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7th CPC Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers

7th CPC Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers.

7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP)

Govt Rejects Main Demand

7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP) - Govt Rejects Main Demand

Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers.

As per the media news today, the Army Headquarters was very upset over the decision of the Finace Ministry. Around 1.12 lakh military personnel including 87,646 Junior Commissioned Officers and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the India Air Force will be impacted by the decision.

The Defence Force Personnel, particularly the JCOs in Army, demanded to increase the MSP from Rs.5500 to Rs.10000. Earlier the 7th Central Pay Commission has recommended MSP Rs.5200 to JCOs.(Table shown the rates of MSP recommended by 7th CPC)

7th Central Pay Commission has applied a common multiplication factor of 2.57 on MSP of JCOs and ORs. As per methodology, the MSP has been raised to Rs.5200 pm from Rs.2000 pm.
The long pending demand on MSP that the commission forgot to consider that both JOCs and Equivalents are also Group 'B' Officers.

Whereas, the Group 'B' officers in Military Nursing Service, MSP had been fixed Rs.10800 pm. All JCOs and ORs (Combatants) demanded to raise the MSP to Rs.10000 pm at par with MNS Officers.
The 7th CPC recommended the rates of MSP was as follows:

DesignationExisting Rate of MSPRecommended by 7th CPC
Service Officers600015500
Nursing Officers420010800
JCO / ORs20005200
Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force10003600

MSP will continue to be reckoned as Basic Pay for purposes of Dearness Allowance, as also in the computation of pension. Military Service Pay will however not be counted for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Composite Transfer Grant and Annual Increment.

The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects e.g., intangibles linked to special conditions of service, conducting full spectrum operation including force projection outside India's boundaries, superannuation at a younger age and for the edge historically enjoyed by the Defence Forces over the civilian scales, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only.
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Disciplinary Authority for 'B' and 'C' Group - INDWF


Disciplinary Authority for 'B' and 'C' Group - INDWF

Disciplinary authority in respect of Group 'B' and 'C' post in Ordnance Factories

INTUC
INDIAN NATINOAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
R.Srinivasan
General Secretary
INDWF/Circular/028/2018 Date:04.12.2018
To
ALL Affiliated unions of INDWF
Ordnance and Ordnance Equipment factories

Sub: Amendment in Part-V of schedule to CCS (CCA) Rules 1965-Appointing Authority Disciplinary Authority in respect of Group B and C post in the Ordnance Factories and Other units under OFB-reg

Ref:1. MoD(D-Estt) (NG)Id No.50(23)/2013D(EStt)NG Dated 29.11.2018
2.OFB letter No.3977/BM/Per/DISC Dated 03.11.2018

Dear Colleagues,
After 6th CPC,the employees who are granted Rs.4200/- Grade Pay have been classified as Group 'B' Industrial and Non-Gazetted by DOP&T. Though these categories of employees have been appointed by the Sr. General Managers/General Managers of Heads of the establishments but disciplinary powers in respect of Group 'B' and 'C' Civil posts have been authorised to Chairman OFB.

The issue of delegation of powers to Sr.GM/GM of the respective factoris was discussed in JCM III and the same was taken up by OFB to MoD and DOP&T. Now it has been approved by amending the Part V schedule to CCS(CCA) Rules 1995 delegating the powers to the appointing authority in respect of dealing the disciplinary cases of Group 'B' Non-gazetted and Non-Industrial and Industrial employees drawing the Grade pay of Rs.4200/- and below. In respect of Group 'B' Gazetted officials will be concerned by ADCOF.

This is submitted for information of all the unions.
Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary
Source: INDWF
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Trackmen structure, Running Allowance, LARSGESS, Bonus, Post upgradation etc.: Issues discussed in the meeting held on 4th Dec 18 with Member Staff/Railway Board


Trackmen structure, Running Allowance, LARSGESS, Bonus, Post upgradation etc.: Issues discussed in the meeting held on 4th Dec 18 with Member Staff/Railway Board.

A meeting was held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the vital issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board, wherein the following deliberations took place.

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: December 4, 2018
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the important issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board

A meeting was held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the vital issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board, wherein the following deliberations took place:-

Implementation of four grade structure, in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, in the case of Trackmen/ Track Maintainers - Member Staff informed that, four grade structure, in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, is approved by the Full Board, and the file was put-up to Hon'ble MR for his approval. Hon'ble MR wanted certain clarifications from the Engineering Directorate, and the same was submitted by the said Directorate. This will be finalized after arrival of Hon'ble MR who is busy in the state elections.
Revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other Allowances related to Running Staff - After lengthy discussions; the Member Staff informed that, the file is put-up to Hon'ble MR for his approval, and after his approval, the file would be sent to the MoF. The Member Staff further informed that, the matter is vigorously pursued by him with the MoF.

Continuance of the LARSGESS - The Official Side informed that, after consultation with the Solicitor General, original scheme would be implemented after submitting it to the court. The court has given time for submitting the final result.

Advancement of prospects of the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800 and GP Rs.4600 - After prolonged discussion, the Member Staff agreed that, there is stagnation of the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800. Federation (AIRF) pointed out that, due to various surrenders in Grade III Technicians as well as other cadres, the present incumbents working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800 are not getting promotions. Due to direct recruitment in GP Rs.4600, people are not having any promotional prospects as there are no grades in GP Rs.4800 and GP Rs.5400. Federation(AIRF) wanted that, as was done on previous occasion, 50% of Direct Recruitment vacancies should be thrown open for promotion for the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800, and also GP Rs.4800 and GP Rs.5400 SSEs and Sr. Supervisors should be made Gazetted.

Non-revision of rates of Incentive Bonus/Bonus Factor and PCO Allowance paid to Technical Staff and Supervisors of the PUs and Maintenance Workshops - The Committee appointed by the Railway Board is expected to submit its report within a month's time, and then only; the item will be finalized.
Upgradation of the Apex level of Group 'C' to Group 'B' - AIRF insisted that, powers are vested with the Railway Board to grant upgradation for the apex grade Supervisors to Group 'B'. This was also confirmed by the Finance Secretary(Exp.) on the previous occasion, and the minutes of the said meeting given to the Railway Board. In spite of that, the matter is dragged by the Railway Board by sending proposal to the MoF. The Federation(AIRF) insisted that, decision should be taken at the Railway Board level itself. Member Staff directed the AM(S) to put-up all the particulars, including minutes of the Cabinet Secretary, for taking a decision. The Federation(AIRF) insisted that, as per the Act and Codal Provisions as well as Business Rules, the powers are vested in the Railway Ministry and they should not run to the DoP&T and MoF.

Regularization of the Act Apprentices in Railways - AIRF demanded that, all the Act Apprentices imparted training in the Railways should be absorbed in the Railways. It was explained to the Member Staff that the orders were available previously, but unfortunately, Board have issued orders and implemented the orders with back date, depriving the Act Apprentices from the absorption in the Railways. The Federation demanded that, new Apprentices Act, passed by the Parliament, has given full powers to decide procedure for absorption of these Act Apprentices. Federation demanded that, Screening Type system should be adopted for absorption of the Act Apprentices. Member Staff agreed to study the problem after finalization of the present RRC examination.

It is worth-mentioning here that, there will also be another round of discussions with the Member Staff, Railway Board, tomorrow, i.e. on 5th December, 2018, and the outcome of the said meeting shall also be communicated to all of you.
With Fraternal Greetings,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: www.airfindia.org
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Non-Grant of Revised Pension (7th CPC) to Pre-2016 Retirees


Non-Grant of Revised Pension (7th CPC) to Pre-2016 Retirees
NFIR
National Federation of India Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055
No.II/35/2018
Dated: 16/11/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Non-grant of revised pension 7th CPC to pre-2016 retirees - reg.
Ref: NFIR’s letter No. II/35/20l8 dated 08/09/2018

In view of difficulties faced for revision of pension (w.e.f. 01/01/2016 -7th CPC) of retired Running Staff consequent upon non-reckoning of 55% add on pay element to retired Running Staff, 30% add on pay element for retired Loco inspectors (pre-2016) and non-reckoning of 'Charge Allowance' granted to JA Grade Officers (worked on adhoc basis and retired) which is counted as pay for all purposes as per extant instructions, NFIR vide its letter dated 08/09/2018 requested the Railway Board to make adequate provisions in the ARPAN software to enable the zonal Railways tb redress the grievances of retired staff.

Along with its communication dated 08/09/2018, Federation also enclosed copies of Western Railway and Sourh Central Railway's letters dated 06/07/2018 & 10/08/2018 wherein specific difficulties/problems faced by the zonal Railways were highlighted’ Federation feels disappointed that though a period of more than two months passed, neither.rectification in the software ARPAN has bleen don. no, Federation apprised of steps taken to mitigate problem.

While enclosing copy of Federation's letter dated 08/0912018 (together with enclosures), NFIR once again requested Railway Board to kindly intervene to see that rectification in the software is ensured soon. Federation may please be apprised of the action taken in the matter.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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UFBU meeting All India Strike - Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%

UFBU meeting All India Strike - Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%

CIRCULAR NO. 31
Date: 30.11.2018
TO ALL AFFILIATES & MEMBERS
Dear Comrades,
  • Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%
  • UFBU meeting - Call given for All India Strike on 26th 2018 against amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank.
We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. UFBU/2018/20 Dated the 30th November 2018 issued by Com. Sanjeev K. Bandlish, Convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), for information of all affiliates and members.
With revolutionary greetings,
Yours sincerely,
(SANJEEV K. BANDLISH)
GENERAL SECRETARY

"After the last round of discussions held on 12-10-2018, there was another round of Bipartite Talks between IBA and UFBU today in Mumbai. IBA team was led by Shri Rajkiran Rai G. (MD & CEO of Union Bank of India) Chairman of the Negotiating Committee of IBA. UFBU was represented by leaders of all the nine constituent unions.

IBA's increased offer: Picking up the thread from the discussions of the last round of discussions wherein we had urged upon the IBA to improve their offer of 6% hike in the cost of pay slip components, IBA today revised their offer and increased their offer to 8% instead of 6% offered earlier. IBA also reiterated their formula of further wage increase based on their proposal linked to annual increase in Operating Profit and on Return on Assets of the Banks. While welcoming their improved offer, we stated that differential wage increase based profits of each Bank is not acceptable to us and that the wage revision in the Banks should be uniform as has been hitherto. We also further stated that their revised offer is far below our expectations. Hence, we urged upon the IBA to further revise their offer substantially to an acceptable level. We further stated that the issue of full mandate i.e. wage revision for Officers to cover all Officers upto Scale-VII should also be resolved. IBA expressed their limitations in this regard but we insisted them to find an amicable solution to this important issue.

We have requested the IBA to hold further discussions at the earliest and also hold Sub Committee meeting to sort out other remaining issues raised by us in the Charter of Demands. IBA agreed to this suggestion.

UFBU MEETING: Thereafter, meeting of the UFBU was held at AIBEA Office. While taking note of the improved offer of IBA, the meeting expressed its disappointment that the revised offer is totally inadequate to meet our expectations and further noted with concern the attitude of the IBA in not coming forward to resolve the mandate issue. The meeting decided to pursue these issues vigorously.

WE OPPOSE MERGER AND AMALGAMATION OF THE 3 BANKS - ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 26-12-2018: Regarding the proposed amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the meeting noted that the Government and the concerned Banks were moving ahead with their decision and hence it was decided to give the call for observing All India Strike on 26th December, 2018.

Separate circular with other preparatory programmes will be issued shortly. We call upon all our constituent unions and members to start preparations for this strike action.

Comrades, we are passing through challenging times and hence our unity and united approach will be highly imperative to face these challenges and attacks."

NCBE Cir. 31
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