazetted. The entire Group D cadres were abolished and the functions in most of the Departments were either outsourced or contractorised. The reclassification of the erstwhile Group C Cadres as Group B. Non Gazetted resulted in their having no representation in the council. We, therefore, request that the matter must be reviewed to ensure that the cadres and grades which had representation when the JCM was initially set up is not taken out of the scheme. In other words, all non-gazetted cadres must have representation in the JCM with the special exceptions in the case of CSS and CSSS.
2. Recognition under CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993. Inordinate delay in the grant of recognition Streamlining procedure and fixing time frame for taking decision.
The revamping of the recognition rules in 1993 resulted in the promulgation of the new rules. After procrastinated discussions in the JCM, certain difficulties and problems emanating from the new rules were sorted out. It was decided that all Federations/Unions/Associations must seek fresh recognition under the new rules. Procedure to ascertain whether an organsiation seeking recognition does have at least the support of 35% of the members was also evolved in the form of obtaining declaration from the members by the respective organisation. The Department of Personnel was to approve the constitution of one organisation in each department, and the respective Ministries were to scrutinize the bye-laws and constitution of the other organizations to ensure that the provisions of the constitution so drafted is in consonance with the conditions and rules laid down . It has been reported to us by many organizations that the concerned Ministry/Department is taking enormous time to complete the formalities and afford recognition. Specifically in the case of the National Library Employees Association, Chief Controller of communication, Department of Telecommunication and Directorate General of Mine Safety Associations the recognition issue is pending for a long time. We, therefore, request that the Department of Personnel may fix a time frame for the grant of recognition. If the concerned Association/Union is not entitled for the grant of recognition, the same may be communicated to them in writing with the reasons for the rejection.
3. Central Government health Scheme. Empanelling of hospitals – streamlining the procedure to provide in-patient treatment to the beneficiaries.
The demand placed by the Staff Side earlier to set up CGHS hospitals at all CGHS centres could not be acceded to by the Government due to the prohibitive cost involved. The alternate method of empanelling and recognizing private hospitals for the benefit of CGHS subscribers, who require in-patient treatment, received the appreciation from all concerned. However, the tendering procedure evolved and due to many other reasons, the number of such hospitals in almost all centers except Delhi came down very heavily and in certain places it was reduced to one or two at the maximum. This apart, some of the recognized and empanelled hospitals do not have even basic facilities to treat the patients. In certain other cases, the hospitals which were recognized and were functioning well and catering to the requirement of the CGHS beneficiaries refused to entertain the patients as there had been huge pending bills, the payment of which had not been received by them. To illustrate the point further, we send along with this a Note we have received from the Central Government Pensioners Association , Kerala. We, therefore, request you to
(a) Ensure that each CGHS Centre five private reputed hospitals are recognized for the purpose of general treatment; The Government may hold bilateral negotiations on the basis of a pre-determined norms.
(b) Recognize at least three super specialty hospitals in each centre so that the patients who suffer from chronic diseases, Cardiac problems and cancer related illness could get immediate treatment without hassles.
(c) Some mechanism is evolved that the bills are not allowed to pile up and the recognized hospitals are made the payment within a fixed time frame.
4. Payment of equal pay to equal work to the workers/employees engaged in all Government officers either through contractors or directly as daily rated/contingent/casual workers as per the direction of the Supreme Court.
Please refer to the judgement delivered by their Lordship in the Supreme court in Civil Appeal No. 213 of 2013 in the case of State of Punjab Vs. Jagjit Singh and others. The Honourable Supreme Court have cited the obligation of the Government of India to abide by the International covenant on Economic , social and Cultural rights 1966 to which the Central Government is a signatory. We reproduce the provisions of Article 7 of the Covenant.
The States Parties to the present covenant recognize the right of every one to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensures in particular :
(a) Remuneration which provides all workers as a minimum, with:
(i) Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work;
(ii) A decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the present covenant;
(b) Safe and healthy working conditions;
(c) Equal opportunities for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no consideration other than those of seniority and competence;
(d) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodical holidays with pay as well as remuneration for public holidays.
The Honourable Supreme Court has also cited various Previous rulings and judgments of the Court under Article 141 of the Constitution and directed the State of Punjab to provide equal pay for equal work to all daily wage employees, adhoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like. In conclusion the Court has decided that all such employees are entitled for wages at the minimum of the pay scale.
We, therefore, request that the Government may issue explicit instructions that the employees/workers engaged on casual/contingent/temporary/daily rated basis including those through contractors are given the wages at the rate of the minimum of the lowest pay scale and a scheme for regularization of such appointees is drawn so that these employees would be absorbed as permanent workers over a period of time.
5. Extending the benefit of pension revision to the employees and officials who are absorbed in the Central Public Sector undertakings.
In the case of Civil Servants who are initially on deputation to Central Public sector undertaking but later absorbed in those organsiations and who had drawn lump sum payment by commutation of their central pension, orders are yet to be issued by the Government extending the benefit of pension revision of 7 th CPC recommendation to them. We request that the requisite orders may please be issued without further loss of time.
6. Revision of Ex-gratia to CPF/SRPF (C)retirees.
In acceptance of the demand of the Staff side at the National Council, JCM, ex-gratia payments were made to the CPF/SRPF© retirees. These rates fixed in 1088 was revised on 1.11. 1997 and again in 2006. Presently the rates are as under:
Group A. Rs. 3000
Group B. Rs. 1000
Group C. Rs. 750
Group D. Rs. 650.
Taking into account the fact that pay and pension were revised on the basis of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendation a revision of rates of the ex gratia to the CPF/SRPF© retirees whose number is dwindling every day is warranted. We, therefore, request that the rates may be appropriately revised applying the very same rationale adopted in the case of civil pensioners.
7. Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing the Dearness allowance.
For the sake of easy computation of DA the practice of ignoring the fraction was initiated. The quantum loss to the beneficiaries in the beginning was meagre. Now that the administrative difficulties which promoted for ignoring the fraction has been greatly eased due to computerization and taking into account the loss for six months is no more meagre, it is necessary that the practice is dispensed with. For example, the next installment of DA is likely to be 2.95%whereas the orders would be issued for grant of only 2% in the case of an employee, whose basic pay is Rs. 50,000, the loss per month in that case would be Rs. 475/-. It is pertinent to mention in this connection that in the case of Bank employees, the practice of ignoring the fraction is not followed. We, therefore, request that the DA hereafter be computed without ignoring the fraction.
8. Include unmarried sister in the definition of family for family pension.
The scope of Family pension under Rule 52 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 was extended to the dependent disabled siblings (brother and sister) of Central Government servants/pensioners vide DOP & pW O.M. No. 1/15/2008-P&PW (E) dated 17th August, 2009. There are cases wherein an employee/pensioner remains unmarried and leaves behind dependent unmarried sister/sisters. Though cases of such types may be few and far between, nonetheless, such hapless ladies need to be taken care by the Government lest they should be left to fend for themselves, after the death of Government Servant/pensioner on whom they were fully dependent before his/her death. We request to include dependent unmarried sister/sisters in the definition of family for the purpose of family pension.
9. Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for a few days in a month to claim the Transport allowance.
Transport allowance was introduced as a compensation for those working in the classified towns to meet the ever increasing conveyance expenses in connection with the travel between office and residence. Employees had to per force take accommodation in suburban areas as the cost of renting houses had become prohibitive. However, it was not appreciated that burden of the expenses had been more in the case of low paid employees as the senior officers could afford houses within the city or were provided with quarters nearer to their offices. Logically the higher rates ought to have been recommended for the lower paid employees. Initially there was a condition that those who were residing within one KM from the office should not be entitled for transport allowance. This condition was later removed. In many organizations, employees are required to be in field formations on duty for months together. Viz. Central Ground Water Board, survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Postal workers and certain segment of the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department etc. Because of the condition stipulated that the employees must be at the Head Quarters for certain number of days in a month, many of them are denied transport allowance as the exigencies of work entrusted to them make them to be away from H.Qrs for months together. The denial is, therefore, a double punishment in as much they are to be away from their family and also are asked to bear the financial loss due to the denial of transport allowance. This apart, once the Transport allowance is denied they automatically do not become entitled for City Compensatory allowance also. We, therefore, request that this condition may be removed for the grant of Transport allowance.
10. Fill up vacant posts. Restore the Regional level recruitment for lower level categories of employees say Up to Level. 6.
We refer to the 7 th CPC report, Chapter 3, Annexure 1.Page No. 40 and 41 Where the vacancies in different cadres in various departments of the Government of India is indicated. This gives an alarming picture in respect of certain departments. The situation has worsened thereafter and the vacancies have piled up consequent upon which enormous workload has been imposed on the existing employees and also increased the outsourcing of various functions and contractor employment and engaging daily rated workers. The Staff selection Commission, which is the recurring agency for all Civil departments of the Government except the Railways and Postal organizations, ( to some extent) had not been able to cope with the task. This apart, the earlier practice of recruiting personnel through regional level examination has now been dispensed with. Because of all India recruitment especially for the lower level posts, certain difficulties both administrative as also to the recruited personnel have arisen. Those who are so recruited are often posted to places outside their home states. They are to suffer financially and socially. They find it difficult to cope with the strange situation in an alien place. Since most of them are posted to lower level grades, the remuneration is not good enough to meet the expenses in the place of posting and help their parents financially. They seek transfer immediately after joining creating administrative difficulties. They turn out to be de-motivated workers, disturbed and become incapable of giving their best to the task assigned to them. We, therefore, request that steps may be taken to fill up all existing vacancies in the Government service and resort to regional recruitment to the posts at least up-to the level 6 so as to improve the well functioning of the Governmental Departments.
11. Delegation of authority to the State Welfare Co-ordination Committee to determine at least 5 holidays.
Of the 17 holidays, the State welfare co-ordination Committee have presently authority to determine only three holidays from the given list. There are quite a number of holidays, which are State specific and are nevertheless important to the residents of that State. While the entire people of the State celebrate and observe those occasions or festivals, the Central Government offices would remain open with no customers visiting. Conversely, some of the all India holidays will have no relevance to a particular State and the Central Government offices on that occasion remain closed. To address this issue, we feel it would be better if the Government of India increases the Number of holidays, which could be determined from among the list by the concerned State Welfare Co-ordination Committees. We, therefore, request that the number of holidays to be chosen by the State Welfare Co-ordination Committee may be increased from the present three to five.
12. Grant of revised option under the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
Under the CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, officials are given option to come to the new pay scale either on 1 st January, 2016 or any other date which would be beneficial to them. The said option was to be exercised within three month of the promulgation of the notification. Many of the employees have exercised option without fully understanding the entire gamut of benefit or loss. On fixation of pay as per the option, they have faced objected from the concerned Zonal Accounts officers stating that the fixation of pay has been erroneous. In a similar situation and at the instance of the Staff Side, the government allowed the revision of that option vide F/No. /14/2010/EIII(A) dated 5th July, 2010. We, therefore, request that necessary orders may kindly be issued as was done in 2010 allowing the officials to revise the option if such revision is beneficial to them.
13. Transport allowance in the case of Physically handicapped person at the double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave. To be dispensed with.
Transport allowance is admissible for physically handicapped persons at the double the rates as per the extant instructions on the subject. This is provided for the reason that the physically handicapped person has to take the help of another person to travel and reach the office. However, if the physically handicapped person is on leave (EL, HPL etc) proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper is deducted. Normally transport allowance is denied only when a person is on Earned leave for a period exceeding one month. There appears to be no rationale to deduct the proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper in the case of physically handicapped person. Either a clarification may be issued to dispense with the practice if the same has been initiated by the Zonal Accounts officers on an interpretation of the rules. If the pertinent rule itself has to be amended, the same may be done as no helper can be asked that he must suffer and sacrifice the allowance because the physically handicapped persons for some domestic reason could not go to office on a particular day in a month.
14. DISCREPANCIES IN THE AMOUNT IN VARIOUS STAGES IN THE PAY LEVELS OF PAY MATRIX INTRODUCED AS PER CCS (Revised Pay) RULES 2016, CONSEQUENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF 7th CPC RECOMMENDATIONS.
7th CPC has recommended that the rate of increment will be 3% of the Revised Pay and Govt. has accepted the recommendation. But, contrary to this, in many pay levels in the pay matrix, annual increment is less than 3%. Rounding of the increment to the nearest 100 rupees instead of next 100 rupees resulted in working out of the increment to less than 3%. This also results in the employees drawing less pay for their entire service and also drawing less pension after retirement for life. As 7th CPC itself recommended that increment rate will be 3%, in any case, increment should not be less than 3% at any stage. Hence to set right the discrepancy, increment should be rounded off to the next 100 rupees instead of to the nearest 100 rupees.
15. REMOVAL OF THE 3% CONDITION FOR GRANT OF BUNCHING INCREMENT IN THE PAY LEVELS OF 7th CPC PAY MATRIX.
Under the existing orders of the Finance Ministry the grant of bunching increment to an official is subject to the condition that the difference of higher pay and lower pay should not be less than 3% of the revised basic pay. There is no logic in imposing such a condition for bunching by the Finance Ministry. If the difference between the higher pay and lower pay is less than 3%, it is not due to the fault on the part of the employees. It is due to the faulty increment rate at each stage of the pay level in the pay matrix , as the amount of increment is rounded off to the nearest 100 rupees instead of the next 100 rupees. Hence it is requested that the condition of 3% difference between the higher pay and lower pay may be removed for grant of bunching increment.
16. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON “EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK” IN ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.
The two judge bench of the Supreme Court in its landmark judgement delivered on 20th October 2016 has held that the temporarily engaged employees such as daily wage employees, adhoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like are entitled to minimum of the regular pay scale on account of performing the same duties, which are discharged by those engaged on regular basis against sanctioned posts. Action may be taken to implement the above judgement in all central Government departments by extending the benefit of “equal pay for equal work” to all similarly placed casual and contract workers.
17. EXTENSION OF BENEFITS OF REVISED PENSION RULES -2016 IN RESPECT OF PENSIONERS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMOUS BODIES.
Orders revising the pension of Central Government pensioners was issued by the Government in August 2016. But extending the same benefit to autonomous body pensioners is yet to be issued, even though seven months are over. It is requested that action may be taken for implementation of the revised pension structure in respect of autonomous body pensioners also. It may also be noted that one installment of Dearness Relief payable from 01.01.2016 is also not yet paid to autonomous body pensioners, even though the DA from 01.01.2016 is already paid to autonomous body employees long back.
18. ENSURE PARITY IN PAY SCALE OF ALL STENOGRAPHERS , ASSISTANTS AND MINISTERIAL STAFF IN SUBORDINATE OFFICES AND IN ALL ORGANISED ACCOUNTS CADRES WITH CENTRAL SECRETARIAT STAFF BY UPGRADING THEIR PAY SCALES.
The question of parity, as has been rightly pointed out by 7th CPC , is a settled matter .It is the Department of Personnel which is the Cadre Controlling department of Central Secretariat Cadre that unsettle the parity every time. What is required is to grant higher pay scale at par with Ministerial and Stenographer cadres of Central Secretariat and the similarly placed cadres in the field and subordinate offices and IA&AD and Organised Accounts cadre.
19. GRANT OF ONE ADDITIONAL INCREMENT TO THOSE OFFICIALS WHO RETIRE FROM SERVICE ON 30th JUNE AND 31st DECEMBER AFTER COMPLETING ONE FULL YEAR SERVICE IN THEIR PAY SCALE.
As per the existing orders , an official retiring from service on 30th June or 31st December after completing one full year service are not eligible to draw their next increment. on the technical grounds that on 1st July or 1st January which is the normal increment date, the official is not in service or cease to be a Govt. servant. It is requested that, in such cases, as the official has completed one year service, one additional increment may be granted to the last pay drawn by the official.
20. Counting OF PRE-APPOINTMENT INDUCTION TRAINING PERIOD AS QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER MACP SCHEME.
As per MACP orders “service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment on pre appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning as qualifying service for financial upgradation under MACPS”. It is requested that pre-appointment induction training period followed by regular appointment may be reckoned as qualifying service for grant of MACPS, as it is already counted as qualifying service for the purpose of increment.
21. ENSURE CASHLESS MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS IN ALL RECOGNISED GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS.
22.REVISION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE AND NIGHT DUTY ALLOWANCE WITH EFFECT FROM 01.01.2016 BASED ON 7th CPC PAY SCALES.
23.REJECT STIPULATION OF 7th CPC TO REDUCE THE SALARY TO 80% FOR THE SECONDLY YEAR OF CHILD CARE LEAVE (CCL) AND RETAIN THE EXISTING PROVISION
24. COUNTING OF LOSS OF PAY PERIOD (WITH OUT MEDICAL CERTIFICATE) AS QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADING UNDER MACPS.
25. ENHANCEMENT OF BONUS CEILING LIMIT OF CASUAL LABOURERS CONSEQUENT ON ENHANCEMENT OF BONUS CALCULATION CEILING OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES.
At present , casual labourers are paid Rs. 1200 as maximum bonus. This amount was fixed when the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Govt. employees were enhanced to 3500. As the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees is enhanced to 7000, it is requested that the ceiling of casual labourers may also be enhanced.
26. NON-GRANT OF ELIGIBLE PAID WEEKLY OFF AND COMPENSATION FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS TO CASUAL LABOURERS – c/o SALAR JUNG MUSEUM HYDERABAD.
In spite of clear orders from DOP&T , the full time casual labourers who are working in the Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad under Ministry of Culture , are not being granted eligible paid weekly off and compensation for National holidays. Necessary instructions may be issued to the authorities concerned to implement DOP&T orders in letter and spirit.
27. GRANT OF CORRESPONDING 7th CPC PAY SCALE TO THOSE OFFICIALS WHO ARE APPOINTED ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS AND DRAWING PRE-REVISED PAY (WITH OUT GRADE PAY) FOR WANT OF MATRICULATION QUALIFICATION.
As per DOP&T orders , those compassionate appointment candidates who do not posses 10th standard qualification are to be appointed in the minimum pay scale (without grade pay) till they acquire 10th standard qualification. The minimum pay of such candidates fixed as per 6th CPC pay scale is yet to be revised. Action may be taken to revise the minimum pay as per 7th CPC recommendations.
28. GRANT OF PAY SCALE OF DRIVERS OF LOK SABHA SECRETARIAT TO DRIVERS WORKING IN OTHER CENTRAL GOVT DEPARTMENTS.
29. REVISION OF THE RESTORED ONE – THIRD PENSION AND NOTIONAL FULL PENSION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY ABSORBED IN AUTONOMOUS BODIES AND HAVE DRAWN ONE TIME LUMPSUM TERMINAL BENEFITS EQUAL TO 100% OF THEIR PENSION AND HAVE GRANTED RESTORATION OF ONE – THIRD COMMUTTED PORTION OF PENSION.
In the Pension revision orders issued by Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare on 4th August 2016, it is stated that the cases of the above mentioned category of Pensioner’s is not covered by the 4th August orders and that orders for regulating pension of such pensioners will be issued separately. Even though seven months are over, the orders revising the pension of above category of pensioners is yet to be issued. Action may be taken to expedite orders.
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7th Pay Commission: Demanding higher allowances is “realistic” says Finmin
New Delhi: The central government employees unions demanding higher allowances, a realistic view of what government can afford, the Finance Ministry sources have confirmed.
Speaking to senior Finance Ministry sources were keen to the demands being met, insisting the work of the ‘Committee on Allowances’ to submit its final report within May, will determine what is doable.
“The government has a lot of pressures on the purses this year and higher allowances obviously is a key one. Demands are reasonable and realistic. But the government will not be held hostage,” said one senior source last night.
They told “The issue of higher allowances is currently under consideration by the ‘Committee on Allowances’.
In line with their mandate, the committee will produce a report within May.
This report will form the basis of negotiations with the central government employees unions. Any higher allowance settlement emitting from these negotiations must be affordable and sustainable.
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, has told cabinet secretary that the higher allowances must be given with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.
The committee will have regard to the national finances before accepts NJCA above demand, the source said.
The central government employees unions had threatened to call for nationwide strike in May due to delay in implementation of higher allowances.
In response to this, the sources said, “the government expects the ‘Committee on Allowances’ to report by May or even before then. They are going to be very difficult discussions and negotiations.”
The ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was formed in July last year for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.
The committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Later, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017 but committee has not yet submitted its report.
The central government employees got theirs arrears of basic pay arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries. The hike in basic pay has been made effective from January 1, 2016 but they are still awaiting for the higher allowances.
The employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.
Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 56
Sub: Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016.
Please refer to your letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B./Part I dated 06.01.2017, wherein it has been demanded that opportunity for revision of option for those staff promoted after the date of notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e 28.07.2016) and also for those staff promoted between 01.01.2016 and 31.12.2016 to switch over o 7th CPC Pay Matrix from the date subsequent to date of Railway Board’s notification be provided.
2. In this context it is stated that option for switching over to 7th CPC has been circulated and clearly specified under Rule 5 of RS(RP) Rules, 2016. Further, instructions for exercising the ,revised option in respect of officials who had Promotion/financial upgradation and had already exercised the option between the date of,effeet of recommendation (01.01.2016) and date of promulgation of RS(RP) Rules, 2Q3.6 ( 2016) has also been issued vide Board’s letter RBE No 124/2016 dated 20.10.20,16.1t, has already been notified under Rule 5 of RS(RP) Rules and further in the option form ctrculated along with RS(RP) Rules that the employee can elect to continue on ay Aa d and Grade Pay of his substantive/officiating post until the date of his next increment at any subsequent increment raising he pay to particular limit or from the date of his promotion/upgradation.
3.Form the above, it can be appreciated that employee can continue such time, till
promotion or vacation of the post and no cut off date (like 31.12.2016 mentioned in the reference) has been specified. However, the option exercised is final and one time dispensation has been extended to those promoted between 01.01.2016 and 28.07.2016 can not be extended in other cases. Decision on permitting further revision of option once taken can not belaken unilaterally by Ministry of Railways alone and needs to be taken by Ministry of Finance as it is a general policy matter pertaining to all Government employees.
For Secretary,Railway Board
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
File No. PC-VII/2016/1/6/2
RBE No.:124 /2016
New Delhi, dated: 20.10.2016
The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units, (As per mailing list)
Sub: – Fixation of pay and grant of increment in the revised pay structure – clarifications – regarding.
Following the notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, Railway Board has received references seeking clarifications regarding various aspects of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure as also pay fixation and grant of increment in future under revised pay structure. These matters have been considered by Ministry of Finance and the points of doubts are clarified as under:-
|Point of doubt||Clarification|
|1.||As per the provisions of FR 22 (I)(a)(1), the Government Servants (other than those appointed on deputation to ex- cadre post or ad-hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion/appointment or from the date of next increment.Some of the employees, promoted between 01.01.2016 and the date of notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 had opted for their pay fixation on promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS from the date of their next increment in the lower grade. Consequent upon notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 28th July, 2016, the option submitted by such employees has now turned out to be disadvantageous.
Whether such employee may be allowed to revise their option under FR 22 (l)(a)(1) at this stage.
|Under the changed circumstances after notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016, the employee may be allowed to exercise revised option for fixation of pay under FR 22(I)(a)(1). Such revised option shall be exercised within one month of issue of this letter. Option so revised shall be final.|
|Whether employees appointed/ promoted/granted financial upgradation during 02.01.2015 and 01.07.2015 will be entitled to grant of one increment 01.01.2016||Since, the provisions of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 are effective from 01.01.2016, no increment Shall be allowed on 01.01.2016 at the time of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.|
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
7th CPC Allowances Committee likely to submit its final report only by early next week: Karnataka CoC
7th CPC Allowances Committee likely to submit its final report only by early next week : Karnataka CoC
Allowances for CG employees
The allowances committee report is likely to submit its final report to the Honourable Finance Minister only by early next week, there after the report shall be placed for cabinet approval , the whole process may take another 15 days.
7th Pay Commission: Employees unions to strike for higher allowances
New Delhi: The central government employees unions, aggrieved over the delay on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, may call for nationwide strike if the Committee on Allowance fails to submit its final report within this month.
The Committee on Allowances is likely to submit its report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission to the Finance Ministry this week, media reported.
But there is no official confirmation in this regard.
It’s been almost nine months since the formation of the Committee on Allowances, but it is yet to submit its report.
The government in July last year had formed the ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.
The committee was asked to submit its report within four months, but later its tenure was extended to February 22, this year.
However, the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October last year, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”
Meanwhile, the National Council Staff Side has called a meeting on May 2 of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) to discuss the next course of action if the Committee on Allowance further delays report.
National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra said the central government employees might go on strike if the Committee on Allowances delays the report further or rejected their demands.
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) is an umbrella organisation of various Central Government employees unions, including Railways, post and telegraph and Income Tax.
The NJCA is leading the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees.
“The JCM meeting is called on May 2. Whether the Lavasa Committee submits it report or not (by the end of the month), the meet would be held.
If the report on allowances is not tabled, then we will plan the next step of action. I cannot rule out the option of reviving the call for strike.
After all, how long should the employees wait?” said Shiv Gopal Mishra.
The issue of hike in minimum pay would also be discussed at the JCM meet.
“It is the centrifugal issue. All pay commission so far had kept the issue of minimum salary at the centre. We will negotiate with the government and attempt to persuade them,” he said.
Central government employees are unhappy because of the pay commission recommendation of reducing the house rent allowance (HRA) to 24%, 16% and 8% of basic pay as against the 30%, 20% and 10% of basic pay employees were drawing under the Sixth Pay Commission.
It is noted that central government employees unions also demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and they asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.
If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.
Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC
7th CPC Anomalies – Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee
Sub:- Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC
I am directed to bring to your kind attention that Departmental Anomaly Committee for Railways consisting of representatives of official side and the staff side to settle the anomalies arising out Of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations was constituted vide Railway Board’s letter dated 5.10.2016. Subsequently, the definition of anomaly has also been modified vide Board’s letter dated 29.03.2016.
2 Now, it is proposed hold the first meeting of the Departmental Anomaly Committee to discuss the various anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC’s recommendations, It is requested to advice a convenient date of time for holding the meeting along with the tentative agenda/anomalies coming within the definition of anomaly already circulated vide Railway Board’s letter dated 29.032016 to be discussed in the said meeting.
On receipt of the suggestions the final agenda and the schedule of the meeting will be advised.
Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in Education Institutes submits its report to HRD Ministry
The Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in Education Institutes submits its report to HRD Ministry
Prakash Javadekar assures University and College Teachers for getting justice in their Salary related matters
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar has assured the teacher fraternity and staff of Education Institutions, University and Colleges of getting justice in their remuneration related matters. Addressing media persons here in New Delhi, the Minister said the Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in educational institute, University and Colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Accordingly, a Committee headed by Secretary Higher Education has been constituted. The Committee will have officials from Finance Ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet.
Shri Prakash Javadekar hoped that the Professors, Staff and every individual in education sector will definitely get benefited. He said ‘those who had some doubt whether government is moving or not in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news’. He further urged the education fraternity to try more vigorously to improve the quality of education at all levels and concentrate on study, examination and assessment work.
Revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff and special requirements of Central Secretariat excluding those serving in the Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs Departments
7th CPC: Revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff
Consequent upon implementation of 7th CPC Revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff: Directorate of Estates OM dated 16.03.2017
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
New Delhi, the 16th March, 2017
Subject:- Revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff and special requirements of Central Secretariat excluding those serving in the Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs Departments.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the then Ministry of Work & Housing O.M. No.11015(2)/75-PoI.IV dated 24.11.76, and Directorate of Estates O.M. of even number dated 20.10.87, dated 07.08.98, and dated 20.02.14 on the above subject and to say that consequent upon revision of pay scales of the Central Government employees on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission as notified vide Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, and recommendations made by the Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) constituted by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), it has been decided to prescribe revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff and special requirements as under, with immediate effect:-
|Table A – Revised scales of office space for Officer and staff|
|Sl. No.||Existing Category||Proposed Category||Entitlement of Office space in (sq. ft./sq. mt.)|
|1.||Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs.10000/- in PB-4 and above||Officers drawing Pay in the Level 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18||360 sq. ft.(33 sq. mt.)|
|2.||Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs.7600/- in PB-3 and above but less than the Gr. Pay of Rs.10000/-||Officers drawing Pay in the Level 12, 13 and 13A||240 sq. ft.(22 sq. mt.)|
|3.||Officers drawing Gr. Pay. of Rs.6600/- in PB-3 and above but less than theGr. Pay of Rs.7600/-||Officers drawing Pay in the Level||120 sq. ft.(11 sq.mt.)|
|4.||Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs.4800/- in PB 2 and above/ Section Officers in the Secretariat/ Attached Offices but less than the Gr. Pay of Rs.6600/-||Officers drawing Pay in the Level 8, 9 and 10/ Section Officers in the Secretariat/Attached Offices drawing Pay in the Level 8, 9 and 10||60 sq. ft. (5.5 sq.mt.)|
|5.||Technical Staff such as Draughtsman, Tracers, Estimators, etc||Technical Staff such as Draughtsman, Tracers,Estimators, etc||60 sq. ft. (5.5 sq.mt.)|
|6.||Ministerial Staff such as Superintendents, Head Clerks, Assistants, Clerks, Multi Task Staff (MTS)||Ministerial Staff such as Superintendents, Assistant Section Officer (ASO), Senior Secretariat Assistant (SSA), Junior Secretariat Assistant (J SA), Head Clerks, Assistants, Clerks, Multi Tasking Staff MTS||40 sq. ft. (3.5 sq. mt.)|
|7.||Ministerial Staff of Audit Offices||Ministerial Staff of Audit Offices||40 sq. ft. (3.5 sq. mt.)|
|Table B – Revised Scales of office space for Special Requirement|
|Sl. No.||Particular||Prescribed entitlement of office space|
|1.||Conference Room||Conference Room should be subject to the requirement of of 237 sq.ft. (22 sq.mt) and maximum 474 sq.ft. 44.5 .mt.)|
|2.||Visitors Room||Visitors Room should be according to the requirement of a Ministry/Department but it should not be more than 474 sq.ft. (44 sq.mt.). Visitor room of the size of 86 sq.ft (8 sq.mt.) will be provided to the officers of the rank of Joint Secretary . & above within the ceiling of 474 sq. ft|
|3.||Receptionist||120 sq.ft. (11 sq. meters)|
|4.||Security Room at every entrance||120 sq.ft. (11 sq. meters)|
|5.||Canteen||One Sq. ft. (0.09 sq. mt.) per person in an office including the space for the dining hall, kitchen, etc.|
|6.||Dining/Tiffin Room (for lunch)||400 sq. ft. (36 sq. meters)|
|7.||Ladies Common Room||120 sq. ft. (11.00 sq. Meters)|
|8.||Class Room||According to the requirement of Department but should not be more than 474 sq. ft. (44 sq. meters)|
|9.||Library||One sq. ft. for 25 books or one sq. meter for 275 books.|
|10.||Old Records||One sq. ft. for 20 recorded files or one sq. meter for 220 recorded files.|
|11.||Care taker Room||120 sq. ft. (11 sq. meter)|
|12.||CPWD Maintenance Staff Room||400 sq. ft. (36.00 sq. meter)|
|13||Stores||As per requirement of each office but should not be more than sq. ft. (36.00 sq. meter)|
|14||Drivers Room||120 sq. ft. (11 sq. meter)|
2.. The total screened requirement of office accommodation determined on the basis of revised scales will be subject to 20% austerity cut.
3. Provision for additional space in a new building, whether in the general pool or in a departmental pool, should be limited to- 10% of total requirement of an office for further expansion and that if a Ministry/Department wants more than 10% of the total requirement as additional space for expansion, they may do so with the approval of their Integrated Finance Division, keeping in view the need for maximum economy.
4. For assessment of prescribed revised scales, the total requirement for office space of the Ministry/Department and its Attached/Subordinate offices located in Delhi/New Delhi has to be given in the enclosed schedule I to IV.
5. The following categories of offices will be treated as eligible for the purpose of provision of General Pool Office Accommodation (GPOA):-
I. An office whose location in Delhi has been approved by the Cabinet / Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA), subject to the condition that this approval has been granted without any restriction on provision of GPOA
II. The office is a part and parcel of the Secretariat of a Ministry or an attached / subordinate office of a Ministry / Department of the Government of India
III. The staff is paid from the consolidated Fund of India
6. This OM supersedes Ministry of Work & Housing & Urban Development O.M. No.11015(2)/75-PoI.IV dated 24.11.76, and Directorate of Estates O.M. No.11015/1/98-Pol.l dated 20.10.87, dated 07.08.98, and dated 20.02.14.
Director of Estates
Delay in 7th CPC Allowances: Is any compensation on the way:
Committee on Allowances has concluded his exercise as the last meeting was held on 6th April, 2017 and the confirmation of the submission of report to Govt. has not yet available from authentic sources. Cabinet Secretary has already assured to JCM that he will put-up the report to the Cabinet for early approval. There is an indication that govt is considering for compensation to Central Government Employees for inordinate delay of implementation of the allowances as per recommendation of Seventh Central Pay Commission.
Source has decoded that the Government is planning to make the announcement for a Compensation on Allowances in lieu of delay in allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. There are so many questions here and also have been analyzed to judge you on this matter.
When the allowances at the new rates will be implemented?
According to the earlier posts of the Cabinet to adjudge on 7th CPC revised allowances before April 23 and the other hand the RBI is not in the mood to outlaw the govt to implement the revised allowances. Read the full article RBI is not against the HRA hike as per 7th CPC HRA; Analysis.
What is the crucial date of effect of allowances at the rate recommended by 7th Pay Commission and the committee of allowances?
Answer of this question is factual under two sides, first the demand of employees and the second the way of implementation of 7th CPC. The employees and their union are pressing hard on the implementation of revised allowances from the date of implementation of 7th CPC i.e. 01.01.2016. Whether the demand of employees union is illegitimate? Not fully, in view of the timing of constitution of the 7th CPC. The unions are blaming to the committee and the government for the delay.
The delay in implementation of 7th CPC was not from the employees side.
The constitution of the 7th CPC was notified vide the resolution dated 28th of February 2014 under the Chairmanship of Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Shri Vivek Rae as full time member and Smt. Meena Aggarwal as Secretary, with the condition to give the report in 18 months. As per initial notification the report was to be submitted in the month of August 2015, but the commission got the extra 3 months for submission of report and finally the commission handed over the report to govt on Nov, 2015 after 3 months. Although, two to four months were enough to complete the other formality for implementation by implementation cell of finance ministry, but govt handed over the all exercise to a empowered committee. Lastly the govt has approved some recommendation of the 7th CPC for implementation to Central Government Employees on 25th July, 2016 after 8 months of receiving of report and the employees was entitled to get the arrears of revised basic pay from 01.01.2016 and new salary from the month of August, 2016.
What will be the effective date of revised allowance from 01.01.2016 or 01.08.2016 or the month after the approval of report of allowances committee?
As the employees union are demanding the effective date of allowances from 01.01.2016, is seems hard to be accepted by the govt. We knows the allowance in 6th CPC and previous CPCs were also not implemented retrospectively as the revised basic pay means the allowances were given from the date of approval/implementation of revised pay as per respective CPC.
Hence it is easily interpreted that the revised allowances will not be given from the date of revision of Basic Pay in 7th CPC i.e. 01.01.2016. Now the question arise here, what about the date of approval/implementation of 7th CPC to Central Government Employee by the Govt. Perhaps, the date can be 01st August, 2016. The all the facts says that the employees are eligible to get the revised/enhanced allowances from the date of approval of the 7th CPC as the withheld decision in the formulation of a committee by fully from the Govt. side. As the employee unions were objected on many issues like minimum pay, advances, allowances etc. but govt delayed only the allowances.
Whether govt will revised the allowances with retrospective effect?
To find the answer of the above question, the pay and allowances as per the 7th CPC norms should be analyzed as a summary. Here the lowest pay scale is taken to understand the difference between 6th CPC & 7th CPC Pay:-
The lowest Pay Scale was in the 6th CPC = PB 1 (5200-20200) & Grade Pay 1800
The employee in this scale was getting the following prior the 7th CPC on 01.01.2016 –
Basic Pay: Rs. 5200 + Grade Pay 1800 = Rs. 7000
(The pay for newly appointee was differ)
DA on 01.01.2016 = Rs. 8330
For X Group City
HRA – 2100
Tpt All – 600 + 714 = Rs. 1314
Total Gross Salary = 17430
The employee in this scale was eligible in the 7th CPC with effect from 01.01.2016 -
Basic Pay = Rs. 18000
HRA = Rs. 4320 and Tpt = 1350
Difference in Basic Pay is Rs. 2670
Difference in Allowance (HRA only) is Rs. Rs.2220
As per above illustration the difference of revised basic pay and revised allowance (HRA) is nearly 85%. Means govt has saved 85% corpus of expenditure in enhancement of pay and allowances of Central Government Employee by delaying the approval of allowances. By this central government employees was loosing this amount since August, 2016. Hence it is also instituted that Govt employees are eligible for a compensation in situation of not getting the revised allowance from the date of implementation of 7th CPC i.e. August, 2016.
Union demand of revised allowance from 01.01.2016 may be persuaded by the compensation
As per sources indicated that the Committee to check the 7th CPC recommendation on allowances has given the importance the union demand to give the enhanced allowances from the date of 01.01.2016. A positive note given by the committee as per suggestion to the govt. to compensate the employees for the delay in decision regarding allowances. The sources has also indicated that the compensation will be given as monthly rate from Jan, 2016 or August, 2016 upto the date of approval/decision given by govt on revised allowances.
Conclusion: It is the matter of future that what, how much and when the revised allowances will be given to the Govt. employees? But it is fact that employees are eligible for the revised allowances from the August, 2016 and either the allowances must be given retrospectively or as compensation. Which type of days will coming to the Central Government Employees after a loss of revised allowances for 9 months and how the govt makes it as “Achhe Din” to their Govt employees or govt is following their logo “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas”.
JCM Staff Side Agenda Items for discussion in the ensuing standing committee Meeting
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR
Sub: JCM (Staff Side) Agenda Items for discussion in the ensuing standing committee Meeting – reg.
Federation gives below gist of agenda items (which are related to railway staff) sent to the DOP&T for discussion in the next meeting of Standing Committee (NC/JCM)
1. To formulate a policy for direct appointment of Trained Trade Apprentices of Central Government Industrial Establishments like Railways, Defence etc. as per the amended provisions of section-22 of Apprentice Act 1961.
The Government of India amended the Apprentice Act 1961 as Apprentices (Amended) Act, 2014 (No.29 of 2014) dated 5th December,2014 incorporating the following provision in Section-22 of the principal Act.
Section-22: “Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his Establishment”.
It was agreed in the Central Apprenticeship council meeting under the Chairmanship of Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment on 8th April,2015 that M/o Labour will frame the guidelines for Govt. Industrial Establishments & PSUs for recruitment of Apprentices after completion of training, on the suggestion of Union representatives. Hence the Apprentices selected through entrance examinations etc., are facing undue hardships in getting the appointment when recruitment takes place in the establishment where they were trained. Therefore it was proposed that Govt. of India, as Employer, will formulate the following policy for recruitment of Trained Trade Apprentices.
Determination of Batch-wise seniority.
1. All Apprentice training institutes under Government Industrial Establishments shall maintain the seniority list of Ex-Trade apprentices in respective trades.
2. The Apprentices trained in the earlier batch will be enbloc senior to the apprentices of the subsequent batches.
3. While maintaining the batch-wise seniority, marks/grading obtained in NAC examination conducted by NCVT will be the criteria for determining intra-batch seniority of the apprentices.
4. In case the marks/grading is identical for two or more individuals, the date of birth should be the criteria for deciding the seniority.
Filling up of the vacancies
As and when sanction is accorded for making recruitment in the skilled grade of various trades Ex-Trade Apprentices of respective Government Industrial Establishments will be considered for such recruitment in the relevant Trade.
The above draft policy proposed by the staff side is requested to be considered favourably by the Government for implementation.
2. Revision of the benefit of Deposit linked Insurance coverage from GPF.
As per Rule 33-B of GPF Rules on the death of a subscriber an additional amount not exceeding Rs.60,000/- payable under Deposit linked insurance scheme of GPF to the dependents of a deceased employee. This rate has not been enhanced for so many years. Similar benefit for a depositor in EPF covered under the Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976 is enhanced to Rs.6,00,000/-. It is therefore requested that government may consider to enhance the limit of Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme from GPF.
3. Implementation of the recommendation of 6th CPC with regard to Limited Departmental competitive Examination for post in Group B and Group C.
As per the 6th CPC recommendation in para 6.1.7, the employee in PB-1 with GP Rs.1800/- will be eligible to appear in LDCE for a post in PB-2 with GP Rs.4800/- provided he/she possesses the necessary qualification.
After 6th CPC recommendation, the number of employees in GP Rs.1800/- have acquired higher qualifications & became eligible for higher post but are not being allowed to apply for the higher post through LDCE, since the above recommendation of 6th CPC has not yet been implemented by the government.
In view of the changed circumstances, those employees in GP Rs.1800/- who have acquired the higher qualifications, their initiative & interest be considered & the Government may kindly implement the recommendation of 6th CPC.
4. Endorsement of Higher Education not mentioned in the PVR Forms in the Service Record of the Employees.
In column 10 of PVR (Attestation Form) i.e. Educational Qualifications, the candidates used to fill this column with minimum qualification for the post for which they are selected for appointment, due to the insufficient space in the column. However, after appointment, when they apply for endorsing their higher qualifications in the service Record, the Administration issues ‘ show Cause Notice’ to them for not disclosing their Educational qualification in the Attestation Form.
Since this information was not given by them due to the insufficient space in the column of attestation Form, the eventuality may not be treated as hiding the information & hence, it is requested that DOP&T may issue instructions to endorse the higher qualification in the Service Record of employees, even if it was mentioned in the PVR Form.
5. Restoration of the Advances withdrawn by the 7th CPC.
The Government has accepted the recommendation of 7th CPC to withdraw (i) Natural calamity advance (ii) Festival Advance (iii) LTC and TA advances (iv) Medical advance (V) Education advance & (f) vehicle advances including cycle advance. This has resulted undue hardships to the Government Employees.
Since the advances are recovered in monthly instalments from employees, it is requested that Government may restore these advances as a welfare measure.
6. MACP to the employees who have completed 10 years or 20/30 years on the date of their retirement.
The employees who have completed 10 years in the same grade/pay level or those who have completed 20/30 years on the last working day of the month which happens to be the superannuation/retirement day of the concerned employee, are denied MACP benefit on the pretext that they are eligible for MACP only on the next working day. Since the concerned employee retired one day before the denial of benefit. he is subjected to huge loss in pension & other terminal benefits.
In view of the above it is requested that the employees who have completed 10 years or 20/30 years on the date of their retirement may be granted MACP benefit on the last working day relaxing the relevant provisions in the MACP Scheme.
7. Payment of equal pay to equal work to the workers/employees engaged in all Govt. Offices either through contractors or directly as daily rated/contingent/casual workers as per the direction of the Supreme court.
Hon’ble supreme court delivered a judgement in the civil appeal No.213 of 2013 in the case of State of punjab Vs.jagjit singh and others citing the obligation of the Government of India to abide by the International covenant on Economic, social and cultural rights, 1966 to which the central government is a signatory.
Quoting the provisions under Article 7 of the covenant viz. (a) Remuneration which provides all workers as a minimum wages & equal remuneration for equal work (b) Safe and healthy working conditions; (c) Equal opportunities for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no consideration other than those of seniority and competence & (d) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodical holidays with pay as well as remuneration for public holidays and various previous rulings and judgements of the Court under Article 141 of the constitution, Hon’ble supreme Court directed the State of Punjab to provide equal pay for equal work to all daily wage employees, ad-hoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like. concludingly, Court has decided that all such employees are entitled for wages at the minimum of the pay scale.
Staff Side therefore requests the Government to issue explicit instructions that the employees/workers engaged on casual/contingent/temporary/daily rated basis including those through contractors are given the rate of the minimum of the lowest pay scale and a scheme for regularization of such appointees is drawn so that these employees would be absorbed as permanent workers over a period of time.
8. Revision of Ex-gratin to CPF/SRPF retirees.
In acceptance of the demand of the Staff Side at the National council, .JCM, ex-gratia payments were made to the CPF/SRPF retirees. These rates fixed in 1988 were revised on 1.11.1997 and again from 2006. Presently the rates are as under:
Group ‘A’ Rs.3000/-
Group ‘B’ Rs.1000/-
Group ‘C’ Rs. 750/-
Group ‘D’ Rs. 650/-
Taking into account the fact that pay and pension were revised on the basis of the 7th CPC’s recommendation, a revision of rates of the ex-gratia to the CPF/SRPF retirees whose number is dwindling every day is warranted. Staff Side therefore requests that the rates may be appropriately revised applying the very same rationale adopted in the case of civil pensioners.
9. Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing the Dearness Allowance.
For the sake of easy computation of DA the practice of ignoring the fraction was initiated. The quantum loss to the beneficiaries in the beginning was meager. Now that the administrative difficulties which prompted for ignoring the fraction has been greatly eased due to computerization and taking into account the loss for six months is no more meager, it is necessary that the practice is dispensed with. For example, the next instalment of DA is likely to be 2.95% whereas the orders would be issued for grant of only 2%. In the case of an employee, whose basic pay is Rs.50,000, the loss per month in that case would be Rs.475/-. It is pertinent to mention in this connection that in the case of Bank employees, the practice of ignoring the fraction is not followed. Staff Side therefore requests that the DA hereafter be computed without ignoring the fraction.
10. Include unmarried/widow/divorcee sister in the definition of family for family pension.
The scope of Family pension under Rule 52 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was extended to the dependent disabled siblings (brother and sister) of Central Government servant/pensioners vide DOP&PW 0.1. No.1/15/2008-P&PW(E) dated 17th August, 2009. There are cases wherein an employee/pensioner remains unmarried and leaves behind dependent unmarried/widow/divorcee sister/sisters. Though cases of such types may be few and far between, nonetheless, such hapless ladies need to be taken care by the Government lest they should be left to fend for themselves, after the death of Government Servant/pensioner on whom they were fully dependent before his/her death. We request to include dependent unmarried/widow/divorcee sister/sisters in the definition of family for the purpose of family pension.
11. Removal of conditions of being at the “Headquarters” for a few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance.
In regard to the grant of Transport Allowance to Government Employees it was pointed out that in many organizations viz. Central Ground Water Board, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Postal workers and Indian Audit and Accounts Department etc., the employees are required to be in field formations on duty for months together. Because of the condition stipulated that the employees must be at the Headquarters for certain number of days in a month, many of them are denied transport allowance as the exigencies of work entrusted to them make them to be away from liquors for months together. The denial is, therefore, a double punishment in as much they are to be away from their family and also are asked to bear the financial loss due to the denial of transport allowance. This apart, once the Transport allowance is denied they automatically do not become entitled for City Compensatory allowance also. Staff Side therefore requests that this condition may be removed for the grant of Transport Allowance.
12. Transport allowance in the case of Physically handicapped person at the double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave. To be dispensed with.
Transport allowance is admissible for physically handicapped persons at the double the rates as per the extant instructions on the subject. This is provided for the reason that the physically handicapped person has to take the help of another person to travel and reach the office. However, if the physically handicapped person is on leave (EL, HPL etc.) proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper is deducted. Normally transport allowance is denied only when a person is on Earned leave for a period exceeding one month. There appears to be no rationale to deduct the proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper in the case of physically handicapped person. Either a clarification may be issued to dispense with the practice if the same has been initiated by the Zonal Accounts Officers on an interpretation of the rules. If the pertinent rule itself has to be amended, the same may be done as no helper can be asked that he must suffer and sacrifice the allowance because the physically handicapped persons for some domestic reason could not go to office on a particular day in a month.
13. Counting full service of Temporary Casual Labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits in Railways – reg.
The Staff Side had discussed its demand for counting full service of temporary status of casual labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits at the level of Railway Ministry. Consequently, the Railway Ministry had agreed and accordingly proposal was sent to the Ministry of Finance and DoP&T seeking clearance. Unfortunately, the MoF/DoP&T have not accorded approval.
(a) The Casual Labourers in Railways had attained temporary status on completion of prescribed days of continuous working and got the benefits admissible to temporary Railway/Government employees such as regular Pay Scale, Medical facility etc.,
(b) The Railway Administrations have however taken abnormally long periods to absorb them as regular staff although regular posts were vacant.
(C) The status of casual labourers in railways after acquiring temporary status (termed as Temporary employees) is exactly similar to the substitutes in whose case, the total service from the date of attainment of temporary status is counted tar reckoning qualifying service for pensioner benefits,
(d) Various CATS, High Courts and even the Apex Court have given decisions against the differential treatment between the casual labour and substitutes particularly when both attained temporary status and directed to treat them at par so far as reckoning the service from the date of temporary status till the date of regularization for pensioner benefits etc.,
(e) The SLPs filed by the Union of India before the Apex Court in a few cases of casual labourers were dismissed and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed the Union of India to calculate Pension and other retrial benefits payable to the retiring/retired employees, taking into account the 100% temporary status service.
Staff Side therefore requests to consider the above valid points and accord approval for counting total temporary status service of Casual Labourers for pensionary benefits in Railways.
14. Ensure Parity in Pay Scale of All Stenographers, Assistants and Ministerial Staff in Subordinate Offices and in IA&AD & Organized Accounts Cadres with Central Secretariat Staff by upgrading their Pay Scales.
The question of parity, as has been rightly pointed out by 7th CPC, is a settled matter. It is the Department of Personnel which is the Cadre Controlling department of Central Secretariat Cadre that unsettle the parity every time. What is required is to grant higher pay scale at par with Ministerial and Stenographer cadres of Central Secretariat and the similarly placed cadres in the field and subordinate offices and lA&AD & Organized Accounts cadre.
15. Counting of Pre-appointment induction training period as qualifying service for grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme.
As per MAP orders “service rendered on ad-hoc contract basis before regular appointment on pre appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning as qualifying service for financial up-gradation under MACPS”. It is requested that pre-appointment induction training period followed by regular appointment may be reckoned as qualifying service for grant of MACP, as it is already counted as qualifying service for the purpose of increment.
16. Enhancement of Bonus Ceiling Limit of Casual Labourers consequent on enhancement of Bonus Calculation Ceiling of Central Government Employees.
At present, casual labourers are paid Rs,12001- as maximum bonus. This amount was fixed when the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees was enhanced to Rs.35001-. As the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees is enhanced to Rs.7000/-, it is requested that the ceiling of casual labourers may also be enhanced.
17. Grant of Corresponding 7th CPC Pay Scale to those officials who are appointed on compassionate grounds and drawing pre-revised pay )with out grade pay) for want of matriculation qualification.
As per DOP&T orders, those compassionate appointment candidates who do not posses 10th Standard qualification are to be appointed in the minimum pay scale (without grade pay) till they acquire 10th standard qualification. The minimum pay of such candidates fixed as per 6th CPC pay scale is yet to be revised. Action may be taken to revise the minimum pay as per 7th CPC recommendations.
18. Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations – Upward revision of pay scales of various categories.
The VII CPC has recommended up-graded pay scales to certain specific categories of the Railway Staff, but regrettably the matter stands referred to the DOP&T (GOI), for taking a comprehensive view in the matter.
The categories which have been recommended up-graded pay scales are appended below:-
|S.No.||Post||Relevant Para of 7th CPC Report||VI CPC Grade Pay||Grade Pay recommended by 7th CPC|
|1||SSO (ACs)/Sr. Traveling Inspector (A/Cs)/Sr.Inspector (stores A/cs)||11.40.83||Rs.4800||Rs.5400 (PB-II)|
|2||Chemical & Metallurgical Asstt.||11.40.124||Rs.4200||Rs.4600|
|3||Chemical & Metallurgical Supdt.||11.40.124||Rs.4600||Rs.4800|
|4||Asstt. Chemist & Metallurgist||11.40.124||Rs.4800||Rs.5400 (PB-II)|
It may be appreciated that, 7th CPC has recommended above mentioned upgrade pay scales to these categories of staff after examining in detail their recruitment qualifications, nature of duties and vertical and horizontal relativity, while these recommendations of 7th CPC should have been implemented by the Ministry of Railways without any reference to DOP&T (GOI), but the same were referred to DOP&T for taking a view.
since sufficient time has already been elapsed, it is urged that, necessary reply of the DOP&T in regard to the above should be communicated to the Ministry of Railways, so that these recommendations of 7th CPC are implemented in the Railways without any further delay.
19. Acute shortage of doctors in the Railways – Failure of the UPSC to send doctors in the Railways.
The patients visiting to Railway Hospitals and dispensaries are a dejected lot as there is acute shortage of staff and doctors. The hospitals and dispensaries are running inadequate strength of doctors against the sanctioned strength. Railway hospitals have a barren look as the treatment centre, meant for providing medical service to departmental staff and their family members, miserably fails to serve its purpose due to acute shortage of doctors. The situation is worsening day by day.
As against the large number of doctors recruited through UPSC for the Indian Railways, only a few are joining for the reason that they are not getting their choice place of posting. They are also not able to do their higher studies for which they often leave their jobs. Govt, of India should formulate policy in this regard. UPSC should also recruit specialist Doctors as per policy for the Indian Railways for up-gradation of health services over the Indian Railways. Possibilities should also be explored by the Government to have their dedicated Medical colleges on the Indian Railways, so that after training they could be retained for the Railways as is being done by the AFMC, Pune.
20. Implementation of pay scales recommended by the VII CPC in case of several common categories.
The 7th CPC in Chapter 7.7 of its recommendations have recommended specific pay scales for certain “Common Categories”. Pay Scale recommended for Medical Laboratory Staff have been specifically dealt under Para 7.7.25 to 7.7.30 of 7th CPC Report. Government of India have already accepted these recommendations of the VII CPC and the same are to be implemented by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board). There appears to be some confusion prevailing on this issue in regard to implementation of these recommendations of the VII CPC in respect of Medical Laboratory Staff.
staff Side, therefore, desires that the pay scales and nomenclature of the revised posts of Medical Laboratory Staff, as recommended by the VII CPC under Para 7.7.29 of Chapter VII, be implemented w.e.f 1.1.2016 with all Consequential benefits as deep sense of frustration is prevailing among these staff who are fully engaged in pathological investigation of the railway patients for their proper diagnosis.
21. Recommendations of the VII CPC on the Allowances.
i) The VII CPC under Para 11.40.50 (Page No.738 of the report) has recommended special train controllers allowance of Rs.5,000 p.m. to the Train Controllers.
ii) Under Para 8.10.75 (Cell Name: R3H2) of their report, the VII CPC has recommended for RHA of Rs.2,700 p.m. to Track Maintainers/Trackmen./
iii) Special Running Staff Allowance (Para 11.40.62, Page No.740 of the VII CPC Report).
Loco pilot (Mail & Express ) Rs.2,250 p.m
Motormen Loco pilot (Passenger) Rs.1,125 p.m
Loco Pilot (Goods) Rs. 750 p.m
Guard (Mail & Express) Rs.1,125 p.m
Guard (Passenger) Rs. 750 p.m.
As per VII CPC report, Dearness Allowance will be payable on this allowance. This allowance also be extended to Loco shunter, guard (Goods) and Asstt. Loco pilot.
Additional Allowance, so paid to Running Staff,be counted for the purpose of pensionary benefits.
Affiliates are advised to circulate the above issues among cadres and also convey inpurs on each item which may be useful for discussion in the standing committee meeting of NC/JCM.
7th CPC: Strike call by nurses federation over pay hike
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-4434
Strike call by nurses federation over pay hike
4434 . Shri Dilipbhai Pandya
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that All India Nursing Federation has been demanding for revision of their pay scales and a hike in allowances, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether Government has taken any decision on their demands; and
(c) the steps being taken by Government to appease the unions of nurses and persuade them to call off their strike?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE)
(a) & (b): Yes. Like other Federations/Union, All India Nursing Federation (AIGNF) is demanding better pay and allowances to the Nursing Personnel. Their demands on various allowances such as Nursing allowance, Uniform & Washing allowance, Special Area Allowance etc. payable to Nurses and inclusion in the risk matrix as allowed by 7th CPC to various categories of Government servants has been referred to the Committee on Allowances comprising Finance Secretary & Secretary( Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members.
(c): Consultations/persuasion always made with the representatives of the Union/Federation to avoid strike.
Source: RAJYA SABHA
URGENT / IMPORTANT
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE
MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI
ON 23.05.2017 (TUESDAY 12 AM TO 04 PM)
NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATION AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES ON SAME DAY
MORE THAN 2000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROTEST DHARNA.
Demanding Honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers including Finance Minister, settle the charter of demands submitted by Confederation, increase minimum pay and fitment formula, payment of revised allowances including HRA w.e.f 01.01.2016, implementation of option – I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC, Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme and bring all employees appointed after 01.01.2004 under the purview of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, Grant Civil Servant Status and revise the wages and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks, regularise all casual and contract workers, Revise pension of autonomous body pensioners and grant dearness relief due from 01.07.2016, withdraw “Very good” bench mark condition for MACP etc.
2nd PHASE OF AGITATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS
IN FRONT OF MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY DURING LUNCH HOUR ON 22.06.2017 (THURSDAY)
All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees & pensioners in the above two programmes. Detailed circular will be issued shortly.
7th Pay Commission impact on Medical Institutes
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5682
ANSWERED ON: 07.04.2017
Pay Commission Impact on Medical Institutes
Will the Minister of
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the medical institutes have expressed their inability to comply with the Government’s circular to generate 30 per cent of the additional financial impact incurred on implementing the Seventh Pay Commission;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government thereto; and
(c) the corrective steps proposed to be taken up by the Government in this regard?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE)
(a) to (c): Government has not put any mandatory condition on Medical Institutes to generate 30% of the additional financial impact incurred on implementing the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Most Medical Institutes have expressed inability to meet 30% of the additional financial impact. Therefore, the Ministry has submitted 13 proposals so far to Ministry of Finance for relaxation in the condition to bear 30% of additional financial impact.
7th Pay Commission: After higher allowances and pensions, NJCA to negotiate minimum salary of Central Government Employees
7th Pay Commission: After higher allowances and pensions, NJCA to negotiate minimum salary of Central Govt employees
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is leading the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of Central Government employees, has not boycotted the issue of minimum salaries. Speaking to India.com, NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra reiterated that the issue would be raised by National Council (staff side) after the anomalies related to allowances and pensions get settled.
“Minimum salary is an important issue. We will surely negotiate it with the Government. Once the matter pertaining to allowances and pensions gets settled, the NJCA will raise it,” Shiv Gopal Mishra said.
As per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, the minimum salaries of Central Government employees was hiked from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The fitment factor used by Justice AK Mathur-led 7th pay panel was 2.57. The NJCA has demanded the Government to upgrade the fitment factor to at least 3.68, in order to revise the minimum salaries to Rs 26,000.
The Confederation of Central Government employees has also demanded the Government to raise the minimum salaries to Rs 26,000, along with the regularisation of contractual employees.
The issue of minimum salary was one of the key agenda laid before NJCA before the Government in July 2016, when they had threatened a mass strike. Nearly 33 lakh Central Government employees were expected to participate in the indefinite strike which was scheduled to begin from July 11. However, after receiving assurance from Centre, the NJCA was compelled to retract their mass agitation.
No indication has been given from the Government so far regarding the upgradation of minimum salary using a fitment factor of 3.68. According to experts, Centre could adopt a middle road by using a fitment factor of anything between 2.86 to 3.15. The minimum salary, thereby, could be increased between Rs 19,000 to 22,020. However, no official confirmation regarding the same has been received.
The utmost target for NJCA, before the hike in minimum salary, is the implementation of higher allowances. Due to anomalies raised by unions in July, only the basic component of salary was raised for Central Government employees. The hike in allowances was awaited as Centre formed a committee under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the demands raised by unions.
Source : india.com
7th Central Pay Commission: Resolving Anomalies in Disability Pension
The concerns raised by the Armed Forces with regard to disability pension in the 7th Pay Commission are being addressed. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-
The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post 6th CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:
Rate per month (INR)
10 and above
|Honorary Commissioned Officers|
|Subedar Majors / Equivalents||
6 to 9
|Subedar / Equivalents|
|Naib Subedar / Equivalents|
|Havildar / Equivalents||
5 and below
|Naik / Equivalents|
|Sepoy / Equivalents|
The above recommendation has been accepted and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.
The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee. The disability element which was being paid as on 31.12.2015 will, however continue to be paid till decision on the recommendations of Anomaly Committee is taken by the Government.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today.
Pay fixation of SCS/Non-SCS officers promoted to IAS subsequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations
Pay fixation of SCS/Non-SCS officers promoted to IAS subsequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, Dated the 7th April, 2017
THE CHIEF SECRETARIES OF ALL STATES/UTS
Subject: Pay fixation of SCS/Non-SCS officers promoted to IAS subsequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations-reg.
In accordance with the provisions contained in Schedule 1 of the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 2016, the initial pay of a promoted officer or an officer appointed by selection, as the case may be, shall be fixed after grant of an increment at the stage of the senior scale next above his actual pay provided that if such stage of pay happens to be common to different components of the Senior Scale, pay shall be fixed in the lower or the lowest component, as the case may be, of the Senior Scale.
2.The Rule 5(6) of IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016 provides for the fixation of pay of a Member of Service on promotion to Selection Grade (Level -13) of Pay Matrix by adding one increment in the Level-12 of the Pay Matrix and two additional increments in the Level 13 to which he is promoted. Rule 5 (5) of IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016 provides that the pay of a member of the Service in the Senior Time Scale shall, on promotion to the junior Administrative Grade, be fixed in Level 12 of the Pay Matrix.
3.Subsequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, queries have been raised by various State Governments on the following issues:
(a) Regulation of increments on actual promotion of officers to JAG/Selection Grade when pay was fixed initially in PB-4 (GP 8700) to protect the pay drawn in the State Civil Service.
(b) Fixation of pay officers who were promoted to IAS in Senior Time Scale/Junior Administrative Grade after 01.01.2016.
4.In this regard, it is clarified in respect of para 3(a) and in view of the extant provision of Rule 5(6) of IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016, the two additional increments due to MoS inducted into the IAS and on actual promotion to the Selection grade/JAG cannot be denied due to pay being initially fixed in the Selection grade/IAG. In such cases, the State Government may kindly ensure that the pay of these officers on actual promotion to JAG/Selection Grade are re- fixed (only for the purpose of fixing pay on promotion) at Level 11/12 of the Pay Matrix as per current pay drawn and given one increment in the junior Scale and thereafter two additional increments shall be allowed at the Level to which the officer has been promoted.
5.In respect of para 3(b), the initial pay of an officer inducted into the IAS shall be fixed in he respective level of the Senior Scale i.e. Level 11, 12 or 13 based on the year of allotment in the IAS. However, the pay drawn in the state civil services will be protected in the concerned Level. An illustration of pay fixation of an officer inducted in IAS is given below:
Mr. X who is drawing pay at Rs, 48920 (Rs.40220 (pay in the pay band + Rs.8700 (GP) is inducted.to IAS on 04.03.2016. He is allotted 2010 batch. The pay on induction to IAS would be fixed as under:
|1||Last Pay drawn by the officer in the State as on 04.03.2016)||Rs.48920 (Rs.40220 (pay in the pay band + Rs.8700 GP|
|2||Date of promotion in IAS||04.03.2016|
|3||Year of allotment||2010|
|4||Pay fixation in IAS as on (04.03.2016) as per 7th CPC [The officer has the option either to get the pay fixed from the date of promotion or from the date of annual increment).||Rs.48920 X 2.57 =125725. Equivalent stage available at Level 11 is 126300/-. After grant of one increment his pay is fixed at 130100/- (Since the officer has been allotted 2010 batch he is eligible for pay fixation at Senior Time Scale (Level 11 The pay of the officer has also been simultaneously protected.|
|5||Pay fixed in IAS||Rs.130100 at Level 11 in the Pay Matrix|
|6||Date of next increment||01.01.2017 or 01.07.2017 ( as per the option exercised by the officer in terms of Rule 6 of IAS Pay Rules, 2016.|
6.The Rule 6 of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 provides for exercise of option of fixation of pay by the officers as under:
“….any member of Service may opt to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next of any subsequent increment in the existing pay structure or until he vacates his post or ceases to draw pay in that pay structure …further in cases where a member of the Service has been placed in a higher scale between the lst Ianuary, 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the member of Service may opt to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.”
7.All the State Governments are requested to adhere/comply with the aforesaid instructions while fixing the pay of promoted IAS officers.
8.This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Seventh Central Pay Commission Allowances
The 7th CPC recommended an increase in house rent allowance (HRA) of 8-24 per cent of basic pay.
The higher HRA would have a direct and immediate impact on headline CPI through an increase in housing inflation.
Assuming a rate of increase in the HRA as proposed by the 7th CPC is implemented from early 2017-18 onwards and the State Governments implement a similar order of increase with a lag of one quarter,CPI inflation could be 100-150 bps higher than the baseline for 2017-18.
The HRA impact on inflation is expected to persist for 6-8 quarters, with the peak effect occurring around 3-4 quarters from implementation. In addition, indirect effects could occur from elevated inflation expectations.
7th CPC Allowance Committee Report – Next Cabinet approval sought
Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 6th April, 2017
Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@ gmail .com
Dated: April 7, 2017
All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),
Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances
As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week’s time.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Non-payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016-reg
Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
The Member Staff,
The Financial Commissioner (Railways),
Sub: Non-payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016-reg.
Complaints are being received quite frequently from the Zonal Railways that the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016 have not yet been paid pensionary dues duly adding 55% to their 7th CPC Pay Matrix. It is further learnt that due to IPAS problems, almost on all the Zonal Railways, revised pensionary benefits have not been paid and the Administration has also not taken initiatives to solve the technical problem in co-ordination with the CRIS.
NFIR requests kind intervention in the matter so as to see that the retired Running Staff (from 01/01/2016 onwards) are paid retiral benefits duly reckoning 55% of pay as part of 7th CPC pay. Incidentally, Federation also conveys that all those retired Running Staff are entitled for pension arrears on revision of their present pension with the 55% addition of pay element.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Board (MS & FC) to take immediate action in resolving this issue in co-ordination with CRIS.
Action taken in the matter may kindly be advised to the Federation in due course.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated 30.03.2017
Sub: Non-Payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01.01.2016.
Please find enclosed NFIR’s letter no.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VII dated 15.03.2017 on the above subject which is self explanatory.
It is requested to kindly examine the same for taking further action in consultation with CRIS under intimation to Board’s Office.
DA: As above
joint Director Accounts