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Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh discusses Insurance and Pension related issues with Dr Jitendra Singh

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Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh discusses Insurance and Pension related issues with Dr Jitendra Singh

14 MAY 2018

A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), represented by its Pratiraksha (Industrial) unit called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and discussed wide range of issues related to Central Government employees, including Insurance, Pension, promotions and other matters.

In a memorandum presented to the Minister, the delegation submitted that the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme was notified on 1st November 1980 and came into effect from 1st January 1982. The scheme is intended to provide Central Government employees, at a low cost, on a wholly contributory and self-financing basis, the twin benefits of an insurance cover to their families in the event of death in service and a lump-sum payment to augment their financial sources on retirement. However, the BMS demands that the government should immediately notify the customized Group Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees with low premium and high risk cover.

The memorandum also expressed discontentment of a section of employees for being left out from the provision of minimum guaranteed pension under National Pension Scheme (NPS). It requested that a minimum pension be guaranteed equivalent to 50% of the employee’s last drawn Basic Pay plus Dearness Relief for neutralization of price rise.

Among other issues raised by the delegation was the demand for one-time relaxation for compassionate appointments. This has become important because a large number of wards are waiting for their appointment on compassionate grounds to look after their family.

The delegation also demanded the framing of an appropriate transfer policy in all cadres in favour of single woman/single mother employees. They requested that whenever such women are given postings, it should be mandatorily ensured that they are placed at stations closest to their hometown or the place of their choice.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that he will direct the DoPT to process the issues related to them, while other issues related to other Ministries will be referred for the perusal and views of the respective Ministries.

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Budget disappointing for the Labour – Press Statement Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS)

Budget disappointing for the Labour – Press Statement Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS)

Ref-BMS/D-20/37/2018

Dated-01-02-2018

Press statement issued by Sri Virjesh Upadhyay , General Secretary, BMS on 1st February 2018.

Budget disappointing for the Labour – BMS to hold countrywide demonstrations on 2nd February

Even though today’s budget for the first time has given more thrust to rural development, agriculture, health, infrastructure etc., it has totally neglected the woes of labour. Anganwadi workers, ASHA karmis and other scheme workers who belong to the poorest paid workers appointed under the Central Government have nothing as relief in the budget. Middle class employees are unhappy with no increase in their ceiling for tax exemption; at the same time the cess on income tax is increased from 3% to 4%. This was done at a time when the budget claimes 41% increase in the tax payers’ net.

Moreover the Government treasury has been hugely benefitted by the new GST regime, demonetization and digitalized bank transactions. Now there is a system by which last paise to be paid as direct or indirect tax will reach the Govt. treasury.

 

The unorganized sector workers’ Social security fund is also not given any support in the budget. Budget says the women employees need to pay only 8% contribution to EPF in startups. The increase in take home salary for women will reduce 16% of their future savings in the EPF when they leave their establishment within few years. The burden of merger of Insurance Companies also will be on the workers, and there is no Government’s assurance on their job security, transfer, promotion etc.

 

There is also no provision for revival of viable sick CPSUs, instead the Government is focusing its attention on Strategic sale of 24PSUs; increase in EPF pension from the current Rs.1000/- and budget allocation for cess withdraw from 9 labour welfare funds. Budget also omitted to increase allocation for MGNREGA so that it can increase the wage and number of working days.

 

Budget unilaterally announces fixed term employment to be extended to all employment. All labour related changes in law has to be discussed in the tripartite forum and then finalized. Now the draft notification on fixed term employment issued on 8th January is pending consultation with trade unions. In the meanwhile it is totally unfair on the part of Government to unilaterally announce it in Budget.

 

All these shows the total neglect of Government on labour. It is a labour unfriendly budget.

 

Hence, BMS decided to protest against Budget. It directs all its units to hold demonstrations demanding review on budget proposals.

 

its future course on unsettled issues related to labour will be decided in the coming National Executive Committee meeting to be held on 6-8 February .

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Virjesh Upadhyay)
General Secretary

Source: Confederation

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12 Point Charter of Demands: Meeting of Labour & Employment Minister with Central Trade Union Organizations

Meeting of Labour & Employment Minister with Central Trade Union Organizations on 12 Point Charter of Demands

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment(Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar met the representative of all Central Trade Unions in Shram Shakti Bhawan on 7th November 2017 to discuss the issues raised in 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs. The meeting was attended by representatives of major Central Trade Unions including BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and NFITU as well as Secretary, Labour and Employment Mrs. Sathiyavathy and other the senior officers of the Ministry. 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs inter alia raises issues of minimum wages, price rise, unemployment, disinvestment, universal social security, compulsory registration of trade unions, increase in minimum pension under EPFO and strict compliance and enforcement of labour laws. The Minister said that the Government has highest regard for the consultative process and he is committed to uphold it. He referred to the calls for nation-wide demonstrations on 9th-10th and 17th November by the CTUOs and BMS respectively and appealed the Trade Unions to rather engage in the constructive discussions on each of the issue raised by them.

Minister said that the Government and the Ministry of Labour and Employment has consistently and continuously taken pro-labour decisions and initiatives. He talked about initiatives like simultaneous increase in Minimum wages, the provision for National Floor Level Minimum wages in the proposed Labour Code on Wages. The Bonus Amendment Act, the decision to enhance Minimum pension to Rs. 1000/- as well as the other initiatives taken by other Ministries.

Trade Union representatives primarily demanded the Government to address the issues of enhancing Minimum Pension to Rs. 3000/- as well as Minimum Wages. They also talked at length about the issues related to enforcement of labour laws, and social security for unorganized workers including growing contractualization.

A presentation was also made by the Ministry to present an updated status on the 12 demands raised by the CTUOs.

Addressing the Media persons the Minister expressed hope that the talks with the Trade Union Representatives was positive and it was done in a cordial atmosphere. He appealed to the Trade Unions to call off the proposed Dharna.

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Central trade unions will announce one-day nationwide strike on September 2

Central trade unions will announce one-day nationwide strike on September 2 to protest against government’s unilateral labour reforms and “anti-workers” policies.

 

However, the RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to opt out of the proposed strike on September 2.

 

“The central trade unions have reached a consensus to go on a day-long nationwide general strike on September 2, 2016 to protest against government’s unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies,” a source said.

 

The source, however, said, “BMS will not participate in the strike and thus will not sign the joint declaration to be unveiled at the National Convention of Central Trade Unions tomorrow.”

The unions had gone on a strike on September 2 last year also to protest against the amendments in labour laws by the Centre as well as state governments, saying their 12-point charter of demands was not paid heed.

 

The leaders of the central trade unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF would participate in their national convention tomorrow.

 

Unions have been opposing certain proposed labour law amendments which allow hire and fire, make it tougher to make labour unions and dilute existing social security net available to the workers at different fora.

Under the proposed Industrial Relations Code Bill 2015, the employers with up to 300 workers would not require government permission for retrenchment, lay off and closure.

 

Similarly, there is small factories bill which seek to exempt units with less than 40 workers from 14 labour laws.

 

These units will be able to buy provident fund and health insurance products for their workers from open market. Thus they would not be requried to subscribe to social security schemes run by EPFO and ESIC.

Last year, the government had formed an inter-ministerial panel headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to hold “threadbare discussions” with representatives of unions on their 10-point charter of demands and other issues raised for recommending measures to address those issues.

 

However, after few rounds of meeting with the trade unions to resolve issues, the panel has not discussed any issue with them after September 2 strike last year.

 

The ten unions to meet tomorrow, claim a combined membership of 15 crore workers in public as well as private sector enterprises including banks and insurance companies.

 

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Submitted a memorandum for correcting the negative and unwanted recommendations of 7th CPC -BPEF

Submitted a memorandum for correcting the negative and unwanted recommendations of 7th CPC -BPEF

BHARATIYA POSTAL EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
BPEF & GENC ( Affiliated to BMS)

MEMORANDUM

GENC/7th C.P.C./Examination/ Recommendation /2015

Dated: 10-12-2015

To
Shri Jitender Singh Ji
Hon’ble Minister of MOS
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pension
Govt. of India
New Delhi – 110 001

Sub: Suggestion over various negative recommendations of 7th C.P.C. to Govt of India for correction of the same to the advantage of Employees and for the sake of constitutional provisions. –regarding..

Respected Sir,

The Government Employees National Confederation studied the report containing the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission and observed that although there are some positive recommendation in it but also there are several instances came to notice the sprit and promises made by Chairman Shri A.K. Mathur as mentioned in para 1.29 that Govt. services are not merely only contract but is a status and employees expect fair treatment from the Govt. are not reflected in the recommendations properly. Some recommendations are negative to extent that they went against the constitutional rights of the employees. Few of them are :

(1) It tried to rationalize the Pay structure by devising “Index of Rationalization “but ended with several unwanted discrepancies.

(2) It is the fact that the Allowances were allowed by Departments as per their operational & administrative needs, but 7th C.P.C. on its own initiative has declared them “outlived their utility “and recommended for their discontinuance.

(3) Vide para 1.17 it expresses its views that status in society due to becoming a Govt. employee cannot be monetized. The commission has erred in considering the fact that the status requires money to maintain it. It wrongly computed consumption units of a normative family as per present policies towards women, Children and senior parents and, therefore, could not arrive at correct minimum salary demanded.

(4) It says that the concept of Grade Pay and pay Band has been done away and all grade pay at all levels has been subsumed into the pay matrix but has also done away with the promotional benefit of difference of Grade pay provided earlier on promotion and restricted itself to recommend only 3% increment on promotion.

(5) Vide para 9.1.1 it remarked that with increased salary packages these advances have lost their relevance and recommended that all 12 interest free advances like Medical, LTC, Cycle etc. should be abolished without considering its validly to the employees, its family and the Govt. policies towards extension of these advances.

(6) By recommending increase in bench mark to “very good” for grant of MACPS benefits and recommending stoppage of further increment for not attaining it depicts criminal action over the employees for his no fault .

G.E.N.C. suggestions

  1. Deficiency in PAY MATRIX

Although the intentions and promises made in Para 5.1.1 of 7th CP.C. are “simplification and rationalization” ,the 7th C.P.C. has wrongly taken up the entry pay for each grade pay devised by 6th CPC as the basis of rationalization and a “ index of renationalization” have been formed which is , for PB-I it is 2.57, for PB-2 it is s 2.62 , for PB-3 it is 2.67. It is amazing that at one hand 7th CPC says that the entry pay designed by 6th C.P.C. was disproportionate and on other hand chooses same for future rationalization in the form of recommended pay matrix.

Therefore, the G.E.N.C makes question that how a disproportionate entry pay, after going through process of rationalization through Index of rationalization .

  1. Will produce equidistant levels as promised ?
  2.  Will produce a judicious and caring horizontal matrix of entry pay of each level containing the exact compensation to Qualification, skill set required as well as increasing roles and responsibilities at each step of level?
  3. Will produce Proportionate increase in quantum of pay as promised in para 5.1.19?
  4. Will produce Levels, as status determiner as mentioned in para 5.1.18?
  5. Will Satisfy holistic approach of 7th pay commission towards salaries allowances and other perquisites of compensation structure at each level as promised in para 1.18.

In view of all above questions, the G.E.N.C. is proposing following modification while devising New pay matrix

(a) The Index of rationalization may be 15% enhancement in each 18 levels starting from G.P. 1800 and moving up to PB-3 onward instead of proposed disproportionate Index of rationalization of 7th C.P.C.

(b) After devising Pay matrix as above, the Post existing is G.P. 1900 may be merged with G.P. 2000 and similarly G.P. of 2400 may be merged with G.P. of 2800 as a provision of rationalization of Grade Pay in General. This method has been recommended by 7th C.P.C. to general commercial cadre existing in Ministry of Railways.

By 7th CPC

By G.E.N.C

G.P. Group of posts Quantum of Entry .Pay. Proposed by 7th CPC Percentage increase in pay with respect of previous  level Quantum of Entry .Pay. Proposed  by GENC Percentage increase  in pay with respect of   previous level
1800   C       18000 18000     –
1900   C       19900 10.5% 21000    15%-
2000   C       21700   9% 24150   15%
2400   C       25500 17% 27772   15%
2800   C       29200 12% 31937   15%
4200   B       35400 21% 36727   15%
4600   B       44900 26% 42236   15%
4800   B       47600 6% 48671 15%
5400 PB-II   B       53100 11.55% 55911 15%
5400 PB-III   A 56100 5.6% 64366 15%

For others level the same method can be adopted , if deemed fit. The GENC has taken up this rationalization up to cadre in which direct recruitment takes place.

2.MINIMUM PAY :

The minimum pay computed by 7th CPC vide Table Annexed to Chapter 4.2 needs careful modification as below.

  1. The rates mentioned as par 4.2.8 are taken as per product prices. Here, it is to say that any consumer has to buy the products at retail prizes which are always ahead of these product prizes because of middle man profit , sales tax , VAT etc. which when combined are at least ahead by 12% of product prize.

Therefore, adding 12% of 18000 i.e. 2160 to 18000 makes minimum wage of three consumption unit Rs. 20160. On this basis, the share of one consumption unit comes out to be Rs. 6720

  1. Several initiatives from side of Govt. has come forward these years with respect to women, Children & senior parents which are necessary to be included in the consumption unit as given by Doctor aykroyd . They are

(a) Senior Citizen and parents maintenance Act 2010 which provides liability of Mother and Father over employed Sons/Daughters.

(b) Gender bias reflected in ackroyed formula in respect of women employees as well as house wife, mother is not acceptable as per Govt. policy. The provisions of full unit for these dependents are to be included in consumption unit.

(c) Full consumption unit to Children below age 14 has to be made compulsory as the present day Govt. is health sensitive, therefore, we have to consider that the quantity and prizes of commodities used by children is much higher than commodities used by adults.

(d) Dating back to First CPC the lowest entering Govt. employee was mere 5th pass but as per the recommendations of 6th CPC, accepted by Govt., the lowest employee being inducted into Govt. service is 10th pass. Therefore mental labour of this skilled employee has also to be considered and monetized.

By computing all factors mentioned in 1 and 2 above following computation from minimum wage comes out

(i) 20160 minimum wage arrived at 1 above divided by 3 makes Rs. 6720 as full unit consumption.

(ii) Employee, wife, two Children below 14, Mother, & Father makes 6 consumption unit of newly recruited MTS in the Govt. sector.

(iii) Therefore, as per (i) & (II), Rs. 6720 X6 equals to Rs. 40320

(iv) 25% of 6720 i.e. 1680 being mental labour for 10th pass MTS, has to be added to Rs. 40320 above .

(v) Therefore , Rs. 40320 + Rs.1680 equal to Rs. 42000 as minimum wage.

The Govt. may also consider and arrive at the minimum wage on the basis of NET NATIONALPER CAPITA INCOME (neutralized inflation ) data of CSO ( Central statistical organization ) which is Rs. 6175 per consumption unit.

However, keeping in view the paying capacity of employees and economic situation of newly developing country of India, the GENC is proposing Rs. 24000 as minimum wage to a newly recruited employee.

3. FITMENT BENEFIT : Fitment benefit provided by the 7th C.P.C. is 2.57 which is 14.29 % more than 2.25. equivalent to the fitment benefit provided by 2nd CPC .

The GENC, therefore, demands that it should not be less than 51% of 2.25 as provided by 6th CPC. Which comes out to be 3.42.

4. INCREMENT AT THE TIME OF PROMOTION :

The GENC intends to remind you that the employees are getting only 3% replacement benefit in new pay Matrix on promotion. Previously the employees were getting 3% benefit along with difference of grade pay on promotion.

Therefore, we suggest that:-

(i)On each promotion, one extra increment in that promotional level may be provided. OR
(ii)The pay in new pay matrix may be fixed by providing one extra increment in the concerned level.

5. ANNUAL INCREMENT RATE : The Annual increment Rate provided by previous C.P.C. were calculated when pay scale system was prevalent and age for full pension was 33 years. In worst cases an employees with 3% increment Rate can reach to maximum from minimum in 33 years.

The 6th CPC has also endorsed the concept of 3% annual increment in pay band system but has suggested full pension in 20 years . This recommendation was later on accepted by Govt. and revision in pension rules were made accordingly.

Now it was turn of 7th CPC to take into account above facts and, therefore, would have devised annual increment of 5% considering that the employee in new pay matrix will reach in 20 Years for full pension benefit . Unfortunately this has not been done.

Therefore, in order to have coordination between previous and present criterion for providing increment on the basis of pension computation, the 5% annual increment rate may be considered to devises new pay Matrix.

6. Date of Annual Increment:- With present formula that each employee completing 6 months in a year will get increment, on 1st July. The concept of 1st July of year is not adequate for those entering in the service in any month between January and June & for those retiring any of the month of the year. Therefore, the GENC proposes that both type of above employees may be provided one increment irrespective of date of entry or date of retirement. Similarly, two dates i.e. 1st January or 1st July can be made for assessing and providing annual increment.

7.With holding of Annual increment to Non performer after 20 years – increase in MACPS benchmark and introducing efficiency Bar. Vide para 5.1.46 “there is a vide spread perception that increment as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happens as a matter of course. Also, grant of MACP is taken for granted. “

These lines are totally against the promises of Shri A.K Mathur Chairman 7th CPC quoting apex court judgement in para 1.29 “ it should always born in mind that legitimate aspirations of an employee are not gullitoned and a situation is not created where hopes ends in despair. Hope for everyone is gloriously precious and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and treacherous by playing a game of chess with their seniority also vide para 1.30 it quotes that the employee should not be thought as criminal and unnecessary suspicion should not be made about him.

On availability of such sprit and promises, the bench mark “ Very good” should not be taken in a way that “average” and “good “remark are criminal activities and without any disciplinary proceeding their annual increment can be withheld. Similarly these remarks cannot declare employee a non performer. The GENC, therefore, request that the para 5.1.45 pertaining to MACPS & para 5.1.46 pertaining to efficiency Bar may not be considered for implementations. .

8.MACPS : (1) The 7th CPC has compiled the key demands received by it and quoted regarding MACPS demand in 5.1.12 (e) that the MACPS providing benefits in grade pay hierarchy, was giving in adequate benefit after long gap of 10, 20 & 30 Years and demanded that, it should be provided in promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy. Similarly, the demand for increase in the frequency of administering MACP has also came for consideration. .

In view of all above, the 7th C.P.C. restricted itself to recommend that the frequency of MACP will remain 10, 20 & 30 years but in process to provide adequate MACPS benefits , it recommended , that it will be provided in immediate next level in the hierarchy.

The GENC is trying to analyze the words immediate next level in the hierarchy and concludes that it should simply mean the immediate next level in the hierarchy existing in the department.

After going through entire recommendation it has been observed that the word hierarchy was used for hierarchy existing in the department or a cadre. In case the meaning of immediate next level in the hierarchy is level hierarchy then It can be said that 7th CPC has not done there any modification in the MACPS scheme and it only tried by deceitful and treacherous method to take away the benefit as promised.

Therefore, the GENC strongly demand that the word immediate next level in the hierarchy may be made clearer so that it may mean immediate next level in the cadre / promotional hierarchy.

(2) Similarly, recommendation of stepping up has been made by 7th CPC in its para 11.40.82 in respect of Railway Accounts for MACPS anomalies.

Therefore the GENC strongly demand that the stepping up of pay of senior for MACPS anomalies with Junior to all seniors drawing lesser pay than junior in entire Central Govt. Employees may be made. It is to remind that MACPS scheme is common to all and is not restricted to any cadre or Department.

9.House Rent Allowance: The factor of 0.8 has been introduced illogically and without any justification. This factor should be removed & H.R.A. should be to restored on the basis of Metro and Non metro classification of cities only with percentage 40 & 30 respectively .

10.CGEIS Benefit : Many banks especially corporation Bank of India is providing Insurance cover on natural death over salary account to the tune of 10 to 20 Lacks . Therefore, it is not advisable to increase the Insurance Benefit heavily and also its premium.

If saving fund is the basis of this increase in CGEIS premium then all New entrant may be allowed for G.P.F. contributions.

11. Child Care leave: This leave for all two years may be granted with full salary. Its benefit should also be extended to Male employees.

12.Medical Advances : As the terms of Children Education Allowance and Traveling Allowance were made easier , the terms of Medical Advance may also be made easier and advances up to 1 lacs amount should be allowed to be sanctioned by the Head of the office instead present 10 thousand ceiling.

13. Leave Travel Concession:- should be allowed exactly on same terms as it is presently. It is to remined that the facilities was devised to boost up the tourism Industry and also to get relief to the employees and its family from getting tired due to routine work.

14. Bonus: Bonus in all forms may be continued as it is considered as deferred wage.

15. Income Tax issues: Present limit of income tax may be enhanced to 2.57 times . All allowances of Central Govt. employees may be kept out from preview of Income tax. The Pension amount should be exempted from tax .Death cum retirement gratuity should be exempted form income tax.

16. Fitment benefits of to decide quantum of minimum pension: should be equal to minimum wage and fitment benefit of 2.57 may be increased to 3.

17. Allowances: All Allowances were devised as per requirement of existing Govt. policies and conditions of service in the Department. Therefore, any decision taken abruptly is certainly going to produce unrest. The GENC quotes certain allowances that are certainly to be restored and instead its rate should also be enhanced and rationalized.

Assisting Cashier Allowance , Caretaking Allowance , Family planning Allowance , FMC, Funeral Allowance, Ghat Allowance , Handicapped Allowance, Head quarter Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance., ,Over times Allowance, Rent free Accommodation, Risk Allowance , Training stipend , Treasurer Allowance Washing allowance , Cash Handling Allowance ., Cycle Allowance etc.

18.Compassionate Appointment: Ceiling of 5% over DR vacancies imposed over Central Govt. employees at the time of compassionate appointment may be removed and it may be made 100%

19. Gramin Dak Sewak: GENC demands that Negative recommendation of 7th C.P.C. to treat GDS a non Govt. employees to the extent that their salary may be separated from salary other regular employees being drawn from consolidated fund of India may be expunge out from recommendation of 7th C.P.C. as Department of Posts has already constituted a GDS committee to look into to all service condition and employment matters in entirety.

20. New Pension Scheme: It is to emphasis that Article 366 (17) defines Pension. On its basis AIR 1983 SC 130 held that Pension is not an exgratia payment but it is payment of past services rendered. Similarly, Supreme Court reiterated that pension is not a bounty of state. It is earned by the employees for services rendered to fall back upon after retirement. It is attached to the office it cannot be arbitrarily denied.

In a judgement in U.O.I. & others (1990) 4 SSC 207) – It was never held that both the pension retiree and PF release form a homogeneous class and that any further classification among them would be voilative of Article -14.

The 7th CPC held that under the pension scheme, the Govt. obligation begins on his retirement and then continuous till the death of employees. In Para 10.1.64 the 7th CPC quotes there is clear evidence that Govt. has progressively moved towards liberalized regime for past pensioners. The 6th CPC has provided additional pension and 7th CPC has provided one Rank one pension.

Unfortunately no promise has been made by the 7th CPC. But vide para 10.3.3 it quotes that the commission notes that the NPS is the culmination of a series of social securities and pension related reforms initiatives in India . At present OASIS has concluded that instead of defined benefit scheme for pension , the defined contribution scheme should be introduced. In NPS 40% of accumulated wealth is invested for pension purpose and 60% is paid at the time of retirement. NPS is not covered in GPF. On the death of employee 80% wealth is utilized for purchase of annuity and 20% is paid to legal heir.

7th C.P.C. Vide para 10.3. clearly speaks that uncertainty over the NPS scheme should be removed. Therefore the BPEF suggest that

1.The quantum of pension should be made equivalent to old pension scheme and this decision may be notified along with 7th C.P.C. recommendations.

2.The amount of gratuity for NPS should be made equal to old pension.

3.Family pension & other benefit to the NPS employees should be declared along with 7th CPC recommendations.

With regards and hopes for positive correction

Yours sincerely

Sd/-
( Sadhu Singh )

Source: bpefsg.blogspot.in

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Introduction of Biometric Attendance System on Indian Railways

Introduction of Biometric Attendance System on Indian Railways

As per the decision of Central Government on the newly introudction in attendance of its employees, the detailed DOPT order is enclosed here with.

Biometric Attendance System has to be implemented on Indian Railways by 26th January, 2015. An Aadbar based Biometric Attendance System has already been successfully put in place at the Railway Board office and it has been decided to replicate the same on Zonal Railways in a phased manner.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

All General Managers, Zonal Railways/
Production Units/ Metro/Kolkata,
CORE/Allahabad, DG/ RDSO & CAOs/PUs

Dated: 30-12-2014

Sub: Introduction of Biometric Attendance System on Indian Railways

As per decision of government contained in Department of Personnel & Training OM no./1013/9/2014/Estt.(A-III) dated 21st November 2014 (copy enclosed), Biometric Attendance System has to be implemented on Indian Railways by 26th January, 2015. An Aadbar based Biometric Attendance System has already been successfully put in place at the Railway Board office and it has been decided to replicate the same on Zonal Railways in a phased manner.

2. In the first phase of this project it has been decided to cover those staff working at Zonal HQ office, administrative office of Production Units, RDSO, Kolkatta Metro, CORE Allahabad and Divisional headquarter offices who do not fall under shift duty roster. Attached offices falling under the Zonal HQ and Divisional HQ offices shall not be included in the project at present.

3. A compilation of processes for implementation of AEBAS activities as compiled by C&IS Dte. of Railway Board is enclosed for guidance. Railway offices may encourage the staff to obtain Aadhar Registration numbers and also organise camps on their premises for this purpose to facilitate the process.

4. Zonal Railways and Production Units may take necessary steps to put in place an operational Biometric Attendance System at the earliest, for which devices may be procured as per standard procedure through DGS&D rate contracts. The items have been approved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY)/NIC, and come with inbuilt warranty for specific periods. The warranties as available to DeitY should be obtained by the
purchasing units as well.

5. The vendor list, specification and prices etc for procuring the devices may be obtained from the official website of National Informatics Centre Services Inc. (NICSI) by navigating through the following links :-

NICS/ (official website) –> OFFERINGS –> HARDWARE PERIPHERALS -> FINGER SCANNERS/BIOMETRICS –> AEABS PRODUCTS.

6. It is presumed that the offices chosen for introduction of Biometric attendance system in the first phase already have functional network facility. A small amount is however being sanctioned for upgrading the networking facility and contingency expenses as required.
Tele Directorate of Railway Board has made the following observations regarding networking:-

a. Wall mounted devices have provision for SIM slots. This to be used for net connectivity.

b. Railway may strengthen their existing (if available ) WLAN network utilising the networking cost provisioned for this purpose.

c. Railways to provide WLAN network, if not available, and strengthen its railnet network, if required from its own resources.

7. The following guidelines/yardsticks are being laid down for operationalizing this system.

– Overall one device for every 15 employees for every unit (Zone, PU, Division, RDSO, METRO, CORE).

– One wall mounted or PC based device for every 20 staff members (other than Head of Department/Branch Officer).

-Wall mounted and PC based device to be split in 40: 60 ratio, broadly.

– One PC based device for every HOD and above in HQ/PU/RDSO/METRO/CORE and for every Branch Officer in Division.

Iris scanners for employees who cannot use finger based device maybe installed as under:-
-5 each for old railways
-3 each for new railways and 30 big divisions.
-2 each for PUs, others and 40 small divisions.

– 20 percent variation in number of devices may be made to suit local conditions and provision may be made for spares as well.

Rs. 2.0 lacs for every old railway Zonal HQ and big divisions ( > 25000 employees) and Rs. 1.5 lacs for others, for network upgradation and other contingent expenses.

8. The introduction of Biometric attendance system does not alter in any way the provisions for late attendance and debiting of leave account and instructions issued on this subject shall apply under the new system as well. Further instructions regarding marking of attendance by staff on duty shall follow. In the meantime Railways may start procuring and installing the system and test it out for a month, before making it compulsorily functional.

9. Instructions regarding provisioning of funds and their accountal shall follow after consultation with Accounts Directorate.

Railways may in the meantime start their planning for implementation of this system.

DA: As above

sd/-
(Ragini Yechury)
Executive Director/IR

Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

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Status of Incentive Bonus to Examiners of QC in Ordnance Factories – BPMS

Status of Incentive Bonus to Examiners of QC in Ordnance Factories – BPMS
Status of Incentive for QC (OFB) Examiners
Grievance Status
Current Status : The proposal is under consideration. It being a policy issue needs time to examine threadbare. Decision will be communicated in due course.
Date of Action : 26 Jun 2014
The text of the letter is reproduced below…
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpms.org.in
REF: BPMS / MOD / 72(7/3/R)
Dated: 15.02.2014
To,
The Joint Secretary (P &C),
Department of Defence Production,
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011.
Subject: Motivation through Incentive Bonus to Examiners of QC in Ord Fys.
Respected Madam,
With due regards, your attention is invited to meeting held with your good self and BPMS reps on 12.12.2013 wherein one of the issues was raised regarding grant of incentive bonus to Examiners of Quality Control in Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories and you had assured to do the needful.
This letter is to bring to your kind notice that vide OFB letter No. 108/POLICY/TS/QCS, Dated 12.09.2012 addressed to Sr GM /GM of all Ord Fys, the then DGOF & Chairman OFB had reflected his concerns over the ‘Quality Management System in Ordnance Factories’ which needs improvement to enhance User’s confidence in our products.
In this regard, this federation vide letter no. BPMS / OFB / 72(7/3/R), dated 19.09.2012 urged the then DGOF & Chairman, OFB to give some incentive to Examiners at least on par with Maintenance workers to motivate the Examiners, to contribute their knowledge, experience cent percent to the organization.
This federation has been grateful to the OFB on considering the above in correct perspective and for inviting the comments from Sr GMs/GMs of all Ordnance Factories whether Examiners may be provided some incentives. It is learnt that almost all Sr GMs/GMs have recognized the role of Examiners and recommended to grant incentive to Examiners at least on par with Maintenance workers. Since then the matter is pending in OFB.
Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action on priority to give Incentive Bonus to Examiners of QC at least on par with Maintenance Workers to boost the morale of Examiners and remove their apathetic attitude.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Source: BPMS

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BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley

BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley
BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley – Outcome of meeting held with Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on 16.6.2014…
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
New Delhi
Dated: 16.06.2014
To,
The Office Bearers,
CEC Members, JCM (II, III) members,
Union’s President/Secretaries of B.P.M.S.
SUBJECT: – Brief of meeting held with Hon’ble Fin. & Def. Minister
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Sadar Namaskar,
It is for your kind information that our delegates S/Sri V L Nawade , Sadhu Singh, Mukesh Singh & Virendar Sharma today had a meeting with Hon’ble Finance & Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley at 1300 hrs. It was scheduled as a courtesy meeting but we invited his attention to the news articles on 100% FDI in defence sector because it was a great concern for all the stake holders. We reflected our concern vide a memorandum submitted by Shri Sadhu Singh (copy of the same is enclosed for ready reference).
Hon’ble Minister narrated how the Secretary, DIPP came to his office with the concerned minister on the same day of assuming the charge of ministry and shown the discussion paper prepared during the previous Government on 100% FDI in defence sector which he rejected at once. He has assured us that he is not in favour of 100% FDI in defence sector as neither it is required nor it is in the interest of the Nation. Not only that, he would take all the necessary steps to strengthen the existing Ordnance Factories & DPSUs but on the same time these defence installations require introspection.
Apart from above, some of the following issues were also brought to his notice which were considered by him very sympathetically and assured that appropriate action would be taken by concerned authorities:-
1. Defence installations should be exempted from 5% limit of Compassionate ground appointment and one time relaxation for all pending cases,
2. Re-draft the role of Defence (Finance) so that service matters like Recruitment Rules, Cadre Review, revival of sanctioned posts, payment of arrears, revision of allowances etc. may be settled at the earliest,
3. Judicial pronouncements may be extended to similarly placed non-petitioner employees,
4. The meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD is not being convened regularly,
5. None of the Administrative Joint Secretaries of Departments of MOD has implemented the instruction {MOD I.D. No. 1(1)/2013/D(JCM), dated 22.10.2013} on the Mechanism to provide additional meeting opportunities to Staff Side to sort out their grievances,
6. The minimum benefit under Central Government Employees Groups Insurance Scheme should be enhanced to Rs. 10 lakh,
7. Dearness Allowance should be merged with Basic Pay,
8. Scrap the New Pension Scheme and restore old Pension Scheme,
9. CSD Canteen facilities may be provided to the retired Defence Civilian Employees,
10. A separate meeting to discuss the issues related to Department of Defence Production (OFB, DGQA, DGAQA etc.).
After that we met Shri Navin Kumar Chaudhari, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Min of Defence and discussed following issues besides all the above issues;
1. Probable date of completion (PDC) on the pattern of citizen charters should be fixed for resolving the issues, for movement of file/paper from desk to desk/section in respect of issues raised by JCM/Federations and latest position should be updated in website,
2. A permanent cell of empowered officers from Min of Defence, Finance, Law, Labour, DoPT etc. should be constituted in MoD so that the Cadre Review & Recruitment Rules of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ may be revised expeditely.
3. Remove the artificial restriction of 40 days PLB for AOC, Navy, Air Force, EME & Ordnance Factories. The PLB should not be less than the Adhoc Bonus of 30 days, and all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus should be removed, JS (E) immediately called the DS (E) & DS (CP) and instructed to convene regular meetings of JCM and next meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD may be convened on 24.06.2014 in Sena Bhawan.
With regards,
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary / BPMS &
Member JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Source: www.bpms.org.in

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Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector submitted to Finance Minister – BPMS

Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector submitted to Finance Minister – BPMS  
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NATIONAL CONFEDERATION
(A CONFEDERATION OF DEFENCE, RAILWAYS, POSTAL, AUTONOMOUS BODY, CENTRAL & STATE GOVT EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATIONS) 
(A UNIT OF BHARATIYA MAZDOOR SANGH)
Ref: GENC / FDI / 01
Dated: 16.06.2014
To,
Shri Arun Jaitley ji,
Union Minister for Finance & Defence,
Government of India,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011
Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector
Respected Sir,
Government Employees National Confederation (GENC), an affiliate of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, represents the 02 crores Government employees working in Central Government, State Government and Local Bodies. It has been working since last 45 yrs for the rights and welfare of employees besides taking into consideration the progress and interest of the Nation as well.
Vide this memorandum GENC is reflecting its concern over the news article published in Time of India on 30th May, 2014 that Govt has approved 100% FDI in Defence Sector. As usual TV Channels started debate on this issue and trade unions started opposing the Govt move. Naturally, this news also created a heated debate amongst BMS Cadres because BMS/ GENC/BPMS have strongly opposed the policy of FDI in Defence Sector.
It has to remind your good self that a meeting was held with the then Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Jaswant Singh on 18.07.2001 wherein BPMS expressed its apprehension on the issue of 26% FDI in Defence Sector and explained the threats to National Security as well as the Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri stated that the apprehension of BPMS on 26% FDI in defence sector would be brought to the notice of Government of India and assured that full utilization of OFB shall be strived. Later, another meeting held with the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri ji on 22.04.2002 wherein he assured that there was no proposal for privatization/corporatization of the Ordnance Factories or any other defence establishment. The same assurance was given by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Pranab Mukherji in the meeting held on 18.09.2006. When we reflected our concern before Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri A K Antony in the meeting held on 26.06.2007 that 26% FDI allowed in the private sector (for defence equipments) was to bring technology but no foreign company had so far given technology and the Govt is going to clear for 50% FDI in defence sector, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri ji assured that this was only a proposal from the Ministry of Commerce and as far as MOD was concerned , it had not been agreed to the proposal and conveyed its disagreement to the Ministry of Commerce.
Last year (in the month of July, 2013), news articles published in print and electronic media that Government is considering the report of Arvind Mayaram Committee on removal of ceiling of FDI in Defence, Retail, Banking etc.. It agitated the defence civilians and BMS / GENC / BPMS activists burnt the effigy of committee’s recommendations countrywide.
We know that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India releases Discussion Papers on various aspects related to FDI and invites the views and suggestions on the observations made in the discussion papers. In the series of these Discussion Papers, this Paper is on ‘Foreign Direct Investment in Defence sector’.
We also keep in the mind that the views expressed in this discussion paper issued by department of Industrial Policy & Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India, should not be construed as the views of the Government. The Department hopes to generate informed discussion on the subject, so as to enable the Government to take an appropriate policy decision at an appropriate time.
But India is one of the largest users and importers of conventional defence equipment. It ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of military expenditure and most of the global defence equipment suppliers are only system integrators and they manufacture various equipment keeping in view the requirements of a particular order placed upon them. Since the companies keep on winding-up their operations and changing hands, it is virtually impossible to ensure maintenance and product support through their life cycle. This problem exists, in particular, with indigenous equipment manufactured with critical imported components. This raises the issue of the reliability of defence supplies in times of need. Contrary to above the Indian Ordnance Factories and other Defence Public Sector Undertakings are having the capabilities to repair, mordenize or upgrade the defence equipments which they are supplying through their life cycle.
Defence industry is highly technology driven and capital intensive. There is no doubt that it may take some time for domestic companies to acquire a technical edge, but we are against the accessing the technology through the modality of allowing foreign companies to set up production bases/ facilities within the country itself in the Defence sector. Manufacturing within the country, through India Inc. / Members of FICCI/CII/ASOCHEM in addition to OFB/DPSUs, with full transfer of state-of-the-art technology will be a better option than importing the equipment from abroad.
The major reason for reluctance in encouraging the Private Sector into defence production and welcome FDI in the sector is on account of concern for the Defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factories. However, it is clear that if the import continues at the present level, the role of the Defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factories would only be further marginalised. But this may be redressed by modernizing the Ordnance Factories & DPSUs and their capacities may be enhanced by removing the hindrances.
Another concern is that FDI could lead to ownership and control of firms operating in a critical and highly sensitive industry being passed on to foreign hands. Even if ownership or control does not pass on fully to the foreign investors, raising of the cap could lead to their enhanced influence and say in affairs of the company’s management. A related concern is that this could lead to an increased dependence on foreign investment, for meeting our defence needs. Taken to an extreme, this could lead to a situation where a clear relationship of dependency, in terms of foreign capital and technology, develops with regard to investment drawn from specific countries/ blocs.
There can also be concern relating to availability or reliability of supplies in times of war. The availability of maintenance and repair capability, spare parts, material and other support to keep critical systems functioning in all circumstances is a vital concern. This is related to the vital question of whether the foreign investor would continue to serve India’s defence needs in the times of war. This concern cannot be met by imposing a condition that the Government has a right to expropriate a manufacturing facility in case there is a need to do so due to the exigencies of national security, by payment of suitable compensation.
The next concern is related to the issue of passing on of the critical equipment, design or source code to other players-particularly, countries inimical to Indian interests. There can be an issue of export of Defence equipment manufactured in India and exported to inimical countries. There is a general concern about the internal security aspect of manufacture of defence equipment especially small arms and ammunition.
There are other reasons also due to which defence civilians are opposing the FDI in Defence Sector but due to shortage of time some of those are mentioned hereinabove. Hence, kindly consider the above view in correct perspective and convey the disagreement to the proposal of Ministry of Commerce on removal of ceiling of FDI in defence sector.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
SADHU SINGH
Secretary General
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Pre-budget meeting with the representatives of various Central Trade Unions – FM

There is A need to Revive investment in Manufacturing and Service Sector in Order to Create higher job Opportunities: FM 
The Union Finance Minister Shri P .Chidambaram said that there is a need to revive investment in manufacturing and service sector in order to create higher job opportunities. The Finance Minister said that at present, the economy is passing through a difficult phase mainly due to external factors and, therefore, there is immediate need to tide over the current situation and then move to the path of higher growth. The Finance Minister was making opening remarks during his second pre-budget meeting with the representatives of various Central Trade Unions here today. The Finance Minister said that there was a slowdown in investment in manufacturing sector as a result not enough jobs were created. The Finance Minister Shri Chidambaram said due to the various steps and measures taken by the Government in the last few months, there seems to be a change in the investment sentiments both in public and private sectors. The Finance Minister said that higher growth leads to creation of more jobs. He said trade unions can play an important role in reviving the manufacturing sector which in turn can lead to creation of more job opportunities in the sector.

Along with the Finance Minister, both the Minister of State for Finance Shri S.S. Palanimanickam and Shri Namo Narain Meena, Adviser to the Finance Minister, Shri Parthasarthy Shome, Finance Secretary, Shri R.S. Gujral, Secretary, Financial Services & Disinvestment, Shri D.K. Mittal, Revenue Secretary, Shri Sumit Bose, Secretary Labour & Employment, Shri Mrityunjay Sarangi, Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Raghuram R. Rajan and Chairman CBEC were present among others.

Representatives of the twelve(12) Central Trade Unions including Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and National Front of Indian Trade Unions(NFITU) participated in the aforesaid meeting. All of them except NFITU gave a joint memorandum to the Finance Minister for consideration of their proposals in the ensuing Union Budget 2013-14. The major proposals included in the joint memorandum of Central Trade Unions among others are taking effective measures to arrest the spiralling price rice and contain inflation, ban speculative forward trading in commodities, universalise and strengthen the public distribution system, rationalise the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products to reduce burden on common man, massive investment in the infrastructure to stimulate the economy, higher budget allocation in the Plan and Non Plan provisions to create more jobs and guarantee consistent income to the people, minimum wage be guaranteed to all workers as per the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference, special allocation for creation of a Welfare Fund for protecting the interest of un-organised workers including agriculture workers, lifting of ban on recruitment in Government departments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and autonomous institutions, scope of MGNREGA be extended to urban areas and employment for minimum period be increased from 100 days to 200 days, massive workforce engaged in ICDS, mid day meal scheme, vidya volunteers, guest teachers, shiksha mitra etc be regularised and workers engaged in ASHA be brought under the coverage of statutory minimum wage and social security etc.
Beside above, the memorandum also focused that disinvestment of shares to profit making PSUs be stopped forthwith and budgetary support be given for revival of potentially viable sick PSUs. The Union also demanded a progressive taxation system be put in place and concrete steps be taken to recover large accumulated tax arrears, effective measures to unearth huge accumulation of black money in economy including the unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad. Some of the trade unions also demanded minimum wages to be raised to Rs. 10,000/- per month and raise in income tax ceiling for salaried class to Rs. 5.00 lakhs among others. Some of them demanded equal pay for contract workers, increase in age of retirement, increase in pension benefits, more investment in agriculture sector and strict compliance of labour laws among others.
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