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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Madras University Result April 2016 Declared- Click here for result

Madras University Result 2016

The University of Madras has published the result of all UG/PG examination conducted in the month of April, 2016 on  its official website. The UNOM Result is available at http://www.ideunom.ac.in . Students who are looking for their examination result can check it online.

Follow the steps to get Madras University Result 2016 

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission



The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits.   It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC.  However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year.

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Source : PIB


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National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2016 – Declaration of written result


On the basis of the result of the written  part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2016 held by the Union Public Service Commission on April 17, 2016, candidates with the under mentioned      Roll Nos. have qualified for Interview by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for Admission to  Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 137th Course and for the 99th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from  January 02, 2017.

The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Nos. are shown in the list, is provisional. In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, “candidates are required to submit original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification to respective Service Selection Boards (SSBs) during the SSB interview.” The candidates must not send the Original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission. For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate “C” of the Commission, either in person or on telephone numbers 011-23385271/011-23381125 / 011-23098543 between 10:00 hrs and 17:00 hours on any working day.  The result is also available at Union Public Service Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in . 

The mark-sheets of the candidates, will be put on the Commission’s website within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of thirty (30) days.
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RM Hands Over Varunastra Torpedo to Indian Navy



The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today handed over “Varunastra – a Ship Launched Heavy Weight Torpedo”, also known as underwater missile to the Indian Navy in a befitting ceremony here today. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Manohar Parrikar congratulated DRDO for the achievement and appreciated the efforts made in this regard. He asked the DRDO to ensure its participation in the production process and to keep adequate quality control of their products so that it can meet the international standards. The Minister also stated that in these high technology areas, DRDO’s contribution with 95 per cent of indigenous content is an apt example of Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) category. 

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba termed the occasion as momentous and described it as yet another feather in the DRDO’s cap. He applauded DRDO and Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) for rendering yeomen service to the nation in achieving self-reliance in defence and underwater technologies. He said the Navy’s partnership with DRDO laboratories has strengthened and matured over the years. ‘The fact that three of the premier DRDO labs NPOL, NMRL and NSTL carry the prefix ‘Naval’ in their names highlights the close relationship between the Indian Navy and the DRDO in our joint efforts’, Admiral Lanba stated. 

Secretary, DD R&D and DG DRDO Dr. S Christopher in his address described the induction ceremony of Varunastra as a proud moment for the nation as India has joined in the elite group of only a handful of countries. He commented that the development of submarine launched heavy weight torpedo is in advanced stage for user trials. Dr. Christopher mentioned that Varunastra, the shipborne anti-submarine torpedo has got the goodwill of Navy as a user which has decided to produce 73 of them, immediately. He briefly mentioned that last year Mareech – Advance Torpedo Defence System was handed over to Indian Navy. He also highlighted the DRDO developed LCA – Tejas, the first Squadron of which is being raised by IAF on July 01, 2016. The AEW&C is also striding towards induction into IAF this year. Recently, another milestone has been achieved by BrahMos, a Joint Venture of DRDO which successfully demonstrated captive trials with Su30 aircraft, he stated. 

Varunastra has been developed by NSTL, a premier DRDO laboratory based at Visakhapatnam. M/s Bharat Dynamics Ltd has been associated as a production partner in concurrent engineering mode. 

Varunastra, a versatile naval weapon which can be fired from the Rajput class destroyers, Delhi class and all future Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) ships capable of firing heavy weight torpedoes and is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines both in deep and littoral waters even in intense countermeasure atmosphere. 

The function was also attended by Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary, (Defence Production) Shri AK Gupta, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Dr. G Sateesh Reddy and senior functionaries of Ministry of Defence, Indian Navy, DRDO, Production & Industry partners. 

Source: PIB
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7th Pay commission cabinet approval is disappointing - Com.Shiva Gopal Mishra

No.AIRF/160                                                                                                   Dated: June 29, 2016
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!
Sub: Cabinet approval on the VII CPC report
As all of you are aware that the Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC today.
It has been noticed that there is no improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor as well, which was our hard pressed demand.  Instead, wages, as recommended by the VII CPC have been accepted as it is, which is highly disappointing.
Only two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and another for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months time.
It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.
Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016.
You are also advised to intensify the mass mobilization.
With fraternal greetings!
        -Sd/Shiva Gopal Mishra
General Secretary

Source : AIRF
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Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Group 'A' Officers of Central Reserve Police Force


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Cadre Review of Group 'A' Executive officers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with net creation of 90 posts of various ranks from Deputy Commandant to Special DG ranks. After creation of these posts in CRPF, the operational efficiency and capacity building of the Force including its administrative capabilities would be enhanced.
 
Under the cadre review, the increase in existing structure of Group 'A' posts from 4210 to 4300 posts is as under:-

1.     Increase of one post of Special DG (HAG + level).
2.     Net increase of 11 posts of Inspector General (SAG level).
3.     Net increase of 277 posts of DIG/Commandant/2-l/C (JAG level).                                         
4.     Net reduction of 199 posts of Deputy Commandants (STS level).

Background:

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), is one of the Central Armed Police Forces. It was formed in 1939. The first Cadre Review of the service was conducted in 1983 and the second and last Cadre Review was conducted in 1991. Though no formal cadre review has been carried out after 1991, major augmentation-cum-restructuring were carried out in 2004 and 2009. During these augmentations, additional battalions were raised without proportionate addition of supervisory and support staff.

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7th Pay commission : Highlights from today's cabinet approval

Highlights:

1.     The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

2.     All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

3.     The minimum pay has been increased from Rs.  7000 to 18000 p.m.  Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs.  18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs.  56100.  This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

4.     For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate, the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29 % as on 01.01.2016.

5.     Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

6.     The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

7.     Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

·        Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs.  10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
·        A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
·        Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs.  1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
·        Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
·        Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

8.     The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs.  7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

9.     The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

10. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

11. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.  The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

12. The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

13. Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

14. As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

Source : PIB
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Cabinet Clears Recommendations Of 7th CPC : Minimum entry pay will be 18000

A big pay hike for over a crore government employees and pensioners was cleared by the cabinet on Wednesday.

With this raise, several senior government officials will draw a higher salary than lawmakers in Parliament.

Salaries and allowances will rise by at least 23.5 per cent, which had been recommended by the 7th Pay Commission - the panel that decides on government salaries.

The hike - the lowest in the last 70 years - is expected to cost the taxpayer an additional Rs. 1 lakh crore annually, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.

The move will impact nearly 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners. The changes will be effective retrospectively from January 1 this year.

The raise is built around a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay.

Rs. 73,650 crore of the total payout will come from the general budget, while Rs. 28,450 crore will come from the railways.

The previous pay panel had recommended a 20 per cent hike which was eventually doubled when it was implemented in 2008.

The highest pay is pegged at Rs. 2, 25,000 per month for apex scale and Rs. 2,50,000 per month for cabinet secretary and others at the same pay level.

The rise will be more than double as the current pay in this scale is Rs. 90,000 per month.

The move has led to the discontent among the lawmakers who allege disparity with government officers. To address their resentment, the government is also considering a hike in salaries and allowances of lawmakers.

The minimum pay recommendation is Rs. 18,000 per month. This too is more than double of the present Rs. 7,000.

Sources say Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made provisions for the payout.

Though the government is making an effort to increase revenue by bringing more under the tax net, the payout will reduce its kitty. The Centre also needs about Rs.70,000 crore to meet the One Rank One Pension (OROP) commitment for the armed forces.

On the flipside, the huge payout will boost demand at a time the economy is sluggish.

While some believe additional cash in the market may fuel an inflationary trend, experts say that the impact of the pay hike may become a turning point for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to trigger.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Clarification about educational qualification of Ex-servicemen candidates in Railways

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

RBE No. 56/2016
No. E(NG)II/2014/RR-1/3. New Delhi, Dated 27/05/2016
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards

Sub: Clarification about educational qualification of Ex-servicemen candidates- reg .
•••
1. References have been received from various Railway establishments seeking clarification regarding acceptance or otherwise of certificates pertaining to qualification submitted by Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer which contained following endorsement:-

“Diploma in Engineering in appropriate discipline plus total 10 years af technical experience in the appropriate field is recognized as equivalent ta Degree in Engineering. It is considered valid for the purpose of selection to Gazetted posts and services under the Central or State Government.”
2. This endorsement in Diploma certificates of Ex-servicemen candidates have been made on the basis of certain notification of Ministry of Education and Social Welfare (Department of Education Technical) contained in letter No. F-18-19/75/T-2 dated 26/5/1977.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Air Headquarter/New Delhi, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Human Resource Development. It has now been informed by M/o HRD that notification dated 26/5/1977 has been declared fictitious by Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh in OA No. 343/PB/2013 in their order dated 15/12/2015 in the matter of Shri Om Prakash Kangotra and others Vs Union of India & others.

4. In above light, it has been decided that aforesaid certificates need not be accepted, wherein, Degree in Engineering has been notified as prescribed qualification for recruitment on the Railways.
Please acknowledge receipt.

-Sd/-       
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board

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7th Pay Commission : Model Act allows women to work night shifts

The union cabinet is expected to discuss the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for Central government employees that has proposed a nearly 15 per cent increase in basic pay along with a model shop and Establishment Act that would allow cinema halls, restaurants, shops, banks and other such workplaces to be open 24/7 in a meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

The Cabinet might also take up the National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP) tomorrow, which will pave the way for auction of 100 prospective mineral blocks, boosting India's mining potential

Officials said the model shops and establishment act would also enable women to work during the night in such offices with mandatory cab services and other workplace facilities for them.

The draft law proposes to cover all premises, barring factories, or shops with work related to printing, banking, insurance, stocks and shares, brokerage or theatres, cinema and "any other public amusement" which is currently not covered under the Factories Act 1948.

All such units which employee 10 or more workers are proposed to come under this Act.

According to the labour ministry, the government has decided to keep warehouses under the purview of the Act after several meetings with stakeholders even though trade unions have opposed it.

However the implementation of the act will depend on the states as labour is in the concurrent list and states have their own law governing the functioining of shops and establishments.

Meanwhile, the 7th pay commission had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent.

"Considering the tight fiscal position this year, the government may improve upon the Pay Commission recommendation for basic pay to 18 per cent or at best 20 per cent," a senior official said.

The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.

A secretaries' panel, headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has already vetted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and its report is being translated into a note for Cabinet.

The government had in January set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.

The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.

The secretaries' panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.

While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.

Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, the official said. 

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Punjab Government to release Dearness Allowance Arrears

The SAD-BJP government in poll-bound Punjab on Monday announced its decision to release arrears of Dearness Allowance (DA) to employees and pensioners in cash.
Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the arrears of DA with effect from July 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015, at the rate of 7 per cent and arrears with effect from January 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014, at the rate of 10 per cent shall be given to employees and pensioners of the State government in cash.

Mr. Dhindsa said 50 per cent of the DA arrears from July 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015, at the rate of 7 per cent shall be paid during the second quarter of financial year 2016-17 which is from July 1, 2016, to September 30, 2016, and pending 50 per cent of the arrears shall be paid during the third quarter of financial year 2016-17 -- from October 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016.

Likewise, 50 per cent of the DA arrears from January 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, at the rate of 10 per cent shall be paid during the fourth quarter of financial year which means from January 1, 2017, to March 31, 2017, and the rest of the 50 per cent of this arrears shall be paid during the first quarter of financial year 2017-18 which is from April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017.

He said the notification in this regard has been issued on Monday.

-- PTI


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Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ soon

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ soon



The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said all Central Ministries and Departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ very soon. Chairing the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that with this step, the pension release to the retired employees will be expedited and it will also help quick resolution of pending issues. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh said we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. India has a large number of pensioners today and to make best use of them is a challenge, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’ scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners. 
Earlier, the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri C. Viswanath directed that all the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) should be digitized. The 28th SCOVA meeting was attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India. 

The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has taken various initiatives for the welfare of the pensioners. The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners. The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/e-mail. In the year 2015-16, the scheme has been scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing & Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country. 

‘Sankalp’ is an initiative for motivating retiring employees and pensioners to take up voluntary work after retirement so as to channelize their experience and skill towards productive work for society and nation building. The Department has so far registered 1,812 Pensioners, 16 Organisations and 19 Pensioners Associations under this project. Some Pensioners Associations have done exemplary work under the initiative. 

‘Anubhav’ was launched in February, 2015 on the direction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This initiative is to showcase the outstanding work done by retiring employee that contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in Government functioning. It is envisaged that over a period of time this will create a wealth of information, institutional memory and innovative ideas and will motivate employees. 

‘Jeevan Pramaan’ is a facility created for submission of Aadhaar based digital life certificate. This scheme was initiated by the Prime Minister on November 10, 2014. This scheme provides an excellent facility for the benefit of pensioners to submit their digital life certificate from the comfort of their homes. The Pensioners Associations are actively involved in motivating their fellow pensioners to get their pension accounts seeded with Aadhaar Number. Due to continuous efforts, as on date around 34 lakh i.e 71% of Central Government pensioners have seeded their bank accounts with Aadhaar Numbers.

Source : PIB

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Seventh Pay Commission likely to be implemented soon : The Hindu News

The government is likely to soon announce the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission that would hike the salaries and allowances for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners by at least 23.5 per cent.

A Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha has submitted its report on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission which may be accepted, a financial ministry official said.

Based on the panel’s report, the Finance Ministry is preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.

“Committee of Secretaries (CoS) has finalised its report on Pay Commission recommendations... We will soon (file) draft Cabinet note based on the report,” Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said here on Monday.

The government had in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The Pay Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.

The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The 23.55 per cent increase includes hike in allowances.

The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.

Sources said the secretaries’ panel may have recommended higher pay increase, with minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.

While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.

Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, officials said.

Mr. Lavasa said the Seventh Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1.

Keywords: Seventh Pay Commission, government employees, salary hike

Source : The Hindu
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Employment news Weekly Job Highlights 25 Jun - 01 Jul 2016

JOB HIGHLIGHTS

NATIONAL FERTILIZERS LIMITED, NOIDA
Name Of Post : Office Assistant Grade III, Accounts Assistant and Mkt. Representative
No.of Vacancies : 78
Last Date :19.07.2016

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Name Of Post : Junior Scientific Officers, Medical Officers, Scientists SB, Statistical

No.of Vacancies : 44
Last Date :14.07.2016

THE NATIONAL SMALL INDUSTRIES CORPORATION LIMITD
Name Of Post : Chief Manager, Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager
No.of Vacancies : 60
Last Date :11.07.2016

MISHRA DHATU NIGAM LTD, HYDERABAD
Name Of Post : Junior Operative Trainees and Senior Operative Trainees
No.of Vacancies : 86
Last Date :15.07.2016

BHARAT COAKING COAL LIMITED, DHANBAD
Name Of Post : Overseer (Civil), Junior Overman and Mining Sirdar
No.of Vacancies : 721
Last Date :07.07.2016

BHARAT PETROLEUM CORPORATION LIMITED, Kochi
Name Of Post : Chemist Trainee, General Workman-B (Trainee)
No.of Vacancies : 69
Last Date :04.07.2016

DREDGING CORPORATION OF INDIA LTD., Delhi
Name Of Post : General Manager, Dy. General Manager, Manager, SR. Superintendent, Supervisor’s, etc
No.of Vacancies : 38
Last Date :08.07.2016
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Several State Governement offices relocate to AP capital region


The Andhra Pradesh Government has announced its intention to shift the state-level Government offices from Hyderabad to the capital region (comprising Vijayawada, Mangalagiri, Tenali, Amaravati and Guntur) by Monday and consequently several offices have shifted to either Vijayawada, Guntur or Mangalagiri (located between Vijayawada and Guntur). They will function from the new premises this week on.
The temporary secretariat at Velagapudi near Amaravati will be partly ready by Wednesday and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has said the construction will be completed by the end of July and the secretariat will be fully functional by the first week of August. He has urged the employees to bear with the difficulties in shifting from Hyderabad to the capital region and co-operate with the Government in the building up of Navya Andhra Pradesh (new AP).

The Government offices have been temporarily housed at several places in Vijayawada, Guntur and Mangalagiri. The state-level agriculture offices have been shifted to Guntur and also the office of the NG Ranga Agricultural University. The offices of the director of the municipal administration and also of minor irrigation have shifted to Guntur. The AP Nedcap office has been set up at Mangalagiri in Guntur district.

The APSRTC MD office has been set up at the Vijayawada bus station and the AP fisheries director's office at Penamaluru in Krishna district. The AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) office has been set up at Guru Nanak colony in Vijayawada. The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh office has been set up at the Indira Gandhi stadium here.

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7th Pay Commission: Rs 70,000 crore allocated for its implementation in Budget 2016

Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned in the Union Budget 2016-17 for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for government employees, a finance ministry official said.

While there’s no explicit overall provision number, the government had said the Seventh Pay Commission hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.
“We have provisioned for around 60-70 per cent of the total burden that was talked about,” a finance ministry official said.

The Budget document states that “the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due from January 1, 2016 is to be implemented during 2016-17 fiscal as also the revised One Rank One Pension (OROP)scheme for Defence services.”

The finance ministry has provisioned for this in the Demands for Grants for individual departments and ministries. It is built into and subsumed into those allocations.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will function as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion.

Faced with the burden of Pay Commission recommendations, there were concerns on whether the government would be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent for 2016-17.

However, in Budget Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley removed all doubts and promised to adhere to the fiscal consolidation roadmap and stick to the 3.9 per cent deficit target.

(With PTI inputs)
Source : IndianExpress
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Exemption of Railways from National Pension System NFIR writes to PM

Exemption of Railways from National Pension system (NPS) as recommended by the Railway Ministers – kind intervention and approval requested



NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part I

Dated: 26.6.2016

Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
South Block,
Raisina Hills,
New Delhi-110011

Sub: Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Railway Ministers – kind intervention and approval requested.

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) brings to your kind notice to the standing demand raised by the Federations seeking exemption of National Pension System (NPS) and restoration of Defined Benefit Pension Scheme [Liberalized Pension Scheme i.e. Railway Services (Pension) Rules 1993].

In this connection, the NFIR brings to your kind notice that the nature of duties performed by the Railway employees are akin to those in the armed forces. The NFIR also invites your kind attention that since British Rule, the Railways was conceived and operated as un auxiliary wing of the Army. It is an admitted fact that by virtue of its complex nature, Railways required a high level of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. Railways is an operational organization required to run the services round the clock throughout the year. The Railway employees are expected to work in inhospitable conditions, braving extreme weather conditions under open sky, unfriendly law and order scenario and inherent risks associated with the Railways operations itself.

It needs to be appreciated that as in the armed forces, large number of Rail Workforce stays away from their families for long period while performing duties in remote and jungle areas where minimum required facilities are lacking. The nature of duties of Railway employees is critical and complex & hazards involved are also very high. Though efforts are made for enhancing safety measures, a large number of Railway employees lose their lives or meet with serious injuries in the course of performance of their duties each year. This was also admitted by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, High Level Safety Review Committee in his report presented to the Railway Ministry.

Conceding the plea of NFIR, the former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and also the present Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu have sent proposal to the Finance Minister in March, 2014 and November 2015 respectively urging upon the Government to exempt Railway employees from the purview of National Pension System OPS). In spite of proposals of the Railway Ministers, the Government has not yet accorded approval for exempting Railways from National Pension System (NPS). There is alround dissatisfaction and resentment among the Railway employees against.New Pension System.

The Railway employees are also a dissatisfied lot as the 7’r’ CPC has not done justice in respect of their pay structure etc. Added to this, non-abolition of National Pension System [NPS) has generated anger among all sections of Railway employees which compelled us to serve Strike Notice on 09’n June 2016.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention in the matter to see that the proposals of the Railway Minister seeking exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS), is approved-.by the Government without further loss of time.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,
(Dr.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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NJCA's Press Statement of Massive Rally held on 24.06.2016 at New Delhi

NJCA
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JOINT ACTION


PRESS STATEMENT


24.06.2016

The central Government Employees working in and around Delhi at the call of  NJCA held a massive Rally  on 24.06.2016 before the Parliament house. The Rally was organized to declare the resolve and determination of the Central Government Employees to organise Strike action commencing from 11th July 2016, if the NDA Government does not bring about a satisfactory settlement of the 11 point charter of demands (copy enclosed).
Two of the most significant issues that have triggered the strike action are:

(i)            the inordinate delay in taking decisions on  the 7th CPC recommendations;

(ii)          the refusal of the Government to bring back the old statutory  defied Benefit scheme of pension to all CGEs in the place of Contributory Pension Scheme.

The report of the 7th CPC was submitted on 19.11.2015 after a delay of about 3 months. The Government especially the Finance Minister had assured that the final decision over the report will be taken within 4 months. On 19th June 2016, the delay has crossed seven months.

There had been no meaningful discussions with the NJCA so far. The computation of Minimum wage by the 7th CPC deserves to be rejected as the commission has, in a bid to suppress the entitlement doctored the formula itself. The wages of an MTS in civil service, who is a group C employee cannot be less than Rs 26000 on the basis of the formula evolved in 1957 to which the Government is a party. There can not therefore be any question of reduction in the quantum of minimum wage.

 The NPS, which the Government introduced for those retired after 1.1.2004 in Government service has to be construed as a fraud perpetuated and deserves to be abandoned. There cannot be two classes of civil servants in the country; one making contribution but still not getting any assured pension and the other entitled for a statutory defined pension without any contribution. Those who are covered by the NPS in Central Civil Service is now more than 40% of the total personnel. The Government must be bold enough to address this issue. 

It is high time, that the Government comes forward, hold meaningful and fruitful discussion with NJC and settle the 11 point Charter of demands. The continued procrastination is a sure step to confrontation and the Central government employees in the Country will certainly commence the strike  action from 11.7.2016.

The entire civil service, which include the Railways and Postal workers,  employees of Defence factories and establishments and all other services of the Government of India will come to a grinding halt on  11.7.2016.

The rally  which was concluded at 3 PM was addressed by leaders of Railways and Defence Federations and Confederation of CGEs and Workers.

Comradely yours,
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Convener



CHARTER OF DEMANDS


1. Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.

2. Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt establishments by the 7 CPC.

3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.

4.
i. No privatization/outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions.
ii. Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS.

5. No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.

6. Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.

7. Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.

8. Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.

9. Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee.

10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.

11. Revive JCM functioning at all levels.
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List of Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017



12/8/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training
JCA-2 section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th June. 2016


Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017- reg.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this 0M. will be observed in the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2017. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself] herself Of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list or Restricted Holidays in Annexure — n.

2.Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / NewDelhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3. below:
  1. REPUBLIC DAY
  2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
  4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
  5. CHRISTMAS DAY
  6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
  7. DIWALI IDEEPAVALI)
  8. GOOD FRIDAY
  9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
  10. IDU’L
  11. IDU’L ZUHA
  12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
  13. MUHARRAM
  14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (D.E-MILAD)


3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2 , threeholidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to Central Government offices within the concerned State shan be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as



  1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
  2. HOLI
  3. JANAMASKTAMI IVAISHNAVI)
  4. RAM NAVAMI
  5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
  6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTEA
  7. NAKAR
  8. RATH YATRA
  9. ONAN
  10. PONGAL
  11. SRI PANCHAML / BASANT PANCH.AMI
  12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BKHU / MASHADI UGADI / CENTRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDL PADAVA 1st NAVRATRA /NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAVTH.
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NPS awareness campaign will be observed from June 27-July 9


To improve awareness about the National Pension System (NPS), all entities in the NPS value chain, such as points of presence (POPs) and central record keeping agency, will observe a service fortnight from June 27-July 9.



The fortnight-long campaign is aimed at awareness creation, service orientation and information dissemination along with subscribers’ registration, an official release said.

NPS has been available to persons in the private and unorganised sector since May 2009. Currently, the total number of subscribers under NPS and Atal Pension Yojana together has reached 1.28 crore and assets under management stands at over ₹1.2 lakh crore. There is tremendous potential in the private sector which needs to be tapped, said the release.

Well-designed product
Sample surveys conducted by market intelligence agencies have shown that NPS is well-designed and the least-cost pension product with exclusive tax benefits.

Over the NPS fortnight, the POPs are expected to involve all their registered service providers in subscriber acquisition and servicing.

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Punjab power employees supports Haryana power employees

Chandigarh, Jun 26 (PTI) Power employees in Punjab today came out in support of protesting employees of Haryana power distribution companies, who had announced to go on a two-day strike on June 29 and 30 and condemned the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) invoked by the government in Haryana.

Several Punjab power utility employees' associations including PSEB Engineers' Association (PSEBEA), JEs Council and PSEB Employees Joint Forum demanded amicable settlement of dispute between Haryana government and power employees to avoid the two-day strike on June 29 and 30.

PSEBEA, JEs Council and PSEB Employees condemned the imposition of ESMA on the power sector employees, PSEBEA President Baldev Singh Sran said in a joint statement here.

Associations strongly opposed any move of privatisation of power sector in Haryana and urged the chief minister to hold talks with power workers to find an amicable solution to their problems so as to avoid the proposed two-day strike which is in the larger interest of power sector and state, he said.

More than 25,000 employees of Haryana power distribution companies would observe two-day strike on June 29 and 30, demanding rollback of "outsourcing" of operation and maintenance of power sub-divisions even, Haryana government has invoked the ESMA, for six months to prevent any disruption in power supply.

Power employees in Haryana have been protesting against the state government's decision of "outsourcing" of the job of operation and maintenance of 23 power sub-divisions in the state and removal of 485 contractual employees and purchase of power from private sources.

Besides, they have also been demanding filling of 30,000 vacant posts, inquiry into "sharp rise in losses and debt" of power distribution companies and scrapping outsourcing policy.

Source : PTI
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7th Pay Commission: No annual increment for non-performing Central govt employees

The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should not be allowed to earn annual increments if they fail to meet performance criterion. For this, it has sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level.

The Commission has also recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

The panel said, “There is a widespread perception that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course. The perception is that grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP), although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.”

“This Commission believes 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,” it said in the report submitted to the government.



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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Course completed Act Apprentice to get preference in Railway Recruitment – RBE 71/2016

Course completed Act Apprentice to get preference in Railway Recruitment – RBE 71/2016


Government of lndia(Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

RBE No:71/2016

No. E (NG)II/2016/RR-1/8 New Delhi, dated 21.06.2016
The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
Chalrmen/RRCs

Sub: Recruitment of staff from open market In Pay Band-1 of Rs5,200-20,200 having Grade Pay of Rs1800/- 

Board had constituted a Committee to formulate the policy for according preference to Course   completed Act Apprentices (CCAAs) . In recruitment. The Committee has given Its  recommendation and accordingly, it has been decided by the Board that 20% of the vacancies In case  of direct recruitment to posts/categories in Pay Band of Rs. 5,200-20,200 having Grade Pay of  ~1800/- shall be filled giving preference to Course Completed Act Apprentices (CCAAs) trained in  Railway establishments and possessing National Apprenticeship certificate (NAC) granted by  National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT). This will be in the nature of horizontal reservation  as In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs} and Ex-Servicemen. However, unlike In the case of PWDs, there will be no ‘carry forward’ of the-unfilled vacancies to be  filled by this mechanism. In case of shortfall, the vacant slots shall be filled from others in the  combined merit List. Guidelines are enclosed 

Please acknowledge receipt.
Sd/-     
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt.(N)II
Railway Board

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Staff side demand Rs 26000 as minimum wage with fitment formula 3.71

Comrades,
                
                  The empowered committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary had discussion from past five  months on the charter of demands raised by the staff side,  The finance ministry is working out the financial implications arising out of the improved  recommendations of the 7th CPC especially on the minimum wage and fitment formula being improved, granting two  increment on promotion and having annual increment on 1st Jan and 1st July instead of just on 1st July.  This will benefit a lot of persons on promotion. The other aspect is considering grant of advances, which the 7th CPC has recommended for abolition.

        The formal announcement by the of the 7th CPC acceptance is likely to be made by the Government just before the 11th July strike by the CG employees indicating the actual minimum wage and fitment formula.

     The cabinet Secretary will present the view of the empowered committee of Secretaries before the Union Cabinet meeting based upon the principle adopted in actual calculation of the minimum wage and fitment formula. The 7th CPC had adopted the Dr Aykroyd formula   minimum wage is calculated on the basis of the 15th ILC norms. But erred in many aspects for example the average of   prices of last 12 months was taken, The housing weight age , education weight age etc  . The prices of essential items are rising from past many years, even in last six months the retail inflation is rising above 5.4%.

 Secondly the prices quoted by the  GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU CLEREMONV, SHIMLAHttp://Labourbureaunew.Gov.In/ ,  the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi & the retail market prices are varying .

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 21,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.00. This will result in 34% wage hike without allowances.  

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the  Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi  taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 23,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.30. This will result in 50% wage hike without allowances.  

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the retail market   taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 28,000 / and fitment formula works to 4.00. This will result in 70% wage hike without allowances.  

          The most important demand is that of the CG employees is the minimum wage and fitment formula. 

 The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to  Rs  3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to   Rs 6500/- increase per month. After deductions & income tax the net increase will be just from Rs 500/- to Rs 3000/- only.

 This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up.   

Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.

Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never. 

Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source :karnatakacoc
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