Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP


The extended meeting of the Steering Committee of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy held on 15/11/2014 has decided to write letters to all Gazetted Non Gazetted Employees’ Federations/Associations of all Ministries, seeking organizational/financial support in defence of the SLP against granting of MACP on promotional hierarchy, filed by the Central Government.

But we could not reach several of the Staff Associations/Federations, face MACP problems due to non availability of proper contact address/e-mail id/telephone number.

A letter inviting all Officers/Staff Associations who are not in contact of this steering committee is given below: All Federations/Associations are requested to send their contact address/telephone number/e-mail id etc immediately so that their name may also be incorporated in the list of steering committee. All Associations/readers are requested to co-operate.

-TKR Pillai
Mob No. 09425372172

C/o All India CPWD Engineers Association,
Room No. B-003, Indra Prastha Bhawan,
ITO, New Delhi, dated 23/11/2014

            The President/General Secretary,
            All India Officers/Staff Associations affected with MACP

    Sub:    Defeating the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in the Supreme Court- seeking co operation of the all Federations/Associations-regarding.

Dear sir,

You are aware that various benches of the Central Administrative Tribunals and High courts pronounced verdicts in favour of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on Promotional hierarchy on the petitions of Central Government Employees in various Departments. In the Principle Bench of CAT itself, more than half dozen cases have been decided in favour of granting financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on promotional hierarchy. But the Government of India has not implemented these orders citing one or other reasons. Moreover, Government has filed 4 SLPs against these verdicts in respect of the applicants, namely, Shri V Mohanan Nair of CAT Ernakulam, Shri Babu Ram, Smt Reeta Devi and Shri Dhirender Singh of CAT Chandigarh, at Supreme Court. Since the outcome of the SLP filed will affect all Central Government Employees, a steering committee consisting of representatives of Gazetted/Non Gazetted Staff of various Departments of Government of India was constituted on 25/09/2014. Thereafter two meetings of the steering committee were held on 27th September and 2nd October 2014 in which decision for intervening in the SLP filed in the Supreme Court was taken.

In order to expand the activities of the steering committee, an extended meeting of the committee was convened at Indra Prastha Bhawan, New Delhi on 15/11/2014 in which 55 persons representing 30 Associations of various Ministries participated. Moreover, around 10 Associations whose representatives who had not participated in the meeting have assured to abide the decision taken in the meeting, copy of the minutes is posted elsewhere in this web site.

While addressing the meeting Shri SK Vyas, Advisor, Confederation has suggested that MACP is a matter covering all Central Government Employees and as such it will be better if National JCM (Staff side)becomes an intervener of the case and the meeting has accepted the suggestion. Shri Vyas has further suggested that all the Unions/Associations including Unions in the Railways, Defense, Postal and Income tax, Audit & Accounts Association should be asked to give contribution to meet the legal and other expenses of the case. Accordingly, the meeting decided to send letters to all major Federations/Associations as well the Secretary JCM (Staff Side).

According to Supreme Court web site posting, the SLP of Shri Mohanan Nair is listed for hearing on 08th January 2015 and all the other three SLPs have been connected with this case. The extended meeting of the steering committee unanimously decided to engage lawyers to intervene in the SLP.The committee has decided to collect Rs. 15 lakhs to meet the immediate expenses in connection with intervention in the case etc. It was also decided to prepare a list of Federations/Associations from whom the contribution has to be collected.

In view of the above, this steering committee seeks your support both organizationally and financially to strengthen the united efforts to get a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court through legal means.

I, on behalf of the Steering Committee, request you to kindly extend your helping hand so that we may be able to defeat the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in Supreme Court.
Please send a two line letter in confirmation of receipt of this letter.

Yours Sincerely

(TKR Pillai)
Mob: 09425372172


No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government

No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government
 New Delhi, Nov 26:

Retirement fund body EPFO has no plans to launch a housing scheme for its over five crore subscribers on additional contribution by its members, Parliament was informed today.

“No Sir,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on a question whether Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has chalked out a scheme for providing housing to its subscribers on additional contribution.

The idea to provide housing by EPFO on additional contribution 10 per cent of subscribers’ basic wages was mooted earlier this year by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes during a function of the body in January.

Addressing the gathering, Fernandes who was also heading the EPFO trustee’s board had said, “EPFO can deduct extra 10 per cent of their basic wages over the mandatory contribution of 12 per cent made by them at present. The money can be used to provide them housing facility.”

The Minister had also said, “Most of the workers throughout their working life live in rented accommodation and their entire saving on retirement is spent on purchasing a house.”

At present, all workers covered under the EPFO schemes, pay 12 per cent of their basic wages toward PF contribution every month. The basic wages include basic pay and dearness allowance.

Read more at Hindu Businessline

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

New Delhi: All central government employees have to file the details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children as mandated under the Lokpal Act by December 31, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

As per the rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in July this year, every public servant who has filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations as on August 1 to the competent authority on or before September 15.

The provision of the said rules has subsequently been amended by which the time limit for furnishing of such information or return by public servants has been extended till December 31, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules. There are about 26 lakh employees in these three categories, as per latest government data.

The Personnel Ministry has also issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.


Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
178 . Scindia Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao, Galla Shri Jayadev
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has recently launched a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate Programme;
(b)if so, the details thereof along with the salient features of each of the schemes under the programme;
(c)the reaction of the labour trade unions to such schemes/programmes;
(d)whether the said initiative includes any scheme for skilled labour; and
(e)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?



(a): Yes, Madam.
(b): The details of the schemes launched and their salient features are as per Annexure.
(c): No such reaction has been received.
(d) & (e): Apprentice Protsahan Yojana and Recognition of Prior Learning for Construction Workers aim at preparing skilled work force and upskilling the existing workforce. Details are given in Annexure.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram

To create a conducive environment for industrial development

To be operative in 4 central organizations : Chief Labour Commissioner, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employee Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation
Allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) to 6-7 lakh Units

Online registration of Units

Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return by the industry for 16 labour laws
Timely redressal of grievances through the portal
Complete database at one place to add to informed policy process
A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on pre-determined objective criteria
Serious matters to be covered under the mandatory inspection list

Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence
Mandatory uploading of Inspection Reports within 72 hours

Check on the arbitrariness in compliance mechanism
Digitization of complete database of more than 4 crore EPF subsribers and allotment of UAN to each of them

UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion
Portability of the Social Security Benefits through UAN to the labour of organized sector across jobs and geographic areas

EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed though SMS
Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts
93% of workers in unorganized sector RSBY revamped to ensure enhanced quality and access to services
Strengthened grievance redressal mechanism

Improved IT architecture for better access of services and monitoring of outcomes for beneficiaries
Linking the enrollment for the RSBY scheme with opening/seeding of Bank Account and allotment/seeding of Aadhar Card for financial inclusion

Wellness check for preventive care introduced for the first time

Constructive workers and beneficiary across different welfare cess are covered

Introduction of convergence of social security schemes namely Aam Admi Bima Yojna and National Old Age Pension Scheme on RSBY smart card through improved IT framework
A vision to have more than 20 lakh apprentice in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh
A major initiative to revamp the Apprenticeship Scheme in India after extensive consultation with industry and states

Four components of this initiative are:

Making the legal framework friendly to both, industry and youth. The necessary Bill amending the The Apprentices Act, 1961 was placed and passed in Lok Sabha on 14.8.2014

Enhancing the rate of stipend and indexing it to minimum wages of semi skilled workers. Notification issued
Apprentice Protsahan Yojana to support mainly manufacturing units and other establishments by reimbursing 50% of the stipend paid to apprentices during first two years of their training

Basic training curricula being restructured on scientific principles to make it more effective, and MSMEs to be supported financially by permitting this component in government funded SDI scheme

The Apprentice Protsahan Yojana will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017
Construction sector is third biggest employer after agriculture and manufacturing. Contributes more than 10% of the jobs in India

It employs about 4.2 crore workers and contributes 6.67% of GDP

86% of workers have no skills and productivity level is low

A national Scheme “Recognition of Prior Learning of Construction Workers” being launched by Ministry of Labour & Employment after extensive consultation with industry by utilizing the cess funds collected from construction projects

Construction sites to be designated as Testing Centres
Skill gaps if any, to be made up by giving gap training of about 15 days
Wage compensation for attending training classes and assessment
NCVT certification
With the initiatives like 100 smart cities. Housing for all by 2011, construction sector is set to grow at rapid rate

It is estimated that about 8.3 crores persons would be employed in the sector by year 2022
New projects demand workforce trained in modern construction technologies to meet the international norms in construction

Several new courses introduced


According to Census 2011, there were 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) out of which 1.7 crore are unemployed

Vocational rehabilitation support to PwDs through 21 Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (VRCs) across the country

Focus on honing the strength of individual PwDs to make them employable through capacity building and last mile orientation

Knowledge Partnership MOU between MoLW and TATA SONS to incorporate best practices and policy interventions for enhancing diversity and inclusiveness in India’s workforce

Major efforts are on for widening and deepening association with industry in order to increase the impact and enlarge footprint of VRCs. Some of the institutions that have partnered with VRCs include National Handicap Finance Development Corporation, National Trust, PSUs like ONGC, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Yum Foods, Bank of America, Sarthak, etc

Some of these centres are also being developed as Model Career Centres for PwDs


Only 10% of our workforce has got formal or informal technical training. Only one fourth of this is formally trained

In South Korea, Japan, Germany, the percentage of workforce having received skills training is 96,80 and 75 respectively

We need to rapidly expand certificate level vocational training if we have to succeed in our mission of ‘Make in India’. Also we need to attract youth to vocational training

Vocational training has given excellent technicians, mechanics, entrepreneurs and professional leaders. Manufacturing sector is reservoir of this success

We are showcasing and felicitating such successful ITI graduates as National Brand Ambassadors of Vocational Training

Presently, a total of 123 NCVT courses designed and developed by Mentor Councils having representation from industry, academia, Champion ITI and DGE&T mentors and expert courses/trade are conducted at about 11, 500 it is New policy of Flexi MOU has been launched in July 2014 to ensure that, in addition, customized courses with NCVT certification are available to meet the need of local industry

Under this MoU, any industry can conduct NCVT certified training programme in partnership with ITI or other vocational training provider to meet specific skill requirement of the company

Industry to ensure minimum 80% employment

Several leading industry players such as Flipkart, Raymonds, Labournet, GIPCL, Cadilla have signed MOUs and many other are under finalization


The Ministry of labour conducts competitions to foster the healthy spirit of competitiveness among the trainee Craftsmen/Apprentices

All India Skill Competition for Craftsmen among trainees admitted under Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), is conducted once in a year

All India Competition for Apprentices among trainees admitted under Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) is conducted twice every year

First ever initiative to recognize the awardees at National Level and release of first ever souvenir containing the list of winners of different segments in latest All India Competition for Craftsmen, held in January, 2014 and All India Competition for Apprentices held in May, 2014


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SCOVA meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be scheduled to be held in the January, 2015.

F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 24th Nov, 2014

Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :
(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 10th December, 2014 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the website of this Department –

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.
3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

Whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented

If not, the reasons for the delay; and

By when this scheme is likely to be implemented? these questions asked by the Hon’ble Member Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in Parliament today and the Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar replied as follows…

“The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government”.


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