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Monday, 24 April 2017

Central govt women employees fight for 730-day child care leave

Central govt women employees fight for 730-day child care leave

In February 2014, Saphla Rani made news for becoming a mother for the first time at a very late age of 57. Employed as junior manager with RITES (a public sector undertaking under the ministry of railways), she gave birth to a baby boy after undergoing 15 cycles of in-vitro fertilization, a physically and financially taxing fertility procedure.

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Three years later, she is now fighting her employer for - first, not sanctioning her Child Care Leave (CCL), which she claims is her Fundamental Right, and second for withholding her due salary when she anyway proceeded on CCL. Last Friday, Saphla says, she received a suspension letter from RITES.

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She claims that despite her repeated applications for sanction of CCL, her employer refused to grant it and also didn't furnish any valid reason for the same. She has now filed a complaint with the National Commission of Women, which has sent a letter to RITES seeking a report on the matter.

When TOI spoke to a senior official in RITES, he said that although RITES comes under the ministry of railways, it is a public sector undertaking and has a different leave structure. "We don't follow central government pay packages. And CCL has not yet been approved by our board of directors," he said.

The 7th Pay commission recommends CCL can be granted to women employees having minor children below the age of 18 years, for a maximum period of 2 years (ie. 730 days) during their entire service, for taking care of up to two children. During this period women will be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.
While women contest that CCL is their right, official communication from the department of personnel and training denies that. An official clarification issued by the DoPT says that CCL cannot be demanded as a matter of right. "Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior proper approval of the leave by the leave sanctioning authority," reads the official clarification.

In the past few years frequent cases of denial of this leave have been reported in the media. For example, in 2014, S Mangala, deputy general manager (Aviation Safety), AAI, filed a petition with the Bombay High Court seeking implementation of child care leave norms recommended in the Sixth Pay Commission in 2008. The judges reserved the order after hearing both sides. Mangala approached the High Court after her request for leave for attending to her 12-year-old daughter was rejected.

In 2015, the Central Administrative Tribunal ruled the CCL was the right of every working woman while directing Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh to reinstate their employee, Anu Sharma, who was sacked for proceeding on CCL.
The Supreme Court passed an order in 2014 ruling that a woman employee of central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for child care, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. The apex court passed the order in response to a petition filed by Kakali Ghosh, a government employee, challenging government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for preparing her son for secondary/senior examinations.

Source : Times Of India



Railway personnel, including loco pilots, motormen and guards, will observe a hunger strike while on duty on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is in support of a sit-in protest by their parent union at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. In preparation, the All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All-India Guards Council (AIGC) held a meeting at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station on Sunday evening, where AILRSA general secretary DS Koparkar addressed about a 100 motormen and guards from the Central Railway motorman lobby.

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Speaking to Mirror, Koparkar said, "We have decided to lend support to the 36-hour fast planned by our parent body at Jantar Mantar and we will hold the fast from 8 am to 8 pm while on duty. If they get one hour free during their duty hours, they will join the protest here at CST."
The central leadership of the two organizations will sit on hunger strike in front of the Parliament in New Delhi, while the running staff of the different divisions will protest at their Divisional headquarters.
Motorman Afroz Ahmed, who attended the meet, said, "The railway administration has not taken cognizance of our longstanding demands and that's why I have decided to be a part of this token protest."
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The strike will attempt to highlight their grievances covering a number of issues including the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of running staff. Ever since the Central Government notified the 7th Pay Commission on July 25, 2016, running staff i.e. guards and engine drivers of the Indian Railways have been protesting against various discriminatory policies, including long hours of employment and inadequate allowances.

Following these protests, the government had set up two committees to look into their grievances: namely the Allowances Committee and the Anomalies Committee.

Grievances included complaints that guards on goods trains were not given stressful duty allowance or adequate uniform washing allowance. They had also pointed out how guards of goods trains had to operate alone from their cabin without even basic facilities such as lights and fans.

Source : IndiaTimes

7th Pay Commission: J&K government sets up panel to examine pay scale revision

Jammu: Setting the ball rolling for the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has setup a seven-member panel to examine the revision of pay scales of the employees and pensioners.

Finance minister Haseeb Drabu, who presented the budget in the Assembly on 11 January, had said the government would implement the 7th Pay Commission from 1 April, 2018.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a Pay Committee to examine the revision of pay scales of the state government employees, pensioners pursuant to the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations by the government of India,” commissioner-secretary to the government Khurshid Ahmad said in a government order issued in Jammu.

The panel will be headed by administrative secretary, planning development and monitoring department with members as administrative secretaries of home, finance, law & justice departments and public works department (PWD), general administrative department (GAD), finance, the officer said, adding that director codes, finance department will be member-secretary of the panel.

The pay committee shall examine the import of recommendations of 7th CPC vis-a-vis the existing pay bands and desirability of changing them suitably, Ahmad said. The panel shall transform the state government organisations into modern, professional and citizen friendly entities that are dedicated to the service of the people, he said, adding it shall review the structure of medical allowance, compensatory allowance, house rent allowance, temporary move allowance and other allowances.

The Pay Committee shall suggest an overall package keeping in view any other point which may be having direct bearing on the issue of restructuring of the of pay bands, Ahmad said. It shall also examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension, death-cum-retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal and recurring benefits having financial implications to the state government employees falling under old pension scheme appointed before 1 January 2016, he said.

The committee shall examine the desirability and need to sanction an interim relief till the time its recommendations are made, and accepted by the government. The Pay commission will benefit over 4.5 lakh employees besides pensioners in the state, he added.

Source : Livemint


Implement 7th Pay Commission: Pensioners

Implement 7th Pay Commission: Pensioners

JAMMU: J&K State Pensioners Association criticised the State Government for not implementation of Seventh Pay Commission till April 2018.

In the meeting held here on Monday, General Secretary, Madan Lal Abrol termed the constitution of the committee to examine recommendations of Central Seventh Pay Commission to implement the same in the State, is apolitical gambit and not a serious or real action.

Abrol said that it is a fact that present Coalition Government has done nothing for the welfare of the employees and pensioners of the State. He demanded implementation of Seventh Pay Commission report in J and K in toto.

Abrol urged J and K Government to grant the structure of pension on death cum retirement, gratuity, family pension and other terminal and recurring benefits to employees and pensioners without any modification.

Among those who attended the meeting were include Yashpaul Sasan, Harbans Singh, Jagdish Dogra, Mohammad Shafi, Puran Chand Khajuria, Des Raj Sharma, Raj Kumar, Tej Ram , Dr. Jagdish and Puran Singh.

Source : State Times

Sunday, 23 April 2017

7th Pay Commission Allowance news: Is PM Narendra Modi the final hope for central government employees?

7th Pay Commission Allowance news: Is PM Narendra Modi the final hope for central government employees?

New Delhi, April 22: Almost 10 months have been passed and yet the ‘Committee on Allowances‘ is yet to submit its report. Around 43 lakh employees currently working on the payroll of central government have almost lost their hopes. A large number of government employees are pessimist about the allowances, but the ray of hope for these employees lies within the government. For Central Government employees Prime Minister Narendra Modi is their last hope, as most of them believe that if PM intervenes in the issue, their demands on minimum wages and higher allowance will be met soon. The recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was implemented last year. For the decision on higher allowances, a separate committee was set by the Union Government which is headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the demands of Central Government employees. 

Last year in June, after the Union Government implemented the recommendations made under 7th Pay Commission, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) along with several other leaders had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. During the meeting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra that “this meeting had a blessing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Since then a large chunk of central government employees has held high hopes with the Union Government, especially with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier this week, Shiv Gopal Mishra, reportedly said that if their demands for higher allowances and minimum wage are further delayed then they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We believe in PM Modi he is our last hope,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not take any confrontation with the government employees and to maintain a good industrial relation in the country, he will find a good negotiated settlement for a large number of government employees,” Shiv Gopal Mishra was quoted in a video. Shiv Gopal Mishra also said that the NJCA will also meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Mishra further added that the government can be blamed for the delay, as the Committee on Allowances is yet to submit its final report. Some reports suggest that the Ashok Lavasa committee will submit its report by the end of next week.

“We have full faith on PM Modi, he will come up with a good settlement plan for central government employees,” said a Union Member. NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees.

The basic pay was hiked from January 1, 2016, but for last 10 months, the central government employees are still waiting for the higher allowances.

Source : India.com

Friday, 14 April 2017

7th Pay Commission report: Big changes expected from Ashok Lavasa panel recommendations

7th Pay Commission report: Big changes expected from Ashok Lavasa panel recommendations

With the Ashok Lavasa committee set to recommend changes in allowances under the seventh pay commission, the salaries of central government employees will be witnessing major changes. Apart from abolishing or subsuming various allowances, the committee is most significantly revising the rates of House Rent Allowances (HRA), which a fixed amount paid to the employees for their accommodation needs.

While the HRA is a crucial part of the salaries of government employees, it currently constitutes 30 % of the salries of employees working in metro areas. In the revised rates, the committee will be reducing the HRA to 24% in the metros. The seventh pay commission has further mentioned that the HRA will be extended as per the type of the city where the employee is living in. The cities across the country have been classified into three classes, X, Y and Z.

The cities under class X are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and under class Y comes Agra, Ajmer, Aligarh, Allahabad, Amravati, Amritsar, Asansol, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Belgaum, Bhavnagar, Bhiwandi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Durg-Bhilai Nagar, Durgapur, Erode, Faridabad, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guntur, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kottayam, Kolhapur, Kollam, Kota, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Malappuram, Malegaon, Mangalore, Meerut, Moradabad, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Nellore, Noida, Patna, Pondicherry, Raipur, Rajkot, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Salem, Sangli, Siliguri, Solapur, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vasai-Virar City, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal. While all other cities in all states and union territories fall under class Z.

While, as per the Ashok Lavasa committee recomendation, the HRA rates will be fixed on the basis of the living costs in different cities, the committee is also planning to set the rates on the basis of the Dearness Allowance (DA) paid to the employees. As reported by India.com, it stated that if the DA to an employee crosses 50% the HRA rates will be 27 per cent, 18 percent and 9 per cent. And if the DA rate crosses 100 % the HRA rates will be 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

The Ashok Lavasa committee is expected to present the final report on the revised rates on April 18.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

GPF Rules Simplified - No need of documentary proof for taking advance & Withdrawal

GPF Rules Simplified - No need of documentary proof for taking advance & Withdrawal

With effect from 7th March 2017, Government has simplified and liberalised the conditions for taking advance from the fund by the subscribers for education, illness, purchase of consumer durables. Conditions and procedures for withdrawal from the fund for the purpose of education, illness, housing, purchase of motor vehicles etc. have also been liberalised. No documentary proof is required to be submitted now for advance and withdrawal applications. A simple declaration by the subscriber is sufficient. A time limit for sanction and payment of advance/withdrawal has also been fixed. 

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to increase/link the rate of interest on GPF at parity with that of EPF. The interest rates on EPF are decided on the recommendations of the Central Board of Trustee (EPF) taking into account the yearly income from the investment made by EPFO. The GPF interest rate is presently fixed at par with that of PPF interest rate. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Dr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, Kunwar Haribansh Singh, Shri T. Radhakrishnan, Shri Gajanan Kirtikar and Shri Bidyut Baran Mahato in the Lok Sabha today. 

Source : PIB

LTC Travel by Air India

LTC Travel by Air India 

As per instant instructions, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) is applicable for travel by Air India and in Economy class only. However, relaxation has been given to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir with certain conditions. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Shri Sharad Tripathi in the Lok Sabha today. 

Source - PIB


Aadhaar Seeding Application launched by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya

Aadhaar Seeding Application launched by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya 

Minimum assured amount on death in service and loyalty cum life benefit to EDLI members on superannuation recommended to Government 

Employee Enrolment Campaign enrolls about 5 million workers in EPFO upto 31st March, 2017 

The Central Board (EPF) under the chairmanship of Union Minster of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Shri Bandaru Dattatreya held its 217th special meeting in New Delhi. 

In pursuance to the policy of the Government for optimum use of information technology for efficient service delivery and widening the reach of EPF benefits, Hon’ble Minister of Labour & Employment, Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya launched Aadhaar Seeding Application. The EPFO has developed this Aadhaar seeding application with support of the Common Service Centers (CSC) and CDAC. The CSCs are ICT enabled front end service delivery points at the village level for delivery of Government and private services. With the implementation of Aadhaar Seeding Application, now Provident Fund member or pensioner can walk in any of the field offices of EPFO or CSC outlets with UAN & Aadhaar and seed the Aadhaar with the UAN. 

The Board has recommended a proposal of extending minimum assured benefit of Rs.2,50,000/- (Rs. Two lakh fifty thousand) on death of EDLI member. Provisions have also been recommended in EDLI Scheme for Loyalty cum life benefit to members on superannuation on completion of 58/60 years of age/total and permanent disablement with minimum 20 years of contributory service as a pilot project for two years. Thereafter the scheme will be reviewed. 

Central Board also took note of the fact that EPFO has enrolled 49,39,929 workers during 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017. 

Source : PIB


Friday, 7 April 2017

7th Pay Commission - Final Result on Allowance expected in one week

7th Pay Commission - Final Result on Allowance expected in one week

No.NC-JCM-2016(Allowances) Dated: April 7, 2017
All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances
As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week’s time.
This is for your information.

Comradely Yours,

Shiva Gopal MishraSecretary, Staff Side

Source : NCJCM Staff Side

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