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Monday, 30 November 2015

LDC-UDC Matter & MACP on Promotional Hierarchy in 7th CPC Recommendation: AIAAS(NG) writes to Confederation

LDC-UDC Matter & MACP on Promotional Hierarchy in 7th CPC Recommendation: AIAAS(NG) writes to Confederation

Message from Secretary AIAAS(NG) :-

This Association has taken up the LDC/UDC, MACP on Promotional Hierarchy, and other issues related to Administrative Staff with Confederation. Copy of the letter sent to the Secretary General, Confederation is given below: All our LDC/UDC friends are requested to raise the issue in their respective Association to force them to represent the issue to Confederation/JCM Staff Side.
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NG)
MINISTRY OF STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION
Bhopal,
Dated 25/11/2015
To
Com. M Krishnan,
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers,
New Delhi

Dear comrade,
This is in connection with LDC/UDC, MACP on Promotional hierarchy and other issues related to Administrative Staff of Subordinate offices. It is surprising to note that the 7th Pay Commission has turned down the genuine issue of LDC & UDC on the ground that the government has stopped direct recruitment for the clerical cadre and gradually phasing out the existing incumbents. If this is true, it is a matter of great concern that the Government has chosen to take a unilateral decision on an important policy matter without consulting the Staff side. The reason given for rejection of the demand is not convincing.
Besides Confederation/Staff Side JCM, several Departments had recommended upgradation of grade pay of LDC & UDC of Administrative Offices especially the LDC & UDCs of subordinate offices of Government of India.
Extracts of the Pay Commission comments on the matter is given below:
By analyzing the demand of SVP, National Police Academy under Para 11.22.100 the Commission has said “This issue has been dealt in Chapter 7.7. Recommendations made there would apply in this case also”
As against the demand of Directorate of Printing under Para 11.52.32 Commission maintained that “posts like LDC, UDC, Accountant are common to a number of ministries/ departments. Recommendations regarding their pay are contained in Chapter 7.7 and Chapter 11.35.”
But, in Chapter 7.7, deals common category, no recommendation for LDC/UDC is given.
However by recording disagreement to increase promotional quota of MTS to LDC under Para 7.7.37 & 11.35.28 Commission has said that “government has already stopped direct recruitment for the clerical cadre and gradually phasing out the existing incumbents, this demand cannot be accepted.”
But the fact is that Staff Selection Commission is frequently conducting recruitment for the post of LDC. Combined higher secondary examination for the selection of LDC also has been conducted recently. Moreover, no alternative recommendation to replace the LDC post is given in the report.  It is to be noted that the normal ratio of LDC and UDC in subordinate offices is 5:2 and thus LDCs have been allocated responsible sections and in many smaller offices LDC alone is handling the work of entire Administration.
On the other hand rejecting Central Secretariat Clerical service demand for parity with DEO, the commission observes “Even though the entry requirements are similar, historically the pay scales of the two posts have been different. Besides, they comprise two distinct cadres with different set of roles and responsibilities. Hence, the demand for parity of pay of LDC with DEOs cannot be acceded to by the Commission.”(Para 11.35.38).
Historically these cadres may be different set of roles but the fact is that functions of LDC are more complex than that of DEO and same was brought before the commission by various Associations/Administrative Authorities. Earlier pay Commissions have fixed Pay Scale to DEO considering their work on computer. But today LDCs are selected on the basis of their expertise in computer operation also.
By concluding the LDC issue, I give hereunder two comments among the dozens of comments/e-mail received us on the subject. This signifies the sufferings of LDCs in subordinate offices.
(1)   I am really disappointed with the decision of 7th CPC, I was hoping that I would get atleast GP 2400 as per their calculation, they don’t even think about lower classMyself Ashutosh, LDC and I am appointed on 2012, 3000 KM far from my house and from last 2 years I am doing the work of cashier along with all the work of Income Tax and budget, apart from me 4 more LDC’s are working here instead of UDC’s and they are the backbone of their branch but as per 7th CPC words we are not having as much responsible work they think LDC’s are recruits only for “dispatch” and “typing” which is not true.
I request to them, sir please come and see how much responsibility we have and what we are getting,
(2)    I am s murugan LDC, handling with pay bills, income tax, TDS and what are related to taxable income such as LTC encashment, final bills, HRA claim and etc…
In 7th Cpc report every where it is stated that this is dealt with chapter 7.7 and 11.35. But, there are no clear instructions for clerical.
The major error is clerical cadre is not included in common categories (chapter 7).
II      Grant of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy:
Even though the Confederation has clarified that the Commission has recommended MACP on promotional hierarchy, the report of the Commission is confusing and contradictory. Para 5.1.44 reads in the new Pay matrix, the employees will move to the immediate next level in the hierarchy. This can be interpreted as fixation in the same principle as that for a regular promotion. But Para 11.52.45 is contradictory.

III     The Grade Pay of  Assistants/Stenographers of Central Secretariat is brought down to Rs. 4200 from the existing Rs. 4600 and NFSG granted to the UDCs of Central Secretariat has been withdrawn thereby the demand for parity with the Grade Pay of Assistant/UDC of Central Secretariat is turned down.
Comrades, Government is bent upon to contractorise all the Administrative posts below the post of Assistants. The demand for merger of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC and upgradation to Rs. 2800, as recommended by the staff side is genuine in accordance with duties assigned. Confederation/JCM (Staff Side) is requested to please help LDC/UDC and other Administrative Staff of subordinate Offices to resolve these genuine issues.
Yours fraternally TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2015/11/this-association-has-taken-upthe-ldcudc.html
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7th Pay Commission – Recommends Abolition of 52 Allowances

7th Pay Commission – Recommends Abolition of 52 Allowances – The list of outdated government perks is pretty long. Sample this: select postal department employees are entitled to a Rs 90-per month cycle allowance.

The 7th Pay Commission, headed by Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur submitted its report to the finance ministry about 10 days back. It has made many recommendations to the Government pertaining to salary, pension etc., etc. It has also recommended abolition of 52 allowances that the 7th Pay Commission found obsolete.

The list of outdated government perks is pretty long. Sample this: select postal department employees are entitled to a Rs 90-per month cycle allowance, if the employee fulfills a number of conditions including the submission of proof that there has been an “extensive use” of the bicycle. Indian Foreign Service officers are given a monetary incentive that’s ridiculously low for learning an optional foreign language — Rs 100 per month if the officer turns “proficient” in that language and Rs 200 per month if the officer becomes “above proficient”.

Sounds odd, but Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel receive a haircutting allowance at the rate of Rs 5 per month, the lowest among 196 government allowances that prevail today. This allowance should have been discarded long ago, as haircutting is very much a part of the CISF cadres’ composite personal maintenance allowance. But no one probably had spotted this till the 7th Central Pay Commission found it “outdated” and recommended its abolition.

So, when the 7th Central Pay Commission chairman Justice AK Mathur along with two members of the Commission had to evaluate the demands of IAS, IFS, IPS, Central government services and defence personnel in several rounds of meetings spanning nearly two years, they encountered a humongous task of rationalising as many as 196 allowances in addition to weighing in on the core issues of pay hike and pay parity. The list of allowances includes the well-known ones like DA and HRA.

And the Central Pay Commission, which submitted its report 10 days ago to the finance ministry, clearly recommended abolition of 52 allowances that they found obsolete. We give below a selected list of a few allowances which have been recommended for abolition:

1. Hair cutting Allowance
2. Cash Handling Allowance
3. Hutting Allowance
4. Secret Allowance
5. Cycle Allowance
6. Diet Allowance
7. Soap Toilet Allowance
8. Funeral Allowance

Source: The Economic Times
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7th Pay Commission’s Recommendations on Gratuity

7th Pay Commission’s Recommendations on Gratuity

7th CPC recommends for raising Gratuity from the existing Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakh from 01.01.2016. 7th Pay Commission further proposes for DA indexed Gratuity viz., increase by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

Enhancement in the Gratuity Ceiling and its Indexation

A number of representations have been received by the Commission stating that there is a need to revise the existing ceiling of Rs.10.00 lakh with regard to payment of service gratuity.

Analysis and Recommendations

Rule 49 and 50 of the CCS (Pension) Rules provides that a government servant is entitled to get retirement gratuity equal to one-fourth of his emoluments for each completed six monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 16.5 times of the last emoluments subject to a maximum of Rs.10 lakh.
The Commission sought the views of the government in this regard. The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare stated that the VI CPC has increased the amount of gratuity from Rs.3.5 lakh to Rs.10 lakh w.e.f. 01.01.2006. This amount, in the view of the department, is not commensurate with emoluments that are available to senior officers at the time of retirement. The department has suggested to the Commission that a view could be taken to index gratuity with amount of DA admissible at the time of retirement.

The Commission notes that there is merit in the argument advanced to index the ceiling on gratuity so that the benefits of the enhanced ceiling are available to personnel in a manner which is more even over a time frame. The Commission recommends enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity from the existing Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakh from 01.01.2016. The Commission further recommends, as has been done in the case of allowances that are partially indexed to Dearness Allowance, the ceiling on gratuity may increase by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

Rationalisation of Death Gratuity

The Commission has received representations pointing to a need for rationalization of current slabs for death gratuity, especially for the slab of 5 to 20 years of qualifying service in which family pensioners are stated to be placed at a disadvantageous position.

Analysis and Recommendations

As per Rule 50 of Pension Rules, the death gratuity admissible will be as follows, subject to the maximum limit prescribed for the gratuity:

Length of Service Rate of Death Gratuity
Less than one year 2 times of monthly emoluments
One year or more but less than 5 years 6 times of monthly emoluments
5 years or more but less than 20 years 12 times of monthly emoluments
20 years or more Half month of emoluments for every complete six monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 33 times of monthly emoluments

The Commission sought the views of the government in this regard. Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare stated that it had received similar demands from pensioners’ association and it feels a need for a review of the existing slabs for death gratuity.

The Commission, after examination of the matter, recommends the following revised rates for payment of death gratuity:

Length of Service Rate of Death Gratuity
Less than one year 2 times of monthly emoluments
One year or more but less than 5 years 6 times of monthly emoluments
5 years or more but less than 11 years 12 times of monthly emoluments
11 years or more but less than 20 years 20 times of monthly emoluments
20 years or more Half month of emoluments for every complete six monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 33 times of emoluments

Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension
The Commission has received a number of representations requesting reduction of restoration period of commuted portion of pension from the existing 15 years.

Source: gconnect.in
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Sunday, 29 November 2015

West Bengal Government Sets Up Pay Commission

West Bengal Government Sets Up Pay Commission

Kolkata: The West Bengal Government has constituted the 6th Pay Commission for its own staff members and certain other categories of employees in the state to revise their salaries.

Economist Abhirup Sarkar, who is a professor of the Indian Statistical Institute, has been appointed chairman of the eight-member Pay Commission, which is scheduled to submit its report within six months.
The state Assembly elections are slated for next year and the setting up of the pay panel was made eight days after the Central Pay Commission submitted its report.

A Finance Department resolution yesterday said the decision was taken considering changes taken place in the structure of emoluments of state government employees in several respects since the 5th Pay Commission submitted its report.

The Commission will also cover employees of local bodies, panchayats, public undertakings, teaching and non-teaching staff of government aided and sponsored educational institutions.

As per its Terms and Reference, the Pay Commission would examine the present structure of pay and conditions of service, among other things.

It would examine the existing promotion policies and related issues and suggest suitable changes.
It would also examine various allowances, besides issues relating to retirement benefits.

To make recommendations on each of the above, the factors which will be considered included the prevailing pay structure under Central government, PSUs and other state governments, the economic condition of the country and the resources of the state government.

The Pay Commission will devise its own procedures and may take help of other departments and make estimate of the cost involved in implementing their recommendations.

“The Commission will submit their recommendations as expeditiously as practicable but preferably within a period of six months from the date of order notifying the constitution of the Commission,” the resolution said.
The Pay Commission may submit interim recommendations if found necessary or if so desired by the state government, it added.
PTI
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Double benefit in reducing government departments, says Jharkhand CM

Double benefit in reducing government departments, says Jharkhand CM

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said bringing down government departments to 31 from 43 would not only save administrative expenditure but also make running the administration easier.

“Bringing down the departments to 31 will save expenditure and that could be spent on common people,” Das told reporters here.

Downsizing and reorganisation of Jharkhand government departments from 43 to 31 is one of the two key initiatives that attracted the attention of the Prime Minister s Office, an official statement had said yesterday.
The restructuring would also help investors, Das said.

On the PMO asking the NITI Ayog to circulate “best practice” of Jharkhand so that it could be replicated in other states, the Chief Minister attributed it to teamwork.

Das said he had a desire to make Jharkhand a role model and “now we can say Jharkhand has become a role model in the country”.

“I have been repeatedly saying that Jharkhand has an important role in making India economic super power and the state is discharging its role,” he said.

Another key initiative Jharkhand has taken is lateral entry of technocrats and advisors as special secretaries and state PSUs MDs.
PTI
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Inviting suggestions for improving the format of e-service book

Inviting suggestions for improving the format of e-service book

No.21011/15/2010-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi – 110 067,
Dated: November 24, 2015.
Office Memorandum
Subject: Inviting suggestions for improving the format of e-service book
The undersigned is directed to state that it has been decided to implement the e-service book across all the Ministries/Departments and attached and subordinate office of the Government of India. Accordingly, software has been developed by NIC in consultation with the DoP&T. The screenshots are appended herewith.
2. All Ministries/Departments and the Central Government servants are requested to give suggestions for improvement latest by 14th December, 2015, to the undersigned.
(Mukul Ratra)
Director
Download/View : PERSONNEL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Uniform Fitment Factor recommended by 7th Pay Commission

Uniform Fitment Factor recommended by 7th Pay Commission
The existing PB-1, this index is 2.57, increasing to 2.62 for personnel in PB-2 and further to 2.67 from PB-3. The rationalised entry pay so arrived has been used in devising the new pay matrix.
The 7th Pay Commission recommended uniform fitment factor for all group of Central Government employees. The commission says that the fitment recommended by the VI CPC was in the form of grade pay. Any inconsistency in the computation of grade pay or in the spacing between pay bands has a direct bearing on the quantum of fitment benefit. Therefore, these issues have also been raised by numerous stakeholders. It has been demanded by a majority of the stakeholders that there should be a single fitment factor which should be uniformly applied for all employees.
The 6th CPC had mentioned that grade pay would be equivalent to 40 percent of the maximum of the pre-revised scale and that the grade pay will constitute the actual fitment, yet the computation varied greatly. After the implementation of recommendations, the difference became more pronounced in Pay Band 4 as compared to the other three pay bands. This resulted in varying fitment factors for various levels and promotional benefits that were perceived to be rather differentiated. The same pattern was discernible in the pension fixation too.
And also explained in its report that the starting point for the first level of the matrix has been set at Rs.18,000. This corresponds to the starting pay of Rs.7,000, which is the beginning of PB-1 viz., Rs.5,200 + GP1800, which prevailed on 01.01.2006, the date of implementation of the VI CPC recommendations. Hence the starting point now proposed is 2.57 times of what was prevailing on 01.01.2006. This fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees. It includes a factor of 2.25 on account of DA neutralisation, assuming that the rate of Dearness Allowance would be 125 percent at the time of implementation of the new pay. Accordingly, the actual raise/fitment being recommended is 14.29 percent.
Finally, the fitment of each employee in the new pay matrix is proposed to be done by multiplying his/her basic pay on the date of implementation by a factor of 2.57.
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7th Pay Commission Report : More flaws than plus points

7th Pay Commission Report : More flaws than plus points

7th-Pay-Commission-Report-More-flaws-than-plus-points

The much-awaited 7th Pay Commission report was submitted to the government last Thursday. The 900-page long report was perused swiftly within a day or two and criticisms have already started coming.
The very next day of submitting the report, M. Krishnan, the Confederation Secretary, gave a scathing criticism. “No other Pay Commission had submitted such a terrible report,” he said. At the very beginning of the press release, he had mentioned that the backward mindset of the recommendations of the Pay Commission have been a huge disappointment for the Central Government employees.

Contrary to all the wild speculations, a raise of only 14.29 percent was finally given to the Central Government employees. This increment is akin to two installments of the Dearness Allowance. He has strongly stated that more than 50 lakh Central Government employees and Defence Personnel have been cheated.

The 6th Pay Commission recommended 10 percent, 20 percent, and 30 percent House Rent Allowance for ten years starting from 01.01.2006. The intention behind reducing it to 24 percent, 16 percent and eight percent was not explained. Despite being very well aware of the fact that the recommendations will be in effect until 2026, the fact that the Pay Commission had tried to reduce the allocation has left the Central Government employees greatly disappointed.

MACP Promotions: Among the biggest disappointments of the 7th Pay Commission report is the fact that promotions, which are given once every ten years, so not earn any substantial benefits for the employees. They stand to gain only 3 percent hike. Another painful observation is the fact that the gap between Grade Pay 2800 and 4200 has been completely reduced.

The next big disappointment is the method of calculating the dearness allowance. This was one of the much-anticipated parts of the report. There is no clear explanation as to the reason why changes had to be made in the CPI IW BY 2001=100 method, or the 115.76 Factor.

On top of it all, the commission has introduced a new “Pay Matrix.” Our expectations of a detailed explanation about it were never fulfilled. 3 percent of the amount has been rounded off and given for each CELL.

In short, the 7th Pay Commission report is on the receiving end of lot of criticism. Central Government employees are now hoping that the Centre would intervene and do something positive for them.

Source: www.cgstaffportal.in
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY oF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
S.No. Pc-VI/ 358
No, PC-V,/ 2008/Ps/1(Stipend)
RBE No:144/2015
New Delhi, dated 16-11-2015
The General Managers
All Indian Railways and pUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 15.12.2008 (s.No. PC-VI/61, RBE No.198/2008 and Railway Board’s letter No. PC-III/93/Stand/Pt.II dated 01-12-1998.

Consequent upon the revision in training period of JE (Drawing/Design), item Nos. 34 & 35 under Drawing Office of the Schedule in Board’s letter of even number dated 15-12-2008 stand modified as under:-

S.No. Category Revised Designation Training Period Revised Pay Band of the Post (Rs.) Grade Pay (Rs.) Revised rates of stipend alongwith correspondi
ng grade pay (Rs.)
34. Draftsman ‘B’ in Mech/Elect. and S&T Deptt. (Diploma holders) Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) in Mech/Elect. and S&T Deptt. (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300 – 34800 4200 9300 + 4200
35. Draftsman ‘B’ in Civil Engg. Deptt. (Diploma holders) Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) in Civil Engg. Deptt. (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300 – 34800 4300 9300 + 4200

2. The above revised rate of stipend are applicable to those batches that undergo the modified training modules as indicated against the category.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
(N.P.Singh)
Dy. Director/ pay Commission-V
Railway Board
Source: NFIR
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Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Rates of Night Duty Allowance RAILWAY BOARD


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No.149/2015
No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1
New Delhi, dated 23-11-2015
The General Managers/CAOs
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.

Subject: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/72/1 dated 24.09.2015, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance as notified vide Annexures “A” and “B” of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1 dated 08.06.2015 stand revised with effect from 01.07.2015 as indicated at Annexure “A” in respect of “continuous”, “Intensive”, ‘Excluded’ categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories.

2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
(Sd/-)
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/E(P&A) II
Railway Board.
Annexures

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Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- on Non-functional basis – Clarification

Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- on Non-functional basis – Clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)
S.No.359
No PC-V/2010/A/TA/1
RBE No.145/2015
New Delhi, dated 17.11.2015
The General Managers/CAO(R)
All Zonal Railways/PUs
(As Per mailing list)

Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- on Non-functional basis – Clarification

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dt. 12.09.2014 (RBE No.100/2014) whereby it has been clarified that the officers of organized services drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- under NFU Scheme are not eligible for grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs. 7000/-p.m +D.A thereon. References have been received from some of the Zonal Railways seeking guidelines as regards effecting recovery or otherwise of overpayments made to such officers due to erroneously allowing Transport Allowance @ of Rs. 7000/-p.m +D.A thereon.

2. In context of the above, it is stated that as per general principles of financial proprietary, any amount paid to an employee in excess of what is due to his has to be recovered. Further, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of chandi Prasad Uniyal and Ors Vs State of Uttrakhand & Ors (civil Appeal No.5899/2012) vide their order dt 17.08.2012 have observed that “any amount paid/received without authority of law can always be recovered barring few exceptions of extreme hardships but not as a matter of right, in such situations law implies an obligation on the payee to repay the money, otherwise it would amount to unjust enrichment”.

3. As per mandate of the aforementioned rulings of the Hon’ble Supreme court, necessary action to recover the excess payment made against Transport Allowance may please be taken immediately.

4. This issue with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of Railway Board.

5. Hindi Version will follow.
Sd/-
(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay commission-V
Railway Board
Source: NFIR
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Promotion of Section Officers of CSS to Grade-I (Under Secretary) on ad-hoc basis – reg.

Promotion of Section Officers of CSS to Grade-I (Under Secretary) on ad-hoc basis – reg. 

No.5/3/2015-CS.I(U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
*********
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 26th November, 2015
ORDER

Approval of the President is hereby conveyed for promotion of 12 Section Officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) to Grade-I (Under Secretary) of CSS in PB-3 (Rs.15600-391 00) with Grade Pay of RS.6600/- purely on ‘ad-hoc’ basis for a period up to 31.12.2015 or till the posts are filled up on regular basis, or until further orders whichever is earlier. The ‘ad-hoc’ promotion is subject to the following conditions:
(i) The ad-hoc promotion shall not confer any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the Grade I of the CSS.

(ii) Ad-hoc appointments may be terminated at any point of time without giving any reason there for.

(iii) The appointment on ad-hoc basis will take effect from the date of assuming the charge of the post of Under Secretary in the Ministry/Department to which the officer has been allocated.

(iv) The service rendered on ad-hoc basis in the Under Secretary grade would not count for the purpose of seniority in that grade or for promotion to the next higher grade.

(v) The appointment is subject to vigilance clearance in terms of DoPT’s OM No.22034/4/2012-Estt.(D) dated 02.11.2012 and other relevant instructions on the subject. The Ministry/ Department where the officer is working should relieve him/her or promote him/her only after verifying that no disciplinary proceedings are pending or contemplated against the officer.

(vi) The Officers, who have not undergone mandatory Level ‘0’ Training as enjoined in Cadre Training Plan for the CSS, will have to undergo the aforesaid training as per nominations made by this Department.

(vii) No request for retention of the Officers who are transferred on promotion would be entertained.

(viii) The officers who fail to avail ad-hoc promotion would not be considered for ad-hoc promotion for a period of one year from the date of issue of this promotion order.

(ix) Officers undergoing any training other than mandatory training under CSS (CTP) will not be allowed proforma promotion and the officer has to join the post to avail promotion. In this regard attention is invited to this Department’s O.M. No. 21/3/2015-CS.I(P) dated 19.3.2015.
2. The posting of officers on their promotion is as shown against their names in the Annexure to this OM. Allocation has been made in terms of the revised Rotational Transfer Policy for CSS Officers.

3. The Officers promoted vide this order will be required to join the allocated Ministries/ Departments by 30.11.2015 and failure to do so may attract punitive action by DoPT. It will also be incumbent upon the Ministry/ Department and the officer concerned not to draw salary beyond the stipulated date. If any Officer fails to join by the stipulated date, the promotion order is liable to be cancelled.

Officers covered in this order and presently on deputation should repatriate to the cadre immediately to avail promotion, failing which promotion order will be cancelled.

4. Notification appointing the officers will be issued by the Ministry/Department and a copy of the notification issued should be endorsed to this Department.

5. Web Based Cadre Management System: Promotion of officers have been reflected in the Web Based Cadre Management System. Accordingly, relieving/ joining of officers should be immediately updated in the Transfer module of the Web Based Cadre Management System hosted at cscms.nic.in. This is the responsibility of the nodal officers concerned.

6. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(V Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 24629412
Copy to:
1. The Joint Secretaries (Admn.lEstt.) of all Ministries / Departments concerned.
2. Officers concerned.
3. SO(PR/CMS)/SO(S)/SO(APAR)
4. Guard File.

Source:  http://ccis.nic.in
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Briefcase Allowance of 7th Pay Commission

Briefcase Allowance of 7th Pay Commission

8.17.5 Certain categories of Central Government employees are entitled to reimbursement of expenditure incurred on purchase of briefcase/official bag/ladies’ purse as per the following provisions:

Pay Band/GP Ceiling (Rs.)
Apex 10000
HAG, HAG+ 8000
GP 10000 6500
GP 7600 to GP 8700 5000
GP 4800 to GP 6600 4000
GP 4200 to GP 4600 3500

8.17.6 The periodicity of reimbursement is restricted to once in three years. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.17.7 The Commission is of the view that the present rates are adequate However, the ceiling shall further increase by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent

Source: 7cpc.india.gov.in
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Abolishing 12 Interest free advances recommended by 7th CPC

7th Pay Commission recommendations on LTC advance and Medical Advance

Abolishing 12 Interest free advances recommended by 7th CPC

The 7th Pay Commission has , in a casual manner, recommended that all interest free advances to be abolished. The impact of this recommendation is yet un noticed by the central government employees
There are 12 Interest free advances are listed in that table provided in the 7th CPC Report. When hearing the news that 7th cpc has recommended to abolish interest free advances , every body thought that some advances like festival advances only will be abolished. But if you read the names of advances recommended for abolishment, it will give you little bit shock.

In general opinion, the amount that is paid for government servants in some occasions and for specific purposes and the same will be recovered through monthly instalments are considered advances.

But the advance paid for Medical treatment and LTC are not supposed to be included this list, since it is reimbursable in nature and will not be recovered by Government.

The amount paid as advances to the Medical treatment and LTC are not recoverable by government if there is no any default in the claim. since the expenses incurred should be reimbursed to the Govt servants according to their entitlements, the amount paid in advance can be adjusted against the claim of reimbursement is sanctioned. So there is no need of repaying the advance to government in respect of Medical and LTC advances.These should not be included in the list of interest free advances.

Eventually abolishing these advances will make the central government employees not to avail LTC facility and medical treatment in Private hospital, since the amount of 90 % of the expenses paid in advance will not be available for them any more due to this recommendation. By availing this advances they were able to manage the Medical Expenses and by availing this advance only they were able to bye Air or Train Tickets to go on LTC.

Without these advances, the Group C and B employees cannot imagine availing of LTC to visit some places in India with their family.

The Central Government should not accept the proposal of Abolishing these advances.

Source: GServants.com
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New Pension Scheme : Analysis of the Issues by the 7th Pay Commission

New Pension Scheme : Analysis of the Issues by the 7th Pay Commission

10.3.12 The Commission has examined these concerns raised by the stakeholders. The Commission also interacted with Chairman, PFRDA, and representatives of the Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare (DPPW), Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Department of Expenditure (DoE) and the Department of Financial Services (DFS).

10.3.13 In so far as the future value of pension under NPS is concerned, the Commission notes that this would depend upon a combination of factors:
(i) performance of the invested fund, which in turn would depend on the asset mix of the investment and general economic situation of the country,
(ii) cost of financial intermediation,
(iii) contribution rates,
(iv) period of contribution,
(v) performance of the fund manager and
(vi) development of the annuity market.
Grievances against the NPS

The NPS has now been in effect for over 10 years. During this period, there has been perceptible progress in putting together the architecture and providing information to subscribers. Major concerns, however, remain. Broadly, these are as under:
i. The larger federations and staff associations advocated scrapping the NPS on the ground that it discriminates between two sets of government employees.
ii. Individuals covered under NPS have pleaded for reverting to the OPS on the grounds of uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension in the face of market related risks.
iii. Individuals have pointed out that under NPS, the effective salary becomes less since the employee has to mandatorily contribute 10 percent of pay towards the pension fund.
iv. Individuals have stated that grievance redressal facility is not effective and consultation with stakeholders has been non-existent. This communication gap has generated insecurity in the minds of stakeholders including staff and Group ‘A’ officers of Central Government as well as All India Service Officers.
v. Associations have complained that Family Pension after the death of the employee is not ensured in the NPS. Moreover, if an employee dies at an early age, the family would suffer since annuity from the contribution would be grossly inadequate.
vi. Individuals have complained that NPS subscribers have no recourse to GPF for their savings. Their personal savings (10% of salary) are considered part of a larger corpus. It has been pointed out that the justify approach would be to consider only government’s contribution and the returns earned on it as the effective amount available for purchase of annuities.
vii. Associations have pointed out that unlike the facility under GPF, it is not possible to take refundable advances under NPS, even to meet obligatory social expenditure. This forces employees towards increased indebtedness as they have to borrow from elsewhere.

viii. Grievances also relate to tax treatment under NPS. While contributions and accumulations in NPS are exempt, lump sum withdrawals from NPS at any time are taxable at par with any other income. In addition, there is a service tax liability on any amount utilised for purchase of annuity.

ix. It has been pointed out that though NPS became effective from 2004, detailed instructions were issued only in late 2009 and in many cases the credit of contributions began from 2012. In the case of AIS officers in some States, contributions by the concerned State Government are yet to be fully made and deployed. The net result of this has been that contributions for the period 2004-2012 have not been made in full or have earned simple interest and did not get any market linked returns. Because of the prevailing confusion, contributions made by some AIS officer have been returned to them without interest. This will have a huge impact on the eventual corpus as the benefits of compounding were not available for the first 8 -9 years.

x. Individuals, in their presentation before the Commission, stated that annuities under NPS have no compensation for inflation unlike dearness relief under OPS. Further, in the case of OPS there is a revision in basic pension itself after every Pay Commission. This too is not available in respect of annuity of NPS subscribers.

xi. It has been pointed out that government employees are not given freedom of choice in choosing their fund manager based on performance and track record as the contributions are divided in a pre-specified ratio among selected Pension Fund Managers. It has been stated that government employees have no say in asset allocation
of their money.

xii. Concerns were raised that the contribution of 10% + 10% will not be sufficient to create a corpus which provides reasonable assurance that pension will be 50 percent of the last pay drawn.
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Railway Reservation for Physically Challenged made easier

Railway Reservation for Physically Challenged made easier

New Delhi: In a much-needed relief to the physically challenged persons availing concessional rail fares, Railways has rationalised provisions for allotment of berths in a sleeper class under such quota by earmarking middle seat for the accompanying passenger.

As per the revised provisions, which are to come into effect from December 22, there will be two types of physically-challenged quota of two berths each — one lower and one middle — in the same cabin.
One will be for physically challenged persons who can utilise concession only when accompanied by an escort and the second for those for whom it is optional to take an escort with them, Railways announced in a release today.

It has also been decided that whenever a physically handicapped person books ticket on concession and if no berth is available in handicapped quota, the system will automatically try to allot the lower berth to the travelling passenger and middle berth to escort, subject to availability of same at the time of booking, the release said.

These changes were necessitated following some cases of the handicapped persons for whom it is optional to take an escort were not allowed to book single berth against this quota on the ground that the second berth will go vacant (as middle berth cannot be allotted to physically handicapped persons) was brought to the notice of the Railway Ministry, it said.

This issue has now been examined by the Ministry of Railways and further rationalisation has been done to ensure optimum allotment and utilisation of handicapped quota, the release said.

According to Railways, the berths for the physically handicapped persons, who can utilise concession only when accompanied by an escort, can be booked on first come first serve basis.

Similarly, for those handicapped persons having option of taking an escort, the berths will be booked together (in the same cabin), it said.

The release also said that at the time of preparation of reservation charts, the untiled lower berths under this quota can be released to physically handicapped passenger(of either category who were kept in general waiting list due to exhaustion of their quota), single senior citizen travelling alone on priority or to waitlisted passengers as per priority.

PTI
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Filling up posts of Director (Finance) in PB-3 Rs.15,600-39,100/- + Grade Pay-7600/- in Sports Authority of India (HQ), New Delhi on deputation on foreign services basis.

Filling up posts of Director (Finance) in PB-3 Rs.15,600-39,100/- + Grade Pay-7600/- in Sports Authority of India (HQ), New Delhi on deputation on foreign services basis.

No.21/3/2014-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
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2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi-110003
The 21st November, 2015

 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 Subject: Filling up posts of Director (Finance) in PB-3 Rs.15,600-39,100/- + Grade Pay-7600/- in Sports Authority of India (HQ), New Delhi on deputation on foreign services basis.


Department of Sports vide their letter No.1-16/2015-SP-V dated 29 th October, 2015 has desired the services of suitable officers for filling up the post of Director (Finance) in Sports Authority of India (Headquarter), New Delhi (an autonomous organization under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) in PB-3 Rs.15.600-39,100/- f Grade pay of Rs.7600/- on deputation basis for a period of 3 (three) years extendable upto 5 (five) years.


2. Ministries / Departments of Government of India are requested to give wide publicity to the above vacancy among their employees and may forward duly signed applications, if any, to the Shri Vinod Kumar, Under Secretary, Department of Sports, Shastri Mayan, ‘C’ Wing, New Delhi-110001 under intimation to this Office.


3. Cadre Clearance in respect of CSS Officers at the level of Under Secretary and above may be obtained from this Division before the application is forwarded for such deputation post.

Encl.: As above.

(BISWAJIT BANERJEE)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

All Ministries / Departments
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/SAI26112015.pdf
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Presenting the 7th CPC Report within the scheduled time and without much anomalies

Presenting the 7th CPC Report within the scheduled time and without much anomalies

One of our genuine reader Mr.M.Dorai says…

The Seventh Central Pay Commission have done an excellent job by presenting the VII CPC Report within the scheduled time and without much anomalies that were vastly found in VI CPC Report. Abolition of Pay Band and Grade Pay System deserve appreciation. Pay matrix have been worked out with brilliance which provide minimum entry scale as well as fitment table for existing employees according to the increments drawn unlike the 3 methods of fixation adopted by VI CPC among new recruits, promotees and existing employees which caused great disparity and anomaly in pay fixation.

The hike granted is also quite substantial which in fact is more than what VI CPC had granted. While the increase granted by VII CPC on pre-revised VI CPC basic pay actually ranges from 32% to 56% of the pre-revised Basic pay, the increase is projected as 15% wrongly by the media including the VII CPC in its comparison table which unnecessarily have been paving the way for resentment and unrest among the central government employees who would not have fully studied the report. While projecting the percentage of increase the VI CPC,had taken into account only the basic pay . Whereas the VII CPC had reckoned D.A. element to project the percentage of increase which gives a wrong picture of around 15% hike.

Therefore there should be no cause for resentment among the central government employees. They should rejoice over the benefits offered by the VII CPC. There is a overall increase of 25% to 40% in the gross emoluments which is more than what they received from the VI CPC. The retention of percentage of pension and percentage of commutation of pension and gratuity of 16.5 months and 300 days EL encashment on retirement shall steeply increase the take home retirement benefits by almost 60 to 70%.

In a nutshell the Chairman and Members of the VII CPC have done a commendable job and fulfilled their mission successfully ensuring justice to all levels of central government employees. Let us hope, the Government of India approve the recommendations without any changes and implement it .

Hats off to the Chairman and Members of the VII Central Pay Commission for presenting such an excellent report unseen in the history of pay commissions constituted so far.

Author: M.DORAI
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7th CPC Pension Calculation : Fixation for Pre-2016 Pensioners

 7th CPC Pension Calculation : Fixation for Pre-2016 Pensioners
The 7th Pay Commission has recommended the fixation of pension for civil employees including CAPF personnel, who have retired before 01.01.2016, given two formulations with illustrations for fixing of pension. One for the pensioners retired before 2016 and another one is for the pensioners retired before 2006.
And also recommended, the first formulation of fixing the pension may take a little time since the records of each pensioner will have to be checked to ascertain the number of increments earned in the retiring level. The first instance the revised pension may be calculated as in the second formulation and the same may be paid as an interim measure. In the event calculation as per the formulation of fixing the pension yields a higher amount the difference may be paid subsequently.
And one more important recommendation of option given to the pensioners for choosing whichever is beneficial to them.
Recommendations on fixing of Pension by 7th CPC : All the civilian personnel including CAPF who retired prior to 01.01.2016 (expected date of implementation of the Seventh CPC recommendations) shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by this Commission, on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the matrix.
1.This amount shall be raised, to arrive at the notional pay of the retiree, by adding the number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service, at the rate of three percent. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension.
2. The second calculation to be carried out is as follows. The pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the VI CPC recommendations, shall be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at an alternate value for the revised pension.
Illustration on fixation of pension : Case I : Pensioner ‘A’ retired at last pay drawn of Rs.79,000 on 30 May, 2015 under the VI CPC regime, having drawn three increments in the scale Rs.67,000 to 79,000 :
Fixation-of-pension-calculation-7th-CPC

Case II : Pensioner ‘B’ retired at last pay drawn of Rs.4,000 on 31 January, 1989 under the IV CPC regime, having drawn 9 increments in the pay scale of Rs.3000-100-3500-125-4500 :
7th-CPC-Fixation-of-pension-calculation
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7th pay commission recommends no change in retirement age

7th pay commission recommends no change in retirement age

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission on Thursday recommended no change in retirement age of central government employees in its 900-page report, which was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by the commission, headed justice A K Mathur.

The central government employees’ bodies had pressed the Pay Commission to consider the possibility of enhancing the retirement age of central government employees.

The Pay Commission, after examining the issue and proposed a status quo on the retirement age of central government employees.

At present, the retirement age of central government employees is 60 years and the central government employees’ bodies were pressing hard to enhance it to 62 years.

The pay commission kept the retirement age of Central government employees unchanged based on many considerations including the large financial implications involved in implementing such a decision.

An official with the Commission said, “Raising the retirement age is a silly idea. if the elderly don’t retire, how will young people find job opportunities?”

“If we lower the age limit, the pension burden will bust the government’s medium-term fiscal targets,” he added.

The media had rumoured before submitting the pay panel report that the pay commission is planning to recommend the retirement age of Central government employees as the completion of 33 years of service, or at the age of 58, whichever comes first.

The age of retirement of Central government employees at the time of independence, 1947 was 55 years. It was made 58 years in 1962 after the Sino-Indian war and was again increased to 60 years in 1998, the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Bajpai, following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission.

However, the panel recommended the retirement age of all paramilitary forces personnel should be 60 years. Earlier, those between the ranks of constable and commandant retired at 57 years while DIGs and above retired at 60 but
Vivek Rae, a former IAS officer and member of the Pay Commission, disagreed with this recommendation.

Citing view of Ministry of Home Affairs, Rae has differed, saying the age for superannuation cannot be raised from existing 57 years to 60 years for all ranks as force personnel up to the rank of Commandant have operational/combat roles in the field, which require higher physical fitness and efficiency than the higher ranks of DIG and above in paramilitary forces.

TST
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7th Pay Commission proposes field staff pay parity with secretariat staff

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday receiving the report of Seventh Pay Commission from its Chairman Justice A K Mathur.
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission on Thursday proposed to restore field staff pay parity with the central secretariat staff for coming under uniform pay package in its 900-page report, which was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by the commission, headed justice A K Mathur.

The Pay Commission decided similar ranks and salaries for the field staff and central secretariat staff.

The Assistants and Section Officers get pay grade Rs 4600 and Rs 4800 in central Secretariat service while the Assistants and Section Officers in field offices get pay grade Rs 4200 and Rs 4600 respectively.

The field staff had demanded pay parity earlier before Sixth Pay Commission and that commission accepted it but the government didn’t give its nod about it.

The field staff again put their demand of  pay parity before the new Pay Commission to permanent settle this matter on the following grounds.

The Assistants in central secretariat were recruited through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) till 1986 and field staff through Staff Selection Commission (SSC). So, they are they were allowed to to retain an ‘edge’.

The recruitment of Assistants in central secretariat was also brought under the SSC in 1987 and is now carried out through a common examination called the Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) and an All India Merit List.

It is to note that there is no difference in the nature of functions discharged by both staff in central secretariat and field offices.

The Assistants in central secretariat and Assistants in field offices, the examination process is common although the grade pay for the two sets are different i.e Rs 4,600 and Rs 4,200 respectively.

Every pay commission from Fourth Pay Commission to Sixth Pay Commission had recommended for field staff pay parity with central secretariat staff but the central government had not accepted it. This is elucidated in the table below:

Pay-Parity-pay-commissions


It may be seen from the above table that the recommendations of successive Pay Commissions with regard to pay of Assistants in central Secretariat, even if initially implemented, the central government has invariably modified at a later point and they have been placed at one higher level. As a corollary to this, the level of Section Officers in central Secretariat also is at one level higher than that of Section Officers in the field.

After considering the above facts, the Seventh Pay Commission strongly recommended that the level of Assistants in central Secretariat be brought at par with Assistants in the field offices who are presently drawing Grade Pay 4200.

So, in the new pay matrix the Assistants of both central Secretariat as well as field offices will come to lie in Level 6 in the pay matrix  and pay fixed accordingly. This level corresponds to pre-revised Grade Pay 4200. The corresponding posts in the Stenographers cadre will also follow similar pay parity between field and central Secretariat staff.

Consequently,  Section Officers of both central Secretariat as well as field offices will come to lie in Level 7 in the pay matrix  and pay fixed accordingly.

However, the pay of those Assistants and Stenographers who have, in the past, been given higher Grade pay would be protected.

The Commission also recommends withdrawal of non-functional selection grade to Grade Pay 4200 in respect of Upper Division Clerks in central Secretariat, which is not exist in field offices in current  scenario.

The Seventh Pay Commission recommended to make field staff pay parity with central secretariat staff but it is the big matter, will the central government accept it without a question?

The government may accept  the pay  in Level 7 in the new pay matrix, corresponds to current Grade Pay 4600 for the Assistants of both central Secretariat as well as field offices  as  the dispute between over pay parity is to be permanent settled.

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7th CPC recommendations to reduce House Rent Allowance

7th CPC recommendations to reduce House Rent Allowance

The 7th Central Pay Commission has been recommended to reduce the percentage of House Rent Allowance for all categories of Central Government employees rationalized to 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.


7th CPC HRA: HRA is the most important factor of allowance issuing to existing Central Government employees, it is given for compensate to live in rented house. The HRA rules are allowed for getting allowance even if he/she living in own house.

A major changes had been made in 6th CPC on HRA rules. The percentages were prescribed on basic pay according to the cities in India. The cities are classified as X, Y and Z and the rates of percentage respect of the cities are 30%, 20% and 10% on basic pay (Grade pay including).

Central Government employees are expecting changes in the rate of percentage according to cities.

NC JCM STAFF SIDE SUGGESTION ON HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE

National Council JCM Staff Side given suggestion on House Rent Allowance for Central Government employees as under…

House Rent allowance. 


The present scheme of HRA is based on the recommendation of the 6th CPC, which is as follows:


We reproduce hereunder the recommendation made by the third Central Pay Commission in the matter of grant of house rent allowance. (Para 29 Part I. Vol. IV.Chapter 56), which would be the best if implemented even today. While we find it difficult to accept the kind of parity suggested above, we are aware of the acute problem caused by the lack of adequate government housing and by the inadequate government housing and by the inadequacy of the existing rates of house rent allowance and recommend as follows:-

Government should take houses on long lease and make residential accommodation available to its employees on payment of 10% of their pay.

(ii) Government should lay down appropriate house rent allowance rates in different cities and towns based not on population criteria, but on an actual assessment of the prevailing levels of rent in different cities and towns. Alternatively, certain notional rents for different types of accommodation meant for officers and personnel of specified pay groups should be laid down for particular cities after studying the actual conditions in that city. The difference between the actual rent paid and 10% of pay should be reimbursed subject to a maximum of the difference between the notional rent and 10% of the pay. The existing norms in regard to entitlement of accommodation, size of rooms etc. could, if necessary, be reduced depending on the housing situation and the norms usually adopted by different income groups in renting accommodation in the various cities. Such notional rents should, to start with, be applied to all stations falling under the description of classified cities for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Additions could also be made to the list later on by including other cities deserving similar treatment.

 (iii) Till the Government is able to make arrangements recommended in the preceding sub-paragraphs, the rates of HRA should be as follows:-

The above said recommendations is still to be acted upon by the Government and the transitory provisions suggested by them i.e. payment of allowances at a pre-determined rate on the basis of classification made of the cities depending upon the population continue to be employed. The non-implementation of the above recommendation of the third CPC , has without exception, gone to depress the wage of all sections of Central Government employees as they are perforce to spend more than what they receive as HRA for obtaining and retaining the accommodation.
The rates prescribed by the 6th CPC, though an improvement over its predecessor Commission, it has not improved the situation. The real estate value throughout the country has skyrocketed and owning an accommodation within the city/Municipal limit has become impossible for Government employees. There is not a single town/village where the real estate boom has remained unaffected. The phenomenal increase in the value of land has naturally impacted the rent, one is to pay on leasing house/flat. The house rent allowance does not bear even a small percentage of the rent. The 7th CPC may recommend to the Government to act upon the suggestion made by the 3rd CPC without any further delay. Pending action on the part of the Government, the Commission may suggest the following rates of House Rent allowance;
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Meetings with 7th CPC and Cabinet Secretary – NC JCM Staff Side

Meetings with the VII CPC and the Cabinet Secretary – resentment conveyed to Govt. of India

Shiva Gopal Mishra 
Secretary
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2015
Dated: November 20, 2015
All Constituents of the
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades,
Sub: Meetings with the VII CPC and the Cabinet Secretary

Today I met the Chairman, VII CPC, Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, and expressed our anguish against retrograde recommendations of VII CPC, particularly reg. Minimum Wage, reduction in HRA and CCL, non-redressal of NPS, abolition of various allowances, examination of MACP benefit, etc. etc.

Tough he had given argument, but I told him about the anguish of all the constituents of the JCM(Staff Side), who feel that they have been betrayed by the VII CPC.

Comrades! I have also met the Cabinet Secretary, Shri P.K. Sinha, in the afternoon and handed him over a copy of the attached letter and requested him to convene meeting of the NC/JCM at an earliest as well as to intervene in the matters raised by the JCA in case of report of VII CPC at an earliest. The Cabinet Secretary has promised that he would try to fix the meeting at an earliest and also look into the points raised by the NC/JCM(Staff Side) for VII CPC.

With fraternal greetings!
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
Source : http://ncjcmstaffside.com/
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7th Pay Commission Report: Person with Disabilities

7th Pay Commission Report: Person with Disabilities

 Introduction
9.6.1 As per the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, a “person with disability” means a person suffering from not less than 40 percent of any disability as certified by a medical authority. “Disability” as defined in Section 2(i) of the Act means– (i) blindness (ii) low vision (iii) leprosy cured (iv) hearing impairment (v) locomotor disability (vi) mental retardation (vii) mental illness.
9.6.2 As per the Census of India, 2011, there are nearly 26.8 million Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country, which is nearly 2.21 percent of the total population.

PWDs in Central Government
9.6.3 The government provides three percent reservation in jobs for PWDs. Apart from this reservation at the entry stage, DoPT has issued instructions regarding identification of jobs, post-recruitment and pre-promotion training, providing aids/ assistive devices, accessibility and barrier free environment at work place, preference in government accommodation, grievance redressal, and preference in transfer/posting for PWDs. In a recent notification, a provision has been made for ten years’ (fifteen years in case of SC/ST and thirteen years in case of OBC candidates) relaxation in the upper age limit for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.
9.6.4 Moreover, there are certain special entitlements as given below:
i. Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities at the rate of Rs.1,500 pm;
ii. Transport Allowance at double the normal rate, subject to a minimum of Rs.1,000 pm; iii. Constant Attendance Allowance for retired employees with 100 percent disablement at the rate of Rs.4,500 per month;
iv. Special Casual Leave for four days in a calendar year for specific requirements relating to disabilities;
v. Special Casual Leave for ten days in a calendar year for participation in Conferences/ Seminars/Trainings/Workshops related to disability and development.

9.6.5 In case the disability is work related, the following additional provisions are available:
a. Special Disability Leave;
b. Disability Pension;
c. Educational Concession to children of Defence personnel who are disabled in action.

9.6.6 For employees with differently abled children, Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy is granted at double rate.


Demands

9.6.7 Associations of employees with disabilities made the following demands before the Commission:
i. Suitable enhancement in the existing provisions
ii. Provision of Common Room in offices with suitable recreational facilities
iii. Additional rebate in House Building Advance and Automobile Advance
iv. Establishment of Welfare Committees in the ministries
Analysis and Recommendations

9.6.8 The National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, 2006, enunciates the measures that need to be taken by the government to ensure equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation in society for PWDs, in consonance with the principles enshrined in the Indian Constitution. India is also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities. Thus, provision of appropriate measures for employees with disabilities is the responsibility of the Union Government.
9.6.9 The Commission has made various recommendations regarding PWDs at different places in the report. They are consolidated here for ready reference:
i. In recognition of the singular responsibility faced by differently abled women in raising their children, the Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been enhanced from the present rate of Rs.1,500 pm to Rs.3,000 pm
ii. Transport Allowance at double the normal rate has been retained, and the minimum amount has been increased from Rs.1,000 pm to Rs.2,250 pm
iii. Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy have been kept at double rate for differently abled children
iv. Constant Attendance Allowance has been enhanced from Rs.4,500 pm to Rs.6,750 pm
v. Special Disability Leave has been subsumed in Work Related Illness and Injury Leave (WRIIL), with improved provisions
vi. Educational Concession, hitherto available only to the children of Defence personnel killed/missing/disabled in action, has been extended to similarly placed personnel of CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard, RPF and police forces of Union Territories mutatis mutandis

9.6.10 Besides the above recommendations, there are a few suggestions that can go a long way in improving the working environment for these employees:
i. In our interactions, it has been highlighted that easy access, particularly to toilets, remains an issue of concern. Hence, it is suggested that Guidelines and Space Standard for Barrier Free Built Environment for Disabled and Elderly Persons, issued by CPWD, Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment, should invariably be followed while designing new government premises. Their application in the existing offices may also be explored.
ii. Every ministry should have a Welfare Committee, with due representation of differently abled employees, to address their concerns.
iii. The grievance redressal machinery should be strengthened and made more effective.
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Monday, 23 November 2015

7th Pay Commission Report: General Provident Fund (GPF) for Central Government employees

7th Pay Commission Report: General Provident Fund (GPF) for Central Government employees

9.4.1 General Provident Fund (GPF) for Central Government employees was started w.e.f. 1 April, 1960. It covers those government employees who joined service before 01.01.2004 and are not governed by the Contributory Provident Fund Scheme. The scheme was introduced to foster the habit of saving amongst government employees and to provide them financial help in times of need. The Commission has not received any demands regarding modifications in this scheme.

Analysis and Recommendations

9.4.2 The Commission has analyzed the views of the previous Pay Commissions regarding GPF. The IV CPC and the V CPC did not favour making the scheme optional on the grounds that the fund provided relief to employees in times of need and that accretions to the fund also improved the government’s ways and means position. The VI CPC had, however, recommended that the “future investments in GPF should be allowed purely on voluntary basis with no minimum being prescribed.” Their rationale was that the resource position of Central Government is comfortable and the revenues are showing a steady growth, employees have the option of a variety of market instruments to choose from for investment purposes, and with the proposed increase in monthly subscription under the CGEGIS (70% of which is for saving purposes), the government employees will, in any case, be making a much higher saving.

9.4.3 The Commission notes that the recommendations of the VI CPC regarding CGEGIS and GPF were not accepted by the government; neither the CGEGIS rates were revised, nor GPF was made voluntary.

9.4.4 This Commission is of the view that, with the introduction of NPS w.e.f. 01.01.2004, the number of subscribers under the GPF scheme will decrease as time goes by. Moreover, the scheme has worked well over the past 65 years and has provided pecuniary relief to the subscribers in times of need. Accordingly the Commission does not find merit in any disturbance at this point of time. Hence, status quo is recommended.
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Massive demonstrations to protest against retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC


Massive demonstrations to protest against retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC

Today, in the meeting held in the office of NC/JCM(Staff Side), 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi, it has been decided that, all the constituents of NJCA shall give direction to their affiliates to hold massive demonstrations, bearing black badges, on 27th November, 2015, against the following retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: November 20, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,
Reg.: Massive demonstrations to protest against retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC

Today, in the meeting held in the office of NC/JCM(Staff Side), 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi, it has been decided that, all the constituents of NJCA shall give direction to their affiliates to hold massive demonstrations, bearing black badges, on 27th November, 2015, against the following retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC.

Against the demand of the Staff Side, National Council(JCM) for Minimum Wage Rs.26,000, the VII CPC has recommended Rs.18,000, thereby widening the gap between Minimum and Maximum Wage as 1:13.8 while our demand was to keep this ratio not more 1:8.
The present rate of HRA, i.e. 30%, 20% and 10% has been reduced to 24%, 16% and 8% respectively.
The number of interest-free advance, like Festival Advance, etc. have been recommended to be stopped.
Instead of removing the existing anomalies in the MACPS, the Pay Commission has introduced examination for granting MACP benefit.
The Pay Commission has also refused to make any recommendation against the NPS.
In case of Child Care Leave for women employees, leave wage shall be reduced to 80% for second spell of 365 days CCL.
All of you are requested to comply with the aforementioned decision of the NJCA, and the report of the same should be sent to NJCA Headquarters Office, i.e. 4 State Entry Road, New Delhi.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
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7TH PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION LDC-UDC ISSUE

7TH PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION LDC-UDC ISSUE-GOVERNMENT STAND REITERATED

On the issue of LDC/UDC 7th Pay Commission reiterated the deceiving stand of the Government. Despite of realizing the issue as genuine, Government had not taken a positive decision at their level. The tens of thousands of LDC & UDC, solely responsible for the smooth running of many of the subordinate offices, were hoping that 7th Pay Commission will study the problem faced by them and take a positive decision. Staff Side JCM having convinced the importance of the issue, had also recommended merger & upgradation of the Grade Pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2800. But here we see that 7th Pay Commission has not taken any decision on the issue except giving some confusing and misleading statements to vindicate the stand taken by the Government as true. Extracts of some of their views on LDC UDC issue spread over various chapters of the reports is given below:

Higher GP 2400 to LDC and consequent upgradation of pay for other civilian posts in the Ministerial hierarchy.

11.22.100 The Academy has urged that LDC should be placed in higher GP 2400 as against the existing GP 1900 at par with grade pay of Data Entry Operator (DEO), on the grounds that both LDC and DEO enter service on the basis of same educational qualification i.e., Class XII and that the functions of LDC are more complex than that of a DEO. This issue has been dealt in Chapter 7.7. Recommendations made there would apply in this case also.

11.52.32 They have demanded upgradation in pay of certain category of non-industrial posts viz., LDC, UDC, Accountant, Junior Head Clerk, Head Clerk, Office Superintendent and Assistant Manager (Admin).


Analysis and Recommendations

11.52.33 The Commission has not received the views of the ministry/department on the issue. However, posts like LDC, UDC, Accountant are common to a number of ministries/ departments. Recommendations regarding their pay are contained in Chapter 7.7 and Chapter 11.35. The Commission does not find any justification for increase in pay scale of the other cadres.

But in Chapter 7.7 no direct recommendation except to decline the demand of LBSNAA to increase the promotional quota of MTS to LDC, is visible. The extract of Para 7.7.37 is give below:


Analysis and Recommendations

7.7.37 Looking at the qualification requirements and their job profile, the Commission does not recommend any changes in the pay structure or the promotional prospects of the MTS. Regarding MTS in Delhi Police, the Commission is of the view that since MTS is a common category, any special dispensation to MTS in Delhi Police is not justified. In so far as the MTS of LBSNAA are concerned, the Commission notes as per the recruitment rules for LDC, presently only 5 percent of MTS can get promoted to LDC through limited departmental examination. However, since the government has stopped direct recruitment for the clerical cadre and gradually phasing out the existing incumbents, their demand cannot be accepted.

LDCs

11.35.27 There are demands that 50 percent posts of LDCs be earmarked for filing up by promotion/departmental examination by MTS. It has been argued that the educational qualification for the post of MTS is Class X and they are recruited through SSC for performing the work of Peon, Mali, Cobbler, and Sweeper etc. Since most of the MTS join the post with higher qualification of Higher Secondary and Graduation, there is high rate of attrition in the MTS cadre.

Analysis and Recommendations

11.35.28 As per the recruitment rules for LDC, presently 5 percent of MTS can get promoted to LDC through limited departmental examination. Since government has already stopped direct recruitment for the clerical cadre and gradually phasing out the existing incumbents, this demand cannot be accepted. Moreover enhancement of promotional quota is an administrative matter to be considered by the relevant administrative ministry.

Between the lines it can be read that the Government prevented the 7th Pay Commission to not consider the LDC/UDC issue positively and reiterated the wrong statement of the Government that that Government of India has stopped direct recruitment of LDC through Staff Selection as its recommendation. But the fact is that Staff Selection Commission is frequently conducting recruitment for the post of LDC and without the permission of the Government how they can done at their own. Combined higher secondary examination for the selection of LDC also has been conducted recently. If we take the intention of Government of phasing out the LDC post as true, then where is the alternative recommendation? Who will do the arduous work done by the young and energetic LDCs in the subordinate offices? It is to be noted that the normal ratio of LDC and UDC in subordinate offices is 5:2 and thus LDCs have been allocated responsible sections and in many smaller offices LDC alone is handling the work of entire Administration.

On the other hand rejecting Central Secretariat Clerical service demand of parity with DEO the commission observes “Even though the entry requirements are similar, historically the pay scales of the two posts have been different. Besides, they comprise two distinct cadres with different set of roles and responsibilities. Hence, the demand for parity of pay of LDC with DEOs cannot be acceded to by the Commission.”(Para 11.35.38).

Our view is that historically these cadres may be different set of roles but the fact is that functions of LDC are more complex than that of DEO and same was brought before the commission by various  Associations/Administrative Authorities. Earlier pay Commissions have fixed Pay Scale to DEO considering their work on computer. But today LDCs are more expertise in computer than DEO for doing work in computer, but the demand of parity with DEO is rejected. Extract of Para 11.35.38 is given below:

Central Secretariat Clerical Service

11.35.38 The Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) consists of the following grades:

i. Upper Division Clerk (GP 2400)
ii. Lower Division Clerk (GP 1900)
LDC and Data Entry Operator (DEO)

11.35.39 It has been demanded that LDC of CSCS drawing pay in GP 1900 be placed in GP 2400 at par with the DEOs on the grounds that post VI CPC, the entry requirements for the two posts is almost similar.

Analysis and Recommendations

11.35.40 Even though the entry requirements are similar, historically the pay scales of the two posts have been different. Besides, they comprise two distinct cadres with different set of roles and responsibilities. Hence, the demand for parity of pay of LDC with DEOs cannot be acceded to by the Commission.
From the above it is clear that Government is adamant on not granting pay scale to LDC & UDCs in subordinate offices at par with the duties assigned to them. Even though the 7th CPC claimed that they have recommended pay scales on the principle of equal pay for equal work, the genuine issue of LDC/UDC is ignored. Thus we are forced to represent against the recommendation to the Government/JCM (Staff Side).

All our LDC/UDC friends are requested to raise the issue in their respective Association/Office to force them to represent the issue to the implementation committee for consideration. Also please join all action programmes including strike action, called by the JCM (Staff Side), as published in this web site from time to time, to combat the situation.
TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob: 09425372172
Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Pay Structure for Defence Forces Personnel – Pay Matrix

Pay Structure for Defence Forces Personnel – Pay Matrix

The Defence Services in their Joint Services Memorandum have contended that the emoluments in the Defence Services should stand a fair comparison with what is available in the Civil Services, otherwise the Defence Services will be denied their legitimate share of the available talent pool.

5.2.2 The Commission has devised pay matrices for civil and defence forces personnel, after wide ranging feedback from multiple stakeholders. The common aspects of the two matrices and the unique elements in the defence pay matrix are outlined in the succeeding paragraphs.
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7th CPC Report: Military Service Pay (MSP) for Defence Forces Personnel

7th CPC Report: Military Service Pay (MSP) for Defence Forces Personnel

The defence forces personnel, in addition to their pay as per the Matrices above, will be entitled to payment of Military Service Pay for all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The Commission recommends an MSP for the four categories of Defence forces personnel at Rs.15,500 for the Service Officers, Rs.10,800 for Nursing Officers, Rs.5,200 for JCO/ORs, and Rs.3,600 for Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force per month. MSP will continue to be reckoned as Basic Pay for purposes of Dearness Allowance, as also in the computation of pension. Military Service Pay will however not be counted for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Composite Transfer Grant and Annual Increment.

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Child Care Leave (CCL) for single male parent recommended by 7th Pay Commission report.

Child Care Leave (CCL) for single male parent recommended by 7th Pay Commission report.

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission report has recommended Child Care Leave (CCL) for single male parent, which is currently given to only women employees.

CCL is granted to women employees for a maximum period of two years (730 days) during their entire service for taking care of their minor children (up to eighteen years of age).

The Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, submitted its recommendations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday.

“The Commission notes that in the event a male employee is single, the onus of rearing and nurturing the children falls squarely on his shoulders.

“Hence extension of CCL to single male parents is recommended,” the report said.

It also recommended CCL at 100 per cent of the salary for the first 365 days, and 80 per cent of the salary for the next 365 days.

CCL was first introduced by 6th Central Pay Commission.

The report also said there is a “palpable need” to bring in some inhibiting feature so as to ensure that only genuinely affected employees avail of this scheme.

“Towards this end, the Commission recommends that CCL should be granted at 100 per cent of the salary for the first 365 days, but at 80 per cent of the salary for the next 365 days,” the report said.

The report further said that the Commission recognises the additional responsibility on the shoulders of employees who are single mothers.

“Accordingly, it is recommended that for such employees, the conditionality of three spells in a calendar year should be relaxed to six spells in a calendar year,” the 900-page report said.

In making the recommendation, the Commission said it has also kept in mind the fact the concept of a paid (whether 100 per cent or 80 per cent) leave solely for child care for a period of two years, “is a liberal measure unmatched anywhere else”.

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