A useful blog for Government Employees on news updates of 7th pay commission, Dearness Allowance, DOPT Orders, CGHS, CSD, LTC, HRA, Pensioners, Railway orders and other relevant informations

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Govt yet to fix time-frame for removal of pay anomalies

JAMMU, Jan 28: Despite lapse of eight years, the Government has not fixed any time-frame for removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre of the State.

This can be gauged from the reply given by the Minister of State for Finance, Ajay Nanda in response to the question of BJP MLA from Ramban Neelam Langeh in the Legislative Assembly today.

Pursuant to the implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, Pay Anomaly Committee was constituted vide GO No.1387-GAD dated October 8, 2009 and based on its recommendations orders were issued vide GO No.296-F dated December 21, 2010 for removal of pay anomaly of clerical cadre sanctioning therein grant of financial incentive equal to two increments at the time of passing of the Secretariat Assistants Examination conducted by PSC either at the level of Junior Assistants or Senior Assistants on prospective and non-compounded basis by corresponding deletion of such provisions which were earlier in vogue.

Pursuant to the agreement between the high powered group of the Government and leaders of Unions/Associations of the employees on September 15, 2011, Government revived pay anomaly committee vide order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated January 16, 2012 to once again look into the pay anomalies and disparities with respect to clerical and other categories/cadres.

Though the committee made certain recommendations yet there was lack of consensus among the members regarding the recommendations.

Later, in compliance to court order in petition titled Jammu, Kashmir Ladakh All Departments Clerical Staff Association and Others Versus State, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary vide GO No. 420-GAD  of 2016 dated. April 21,  2016 to look into the recommendations of the Pay Anomaly Committee constituted vide Govt Order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated January 16, 2012.

“The committee has met at various occasions and as such the matter is under its examination”, the MoS Finance said, adding “after a conclusive view by the committee, a decision would be taken”.

Though CPM MLA Mohd Yousuf Tarigami asked the Minister of State for Finance to specify the time-frame for completion of exercise for removal of pay anomalies yet the latter failed to give any time-frame thereby establishing that even after lapse of eight years the Government has not fixed any time-line to provide justice to the clerical cadre.

On the issue of regularization of workers engaged on consolidated wages in various departments, the Minister informed that the employees appointed on ad hoc, contractual and consolidated basis against available posts prior to April 28, 2010 are recommended for regularization in terms of J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act, 2010 by the Empowered Committee constituted for the purpose.

“The Government will start the process of regularization of casual workers of various categories under a set of guidelines and objective criteria during the next financial year”, the MoS Finance said, adding “to begin with, the regularization, on contractual basis, of all those who have given their land to the State Government in lieu of job and have been left out so far will be taken up  through a process of documentation and verification which will be done by the General Administration Department”.

“For the remaining categories, a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary is formulating various options.  During the course of the year, the Government will set out a policy with timelines for absorbing these people”, the Minister added.

Source : Daily Excelsior
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

TRUST SHALL NOT BE BETRAYED - CONFEDERATION

TRUST SHALL NOT BE BETRAYED - CONFEDERATION


"Unfortunately, the NDA Government and the Group of Ministers consisting of Sri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister, Sri Arun Jaitley, Hon'ble Finance Minister, Sri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Railway Minister who gave assurance on 30th June 2016 that Minimum wage and Fitment formula will be increased and a High Level Committee will be Constituted with a time - frame of four months, have given least concern for the above observations of the Apex Court. Now seven months are almost over. Further there is no guarantee that Allowance Committee will increase the percentage of HRA recommended by 7th CPC."

"TRUST SHALL NOT BE BETRAYED"

7th Central Pay Commission has quoted in para - 1.29 of " Foreword ", the following observations of the Supreme Court in the case of Bhupendranath Hazarika and another Vs State of Assam and others (reported in 2013 (2) Sec 516).

"It should always be borne in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a situation is not created where hopes end in despair. A sense of calm sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected in every step. An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed and they shall be treated with dignified fairness ; then only the concept of good governance can be concretized. We say no more."

Unfortunately, the NDA Government and the Group of Ministers consisting of Sri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister, Sri Arun Jaitley, Hon'ble Finance Minister, Sri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Railway Minister who gave assurance on 30th June 2016 that Minimum wage and Fitment formula will be increased and a High Level Committee will be Constituted with a time - frame of four months , have given least concern for the above observations of the Apex Court. Now seven months are almost over. Further there is no guarantee that Allowance Committee will increase the percentage of HRA recommended by 7th CPC. Instead there is every chance, to deny retrospective effect from 01.01.2016 to the revised allowances and it may be implemented prospectively from 01.01.2017 or 01.04.2017, thus denying the eligible arrears for one year or more. It has become certain that the Option-1 for pensioners recommended by 7th CPC, which is the one and only favourable recommendation, stands rejected. Orders on abolition of Advances including Festival advance and imposing "very good " condition for MACP are issued unilaterally .

Request of the JCM National Council Staff side Secretary to give one more opportunity to present it's case before the Allowance Committee is not conceded by the Finance Secretary, who is the Chairman of the Committee. The request of the JCM Staff side to modify the Terms of Reference of Anomaly Committee is also not yet considered by the Department of Personnel and Training. The Committee constituted for New Pension Scheme is only for streamlining the NPS by making some cosmetic changes as recommended by 7th CPC and not for considering the demand of the JCM Staff side to scrap NPS. Not even a single demand of the staff side submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2016, requesting modifications in the recommendations of 7th CPC is settled by the Government.

The All India Conference of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers held in August 2016 at Chennai had taken a decision to request all constituents of NJCA to revive the indefinite strike , if Government is not ready to honour it's commitment before 30th October 2016.  The AIC had further decided that, in case NJCA is not ready to revive the deferred indefinite strike, then Confederation should organise independent trade union action including strike. Confederation strongly feels that there in no meaning in waiting indefinitely for Government's decision. We cannot cheat the employees like NDA Government. As no consensus decision could be taken in NJCA, Confederation had decided to  go for one day strike and organised country wide demonstrations, mass dharnas and massive Parliament March. Strike notice for one day strike on 15th February 2017 was served on 28th December 2016. Due to announcement of assembly elections in five states by Election Commission of India and 15th February being a polling day, the strike was postponed to 16th March 2017.

Intensive campaign and mobilisation is going on in full swing all over the country. About 13 to 15 lakhs Central Government employees will participate in the strike, with the full support and solidarity of about 34 lakhs pensioners, Central Trade Unions, independent Federations of State Government employees, Bank and Insurance employees and other public sector employees.

After reviewing the participation of employees in the one day strike, Confederation shall explore the possibility of declaring higher form of trade union action including indefinite strike .

M. KRISHNAN 
Secretary General
Confederation 
Mob & WhatsApp : 09447068125
Email : mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: ConfederationHQ
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7th Pay Commission: Where do government employees stand to gain

7th Pay Commission: Where do government employees stand to gain

To rub salt to the wounds of Central government employees, several states have decided to implement or have already started implementing the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

While autonomous organisations are still waiting for implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations, other Central government employees are waiting for clarity on their allowances.

The Narendra Modi government had approved the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in June last year. More than six months later, the Central government is working on the modalities to extend all the benefits to its employees.


Here are the developments:

The Seventh Pay Commission submitted its report in November 2015 and the government approved it in June 2016. Several protests have since taken place demanding implementation of the revised pay structure.

The Seventh Pay Commission recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay. It proposed a 138.71 per cent hike in housing allowance (HRA) and 49.79 per cent for other allowances.

The Pay Commission also recommended doing away with 53 of the 196 allowances the government employees get besides moderation in several others. Still, the overall hike in allowances is expected to add a burden of Rs 29,300 crore (Rs 17,200 crore under HRA and Rs 12,100 crore under other allowances) in the current fiscal, estimated the Pay Commission.

The recommendations will benefit 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, which includes 14 lakh serving employees and 18 lakh pensioners in defence forces.

To rub salt to the wounds of Central government employees, several states have decided to implement or have already started implementing the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The governments in Haryana and poll-bound Uttarakhand announced that the recommendations will be effective from the new year--January 1.

In states like Jammu and Kashmir, where the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations will be implemented next year, employees have been assured that they will get the benefits with retrospective effect from January 2016.

Source : IndiaToday
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Government committed to Veterans’ Welfare: Dr. Bhamre

Government committed to Veterans’ Welfare: Dr. Bhamre 

The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre has categorically stated that the Government is sensitive to the issues and concerns of Ex-Servicemen and all possible steps are being taken to mitigate their grievances. He also appealed to Ex-Servicemen community to utilize the available official forums like Army Veteran Portal to express their problems and seeking redressal of them through official channels.

 Addressing the Inaugural Armed Forces Veterans’ Day function at Delhi Cantonment, today, Dr. Bhamre said “Veterans are an essential part of the Armed Forces family who are the keepers of our values and culture and it is our duty to respect and honour them as they are an unbreakable link between the present and the past.” He assured the veterans and their widows that the Central and State Governments and all the Service Headquarters are fully committed to look after them.

Dr. Bhamre in his speech dwelt upon different welfare measures taken by the Government for the 
well-being of the Veterans. He mentioned that last year some important steps were taken like establishment of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt and the process of establishing a veteran vertical in each Area and Sub-Area level has begun to look after their welfare. 

The Minister informed that every year Ex-Servicemen rallies are organised to look after the pension grants and health needs of Veterans and their dependents and 102 such rallies were successfully organised last year.

The Minister said, the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, a demand which was pending for implementation for the last more than 40 years. The current position on disbursement of OROP arrears as on 27 December 2016 are as follows:- 1st instalment amounting to 3,994.49 crore has been disbursed to 19,69,385 Ex-Servicemen, while 2nd instalment amounting to 2,290.72 crore has been disbursed to 15,54,849 Ex-Servicemen. The total number of Ex-Servicemen eligible for OROP are 20,72,457.

The Minister particularly stressed upon the Skill Development of Veterans so that they can contribute effectively to the nation by starting a new innings in their career. He also stated that the ECHS, through its polyclinics all over India and Nepal is working effectively for the health care of the Ex-Servicemen.

The function was attended by many Ex-Chiefs of the three Services and serving Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal SB Deo, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua amongst hundreds of Armed Forces Veterans.

Source : PIB

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

7th Pay Commission – Resident doctors at Delhi Govt hospitals threaten mass leave.

Resident doctors working at Delhi-government run hospitals on Tuesday threatened to go on mass leave from 17 January if their demand for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations were not met by then.

The warning came after representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) met Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain urging him to ensure the recommendations of the 7th pay commission were implemented for resident doctors working at Delhi government- run hospitals.

Already these (7th pay recommendation) have been implemented for resident doctors in central government hospitals but they have not been implemented for us,” FORDA president Pankaj Solanki said.

“The implementation will bring in a hike in the salaries of the resident doctors. We want the health minister to issue orders to all its hospitals. We are still looking forward to a positive response from the minister in this regard,” he said. He said if their demand was not met, the resident doctors in Delhi government-run hospitals will go on mass leave from 17 January.

FORDA, an association created for the welfare of resident doctors all over India, was founded in January 2014 in Delhi.

Source: PTI feeds


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CPAO on Pensioners – Asks Banks to provide complete details regarding Pension , Arrear Payments & Recoveries

The CPAO has instructed to Banks to follow the provisions of CPCC guidelines and instructions and provide full breakup of pension payment clearly to the pensioners.

Taking into consideration the grievances reported by Pensioners’ Associations and Pensioners, CPAO had issued instructions to Heads of CPPCs and Government Business Divisions vide OM No. CPAO/Tech/Banks Performance/2015-16/60 dated-14.06.2016 for strict compliance of above guidelines for providing detailed breakup of pension payments.

Drawing attention to the para 4.6.7 of the Accounting and Operating Procedure for Central Pension Processing Centre of Authorised Banks for Pension Disbursement to Central Government (Civil) Pensioners (February, 2012) the CPOA said, “whereby it has been provided that “The CPPC software will display on the computer screen, options and view of the details of calculation of pension and its breakup of the pension paid to the pensioner/ family pensioner. The Home Branch will act as intermediary with the CPPC and, besides providing accounts statement, provide to the pensioners the payment of TDS details, pension slip, the Due and Drawn Statement in respect of each arrear and the Annual Income Statement”.

It has again been reported by Pensioners Associations and Pensioners that “arrears of arrear of Revision of Pension, Fixed Medical Allowance, Additional Pension, Life Time Arrear etc. are clubbed with monthly payment of pension for which it becomes difficult for pensioner/family pensioner to understand if pension and arrears are disbursed correctly. Even recovery of over payment or wrong payment is not shown separately”.

Therefore, banks have been  instructed by the CPOA to follow the provisions of CPPC guidelines and instructions issued vide OM dated-14.06.2016 and provide full breakup of pension payment clearly to the pensioners. A compliance report in this regard may be sent to CPAO latest by 31.01.2017 positively.

Source : www.cpao.nic.in
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Regulator for railways coming soon, train fares likely to go up

Regulator for Railways coming soon – Train Fares Likely to go up

Brace to pay more for your travels by railways from this summer.

Fares are expected to shoot up as the government is almost ready to set up by June an independent railway regulator that will determine passenger and freight tariffs.

Called the Rail Development Authority, it can recommend tariff changes periodically by taking into account all direct and indirect costs such as pension, debts and market-driven forces.


It will be set up through an executive order as part of a bold step to revamp the decrepit, loss-making railway network.

“The Rail Development Authority would be an independent body, housed outside the Ministry of Railways but funded through the annual railway budget sanctioned by the Parliament. The approved Budget would be placed at the disposal of the regulatory authority. It would also be permitted to arrange funds through adjudication fees, penalties levied and any other source as specified in the proposed Act,” according to the concept paper uploaded on Ministry of Railways’ website to elicit public comments.

The authority will set tariff based on cost recovery principle and “what the traffic can bear.” All the direct and indirect costs such as pension liabilities, debt servicing, replacements and renewals along with productivity parameters, market-driven demand and supply forces and future investments will be considered by the regulator before setting tariffs.

“One can expect a gradual and calibrated increase in passenger fares, but a steep rise is unlikely as the regulator will also need to take care of the people.

Recently, the government had increased tatkal booking charges by up to 33 per cent for travel in sleeper class, AC-III tier, AC-II tier and executive class through an executive order.

It is a good decision, as the freight versus fare distortions need to be addressed,” former railway finance commissioner R Sivadasan said.

The move is aimed at unshackling the railways from political reluctance to hike fares, which has bled the country’s largest public transporter that carries 23 million passengers every day.

Train tariff is heavily subsidised because successive governments have shied away from the politically unpopular move of raising fares.

Currently, 67% of rail revenues come from shipping freight and just 27% from passenger tickets. Profits earned from freight are diverted to subsidise passenger fares.

The long-awaited plan to delink passenger and freight tariffs from political decisions is likely to get cleared by the Union cabinet this month, an official said.

The regulator will ensure a level playing field to private or foreign investors.

Investor sentiment in the railways has been low because of uncertainties and frequent policy changes.

“Among its other key functions, the authority will establish guiding principles to ensure a stable policy environment for private and foreign investors,” the official said.

The regulator will have a chairman and four officials, drawn from within and outside the railways, including the private sector.
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Central government employees sit on day-long protest

DEHRADUN: Central government employees sat on a day-long protest against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission met in the state. The members under the aegis of Co-ordination Committee of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sat on dharna at Buddha Chowk from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday.

Talking to TOI, Jagdish Chander Chimwal, secretary of the association said, "Kendariya Karamchari Kamgar Parisangh, an association of Central government employees in New Delhi, in their meeting held on December 16 had decided to hold a one-day protest across the country on January 10 against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. Today's protest was part of this country-wide peaceful protest."

He said, that the Government of India had given assurance to constitute a high-level committee to look into the long pending demands by all central government employees regarding minimum salary rise, revision of salary allowances and evaluation of new pension policy but the government is yet to take any concrete step in this regard.

Source : TOI
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

5th Pay Commission: Salary hike for Meghalaya Govt employees gets delayed

The buzz among Central and state government employees in most parts of the country is about the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), its implementation, impact and benefits. However, Meghalaya, one of the seven northeastern states, is talking about the 5th pay panel.

The wait for the state's approximately 99,000 employees and 20,000 pensioners has just got extended by about six months, if a report that appeared in a regional publication is any indication. The Shillong Times said on Tuesday that the 5th State Pay Commission (SPC) is likely to submit its report on revising salary and other benefits of employees to the state government by July. 

The state government had constituted the SPC in August last year after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. The government appointed former chief secretary P. J. Bazely as the head of the panel and retired officers Uttam K. Sangma and Lambha Roy as members.

Employees of the state government had said that the raise in salary and allowances to be recommended by the 5th SPC should be at par with the hike proposed by the 7th CPC.

The previous pay revision for Meghalaya government employees was 32 percent with effect from January 1, 2007, as recommended by the 4th pay panel.

If the 5th SPC recommends a hike of about 25 percent as sought by the employees, it will entail an additional outgo of Rs 1,200 crore per annum (Rs 100 crore per month), according to The Shillong Times.

Source : IBTimes
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Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017. 


Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

            The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

            It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

            The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in

Source : PIB
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PM delighted over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in 10 days

PM delighted over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in 10 days



The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed delight over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in a span of 10 days.

" Delighted to know that in a span of 10 days there have been over 10 million downloads of the BHIM App.

BHIM App has made transactions faster & easier, thus making it popular among the youth. The App is also beneficial for traders.

The BHIM App is a fine example of Make in India & how technology is being effectively used to end the menace of corruption & black money",  the Prime Minister said.


Source : PIB
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Pay fitment committee to submit report in March

Pay fitment committee to submit report in March


PATNA: The three-member pay fitment committee (PFC) headed by former chief secretary G S Kang would submit the final report on revision of salaries and allowances of the state government employees and officials in March this year.

The state cabinet had okayed constitution of the three-member PFC early last month. Finance department secretary (expenditure) Rahul Singh is member secretary of the three-member committee and rural works department secretary Vinay Kumar is its member.

The PFC has to fix the salaries and allowances of around 4.5 lakh employees of the state government in accordance with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission meant for the central government employees and officials.

The expected hike in salaries and allowances of the state government, including pensions of around 1.5 lakh retired employees and officials, would be by around 15%, putting an additional annual burden of a whopping Rs 9,000 crore on the state exchequer.

Singh said the contractual teachers of primary and secondary schools would not be covered by the PFC, as they are attached to the panchayat and urban local bodies.

Similarly, other contractual staff manning the state government officials from the state secretariat down to the block levels - like computer operators - would also be outside the ambit of the PFC. Singh, however, indicated that the state government has been working on how best to deal with the emoluments of computer operators to their satisfaction.

Otherwise, the finance department would issue the formal notification by Monday or Tuesday next week regarding the constitution of the PFC and also the place where it would remain functional for the next three months. The PFC would function from Shram Bhawan near income-tax roundabout.

Singh said the PFC would invite and receive memoranda from organisations concerned of the government employees and officials till January 20 with regard to their demands and suggestions on the issues related to pay fixation and consequent revision of salaries and allowances, including of the retired personnel.

Thereafter, PFC would give hearing to them till the second week of February, and the full and final report be submitted to the government sometime in March, Singh said, adding that the pay revision would not prove to be a taxing problem, because most of the anomalies had been removed during the pay fixation done while adjusting their salaries and allowances in accordance with the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Source : TOI
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Mandatorily process all pension cases online: Govt to departments

Mandatorily process all pension cases online: Govt to departments  


NEW DELHI: In order to check delay and bring in more transparency, the Centre has asked all its departments to mandatorily process all pension-related cases through an online system.

The move will result in timely sanction and grant of post-retirement benefits to employees.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has issued instructions to secretaries of all central government departments asking them to ensure that pension cases are processed electronically.

It has been seen that despite detailed guidelines and instructions, a large proportion of retiring employees do not get their retirement benefits and pension payment order (PPO) in time, the Ministry said in an order.

It said an online pension sanction and payment tracking system called 'Bhavishya'has been launched to check delay in providing retirement benefits to employees.

Both the retiring employees as well as administrative authorities can monitor progress of pension cases at each stage online. 


All pension related cases of retiring employees have to be filed electronically from January 1, 2017 and "in no case will the pension case be delayed on account of electronic processing through Bhavishya", it said. 

Source : Economic Times
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Final allowances for central govt employees under 7th Pay Commission likely to come in March: Fin Min official

Final allowances for central govt employees under 7th Pay Commission likely to come in March: Fin Min official


New Delhi: The struggle of central government employees unions seeking better allowances under 7th Pay Commission may be bearing fruit soon.

Finance Ministry is expected to announce new set of allowances for central government employees by March.

“May implement new allowances structure for government staff by March”, a Finance Ministry official told BTVi on Friday. BTVi tweeted

n October the ‘Committee on Allowances’ finalised the report but the government gave then the extension till February 22, 2017, to submit its report for getting normalised the cash crunch position.

Currently, the central government employees are getting allowances under the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

The 7th pay commission had recommended abolishing of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. On the protest of central government employees, the government set Committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa To review allowances other than dearness allowance. However, it is still unclear whether arrears on allowances would be given or not.

Source:  Zee News
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh delegation meets Dr Jitendra Singh

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh delegation meets Dr Jitendra Singh 


A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh's Industrial Unit, "Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh", held a meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence. The delegation also requested the Minister to issue directions to expedite the follow-up  pertaining to LTC cases pending in the DoPT. 

The members of the delegation sought to draw Dr Jitendra Singh’s attention to an earlier meeting with him wherein they had brought to his notice that there is 5.85 lakh sanctioned strength of Defence Civilians, but the existing strength is only 3.98 lakh as mentioned in the report of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Thus, there is a deficiency of 1.87 lakh civilian manpower and there are about 20,000 aspirants who are seeking appointment on compassionate grounds. The members of the delegation recalled that Dr Jitendra Singh had given a positive response to them and subsequently also written to the Defence Minister to take cognizance of the issue. 

As per an OM of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), there is a provision to give compassionate appointment to one of the dependants for the survival of the family in case the employee unfortunately dies during the service period leaving the family behind. But the provision for such appointment is limited to 5% of the vacancies, as a result of which, according to the members of delegation, a large number of wards are kept waiting for appointment on compassionate ground because of the ceiling. 

The delegation referred to an earlier letter written by Dr Jitendra Singh to the Minister of Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar wherein the former had requested for intervention by the Defence Ministry so that the DoPT could accordingly proceed in the matter. They requested Dr Jitendra Singh to take up the issue once again with the Ministry of Defence so that their demand could be addressed. Dr Jitendra Singh assured the members of delegation that he would again seek the views of the Minister of Defence and try to work out whatever feasible. 

Source  : PIB

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Govt employees protest for salaries, regularisation

Srinagar, Jan 4: The government employees, casual labourers, workers, and pensioners on Wednesday asked the government to resolve their long-pending issues.

Staging a protest under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees, Casual Labourers, Workers and Pensioners United Front at Press Enclave here, they raised slogans in favour of their demands.

The protesters urged upon the government to form a comprehensive regularization policy for all casual labourers engaged after 1994.

The protesters asked the government to release all the pending wages of the contractual workers who, they said, have been pushed to the wall and are living in miserable conditions because of the unavailability of money.

“I have been serving in the Water Works Department for the last 10 years. I am giving my best for the department and working amid all odds and evils. I have not been paid for the last seven months. I am facing tremendous hardships in managing the day-to-day expenses of my family,” said Abdul Ahamd of Budgam.

“I am not able to fulfill the needs of my family. I am even not able to pay the school fees of my children. There is a likelihood that they will be struck off from the rolls if I will not pay the fees within a couple of days. If salary is not released at the earliest, my family will die of starvation,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary of Employees Joint Action Committee Third Front, Ghulam Rasool Gillani, said when the central government has already implemented the 7th pay commission, why is the state government reluctant in implementing the same here.

“It is we people who run the government on the ground. It is by our efforts that the government is able to accomplish its agenda of development, governance, etc. We appeal the state government to resolve all genuine issues of employees without any delay,” he said.

He warned the state government not to test the patience of the employees.

Gillani said if the issues confronting employees are not resolved, they will be left with no option but to intensify their agitation.

“The onus of any untoward situation arising from our agitation will directly be on the government,” he said.

Source : Kashmir monitor
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Retired employees win pension war in SC, but hit government wall

MUMBAI: Three decades after their battle began, and despite a victory in the Supreme Court in September, several thousand retired central government employees are yet to get their pension restored.

Unwilling to let the octogenarians celebrate, the Centre filed a review petition in the top court last month and decided to implement the restoration subject to its outcome. The Union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions issued an office memorandum on December 21to give former central government employees who had litigated for years, including K Ganesan, a spearheading litigant who died during the process, this bittersweet news.

The issue centres around a pension rule that permitted central government employees to shift en masse from the 1960s to the 1980s to public sector undertakings (PSUs) that needed experienced workers at the time. To aid and promote the move, the Centre allowed the employees to avail of 100% lump sum pension in advance for 15 years. The rules had till then permitted a partial onethird commutation. Acomplicated formula is at work for pension calculations.Essentially, such employees who had claimed a lump sum upfront in a particular year, went on to fight for restoration of pension (effectively arrears) as per service years, after accounting for the lump sum payment made earlier. The issue was a fight against effective downgrade of pension slabs.

Several legal battles ensued, beginning in 1983. In 1987, the SC first allowed one-third restoration for Central govern ment employees after a 15-year period, and a decade later extended the benefit to those who had shifted to PSUs.

K Ganesan, who was with the finance ministry and in 1986 moved to BHEL, a PSU, after availing of lump sum pension in advance, launched a fight in the Madras high court.In 2007, the court upheld the plea. It significantly held that the Centre cannot wipe away the rights of an employee for restoration. It said an employee remains a pensioner under the Pensions Act, 1871. Navi Mumbai resident Satish Kate, part of another association and who worked with the Indian Bureau of Mines and retired in 2006 from Indian Oil Corporation, is among those awaiting restoration."Many of the 7,000-odd pensioners are aged over 80. They may not live to enjoy pension in their lifetime if the legal battle continues," he said. "The SC order applies to all of us who were absorbed by PSUs.The PM heads the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension."

Source : Times Of India
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

7th Pay Commission: Personally pained as Government ignored genuine demands, says NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra

New Delhi, Jan 4: National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra once again lashed out at Centre for not paying heed to the demands of aggrieved central government employees. Mishra, who also heads the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), claimed that he is personally pained since the government has ignored the genuine demands raised on behalf of employee unions. Mishra listed two of the most genuine demands which he wanted Centre to fulfill: Upscaling of minimum salary to Rs 26,000 and enabling Old Pension System for employees hired on and after 1st January, 2014.

“In the recommendations of the 7th CPC both the demands were ignored,” Mishra said in his statement issued for AIRF. He further added, “held meetings with the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary(DoP&T), Secretary (Exp.) etc. of the Government of India, to extract maximum benefits for all of you, but up till now nothing fruitful has emerged,” he added.

Centre had constituted a High Level Committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the anomalies raised following the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The allowances of government employees, along with arrears would only be cleared after the committee submits is report. The allowances are likely to be rolled out following the Union Budget.

The report of 7th Pay Commission was notified by Union Government in July. Although the salaries have been hiked using 2.57 fitment factor. However, the hike in allowances were put on hold as employee unions had raised objections. The 7th Pay Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur subsumed 37 and abolished 51 out of the incumbent 196 allowances.

Apart from the National Council (Staff Side), Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers have launched a campaign against Centre, seeking fulfillment of 21-point-charter of demands. They have called for a nationwide strike on February 15. READ 21-point-charter of demands here.


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7th Pay Commission: Wait for higher allowances gets longer, Central govt to pay bonanza after Budget 2017-18

New Delhi, Jan 2: The suspense over the payment of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission ended on Tuesday with Central government saying the higher allowances will be paid after the Budget 2017-18. The ‘Committee on Allowances’ had got extension till February 22, 2017 to give its report on higher allowances, which suggested that the government will pay higher allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission after February. The government has decided to advance the date of Budget presentation by a month and present it on February 1. The government plans to complete the entire exercise related to Budget before March 31, after which it will pay the higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.
“Government is very pleased to pay the higher allowances to its employees after Budget,” a Finance Ministry official was quoted as saying by the Sen Times. “The acute cash crunch in banks and ATMs that prevailed for a month following the demonetization move of the government has eased from January 1, as the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs has been increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,500. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances after Budget,” the top official added.
The cash crunch post demonetisation drive affected the preparations of the government about payment of higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The government wanted to start payment of higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission for its 48 lakh employees and 52 lakh pensioners, but the cash shortage compelled the government to delay it.
The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, however central government employees were unhappy with the move.
Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

Source: india
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