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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Paramilitary chiefs meet Rajnath, discuss 7th Pay Commission report

 Paramilitary chiefs meet Rajnath, discuss 7th Pay Commission report

Archana-Ramasundaram
Archana Ramasundaram among the five paramilitary chiefs met Home Minister Rajnath Singh over 7th Pay Commission anamolies on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Concerned over increasing pay disparity between Paramilitary personnel and their defence and civilian counterparts, the five paramilitary chiefs on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed issues related to “anamolies and shortcomings” in the Seventh Pay Commission report.

Five chiefs, including Krishna Chaudhary (ITBP), K Durga Prasad (CRPF), Archana Ramasundaram (SSB), Surender Singh (CISF) and O P Singh (NDRF), met the Singh at his office in South Block here and before discussion, they presented a memorandum to him.

The government in January had set up a 13-member Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary for processing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which has bearing on remuneration of 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

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

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Revision of enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Force Pensioners

Revision of enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Force Pensioners
No.1(14)/2012-D(Pen-Pol)
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi, Dated 14 June 2016
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Sub:- Revision of enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre- 2006 Armed Force Pensioners.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. dated 11.11.2008, issued for implementation of Government decisions on the recommendation of 6th CPC for revision of pension/family pension in respect of pre-2006 Armed Force Pensioners/family Pensioners.

2. As per provision contained in Para-3 of this Ministry letter No. 2(1)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) dated 16.1.2013. the revised consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension 01.01.2006 in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Family Pensioners shall not be less than 50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay-band plus the grade pay including Military Service Pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired field.

3. Now, arter issue of GOI, MOD letter No.1(04)/2015(II)-D(Pen/Pol) dated 03.09.2015 on the basis of GOI, Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensioners, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare 0M No. dated 30.7.2015, it has been decided that the minimum guaranteed enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension of all Pre-2006 pensioners may be revised w.e.f.01.01.2006 on the basis of the minimum of fitment table for the rank in the revised Pay Band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 1/S/2008, SAI 2/S/2008 & SAI 4/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy and Air Force. The revised consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Force Family Pensioners shall not be less than 50% of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised Pay Band. In case where full revised pension is otherwise not authorized to a retired employee in terms of 6th CPC order, the revised enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension shall be restricted to that amount. The amount of revised enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension in no case shall be less than thirty percent ot the minimum of fitment table for the Rank or thirty percent of the minimum of fitment table in the case of HAG and above.

4. However, in respect of consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of this Ministry’s letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008 is higher than the Family Pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same shall be continued.

5. This order will take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any: shall be payable from 01.01.2006 to 23.09.2012 or till effective period of enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension admissible. whichever is earlier.

6. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

7. Pension Regulations Of all the three services will be amended in due course.

8. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No.PC.2 to dated 02.06.2016.

9. Hindi version will follow.
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(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India
Authority: www.desw.gov.in
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7th Pay Commission review process by Empowered Committee of Secretaries – Changes / Revision expected by Central Government Employees in Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Annual Rate of Increment, MACP, House Rent Allowance, and Transport Allowance among others

A summary of Expectations of Central Government Employees on changes required in 7th Pay Commission report which is being processed by Empowered Committee of Secretaries

7th Pay Commission review process by Empowered Committee of Secretaries – Changes / Revision expected by Central Government Employees in Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Annual Rate of Increment, MACP, House Rent Allowance, and Transport Allowance among others

Recommendations of Empowered Committee on 7th Pay Commission report can be expected from now onwards , as it is reported that the top bureaucrats appointed by govt for this purpose would wrap up their review process soon. It is still unclear whether staff side leaders would called for negotiations on the demands of NJCA for revising the 7th Pay Commission report in many areas.

NJCA, the joint body of major Staff Side Associations from Central Government Employees, Railway Employees, and Defence Civilian Employees met Empowered Committee four times recently and submitted Staff Side Demands such as revision of Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Annual Rate of Increment, number of upgradations under MACP etc.

Based on these Staff Side Demands we have summarized here the Changes / Revision Expected by the Employees on the 7th Pay Commission Report, which have to be recommended by the Empowered Committee to Union Cabinet for its approval.

1. Minimum 7th Pay Commission Pay and Ratio between Minimum and Maximum Pay:
7th Pay Commission has proposed a basic pay of Rs. 18000 as minimum entry pay in Central Government Service (Pay of MTS). However, Staff Side JCM is of the view that as per approved methods such as Dr.Aykroyd Formula, minimum pay in Central Government Service should be Rs. 26,000.

2. Date of Effect and Fitment Formula:

Staff Side JCM had put forth before 7th Pay Commission that uniform fitment formula / multiplication factor of 3.7 to be applied while fixing the basic pay of existing employees.

With regard to Date of effect of 7th Pay Commission pay and allowances, members representing staff side submitted before 7th CPC that Central Government Employees are due for pay revision every ten years and that in order to rectify the delay in implementation of pay commission award in the past, the present pay commission award has to be given effect from 1st January 2014.

Contrary to Staff Side JCM’s suggestions, 7th Pay Commission has fixed the fitment formula / multiplication factor as 2.57. While mere merger of DA with existing pay in pay band and Grade pay would require a multiplication factor of 2.25, 7CPC proposed fitment formula / multiplication factor of 2.57 would result in increase in basic pay to an extent of 14.22% only.

Hence, convincing 7th CPC empowered committee for a higher multiplication factor / fitment formula would be the foremost concern of Staff Side JCM.

As far as date of effect of 7th Pay Commission award is concerned, the commission has not accepted the suggestion of Staff Side. It has observed that since the previous pay commission was given effect from 1st January 2006, the present pay commission award will have to be made effect only from 1st January 2016.

3. Annual Rate of Increment and Date of Increment:
Staff JCM in its memorandum before 7th Pay Commission suggested that since most of the PSUs including the banking industries provide the incremental rate at 5% and over a period of time it raised the salary level of the personnel, rate of annual increment for Central Government Employees will have to be fixed at 5%.
Further, uniform date of increment prescribed by the 6th CPC resulted in many anomalies, Staff Side JCM submitted that two specific dates as increment dates, Viz. 1st January and 1st July will have to be introduced. Those recruited/appointed/promoted during the period between 1st January and 30th June will have their increment date on 1st January and those recruited/appointed/promoted between 1st July and 31st December will have it on 1st July next year.

Also, staff side required that those who retire on 30th June or 31st December are granted one increment on the last day of their service, since they serve the entire one year of service required for an increment as on the date of retirement

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission on the rate of increment:

In spite of valid argument of staff side for recommending annual increment rate of 5%, 7th Pay Commission has not made revision in annual increment and Promotional increment which have been recommended at the rate of 3% of basic pay.

4. Scrapping of NPS:

Staff Side JCM is of the view that New Pension system (NPS) has to be scrapped and all the employees who have joined in Govt Service on or after 01.01.2004, are to be brought to defined pension scheme.
However, 7th Pay Commission observed that the NPS will have to be continued; that Govt should frame necessary law / Policy for proper investment of NPS fund in Equity and that a strong grievance redressel will have to be formed to serve NPS employees.

5. Transport Allowance:

With regard to Transport Allowance, Staff Side JCM presented the demand that if at all Transport allowance is meant to defray transport charges then low paid employees ought to have been paid higher transport allowance then higher level officers as they only travel from long distances to reach office. Hence, it was suggested by Staff Side that uniform transport allowance be paid irrespective of level of the cadre

Pay Range X class cities other places
Up to Rs.75,000 Rs. 7500 plus DA Rs. 3750 plus DA

However, 7th Pay Commission has not modified the structure of Transport allowance on the basis of pay level. The existing DA on Transport Allowance has been proposed to be merged. The new rates of Transport Allowance suggested are as follows

Pay Level
Higher TPTA Cities
(Rs. pm)
Other Places
(Rs. pm)
9 and above 7200+DA 3600+DA
3 to 8
3600+DA 1800+DA
1 and 2
1350+DA 900+DA

6. MACP:
It has been demanded by Staff Side JCM that five hierarchical promotions to be granted under MACP. Presently only 3 financial upgradations either in the form of promotion or time bound financial upgradation to next grade pay are being ensured under MACP.

7th Pay Commission has not made any proposal for revising the number of upgradations under MACP which is three at present.

With regard to the benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP as well as for regular promotion, 7th Pay Commission has recommended that in the interest of improving performance level, the same has to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good.’

7th Pay Commission has also noted that introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the government.

Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers:
7th Pay Commission has proposed that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.
The Commission has proposed for 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.

7. House Building Advance:
Staff Side JCM had demanded for increasing the advance to 50 times of the Salary and fixing the rate of interest not more than 5%.

As per 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, 34 times of Basic Pay OR Rs.25 lakh OR anticipated price of house, whichever is least can be availed as House Building Advance.
The requirement of minimum 10 years of continuous service to avail of HBA has been proposed to be reduced to 5 years.

If both spouses are government servants, 7CPC has proposed that HBA should be admissible to both separately. Existing employees who have already taken Home Loans from banks and other financial institutions would be allowed to migrate to this scheme, as recommended by 7CPC.

8. Children Education Allowance:

Suggestions of Staff Side:

Presently the allowance is admissible for two children, for studying in a recognised school up to XII standard. The maximum ceiling is stipulated at Rs.18000/- since this allowance had been hiked by 50% because of the DA component in salary having been crossed 100% on 1.1.2014. It is suggested that doubling of this allowance and increasing the same by 50 % whenever the DA crosses over by 50%
Further, it has been suggested that the CEA scheme may be extended to cover children studying for Graduate/Post Graduate and Professional courses.
7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on Children Education Allowance:
CEA (Rs. pm) 1500×1.5 = 2250 Whenever DA increases by 50%, CEA shall increase by 25%
Hostel Subsidy (Rs. pm) 4500 x 1.5 = 6750 (ceiling) Whenever DA increases by 50%, Hostel
Subsidy shall increase by 25%
7th Pay Commission has not accepted the Staff Side’s demand that CEA to be applicable for children beyond class 12.

9. HRA:

House Rent Allowance suggested by Staff Side JCM
X classified cities 60%
Y classified towns 40%
Z classified/unclassified  places  20%

House Rent Allowance recommended by 7th Pay Commission
Population of
Cities/Towns
Class of
Cities/Towns
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
X
24
50–5 lakh
Y
16
Below 5 lakh
Z
8

HRA when DA crosses 50%
Population of
Cities/Towns
Class of
Cities/Towns
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
X
27
50–5 lakh
Y
18
Below 5 lakh
Z
9

HRA when crosses 100%
Population of
Cities/Towns
Class of
Cities/Towns
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
X
30
50–5 lakh
Y
20
Below 5 lakh
Z
10

10. LTC:
Staff Side JCM demanded the following as far as Leave Travel Concession applicable to Central Government Employees is concerned
1. Permission for air journey for all categories of employees to and from NE Region.
2. Permission for personnel posted in NE Region for a journey within NE Region.
3. To increase the periodicity of the LTC once in two years.
4. Explore the possibility of allowing an employer to undertake tour outside India once in a service career in lieu of the LTC.
7th Pay Commission Report on LTC:

It could be found that suggestions of Staff Side JCM such as increasing the frequency of All India LTC, permission for air travel for all categories of employees in respect of NE Region etc., were not discussed in the report of 7th Pay Commission.

The proposal to split hometown LTC has been considered and it is recommended that splitting of hometown LTC should be allowed in case of employees posted in North East, Ladakh and Island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

Also, it is observed by 7th Pay Commission that LTC to foreign countries is not in the ambit of this Commission.

11. Gratuity:

Suggestions of Staff Side JCM:

Staff Side JCM suggested that in respect of gratuity payable to employees ceiling of 16.5 times and the quantum limit of Rs. 10 lakhs should also be removed. It was pointed out that in the banking industry there is no such ceiling of 16.5 months  salary but the retiring bank employees are getting at the rate of ½ a month salary for every year of service even over and above 33 years of service. Hence, in respect of Central Government Employees also for a service span exceeding 33 years, the gratuity should be higher and the above ceiling be withdrawn.

7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on Gratuity:

It has been recommended by 7th Pay Commission that ceiling of gratuity is to be raised from the existing Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakh from 01.01.2016. Further, as per Commission’s recommendations, Gratuity is to be partially indexed to Dearness Allowance. It is proposed that the ceiling on gratuity may increase by 25% whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

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Recruitment of Staff through Employment Exchanges, regarding

Recruitment of Staff through Employment Exchanges, regarding

No.14024/1/2016-Estt(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Dated the 13th June, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Recruitment of Staff through Employment Exchanges, regarding.

In continuation of this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 14024/2/96-Estt. (D) dated 18th May, 1998 and further amended vide OM of even number dated 09th November, 2005 on the above noted subject wherein it has been prescribed that all vacancies to be filled on regular basis, except those which fall within the purview of UPSC/Staff Selection Commission, are to be notified in the local Employment Exchange/Central Employment Exchange as per the provisions of the Employment Exchange (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959. In addition to the reporting of the vacancies to the local Employment Exchange/Central Employment Exchange, it has been stipulated that the vacancies should be given wide publicity on an all India basis. In this regard, it was advised that the advertisement should be placed in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar published by the Publication division of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Such recruitment notices are also to be displayed on the Office Notice Board.

2. It has been decided that in addition to the above procedure, advertisement of vacancies may also be placed at the National Career Service (NCS) Portal of Ministry of Labour & Employment, which has been developed primarily to connect the opportunities with the aspiration of youth.

3. These instructions shall be applicable to all services/posts. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices.
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(Rajesh Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Empowered Committee meeting scheduled on 11.6.2016 has been cancelled – AIRF

Empowered Committee meeting scheduled on 11.6.2016 has been cancelled – AIRF

Internal meeting of group of secretaries scheduled on 11.06.2016 on 7th Pay commission didn’t take place

Internal meeting of group of secretaries which was scheduled to be held on 11.06.2016 has been cancelled. Meeting didn’t take place at all. Shri P.K. Sinha Cabinet Secretary is heading the committee of Group of Secretaries.

On the clarion call of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, 11-point Charter of demands of the Central Government employees as also non-settlement of long pending genuine demands of the Railwaymen, AIRF and its affiliates organized huge demonstrations at all Zonal Headquarters of Indian Railways on 9 June 2016. On this occasion the employees of Indian Railway participated in mass demonstrations with full enthusiasm with holding banners in hand and shouting slogans for early redressal of their long pending genuine demands.

On the one hand AIRF and its affiliates are fighting for the cause of Railway employees 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. They have even declared that government would take a final call on 7th Pay Commission during internal meeting of group of secretaries on 11th of June, 2016.

We will update on the issue soon. Please don’t believe rumour mongers on What’sAPP, Facebook and other social media sources.

We request all comrades to not to believe such rumour mongers. These fellows have no benefits but to lighten the feelings of agitated working class. AIRF urge comrades to be prepared for Indefinite strike which is scheduled on 11, July 2016 at 06:00 AM.

Source: AIRF
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Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for enhancement of the age of superannuation of (i) Non-Teaching and Public Health Specialists of Central Health Service from 62 years to 65 years and (ii) Doctors of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) sub-cadre of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years.

The target group would be officers of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS. The decision would help in better patient care, proper academic activities in Medical colleges as also in effective implementation of National Health Programmes for delivery of health care services.

There is no financial implications as the vacant posts would have to be filled up quickly to ensure continuity of patient care.

Background:
• The age of superannuation in respect of all four sub-cadres of Central Health Service was 60 years prior to 2006.

• The age of superannuation of the three specialists sub-cadres (Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health), except GDMO sub cadre, was enhanced, with the approval of the Cabinet in its meeting held on 2.11.2006, from 60 to 62 years.

• The age of superannuation of teaching sub-cadre was further enhanced from 62 to 65 years with the approval of the Cabinet in its meeting held on 05.06.2008 in view of huge shortfall of teaching specialists. The approval was limited to Teaching specialists engaged in teaching activities only and not occupying administrative positions.
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7th CPC: Secretaries panel yet to decide final monthly salary for central government employees

7th CPC: Secretaries panel yet to decide final monthly salary for central government employees

New Delhi: The meeting of the Empowered Group of Secretaries reviewing the 7th Pay Commission, to finalize the payout to the central government employees did not take place as scheduled earlier on Saturday.
The office of the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the meeting did not take place on Saturday. It did not reveal either when would the secretaries panel meet again to give the final shape to the salaries of central government employees.

“The meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday, June 14″, said V.P. Mishra, President, Indian Public Service Employment Federation. “When we met the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha on June 3, he told us that we would be meeting on June 14″, added Mishra confirming that the 7th Pay Commission report is said to be finalised soon.

The AK Mathur led 7th pay panel report, which was released in November, had raised the minimum pay of central government employees to Rs 18,000 per month from currently drawn Rs 7,000, while the maximum pay recommended was Rs 2.5 lakh per month from Rs 90,000.

The employees unions decried the wage revisions suggested by the Commission as the “the lowest in the post independent history of the country”, and said a “meager rise of 14% alone was recommended by the Commission to be effective for a long period of ten years.”

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, which was set up in January to review the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, is expected to meet on Tuesday and is expected to finally decide how the monthly package of central government employees will shape up.

“We have give our recommendations, and the Cabinet Secretary told us that we are looking into these”, added Mishra.

“It (Empowered Committee of Secretaries) is a divided house, but good number of people agree that what we are saying has a point”, said KKN Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.

The Confederation is demanding the minimum salary of Rs 26,000 per month. ” The Staff side had computed the minimum wage as on 1.1.2014 at Rs. 26,000, The rates were taken on the basis of the actual retail prices in the market as on 1.1.2014 (average prices of 8 Cities in the country) substantiated by the documentary evidence of Cash bill obtained from the concerned vendors. As on 1.12016, the minimum wage work out to Rs. 29339, rounded off to Rs. 30,000″, said the Confederation in its Charter of demand.
It has done everything possible to get the maximum payout under 7th Pay Commission. The Confederation has decided to go on strike from July 11, if its charter of demand are not met by the government, and has already given the strike notice to the Cabinet Secretary.

There are nearly 47 lakh employees and over 50 lakh pensioners in India on central government payrolls currently.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries was set up in January has and involved all the stake holders involved–central government unions, departments, ministries and all other – and will complete deliberations in todays meeting and decide the final monthly payout.

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