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Expected DA from July, 2016: AICPIN for the Month of May, 2016 released

Expected DA from July, 2016: AICPIN for the Month of May, 2016 released


No. 5/1/2016- CPI 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT', SHIMLA-171004

DATED: 30th June, 2016
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — May, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for May, 2016 increased by 4 points and pegged at 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.48 per cent between April, 2016 and May, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.78 per cent between the same two months a year ago.


The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 3.69 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (I len), Fish Fresh, Milk, Chillies Green, Brinjal, Cabbage, French Bean, Potato, Tomato, Sugar, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the increase in index.


The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.59 per cent for May, 2016 as compared to 5.86 per cent for the previous month and 5.74 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.48 per cent against 7.55 per cent of the previous month and 5.99 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.


At centre level, Salem reported the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Puducherry and Mysore (11 points each), Bengluru (10 points), Quilon, Warrangal and Coonoor (9 points each). Among others, 8 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 7 points in 5 centres, 6 points in 5 centres, 5 points in 9 centres, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 9 centres, 2 points in 6 centres and I point in 17 centres. On the contrary, Amritsar recorded a decrease of 1 point. Rest of the 10 centres' indices remained stationary.


The indices of 31 centres are above All-India Index and other 42 centres' indices are below national average. The indices of Pune, Salem, Vishakhapatnam, Bokaro and Varanasi centres remained at par with All-India Index.


The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of June, 2016 will be released on Friday, 29th July, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.


Sd/-
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
Source:- AICPIN May, 2016
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7th CPC Cabinet Decision – Frequently Asked Question

7th CPC Cabinet Decision – Frequently Asked Question

7CPC FAQ


1.  What is the Fitment Factor used in Pay Matrix?
A fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices.

2. Did Cabinet approve for the employees request of changing minimum wages?
No, the 7th CPC recommendation will be implemented (Rs.18000/-)

3. What would be the current House Building Advance?
The ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs.7.50 lakh to 25 lakh,

4. When will I get my arrears?
All arrears including pensioner will be paid during this financial year (2016-17) itself.

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

6. What’s the status of NPS Implementation?
Cabinet decided to form two separate committee for looking into the issues.

7. What would be my current Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS)?
It will stay at the existing rate of Rs.30, Rs.60 & Rs.120/- for Group C, B & A respectively.

8. Has the old allowance has been abolished?
Currently No (June’2016). Existing will continue and after 4 month’s there may be changes.

9. What would be the HRA Percentage after Cabinet Decision?
HRA would be at the rate of 30, 20 & 10 percentage and after 4 month’s there may be changes.

10. Has there been any changes in Defence Pay Matrix?
Yes, there has been changes in 13A (Brigadier), Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier).

11. Will there be any changes in Military Service Pay?
Yes, Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.

12. For pension, what would be multiplication factor?
2.57 would be the factor to determine the pension and will be reviewed after 4 months.

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7th Pay Commission calculator to highlights, here’s all you want to know

7th Pay Commission calculator to highlights, here’s all you want to know

The 7th Pay Commission report recommendations have been cleared today by the Cabinet. Earlier in its report, in November last year, the commission itself had recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years.

Here are the 7th Pay Commission report highlights:

1. Recommended Date of implementation: 01.01.2016

2. Minimum Pay – Calculator: Based on the Aykroyd formula, the minimum pay in government is recommended to be set at Rs 18,000 per month.

3. Maximum Pay: Rs 2,25,000 per month for Apex Scale and Rs 2,50,000 per month for Cabinet Secretary and others presently at the same pay level.

4. Financial Implications:
a) The total financial impact in the FY 2016-17 is likely to be Rs 1,02,100 crore, over the expenditure as per the ‘Business As Usual’ scenario. Of this, the increase in pay would be Rs 39,100 crore, increase in allowances would be Rs 29,300 crore and increase in pension would be Rs 33,700 crore.

b) Out of the total financial impact of Rs 1,02,100 crore, Rs 73,650 crore will be borne by the General Budget and Rs 28,450 crore by the Railway Budget.

c) In percentage terms the overall increase in pay & allowances and pensions over the „Business As Usual‟ scenario will be 23.55 percent. Within this, the increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent, and increase in pension would be 24 percent.

d) The total impact of the Commission‟s recommendations are expected to entail an increase of 0.65 percentage points in the ratio of expenditure on (Pay+Allowances+ Pension) to GDP compared to 0.77 percent in case of VI CPC.
5. New Pay Structure: Considering the issues raised regarding the Grade Pay structure and with a view to bring in greater transparency, the present system of pay bands and grade pay has been dispensed with and a new pay matrix has been designed. Grade Pay has been subsumed in the pay matrix. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the pay matrix.

6. Fitment: A fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees.

7. Annual Increment: The rate of annual increment is being retained at 3 percent.

8. Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP):
a. Performance benchmarks for MACP have been made more stringent from “Good” to “Very Good”.
b. The Commission has also proposed that annual increments not be granted in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or for a regular promotion in the first 20 years of their service.
c. No other changes in MACP recommended.
9. Military Service Pay (MSP): The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only. As before, Military Service Pay will be payable to all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The current MSP per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows:

7th Pay Commission Report

Present
Proposed
i.Service OfficersRs 6,000Rs 15,500
ii.Nursing OfficersRs 4,200Rs 10,800
iii.JCO/ORsRs 2,000Rs 5,200
iv.Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air ForceRs 1,000Rs 3,600

10. Short Service Commissioned Officers: Short Service Commissioned Officers will be allowed to exit the Armed Forces at any point in time between 7 and 10 years of service, with a terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments. They will further be entitled to a fully funded one year Executive Programme or a M.Tech. programme at a premier Institute.

11. Lateral Entry/Settlement: The Commission is recommending a revised formulation for lateral entry/resettlement of defence forces personnel which keeps in view the specific requirements of organization to which such personnel will be absorbed. For lateral entry into CAPFs an attractive severance package has been recommended.

12. Headquarters/Field Parity: Parity between field and headquarters staff recommended for similar functionaries e.g Assistants and Stenos.

13. Cadre Review: Systemic change in the process of Cadre Review for Group A officers recommended.
14. Allowances: The 7th Pay Commission has recommended abolishing 52 allowances altogether. Another 36 allowances have been abolished as separate identities, but subsumed either in an existing allowance or in newly proposed allowances. Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
a. Risk and Hardship Allowance: Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the newly proposed nine-cell Risk and Hardship Matrix, with one extra cell at the top, viz., RH-Max to include Siachen Allowance.
The current Siachen Allowance per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows:

7th Pay Commission Table

Present
Proposed
i.Service OfficersRs 21,000Rs 31,500
iii.JCO/ORsRs 14,000Rs 21,000
This would be the ceiling for risk/hardship allowances and there would be no individual RHA with an amount higher than this allowance.
b. House Rent Allowance: Since the Basic Pay has been revised upwards, the Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new 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 respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.
c. In the case of PBORs of Defence, CAPFs and Indian Coast Guard compensation for housing is presently limited to the authorised married establishment hence many users are being deprived. The HRA coverage has now been expanded to cover all.
d. Any allowance not mentioned in the report shall cease to exist.
e. Emphasis has been placed on simplifying the process of claiming allowances.
15. Advances:
a. All non-interest bearing Advances have been abolished.
b. Regarding interest-bearing Advances, only Personal Computer Advance and House Building Advance (HBA) have been retained. HBA ceiling has been increased to Rs 25 lakhs from the present Rs 7.5 lakhs.
16. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS):  The Rates of contribution as also the insurance coverage under the CGEGIS have remained unchanged for long. They have now been enhanced suitably. The following rates of CGEGIS are recommended:

7th Pay Commission Table

Present
Proposed
i.Service OfficersRs 21,000Rs 31,500
iii.JCO/ORsRs 14,000Rs 21,000

17. Medical Facilities:
a. Introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners has been recommended.

b. Meanwhile, for the benefit of pensioners residing outside the CGHS areas, CGHS should empanel those hospitals which are already empanelled under CS (MA)/ECHS for catering to the medical requirement of these pensioners on a cashless basis.

c. All postal pensioners should be covered under CGHS. All postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS.
18. Pension: The Commission recommends a revised pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF personnel as well as for Defence personnel, who have retired before 01.01.2016. This formulation will bring about parity between past pensioners and current retirees for the same length of service in the pay scale at the time of retirement.

The past pensioners shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by the Commission on the basis of Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the pay matrix.

This amount shall be raised to arrive at the notional pay of retirees, by adding number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service at the rate of 3 percent.

In the case of defence forces personnel this amount will include Military Service Pay as admissible.
Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the new pension.

An alternative calculation will be carried out, which will be a multiple of 2.57 times of the current basic pension.

The pensioner will get the higher of the two.
The financial impact of the recommendations of this Commission will be reflected through increases in expenditure on Pay, Allowances and on Pension. The likely quantum of increase on account of each of these is summarised below:


7CPC TABLE


The total financial impact in the FY 2016-17 is likely to be Rs 1,02,100 crore, an increase of nearly 23.55 percent over the Business As Usual scenario. Based on the current trend, the total expenditure on Pay (including DA, but excluding other allowances), during the year 2016-17, without factoring in the recommendations being made by this Commission, is expected to be Rs 2,44,300 crore. After implementation of the recommendations of the VII CPC, this is likely to rise to Rs 2,83,400 crore, reflecting an increase of Rs 39,100 crore (16.00%).

19. Gratuity: Enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity from the existing Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity may be raised by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

20. Disability Pension for Armed Forces: The Commission is recommending reverting to a slab based system for disability element, instead of existing percentile based disability pension regime.

21. Ex-gratia Lump sum Compensation to Next of Kin: The Commission is recommending the revision of rates of lump sum compensation for next of kin (NOK) in case of death arising in various circumstances relating to performance of duties, to be applied uniformly for the defence forces personnel and civilians including CAPF personnel.

22. Martyr Status for CAPF Personnel: The Commission is of the view that in case of death in the line of duty, the force personnel of CAPFs should be accorded martyr status, at par with the defence forces personnel.

23. New Pension System: The Commission received many grievances relating to NPS. It has recommended a number of steps to improve the functioning of NPS. It has also recommended establishment of a strong grievance redressal mechanism.

24. Regulatory Bodies: The Commission has recommended a consolidated pay package of Rs 4,50,000 and Rs 4,00,000 per month for Chairpersons and Members respectively of select Regulatory bodies. In case of retired government servants, their pension will not be deducted from their consolidated pay. The consolidated pay package will be raised by 25 percent as and when Dearness Allowance goes up by 50 percent. For Members of the remaining Regulatory bodies normal replacement pay has been recommended.

25. Performance Related Pay: The Commission has recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of Central Government employees, based on quality Results Framework Documents, reformed Annual Performance Appraisal Reports and some other broad Guidelines. The Commission has also recommended that the PRP should subsume the existing Bonus schemes.

26. There are few recommendations of the Commission where there was no unanimity of view and these are as follows:
i. The Edge: An edge is presently accordeded to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) at three promotion stages from Senior Time Scale (STS), to the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and the NFSG. is recommended by the Chairman, to be extended to the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
Vivek Rae, Member is of the view that financial edge is justified only for the IAS and IFS. Dr. Rathin Roy, Member is of the view that the financial edge accorded to the IAS and IFS should be removed.

ii. Empanelment: The Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend that All India Service officers and Central Services Group A officers who have completed 17 years of service should be eligible for empanelment under the Central Staffing Scheme and there should not be “two year edge”, vis-à-vis the IAS. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this view and has recommended review of the Central Staffing Scheme guidelines.

iii. Non Functional Upgradation for Organised Group ‘A’ Services: The Chairman is of the view that NFU availed by all the organised Group `A‟ Services should be allowed to continue and be extended to all officers in the CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard and the Defence forces. NFU should henceforth be based on the respective residency periods in the preceding substantive grade. Shri Vivek Rae, Member and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, have favoured abolition of NFU at SAG and HAG level.

iv. Superannuation: Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend the age of superannuation for all CAPF personnel should be 60 years uniformly. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this recommendation and has endorsed the stand of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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Exclusive: Government salaries hiked but allowances deferred, says 7th Pay Commission chief

Exclusive: Government salaries hiked but allowances deferred, says 7th Pay Commission chief

For now, the Government employees will have to be satisfied with the bonanza at the entry level salary hike from Rs 7000 to Rs 18,000 per month while on the allowance front, it’s a wait for at least for 4 months.

As the government employees cheer the pay hike after the seventh pay commission, they will be missing out on a big chunk of their allowance hike.

The Cabinet has decided to defer the recommended allowance hike in the government employees pay package and refer the matter to a committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa.
Speaking to India Today, Justice (retd.) AK Mathur who headed the seventh pay commission said that this move is set to have a substantial impact.

“Allowances contribute a lot in the pay hike recommendation. If the allowance is not taken into consideration it will mean fewer amounts (for employees) because the allowance which we proposed is very substantial. We had clubbed the allowances with the basic pay which is a reasonable one”, he said.

CONGRESS SLAMS GOVT

His seventh pay commission which was formed under the UPA government had recommended average 23.5 per cent hike including the housing rent, education and transport allowances. The Congress was quick to target the government for only implementing the basic salary hike proposal.

“Government has first only increased pay to 15 per cent, not the 23 per cent. If you compare with previous government decision, we increased the salary by 40 per cent. It is cheating large section of employees. Why allowances like Medical and Transport are removed from the hike”, said Congress. spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala.

But for the government, it’s important to first balance the budgetary provisions. Although, Rs 1.02 lakh crore provision was made in the general and the railways budget for seventh pay commission, government was at risk of crossing the limit and missing the fiscal deficit target.

By deferring the allowance hike proposed by the seventh pay commission, the burden to the exchequer is reduced by a 17 per cent at Rs 84,933 crore.

“The Government must be considering the liability on them as it may have increased more than 1.02 lakh crore to exchequer if allowances were factored in. We will have to see if the matter is referred to a committee of secretary which allowances is deferred, but they will make it a lot of difference”, added Justice Mathur.

So, for now, the Government employees will have to be satisfied with the bonanza at the entry level salary hike from Rs 7000 to Rs 18,000 per month and the maximum pay cap raised from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh per month. On the allowance front, it’s a wait for at least for 4 months till the time finance secretary panel mulls over the proposal.

“Until the decision will be taken on the allowances issue, the present allowances will continue”, said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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7th CPC Recommendation on CGEGIS is not accepted by Government

7th CPC Recommendation on CGEGIS is not accepted by Government

7th CPC Recommendation on CGEGIS is not accepted by Govt and the old scheme and rates continues
The 7th Pay Commission has recommended the following rates for Central government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) . The subscription amount has been increased considerably to increase the Insurance amount .

Level of Employee Monthly Deduction (Rs.) Insurance Amount (Rs.)
10 and above 5000 50,00,000
6 to 9 2500 25,00,000
1 to 5 1500 15,00,000

This has been objected by NCJCM in its memorandum. The demanded to reduce the monthly deduction as it is much higher than the Premium rates available for Term life Insurance in Open Market. The Central Government accepted this demand and rejected this recommendation and asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

The Press release issued by the Central Government says,


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


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7th CPC – GOVERNMENT REJECTED ALL THE MODIFICATIONS SOUGHT BY THE NJCA

7th CPC – GOVERNMENT REJECTED ALL THE MODIFICATIONS SOUGHT BY THE NJCA

NO INCREASE IN MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA
HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS & RALLY IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES AND AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES

NJCA will meet at 04:00 PM on 30th June 2016 to decide future course of action. Continue in full swing mobilization for indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Source: Confederation

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No improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor – AIRF

No improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor – AIRF

We should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike – Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra
It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.

Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016…. Complete letter is uploaded below:-

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen Federations
4,STATE ENTRY ROAD, NEW DELHI-110055
No.AIRF/160
Dated: June 29, 2016
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Cabinet approval on the VII CPC report

As all of you are aware that the Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC today.

It has been noticed that there is no improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor as well, which was our hard pressed demand. Instead, wages, as recommended by the VII CPC have been accepted as it is, which is highly disappointing.

Only two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and another for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months time.

It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.

Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016.

You are also advised to intensify the mass mobilization.
With fraternal greetings!
Yours faithfully
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF
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Cabinet approved improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix in Some Levels

Cabinet approved improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix in Some Levels

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

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

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

Central government employees to get OROP benefits: 7th Pay Commission chief

Jodhpur (Rajasthan): The 7th Pay Commission has recommended One Rank One Pension (OROP) for all Central government employees.

Briefing ANI about the recommendations, 7th Pay Commission chairman Justice (Retd) A K Mathur on Wednesday said it appears that the report has been accepted in toto.

He said the One Rank, One Pension is one of the peculiar recommendations made to the government which has not been given so far.

“Though the army employees used to get the One Rank One Pension, but the civilians will also get the same One Rank, One Pension. This is a very peculiar feature. No pay commission gave that,” he added.

Justice (Retd) Mathur said the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will involve an additional expenditure for the government in terms of 1, 02,100 crores.

“That will include the increase in the pay structure, allowances as well as the pension for the retired employees. The peculiar feature of this report is that we have done away with the grade pay and given an open metric system,” said Justice (Retd) Mathur.

“It will be a very transparent system. The people will know where they stand. We have given them the entire manner in which they can find out their place in the metrics and after that they can determine their pay,” he added.

Justice (Retd) Mathur further said there are various allowances including house rent, transport, children’s education.

“A person who enters in the government service can reasonably expect to get about 24,000 per month. We have also recommended that the government employees should be covered by health insurance for everybody,” he said.

“We have also made a recommendation that the educational allowance should also be increased. We have also made a recommendation for very good allowances and perks for the army personnel. We have also given all paramilitary forces almost identical benefits as are given to the defence personnel,” he added.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the recommendations will be implemented from 1st January this year. He said, the Pay Commission covers 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

The Minister said the entry level salary for government employees will be 18000 rupees against the existing 7000 rupees per month.

Jaitley said based on minimum pay, fitment factor of 2.57 has been approved for revising pay of all employees uniformly across all levels.

The Minister informed that 7th Pay Commission recommendations on Allowances will be referred to a Committee headed by the Finance Secretary.
ANI
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Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

The Pay commission has recommended HRA should be rationalized by using the factor 0.8 which is used for rationalising the percentage based allowances. The 7th CPC recommended 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommended 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.

The cabinet committee reviewed the recommendations on Allowances and they are not able to give a decision over the Allowances. Hence the Union Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. And it is said that the Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months.

In the press release issued by government said the following

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

Since the House Rent Allowance also listed among one of these 196 Allowances, the status HRA is not clear now. The existing rates of HRA is 30%, 20% and 10% for class X, Y and Z respectively. Whether these existing rates of HRA will be paid based on revised pay or pre revised pay..? It needs to be clarified when implementation of 7th pay commission is in process.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

NFIR Press Note : Expressed serious disappointment over the Government’s decision on 7th Pay Commission minimum wage

NFIR Press Note : Expressed serious disappointment over the Government’s decision on 7th Pay Commission minimum wage

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)’s General Secretary expressed serious disappointment and unhappiness over the Government’s decision on minimum wage. Although there is justification of upward revision of minimum wage, the Government has not done justice to the employees. Similarly, the multiplier factor has not adequately been revised, Dr. Raghavaiah General Secretary NFIR said.

Dr. Raghavaiah further said that as already decided by the NJCA, Railway employees will go on strike from 6:00 AM of 11th July 2016.

Source : NFIR
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NFIR : 7th CPC Recommendation totally disappointing

NFIR : 7th CPC Recommendation totally disappointing.

NFIR
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDIAN RAILWAYMEN
3,Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NJCA(N)/2014/Part II
Dated: 29-06-2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: 7th CPC Recommendations – reg.

Cabinet’s decision on minimum wage is totally disappointing as no improvement has been made. Equally in multiplier factor, there is no improvement.

As already decided, the JCM constituent organizations will be compelled to go on strike.

NJCA will meet very soon (either today or tomorrow) to take stock of the situation and issue directions.
Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Unhappy with 7th Pay Commission hike, government employees to go on strike on July 11

Unhappy with 7th Pay Commission hike, government employees to go on strike on July 11

Govt Employees Strike

The 7th Pay Commission report that received a nod from the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will levy a pay hike of 23.55%.
Nearly 32 lakh central government employees have announced they will be going on a strike starting July 11, protesting against the 23.55% salary hike approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, Zee Business channel news frash indicated.

Earlier in the day the Cabinet approved the recommendations put forth by the 7th Pay Commission panel, which will impact the salaries of one crore government employees.

Under the final approval, the basic salary of government employees will be hiked by 15% and the overall 7th Pay Commission pay hike stands at 23.55%. The central government employees, unhappy with the rate of pay hike had warned earlier that they will stage a strike on July 11, demanding a pay rise of atleast 30%.

At current levels, the salary hike is the lowest in 70 years, but a senior government official stated tight fiscal situation as the reason, stating that a provision to increase it to 18-20% was still open.

On July 4, M Krishnan, Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers issued a notice to the employees who are member and affiliated organisations regarding the pursuance of an indefinite strike from July 11 2016.

Krishnan had earlier said that if the government adopts delayed tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable.

The Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers on June 27, also put up a notice calling for an indefinite strike from July 11 and demonstrations and rallies in front of all important government offices and centres from July 4 to July 10.

Source: dnaindia
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Cabinet approves 7th Pay Commission recommendations

LIVE Update : Cabinet approves 7th Pay Commission recommendations:


The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the recommendations made by the 7th pay commission, news agency ANI reported.

The details of the approval, which will be made public soon, is likely to see a higher increase in the basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.

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

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

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

Source: 7cpc.in
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Exclusive: Union Cabinet granted Seventh Pay commission recommendations

Exclusive: Union Cabinet granted Seventh Pay commission recommendations

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The Cabinet has cleared all recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission report that will result in about 23.55 percent overall increase in salaries, allowances and pension for more than 1 crore government staff and pensioners. The move is expected to give a big boost to the economy as consumption demand in urban areas is likely rise owing to the rising income levels.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have a bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government

The Sinha committee has submitted its report on the recommendations, a PTI report said.

Here's a quick look at the recommendations and the likely implications for the economy:

The recommendations

The Pay Commission recommended 23.55 percent overall increase in salaries, allowances and pension. This is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, or nearly 0.7 percent of the GDP, on the government.

The panel recommended a 14.27 percent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. (The 6th Pay Commission recommended 20 percent hike. This was doubled while implementing it in 2008.)

The minimum pay in government is recommended to be set at Rs 18,000 per month. This is more than double the present Rs 7,000.

The maximum pay is set at Rs 2,25,000 per month for apex scale and Rs 2,50,000 per month for cabinet secretary and others at the same pay level (as against the current Rs 90,000 per month).

In order to bring in greater transparency, the report has recommended replacing the present system of pay bands and grade pay with a new pay matrix.

Of the total financial impact of Rs 1,02,100 crore, the increase in pay would be Rs 39,100 crore, increase in allowances Rs 29,300 crore and increase in pension Rs 33,700 crore.

Also, Rs 73,650 crore of the outgo will be borne by the general budget and Rs 28,450 crore by the Railway Budget.

Implications for economy

The Pay Commission recommendations, once implemented, are expected to boost the consumption demand, and in turn growth.

As R Jagannathan argued in this article, the recommendations could turn out to be an opportunity for prime minister Narendra Modi as the "dash of additional expenditure may be just the prod required for restarting the virtuous cycle of consumption, investment, growth, profits and all the related paraphernalia".

However, there are other issues. It is going to increase the general expenditure of the government. When these recommendations were made, inflation was moderate. But the actual implementation of these recommendations is coming at a time when inflation is rearing its head again. So, there are chances that a spike in demand supported by higher pay to the government staff may just push the inflation further up.

It also has to be remembered that crude oil prices that were benign a while back are not so now. The prices for crude are seen around $50 dollar a barrel now and a further increase cannot be ruled out. However, the only thing that may come to the rescue is a Brexit-induced global demand slowdown that will keep the commodity prices, including that of crude, under check.

The Reserve Bank of India, in its last policy statement, had raised these concerns while saying the surprise rise in April inflation has rendered uncertainty its future trajectory.

"...There are upside risks – firming international commodity prices, particularly of crude oil; the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission awards which will have to be factored into projections as soon as clarity on implementation emerges; the upturn in inflation expectations of households and of corporates; and the stickiness in inflation excluding food and fuel," it said.

Above all, a PTI report said citing sources that the secretaries’ panel may have recommended higher pay increase, with minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.

If the government approves this, the outgo will increase further and so will the burden on government expenditure. It will also have serious repercussions on fiscal deficit of the government which has been set at 3.5 percent of GDP.

Past experience


However, Richa Gupta, senior economist, Deloitte India, thinks the net impact of the implementation of the recommendation is going to be positive on the economy.

"Overall, there are three aspects: once implemented the recommendations will result in an increase in urban demand; this may in turn lead to higher inflation and put a burden on the government spending. But past experiences tell us that the net impact of pay commission implementation has always been positive," she said.

Also, it is to be noted that the global economy may continue in a rough patch due to Brexit. In such a scenario, the only factor that could help India is the domestic demand and a 23.55 percent compensation hike for government staff will only help, Gupta added.

Source: firstpost.com
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the VII CPC issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.
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GOVT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS FOR A RIDE.
CONFRONTATION WILL BECOME INEVITABLE IF UNILATERAL ORDERS ARE ISSUED

It seems that Govt. is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues. Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.

The Seventh CPC report was submitted on 19th November 2015 after a delay of about 3 months. The Government especially the Finance Minister had assured that the final decision over the report will be taken within 4 months. On 19th June 2016, the delay has crossed seven months. Till date the Govt. has not come forward for a negotiated settlement. Instead, Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary conducted a meeting with the staff side on 1st March 2016. In the meeting Govt. did not disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staff Side in the charter of demands submitted to Govt. Staff Side explained the justification for each demand but official side didn’t make any comment, either positive or negative. The concluding paragraph of the minutes of the meeting reads as follows:

“After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped ECoS in understanding the major concerns of the staff side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking final views. He further stated that the ECoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stake holders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.”

It may be seen that, neither did the Govt. side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands. It seems that the Govt. is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride.

The JCM staff side Secretary, in his letter dated 2nd May 2016, addressed to Cabinet Secretary, has made the stand of the staff side clear, without any ambiguity. The letter reads as follows:

“I have been directed to draw your attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to Govt. in the matter of Report of 6th CPC.
You will kindly find that it was not only a general discussion, but also official side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would therefore request your good self to kindly arrange for similar type of meeting for bi-lateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the staff side, NC/JCM before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”
Thus the picture is clear now. The Government, it seems, has a hidden agenda to take the staff side for granted without giving any further opportunity for a negotiated settlement. The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the Govt.

The coming days are crucial. If the Govt. adopts delaying tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable. The stand taken by the then Nehru Govt. that “Pay Commission report is an award and is not negotiable” has resulted in the historic indefinite strike of 1960, which commenced on July 11th midnight.

Central Government Employees and Officers comprising Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments are demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, filling up of vacancies, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc.

The NJCA & CCGGOO had already given strike notice to Government. As the Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement, the Central Government employees and Officers have to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success.

About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees and Officers will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuses to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also.

On the one hand NJCA & CCGGOO are fighting for the cause of Central Government Employees and Officers and on the other hand rumour mongers are spreading false news through social media. Rumour mongers are coming out daily with different kind of news and pay scales about 7th Pay Commission. Please don’t believe rumour mongers on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media sources.

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

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

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

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

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Government likely to give its nod to Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

Government likely to give its nod to Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

According to information, the central cabinet is very likely to give its approval to the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission, during its meeting to be held on June 29.

Finally, after a long wait, there will be some official developments in the much-delayed issue of pay revisions for Central Government employees.

For the past few weeks, there were multiple reports and speculations about the pay revisions. This has also created massive confusion among the employees. With the Seventh Pay Commission recommending a minimum basic pay of Rs.18,000, unconfirmed reports claim that it could be as high as Rs.20,000, 21,000, 23,500, or even Rs.24,000.

Also rampant are false reports on the Fitment Factor calculation methods that are used for revising the salaries. To put an end to this never-ending series of rumours and speculations, official news is expected tomorrow on the developments regarding the Seventh Pay Commission.

It has to be mentioned that a high-level committee, created under the leadership of PK Sinha, has submitted its report to the central government. The Ministry of Finance will choose its course of action based on the recommendations of the report.

All the central government workers union, under the common name of NJCA, have announced nationwide indefinite strike from 11.07.2016 onwards. Also part of this association are the Railway workers’ unions.
Here are some of the announcements that created great expectations among the Central Government employees –
  • Implementation Date
  • Minimum wages
  • Fitment Factor
  • Pay Matric Table
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7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow

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New Delhi: The Cabinet tomorrow is likely to approve higher increase in basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.

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

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

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

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

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

“It in most likelihood will come up before the Cabinet tomorrow,” the official said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jitendra Singh said we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. India has a large number of pensioners today and to make best use of them is a challenge, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’ scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners.

Earlier, the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri C. Viswanath directed that all the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) should be digitized. The 28th SCOVA meeting was attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

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

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

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

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

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Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act – Release of Grants

Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act – Release of Grants

F.No.14/6/2016-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 17th June, 2016
To
The Pay & Accounts Officer
Pay & Accounts Office
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi

Subject:- Centrally Sponsored Scheme on ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act’ — Release of Grants to Manipur IC.

Sir,
I am directed to convey the sanction of the President to release a grant of Rs.3,00,000/- (Rupees Three Lakhs only) to Manipur Information Commission, Imphal towards Celebration of RTI Week during 5th _ 12th October, 2016.

2. The details of grant, being released, alongwith the conditions attached thereto are furnished in the Annexure.

3. The expenditure of Rs.3,00,000/- will be met from the Major Head 2070 — Other Administrative Services, 41.01-Propagation of Right to Information Act, 41.01.31 — Grants-in-Aid under Demand No.64 for the year 2016-17.

4. The grant of Rs.3,00,000/- may be released electronically through RTGS as per the Bank details mentioned below.

State Bank of India, Account No. 30951775224, IFSC Code: SBIN0004562

5. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide their Dy. No. 3123586/Dir(F/P)/2016 dated the 09.06.2016.
Yours faithfully,
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel: 23040401
Annexure to Sanction Order No.14/6/2016-IR
Dated 17th June, 2016

The grant of Rs.3,00,000/- is subject to the following terms and conditions:

(I) This grant is released towards Celebration of RTI Week during 5th-12th October, 2016;

RTI Activities
I. Awareness Generation for RTI RTI Week Celebration:
(i) One State Level Workshop on RTI for SPIOs/RTI Activists/Media Persons/ Resource Persons etc. – Amount (Rs.) 1,20,000
(ii) State Level Seminar cum Workshop on RTI for SPI0s/RTI
Activists/ Persons/ Students etc. – Amount (Rs.) 80,000
(i) Press Meet, Essay Writing/Quiz competition for college students
on RTI related matter – Amount (Rs.) 1,00,000

Total Amount (Rs.) 3,00,000

(ii) The General Financial Rules, 2005 should be followed while incurring the expenditure.

(iii) Manipur Information Commission, Imphal should furnish to this Department for record and audit, Utilization Certificate in GFR 19-A Form duly countersigned by the Head of the Commission along
with Achievement-cum-Performance Report as required under Rule 212 of General Financial Rules, 2005.

(iv) The unutilized amount of grant, if any, may be surrendered to this Department by a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Under Secretary (Cash), DOPT payable at New Delhi.

(v) There should not be any overlap of activities under any other scheme.

(vi) Expenses on lunch should not exceed Rs.150/- per head.

(vii) TA/DA to non-official, wherever applicable, should be paid after establishing their equivalence with government officials.
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India
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Bonanza for babus! 23.55% Salary hike likely for central government employees

Bonanza for babus! 23.55% Salary hike likely for central government employees

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The total outgo if this award is implemented from January 1, 2016, is pegged at Rs 1.02 lakh crore, providing a bid demand boost to the economy.
NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated Seventh Pay Commission bonanza for the government employees is likely soon with the Union Cabinet set to consider the panel’s recommendations on Wednesday.

The committee of secretaries tasked with reviewing the recommendations has given its report that would be considered by the government before deciding on the final award.

The Seventh Pay Commission has announced 23.55% increase in pay and allowances of serving central government employees and 24% increase in pension of retired officers.

A government official confirmed that the proposal is on the cabinet agenda for Wednesday.

The total outgo if this award is implemented from January 1, 2016, is pegged at Rs 1.02 lakh crore, providing a bid demand boost to the economy.

However, in view of fiscal constraints, the government is likely to go for a lower increase and also delay the implementation of the increase in allowances.

In the budget for FY17, the government has budgeted 32% increase in salary of its employees but only a meagre 1.9% rise in allowances.

Finance ministry officials have said that the budget has adequate provision for pay commission and the fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP will not be under stress from implementation of the award.

In a report after the budget, Moody’s had said “Pay Commission recommendations of a 24% hike in public sector salary, allowances and pensions, is not fully accounted for in the budget” and will be a source of spending pressure.

The government can delay the implementation of increase in allowances to a later date but the salary increases will have to be given from January 1, 2016, which means employees will get arrears for these month, a potential boost to economy.

Car and property sales tend to rise after pay commission awards.

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Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

15-20 % hike likely in Seventh Pay Commission, decision on Wednesday

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

In what promises to be a big bonanza for central government employees, a hike of 15-20 per cent in salaries is expected to be proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission.

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

Sources say that government employees are likely to get a pay hike of between 15-20 per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. This figure includes 52 lakh pensioners

Source: www.indiatoday.in
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Monday, 27 June 2016

Secretaries committee submits report on 7th Pay Commission, govt to soon announce it

Secretaries committee submits report on 7th Pay Commission, govt to soon announce it

New Delhi:The government is likely to soon announce the implementation of 7th Pay Commission that would hike the salaries and allowances for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners by at least 23.5 per cent.

A Secretaries committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has submitted its report on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which may be accepted, a financial ministry official said.

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

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

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

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

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

The 23.55 per cent increase includes hike in allowances.

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

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

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

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

Lavasa said the 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1.

PTI
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Punjab govt to release DA arrears

Punjab govt to release DA arrears

Chandigarh: The SAD-BJP government in poll- bound Punjab today announced its decision to release arrears of Dearness Allowance (DA) to the employees and pensioners in cash.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the arrears of DA with effect from July 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015 at the rate of 7 per cent and arrears with effect from January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014 at the rate of 10 per cent shall be given to employees and pensioners of the state government in cash.

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

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

He said the notification in this regard has been issued today.

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Online system to check delay in pension soon: Govt

Online system to check delay in pension soon: Govt

New Delhi: All Central government ministries will soon be connected to an online system to ensure quick grant of pension and check any delay in its disbursal.

Besides, the Centre has decided that all Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) will be digitised.

Addressing a conference of pensioners association, Union Minister Jitendra Singh suggested an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario.

“All central ministries and departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Bhavishya very soon,” he said.

With this step, the pension release will be expedited and it will also help in quick resolution of pending issues, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said.

Singh said India has a large number of pensioners and to make best use of them is a “challenge”.

“Retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience,” he said addressing the 28th Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here.

Singh said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude need to be developed towards the pensioners.

Earlier, C Viswanath, the Secretary, Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, directed that the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) sbe digitised.

The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners.

The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS and e-mail.

In the year 2015-16, the scheme was scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing and Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country, the Secretary added.

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7th Pay Commission – Cabinet may approve 7th CPC report on 29th June 2016 – Prime Minister directed the Finance Ministry to implement the 7th Pay Commission – Media reports say

With the threat of strike by central government employees looming large, the Cabinet is expected to take a prompt decision

 

7th Pay Commission – Cabinet may approve 7th CPC report on 29th June 2016 – Prime Minister directed the Finance Ministry to implement the 7th Pay Commission – Media reports say

The Cabinet is likely to take up Seventh 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government employees on June 29. Implementation of new pay scales recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer annually.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in his Budget for 2016-17 provisioned Rs 70,000 crore towards Seventh Pay Commission awards, which is around 60 per cent of the incremental expenditure on salaries.

The Pay Commission’s recommendations are due from January 1, 2016.

The central government constitutes the pay commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday directed the Finance Ministry to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, results of which could be termed as a huge bonanza for lakhs of government employees.

The move will be cleared in the Cabinet meeting which will take place on Wednesday.

A total of 98 lakh employees — 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners — will benefit from the move.

 The employees are likely to get a hike of 15-20 per cent.

 The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, it will take effect from January 1, 2016.

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

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

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of The Empowered Committee of Secretaries which will function as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion. Faced with the burden of Pay Commission recommendations, there were concerns on whether the government would be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent for 2016-17.

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

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

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7th pay Commission: “We have provisioned for around 60-70 per cent of the total burden that was talked about,” a finance ministry official said. Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned in the Union Budget 2016-17 for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for government employees, a finance ministry official said.

While there’s no explicit overall provision number, the government had said the Seventh Pay Commission hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.

“We have provisioned for around 60-70 per cent of the total burden that was talked about,” a finance ministry official said.

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

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

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

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

Faced with the burden of Pay Commission recommendations, there were concerns on whether the government would be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent for 2016-17. However, in Budget Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley removed all doubts and promised to adhere to the fiscal consolidation roadmap and stick to the 3.9 per cent deficit target. (With PTI inputs)

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Exemption of Railways from National Pension System – NFIR

Exemption of Railways from National Pension System – NFIR

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

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part I
Dated: 26.6.2016
Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
South Block,
Raisina Hills,
New Delhi-110011

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

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) brings to your kind notice to the standing demand raised by the Federations seeking exemption of National Pension System (NPS) and restoration of Defined Benefit Pension Scheme [Liberalized Pension Scheme i.e. Railway Services (Pension) Rules 1993].
In this connection, the NFIR brings to your kind notice that the nature of duties performed by the Railway employees are akin to those in the armed forces. The NFIR also invites your kind attention that since British Rule, the Railways was conceived and operated as un auxiliary wing of the Army. It is an admitted fact that by virtue of its complex nature, Railways required a high level of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. Railways is an operational organization required to run the services round the clock throughout the year. The Railway employees are expected to work in inhospitable conditions, braving extreme weather conditions under open sky, unfriendly law and order scenario and inherent risks associated with the Railways operations itself.

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

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

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

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

With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Dr.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

7th Pay Commission – No Annual Increment for Non Performing Employees

7th Pay Commission – No Annual Increment for Non Performing Employees


“This 7th pay Commission believes that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.”

7th Pay Commission – No Annual Increment – “This will be treated as an efficiency bar,” it said in the report submitted to the government.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should not be allowed to earn annual increments if they fail to meet performance criterion. For this, it has sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level.

The 7th pay Commission has also recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

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


“This 7th pay Commission believes that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments. The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.

This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees. However, since this is not a penalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not be applicable in such cases. This will be treated as an efficiency bar,” it said in the report submitted to the government.

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