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Retention of the rates of HRA and date of effect of allowances should be from 1st January 2016 and revision of rates of Transport allowances, OTA and NDA apart from retention of many of the allowances

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Cabinet Decision on 7th CPC Allowances only after 11th March 2017

“Retention of the rates of HRA and date of effect of allowances should be from 1st January 2016 and revision of rates of Transport allowances, OTA and NDA apart from retention of many of the allowances – COC Karnataka”.

Allowances

Comrades,
The media is debating that the allowances committee headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa Finance Secretary has submitted its report to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Arun Jaitleyji on 22nd or not. Comrades as you aware that this committee period has expired on 22nd February 2017, the question is that even if it has submitted its report to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Arun Jaitleyji it is confidential document all media creation on the HRA rates are not be believed, the actual truth will be known only after the assembly elections results of five states which will be declared on March 11.

The past experience is that even if the committee decides positively the union cabinet had turn down the recommendations of the committee, hence speculation is not correct, only after the union cabinet approves the recommendations of the committee, the new orders is issued.

The main demands of the CG employees is retention of the rates of HRA and date of effect of allowances should be from 1st January 2016 and revision of rates of Transport allowances, OTA and NDA apart from retention of many of the allowances.

Comrades instead of speculation it would be better we focus on the 16th March 2017 strike, which would put pressure on the Central Government to yield to our charter of demands.

Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

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Central Government Employees disappointed for Budget 2017 – Confederation

Budget 2017 – Central Government Employees disappointed – Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka State reports

Not a single word about Central Government Employees uttered in Budget Speech of FM

Comrades ,

The budget for the year 2017-18 was presented by the Shri Arun Jaitleyji Hon’ble Minister of Finance on 1st Feb 2017 , the Central Government employees had lot of hopes of this budget especially on increasing the tax slabs and tax rates reduction , also on allowances and increasing our wages i.e. revision of the fitment formula . One more important issue of filling up of vacant post in the Central Government.

Shri Arun Jaitleyji Hon’ble Minister of Finance had not uttered a single word about Central Government employees in his budget speech of nearly two hours, even though the Central Government employees work with dedication and implement the programmes and policy of the Central Government either way of revenue collection, transportation, public service , working for the welfare of the people of the country etc . This has caused dissatisfaction amongst Central Government employees as many of the demands of the Central Government employees are not considered. The tax proposals provided only a small relief to the Central Government Employees, actually a big relief should have been provided. The Central Government employees are disappointed of the outcome of the budget.

Now let us focus main issues of the CG employees and the budget 2017-18 especially this budget is being presented after the demonetization. As stated earlier the financial position of the Central Government is very good even after demonetization. The budget 2017-18 has once again proved that the Central Government resources are very good the revenue expenditure has been pat 21.47 lakh crores. The fiscal deficit will be 3.2 % of GDP.

Now coming to the revenue growth of the Central Government in last four years we can observe from the financial year 2013-14 the Revenue Expenditure which was at is Rs 16.64 lakh crores the Revenue Expenditure the financial year 2017-18 which stands at 21.47 lakh crores . The fiscal deficit has also reduced from 4.8 % to 3.2 % of GDP in last four years . This shows that the financial status of the Central Government is very good. The growth rate of the revenue collection is about 15% annually. In fact the Shri Arun Jaitleyji Hon’ble Minister of Finance had stated the revenue collection is increasing to about 17 % annually. We should be proud that your country economy is in good shape. Indian economy is a stable economy can accommodate any additional financial expenditure to be made for the welfare of Central Government employees.

The revenue of the Central Government is increasing at about 15% annually, from last three years the revenue of the Central Government has increased by 45% the expenditure towards salary of Central Government employees including the defence employees has risen only by 14.5 % on wage hike due to 7th CPC and also Dearness Allowances expenditure. So total rise in pay hike is about 22% , even if allowances are released in next financial year additional expenditure is likely at just 3% as 70% of the employees don’t avail HRA which is the major allowances, . which is very much less than the 45% of the revenue collection of the Central Government. So the Central Government can afford to increase our wages considerably i.e revision of fitment formula and minimum wage . The allowances should be made effectively from 1st Jan 2016.

Next on the tax slabs the Shri Arun Jaitleyji Hon’ble Minister of Finance had made announcement of the tax proposals provided only a small relief to the Central Government Employees by reducing the taxes for the slab 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs from 10% to 5% . This is only a very small gestures on the part of Shri Arun Jaitleyji Hon’ble Minister of Finance , actually a big relief should have been provided by way of abolishing the taxes up to Rs 5 lakhs . The expenditure loss for reduction of taxes for the slab 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs(1.95 crore show income between Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh) from 10% to 5% is just at Rs 15,500/- crores only , if the Hon’ble Minister of Finance had announced the abolishing the taxes up to Rs 5 lakhs it could have been additional expenditure of Rs 15,000 crores only which at just half percent of the total budget revenue collections , next Rs 5 to Rs10 lakhs slab (only 52 lakh show income between Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakhs ) here also there should have been reduction in taxes from 20% to 10% , the limit of Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C for investment should have been increased upto 2.5 lakh which would have encouraged savings , all these measures could have gone a long way benefiting the Central Government employees and the salaried class employees a lot.

Today hardly 3 % of the country population are paying the income tax, the rest 97% do not pay income tax .The Central Government Employees are honestly paying the taxes. A big tax relief is genuinely due for them.

One more important problem faced by the Central Government Employees is that the no filling up of the vacant post in the Central Government, nearly 4 lakhs post are vacant, even in Railway safety post of 1.41 lakh post are vacant and Income tax department post are vacant, more manpower is required for effectively collection of the taxes and implementation of the programmes and policy of the Central Government. This will also provide jobs for the youth of the country.

We sincerely hope the Hon’ble Minister of Finance would reconsider his decision and improve the taxation policy and consider the demands of the CG employees effectively in true spirit.

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source: Confederation Karnataka State

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Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – DoPT Orders

Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – DoPT Orders

General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2017 – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – regarding

F.No.12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 1st February, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2017 – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, to be held during the months, of February and March, 2017, the guidelines, issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/ 14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001, may be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices, including Industrial establishments in the above mentioned States the relevant portion of the OM as referred to above are reproduced here.

(i) The relevant organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to the State Legislative Assembly are concerned scheduled to be conducted;

(ii)In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha/ State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of a constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization/ Industrial Establishment located outside the constituency having a general/ bye-election.

2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day(s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty

3. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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7th Pay Commission related demands – Central Government Employees Strike postponed to 16th March 2017

7th Pay Commission related demands – Central Government Employees Strike postponed to 16th March 2017

7th Pay Commission related demands – Central Government Employees Strike postponed to 16th March 2017 – Confederation communicates Strike postponment notice and Charter of Demands to Cabinet Secretary

Ref: Confdn/Strike/2016-19

Dated : 23rd January 2017

To,

The Cabinet Secretary

Cabinet Secretariat

Government of India

Sub:- Postponement of the one day strike from 15th February 2017 to 16th March 2017.

Ref:- Our strike notice dated 28.12.2016.

Kindly refer to the notice served by us on 28th December 2016, for one day strike of Central Government employees on15th February 2017. (copy enclosed for ready reference). This is to inform you that due to the notification of election to five state assemblies by the Elected Commission of India, the proposed strike on 15th February 2017 is postponed to 16th March 2017. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one-day strike action is enclosed.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General

Mob: 09447068125

Central Government Employees Strike

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.

2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).

3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4. Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.

5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.

6. No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.

7. Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.

8. Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.

9. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation

of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.

10. Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.

11. Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.

12. Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.

13. Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Lok Sabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.

14. Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care

leave and retain the existing provision.

15. Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.

16. Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.

17. Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.

18. Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.

19. Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.

20. Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21. Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgment of the Supreme Court in all

departments of the Central Government.

Source: Confederation

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7th pay commission: This is why Modi government not giving hike to 47 lakh employees

7th pay commission: This is why Modi government not giving hike to 47 lakh employees

Reports suggest that the committee under the chairmanship of finance secretary Ashok Lavasa has finalised its report for salary hike in accordance with the recommendations of the seventh CPC, but the government is unable to pay the allowances to its employees due to cash crunch.

More than 14 months have passed since the seventh pay commission report was submitted and little less seven months have elapsed since the union cabinet approved implementation of the salary hike recommendations, but the central government employees are still awaiting the good news.

Demonetisation is said to be the reason behind the delay in announcing allowances by the Narendra Modi government for the 47 lakh employees and 53 lakh pensioners. The number of beneficiaries includes 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensions from the armed forces.
HOW DEMONETISATION AFFECTS PAY HIKE: THINGS TO KNOW

  1. The government has announced that it will implement the seventh pay commission’s recommendations from January 1 last year. But, in the aftermath of demonetisation, the government is not in position to make the final decision.
  2. The seventh pay commission proposed a 138.71 per cent hike in housing allowance (HRA) and 49.79 per cent for other allowances.
  3. The pay commission estimated that during the current fiscal, the hike in allowances would add a burden of Rs 29,300 crore (Rs 17,200 crore under HRA and Rs 12,100 crore under other allowances). This is a huge sum but after demonetisation, the government is working hard to stave off the cash crunch that set in.
  4. The Modi government has constituted a committee to look into the recommendations regarding allowances and the manner of their implementation.
  5. Some reports suggest that the committee under the chairmanship of finance secretary Ashok Lavasa has finalised its report, but the government is unable to pay the allowances to its employees due to cash crunch.
  6. The employees’ unions have been putting pressure on the finance ministry to announce hike in allowances at the earliest.
  7. The announcement of assembly elections in five states has given some time for the government as it cannot announce pay hikes till the model code of conduct is in place.
  8. The assembly elections have given the government time till March 8, by when there would be some additional cash in circulation. But, by then the budget would have been presented and accommodating over Rs 29,000 crore for salaries and pensions in the budge may pose a problem.
  9. The delay in implementation of the seventh pay commission’s recommendations has caused tremendous irritation and frustration among employees.
  10. The BJP may have to face a backlash in the assembly elections in the five states, two of which is ruled by the party either directly or in alliance. Thus, demonetisation move by the Modi government may strike a double blow to the BJP in polls.

Source: Indiatoday

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Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government

Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government

No.20/2/2016-E-11(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi. Dated:17.01.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government.

In supersession of this Department 0.M.No.21(2)/2011-E-11(B) dated 19.02.2014 regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to employees who are deaf and dumb, the undersigned is directed to say that the matter has been re-examined and it has been decided with the approval of Competent Authority that Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Hearing Impaired employees also in addition to employees who are both deaf and dumb.

2. Transport Allowance at double the normal rates would be admissible to the ‘Hearing Impaired employees having loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversation range of frequencies’ as per Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

3. The admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to above categories of employees is subject to recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Government Civil Hospital and fulfilment of other conditions applicable in respect of other disabilities mentioned in D/o Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19029/1/78-E-IV (B) dated 31st August, 1978 read with 0.M.No.21(2)/2008-E.11(B) dated 29.08.2008.

4. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this order issues in consultation with the Comptroller And Auditor General of India.

5. These orders would be effective from 19.02.2014.

6. Hindi version is attached.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary (EG)
Telefax. 23093276

Transport Allowance Order

 

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7th Pay Commission : Who is letting down the CG Employees – Government or Union?

7th Pay Commission : Central government employees are feeling let down by the political authority as well as their own union, due in terms of better monthly salary and allowances.

Despite representations to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railways Minister, Departmental heads and Committees set up by the government to look into the pay and allowances related grievances, the employees have expressed utter disappointment that they have not been heard so far.

“We had sought a minimum pay of Rs 26,000, they gave us Rs 18,000. After every meeting they do not say anything. We ask, how much you can improve upon, you tell us how much you can go, buy they don’t say anything, said K. K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and Workers, on the discussions the union has had over Allowances.

“There is no discussion in real terms regarding 7th pay commission, they simply listen to us and do not commit anything. We think the political authority, we don’t know, it could be Prime Minister, has not authorized the bureaucracy to commit anything to us,”added Kutty.

When around 33 lakh central government employees threatened to go on strike on July 11 protesting the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, the Finance Ministry had agreed to set up Anomalies Committee, and Allowances Committee who would be mandated to go through the fine print of the 7th Pay Commission.

Even after the formation of 22-member Anomalies Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) with members from both the official and staff side, and Allowances Committee headed by Finance Secretary, no settlement on the wage hike or allowances issue appears in sight.

The Government is yet to set up the high level committee on minimum wage, fitment formula revision and other main demands of central government employees as assured by Cabinet Ministers in July 2016.

The National Joint Council of Action, a front formed by six government staff unions, including Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE), All India Defence Employee Federation and National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association representing the staff side of the central government employees have even threatened to go on a large scale agitation and hold a march up to the Parliament on December 15, if government fails to improve on pay and allowances over what has been implemented under 7th Pay Commission.

The point not to be missed here is that, while the salaries of central government employees were revised after 10 years, However, our country’s MPs’ and MLA’ s salaries doesn’t need a pay commission, they will increase it themselves.

Source: gconnect

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Enhancement of the rate of bonus payable to Casual labourers consequent on enhancement calculation ceiling of bonus for Central Government Employees from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000

Enhancement of bonus to Casual Labourers – Reply from Ministry of Labour & Employment

No.s-33027/3/2016-WB
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
(Wage Board Section)

Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi dated 11 November, 2016.

Office Memorandum

Subject : Enhancement of the rate of bonus payable to Casual labourers consequent on enhancement calculation ceiling of bonus for Central Government Employees from Rs.3500/- to Rs.7000/- regarding.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of O.M. No. 49014/1/2016-Estt (C) Dated 2nd November 2016 alongwith the enclosure thereto on the subject mentioned above.

2. Action as deemed fit, may please be taken in this regard under intimation to all concerned.

3. This issues with the approval of Deputy Director General ( c ).

Encl: as above

Sd/-
(Samir Kumar Das)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source : confederationhq

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7th Pay Commission – Weekly Work Report to Decide Annual Increment

7th Pay Commission – Weekly Work Report to Decide Annual Increment

The Department of Personnel and Training is going to soon bring out guidelines based on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission which will help in tracking performance of Central government employees in more transparent manner.

As per reports, CG employees will need to give a weekly work report every Friday showing the task accomplished as well as the pending work, which was suggested by the 7th pay commission.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should be offered annual increments only if they meet certain performance criterion. The Pay Commission has also sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level and recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

On the basis of the weekly report, the performance of central government employees will be assessed whether they meet the performance criteria or not, and graded for annual appraisal. The employees who will fail to meet the performance criteria on the basis or the weekly work report, are likely to be denied annual increment.

The 7th Pay Commission believes grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP), although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.”

The 7th pay commission had said in the report that “employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.

The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees.

However, since this is not a penalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not be applicable in such cases. This will be treated as an efficiency bar,”

Source: Zeenews

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Rs.10000 Advance in the form of Cash Payout to Central Government employees on 23.11.2016

Rs.10000 Advance in the form of Cash Payout to Central Government employees on 23.11.2016

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Central Government employees up to Group ‘C’ including equivalent levels in the Defence and Para Military Forces, Railways and Central Public Sector Enterprises will be given an option to draw salary advance up to Rs. 10,000/- in cash. This amount will be adjusted in their salary for November, 2016. It is expected that this decision will ease the pressure on the banks.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

17-November-2016 15:52 IST

The Central Government takes several decisions to facilitate farmers, small traders, Group ‘C’ Employees of Central Government including equivalent levels in the Defence and Para Military Forces, Railways and Central Public Sector Enterprises in the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes; Also decides to reduce the limit of exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes across the counter in banks from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 2000/-with effect from 18th November, 2016.

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes, the Government of India has been receiving several suggestions including those from the State Governments. The Government has considered various suggestions and the following decisions relating to certain operational aspects of this scheme have been taken:

i. We are now at the beginning of the Rabi season. The farmers need various inputs for their agricultural activities. While the Government is keen on promoting payment through the banking or digital system, it is felt necessary to make some quantum of cash available with farmers to meet various expenses in connection with agricultural operations. It has, therefore, been decided that farmers would be permitted to draw upto Rs. 25000/- per week in cash from their KYC compliant accounts only. These cash withdrawals would be subject to the normal loan limits and conditions. This facility will also apply to the Kisan Credit Cards (KCC).

ii. Farmers are currently selling their produce from the Kharif season in the APMC markets/mandis. The farmers who receive such payments in their bank accounts through cheque/ RTGS will be permitted to draw up to Rs. 25000/- per week in cash. These accounts will have to be KYC compliant. This facility will enable the farmers to meet their various expenses connected with agriculture. This will also infuse lot of liquidity into the rural sector.

iii. Traders registered with APMC markets/mandis will be permitted to draw up to Rs. 50,000/- per week in cash from their KYC compliant accounts as in the case of business entities. This will enable these traders to pay wages and facilitate easy loading, unloading and other activities at the mandis.

iv. For payment of crop insurance premium, States fix time limits depending on their local requirements and conditions. Consequently, the last date for payment expires on different dates. It has now been decided to extend the last date for payment of crop insurance premium by 15 days.

v. While encouraging families to incur wedding expenses through cheques or digital means, it has been decided to permit families celebrating weddings to draw up to Rs. 2,50,000/- in cash from their own bank accounts. These accounts have to be necessarily KYC compliant. The amounts can be drawn only by either of the parents or the person getting married. Only one of them will be permitted to draw this amount. This limit of Rs. 2,50,000/- will apply separately to the girl’s family and the boy’s family. The person drawing such amount has to furnish the PAN details. Further, a self-declaration will have to be submitted by the person to the effect that only one person from his/her family is drawing the amount. It is expected that members of the public will fully cooperate to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to. Any misuse of this facility will invite appropriate action based on the self-declaration and other details.

vi. At present, over the counter exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes is limited up to maximum of Rs. 4500/- per person. Reports have been received that the same persons are going back to the counter again and again, thereby cornering the facility and depriving many other people from exchanging old notes. There are also reports of organized groups indulging in such practices to convert their black money into white. It is now expected and desirable that people put their old notes into their bank accounts. However, for convenience of the people who may be on temporary visit either for work or otherwise, it has been decided to reduce this limit of exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes across the counter in banks from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 2000/-. This facility will be available only once per person. The reduced limit of Rs. 2000/- will take effect from 18th November, 2016.

vii. Central Government employees up to Group ‘C’ including equivalent levels in the Defence and Para Military Forces, Railways and Central Public Sector Enterprises will be given an option to draw salary advance up to Rs. 10,000/- in cash. This amount will be adjusted in their salary for November, 2016. It is expected that this decision will ease the pressure on the banks.

Source: PIB

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7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Suffer in Cross Fire – Implementation bound to be delayed

7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Suffer in Cross Fire – Implementation bound to be delayed

7th pay commission : On Tuesday night Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise and announced a crackdown on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes with effect from the same midnight, making these notes invalid across India.

The recent development has no doubt caused inconvenience to common people. But the most effected ones are government employees who have been eagerly waiting for the 7th Pay Commission award. The implementation may get delayed following the governments surgical strike on black money to curb rising black money, fake currency, and corruption.

Sources indicate that the higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission which were to be implemented soon will be delayed till the situation returns to normalcy.

“The process of higher allowances may be delayed as now the government is busy for making situation normal after a surgical strike on black money,” a top official of Finance Ministry was quoted by a news portal on condition of anonymity.

The official further added that “after the surgical strike on black money issues, the central government has to keep the process of higher allowances in the pipeline and is waiting for things to get normalised”.

The top official further added that “the government is in fear of any eventual incident for a surgical strike on black money in the country and in view of the current scenario, the government has decided to delay the announce of higher allowances”.

The Central Government employees unions are pressing hard on the government to announce the higher allowance and they had recently called for a Parliament march on December 12. Earlier there were reports that the ‘Committee on Allowances’ has already given a final touch to its report on higher allowances. The committee met up with the deadline of four months given to it by the cabinet to submit its reports, the top official confirmed.

There are reports that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission as the committee looking into the issue sticks with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances proposed higher allowances with retrospective effect from August 2016 but the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with effect from January 2016.

Recently Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said that his team is ready to submit its report whenever Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up. The committee on allowances was set up on July this year in the direction of the cabinet.

Source: from around the web.

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7th Pay Commission Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification

7th Pay Commission – Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification

 

The 7th Pay Commission may have recommended abolition of 51 allowances, and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances. The final decision however rests with the Centre. While this may cause concern among Central government staffs, there are some surprises in store for the employees.

The 7th pay commission has not only accepted the demand for retaining some of the allowances, but has also enhanced the amount in its recommendations.

For instance, incentives paid to Central government employees for acquiring higher qualifications. The 7th pay commission has proposed a steep hike to staff from the amount currently payable – ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000, subject to caveats and existing norms governing such payments.

“The Commission appreciates the need to encourage acquiring of higher qualifications. At the same time, it is important that the knowledge so acquired is directly relevant to the scope of the employee’s occupation,” it said in its voluminous report submitted to the Indian government on November 19, 2015.

However, the 7th pay commission refused to bring the incentives on par with those payable to defence personnel, saying it was not feasible “in view of the different service conditions, mode of recruitment and other factors.”

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Pay upgrade proposed for Russian translators

Russia was the flavour of the week gone by, with India signing a slew of defence deals during the recent BRICS summit held in Goa last week. But Russian translators were of the view that they were not being paid adequately despite being assigned responsibilities similar to those engaged in translation of other languages.

“The cadre of Russian translators in Integrated Headquarters of MOD (Navy) has contended that they have the same entry level qualification and nature of duties as translators of other languages in the same office, but are placed in a lower pay scale,” the CPC said, analysing their grievances.

Studying the job profiles of Russian translators and those of their Chinese, Sinhalese and Push to counterparts, the pay panel came to the view that they deserved an upgrade in their pay band.

“The Commission finds merit in their demand for upgrade and accordingly recommends that Russian Translation Officers should be upgraded from the existing GP 4600 to GP 5400 (PB-3). Similarly, Russian Senior Translation officers should be upgraded from existing GP 5400 (PB-3) to GP 6600 and Russian Editors from existing GP 6600 to GP 7600,” the Commission recommended.

Source: IBtimes

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Central so far not set up the High Level Committee on Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula revision : Karnataka COC

Central has so far not set up the High Level Committee on Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula revision and other main demands of CG employees : Karnataka COC

Prepare for Strike

Comrades,
The meetings of allowances and standing committee of National JCM scheduled on 13th October 2016, has been postponed to 25th October 2016. It was expected that the recommendations of allowance committee will be made in October 2016 , with the postponement of meetings now we can expect in November 2016 the allowances committee will submit its report .

Meanwhile the Finance Ministry has issued orders on advances. The 7th CPC has recommend for abolition of all advances, the staff side JCM demanded retention of all advances , the some of the advances such as medical, computer and travelling allowances are retained, but the important festival advance is been abolished.

The Government has so far not set up the high level committee on minimum wage, fitment formula revision and other main demands of CG employees as assured by Cabinet Ministers in July 2016. Since four months time which was sought by the Cabinet Ministers is going to end shortly.

The Central Government has shown urgency in issuing orders on advances, but the same urgency is not shown in case of issue of orders on allowances and revision of minimum wage, fitment formula which will benefit lakhs of Central Government employees.

To put more pressure on the Central Government to accept the main demands of the Central Government employees all are requested to observe the following programs.

1st PHASE : 20th OCTOBER 2016 : THURSDAY
Demonstration at all centres/all office gates and forwarding of resolutions adopted on charter of demands to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India (2) Hon’ble Home Minister (3) Hon’ble Finance Minister and all Departmental heads.

2nd PHASE : 7th NOVEMBER 2016 : MONDAY
Mass dharna at all state capitals/important centres.

3rd PHASE : 15th DECEMBER 2016 : THURSDAY
Massive Parliament March of not less than 20000 Central Government employees. Reserve your tickets immediately.

4th PHASE : STRIKE JOINTLY WITH ALL LIKE MINDED ORGANISATIONS
Date will be decided in consultation with other organisations.

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

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7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Step up Pressure – At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’

7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Step up Pressure – At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’.

7th pay commissionTo obtain the views of the National Council (Staff Side) (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission relating to Allowances, the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance (Expenditure), Government of India, with the National Council (Staff Side) JCM.

At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’. According to them it was agreed to in July by the Group of Ministers (Government of India) for settling the issue of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor. The unions want the ‘minimum wage’ for Central employees to be fixed at Rs. 26,000 as opposed to Rs. 18,000 recommended by the 7th Pay Commission (CPC).

“The Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) told that, the committee constituted under the chairmanship of Addl. Secretary (Exp.) with J.S. (Pers.), JS (Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as Members has been made only for this purpose. Let us believe that, after the meeting, report of the said committee would be sent to the Government of India for its acceptance’’, Mr. Mishra, secretary (Staff Side) of the National Council/Joint Consultative Machinary, noted.

At the meeting, the unions made a strong case for implementation of the allowances to be decided by the Committee from January 1, 2016.

Besides, they wanted that House Rent Allowance be fixed at range 10 to 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting, children education allowance of Rs. 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs.10,000. All these allowances should be tax exempt.

Staff Side demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance. The issue of special duty allowance was also raised for Northeastern region.

They also demanded, ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ of Rs. 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation, review of overtime allowance, small family allowance and dress allowance.

“Various Departmental Allowances, which have been abolished, should be allowed to continue, like Breakdown Allowance in the Railways and Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Postal Department employees”, Mr. Mishra noted.

Separately, M. Ragaviah, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen-NFIR (an affiliate of INTUC) said, “While there has been no commitment from the Chairman and Official Side of the Committee, the Finance Secretary however stated that further meetings will be held and in the meantime the JCM (Staff Side) may list out common issues and send the same to the Joint Secretary (Imp) and equally Departmental specified issues be sent through the respective Administrative Ministries for examination”.

Source: The Hindu

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7th Pay Commission – Aggrieved CG Employees pin hope in meeting between Committee of Secretaries and NJAC on Sept 1

7th Pay Commission – Aggrieved CG Employees pin hope in meeting – The leading employee union, National Joint Council of Action, headed by Shiv Gopal Mishra, has been invited in the meeting

Committee of Secretaries will hold their second meeting regarding the resolution of anomalies in the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The meeting is scheduled on September 1.

The leading employee union, National Joint Council of Action, headed by Shiv Gopal Mishra, has been invited in the meeting. Aggrieved central government employees pin their hope in the outcome of the meeting. However, many among them have turned increasingly pessimistic, after reports floated earlier in the week stating that the government would not be increasing the minimum salary which has been fixed as Rs 18,000.

Shiv Gopal Mishra is expected to pitch the demands of the government employees before the high-powered committee. As of now, it is not clear whether government would pitch for a compromise with the union. However, the committee members are scheduled to hear the grievances of the employees as raised by the Unions.

One of the foremost demands raised by NJAC is that the government should use 3.68 fitment factor, instead of 2.57 in calculating the minimum salary, as well as the hike in allowances. The minimum salary of government employees as per 6th Pay Commission was Rs 7,000. This was increased by the Justice AK Mathur led panel to Rs 18,000, using the 2.57 fitment factor. If the 3.68 fitment factor would be applied, the entry-level pay would be hiked to Rs 26,000.

The 7th Pay Commission report prepared by Justice (Retd) AK Mathur had suggested the abolition of 51 out of the 194 existing allowances. A total of 27 allowances were subsumed.

Apart from the civilian employees, the armed forces have also marked their objection as the pay panel has refrained from incorporating their demand related to the creation of a uniform pay matrix.

The Defence Pay Matrix has only 24 pay levels, on the other hand, their bureaucratic counterparts enjoy 40 pay levels. Due to this, the armed forces personnel receive less opportunity of salary hikes. Their income gets stagnated at certain points, and even after retirement, they end up drawing Rs 20,000 less as pension, as compared to their civilian counterpart. Similarly, the demand to include Tier-II employees among beneficiaries in the technical allowance has not been paid heed.

The all-important meeting scheduled by the government comes a day before the pan-India strike called by several employee unions across organized sectors against the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.

Source: India.com

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Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

F. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/365
Ministry of Finance
Department, of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Lokaayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi-110511
Date: 01-08-2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

A reference is invited to this office O.M. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/ 292 dated 31st March 2012′ regarding payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment from 1st April 2012. Since advancements in payment and banking technology have enabled a large number of transactions to be handled smoothly through the e-payment mode, the existing limit of Rs. 25,000 / – prescribed in paragraph 2 of this office. O.M. dated 31st March 2012 has been further reviewed. It has now been decided to lower the threshold limit to Rs. 10,000 /- in order to bring more payments. under the purview of direct credit by electronic transfer to the bank account of the payee.

2. All Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India are required with immediate effect to discharge all payments to Government servants, other than salary, above Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten thousand only) by issue of payment advices, including electronically signed payment advices.

3. In so far as payment of salary is concerned, employees may continue to have the option of drawing salary by cash, cheque or electronic payment mode irrespective of the amount involved.

4. . This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.

(Soma Roy Burman)
Joint Controller General of Accounts

Source: www.cga.nic.in

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Not Revising HRA as per 7th CPC Recommendation is a big disappointment

Not Revising HRA as per 7th CPC Recommendation is a big disappointment…!

7th Pay Commission submitted its Recommendation in November 2016. House Rent Allowance is one of the very important recommendation expected by CG Employees among the most expected recommendations.

A Govt servant is spending one third of his salary for paying House Rent. Considering these expenses of CG Employees those who are living in big cities, Sixth CPC has recommended 10, 20 and 30% of the Basic pay as HRA. Accordingly, HRA has been paid for the past Eight Years and the Federation Demanded to increase this rates in 7th Pay Commission.

But the Commission in its recommendation reduced these rates to 8,16 and 24%. Though it has been justified with various reasons by 7th CPC, it disappointed the CG employees. Since CG Employees felt that only these reduced rates will be paid for next ten years, their demand to restore the old rates started gaining big support. As a result of this, all the Staff associations and Federations pressurized the Government to increase the rate of HRA and it was included in charter of 7th CPC demands.

Already the Government had wasted six months in the name of Empowered Committee to examine the 7th CPC Recommendations. Until now the report of this committee is not published.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June 2016. It has been stated in that report that, a committee headed by Secretary, Finance will be Constituted to examine the Allowances and committee is given four-month time to submit its report. Till then the HRA will be paid as per Sixth CPC rates.

Meanwhile, Group of Ministers invited NJCA for a meeting to with draw the Indefinite Strike proposed to commence from 11th July, In that meeting, Increasing the percentage of HRA also discussed. The Government agreed to form a committee to examine the Allowances. It has been described as Government indirectly agreed to increase the HRA.

Implementation of 7th CPC recommendation was ensured by Gazette Notification issued on 25th July 2016. But there was no Change in the recommendation of HRA.

Till now the Central Government employees are wondering that why the Committee has been given four Months’ Time to examine the HRA. As well as the decision to continue the HRA in Sixth CPC is considered as big disappointment.

HRA plays a Major Role in pay hike. So the CG Staff feel that HRA would have been paid in Revised rates from this month onwards. Thereafter paying arrears for the Increased amount in HRA will become inevitable. Because there is no assurance that Revised rates of HRA will be given retrospective effect.

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President, Vice-President, Governors may get a salary hike before CG Employees

President, Vice-President, Governors may get a salary hike before CG Employees.

Salary hike – With the 7th Pay Commission recommendations creating an anomalous situation in which the salary of the President is Rs 1 lakh less than that of the country’s top-most bureaucrat, the Home Ministry has got down to drafting a proposal for raising the emoluments of the President, Vice President and governors.

The proposal will be forwarded to the Union Cabinet for its approval soon.

At present, the President gets Rs 1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President Rs 1.25 lakh and Governor of a state Rs 1.10 lakh. After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s awards, the Cabinet Secretary, who is the top-most bureaucrat in the country, gets Rs 2.5 lakh per month and a Secretary in the Union government draws Rs 2.25 lakh per month.

Official sources said the Home Ministry’s proposal for the salary hike is expected to be submitted for the Union Cabinet’s approval next week. After the Cabinet gives its nod, Bills to this effect will be tabled in Parliament for passage. Salaries of the President, Vice-President and Governors were last hiked in 2008 when the Parliament had approved a three-fold increase.

In addition, proposals are also expected to be moved for raising the pensions of former Presidents, spouses of deceased Presidents, former Vice-Presidents, spouses of deceased Vice-President and former Governors.

Source: IE

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Central Government Employees need not file asset details of Spouse and Children – Cabinet gives the nod

CG Employees need not file asset details of Spouse and Children – The approved amendments will address concerns and apprehensions expressed by different categories of public servants.

The Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to a proposal to amend the Lokpal Act on Wednesday to exempt central government employees and NGOs executives from filing asset detials of their spouses and children. Parliament had on July 28 passed a bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its ex-post facto approval for amendments to section 44 and consequential amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 by introducing the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament, a release issued by the government said.

“The approved amendments will address concerns and apprehensions expressed by different categories of public servants and addresses the difficulties being faced in implementing the provision of section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. The amendments are in line with one of the recommendations of the standing committee,” it said.

As per old Lokpal rules, every public servant will file asset details, information and annual returns pertaining to his assets and liabilities, along with those of spouse and dependent children, as on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year. This was changed through the amendment bill to exempt spouse and children of public servants.

The declarations under the Lokpal law are in addition to those filed by the employees under various service rules. The last date for filing such declarations has been extended till December 31, 2016.

NGO’s grudge, this is the sixth time that the government has extended the date for about 50 lakh government employees to file the details of assets and liabilities whereas for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and their executives, this is the first such extension.

Source: DNA

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Government to set up 2 Committees to hire retired Central Government Employees

Government to set up 2 Committees to hire retired Central Government Employees

NEW DELHI – Two committees will soon be set up by the government for hiring of retired CG employees as consultants in various Ministries and departments, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister for Personnel and PMO Jitendra Singh said bureaucrats and polity were two essential pillars of democracy and bureaucrats and civil servants were tools of governments.

“We can’t achieve good governance with bad tools. Therefore, it sometimes become necessary to appoint retired bureaucrats. We are now planning to set up a committee with representatives of concerned Ministries or Departments as well as Department of Personnel which will select such candidates.

“If the appointment would be for more than two years and the salary would be more than Rs 50,000, another committee, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, would consider any such proposal of appointment of retired bureaucrats,” he said during Question Hour.

The Minister said while appointing retired bureaucrats as consultants, the government’s efforts were always objective rather than subjective.

“As the consultants and advisors are not to be engaged against regular posts, it is not likely to affect the morale of serving officials or employment opportunities for the youth. Moreover they bring expertise with them which only improves overall efficiency of the government,” he said.

Singh said as per the extant rules, the Ministries and Departments may hire external professionals, consultancy firms or consultants for a specific job, not against regular post. Some retired senior civil servants having expertise and eminence are also appointed as advisors with a view to achieve certain specified public policy objectives.

The Minister said the government is also framing guidelines for appointment of retired CG employees as consultants.

Source: ET

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