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5th CPC parity is also beneficial but option-I parity of 7th CPC is more beneficial - confederation


5th CPC parity is also beneficial but option-I parity of 7th CPC is more beneficial - confederation

PENSIONER'S PARITY

We are getting many phone calls and messages from Central Government Pensioners and employees regarding the Cabinet decision on 03.05.2017. Government has approved the recommendations of the Committee headed by Secretary (Pension) constituted by it as per the cabinet decision on 29.06.2016. The full details of the cabinet decision will be known only after issuing orders by Pension Ministry. The Pension Committee has told the JCM Staff Side that instead of Option-I parity, recommended by 7th CPC, it is considering 5th CPC recommended parity. It is presumed that the decision of the Cabinet may be to extend 5th CPC recommended parity to pre-2016 pensioners as recommended by Pension Committee. We are waiting for detailed orders to confirm.

Regarding option-2 parity recommended by 7th CPC, the Pension Committee and Cabinet has rejected the recommendations as NOT FEASIBLE, eventhough JCM Staff side has tried its best to convince the Pension Committee that it is Feasible. The intention behind the Cabinet decision dated 29.06.2017 to constitute a committee to examine the feasibility of option-I recommended by 7th CPC was to deny the Option-I parity which is more beneficial to pre-2006 pensioners than the 5th CPC Parity. Of course 5th CPC parity is also beneficial but option-I parity of 7th CPC is more beneficial to many employees.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers shall continue its struggle for Option-I parity alongwith the National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association (NCCPA).

The details of the 3rd May Cabinet decision will be published as and when orders are issued by Government. Please wait for detailed orders before coming to any conclusion.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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Source - http://confederationhq.blogspot.in
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Modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits approved by the Cabinet on 3rd May, 2017


Modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits approved by the Cabinet on 3rd May, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs.84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1stJanuary, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore. Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1. Revision of pension of pre -2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet. The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor. It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29thJune, 2016,the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.
In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner. The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases. The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases. The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.

2. Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners
The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6thCPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.

The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension.
The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entailan additional expenditure of approximately Rs.130 crore per annum.

3. Changes in Pay Structure and Revision of the three Pay Matrices:
The Cabinet, while approving the 7th CPC recommendations for their implementation on 29thJune, had made two modifications in the Defence Pay Matrix as under:
(i) Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13A (Brigadier) may be increased from 2.57 to 2.67.

(ii) Additional 3 stages in Levels 12A (Lt. Col.) , 3 stages in Level 13 (Colonel) and 2 stages in Level 13A (Brigadier) may be added.
The Cabinet has now approved further modifications in the pay structure and the three Pay Matrices, i.e. Civil, Defence and Military Nursing Service (MNS). The modifications are listed below:

(i) Defence Pay Matrixhas been extended to 40 stages similar to the Civil Pay Matrix: The 7th CPC had recommended a compact Pay Matrix for Defence Forces personnel keeping in view the number of levels, age and retirement profiles of the service personnel.Ministry of Defence raised the issue that the compact nature of the Defence Pay Matrix may lead to stagnation for JCOs in Defence Forces and proposed that the Defence Pay Matrix be extended to 40 stages. The Cabinet decision to extend the Defence Pay Matrix will benefit the JCOs who can continue in service without facing any stagnation till their retirement age of 57 years.

(ii) IOR for Levels 12 A(Lt. Col. and equivalent)and 13(Colonel and equivalent)in the Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent)in the Civil Pay Matrix has been increased from 2.57 to 2.67: Variable IOR ranging from 2.57 to 2.81 has been applied by the 7th CPC to arrive at Minimum Pay in each Level on the premise that with enhancement of Levels from PayBand 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and onwards, the role, responsibility and accountability increases at each step in the hierarchy. This principle has not been applied in respect of Levels 12A (Lt. Col. and equivalent), 13 (Colonel and equivalent) and 13A (Brigadier and equivalent) of Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent) of the Civil Pay Matrix on the ground that there was a disproportionate increase in entry pay at the level pertaining to GP 8700 in the 6thCPC regime. The IOR for Level 13A (Brigadier and equivalent) in the Defence Pay Matrix has already been revised upwards with the approval of the Cabinet earlier. In view of the request from Ministry of Defence for raising the IOR for Levels 12 A and 13 of the Defence Pay Matrix and requests from others, the IOR for these levels has been revised upwards to ensure uniformity of approach in determining the IOR.

(iii) To give effect to the decisions to extend the Defence Pay Matrix and to enhance the IORs, the three Pay Matrices -Civil, Defence and MNS -have also been revised. While doing so, two calculation errors noticed in the MNS Pay Matrix have also been rectified.

(iv) To ensure against reduction in pay, benefit of pay protection in the form of Personal Pay was earlier extended to officers when posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) with the approval of Cabinet. The benefit will also be available to officers coming on Central Deputation on posts not covered under the CSS.
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Notification of Pay Rules, 2017 in respect of PBORs of the three Defence Forces

Notification of Pay Rules, 2017 in respect of PBORs of the three Defence Forces

Army Pay Rules 2017

[ TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA PART-II SECTION 4]
EXTRAORDINARY
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Department of Defence)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 3rd May, 2017

SRO ….. In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules, namely:

1. Short title and Commencement - (1) These rules may be called Army Pay Rules, 2017.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.

2. Application:-
(1) Save as otherwise provided by or under this rule, these rules shall apply to Honorary Commissioned Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and other Ranks of the Army, Defence Security Corps (DSC), Territorial Army (TA) [when embodied], and Army Postal Service (APS), who were on the effective strength of the Army, DSC, TA (embodied), and APS, as the case may be.

3. Definitions:- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires
(a) " existing basic pay" means pay drawn in the prescribed existing pay band and grade pay but it does not include any other types of pay like special pay, military service pay, Group 'X' Pay etc.
(b) " existing Pay Band and Grade Pay" in relation to Junior commissioned Officers/Other Ranks means the Pay Band and the Grade Pay applicable to the rank held by him (including under Modified Assured Career progression) as on the date immediately before the notification of these rules, in a substantive capacity;

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Air Force Pay Rules 2017

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA PART-II SECTION 4]
EXTRAORDINARY
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Department of Defence)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 3rd May, 2017
SRO ________. In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules, namely:
1. Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules may be called Air Force Pay Rules, 2017.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.

2. Application.-
(1) Save as otherwise provided by or under this rule, these rules shall apply to Honorary Commissioned Officers, Master Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer, Junior Warrant Officer, Sergeant, Corporal, Leading Aircraftsman, and Aircraftsman, who were on the effective strength of the Air Force as on the 1st day of January, 2016; and Recruits in Air Force undergoing training.

3. Definitions.- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(a) "existing basic pay" means pay drawn in the prescribed existing Pay Band and Grade Pay but it does not include any other types of pay like Special Pay, Military Service Pay, Group 'X' Pay etc;
(b) "existing Pay Band and Grade Pay" in relation to Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman means the pay band and the grade pay applicable to the rank held by him (including under Modified Assured Career Progression) as on the date immediately before the notification of these rules, in a substantive capacity;

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Navy Pay Rules 2017

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA PART-II SECTION 4]
EXTRAORDINARY
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Department of Defence)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 3rd May, 2017
SRO ________. In exercise of the powers conferred by section 184 of the Navy Act, 1957 (62 of 1957), the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement:- (1) These regulations may be called Navy Pay Regulations, 2017.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.

2. Application.-
(1) Save as otherwise provided by or under this regulation, these shall apply to Honorary Commissioned Officers, Master Chief Petty Officer I/II, Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer, Leading Seaman, and Seamen I/II, and includes Artificers or Mechanicians, who were on the effective strength of the Navy as on 1 January 2016; and recruits in Navy undergoing training.

3. Definitions.- In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires.
(a) "existing basic pay" means pay drawn in the prescribed existing Pay Band and Grade Pay but it does not include any other types of pay like Special Pay, Military Service Pay, Group 'X' Pay etc;
(b) "existing Pay Band and Grade Pay" in relation to a Sailor means the Pay Band and the Grade Pay applicable to the rank held by him (including under Modified Assured Career Progression) as on the date immediately before the notification of these regulations, in a substantive capacity;

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7th CPC Pension Calculation: Option-1 recommended by 7th CPC is rejected

7th CPC Pension Calculation: Option-1 recommended by 7th CPC is rejected

UPDATE ON STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING OF NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM HELD ON 03.05.2017.

Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 03.05.2017. Only Action Taken Report (progress report) on old items discussed in the Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 was discussed from 3 to 7 PM.

The protest of the staffside regarding abnormal delay in implementation of revised allowances from 01.01.2016 , increase in minimum pay and fitment formula , Option -1 parity of Pensioners , revision of pension and grant of dearness relief to autonomous body pensioners etc was conveyed to Secretary , Department of Personnel who chaired the meeting. The proposed move to close down DGS&D was also raised.

To discuss the new items another meeting will be held shortly.

On behalf of Confederation Coms: K.K.N.Kutty , M.Krishnan and M.S.Raja attended. Cabinet has approved the parity in pension recommended by the Pension Committee constituted by Govt w.e.f.01.01.2016. (whether it is 5th CPC recommended parity can be confirmed only after seeing the orders).

It is confirmed that Option-1 recommended by 7th CPC is rejected.
M.KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation.
Source: Confederation
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