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Mandatory installation of LED based lightings in Central Government Buildings - Economy Measures


Mandatory installation of LED based lightings in Central Government Buildings - Economy Measures

LED-CENTRAL-GOVERNMENT-BUILDINGS


Most Immediate
No.25(24)/E.Coord/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 01 December, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Economy Measures - Mandatory installation of LED based lightings in Government Buildings - reg.

Reference is invited to this Department's OM of even number dated 30.10.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to inform that the implementation progress was reviewed again by Group of Officers vide meeting in Cabinet Secretariat on 07.11.2017.

2. All Ministries/Departments were requested to nominate a Nodal Officer and to provide the complete details of all Government Buildings in Delhi as well as outside, within their administrative control, alongwith the status of implementation by 10.11.2017. It is observed that most of the Ministries/Departments have neither nominated a Nodal Officer nor provided the information. Non-receipt of information on time has been viewed adversely.

3. It is requested that Ministries/Departments provide the information as sought to Department of Expenditure by 08.12.2017 positively.

4. Further, all Ministries/Departments should chalk out a time bound action plan to switch over to LED based lightings, not only with respect to their Ministry/Department buildings but buildings of their attached/subordinate offices, autonomous bodies, PSUs etc. The action plan of each Ministry/Department may also be sent to Department of Expenditure latest by 08.12.2017.

(H.Atheli)
Director
To:
All Secretaries of Ministries/Departments
Copy to:
Cabinet Secretariat [Shri S.A.M, Rizvi, Joint Secretary]

Source: doe.gov.in
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7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories


7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories
 
No. II/2/Part VIII
Dated: 03/12/2017
The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,
Sub: 7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories-reg.
Ref: (i)   Railway Board's letter No. 2016/E (LR)I/NM 1-14 dated 27/11/2017.
(ii)   NFIR's Message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 to the Zonal Unions.

Please refer NFIR’s message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 (copy enclosed) on the above subject.
For the appreciation of Zonal Unions, copies of the following are also enclosed.
(a) Record Note of discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15/- Hrs in the chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations.
(b) GS/NFIR’s reply to Railway Board on record note of discussions vide No. II/2/Part VII dated 24/07/2017.
According to the record note of discussions dated 12th July, 2017, the existing staff working in the cadres of ECRCs and Commercial Clerks/Inspectors may be merged with the option to interchange them. This indicates that those opt for interchange will be posted according to their option. Yesterday, CRMS contacted the undersigned on phone and I clarified on the doubt.
The above is for information of affiliates.
Encl: As above
Yours fraternally,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Media Centre/NFIR.

No. II/2/Part VII
Dated: 24/07/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Record Note of Discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15:00 hrs in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of:
(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P. Rs. 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and
(b) Change in’ staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.
Ref: Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017.
With reference to the record note of discussions, it is suggested that under the heading "NFIR" the name of the General Secretary be printed correctly.
Vide Para 4 of the enclosure to Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017, the Board sought suggestions on both the issues - (a) & (b) above.
Accordingly, the Federation gives its suggestions as below:
Station Masters' category:
The DR quota should be limited to 50%, considering the fact that LDCE being held applying norms prescribed for DR Quota through which cream among the qualified candidates also would become Station Masters’ (GP 4200/Pay Level 6).
The Promotion quota shall be 35% to be filled by those staff mentioned in the Board's proposal upto the age of 50 years. Those in GP 1800/Pay Level 1 also be made eligible for Promotion quota, however, panel needs to be drawn in the order of seniority among the qualified staff (not to be treated as General Selection).

Commercial:
The Federation confirms the contents of Para 3(a) (b) (c) & (d) while maintaining its stand that the Ticket Checking category should as a whole, remain as separate category.
With regard to Para 3, there are precedents wherein the recommendations of previous Pay Commissions accepted by the Government have not been adopted by the Railway Ministry on the ground that Railways working is different. Example:- when the Government had accepted 5th CPC recommendation for classifying the posts in Pay Scale maximum of which was 9000 or above as "Group B", the Railway Ministry had taken a view that the said decision was not implementable and accordingly not adopted.


Record Note of Discussions held on 12th  july  2o17 at 15:00 hrs.. in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of :

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (C.P.Rs: 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and;

(b) Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.The following officers and representatives of Federations (AIRF & NFIR) attended the meeting-:

AIRF-NFIR


2.Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P.Rs.42oo) in view of 7th CPC recommendations :

(a) Federations suggested that DR Quota for Station Master should be 50% with the provision that 50% of DR vacancies can be earmarked for GDCE. Federations were advised of the merit of existing 60% DR quota and its applicability.

(b) Federations suggested that LDCE quota should be 15%.

(c) Federations suggested that General Selection Quota should be 35%;

(d) A decision has to be taken whether erstwhile G.P. Rs. 1800 should be included as eligible for LDCE and General Selection for the post of SMs or not.

(e) There was also a demand that age limit should be 50 years for all irrespective of whether candidates were General, SC/ST or OBC. The existing IREM provision contained in para 122 and implication of amending the same was advised to Federations.

3. Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations; however the point needs attention as to whether we are competent to change the recommendations of 7th CPC suo- motu;

(a) The existing staff  working  in the cadres ECRCs and commercial Clerks/inspector may be merged with the option to inter-change them;

(b) Ticket Checking category as a whole should continue as separate category for the present.

(c) The merger of TC, ECRC and CC may be only for future recruits from prospective effect for which modalities be discussed;

(d) 10 +2 qualification proposed for TC and CC should not be insisted for existing staff, who do not have this qualification.

4. Both the Federations will revert back with their suggestions on both the issues.

Source : NFIR
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7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories


7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories
 
No. II/2/Part VIII
Dated: 03/12/2017
The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,
Sub: 7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories-reg.
Ref: (i)   Railway Board's letter No. 2016/E (LR)I/NM 1-14 dated 27/11/2017.
(ii)   NFIR's Message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 to the Zonal Unions.

Please refer NFIR’s message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 (copy enclosed) on the above subject.
For the appreciation of Zonal Unions, copies of the following are also enclosed.
(a) Record Note of discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15/- Hrs in the chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations.
(b) GS/NFIR’s reply to Railway Board on record note of discussions vide No. II/2/Part VII dated 24/07/2017.
According to the record note of discussions dated 12th July, 2017, the existing staff working in the cadres of ECRCs and Commercial Clerks/Inspectors may be merged with the option to interchange them. This indicates that those opt for interchange will be posted according to their option. Yesterday, CRMS contacted the undersigned on phone and I clarified on the doubt.
The above is for information of affiliates.
Encl: As above
Yours fraternally,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Media Centre/NFIR.

No. II/2/Part VII
Dated: 24/07/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Record Note of Discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15:00 hrs in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of:
(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P. Rs. 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and
(b) Change in’ staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.
Ref: Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017.
With reference to the record note of discussions, it is suggested that under the heading "NFIR" the name of the General Secretary be printed correctly.
Vide Para 4 of the enclosure to Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017, the Board sought suggestions on both the issues - (a) & (b) above.
Accordingly, the Federation gives its suggestions as below:
Station Masters' category:
The DR quota should be limited to 50%, considering the fact that LDCE being held applying norms prescribed for DR Quota through which cream among the qualified candidates also would become Station Masters’ (GP 4200/Pay Level 6).
The Promotion quota shall be 35% to be filled by those staff mentioned in the Board's proposal upto the age of 50 years. Those in GP 1800/Pay Level 1 also be made eligible for Promotion quota, however, panel needs to be drawn in the order of seniority among the qualified staff (not to be treated as General Selection).

Commercial:
The Federation confirms the contents of Para 3(a) (b) (c) & (d) while maintaining its stand that the Ticket Checking category should as a whole, remain as separate category.
With regard to Para 3, there are precedents wherein the recommendations of previous Pay Commissions accepted by the Government have not been adopted by the Railway Ministry on the ground that Railways working is different. Example:- when the Government had accepted 5th CPC recommendation for classifying the posts in Pay Scale maximum of which was 9000 or above as "Group B", the Railway Ministry had taken a view that the said decision was not implementable and accordingly not adopted.


Record Note of Discussions held on 12th  july  2o17 at 15:00 hrs.. in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of :

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (C.P.Rs: 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and;

(b) Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.The following officers and representatives of Federations (AIRF & NFIR) attended the meeting-:

AIRF-NFIR


2.Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P.Rs.42oo) in view of 7th CPC recommendations :

(a) Federations suggested that DR Quota for Station Master should be 50% with the provision that 50% of DR vacancies can be earmarked for GDCE. Federations were advised of the merit of existing 60% DR quota and its applicability.

(b) Federations suggested that LDCE quota should be 15%.

(c) Federations suggested that General Selection Quota should be 35%;

(d) A decision has to be taken whether erstwhile G.P. Rs. 1800 should be included as eligible for LDCE and General Selection for the post of SMs or not.

(e) There was also a demand that age limit should be 50 years for all irrespective of whether candidates were General, SC/ST or OBC. The existing IREM provision contained in para 122 and implication of amending the same was advised to Federations.

3. Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations; however the point needs attention as to whether we are competent to change the recommendations of 7th CPC suo- motu;

(a) The existing staff  working  in the cadres ECRCs and commercial Clerks/inspector may be merged with the option to inter-change them;

(b) Ticket Checking category as a whole should continue as separate category for the present.

(c) The merger of TC, ECRC and CC may be only for future recruits from prospective effect for which modalities be discussed;

(d) 10 +2 qualification proposed for TC and CC should not be insisted for existing staff, who do not have this qualification.

4. Both the Federations will revert back with their suggestions on both the issues.

Source : NFIR
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Central government employees feel "frustrated and squeezed" by their pay - 7th CPC

Central government employees feel "frustrated and squeezed" by their pay - 7CPC

Central government employees feel "frustrated and squeezed" by their pay - 7CPC

Central government employees feel "frustrated and squeezed" by their pay, which has flatlined since implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

But despite broad government stagnation in pay growth, it is still possible to maximise chances of getting minimum pay hike, he added.

The battle between the government and the central government employees unions is being seen because the government has decided not to give minimum pay hike for the central government employees.

A letter of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) dated October 30, states that the hike in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

However, the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) has been formed in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations.

A day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, three senior Cabinet Ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discussed this issue with the several central government employees' unions leaders for more than two hours on June 30, 2016 in home minister Rajnath Singh's house and they assured the leaders a High Level Committee would look into the increasing minimum Pay and fitment formula.

Their assurance had prevented several central government employees' unions to go indefinite strike over pay hike from July 11, 2016.

"The minimum pay of central government employees Rs.18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders, once the proposal in this regard will be submitted to government by the proposed High Level Committee," Jaitley had also said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016.

While the High Level Committee has not yet been constituted. The government had said the NAC would discuss any pay hike agenda but DoPT letter now says minimum pay and fitment factor doesn't come under the purview of the NAC.

The central government employees unions, including the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, have strongly criticized the government over the DoPT letter.

"The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers leaders said a meeting would be held on January 24, so they may ask employees to go on indefinite strike over pay hike," a union leader said.

The top official in the Finance Ministry said that the ministry would like to review the DoPT letter, because the DoPT has issued the letter against Finance Minister's promise to hike minimun pay. This is probably the first time that the Finance Ministry is likely to raise minimum pay while the government already approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The Finance Ministry is likely to remain committed to hike in minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the central government employees, he confirmed.

Earlier, the government gave nod the 7th Pay Commission proposal of minimum basic pay from Rs.7,000 to Rs.18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs.80,000 to Rs.2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th pay commission.

The Unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with 3.68 fitment factor.
Source: 7cpc.in
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Reservation in Promotion - Roster Point based, not Vacany based - Confederation


Reservation in Promotion - Roster Point based, not Vacany based - Confederation

IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT - WITH EFFECT FROM 10.02.1995
RESERVATION IN PROMOTIONS SHOULD BE ROSTER POINT BASED (TOTAL NUMBER OF POSTS SHOULD BE THE BASIS FOR WORKING OUT NUMBER OF POST TO BE EARMARKED FOR EACH CATEGORY IN THE CASTE - WISE RESERVATION ROSTER) AND NOT VACANCY BASED.

NON-REPORTABLE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CIVIL APPEAL NO(S). 4751-4752/2011

V. LAKSHMIKANTHAN AND ANR.
APPELLANT(S)
VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. ETC.
RESPONDENT(S)
J U D G E M E N T
KURIAN, J.

1. Though several contentions are raised in these appeals, finally the learned counsel for the appellants has come down to one submission, since according to him, he is entitled to succeed on that. That submission pertains to the direction in R.K. Sabharwal and Others v. State of Punjab and Others, (1995) 2 SCC 745, regarding post based roster in the matter of promotions. It was made clear in R.K. Sabharwal (supra) that 10.02.1995 shall be the date for the purpose of following the post based roster. It appears, the Respondent No.2 was still not following the same which led to the decision in Union of India and Ors. v. Virpal Singh Chauhan and Others, (1995) 6 SCC 684. In paragraph 33 in Virpal Singh Chauhan (supra) it was made clear that the Railways has to follow the principles as laid down in R.K. Sabharwal (supra).

Paragraph Nos. 29 and 33 of the same are extracted below:

Source: Confederation
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