Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Central Government workers want DA to be merged : Pay Commission could be notified over the next two months

Central Government workers want DA to be merged : Pay Commission could be notified over the next two months


Govt workers want DA to be merged with salary

Government employees have asked the Centre to consider merging dearness allowance with their pay, arguing that the Sixth Pay Commission -- quite like the Centre -- could not have anticipated the high inflation that has eroded real wages over the last decade.

Since 2006 – when the recommendations of the last pay commission came into force – the dearness allowance has increased to 90%, a reflection of the high inflation environment that employees have to cope up with.

The demand was made at a preliminary meeting held between the department of personnel and the employee representatives to discuss the proposed Seventh Pay Commission announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September.

Congress media department chief Ajay Maken had asked the Prime Minister to announce the next pay commission in March this year. Writing in his capacity as a cabinet minister, Maken had also argued for a liberal increase in the salaries of government officials to attract and retain talent.

Representatives of government employees weren’t as optimistic.


Umraomal Purohit, secretary, staff side, however, did stress on the merger of dearness allowance (DA) with the basic pay. Purohit said that the sixth pay commission did not recommend merger as they could not have anticipated a high rate of inflation which resulted in employees being granted a 90% rate of DA.

Purohit and other representatives also emphasised that a system should be put in place to ensure that anomalies created due to recommendations of pay commissions should be resolved within a year of the implementation of the report.

Government sources said the pay commission could be notified over the next two months or so, well before the model code of conduct for the general elections kicks in. Also, the Centre is expected to give the panel enough time to prepare its report in the hope that the government would be a lot more comfortable vis-a-vis the fiscal deficit by the time the panel submits its report.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/

[http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/govt-workers-want-da-to-be-merged-with-salary/article1-1155330.aspx]

Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assemblies etc. during 2013

Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assemblies etc. during 2013



F.No.12/12/2013-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Paining) 



North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 26th November, 2013


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assemblies etc. during 2013.
*****

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the general elections to the Legislative Assemblies of some States, scheduled to be held in 2013, the following guidelines, already issued by DOPT vide OM No. 12/14/99-JCA dated 10th October, 2001, have to be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments in the States:-

(i) The relevant offices/organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to the State Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be conducted on the day of poll.


(ii) In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha/State Assembly, only such of the  employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may alsp be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization/Industrial Establishment located outside the constituency having a general/bye-election.
The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA) 
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_12_2013-JCA-2.pdf]

Deletion of the name of ineligible Dependent & Opting out of the CGHS Scheme

Deletion of the name of ineligible Dependent & Opting out of the CGHS Scheme

Text of DGHS No. D.12011/2/78-DESK –II, dt. 7.4.1978 

Govt. Servant responsible for Deletion of the name of an ineligible Dependent
The undersigned is directed to state that in accordance with the definition of ‘family’ mentioned in Ministry of Health Memo. No. F.6(1) 1-54-H, dated the Ist May, 1954 the family of a beneficiary for the purpose of CGHS scheme includes husband/wife of the CGHS card-holder, as the case may be, wholly dependent children or step-children and parents, who are mainly dependent on and residing with the Government Servant. While it is incumbent upon the card issuing. Authorities, i.e. various departments and offices participating in the scheme, to ensure that the names of only genuine and eligible persons are included in the CGHS token cards, it is the responsibility of the employees concerned to apply for a deletion of the name of the dependent from the CGHS card, when the ward is no more entitled to the benefit eligible under the scheme. The failure on the part of a cardholder to get the name of a child deleted from the CGHS token-card when he is no more dependent on him is a good and sufficient reason for initiating disciplinary proceedings against him in terms of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

All Ministers/Departments of the Government of India are requested kindly to ensure that the above said provisions are complied with fully. These instructions may also be brought to the notice of all employees concerned.

Opting out of the C.G.H. Scheme

Spouse employed outside Central Government and availing Medical Facilities provided by his/her Employer

Central Government Servants covered under Central Govt. Health Scheme and whose spouse is employed in Defence or Railway Services, State Government or Corporations or Bodies financed partly or wholly by the Central or State Government, Local Bodies and private organizations which provide medical facilities to the employees and their family members, can opt out of the CGH Scheme and avail medical facilities so provided by the above mentioned organizations.

It is to be ensured that neither of the two nor their family members avail medical facilities from both the sources at the same time and for this purpose, the concerned Central Government employee shall give an undertaking to the authority issuing the CGHS Card.

Re-admission under CGHS after ‘opting out’
Such Government Servants, who have opted out of CGHS, may apply for readmission and avail the benefit of CGHS in case their spouse dies or resigns or is dismissed from the office/organization, which provided medical facilities.

Availability of ‘Opting Out’ Facility
The facility of opting out of CGHS can only be availed twice during the whole service career of the employee. Administrative Ministry/Department shall record the same by making an entry in the employee’s Service Book.

Source: http://cghsmumbai.gov.in/http://cghsmumbai.gov.in/htmldocs/circulars.htm

NMC urges PM to appoint chairman of 7th Pay Commission

NMC urges PM to appoint chairman of 7th Pay Commission

The National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately appoint chairman and other members of the recently-announced 7th Pay Commission at the next cabinet meeting.

"We urge the PM to appoint Chairman and other members of the 7th Pay Commission and take decision in this regard at the next cabinet meeting as employees and pensioners will be entitled for pay commission with effect from January 1, 2011," NMC president Subash Shastri said while addressing a workers' rally here today.

He said discussion should be started with representatives of both central and state government employees.

The NMC president said early notification for appointing chairman and other members of the commission is the need of the hour, which is bound to have bearing on about one crore employees and pensioners.

Stressing the need for merging 50 percent DA with basic pay and pension, Shastri appealed to the PM and the Finance Minister to take an early decision in this regard.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com
[http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/nmc-urges-pm-to-appoint-chairman-of-7th-pay-commission-113112400451_1.html]

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