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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 :
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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 :
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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.

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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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