Thursday, October 3, 2013

Expected DA/DR from January, 2014 - 100% or 101%

Expected DA/DR from January, 2014 - 100% or 101% 

All-India CPI-IW for August, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 237 (two hundred and thirty seven). According to this increase Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees & Dearness Relief for CG Pensioner confirmed to be 100% from January, 2014.  This increase and present economic scenario are also indicating that the DA/DR for Jan, 2014 may cross 100%.  Total 8 points increase in AICPIN for next 3 months, DA will cross the 100% and DA from Jan, 2014 will be at 101%.  With this 2 point increase all the Central Government Employees and Pensioner will get another two digit increase in next half yearly continuously. See following table for thee different situation to Expected DA/DR for Jan, 2014 :-

Expectation
Increase/
Decrease
Index
Month
Base
Year
2001
=100
Total
of 12
Months
Twelve
monthly
Average
%
increase
over
115.76
for DA
DA/DR
announced
or will be
announced
1
Dec-12
219
2512
209.33
80.83%
80%
DA from
July, 2013
order has
been issued
by finmin
2
Jan-13
221
2535
211.25
82.49%
90%
2
Feb-13
223
2559
213.25
84.22%
1
Mar-13
224
2582
215.17
85.87%
2
Apr-13
226
2603
216.92
87.38%
2
May-13
228
2625
218.75
88.97%
3
Jun-13
231
2648
220.67
90.62%
4
Jul-13
235
2671
222.58
92.28%
2
Aug-13
237
2694
224.50
93.94%
1st
Expectation 
Min 2 point
in any
coming
month
2
Sep-13
239
2718
226.50
95.66%
100%
0
Oct-13
239
2740
228.33
97.25%
0
Nov-13
239
2761
230.08
98.76%
0
Dec-13
239
2781
231.75
100.20%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
2nd
Expectation
minimum
1 point in
next 2
months
1
Sep-13
238
2717
226.42
95.59%
100%
1
Oct-13
239
2739
228.25
97.18%
0
Nov-13
239
2760
230.00
98.69%
0
Dec-13
239
2780
231.67
100.13%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
3rd
Expectation 
Point 2 in
every month
or total 8
point
2
Sep-13
239
2718
226.50
95.66%
101%
2
Oct-13
241
2742
228.50
97.39%
2
Nov-13
243
2767
230.58
99.19%
2
Dec-13
245
2793
232.75
101.06%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014


PIB Release of CPI-IW:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

01-October-2013 13:16 IST

Consumer Price index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) August 2013

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for August, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 237 (two hundred and thirty seven). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.85 per cent between July and August compared with 0.94 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.58 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta,Goat Meat, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow & Buffalo),Onions, Chillies Green, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, Doctors Fee, Private Tution Fee. Secendory School Books, Petrol, Tailoring Charges are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Fish, Fresh Vegetables and Fruit items, putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.75 per cent for August, 2013 as compared to 10.85 per cent for the previous month and 10.31 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 13.91 per cent against 14.10 per cent of the previous month and 12.20 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Chindwara recorded the highest increase of 8 points each followed by Jalpaiguri and Siliguri (7 points), Durgapur (10 points) and Ranchi, Hatia, Nagpur, Kolkata, Asansol and Tiruchirapally (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 8 centres, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 12 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Goa reported a decline of 5 points followed by Ernakulam, Quilon and Surat (2 points each) and 3 other centres by 1 point each. Rest of the 6 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Tiruchirapally centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of September, 2013 will be released on Thursday, 31 October, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source: PIB

7th CPC News: Performance-linked pay system may be introduced

7th CPC News: Performance-linked pay system may be introduced
Getting it right on pay hikes: Financial Express

The new pay commission needs to embed performance meaningfully in babus' pay structure

The government last week cleared the setting up of the 7th Central Pay Commission for its employees. The move may be prudent politically but it will add to the problems of the next government which will also be burdened with the impact of the Food Bill on financial and the Land Bill on investment.

The CPC recommendations, which will be implemented from January 2016 have to be handled properly—implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations threw fiscal deficit out of gear for two years, FY09 and FY 10. Though there will be no arrear burden this time as 7th CPC recommendations can be implemented from the due date itself—CPC is constituted every 10 years and 6th CPC recommendations were implemented from 2008 instead of 2006—the new pay structure itself will add to the government woes, especially at a time when the government is expected to be considerably cash-strapped for an extended period of time. The 12th five-year-plan average growth rate is unlikely to surpass even 6%.

A close look at the composition of the central government staff and pay structure clearly indicates there is not much that the government can do (or be willing to do) as far as curtailing the expenditure on this account is concerned. But what the CPC can do certainly is target hikes better to reward performers. A transparent and effective performance-linked pay system devised carefully, rather than the current token one, can be a catalyst for improving the government functioning.

The 6th pay commission recommended variable increments for Group A, where annual increments in the band will vary depending upon the performance. Eighty percent or more employees in the grade are now allowed normal increment at the rate of 2.5% with the high performers (not exceeding 20%) during the year being allowed increment at the higher rate of 3.5%. The government advised to extend the scheme of variable increments in other pay bands also. This system needs to be scaled up now to the next level.

Then, it had also suggested the introduction of performance related incentive scheme (PRIS) in the government under which employees would be given pecuniary remuneration over and above the pay, replacing the ad hoc bonus scheme.

The cabinet secretariat has developed result framework document (RFDs) and the ministries and departments have engaged themselves into this exercise which is being monitored now on a regular basis. According to the plan, at the end of the financial year, all ministries/departments will list out their achievements in a report against the agreed results formalised at the beginning of the year. This report will be finalised by May 1, and then will be placed before the Cabinet by June 1. This means the government will have a fair idea of a ministry or a department's performance for each financial year. So, why not embed this also, along with an improved individual performance-linked system, in the overall pay structure?

But this is not going to be easy to implement. Talk to any number of government officials and they will give numerous reasons why a performance-linked system can't be implemented and how this will bring in subjectivity. But, the issue is how will you improve performance then? The larger problem is that the model adopted by the central government is replicated by the states and efficiencies and inefficiencies both get percolated down the line. If the performance has to be linked in any meaningful way to pay, it has to begin earnestly from the centre.

According to the latest analysis of government wage bill by the finance ministry, the total expenditure on pay and allowances (excluding productivity linked bonus/adhoc bonus, honorarium, encashment of earned leave and travelling allowance) for regular central government civilian employees including employees of the Union Territories was Rs 95,291crore in FY12 as compared to R88,651 crore in FY11.

Five major ministries cover 91% of the total manpower—of the total strength of 30.84 lakh—with railways at 42.33%, home affairs at 26.92%, defence (civil) at 11.95%, posts at 6.84% and revenue at 3.2%. All other ministries/departments' had only 8.76% of the total. Almost 84% of the total expenditure is incurred by the five major ministries. Then, the percentage expenditure on pay was 51.93%. It was 28.52% on dearness allowance and 5.88% on house rent allowance (HRA) and 13.67% on other allowances.The 7th pay commission can break away from the past by suggesting ways to remodel the way government works instead of sticking to formulating formulas for hiking pay packages.

Source: www.financialexpress.com

Incentive to Sportsperson - Consolidated instructions by DOPT

Incentive to Sportsperson - Consolidated instructions by DOPT

F.No. 14034/01/2013-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 3rd October, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Consolidated Instructions on incentives for sportspersons – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that various instructions have been issued by the Government from time to time to provide incentives for recruitment, promotion, increment etc. of meritorious sportsmen. All the instructions issued till date have been consolidated under easily comprehensible headings for the facility of reference and guidance of all concerned. These consolidated instructions have been uploaded on this Department’s website http://www.persmin.nic.in/dopt.asp in the dynamic form (OM & Orders --> Establishment --> (B)Personnel --> (I) Service Matters -->(m) Sportsperson/Sports Quota). This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.

2.  Hindi Version will follow.

sd/-
(Arunoday Goswami)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Expansion of the list of the Dental procedures for Railway beneficiaries

Expansion of the list of the Dental procedures for Railway beneficiaries

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.2012/11-1/12/1/Dental/Policy

New Delhi, dated 30.08.2013

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/PUs.

Sub: Expansion of the list of the Dental procedures for Railway beneficiaries and extension to the arrangement relating to provision of reimbursement of expenditure incurred on the Dental treatment.

Ref: Board's letter of even no. dated 14.12.2012.

In continuation of Board's letter dated 14.12.2012, the matter regarding delegation of powers to Zonal Railways regarding reimbursement of Dental procedure not included in the CGHS List, has been examined in consultation with Finance Directoreate in Board's office.

It has now been decided that at present reimbursement may be restricted to CGHS approved dental procedures and rates only.

Further, zonal Railways may reimburse the expenditure incurred on other dental procedures which are not included in CGHS lists, if done at the nearest Government Dental College/Hospital as per the charges levied by such institutions (This should not include material and lab charges from outsoureed private agencies).

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

sd/-
(Dr.D.P.Pande)
Executive Director/H(P)
Railway Board

Source: Railway Board

7th Pay Commission should correct the anomaly of the previous pay panel

7th Pay Commission should correct the anomaly of the previous pay panel
"A senior official said the 7th Pay Commission should correct the anomaly of the previous pay panel, which had recommended a lower pay increase in the S4 to S-23 grades, compared with employees of S-24 and higher grades."  See the full news article by Business Standard:

Govt employees jubilant in hope of fatter pay: Business Standard
Want srade differences to be narrowed

Government employees cutting across grades, from peons to senior officers, were overjoyed after the Centre on Wednesday decided to constitute the seventh Pay Commission.

While it is too early to know who will chair the commission or what will be the recommendations, none of it stopped jubilant central government employees from distributing sweets in some departments, though Diwali is more than a month away. Ironically, the reaction was muted in the finance ministry like the stony walls of the North Block. Most of the staff did not display any outward exuberance, although they welcomed the government’s decision in a hush-hush tone.

It is the expenditure department of the finance ministry that will ultimately implement the recommendations. Or are they worried about the impact on the fiscal situation? A senior official said the 7th Pay Commission should correct the anomaly of the previous pay panel, which had recommended a lower pay increase in the S4 to S-23 grades, compared with employees of S-24 and higher grades.

Meanwhile, trade unions representing central government employees hailed the announcement. They went a step further in their demand and pressed for implementing the recommendations with retrospective effect from January 1, 2011. The government plans to implement them from calendar year 2016.

“We welcome the government’s move to set up the 7th Pay Commission, but we have a reservation. It should be implemented with effect from January 1, 2011 as in the case of Central PSUs whose employee pay scales are revised every five years,” Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers President K K N Kutty told PTI.

Kutty said that the Confederation would press for merger of up to 50 per cent of dearness allowance with the basic pay, which is a prerequisite for setting up a pay commission.

The merger of DA with basic pay will help employees as certain allowances are paid as proportion of the basic pay and hence merger results in higher allowances.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com

Railways likely to declare 78-day bonus: PTI News

Railways likely to declare 78-day bonus: PTI News
PTI has flashed a news about Railway Bonus that railways is likely to announce 78-days' wages as bonus same as last year.  The text of PTI News:-

New Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) Despite financial constraint, Railways is likely to announce 78-day wages as bonus, same as last year, for its employees for 2012-13.

"The proposal for declaring 78-day productivity-linked bonus for railway employees is being finalised with railway unions and it will go to the Cabinet for a final decision," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Productivity-linked bonus is paid to railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival.

Source: PTI
[http://www.ptinews.com/news/4030616_Railways-likely-to-declare-78-day-bonus.html]

38 POINT OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF AIRF FOR STRIKE BALLOT TO BE HELD ON 20TH-21ST, DECEMBER-2013.

38 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS FOR STRIKE BALLOT
The 88th Annual Conference of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Visakhapatnam on 18-20 December, 2012, decided that, if the following burning grievances of the Railwaymen are not resolved in a time-bound programme, AIRF would be compelled to conduct strike ballot as a first step for a decisive struggle:-

1. Filling-up all vacant posts.
2. Sanction additional posts in commensurate with increase in the number of trains and workload.
3. Stop outsourcing of perennial nature jobs, violating the provision of Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970.
4. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all the staff with pension and family pension scheme as available to staff appointed prior to 01.01.2004.
5. Implement recommendations of Cade Restructuring Committee.
6. Remove all the anomalies of the 6th CPC as agreed upon in the meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee and resolve all the anomalies pending before National Anomaly Committee.
7. Recommendations of the Joint Committee constituted to study the Career Progression and Package for Trackmen has been diluted arbitrarily. The recommendation should be implemented in to to.
8. Merger of grades of Technician Gr. II and Gr. I duly grant GP of Rs.2800.
9. Provision of GP of Rs.4800 in place of Rs.4600 to all Senior Supervisors.
10. Upgradation of 15% apex level Group `C’ posts to Group `B’.
11. Grievances of the Running Staff, such as granting of Running Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2006 duly improving ALK, reduction in Duty Hours, Provision of Additional Allowance to Running Staff working in Goods Trains and also to Traffic Running Staff working as Goods Guards and Passenger Guards, improvements in the condition of Running Rooms etc.
12. Upgrade all categories of staff in Grade Pay of Rs.2400 to Rs.2800.13. Parity of grade pay to Stenographers between the field staff and the staff working in Secretariat.
14. Reckoning of 100% Casual Labour Service rendered as Qualifying Service for seniority and pensionary benefits is still pending in spite of Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment.
15. Stepping up of pay of seniors who are drawing less pay than the juniors consequent on fixation of pay due to implementation of VI CPC recommendations between the direct recruits and promotees.
16. Stepping up of pay of senior employee on par with junior employee consequent on modification of ACP Scheme as MACP is pending with the Railway Board.
17. Safety Related Voluntary Retirement Scheme has been modified as LARSGESS permitting the Railway employees in Safety Categories to give Voluntary Retirement so as to enable their wards getting appointed. Lot of conditions were imposed diluting the intention of this scheme by introducing Written Examination.
Large number of wards of the employees who have applied for appointment under LARSGESS in 2010 cycle have failed in the PET. Later, PET was abolished for the wards appearing under LARSGESS 2012.
AIRF has demanded waival of PET for failed candidates of LARSGESS 2010 and requested the Board to issue necessary orders to Zonal Railways for absorbing them in the Railways. The matter is yet to be resolved at Board’s level.
18. Granting of one increment for the employees in the categories like MCMs, Loco Running Staff, SMs, P. Way Supervisors etc. when they get horizontal promotions without reckoning the same as “Promotion” for the purpose of granting financial upgradation under MACP.
19. The demand of recruitment of wards of Railwaymen as Substitutes has not been implemented by the GMs of the Zonal Railways due to several restrictions imposed in the orders of the Railway oard.
20. Welfare Schemes announced in the Railway Budget, such as opening of Nursing Colleges, Medical and Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, Kendriya Vidyalas for the children of the Railwaymen, extension of medical facilities and pass to both dependant father and mother of Railway employees etc. are yet to be implemented by the Board. The announcement of the scheme – “House to All” has also not seen the light of the day.
21. Entitlement of Privilege Passes to travel by “Duronto Express” trains is yet to be finalized.
22. As per decision taken in the DC/JCM Meeting, 5% of the sanctioned strength of the Section Officers in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 was earmarked to non-qualifying Appendix III Accounts Assistants. Consequent upon implementation of VI CPC recommendations, the same was revised to 1% of the combined strength of SOs & SO(A)s , reducing the percentage. The demand of increasing the same to 5% on the combined strength of SOs and SSO(A)s is still pending with the Railway Board.
23. Grievances of AC Mechanics and AC Attendants deputed to work on trains is yet to be resolved by the Board.
24. Running Allowance should be paid to medically de-categorized Running Staff kept on supernumerary posts.
25. Even though technical categories working in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil Engineering(Works), erstwhile Mistries and supervisors have been merged in the cadre of JE, in the Civil Engineering the Senior P. Way Supervisors are rotting in their category without merger with JE category. This issue is pending with the Railway Board.
26. Even though several times the issue of absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff was discussed, no orders have been issued so far for the absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways.
27. Improvement in the conditions of Railway Hospitals and filling up of all the vacancies of Doctors, Nurses and Paramedical Staff. Provide medical facilities to the staff posted at roadside stations and ganghuts.
28. Increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance and issue Smart Card to all RELHS beneficiaries.
29. Grant parity in pension and family pension to the staff/family retired prior to 01.01.2006.
30. Revise the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Risk Allowance and grant Patient Care Allowance to the staff of Medical Department working in Kitchen, Store, Watching duties etc.
31. Exempt Transport Allowance and Special Duty Allowance for the purview of Income Tax deduction.32. Raise the ceiling limit of Rs.3500 for the purpose of payment of PLB.
33. Raise the ceiling of Income Tax deduction from Rs.2.00 lakh to Rs.3.00 lakh, as recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance.
34. Repair quarters, roads, drains and do not compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters and pay House Rent Allowance to such staff.
35. Limit duty hours of the staff to a maximum of 7 hours a day.
36. Scrap classification of duty hours as “Essential Intermittent” and “Excluded”.
37. Pay T.A., O.T., N.D.A., National Holiday Pay etc. regularly.
38. Increase the rate of Special Duty Allowance by 25% with retrospective effect from 01.01.2011.

Reservation for SCs/STs in posts filled by promotion-applicability to grades or services in which the element of direct recruitment does not exceed 75%: Clarification by DFS for Banks

Reservation for SCs/STs in posts filled by promotion-applicability to grades or services in which the element of direct recruitment does not exceed 75%: Clarification by DFS for Banks
File No. 20/29/2013-Welfare
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services


2nd Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi
Dtd 26th September, 2013.
To
The CMD, State Bank of India. Nariman Point. Mumbai,
The CMD, Andhra Bank, Dr. Pattabhi Bhawan, Saifabad. Hyderabad The CMD, Bank of Baroda. Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

Subject:  Reservation for SCs/STs in posts filled by promotion-applicability to grades or services in which the element of direct recruitment does not exceed 75%. clarification regarding.


Sir,

This Department has received letters from Bank of Baroda. Andhra Bank , SBBJ and SBT (subsidiaries of SBI), seeking clarification on observations and directions of the Assistant Director, NCSC, State Office for Gujarat. Rajasthan, D&NH and Daman & Diu at Ahmedabad, that Banks ought to have consulted the Commission before implementing the orders regarding 'not applying reservation for SCs/STs where quantum of direct recruitment (in clerical cadre) is more than 75% and that Banks should not proceed further in the matter of promotion to clerical cadre till further orders from the Commission. The Commission also advised that in case bank desires to continue with the existing policy, it should approach NCSC for proper consultation/permission or to go for a change of the promotion policy as it is not in conformity with the Act. It is understood that Commission has already taken up the matter with SBI Hqrs

2 The matter was taken up with Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pension. DOP&T has invited attention to their OM No. 36012117188-Estt.(SCT), dtd, 25.4.89, which clarifies that if the percentage, 'in direct recruitment' is more than 75% then reservation is not applicable in promotions.

3. Further, while examining some directions of NCSC to DOP& T (NCSC & ST's letter No. 4/3/98-SSW.II dtd. Nil refers), a copy of which was also endorsed to other Ministries/Deptts. under the Central Government for compliance, vide its OM No. 36036/2/97-Estt,(Res.), dtd. 30.11.1998, DOP&T clarified that though the NCSC&ST is vested with certain powers to safeguard the interests of SC/STs in order to discharge its role in terms of Art.338 of the Constitution. However, the NCSC has only advisory powers and it does not have the authority to issue directions in the nature of injunctions.

This view was upheld by the Supreme Court in Appeal (Civil) 13700 of 1996 All India Indian Overseas Bank SC & ST Employees Welfare Association vs. Union of India case and the directions were given as under:

"All the Procedural powers of a Civil Court are given to the Commission for the purpose of investigating and inquiring into these matters and that too for that limited purpose only. The powers of a Civil Court of granting injunctions, temporary or permanent, do not inhere in the Commission nor can such a power be inferred or derived from a reading of clause 8 of Article 338 of the Constitution.

The Commission having not been specifically granted any power to issue interim injunctions, lacks the authority to issue an order of the type found in the letter dated March 4; 1993. The order itself being bad for want of jurisdiction, all other questions and considerations raised in the appeal are redundant. The High Court was justified in taking the view it did. The appeal is dismissed No costs".

The letter further suggests that Ministries/Deptts. may ignore such instructions issued by the Commission as may purport to either amend or withhold or keep in abeyance the instructions issued by the Government in implementation of the reservation policy for the SCs/STs.

4 All service disputes including those in Public Sector Banks are to be resolved within the four corners of the constitutional provisions and tenets of law.

5. In view of foregoing and the fact that as PSBs enjoy autonomy in their HR matters, no prior consultation with DOP& T or NCSC appears desirable while implementing their recruitment policies unless there is a departure from the policies laid down by the Government.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(S.C. Das)
Deputy Secretary(Welfare)
Source: http://financialservices.gov.in/ncapp/Circulars.aspx?ct=B

Handbook for Inquiry Officers and Disciplinary Authorities

Handbook for Inquiry Officers and Disciplinary Authorities
 INSTIUTE OF SECRETARIAT TRAINING & MANAGEMENT
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
Admnistrative Block, J.N.U Campus (Old) New Delhi 110067


Umesh Kumar
Director R

FOREWORD

In pursuance of the recommendations of the Committee of Experts which was set up to review the procedure of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries, the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) had directed the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management to bring out an updated Handbook for Inquiry Officers and Disciplinary Authorities. Shri Sethu Ramalingam an Ex-Faculty of ISTM in vigilance matters who was entrusted with this work submitted the draft of the handbook well in time. Though every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the contents in the handbook, yet, in case the readers come across any errors or omissions, they may kindly bring the same to the notice of this Institute. Any comments or suggestions for the improvement of this handbook will be gratefully appreciated.


2. I am very happy to place this handbook in the hands of various users and readers. This Institute is thankful to the consultant and concerned divisions of DOPT for guiding the process of preparation of the handbook.

sd/-
(Umesh Kumar)
Di rector
New Delhi
Date : 25/09/2013
To download handbook click here [PDF File]

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02trn/Circular_ISTM_260913.pdf]

Armed forces demand representation on Central Pay Commission for better deal

Armed forces demand representation on Central Pay Commission for better deal

Angry with the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by successive Central Pay Commissions (CPCs), which they feel largely pander to the interests of the civil services, the Armed forces have demanded "full representation" on the 7th CPC to address their long-pending pay and pension "anomalies".

Air chief marshal N A K Browne, in his capacity as the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, has written to defence minister A K Antony that the Army, Navy and IAF should get "full representation" on the 7th CPC since its members may not be able to "fully grasp" the "unique challenges" of military service, sources said.

In the letter written on September 13, after consulting Army chief General Bikram Singh and Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi, the IAF chief said Antony should "press for this justified demand of the Services". The 7th CPC will holistically be able to address the concerns of the Armed forces over "status, parity and equivalence" only if it includes members from the three Services, he added.

Sources say the Armed forces have rejected the recommendation of a separate pay commission for them since it was felt that bureaucrats might further queer the pitch for military personnel if that was done. The government was rattled by the widespread anger in the Armed forces in 2008-2009, which continues to some extent even till today with ex-servicemen continuing to hold rallies and return their medals to demand the implementation of the one-rank, one-pension.

The massive ex-servicemen rally at Rewari on September 15, with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and previous Army chief General V K Singh sharing the stage, seems to have further set the cat among the pigeons.

Defence ministry officials on Wednesday acknowledged that "everybody had agreed" that there will be no separate pay commission for the Armed forces but held that the "modalities" on how to give representation to the Armed forces in the 7th CPC would be decided at a later stage.

In June last year, Antony had himself written a frantic letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express serious alarm over the "growing discontentment" among the Armed forces due to "various anomalies in the fixation of their pay and pensions". A committee, headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth, was then constituted to resolve the matter.

But there are still many pending grievances of the Armed forces, who feel their extant status and parity vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts has been systematically downgraded right since Independence.

In the run-up to the general elections next year, the government has some reason to worry since the defence community of 14 lakh serving and 23 lakh retired military personnel swells into a sizable - albeit diffused - votebank of around 1.5 crore people if family members are also taken into account.

Source: Business-Standard

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