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Long pending issues of the Central Government Employees

Long pending issues of the Central Government Employees

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No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: September 5, 2017

The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub:- Long pending issues of the Central Government Employees

Ref.: My earlier letter dated 30.06.2017

I have discussed the issues creating mental agony in the minds of the Central Government Employees many a times and once again want to draw your kind attention for resolution of many long pending demands of the Central Government Employees.

National Pension System (NPS) has been raised by the Staff Side (JCM) many a times, the committee set up by the Government of India for reviewing NPS has also submitted its report, but we are not aware about the outcome of the same. Staff Side(JCM) has been of the firm view that there must be “Guaranteed Pension” for the employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004, and in case of their death/permanent disablement, their families should get Pension as per Old Pension Scheme.

All the Central Government Employees are anxiously waiting for recommendations of the Government of India for increasing Minimum Wage and improving Fitment Formula and inordinate delay in this regard is creating lot of frustration amongst them.

It is, therefore, requested that, you may please intervene in the above-mentioned issues and the same should be resolved in an amicable manner to avoid mental agony of the Central Government Employees.

With Kind Regards!

Sincerely yours

S/d,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
National Council (JCM)

Source : NCJCM

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Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India

Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India

No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: September 6, 2017

All Constituents of National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades!

 Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India

Today I met the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India) and raised the issues pertaining to National Pension System (NPS), Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, “Very Good” benchmark for MACPS and non-holding of meetings of the National Council (JCM).

The Cabinet Secretary said that, he is aware of the problems of the Staff Side (JCM) from time to time and particularly to this issue and will definitely try to resolve them.

Particularly on the issue of National Pension System (NPS) he said that, the issue is under active consideration of the Government of India and we are trying to find out some solution to the problems arisen because of the NPS.

The above is for your information.

 With Fraternal Greetings!

Sincerely yours

S/d,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
National Council (JCM)

Source : NCJCM

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Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC-related anomalies by the Staff-Side, NC JCM and for their disposal by the National Anomaly Committee

Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC-related anomalies by the Staff-Side, NC JCM and for their disposal by the National Anomaly Committee – regarding

No.11/2/2016- JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 17th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC-related anomalies by the Staff-Side, NC JCM and for their disposal by the National Anomaly Committee – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the aforementioned subject and to say that in further partial modification of this Department’s O.M. of even no.dated 5th May, 2017, it has been decided to extend the time limits for both receipt and disposal of the 7th CPC-related anomalies, as per the following details:

(i) The time limit for receipt of anomalies will stand extended by three months from 15.05.2017(as notified vide OM. referred to above) to 15.08.2017; and

(ii) The time limit for disposal of anomalies will stand extended by three months from 15.11.2017 (as notified vide QM. referred to above) to 15.02.2018.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

Sd/-
(D.K. Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source: [DoPT]

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Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances

Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: May 23, 2017

The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances

It is a matter of regret that, in spite of all the persuasions made by the Staff Side(JCM) there is inordinate delay in finalization of recommendations of the Ashok Lavasa Committee on Allowances. More than one year and three months have passed after implementation of the report of the VII CPC, but the employees are still getting allowances at the old rates as had been recommended by the VI CPC.

The Committee on Allowances took longer time while finalizing its recommendations, but it is a matter of deep regret that, even after submission of the report by the said committee, the same has not been made available to the Staff Side(JCM), therefore, we do not know what recommendations have been made by the said committee.

Staff Side(JCM), therefore, requests that the recommendations of the Allowances Committee should be made available to the Staff Side(JCM).

Moreover, it would be highly appreciated that, the Allowances should be implemented without any further delay, and the date of the implementation should be w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

With Kind Regards!

Sincerely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)

Source: NCJCM Staff Side

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Proceedings of the meeting of the Standing Committee meeting of the National Council (JCM held on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary

7th CPC Revised Allowances should be from January 2016 – NCJCM Staff side shares outcome of Standing Committee Meeting held on 3rd May, 2017

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Council Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001

No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: May 5, 2017

All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side)

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Proceedings of the meeting of the Standing Committee meeting of the National Council(JCM held on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (DoP&T)

Immediately after Introductory Remark of the Secretary(DoP&T), the Staff Side raised the following issues:-

For more than 7 years now the National Council(JCM) has not met. Functioning of the JCM is completely diluted by the Government Departments are also not holding meeting. The grievances on service matter of the employees are getting accumulated. The JCM Machinery needs to be strengthened and meeting with the Staff Side should take place regularly.

2.It is now more than 10 months after proposed “Indefinite Strike” was deferred by the Central Government Employees; based on the assurance given by the Group of Ministers. None of the demands is settled. “The Staff Side is in dark about the recommendations of the Allowance Committee”. “While Pay Commission’s report is put on the Public Domain after its submission to the government, why these reports are kept secret”, the Staff Side asked.Since Allowances Committee report is considerably delayed the date of effect of the revised allowances should be w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The Staff Side has demanded that, Minimum Wage should be raised, Pay Matrix should also be revised, to recommend at least Minimum Guaranteed Pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, Family Pension, and Disability Pension and GPF to all the Central Government Employees. It is unfortunate that, Option No.1, recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-01.01.2016 Pensioners, is also rejected. The Central Government Employees are very much agitated and there is going to be an uncontrollable unrest, hence the Chairman is requested to convey our feelings to the government to avoid a confrontation

(Chairman intervened and assured that he would convey the feelings of the Staff Side to the government).

In spite of the Government orders many autonomous bodies have not revised the pay scale of the employees as per 7th CPC and no order is yet issued for revising the pension of the pensioners who retired from these autonomous bodies. These issues needs to be settled by the government.

4.Staff Side demanded to fill-up all the vacant posts and also to sanction additional posts to man additional assets and additional workload without insisting on Matching Saving.

Thereafter, Action Taken Report on the progress/decisions taken on the Agenda Points discussed during last Standing Committee Meeting was taken for discussion. Details are given below-

DISCUSSION ON ACTION TAKEN REPORT

1.No privatization PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishment

The issue will be separately discussed by the Railways and Defence Ministry with the Recognized Federations.

2. No Corporatization of Postal Services

Department of Post informed that there is no proposal of Corporatization / privatization at this juncture.

3.Scrap PFRDA Act and reintroduce the Defined Benefit Statutory Pension Scheme

The Chairman stated that, we have to wait for the report of the NPS Committee. However, the Staff Side insisted that, there should be at least Guaranteed Minimum Pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, Family Pension, and Disability Pension.

4.Regularize the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers, and absorb trained apprentices. No labour reforms should be carried out which are not in the interest of workers.

After discussion it was decided that, specific cases, if referred to the DoP&T by the Department/ Staff Side, may be considered. The issue of Gun and Shell Factory Casual Employees would be considered in consultation with the MoD.

5.Revive JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of demands of the central government employees.

It was assured that JCM Machinery would be activated.

6.Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

The Staff Side demanded the following:-

  • The arbitrary and artificial 5% ceiling may be removed.
  • Pending the same the 5% vacancies should be calculated on the overall vacancies and not in the vacancies of the particular year.
  • For calculation of vacancies Group B posts also should be taken into account.
  • In the Defence Ministry wards of service personnel are given Compassionate Appointment in the 5% of Civilian Vacancies. However while calculating 5% vacancies, the vacancies of service personnel are not taken in to account. This anomaly may be rectified.
  • Defence Ministry has proposed a onetime relaxation of 5% ceiling considering the large number of pending applications. TheDoP&T has rejected the same. The issue may be reconsidered by the DoP&T

After discussion on the above issues SecretaryDoP&T assured that he would reconsider the whole matter.

7.Ensuring Five Promotions in the Service Career

The Staff Side insisted that MACP should be in the promotional hierarchy and the condition of “Very Good” grading should be removed for granting of MACP.

8.Non-implementation of the decision taken in the 46th National Council (JCM) Meeting held on 15th May 2010 with regard to Item No. 20.

The Staff Side stated that in spite of the DoP&T’s direction not to recognize Associations of “Workers”, the Defence Ministry is not implementing the same. After discussion Secretary DoP&T assured that he would discuss the matter with the Defence Secretary and settle the same.

9.Reduction of one day Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) to the employees of OFB & DGQA under Department of Defence Production against Cabinet decision and Government orders.

Staff Side protested against the arbitrary recovery of PLB days in the case of employees of Ordnance Factories, DGQA, DGAQA and EME. After discussion Secretary DoP&T directed the Department of Expenditure to reconsider the matter and if necessary to put up the case to the Finance Minister for his consideration.

10.Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air by purchasing Ticket from other than authorized agent.

The Staff Side insisted that the employees who are otherwise not eligible for entitlement of air traveling, have purchased flight tickets from other than authorized agents due to their ignorance of rule position should not be punished by imposing recovery of the entire LTC amount etc. Therefore to settle the matter once for all a onetime relaxation may be given to such employees. After discussion it was decided that DoP&T may reconsider the whole matter.

11.Grant of House Rent Allowance to the employees who have vacated government quarters.

The Staff Side insisted that NAC should not be a pre condition for grant of HRA to those employees who vacate the government quarters. After discussion it was decided that the Directorate of Estate and Department of Expenditure would consider the matter.

12.Restoration of interest-free advances withdrawn by the Government based on 7th CPC recommendations.

The Official Side assured that, the demand of the Staff Side would be conveyed to the government.

13.Grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotees under the provisions of CCS(RP) Rules- 2008.

The Staff Side stated that the decision taken in the National Anomaly Committee meeting in this regard was not accepted by the finance ministry and at present the Principle Bench CAT New Delhi and the CAT Madras Bench has given judgment in favour of the employees and hence the Department of Expenditure may reconsider the matter. After discussion it was decided that the Department of Expenditure would reconsider the matter.

14.Grant of 3rd MACP in GP Rs.4600 to the Master Craftsmen (MCM) of Defence Ministry who were holding the post of MCM in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.4500- 7000 as on 31/12/2005.

After discussion it was decided that DoP&T will refer the matter to Department of Expenditure recommending to reconsider their earlier decision of rejection since the demand is in conformity with the rules on ACP/MACP.

15.Carrying forward of Earned Leave by Defence Industrial Employees on transfer/ appointment from non Industrial to Industrial Establishment.

DOPT has agreed with the demand and their decision would be conveyed to MOD after receipt of the proposal from Defence Ministry in this regard.

16.Reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in recognized hospitals.

CGHS rates are under revision and the same would be issued soon.

17.Dental Treatment in private hospitals recognized under CGHS / CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for CS(MA) beneficiaries.

CGHS vide their OM dated 5th April 2017 has informed that the requirement of no objection certificate has been dispensed with vide OM No. S.14025/41/2015-MS dated 7.12.2016.

18.Removal of ambiguity in fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen and grant of the same benefit extended to Commissioned officers to personnel below officers rank also

The demand is under consideration ofDoP&T in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.

19.Permission to opt for pay fixation in the revised pay structure on a date after the date of issue of CCS(RP) rules 2016 notification (25.7.2016) in case of employees whose promotion becomes due after 25.7.2006.

The issue is under consideration of Department of Expenditure and a decision would be taken soon.

20.Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner.

DOPT is framing a fresh calendar for holding DPC and effecting promotions which will enable to fill up the promotional Posts in a time bound manner. Instructions will be issued very soon.

21.Abolish and upgrade all posts of Lower Division Clerks (LDCs) to Upper Division Clerks(UDCs)

The Staff Side demanded that the LDC post may be merged with UDC and MTS may be promoted directly to UDC. DoP&T agreed to consider the demand.

Due to paucity of time, new agenda points, given by the Staff Side, was not taken up for discussion. It was decided that the Action Taken on the New Agenda Points would be communicated to the Staff Side and a meeting would be thereafter convened to discuss these items.

Cabinet approves revision of pension to pre 2016 pensioners

The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to method of revision of pension of pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners based on the suggestions made by the Committee, chaired by Secretary(Pensions), constituted with the approval of the Cabinet. While approving implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee. In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations. In order to provide more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on the information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner. The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.

Sincerely Yours
Sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
National Council (JCM)

Source : NCJCM Staffside

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National Council (JCM) Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of NFIR

National Council (JCM)-Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of NFIR

GOVERNMET OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

Rail Bhawan,New Delhi-110 001,
dated:27.03.2017

No.2008/E(LR)I/JCM 1-1

The General Secretary,
NFIR.
3. Chelmsford Road.
New Delhi – 110 055.

Dear Sir,

Sub: National Council (JCM)-Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.IV/NC/JCM/Part IV dated 19.01.2017.

Ministry of Personnel, Public &Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) vide their O.M.No.1/3/2008-JCA-1 dated 27.02.2017has since conveyed the approval of the Competent Authority to the nominations/re-nominations of the following representatives of National Federation of Indian. Railwaymen as Staff Side members of National Council(JCM) on behalf of NFIR for a period of three(3) years with effect from 27.2.2017:

S/Shri
1. Guman Singh
2. M. Raghavaiah
3. R.P. Bhatnagar
4. K.S. Murty
5. J.C. Mahurkar
6. T.K. Chatterjee
7. B. C, Sharma
8. R.P. Singh
9. P.S.Suriyaprakasam
10. Ashok Sharma
11. Munindra Saikia

yours faithfully
(D.Mallik)27/3/2017
Director, Esst(IR)

Signed copy

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Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees

Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-I

Dated :18-03-2017

The General Secretaries
Of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees – reg.

A Meeting of the Committee with JCM (Staff Side) under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare was held at sardar patel Bhavan, New Delhi on 17th March 2017 at 15.00hrs. Brief on the discussions is given below:

(i) At the outset, Secretary (Pension) stated that the Committee will try to consider and propose for safeguarding the interests of pensioners appointed on or after 01-01-2004. He said that the purpose of meeting was to elicit views from JCM (Staff Side) and make out report with an attempt to accommodate the views by and large.

(ii) Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation highlighting the attempts of the Committee for formulating Rules. Regulations and procedures to be considered by the Government.

(iii) Initiating discussion, the JCM (Staff Side) leaders have reiterated their consistent stand that the Liberalized Pension Scheme needs to be made applicable to those who joined the Government service from 01-01-2004.

2.The JCM (Staff Side) leader Dr.M.Raghavaiah and Standing Committee Member, Shri Guman Singh have participated in the meeting and pointed out as follows:

(a) The Committee should consider for recommending 50% of Last Pay drawn as minimum pension to the retiring NPS subscribers irrespective of their total service.

(b) The Pension Rules of 1972 be incorporated in the proposed draft Rules in an appropriate manner, thereby pension is guaranteed to the families of retired/deceased employees and their dependents.

(c) While 60% of Pension wealth will be paid to the retiring NPS subscriber, the remaining 40% is invested by PFRDA on which retiring employee has no control. What is needed to be ensured is Guarantee for payment of 50% of Last Pat drawn as Pension. Remaining 40% pension wealth may be invested or used by PFRDA on which retiring employee may have no claim.

(d) In the Railways, the employer deducts 10% of wages from employee’s salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA -NSDL etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give at least annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.

The above is for information of affiliates.

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

Source: www.nfir.org.in

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NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees

NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees

No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-I

Dated: 18/03/2017

The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees -reg.

A meeting of the Committee with JCM (Staff Side) under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), Department of pension & Pensioners’ Welfare was held at Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi on 17th March 2017 at 15.00 hrs. Brief on the discussions is given below:

(i) At the outset, Secretary (Pension) stated that the Committee will try to consider and propose for safeguarding the interests of pensioners appointed on or after 01/01/2004. He said that the purpose of meeting was to elicit views from JCM (Staff Side) and make out report with an attempt to accommodate the views by and large.

(ii) Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation highlighting the attempts of the Committee for formulating Rules, Regulations and Procedures to be considered by the Government.

(iii) Initiating discussions, the JCM (Staff Side) leaders have reiterated their consistent stand that the Liberalized Pension Scheme needs to be made applicable to those who joined the Government service from 01/01/2004.

2. The JCM (Staff Side) leader Dr.M.Raghavaiah and Standing Committee Member, Shri Guman Singh have participated in the meeting and pointed out as follows:

(a) The Committee should consider for recommending 50% of Last Pay drawn as minimum pension to the retiring NPS subscribers irrespective of their total service.

(b) The Pension Rules of 1972 be incorporated in the proposed draft Rules in an appropriate manner, thereby pension is guaranteed to the families of retired/deceased employees and their dependents.

(c) While 60% of Pension wealth will be paid to the retiring NPS subscriber, the remaining 40% is invested by PFRDA on which retiring employee has no control. What is needed to be ensured is “Guarantee for payment of 50% of Last Pat drawn as Pension”. Remaining 40% Pension wealth may be invested or used by PFRDA on which,retiring employee may have no claim.

(d) In the Railways, the employer deducts l0% of wages from employee’s salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA – NSDL- etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give atleast annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.

The above is for information of affiliates.

Yours fraternity
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation

Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

No.NC/JCM/2016

Ph.: 23382286

National Council (Staff Side),
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : ncjcm.np@gmail.com

Dated: December 29, 2016

The Addl. Secretary(Exp.),
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation.

We had our last meeting on 24th October, 2016, wherein, while concluding, it was assured that, you would consult the Secretary (Expenditure) and would hold next meeting shortly. It is quite unfortunate that, so far much time have passed and nothing has been heard from your end.

Inordinate delay in Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula is creating lots of problems, and the Central Government Employees are agitated because this issue had been agitating their minds since implementation of 7th CPC Report

You are, therefore, requested to call a meeting with the Staff Side(JCM) to discuss and resolve these issues at the earliest.

With Kind Regards!
Sincerely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

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Meeting with the Committee on Allowances

Meeting with the Committee on Allowances

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC-JCM-2016(Allowances)

The Secretary(Expenditure),
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
North Block,
New Delhi

Dated: December 29, 2016

Dear Sir,

Sub: Meeting with the Committee on Allowances

The Staff Side, National Council(JCM) had a meeting with the Committee on Allowances on 1st September, 2016, wherein it was advised us to send the committee a detailed note. Subsequently, on 16th September, 2016 we sent a detailed note on the allowances to your goodself with the hope that the Committee on Allowances would consider the same, and in case of reservations, they would at least hold a meeting on the detailed memorandum submitted by the Staff Side(JCM).

Almost four months have passed without any outcome. All the Central Government Employees’ are quite agitated as well as are having mental agony because allowances of the VII CPC, have not been implemented.

You are, therefore, requested to fix-up a meeting of the Committee on Allowances, at an earliest to resolve the issues placed in the memorandum of the Staff Side(JCM) on various allowances.

Here it is worth-mentioning that, the issues related to DoP&T were discussed by the Secretary (DoP&T) with the Staff Side on 25th October, 2016. The Staff Side is of firm opinion that, there should be resolution to the demands, and these Allowances should be implemented with effect from 01.01.2016, i.e. the date from which VII CPC has been implemented.

Sincerely yours

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

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7th CPC Revision of Minimum Wage : JCM seeks Finance Minister intervention

7th CPC Revision of Minimum Wage : JCM seeks Finance Minister intervention

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi 110001
E-mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

No.NC/JCM/2016 Dated: October 26, 2016

Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

We solicit your kind reference to the discussions; the representatives of the Staff Side JCM had with you on 30th June 2016 in the wake of impending strike action that was to commence from 11th July 2016. Hon’ble Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, your goodself, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Hon’ble MoSR, Shri Manoj Sinha, on having detailed deliberations with the Staff Side, had appreciated that, the Central Government employees were not generally happy with the decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June 2016, while accepting the recommendations of the 7th CPC, particularly in the matter of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula. After detailed discussions it was agreed by your goodself and other Hon’ble Ministers present in the meeting that, the government would address the grievances of the employees, whereupon the NJCA had decided to defer the “Indefinite Strike”. Accordingly, a committee was set-up to consider the demand of Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula with a mandate to finalize its report within four months.

We (Staff Side) interacted with the said committee, headed by Shri P.K. Das, Addl. Secretary (Expenditure), on 24.10.2016. It would be quite appropriate to bring to your kind notice that, we have felt, during the course of meeting, that, the proceedings of the committee are extremely disappointing and are left with the impression that, the committee is dilly-dallying the issue.

We are, therefore, left with no option, but to address this communication with the fervent hope that, your goodself will direct the said committee to interact with the Staff Side in a fruitful manner and arrive at a mutually agreeable proposal on the issues of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

We have full trust and believe that, the government would honour the decision taken in the meeting held on 30.06.2016 in your benign presence, and suitable direction will be given to the committee to complete the assigned task within the stipulated timeframe in a satisfactory manner.

It would be the most unfortunate development, we regret to state, if we are constrained to tread the path of struggle once again in the event of the committee not coming up with a satisfactory settlement.

With Kind Regards!
Yours faithfully
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

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7th Pay Commission : JCM Meeting on October 24 & 25 : Most Crucial

7th Pay Commission : JCM Meeting on October 24 & 25 : Most Crucial

The defence ministry has already said a “pending issuance” of the 7th pay commission notification has been sanctioned by the president on ad-hoc basis for the armed forces. The arrears will be 10 percent of the current pay drawn by the soldiers, which would be calculated from January 2016.

However, the central government employees are upset that no such steps have been taken for them. To add fuel to the fire the festival advance has also been abolished before diwali.

The Central government employees are apparently upset with the central government abolishing seven allowances hitherto paid to them, and are planning to discuss the issue in about 10 days.

The Confederation of Central Government Employees said that a meeting scheduled on Thursday (October 13) to take up the issue between the secretary (personnel), government of India and the Staff Side, National Council JCM, will now be held on October 25.

“I am directed to inform you that, the meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) with the Staff Side, National Council JCM, to firm-up views of the Staff Side (JCM) on various allowances pertaining to DoP&T and also meeting of the Standing Committee, which were scheduled to be held on 13.10.2016 have been postponed.

“They will now be held at 3.00 p.m and 4.30 p.m respectively on 25.10.2016 vide Dy. Secretary (JCA) letter No. 6/8/2016-JCA 2 dated 5.10.2016 (already mail on 10.10.2016),” the Confederation of Central Government Employees said in a communication addressed to Standing Committee Members of the National Council (Staff Side) JCM.

A day prior to that, an Internal Meeting of the Standing Committee Members of the National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be held in New Delhi to discuss the matter, the Confederation of Central Government Employees said.

The abolished allowances include festival advance, bicycle advance and advance of leave salary among others, while those that have been retained are advances for medical treatment, travelling allowance for family of deceased, travelling allowance on tour or transfer and leave travel concession (LTC).

In its report, the 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances.

The recommendations of the 7th pay commission cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

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Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

No.NC/JCM/2016

Dated: September 1, 2016

All Constituents of
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

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

From the Official Side, Secretary(Defence), Home, DoP&T, Postal, Chairman Railway Board, J.S.(Estt.), J.S.(Pers.) and J.S.(IC), and from Staff Side(JCM), all the Standing Committee Members were present in the meeting.

At the outset, Secretary(Staff Side)(JCM) as well as Leader(Staff Side)(JCM) and other Standing Committee Member of the NC/JCM(Staff Side) expressed their anguish for non-formation of High Level Committee as was agreed to by the Group of Ministers(Government of India) for settling the issue of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.

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.

The Secretary, Finance(Expenditure) asked the Staff Side(JCM) to give their viewpoint in a Note on the Common Demands to implement these, and the Departmental grievances to their respective departments, and after that, a meeting will again be called.

Staff Side(JCM) strongly demanded that, date of effect of Allowance should be 01.01.2016. The Staff Side(JCM) explained its position as well about its demand that, House Rent Allowance should be 10%, 20% and 30% and Transport Allowance must be rationalized and exempted from the Income Tax, Children Education Allowance should be Rs.3,000 and Hostel Subsidy should be Rs.10,000 and these should also be exempted from the Income Tax.

Staff Side demanded that, Post Graduate and Professional Courses should also be covered in Children Education Allowance. The issue of Special Duty Allowance was also raised for N.E. Region by the Standing Committee Members of JCM(Staff Side). Fixed Medical Allowance should be Rs.2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation, Over Time Allowance must be given, Small Family Allowance should be continued and Dress Allowance needs to be reviewed. 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. All the Standing Committee Members raised various issues related to Allowances.

This is for your information.

Comradely yours

sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary Staff Side

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Brief of the meeting held today between the Government of India and the National Council JCM Staff Side

Brief of the meeting held today between the Government of India and the National Council JCM Staff Side

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National council (staff Side)
Joint Consulative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC/JCM/2016

Dated: August 30, 2016

All Constituents of National Council(JCM)
Dear Comrades!

 

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today between the Government of India and the National Council (JCM) (Staff Side)

 

The Government of India has constituted a committee, under the Chairmanship of Addl. Secretary(Exp.) with J.S.(Pers.), JS(Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as members, to deal with the pending issues of our memorandum, submitted to the Empowered Committee, of which prominent are “Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor”.

The first meeting of the said committee with the National Council(JCM) Staff Side was held today, i.e. 30th August, 2016, which remained almost introductory. Apart from the Official Side members, Shri M. Raghaviah, Shri M.S. Raja and I myself(from the Staff Side JCM) attended the said meeting.

 

We raised vehemently the issues of “Minimum Wage and Multiplying Formula” and made them very clear that; the VII CPC has accepted Dr. Aykroyd Formula for fixing Minimum Wage, but has not implemented the said formula in full sense, so, that is not acceptable to the Staff Side(JCM), therefore, Minimum Wage from Rs.18000 must be enhanced and accordingly Fitment Formula should also be changed.

 

It was agreed by the committee that, since we are again meeting on 1st September, 2016 with the Committee on Allowances, the next meeting of the said committee will be fixed in consultation with the Staff Side(JCM).

 

Thereafter, we also met the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and there also we shown our anguish about the inordinate delay in resolving those issues which were agreed to. The Cabinet Secretary said that, orders for the gratuity have been issued for the NPS covered employees, and orders for the PLB and arrears have also been issued. Many of the issues raised by the Staff Side(JCM) have been accepted and implemented and the remaining issues would also be pursued and settled.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (staff side)
NC/JCM & Convener

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INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015 – SECRETARY, JCM (NC) WRITES TO NEW CABINET SECRETARY.

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015 – SECRETARY, JCM (NC) WRITES TO NEW CABINET SECRETARY.
Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha,
Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I, on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM), greet you on your joining as Cabinet Secretary, Government of India.

Sir, you are aware that, more than 26 lakh Central Government Employees, working in the Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government Organizations, are facing lots of problems, which are unresolved due to non-functioning of the NC/JCM.

More than 05 years have passed, there has not been a single meeting of the Departmental Council.

Non-resolution of the problems of the Central Government Employees has forced them jointly to resolve for a National Indefinite Strike from 23rd November, 2015.

I hope, you will take keen interest in resolution of the problems, submitted through our agenda as well as Charter of Demands at an earliest to keep industrial peace in the country.

I do not feel good to write all these issues in my first letter, but I am forced by the circumstances to write all this.

With kind regards!
Sincerely yours,
(Shlva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
NC/JCM

Encl: Declaration adopted by NJCA on 11.12.2014

Cop to: All Constituents of JCM(Staff Side)- for information.

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NC (JCM) replied to DoPT on the decision to call for strike on 28th April, 2015

Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM writes to Director/JCA, DoPT in reply of his letter regarding  the decision to call for strike on 28th April, 2015:-

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001

No. NC/JCM/2015

Dated 16.02.2015.

The Director/JCA,
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension,
Department of Personnel & Training,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Ref: Your letter No. 3/1/2015-JCA dated January 2015

The views expressed in your letter under reference are well taken. The JCM Scheme was introduced in 1966 with the provision of holding periodical meetings to resolve the grievances of Central Govt. employees. But the Scheme has been kept in suspension in animation for the last ordinary meeting of NC/JCM was held on. 15.5.2010. Standing Committee much less the Anomaly Committee is no substitution to ordinary meeting. Since beginning of the introduction of the Scheme the meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was used to be held one/two days earlier to the ordinary meeting to iron out the progress of the outstanding items of ordinary meeting and the same procedure continued for years together. Unfortunately, of late, this procedure has been given good by.
The removal of anomaly of CPCs are not only the issues. The grievances of Central Govt. employees are piling up, the Govt. has been taking unilateral decisions in detriment for the interest of the Central Govt. employees. There is no attempts on the part of the Govt. to discuss those issues by holding ordinary meeting of the NC/JCM, causing serious resentment and anger amongst Central Govt. employees.
Vide this office letter under reference we have submitted the issues which are of serious consequences in the service life of Central Govt. employees.
You will appreciate that Staff Side NC/JCM can not remain a silent spectator when grievances are not resolved and the Govt. continue to take unilateral decisions in detriment to the interest of Central Govt. employees.
However, meeting with Cabinet Secretary in Chair may be held to discuss the issues already submitted for arriving at a logical conclusion on the issues.

 

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
National Council(Staff Side)JCM

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