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Monday, 22 June 2015

Additional Memorandum to 7th Central Pay Commission – IRTSA

Additional Memorandum to 7th Central Pay Commission – IRTSA

Pros and Cons of Pay Band and Grade Pay System
Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association already submitted a complete memorandum to 7th Pay Commission on 26.5.2014 and Oral evidence and Power Point Presentation also by IRTSA on 12.12.2014. Now, an another supplementary Memorandum submitted to 7th Central Pay Commission on 17.6.2015. The rejoinder memorandum insists on the demands of Higher Grade Pay and Classification of posts of Technical Supervisors in Railways.

SUPPLEMENTARY MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY IRTSA
TO SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
Chapter – 13
BENEFITS & DRAWBACKS OF PAY BAND & GRADE PAY SYSTEM INTRODUCED BY SIXTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

13.1. Benefits& Drawbacks of Pay Band and Grade Pay system introduced by 6th CPC

i. Problem of stagnation in pay is eliminated, since pay bands are having long spans.

ii. If employees are stagnated at the maximum of any pay band for more than one year, continuously, he/she shall be placed in the immediate next higher pay band without change in the Grade Pay.

iii. Point to point fixation was facilitated by the pay band system, (with one increment in the revised pay cale for every three increments in the pre-revised scale) – But the employees with more years of service were placed in a disadvantageous position.

iv. Quantum of increment increases exponentially, instead of fixed rate of increment attached to every pay scale – But the difference became very large at higher levels – thus causing discrimination with those at middle & lower levels.

v. Grade Pay decides hierarchy / seniority of the post.

13.2. Main Draw backs of Pay Band and Grade Pay system introduced by 6th CPC

i. Increase between minimum basic pay of prerevised scale and minimum of every Revised Pay Band is not uniform. There is much greater increase in favour of PB-3 & PB-4.

ii. Arbitrary adoption of formula of 40% of maximum of the merged scales for deciding the Grade Pay – instead of progressive and proportionate rise of Grade Pay from one scale to the next.

iii. Disproportionate rise of pay after Sixth Pay commission – due to grant of disproportionate Higher Grade pays in higher scales (S-24 & above) as compared to S-4 to S-23 (Please see details in the following Table and also the table in next page)

Supplementary_Memorandum_to_7th_CPC

iv. Rate of annual increment (3% of basic pay) is inadequate.

v. Increment on promotion (difference in grade pay + one additional increment) is inadequate.

vi. Situation of senior promotes getting less pay than Junior direct recruits, is in violation of basic principle of Pay Band system. For example,

a. A JE with five years of service while getting regular promotion from Grade Pay Rs.4200 in PB-2 to Grade Pay Rs.4600 as SSE is fixed at a Basic pay of Rs. 16120 compared to the Direct recruit’s basic pay of Rs.17140.

b. A JE with five years of service while getting promotion (through LDCE) from Grade Pay Rs.4200 in PB-2 to Grade Pay Rs.4800 as AWM/AME/AE is fixed a Basic pay of Rs. 16120 compared to the Direct recruit’s basic pay of Rs.18150.

c. Pay on Promotion should be fixed at least at par with Entry Pay in the Revised Pay Structure for direct recruits.

Supplementary_Memorandum_to_7 CPC
Source: IRTSA
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Denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with Pay must be viewed very seriously – NC JCM

Denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with Pay must be viewed very seriously – NC JCM
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
4, State Entry Road New Delhi–110055
No.NJCA/2015
Dated: June 15, 2015
All the Members of the NJCA,

Dear Comrades,
Sub: National JCA Meeting held on 8th June

The National JCA, which met at the Staff Side Office on 8th June, 2015, took note of the fact that quite a few states are yet to hold the State Level Conventions. The meeting also noted that the strike decision taken on 28th April, 2015 has not been percolated down to the rank and file of the workers. The meeting wanted the affiliate to realize that the denial of the demand for wage revision to be effective from 01.01.2014 and the consequent denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with Pay must be viewed very seriously as the said decision will have far reaching consequence. The Government would discard the age old practice of grant of I.R. and merger of DA forever. It has decided to appeal to all the affiliates to chalk out independent programmes of actions in the months to come and to carry out the same in all seriousness so that the employees become fully aware of the possible outcome of the 7th CPC. The Chairman and Convenor of the National JCA will get in touch with those States, where the convention has not been held so far. The meeting decided to convey to members that the minimum wage computation, in the given situation would be on an imaginary basis. The National JCA was of the opinion that a meeting of all office bearers of the participating organizations must be convened at Delhi somewhere in the month of July to chalk out programmes of action to be pursued by the CGEs together. It was informed at the meeting that both Defence and Railways would be taking their strike ballot and would be concluded in the first week of October. The meeting, therefore, decided to advise the other units to chalk out progammes of action in July so that an ambience of struggle could be created. The NJCA also took note of the painful fact that despite assurances, Government was not convening the National Council and Departmental Councils and the JCM has been allowed to become defunct. The National JCA in conclusion decided to appeal to all affiliates to take concrete steps to invigorate the joint movement of the Central Government employees and meet the challenge that is likely to arise on receipt of the recommendations of the 7th CPC by creating an atmosphere of Unity, and determination to carry out the call of indefinite strike action scheduled to commence on 23rd November, 2015.
With greetings,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC JCM & Convener
Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com
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One Rank One Pension – Central Government Ignores Week-long Protests

One Rank One Pension – Central Government Ignores Week-long Protests

“The protests that began in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar last Monday, demanding immediate implementation of the OROP continues even as the government chooses to turn a blind eye towards it”

Ex-servicemen have been protesting now for a week at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, demanding the immediate implementation of the OROP scheme. Similar protests are also on at 20 important cities in the country to put pressure on the government to act.

The series of protests is jointly organized by 30 ex-servicemen welfare organizations, under the leadership of Chairman of IESM, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh. Speaking to the media, Satbir Singh said, “Until now the Government has not tried to negotiate with us. If there are no results for the protests, we will shift our protests to Bihar.”

The protesters believe that the government will be more receptive to their demands if the protests affect the party’s chances of winning the state elections in Bihar.

BJP’s parliamentary election manifesto last year promised immediate implementation of the OROP if they come to power. After coming to power, assurances were given by the ministers including the prime minister himself.

Ex-servicemen expected a formal announcement to be made at the first year rally. But, not a word was uttered about this. The ex-servicemen did not lose hope.

On June 1, in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio show, the prime minister assured that he will implement the OROP scheme.

Media reports indicated that sufficient funds were allocated in the previous financial year and that steps are on to implement the scheme. Reports further added that the revised pension scheme is very similar to those of the MPs. But, one has to also accept the fact that the scheme is much closer to implementation than it ever was during the Congress regime.

Many wonder why the army-men have resorted to protests. A number of reasons are being given for the protests.

Excess of trust in Modi government is one of the reasons. Congress-led UPA government, which failed to implement the OROP scheme, suffered humiliating defeat in the elections. The second reason is that more than 30 lakh ex-servicemen and their families spread throughout the country believed in the promises made by the BJP in its election campaign.

The third reason – contradictory stands among the Ministries of Finance and Defence – is considered to be the most important. There are claims that the Ministry of Finance had asked the Defence Ministry to refer to the 7th Central Pay Commission. This is rumoured to be the stand of the bureaucrats.

There have been warnings that implementing the OROP scheme is an expensive task and changes will have to be made to the current pension structure for the Central Government employees and Pensioners. The message was subtly conveyed to the representatives of ex-servicemen by the defence ministry. This had greatly angered the delegates. Protests were launched amidst worries that OROP will be shelved again.
Even now, the ex-servicemen trust the Prime Minister Modi because he doesn’t believe the bureaucrats easily.

Source: 7thpaycommissionnews.in
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One day Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP

Awareness Programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP

One day Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (GOI) invites Central Govt. Pensioners to attend one day Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP in KENGURUSE HALL, 19 ASSAM RIFLE, NEAR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OFFICE, KOHIMA (Nagaland) on 26.06.2015 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. Please bring a copy of PPO while attending the Programme. For any clarification contact 011-24644847 or emailprem.kr@nic.in

Source: Pensioners portal
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Employment News Weekly Report – Recruitment in Kanpur, Min. of Defence

Employment News Weekly Report – Recruitment in Kanpur, Min. of Defence

Employment News published a fresh list of vacancies in Central Government Sector for Indian job seekers…

1. Staff Selection Commission, Kolkata.
Name of Post –Assistant Archivist, Data Processing Assistant, Assistant etc.
No. of Vacancies – 83
Employment News Weekly Report – Recruitment in Kanpur, Min. of Defence


2. Union Public Service Commission.
Name of Post – Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners.
No. of Vacancies – 170
Last Date – 09.07.2015

3. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited,
Name of Post – Chemist Trainee, General Workman B and General Workman-B (trainee)
No. of Vacancies – 73
Last Date – 04.07.2015

4. Employment News Weekly Report – Recruitment in Kanpur, Min. of Defence
Name of Post-Professional Service Representatives,
Agrovet Service Representatives
No. of Vacancies – 34
Last Date – with in 15 days from the date of publication.

5. Indian Space Research Organisation.
Name of Post – Scientist/Engineer ‘SC
(Electronics,Mechanical, Computer Science)
No. of Vacancies – 109
Last Date – 09.07.2015

6. Ministry of Defence, Kanpur
Name of Post– Sr. Nurse Grade-II, Lower Division Clerk,
Stenographer etc.
No. of Vacancies – 153
Last Date – 21 days from the date of publication.

Source : www.employmentnews.gov.in
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June 30th is the last date to exchange pre-2005 Currency Notes including the denominations of Rs.500 and Rs.1000.

June 30th is the last date to exchange pre-2005 Currency Notes including the denominations of Rs.500 and Rs.1000.

Deposit Pre-2005 Currency Notes in Your Bank Accounts before June 30, 2015: RBI urges Public
Soliciting cooperation from the public in withdrawing these notes from circulation, the Reserve Bank of India has urged them to deposit the old design notes in their bank accounts or exchange them at a bank branch convenient to them. The Reserve Bank of India has stated that the public can do so till June 30, 2015.

Earlier, in March 2014, it had set the last date for public to exchange these notes was January 01, 2015.
The Reserve Bank has stated that the notes can be exchanged for their full value. It has also clarified that all such notes continue to remain legal tender.

Explaining the move, the Reserve Bank said that now the notes in Mahatma Gandhi series have been in circulation for a decade. A majority of the old notes have also been withdrawn through bank branches. It has, therefore, decided to withdraw the remaining old design notes from circulation. Not having currency notes in multiple series in circulation at the same time is a standard international practice, the Reserve Bank has pointed out.

The Reserve Bank will continue to monitor and review the process so that the public is not inconvenienced in any manner.

Source: CGEN
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Medically incapacitated staff of Railway Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force may be absorbed in alternative jobs

Medically incapacitated staff of Railway Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force may be absorbed in alternative jobs
RBE No. 61/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(NG)I-2015/RE-3/2
New Delhi, dated 12.06.2015
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(As per standard list).
Sub:- Absorption of medically unfit staff of RPF/RPSF in alternative post- Regarding.
A question as to how the medically incapacitated staff of Railway Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force may be absorbed in alternative jobs in other departments of the Zonal Railways has been under consideration of Railway Board.

 2. Attention in this connection is invited to Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-88/RE-3/2 dated 18.01.1989 which provide that medically unfit RPF/RPSF staff may be first considered for absorption in ministerial post in their own department. The Committee constituted for considering such alternative appointments shall include an officer of the Personnel Department. In case no suitable posts to so accommodate them in RPF department are available, they may be considered for absorption in alternative posts in other departments of the railways within the framework of the provisions contained in Chapter XIII of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I, Revised Edition 1989, First Reprint Edition-2009. Similarly, when staff of other departments are medically decategorised, they will also be considered for absorption against suitable posts in their own department at the outset and in case no posts are available therein then such staff will be considered against Ministerial posts in the RPF department, if such posts are available in that Department.
 
 3. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is reiterated that the above instructions/procedure may be followed scrupulously in order to maintain the uniformity on all the Zonal Railways.
 
 (This dispose of South Western Railway’s letter No.SWR/P.573/Med.Decatg/Vol.I dated 22.05.2014).
Receipt of this letter may be acknowledged.
(M.K.Meena)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)
Railway Board
Source: AIRF
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